Last week I was feeling extra domestic. It sucks when this happens because I need to squeeze it into one or two days. Last week I was lucky enough to get two days, but the reality is, I would love to play this game every day. The other blog will (eventually) feature the crafty project I did, but here I’ll share my culinary project.
I started by saving the heels from every loaf of bread we’ve eaten since, oh… March? The Hippy won’t eat wheat bread (and I feel the need to be healthier) so we always have two loaves of bread in the fridge at once. That made for a lot of heels. I pulled them out Monday morning and began toasting, two by two. Probably would have been faster in the oven…
I toasted up that entire stack, broke them into pieces, and threw them in my blender. It was touch and go for awhile–I really wish I had a food processor, but in a kitchen the size of mine, the blender was more practical–but I ended up with lovely, lovely bread crumbs.
Because they were still a little moist, I turned my oven to 150ºF and spread the crumbs out on a cookie sheet to bake. After a half hour or so I had dry, clump-free crumbs. I took out a cup of crumbs, added a half a teaspoon each of garlic salt, onion powder, basil and oregano. But what to do with those crumbs?
Uh… duh! Oven “Fried” Chicken! I more or less followed that recipe, but since I thought I was short on time, I cranked the oven to 425ºF and cooked about 15 mins on each side. The chicken came out PERFECT. I don’t even *like* chicken all that much, but I could probably eat this every day. I also read the comments and followed the advice of the person who put the flour and crumbs into a bag instead of dishes. No dishwasher=strong desire not to dirty a ton of dishes. Also prevented “THE CLUB!” (Hand crusted in layers upon layers of flour+egg+crumbs)
I apologize for the bad photography on that one… The Hippy had just gotten home, was outside watering the flowers, and I didn’t want him to see me taking pictures of food. So it had to be fast and secretive and done while the chicken was still in the oven.
To add to the meal, I made crock pot polenta and glazed carrots. It was such a decadent meal. The carrots and the parmesan on the polenta were almost a little too rich, but oh my god was everything good!