Hello fellow bookworms… and presumably individuals that like to eat as much as I do! To justify my obsession with buying cookbooks, I’m starting a new series where I cook a meal entirely from the cookbook and share my thoughts on the cookbook (the variety of recipes, whether it’s user friendly or not, etc) as well as the meal that I cooked. Up first: Cravings by Chrissy Teigen!
Deciding what to cook
My original idea was to make an appetizer, entree, and dessert. That was quickly squashed because, well, there weren’t any desserts in the cookbook. I know her second book has dessert recipes, so maybe next time?
As far as deciding on the actual menu, of course I didn’t plan ahead. I literally selected the menu and went grocery shopping during my lunch break. This limited what I could make because most of the recipes required marinating for hours, and I was hungry before I left work so I was not able/willing to wait!
Similarly, RC (my hubby/taste-tester extraordinaire) really doesn’t like spicy foods. If you follow Chrissy on social media, you’ll see that she has a distinct love of all things spicy, and since my plan was to make all the recipes exactly as she ordered, that nixed most of the options.
Finally, it came to this menu:
Appetizer: Steak Bites with Melty Blue Cheese Butter
Salad: Caprese Salad with Crispy Prosciutto
Entree: Prosciutto-Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Breasts, Smashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic
Actually cooking it
I basically felt like the cartoon character the Tasmanian Devil, running around and wreaking havoc in my kitchen because I went into this endeavor without a game plan. Fortunately, I was able to hit a groove once I got the garlic in to roast, potatoes boiling, and prosciutto crisping.
I’m not an expert chef (shocking, I know), but I feel like all the steps were pretty straight forward and easy to follow. I loved Chrissy’s intros to the recipe, and frequently felt myself laughing out loud.
How it tasted
Kicking us off, we enjoyed the Steak Bites with Melty Blue Cheese Butter. I’m not sure if it was just that delicious or if I was just that hungry, but these really hit the spot. I could see this being a quick and easy appetizer when entertaining friends. Plus, you could really make the recipe your own (adding a cherry tomato, topping it with crunchy potato strips, etc).
As for the Caprese Salad with Crispy Prosciutto, it was good, but not truly great in my opinion. I loved the crispy prosciutto addition, but the balsamic dressing that you make just fell short for me. I still cleaned my plate, but I don’t see myself craving it (see what I did there?!).
The entree was what truly sealed the deal for me. The chicken was so incredibly easy to make, and while it definitely tasted decadent it still had a freshness from the fresh herbs and roasted cherry tomatoes. Plus, it just seems like one of those meals that you could cook for your friends at a dinner party and they’d think you were super talented in the kitchen. The smashed potatoes? I could swim in them. If I could only have one type of potatoes for the rest of my life, I would select this.. Seriously, YUM. My stomach is growling just thinking about it.
As far as our meal goes, this meal absolutely hit it out of the park. I’m absolutely planning to make these recipes again and probably, over time, add my own little touches to them. Especially the chicken – but maybe trying to figure out how to lighten it up because it was kind of heavy for a standard night’s dinner.
For the cookbook? While the recipes all look absolutely delicious, if you have any dietary restrictions (low cal, gluten-free, vegetarian, etc), dislike spicy foods, or are cooking on a time crunch, this probably isn’t for you. Otherwise, the recipes are/look delicious, and Chrissy is absolutely hilarious!
Oh, and don’t feel bad for Rams… he had his own Frosty Paws treat while we enjoyed a fantastic meal!