Fried Chicken and Waffles

Chicken and Waffles: The perfect recipe for homemade crispy fried chicken and fluffy waffles, with warmed maple syrup.

Today I’m sharing this amazing recipe for Chicken and Waffles.  It’s perfect weekend food, and with Maple Syrup season in full swing here in Ontario, this really is the best way to enjoy some Maple Syrup.

Chicken and Waffles: The perfect recipe for homemade crispy fried chicken and fluffy waffles, with warmed maple syrup.

When I was a kid I had some pretty strict food rules.  One of which was no mixing sweet and savour.  I’m glad I out grew that one…except for Hawaiian pizza, cause it’s just not right, are you with me?

Chicken and Waffles: The perfect recipe for homemade crispy fried chicken and fluffy waffles, with warmed maple syrup.

Chicken and Waffles are the perfect mix of salty, crispy chicken, and sweet, soft and fluffy waffles.  This has become a real family favourite.

Chicken and Waffles: The perfect recipe for homemade crispy fried chicken and fluffy waffles, with warmed maple syrup.

Fried Chicken and Waffles

Ingredients

    For the Fried Chicken
  • 1 chicken cut up into 8 pieces
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Lawyer's seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • oil for frying
  • For the Waffles
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup butter -melted
  • maple syrup

Instructions

    To Make the Fried Chicken
  1. Marinade the chicken in the buttermilk from 12-24 hours.
  2. To make the breading, combine the flour, seasoning salt, paprika, black pepper, dried thyme, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder.
  3. Remove the chicken from the marinade and dip into the breading mixture to coat.
  4. Fry chicken in a pan with a few inches of oil heated to 350 degrees, until golden brown, about 5-7 min on each side. Work in batches of about 3 pieces, taking care not to over crowd the pan.
  5. Place fried chicken on a baking sheet and finish cooking in a preheated 360 degree F oven, until cooked through. (Wings may not require the oven cooking, they may be cooked through after they're fried.)
  6. To Make the Waffles
  7. Sift together in a large bowl the flour, baking soda, salt and sugar.
  8. Separate the eggs and beat the 2 egg whites until stiff but not dry.
  9. In another bowl combine the egg yolks, milk, and melted butter. Stir this mixture into the dry ingredients with a few swift strokes -batter will be slightly lumpy.
  10. Fold the egg whites into the batter until just combined.
  11. Cook in a waffle iron. Serve hot with fried chicken on top, and warmed maple syrup drizzled over top.
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Chicken and Waffles: The perfect recipe for homemade crispy fried chicken and fluffy waffles, with warmed maple syrup.

It’s also National Waffle Day, so I thought this was the perfect recipe to share!

Chicken and Waffles: The perfect recipe for homemade crispy fried chicken and fluffy waffles, with warmed maple syrup.

With homemade Chicken and Waffles, life really is a party!

Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Italian Sausage

Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Italian Sausage: An easy, semi-homemade pasta dish that's a easy enough for a family weeknight, and delicious enough for company.

This Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Italian Sausage is a real family favourite.  It’s easy to put together, since it uses premade gnocchi from the pantry, and it’s so, so good.

Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Italian Sausage: An easy, semi-homemade pasta dish that's a easy enough for a family weeknight, and delicious enough for company.

I discovered gnocchi one day after a discussion at a play date.  A friend of mine who comes from an Italian background was talking about what she was having for dinner.  I had only tried gnocchi once or twice before at a restaurant.  I was certainly intimidated by the idea of trying to make my own little potato pasta pillows, which is what they are.  I was surprised to hear that she bought hers in the dry pasta section of the grocery store.  And I thought that if she liked it, I should give it a try too.

Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Italian Sausage: An easy, semi-homemade pasta dish that's a easy enough for a family weeknight, and delicious enough for company.

She mentioned that she sometimes made gnocchi with a little wine, garlic, mushrooms, parmesan cheese, and sometimes a bit of cream.  I thought that sounded delicious, so that very night I picked up the ingredients, added Italian sausage, and we’ve been enjoying it ever since!

Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Italian Sausage: An easy, semi-homemade pasta dish that's a easy enough for a family weeknight, and delicious enough for company.

Here’s my version of the recipe, easy enough for a weeknight family dinner, but delicious enough for company.  It’s great with a nice green salad, crusty garlic bread, and a bottle of wine.

Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Italian Sausage: An easy, semi-homemade pasta dish that's a easy enough for a family weeknight, and delicious enough for company.

Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Italian Sausage

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. packages of potato gnocchi
  • 1 lbs Italian sausage
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 10 oz. white mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 Portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • parmesan cheese to taste

Instructions

  1. Begin by removing the sausage from the casing and frying it in a large skillet over a medium high heat until it is cooked through and crumbled. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, add the olive oil and sauté the onions, mushrooms, and garlic until they are cooked about 5 min.
  3. Add the cooked sausage back to the pan, and add the wine. Scrap up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan, bring the wine to a boil and let reduce slightly.
  4. Meanwhile bring a large pot of water to a boil, and cook the gnocchi according to the package directions.
  5. Add the cream and parmesan cheese to the sausage and mushroom mixture, and then add in the hot drained gnocchi. Stir to combine, and enjoy.
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Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Italian Sausage: An easy, semi-homemade pasta dish that's a easy enough for a family weeknight, and delicious enough for company.

This is a one skillet dinner too, so easy clean up.  Just another reason to love it.

Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Italian Sausage: An easy, semi-homemade pasta dish that's a easy enough for a family weeknight, and delicious enough for company.

If you happen to have any leftovers, it sure is a lunch to look forward to the next day.

Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Italian Sausage: An easy, semi-homemade pasta dish that's a easy enough for a family weeknight, and delicious enough for company.

With Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Italian Sausage, life really is a party!

Irish Ploughman’s Lunch for St. Patrick’s Day

Irish Ploughman's Lunch: The perfect easy and delicious way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, with a really simple Brown Irish Soda Bread recipe included.

Yesterday I shared by St. Patrick’s Day table and bar cart, and today I’m sharing the food.  We had a delicious Ploughman’s Lunch with an Irish twist.  It’s perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day -easy, and so, so delicious.

Irish Ploughman's Lunch: The perfect easy and delicious way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, with a really simple Brown Irish Soda Bread recipe included.

A traditional ploughman’s lunch is served all over the UK.  It’s real pub grub and was made popular in the 1950’s when the cheese board popularized it to help with cheese sales.  It usually consists of some cheese, bread, and meat, sometimes hard boiled eggs, and condiments, sometimes a bit of fruit or salad.  We’ve put a fun Irish twist on ours with some special Irish ingredients, making it the perfect meal for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with friends.

Irish Ploughman's Lunch: The perfect easy and delicious way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, with a really simple Brown Irish Soda Bread recipe included.

We started out with some homemade Brown Irish Soda Bread.  This was the first time I’ve ever made it and it was easy and delicious.  I used a tested and true recipe from my sister, who got it after eating it lots of times at her friend’s house.  Those are always the best kind of recipes.  This bread uses soda as the raising agent, not yeast, so it’s quick and easy to make.

Irish Ploughman's Lunch: The perfect easy and delicious way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, with a really simple Brown Irish Soda Bread recipe included.

Brown Irish Soda Bread

Yield: Makes 2 loaves.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • 4 cups buttermilk

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients: both flours, brown sugar, salt, and baking soda.
  2. Add in the buttermilk and gently mix to combine. Do not knead or over mix.
  3. Grease two 9x5 loaf pans, and divide the batter evenly between them. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. (I made mine round in two cake pans, and reduced the cooking time slightly because they were more shallow. Bake until the tip of a knife comes out clean.)
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Along with our amazing Irish Soda Bread, we knew we needed some Irish cheese.  I found some good varieties at the local grocery store -Kerrygold Dubliner Irish Cheddar and Blarney Castle Gouda, along with Bradbury’s Mature Irish cheddar.

Irish Ploughman's Lunch: The perfect easy and delicious way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, with a really simple Brown Irish Soda Bread recipe included.

I feel like I have a special connection to Ireland, although I’m not Irish and I’ve never been there.  My best friend, Heather, is from Dublin.  She’s passed onto me a certain appreciation for all things Irish.

Irish Ploughman's Lunch: The perfect easy and delicious way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, with a really simple Brown Irish Soda Bread recipe included.

We were discussing Irish butter in preparation for the ploughman’s lunch.  Unfortunately you can’t buy Irish butter in Canada, something to do with the milk pasteurization laws here (but for my American readers, you should be able to find Kerrygold).  As we discussed Irish butter and what made it better we came up with the milk fat content being higher, and the cow’s being grazed on grass -which is a certain problem here in Canada where the grass is under the snow for half the year.  I was able to find a few substitutes though -one grass fed cows butter, and one with a European style butter with a higher milk fat content.  They were a splurge, but so, so yummy.

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I also served some lovely carved ham, crisp apples, and hard boiled eggs.

Irish Ploughman's Lunch: The perfect easy and delicious way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, with a really simple Brown Irish Soda Bread recipe included.

We also needed some condiments, a good mustard, picked onions and traditional Branston pickle -any good chutney would be great.

Irish Ploughman's Lunch: The perfect easy and delicious way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, with a really simple Brown Irish Soda Bread recipe included.

The traditional  compliment to the ploughman’s lunch is a pint -we went with Irish Guinness, and Irish hard apple cider, both are favourites around here.

Irish Ploughman's Lunch: The perfect easy and delicious way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, with a really simple Brown Irish Soda Bread recipe included.

This is the perfect easy meal for a party.  You can sit a long time, savour good simple food, and then have another pint and another story in the Irish way.

Irish Ploughman's Lunch: The perfect easy and delicious way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, with a really simple Brown Irish Soda Bread recipe included.

If you need some inspiration to set the perfect table for St. Patrick’s Day, check out this beautiful St. Patrick’s Day table we set.

Irish Ploughman's Lunch: The perfect easy and delicious way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, with a really simple Brown Irish Soda Bread recipe included.

With an Irish Ploughman’s Lunch to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, life really is a party!

Onion Rings

Homemade Onion Rings: great recipe to make homemade breaded onion rings, guaranteed to wow!

Last night, Friday night, Homemade Onion Rings seemed like the perfect treat to kick off the weekend.  These onion rings were amazing -the perfect balance of crunchy seasoned goodness on the outside, and sweet tender onion on the inside.

Homemade Onion Rings: great recipe to make homemade breaded onion rings, guaranteed to wow!

I heard it said once that if you only ate french fries when you made them yourself, from scratch, it would probably be about right.  Since they’re a lot of effort, it’s good that they’re a sometimes, not all the time treat.  The same could be said of these amazing onion rings.

Homemade Onion Rings: great recipe to make homemade breaded onion rings, guaranteed to wow!

Not an everyday kind of food, a little fiddly to make, but so, so worth it.  These guys are definitely worth the trouble.  After the first crunchy bite, I’m sure you’ll agree with me.

Homemade Onion Rings: great recipe to make homemade breaded onion rings, guaranteed to wow!

Onion Rings

Onion Rings

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet Spanish onion
  • 1 1/4 cup flour -divided
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg -beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Slice onion and dip rings into 1/4 cup flour to coat them, shaking off any excess.
  2. To make the batter, combine 1 cup of flour, and the baking powder in a large bowl. Whisk in the milk and egg to make a smooth batter. One by one, dip in the onion rings that have been coated with flour already. Let them drip to remove any excess.
  3. In a shallow bowl, combine the two kinds of bread crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne. Stir to mix well.
  4. Dip the battered onion rings into the bread crumb mixture to coat evenly.
  5. Fry the onion rings in a deep fryer with oil at 375 degrees, until golden brown. Drain on paper towel, and sprinkle with additional salt, to taste.
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Homemade Onion Rings: great recipe to make homemade breaded onion rings, guaranteed to wow!

These are best served nice and hot with a little extra sprinkle of salt.

Homemade Onion Rings: great recipe to make homemade breaded onion rings, guaranteed to wow!

These are guaranteed to take your regular burger night to a whole new level.

Homemade Onion Rings: great recipe to make homemade breaded onion rings, guaranteed to wow!

These would also be a pretty impressive addition to any party -we like them with a little ketchup or chipotle mayo on the side.  Hope you love these too.

Homemade Onion Rings: great recipe to make homemade breaded onion rings, guaranteed to wow!

With Homemade Onion Rings, life really is a party!

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