Posts Tagged ‘Food Network’

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it yet, but my husband (Stan) and his friend/coworker Mayur are going to Everest in the Spring. They will trek to North Col, at 23k feet. It is no small trip – it will take a whole month to complete!

One of their preparations involves gaining weight – 15-20lbs each! A couple weeks ago, we had Mayur over for dinner and I cooked the men a calorie-packed feast of hearty chicken parmigiana and spaghetti.

The recipe comes from “Tyler’s Ultimate” on the Food Network. The show is what it sounds – Tyler Florence travels the country, tastes variations of the same dish, picks out the best elements from each, and then assembles the “ultimate” recipe.

This dish required a good amount of preparation and ingredients. But the guys liked it, so I think it was well worth it. (Even Stan really liked it, and he’s usually not a fan of chicken parm!)

Chicken Parmigiana
from Tyler’s Ultimate

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus 3 tablespoons
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted
  • 1/2 bunch fresh basil leaves
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, drained and hand-crushed
  • Pinch sugar
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 skinless, boneless, chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 (8-ounce) ball fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound spaghetti pasta, cooked al dente

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Coat a saute pan with olive oil and place over medium heat. When the oil gets hazy, add the onions, garlic, and bay leaves; cook and stir for 5 minutes until fragrant and soft.


cooking the onions, garlic, and bay leaves

3. Add the olives and some hand-torn basil, reserve the rest of the basil for finishing the chicken. Carefully add the tomatoes (nothing splashes like tomatoes), cook and stir until the liquid is cooked down and the sauce is thick, about 15 minutes; season with sugar, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Lower the heat, cover, and keep warm.


the finished sauce - keep warm!

4. Get the ingredients together for the chicken so you have a little assembly line. Put the flour in a shallow platter and season with a fair amount of salt and pepper; mix with a fork to distribute evenly. In a wide bowl, combine the eggs and water, beat until frothy. Put the bread crumbs on a plate, add the 1 cup parmesan, chopped parsley, and garlic powder Season with salt and pepper and stir with a fork until thoroughly combined.

5. Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high flame in a large oven-proof skillet. Lightly dredge both sides of the chicken cutlets in the seasoned flour, and then dip them in the egg wash to coat completely, letting the excess drip off, then dredge in the bread crumbs. When the oil is nice and hot, add the cutlets and fry for 4 minutes on each side until golden and crusty, turning once.

6. Ladle the tomato-olive sauce over the chicken and arrange the mozzarella on top. Sprinkle with Parmesan, and remaining basil. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly. Serve hot with spaghetti.

right out of the oven

serves 4

Each serving has roughly 900 calories… so it’s not diet-friendly!!!

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Sausage and Vegetable Stew over Egg Noodles

I had a good Saturday! Stas and I got up early (9:30am), had breakfast, and then he left to go skydiving for the day. I spent some time researching bridal makeup on the internet (I think I found my look) and then went grocery shopping. I loooove grocery shopping (seriously), and I took my time today and fully enjoyed it. A bonus was that it wasn’t packed like it usually is, so I managed to leave with my good mood intact 🙂

After putting the groceries away, I decided to do some cooking. This recipe comes from the current issue of Food Network magazine. I got it for free – it was one of those “try our magazine for free” deals on the internet. The catch was that they secretly enrolled you in a full subscription – so sneaky!!! I cancelled it right away, but still got the free issue. (score!)

The magazine is full of recipes, but most of them aren’t very healthy. And most of the chefs on the food network really annoy me. The Food Network was awesome a few years ago, when they had a lot less Rachel Ray, Next Food Network Star and other reality-type shows, and a lot more Mario Batalli, Iron Chef, and Giada De Laurentiis.

Anyway, back to the recipe! It caught my eye as a great recipe to make for Stas – because he loves soups and stews, especially for weekend lunches.

It was very easy to make, and Stas really liked it – so it may be a keeper!

I served it over egg noodles for him because he had a long, exhausting day of skydiving (he got 4 jumps in today) and needed some carbs!


Sausage and Vegetable Stew
adapted from Food Network Magazine, Feb/Mar 2009

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large white onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Hungarian paprika
Kosher salt
4 cups water
6 ounces kielbasa, cut into small chunks
3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
2 parsnips, peeled and cut into large chunks
3 medium-sized white potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
black pepper

1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 6 minutes. Add the paprika and 1 teaspoon salt; cook until the oil turns deep red, about 1 minute. Add the flour and cook until just toasted, 30 more seconds. Immediately stir in 4 cups water. Add the kielbasa, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt.

2. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer; cover and cook until the vegetables are tender and the broth has thickened, about 20 minutes. Add the vinegar and season with pepper, and more salt if necessary.

(optional: serve with sour cream, fresh chopped parsley, and a sprinkle of paprika)

Serves 4


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