Monday, June 29, 2009

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Im not very good with measuring things so the measurments are a guess. LOL

1 lb Chicken
2 cups white rice
1 jar salsa (any kind we use Picanti or On The Border)
1 can Rotel
1 can Corn

Boil Chicken, Remove and shred or cut into small pieces. Add Rice, Rotel, Corn, Salsa and Chicken. Cover and Simmer on low 15 minutes. (longer if u use real rice I use the quick kind) Stir. The longer it simmers the better it tastes but its ready to eat after 15 minutes. Top with Cheese and/or avocado and/or tortilla chips or strips.

Makes awesome leftovers.

Taco Soup

1 lb hamburger
1 can corn
1 can ranch style beans
1 can black beans(optional)
1 can diced tomatoes or Rotel
1 can tomato sauce
1 pkg Taco Seasoning
1 Pkg Ranch Dressing Seasoning (optional)

Brown hamburger, add all ingredients. Let simmer 15 minutes. Done! Tops with cheese and/or Tortilla chips or Fritos.

Easy peasy and it tastes good too!

Black Bean Tostados with Cilantro Sauce

Black Beans - whole
Salsa - to taste
Grilled Chicken- optional
Shredded lettuce
Shredded Cheese
diced tomato

Cilantro Sauce -
Combine in blender/processor
1 cup of plain yogurt
3 tblsp chopped cilantro
2 cloves of garlic

Combine Beans and salsa in processor until almost smooth. Top with rest of toppings and drizzle sauce on top. Depending on size of garlic cloves, it may be really garlicky.

Daniels Grilled Snapper

snapper fillets
sea salt and ground pepper
olive oil
one stick butter
heaping tbsp minced garlic
juice of 3 limes

in a sauce pan brown garlic then add the stick of butter and squeeze juice from limes, melt then simmer for about 5-7 minutes until tender, set aside. lay fillets out on a sheet of foil with the edges rolled up. drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. set gas grill to low heat. put foil with fish on grill and pour garlic sauce over fish. cook for 15 minutes flipping half way through. spooning sauce over fish every couple of mintues.

Daniels Pico de Gallo

3 medium tomatoes
1 large onion
3 jalepenos seeded or 2 jalepenos with seeds
1/2 bundle of cilantro
2 avacados
juice from 3 limes
1/3 jar goya salsa verde about 6oz
salt and pepper to taste

Dice tomato, onion, jalepeno, avacado in large bowl. Chop cilantro and add. Squeeze lime juice and add goya. salt and pepper and stir...

Cheesy Tortilla Lasagna

**This doesn't look really good but it tastes AWESOME, like an enchilada**

3 medium plum tomatoes, chopped
1 cup julienned zucchini
½ chopped green onions
1- 15oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can of old el paso enchilada sauce
1- 8 oz. southwest sour cream (or use regular sour cream with taco seasoning)
8- 6 inch corn tortillas, halved
2 cups Colby jack cheese, shredded
1 tbsp. chopped cilantro (do more if you like more)

Preheat oven to 375. Spray baking dish. In medium bowl, combine tomatoes, zucchini, green onions, beans and mix well. Reserve 1/3 cup enchilada sauce and set aside.

In another medium bowl, combine remaining enchilada sauce and sour cream dip and blend well. Spoon 2 tablespoons enchilada sauce mixture on bottom of dish. Arrange 8 tortilla pieces over sauce overlapping when necessary. Spoon ½ vegetable/bean mixture over tortillas.

Sprinkle 2/3 cup of cheese, then spoon ½ of remaining sauce mixture over cheese. Repeat layers, reserving 2/3 cup of cheese for top. Top with 1/3 cup enchilada sauce, cover with foil.

Bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes or until heated thoroughly, uncover sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Let stand for 10 minutes before serving and then sprinkle with cilantro.

Burger Bean Spaghetti Pie

My friend who gave me this recipe calls this Spachili.

7 oz. spaghetti or vermicelli
1 egg
¼ cup butter melted
¼ parmesean cheese
1 tsp. chili powder

1 lb. ground beef/turkey
¼ chopped onion
1- 15.5 oz can spicy chili beans, undrained
1- can Kidney beans…
1- 14.5 oz can zesty diced tomatoes with green chiles, undrained
1 cup pepper jack cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar

Cook spaghetti until desired doneness. Meanwhile preheat oven to 350 and spray 9.5 pie plate with Pam, beat egg in large bowl, add parm cheese, butter, chili pwd and mix well. Add cooked spaghetti, and toss to coat.

Pour into pie plate, push mixture up sides to form a crust.

Cook meat and add chili beans and tomatoes, then add pepper cheese and ½ the cheddar. Spoon evenly over spaghetti lined pie plate and top with remaining cheese.

Bake at 350 for 20-25 mins until filling is set and crust is golden brown. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Not So often Meatloaf

1 lb ground sirloin or hamburger leaner meat less fat but who's looking
1 lb jimmy dean breakfast sausage
1 sleeve of crackers (wheat or white)
3 tbl ketchup
2 lrg eggs
4 tbl Worchestershire sauce
2 tbl spicy brown mustard
1 can rotel mild or spicy
2 pinches salt (kosher)
1/2 tsp pepper fine

Now time to get dirty! Literally :P

mix all ingredients in large bowl with your hands yes hands feel your food and it mixes much better then killing your wrist with a spatula

if your mixture is still runny add additional crackers and if to dry add 1 more egg. You want to be able to shape your concoction into a loaf shape and it hold but not be to dry.

Place in loaf pan and pop in oven for approx 1 1/2 hours @ 375 degrees

I cover mine for 3/4 of the time then remove foil to brown up the top

the last 5 mins you can brush liberally with ketchup

labels done

i added some labels for the blog....chicken, beef, seafood, appetizers, and sides. now when u type a new blog, click on "show all" at the bottom and you can choose one of those. or you can just type a new label next to it. i even went and added labels to the previous posts. so now you can see "chicken...etc" under each post. if u click it then it'll show u just those in that same catergory.

We should be tagging these recipes...

At the bottom of the post is a blank white box.. Let's tag our recipes using tags like, Chicken, Beef, Dinner, you know? Can you add this widget Robert?

Chicken Saltimbocca


6 chicken cutlets pounded evenly flat


6 paper thin slices prosciutto (or ham)

10 oz box chopped spinach; thawed

3 Tbsp olive oil

1/4 C grated parmesan

14 oz chicken broth

2 Tbsp lemon juice

Place chicken flat on work surface. Salt & pepper. Lay 1 slice prosciutto atop each cutlet.

Squeeze water out of thawed spinach. Season with salt and pepper. Toss spinach with 1 Tbsp olive oil in small bowl.

Arrange an even thin layer of spinach atop prosciutto. Sprinkle parmesan over each. Roll chicken at short end first like a jelly roll and secure with toothpick.

Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil over high heat. Add chicken and cook until golden brown (2 min per side). Add broth and lemon juice and scrape bits off pan with spoon. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium. Cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through (8-10 min). Put chicken on platter. Put liquid over high heat (5 minutes) until it reduces. Salt and pepper liquid and pour over chicken

King Ranch Chicken Casserole

4-5 chicken breast cooked and cut up or whole chicken cooked, deboned bone and cut up
1 can rotel
1 small onion chopped
1 can cream of celery
1 can cream of chicken
1 pkg corn tortillas quartered
3/4 can water
1 pkg grated cheese

mix everything except tortillas in a large bowl. layer 9x13 glass casserole dish with quartered tortillas and meat mixture. first and last layer should be meat mixture. cover with foil and bake at 350 for one hour. add cheese and bake uncovered until melted. -- you could substitute 2 lbs ground beef for chicken--

Mexican Cornbread

1 lb ground beef
1 bag shredded cheese
1 Lg onion chopped
1 can cream corn
1 can whole corn- drained
2 pkgs mexican cornbread
jalapenos- to taste

cook and drain ground beef. mix cornbread as directed on packagein a large bowl. add both cans of corn to mix. grease 9x13 pan and add half of cornbread mix to pan. then put beef, onions, jalapenos, and cheese on top. then top with remaining cornbread mix. bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes

Parmesan Crusted Chicken

4 servings

2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (6-8 oz ea)

2 egg whites
2 tsp cornstarch
juice of 1/2 lemon

in seperate large bowl combine:
1 cup coarse breadcrumbs (i use panko)
1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsely
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
zest of 1 lemon, minced
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

saute in:
3 Tbsp olive oil

prepare chicken halves by pounding, whisk egg whites cornstarch and lemon juice in shallow dish for dipping mixture. dip chicken in dipping mixture then dredge in breadcrumb mixture, coating both sides. let rest (20-30 minutes) Preheat oven to 450, saute rested chicken in olive oil (in a pan that can go in the oven) medium heat for 3 minutes until golden brown and crisp. carefully turn w/ spatula and transfer skillet to oven. roast chicken just done about 8 more minutes

Pecan Crusted Tilapia

4- servings

1/2 cup pecan halves
1/4 cup pretzel goldfish
4- 6oz fillets of tilapia
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. pepper
3 Tbsp veg oil

Process pecans w/ goldfish in a food processor until finely blended. Rinse fillets in water, sprinkle w/ salt, garlic powder and pepper. dredge fish in finely blended pecan/goldfish mixture. put oil in a large skillet over medium-high. add fish and cook 3-4 minutes on each side until brown. serve with golden-rum butter sauce..

Golden Rum Butter Sauce

makes 1/3 cup

1/2 tsp kosher or sea salt
3 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp garlic clove minced (i use jar)
2 Tbsp rum
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
2 tbsp fresh orange juice
1 tsp honey

melt 1 Tbsp butter in a small skillet over medium-high; add garlic and cook, stirring occasionally 5 minutes or until tender. Reduce heat to low and slowly whisk in rum, next 4 ingridients and remaining 2 Tbsp butter. cook stirring occasionally 1 minute; serve warm.. drizzle over fish

Spinach Dip

1 pkg frozen chopped spinach
1- 16oz sour cream
1 can water chesnuts, chopped
1 pkg knorr vegetable soup mix
1 cup real mayo
3 green onions, chopped

Thaw spinach and squeeze dry. Stir in soup mix, add all other ingredients. cover. chill for 2 hours. stir before serving. makes about 4 cups...

Sausage Balls

1 jar (15 oz) original cheeze Whiz
2-1/4 cups Bisquick
1 lb hot sausage ( i use jimmy dean)

Cook sausage, drain and cool.. (brown like hamburger meat). Mix cheese, bisquick and sausage in a large bowl. Form into balls, about quarter to fifty cent piece size. Bake on a greased cookie sheet about an inch or so apart at 350 until lightly cooked brown.. let cool on a paper towel..

they are fantastic to eat right out of the oven.. i love these

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

bruschetta & cheese stuffed chicken breasts


1 can (14 1/2 oz) Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained

1 1/4 C shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

1/4 C chopped fresh basil

1 pkg (6 oz) stuffing mix for chicken

8 THIN (may have to pound them flat) boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 2 lbs)

1/3 C Kraft Roasted Red Pepper Italian w/Parmesan Dressing OR Kraft Sun-Dried Tomato vinaigrette dressing

Preheat oven to 350. combine tomatoes and their liquid, 1/2 C shredded mozzarella cheese, basil and dry stuffing mix. Stir until just moistened.

Place thin chicken breast on cutting board and spread with 1/8 of the stuffing mixture. Roll chicken breast, starting at the narrow end, as tightly as possible around stuffing mixture and place in 13x9 in baking dish w/seam side down. Repeat with all other chicken breast halves. Pour dressing evenly over chicken and bake for 40 min.

Sprinkle with remaining 3/4 C cheese and bake 5 minutes longer, or until cheese is melted and chicken is cooked through.

Yum Yums

Filet Mignon
Liberally salt and pepper your filets on both sides
Drizzle with EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

Turn grill on high ( I use an infrared and sear filets at 500 plus degrees)

Cook approximately
4-6 minutes per side - Rare
6-8 minutes per side - Medium Rare
8-10 minutes per side - Medium
any longer and why are you cooking a tenderloin

Mashed potatoes with garlic

Peel potatoes and cut to equal sizes
use large pot fill with water and add 4 cloves of peeled garlic
cook until potatoes are tender
drain water and add 1 to 2 sticks of butter and add cream or whole milk

lightly season with pepper and salt to taste