Sunday, June 21, 2009

Smothered Chicken

4-6 chicken breasts
1 pkg baby bella mushrooms
1/2C feta cheese crumbles
1 small onion
1 package (5oz) Prosciutto, grilled and crumbled
1/2 C white wine
2T olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced

1. Grill chicken breasts with salt and pepper.

2. Meanwhile, saute mushrooms and onion in white wine, olive oil and garlic.

3. Crisp prosciutto on grill with chicken

4. When chicken is done, place on plate. Top with feta cheese, prosciutto, mushrooms and onion. Excellent with white wine!

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

Preheat over to 375 degrees

1 lb ground hamburger
10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 small onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz medium cheddar, shredded
1 C pretzels, blended to crumbs
2 eggs
1/4C mayo
1/4C ketchup
2T mustard
1T Worcestershire

Stick your hands in there and mix it all together. Form 2 loafs on a baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for approx 30 minutes. Slice and serve over rice or mashed potatoes.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Homemade Marshmallows

1/2C cold water
3 envelopes unflavored gelatin

1/2C water
3/4C corn syrup
2C sugar

1. Place the 1/2C cold water in a large bowl (or bowl of stand mixer). Add 3 envelopes gelatin and set aside.

2. In saucepan, combine 1/2C water, 3/4C corn syrup and 2 C sugar. Stirring continuously, heat over med-low until sugar dissolves. Once dissolved, increase heat to medium, and bring to a boil with the lid on for 3 minutes.

3. Take lid off and boil until syrup reaches 240 degrees.

4. Slowly add syrup to dissolved gelatin with hand mixer, or stand mixer. When everything is mixed, increase speed of mixer to high and whip for about 15 minutes until white and fluffy.

5. Pour into greased 9X13 pan, let set.

6. Cover in powdered sugar and cut into squares. Cover cut sides with powdered sugar. Keep in sealed container.

So they're a bit time consuming, but they are SO worth it. They are soft and wonderful, but very dense. YUM!

Monster Cookies

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

3 eggs
1 1/4C packed brown sugar
1C sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 12-ounce jar creamy peanut butter
1 stick butter, softened
3/4C m&m's
1/2C chocolate chips
4 1/2C quick-cooking oatmeal

1. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.

2. In a very large mixing bowl, combine the eggs and sugars. Mix well.

3. Add the salt, vanilla, peanut butter, and butter. Mix well.

4. Stir in the chocolate candies, chocolate chips, baking soda, and oatmeal.

5. Drop by tablespoons 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.

6. Bake for 8 minutes. Do not over bake. Let stand for about 3 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool. When cool, store in large resealable plastic bags.

PS: No, there is no flour in these cookies! It's not a typo friends!

Crock Pot Garlic Chicken

1 head garlic - peeled and kept whole
6 chicken breasts, dredged in flour
1/2 bottle white wine
2 C chicken stock
salt and pepper to taste
1/4C chives, chopped
1/2 tsp Lawry's seasoned salt
Rind of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2C flour
1/2 jar capers

1. Pour white wine and chicken broth in bottom of crock pot.

2. Add garlic

3. Add chicken

4. Top chicken with seasonings, capers and chives.

Cook in crock pot on high for 3 hours. Add lemon rind and lemon juice in last 15 minutes of cooking. Transfer chicken to serving dish.

In saute pan, pour in cooking liquid from crock pot. Bring to boil. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid in separate bowl. Whisk in flour until completely mixed, then add to boiling cooking liquid. Mash garlic cloves into gravy. Cook for 2-3 minutes over medium heat. Pour gravy over top of chicken.

Serve with sour cream mashed potatoes and asparagus sauteed with scallions and prosciutto.

You can also use cooked garlic cloves to make garlic butter to eat with no-knead bread!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Mama B's Banana Bread

Heat oven to 350 degrees

1 1/2C flour
1 1/2tsp baking powder
1/4tsp baking soda
1/2tsp salt
1/8tsp cinnamon
1 egg
3 overripe, mashed bananas
3/4C sugar
1/4C canola oil
1tsp finely grated lemon peel
1tsp finely grated orange peel
**optional** 1/2C walnuts, toasted pecans or chocolate chips

1. Combine dry ingredients.

2. Add egg, bananas, oil and peels. Mix well.

3. Fold in nuts and/or chocolate chips.

4. grease loaf pan. Pour batter.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, until cake tester or toothpick comes out clean. Store covered at room temp for 4-5 days.

** This makes amazing French toast! Slice thick, batter and cook on griddle. Top with butter and Nutella. Seriously?? Ahhhhhh.