January 22, 2008

Cheese-Herb Chicken Medallions & Mashed Potatoes

Well, this blog is supposed to be an on-line diary of my successes AND my not so great meals (didn't want to actually call them failures, since each one is a learning experience, right?). Well, tonight was about half and half.

I decided it was time to finally cook something from the Low-Fat Low-Cholesterol cookbook I have from the American Heart Association. Since my Husband has high cholesterol, I bought the cookbook, but since it has no pictures just haven't been overly inspired by it's offerings. Tonight, I chose the Cheese-Herb Chicken Medallions since they seemed fairly simple for a weeknight meal. They were easy to put together. Have you ever been following a recipe and just knew that it SHOULD say to do something, like flatten the chicken breasts to a 1/4-inch thickness? Well, in my rush to get dinner started, I brushed aside that thought and forged ahead. I sprinked the breasts with the herbs, put the little shredded cheese balls in the middle and rolled them up nicely. Following the directions, I baked them for 20 minutes at 400 degrees... well, with the thickness of the chicken since it WAS NOT pounded flat they were not done. Needless to say, they needed to go longer which was going to dry out the outer portions... not such a great attempt, but I did learn a bit from it. I WILL listen to those random thoughts that say to change a recipe as I am making it, because I have been cooking long enough to know what will work and what will not.

Next up, was another round of the Pressure Cooker Mashed Potatoes! This time, I added the garlic, which I thought was a nice addition. However, my Husband would prefer them without the garlic and an addition of fresh chives next time around... the suggestions have been noted and will be put into action next time around. I have enough leftover to make mashed potato patties later this week.

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