Sunday Supper 21: Ninja Edition

Please forgive me. I’ve developed some sort of farming addiction on Facebook.

Turns out, I’m one heck of a virtual farmer. I was also running a restaurant on Cafe World, but had to give it up because it was cutting into my harvesting time.

No, sadly I’m not kidding.

In other news, we lost our football game last weekend which means that Coach can join the family again.

We’ve eaten dinner together at home 3 times since July.

Again, sadly I’m not kidding.

But he’s back, and the weather is cool, and the leaves are magnificent, and I’m almost motivated to get back to cooking regularly.

And by cooking I don’t mean buying fried chicken from Publix, opening a can of Allen’s Southern Green Beans, and making Velveeta Shells and Cheese. (Which the kids have deemed the “best meal ever”)

I mean really cooking.

And tomorrow we’re going to have Chicken Parmigiana, Tortellini, and a salad.

I might also make the Chocolate Citrus Cake that is on the cover of the December issue of Southern Living that was in my mailbox today…

but Coach has some crazy idea about all of us dressing up like ninjas for our Christmas Card picture, and I’m not sure I’ll have time to be both a ninja and Martha Stewart in the same day.

Tragically, I’m still not kidding.

It all started with me joking about making everyone put on footie pajamas for the picture, which usually just gets Coach a little upset and ranting on and on about how he’ll look like a sausage in footie pajamas, but this year he retaliated with the Christmas Ninja idea.

There was even talk about using throwing stars in the picture.

I’m fairly certain that’s not legal.

So, who knows… This year you may or may not get a Christmas card with the five of us dressed as ninjas donning illegal street weapons.

I wouldn’t bet on it though.

Here’s the Chicken Parmigiana recipe. I bought Bertolli tortellini, and will just throw a salad together and let everyone put on their own dressings- it’s just easier that way.

Chicken Parmigiana
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin (I just buy the thin sliced breasts)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
4 large eggs, beaten with 2 tablespoons water and seasoned with salt and pepper
2 cups panko bread crumbs
1 cup vegetable oil or pure olive oil
Tomato Sauce, recipe follows
1 pound fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
Fresh basil or parsley leaves, for garnish

DirectionsPreheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Dredge each breast in the flour and tap off excess, then dip in the egg and let excess drip off, then dredge on both sides in the bread crumbs.

Divide the oil between 2 large saute pans and heat over high heat until almost smoking. Add 2 chicken breasts to each pan and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a baking sheet and top each breast with some tomato sauce, a few slices of the mozzarella, salt and pepper, and a tablespoon of Parmesan. Bake in the oven until the chicken is cooked through and the cheese is melted, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and garnish with basil or parsley leaves.

Tomato Sauce:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large Spanish onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, smashed with some kosher salt to make a paste
2 (28-ounce) cans plum tomatoes and their juices, pureed in a blender
1 (16-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1 small bunch Italian parsley
1 Cubano chile pepper, chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook until soft. Add pureed tomatoes with their juices, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 cup water, bay leaf, parsley, Cubano pepper, and bring to a boil. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Reduce heat and cook until slightly thickened, about 30 minutes.


See y’all!

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1 Comment on Sunday Supper 21: Ninja Edition

  1. Melissa
    November 15, 2009 at 11:10 pm (8 years ago)

    Um, yeah, I’m gonna need that Christmas card. I’ll send you my address.
    And thanks for making me panic since I haven’t even begun to think about Christmas cards.


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