Super Bowl Recipe Roundup ~2014

How about a completely random post today?

For Super Bowl food ideas, you say? Heck yes!

The best foods for a day of munching in front of an awesome game with friends is always bite-sized. This way you can load up your plate with lots of yummy things to taste without feeling like you’re eating 10 meals. Oh, who are we kidding? It’s Super Bowl Sunday. We’re all going to be eating about 85,372 calories anyway…. Of course, there are also several other fabulous things to eat on game day, so if you’re going to pull out the crock pot (or 5) there’s plenty of hearty soups and deliciousness to be had.

Mini Pizza Muffins

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Meatball Poppers

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Mini Crab Cakes with Old Bay Aioli

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Chicken Enchilada Puffs

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Mini Meaty Quiches

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Cheesy Pesto Bread

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Sliders Roundup

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Mexcican Bruschetta

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BBQ Chicken Pizza Pinwheels

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Pizza Tarts

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Chicken and Rice Balls

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Cajun Chicken Fritters with Cajun Aioli

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Fish Cakes with Cilantro Lime Dip

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Zucchini Fritters with Chili Lime Aioli

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Cheesy Rice Fritters

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Potato Skins

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Hearty Taco Chili

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Meatball Minestrone

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Italian Beef Sandwiches with Giardineira

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Creamy Chicken Tacos

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Ultimate Baked Beans

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Banana Dabs

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Cannoli Tarts

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Chocolate Drizzled Cheesecake Cream Puffs

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December Menu ~ 2013

I am in the kitchen a lot this time of year. Every Christmas we host a dinner for all my hubby’s employees so I am always looking for new and delicious recipes that are easily prepared and served for a crowd  to make for this event.  So this month I have a lot of new recipes I plan to make, and as usual red links will show up for each one as posted.

Dec Menu

Appetizers: 

Tomato and Mozzarella Tarts

Christmas Tree Cheese Board

Olive, Bacon & Cheese Bread

Sundried Tomato and Goat Cheese Palmiers

Main & Sides:

Chicken Marsala

Sea Scallops in Saffron Sauce

Wild Mushroom Ragout in Puff Pastry

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Desserts:

Mini Maple Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Brown Sugar Maple Whipped Cream

Salted Mexican Chocolate Ganache Tarts

Almond White Chocolate Magic Bars

Breakfast & Lunchbox:

Breakfast Enchiladas

Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast Blueberry Bake

Breakfast Cookies

Turkey Bacon Cheddar Scones

Homemade Granola Cereal

Recipes I’ve linked Before:

Crunchy Fish Tacos with Cilantro Cream Sauce

Creamy Chicken Crock Pot Tacos and Crock Pot Pinto Beans

Crock Pot Salisbury Steak and Quinoa Patties

Slow Cooker Coq au Vin and Chived Yorkshire Puddings

BBQ Salmon, Oven Roasted Okra, and Sweet Potato Cornbread

Brown Sugar-Butternut Squash Tart with Nutmeg Whipped Cream

Sweet Chicken Rio and Cilantro Lime Rice

Oven Baked Tacos and Mexican Rice

Tiramisu Cupcakes

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Turkey & Black Bean Burgers with Avocado-Corn Salsa

I was looking for a good, quick dinner idea one night and remembered I had this recipe on file for a black bean cake. What I ended up with is a little more of a burger because I added ground turkey meat, but add some of that salsa and you’re gonna love it with or without the meat. Also, I should mention that the original recipe called for shredded pepper jack cheese (1 1/2 cups) to be mixed into the black bean mixture, which I didn’t do, but that sounds like an awesome addition!

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Turkey & Black Bean Burgers

1 lb ground turkey (or chicken or beef)

1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained

2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced

1 T taco seasoning mix

1/2 cup Panko

1 large egg, slightly beaten

Salt & Pepper, to taste

1. Combine all ingredients using hands and form into patties.

2. Heat a little bit of oil in a skillet over medium high heat.

3. Gently place patties into hot skillet. They will be fragile. Allow to sear on one side so they will flip easily.

4. Cook through.

5. Serve with salsa.

Avocado – Corn Salsa

avocado, skinned and diced

1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed

1 tomato, diced

1 tsp fresh cilantro, chopped fine

lime juice

salt & pepper

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White Chicken Enchiladas

Has anyone else noticed that I haven’t done Mexican in a while? Weird, right? Well, this recipe totally makes up for it. In fact, it’s now my favorite enchilada recipe of all time. Seriously, this was {squeeeeeeee – worthy} awesome :)

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White Chicken Enchiladas with Green Chile Sour Cream Sauce

10 soft tortillas

2 cups cooked chicken, shredded or chopped

1 pkg taco seasoning

2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

3  butter

3 T flour

2 cups chicken broth

1 cup sour cream (or greek yogurt)

1 (4 oz) can diced green chiles

1. Preheat oven to 350*. Grease a 9×13 baking dish.

2. Mix chicken, taco seasoning, and 1 cup shredded cheese together. Divide evenly between tortillas. Roll up and place in pan.

3. Make a roux by melting the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, then add the flour and whisk until well blended. Cook 1 minute.

4. Add in the chicken broth and whisk until smooth. Cook over medium heat until thickened.

5. Stir in sour cream and chiles. Take the saucepan off the heat so the sour cream doesn’t boil and curdle. Stir until everything is combined and smooth.

6. Pour sauce over the enchiladas and top with the remaining shredded cheese.

7. Bake for 25 minutes. Broil another 3 -5 minutes to lightly brown the cheese.

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Spanish Style Red Snapper

This fish dish (aha, that rhymed) was such a hit right off the bat that none of us can wait until I make it again. Even Number Two had two servings! Similar to a Veracruz-Style fish but without any jalapenos or raisins, but you could easily add what flavorings you think you’d like. I wasn’t too keen on the raisins, but if I’d had any pepper I probably would have added them. Either way, this came out awesome.

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Spanish Style Red Snapper

4 lbs red snapper fillets

1/4 cup EVOO

1/4 cup onion, finely chopped

2 or 3 garlic cloves, minced

1 (15 oz) can of diced tomatoes

1/3 cup chicken broth, divided

1/4 cup sliced green olives, pitted

2 T drained capers

1 tsp oregano

2 bay leaves

1. Preheat oven to 425*. Grease baking dish and pour 1/3 cup of chicken broth into the bottom. Arrange fish in pan (skin side down) and set aside.

2. Drain tomatoes but reserve the juice. Using a masher or fork, crush tomatoes to a coarse puree (is ok if it’s still a little chunky). Drain again and reserve all the juices together.

3. Heat oil in heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and stir for a minute. Add garlic and stir another 30 seconds. Add tomato puree, bay leaves, oregano, and reserved juice. Combine and cook for a few minutes.

4. Add broth, capers and olives. Salt & pepper to taste. Cook a few more minutes until thickened or mixture is heated through.

5. Spoon over fish and bake for about 18 minutes, or until fish is just opaque in the center.

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November Menu ~ 2013

I have to admit I’ve been slack. While the rest of the blogging world has gone Halloween and pumpkin crazy I’ve been completely denying that it isn’t September anymore. Is it just me or is time speeding up? I seriously wasn’t mentally prepared for Fall, which is CRAZY because it is my favorite time of year. While I am enjoying the cooler weather and the pumpkin lattes :) I have not done much cooking, and definitely haven’t done any pumpkin or apple baking. So this month’s menu is full of new recipes I plan to get to, with a few oldies but goodies scattered in for those days I just can’t spend all day in the kitchen. Keep an eye out for red links to appear as recipes are posted.

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Recipes already linked:

Dolly’s Polish Cabbage Soup

Baked Chimichangas

Chicken Stroganoff

Poor Man’s Mongolian Beef

Ultimate Baked Beans

Baby Portabella, Wild Rice & Turkey Soup

Black Bean Risotto

Vegetarian Enchiladas

Chicken Tarragon

Cheesy Rice Fritters

Crock Pot Pinto Beans

Mexican Rice

Oven Roasted Okra

Tomato Tart on Cornbread Crust

Blueberry Cobbler

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Pineapple Galette

Caramel Praline Tart

Main Dishes:

White Chicken Enchiladas with Green Chile Sour Cream Sauce

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmigiana Sandwiches

Turkey Cutlets with Tomato Cream Sauce

Favorite Chicken Enchiladas

Skinny Veggie Lasagna

Spanish Style Red Snapper

Sunday Chicken

Easy Pad Thai with Chicken

Chicken Enchiladas with Avocado Cream Sauce

Breakfast & Lunch Boxes:

Oatmeal, Flaxseed & Blueberry Muffins

Fruit and Nut Fritters

Turkey Bacon & Cheddar Cheese Muffins

Pumpkin French Toast Bake

Pizza Quesadillas

Apple, Goat Cheese & Honey Tarts

Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Bars

Desserts:

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Harvest Pumpkin Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Gingersnap Parfaits

Apples with Caramel Cream Cheese Dip

Chicken Taco Hand Pies

This was another lunch box idea that went over really well with the boys. They could have turned out better, but for my first attempt I was just pleased that the boys liked them as much as they did. Next time I will probably make the pies smaller and use something other than canned biscuits. Make the night ahead and refrigerate. Pack them into a lunch box the next day and you’re good to go. Serve these with extra salsa and/or sour cream on the side.

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Chicken Taco Hand Pies

1 pkg taco seasoning mix (1/4 cup)

2/3 cup water

1/4 cup Sriracha sauce

1 lb cooked chicken, shredded or chopped fine

1 can (16 oz) refrigerated biscuits

1 cup shredded Monterey Jack or Mexican blend cheeses

Sour cream and salsa, for dipping

1. Heat oven to 375*

2. In saucepan, cook taco seasoning, water, Sriracha and chicken until thickened.

3. Roll each biscuit into a flat 6-inch round.

4. Fill each one with some of the chicken mixture and 1 T of cheese. Fold dough over and press to seal.

5. Place on lined baking sheet and bake 10-15 minutes, or until browned.

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Chicken Enchilada Puffs

Here’s my newest addition to the Lunch Box Collection. I love making cute, fun little meals for the boys. I know they aren’t getting bored with their lunches yet. These were super easy to throw together. Once they were done I only had to store them in the refrigerator. When packing up a lunch box I just add a side of taco sauce or salsa and some tortilla chips. Muy bueno!

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Chicken Enchilada Puffs

1 pkg jumbo crescent rolls

3/4 cup cooked chicken, shredded or diced

3 oz. cream cheese

3/4 cup Mexican blend shredded cheese, divided

1/3 cup enchilada sauce

2 tsp taco seasoning or enchilada seasoning mix

1. Preheat oven to 375*. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.

2. Place cream cheese and 1/2 cup of Mexican shredded cheese in a small bowl and microwave about 20-30 seconds, just until warmed- not melted. Stir together well, and add in taco seasoning, enchilada sauce, and chicken.

3. Unroll crescent rolls and spread out a little with fingers if needed. Place a spoonful onto the center of the larger end of the crescent roll.

4. Pull the two ends over the chicken mixture and then roll it toward the skinnier end, enclosing the filling.

5. Sprinkle the puffs with the remaining shredded cheese and bake for 15 minutes, or until browned.

For more quick and awesome lunch box ideas, check out some of my other posts: BBQ Chicken Pizza Pinwheels, Pizza Sushi, Mini Meaty Cheesy Quiches, Pizza TartsChicken Taco Hand Pies, Chicken Dumplings,  Corndog Muffins, and Pizza Buns 

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Chipotle Chicken and Corn Chowder

This chowder is a great addition to your Fall/Winter recipes. It’s warm and comforting, and offers a little kick for those who like to take their meals up a notch.

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Chipotle Chicken and Corn Chowder

1 can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, divided

2 T unsalted butter

1 poblano pepper, seeded and finely chopped

1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp thyme

6 cloves garlic, minced

2 T flour

3 cups whole milk

2 cups chicken broth

6 small red potatoes, peeled and diced

4 oz. Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded

4 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded

2 cups cooked chicken, diced

2 cups frozen corn (or fresh)

1 cup crushed tortilla chips

2 T lime juice

fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish

1. Remove one chile from the can and mince it. Remove 1 tsp adobo sauce and set aside. Save and freeze remainder of chiles and sauce in can for another use.

2. Melt the butter in a large soup pot and add poblano, red bell, and chile pepper, along with the thyme, oregano, and cumin. Sauté for 5 minutes, or until peppers are softened. Add the garlic and cook an additional minute or until it becomes fragrant.

3. Stir in flour and cook 1 more minute. Slowly stir in the milk and the broth, scraping up any bits from the bottom of the pan.

4. Add the potatoes, and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce to low and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.

5. Add the cheeses slowly, stirring to combine well, until melted.

6. Stir in chicken, corn, tortilla chips, adobo sauce, and lime juice. Cover and cook another 10 minutes on low.

7. Serve immediately. If you refrigerate leftovers the chowder may need to be thinned out with a bit of milk.

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Chicken Enchilada Soup #2

Yes, it’s another recipe for chicken enchilada soup. This one has fewer steps than the other one, but I still must clarify that both are delicious and worth the effort!

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Chicken Enchilada Soup (#2)

1 15-oz. can black beans, drained

10-oz. package frozen corn

1 T EVOO

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 garlic clove, minced

1 4-oz. can chopped green chiles

1 10-oz. jar enchilada sauce

1 can cream of chicken soup (healthy alternative)

3/4 cup milk

3/4 cup chicken broth

2 chicken breasts, poached and shredded

1 cup sharp cheddar cheese

1) In large skillet over medium, heat oil and add onion and garlic. Add in chiles.

2) In bowl whisk together milk, broth, enchilada sauce, and cream soup. Pour into skillet and combine well with veggies.

3) Add in beans, corn and chicken. Set on low and simmer for as long as possible (it will be ready in 10 minutes if you can’t wait).

4) Stir in cheese and let melt.

5) Serve with tortilla chips, avocado, sour cream, or whatever you desire. *I made simple cheese quesadillas and served them on the side as dippers.

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