Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Weather Outside is Frightful . . .

Snow is falling rather heavily. The forecast is for up to 10 inches. And of course, I'm supposed to be hosting a dinner party tonight for 10 people. The good thing is that the invitees are all local, so there's not really any travel involved. The snow should be ending about the time the party begins, so if I keep my fingers crossed, it should all work out. If worst comes to worst, we can just have the party tomorrow night. My menu is easy, and can be put off. The main entree is a super easy and delicious! I'm just going to double this -

Roasted Chicken, Sausage, and Potatoes
Serves 6

6 chicken breasts (the real thing, with bones and some skin)
1 lb sweet Italian sausage, cut into 1 inch pieces
6 potatoes, quartered
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil

Mix seasonings together. Spray a shallow roasting pan with a nonstick spray. Layer potatoes on the bottom of the pan, and sprinkle with half the seasoning mixture. Cover potatoes with sausage and chicken. Pour olive oil over all; sprinkle rest of seasonings on top. Cover pan with foil and bake at 425° for 1 hour. Uncover, lower oven to 375° and bake for another 30 minutes or until browned.

I'm serving this with a broccoli salad, glazed carrots, cranberry sauce, and rolls. My guests are bringing the munchies and the dessert. I like the way our group of friends celebrates --- someone offers the house and does the main part of the meal, and the guests bring the hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Everything is casual, relaxed and enjoyable.


Daisy mum said...

I am getting hungry. It all sounds so yummy!!!

Panhandle Jane said...

That sounds absolutely wonderful! I'm keeping the recipe in mind for us. Believe it or not, I'm just now preparing our Christmas/New Year dinner. We're being a little untraditional--smoked turkey, ham, potato salad, veggies, sub sandwich rolls, crackers/creamed cheese/jalapeno jelly, and, because it's New Year's and we're in the south--blackeyed peas. The DD, DDIL, and I decided we wanted to do make-ahead so we can visit instead of spending all morning in the kitchen. Have a good holiday!

Our weather has been different. Yesterday, probably because I finally got firewood, was 76 degrees; today is in the high 40s.

May your new year be blessed.