Instant Pot Mini Hunter Chicken

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This Instant Pot Mini Hunter Chicken recipe looked really good so I thought I would give it a try. It is cooked in an Instant Pot so I knew it wouldn’t take all that long to put together.

Because of the type of sauce in this recipe I thought it would be real good served over pasta, but the original recipe served this dish over polenta. Well I have never made polenta before so I thought I would give it a try. I have include a link to the recipe for the polenta I used because it is some of the best I ever eaten; give it a try.

The only thing I would do different with this recipe is to allow a little more time to cook the sauce down, to thicken it a little bit, after the chicken is removed from the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Mini Hunter Chicken
 
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Recipe type: Pressure Cooker
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ medium onion sliced
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms (sliced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • 3 pounds bone-in chicken thighs or quarters
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with juice (28 ounces)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ cup water
Instructions
  1. Select the sauté function on the instant Pot. When the inner pot is hot add the oil, onion, mushrooms, and garlic and cook until mushrooms have given up some of their moisture; about 5 minutes. Add the wine and stir off any dripping stuck to the bottom of the inner pot.
  2. In a bowl mix together the tomatoes, water, and seasonings until well combined.
  3. Place the chicken over the mushroom mixture and pour the tomatoes over the top.
  4. Secure the lid and set Instant Pot to pressure cook for 20 minutes.
  5. When pressure cooking is done carefully turn the valve to vent to release the pressure and then carefully remove the lid.
  6. Remove the chicken to a serving platter. Serve the sauce and chicken over polenta – or pasta your choice.

 

Grilled Pepper and Onion Hot Dogs

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This recipe is super simple with amazing taste. 10 minutes of prep time and 15 minutes on the grill, and your hot dogs are ready to serve.

Grilled Pepper and Onion Hot Dogs
 
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Recipe type: Grilling
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 medium green bell pepper (cut into strips)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (cut into strips)
  • 1 small sweet onion (sliced)
  • ¼ cup Zesty Italian dressing
  • 1 package of hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
Instructions
  1. Prepare and preheat grill to medium heat
  2. Place peppers and onion on a large sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil and drizzle the dressing over the top. Fold the foil over the vegetables to form a packet.
  3. Grill vegetables for 15 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  4. After 6 minutes start grilling the hot dogs, grilling them until heated through. (Turn packet and hot dogs occasionally while grilling) this is also a good time to toast the buns if you wish to do so.
  5. Remove the foil packet from the grill and cut a few slits in the top to release the steam, and then open carefully. Serve the hot dogs topped with the vegetable mixture

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Instant Pot Lasagna Recipe

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Wow – this Instant Pot Lasagna recipe is super-fast and really good. If you have an electric pressure cooker give this one a try.

Instant Pot Lasagna Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Instant Pot
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 pound 90% lean ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon Italian Seasoning (crushed)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 16 ounces uncooked lasagna noodles (break into 2 inch pieces)
  • 48 ounces Italian spaghetti sauce or traditional
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Season the beef with the Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Set Instant Pot to Sautee setting and cook burger, breaking it up, until no longer pink inside; press cancel and drain any excess fat if needed.
  2. Add the noodles, sauce, and water to the pot, lock the top, and set to pressure cook for 5 minutes.
  3. When done press cancel and use the fast release method to release the pressure. Stir in half of the mozzarella and one half of the ricotta cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste and top with spoonful’s of the remaining ricotta cheese, and sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese over the top. Cover and let rest until cheese is melted. (2-5 minutes)
  4. Serve hot.

Adapted from Kraft Recipies

Quick and Easy Pork Chops Recipe

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This Quick and Easy Pork Chops Recipe is exactly as it sounds; quick and easy. You can have this on the supper table in less than an hour. It requires very little prep time and cooks quickly. Just be sure to thinly slice the carrots so you don’t overcook the pork chops waiting for the carrots to get done.

This is a great recipe for after school or work.

Quick and Easy Pork Chops Recipe
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup BBQ sauce (use your favorite sauce – this recipe is from Kraft recipes and their sauce was on sale so I used their sauce)
  • ¼ cup Zesty Italian dressing
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon honey mustard
  • 4 pork chops (I used boneless because they were on sale)
  • 2 cups carrots (thinly sliced)
  • 1½ cups instant white rice (uncooked)
Instructions
  1. In a shallow dish like a pie plate mix together the BBQ sauce, Italian dressing, and the mustard; remove 6 tablespoons of the sauce and set aside.
  2. Roll the chops in the remaining sauce, cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate, and let marinade for at least 10 minutes.
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat, place chops in skillet and cook for 5 minutes on one side. Flip chops, add the carrots in around the chops, and spoon the remaining BBQ sauce mixture over the chops. Cover and cook 10 – 15 minutes or until chops are done. (145F)
  4. Cook rice according to package directions while chops are cooking.
  5. Serve chops and sauce over rice.

 

Adapted from Kraft Recipes

String Pie

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This one dish recipe is simple and quick making it a great recipe for after school or work. This string pie is basically baked spaghetti with a little different twist consisting of eggs and cottage cheese. There is plenty of room for extras like adding mushrooms and maybe some red pepper flakes to add a little heat; just use your imagination.

Give this one a try; Enjoy

String Pie
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ cup onion (chopped)
  • ¼ cup green pepper (chopped)
  • 2 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 8 ounces spaghetti (cooked and drained according to package directions)
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • ½ cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cook spaghetti.
  3. While spaghetti is cooking in a large skillet over medium high heat cook the burger, pepper, and onion until burger is no longer pink inside; drain excess fat if needed. Mix in the spaghetti sauce.
  4. In a large bowl mix together the spaghetti, eggs, Parmesan cheese, and butter.
  5. Place the spaghetti mixture into the bottom of a 13 x 9 casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Spread the cottage cheese over the top and then top with the meat mixture. Sprinkle with the Mozzarella cheese and bake until thoroughly heated and cheese is melted; about 20 minutes.
  6. Serve hot

 

Mini Meatloaves for Two Recipe

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This has to one of the best Meatloaves I have ever eaten and just the right amount for two people.  It does take a little bit of time to put it together but it is well worth the effort.

If you are just feeding two people put this one on the supper menu it’s delicious!

Mini Meatloaves for Two Recipe
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Ingredients for glaze
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
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  • 4 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 small garlic clove (crushed and minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ cup panko Italian bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound meatloaf mix or ½ pound ground pork and ½ pound lean ground beef
Instructions
  1. Direction for glaze – mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Directions for meatloaf
  3. Preheat oven to 350F.
  4. In a large oven proof nonstick skillet using 2 teaspoons of the vegetable oil over medium heat cook onion until soft and starting to brown. Add the garlic and thyme and cook for about 1 more minute; transfer mixture to a large bowl and wipe the skillet clean with paper toweling.
  5. In the bowl with the onion mix in the panko, parsley, milk, Worcestershire sauce, egg yolk, mustard, salt, and pepper and then using your hands mix in the ground meat until thoroughly combined. Divide into equal amounts and form into 2 loaves.
  6. In the now empty skillet using 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil cook loaves on both sides over medium high heat until nicely browned on both sides. Top each loaf with the glaze.
  7. Transfer skillet to the oven and bake for 20 – 25 minutes until done. (160F) let rest for 5 minutes and serve hot.

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Adapted from Cooks County Cooking Two CookBook

Ratatouille with Chicken Recipe

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What a great time of year for recipes that utilize the use of fresh produce. This Ratatouille with Chicken Recipe is delicious and is a great way to use some of that summer squash and eggplant. This is simple recipe that is easy to prepare and cooks fairly quickly so you can have supper on the table in less than an hour. Enjoy

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Ratatouille with Chicken Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken leg quarters
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 small eggplant (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 medium zucchini (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 medium summer squash (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (28 ounces)
  • ½ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • Grated Parmesan for serving
Instructions
  1. Pat chicken dry and season generously with salt and pepper. Using the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat cook chicken skin side down until well browned. Flip and continue cooking until other side is browned; remove chicken to a platter and set aside.
  2. Place onion in the now empty skillet, add a pinch of salt, and cook until onion starts to brown. Add the garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, and then mix in the eggplant, and squash.
  3. Add the tomatoes and broth to the mixture and work the chicken into the sauce. Cook, stirring occasionally, on simmer until chicken is done. (185F)
  4. Serve hot garnished with Parmesan cheese.
  5. (I served over spaghetti)

 

Slow Cooker Meatballs and Marinara

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This Slow Cooker Meatballs and Marinara recipe takes some prep time but it is well worth the effort. A little bit of time is saved by using a microwave instead of the oven to firm up the meatballs before they go in the slow cooker.

This is a large recipe that would be great for a potluck or party. If you’re not feeding that many people you could easily cut the recipe in half.

Slow Cooker Meatballs and Marinara
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • Onion Mixture Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions (finely chopped)
  • 1 can tomato paste (6 ounces)
  • 6 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Ingredients for Marinara
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes (28 ounces each)
  • Ingredients for Meatballs
  • 4 ounces Italian sausage
  • 1 ¼ pounds lean ground beef
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • To finish marinara
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat mix together the onion, olive oil, tomato paste, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, and salt. Cook until onions are softened and slightly browned. Place half of the onion mixture in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. For the marinara add the wine to the onion mixture in the Dutch oven and cook until mixture starts to thicken. Mix in the crushed tomatoes and pour the mixture into the slow cooker.
  3. Add all the meatball ingredients into the large bowl with the onion mixture, and using your hands mix until well combined. Form into 12 – 2 inch meatballs and place them on a large plate. Microwave for about 7 minutes until meatballs firm up and start to render some fat.
  4. Work the meatballs into the marinara sauce and cook covered until meatballs are done and sauce is slightly thickened (4 – 5 hours on low). Let settle and skim off any fat that is on the surface. Mix in the remaining parmesan cheese – salt and pepper to taste and serve over spaghetti.

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Adapted from Cooks Country TV Show Cookbook

Chicken Cacciatore for Two

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Chicken Cacciatore for Two

Sometimes it’s hard to scale down a recipe for 2 people without sacrificing the quality of the recipe, but this Chicken Cacciatore for Two recipe is delicious. This recipe is fairly quick to put together and doesn’t require a lot of cooking time. You can use 2 chicken leg quarters in this recipe or 3-4 chicken thighs depending on whats available. I used 3 because that’s what was in the package.

If you’re cooking for two give this one a try it’s excellent. Enjoy

Chicken Cacciatore for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken thighs or 2 leg quarters
  • Salt
  • pepper
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 8 ounces fresh portabella mushrooms (trimmed and quartered)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 medium red pepper (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • ½ teaspoons dried rosemary
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5-ounces)
  • ½ cup chicken broth
Instructions
  1. Salt and pepper the chicken on both sides. In a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat brown chicken on both sides; remove chicken to a plate. Reserve about 1 tablespoon of fat in the skillet.
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  3. In the same skillet cook the mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper until vegetables are softened and start to brown. Stir in the tomato paste, garlic, rosemary, and pepper flakes and cook until mixture is rust colored. Mix in the wine stirring any dripping off the bottom of the pan and continue cooking until liquid is evaporated.
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  6. Mix in the diced tomatoes and chicken broth and then work the chicken into the mixture. Cook covered over low heat for about 25 minutes until chicken reaches a temperature of 175F. Remove cover and cook on medium high until sauce starts to thicken and chicken is done. (185F.)

Adapted from cookscountry.com

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

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Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

I needed to free up some time in the afternoon so I decided to put this Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak on tonight’s supper menu. I think there is some room for improvement but I decided to prepare it as written to see how it was.

I thought it was a little on the salty side but I guess it depends on your taste – my wife loved it. The next time your looking for a good slow cooker recipe give this Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak recipe a try.

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (I used ground round)
  • 1 envelope dry onion soup mix
  • ½ cup Italian bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 one ounce package dry Au jus mix
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
Instructions
  1. Place flour in a shallow dish.
  2. In a large bowl using your hands mix together the ground beef, onion soup mix, bread crumbs, and milk; form into eight patties.
  3. In a medium size bowl mix together the soup and Au jus mix.
  4. Roll the patties lightly in flour and brown them on both sides in a large skillet using the oil. Arrange the parries in a pyramid shape in the slow cooker and pour the soup mixture over the top.
  5. Cook on low for 4-5 hours or until burger is done.
  6. Serve hot with the gravy over the top of the patties and mashed potatoes.

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Adapted from Allrecipes.com