Christmas Food

Christmas Food

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Potato Soup

This is easy and delicious. I searched a lot of recipes before I came up with my own version of this soup. I took the best ideas and put them together for my version. It is pretty yummy.

6 med. size potatoes, peeled and cubed into 1 - 1 1/2 inch cubes
3 carrots, chopped
3 stalks of celery , chopped
1 large onion, chopped
6 slices of bacon cut into thin little pieces
4 Tbl. unsalted butter
8 Cups chicken broth
1 cup half and half
1/2 cup half and half mixed with 1 Tbl.all purpose flour
1-2 tsp. salt
 1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. cajun seasoning
2 Tbl. minced parsley

Put soup pot over med-high heat and add the cut up bacon to the pan and fry till crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon to a bowl and set aside. Drain the rest of the bacon grease out of the pan and place back on the burner. Add the butter to pan and when it has melted throw in the onion, celery, and carrots and fry for 5 minutes  or till the veggies start to get tender. Add in the cubed potatoes, salt, pepper and cajun seasoning. stir. Pour in the broth and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer till potatoes are very tender. Taste for seasoning. You can add more salt, pepper or cajun seasoning to your taste. I know that I adjust it every time I make it. Using an immersion blender, blend till about half the potatoes and veggies are blended up. Next pour in the 1 cup of half and half and continue to cook and bring back to a boil and mix in the half and half blended with flour. Stir to thicken the soup slightly. Add the parsley and stir. How much flour and milk you use is really dependent on how thick you liken your soup. Always adjust seasoning at the end as needed.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Chicken

We are trying once again to eat a little better. Not Paleo, not low fat, not low carb, just a healthy mix of them all. So this is something I whipped up to eat by itself or have with a little rice on the side. It is delicious.

My husband and boys loved it.

I tripled the following  recipe for my large family of Sasquatches.  This is what I did:

1 lb. brussel sprouts cleaned and sliced in half and placed on a baking sheet to roast
1 yellow onion sliced onto junks
6 slices of bacon cut into pieces
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
olive oil

2 chicken breasts, or equivalent chicken tenders cleaned and sliced into thin strips (as if for a stir fry) and set aside

Dressing to drizzle over mix when done:
2 dijon or spicy mustard
1 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
3 tsp. honey
mix together and set aside.

Heat oven to 400. Place cut brussel sprouts and onion on baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper. Bake 20 minutes and then toss and place back in the oven for another 20 minutes or until the sprouts fork tender.

While brussel sprouts are roasting, book bacon pieces in large skillet till crisp. remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Pout all but 2 Tbl. of bacon grease off pan. Add chicken to hot bacon grease and fry till just cooked through. Remove and drain pan if necessary.
When brussel sprouts are done add to frying pan and add chicken and bacon and stir and heat all through. Mix in the dressing, walnuts and season to taste.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Smoked Jalapeno Vinaigrette

This is a  version of a dressing that I had at a local Mexican restaurant. It was on a great salad with chicken and all the fixings.
I am actually making Vegetarian Black bean tacos for dinner tonight and am going to place a slaw as the first layer of the taco. I am using this vinaigrette to marinate the slaw in. I will put the slaw down first in the corn tortillas, then spiced black beans and top with fried onions and jalapeno pepper. Serve with any sauce you like. I think it will be great. Anyway onto the vinaigrette.

This is what I did:

6 cloves garlic minced
3/4 C rice wine vinegar (you could use any mild vinegar of choice. Even a white balsamic would be good.)
3 tsp. of pureed (or more depending on how spicy you like it) canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
3 Tbl. honey
1/4-1/2 cup fine chop cilantro
salt and pepper
1 Cup olive oil

Place in blender and blend till smooth. Refrigerate.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Salisbury Steak Meatballs

Not my photo.

These are delicious. I found the recipe on The Pioneer Woman web site. I made just a few minor changes to suit our taste buds. Easy and great.

2lbs. Ground beef
3/4 C seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup brown mustard
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tsp. powdered beef base or crumbled beef bouillon cube
1 Tbl. worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Mix together and form into meatballs.

1 stick of butter
1 lg and 1 small onion sliced thin
2 1/2 cups beef broth
1/2 cup beef broth with 2 Tbl. corn starch mixed into it and set aside
1 Tbl. worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. brown mustard
1 tsp. beef base
2 tsp. kitchen bouquet

serve with buttered egg noodles.

In large skillet add half of the butter and brown the meat balls. You wont be cooking them all the way through. Remove to a place. Add 1 Tbl. butter and the sliced onions. Fry till onions are soft. Add the beef broth, beef base, worcestershire sauce, mustard, kitchen bouquet. Stir and heat. Add the beef broth mixed with the corn starch and mix. Add in what is left of the stick of butter and stir till melted.  Add back in the meat balls and simmer for 10 minutes or so. While they are cooking cook your egg noodles. Serve

Friday, June 13, 2014

Spicy Chicken Stir Fry

6 lg. chicken breast sliced (I used chicken tenders that were equal to 6 breasts)
4 yellow and red bell peppers sliced in thin strips
2 cups shredded carrot (used bag shredded for cole slaw)
3 white onions sliced in thin strips
2 cups (I would add more next time) sugar snap peas

3 Tbl. sugar
3 tsp. ground garlic
3 tsp. ground ginger
1 1/2 Tbl. cumin
3 Tbl. dried cilantro
salt and pepper to taste
3 Tbl. chili powder
3 Tbl. honey
3 Tbl. lemon juice
pinch red pepper flakes (to taste)
oil (I use grapeseed oil)

combine sugar, garlic, ginger, cumin, cilantro, 2 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. pepper, chili powder, red pepper flakes in a small bowl and mix to combine.
slice chicken in thin stir fry sizes. Pour all but 2 Tbl. of dry mix on chicken and mix to combine and coat all chicken. I did this early and let it sit in the fridge till ready to cook.
Pre-slice the veggies and set aside till ready.

In a wok or large pan heat pan till very hot and add a couple Tbl. of oil. If you have a lot of chicken as I did (I fried it in three batches) fry in batches. remove to a bowl and set aside. Add in the onions and fry for 3 minutes, add in the bell peppers, sugar snap peas, and carrots and fry till veggies are crisp yet slightly tender. This is a personal taste thing on how crisp you like your veggies. Add the rest of the seasoning mix in and stir around for another minute. Add back the chicken and stir to mix and heat through. then add the honey and lemon juice and stir to combine and coat. Taste for salt and pepper. Serve over rice.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Santa Fe Salad

3/4 lb. Zuchinni, cut into rounds 1/4" wide
3/4 lb. yellow squash cut into rounds 1/4" wide
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup green onions, thin slice
1/4 - 1 Cup jalapeno, minced
1/2 Cup pumpkin seeds
1 C cilantro minced

1/3 cup water
1/4 cup evoo
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 Tbl. minced garlic
2 tsp. dried basil
2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

mix dressing well and pour over cut up veggies. chill for at least 30 minutes.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Baked Mac and Cheese

This is my most recent Mac and Cheese recipe. After much research this is what I came up with and it is wonderful. Give it a try.
Heres what I do:

Macaroni and Cheese 
5 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

White Sauce
½ cup good quality butter
¼ Cup flour
3 ½ cups whole milk
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. Lowerys season salt
½ tsp. ground black pepper
Two sprigs thyme leaves stripped from stalk
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
Pinch of nutmeg
2 tsp. dry mustard
8 ounces greyer cheeses, shredded  
12 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
4 ounces velveeta, cubed
 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
 4 ounces Cheddar cheese
 ½ cup Parmesan cheese
Mix the topping ingredients together and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and boil pasta till al dente (no more or it will be mushy when done.)
While the water is heating and coming to a boil start the white sauce. Measure the milk into a large measuring cup or bowl and add in the salt, lowerys season salt, black pepper, thyme leaves, cayenne, mustard and a scant pinch of nutmeg or grate small amount of nutmeg into the milk and whisk together. Set aside.
 In a pan melt butter over medium high heat. Add flour and whisk till blended with flour and cook for a few minutes. Pour milk into the cooked flour and whisk together. Cook till thickened. About 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the Gruyere, Velveeta and cheddar cheese. Stir till cheeses are melted. Taste for salt. You want it to have plenty of salt so that when put on the pasta it isn’t tasteless. When the pasta is cooked, drain well and add to the cheese sauce. Stir together and put into a casserole dish. Top with panko/cheese mixture. Bake 30 minutes in preheated 350 degree oven.