There has been lots of food on the blog lately and I hope you like it because I'm loving it. This week's Cooking With Stanley is a fairly simple meal that has the potential to please everyone. Chicken, pasta and cheese. Sound good?
Starter: Ricotta Balls
Main Dish: Baked Chicken Wings
Side: Ditale with Beans
The Ricotta Balls were very simple to make. It was a pretty even mixture of ricotta cheese and breadcrumbs with an egg, parsley and a few other things. Nothing crazy. I rolled them up into balls and cooked them in shallow water with butter just to heat through. They were a little plain in my opinion but went well with a little extra pasta sauce. They're not really cheesy so if you're expecting something along the lines of a mozzarella stick, that's not what you're going to get. It's more of a sweet and moist bread ball for lack of better words. I'd like to try these again with some added spices and ingredients alongside different types of sauce. I feel like this particular recipe has the potential to turn into something even better.
The Baked Chicken Wings were fantastic. What I loved most about these was that they were pretty low maintenance. White wine and fresh tomato sauce provide great flavor and the constant adding of liquids during the cooking process keeps the chicken very moist. My one complaint was that it was bone-in chicken. I'm not a huge fan of eating things off the bone so if I made this again, I'd probably go for boneless chicken thighs or even breasts. I served this alongside Ditale with Beans which was another very simple dish. The small pasta and white butter beans resemble Pasta Fazool, something that I'm very familiar with. This used to be a Friday dinner during lent when we went meatless. It's a light but comforting dish and paired perfectly with the chicken.
So what do you think with this week's meal? It was fairly simple and light but had great flavors. Those cookies I keep talking about are coming soon. I just need to get in the mood to bake! I love cooking but baking is something I just don't jump to do. What about you guys? Are you cooks or bakers?