Prosciutto & Parmesan Rolled/Stuffed Chicken

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What a great, simple recipe!  It was fun to roll and make!  It has a very deep, gourmet flavoring.  *Even though it says 4 boneless chicken breasts, I had to halve the breasts first because they were too thick. As you can see by the 2nd photo, it makes great and attractive leftovers.  From “Frugal Foodie” cookbook. 

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 boneless chicken breasts*
  • 4 slices prosciutto
  • 4 T. Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 8-12 basil leaves —–(I put 3 leaves into each)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups white wine

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. On a cutting board, pound chicken breasts flat with a kitchen hammer.
  2. Place 1 slice prosciutto, 1 T. Parmesan, and 2 basil leaves on each breast.  
  3. Roll up chicken breasts and secure with wooden toothpicks. 
  4. Roll each breast through flour to lightly coat, season with salt and pepper.
  5. In a large pan heat olive oil and saute chicken over medium heat until golden brown on all sides.
  6. Add 1 cup wine to pan, cover and reduce heat.  Simmer 15-20 mins, turning several times, until chicken is tender and cooked through.
  7. Remove from pan, increase heat and add remaining 1/2 cup of wine.  
  8. Deglaze skillet and reduce liquid to form sauce.  
  9. Season with salt and pepper, spoon over chicken, and serve. (I recommend letting it rest for 10 mins. though before serving). 

 

No-Bake Rice Krispie Peanut Butter Granola Bars

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These are perfect granola bars!  What is really great is they are not rock hard or break-your-teeth hard the next day!  I adapted a recipe and added more healthy ingredients such as wheat germ, and threw in some dried cranberries for flavor and color.  My son gobbled one granola bar up and wanted more!  The only downside is they are a little crumbly but that just tells me they are homemade, and that’s great!  I went light on the brown sugar and it was just fine.  YUM!  

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies (for a firmer bar increase up to 2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • OPTIONAL: I added 1/2 cup wheat germ (Refrigerate unused wheat germ.)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup or 1/2 cup light corn syrup or 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat peanut butter (or can use regular peanut butter)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup dark raisin (or can use either 1/2 cup chopped nuts or 1/2 cup seeds or 1/2 cup coconut)
  • OPTIONAL: I added about 1/4 cup dried cranberries with the raisins. 
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chip (to prevent melting refrigerate or freeze the chocolate chips before mixing in)

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Lightly grease 11 x 7-inch, can use a 13 x 9-inch baking dish but you will have a thinner bar.
  2. In a large bowl combine Rice Krispies cereal, wheat germ (if using), oats, and raisins (and dried cranberries, if using).
  3. In a saucepan stir the corn syrup or honey and brown sugar until just at a boil.
  4. Immediately remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until well combined.
  5. Pour over the dry ingredients in the bowl; mix to combine.
  6. Mix in mini chocolate chips (if using) work fast the mixture hardens quickly.
  7. Transfer the mixture into prepared baking dish, then using slightly wet hands push evenly down into the pan.
  8. While the mixture is still soft, for easier slicing take a sharp knife and slice into desired size bars.
  9. Chill in fridge until firm.

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Garlic Cheese Flatbread

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My family really enjoys this flatbread.  It has wonderful flavors including garlic, cheese, Parmesan, butter and that great yeasty goodness.  I’ve made it two years ago and am glad I made it again.  If the dough is too sticky, just add a few tablespoons more bread flour at a time and re-evaluate it.  Only use bread flour for this one, it will turn out best.  You can reduce the butter.  I think 1/4 cup is too much (half of a stick).  I’ve used 3T butter and gotten away with it just fine!  **I added a little parsley for flavor and looks.  Enjoy!

P.S. – I go through so much active dry yeast, I buy it in the jar and keep it in the fridge.  It works best for me and reduces packaging.  I try to be Earth-friendly when possible! 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 (.25 ounce) envelope active dry yeast (A.K.A. 2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast if dispensing from jar).  

  • 2 teaspoons white sugar

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a cup or small bowl, sprinkle yeast over the surface of the lukewarm water. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes to dissolve.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt and sugar. Pour in the yeast mixture along with the olive oil. Beat with a sturdy spoon until dough is stiff enough to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Cover, and set aside until doubled in size, about 35 minutes.
  3. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead briefly on a floured surface. Roll the dough out to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness or to the size of your baking sheet. Place on a greased baking sheet and spread butter over the top. Sprinkle with garlic powder, Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese. Let rest while you preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown and cheese is bubbly. Serve warm.

 

 

 

Tangy and Moist Meatloaf

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We love this recipe!  It delivers moist and tangy meatloaf that will make you and your guests want more!  We used 1/2 and 1/2 and I used onion powder.  I added 3 T. of brown sugar to the top.  I used 90% lean ground beef.  I used my meatloaf pan so that the meat doesn’t sit in all of the oil and juices.  The meatloaf pan had about 1/4″ of fat and juices in the bottom.  I highly recommend that pan!  Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

Meatloaf:

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef (ground shoulder roast is good)
  • 1 slice bread (broken or chopped finely)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small vidalia onions or 1 small type sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2-2/3 cup whole milk or 1/2-2/3 cup half-and-half

Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 -4 tablespoons dark brown sugar, packed firm (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup

DIRECTIONS:

Meatloaf:

  1. Spray loaf pan or meatloaf pan.  Combine meat loaf ingredients and place into a loaf baking dish.
  2. Smooth out top.
  3. Sauce: Combine sauce ingredients and pour on top and sides of meatloaf.
  4. Bake at 350°F about 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until done.

Other tips:

  • The addition of 1 or 2 teaspoons of Kitchen Bouquet® makes this recipe very good.
  • Recipe should be”plump” from the addition of the milk or Half & Half.  It should NOT be runny.
  • A second batch of sauce served hot is good to serve with the meatloaf.

Read more about this recipe at Food.com.

Balsamic Pork Tenderloin in the Slow Cooker

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My sister-in-law, Ann, gave me this fantastic recipe for slow cooker pork tenderloin marinated in balsamic vinegar plus other marinades and spices.  Thanks, Ann!  It’s from Add a Pinch website, link below.  It’s fantastic!  I loved the flavor and sauce!  I really liked that it didn’t smell too “porky”, I’m sensitive to smells and they turn me off.  I used garlic powder just fine.  It took 5 minutes to prepare and was just a waiting game.  On low it took about 4-4.5 hours.  It was even easy to shred!  YUM!

Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1 2-3 pound boneless pork tenderloin
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
Instructions
  1. Place pork tenderloin into the insert of your slow cooker. In a 2-cup measuring cup, mix together all remaining ingredients. Pour over pork and set the timer for your slow cooker. (4 hours on High or 6-8 hours on Low)
  2. Once pork tenderloin has cooked, remove from slow cooker with tongs into a serving dish. Break apart lightly with two forks and then ladle about ¼ – ½ cup of gravy over pork tenderloin.
  3. Store remaining gravy in an airtight container in the refrigerator for another use.

http://addapinch.com/cooking/2013/07/12/balsamic-pork-tenderloin-recipe/

Buttery Mini Soft Pretzel Bites

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I got this great recipe from www.centercutcook.com.

It’s everything I ever wanted from a pretzel and is best warm!  Forget about the fancy shapes, this tastes so wonderful!  I used only 2 Tablespoons butter and it was more than enough.  Eat one quickly, they go fast!  ENJOY…..  

Recipe: http://centercutcook.com/buttery-mini-soft-pretzel-bites/

 

DOUGH INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons sugar

2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast

1 cup warm water

 

TOPPING INGREDIENTS

1 cup very hot water

2 tablespoons baking soda

Kosher or sea salt

3 tablespoons melted butter

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 475 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, sift together flour, salt, sugar, and yeast. Add in 1 cup of very warm water and use the dough hook to mix it well. You could also do this by hand or use a food processor.
  3. Knead the dough until it is smooth. Sprinkle flour in the bottom of a bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and cover it. Allow it to sit for about 30 minutes to rise.
  4. After 30 minutes, knead the dough for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  5. Divide the dough into 4 equal sections. Form each section into strips about 8 inches long and about 1 inch wide. Cut each strip into about 6-8 pieces. You should end up with 24-32 pretzel bites.
  6. In a shallow dish (I used a cake pan), combine the very hot water (I microwaved it for 2 minutes, you could also boil the water on the stovetop) with the baking soda and stir to dissolve. Place the pretzel bites in the water/baking soda mixture and allow to sit for one minute. Then flip the pretzel bites and allow to sit in the mixture for one minute longer.
  7. Arrange the pretzel bites on a greased baking sheet. Allow the pretzel bites to rest for about 5 minutes, then sprinkle with a bit of kosher or sea salt before baking them for 10-11 minutes, or until the pretzel bites are nice and brown!
  8. While the pretzel bites are baking, melt 3 tablespoons of butter (1 minute in the microwave).
  9. When the pretzel bites are done baking, immediately brush each bite with melted butter. Keep brushing the bites with butter until it is all gone. Serve with your favorite dip!


Recipe: http://centercutcook.com/buttery-mini-soft-pretzel-bites/

 

 

Bacon Potato Frittata

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I’ve made omelets, eggs, and quiches before, but this was my first frittata.  I used what I had on hand: bacon and potatoes.  Next time I’ll try to add some bell pepper and other ingredients.  It was pretty simple, you just have to make sure you do not burn your potatoes on the bottom layer.  I omitted the green onion.  I used fresh basil from the garden.  🙂  Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

-4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
-2 medium potatoes, cut into 1/4 slices
-6 large eggs, lightly beaten
-1/4 cup milk
-1/2 teaspoon pepper
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1 1/2 cups grated parmesan cheese
-1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
-2 teaspoons finely snipped fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil, crushed
salsa (optional) or sour cream (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Using a large, nonstick skillet, cook bacon pieces until crisp.
  2. Reserve 2 T. of bacon drippings.
  3. Drain bacon pieces on paper towel.
  4. Add potato slices to skillet with reserved bacon drippings.
  5. Cover and cook over medium heat for 12 to 15 minutes until tender and lightly browned.
  6. Turn potato slices over and turn down heat to prevent over-browning (if necessary).
  7. In large bowl, beat eggs, milk, pepper, and salt until combined.
  8. Stir in cheese, green onion, and basil.  Set aside.
  9. Spread cooked potatoes in an even layer over the bottom of skillet.
  10. Sprinkle the bacon over the potatoes.
  11. Pour in egg mixture.
  12. Cover, reduce heat to medium low.
  13. Cook 15 to 20 minutes until top surface of egg is set.
  14. Decrease heat to low if necessary, to allow center to cook without over-cooking the edges.
  15. Loosen edges of frittata from pan, carefully invert onto large serving plate.
  16. Cut into wedges.
  17. Put a dollop of sour cream or salsa on top right before serving, if desired.

Quick Elephant Ears

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I like this recipe because it is so fast, simple, and tastes like an elephant ear without being deep fat fried!  Or, if you’re very picky, it tastes similar to an elephant ear from the fair!  That amount of sugar and cinnamon mixture yielded us about 3-4 tortilla toppings, but it will depend on how much topping you like.  I like to brush on a little honey to keep the sugar/cinnamon mixture sticking to the tortilla.  You want a fairly medium to high heat here to make the tortilla puff up a little and brown, otherwise it just tastes like a regular tortilla!  

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons regular white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon 
  • vegetable oil for frying (use your judgement)
  • 1 (7 inch) white flour tortilla 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl or large plate, set aside.  
  2. In a skillet, heat some vegetable oil.  Place one tortilla at a time in skillet.  Cook for 5 seconds or until brown in spots on one side.  Turn and cook 10 seconds longer, or until browned on the other side.  
  3. Brush with honey if desired. 
  4. Place in sugar mixture and turn to coat.  
  5. Serve immediately.