Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Split a croissant; spread dijonnaise on the cut sides. Sandwich with 1 slice Muenster (for truly French feel, make it brie!), 1 slice ham and 1 more slice of cheese. Butter the outside of the sandwich. Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat; add the sandwich and top with another skillet. Cook until golden brown and the cheese melts, about 3 minutes per side.
Bunt Pan Baked Chicken
What a great take on beer can chicken on the barbie! I personally like a bit of rosemary on my roasted chicken, add the herbs you like for a delicious comfort meal!
Bundt Pan Baked Chicken[[PASTING TABLES IS NOT SUPPORTED]]
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a bundt pan with non-stick spray then place on a baking sheet and set aside. Combine potatoes (or Brussels sprouts,) carrots, onion, and 6 garlic cloves in a large bowl then add oil and season with salt & pepper. Toss to coat then transfer to prepared bundt pan.
Remove any giblets in the chicken then rinse inside and out under cold running water and pat dry with a paper towel. Season insides with salt and pepper, then stuff with remaining garlic cloves and lemon halves. Invert chicken over the center of the bundt pan, brush the outsides with melted butter, then season with salt and pepper.
Move oven rack to lower position then place bundt pan and baking sheet inside. Roast for 50-60 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 160 degrees. Let chicken rest for 10 minutes before carving. Optional: While chicken is resting, turn oven up to 450 degrees and continue roasting vegetables in bundt pan if needed
Crispy Baked Pork Chops
Yummm...who doesn't love pork chops? Change it up from your typical pan fried chops with these Crispy Baked Pork Chops with Parmesan – Serves 4 Ingredients
- 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. celery seed
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne
- Kosher salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg white
- 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 1 1/2 c. panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 c. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1/4 c. Grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 4 bone-in pork chops Directions
- Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place a rack on top.
- On a plate, combine the flour, garlic powder, celery seed, cayenne, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the egg, egg white, and mustard. On a second plate, combine the panko, parsley, Parmesan, and oil.
- Coat the pork chops in the flour, then in the egg mixture (letting any excess drip off) and finally in the panko mixture, pressing gently to help it adhere. Place on the rack.
- Roast the pork chops until cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Note: Named Bourbon Chicken because it was supposedly created by a Chinese cook who worked in a restaurant on Bourbon Street.
- 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 -2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ginger
- 3⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1⁄4 cup apple juice
- 1⁄3 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1⁄3 cup soy sauce
Heat oil in a large skillet.
Add chicken pieces and cook until lightly browned.
Add remaining ingredients, heating over medium Heat until well mixed and dissolved.
Add chicken and bring to a hard boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Serve over hot rice and ENJOY.
Mexican street style corn on the cob
Excellent side dish for grilled fish tacos! No hot kichen tonight, just rave reviews from everyone!
- 10 ears of the tastiest sweet corn, still in the husk, you can lay you hands on
- 2 cups grated hard cheese, Manchego, Asiago or Cotija
- 2 tablespoons Ancho Chile Powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
- 5 tablespoons cilantro, minced
- lime wedges
- Soak the corn in a water filled sink for 2 to 4 hours.
- Fire up your grill for direct heat grilling. While the grill is heating peel back the husks leaving them attached to the ear of corn making a handle. Remove the bulk of the silks but you are going to be grilling the corn so any remaining threads will burn off, this is one of the pluses of grilling corn. Combine the cheese and cilantro on a large plate. Combine the ancho and garlic powder.
- When the grill is hot add the corn and cook it until cob is hot (overcooking corn will make it tough! Just grill long enough to get all the corn hot). It should get splotches of brown caramelization if the grill is hot enough.
- When it is done use a pastry brush to paint the ears with mayonnaise. Roll them in the cheese and cilantro crust mix. Then sprinkle with chile garlic powder combo and salt and pepper. Serve with a squeeze of lime.
Chicken thigh Pasta
Chicken thigh Pasta – Serves 4
Minimize your time in that hot kitchen with a quick and easy chicken dish! This budget minded recipe is quick and easy to make and it won't break the bank!
12 oz. penne pasta
1 c. fresh or frozen peas
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-in. strips
Garlic and basil to taste
3 Tbsp. Olive oil
8 oz. cremini or button mushrooms, trimmed and quartered
3 oz. grated Parmesan, plus additional for servingDirections
- Cook penne according to package directions. One minute before the pasta is finished cooking, add peas. Reserve 1 cup pasta water, then drain pasta and peas and return to pot.
- Meanwhile, cook chicken. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and season generously with salt,pepper, garlic and basil. Cook, turning once, until cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
- Return skillet to medium-high heat and heat remaining tablespoon of oil. Add mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Add chicken, mushrooms, Parmesan, and ½ cup pasta water to pasta and toss to combine. (Add more water to achieve desired consistency, if necessary.) Serve immediately with extra Parm.
Tuna Potato Cake
Tuna Potato Cake
1/3 cup leftover potato salad
1/4 cup canned tuna fish (drained)
1 tsp balsamic vinegar (or other vinegar)
1 Tb cornstarch (or potato starch)
2 tsp chopped parsley (or other herb such as cilantro, green onions, etc.)
Mix everything together in a small bowl, chopping any chunks of potato that are too large. Divide the mixture into three parts, and shape each third into a small disc in the palm of your hand.
Heat a nonstick frying pan on medium heat, and lightly coat with vegetable oil. Pan fry until golden brown on both sides. I saw a Japanese variation of this recipe, using soy sauce for the balsamic vinegar, and aonori for the parsley. Serve with a dipping sauce if desired (around here we give a big thumbs up to tartar sauce).
After frying, these can be wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen to have a fast protein/starch item on hand for lunches. When ready to eat, just pop in the microwave (or let them defrost naturally in the lunch or refrigerator). You can also make these with leftover potatoes, although you’ll want to add additional flavoring (salt/pepper, a splash of vinegar and olive oil or mayo — maybe your favorite salad dressing).
For a little something different, interesting and very tasty! Be adventerous and give it a try!
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 chicken thighs skinned and boned or pounded skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 cups bottled salsa
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons dried currants or raisins
1 tablespoon honey
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups hot cooked couscous or 3 cups cooked rice
Add almonds to dry skillet and cook until golden brown. Remove and set aside. Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat until hot, add garlic and chicken. Saute, turning once, for 5 minutes or until browned.
In large bowl, mix together salsa, water, currants, honey, cumin and cinnamon. Add mixture to chicken and stir well. Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook. Stir and baste occasionally for 20 minutes, 25 minutes if using chicken breasts. Add more water if necessary. Serve over couscous, topped with chopped almonds.
This is a Pillsbury Cookoff Million Dollar Recipe winner and it's yummmmy! Enjoy! Kaijah Chrome
Orange Peel Candy
In addition to being a great finish to your Chinese dinner of Bourbon chicken, these make awesome Christmas gift. Buy small ball jars, fill with candied orange peel and top of with a festive bow! This recipe decidedly takes some time and effort but it's more than worth it!
15 large oranges yields about 15 cups of candied peel
- 15 Oranges, preferable thick skinned
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 3 cups water
- 5 Cinnamon sticks
- 10 Cloves
- 1/3 cup Brandy
- Day 1: Cut the citrus fruit in half, squeeze out the juice, reserving the juice for other purposes. (Like sorbet!) Put the citrus halves in a very large, non-reactive pot or container and fill it with water, adding 1 Tablespoon salt for every quart of water. A large soup pot can work well for this or large plastic containers. Let sit overnight.
- Day 2: Drain the peels and remove all the membranes leaving the pith behind. I have found a grapefruit spoon to be very effective for this.
- Put the peels in a large non-reactive pot, cover with water, and the water to a boil. Boil the peels for a couple minutes and drain, discarding the water. Repeat this two more times always using fresh water to start with.
- Make a simple syrup with equal amounts of sugar and water. I recommend you start with 3 cups of each. If you don't need it all, you can have it available if you need to add a little more part way through the candying. Boil for 10 minutes to ensure the sugar is completely liquified and the liquid is clear. Now you're ready to start the candy the peels.
- Reduce the simple syrup to a simmer and add the cinnamon sticks and cloves. Stir, adding the brandy. Chop peels into large bite sized pieces and add the peels. Cook for four hours at a low simmer.
- Test the peel by tasting it after four hours. If it still tastes raw, continue to simmer for at least another hour. To caramelize, increase the heat to a soft boil, and continue to candy the peels for 45 -60 minutes or until the syrup has turned a deep amber color. If the syrup gets too thick, add a little water to thin.
- Turn off the heat and let the peels sit in the simple syrup overnight.
- Day 3: Remove the peel from simple syup and drain on cooling racks placed over cookie sheets or newspaper until tacky to the touch. This can take anywhere from an hour to a day. I store them in the oven on racks overnight if they don't dry the first day.
- When done, either roll in sugar or leave clear. Try dipping half of peel in a yummy melted chocolate (I prefer semi-sweet myself). If I roll them in sugar, I keep the sugar afterwards in a special tupperware container for cooking/baking when I want to add an orange or lemon flavor to a dish that calls for sugar.
- The candied peel will keep for several months in a jar.
Healthy and just right for a hot summer night's dinner! Nothing better than a yummy fish taco!
2 Hass avocados—halved, pitted and peeled
1/4 cup low-fat sour cream or Greek yogurt
1 small jalapeño, seeded and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons minced red onion
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
5 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 small head of napa cabbage, shredded (4 cups)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for brushing
2 pounds thick red snapper (swordfish, tuna, salmon or mahi mahi all work too!) fillets with skin, cut crosswise into ten 2-inch-wide strips
Ten 7-inch flour tortillas, warmed
2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
Hot sauce, for serving
Lime wedges, for serving
Light grill. In a medium bowl, mash the avocados, sour cream, jalapeño, red onion, cilantro and 3 tablespoons of the lime juice. Season the guacamole with salt and pepper and press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the guacamole.
In a large bowl, toss the cabbage with the 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and the remaining 2 tablespoons of lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.
Brush the fish with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat until lightly charred and cooked through, about 10 minutes (depending on thickness of fish). Transfer the fish to a platter and pull off the skin.
To assemble each taco, spread a dollop of guacamole on a tortilla. Top with a piece of fish, a few tomato slices and a large spoonful of the cabbage slaw. Serve with the hot sauce and lime wedges.
Time to get out of that hot kitchen and prepare an awesome no bake desert! Who knew twinkies would make such an awesome Tiramisu!
3 tablespoons instant espresso powder
3/4 cup sugar
8 ounces whipped cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
10 vanilla cream-filled snack cakes, such as Twinkies, halved lengthwise
4 ounces finely chopped semisweet chocolatePreparation
1. Place espresso powder and 1/2 cup sugar in a heatproof bowl. Pour 1 cup boiling water into bowl and whisk to dissolve. Let cool to room temperature.
2. Combine cream cheese, vanilla and remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. In another large bowl, beat heavy cream until it holds stiff peaks. Gently fold cream cheese mixture into whipped cream.
3. One at a time, dip 10 Twinkie halves into coffee mixture just to moisten. Place them alongside each other in bottom of a shallow 11-by-7-inch baking dish. Spread half of cream cheese mixture over Twinkies, then sprinkle with 2 oz. chopped chocolate. Repeat with remaining Twinkies, cream cheese mixture and chocolate. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 3 hours or up to 2 days
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Cool and refreshing it's a crowd pleaser!
Pasta Caprese (serves 8)
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 shallot, minced
1 small clove garlic, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
2 pounds mixed heirloom tomatoes, cored, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 pound pasta, such as campanelle, penne or fusilli
12 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, shallot and garlic in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add sugar, if desired (depending on the sweetness of your tomatoes). Add the tomatoes and gently toss. Marinate at room temperature, about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs. Drain in a colander and run under cold water to stop the cooking.
Add the pasta and mozzarella to the tomato mixture and toss. Stir in the basil and lemon zest, and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate, tossing occasionally, until serving.
- 6 ears corn, husks and silk removed or 2 cans of whole kernel corn
- 3 scallions, thinly sliced crosswise (1/2 cup)
- 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Coarse salt and ground pepper Directions
- Remove kernels: Cut off tip of each cob; stand in a wide shallow bowl. With a sharp knife, slice downward to remove kernels.
- To bowl, add scallions, vinegar, and oil. Season generously with salt and pepper; toss to combine. Serve, or cover and refrigerate up to 1 day.
Mason jar Strawberry Angel Cake
Easy and a nice twist on traditional strawberry short cake, don't be lazy, make the homemade whipped cream it's fast and easy and soooooooo good!
Ingredients – Makes 6 jars
- 1, 7" angel food cake
- 6 cups sliced strawberries (about 2lbs)
- 1 pint heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- Slice angel food cake into 2″ cubes then divide cubes in half. Divide each half into 6 portions then place 1 portion into the bottom of each mason jar. Top with 1/2 cup sliced strawberries and a dollop (2-3 Tablespoons) of homemade whipped cream then repeat with remaining ingredients.
A cool and creamy side dish for those yummy baked pork chops, who can resist Creamy Coleslaw – Serves 8
1 head green cabbage, finely shredded
2 large carrots, finely shredded
3/4 cup best-quality mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons grated Spanish onion
2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon dry mustard
2 teaspoons celery salt
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 (2-layer package) white cake mix
1 small package mixed fruit gelatin powder
1-1/3 cups seedless watermelon cut from the center and cubed into 1-inch blocks
3 egg whites
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup miniature chocolate chips, optional
1/4 cup watermelon juice
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
2 (3-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
2 to 3 drops red food coloring, optional
2 to 3 drops green food coloring, optional
1/8 cup miniature chocolate chips, optional
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a bundt cake pan (or 9 x 13-inch cake pan).
In a medium bowl, whisk together cake mix and gelatin powder until combined. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat watermelon, egg whites, and vegetable oil until smooth. Add dry ingredients, half at a time, and mix until well-blended. Fold in chocolate chips, if using.
Pour into prepared pan and bake about 35 minutes until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool to room temperature before frosting.
For the frosting, blend watermelon juice, butter, powdered sugar, and cream cheese until combined and fluffy. Set aside some frosting for the top of the cake and some frosting for the sides of the cake. Add red food coloring to the icing for the top of the cake to achieve a rosy watermelon color. Add green food coloring to the icing for the sides of the cake to simulate the watermelon rind. Frost cooled cake. Place chocolate chips sporadically around the top of the cake to simulate seeds.
Refrigerate to set frosting. Remove from refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving.
Once again, big 4th bbq leaves everyone with tons of leftovers! This is a unique and tasty way to use leftover potato salad! Thanksgiving isn't the only holiday you can make creative dishes from leftovers!
Cracker snack recipe
Cracker snacks for a crowd. Take it to a 4th of July party or block party. Fast, easy and inexpensive to make! Great crowd pleaser for kids and adults alike!
Ingredients (makes 48 snacks)
96 Ritz crackers
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup marshmallow cream
2 pounds milk chocolate candy coating, meltedDirections
- Spread half of the crackers with peanut butter. Spread remaining crackers with marshmallow creme; place creme side down over peanut butter crackers, forming a sandwich.
- Dip sandwiches in melted candy coating, allowing excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper-lined pans; refrigerate for 15 minutes or until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 4 dozen.
Plastic Bag Ice Cream
This is a fun recipe for kids and adults alike...who doesn't love homemade ice cream? Bring the ingredients to a back yard BBQ or the beach! This no-cook recipe for vanilla ice cream makes about eight half-cup servings.
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 cups half-and-half cream
1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 bag crushed ice
4 cups coarse salt
For each person you'll need:
2 pint-size resealable plastic freezer bags (use quart bags for larger single portions)
1 gallon-size resealable plastic freezer bag
1. In a pitcher or large measuring cup, stir together the whipping cream, half-and-half, sugar, and vanilla extract until sugar has dissolved.
2. Pour about 1/2 cup of mixture into a pint-size plastic bag and seal carefully, squeezing out extra air. Place each sealed bag into a second pint-size bag, again squeezing out extra air. Seal carefully.
3. Fill each gallon-size plastic bag about halfway with ice and add 1/2 cup coarse salt. Place one sealed small bag (with ice cream mixture) into the large bag, squeeze out most of the air and seal the large bag.
4. Shake and massage the bag for about 5 minutes or until mixture thickens into ice cream. Add more salt and ice to the outer bag if ice cream hasn't formed after 10 minutes of continuous motion.
5. Remove the outer pint-size bag before you open the inner bag so you don't get any of the salty ice on your ice cream!
6. If you don't want to go to the store, you can substitute whole milk for cream and half-and-half!
7. Experiement, red/blue/white food coloring for 4th? Some chocolate syrup and chocolate chips? Be creative!