Kristin tells the truth when she says they’re easy. There was a lot less involved in these puppies than our usual twice-baked goodness. I had one potato fail, though, when it seemed cooked through until I cut it in half and discovered a raw middle. Learn from my mistake and be patient with the baking so they really cook through. (I mean good grief, this is microwave baking! Sometimes I lose perspective like that.) In the end the little chunks of potato could easily be picked off and given to the smaller, pickier eaters in our house and disguised as French fries. My man, however, complained that they were too dry. Nothing a lot of butter can’t correct, right?
(Just a FYI, my man is not very critical. But I asked his opinion for the sake of the blog. Much like in The Princess Bride when the six-fingered man asked Wesley to “please be honest about how you feel” before torturing him. Only with less torture. Also less fingers.)
Verdict? Pass. They were simple and good. I think the Man and I prefer our twice-baked standby, but these were an easy and acceptable alternative.
What say you, dearest reader? (Is this Downton Abbey talk? I’m not sure where that came from.)
Isn’t that a beautiful chicken dish? You can see why I pinned it. The very simple recipe is found, unsurprisingly, at Real Simple right here.
Last night I had planned on making an E-mealz chicken dish and a side dish with new potatoes and green beans–but when the time came around for it, I wasn’t in the mood. How handy, then, that I had all the ingredients on hand for this baby! We also have lemon trees in the back yard which made it a breeze. Allow yourself time for the prep–there’s a decent amount of chopping and slicing. It did, indeed, turn out beautiful like the photo. However….
Verdict? Fail. This was soooooo lemon-y. I thought the abundance of garlic would balance it all out in the end, but you couldn’t even taste the natural flavors of the potatoes and green beans through the mouth-puckering lemon flavor. The chicken, on the other hand, turned out pretty bland. I ended up salting it profusely on my plate. I actually ate a bowl of cereal afterward to help with the aftertaste of it all.
What about you? Do you share my opinion or did you have a more pleasant experience?