I recently read an article about how to be a better cook. One of the things the article talked about is how you should read the recipe in it’s entirety before even starting to cook. This is something that I do for every recipe I make. Actually I tend to read a recipe several times. I have found I am not entirely fond of this next cookbook for the reason it’s really difficult to read a complete recipe.
The cookbook I am referring to is Jamie Oliver’s Meals in Minutes.
The approach the cookbook takes is to help you put together an entire meal all at the same time. The page I had tagged for example was for a complete meal which contained smashed potatoes, sauted spinach, broiled chicken and a strawberry drink. Yikes! And the “recipe” bounces from one of the dishes the next, never giving a complete list of instructions for one particular dish. Since I didn’t want to have a panic attack I decided to only make the smashed potatoes and the broiled chicken.
I started by boiling some water and putting small white potatoes in the boiling water, covering the pan with a lid and letting the potatoes cook for about 14 minutes when they were tender.
I jumped to the chicken. I put a pinch of dried oregano, paprika, salt and pepper along with a drizzle of olive oil on a sheet of parchment paper.
I then rolled boneless skinless chicken breasts in the spices.
I heated my cast iron skillet over high heat and warmed a bit of olive oil and butter. Then once hot I added the chicken and browned all sides.
Once the chicken was browned I placed it on a glass baking dish and surrounded it by cherry tomatoes, lemon wedges and rosemary (the herb not me). Then I poured the drippings from the skillet over the chicken and laid a piece of bacon on each.
The dish went into a preheated broiler for 14 minutes. I put the cast iron skillet back on the stove, heated some more olive oil and added a crushed clove of garlic, some rosemary leaves and a bay leaf over medium heat.
Once the potatoes were done boiling I drained them and added them to the skillet. I took a smaller pan and smashed them down, sprinkles with salt and a bit more olive oil and let them cook for around 3 minutes.
After 3 minutes I stirred the potatoes around a bit and then smashed again, seasoned with salt and let cook for 3 minutes. This repeated until the chicken was removed from the broiler.
And then everything was plated together (with the addition of some broccolini I had leftover from the previous recipe!)
The Verdict: The star of the meal was the potatoes!! Oh my gosh were they great! And they really weren’t that complicated to execute. The chicken did not have a much flavor as I wanted it have so for that reason I won’t be making it again. But if you want to try those potatoes click on the link below for the recipe!
And if you happen to see my cast iron skillet has a blue rubbery thing on it, that is a silicone handle holder which assists in not making me burn myself. I love it so if you want one you can find them on Amazon on the link below.