Friday, October 17, 2014

Chicken Salad Sandwiches

My kids love chicken salad sandwiches.  My mom had given me this incredible recipe a few years ago and since my move I have searched and cannot find it anywhere!!  I'm actually in total shock I did not share it here with all of you it was THAT GOOD!  The other day when they were begging for these sandwiches I created a new version and it is pretty close to my mom's.  I splurged and bought croissants which made it feel a little more fancy.   It was a hit and tasted oh so delicious!
Chicken Salad Sandwiches
2 1/2 cups cooked chicken, diced or shredded
1 cup diced celery
1/4 cup diced onion
1 1/2 cup grapes, cut in half
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise, whichever your preference
3 teaspoons Italian Dressing
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl adding more seasoning to taste if needed.  Place on your favorite bread.
*The nice thing about this recipe is you can change it up. Sometimes I like to use diced apples instead of grapes or cashews instead of almonds.  Find your favorite combination.
Sometimes I just like to eat it with out the bread too!
My daughter just peeked over my shoulder to see what I was doing and her reaction was, 
" I can't believe they weren't already on here. They are delicious!!"
MMMMMM...this may be dinner tonight, that is if I can wait than long!
Enjoy!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Honey Garlic Glazed Turkey Meatballs

I am so blessed to have such amazing cooks in my family and I LOVE when they share this talent with me. This incredible dish comes from my cousin Kara.  She is an amazing cook...well she's pretty amazing at everything!!  This recipe looks so yummy!  This was her note for this recipe:
"This is delicious and healthy so I wanted to share it with you"
 Honey Garlic Glazed Turkey Meatballs
from Kara inspired by Taste of Home
Meatballs:
2 Eggs
3/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup diced onion
2 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 lbs ground turkey

Sauce: (Kara suggests doubling the sauce mixture)
4 teaspoons minced garlic
1 Tablespoon butter
3/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup honey
3 Tablespoons soy sauce

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
In a large bowl whisk together the eggs and milk.   Add bread crumbs, onion and salt.  Add ground turkey and mix until well combined.  Shape turkey mixture into 1 inch balls and place on a greased cookie sheet.  Bake 12-15 minutes then broil for an additional 3+5 minutes watching carefully until they are golden brown and cooked through.   Remove from sheets and place meatballs in a baking dish. (to get them off the grease that has drained off).

While the meatballs are cooking. Combine garlic and butter in a saucepan over medium heat until garlic is tender. Whisk in ketchup, honey and soy sauce.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes.  Spoon sauce over cooked meatballs and serve.
OH YUM!!!
Thanks Kara for an incredible recipe! 
Let's eat!



Saturday, October 11, 2014

Pizza Pasta Salad

I guess I have been on a real "Pizza" kick this past week and did not even realize it.  First I made Mexican Pizza, then Pizza Waffles, we had take out pizza and then I needed something for a work potluck.  Most of the time it is not a good idea to try new recipes out on your coworkers, but I do it all the time.  It's a great way to see if it is truly a good recipe or not! This was simple to put together, it satisfied my pizza craving and was a hit!!
Pizza Pasta Salad
Inspired by  Caramel Potatoes

Ingredients
1 lb bowtie pasta, cooked and cooled (you can use any pasta you want)
1/2 cup pepperoni slices, I cut mine in half
1 /2 cup ham or Canadian Bacon cubed
4 oz Mozzarella cheese, cubed
1 can black olives, sliced
1 medium tomato, diced
1/2 cup onion, diced small
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 - 2 cups Zesty Italian Dressing (Olive Garden's is very good!!)**

Directions
Toss together the pasta, pepperoni, ham, cheeses, tomatoes and onions.  Stir in 1 cup of the Italian Dressing.  Refrigerate at least 3 hours or over night.  Just before you are ready to serve toss with more dressing as needed.
*You can add green peppers if desired.  With the meats you could add 1 cup Pepperoni and leave out the ham.  This recipe can be matched to your tastes.
**I made a copycat Olive Garden dressing recipe.  It was delicious on this salad.

Nice change to my normal pizza fix!!
Enjoy!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Hamburger Soup

My grandmother was an avid canner.  Her pantry was always full of bottles or yummy goodness.  After I was married and would come to visit she would send me down there to get whatever I wanted.  I was a beautiful sight,  Each fall one of the things she canned was soup.  It was awesome, because you just needed what ever meat you wanted to put in it and then you dumped the jar in a pan added the meat and heated and voila...a quick, easy and delicious meal.  I came home the other night really wishing I had one of those bottles of soup.   I had been craving it for a few days and I guess I just needed some comfort food.  So I made my own.  It actually did not take very long.  It  turned out delicious and hit the spot!!  Brought back some great memories too!!
Hamburger Soup
adapted from Taste of Home
1 pound hamburger, cooked and drained
4 cups of water
1 (14 1/2 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 cup carrots, sliced
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed into bite sized pieces
3/4 cup diced onions
1 cup diced celery
4 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

Directions:
Place all ingredient in a large saucepan.  Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer. Cover and cook for about 15 minutes or until the carrots and potatoes are tender.
I sprinkled each serving with a little bit of shredded Parmesan cheese.
Pure comfort food for a chilly fall night!
Enjoy!


Monday, October 6, 2014

Pizza Waffles

I absolutely love pizza so I couldn't wait to try out this pizza with a twist.  Well guess what it turned out so COOL!!  I was amazed and the kids loved them.  The only issue is I wished I would of stuffed them with just a little bit more filling.  My youngest said they were even good cold as she took one in her lunch the next day.

Pizza Waffles
from Pillsbury
 1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury Grands Flaky Layers refrigerated biscuits
mozzarella cheese, shredded or sliced
Your choice of pizza toppings ( I used pepperoni, Canadian Bacon 
and olives) 
  Pizza or spaghetti sauce 
Directions:
Spray waffle maker with cooking spray; heat waffle maker.
Separate dough into 8 biscuits. Cut slit on 1 side of each biscuit, forming a deep pocket.

Place toppings and cheese inside the pocket. 

Press dough around edge to seal each biscuit.
Place biscuit in the waffle maker.  Close the lid and cook for about 3 minutes or 
until waffle is golden brown. 
Repeat with all the other biscuits.
Top with sauce and sprinkle and if desired with some Parmesan cheese.
*The original recipe called for slices of Mozzarella cheese.  It may be easier to place inside the biscuit than the shredded was.
A different and fun way to eat Pizza!
Enjoy!



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cream of Broccoli Soup

I've started to crave soups so fall is definitely in the air!!  I have always been a huge fan of cream of broccoli soup, but have only made it with lots of cheese and little broccoli.  Well this time I used broccoli and even some of the stems.  It turned out delicious!  I couldn't stop with just one bowl!!
Cream of Broccoli Soup
from Allrecipes
5 Tablespoons butter
1 cup onions, chopped
1 stalk celery, diced
8 cups broccoli
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
3 Tablespoons flour
Pepper to taste.

Melt 2 Tablespoons butter in a large pot over medium high heat, then saute the onion and celery until tender.  Add broccoli and broth and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the broccoli is tender about 10 minutes.

Working in batches, pour some of the soup into the blender, but do not fill it more than half way.  Hold down the lid with a folded kitchen towel, start blender , using a few quick pulses, to blend it up a bit.  Pour into a large bowl.

Over medium heat melt the remaining 3 Tablespoons of butter, then add the flour and cook stirring constantly until is gets mixed together.  Gradually add the milk and cook until thick and bubbly while stirring constantly.  Pour the broccoli mixture in and stir to combine.  Season with pepper and garnish with a little shredded cheddar cheese.

*I actually cooked my one night, then stored it in the fridge.  Heated it up the next day.  I think this allowed the flavors to mix even more!
This is a definite keeper!!
Enjoy!




Saturday, September 27, 2014

Patty Melts

Interesting fact that I had only heard about Patty Melts and had never actually tried one.  I had made the Potato Cheese Herb Bread and decided it was time to try this so called sandwich out.  Well verdict in....IT WAS AMAZING!! Fairly simple to put together, it was delicious and a HUGE hit with the family! I will be making these again and again!! 
Patty Melts
Made 6 medium size sandwiches
1 pound hamburger
1 medium onion, sliced
3-4 fresh mushrooms sliced (Optional)
2 Tablespoon butter
12 slices of bread
softened butter or butter spread
6 slices of cheese
 heat.

In a skillet over medium heat melt butter and add the onions, mushrooms and a pinch of sugar (my grandma's trick), Saute until golden brown, stirring occasionally  It takes about 20 minutes.  Remove from heat.

While onions are cooking form your hamburger in to patties to fit the size of your bread.  Season with salt and pepper. Cook patties in a separate skillet until they are cooked through.

Butter one side of each slice of bread.  On medium heat use a clean skillet.  Place the butter side of the bread facing the pan, add the slice of cheese, a bit of the onion mixture, the hambuger patty and the other slice of bread with the butter side facing out.  Grill until golden brown and then flip and toast the other side.  Cook until the cheese is melted and bread is toasted.

We then added some ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles to ours.
*Amounts of ingredient can vary depending on how many you want to make and how big your bread is.
The Potato Cheese Herb bread added fabulous flavor!
I can't believe it took me so long to make Patty Melts because they are awesome!
Actually craving one right now!
Enjoy!



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