Saturday, June 24, 2017

Southwest Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados ala ~DKBB~

Southwest Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocadoes ala ~DKBB~
(original recipe from Jenny on homeandbirch.com)

 2 cups leftover roast or rotisserie chicken, shredded or diced
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
¼ to ½ cup diced jicama (optional – provides crunch and texture)
1 cup corn kernels (I use thawed frozen corn)
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 poblano pepper
¼ cup cilantro
5 to 7 oz. plain Greek yogurt (whatever size you can find will work)
1 Tbsp. lime juice
1 tsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
6 avocadoes, halved
  • In a medium bowl, combine the chicken, red bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, jicama (if desired), corn, and black beans.
  • In a food processor, combine the poblano pepper, cilantro, Greek yogurt, lime juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper; pulse until well combined, then add to bowl of chicken; mix well.
  • Spoon the chicken salad into the avocado halves and serve; you can serve with lime slices and squeeze lime over each serving, as desired.

Banh Mi Tacos ala ~DKBB~

Chicken Banh Mi Tacos ala ~DKBB~
(original recipe from loveandrisotto.com)


Tacos
4-6 Tortillas
1 cup roasted or rotisserie chicken, shredded or diced
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
4 to 6 jalapenos, chopped or sliced
1 cucumber, diced
1 onion, diced
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

Sauce
3 Tbsp. mayonnaise (I prefer Kraft Olive Oil & Cracked Pepper mayo)
1½ tsp. low-sodium soy sauce
½ tsp. white vinegar
¼ tsp. minced garlic
¼ tsp. minced ginger
¼ tsp. lemon juice
¼ tsp. sugar
  • Mix all sauce ingredients together and whisk thoroughly; add the sauce to every taco.
  • Assemble tacos with ingredients you prefer (all or some).

Cuban-Style Pork Chops ala ~DKBB~

Cuban-Style Pork Chops ala ~DKBB~
(original recipe by Erica Allen on TasteOfHome.com)

1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. lime juice
1 tsp. adobo seasoning
2 boneless pork chops
2 slices deli ham
2 slices Swiss cheese
1 Tbsp. fresh cilantro (optional)
Dill pickles, sliced
Hot and sweet red peppers, sliced
  • Whisk mustard, lime juice, and adobo seasoning together.
  • Lightly pound pork chops with a meat mallet to ½-inch thickness; spread both sides of pork chops with mustard mixture; refrigerate, covered, for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Grill pork, covered, over medium heat, turning at least once; when pork chops are nearly done, top with ham slices and grill 2 minutes, then top that with Swiss cheese slices (and cilantro, if desired) and grill 1 minute more; remove from grill and let stand 5 minutes before serving.
  • Serve with pickle slices and hot and sweet red peppers.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Classic Macaroni Salad ala ~DKBB~

Classic Macaroni Salad ala ~DKBB~
(original recipe by Dorothy Bayes found on TasteOfHome.com)

Makes 8 servings.
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni 
1 cup mayonnaise
2 to 3 Tbsp. sweet pickle relish
2 tsp. sugar
3 tsp. red wine vinegar
¾ tsp. ground mustard
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
¼ cup chopped celery
⅓ cup chopped carrot
½ cup chopped onion (red preferred, or you can use 4 to 6 green onions)
2 to 3 whole roasted red peppers, chopped
  • Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water; cool completely.
  • For dressing: in a small bowl, combine the mayo, relish, sugar, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper; mix well.
  • In a large bowl, combine cooled macaroni, celery, carrot, onion, and roasted red pepper; add dressing a bit at a time (you might not use it all, depending on how creamy you want your salad to be) and toss gently to coat.
  • Refrigerate until serving; you may wish to garish with paprika before serving.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Low Country Grill ala ~DKBB~

Low Country Grill ala ~DKBB~
(original recipe by Alaina Showalter on TasteOfHome.com)

2 Tbsp. olive oil
1½ tsp. salt, divided
1½ tsp. garlic powder, divided
1½ tsp. seafood seasoning, divided
8 to 12 small red potatoes, quartered
½ green, red, yellow, and/or orange peppers (mixture thereof), cut into smallish chunks
½ cup butter, melted
1 lb. (or 1 large) polkas kielbasa, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 medium ears corn, but in half
1 to 1½ pounds uncooked shrimp (8 to 12 large), peeled and deveined
  • In a large bowl, combine the olive oil with ½ tsp. each of salt, garlic powder, seafood seasoning; add potatoes and peppers; toss to coat; spoon into double-thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square); fold foil around potatoes and seal tightly.
  • Grill, covered, over medium heat for 30-35 minutes or until tender, turning once; set aside and keep warm.
  • In a small bowl, combined melted butter with remaining salt, garlic powder, and seafood seasoning; grill kielbasa and corn in grill pan, over medium heat for 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally and basting constantly, using half of the butter mixture; keep warm.
  • Thread shrimp onto metal or wood-soaked skewers (4 per skewer); grill, covered, over medium heat for 3-4 minutes per side or until shrimp are pink, basting with remaining butter mixture.
  • Depending on how many servings you have prepared, put a portion of the potato/pepper mixture, corn/kielbasa mixture, and shrimp on each plate. Enjoy!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Blackened Roast Chicken ala ~DKBB~

Blackened Roast Chicken ala ~DKBB~
(original recipe by Sam Talbot)
Photo from People magazine

1 (2½ to 3 lb.) whole chicken
1 Tbsp. smoked and/or spicy paprika
1 Tbsp. onion powder
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. kosher salt
1 Tbsp. lemon zest (from 2 lemons)
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
½ bunch fresh thyme sprigs, tied together with kitchen string
¼ cup olive oil
1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • Preheat oven to 375° F, or preheat Traeger or grill.
  • Remove chicken giblets (save for another use or discard -your choice); rinse chicken off and pat dry with paper towel; place chicken in small roasting pan.
  • Stir together paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, lemon zest, and cayenne pepper in medium bowl; cut lemons in fourths and add them and the thyme bundle to the mixture; toss to coat well.
  • Heat olive oil in small skillet over medium heat; add shallot and cook, stirring often until tender, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add cooked shallot and oil to seasoning mixture; stir/toss well to combine.
  • Remove lemons and thyme bundle and place them in cavity of chicken; rub remaining mixture over chicken and under skin on the breasts.
  • Roast chicken until thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh registers 165° F, about 50 to 55 minutes.
  • Remove chicken from heat; remove thyme and lemons from cavity; if desired, squeeze lemon over chicken and garnish with untied thyme; let chicken rest for 10 minutes before carving.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Grandmother's Toad in the Hole ala ~DKBB~

Grandmother’s Toad in the Hole ala ~DKBB~
(original recipe by Susan Kieboam on www.tasteofhome.com)

3 large eggs
1 cup milk
½ tsp. salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 12oz pkg. uncooked maple breakfast sausage links
3 Tbsp. olive oil
Butter and maple syrup for serving (optional)
  • Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • In a small bowl, whisk eggs, milk, and salt together; add flour to mixture and whisk until well blended. Let stand while you prepare the sausage.
  • Cook sausage over medium heat until done, turning often for even cooking; remove cooked sausages from pan and cut each link into 4 or 5 pieces.
  • Place oil in 12-inch cast iron skillet; place in oven for 3 to 4 minutes to heat.
  • Stir batter and pour into heated skillet; top with sausage pieces.
  • Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown and puffed.
  • Cut into wedges to serve; if desired, serve with butter and maple syrup.*
 * You may find that you don’t really need to butter, but do give the maple syrup a try!