Friday, October 30, 2009

Football Food Friday! Baked Taquitos with Chicken, Carmelized Onions, Lime and Cilantro

You will love this homemade version of the frozen food classic! These taquitos are easy, healthier and more flavorful than the kind you buy in the grocery store. I can promise you will love them! (The actually came from an idea that my husband gave me, so he technically deserves the credit!)

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, sliced very thinly.
Salt, pepper and garlic power, to lightly season
1 cup very loosely packed cilantro leaves
2 medium limes- zest of one, juice of both
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
5 medium sized tortillas

Cilantro Lime Sour Cream
About 2-3 tablespoons of sour cream (light or non fat is fine)
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
zest and juice of 1/2 of small lime

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Preheat two skillets with one tablespoon each of olive oil over medium heat. Add onions to one pan and allow to carmelize. Caramelizing takes awhile (about 20 minutes), so be patient and allow the onions to cook down to a deep golden-brown color, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, season cubed chicken with salt, pepper and garlic. Add chicken to the other pan and saute until cooked through, five to seven minutes.

When the chicken is cooked and the onions are carmelized, remove both from their pans to a cutting board. Finely mince the cilantro, and chop the onions and chicken as small as you can. Add the chicken, cilantro and onions back to one pan and heat on low. Add the lime zest and juice, cumin and chili powder, stirring to incorporate.

Cut the tortillas in half. Starting with one tortilla half, fill place a "tong-ful" (meaning the amount you grasp with tongs) :) of filling about 1/3 of the way up the tortilla. Roll the tortilla around the filling and secure with a toothpick. Place on a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tortillas or until you run out of filling.

Bake for seven minutes. Broil on high for two minutes.

Prepare the sauce in a small bowl by combining the sour cream, zest, juice and cilantro. Sprinkle a tiny bit of the cajun seasoning. Taste a bit of the sauce to see if it needs to be adjusted. It should taste light and fresh with a touch of lime. If it is too much cilantro, add some lime and vice versa if it is too limey.

Remove from the oven and serve with cilantro lime sour cream or your choice of salsa.

Enjoy! Happy Gameday!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Chicken Piccata

2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts, butterflied and then cut in half
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to season chicken
All-purpose flour, for dredging
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup chicken stock
2 tablespoons capers

To butterfly chicken, hold the knife parallel to the counter and carefully slice through the middle of the chicken pulling the top back as you slice until it lays flat. Cut the two pieces apart.
Lay a large piece of plastic wrap on the counter or your cutting board, placing one chicken piece on top. Lay another piece of plastic wrap on top. With a large heavy skillet or meat mallet, pound the chicken until approximately 1/2 inch thick and more uniform in thickness. Repeat with other three pieces.
Season chicken with salt and pepper. Lightly dredge chicken in flour and shake off excess.
In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter with 1 tablespoon olive oil. When butter and oil start to sizzle, add 2 pieces of chicken and cook for 3 minutes. When chicken is browned, flip and cook other side for 3 minutes. Remove and transfer to plate and cover with foil. Melt 1 more tablespoon butter and add another tablespoon olive oil. When butter and oil start to sizzle, add the other 2 pieces of chicken and brown both sides in same manner. Remove pan from heat and add chicken to the plate.
Into the pan add the lemon juice and stock. Return to stove and bring to boil, scraping up brown bits from the pan for extra flavor. Reduce heat to a simmer, check for seasoning and allow to simmer for five to seven minutes. Add capers return all the chicken to the pan and simmer for two minutes. Remove chicken to platter. Pour sauce over chicken.
Let me know what you think!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Football Food Friday! Bacon Wrapped Pretzel Rods

In honor of the greatest football weekend of the year, OU/TX,
I am posting one of my favorite football/party foods! This is such an easy recipe and these things will be gone the second you put them on a plate!

1 package of thick cut bacon
Pretzel rods: 1 per strip of bacon
1 to 1 1/2 cups of fresh shredded parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet (make sure it has sides) with foil. Take one strip of bacon and starting at one end of the pretzel rod, tightly wrap it around the pretzel finishing at the other end. Place on baking sheet, tucking ends under the pretzel rod to keep it wrapped up. Bake for approximately 20 mintues or until the baked is cooked and beginning to crisp. Remove from oven and cool for a few minutes before transfering to serving platter. Sprinkle pretzels with parmesan cheese and ENJOY!

Leave a comment to let me know what you think!


Friday, October 9, 2009

Football Food Friday! Cream Cheese Sausage Dip

This is such an easy and delicious recipe that my sister, Katherine, gave me. I am telling you, it will be a crowd pleaser and you'll want to make this every gameday!

1 package of breakfast sausage (the kind in the tube-like packages) or other favorite sausage
2 8oz. packages of cream cheese, room temperature
2 cans of Rotel

Brown the sausage in a skillet over medium heat. Drain any excess fat and put the sausage into your slowcooker with the temperature turned to high. Add Rotel and cream cheese stirring occasionally until cream cheese is melted and everything is mixed well. Once it is all melted, turn slowcooker to low or warm.

*Tip* Cut the cream cheese into small cubes for faster melting.

Serve with Fritos or tortilla chips.

As always, leave a comment to let me know what you think! Also, use the comments to give a shout out to your favorite team!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Football Food Friday! Chorizo Stuff Jalepeno Poppers

Football Food!

A delicious accompaniment to any gameday festitivity and if you like it hot, this is a great recipe for you!

This is a slightly ambitious recipe in terms of preparation but it is still very simple to follow.

In addition to the ingredients below, you'll need a peeling knife or paring knife and a jalepeno roaster.

1/2 lb. of ground chorizo sausage
4 oz. cream cheese (half of a package) at room temperature.
18 jalepeno peppers

Preheat outdoor grill to medium high heat.

In a skillet over medium high heat, brown the chorizo and drain off any excess fat. Transfer the chorizo to a mixing bowl and stir in the cream cheese until well incorporated. Set aside.

To prepare jalepenos, cut the tops off and carefully hollow out the centers of the peppers, removing the seeds and ribs. This is where the pointed tip of the peeling knife comes in handy, but a paring knife should be fine! I would suggest holding the peppers with a dish towel or wearing rubber gloves because if you did not know, jalepenos can actually burn your skin, so be careful and wash your hands when you are finished!

When you have prepped all the peppers, begin stuffing them with the chorizo mixture. You will more than likely have extra chorizo left over, so use it the next day in scrambled eggs or a breakfast burrito!

Gently place the jalepenos, stuffing side up, in the roaster and place on grill over indirect heat for about 10-12 minutes until peppers are cooked through and slightly charred.

**If any of the peppers are small enough to fall through the roaster, use a doubled over piece of foil and poke a hole in it and then place the jalepeno in the hole. This will hold it up and prevent it from falling through.

Remove from roaster and serve alone or with ranch dressing. Enjoy!

Let me know what you think!

Football Food!

It's that time of year when the leaves start turning (barely), it gets a little cooler (really?) and everyone is excited for the big game (or in my husband's case, beside himself). It's FOOTBALL season!

Whatever your team is (SOONERS!!), you know you are always thinking, "What should we make for the game?" Football food, as my family calls it, is always the answer!

So, get excited for some delicious football food recipes for the rest of the football season (Sorry I am off to a late start!)! I am going to post them on Fridays so that you have enough time to go to the store before the big games on Saturday and Sunday!
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