I don’t know how many of you noticed, last night was the beginning of the 2009/2010 NFL season. In honor of that, the special at Holly’s Diner last night was a manly meal – meat and potatoes.
I knew HH would want to sit at the counter and watch the game, along with anyone else who stopped by, and knew a nice summer salad would not cut it. But I’m just not ready for a hunk of beef either. Some creativity was required for the first meal of the football season, although the Chargers don’t play until Monday night apparently last night was still quite important.
So last night’s featured manly meal was a chicken breast (it’s still meat!), marinated in a chipotle mayonnaise and seasonings, lightly pounded then butterflied. Next the chicken breast was stuffed with slices of ham, provolone cheese and fresh spinach leaves. The concoction was then pan fried in butter on both sides until brown, then placed in the oven (pan and all) for 20 minutes at 350º. In the meantime, I cooked red potatoes, turning them into mashed potatoes (with the skins) – HH helped – and steamed mixed vegetables. I had to get SOME healthy things in there.
The manly meal was served at the counter, big screen on, football and meat and potatoes – what better way to start the season!