Lemon Chicken Piccata & Roasted Veggies vs. Cowboy Burgers & Roasted Strawberry Shortcake, Sunday Dinner Cook Off

Both my boys and their 2 best friends went to a cooking class at Sur La Table all last week.  They came home inspired and full of cooking enthusiasm.  Sunday, we let them have the kitchen and prepare The Sunday Dinner.  Here is how it turned out:
All recipes are courtesy of Sur La Table.  There are several recipes on this post, all cooked by the boys Ages 10, 12, 13, 14 years old.  They were supervised by parents.  Adults monitored adherence to recipe and conducted cleaning. The parents did not cook, but they did stare in horror at the mess these creatures made in the kitchen.

Lemon Chicken Piccata (by the 10yr and 12yr olds)

Ingredients:

  • 4 (6oz) skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup unbleached flour, all purpose
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp capers, rinsed
  • 3 Tbsp butter, cut into small cubes

Instructions:

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Ingredients:

  • 2 zucchini, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 eggplants cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 red bell peppers, stemmed, seeded and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup Greek Salad Dressing (I always have some around the house), olive oil will work fine, but the greek dressing gives it an extra zing
  • Soaked bamboo skewers

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Instructions:

Cowboy burgers (by the 13yr and 14yr olds),  Get Link HERE

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Ingredients:

 

  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

 

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Shortcakes:

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 4 oz (1 stick) butter, cold, ad cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
  • 1 beaten egg, for brushing tops
  • 1 tbsp sparkling sugar

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Instructions:

To make the Shortcakes: in the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Process just until combined.  Add the butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Add the Cream and pulse 4-5times, until mixture comes together in large clumps.

To make whipped cream: to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, add the cream, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla.  Beat until soft peaks form.  Store in refrigerator until needed.

THE OUTTAKES:

 

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I hope this post inspires you to get the kids in the kitchen cooking.  Do not tackle all recipes posted here, but use this post as a reference for recipes you may want to try with the kids.

Bon Apetite, Ana-Maria Temple, MD

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