Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Slow Cooker Zesty Barbecue Chicken

Oh, how good this dish is!  I love the tangy taste of the barbecue.  It is super quick to put together, then it cooks slowly to perfection, giving you a wonderful and delicious meal.  I served ours with some rice and the creamy pineapple salad.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-3 chicken thighs, bone-in, skin-on
-5 chicken drumsticks, skin-on
-1 1/2 cups Sweet Baby Rays original barbecue sauce
-1/2 cup zesty Italian marinade and dressing
-1/4 cup brown sugar
-2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
Directions:
Coat your slow cooker with cooking spray.  Add the chicken.
Mix remaining ingredients and pour over chicken.  Cover and cook on low for about 4.5-5 hours.  Enjoy!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Creamy Pineapple Salad

This is the perfect side dish.  Creamy and delicious!  You can eat it by itself, as dessert, or with some yummy barbecue.  YUM!  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple
-water
-1 (3 oz) package lemon gelatin
-1 cup heavy cream
-1/4 cup sugar
-1 cup 4% cottage cheese
Directions:
Drain the pineapple juice in a measuring cup (it should give you at least 1/4 cup juice).  To that, add enough water to make 1 1/3 cups of liquid.  Pour that into a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.
Once boiling, remove from heat and add the gelatin.  Stir until dissolved, then refrigerate until softly set, like this:
While the gelatin is setting, whip the cream until peaks form.  Add the sugar and beat until well incorporated.
Fold in the gelatin, then add the drained pineapple and cottage cheese.  Mix well, cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.  Enjoy!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Easy Nutella and Banana Puff Pastry Purses

Super easy, quick and absolutely delicious!  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
-9 tsp Nutella
-1 banana, sliced
Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 F.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Cut the dough in 9 equal parts and lay on prepared sheet.  Top each piece of pastry with 1 tsp Nutella and 1 slice banana, like this:
 Pinch the dough to create a little purse.  Make sure there's not opening, like this:
Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.  Remove and enjoy!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Spicy Pork Chops with Rice and Veggies

This is a fairly quick and simple dish packed with so much flavor.  The pork chops are nicely browned, then simmered with all the other delicious ingredients until everything melts in your mouth.  Delicious!  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
-4 pork chops, bone-in
-2 Tbs Old Bay Seasoning, divided
-1 large onion, finely chopped
-1 large red bell pepper, chopped
-1 (10 oz) can tomatoes with green chiles (NOT drained)
-1 (15 oz) can black eyed peas, rinsed and drained
-2 cups chicken broth
-1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
-1 cup uncooked rice
Directions:
-Heat oil in large and deep skillet.  Season the chops on both sides with 1 Tbs of the seasoning.  Place in hot oil and sea on both sides until lightly browned (they will not be cooked through at this point).  Remove chops onto plate.
Return skillet to stove and add the onion and bell pepper.  Cook for about 1 minute.  Add the tomatoes with the juice, peas, broth, sauce, last Tbs of seasoning and rice.  Give it a good stir.  Top with the pork chops and bring to a simmer.  Cover, lower the heat, and simmer for about 25 minutes or until all liquid is gone.  Enjoy!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs with Caramelized Onions

Yes, I know, that's a heart attack waiting to happen.  But it is insanely delicious!  The flavors are spectacular in this simple dish.  I am also a bit of a snob when it comes to hot dogs.  I like the all beef ones.  There's no other flavor that compares with that.  They are worth the higher price.  And wrapped in bacon and topped with the caramelized onions...  YUM!  Can't  get better than that!  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-good beef hot dogs
-1 slice of bacon for each hot dog you want to cook
-2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
-1 large onion, peeled, cut in half and sliced
-2 Tbs brown sugar
-hot dog buns
-yellow mustard
-dill relish
Directions:
Wrap each hot dog in a slice of bacon (no need to secure it with toothpicks).  Place in skillet and cook on medium heat until bacon is nice and golden-brown, like this:
While that's cooking, heat the oil in large skillet.  Add the onion slices and cook for a couple of minutes.  Sprinkle with the brown sugar and give it a good stir.  Cover and let it cook on medium-low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
To assemble, place a bacon wrapped hot dog into a bun.  Top with some mustard, caramelized onions and relish.  Take a big bite and enjoy!  YUM!

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