Interesting combination: chicken, brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes and pear

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Heeelllo,

Last Sunday the boyfriend did the grocery shopping and he chose 3 recipes to try. (Of course I’ll be cooking them as he isn’t home until 7) This one sounds so weird but turned out to be really delicious! The salty chicken pairs really well with the pear, and I love mashed potatoes any way I eat them. We’re not a fan of brussel sprouts but this was okay. I would recommend you to try this!

First of all: in the original recipe they use store bought (sweet) potato mash. This is fine if you’re low on time but on any other occasion I really think it pays off to make it yourself! The fluffy texture of homemade mashed potatoes with loads of butter and milk, and then the great flavour of fresh chives, salt and pepper… Don’t try and tell me the store bought version can make you drool as much as a great fresh one!

The recipes in this blog are enough to feed 2 persons. Because of the many steps it may seem like a difficult recipe but it’s not. Overall I think it took me around 40 minutes to cook everything.

Home made mashed potatoes

First of all, I’m going to explain how you turn this usually “okay-ish” side dish into an actual winner. If you want to skip this step and use store bought anyway that’s fine… I guess 😉

What you need:

  • Potatoes, 4 medium sized (floury)
  • Butter, 3 spoonfuls
  • Milk, 100 ml
  • Chives, a handful (fresh and chopped)
  • Salt and pepper

What you need to do:

  • Peel the potatoes and wash them. Cut them in even chunks.
  • Place this in a pan with water and let it boil for around 20-25 minutes.
  • If they are soft enough, pour the water away and let the extra water evaporate for a few minutes. Then, use a fork or masher and mash until nice and smooth. Add the butter and some milk and stir. If you don’t like the consistency yet, add some more milk.
  • Add the chives, salt and pepper and see if it’s up to your taste. Set the pan aside.

The dinner dish

What you need:

  • The mashed potatoes, either homemade or store bought (around 400g)
  • Chicken breast, 200g
  • Brussel sprouts, 300g
  • Pears, 2 pieces (not too ripe)
  • Almonds, 30g
  • Za’atar herb mix
  • Thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil

Procedure:

  • Marinate the chicken breasts and cut into pieces. Heat up a frying pan and brown the almonds for 2 minutes.
  • Take the almonds out, and add some olive oil and the chicken to the pan.
  • Boil the brussel sprouts for around 10 minutes. Meanwhile, cut the pears into quarters and sprinkle with some za’atar and thyme.
  • Slowly heat up the mashed potatoes and do some final tasting. Add more milk if you prefer.
  • Check to see if the sprouts are done, and toss the water. Make sure the chicken is cooked thoroughly too.
  • Time to start plating! Start by make a round pile of mashed potatoes. Place the chicken on top, and the brussel sprouts around it. Place the pears on the plate nicely too, and what’s leftover can be placed on the table. Sprinkle some almonds over the plate and you’re good to go!

Really interesting, but surprisingly good. Let me know if you tried it ad if you know any good flavour combinations!

See you tomorrow,

Vivian

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