Musings of a Chicago-Born New Yorker

Midnight Snacks Are The Best

In an effort to keep up with my new year’s resolutions, I started cooking more for the fiancé.. Because of our busy schedules, we don’t have a set dinner time or even a guarantee that we’ll see each other throughout a given day.

Last week, we got a bunch of unexpected time together. The fiancé used to sick days from work and he was home. He went to the doctor and ended up seeing the eye doctor about getting a new prescription for his contacts. His bad headaches almost immediately went away.

This post isn’t about the fiancé’s health, however. It’s about midnight snacks. When I think of midnight snacks, I think cereal, grilled cheese, leftover Chinese food, etc. I have stepped up traditional midnight snack food and made it something delectable.

On the days the fiancé didn’t go to school, we were both up pretty late. At around 1 am one day and 3 am the other day, we got hungry. I had been promising to make him fettucine since new year’s, so I got to it.

I made a roux with butter, olive oil, and flour. I added half and half and let it thicken. I melted in Parmesan cheese (not grated) and then added milk until it was the right consistency. Then I added in a jar of store bough alfredo sauce. Some seasoning rounded it out and it was great. I made some noodles. I also steamed some broccoli and tossed them in garlic, butter, olive oil, and black pepper.

We feasted on a great midnight snack. We didn’t eat that much because it was so late, but it was sooooo delicious.

Another night I made chicken with 5 different seasonings. I folded up aluminum foil and made five small trays that all fit onto one cookie sheet. I sliced three chicken breasts and split them amongst the five. I’ll describe each one because it was amazing.

1) Lemon Pepper: I had black pepper, white pepper, and fresh lemon juice, along with a lemon slice on the top. I finished it with fresh grated lemon zest.

2) Honey glazed: I just poured honey over the chicken three different times during the baking, and it made a nice glaze all on it’s own.

3) Spicy: I had black pepper, white pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. It really packed a punch, but wasn’t too spicy. All those different peppers play on different parts of the tongue, so it just tastes well seasoned. It’s becoming my specialty to make spicy food that folks who don’t like hot food can eat (That and strong drinks that folks who can’t drink strong drinks because of the taste can drink!).

4) Traditional: I used garlic powder, salt, black pepper, thyme, and poultry seasoning. Traditional chicken seasoning, very delicious.

5) Italian: I used garlic powder, oregano, and italian dressing. Soooo good.

For each one, I also put a bit of chicken stock at the bottom of each individual tray (even the honey glazed). I did this to add an extra kick of flavor so I didn’t need a bunch of seasoning (bonus for the spicy) and so I didn’t need a bunch of salt (bonus for the honey glazed).

If you ever have time on your hands and can’t choose what seasonings to use, use them all!

6 responses

  1. Look at you Betty Crocker!

    January 16, 2012 at 20:21

    • Lol, nah I rarely bake that late at night. Except for my peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies. I could make those in my sleep.

      January 16, 2012 at 22:23

  2. silverneurotic

    I can barely function after about 10pm, I think if I attempted to cook then I’d set the place on fire.

    January 16, 2012 at 22:14

    • LOL!!! That’s hilarious! No cooking after 10 pm for you.

      January 16, 2012 at 22:23

  3. I love making chicken in little foil packets. I usually throw whatever seasoning I’m feeling at the moment. I especially love dijon mustard with a little honey and crushed red pepper.

    January 19, 2012 at 08:46

    • Oooh, that sounds good. we both love mustard, so I’m going to have to try that.

      January 20, 2012 at 20:58