Feb 15 2008

A delicious Valentine’s Day dinner

As I mentioned earlier this week, I wanted to try to recreate some restaurant-style food.

For Valentine’s Day, I made stuffed mushrooms and alice springs chicken (you can find that at Outback steakhouse). It was delicious! Not the healthiest thing I could have made, but it was yummy.

I started out making the mushrooms by pulling the stems from the cap. I filled them with a cream cheese/crumbled bacon/carmelized onion/cooked mushroom mixture. Then, I dipped the tops in some bread crumbs. I  baked them for about 20 minutes.

Next time I make these (and there will be a next time) I’ll make sure the mushrooms are completely dried before stuffing them. And, I might only put bread crumbs on some of them to see the difference.

These were surprisingly easy to make, though it took awhile (maybe 30-40 minutes of prep work).

Next, I made the chicken. Since I already cooked bacon for my mushrooms, I had this all ready to go.

The chicken breasts marinated in a homemade honey mustard sauce for several hours. I could just use premade honey mustard, if I wanted to.

I seared the chicken on the stove for a few minutes on each side.

Then, I brushed the chicken with more honey mustard sauce, added two pieces of bacon on top, then topped that off with some co-jack shredded cheese. I could have also added some sauted onion, pepper, and mushroom, but I decided not to, since many of those flavors were in my stuffed mushrooms.

You bake that about 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melty and the chicken reaches the correct internal temperature.

Cost of ingredients for stuffed mushrooms:

  • $1 cream cheese
  • $2.20 for 12-oz. pack of mushrooms
  • $2.50 for pack of bacon (used about $0.75 worth in this recipe)
  • $0.20 for onion
  • Less than a penny for bread crumbs (homemade)
  • Total: $4.15

Cost of ingredients for chicken:

  • Two chicken breasts $2.16
  • Bacon (about $0.50 worth)
  • 3/4 to 1 cup shredded cheese $1.75 (estimated)
  • Bottle of dijon mustard (only used a half a cup, though) $1
  • Honey (used half a cup) but container cost about $3
  • Total: Less than $8.40 for two (probably more like $5.50, if I bothered to calculate how much the mustard and honey I used cost)

Wanna get that same chicken at Outback? It’s like $15 or so per person. Plus 20 percent tip and 7 percent tax, and that’s getting close to $20 each.



6 Responses to “A delicious Valentine’s Day dinner”

  1. Yum! Sounds and looks delicious!

  2. Yummy! I was dropping entrecards and stop for a while after looking at your photo :D Feel hungry now

  3. Very yummy looking! :) Staying in is a lot more fun than going out too. At least on V-Day, when things are so crowded.

  4. That looks yummy! What I love about cooking restaurant food at home is that you can control what you put in it and you can make it healthier than what they bring to your table. Even if you are not cutting back on anything per se, usually food cooked at home is better made.
    Our romantic dinner involved homemade pizza (that’s what hubby wanted) and for dessert cuatro leches from Saveur Magazine. It came out good.

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