Friday, July 18, 2008

Chicken and Dumplings

Last night we had bacon sandwiches and since i figure everyone knows how to make those I didn't blog it lol.

Tonight we are having chicken and dumplings, rice (hubby is cajun after all), and cream corn.

Here is the chicken and dumplings recipe.

Brown your chicken pieces in a little oil. Season the chicken first, and pieces with bone in will give the gravy a better flavor. Add onions, bell pepper, and a little more seasoning. Saute a little till onions are translucent. Add chicken stock or water to cover chicken by about 1/2 inch. Simmer on medium low for about 45 minutes. Taste gravy and adjust seasonings if necessary.

Fluffy Dumplings

1 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon minced parsely
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, if desired
2/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons oil
1 egg, slightly beaten

In medium bowl, combine first 5 ingredients. Stir in remaining ingredients just until dry ingredients are moistened. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto hot chicken that is slightly boiling. Cook covered, 12 to 15 minutes or until dumplings are fluffy and no longer doughy.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Out to eat!

Tonight my wonderful husband is taking me out to eat chinese. So no recipe today!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

3 Decker

Sorry no pictures today. I forgot to take one lol.

But here is the recipe. It can be 2 decker, 3 decker, 4 decker etc.

Basically take any kind of beef steak you want, season with your favorite seasonings, put a couple tablespoons of worcestershire sauce on it, add bacon under the steak if you want, put in a 13 x 9 pan. Place potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, green beans, the list is endless on top. Season the veggies. Wrap well with foil and bake at 350 about an hour and a half or till the veggies are done and the steak is tender.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Tex Mex Salsa Chili and Green Onion Corn Cakes

I found a recipe a few years back for a tex mex chili. I have tweaked it till it is what we like.

Here is the easy recipe.

1 can tomato soup
1 can red kidney beans, chili flavored gravy (if you can't find this regular kidney beans is fine)
2 cups water
2 cups frozen whole kernel corn
1/2 cup salsa (any kind you like, i use a medium heat chunky one)
a little salt (optional but i find it is sorta bland if you don't add a little)
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

Dump everything in the pot, stir well and simmer about 45 minutes.

I will serve this with green onion corn cakes.

Here is that recipe.
1 (8 1/2-ounce) packages, corn muffin mix
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoons vegetable or corn oil
2 scallions, thinly sliced
Butter, for greasing griddle pan

Mix together 1 package of corn muffin mix with 1/2 cup milk, 1 beaten egg, 1 tablespoons vegetable oil and sliced scallions. Batter should be thick. Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle pan over moderate heat. Nest a pat of butter into folded paper towel and wipe hot pan surface with it to lightly grease. Pour corn cake batter into the hot griddle pan or skillet in 3 or 4-inch rounds. Cook 2 or 3 minutes on each side, until golden. Transfer to a plate and repeat with remaining batter.

We put one or two of these on top of bowl of chili and dig down through to get a bite of each. yummy.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Crockpot French Dips

Very easy, tasty recipe.

Put a beef roast in crockpot. I love using the crockpot bags. Makes cleanup so easy.
I use 2 packages of Au Jus Gravy Mix and 2 packages of zesty Italian Dressing Mix for about a 5 pound roast. Also 2 cans (about 3 1/2 cups) of beef broth. I also add a little cajun spices. Mix well. Pour over roast. Cook about 4 hours on high. I have an auto setting on my crockpot and I use that. It cooks for an hour or two on high then goes down to low. After 4 hours I flip the roast over and let go another 3 hours. Remove roast, slice and put back in gravy. Let cook about 1 more hour. Enjoy on french bread or your favorite bread. Serve the gravy on the side for dipping.

We usually have fries or chips with them. Yum! Also freezes well.
If you try it let me know how you like it.