Posts Tagged ‘Entree’

Not Your Standard Meatball!

July 5, 2018

Are you tired of the same, old, boring meatball recipe (ground beef, salt, pepper, egg, bread crumbs, parsley . . . )?  Then have I got a treat for you!  I found this divine recipe that will really shake up (spice up?) how you look at meatballs.

Lamb Meatballs

Ingredients
1 large egg
1/2 cup of panko crumbs (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon of ground tumeric
1/4 cup of finely chopped parsley (plus 1 cup of parsley leaves with stems)
2 Tablespoons plus 1 cup of olive oil
1-1/2 teaspoons of salt
2 cloves of garlic, divided
1 pound of ground lamb
2 cups of mint leaves
3 Tablespoons of golden raisins
Plain whole-milk Greek yogurt (for serving)

Directions
1. Place a rack in the upper third of your oven and preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine the egg, panko, cumin, red pepper flakes, tumeric, parsley (finely chopped), 2 Tablespoons of oil, and 1-1/2 teaspoons of salt.  Finely grate 1 garlic clove into the bowl and then add the lamb and mix thoroughly with your hands.

2.  Gently roll the lamb mixture into small balls (about the size of a golf ball — 1-1/2″ diameter).  Place the meatballs on a rimmed baking sheet  (space them evenly apart) and bake them until they are browned and cooked through (about 8-10 minutes).

3.  While the meatballs are cooking, in your blender, purée the mint, raisins, parsley leaves and stems, remaining garlic clove, remaining 1/2 cup of the oil, and a big pinch of salt to create your pesto.  Taste the pesto and add more salt (if required).

4.  Spread the yogurt on the plates and divide the pesto and meatballs on top of the yogurt.

Enjoy!

Hasselback Your Chicken!

June 5, 2018

Here is an amazing recipe that I ran across the other day . . . sheer genius, and delicious to boot!

Jalapeño Popper Hasselback Chicken

Ingredients
1 cup of cream cheese
6 jalapeño peppers, finely diced
1 cup each of shredded mozzarella & shredded cheddar cheese
1 Tablespoon of salt
1 Tablespoon of pepper
3/4 cup of heavy cream
4 chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)
Sliced cheddar cheese
Narrow strips of thinly cut bacon (cooked until crisp)
Salt
Pepper

Directions
1. In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese, diced jalapeños, two cheeses, salt, pepper, and cream.  Set aside.

2. Cut parallel slit down the length of each chicken breast and place in a greased skillet (or heavy-duty, oven-ready pan) and insert into the slits the cheese slices and the bacon strips (alternate between the two).

3.  Season with the salt and pepper and then spoon over the tops, your cheesy popper mixture.  Bake for 40-50 minutes (or until the sauce is bubbling and the chicken has been cooked through).

Enjoy!

Yummy Casserole!

March 6, 2018

It never hurts to have a few quick and easy casserole recipes at your disposal (or prepared and in your freezer) for those times when you just need a quick and easy meal. Here’s one with wild rice that you can make with chicken (regular or Cajun-spiced) or shrimp.  Enjoy!

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

Ingredients
1 package (2-1/4-ounce) of sliced almonds
2 boxes (6.2-ounce each) of fast-cooking long-grain and wild rice
1/4 cup of butter
4 celery ribs, chopped
2 medium onions, chopped
5 cups of cooked chicken, diced
2 cans (10-3/4-ounce each) of cream of mushroom soup
2 cans (8-ounce each) chopped water chestnuts (drained)
1 container (8-ounce) sour cream
1 cup of milk
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
4 cups (16-ounces) of shredded cheddar cheese, divided
2 cups of breadcrumbs

Directions
1.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Bake the almonds in a single layer in a shallow pan for 4-6 minutes or until toasted and fragrant (stir occasionally).

2.  Prepare your rice according to the directions on the package.

3.  While rice is cooking, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add the celery and onions and saute for 10 minutes (or until tender).  Stir in the chicken and the next six ingredients, the rice, and 3 cups of the cheese.  Spoon this mixture into a lightly greased 15×10 baking dish and top with the breadcrumbs.

4.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.  Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and top with the toasted almonds before returning to the oven for an additional five minutes.

To Make Ahead
Follow steps 2 and 3 above then cover with aluminum foil and freeze for up to one month.  Remove from freezer and allow to stand at room temperature for one hour.  Toast your almonds as directed in step 1, then bake your casserole (covered) at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Uncover and continue baking for 55-75 minutes (or until thoroughly heated.  Sprinkle with 1 cup (4-ounces) of shredded cheddar cheese and toasted almonds and bake an additional 5 minutes.

Or you can try these tasty variation:

Shrimp and Wild Rice Casserole
Substitute 2 pounds of peeled and deveined , medium-sized raw shrimp (41/50 count) for the chicken; 2 cups (8-ounces) of shredded Monterrey Jack cheese and 2 cups (8-ounces) of grated Parmesan cheese for the cheddar cheese; and 1 cup of dry white wine for the milk.

Cajun Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole
Omit the salt and the pepper.  Reduce the chicken to 2-1/2 cups.  Prepare as directed, sauteing 1 pound of chopped andouille sausage, 1 diced green bell pepper, with the celery in step 3.   Stir in 1 can (15-ounce) of black-eyed peas (drained) and 1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning into the rice mixture.

 

Cordon Bleu, the Easy Way!

January 6, 2018

I recently found a recipe for preparing Chicken Cordon Bleu that seems to easy to believe.  There is no pounding of the chicken breasts (unless you cannot find the cutlets) to a certain thinness before adding the ham and cheese and rolling, breading, and cooking . . . rather, it is all done in a skillet!  How east is that?

Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu

Ingredients
4 thin boneless, skinless cutlets (4 ounces each)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup of flour
1/2 teaspoon of butter
1-1/2 teaspoons of olive oil
2/3 cup of chicken broth
1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
1/2 Tablespoon of Dijon mustard
4 slices (thin) of deli ham
4 slices Swiss cheese
Chopped parsley (for garnish)

Directions
1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper (to taste).

2. Place the flour in a shallow dish.  Coat your chicken in the flour (on both sides) and shake off the excess.

3. In a snall bowl combine the chicken roth, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and 1 teaspoon of flour and whisk until smooth.

4. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Melt the butter and add 1 teaspoon of olive oil plus half of the chicken.

5. Cook for 2 minutes on each side (until slightly golden) and transfer to another dish.

6. Add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and the remaining chicken and cook for two minutes on each side.

7. Set aside with the previously cooked chicken.

8. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the chicken broth mixture.  Whisk and scrape up any bit stuck to the pan and simmer for two minutes (to reduce slightly).

9. Return the chicken to the skillet, top each piece with a slice of ham and a slice of the Swiss cheese, cover the skillet, and simmer on medium-low for 3-4 minutes (until the cheese melts).

10. To serve, use a spatula to transfer the chicken to the plate and spoon the remaining sauce over each piece.

Serve with either roasted vegetables or a rice pilaf.

How About Some Noodles?!

July 6, 2017

If you have been looking for a quick and easy way to add an Asian version to your carb-loading, then look no more.  Here is a tasty recipe that combines chicken, peanut butter, and noodles (with all of the assorted Asian spices) for an entree that will have them begging for more.

Chicken Peanut Noodles

Ingredients
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon each of ginger and salt
4 trimmed chicken thighs (boneless and skinless)
1 Tablespoon of olive oil
1 head of broccoli, chopped
6 ounces of soba noodles (2 bundles)
1/3 cup of peanut butter
2 Tablespoons of soy sauce
1 Tablespoon of rice vinegar
2 teaspoons of honey
1/4 cup of chopped peanuts
1/4 cup of chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
1. Boil six (6) cups of water in a covered saucepan over medium-high heat.  To prepare the chicken, sprinkle the garlic powder, ginger, and salt over both sides.

2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the chicken and cook until almost cooked through (about six (6) minutes), flipping once.  Add the broccoli to the skillet.  Cook the contents, covered, until the broccoli is bright green (and crisp-tender) and the chicken is cooked through (about five (5) minutes more).

3. Add the noodles to your boiling water and cook until tender (about three (3) minutes).

4.  In a large bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, and honey. Drain the noodles (but reserve 1/2 cup of the noodle water) and immediately coat the noodles in the peanut sauce (add some of the cooking water to loosen the sauce if required).

5.  Chop the chicken  and toss with the noodles and broccoli.  Top with peanuts and cilantro and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Enjoy!

The Original White Meat!

June 7, 2017

Yes, chicken!  And whenever I run across a recipe that is super simple, I just can’t resist.  Here’s a recipe that will only take you thirty (30) minutes to prepare but will taste like you slaved in the kitchen for hours!

Chicken Parmesan in a Garlic Mushroom Cream Sauce

Ingredients
4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and pepper
8 ounces of sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup of butter
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon of flour
1/2 cup of chicken broth
1 cup of heavy cream
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of spinach, chopped

Directions
1.  Season your chicken on both sides (salt and pepper).  In a large skillet, add the olive oil and cook the chicken on medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes on each side or until browned/cooked to where there is no longer any pink in the center.  Remove the chicken and set aside.  Add the sliced mushrooms to the skillet and cook for a few minutes until they are tender.  Remove them and set aside.

2.  For the sauce, add the butter to you skillet and melt.  Throw in the minced garlic and cook until it is tender (a minute or so).  Add the flour and whisk until it is incorporated and slightly thick.  Whisk in the chicken broth, heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.  Add the spinach and let it simmer until the sauce thickens and the spinach wilts.  Add the chicken and the mushrooms back into your sauce (to coat).  Serve on either a bed of rice, or over the pasta of your choice.

Yum!

Lasagna in a Hurry!

May 18, 2017

When you find you are not in the mood to deal with lasagna noodles and sauce from scratch, here’s a wonderful recipe for lasagna that you can throw together in a hurry (using only four ingredients).  And it is positively fantastic!  Enjoy!

Ravioli Lasagna

1 pound of ground beef
1 jar (28 ounces) of spaghetti sauce
1 package (25 ounces) frozen sausage or cheese ravioli
1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

In a large skillet, cook the ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain off the excess juice.  In a greased 2-1/2 quart baking dish, layer a third of the spaghetti sauce, have of the ravioli and beef, and 1/2 cup of the cheese.  Repeat the layers once and top with the remaining sauce and cheese.

Cover and bake at 400 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until heated through.

Super easy!

This Wasn’t Take Out!

January 26, 2017

When I have a craving for Asian food, I usually just go out.  But recently I decided that I should try my hand at cooking one of my favorites (I have several) and found this seemingly easy recipe for orange chicken (courtesy of Harry Wetzel on allrecipes.com).  I also decided to try making my own egg rolls.  Wish me luck!

Asian Orange Chicken

Ingredients
1-1/2 cups of water
2 Tablespoons of orange juice
1/4 cup of lemon juice
1/3 cup of rice vinegar
2-1/2 Tablespoons of soy sauce
1 Tablespoon of orange zest
1 cup of packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of fresh minced ginger root
1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic
2 Tablespoons of chopped green onion
1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
3 Tablespoons of cornstarch
2 Tablespoons of water
2 skinless and boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 cup of flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 tesaspoon of pepper
3 Tablespoons of olive oil
Cooked white rice

Directions
1. Pour the water, orange juice, lemon juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce into a saucepan on medium-high heat.  Stir in the orange zest, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, chopped onion, and red pepper flakes.  Bring to a boil then remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool a bit (10-15 minutes).

2. Place the chicken pieces into a large resealable bag.  Once the sauce mixture has cooled, pour 1 cup of the mixture over the chicken pieces in the bag (reserve the remaining sauce). Seal the bag and refrigerate for a minimum of two (2) hours.

3. In another resealable bag, mix the flour, salt, and pepper.  Add the marinated chicken pieces, seal the bag, and shake to coat the chicken with the flour mixture.

4.  Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Place the marinated chicken into the skillet and brown on both sides.  Remove the chicken to a  plate and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.

5.  Clean out the skillet and add the reserved sauce.  Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.  Mix together the cornstarch and the water and then stir this combination into the sauce.  Reduce the heat to medium low, add the chicken pieces, and simmer for about five (5) minutes (stir occasionally).

I Don’t Normally Do Casseroles . . .!

January 5, 2017

But I found this fabulous recipe that was an instant hit (and super easy to prepare)!  And, it has bacon to boot!

Bacon Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole

Ingredients
1-1/2 pounds of ground beef
1/2 pound of bacon (cooked and crumbled)
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
1 package (32 ounce) of frozen tater tots
1 can (10.75 ounce) of condensed cheddar cheese soup
16 ounces of sour cream

Directions
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Lightly spray a 13″ x 9″ pan with cooking spray.
3. Cook the ground beef in a large skillet until it is no longer pink and drain the fat.
4. In a large bowl, combine the cooked beef, cooked bacon pieces, cheddar cheese, tater tots, cheese soup, and sour cream.  Mix until thoroughly combined.
5. Spread this mixture into the prepared 13×9 pan.
6. Bake for 45-50 minutes (until bubbly).

Enjoy!

An Old Standard!

September 6, 2016

Meatloaf, an easy meal and the true definition of “comfort” food.  Growing up we had meatloaf on a rather regular basis (with fresh veggies, baked potato, and homemade bread on the side) — and mom’s was the best (especially the tomato piquant sauce used to top it all off)!  Here is a tasty variation of mom’s recipe (using stuffing mix instead of bread crumbs and onion soup mix instead of the salt, pepper, and other seasonings).  Yum!

Everyday Meatloaf

Ingredients
2 cups herbed stuffing mix
1 cup water
½ cup dry milk
1 package dry onion soup mix
2 eggs, beaten well
½ cup catsup
2 pounds ground beef

For the Sauce
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons prepared mustard
½ cup water
2 Tablespoons vinegar
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Combine the stuffing, water, milk, soup mix, eggs, and catsup and mix thoroughly.  Add the meat and mix until it is all well blended.  Press into a loaf pan (9x5x3 inches) or form into a loaf.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1½ hours.  When it has cooked half the time, spread the tomato piquant sauce over the top and continue baking.