Monday, March 18, 2024

Stuffed Zucchini

This recipe is a family favorite. I stuffed the zucchini yesterday and froze one and tonight we had the other one for dinner. Easy clean-up is key for a Monday night.

It is a pretty easy recipe. I am not sure where it originated so I will make the assumption that my Mom must have made them.

First, cut the zucchini in half (I used 2 zucchini), remove the seeds, and core out the inside, you'll use that for the filling. 

Make some rice. I used Arborio. 

Blanch or steam the zucchini halves. 

Saute chopped onion in olive oil and butter until golden. 

Add ground beef. 

Brown the meat and add the zucchini that you scraped out. 

Saute until tender. 

Season with salt, pepper, parsley, and oregano. 

Mix the filling with the rice and some Parmesan Cheese and adjust the seasoning. 

Fill the zucchini boats with the filling. 

Top with sauce and Parmesan Cheese and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. 


Saturday, March 2, 2024

Air Fryer Chicken Katsu with Homemade Katsu Sauce

Tonight was all about keeping things simple and delicious, and this
Air Fryer Chicken Katsu with Homemade Katsu Sauce recipe from totally delivered!

The real winner, though? The out-of-this-world sauce. Packed with rich brown sugar, it developed a deep, complex flavor that almost reminded us of coffee. So unexpected, but oh-so good!

For sides, I stuck with the classics: Basmati rice and some sauteed zucchini. Simple, yet the perfect complement to the star of the show.

This recipe is a definite keeper.


Katsu Sauce:
½ cup ketchup
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon sherry
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 pound chicken tenders
1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 large eggs, beaten
1 ½ cups panko bread crumbs
2 tbsp cornstarch
cooking spray

Prepare sauce: Whisk ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar, sherry, and Worcestershire sauce together in a bowl until sugar has dissolved. 
Set katsu sauce aside.

Preheat an air fryer to 350 degrees F.

Meanwhile, lay chicken pieces on a clean work surface. Season with salt and pepper.

Place beaten egg in a flat dish or shallow bowl. 

Pour bread crumbs into a second flat dish.

Dredge chicken pieces in egg and then in bread crumbs.

Repeat by dredging chicken in egg and then bread crumbs again, pressing down so the bread crumbs stick to the chicken.

Place chicken pieces in the basket of the preheated air fryer.

Spray the tops with nonstick cooking spray.

Air fry for 10 minutes.

Flip chicken pieces over using a spatula and spray the tops with nonstick cooking spray.

Cook for 7 minutes more.

Serve with katsu sauce.