Thursday, January 26, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
I started by browning a good quality Italian Sausage with chopped onion. Then added a modified version of my 30 minute marinara sauce. Mixed with cook pasta some mozzarella and topped with more mozzarella.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Most recipes start with some burger and taco seasoning. I started with a modified version of my spicy taco meat. The main complaint about most taco soups appears to be the mild spices. I bumped it up and add a jalapeno. I added all the spices to the meat so it would retain some flavor and not have it all washed out in the soup. Excellent, just right.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
I had a couple of skinless boneless chicken breast that I had slated for a roasting but they were huge and would not roast well. Plus I want Mexican tonight so I modified one of last years top posts Spicy Mexican Shredded Pork Tostadas (Tinga) into a chicken recipe. Excellantoooo...
Notes: You can braise the chicken on the stove top like I did. Or a couple of hours covered in a 300 degree oven or even 3-4 hours on high in a crock pot. Take your choice.
Making the Tostadas
Add about 1/4 cup vegetable oil to a flat bottom pan and heat over medium high heat until shimmering.
- about 1 1/2 pounds skinless boneless chicken breast
- a 14oz can chicken broth
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2 T chili powder
- 1 t cumin
- 1/2 t garlic powder
- 1 T chili powder
- 1/2 t salt
- 1/2 t cumin
- 1/4 -1/2 t cayenne
- 1/4 t chipolte powder
- 8 oz. tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup oil
- six inch corn (or other) tortillas
- salt if you want
1) Trim about 1 1/2 pounds skinless boneless chicken breast. That is 3 normal size ones or two huge breasts. Slice into 1/2 inch slices.2) In a large pan, combine a 14oz can chicken broth, one medium chipped onion, 2 T chili powder,1 t cumin, and 1/2 t garlic powder. Add the sliced chicken.3) Bring to boil, then cover and decrease heat to simmer. You can braise the chicken on the stove top like I did. Or a couple of hours covered in a 300 degree oven or even 3-4 hours on high in a crock pot. Take your choice.4) Simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Remove the chicken to a cutting board and shred with two forks. Discard liquid.5) Add 1 t oil to pan and add the chicken back over medium high heat. Add 1 T chili powder, 1/2 t salt, 1/2 t cumin, 1/4 - 1/2 t cayenne and 1/4 t chipotle powder. Then add 8 oz tomato sauce. Cook for about 5 minutes until starting to brown a little. 6) Make the Tostadas. Add about 1/4 cup vegetable oil to a flat bottom pan and heat over medium high heat until shimmering. 7) Poke a fork multiple times into a six inch corn tortilla. Place in oil and hold down with a spatula.8) Brown on each side for about 2 minutes then move to a paper towel covered plate to drain, sprinkle lightly with salt. Repeat until you have the desired number of tostadas.9) Assemble to your preference. Suggestions: sour cream, cheeses, tomato, green onion, cilantro, avocado or whatever you want.
DetailsPrep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8 serving
January 8 2012DrDan
Sunday, January 1, 2012
This year there are two outstanding posts and one static page in terms of popularity.
THE MOST POPULAR - in reverse order#3 The Recipe Index
Yep it is extremely popular. Almost always in the top 2-3 visited pages on any day. A very big surprise to me but everyone seems to enjoy it.
#2 Simple Oven Baked BBQ Split Chicken Breasts
#1 Simple Crock Pot Chicken Stew
Sometimes you get a surprise. Sometimes it's a huge surprise. I love this stew and everybody else apparently agrees. This is usual #1 or #2 on any Google search for crock pot or slow cooker chicken stew. About 15% of blog traffic comes from this one post. You too can spend about 15 minutes prep time and have this tasty dish to keep you warm this winter.
MY TOP TEN PICKSThis is somewhat like picking your favorite child. But here we go.
#10 BBQ Shredded Pork Loin in the Oven
Lean, healthy and tasty. A shredded pork from loin for a few or for masses. Cut the recipe down or triple it as needed.
#9 Chicken Parmesan
It is a wonderful company recipe and I have used it several times as the evening meal before a major holiday like Thanksgiving or Christmas. Great for casual dining and conversation with wine.
#8 Simple and Excellent Crock Pot Beef Stew
I love beef. I like pork and chicken but I LOVE beef. Too much Iowa in me I guess. I present to you the best beef stew I have ever had... thick, meaty with wonderful taste plus it's simple and easy to make.
#7 Crockpot Southwest Pork Tenderloin Chili
I have always said that pork and Mexican are made to go together. Well, I just proved it again. With only 10 minutes of prep, a crock pot and 8 hours, you can have a very healthy wonderful taste meal.
With only about 3-4 grams of fat per serving this will fit any diet. But I don't want you to think of this as a diet dish. This will blow any other chili out of the water on taste.
#6 Spicy Garlic Grilled Split Chicken Breast
An explosion of taste. I have so many split chicken breast recipes it was hard to choose but this one rose to the top.
#5 Spicy Mexican Shredded Pork Tostadas (Tinga)
A highly modified ATK recipe that has become a household favorite. Packed with taste and just what Mexican means to me.
#4 Cheddar Bay Biscuits a la Red Lobster
My own take on these pure evil little devils. Give them a try tonight. In fact I just had them again a few hours ago.
#3 Spicy Taco Meat Less than 25 Minutes
Absolutely wonderful taco meat. Once you do this you will never go back to the package mix.
#2 Oven Baked Kansas City BBQ Beef Brisket
Simple and wonderful BBQ the way it should be with little fuss and muss.
Death by carrot cookie is my choice when I have to go. And double the cream cheese frosting please.
That's it for now. I hope you all enjoy this review. Our diets starts today and I'm back to 60 plus hour weeks. Posts may be few and far between for a while but this is my mental break so we will see how it goes.
Have a wonderful 2012