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Poblanos Stuffed With Cheddar & Chicken

We have been in a mood lately for Stuffed Peppers since we have 7 Plants 100’s of Peppers from Jalapeno’s, Anaheim, Serrano, Green & Red Bell Peppers and Poblanos!  This dish was amazing to eat and beautiful to look at!  The pictures just did not do it justice.  Poblano Peppers as I have also seen in the stores labeled: Ancho Chili’s (it may be just me but they look the same) have a mild to medium heat and are awesome stuffed.  I just can not say it enough, you just have to try them! I found this recipe at Fine Cooking, read all of the reviews and went to work on making them.

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We topped them off with a Tomatillo Avocado Salsa loaded with our home grown Jalapeno’s.  Unbelievable!  I followed the recipe mostly… I can not help myself from making little changes.  I think they were for the better.

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Pablanos Stuffed with Cheddar and Chicken

4 Pablano Chiles
2 Medium Tomatoes Quartered
1/2 White or Yellow Onion Quartered
2 Cloves Garlic Quartered
1 tsp. Dried Oregano
1 tsp. Ground Cumin
Pinch of Kosher Salt
1 Tbs Olive Oil
2  Cups Shredded Cooked Chicken (I used Chicken Breasts)
1 1/2 Cups Cooked White Rice (Made in Rice Cooker)
2 1/2 Cups Shredded Cheese (I used 1 1/2 cup sharp cheddar and 1 cup pepper jack)
1/4 Cup Chopped Cilantro
1/2 Medium size Lime
Generous pinch of cinnamon

Heat oven to Broil and line baking sheet with foil.  Slice each pepper fro the stem to the tip and place on baking sheet under broiler for 5-8 minutes turning every few minutes to make sure they are blackened on all sides.  Take chilies out and cool until you can handle them. Then take a spoon and scoop out the seeds and core, peel off blackened skin and discard.  Spray Casserole dish with olive oil and place peppers in and wait to stuff!

At this time I tuned on my rice cooker to get the rice going as you start on the filling, you do not want it sitting around getting cold. 

In Food Processor: puree tomatoes, onion, garlic oregano, cumin, cinnamon and 1/2 tsp of salt.  Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat.  Add puree and cook until most liquid has evaporated and the mixture looks thick, stir constantly.   Add Chicken and continue to stir to heat thoroughly.  Remove from heat, add rice and 1 cup pepper jack (if using two different kinds) and 1/ of the Cheddar.  Stir to combine, add cilantro and lime juice then season with salt and pepper.  Stuff all four Pablano peppers to heaping (mine were) and then place in oven and bake at 400 for 20 minutes.  Add the last cup of Cheddar cheese on top of Stuffed Chilies and return to oven and place on broil for 2-3 minutes to melt the cheese.

Serve Immediately!!!!!

We served it with a Tomatillo Avocado Salsa LOADED with Jalapeno’s from the garden.  I think I used about 10!  I am Posting that next!  Again I used a recipe found on the internet then…made it to our taste.  Surprisingly it was not that hot considering all the Jalapenos.  The Tomatillo’s and Avavocado seemed to mellow it out.  I cannot wait to serve them to guests!  This was truly outstanding!!

November 11, 2012 Posted by | Cheese, Chicken, Egg Free, Main Dish, Mexican, recipes, Sauce's & Salsa's, Vegetables | , , , | Leave a comment

Garlic Beer Wings with Franks Hot Sauce

These were hands down the best wings we have ever had, and they are baked!  Who doesn’t love garlic, beer marinated anything?

Garlic Beer Wings

Once you get the craving for good spicy wings that just fall off the bone, you go on the internet and research every which way you can make these.  (That is what I do!)  I found in my research,  that beer and garlic are a must in the beginning.   So that is how I started.  I purchased 3 lbs of Chicken Drummets for $4.32 and washed those babies up and put them is a 1 gallon bag, added 1 beer (Stella because that is what we have) and chopped 3 cloves of garlic and added to the chicken and beer.  Seal that up and refrigerate for 24 hours.  I did try this with 4 hours and they were good, but trust me the flavor was awesome at 24 hours!

Now we have had great garlic beer wings at a little local place in Litchfield Park, AZ across the street from the Wig Wam Resort.  This little place is called “Taps“.  We seriously love them!  That is how this started.  I love to replicate great dishes or get as close as I can.

Next, I had to come up with a spice rub.  and here it is.

Garlic Beer Wings Rub

2 Tsp Kosher Salt

1/2 Tsp Celery Salt or Powder

1 Tsp Paprika

1 Tsp Chili Powder

1 Tsp Black Pepper

Mix together and sprinkle on the Wings or Drummets after 24 hours.  Drain the wings first and spray a foil lined baking sheet with oil, then spray the wings with a light coating, sprinkle rub and turn over to get them nice and coated.  Bake at 425 for 30 minutes.  Turn them over and return to oven for 25-30 minutes.  These babies are gonna smell great! 

Meanwhile in a small sauce pan, melt 1/4 cup butter.  Add 3/4 cups Franks Redhot Sauce and stir to mix and heat thoroughly.   When wings come out of the oven, add 1/3 cup beer and stir in.  You want to add this last so you do not cook it all off (preserve the Beer taste). 

Place 4-5 wings at a time in large metal mixing bowl (this works great)  add some wing sauce and start tossing around the bowl to coat. and then start platting the wonderful wings!  That is it!

Marinated and coated with the rub

Tossing in the bowl with the sauce

Time to eat!

Enjoy

January 7, 2012 Posted by | Chicken, Egg Free, Lunch, Main Dish, recipes, Sauce's & Salsa's | , , , , , | 3 Comments

The Best Thin Crust Pizza comes from Home!

Thin Crust Pizza made super easy with Flour Tortilla’s!  I have this down to a science now after trying different methods and this comes out perfect every time.  I have created 3 different Pizza’s as these are definitely my favorites!  We have not gone out for Pizza since I came up with this method.  This is also a go to meal if you do not have a lot of time to make lunch and I always have the ingredients on hand.

 

Pepperoni and Crushed Pineapple Pizza

Barbecue Chicken and Onion Pizza

  • The Basic’s are:

  • 1 each 6″ to 10″ Flour Tortilla for each Pizza
  • 2 Tb of Pizza Sauce (I use Dellalo Pizza Sauce from Sprouts)  Super Yummy!
  • Fresh Mozzarella Cheese (I go to Costco and buy it, it is near the Meat section)
  • Toppings of your Choice!  Get Creative!!

  • Pepperoni
  • Sausage
  • Shredded Chicken
  • Black Olive
  • Onions
  • Ham
  • Pineapple
  • Green Pepper
  • Mushrooms
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Havarti Cheese or Fontina for a twist on taste
  • Crushed Red Peppers
  • Parmesan Cheese for the very top!
  • Barbecue Sauce  instead of Pizza Sauce

First thing you do is Preheat Oven to 400 Degrees and heat a Non-Stick Frying Pan to Medium heat.
Once the Pan is hot (NO Oil Needed) , put in the Tortilla and heat for about 2-3 Minutes on each side, you will see it bubble up and then flip.
Transfer to Cookie sheet or other Non Stick Pan.
Spread the Pizza Sauce, add the Mozzarella Cheese, then your Toppings.  Cook in oven, now this is VERY important for a perfect, crisp crust, Bake for 8 Minutes.  Set the Timer!

 

My Yummy Pizza Sauce

Now Fresh out of the Oven and Perfect Thin Crust EVERY-TIME!

 

Ready to Eat!

This is the Shredded Chicken, Havarti Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese and Sliced Onion Pizza with Barbecue sauce instead of Pizza Sauce.  This was my Favorite!

Chicken Barbecue Pizza ready for the 8 minute Bake time!

I did buy a large Grill pan so I can make 2 at a time.  YUM!  I have also made Pepperoni, Sausage and Mushroom but forgot to take pictures.  It went FAST!

January 25, 2011 Posted by | Chicken, Fun with Friends, Italian, Pork, recipes, Sauce's & Salsa's, Sausage | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Orange Chicken that is better than take out!! This is now a staple!

I am back!!  I have been watching blogs and working and just learning from the expert cooking blogger’s, as they are amazing!  In that time , I have perfected (in my humble opinion) some new favorites.  Orange Chicken is one of them!   I Usually bake 4 chicken breasts and plan several meals around them.  This time I marinated the chicken breasts in 2 tablespoons of whole mustard, 2 tablespoons of honey a teaspoon of rice wine vinegar and a teasppon of Worcestershire sauce, in a gallon size plastic bag, over-night.   Did I mention yet that I LOVE my rice cooker!  Perfect every time!

I found this recipe first on http://blogchef.net/orange-chicken-recipe/ The sauce is amazing!!!  I follow the sauce recipe to the tee.   I slice up some chicken from my earlier baked chicken stash, and add to the sauce after the sauce is simmering on a very low temp and the rice is cooking in that special rice cooker 🙂   The chicken will warm in the sauce and when  the rice is ready, just scoop some chicken and sauce over your perfectly cooked rice and sprinkle with sliced green onions!!  PERFECT!!  I am very happy!  I have an allergy to  eggs and I say “why does anyone add them?”   This is a keeper!  Enjoy!

Orange Chicken

August 14, 2010 Posted by | Asian, Chicken, Egg Free, recipes, Sauce's & Salsa's | , , | Leave a comment