Tamale Pie Recipe

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tamali pie recipe

If you’re in the mood for Mexican cuisine give this one dish Mexican recipe a try. This is a simple recipe, and is fairly quick to put together so you can have supper on the table in less than an hour.

Enjoy

Tamale Pie Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4 to 6
Ingredients
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 can diced green chiles (4.5 ounce)
  • 1 can of creamed corn
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 ¼ cup enchilada sauce (red)
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey jack cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and ¼ teaspoon salt until well combined. Stir in the oil a little at a time until crumbles are formed.
  3. crumb topping
  4. Whisk the milk and egg into the mixture and then mix in the Cream corn and chiles.
  5. tamali pie mix
  6. Pour mixture into a 13 x 9 casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray and bake until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean. (about 20 – 25 minutes)
  7. While cornbread is baking brown ground beef seasoned with the cumin, chili powder, ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper until no longer pink inside; drain if needed.
  8. browning burger
  9. Remove cornbread from the oven when its finished baking, reduce oven temperature to 350F, and using a fork poke holes in the top throughout the cornbread. Spread the enchilada sauce over the top, and top with the ground beef followed by the shredded cheese.
  10. ready tro bake casserole
  11. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking until cheese just starts to brown.
  12. Let rest 10 – 15 minutes before serving.

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Adapted from Blogchef.net

Slow Cooker Rabbit in Wine and Cream Cheese Sauce

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Slow Cooker Rabbit in Wine and Cream Cheese Sauce recipe

This slow cooker rabbit recipe has a great combination of flavors, and because its cooked in the slow cooker both wild an domestic rabbit meat turns out nice and tender. This recipe is quick to put together so you can go about your day and have supper close to ready at the right time; just finish it off by cooking the spaghetti.

If you have rabbit meat on hand give this Slow Cooker Rabbit in Wine and Cream Cheese Sauce recipe

a try; it’s very good.

Slow Cooker Rabbit in Wine and Cream Cheese Sauce
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 rabbit (cut into pieces 2 ½ to 3 pounds)
  • vegetable oil for browning
  • 8 ounces white button mushrooms (sliced)
  • 8 ounces of baby
  • 8 Baby Portabella mushrooms (quartered)
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 package dry Zesty Italian dressing mix
  • 1 can condensed golden mushroom soup
  • 4 ounces of chives with onion cream cheese spread
  • ½ cup white wine (I had homemade cherry wine on hand so I used that)
  • 4 green onion (green part sliced for garnish – optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the mushrooms in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. In a large skillet using the oil cook the rabbit until nicely browned on both sides and place the rabbit pieces on top of the mushrooms.
  3. In a medium size saucepan melt the butter over medium heat and then add the wine, mix in the golden mushroom soup, dressing mix, and cream cheese and continue cooking until cheese is melted. (mixture will look kind curdled) Pour the mixture over the rabbit.
  4. Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or until rabbit is fall off the bone tender.
  5. Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain. Serve the rabbit on top of the spaghetti with the sauce.
  6. Garnished with the green onions if using.

 

Sauteed Summer Squash Recipe

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This Sauteed Summer Squash Recipe is quick and simple to put together and a great way to use up that extra zucchini. The squash is sliced thin so it cooks quickly. This is a delicious side dish that would go great with almost any grilled meat or fish.

If you have summer squash on hand give this one a try; its really good.

Sauteed Summer Squash Recipe
 
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Recipe type: side dish
Ingredients
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 yellow summer squash
  • 2 zucchini (you can use two of the same if that is all you have available)
  • 7 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix together the garlic and lemon juice; set aside and let rest for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Trim the ends off the squash and using a vegetable peeler shave the squash off length wise into ribbons. Take 3 slices off, turn the squash 90 degrees, and repeat the process. Continue shaving ribbons down to the seeds – discard the seed core.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, ¼ teaspoons salt, ⅛ teaspoon pepper, and lemon zest to the lemon juice mixture and mix until well combined.
  4. In a 12 inch skillet over medium high heat using 1 teaspoon of olive oil cook the squash ribbons, turning occasionally with tongs, until softened and translucent.
  5. Place the squash in the bowl with the lemon mixture, add the parsley, and toss to coat. Salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Adapted from Cooks Illustrated

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese Recipe

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deli chicken mac and cheese recipe

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If you’re looking for a little bit of a different take on a Mac and Cheese give this recipe a try – the dominant flavor is definitely the Gorgonzola cheese, so you it with caution. This is a simple recipe that cooks on the stove top and utilizes deli chicken so it is fairly quick to prepare. To make preperation a little easier measure all ingredients into small containers so you have them ready to add as you prepare the cheese sauce.

This is a quick recipe so you can have supper on the table in less than an hour. Enjoy

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1 whole rotisserie deli chicken
  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • ½ cup hot sauce
  • ½ cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
Instructions
  1. Bone chicken into bite size pieces. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
  2. In a large dutch oven over medium heat - melt the butter. Slowly whisk in the flour until a paste forms. Continue stirring and cooking until golden brown. Slowly whisk in the milk and cook stirring constantly until mixture is thickened about 5 minutes, and then add the pepper. Cook about 1 more minute, or until mixture is smooth. Reduce heat to low and stir in the Monterey Jack, and cheddar cheese; cook until melted.
  3. Mix in the hot sauce and then fold in the chicken, macaroni, and Gorgonzola cheese.
  4. Serve hot.

Adapted from Allrecipes.com

Barbecued Chicken Kebabs Recipe

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chickenkebabs recipe

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Sticky, gooey, and delicious! These Barbecued Chicken Kebabs have a delicious combination of flavors, they do take a little time to prepare, because of the time the chicken marinates in the bacon spice mixture, other then that this is a simple recipe. I prepared the recipe as written with the exception of the amount of chicken used which was a little less than the 2 pounds it calls for; so I wound up with 3 Kebabs, instead of 4.

I used wooden skewers, but metal if you have them would be a better choice because even after being soaked they still have a tendency to burn over high heat.

The next time you want to fire up the grill give these Barbecued Chicken Kebabs a try; there great!

 

Barbecued Chicken Kebabs Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Grilling
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Ingredients for sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons onion (grated)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (packed)
  • Ingredients for chicken
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1 inch chunks)
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 slices bacon (cut into ½ inch pieces)
Instructions
  1. Directions for chicken
  2. Process bacon in a food processor until a paste forms. In a large bowl whisk together the paprika's, sugar, and kosher salt, and then work the bacon paste into the mixture. I found using my hands worked best for this. Add the chunks of chicken to the bowl and using your hands thoroughly coat the chicken with the bacon spice mixture. Cover with plastic rap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. Directions for sauce
  4. While chicken is marinating mix all the sauce ingredients together in a small sauce pan. Bring mixture to a simmer over medium heat and cook until mixture is reduced to about 1 cup, about 5 – 7 minutes. Remove ½ cup to a dipping bowl, and set aside.
  5. Preheat and prepare grill.
  6. Thread chicken on 4 skewers. Place skewers on grill grates over medium high heat and grill with cover closed until nicely browned on one side, flip kebabs, and using a brush coat browned side with barbecue sauce. After 2nd side is browned flip kebabs again and coat with sauce. Continue flipping and brushing every few minutes until chicken is done and slightly charred. (165F)
  7. Remove chicken to a serving platter, cover with aluminum foil, and let rest for 5 – 10 minutes; serve with dipping sauce.

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Adapted from Cooks Country Meat Cookbook

Chicken Parmesan for Two

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chicken parmesan for 2 recipe

Chicken Parmesan is one of my favorite supper dishes, but with only 2 of us at home it is nice to be able to cut the recipe down a little bit. This Chicken Parmesan recipe is designed for 2 people, but if the chicken breasts are small you can stretch 3 out of it. (the local markets smallest package was three, but they were small – so I had some left overs, which was fine). Be sure to pound the chicken breasts down to the same thickness so they cook equally.

If your cooking for 2, and like Chicken Parmesan, give this recipe a try; it’s really good!

Chicken Parmesan for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pinch red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28-ounces)
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • Chicken and Pasta
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (6-ounces each)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 ounces Vermicelli
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ½ ounce grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet or medium size sauce pan over medium heat - heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil until shimmering. Add the garlic, ¾ teaspoons of salt, oregano, and red pepper flakes; cook for 30 seconds until fragrant. Stir in the crushed tomatoes and sugar, bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, loosely cover, and simmer for 20 minutes or until mixture is thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining olive oil; set aside and keep warm.
  2. parm chicken sauce
  3. Pound chicken down to about ½ inch and let set for 20 minutes to come to room temperature.
  4. pounding parm chicken
  5. While sauce is cooking, cook pasta according to package directions for al dente, drain, and reserve ½ cup of the pasta water. (to cook pasta 2 quarts water and ½ teaspoon salt) When the sauce is done mix ¾ cup of the sauce into the pasta; set aside and keep warm.
  6. cooking pasta
  7. parm chicken sauce and pasta
  8. In a shallow dish whisk together the flour and egg until smooth. Place the bread crumbs in another shallow dish like a pie plate.
  9. parm chicken breading mix
  10. Preheat broiler with rack 4 inches below element
  11. Dip chicken in the egg mixture letting any excess drip off, and then roll chicken in the bread crumbs. In a large skillet over medium high heat cook chicken using the cooking oil until nicely browned (I cooked them to 160F on this step).
  12. breading parm chicken
  13. pan frying parm chicken
  14. Place chicken on a broiler pan and top chicken with mozzarella cheese. Broil until cheese is melted and starts to brown.
  15. cheese on parm chicken
  16. broiling parm chicken
  17. Spoon 2 tablespoons of sauce over the chicken, and mix any leftover sauce into the pasta. If needed mix in some of the reserved pasta sauce to adjust the consistency of the pasta. Enjoy

Adapted from Cooks Country

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Mozzarella Cheese Bites Recipe

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Getting ready for a fish fry after a successful fishing trip with my son Robert I was looking for a good side dish, so I went to his blog (blogchef.net), and decided to give this Mozzarella Cheese Bites Recipe a try. This is a simple recipe using Italian bread crumbs, egg, and garlic powder.

The cheese deep fries very quickly, so watch them closely so they don’t overcook. I used my deep fryer to cook this recipe, but you can use a heavy saucepan if you don’t have one available.

Serve with marinara sauce – or spice it up a little bit with chili or shrimp sauce.

This would also be a great appetizer for a game day party.

Mozzarella Cheese Bites Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: Italian
Ingredients
  • 1 pound mozzarella string cheese (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 ½ cups Italian bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Oil for deep frying
Instructions
  1. Preheat deep fryer to 365F (If using).
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the eggs and water. Mix together the bread crumbs and garlic powder in a shallow dish, like a pie dish. Place the flour in another shallow dish.
  3. Roll mozzarella pieces in flour, then in the egg mixture, and then roll in the bread crumbs.
  4. Deep fry in batches at 365F for about 30 seconds or until golden brown; drain on paper toweling.
  5. Serve with your choice of dipping sauce.

 

Slow Cooler Thai Pork with Peppers Recipe

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slow cooker thai pork with peppers recipe

It has been raining so much I haven’t had time to get much outdoor work done. There is a little bit of a break in the rain so I decided on this Slow Cooler Thai Pork with Peppers Recipe so I could get some work done while supper is cooking.

This recipe was prepared as written – I thought it was pretty good but the next time I would add the peppers to the pork mixture later in the cooking process so they don’t get over cooked. The original recipe called for red bell peppers, I used yellow, because that is what I had on hand. The red obviously would give the dish a little bit of color.

I you’re looking for a Slow Cooker Asian recipe give this one a try.

Slow Cooler Thai Pork with Peppers Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter (if you want to add a more nutty texture to the dish use chunky)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 6 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 red bell peppers (sliced into lengths) or what colors you have available.
Instructions
  1. In the slow cooker mix together the chicken broth, soy sauce, peanut butter, honey, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes until thoroughly combined; add the peppers (I warmed the slow cooker to help combine the honey and peanut butter)
  2. Work the pork chops into the slow cooker mixture.
  3. Cook for 5 -6 hours or until pork is tender. Remove pork from the slow cooker and when cool enough to handle shred with a fork. Add the pork back into the slow cooker and continue cooking until heated through.
  4. Serve over cooked rice

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Adapted from allrecipes.com

Italian Chicken with Penne Pasta Recipe

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Italian Crispy Chicken with Penne Pasta Recipe 1

Here is another simple and good recipe that doesn’t require much prep time. The coating on the chicken is delicious and helps keep the chicken breasts nice and moist. You can use Italian bread crumbs, or traditional, depending on you taste.

I wasn’t sure if I could call this a one dish meal or not because of cooking the chicken separately; but its awful close.

Give this Italian Chicken with Penne Pasta Recipe a try; it’s really good!

Italian Chicken with Penne Pasta Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • Ingredients for Marinade
  • 1pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Ingredients for Breading
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon of black pepper
  • 2 cups dried Italian breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • Ingredients for Garlic Penne
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 5 garlic cloves (crushed, minced, and divided)
  • 4-5 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½lb penne pasta (cooked according to package directions)
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mix together the lemon juice, 1 garlic clove, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper and oregano. Place chicken into a food grade disposable zip lock bag, pour the lemon juice mixture over the top; massage bag to toughly coat the chicken. Let marinade in the refrigerator for 5 – 10 minutes.
  2. Lightly beat eggs in a shallow dish. In another shallow dish whisk together the flour, ½ teaspoon salt and pepper, and place the bread crumbs in another shallow dish. Roll the chicken in the flour, and then into the eggs, and roll into the bread crumbs pressing lightly to coat.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet using the oil cook chicken until nicely browned on both sides and done. (165F)
  4. While chicken is cooking in a large pot cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
  5. For the sauce melt the butter in a medium size sauce pan over medium high heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Whisk in the flour and stir for about 1 minute, gradually stir in the milk and chicken broth stirring constantly until mixture thickens; season with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Mix the sauce into the penne until well combined.
  6. Serve the pasta with the chicken garnished with parsley.

Adapted from Blogchef.net

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Greek Baked Ziti Recipe

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Greek Baked Ziti

I was looking for a casserole recipe that was a little different and I came across this Greek Baked Ziti Recipe. There is a little bit of prep time involved but it is well worth the effort. The recipe is layered with a creamy cheese sauce mixed into the Ziti at the bottom of the dish which gives this casserole a unique texture. The addition of the cinnamon make me a little nervous because I thought that seasoning may dominate the dish – but there is just enough so you just get a light hint of the cinnamon.

If you’re looking for a one dish meal that’s a little different give this one a try, it’s really good; my wife loved it! This is a large recipe and would be great for a pot luck, or graduation party dish.

Greek Baked Ziti Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces ziti pasta
  • 1 small yellow onion (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1½ pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 cans tomato sauce (15 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt (divided)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1 package shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces – 2 cups)
  • ⅓ cup dry breadcrumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions for firm; drain. (I like to sprinkle and mix in a little olive oil to keep the pasta from taking on a dry look while it’s sitting)
  3. In a large skillet over medium high heat cook onion until tender. Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add the burger to the onion mixture and cook burger until no longer pink inside – stirring and breaking up the burger as you cook; drain any excess fat. Stir in the tomato sauce and lemon juice and then season with oregano, sugar, cinnamon, and one teaspoon of salt; cook until heated through. (About 2 minutes)
  4. In a large saucepan over low heat melt the butter, whisk in the flour and cook while stirring for 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in the milk – bring the mixture to a high simmer and cook until mixture has thickened and is bubbly. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and season with ½ teaspoon salt and pepper.
  5. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish with cooking spray. Mix the cheese sauce into the Ziti and place the mixture over bottom of the casserole dish. Layer the meat mixture over the top of the Ziti and top with the mozzarella cheese, sprinkle the bread crumbs over the top, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and casserole is hot and bubbly.
  6. Let casserole rest for 10 minutes before serving.

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Adapted from MyRecipes