Saturday, August 14, 2010
Time hurries on, and if I don't get this posted, the leaves that are green will have turned to brown. My sloth and schedule have let about 3 weeks go by since we had this dinner. It was a broiling hot Sunday, and the swamp cooler and the one-room AC and all the little fans were going full blast and I didn't want to add any heat to the house. I had a Lemon Pepper Chicken all thawed (not un-thawed) and we had some squash from the garden and come corn from earlier in the week.
I decided to see how much I could get into one dutch oven. It all fit, as you can see. This was a deep 12" oven, and it has a little more capacity, but I think a standard 12" would do just fine.
The zucchini recipe is one that we got a year or two ago. It is actually was for eggplant, but we prefer the squash, and it works really well with more mature fruits. Scoop out the fruit with a melon baller and saute with onions, peppers, and tomatoes- or just what you want. We season it with pesto and garlic, and Italian Seasoning - basil and oregano, and a little black pepper and Parmesan cheese. Add some fried sausage and bake for 30 minutes.
Since we had the chicken to cook, we didn't do the sausage, but seasoned it Italian and assembled it and put it into the DO. You wouldn't really have to saute the stuffing I don't think, but I had a chicken and some corn in there too, and was worried that I might not have enough heat in one batch of coals.
Recently, B & T were down and we did some chicken in a DO, but it was still a little frozen, and the wind was blowing hard. If you have conditions like that, you should probably cut the chicken into pieces as it would cook a lot faster. Ours was done.... but not falling-off-the-bone done. Until I put it in the oven after dinner and finished it off.
Anyway, there you have it. I had a bunch of little videos to use instead of the pictures, but they ended up being about 350 MB, and it just wouldn't load into Blogger. Have fun.