Monday, April 28, 2008

Tomato Basil Tart

1 pre-baked pie crust
1/2 c. mayo
1/4 c. (+) parmesan cheese
1 c. loosley packed fresh basil
minced garlic (2-3 TBSP)
1 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella
approx 5-6 tomatoes
kosher salt/pepper

Pre-bake crust. Sprinkle 1/2 c. mozzarella on warm crust and let melt. Cut tomatoes in wedges or slices and arrange on melted cheese/crust. Sprinkle/grind salt and pepper on top of tomatoes. Place/spoon fresh basil and garlic uniformly on tomatoes. In bowl, combine parmesan, remaining mozzarella and mayo. Spoon cheese mixture over basil/garlic, spreading evenly. Bake at 375 for approx 35 minutes.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Chicken Enchiladas with white sauce

This is another spin on enchiladas - try my recipe for the red sauce also!! This one is more mild, but still very yummy! (and easier to make, too!) Thanks for sharing Kristi!

12 tortillas (corn or flour, whichever you prefer)
1 ½ cups cooked/ shredded chicken
1 onion chopped
¼ cup butter
¼ cup flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
1 can green chilies chopped
1 ½ cup grated cheese
Black beans rinsed
Can of Corn rinsed

Fill tortillas with cooked chicken, onions, blacks beans, and corn and roll up and place in 9x13 pan.
In sauce pan melt butter over medium heat, add flour and stir until bubbles form. Add chicken broth and stir constantly until it thickens. Remove from heat and add sour cream and chilies, stir. Pour over the chicken filled tortillas and cover with grated cheese. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes!!


Monday, April 14, 2008

Strawberry Spinach Salad

2 T. sesame seeds
1 T. poppy seeds
1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. olive oil
1/4 c. white vinegar
1/4 t. paprika
1/4 t. worcestershire sauce
1T. minced onion
10 oz. fresh spinach
1 qt. strawberries, cleaned, hulled and sliced
1/4 c. almonds, slivered

In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, paprika, worcestershire sauce, and onion. Cover and chill for an hour.

In a large bowl, combine the spinach , strawberries, and almonds. Pour dressing over salad, and toss about 10 minutes before serving.
**I used rice wine vinegar, and a little sesame oil in with the olive oil***


Thanks Stacey for this one! it is yummy!!!

2 loaves frozen bread dough (I used Rhodes)
8 pieces hard salami
1/2 lb ham
24 pieces small pepperoni
8 slices deli provolone cheese
8 oz shredded mozzerella cheese
italian seasoning

Thaw out bread dough and roll each out about 1 ft wide and 2 ft tall ( Mine didn't get this big and still worked wonderfully! It ended up being about 1 ft by 1 ft...). Lay all ingredients in a row down the middle of the dough. (I did provolone, meats, mozzerella). Fold the edges of the dough together so it's closed. Sprinkle a cookie sheet with corn meal and then lay the 2 stromboli's on it seam side down. Sprinkle top with italian seasoning. Cook at 350* for 20 minutes or until bread is all the way done, slightly golden on top. This makes 2 large strombolis - you can cook them both and then freeze one for another day (or for lunch the next day...). Tastes best dipped in pizza or spaghetti sauce.

**My changes: I spread garlic butter along the inside of the dough before I put in all my ingredients, and then I brushed melted butter over the top before I put on my italian seasoning,
SOOOOOO GOOD!!!*** It was yummy the next day too!

Easy Barbeque Chicken and Beans

This is one of my Aunt Ruthie's recipes. Good, easy dinner....

1 large can pork and beans (or 2-3 small).
4 chicken breasts (or bunch of chicken tenders)

Spread beans in dish, either 9x9 or 9x13 depending on size of family. Place chickens on top of beans. (I added some cooked bacon bits and garlic to the beans for extra flavor).

1/4 c. ketchup
2 T. peach jam
2 t. minced onion
1 t. soy sauce
1/4 c. brown sugar

Spread over chicken and bake at 325* for 1 hour. (can double sauce for large pan..). Serve with baked potatoes and green beens.

Poppy Seed Chicken

I know most people probably have this recipe, but it is easy and yummy for a quick dinner! And I usually have all the ingredients on hand!

3 c. cooked, diced chicken.
1 (8 oz.) ctn. sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 whole roll crushed Ritz crackers
1/4-1/2 c. melted butter
2 t. poppy seeds

Place chicken in bottom of a 9x9 dish. Mix together the sour cream and soup and spread over chicken. Mix butter and crushed crackers with poppy seeds. Sprinkle cracker mixture over top of chicken mixture. Bake at 350* for 1/2 hour.

** I season my chicken breasts with garlic salt and put them in raw instead of cooking them first. Just increased the cooking time to 45 min-1 hour, or until chicken is done. We like to eat this over white rice.


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