Dinner Inspiration, a la CHOPPED


Ok, so I feel like I am living in a Full Time Episode of “Chopped”.  Since we close on our new house this Mon, I am trying to eat as much as possible from our current food selection at the apartment.  We are running low….seriously low.  I had one Spicy & Smokey Chicken Breast leftover from last night.  And I was going to use leftover Mac & Cheese for the kids.  Problem, we couldn’t find the Mac.  I figured Mark had eaten it for lunch, so I was back to the drawing board for the kids.  (we did find it later…..behind the huge water filter.  Lovely.)  So, pancakes it is!  I whipped up my Maple Pancakes super fast with an Egg for Story and an Amish PB Sammy for Dash, on Raisin Toast, of course!!!  And some fresh fruit. (btw….this local Amish PB is TO DIE FOR!!!!  Holy Yummers, ya’ll!!!!!)  Ok, so now, for our Grown Up Dinner, I have a super flavorful Chicken breast, Maple Pancakes…….Eggs……Feta Cheese.  So, here’s whatcha get out of that.  Chopped-Style.

Worcherstirshire Sauce & Coffee

Worcestershire Sauce & Coffee

I knew I had to change up the flavor of the chicken a bit to compliment the Maple Pancakes.  So, first I sliced the chicken and onions and popped them in my cast iron skillet.  This Spicy & Smokey Chicken was packed with so much flavor that I knew I had to enhance it with something pretty strong.  My first thought was worcestershire sauce.  So, some of that went into the skillet.  Then, I thought a bit more….needed something even stronger.  Hummmm…..do I have any leftover coffee in the pot from this morning?  Why yes, yes I do!  Leftover coffee can be utilized in SO MANY WAY!!!  Don’t forget this hidden gem when making sauces, marinades or even baking with chocolate!!!  Amazing enhancer with Chocolate!!!!

3 T Worcestershire Sauce

1/4 Cup Coffee

Then, the Hubby was running late.  I had it thickened and ready to go.  Ok, time for another improvisation!  I thought the flavor of the chicken simmering down was just about perfect with the Maple Pancakes.  So, I hit it with a little bit of the Kona Beer I was drinking!  PERFECT!!!  Won’t let the chicken dry out, but will also compliment the flavors!

Gettin' Happy!!!

Gettin’ Happy!!!

Alright, Alright.  Lookin Good Now!

All I did was Put a Maple Pancake  on the Bottom, Chicken Over, Fried Egg on Top.  Then sprinkled with a little Spicy & Smokey Rub, Feta Cheese & Sunflower Seeds.

Layered it lengthwise so you could see the layers

Plated this one lengthwise so you could see the layers

Plated Normal

Plated Normal


After First Bite.  Egg is PERFECT!!!

After First Bite. Egg is PERFECT!!!

I couldn’t believe how incredibly delicious this turned out!  Mark LOVED it!

Wow!!!  See, sometimes getting creative in the kitchen leads to an amazing meal.

CHOPPED Ain’t Got Nothin’ on This Girl!!!

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