Monday, April 29, 2013

Loaded Potato and Buffalo Chicken Casserole - This recipe came from my one friend, Rhonda. I don't know where she got it. :-)

Very Good!! 

2 pounds chicken breast, cut into 1 inch cubes
8-10 medium potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/3 cup olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
2 tablespoons garlic powder
6 tablespoons hot sauce

2 cups Fiesta blend cheese
1 cup crumbled bacon
1 cup diced green onions

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. In a large bowl mix together the olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and hot sauce. Add the cubed potatoes and stir to coat. Carefully scoop the potatoes into the prepared baking dish, leaving behind as much of the olive oil mixture as possible. Bake the potatoes for 45-50 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes, until cooked through and crispy and brown on the outside. 

While the potatoes are cooking, add the cubed chicken to the bowl with the leftover olive oil mixture and stir to coat. 

Once the potatoes are cooked, remove from the oven and lower the oven temperature to 400 degrees. Top the cooked potatoes with the raw marinated chicken. In a bowl mix together the cheese, bacon and green onion and top the chicken with the cheese mixture. Return the casserole to the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and topping is bubbly delicious. 

Serve with extra hot sauce and ranch or blue cheese dressing.

Shrimp Salad Sandwiches - The Deen Brothers Cookbook

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 - 2 pickled jalapenos, seeded and finely chopped
1 pound cooked and peeled shrimp, coarsely chopped
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 slices challah bread, toasted
4 leaves red leaf lettuce
4 slices tomato ( 8 slices is tomatoes are small)

In a medium bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, and jalapeno. Add the shrimp and bacon; toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 

Spread the shrimp salad evenly on 4 slices of bread. Top with lettuce, tomato, and the remaining slices of bread. 

Make 4 servings.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Mini Whoopie Pies - Pillsbury

1 (16oz) package Pillsbury Moist Supreme Sugar Free Devil's Food Cake mix
3 large eggs
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 (8oz) package cream cheese
1 (15oz) container Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Sugar Free Vanilla flavored frosting

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Beat cake mix, eggs, water and oil in large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.

Drop batter onto cookie sheets, preferably using a medium scoop (2 tablespoons). Spread batter into 2 1/4 inch diameter circles, 2 inches between pies. Bake 7-9 minutes or until center is set. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet. Cool completely on cooling rack.

Beat cream cheese in small bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add frosting, mixing until blended. Place half of the pies flat side up. Spread each with 2 tablespoons filling. Top with remaining pies, rounded side up. Press gently to spread filling. Chill until ready to serve.

Makes 24 whoopie pies.

Sweet Potato Pie - Weight Loss Surgery For Dummies

1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar substitute
4 eggs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
7 ounces evaporated nonfat milk
One 9-inch pie crust shell, unbaked

Boil sweet potatoes in water until easily pierced by a fork, about 20 minutes. Cool slightly.

Preheat the oven and a cookie sheet to 375 degrees.

Place cooked potatoes in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Stir in butter and sugar substitute.

Beat in eggs one at a time. Mix in the spices and evaporated milk, then pour the mixture into the unbaked pie crust.

Bake on the preheated cookie sheet near the center of the oven for 70 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Makes 10 servings (1 slice each)

Turkey Cutlets with Thyme Tomato Sauce - Weight Loss Surgery Cookbook for Dummies

8 teaspoons olive oil, divided
2 pounds turkey cutlets
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
3 cups chopped tomato
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

Heat 4 teaspoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium- high heat.

Sprinkle turkey on both sides with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Add to the pan and cook for 2-5 minutes on each side, or until done. Remove from pan and keep warm.

Add the remaining 4 teaspoons oil, thyme, and garlic to the pan. Saute for 1 minute.

Add the tomatoes and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and vinegar. Serve over turkey.

Makes 8 (4 oz) servings.

Creamed Corn and Fried Onion Casserole - The Deen Brothers Cookbook

1 (8oz) package cream cheese
1 (10oz) package frozen corn, thawed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup canned French fried onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 7-inch square baking pan or casserole dish. Spread the cream cheese evenly on the bottom of the pan. Top with corn, pressing the corn into the cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread the onions evenly over the top. Bake for 30 minutes. 

Makes 4-6 servings.

Copycat Recipe of Hooter's Buffalo Shrimp - Top Secret Recipes

Vegetable oil for frying
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup Crystal Louisiana Hot Sauce or Frank's Red Hot (This is what I used)
dash of ground pepper
dash of garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon paprika
12 uncooked large shrimp shelled and deveined
1 egg beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour

Heat oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees. You want the oil deep enough to cover the shrimp completely.

Combine the butter, hot sauce, ground pepper, garlic powder, and paprika in a small saucepan over low heat. Heat until the butter is melted and the ingredients are well blended.

Combine the egg with the milk in a small bowl. Put the flour into another bowl.

Dredge each shrimp in the milk mixture, then coat it with the flour. Make sure each shrimp is evenly coated. When you have coated all the shrimp with flour, let them sit for about 10 minutes in the refrigerator before frying.

Fry the shrimp in the hot oil for 7-10 minutes or until the tip of each tail begins to turn dark brown. Remove the shrimp from the oil to paper towels briefly to drain.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Beef Burgundy -Supermarket Shortcuts

12 oz dried wide egg noodles ( 6 cups)
1 -17 oz package refrigerated cooked beef tips in gravy
1/2 teaspoon dried basil crushed
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup Burgundy wine
1 1/2 cups packaged sliced fresh mushrooms
1 cup peeled baby carrots, halved lengthwise
1 cup frozen small whole onions
1 (10.75 oz) can golden mushroom soup

Cook noodles according to package directions; drain. Return noodles to pan; cover and keep warm.

In a large saucepan combine beef tips with gravy, basil, and pepper. Stir in soup and wine. Return to boiling; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring frequently. Serve meat mixture over noodles.

Makes 5-6 servings.

Fried Mozzarella Sticks - 365 Ways to Wok

1 (12 oz) package part-skim mozzarella
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs
2 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup prepared spaghetti or marinara sauce, heated

Cut mozzarella into 3 1/2 x 1/2 inch strips. In a bowl, combine eggs and Parmesan cheese. Beat until blended. Place bread crumbs in a shallow dish. Dip mozzarella into egg mixture and then into bread crumbs to coat.

In a wok, heat oil over medium-high heat until temperature measures 350 degrees on a deep-frying thermometer. Fry mozzarella sticks in batches with out crowding, turning until golden brown, 3-4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon or skimmer and drain on paper towels. Serve with marinara sauce on the side for dipping.

Makes 4 servings.

Italian Love Cake - Cooking with Catitude

This sounds YUMMY!! This can so easily be made sugar free or low sugar. 

1 box chocolate cake mix (or 1 recipe homemade chocolate cake)
2 pounds ricotta cheese
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla

1 small box instant chocolate pudding
1 cup milk
1 (12 oz) container Cool Whip

Mix cake according to package directions. Pour into a 9x13 pan. Mix ricotta, egg, sugar, and vanilla. Pour over cake batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until center is done. Mix pudding, milk in a bowl. Fold in Cool Whip. Spread on cooled cake. Chill. Keep refrigerated.

Pineapple Crescents - Cooking with Catitude

4 oz softened cream cheese
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup (8 1/4 oz) crushed pineapple in heavy syrup
1 (8 count) package crescent rolls

1 cup confectioners sugar
1 1/2 - 2 tablespoons heavy syrup

Preheat oven at 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine cheese, sugar, vanilla and nutmeg. Drain pineapple, save syrup. Stir drained pineapple into cheese mixture. Unroll dough; spread 1 1/2 tablespoons of mixture on each triangle. Start at the short side and roll loosely. Place point side down on cookie sheet. Bend into crescent shapes. Bake 15-18 minutes. Remove from pan and drizzle glaze over tops.

For the glaze: mix confectioners sugar with enough reserved syrup from pineapple to make a glaze.

Banana Flip Cake - Northwest Savings Bank Recipes

1 yellow cake mix (or one recipe homemade yellow cake)
2 boxes banana cream pudding
1 (8 oz) whipped topping
6 maraschino cherries, halved

Prepare cake by box directions. Let cool. Crumble cooled cake into 9x 13 dish. Prepare pudding according to package directions. Spread prepared pudding on top of cake . Top with whipped topping and dot with cherries. Refrigerate, cover for 1 hour before serving. 

Makes 12 servings.