On New Year’s Eve, I had dinner with friends. It was a lovely meal similar to the one in this title. The menu consisted of peppers, mushrooms (a vegetable I tend to avoid), celery and garlic sautéed in olive oil, ground chicken patties topped with Asiago and parmesan cheeses, and jasmine rice. Aside from some quesadillas a friend served me last summer, this was one of the few times I ate (and enjoyed) mushrooms. The meal was so delightful that I tried it myself at home the next week. Unfortunately, my local grocery store didn’t have ground chicken in stock, so I modified the original to use ground pork.
Garlicky Peppers and Mushrooms
The vegetables, in my opinion, are what make this meal. When the vegetables are sautéed (but still a bit crispy), they are delicious! The first time I made this dish, I overcooked the peppers. Since then, I’ve learned to prepare this part of the meal last to ensure the vegetables are still a bit crisp when served.
- 3-4 stalks of celery, rinsed and chopped – approximate cost $1.00
- 2 peppers (green, yellow, or red), julienned – approximate cost $2.00
- 10 crimini mushrooms, chopped – approximate cost $1.50
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced – approximate cost $0.40
- Olive oil – approximate cost $0.10
- Salt to taste – approximate cost $0.05
- Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
- Sautéedthe garlic for about a minute.
- Add the celery and cook for about 4-5 minutes.
- Add the mushrooms and peppers (one green pepper and one red pepper) and cook for 3-4 minutes
- Remove from heat and add a dash of salt.
- 1 lb of ground pork – approximate cost $4.00
- 1 large egg – approximate cost $0.25
- 1 cup breadcrumbs – approximate cost $0.75
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary – approximate cost $0.10
- 2 teaspoons Parmesan cheese – approximate cost $0.50
- 2 teaspoons Romano cheese – approximate cost $0.50
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine the pork, egg, some breadcrumbs and the rosemary into a large bowl and mix with your hands until well blended (start with a small amount of breadcrumbs and add more to the mixture as needed).
- Form the mixture into patties and set on a plate.
- Pan fry the patties until the outsides are browned.
- Move to a baking dish.
- Top with your choice of cheeses (hard cheeses such as Parmesan, Romano, or Asiago work well). Try using more than one type of cheese if you’re feeling adventurous.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes (or until cooked through).
- 1 cup uncooked Jasmine rice – approximate cost $0.25
- 1/2 teaspoon salt – approximate cost $0.05
- 2 cups water
- Cook rice according to directions on package.
Serve pork patties and vegetables on a bed of jasmine rice.
Makes 4 servings (approximate cost: $2.86 per serving).