I’ll admit to being more interested in so many other things last night than in making dinner. That being said, I absolutely always make an evening meal.
I know there are more food options nowadays, but I think making dinner should be a cheerful obligation, not a choice. Of course there are nights I cannot cook because of one thing or another, but since I was the one who decided to have a family, I really want to BE a family, and make being together as much as possible the most important thing.
There will be plenty of nights in the future when I can read a book or watch a movie. I don’t want to look back on this time in my life and have regrets about something I had control over; like making a great dinner and all enjoying it together. So much goes along with this simple act. Do I have to state the obvious?
So, being lazy last night just required that I make a lazy dinner! The preparations necessary took 10 minutes of my precious time. The squash I used was grown locally, as were the herbs (my garden) and the bacon.
As it turned out, it didn’t take much time or talent to make an amazing dinner!
You will need: 6 chicken thigh cutlets, 3 chicken breast fillets, 1/2 to 3/4 lbs bacon, 1 winter squash, peeled, quartered & sliced, 5 sprigs thyme, 5 sprigs tarragon, 1/4 cup heavy cream, 1 cup chicken broth, sea-salt & freshly cracked black pepper for seasoning.
Preheat oven 425*
1 – Layer the squash in the bottom of a big saute or roasting pan. Scatter the herbs over the squash and sprinkle cream on top of everything. Season with several grinds of pepper.
2 – Cut any excess fat from meat and wrap each piece in a strip of bacon. Add the broth and season with more black pepper.
3 – Place in preheated oven for 40 minutes, after which time, the bacon will cook and become crispy on top.
4 – Take out of oven and cover pan for 10 minutes before serving. Taste broth for further seasoning.
To serve; lay a portion of squash in the bottom of shallow bowls and top with whole chicken piece, or, slice the chicken and lay on top. This can be served as is, or, with a green salad, pasta, rice, or crusty bread.