Thursday, February 19, 2015

Chicken and Mole' Enchiladas

The Chicken and Mole' Enchiladas are a great weekend dish. You could use the crock pot during the week day and have the chicken en mole' waiting for you. Then all you would need to do is prepare a baking dish with the sauce, roll up the enchiladas with 2-3 TBSP of the topping and a little cheese. Then spread the rest of the topping over them and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. You could get all of the ingredients ready the night before and put the crock pot on right before you go to work in the morning. Either way, this is a delicious sauce! I chose to use bone out breasts in this recipe which can cook in as little as 25 minutes. The bone in with skin thighs may take up to 35 minutes.

Chicken and Mole' Enchiladas

Mole'

16-24 ounces of chicken broth
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce chopped
4-5 squares Ghirardelli 60% Cacao chocolate chopped
1/4 cup peanut or almond butter
1 small box of raisins
2 Guajillo or New Mexico dried chili peppers (see below)
1/4 cup toasted  pumpkin seeds
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. salt and pepper
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 TBSP sesame seeds (toast if fresh)
3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts thawed
5-10 shakes of hot sauce(optional)


for the Enchiladas
4 oz cheddar cheese reserve half
1 pkg flour tortillas medium sized





Pan Method

Take the dried chilies and toast them in a dry frying pan until you can begin to smell them. Cool them down for a minute or two and then make a slit with a knife and remove all of the seeds and stem. To a very large frying pan add all of the other ingredients up to the chicken. Stir the sauce until the chocolate and peanut butter are melted. Add the defrosted chicken breasts and cook on medium heat for 25-30 minutes.  Shut off the sauce and remove the chicken to a clean plate. Let cool down for 5-10 minutes. While that cools down use a blender or hand blender to smooth out the sauce. You may leave some of the tomatoes chunky but may have to remove the dried peppers.

Shred the chicken. (Discard the skin if using skin on) Reserve 1/2 of the sauce for the topping before adding the chicken back in the sauce. Take one cup of the sauce and place it on the bottom of the baking dish(9x13). Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lay one tortilla in the sauce and add 1-3 TBSP of the filling. Add a pinch or two of the cheese. Push the filling to one side and roll. Place seam side down in the dish and keep on going until the dish is full. You may have to put a few sideways. Top with the remaining cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is melted.

Serve with your favorite toppings. I like avocado and sour cream.



Sunday, February 8, 2015

Puerto Rican Rice and Pernil or Roast Pork


I have been so busy with school this semester that I hardly have time to think. Sunday is both "Special Breakfast Day" for us and "Special Dinner Day."  It's the one day of the week I can put a long cooking chicken or roast in the oven and sit around. Ok I did do some errands today but now I am relaxing before I have to study. This dish is pretty much set it and forget. The rice comes together in 20 minutes. Together they are a marriage made in Heaven. 

Pernil 

Early in the morning take the roast out of the fridge. Use a knife to make little slits on the top of the roast. My roast had a thin layer of  fat. If you have a thicker layer of fat, use a knife to get under the fat and then make the slits on the roast. Mine was a 4lb sirloin pork roast. To the slits add minced garlic. I use the pre-cut one from a jar. (Travesty I know!) Next salt the entire roast and use two packets of Sazon with Achiote and Cumin and rub it on the outside and underneath the roast.
roast marinated

 Place in a small pan and cover with foil. Let marinate for a few hours. I started my roast around 1PM. I added water to a large roasting pan and then the roast. (It's important to keep the pan covered with water or you will have smoke!) Season  the roast with Adobo with cumin and cover the entire roasting pan with foil. Add to a preheated 350 degree oven. 

I baked the roast for 3 1/2 hours. I increased the oven temp. to 450 degrees.  It was now time to crisp the skin.  I removed the roast from the oven, removed the tin foil, and placed a marinade of 2 TBSP oil, 2TBSP lemon juice, and 1 tsp. Oregano, salt, and pepper.  Bake for 20-25 more minutes. The roast should measure 160 on a meat thermometer. Some say less  but I like to be sure it's done. 

Puerto Rican Rice

This is the rice I normally make in my Arroz con Pollo or chicken and rice. My youngest daughter goes wild for this! My only different addition was a pack of Sazon and some ham. You will love this rice too! I had black beans on hand but you can also use gandules or green pigeon peas. 

2 cups long grain rice
4 cups chicken broth
1 small onion diced 
1 tsp minced garlic
2 TBSP tomato paste
1 pack Sazon
10 green olives 
2 thick pieces ham
1 TBSP chicken bouillon (optional)
olive oil 

Add one to two TBSP oil to the bottom of a large stock pot. Brown the onions for 3 minutes or so and add the tomato paste. Again brown for another 2-3 minutes. Add the two cups of rice and once again brown in the oil for another few minutes. You are coating and browning the rice. Add the broth, garlic, Sazon, olives, diced ham, and chicken bouillon. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to low. Cover with a lid and no peeking for 15-20 minutes. Let sit on the stove top for 5 minutes before serving.  Add additional bouillon if needed. At the last minute I also add the beans before serving. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Crock Pot Beef Osso Buco with Polenta

Are you looking for a good stick to your ribs dinner for this unbelievable cold outside?  This Crock
Pot Beef Osso Buco can be waiting for you when you come home from work. The price is under $9.00 and can feed a family of 4 off of two large shanks. I purchased mine at Woodman's. I was looking at oxtails but for some reason they are crazy expensive right now. With the addition of polenta as a side, you have a delicious, filling meal.


Osso Buco

You need the stove for the first part, but I swear, the rest is easy peasy. Firstly, season and brown both sides of the beef in about 2 tablespoons of oil. You want a nice crust to form. Even brown the sides. Remove the beef to the crock pot. Add the mushrooms and onions and saute until golden.  In the same pan, add one cup of red wine. I used Rex-Goliath Merlot. Use  a wooden spoon to push up the brown bits from

the pan. Reduce for 5 minutes. The alcohol will cook out. Pour over the beef shanks. Add a pinch of Thyme, a teaspoon of minced garlic, a bay leaf, season again with salt and pepper. Add two tablespoons tomato paste and one can drained fire roasted tomatoes to the crock pot. Instead of adding more broth at this point, I added 2 beef bouillon cubes to keep the water content down.

You can add root veggies like turnips, potatoes, and carrots. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. The meat will be fall off the bone. Remove the sauce to a sauce pot on the stove. Add corn starch mixed in water to thicken. Serve over your favorite side. For the polenta I used a tube version that I mixed chicken stock with until it was grit consistency.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

No Bake PB Nut Fudge

I saw this recipe on FB and had to try it. I am over baking cookies for the season and this fudge recipe is no bake. You only need the melting energy of the microwave. No condensed milk in this recipe either!

No Bake Fudge

1 cup Peanut Butter
2 sticks butter diced
4 cups confectioners sugar
nuts(optional)

In an microwave safe glass bowl add the PB and confectioners sugar. Melt in one minute intervals. Stir after each minute until all of the PB and butter are melted. Mix in the nuts. Add to a tin foiled 8 inch pan and let set for four hours. Enjoy!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Hot Chocolate French Toast

My daughter came up with this recipe. Who would have thought that delicious hot chocolate could become a delicious breakfast?

Be creative and garnish with whipped cream and marshmallows. The chocolate taste is amazing. I used skim milk but feel free to use the milk and bread of your choice. If using regular bread only give a brief dunk or your bread will fall apart. This would be good with Texas toast also.

This would be great for Christmas morning.
Hot Chocolate French Toast

4 TBSP melted butter
3 eggs beaten
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
1 pkg hot chocolate made with 1 cup milk
6-8 pieces of bread

Heat the milk in the microwave for 2 minutes. Add the hot chocolate mix and stir. Temper the eggs by gradually stiring in the hot chocolate Add the butter, salt and vanilla. Dip each of the pieces of bread briefly in the chocolate egg mixture. Fry in a non stick frying pan until set. Serve with whipped cream and syrup.



Saturday, December 20, 2014

Oreo Mint Cookie No Bake Truffles



Oreo Mint Chocolate Chip Truffles (makes 48)

1 16oz pkg. mint chocolate chips
without the chocolate 
1 brick cream cheese room temp.
1 pkg oreo cookies

In a food processor, grind the cookies down to a fine grain. Reserve some for the topping. In a microwave proof bowl. Melt the chocolate chips starting at one minute intervals. Stir after each minute. (takes about 3 minutes) Stir the Oreo's with the cream cheese. Use a melon baller to make 1 inch balls. I did mine by hand and they were large.  Dip in the melted chocolate and sprinkle the tops with the remaining Oreos. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
Tip: You can also add 1/4 tsp. Canola oil to your chips to prevent them from scorching.

Christmas Cupcakes

I found this on Pinterest. I have been so busy with the end of my internship and school for the semester that I didn't have time to go out and shop for gifts for my co-workers. I did pick up some holiday Fun Fetti cake mix and frosting each for .99 and also purchased some cones. This project was under $4.00. My daughter baked the cupcakes while I prepped the cones. Easy peasy and these were a big hit at work. No offset spatula? I used a butter knife.
1) The Fun Fetti icing was already green but I added 20 drops of green food coloring and stirred. I used a half a jar to start off with. I crumb coated each cone. Then I put them in the freezer for 5 minutes to set up. The cupcakes were left to cool.

2) I used a star tip purchased at the grocery store. I cut one end off a large zip loc bag. I fit the star tip into the corner and used a big spoon to put the icing into the bag. I placed the icing on the trees pulling back and making short strokes to make the branches.

3) Candy such as red hots or jimmies, even M&M's can be pressed into the icing. Back into the fridge to set. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. I only used one can for the whole project.

4) Make white frosting for the cupcakes. 2 cups confectioners sugar, 1/2 tsp. vanilla,  and two TBSP milk. If it's not thick enough, stir in a additional 1/2 cup. Let set up in the fridge for a half hour. Frost the cup cakes. Save some icing for the bottom of the cones to help them adhere to the cup cakes. Attach the cones to the cup cakes. I used the actual muffin tin to transport them to my work.