Another round of what to do with leftover rotisserie chicken…LOL. Just cannot resist a freshly cooked rotisserie chicken, but it usually lasts for three meals with only two of us. Came across this one, as usual, on Pinterest. It was a great marriage of southwest flavours! The recipe made enough to reheat the second day.
Great way to use up those little bits of dried pasta. If you look carefully, you will see shells and penne.
Southwest Chicken and Pasta Casserole
2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
1 cup sour cream
1 cup salsa ( I love Pace Picante Sauce for this recipe)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 can (15 oz) corn (drained)
1 can (15 oz) black beans (drained & rinsed)
2 cups cooked shredded/chunked chicken
2 cups shredded cheese
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×13 baking dish and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Don’t forget to salt the pasta water. I use about 1 teaspoon salt.
3. While pasta is cooking, combine sour cream, salsa, cumin, garlic powder, and onion powder in a large mixing bowl.
4. Drain the pasta when it’s done cooking and add into the sour cream mixture. Stir to combine. Add in the corn, black beans, chicken, and 1 cup of the shredded cheese. Stir together to combine.
5. Pour into the baking dish and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Cover with tin foil and cook for 20 minutes.
6. Take the tin foil off and let cook an additional 5 minutes. Garnish with green onions,, sour cream and more Pace Picante Sauce..
Really enjoyed this recipe even though it looks kinda blah in my photo. Ran out of thyme for garnish…LOL.
Skillet Chicken and Mushroom Wine Sauce
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut diagonally into cutlets
½ cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
12 ounces mushrooms, cleaned and thick sliced
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 large shallots, sliced thin
1 ½ cups chicken broth, low sodium
½ cup dry white wine
½ cup heavy cream
2 large springs of fresh thyme
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons water or broth
1. Pat the chicken breasts dry with paper towels. Cut each breast in half diagonally into 2 thinner cutlets. Alternately, place the chicken breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound to an even thickness.
2. In a shallow bowl combine the flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Set aside.
3. Add 2 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil to a large skillet. Heat over medium until the butter is melted. Dredge 3 chicken cutlets in the flour mixture, coating both sides, shaking off the excess flour. Add the coated chicken to the skillet and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Turn and cook another 3-5 minutes. Remove the cooked chicken to a plate and cover to keep warm. Repeat until all chicken is browned.
4. Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter to the pan and heat until melted. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook, undisturbed, until the mushrooms are well browned on one side. Stir and turn the mushrooms and continue cooking until the moisture is released and evaporated, and the mushrooms are all well browned.
5. Add the sliced shallots to the pan and cook until softened. Add the minced garlic and sauté for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Pour the wine into the pan and scrape the bottom to deglaze.
Add the thyme sprigs, chicken broth, mustard and cream. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the dissolved cornstarch. Bring the sauce back to a light simmer and add the chicken. Heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until the sauce is thickened and the chicken warmed through. Remove the thyme sprigs, and season the dish with salt and pepper to taste.
6. Garnish with parsley or additional thyme and serve with rice, potatoes or noodles
Finally got together with our two new friends from Vermont and since I had a lovely pork loin roast in the freezer, some very fresh cauliflower and four sweet potatoes, it was a no-brainer! Bonus – after thawing the roast I didn’t have to marinade it! Start it off with a crisp Caesar salad…actually this meal would be great for Easter...
Honey Dijon Pork Loin Roast
Servings 8 serves
3- pound pork loin
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons low-sodium gluten free soy sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon olive oil
Preheat oven to 375˚F.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper and set aside.
Pat dry pork loin with paper towels.
In a small mixing bowl combine paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper.
Lightly spray pork loin with cooking spray. This will make it easier for the spice mix to stick.
Take the spice mix and rub it all over the pork loin.
Heat olive oil over medium heat and sear the pork loin until browned on all sides; about 3 to 5 minutes per side.
Transfer pork loin to previously prepared baking sheet, fat-layer side up; set aside.
In a bowl, combine garlic, honey, soy sauce, mustard and oil; whisk until well combined. If too thick, add a bit more oil or soy sauce.
Brush remaining honey mixture over the pork loin.
Roast for 45 minutes or until internal temperature of the pork loin reaches 145˚F
You just can’t have one without the other, as the old song used to say! Oh, that was love and marriage….for those old enough to remember. I had purchased ground pork and ground beef to make Low Carb Crustless Taco Pie. Since I did not use all of the pork I had fresh ground pork to use up. Pinterest again! There was also some leftover chicken breast from the rotisserie chicken I had purchased. Clean out the fridge!!! Today you are getting both recipes…..
Chinese Pork Meatballs
∙ Makes 20 meatballs
1 lb. Ground pork
3 Garlic cloves
1 tsp Ginger
2 tsp Soy sauce
2 tsp Brown sugar
1 tbsp Cornstarch
1 tsp Five-spice powder
2 pinches White pepper, ground
3 tbsp Peanut oil
In a large bowl, combine the pork, cornstarch, ginger, garlic, brown sugar, soy sauce, five-spice powder, and pepper, and mix well.
Roll 1 heaping tablespoon of pork mixture into a ball and continue until all the pork mixture is used.
In a wok over medium heat, heat the peanut oil. Using a wok spatula, spread the oil to coat enough of the wok surface to fry about 10 meatballs at a time. Lower the meatballs into the wok in batches.
Cook without moving for about 2 minutes, or until the bottoms are cooked through. Use the spatula to carefully rotate the meatballs to cook on the other sides.
Keep rotating the meatballs gently until cooked through.
For a heavenly dipping sauce, combine equal parts low-sodium soy sauce and honey.
Chinese Fried Rice Serves: 4
4 cups cooked brown or white rice
1 cup frozen peas and diced carrots
1 egg, whisked
⅓ cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon ground ginger (optional)
3 green onions, diced
Add veggies and oil to a large pan or skillet and sauté for 3-4 minutes until cooked through. Scoot all of the veggies to one half of the pan. Add egg and allow to cook for 1 minute, then scramble it with a spoon or spatula and stir in with veggies.
Add rice to pan. Add soy sauce and stir over medium heat for 6-8 minutes until browned. Sprinkle remaining seasonings over the rice and stir another 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in green onions.
Well maybe an overstatement, as I am still looking for the BEST one…LOL. In the interim I tried this one and was quite happy with it overall. Any suggestions you might have would be greatly appreciated as I approach 14000 views on this blog!! Thanks to all of you have stopped by… here is the result with chicken thighs…
Best Chicken Marinade Ever
6 Chicken breasts or 3.5 lb. chicken
2 tsp Garlic powder
2 tsp Rosemary, dried
1/2 cup Balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp Dijon or spicy brown mustard
1/8 cup Lemon juice
1/4 cup Soy sauce
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Black pepper, ground
3/4 cup Brown sugar ( I cut this back to 1/4 cup so not so sweet)
2 tsp Salt
1/2 cup Olive oil, extra virgin
Combine all ingredients, except for chicken, in a large Pyrex measuring cupor mixing bowl and whisk together.
Remove a half a cup of marinade and reserve for basting the chicken later.
The problem with having a small gas BBQ is not being able to do a beer can chicken because the lid is too low! For those who do not know what I am speaking about, normally one places a seasoned chicken upside down over a full, but open beer can. NOT alive sillies!!! The hot juices from the can permeate the bird as it cooks. Pinterest to the rescue again.
Slow Cooker Beer Can Chicken (without the beer can!)
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons coarse pepper
2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 (6-inch) strips aluminum foil, each bunched into a ball
1 can (16 ounces) beer
1 (6 1/2 to 7 pound) whole chicken
Mix smoked paprika, salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, garlic powder and cayenne pepper in a small bowl; set aside.
Place 4 balls of aluminum foil on bottom of slow cooker crock. Pour beer into crock.
Rinse chicken and pat dry.
Rub chicken with seasoning mixture. Place chicken on top of foil in crock.
Cover slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 5 to 7 hours. Chicken is well done when meat temperature registers 165°F in the breast or 175°F-180°F in the thickest part of the thigh.
USDA recommends 165°F as the safe eating temperature for chicken. Chicken is done when meat temperature registers 165°F in the breast or 175°F-180°F in the thickest part of the thigh. For more informationonfood safety, visit foodsafety.gov.
Having bought a huge bag of small potatoes from…you guessed it…Costco, I was stuck as to what to do with so many. Voila Pinterest. I followed the recipe by slicing those little gems using my trusty mandoline. I should have used regular potatoes as it would have been easier. Nevertheless, the flavour was great and doing them in muffin tins simplified serving. Great if you are serving a nice roast or fish.
Parmesan and Thyme Baked Potato Slices
Prep time 15 mins Cook time 1 hr. Total time 1 hr. and 15 mins
Makes about 4-6 servings
3 tbsp (45g) butter, melted
2 tbsp (25g) Parmesan cheese
1 tsp (3g) garlic powder
1 tsp thyme leaves
salt and freshly ground black pepper
8-10 gold potatoes (1.4 kg) sliced thin (about 1/16 inch -1.6 mm thick)
Preheat the oven to 375°F (190C). Butter 12 muffin cups and set aside. Cut the potatoes into thin slices.
Place potato slices into a large bowl. Add melted butter, Parmesan cheese, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper. Toss to coat evenly.
Layer the potato slices into stacks and place in the prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle some freshly ground black pepper. Heap up the potatoes as they will fall into the tins while baking.
Bake until the edges and tops are golden brown and the centers are tender, 55 minutes to 1 hour.
Remove from the oven, let them rest for 5 minutes then remove from pan and garnish with Parmesan cheese and thyme.
Ah yes, another pork chop recipe! You can’t blame me because pork is one of the best things in Mexico. I don’t buy the chops, I buy the loin and slice it to my desired thickness and then freeze what I am not going to use. Since I did not want to use the Smothered Pork Chop recipe, I decided I wanted to bake them for a change. Having no Shake and Bake, although it is available here, I searched the ‘Net for a homemade version, et voila! This recipe was very good and the Shake and Bake can be kept in a sealed jar for 1 to 2 months…good also with chicken…
Homemade Shake and Bake
3 cups bread crumbs – I used the Japanese Panko
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tbsp. salt
1 tbsp. dried onion flakes
3 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. cayenne I omitted this
1/2 tsp. dry parsley
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dry oregano
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until evenly mixed and the crumbs are no longer clumpy from the oil.
Dump into a Mason jar or plastic container in the pantry for 1 to 2 months.
For Pork Chops – Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Dump some of the Shake and Bake in a large Ziploc bag. Rinse the chops in cold water. Let excess water run off. Place pork chops one at a time in the bag and shake until coated. Remove the chop from the bag, shaking off excess breading. Place on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Do the other chops. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Remember, pink is good in pork these days!
For Bone-in Chicken – As above, bake for 45 minutes.
Boneless Chicken – bake 20 minutes.
Recipe from The Black Peppercorn www.theblackpeppercorn.com