Thursday, May 31, 2012

Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are by far one of my all time favorite appetizers!  I have tried multiple times to make them, but always screw up the hard boiling part, and end up with shells that don't want to peel off easily.  Lauren posted this fool-proof method and I have been using it ever since to make lots of hard boiled eggs.  They are so nice to have to grab as a quick breakfast in the morning.  I decided to make deviled eggs for Mother's day as a little snack while we were waiting on dinner to be ready.  Once you get the hard boiling down, the rest is easy!

Deviled Eggs
yields 12
hard boil method via Call Me Mrs. Rapp

6 eggs
3 tablespoons light mayo
1 teaspoon mustard
salt & pepper

Place eggs in a saucepan. Pour in enough water to cover the eggs fully.  Bring water to a boil, then turn off heat. Let eggs sit for 15 minutes.  Remove to a bowl or dish and let cool. Once cool, peel shell from eggs and slice in half.  Pop yokes out into a bowl.  Mash yokes and mix in mayo and mustard.  Season with salt & pepper, taste and add additional of anything if needed to your preference!  Fill yoke holes with yoke mixture and sprinkle with paprika.  Serve chilled.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Asian Zing Chicken Shish-ka-bobs

I totally got this idea from Bdubs.  :)  These are Corey's favorite wings there and I decided I could come up with a similar sweet/spicy sauce for some shish-ka-bobs!  They were awesome and the easiest ever.

my 3 sauces

so so good!

Asian Zing Chicken Shish-ka-bobs

2 tablespoons soy
1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
1 tablespoon sriracha (hot chili sauce)
4-5 wooden skewers
3 chicken breasts
1 red pepper
1 red onion
a handful of cherry tomatoes

1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
1 teaspoon sriracha (or more if you like spicy)

Cut chicken, red pepper, and onion into chunks that will fit on your skewers.  Mix marinade ingredients in a large resealable bag or shallow tupperware.  Add chicken and veggies, seal (or cover) and shake around to coat with marinade.  Allow to marinade at least 15 minutes or longer if you have time. 

While chicken is marinading, soak skewers in water and preheat grill. 

Alternate chicken and veggies on skewers and grill until chicken is cooked through, turning halfway through cook time.  Mine usually take around 20 minutes total. 

Mix sauce ingredients and brush ka-bobs to coat in extra sauce.  Delicious!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Honey Dijon Chicken

This was a really great and simple marinade you could use on chicken, fish, or pork even.  I baked ours in the oven, but it would also be great on the grill too!  I served with a salad and carrots and sliced the leftovers over a salad for lunch the next day...very yummy!

Honey Dijon Chicken

1/3 cup Dijon mustard
2 T apple cider vinegar
2 T honey
1T lemon juice
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
Chicken breasts

Combine mustard, vinegar, and honey in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Add spices and stir. Prepare chicken breasts and place in a large plastic storage bag. Pour marinade over the chicken, close bag and shake bag gently and squeeze to evenly coat chicken. Refrigerate one hour, or up to overnight.  Cook as desired.  I baked mine at 350 for 25 minutes (or until cooked through).

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Shrimp Po Boys

This is an all-time favorite of Corey's and as soon as I saw the Pioneer Woman post a recipe with slaw I knew I had to make po boys!  The slaw was perfectly sweet, creamy, and crunchy.  I kept the shrimp really simply by just sprinkling with cajun seasoning and a little garlic powder and dredging in a thin layer of flour.  We added tomatoes & spicy brown mustard as well.  Maybe next time I'll try to come up with a fun voodoux sauce like Papa Roux!  These were super easy to throw together and went perfect with some red beans & rice and some sweet summer roasted veggies.

Shrimp Po Boys
serves 3
shrimp adapted from How Sweet
cole slaw adapted from Pioneer Woman

One loaf French Bread (we used Jimmy John's)
1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
cajun seasoning
garlic powder
olive oil
about 3 cups cole slaw mix (shredded cabbage & carrots)
1/4 cup fat free half & half
1/4 cup fat free mayo
1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1/2 tablespoon sugar
Salt & Cayenne Pepper to taste
2 roma tomatoes, sliced
spicy brown mustard, if desired

After peeling and deveining shrimp pat them dry with a paper towel.  Sprinkle with cajun seasoning and garlic powder.  Place about 1/3 cup flour in a shallow bowl and dredge both sides of shrimp to get a light coating.

Heat around 1/4 cup olive oil in a pan until hot.  Cook shrimp around 2-3 minutes per side until crispy.  Place cooked shrimp on a clean plate with paper towel to drain.

Assemble the po boys with shrimp, coleslaw, tomatoes, and mustard (or anything else you would like).  Serve right away while shrimp are still warm!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mediterrean Roasted Veggie Sandwhiches on Foccacia Bread

I saw a similar sandwich to this one on the menu at Panera the other day and thought it would be yummy to recreate at home one night.  Their sandwich was grilled, but we unfortunately have had a bit of rain in Indy lately so mine ended up in the oven.  You could go either way, grill or roast the veggies.  I also intended on including eggplant but forgot to pick it up at the grocery, so make sure you switch up the veggies based on what sounds good to you.  I was trying to decide what type of bread I wanted to make these sandwiches on and my mind went straight to foccacia, so I decided to try making this bread again!  Get some really good feta cheese and you're set!

my veggies prior to roasting with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and minced garlic

Mediterranean Roasted Veggie Sandwiches on Foccacia Bread
inspired by Panera
serves 3-4

Foccacia bread (recipe follows)
1 zucchini
1 red bell pepper
2 portobello mushroom caps
1 red onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
olive oil
salt & pepper
fresh spinach (or other lettuce greens)
1 tomato, sliced
Feta cheese

Preheat oven to 400.  Slice zucchini, red pepper, mushrooms, and onion and place on a baking sheet with minced garlic.  Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt & pepper.  Toss to combine.  Roast veggies for about 15-20 minutes until tender.

Slice foccacia in half for sandwich if its thick.  Layer sandwich with roasted veggies, feta, slice of tomato, and spinach.  Serve warm!

Rosemary & Sea Salt Foccacia
adapted slightly from the Pioneer Woman

1-½ teaspoon Active Dry Yeast
1-½ cup Warm Water
4 cups All-purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
⅓ cups Olive Oil
Olive Oil, For Drizzling 
Sea Salt, For Sprinkling
Rosemary, For Sprinkling
Sprinkle yeast over 1 1/2 cups warm (not lukewarm) water. Let stand for a few minutes.
In a mixer, combine flour and salt. With the mixer running on low speed (with paddle attachment), drizzle in olive oil until combined with flour. Next, pour in yeast/water mixture and mix until just combined, and the dough comes together in a sticky mass.

Warm a non-metal mixing bowl in the microwave until warm. Coat it with a light drizzle of olive oil, and form the dough into a ball. Toss to coat dough in olive oil, then cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set it aside for 1 to 2 hours, or store in the fridge until you need it.

Remove dough from bowl and place on a lightly floured surface.  Divide dough in half and roll each half into a large, thin oval/rectangle (not too thin, 1/2 inch at the thinnest). Place on separate sheet pans (or cookie sheets) drizzled with olive oil. Drizzle more olive oil on top of the ovals, then cover each one with plastic wrap. Put in a draft-free/warm place for one hour.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Remove the plastic wrap (dough will be puffy) and use your fingertips to press dimples all over the surface of the dough. Drizzle surface with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt & rosemary. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until focaccia is golden brown.  (Note:  I made mine too thin and it was done in about 20 minutes...start checking it at 20 just in case).  Cut into pieces with a pizza wheel or sharp knife.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Salmon Salad w/ Boursin Cheese, Roasted Tomatoes & Artichokes

So here is another one of those meals that I saw on the menu somewhere and decided to re-create it at home!  We had a work lunch at Mesh restaurant downtown which was very good, and while I didn't order this salad I of course kept it in the back of my mind along with another couple that I'll get around to making someday.  The salad was great and I'm sure it was majorly due to the fantastic boursin cheese.  The only change I made was to make a simple red wine vinaigrette instead of the creamy cucumber dressing listed on the menu paired with this salad.  I thought the vinaigrette went perfect.

Salmon Salad w/ Boursin Cheese, Roasted Tomatoes & Artichokes
inspired by Mesh on Mass Ave.
serves 2

Mixed greens
2 salmon fillets
boursin cheese
1/2 - 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes
1/2 can artichoke hearts
Red wine vinaigrette (recipe follows)

Place salmon in a baking pan and surround with tomatoes & artichokes.  Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes until salmon flakes easily with a fork.  (Optional: cut up artichokes into bite size pieces, I did not do this but wished I had while we were eating).  Top mixed greens with salmon, crumbled boursin cheese, tomatoes, artichokes, and pistachios.  Drizzle with vinaigrette and serve!

Red Wine Vinaigrette
via Giada

1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1.5 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoons honey
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoons salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil

Mix the ingredients well, taste & season if needed.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

I had these pinned for quite some time, but hadn't gotten around to making them yet since Corey isn't the hugest (is that a word?) fan of mushrooms.  I finally decided to go for it and just made two portobello caps and two stuffed chicken breasts.  But Corey ended up liking both of course, I think he just "thinks" he doesn't like mushrooms :)  I think YOU should make these with the mushrooms, they were so good!  I think there was too much ricotta, so I adapted the recipe for you below based on what I would do next time.  These took a total of 5 minutes to throw together and about 15-20 in the oven. 

Spinach And Ricotta Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
via Babble

4 portobello mushroom caps
olive oil
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup mozzarella or Italian blend shredded cheese
9 oz bag fresh spinach
1/2 onion, sliced
1/2 red pepper, sliced
salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rub olive oil all over the outer part of your portobello mushrooms.
2. Preheat a large skillet and drizzle with olive oil. Add onions, red peppers and spinach. Add salt and pepper. Saute until spinach is wilted.
3. Spoon 1/4 ricotta cheese in each mushroom cap. Top with 1/4 of the sauteed spinach. Then 1/4 of the shredded cheese.
4. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and mushrooms are tender.