Fritters da Diet with a “Smooth” Surprise

Fritter da Diet 065When I first started making Digger Fritters (Potatoes with Bacon and Polish Sausage), I used the Bacon Ends & Pieces that came in a box. Back in the day, that box of bacon was very cheap. However, it had a lot of fat and calories. At first, I baked the polish sausage separately to eat on the side with the potatoes and bacon. Then later I started dicing the polish sausage to fry and mix with the potatoes and bacon.

Now I use thick bacon when I make my regular Fritters. I melt cheese on top, a dollop of sour cream, and sometimes a fried Bacon Ends - Don't use this!egg. It still has a lot of calories, but it sure does taste good.

I used to make it every weekend because my family loved it. Now, I only make a few times a year.

I wanted to see if I could cut the calories by substituting Turnips for potatoes and Turkey Bacon, instead of the thick bacon. Parsnips can also be used instead of potatoes.

Fritter da Diet 006Some other changes to make would be to use a different cheese topping. Mozzarella and Feta have fewer calories than Cheddar Cheese. You can also use Yogurt, instead of Sour Cream. For Fritters Deluxe, I top it with an over-easy egg. You can also poach the egg or only use the egg whites.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Turnips, 3
  2. Turkey Bacon, Hickory Smoked, recommended: Applegate Naturals, 3 slicesFritter da Diet 016
  3. Smoked Sausage (with Chicken, Pork & Beef), recommended: Morrell, 7 oz.
  4. Hot Jalapeno & Habanero Jack Shredded Cheese, recommended: Great Value, 8 oz.
  5. Garlic & Herb Butter, recommended: Kerrygold, ½ stick
  6. Butter, Unsalted, Sweet Cream, recommended: Great Value, ½ stick and 1 teaspoon
  7. Black Truffle Oil, recommended: Roland, ½ teaspoon
  8. Truffle Zest, recommended: Sabatino, ¼ teaspoon
  9. Porcini Mushroom Rub, recommended: Manitou, ½ teaspoonFritter da Diet 031
  10. Granulated Garlic, recommended: HyVee, ¼ teaspoon
  11. Chicago Steak Seasoning, recommended: Weber, ¼ teaspoon
  12. Liquid Smoke, Mesquite, recommended: Wrights’, ½ cap
  13. Chicken Bouillon Cube, recommended: Knorr, 1
  14. Chopped Onions, frozen, recommended: Pictsweet, ¼ cup
  15. Chopped Green Bell Peppers, frozen, recommended: Great Value, ¼ cup
  16. Parsley Flakes, recommended: Spice World, ½ teaspoon
  17. Water, enough to fill pan of TurnipsFritter da Diet 032

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut off the Turnip top and bottom, then dice. Try to make the cuts the same size as the diced Smoked Sausage.
  2. Add Truffle Oil, Truffle Zest, Porcini Mushroom Rub and 1 teaspoon of Butter to pot and cook on low for 2 minutes.
  3. Add diced Turnips, Bouillon Cube and Water to the same pot and boil for 25 to 30 minutes.
  4. Drain the Turnips and move to colander. Season with Granulated Garlic and Chicago Steak Seasoning.Fritter da Diet 037
  5. Add ½ of Kerrygold and Unsalted Butter to a skillet and melt. Add the diced Turnips and turn until they are brown. Can take about 20 to 30 minutes, turning as needed.
  6. Dice the Polish Sausage.
  7. Fry the Bacon slices. Remove the slices and brown the diced Polish Sausage. Remove the Polish Sausage and add the Chopped Onions and Green Bell Peppers. Cook for a few minutes. Cut the Bacon into pieces.
  8. Drain excess melted Butter from the Turnip Skillet. Add the Bacon pieces, diced Polish Sausage, Chopped Onions and Green Bell Peppers. Mix together and cook on low for 10 minutes.Fritter da Diet 039
  9. Top with Shredded Cheese and cook on low an additional 5 to 10 minutes to allow the cheese to melt.
  10. You can fry or “poach” an Egg to top this. Add a dollop of Daisy sour cream and sprinkle Parsley Flakes for presentation.

Today is Shampoo Day! So I get to apply “topical” biotin on the bad spots and drink “liquid” biotin with my orange juice. Also, this week, I will take Hair & Vitamin pills as well as Biotin pills. I still use the “old school” Sulfur 8 on my braid parts, because it makes my scalp tingle.Fritter da Diet 040

Aldi messed up my grocery order and sent 8 bananas instead of 2. What to do? I thought about baking Banana Bread, but I am very short on flour. I did think ahead to order Strawberry yogurt, do why take advantage of the extra bananas and use them in a Smoothie with the orange juice?

I got this idea yesterday and ordered an Oyster Smoothie Blender from Amazon. It arrived today, so it must have been in their warehouse.

NO COOTIES ALLOWED!Fritter da Diet 042

I take special care with any incoming packages. Back in early February, I ordered 3 things from Amazon and when they arrived, I noticed they were from China. This was when we first found out about COVID. So I sent that shit back, ASAP! And used gloves and took special care in handling the packages.

Now I wear special “cootie” gloves and bleach wipes for all incoming packages. Better safe than sorry.

Fritters da Diet 004My dishwasher, washer and dryer installers did not wear masks during the install, but I did. I am not playing!

Shout out to my favorite cousin, Tony! He fixed my old dishwasher and it lasted awhile, but had to be replaced. The new Dishwasher is fantastic.

The dishes are finally being cleaned, for real this time. No fooling around!

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GARLICKY GREEK LEMON CHICKEN

Greek Chicken Dinner 029The Umami Flavor Bomb!

On cooking show competitions it is always a compliment to hear that your food has Umami. You, know, that bold flavor bomb that comes from strong ingredients like garlic, bacon, onion, cheese, pepper, anchovies or lemon/lime, AKA the 7 wonders of the food world. u·ma·mi /o͞oˈmämē/noun: Umami

  • a category of taste in food (besides sweet, sour, salt, and bitter), corresponding to the flavor of glutamates, especially monosodium glutamate.

I love food with Middle Eastern flavors such Sumac, Feta and Greek Chicken Dinner 026Greek Yogurt. I used to Belly Dance at the Kabob House. One of my favorite dishes was their Lamb Kabob and Rice, seasoned with Sumac. So here is my take on a baked chicken, marinated with Sumac and Greek Yogurt. Opa!

GREEK CHICKEN INGREDIENTS:

1. Chicken fresh bone-in, such as thighs or breasts, 2-3 ½ lb. (or use Frozen Chicken that you can defrost over 3 days)

2. Stubb’s Chicken Marinade Mix Citrus & Onion, 1 oz

3. Sumac, recommended Zamouri Spices, 2-3 tablespoons

4. Greek Yogurt Traditional Plain, recommended The Greek Gods, 8-16 oz.Samsung 309

5. Anchovies, recommended Crown Prince, 2 oz.

6. Feta cheese chunk, recommended President, 4 oz.

7. Feta cheese crumbles, recommended President, 4 oz. for garnish

8. Olive Medley (Kalamata pitted, whole and sliced, Green Salad sliced, Black Olives sliced) ¾ cup

9. Capers non-pareil, recommended Crosse & Blackwell, ¼ cup

10. Lemons, 2 (slice one and dice the other into 4 chunks)

11. Tomato, dice into 4 chunksGreek Chicken Dinner 014

12. Garlic, 5 cloves

13. Vinegar (your favorite, Red Wine, Apple Cider, Balsamic, etc.)

14. Rosemary Leaf, ½ teaspoon, divided

15. Tarragon Leaf, ½ teaspoon, divided

16. Naan Bread, 1 per meal

17. Truffle Oil, 1 teaspoon or less for Naan

GREEK CHICKEN INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Garlic Greek Chicken 015Fresh Chicken (add to Ziplock bag and cover with Sumac and Chicken Marinade). I was not baking my chicken that day, so I froze it.

2. For fresh chicken, add the Yogurt and marinade for ½ hour or longer

3. For frozen chicken, add the Yogurt to the bag and thaw in refrigerator for 3 days

4. Preheat oven to 325 when ready to cook

5. Season lemon and tomatoes with ¼ of Rosemary and Tarragon Leaf

6. Add chicken to baking dish and cover with Anchovy oil

7. Put the Anchovies beneath the chicken pieces and top the Anchovies with GarlicGreek Chicken 003

8. Add the Olive Medley with Capers between pieces and cover with Feta Cheese Chunk slices

9. Cover chicken with Lemon slices

10. Pour vinegar over the chicken

11. Cover with ¼ of Rosemary and Tarragon Leaf

12. Cover with foil

13. Bake at 325 for 1 hourGreek Chicken 006

14. Remove foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes

15. Add Truffle Oil to lemon and tomato chunks

16. Grill Lemon and tomato chunks

17. Remove and grill Naan bread for 2 minutes per side to get grill marks

SAFFRON RICE INGREDIENTS:

  1. Yellow Saffron Rice, recommended Mahatma, 5 oz.
  2. Turkey Broth and/or water 1 ½ to 2 cups
  3. Chicken Bouillon Cubes, 2Greek Chicken Dinner 001
  4. Feta cheese crumbles, recommended President, 4 oz. for garnish
  5. Greek Yogurt Traditional Plain, recommended The Greek Gods, 2 tablespoons
  6. Saffron, recommended Sun Brand, 5 to 10 strands
  7. Truffle Oil, 1 teaspoon
  8. Truffle Zest, ¼ teaspoon
  9. Butter, 2 pats, separated
  10. Rosemary Leaf, ½ teaspoon
  11. Tarragon Leaf, ½ teaspoon

SAFFRON RICE INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Add Truffle Oil, Truffle Zest, 1 Butter pat, Rosemary and Tarragon and heat for 2 minutes in your sauce pan
  2. Prepare according to Rice package directions.
  3. Add Bouillon Cubes and Broth/Water to pan and bring to a boilGarlic Greek Chicken 011
  4. Add rice, cover pan, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes
  5. Stir in Yogurt, Feta Cheese crumbles and 1 Butter pat

I am out of Tzatziki sauce at the moment. However, you can whip one up using Yogurt, Lemon juice (from the grilled lemons), Garlic and Dill. Perhaps, I will make that tomorrow, using my mini Chop Blender.

The baked Feta Cheese chunk slices mimic Greek Flaming Cheese: Saganaki! Even though it was baked, it did become crisp and benefit from the Olive Tapenade, Balsamic Vinegar and Anchovy Umami. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saganaki

  • In Greek cuisine, Saganaki (Greek σαγανάκι) is any one of a variety of dishes prepared in a small frying pan, the best-known being an appetizer of fried cheese. Garlic Greek Chicken 004
  • The cheese used in cheese saganaki is usually graviera, kefalograviera, halloumi, kasseri, kefalotyri, or sheep’s milk feta cheese. Regional variations include the use of formaela cheese in Arachova, halloumi in Cyprus, and vlahotiri in Metsovo. The cheese is melted in a small frying pan until it is bubbling and generally served with lemon juice and pepper. It is eaten with bread.
  • Other dishes cooked in a saganaki pan include shrimp saganaki (Greek: γαρίδες σαγανάκι, garídes saganáki), and mussels saganaki (Greek: μύδια σαγανάκι, mýdia saganáki), which are typically feta-based and include a spicy tomato sauce.
  • In many United States and Canadian restaurants, after being fried, the saganaki cheese is flambéed at the table (sometimes with a shout of “opa![2]), and the flames then usually extinguished with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. This is called “flaming saganaki” and apparently originated in 1968 atGarlic Greek Chicken 005 The Parthenon restaurant in Chicago‘s Greektown,[2][3][4][5] based on the suggestion of a customer to owner Chris Liakouras.[6].

That was the best and most flavorful rice I have ever made in my lifetime. It might be just as good as the Kabob House, but it will be just the Umami I need for dinner! Opa!

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