Blackened Chicken Cutlets with Succotash sand Cheese Grits

Quick stupid/funny admission on my part is that recently a number of my Facebook friends have called my food posts “porn”. So now I introduce each new post as “Felicia’s food porn for today:” I get a chuckle out of doing this….I’m laughing to myself as I write this, because I’m a weirdo-nerd that way…..sigh….. ANYWHO, I digress…on to our recipe!!

Succotash:

In a large skillet sautee 1 can of corn, 1 can of Rotel, 1/2 of a small diced onion, 1/2 of an orange bell pepper and a freshly diced garlic clove. Season with 1/2 tsp. of powdered garlic and salt & pepper. 

Blackened Chicken: 

Generously coat chicken breast cutlets with Blackened Redfish seasoning and then sauté in a tablespoon olive oil and a tablespoon of sweet cream butter.

Grits: 

I use Quaker Oats Quick Grits and follow the directions on the box. And then I give it some Felicia lovin’, which goes as follows: When the grits are done I add a 1/2 c. of cheese (be it…sharp cheddar, mozzarella, havarti, shredded mild cheddar, whatever- anything like that works just fine) and I mix it in until all pieces of cheese are under the surface. I then let that sit for approximately 3 min. so the cheese is melted. Then I add 3/4 c. of heavy cream and mix that in very well. And usually add another tsp. of salt at the end for flavor as grits do tend to require a fair bit of salt.



Hamburger Steaks and Gravy Over Baked Potatoes with Soy Sauce Snaps and Corn on the Cob:

This is a very hearty meal that I make when the weather is really shitty. (It’s sleeting at my house right now, so yeah.) I hope it warms you as much as it does my family! Enjoy!


Hamburger steaks:

1 1/2 lbs of hamburger

1 small diced onion

1/2 diced bell pepper

1 tsp of salt 

1 tsp of pepper

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and form out little patties.  Fry up the patties in a medium hot skillet *be sure not to burn the grease! Remove the patties to a plate, but keep them close by. Keeping your skillet hot…

Hamburger steak gravy:

In a glass, whisk 2 cups of water with 1 & 1/2 cups of flour. Constantly whisking, pour the cup of flour into the hot grease in the pan. Mix together well. The gravy should form nearly immediately. Then I usually add 1 Tbsp of salt and 1 Tbsp of fresh ground pepper and 1 c of either milk or heavy cream. (Heavy cream tastes better though.) Then, add your patties back to the gravy. Turn off the heat and let that simmer on the burner for a minute before removing entirely. 

Baked potatoes and corn on the cob are fairly self explanatory. 

Soy Sauce Snaps:

Either a 2lbs bag of fresh or frozen snaps will do fine. In a sauce pan, I add 3 Tbsp of sweet cream butter, 1 tsp of salt, 1/2 tsp of pepper and a fresh chopped clove of garlic. Sauté the snaps until hot and soft, then add soy sauce and remove from heat.  

I want to make one small note that this dish is really all about getting the salt & pepper correct. The gravy should be fairly salty and heavily peppered. Think of a mill gravy taste. That’s the same kind of flavor profile you’re shooting for here. But if you can’t palate that then adjust the amounts of salt and pepper going into it. Start with a little bit of both, taste it, then add a little more, taste again and so on until you’re satisfied with the flavor. 




As I’ve shown in the picture above, I serve my meat & gravy over the potatoes, but feel free to dress your dish to your liking.


Happy cooking! 

Breakfast for Dinner

Eggs Benedict for me. Chipped beef and fried eggs over toast points and a sausage roll for the hub.

And just to note, typically I’m the queen of homemade everything, but the hollandaise sauce I make comes from a Knorr packet. Know why? Because it’s $0.89 cents at the store and the effort to homemake hollandaise ain’t worth it.

However, my lazy admission on the hollandaise having been made, I don’t skip out on the sausage roll. The end result is too damn good.

Sausage Roll:
Go get a little packet of yeast at the store, follow the instructions on the packet to make a loaf of bread dough. Once you’ve got the dough made up, fry up some of your favorite sausage. (I use regular Jimmy Dean sausage because I live in Virginia and I grew up on it.) Crumble it as you fry it. Then, roll out your dough length wise and using plain-old Kraft American sliced cheese, line the dough from end to end and then dump your fried sausage onto the center of the cheese, spreading from end to end evenly over the cheese.

Now, there are 2 ways to do the next part. 1: You can roll the dough onto itself, so it ends up looking like one long, giant cinnamon roll. (So when you go to slice and serve it, it actually looks like little sausage cinnamon rolls.) OR… 2: You can do like I did in the picture and make it into one long giant hot pocket-looking thing. (I do it this way, because the stuffing stays intact better and I prefer the resulting ‘chew texture’. And if you choose this method be sure to bake it seam-side down. We don’t want any leaky cheese.) Bake at 350 until just slightly brown. A few minutes before you pull it out, brush it generously with egg and pop it back in for those last few minutes. Keep a close eye on it though, it’ll get brown too quickly if you don’t! Then, once it’s done, pull it out to rest/cool completely before slicing.

This sausage roll, even though it’s kind of breakfast-y, also doubles as a badass game day appetizer that everyone is sure to crush! And if you’re planning to serve it as an appetizer feel free to pair it with some salsa or ranch dressing.

Oh and one last thing: I cheat on poached eggs (for my eggs Benedict). I am too impatient to wait for the water to boil for one little egg. My solution? I begin to fry an egg like I normally would, BUT before it begins to crisp, I add a 1/2 C of water to the skillet and then cover the skillet until the yolk reaches my desired consistency. It comes out just as soft as a poached egg but retains that flat bottom of a fried egg, which I ultimately find to be more helpful on the plate presentation anyway. 🙂

Happy cooking folks!

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