Archive for the ‘Entrees’ Category

Brunch quiche

January 13, 2018

This recipe comes from my sister-in-law, Joy. This is a bacon and habanero jack cheese quiche. However, she indicated you can use whatever meat and whatever cheese you choose. It also has sautéed onion, bell pepper and mushrooms. Like the meat and cheese, choose the veggies you like the best.

Preheat oven to 350°.

1/2 pound bacon, fried up and crumbled
1 1/2 to 2 cups shredded habanero jack cheese (shred your own, it melts better.)
1 1/4 c half & half
5 eggs
Salt, pepper and cayenne (to taste)
1 pie crust (Joy uses the Pillsbury pie dough)

Sauté veggies, leaving them with a slight crunch. For this particular recipe, Joy used the following:
2 Tbsp butter
2-3 Tbsp diced onion
2-3 Tbsp diced bell pepper
3-4 Tbsp chopped mushrooms

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Carne Guisada

January 8, 2018

Mark found this recipe on Taste of Home’s site.  When I first seen it, I noticed that it has potatoes in it and that kind of turned me off on the idea of trying it.  I thought, what the heck, let’s try it.  It was fantastic!  We put it in flour tortillas and garnished it with sour cream, guacamole, cheese and cilantro.  It should have had some shredded lettuce on it also.  And the recipe was so simple, put everything in the crock pot and leave it.

Ingredients

1 bottle (12 ounces) beer
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf
2 to 3 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons chili powder
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
Dash liquid smoke, optional
1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (3 pounds), cut into 2-inch pieces
2 large unpeeled red potatoes, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
Whole wheat tortillas or hot cooked brown rice, lime wedges and chopped fresh cilantro, optional

Directions

1. In a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker, mix first 13 ingredients and, if desired, liquid smoke. Stir in pork, potatoes and onion. Cook, covered, on low until pork is tender, 7-9 hours.
2. Discard bay leaf; skim fat from cooking juices. Shred pork slightly with two forks. Serve with remaining ingredients as desired.

Tender & Beefy Chicken Fried Steak

December 29, 2017

We love chicken fried steak and Mark had been craving it for awhile so we decided to have it the other night.  I stumbled across this recipe on Serious Eats web site.  I have never seen it made this way, but I followed the instructions exactly, which is what we always do the first time around.  This was the best chicken fried steak I have ever eaten.  The portions were way too large, but that was my fault.

Ingredients:

For the Steaks:
4 long, thin sirloin tip steaks (about 2 pounds)
3/4 cup cornstarch
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk, divided
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 quarts peanut or canola oil
For the Gravy:
1/4 cup vegetable, canola, or peanut oil, for frying
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper, plus more to taste

Directions:

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Frito Pie

December 16, 2017

I have always wanted to try Frito Pie.  I have seen the recipe many times over the years and have just never made it or tried it.  Mark sent me this recipe the other day and I immediately decided I needed to make it.  It’s a very simple meal and easy on the pocket book.   I will cut this recipe in half next time, it’s way too much food for 2 people.

Like many of our recipes, this one came from “Taste of Home”. 

Ingredients

1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cans (15 ounces each) Ranch Style beans (pinto beans in seasoned tomato sauce)
1 package (9-3/4 ounces) Fritos corn chips
2 cans (10 ounces each) enchilada sauce
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Thinly sliced green onions, optional

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Restaurant Style Buffalo Chicken Wings

October 27, 2017

This recipe is the best hot wing recipe I think I have ever had.  It is fantastic!!!  I got this one from allrecipes, we use them a lot for our new recipes.  I will definitely recommend this one!

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 10 chicken wings
  • oil for deep frying
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce
  • 1 dash ground black pepper
  • 1 dash garlic powder

Directions

  1. In a small bowl mix together the flour, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt. Place chicken wings in a large nonporous glass dish or bowl and sprinkle flour mixture over them until they are evenly coated. Cover dish or bowl and refrigerate for 60 to 90 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). The oil should be just enough to cover wings entirely, an inch or so deep. Combine the butter, hot sauce, pepper and garlic powder in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir together and heat until butter is melted and mixture is well blended. Remove from heat and reserve for serving.
  3. Fry coated wings in hot oil for 10 to 15 minutes, or until parts of wings begin to turn brown. Remove from heat, place wings in serving bowl, add hot sauce mixture and stir together. Serve.

Greg’s green chili chicken enchiladas

October 15, 2017

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22549512_10212261380643073_6375733056998635109_n1 pound shredded chicken

2 cans cream of mushroom (or one of cream of chicken and one cream of mushroom)

2 cans of water

2 cups diced green chili

Cook on medium heat until ingredients are well blended.

18 corn tortillas  (for 3 layers)

Heat olive or canola in skillet. Cook tortillas a few seconds on each side.  They should still be soft.  Place 6 in the bottom of 9x12x3 pan.

Ladle in 1/3 of the chicken/soup/chili mixture on the tortillas.

Add 1 cup shredded Tillamook (or other) cheese of your choice.

Repeat.  It will make three layers.

Cover with aluminum foil and cook for 45 minutes on 350 degrees.  Let sit for 15 minutes after removing from the oven.

 

 

 

Green Chili Stew

September 28, 2017

This recipe is courtesy of Greg Donnelly.  Being 100% Texan I’ve never cooked with fresh green chili’s, but when we started seeing each other, he promised to teach me how.  Since green chili is a New Mexico product, I’m thinking the canned green chili’s will work.  If you do happen to find some fresh, roast, peel and seed before dicing them.

green chili stew1 pound ground beef, browned and drained

1/2 large onion, diced

1 large potato, diced

2 cups diced green chili’s

15 oz stewed tomatoes.

2 cups beef broth

salt to taste

Directions:  Add all ingredients in a heavy pan.  Cook until potatoes are soft.  It will be ready to eat in about 30 minutes, but the longer you simmer it, after the potatoes are done, the better.  Serve with tortillas, biscuits or cornbread.

Tasty Burritos Recipe

August 19, 2017

Mark found this recipe also. Yes, he really does have a job that does not include searching for great recipes all day long 🙂  He got it from Taste of Home.  This recipe is really simple and really delicious.

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef
1 envelope taco seasoning (I used our Homemade Taco Seasoning)
1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
6 flour tortillas (12 inches), warmed
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
4 teaspoons canola oil
Sour cream and salsa

Directions:

In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in taco seasoning. In a small saucepan, cook refried beans over medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes or until heated through.

Spoon about 1/3 cup of beans off-center on each tortilla; top with 1/4 cup beef mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Fold sides and ends of tortillas over filling and roll up.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown burritos in oil on all sides. Serve with sour cream and salsa.
Freeze option: Individually wrap cooled burritos in paper towels and foil; freeze in a resealable plastic freezer bag. To use, remove foil; place paper towel-wrapped burrito on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave on high 3-4 minutes or until heated through, turning once. Let stand 20 seconds.

Notes:

I mixed the refried beans in with the hamburger mixture, it made rolling them simpler.  I also used an egg wash to keep the burritos together.

 

Grilled Pizza

August 19, 2017

Another of the many fine recipes that Mark has come up with.  I have to say, when he suggested it I was kind of leery, but this is without a doubt the most fantastic pizza I have ever eaten.  This recipe came from The Pioneer Woman’s site, which we use frequently.

Please see my notes below.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Pizza Dough
  • 1 pound Fresh Mozzarella, Sliced Thin And Patted Dry
  • 3/4 cups Pizza Sauce
  • 4 ounces, weight Thinly Sliced Pepperoni Or Chorizo
  • Minced Fresh Rosemary
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • Vegetable Oil

 

Sprinkle the back of a sheet pan with flour. Prepare toppings and pour a some vegetable oil into a small bowl. Have everything organized and ready to take outside.

Using your hands, press the dough out thin rectangle. Pull the dough up and sprinkle more flour underneath to keep the dough loose.

Prepare the grill for high direct heat. Using tongs, dip a folded paper towel in vegetable oil and rub on grates. Carefully slide pizza dough onto the grill. Close grill and cook for 2 – 3 minutes. Using tongs, lift dough and check to see if lightly brown.

Using tongs and a sheet pan, flip the pizza dough, so it’s grilled-side up. Brush pizza crust with olive oil and spread on pizza sauce. Top with mozzarella and pepperoni. Close grill and cook for another 2 – 3 minutes or until the bottom is a crispy brown and cheese melts. If the dough is browning but the toppings still need more time, lower the heat and let cook for an additional 2 minutes.

Transfer pizza to a cutting board. Sprinkle with rosemary and Parmesan cheese. Serve.

Notes:
On the pizza crust, if you feel up to it you could use the home made pizza dough from The Pioneer Woman’s site, it looks pretty simple.  I just used a refrigerator brand from the store and it turned out fantastic.  We were concerned that it seemed too thin but it was perfect once it started cooking up.

 

Carne Asada Marinade

August 3, 2017

This marinade comes from our good friend JC. It’s the best and it’s now one of our regulars. 

If you are planning on making this, keep in mind that it has to marinate for at least 24 hours.  We always do ours the day before and it’s fantastic!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped canned chipotle pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 pounds flank steak

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