Friday, November 7, 2014

Chicken with Honey-Beer Sauce

So I liked this recipe because it was fast.  I assume it was easy, since they usually go hand-in-hand. D made it.

I would have again.  We had with Roasted Parmesan Rosemary Potatoes.

Chicken with Honey-Beer Sauce

Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 1 breast half and 2 tablespoons sauce)
Cost Per Serving:$2.36

2 teaspoons canola oil
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
Photo by ALB
3 tablespoons thinly sliced shallots
1/2 cup beer (used a Budweiser)
2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon whole-grain Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle chicken evenly with pepper and salt. Add chicken to pan; sauté 6 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm. Add shallots to pan; cook 1 minute or until translucent. Combine beer and next 3 ingredients (through honey) in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Add beer mixture to pan; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Cook 3 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup. Return chicken to pan; turn to coat with sauce. Sprinkle evenly with parsley.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 245; Fat: 4.5g; Saturated fat: 0.7g; Monounsaturated fat: 2g; Polyunsaturated fat: 1.1g; Protein: 40g; Carbohydrate: 7.8g; Fiber: 0.2g; Cholesterol: 99mg; Iron: 1.6mg; Sodium: 544mg; Calcium: 27mg

Cooking Light SEPTEMBER 2012

Roasted Parmesan Rosemary Potatoes

Like most roasted potatoes, these smell better than they actually are.  They were good, but I didn't feel they were anything special.  However, unlike usual, I refrained from putting ketchup on them (I put ketchup on most "French Fry-like" potatoes).

I'd still have them again.  We had with Chicken with Beer and Honey.

Roasted Parmesan Rosemary Potatoes

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 40 Minutes
Ready In: 55 Minutes

1.50 lb(s), New Red Potato With Skin
Photo by ALB
3.00 tbsp., Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2.00 tbsp, Cheese - Parmesan, shredded
1.00 tbsp, Spices - Rosemary, fresh
0.25 tsp, Salt - Coarse Kosher
0.25 tsp(s), Spices - Pepper, black

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Mix potatoes, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and rosemary in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Spread potato mixture over prepared baking sheet.

Bake in preheated oven until potatoes are golden brown and tender, stirring once, about 40 minutes.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 221; Total Fat: 11 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 8 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g; Trans Fat: 0 g; Cholesterol: 2 mg; Sodium: 194 mg; Potassium: 781 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 27 g; Dietary Fiber: 3 g; Sugars: 2 g; Protein: 4 g;

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tangy Italian Beef Sandwiches

D and I were looking for a beef slow-cooker recipe and I found this.  He agreed.

He said in terms of easiness, it was very simple.

Taste-wise, it was delicious.  I have no idea if it compares to a Chicago Sandwich, but it was good enough for me.  Coincidentally, my friend Delane had sent me homemade relish from Chicago.  So we put that on.  D also put Giardiniera on his, but I did not, since I don't like olives.  I put pepperoncini on mine.

We would definitely have again.  We had with Tater Tots.

Tangy Italian Beef Sandwiches

Yield: Serves 8 (serving size: 1 sandwich and about 2 tablespoons sauce)
Hands-on: 15 Minutes
Total: 8 Hours, 15 Minutes

3 banana peppers
Photo by ALB
Cooking spray
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
7 bottled pepperoncini peppers, chopped
2 1/4 pounds chuck roast, trimmed and halved
8 (1 1/2-ounce) sandwich rolls, toasted

1. Preheat broiler.

2. Arrange peppers on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Broil 6 minutes or until blackened in spots, turning occasionally. Place peppers in a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Add vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, and red pepper; stir to combine. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt, black pepper, and chopped pepperoncini.

3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add beef; cook 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Place beef in slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or until beef is very tender. Remove beef from cooker; shred with 2 forks. Stir beef and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt into cooking liquid. Divide beef mixture evenly among sandwich rolls, spooning out with a slotted spoon. Serve any extra sauce for dipping.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 356; Fat: 15.9g; Saturated fat: 6g; Monounsaturated fat: 6.4g; Polyunsaturated fat: 1.3g; Protein: 26.2g; Carbohydrate: 24.7g; Fiber: 1.9g; Cholesterol: 86mg; Iron: 3.5mg; Sodium: 588mg; Calcium: 94mg

Cooking Light DECEMBER 2013

Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic, Olive Oil and Lemon Juice

It's Cauliflower, which is one of my favorite vegetables.  It was good.  I would have again.

We had with Mushroom Asiago Chicken.

Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic, Olive Oil and Lemon Juice

Total Time: 20 min
Prep: 5 min
Cook: 15 min
Yield:5 to 6 cups roasted cauliflower florets, 6 to 8 servings

5 to 6 cups cauliflower florets, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter (from 1 medium cauliflower)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Photo by ALB
1 tablespoon sliced garlic
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
Chopped chives, for garnish

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.

Place the cauliflower florets in a large saute pan or a roasting pan. Drizzle the olive oil over the cauliflower, and season with the garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Place the saute/roasting pan in the oven and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure even roasting. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the Parmesan. Garnish with chopped chives and serve immediately while still warm.

Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, 2003

Mushroom Asiago Chicken

I found this recipe from NCBeaches.  It looked good so D and I decided to try it.

We typically don't buy Asiago (use Parm), but we did this time, and I'm glad we did.  It was rich and flavorful, but not overpowering.  We would have again.

We had with Pasta and Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic, Olive Oil and Lemon Juice.

Mushroom Asiago Chicken

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 35 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Makes 5-6 servings (we got 4)

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
Photo by ALB
salt and pepper
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 lb sliced mushrooms
1/2 tsp salt
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
3 sprigs fresh thyme or3/4 tsp dried thyme leaves
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup shredded Asiago cheese
Parmesan cheese for sprinkling

Cut each chicken breast into thirds by first cutting each breast in half crosswise, then set the thinner half aside. Slice the thicker part of the breast in half horizontally (parallel to the cutting board) to produce 2 more thin cutlets. Cover the chicken breast pieces with a sheet of plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet or the bottom of a small skillet until all of the pieces are about ¼" thick. Lightly season each cutlet on both sides with salt and pepper and dredge in flour, shaking off any excess.

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and melt about 2 Tbsp unsalted butter. Add as many cutlets as will fit comfortably into the skillet, but be sure not to overcrowd the pan. Sauté for about 5 minutes until golden brown on the first side, then flip and cook for 1 additional minute. Remove the chicken from the skillet to a plate and cover lightly with foil. Repeat with remaining chicken cutlets.

When all of the chicken is cooked, add remaining butter to the skillet along with the mushrooms and ½ tsp salt. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are golden brown and become softened. Add garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

Pour white wine (or ½ cup chicken broth) into the skillet and stir to scrape up anything that is sticking to the bottom of the pan. Once the wine has nearly all evaporated, add ¾ cup chicken broth and thyme. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to medium and cook for 10–15 minutes at a rapid simmer until the liquid is reduced by half.

Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in heavy cream. Sprinkle the Asiago cheese over the top of the sauce and stir constantly until the cheese melts. Nestle the chicken back into the skillet and allow it to simmer in the sauce just until the chicken is heated through and the sauce has slightly thickened. Sprinkle with a bit of Parmesan cheese and serve right away, either all by itself, or spooned over pasta or mashed potatoes. Enjoy!

Smoked Sausage Cassoulet

D found this one.  There was a lot going on with the flavors but it was really good.  Would have again.

Smoked Sausage Cassoulet

This hearty soup is exploding with flavors. Meat lovers will crave this bacon-packed and sausage-enriched delight. For a thicker consistency, let the cassoulet stand 30 minutes before serving.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 cup cassoulet, 1 teaspoon cheese, and 1 teaspoon parsley)

2 bacon slices
Photo by ALB
2 cups chopped onion
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained
2 (15-ounce) cans Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
1 pound lean boneless pork loin roast, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 pound reduced-fat smoked sausage, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
8 teaspoons finely shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
8 teaspoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Add onion, thyme, rosemary, and garlic to drippings in pan; sauté 3 minutes or until tender. Stir in crumbled bacon, salt, pepper, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Remove from heat.

2. Place half of beans in a large bowl; mash with a potato masher until chunky. Add remaining half of beans, pork, and sausage; stir well. Place half of bean mixture in a 3 1/2-quart electric slow cooker; top with half of tomato mixture. Repeat layers. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 hours. Ladle into bowls. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 249; Calories from fat: 0.0%; Fat: 7.6g; Saturated fat: 2.7g; Monounsaturated fat: 3.2g; Polyunsaturated fat: 0.9g; Protein: 22.2g; Carbohydrate: 23.8g; Fiber: 4.6g; Cholesterol: 48mg; Iron: 2.9mg; Sodium: 627mg; Calcium: 89mg

Oxmoor House SEPTEMBER 2012

Pagash AKA Pierogi Pizza

So my friend Lisa Marie gave me this recipe awhile ago.  She got it from Bonbons and Biscotti.  I had never heard of such a thing.  Being that I love pierogies, I decided D and I should have it.  D made it (shocker, I know...) and it was everything I hoped it would be.  The only thing differently I would have done is sautee the onions for  few minutes before putting on the pizza to get the raw flavor out of them.

You should have it.

Pagash AKA Pierogi Pizza

1 package Fleischmann's pizza crust yeast and the ingredients listed on the package for preparation or you could by a pizza dough ball in your local bakery
2 cups mashed potatoes with 1/2 cup sharp Cheddar cheese added (we used Simply Potatoes Mashed Potatoes and added cheese)
Photos by ALB
4-6 Tbsp butter, melted
3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 medium onion, sliced into very thin rings
1 cup sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded

(This is a step we skipped by buying Simply Potatoes Mashed Potatoes).  Prepare potatoes and allow to cool slightly, about 1 hour. It is best to make the potatoes a little dry especially if you normally make them very whipped. A thick, creamy mashed potato is best. I normally peel and boil about 5 medium size russet potatoes, cut them into uniform squares, cover them in water and boil them until fork tender. I then drain them and add 1/4 cup milk and 4 Tbsp salted butter. I add 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp fresh ground pepper. I then mash until smooth. Add the cheese and allow to sit covered so the cheese can melt. This recipe makes more then the suggested 2 cups but I love leftovers. As I suggested you can use your own recipe here. If you like to add sour cream or other ingredients feel free. Just remember, you want the potatoes so be thick.

After your potatoes have cooled for about 1 hour it is time to make the crust. I follow the directions on the package for preparation. The one change it do make is I hand toss the dough and then roll it onto a pizza stone. I then par bake the crust for about 6 minutes at 425 degrees. Since I do not have a pizza oven at my house (and who does), I like to par bake the crust so it is browned on the bottom and it allows for a much more durable layer to hold all the potatoes and cheese.

While the crust is baking I melt my butter in the microwave in a small mug and add the 3 cloves of minced garlic to make a garlic butter sauce. Also add the Italian Seasoning. After taking the crust out of the oven.

I spread the garlic butter all over the crust. I then add the mashed potatoes over the butter. Spread them evenly (like icing) with a rubber scraper or offset knife. I then layer on the onion ringd. Then the 3 types of cheese.

Place the pizza in the oven and bake at 425 for 15-17 minute. At this time, I set the oven to Broil and allow the pizza in the oven until the cheese is slightly brown; about 3-4 minutes.

Remove the pizza from the oven and allow to cool 8-10 minutes before cutting. The potatoes will solidify a little and you will have pretty slices.