Tuesday, March 8, 2016

My Blue Apron Experience (Part 2)

As promised, here is a continuation of my review from my Blue Apron free trial. (Check out Part 1 if you haven't already!) The second meal on the menu is Baked Eggs & Cheesy Garlic Bread. Let's get cookin'!

As with the first meal, this included detailed cooking instructions, and information on the dish.

This meal also included information on the star of this meal - the fingerling potatoes. This fact sheet included descriptions of the three types of potatoes included (Russian Banana, Purple Peruvian, and Red Thumb) as well as health information, how to store, a history on these spuds, and more. Enough about potatoes - I am getting hungry! Tonight, Mr. Incredible did the prep work while I manned the stove. Let's take a moment to look at these absolutely gorgeous potatoes. (Never thought I would talk that way about spuds.)

The dark purple ones have a juice that may stain, reminded me of beet juice bur even more purple. Be careful! Into an oven-safe pan with some olive oil they go! Again the directions said medium high heat. Again, it was way too hot. I quickly turned the burner to medium. After they cooked for a little bit it was time to add the red onion.

I absolutely snuck a few pieces of potato to nibble on. Shhh!!!! Finally, time to add in the Brussels sprouts. I have never had them like this; they are chopped so that they are more like teensy tiny little leaves instead of bulbs.

I have no idea if my pans are 'oven-save'. I decided to err on the side of caution and transfer this goodness into an 8x8 square pan.

Oh... I forgot about the garlic bread. Mr. Incredible took care of that. The directions said to melt the butter with garlic, salt, and pepper in a saucepan. The microwave worked just fine.

Now what the directions said next made no sense and is probably the most impossible way ever to make garlic bread. The instructions read "Evenly spoon the garlic butter and Parmesan cheese into the slices in the baguettes". I don't have picture because it was seriously a two person job! After a while, we decided to just throw the butter and the cheese on top. Boom. Garlic bread.

Back to the egg bake. Once the vegetable were transferred into the oven safe dish, I made four 'wells' in the vegetables and cracked in the eggs.

Into the oven it goes! And... right back out it comes because I forgot the cheese. Let's try this again, shall we?

The bread and the eggs are to go into the oven and cook for about the same amount of time. I needed my eggs very, very dead and not at all runny. I ended up cooking the egg dish for double the amount of time. And.... TA-DA!

And the finished product!

I normally do not eat bread, but I decided I had to try a bite for you guys. You are welcome. It was amazing!! So... I ate four pieces. Oops. The things I do for you! The egg dish reminded me of a breakfast skillet our favorite restaurant down the road has on the menu. However this was much tastier, and much healthier! I did not expect anything from this meal, and I found it to be amazing! I even enjoyed the Brussels sprouts.

I will not be using Blue Apron on a regular basis, mainly because of the cost and secondly because of the inability to exclude grain and dairy from the meal options as I was discussing in part 1. Now what would be an awesome idea would be the ability to order perhaps a one meal option. Mr. Incredible and I like to have date nights at home and cook nice dinners. This would still be a less expensive option than eating out, but would still be a fantastically delicious meal all planned out and ready to go! Blue Apron, what do you think? Let's bring on a 'Date Night In' option and I am sold! An even better idea? Add a wine to compliment the meal. Let's make this happen.


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