Recipe of the Week – 3-Dip Chicken

(From the  Chicken Entrée Collection at emealsforyou.com)

3 -Dip Chicken

3 -Dip Chicken

If you are looking for one recipe that adapts to many meals plans, this is the one.  This takes just a little longer to make than throwing the chicken breasts in a pan and into the oven but is well worth the added effort.  Once you try the chicken you will find yourself making more than you need for one meal and freezing the rest for future quick meals.

This basic recipe turns into a fast Chicken Marsala, Chicken Piccata, Chicken Parm or just wonderful chicken sandwiches.  Make this for your families and they will completely forget they ever liked McNuggets.

3 – Dip Chicken

Recipe Summary
Complexity: Easy
Serves: 6
Category: Chicken Entrée
Meal: other (General)
2 lb chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
0.5 cup rice flour
2 large egg, lightly beaten
2 Tb water
2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
4 pinch salt and pepper to taste
0.5 cups olive oil, divided

Slice the chicken breasts diagonally in 1 inch pieces. Place in a large plastic bag and pound with a mallet or frying pan until ½ inch thickness. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and dip in rice flour to coat, also sprinkled with salt and pepper. Make an egg wash with eggs and water and salt and pepper and dip the chicken to cover. Mix salt and pepper with the panko breadcrumbs, dip the chicken in the panko and shake off any excess. Heat a couple Tb of olive oil in the in a sauté pan, cook the chicken until browned on each side; remove to warmed plate. Add more olive oil to the pan as needed.

Shown here as Chicken Marsala.

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September 29, 2014 at 8:13 am Leave a comment

Recipe of the Week – Stuffed Mushroom Caps

(From the Appetizer Collection at emealsforyou.com)

Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed Mushroom Caps

It may have been a senior moment, or maybe I have been at this too long; with over 1,100 recipes and meal plans on our site, emealsforyou.com and 500 posts on this blog. We were invited to a party in the neighborhood and our contribution to the meal was appetizers.  Leaning on an old standard, I decided to make stuffed mushroom caps, and some stuffed with crab, along with baked brie with raspberry preserves.  Anyway, I usually check my subscription, meal planning site to be sure I have an updated photo of whatever I am making.  What a surprise,  not only didn’t I have a photo but I didn’t have the recipe listed. So I now have added the missing recipes ( adding the crab stuffed mushrooms as well) and all is right with the world; or at least the mushroom cap world.

These are a crowd favorite and always seem to disappear as soon as they hit the table.

Stuffed Mushroom Caps

Recipe Summary
Complexity: Easy
Serves: 6
Category: Appetizer
Meal: other (General)
8 oz mushrooms, baby portabella
4 oz olive oil, divided
1 medium shallot, minced
1 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tb sausage. sweet pork
1 Tb cheese,Swiss or Gruyere
1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
1 Tb cheese, Romano, grated

Remove stems from mushrooms and reserve, wipe caps with a damp cloth to clean. Brush with oil. Chop stems, garlic, shallots and sausage, heat remaining oil in a sauté pan, add to the pan. Add salt and pepper to taste. Fill the mixture in the mushroom caps, sprinkle with Romano and place on a baking sheet, bake at 350 degrees for 10 -14 minutes until mushrooms are tender.

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September 22, 2014 at 9:32 am Leave a comment

Recipe of the Week – Stone Fruit Tart

From the Dessert Category at emealsforyou.com

Stone Fruit Tart

Stone Fruit Tart

Walking through the market the other day I say an array of stone fruit, peaches, nectarines and plums.  Not knowing when the season will end for fruit grown in our southeast; I decided to make a tart for our pizza party on Saturday night. Thinking a little out of the box I decided to make a cornmeal based tart shell, for added flavor and crunch.

Not too sweet but not too tart, this was the ideal finish to a fun evening of good food and good conversation.  Make one before the fruit disappears from your local market.

Stone Fruit Tart

Recipe Summary
Complexity: Easy
Serves: 8
Category: Dessert
Meal: other (General)
1 cup flour, all-purpose
0.5 cup cornmeal, course ground
0.25 tsp salt, kosher
10 Tb butter, unsalted
2 recipe sugar, granulated
-2 Tb water
2 medium peaches, peeled, pitted, sliced
2 medium nectarines, pitted, sliced
2 medium plums, pitted, sliced
2 whole butter, unsalted
6 Tb sugar, brown
1 tsp cinnamon. ground
0.25 tsp nutmeg, ground
2 Tb cornstarch
1 Tb oil, vegetable
1 Tb sugar, finishing

Combine the first 5 ingredients in the bowl of a food processor, pulse until a ball forms. You may have to add up to 2 Tb of water and pulse to combine. Allow dough to rest in the fridge for 15 minutes while you prepare the fruit. Roll the dough out to fill a 10 inch tart pan. Poke the dough with a fork and place in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Place peaches in boiling water for 1 minutes; then plunge into ice water to aid in peeling them. Cut peaches, nectarines and plums into slices. Add butter to a saute pan, add peaches, nectarines and plums to pan, add cinnamon and nutmeg. Saute for 5 minutes to reduce juice. Mix bourbon and cornstarch together; add to pan. Allow the juice to thicken and remove from heat.

Paint the bottom of the unbaked tart shell with the oil to seal. Spoon cooled fruit into the tart, sprinkle with finishing sugar and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 – 40 minutes until crust is light brown. Allow to cool before serving.

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September 15, 2014 at 10:41 am Leave a comment

Recipe of the Week – Cranberry-Pumpkin Bread

From the Breads Category at emealsforyou.com

Cranberry-Pumpkin Bread

Cranberry-Pumpkin Bread

I was thinking I might be rushing the season here but then I went to the markets this weekend and one had spiced pine cones for sale and the other had pumpkins on display.  Seems we can’t finish one season without jumping ahead to mid-next season.  Anyway it got me thinking about those fall weekends when a warm cup of coffee and a slice of sweet bread is the perfect way to begin your day.

This recipe is from my friend, Teresa, who early on was instrumental in getting emealsforyou.com, up and going.  So it is fitting to put one of her recipes up on our 500th post.

Cranberry-Pumpkin Bread

Recipe Summary
Complexity: Easy
Serves: 8
Category: Breads
Meal: Other (General)
1.5 cup flour, all-purpose
0.5 tsp salt, table
1 cup sugar, granulated
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup pumpkin, canned
0.5 cup oil, vegetable
2 large egg, lightly beaten
0.25 cup orange juice
0.5 cup cranberries, fresh
0.25 tsp nutmeg, ground
1 tsp cinnamon. ground
0.25 tsp ginger, ground
0.25 tsp orange zest
0.5 cup pecans, halved

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda. In a separate bowl, combine the pumpkin, oil, eggs, juice,rind, and spices. Pour into bowl with dry ingredients and mix until just combined- do not over mix. Stir in the chopped pecans and chopped cranberries.Pour mixture into greased loaf pan. Bake 50-60 minutes or until done in the middle.

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September 8, 2014 at 8:03 am Leave a comment

Recipe of the Week – Chocolate Sushi

From the Dessert Category at emealsforyou.com

Chocolate Sushi

We had this dessert while on vacation in Breckenridge.  We were at a restaurant specializing in small plates and they had Chocolate Sushi as a dessert plate.  Intrigued by the name we order it and found it interesting, delicious and most importantly easy to copy.

The first time I made it I made my own chocolate fondant, a complicated affair; a lot like making pasta the first time, each time gets a little better.  Than I got smart and found several options of prepared fondant in the baking section of Michael’s.  This dessert will surprise your guests and please your family.  Serve with chopsticks for an added effect.

 

Chocolate Sushi

Recipe Summary
Complexity: Easy
Serves: 8
Category: Dessert
Meal: other (General)
1 package Wilton chocolate fondant
8 oz coconut, sweetened, shredded
1 Tb corn syrup, light
4 oz strawberries, whole
1 tsp sugar, granulated

Roll out the chocolate fondant into a 4 X 8 inch rectangle on parchment paper. Mix the coconut with the corn syrup.layer the coconut on the fondant, leaving 1/4 inch on the ends. Cut the strawberries, cutting the centers into rectangular pieces; cut the remaining sides into pieces. Place the sides into a bowl with the sugar and mix. Place the rectangular strawberries in the center of the coconut. Using the parchment paper roll the end of the fondant to meet the other side forming a log.

To serve slice the log into 1/2 inch slices and spoon the remaining strawberry pieces over and around the sushi.

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September 1, 2014 at 1:10 pm Leave a comment

Recipe of the Week – Carmelized Onions

(From the Vegetable Collection at emealsforyou.com)

Caramelized Onions

  Caramelized Onions

Some recipes are more useful than others.  Take this caramelized onion recipe for example.  Make the onions and top off a good steak with them.  Place them on puff pastry, shown above, to make a delicious and easy appetizer that will get rave reviews. Serve them just the way they are as a totally different vegetable; a surprising addition to any meal.

We did the best of all worlds; smothering some steak tips with the caramelized onions for an appetizer.

Caramelized Onions

Recipe Summary
Complexity: Easy
Serves: 6
Category: Vegetables
Meal: N/A
1 Tb oil, olive
2 large onion, red
3 cloves garlic, minced
0.5 cup sugar, brown
2 Tb vinegar, red wine
0.5 tsp thyme, dried
1 pinch salt and pepper to taste

Put oil in sauté pan. Slice onion and add to pan; cook until opaque. Add garlic, brown sugar, vinegar, thyme and salt and pepper to taste. Cook until syrupy.

Shown here on puff pastry.

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August 25, 2014 at 3:20 pm Leave a comment

Recipe of the Week – Chicken Fluffs

(From the Appetizer Collection at emealsforyou.com)

Chicken Fluffs

Chicken Fluffs

This post is a day late as we are enjoying the humid, hot, sunny, humid, did I say humid weather in Charleston.  My last post described how we plan the week’s meals to avoid confusion and having to get a consensus of the group.  Even the best laid plans change.  We have made some minor changes along the way, subbing special items the group wants to have.

We used to make these chicken fluffs when the kids were young.  We would make about 5 lbs in a turkey fryer and all the kids and their friends would show up.  This was before Micky D’s started to use real chicken instead of the reconstituted Chicken McNuggets.  Anyway, I made some of these to take to Charleston to use for appetizers for the few who don’t eat shrimp and seafood.  They also come in handy for lunches.  This is the same recipe I use for Chicken Piccata, they stay moist and absorb the flavors of the lemon and capers.

Chicken Fluffs

Recipe Summary
Complexity: Easy
Serves: 6
Category: Appetizer
Meal: N/A
2 lb chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
2 large egg
3 Tb water
0.5 cup rice flour
1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
0.5 cup oil, olive
1 pinch salt and pepper to taste

Cut chicken breast into 1/2 thick slices, on the bias. Place rice flour in a plate with a rim, mix eggs and water and place in a second plate. Put the panko in the third plate. Salt and pepper each bowl to taste.
Place enough oil in a saute pan to cover the bottom. Heat until just shimmering. Dip the chicken in the flour, then into the eggs and finally into the panko; shaking after each dip to take off the excess. Place into the hot oil and saute until golden on both sides. Do not overcrowd the pan. Add more oil to the pan as needed. Drain the cooked chicken on paper towels. Shown here with cocktail dipping sauce.

May be frozen at this point and then reheated.

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August 19, 2014 at 9:16 am Leave a comment

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