Thursday, October 6, 2011

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos

1/3 C (3 oz) cream cheese
1/4 C green salsa
1T fresh lime juice
1/2 t cumin
1 t chili powder
1/2 t onion powder
1/4 t granulated garlic, or garlic powder
3 T chopped cilantro
2 T sliced green onions
2 C shredded cooked chicken
1 C grated pepperjack cheese
small corn tortillas (and actually, flour ones are really good as well)kosher salt
cooking spray

Heat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.
Heat cream cheese in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds so it’s soft and easy to stir. Add green salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder and granulated garlic. Stir to combine and then add cilantro and green onions. Add chicken and cheese and combine well.
You can prepare up to this step ahead of time. Just keep the mixture in the fridge.
Work with a few tortillas at a time and heat in the microwave until they are soft enough to roll without cracking. It helps to place them between damp paper towels. Usually 20-30 seconds will do it. If you find yours are cracking when you roll them or are coming unrolled right away, just try heating them longer and try the paper towel thing.
Place 2-3 T of chicken mixture on the lower third of a tortilla, keeping it about 1/2 inch from the edges.
Then roll it up as tight as you can.
Place seam side down on the baking sheet. Lay all of the taquitos on the baking sheet and make sure they are not touching each other. Spray the tops lightly with cooking spray or an oil mister and sprinkle some kosher salt on top.
Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and the ends start to get golden brown.

These are really yummy dunked into Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing.

For the dressing:
1pk dry ranch dressing mix
1 C. mayo
1/2 C. milk
1 lime
2 garlic cloves minced
1/2 C. chopped cilantro
4 anaheim peppers
throw everything into a blender and mix well.

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Chicken and Cheese Lasagna Roll ups

Have you been on Pinterest? I'm loving it. Finding LOTS of recipes to try. Feel free to follow me HERE

anywho here is the recipe. These were really yummy!

3 C. chopped cooked chicken
1 C. cottage cheese
1/4 C. feta cheese (i used goat cheese)
1/4 grated parmesan cheese
1/4 C. milk
1/8 tsp pepper
10 lasagna noodles
2 C. spaghetti sauce

In a medium bowl combine the chicken, cheeses, milk and pepper. Spread 1/2 mixture on each noodle; roll jelly roll fashion. In a 913 pan spread 1 C. spaghetti sauce. Arrange lasagna noodles seam side down in sauce in making dish. Top with remaining sauce. Cover with tin foil. Bake at 375 for 30 min or until hot. Serve if desired with additional parmesan cheese.
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Penne alla Vokda

I saw this off of the Pioneer Womans Tv show on the Food Network and knew I had to try it. I've heard this is the best pasta. And I've also seen it off of Buddy's Kitchen Boss too. So I finally decided to do it. Had my husband pick me up a bottle of vodka and some cream and we were set!

Penne Alla Vodka

1 lb penne (you can use any pasta really)
3 cloves of garlic minced
1 whole med onion chopped finely
3 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 C. Vodka
14 oz tomato puree or tomato sauce (if using sauce you will need a small can of tomato paste as well)
1 C. heavy cream
1 generous pinch red pepper flakes, plus more if needed
1/2 tsp salt
freshly ground pepper
grated fresh parmesan cheese for serving on top

Cook the pasta according to package directions.

Saute the garlic and onions in 2 Tbsp butter and the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat until soft. Pour in the vodka. Cook and reduce 2-3 minutes then pour in the tomato puree. Stir the mixture until its throughly combined then reduce to low heat. Pour in heavy cream. Stir to combine, then turn to the lowest simmer possible. Sprinkle in the red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste. Finally stir in the remaining 1 Tbsp butter. Pour in the drained pasta into the sauce and toss to combine. Sprinkle on the parmesan and more red pepper flakes if desired.

*I used tomato sauce and it was really RUNNY!!! SO I poured about 1/2 C. out and added 1 small can of tomato paste and then added about 1/4 C. more vodka and it turned out PERFECT! so yummy!!*

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Texas Roadhouse Rolls

I made these today and OMG SOOO YUMMY!!!
They tasted just like Texas Roadhouses and I even made a cinnamon honey butter which was so yummy too. My kids loved it.

Texas Roadhouse Rolls

4 tsp active dry yeast
1/2 C. warm water
2 C. scalded milk, cooled to luke warm
3 Tbsp butter melted, slightly cooled
1/2 C. sugar
7-8 C. flour
2 whole eggs
2 tsp salt

Dissolve yeast in warm water with a teaspoon of sugar. Add yeast, milk, sugar and enough flour to make a medium batter. Beat well. Let stand until light and foamy. Add melted butter, eggs and salt. Beat well.

Add enough flour to form a soft dough. Sprinkle a small amount of flour onto counter and let dough rest. Meanwhile grease a large bowl. Knead the dough until satiny and put in a greased bowl. Turn over to grease top. I used the dough hook on my kitchen aid mixer to knead. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size. Punch down. Turn out onto a floured board. Cut in half. Let rest 10 min. Roll out each into 1/2" thick rectangle then fold the rectangle in half making it about 1-inch thick. I used my rolling pin and rolled over the dough very gently just to seal the two halves together. Then I used a sharp knife and cut the rolls into squares and placed them on a greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 for 14-17 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately baste with melted butter.

Cinnamon Honey Butter

2 sticks of room temperature butter
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 C. honey
2 tsp cinnamon

Mix well and spread on the rolls. YUMMY!
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