Friday, March 26, 2010

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach Artichoke Dip
Mel's Kitchen Cafe

5 garlic cloves
1 10 oz. bottle store bought alfredo sauce
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 10 oz. package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 14.5 oz can artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened

Wrap the garlic cloves in foil and back them at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. When they are cool to the touch, squeeze them out of their skins and finely chop. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Spread the mixture into an 8x8 pan and bake at 350 until bubbly and hot, about 30 minutes. Serve with chips or baguette slices.

Black and White Bean Dip

Black and White Bean Dip
The Sister's Cafe

1 can black beans
1 can white beans
1 can shoepeg corn
1 7oz. can Herdez salsa verde
2 cups shredded colby jack cheese
4-6 chopped roma tomatoes (squeeze the liquid out of tomatoes before chopping)
garlic salt to taste

Rinse and drain both cans of beans and the corn. Put everything in a bown and mix together. Spray a shallow baking dish with nonstick spray and spoon in the bean mixture. Top with some cheese and bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and it's warm and bubbly.

Serve with tortilla chips.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Lemon Cream Pasta with Chicken

Lemon Cream Pasta with Chicken
My Kitchen Cafe

Serves 4-6

3 cups shredded or cubed Lemon Garlic Chicken (see below)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 (16 ounce) package tube pasta (I used rigatoni)
2 cups heavy cream
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded

In a large saucepan, season the chicken broth with the garlic powder and pepper. Bring to a boil and add lemon juice and pasta. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until all liquid is absorbed, about 25 minutes.Stir chicken into cooked pasta, along with the cream, parmesan cheese and lemon zest. Cook, stirring, over low heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Stir thoroughly before serving.

Lemon and Garlic Grilled Chicken

Juice of 1 lemon, approximately 3 tablespoons
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic, about 2 medium cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 pound chicken breasts (I usually cut really thick chicken breasts down to thin them out and make the pieces a little smaller so they absorb the marinade better)

Combine all marinade ingredients. Place chicken in a ziploc bag and pour marinade over chicken. Seal bag and place in fridge overnight. Grill (or cook in frying pan). Serve with sides of your choice or cut into bite sized pieces and add to desired recipe (I'll be sharing a few with you soon).

Note: If you cut your chicken into smaller, bite-sized pieces and then marinate it, you can get away with only letting it marinate for 5 or 6 hours instead of overnight.

Often, I will double the marinade and chicken and grill it all up and freeze the extras to use later.

Divine Breadsticks

These really are divine. They are super easy and soooo yummy. I have easily made them 15 times in the past 3 months.

Divine Breadsticks
My Kitchen Cafe

1 ½ cup warm water
1 tablespoon yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
3 ½ cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
Butter for the pan

Mix all ingredients (except butter) and knead for three minutes. Let stand 10 minutes. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Melt desired amount of butter on baking pan (the original recipe called for 1 entire stick of butter - that was way too much for my taste - I use a couple tablespoons). Roll out dough about 1/8-inch thick and cut into strips. Place in butter and put close together.
Sprinkle with garlic salt and parmesan cheese. Cover and let rise 30 minutes. Bake 20 minutes at 375 degrees.

French Bread Rolls

French Bread Rolls
My Kitchen Cafe

1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups all-purpose flour

In a large bowl, stir together warm water, yeast, and sugar. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

To the yeast mixture, add the oil, salt, and 2 cups flour. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough has pulled away from the sides of the bowl. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

Deflate the dough, and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 12-14 equal pieces, and form into round balls. Place on lightly greased baking sheets at least 2 inches apart. Cover the rolls with a damp cloth (or greased saran wrap), and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Bake for 12-13 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

Bread Bowls

I used the Italian Bread Bowl recipe and it was wonderful. Super easy and they turned out so yummy.

Artisan Bread Bowls
My Kitchen Cafe

3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
2 teaspoons yeast
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons oil
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water, enough to make a smooth, soft dough

Let yeast dissolve in warm water until creamy, about 5 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients—by hand, mixer or bread machine— and knead till you've created a smooth dough.Allow the dough to rise, covered, for 45 minutes; it should become puffy. Divide the dough into 5-6 pieces, depending on how large you want your bread bowl to be. Roll each piece into a ball. Place on a lightly greased or parchment covered baking sheet.Cover the bread bowls with greased plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 4 hours (or up to 24 hours); this step will give the bread bowls extra flavor, and a delightfully crisp-chewy texture.

Two or more hours before serving, remove the bread bowls from the refrigerator. Uncover, and let them sit for about one hour while you preheat the oven to 425°F.Just before baking, slash the top surface of the bowls several times with a sharp razor/knife to allow them to expand. Bake for 22 to 28 minutes, until the bowls are deep brown, and sound hollow when thumped on the bottom. Remove from the oven, and cool on a rack.

Italian Bread Bowls

1 1/2 tablespoons yeast
2 1/2 cups warm water
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
7 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water

In a large bowl (or bowl of an electric mixer), dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

Add salt, oil and 4 cups flour to the yeast mixture; beat well. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well with an electric mixer at medium speed after each addition until a soft but not sticky dough is formed (you may not need to use all 7 cups).

When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 minutes (or let knead in an electric mixer). Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Punch dough down, and divide into 6-8 equal portions. Shape each portion into a round ball. Place loaves on lightly greased baking sheets sprinkled with cornmeal (or use silpat liners or parchment paper). Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, until doubled in bulk, about 35 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, beat together egg white and 1 tablespoon water; lightly brush the loaves with half of this egg wash. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Brush with remaining egg mixture, and bake 10 to 15 more minutes or until golden. Cool on wire racks.

Buttermilk Cloverleaf Rolls

Buttermilk Cloverleaf Rolls
My Kitchen Cafe

3 cups buttermilk at room temperature
3 cups flour
1 tablespoon yeast dissolved in ¼ cup warm water (let it proof for 2-3 minute)
½ cup sugar
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons salt
5 cups flour, more or less
½ cup oil
1 teaspoon baking soda

Mix the buttermilk, flour and yeast/water mixture together thoroughly in a large mixing bowl. Let stand at room temperature until double in size, about 2 hours. Add sugar, eggs, salt, flour, oil, and baking soda. Mix well and knead for 7-10 minutes. Roll out the amount of dough you want and place the rest in the refrigerator, covered.

The next time you want fresh baked rolls, take from the bowl what you want and again put the rest back in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to seven days.Shape the dough into rolls. I either do crescent shapes (roll dough into a circle and cut into triangles) or cloverleaf (roll dough into small balls, about 3/4-inch in diameter and place three balls in each cup of a greased muffin tin).Let rolls rise until double in size, 1-2 hours. Dough taken from the refrigerator will take longer because the dough is cold. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes.