Saturday, May 29, 2010

Creamy Green Enchiladas

3 c. cooked, chopped chicken
2 (4 oz.) cans of green chiles, lightly drained
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese- softened
1 can black beans, rinsed

2 tbl. butter
1/2 c. chopped onion
2 tbl. flour
1/3 chicken broth
1/4 c. milk
1/4 tea. salt
1/4 tea. pepper
1 can (7 oz.) green chile sauce
1/2 c. sour cream

Shredded Monterey Jack cheese
8 taco sized flour tortillas
Handful of chopped fresh cilantro

In a medium bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and green chiles. Mix well. Add chicken and black beans. Stir to combine and set aside.

In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat and add the onions. Stir occasionally until onions soften and become translucent. Sprinkle the flour over the onions and stir well. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth, then the milk. Whisk around until flour becomes less clumpy and eventually smooth out. Add salt and pepper. Remove skillet from heat and stir in the enchilada sauce and sour cream.

Lightly grease a 9x13 dish. Spread 1/4 c. of the sauce on the bottom of the dish. Fill each tortilla with about 1/2 c. of the chicken mixture. Top with a small amount of cheese and roll up, then place seam side down in the dish. Continue filling enchiladas until the dish is full.

Pour the rest of the sauce over the top of the enchiladas. Top with cheese. Bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes. Sprinkle fresh cilantro on top and serve.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Week Full of Buttermilk Cloverleaf Rolls

Ok, I am in love. And while making bread is kinda hard- it sure does work out the arms!

3 c. buttermilk at room temp.
3 c. flour
1 tbl. yeast dissolved into 1/4 c. warm water (let proof for 2-3 mins.)
1/2 c. sugar
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tea. salt
1/2 oil
1 tea. baking soda
5 c. flour, more or less

Mix the buttermilk. flour, and yeast/water mixture in a large mixing bowl. Let stand at room temp until it has doubled in size- about two hours.

Add sugar, eggs, salt, flour, oil, and baking soda. mix well and knead for 7-10 mins. Grease as many muffins as you want, then roll small dough balls (about 3/4 in.) and place three balls into each tin.

Place the rest of the dough into a covered container and place it in the fridge. It will keep for up to seven days (a whole week's worth of rolls for dinner!)

Let rolls rise until double in size- about 1-2 hrs. (dough from fridge will take longer because it's cold) Bake at 350 for 10-12 mins.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Lemon Sugar Cookies (with or without poppy seeds)

This recipe from my new favorite recipe blog, Mel's Kitchen Cafe, called for poppy seeds. But I didn't have those just lying around, and I needed to use up some buttermilk hanging out in my fridge. These cookies are simply divine without the poppy seeds!

2 c. flour
1 tea. baking powder
1/4 tea. salt
1/4 tea. baking soda
1 tbl. poppy seeds (I see these as optional)
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 c. buttermilk
1/2 tea, vanilla
zest of one lemon

In a med. bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, baking powder, and poppy seeds. Set aside.

In a lrg. bowl, cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla, and lemon zest then mix. Add the dry ingredients and buttermilk. Mix it good!

Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto a greased or lined baking sheet. Bake 9-12 minutes, until the edges are set. Remove from the oven and let cool for 1-2 minutes on the baking sheet. Move the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Creamy Orzo with Chicken & Red Peppers

Perfect summer dish. Light and airy, yet filling! The kids seem to tolerate it too!

1 tbl. olive oil
2 chicken breasts- in chunks
2 red bell peppers- 1/2 in. pieces
1 tea. dried thyme
3 cloves minced garlic
1 lb. orzo pasta
8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
1 c. reserved pasta water
1/2 tea. salt
1/2 tea. pepper
1/2 c. shredded parmesan cheese
3 tbl. chopped fresh parsley
The juice of 1 lemon

First, take out the cream cheese to soften. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook orzo and reserve 1 c. of the water. While orzo cooks, heat olive oil in a skillet and season the chicken with a pinch of salt & pepper. Cook chicken in the oil; brown on all sides, but not fully cooked through. Add red peppers and thyme. Stir and cook for about 5 mins. until peppers are soft and liquid has evaporated. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. On med. heat, cut in cream cheese in bite size pieces and stir to coat. Add pasta water (1 c.) bring to a simmer, and add 1/2 tea. salt & 1/2 tea. pepper, stir well. Let it cook down for a bit then remove from heat. Add orzo, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, and parsley stir to combine and serve.