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Month: April 2006

Ham and Grits Casserole

Recipe Source: Down Home Soul Food Cooking Blog

Ingredients:

4 cups water
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits
2 cups diced ham
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
3 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
4 eggs, or 1 cup egg substitute
Cooking spray

Directions:

Combine water and salt in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Stir in grits; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 min. or until grits are thick, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Add ham and next 3 ingredients; stir until butter melts. Gradually add eggs (or egg substitute), stirring well. Spoon grits mixture into 11 x 7″ baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cook immediately or cover and refrigerate up to 8 hrs.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake uncovered for 45 min. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Makes 6 (1 cup) servings.

Nicki’s Notes:

The original recipe calls for 96% fat-free ham, low-sodium Worchestire sauce, low fat cheese, and light butter. This is my modified (and better tasting to me) version. I’m not much of an egg eater, so the egg substitution made no taste difference to me.

250 Dollar Neiman-Marcus Cookie

Recipe Source: Down Home Soul Food Cooking Blog

Ingredients:

2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
2 cups brown sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
4 cups flour
5 cups blended oatmeal (measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine powder)
1 tso salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp soda
24 oz chocolate chips
1-8 oz Hershey bar, grated
3 cups chopped nuts

Directions:

Cream butter & both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder & soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey bar, and nuts.

Roll into balls & place two inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 min at 375 deg F. Makes 112 cookies. (recipe can be halved)

Orange Chocolate Muffins

Recipe Source: allrecipes.com

Prep/Cooking Time: Prep Time: 25 Minutes / Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
4 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, grated
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons margarine, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon orange zest
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup buttermilk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a 12 cup muffin pan, or line with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, semisweet chocolate, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In a separate medium bowl, cream together margarine and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time then stir in the orange zest, orange juice, and buttermilk. Pour into the flour mixture, and mix just until evenly moist. Spoon batter into muffin cups.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let muffins cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan.

Ham and Red Eye Gravy

Recipe Source: Down Home Soul Food Cooking Blog

Ingredients:

1/4 Vegetable oil
8 slices (1/4-inch thickness) raw country ham
3/4 c. black coffee
1 tsp. granulated sugar

Directions:

Heat about 1/4 cup oil in a large heavy skillet until skillet is medium hot. Lay ham slices in skillet. Cook on one side for 8 minutes over medium high heat. Turn slices of ham and fry 8 minutes more. Pour coffee into skillet with ham slices. Sprinkle with sugar and stir. Cover and let simmer over very low heat for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve ham and red-eye gravy together. 8 to 10 servings.

Weight Watchers Spicy Chicken Skillet

Recipe Source: recipezaar.com

Prep/Cooking Time: 40 minutes / 10 mins prep

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 green pepper, seeded and chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 teaspoons cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/3 cup long grain brown rice
1 (14 1/2 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
1/2 cup water
1 cup cooked chicken, cubed
4 pimento stuffed olives, halved

Directions:

Heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add onion, green pepper, and garlic, stirring frequently until soft. about 8 minutes. Add Cajun seasoning, chili powder and cumin. Cook 1 minute. Add rice and stir constantly until grains are coated, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes and water; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Add chicken and olives; cook covered, until rice is tender and chicken is heated, about 5 more minutes.

Jenny’s Jambalaya

Recipe Source: allrecipes.com

Prep/Cooking Time: Prep Time: 25 Minutes / Cook Time: 25 Minutes

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 large onions, chopped
2 (14.5 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes, drained
2 boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and shredded
1 pound turkey sausage links, without casings, cooked and chopped
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon hot sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups uncooked long-grain rice
3 cups chicken broth
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined

Directions:

Select a medium-high setting for an electric skillet; heat oil in hot skillet. Cook onion in oil until soft. Stir in tomatoes, chicken, and sausage. Season with garlic powder, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Stir in rice, pour in broth, and add shrimp.

Cover electric skillet. Cook at 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until rice is tender.

Cheeseburger Pie

Recipe Source: recipesrecipe.com

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 c. chopped onion
Salt & pepper to taste
1-1/2 c. milk
3/4 c. Bisquick baking mix
3 eggs
2 tomatoes, sliced
1 c. shredded cheddar or American cheese

Directions:

Grease 10 x 1-1/2 inch pie plate. Brown beef and onion, drain. Stir in salt and pepper. Spread in plate. Beat milk, baking mix and eggs until smooth, 15 seconds in blender on high or 1 minute with hand beater. Pour into plate. Bake 25 minutes in 400 degree oven. Top with tomatoes; sprinkle with cheese. Bake until knife inserted in center comes out clean, 5 to 8 minutes. Cool 5 minutes.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Chicken Vesuvio

Recipe Source: Food Network

Prep/Cooking Time: 1 hour 10 minutes / 30 mins prep

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons olive oil
3 lbs chicken, cut up
1/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
10 small red potatoes, halved
4 large garlic cloves, minced
3/4 cup dry white wine
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Mix together flour, salt, and pepper. Heat the oil in large ovenproof pot over high heat. Coat the chicken w/the flour mixture and shake off excess. Cook the chicken in the pot until golden brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a large plate.

Carefully add the potatoes to the same pot and cook until they are golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the wine and stir scraping up the brown bits on the bottom of the pot. Add the broth, oregano, and thyme.

Return the chicken to the pot. Stir gently to combine. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover and bake in the oven until the chicken is cooked through, about 20-30 minutes.

Transfer the chicken to a platter. Arrange the potatoes around chicken. Turn heat to low. Stir in the butter. Pour the sauce over chicken and potatoes, and serve.

Ranch Potato-Topped Chicken Bake

Recipe Source: recipezaar.com

Prep/Cooking Time: 50 minutes / 20 mins prep

Ingredients:

FILLING
2 cups cubed cooked chicken or turkey
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
2 (10 3/4 ounce) cans condensed cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup chicken broth

POTATOES
1 3/4 cups water
1 cup milk
2 1/4 cups plain instant mashed potatoes (dry)
1 (1 ounce) package dry ranch dip mix
1 egg, slightly beaten

Directions:

Heat oven to 375.

In large saucepan, combine all filling ingredients; mix well. Cook over medium heat until mixture is bubbly and thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Spoon into ungreased 13×9-inch (3 quart) baking dish.

In medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Remove from heat. Add milk. Stir in plain mashed potato mix and ranch dip; mix with fork until moistened. Let stand 1 minute. Add egg; blend well. Cool 5 minutes. Spoon or pipe potato mixture around edge of hot chicken mixture.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until potatoes are set and light golden brown.

Note:

You can substitute onion or vegetable dip instead of the ranch dip.

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