Monday, March 28, 2011

Super Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu

This is one of those recipes that looks like you slaved all day to make it and makes a beautiful presentation on the plate. It is one of the easiest elegant foods there are to make. Give it a try and tell me what you think. I wanted to keep it very simple so I served it with pierogies and salad.

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast
4 slices Swiss or Provolone cheese
4 thin sliced smoked ham
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 egg; beaten
1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs (make your own)
4 tablespoons butter
Mornay Sauce

Pound chicken breast to 1/4-inch thickness. It is not going to look pretty. I had problems with this part because my meat pounder is very small. The next thing on my list is a larger one!

Sprinkle each piece on both sides with salt and pepper. Place 1 cheese slice and 1 ham slice on each breast.(I used two each because it was a very large breast.)

Roll up each breast using toothpicks to secure if necessary. (This is the hardest part. Don't worry if it's not beautiful. By the time you bread and bake no one will notice.)

Dredge each in flour, shake off excess, then in egg

and finally in bread crumbs.

Place seam side down in baking dish that has been sprayed with Pam. Place 1 tablespoon butter on each piece of chicken.

Bake at 350°F for 35 minutes until juices run clear. Let stand for 10 minutes while you are making the mornay sauce. Ladle sauce on top and serve.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Easy Beef Stroganoff

There is nothing I like more than hearty meals that are easy to make and taste great. This is one of those recipes. Let me also add I do NOT like mushrooms. Or more I do not like to eat a mushroom. They actually have a great flavor, I just cannot get myself to bite into one no matter how hard I try. So an added benefit of this recipe are the mushrooms were big enough for me to push aside and just enjoy the rest while still getting all the flavor.

Easy Beef Stroganoff:

1 lb. steak, cut into strips (the better the cut the more tender your strips will be)

1 medium onion, chopped

2 Tablespoon butter

8 ounces fresh sliced mushrooms

1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper (or ground if you don't have fresh)

1 tub PHILADELPHIA Original Cooking Creme

1/2 cup beef broth

3 cups hot cooked egg noodles

Print Recipe

Cook steak in skillet 5-8 minutes until done. Use a small amount of oil if your meat is lean. Remove from pan and drain.

Melt butter in the skillet. Add onions and cook on medium heat 5 to 6 min. or until done.
Add mushrooms and cook 5 to 6 min. or until mushrooms are tender. (I guess my dislike of mushrooms caused me to not take a picture of this step.) They will turn from a light blonde color to a darker beige when they are ready.

Add cooking creme; cook and stir 2 min. Stir in broth.

Return meat to skillet. Add pepper. Cook 5 min. Remove from heat; let stand 5 min.

Serve over hot noodles. Add more cracked pepper if desired.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Frito Pie Mexican Style

Easy and low fat. I didn't actually add up the fat but everything I used was reduced fat or low fat. So I'm going to call this healthy. Of course you don't need to use the lowfat foods but I have used them for so long I don't notice a taste difference.

Living in Texas I have heard so much about Frito Pie. I'm sure the original version which is just chili and cheese over Frito's is fantastic but I love refried beans so I came up with this version. It took me less than a half hour to make from beginning until I could eat. It did make more than I wanted so next time I will cut the recipe in half. But this one will give me lunch tomorrow.

2 cups Frito corn chips - Reduced salt if desired. I recommend this because it is pretty salty.
1 can refried beans - reduced fat
1/4 cup salsa
1/2 pound lean ground beef or turkey
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 cups light cheddar cheese
shredded lettuce
diced tomato
diced onion
jalapeno slices
Light sour cream
taco sauce
Preheat oven to 350F.

Place one cup of chips into casserole. You can crush them if desired. (I'm going to next time I make this.)

Mix salsa into refried beans. This will make the beans thin enough to spread.

Spread over the top of the chips.

Sprinkle some of the cheese over the beans.

Brown meat.

Add seasoning and water. Mix well. Simmer until water has evaporated. About 5 minutes.

Spoon meat evenly over beans.

Sprinkle more cheese over the meat mixture.

Layer another cup of chips on top of meat.

Sprinkle remaining cheese over chips.

Cover the dish and bake for 20 minutes.

Garnish with whatever toppings you desire.
And just for fun check out this very old commercial.