Thursday, October 08, 2020

Crack Chicken Pierogie Casserole

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Chicken, Ranch, Bacon, Cheese. I think that is pretty much the best combination on earth.  
 
When you throw it into a casserole, it goes to a new level.  
 
Crack Chicken Pierogie Casserole is another one to add to my fave list.  It was very easy to make, used only a couple of ingredients and the result was a creamy, cheesy, yummy dinner.  I served with it a side salad.
 
Verdict:  Another big thumbs up from the family

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Crack Chicken Pierogie Casserole
Source:  Plain Chicken
 
 
Ingredients: 
 
2 (16-oz) packages frozen Classic Cheddar Pierogies, thawed 
2 (15-oz) jars Alfredo sauce 
3 cups chopped cooked chicken 
¾ cup cooked chopped bacon 
2 to 3 Tbsp Ranch dressing mix 
1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese 
 
 
Instructions: 
 
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Lightly spray a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine Alfredo sauce, chicken, bacon, 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and Ranch dressing mix. Add pierogies and toss to coat. Pour pierogies into prepared pan. 
 
Top with remaining cheddar cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 35 to 45 minutes.

Deep Dish Taco Pie

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This past week, I have been trying new recipes, and most of them from the food blog Plain Chicken.  If you haven't yet met Stephanie, then head on over and check out the yummy food she shares.
 
Deep Dish Taco Pie caught my eye immediately.  I love Mexican food and anything casserole, so this one was a must add to my meal plan.
 
The verdict:  A big thumbs up from the family.
 
This makes a huge batch, so unless you are cooking for a crowd, you may want to halve the recipe.


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Deep Dish Taco Pie 
Adapted from: Plain Chicken 
 
2 lbs ground beef 
1 (1-oz) packets taco seasoning 
2 (5.6-oz) packages Knorr Spanish Rice 
1 (12-oz) package frozen corn kernels, thawed 
1 cup salsa 
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese 
3 eggs 
1½ cups milk 
1 (15-oz) package refrigerated pie crust, 2-count 
 
Instructions: 
 
Preheat oven to 400ºF. Lightly spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside. In a skillet, brown ground beef till no longer pink, drain. Add taco seasoning and water called for on the package. Cook until all liquid is absorbed. Cook both packages rice as per directions on the packages. 
 
Cool slightly. Lay pie crusts in baking dish. Cover the entire bottom and sides of dish. Press pieces together with fingers. Spread corn kernels over pie crust. Top corn with cooked rice. Top rice with taco meat then cheese. Whisk together eggs, milk, and salsa. 
 
Pour over taco meat. Place on middle rack of oven and back for 30 minutes or until top is starting to brown. Let rest 10 to 15 minutes before cutting. 
 
 
Note: For tips, head on over to Stephanie's original recipe.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Doce Delicia da Casa - House Dessert

Doce Delicia da Casa

I grew up loving the kitchen and loving to cook. From a very young age I wanted play pots and pans and nothing more than to sit at my Great grandmother's feet while she cooked a meal.

But she wasn't the only woman that influenced my huge love for cooking, my grandmothers, my mother, my stepmother and even my dad all played vital parts in it too.

This recipe is one that I learnt how to make when I was in my teens and it's one of the easiest and yummiest quick fixers that I always turn to when looking for a great dessert.....it's also one of the ones always present at our Christmas Eve Meal.

If you're Portuguese, you will no doubt have already tried it, either at home, a friend's or a Portuguese restaurant.  It is usually the House Dessert, the one you will always pick and then devour the minute it hits the table.


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Doce Delicia da Casa - House Dessert


1 can of condensed milk
Measurement of the same can, in whole milk
Maria cookies (if you don't have Maria cookies, you can use shortbread or butter)
2 cups of heavy cream
4 eggs, separated
4 tablespoons sugar
Fresh brewed coffee, sweetened to your taste


In a saucepan, add the condensed milk, the 4 egg yolks and the whole milk.  Mix well, place over slow heat and stir constantly until it starts to boil.  Immediately remove off the heat, and pour into a 13x9 baking dish.

Set aside.

Pour the fresh brewed coffee into a bowl.  Dip each of the cookies, one at a time, and lay over the custard in the baking dish.  Continue until you've got a layer of cookies covering the top of the custard.

Beat the egg whites with 2 tablespoons of sugar, until stiff.

In another bowl, beat the heavy cream with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar.  Fold the egg whites into the whipped cream until well incorporated, then spread this mixture over the cookies.

Take a cookie or two and crumble over the whipped cream layer.  Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Doce Delicia da Casa

Cheesy Tuna Pasta Bake

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Don't you just love a good ol' pasta bake?

I don't know what it is about it, aside from the fact that it is all in one dish, but pasta bakes scream home cooked comfort food, to me.

It's one of those meals that come together pretty quickly, using ingredients you will no likely already have on hand.


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Cheesy Tuna Pasta Bake


1 box rigatoni pasta
3 tbsp butter
Small onion, finely diced
1/4 cup All purpose flour
2 cups milk
Shredded Cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Nutmeg to taste
3 cans of tuna, drained and flaked
Parsley


Preheat oven to 350 F.

Boil the pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.

In a saucepan, add the butter and the onion, cook until onion is translucent.  Sprinkle on the flour, stir well, then slowly pour in the milk, stirring constantly to remove any lumps.  Cook for a few minutes until the sauce has thickened


Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste.  Next, add in the tuna and mix well.  Sprinkle on some parsley, then add tuna to the drained pasta in a big bowl, toss together.  Add a little shredded cheese and stir to mix.

Pour mixture into a baking dish, sprinkle on more cheese over the top, and bake for about 15 minutes until cheese is melted and golden brown.  Serve immediately.

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Ikea Style Meatballs

You know how everyone always gushes about the Meatballs at Ikea?  I know, it's a bit strange considering it's a furniture store, but the one thing that everyone always comments on, is the fact that you can get some delicious meatballs for lunch.

I've never been to an Ikea, unfortunately (or maybe fortunately for my wallet), we have never lived near one.

But, I wanted to give the famous meatballs a try, and I looked online for a recipe that I could try and replicate at home.  I found a few but ended up just winging it and using them for inspiration, rather than following a specific recipe to the letter.

Here's the thing though, since I've never actually tried the Ikea meatballs, I can't tell you if they are close to it or not, but I can tell you that they were delicious and a nice change from the usual tomato based sauce, we are so familiar with.

Give these a try and let me know what you think.

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Ikea Style Meatballs


Frozen meatballs
1 Stick of Butter
Flour
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon mustard (I used brown spicy mustard)
Garlic paste
Heavy cream
Chicken stock (homemade or store bought)
Parsley


In a pot, I added the stick of butter and the frozen meatballs, along with a little bit of water.  Turned the heat to medium, popped the lid on and let them cook until completely warmed through.

Next, I sprinkled on some flour and stirred to make sure they were evenly coated.  I poured in about a cup and a half of heavy cream, then added the soy sauce and the mustard.  Also added a little bit of garlic paste to taste.

I had a mason jar with some homemade chicken broth in the fridge, it was about 2 cups of broth.  I added that in, gave everything a good stir, and then simmered for a minute or so just until it was hot and the gravy had thickened.  Sprinkled on some parsley and served immediately over mashed potatoes.

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They were divine.  I hope you give them a try, and if you do, let me know in the comments what you thought.