I left Charles to fend for himself this evening and he created some delicious chicken. A mix of spice and herbs for a tasty blackened style chicken. Traditionally blackened dishes are cooked in a dry skillet; but we like to use some oil to keep the smoke to a minimum and create a better sear to the meat; plus I think the flavor is so much better this way.
boneless skinless chicken breast
1/4 cup oil
1 Tbs paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp marjoram
1/4 tsp dill
salt and pepper
Combine spices and season the chicken breasts well; Charles used 3 pieces of chicken for this amount of seasoning. Heat oil over medium to medium high heat in large skillet. Cook chicken for 5 – 7 minutes each side or until cooked through.
I made a tasty dill sauce to go with some salmon patties. A great compliment to the salmon (which I will post tomorrow); I am sure this would be delicious with any fish baked or fried. The dill works very well along side the dashes of cayenne and garlic. I think the balance of lemon juice, sour cream and mayonnaise is the key.
1/4 cup sour cream
2 Tbs mayonnaise
1 1/2 tsp fresh dill
2 tsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp cayenne
1/8 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients ahead of time and refrigerate for 30 minutes or so before using.
A pork roast is just about one of the easiest dinners to fix. No fussing; just season it, stick it in the oven, and dinner will be served. The one thing I notice though when I check my cookbooks for times on different size roasts is that it always seems to tell me to cook them too long. I bought a 6 pound pork loin at the store yesterday and when I refered to my book it said 20 – 30 minutes per pound for a 4 pound roast; it didn’t really refer to a 6 pound roast in either book I checked. Anyway, I knew 2 hours would be more than enough time and I was correct; it took just at an hour and a half for my roast to turn out perfectly. I was flexible on time so it didn’t matter that it was ready faster; besides I knew a 20 minute rest would be good for a roast this size. My pictures don’t do it justice, it really had a nice crispy skin to it from the honey and was very moist when finished.
1 pork loin roast ~ about 6 pounds
seasonings of choice
foil to line roasting pan
Line roasting pan with foil and season as desired. I sprinkled mine with salt, pepper, garlic, cayenne, and thyme. I then drizzled honey over the top and popped it in the oven at 350 degrees.
Bake for about 1 1/2 hours or until desired temperature is reached. You will want to reach about 160 to 170 degrees depending on the doneness desired. I like to shoot for the medium to medium well side so it is still very moist. Allow to rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing.