Because my fridge is normally filled with strange items that normally don't go together (right now we've got feta, banana peppers, and orange juice..?) I challenge myself daily to see what can be put together to make a tasty dish.
I figured it might be fun to see what interesting foods my friends have in their pantries and fridges, too. So yesterday I decided to try something new on the What the heck's a bonbon? Facebook page. I asked everyone to give me three ingredients they have laying around their house to see if I could come up with a recipe using them. It was so much fun!
Here are some of the three ingredients recipe requests that came through:
Trish from Yoke said she had some cheddar crackers, pretzel crisps and chicken. I told her to crush up those crackers and pretzels together in a bag. Brush the chicken with either mayo or honey mustard depending on the flavor she prefers, then coat with the crushed mixture. Bake the chicken in a 350° oven until the chicken is no longer pink.
Gina over at mom-blog had garlic hummus, celery, and chicken. I immediately thought of a cold chicken salad. Just bake the chicken, let it cool and then chop it along with the celery. Mix it together with the garlic hummus!
The Vintage Mom's Lauryn had avocados, garlic, and sausage. I thought this one would be hard, but then I thought it would be pretty easy to boil up the sausage links, then slice them into rounds. Saute the garlic in a pan and add the sausage rounds to give them a little garlicky goodness. Then top each one with a slice of avocado to give it a creamy finish.
Sarah who is always up for a challenge (She heads up the Made in USA Challenge) had black beans, couscous, and cheese. Those ingredients remind me of beans and rice. I think if I had them, I would make the beans and the couscous according to their directions, then mix them together with some cumin and butter. Then I'd shred the cheese right on top.
Lindsey from Sister to Sons threw me a little with her ingredients: chicken, brussel sprouts, and quinoa. However, after thinking about it for a bit, I suggested she shred and saute the brussel sprouts and set aside. Toast the quinoa lightly before cooking it according to the normal methods. It will give it a little more nutty flavor. Bake the chicken with some salt & pepper on it. Plate some quinoa topped with the sauteed shredded brussel sprouts and a few slices of chicken breast.
Linda (who is my go-to gal for awesome cocktails) at Giggles, Gobbles and Gulps challenge involved white rice, crushed tomatoes and broccoli. Now these three ingredients I actually had in MY house as well. So I decied to take the challenge to the next level and actually make it here, too. This is what I suggested to Linda, so it's what I did, too.
Broccoli and Rice Cakes with Crushed Tomato Topping
- 1 cup steamed white rice (I had Basmati)
- 1 cup chopped cooked broccoli
- 1 egg
- 1 cup crushed canned tomatoes, drained
- Spices (I used cumin, garlic powder, cayenne, salt & pepper)
Mix together the rice, broccoli, and egg. Roll the mixture into little balls and form into cakes. Pan fry them in a little oil until they are set. Chop the drained crushed tomatoes and add some spices to fit your taste. If you don't like the spice mixture I chose, experiment with your own combination. Put the tomato mixture in a saucepan on the stove or in the microwave until heated through. Top each cake with a little bit of the mixture.
I'll be honest, I was very curious to see how this would turn out. I was VERY pleased. In fact, my daughter and I both loved it.
Hey, food is fun. Don't ever limit yourself when it comes to trying new things. You might be surpised at what tastes great together. What do YOU have laying around your kitchen?