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Mushroom Bourbon Fried Chicken

mushroom bourbon fried chicken recipe easy

One of my favorite foods is mushrooms; and one my kids favorite foods is fried chicken. Put them together, and you have happy kids, and a happy mommy. Love!

This dish tastes delicious and isn’t very complicated. It will impress your family! Wanna know the secret? It’s actually super easy to make! Especially if you cheat and buy the fried chicken pre-cooked. Safeway has pre-cooked fried chicken strips in their deli section, and they are delicious. That’s my secret!

Mushroom Bourbon Fried Chicken recipe:

  • 8 pieces of fried chicken
  • 11 oz. (or 2 cans) sliced mushrooms
  • 3 pats of butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 1/3 cup chopped onions (green or white-your choice-I use white)
  • 1/3 cup bourbon
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Heat all together in a large skillet, occasionally turning the fried chicken over to soak up the sauce on both sides. Ensure the butter melts and mixes well into the mixture. Cook 20 minutes. Serve with chopped vegetables.

Things you may need to cook Mushroom Bourbon Fried Chicken at home:

When I photographed my Mushroom Bourbon Fried Chicken, I served it with corn casserole. The corn casserole did not come out very good, and tasted like a breakfast food. I recommend serving this dish with your favorite vegetables instead. It is very heavy, and vegetables will balance out your plate. Serving Mushroom Bourbon Fried Chicken with a heavy side dish will be too much to digest. That’s why a simple vegetable such as slice carrots or zucchini, makes the perfect side dish.

I hope you enjoy my Mushroom Bourbon Fried Chicken recipe! The alcohol cooks out, so this dish is safe to serve to your kids, as well anyone who doesn’t drink alcohol. No-one will get a buzz 😉

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

bourbon fried chicken recipe with mushrooms


Pigeon Point Lighthouse with the family

pigeon point lighthouse

Pigeon Point Lighthouse is a lighthouse built in 1971 along the coast just south of Pescadero. It’s a fun, historical monument to visit after a hike, or a beach day, in San Mateo County. This historical monument also includes a youth hostel which was established in the 1960’s. It’s a nice diversion off highway 1 where you can explore local history, and enjoy our beautiful coastline.

We took a walk on the grounds of the lighthouse on our way home from a beach day along the coast, and also read the placards which are set up around the property in order to learn more about the lighthouse. It’s always nice to learn local history!

There is a cute little pathway along the coastline, and the cliff, by the lighthouse, which offers a nice and peaceful walk along the grounds. We had fun walking on it and snapping some family photos.

If you are looking for something to do as our local lock-down continues, this is something you can explore! You can combine Pigeon Point Lighthouse with an easy hike, and also learn about local history while enjoy our beautiful coastline.

It’s too bad the lighthouse isn’t in operation anymore. It looks like it would have been pretty to see lit up. Parts of the grounds were being fixed up when we visited, but we were still able to enjoy the area and see the buildings close up. I highly recommend stopping by if you are local to the Bay Area. If you are not local, and are planning a trip to the Bay Area coastline, be sure to add a quick visit to Pigeon Point Lighthouse to your itinerary!

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your trip!

XOXO

Cathy


Italian mini baked potatoes – San Francisco style

mini baked potatoes

Looking for an easy side dish to pair with a main course? Here it is! I tweaked my Mother’s Italian mini baked potato recipe in order to ensure my kids would love them; and it worked! Since my kids love it, I wanted to share it with you in the hopes that you love it too!

This is a really easy recipe, which tastes amazing. At Whole Foods, you can buy a bag of mini potatoes; they come in two colors! My kids thought the multi-color potatoes were fun 🙂 If you don’t live near a Whole Foods, or don’t shop there, you can find these mini potatoes at any supermarket. You can buy one color, or mix two together like I do. It’s up to you! Here are the ingredients:

  • 3 lbs mini potatoes
  • 1 pat butter
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Salt, basil, oregano, paprika (or black pepper)

My Mom uses ground black pepper, but my kids don’t really like pepper, so I switched the pepper out for paprika. If you prefer pepper, you can make it like my Mom and switch the paprika for pepper. If you really want a crazy kick, use both!

How to cook mini baked potatoes

It’s really easy to cook mini baked potatoes. Before you start, pre-heat your oven to 350.

The first step will be to slice the mini potatoes in half, and spread them out in your casserole dish.

Then, slice up the pat of butter and place the parts apart from each other in the casserole. After you spread out the butter, add the olive oil, and season to taste with oregano, basil, salt, and paprika (or ground pepper). My basil and oregano are dried because we are currently under a shelter-in-place order and I am trying to limit my trips to the grocery store. You can use fresh or dried-it will taste yummy either way! I just spread the seasonings out so that they cover the potatoes; like in the photo above.

When the oven hits 350, put the casserole dish, uncovered, in the oven for 50 minutes. This will give you plenty of time to cook your main course, and vegetables.

Yummy! When the potatoes are done, they should be slightly brown on the edges. The potatoes will be soft inside, and very warm. Be sure to let them cool off for five minutes before serving. Serve with your favorite main course, and a vegetable!

Voila! Instant yummy side dish!

Things you need to cook Italian mini baked potatoes San Francisco style:

I hope you enjoy these Italian mini baked potatoes as much as my family does!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy