Friday, December 27, 2013

Grandpa's chicken

I do so love my Grandpa's chicken - we all do!  This is more of a braised chicken breast - but we always called it Grandpa's chicken because that is what my Grandma always called it.  She said it was my Grandfather's favorite chicken!

4 chicken breasts - cut to be no thicker than 1/2 inch thick and now bigger than a deck of cards.  I usually get 8 to 10 pieces out of four chicken breasts.
Eggs - beaten
garlic powder
bread crumbs
onion powder
chili powder
water - 1 to 2 cups

set out two plates and a bowl.  In the bowl beat 2-3 eggs.  On one plate just put flour.  On other plate put flour and all seasoning.  Mix well. 

Put oil in large pan - heat until hot.  Take each chicken breast -first coat with just flour mixture, then put in beaten eggs, finally cover in flour spice mixture.  Fry until brown.

Once browned put in baking dish.  When all chicken is brown and in baking dish you make a pan gravy out of drippings in the frying pan you just used.  To do this - have pan still be hot.  Had water to pan and drippings - wisking it together.  It will be hot!  When all drippings have been mixed with water - pour over chicken in baking dish.

Pre-heat oven to 350.  Cover baking dish.  Bake for one hour.


Here is my chili recipe  Pretty easy!

Diced tomatoes - 4 cans (with juices!)
Dark red kidney beans - 2 cans - drained
Light red kidney beans - 2 cans - drained
Onion - 1 - chopped
Garlic - 4 cloves - minced
Ground beef - 1 1/2 pound
Taco seasoning - two packets or 1/2 cup homemade
chili powder - 2 T

Brown ground beef and chopped onion together.  Drain.

Put all ingredients in crock pot.  Cook in high for 8 hours.  Add extra chili powder and taco seasoning 1/2 hour before serving, if desired.  We eat this over corn chips with shredded cheese on top.

Bean soup

This is my bean soup recipe - everyone loves it.

Ham bone  and fat from cooked ham- 1
Left over ham - diced - 2 cups
Navy beans or northern beans - 2 pounds
Bacon - 1 pound
Salt and pepper - to taste

Boil clean ham bone and fat for four hours.  Remove bones and fat - save broth.
 Prepare dried beans according to package to cooking stage.  Add beans and chopped onion to ham broth.  Cook for two hours - until beans are desired consistency.    

Fry or broil bacon.  Chop. 

Before serving add bacon, diced ham, salt, and pepper to broth.  Stir and serve hot.

Mashed potato pancakes

This is my Grandmother's mashed potato pancake recipe!

4 cups left over mashed potatoes.
2 tsp garlic powder
1 cup shredded cheese
2 eggs - beaten
oil (I prefer bacon fat for this recipe)

Mix mashed potatoes, garlic powder and cheese together.  Make patties. 

Mix flour and salt together.  Dredge each patty in flour, then beaten egg and then back in flour again.  Fry in oil until crispy.

Meatballs over noodles - recipe

Here is an easy recipe that works well for cook outs or just an easy night meal.

Frozen meatballs (1/2 of a large bag)
Cream of mushroom soup - 2 cans
Brown gravy mix - 2 powders - I get Wal-Mart brand
Milk - 1 cup
Noodles - 1 1/2 pound

This will serve six people with leftovers.

Put frozen meatballs in crock pot.  Cover with mushroom soup, gravy powder and milk.  Stir.  Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

Cook noodles according to package.  Drain.  Serve meatballs over noodles.