Slow Cooker Chicken with Merlot Recipe

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This is a great recipe that is sure to warm up a cold winter’s night. I served this dish with pasta which reminded a lot of chicken and spaghetti, and because it is cooked in the slow cooker, it freed up a lot of time so I could get some early Christmas shopping done.

This Slow Cooker Chicken with Merlot Recipe is simple and requires very little prep time.

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Slow Cooker Chicken with Merlot Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 5 - 6
Ingredients
  • 1 package fresh mushrooms (8 ounces – sliced)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 can tomato paste (6 ounces)
  • ¼ cup Merlot
  • 2 tablespoons instant tapioca
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • You choice of cooked pasta (I used spaghetti)
Instructions
  1. Lightly spray slow cooker with cooking spray. Place onion, mushrooms, and garlic in the bottom of the slow cooker and then place the chicken thighs on top.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix together the tomato paste, Merlot, tapioca, sugar, basil, salt, and pepper. Pour mixture over the chicken, cover, and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until chicken is tender.
  3. Serve over pasta sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.
  4. Note: ¼ cup chicken broth can be used in place of the Merlot.

 

Maple Mustard Chicken Thighs for Two

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This Maple Mustard Chicken Thighs for Two recipe requires just a few ingredients and very little prep time. The maple syrup and mustard are a perfect combination of flavors. This recipe makes 4 thighs but if you are feeding more people just double the recipe.

Maple Mustard Chicken Thighs for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 bone in chicken thighs (skin and fat removed)
  • 2 tablespoons Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • ½ teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a small bowl mix all the ingredients together except for the chicken.
  3. Pat chicken dry and place in a baking dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Spoon 1 ½ tablespoons of the mustard mixture evenly over each thigh.
  4. Bake for 40 – 50 minutes or until a crust has formed and is slightly hardened on the chicken and temperature is 185F.
  5. Serve hot.

Adapted from Food Network

Skillet Lasagna for Two

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This Skillet Lasagna for Two recipe is simple and quick compared to the oven version of this recipe, and it is just the right amount to serve two people.

Because this one dish recipe cooks in the skillet there is no need to precook the noodles.

Give this one a try; it’s really good.

Skillet Lasagna for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed and minced)
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 8 ounces lean ground beef
  • 5 curly edge lasagna noodles (broken into 2 – 3 inch pieces)
  • ¼ cup mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • ⅓ cup whole milk ricotta cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat using the oil cook onion and ¼ teaspoon salt until onion is softened and starts to brown. Add the red pepper flakes and garlic and continue cooking until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Add the burger and continue cooking until burger is no longer pink inside. Breaking up the burger as it cooks.
  2. Spread the lasagna noodles over the top of the burger and pour the crushed tomatoes over the top. Bring mixture to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to a high simmer. Cook for 20 minutes or until noodles are tender (stirring frequently).
  3. Remove from heat and mix in 2 tablespoons of mozzarella cheese and 1 tablespoon of Parmesan, and then salt and pepper to taste. Arrange heaping tablespoons of ricotta cheese on top and then top with the remaining mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese. Cover and let set until cheese is melted.
  4. Serve hot.

Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two

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
  • Ingredients for Mini Meatloaves
  • 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

Hamburger Steak with Gravy Recipe

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This Hamburger Steak with Gravy Recipe is quick to put together and doesn’t require many ingredients. There are many versions of this recipe on the internet. This one came from my son’s blog at blogchef.net; he said it was really good so I thought I would give it a try.

The gravy is delicious so I decided to serve the recipe with garlic mashed potatoes; you can find the recipe Here.

This is a recipe the family will love; it cooks quickly – making this a great recipe for after work or school.

Hamburger Steak with Gravy Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 8 patties
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • ½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Ingredients for Gravy
  • 2 onions (cut in half and then sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups beef broth
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl using your hands mix together the ground beef, bread crumbs, dry mustard, 1 teaspoon beef bouillon, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, salt, and pepper. Divide burger into 8 patties of equal size.
  2. In a large skillet with high sides cook the burger over medium high heat using the oil until nicely browned; set aside on a platter.
  3. In the same skillet cook the onion for several minutes until soft, add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Stir in the flour and cook until flour starts to brown (stirring constantly). Mix in the beef broth, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon beef bouillon, and 1 tablespoon of ketchup. Continue cooking until mixture starts to thicken.
  4. Work the patties into the gravy, cover, reduce heat to simmer and continue cooking until burgers are done (165F). Add additional beef broth if mixture gets to thick.

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Old – Fashioned Beef Pot Pie

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This would be a great recipe for after school. It is simple to put together and requires very little prep time. You can have dinner on the table in less than an hour and the kids will love it!

Old – Fashioned Beef Pot Pie
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 can condensed beef with vegetables and barley soup (11 ounces)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 package frozen peas and carrots (thawed and drained)
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (divided)
  • 1⅓ cups French fried onions (divided)
  • 1 package refrigerated biscuits (7.5. ounces)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. While oven is heating in a large skillet cook ground beef until no longer pink inside breaking into large chunks while cooking; drain if needed.
  3. Mix in the soup, water, vegetables and seasoning, bring to a boil, reduce heat to a high simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Off heat and mix in ½ cup of cheese and ⅔ cup onion rings.
  4. Spray a 12 x 8 inch casserole dish with cooking spray and spoon in the meat mixture. Cut the biscuits in half and place them cut side down around the edge of the casserole. Bake uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown and done. Top with the remaining cheese and French fried onions. Bake for an additional 5 minutes or until onions are golden brown and cheese is melted.

Adapted from 100 Best Hamburger Recipes

Smoked Sausage Baked Beans Recipe

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I wanted baked beans, for a side dish, for a fish fry, but did not want to spend all day cooking them.

I found this recipe on my sons blog “blogchef.net”. The combinations of flavors looked really good and the recipe could be completed in about and hour.

I was just feeding a couple of people so we froze the leftovers for future fish fries. If you are looking for a good side dish give this one a try; it’s really good.

Smoked Sausage Baked Beans Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ pound smoked sausage (sliced)
  • 3 cans pork and beans (15 ounces each)
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • Dash of hot sauce or to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat cook onion until tender. Add the garlic and sausage and continue cooking until sausage is browned. Mix in the beans, ketchup, molasses, sugar, vinegar, mustard and hot sauce.
  3. Pour mixture into a 13 x 9 casserole dish and bake uncovered for 45 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and thick.
  4. Serve Hot

 

Chicken Marsala with Chanterelle Mushrooms

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We have had a lot of rain here in Upper Michigan which has made the wild Chanterelle Mushrooms very plentiful. I have a large number on hand so when I saw this Chicken Marsala with Chanterelle Mushrooms recipe I decided to use some of them and give this recipe a try. The mushrooms, tarragon, and Marsala are a perfect combination of flavors.

Give this Chicken Marsala with Chanterelle Mushrooms recipe a try; it’s delicious.

Chicken Marsala with Chanterelle Mushrooms
 
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Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • 2-3 skinless, boneless, chicken breast halves
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 6 tablespoons butter (divided)
  • 8 ounces Chanterelle Mushrooms (sliced)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup dry Marsala wine
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon (crushed)
Instructions
  1. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms to the skillet and cook until mushrooms have given up most of their moisture and start to brown; remove mushrooms from the skillet and set aside.
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  3. In a wide dish such as a pie plate mix together the flour and paprika. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the flour mixture and set aside. Roll the chicken breasts in the flour mixture to coat. Add the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter to the skilled and cook chicken over medium high heat until nicely browned on both sides and then salt and pepper to taste.
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  5. Place the mushrooms back into the skillet and mix in the broth, Marsala wine, 1 tablespoon of reserved flour, and tarragon. Reduce heat to a high simmer, cover, and cook until sauce is thickened and chicken is done. (About 20 minutes – chicken breasts should be at least 165F.)
  6. Serve sauce over chicken.
  7. I served over spaghetti.

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Adapted from Allrecipies.com

Chicken with Bacon and White Wine Sauce

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I have a tendency to shy away from canned soup recipes, but when I saw this Chicken with Bacon and White Wine Sauce recipe, it looked really good, so I decided to give it a try. There was no disappointment here, it was very good.

This is a simple recipe that requires only a few ingredients and cooks quickly. I served the chicken and sauce over spaghetti, but I’m sure it would pair well with hash browns or rice.

Chicken with Bacon and White Wine Sauce
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces bacon (cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • 1¼ pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet until crispy; set aside on paper towels to drain.
  2. Remove the fat from the skillet leaving about one tablespoon in the skillet. Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook over medium heat until nicely browned on both sides; remove chicken and set aside on a plate.
  3. Pour the wine into the skillet, big to boil, and scrap any dripping off the bottom of the pan and then stir in the cream of mushroom soup. Mix in the bacon and arrange the chicken into the sauce in the pan with any accumulated juices. Cover and cook on simmer until chicken is done – 10 – 15 minutes.
  4. Serve with sauce over chicken.

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Adapted from Cambellskitchen.com

Slow Cooker Maple Country Style Ribs

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This Slow Cooker Maple Country Style Ribs recipe is very easy to put together requiring almost no prep time, but 7-8 hours in the slow cooker freeing up a lot of time to enjoy a your day. I added 2 teaspoons of instant tapioca to the recipe to thicken the sauce.

Slow Cooker Maple Country Style Ribs
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds country style pork ribs
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons instant tapioca
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 dash ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Spray slow cooker lightly with cooking spray.
  2. Mix all the spices, onion and tapioca together in the bottom of the slow cooker. Place the ribs in the slow cooker and turn to coat.
  3. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or until ribs are melt in your mouth tender.

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Adapted from Allrecipies.com