Sunday, March 15, 2009

An Early St. Patrick Celebration

Top of the Mornin' to Ya! These little guys had a blast at our Pre-St. Patrick's Day Sunday Dinner. I think it is supposed to represent Mom, me, and my son..... Kind of a motley crew here, actually. I made the usual salad with green peas, almonds, scallions, and craisins... plus lots of cheese and a few black olives. I love to make these thinner salads with lots of goodies on top.
Our tablescape was a bit eclectic today. A little blue onion, a little holiday (er... Christmas holiday), and the main effect was the pretty pink placemats and Briar Rose antique plates, which I didn't get a good shot.... Trust me, before the food was on the table, it was cool!
I made
Parmesan Chicken Hoagies.
1 large (this one was huge) chicken breast
1/2 c. water
1 c. grated Parmesan Cheese (I just used the kind in the shaker jar)
1/3 c. ketchup
1/3 c. Italian Dressing
1 T. Italian seasoning
1 t. garlic powder
1/2 stick butter
1/2 c. cooking oil (olive oil works well)
6 Hoagie Rolls
1 can black olives
1 can artichoke hearts
leaf lettuce
Butterfly the chicken breast and pound thin. Sprinkle both sides of every piece with salt, pepper, and generous layer of Parmesan. Rub in. Cut into bite size pieces and saute in olive oil. Drain and put into baking dish. Mix water, ketchup, salt, pepper, remainder of Parmesan, Italian seasoning and pour over chicken. Bake, covered, for one hour at 350 degrees. Brown drained artichoke hearts in butter and garlic. Toast buns after slicing lengthwise. Layer cheese, lettuce, chicken, sauce, black olives, and artichoke hearts on hoagie bun....

I had made a huge gift of all the "green" I could find from the Men's toiletries, gimmicks, Oriental quick lunches... apple juice.... anything green.... It was a hit!

Have a great week..... I gave Mom a gardening magazine, two Paula Deen candles (they are amazing... and inexpensive at Walmart).... and some cocoa and crackers.... Mom handed out some "greenbacks"..... and it was a great day for Spinner.... Have a good week.


Lisa said...

Oh wow, that recipe is on my to do list. YUMMY. Where on earth did you get it?

You know, Dream a my favorite Mama Cass song!!

Becky K. said...

I love, love, love chicken Parm!!!!

How fun!

Allidink said...

Awesome! I haven't eaten dinner yet and look at everything is making my stomach gurgle because it looks so good! lol

All the best,

Julie said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! It all looks yummy!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Sounds like you guys hah alot of fun and yummy things to eat..m..

Anonymous said...

Happy Saint patrick's Day ♥

Diane Fay (littlealma) said...

Oh man, I am wondering if you would share your pea salad recipe with me? I am not to good at making something up as I go, so would love to have a little more directions on how you made yours!!! Thanks!

Hugs from Michigan - Diane