Sunday, January 24, 2010

Mexican Chicken "Lasagna"

This is another that came from the Season's Best cook book from Pampered Chef. Steve really liked it and I was surprised at how easy it was and clean up was pretty fast too.

1/4 c lightly packed cilantro leaves, chopped
1 pkg cream cheese (8 oz)
2 c shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 medium onion chopped
1 can enchilada sauce *28 oz can*
12 corn tortillas
3 cups cooked chicken, shredded

Microwave cream cheese for about 30 seconds until very soft. Add the cilantro, and 1 1/2 c shredded cheese. Spread 2/3 c enchilada sauce over the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish, pour remaining sauce in a bowl. To assemble, dip several tortillas in enchilada sauce and place in the bottom of the baking dish, overlapping as necessary. Scoop half the cream cheese mixture over tortillas, spread carefully, then top with 1 cup chicken and 1/3 of the onion. Repeat layers one more time. Dip remaining tortillas and layer over the second layer top with remaining chicken and onions, pour remaining sauce over the top and sprinkle with the reserved 1/2 c cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

*The original recipe calls for it to be cooked in the microwave in a stoneware baker for 12-15 minutes, so if you have the covered baker, go for it! I had to do it the old fashioned way, it was still yummy :)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Ham & Cheese Calzone

I got this recipe from those little recipe books you get for $1 from Pampered Chef. I was surprised at how easy it was and I couldn't get enough. I don't know if that's cause it was so good or I was super hungry, either way Steve and the kids liked it and I guess that's all that matters.

2 T mayonnaise
2 T Dijon mustard
1 c broccoli chopped (the recipe calls for fresh, I used frozen)
1 8-oz slice smoked deli ham chopped
1/2 onion chopped
8 oz shredded Swiss cheese
1 T vegetable oil
2 pkg refrigerated pizza dough
1 oz Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 450. Combine mustard, and mayonnaise in a large bowl. Add broccoli, ham, onion, and half the cheese, mix well.
Brush a cookie sheet with sides with half of the oil, or you can spray it with non-stick spray. Unroll one of the pizza crusts on the cookie sheet and press it out so it covers the whole bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with remaining cheese within 1 inch of sides. Spoon ham mixture over that and unroll remaining dough directly on top, matching the edges. Using a sharp knife cut a half inch off the sides then press edges together to seal. Brush the top with remaining oil. Make some slits in the top and bake for 14-16 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and bake for another 2-3 minutes.

*I skipped the store bought dough and made my own. It was a little more time consuming but about $4 cheaper.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Shepard's Pie

This is one of Steve's favorites. Classic meat and potatoes dish. You can jazz it up a bunch of different ways, using different types of meat and other spices, play with it and see what your favorite is. This is a new one we dreamed up.

1 lb ground beef
1/4 lb summer sausage cubed
1 onion chopped
2 carrots diced
1 c frozen peas
1 c extra sharp cheddar cheese
2 c mashed potatoes (I used instant, cause I'm a slacker)

Heat a bit of oil in a large skillet and add the carrots and onions, add beef and brown. When beef is fully cooked add sausage and peas. Place meat mixture in a 9x9 baking dish. Cover with mashed potatoes then top with cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until top turns golden.

*You can speed this one up by heating the meat mixture for 5 minutes on the stove after the peas and sausage are added. Then top with potatoes and cheese and broil until cheese is golden.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Cola Meatballs

1 lb Ground beef
1/2 c seasoned bread crumbs
1 egg
1 small onion finely chopped or grated, divided
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 clove garlic minced
1 c ketchup
1 c cola
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1/2 med. green pepper finely chopped

Preheat oven to 325. In a large bowl combine beef, breadcrumbs, egg, and half the onion. Mix well and form into 1 inch balls. Place in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. In another bowl combine the remaining ingredients, mix well and pour over the meatballs. Bake for 50-60 mins. Serve over rice.

Monday, January 4, 2010

New year new recipes

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I am soooo sorry I have left you in the dark for weeks. I have made a new year goal (I don't make "resolutions"). It is to post once a week for you. So this means you will have 52 new recipes by the end of the year. Lets see if I meet my goal! I am trying a new one tonight so if it works out it'll be up this week! Happy Cooking!!