Foodie Friday ~ Caramel Chicken

Caramel Chicken

3/4 cup dark brown sugar

1/3 cup cold water

1/3 cup fish sauce

1/3 cup rice vinegar

1 tablespoon soy sauce

4 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, quartered

1/2 cup roasted peanuts

2 fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded and sliced

1 bunch green onions, chopped

Fresh cilantro sprigs, for garnish

Directions:

Whisk brown sugar, water, fish sauce, rice vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger in a bowl until brown sugar is completely dissolved, about 1 minute. Set aside.

Heat oil over high heat in a skillet. Stir in chicken.

Pour 1/3 cup of the brown sugar mixture over chicken; cook and stir until the brown sugar mixture has a syrup-like consistency, 6 to 7 minutes.

Pour in the remaining brown sugar mixture; cook until chicken is tender and no longer pink inside, about 5 minutes.

Stir in in peanuts, jalapenos and green onion; cook until warmed through, 2 to 3 minutes.

Garnish with cilantro and serve.

Foodie Friday ~ Cheesy Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast Pizza

1 (8 ounce) package refrigerated crescent rolls

1 cup frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

5 eggs, beaten

1/4 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 10×15-inch baking pan.

Unroll crescent roll dough and press into the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle hash browns and mozzarella cheese over the crescent roll dough.

Whisk eggs, milk, salt, and black pepper together in a bowl; pour over potato-cheese layer. Top with Parmesan cheese.

Bake in the preheated oven until eggs are set in the middle and cheeses are melted, about 30 minutes.

Foodie Friday ~ German Christmas Gingerbread

German Gingerbread

This is OH SO good!

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups packed brown sugar

3 eggs

2/3 cup honey

1/4 cup orange liqueur

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup orange juice

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1 cup raisins

1 cup blanched slivered almonds

 

Whisk together the flours, baking powder, and spices.

In a large bowl, cream the butter or margarine with the brown sugar. Beat in the eggs, then the honey, orange liqueur, sour cream, and orange juice. Beat the flour mixture into the creamed mixture, and then stir in the raisins and almonds. Turn batter into a greased and floured tube pan.

Bake cake at 350 degrees for 80 minutes, or until it tests done with toothpick. Transfer to a rack to cool.

Foodie Friday ~ Banana Crumb Muffins

 

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 bananas, mashed

3/4 cup white sugar

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/3 cup butter, melted

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease 10 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.

In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.

In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.

Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

Foodie Friday ~ Homemade Macaroni & Cheese

8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni

2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

3 cups milk

1/4 cup butter

2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1 pinch paprika

Cook macaroni according to the package directions. Drain.

In a saucepan, melt butter or margarine over medium heat. Stir in enough flour to make a roux. Add milk to roux slowly, stirring constantly. Stir in cheeses, and cook over low heat until cheese is melted and the sauce is a little thick. Put macaroni in large casserole dish, and pour sauce over macaroni. Stir well.

Melt butter or margarine in a skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs and brown. Spread over the macaroni and cheese to cover. Sprinkle with a little paprika.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Foodie Friday ~ Apple Cranberry Crisp

 

This is absolutely delectable! Your holiday guests will adore it. I promise.

 

1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/3 cup butter flavored shortening, melted

1 tablespoon water

1 (16 ounce) can whole berry cranberry sauce

2 tablespoons cornstarch

5 Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored and thinly sliced

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Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Stir in the melted shortening and water to form a crumbly mixture.

In a large saucepan, mix together the cranberry sauce and cornstarch. Bring to a boil, and then remove from heat. Stir in the apples. Spread into an 8×8 inch glass baking dish. Crumble the oat mixture over the apples.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the apples are tender. Serve warm.

Foodie Friday ~ No Coffee Pumpkin Latte

 

This is AMAZINGLY good…and SO easy to make! Yum!

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 quart milk

1/4 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions

Combine pumpkin, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla in a large saucepan over medium heat. Use a whisk to blend well. Heat to a simmer; do not boil. Enjoy!

Foodie Friday ~ Chicken Cordon Bleu

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast

halves

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

6 slices Sw iss cheese

4 slices cooked ham

1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat a 7×11 inch baking dish w ith

nonstick cooking spray.

2. Pound chicken breasts to 1/4 inch thickness.

3. Sprinkle each piece of chicken on both sides w ith salt and pepper. Place 1 cheese

slice and 1 ham slice on top of each breast. Roll up each breast, and secure w ith a

toothpick. Place in baking dish, and sprinkle chicken evenly w ith bread crumbs.

4. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove from oven, and

place 1/2 cheese slice on top of each breast. Return to oven for 3 to 5 minutes, or

until cheese has melted. Remove toothpicks, and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Foodie Friday ~ Tasty Baked Ziti

 

  • 1 pound dry ziti pasta
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
  • 6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Directions

1.Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.

2.In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.

3.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees). Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, Provolone cheese, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
4.Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted.