Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole

Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole

Chicken casseroleI’m not even going to try to lie about how this  dish came to be!  I made this Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole because a while back during a Costco shopping trip I sample a dip that was made with Lawry’s Carne Asada Seasoning.  Of course I had to buy the large industrial sized bottle of this seasoning!  I seemed like a good idea at the time!

Then the bottle of seasoning sat in my kitchen cabinet along with a shelf full of other spices for months.  It seemed to taunt me every time I opened the cupboard to grab a bottle of spice.  It said “use me I dare you!”  So I just had to find a way, other than the dip, to use this tasty seasoning.  That’s how I came up with this Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole!  (Well having my fridge go on the blink with a big bag of Costco chicken thighs and shredded cheddar made me super creative!)

But seriously I whipped up a tray of this Chicken Casserole and my family absolutely loved it!  There was barely any left overs.  In fact they were practically fighting over the 2 left over pieces the next day!

chicken casseroleAnd best of all it’s super easy to make!  It literally is dumped into a baking dish and baked for about an hour and it’s done!  I served it with some Mexican rice, trust me it really was a big hit! They can’t wait til I make it again!  At this rate I’m going to have to go back to Costco for another bottle of that seasoning.

So here it is, my awesome Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole!


 

Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole
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Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole
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Instructions
  1. Place chicken thighs in a large shallow baking dish
  2. Sprinkle Carne Asada Seasoning over chicken and let sit covered with plastic wrap in refrigerator for about an hour
  3. Mix cream cheese, salsa, whipping cream, and sour cream together in a bowl and pour over chicken. Make sure you cover all the pieces.
  4. Spread shredded cheddar over all.
  5. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 1 hour or until chicken is fully cooked and cheese is completely melted.
  6. Serve hot.
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Easy Chicken Marsala

Easy Chicken Marsala

Easy Chicken MarsalaChicken Marsala is one of my favorite dishes; my family loves it too!

Chicken Marsala is actually an Italian-American dish.  It’s a variation of Italian scaloppina dishes which has many variations.  Chicken Marsala is a savory dish made with chicken breasts, mushrooms, and sweet Marsala wine; some recipes call for cream to produce a creamy sauce for the chicken.  Still others require the chicken breasts lightly battered and fried and requires a bit more time to prepare.

I love all versions of Chicken Marsala, but sometimes time doesn’t permit me to cook the battered version.  Those days I turn to this Easy Chicken Marsala recipe that takes less than a  half hour to make.  It’s easy and delicious.  Served over pasta or with mashed potatoes it makes an easy meal.  I like to serve it with a tossed salad to complete the meal.

Here’s my Easy Chicken Marsala recipe!  It easily feeds 6!

Ingredients:

5 Boneless Skinless chicken breast cut in half horizontally

1 Basket mushrooms washed and quartered

1 Tbs. Chopped Garlic

2 Tbs. Butter

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

1 Cup Marsala Wine

1 Cup Chicken Broth

1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

1 Tbs. Chopped Parsley

Directions:

Using the flat part of a kitchen mallet pound chicken slices into 1/4″ thin pieces

In a large skillet heat oil and melt 1 Tbs. Butter in the oil

Add chicken to skillet

Cook each side about 4 minutes or until chicken is cooked thru

Remove chicken from skillet and set aside

Add remaining butter to skillet and melt

Sauté garlic in skillet until it turns slightly brown

Add mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are tender

Add Marsala wine and chicken broth

Cook about 3 minutes

Stir in heavy whipping cream and simmer over medium low heat about 2 minutes

Return cooked chicken slices to sauce and heat

Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving

 

Easy Chicken Marsala
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Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Easy Chicken Marsala
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Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Using the flat part of a kitchen mallet pound chicken slices into 1/4" thin pieces
  2. In a large skillet heat oil and melt 1 Tbs. Butter in the oil
  3. Add chicken to skillet
  4. Cook each side about 4 minutes or until chicken is cooked thru
  5. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside
  6. Add remaining butter to skillet and melt
  7. Sauté garlic in skillet until it turns slightly brown
  8. Add mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are tender
  9. Add Marsala wine and chicken broth
  10. Cook about 3 minutes
  11. Stir in heavy whipping cream and simmer over medium low heat about 2 minutes
  12. Return cooked chicken slices to sauce and heat
  13. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving
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Mac N’ Cheese Bites

Mac N’ Cheese Bites

Mac N' CheeseThinking about your next holiday party?  Not sure what to serve?  Here’s a new twist on a favorite comfort food your family and friends will love, Mac N’ Cheese Bites.

I make these for my twin grandbabies, they love Mac N’ Cheese and these are perfectly portioned for their small appetites!

They look great on a tasting or buffet table.  Make them ahead of time and keep some in your freezer for unexpected get togethers this holiday season, I do!

Makes 24 bites

Ingredients:

2 cups elbow macaroni (cooked, strained, and cooled)
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup Italian style bread crumbs
1 egg
1/2 stick melted butter
Cooking spray

Directions:

Spray  mini-muffin tin with cooking spray.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Place all ingredients in a large bowl except breadcrumbs and mix well.

Drop into muffin tin, fill each cup to the top.

Sprinkle tops with breadcrumbs.

Bake in oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and edges start to turn brown.

Mac N' Cheese Bites
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Great party appetizer! A new twist on everyone's favorite comfort food, Macaroni and Cheese. These cheesy, creamy, and yummy bites will be the hit of the party. They make great snacks too!
Servings Prep Time
24 Bites 20 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 Bites 20 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Mac N' Cheese Bites
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Great party appetizer! A new twist on everyone's favorite comfort food, Macaroni and Cheese. These cheesy, creamy, and yummy bites will be the hit of the party. They make great snacks too!
Servings Prep Time
24 Bites 20 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 Bites 20 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Bites
Instructions
  1. Spray mini-muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Place all ingredients in a large bowl except breadcrumbs and mix well.
  4. Drop into muffin tin, fill each cup to the top.
  5. Sprinkle tops with breadcrumbs.
  6. Bake in oven for 15 - 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and edges start to turn brown.
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Ganache Filled Bar Cookies

Ganache Filled Bar Cookies

Cookies

Who doesn’t love homemade chocolate chip cookies? Here’s a family favorite, a new twist on the classic cookie jar standard.  These bar cookies are crunchy on the outside and very chocolatey in the middle.

It requires a bit more work than the reqular drop cookies, but so worth the extra time and effort. It’s sure to become one of your favorites too!

Makes 32 Cookies

Ingredients:

 

½ cup heavy cream

8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chip morsels

1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

¼ tsp. salt

2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 2/3 cups packed dark brown sugar

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Boil cream over moderate heat.
  2. Finely grind chocolate chips in a food processor.
  3.  With food processor on add the hot cream and process until smooth.
  4.  Scrape ganache into a bowl and let stand til firm – 30 mins. To 1 hr.
  5.  Pre-heat oven to 350 Degrees
  6.  Lightly butter 9”x13” baking pan.  Line pan with wax paper.  Butter and flour paper.
  7.   Whisk together flour and salt.
  8. In large mixing bowl beat butter and brown sugar at medium speed for 3 mins.
  9.  Beat in eggs one at a time.
  10.  Beat in vanilla
  11. At low speed add flour in 3 increments, batter will be stiff
  12. Spread batter into pan
  13.   Bake 18-20 mins. , until tester inserted in center comes out clean
  14.   Transfer pan to wire rack and cool completely
  15.   Invert pan onto a large wire rack.
  16.    Remove pan and peel off wax paper.
  17.    Invert cake onto large cutting board.
  18.   With a long serrated knife cut cake in halves crosswise
  19.   Spread chocolate ganache on one half of cake leaving a 1/8” border
  20.  Top with other cake half
  21.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ganache is set – 2 hours or more
  22. Trim cake edges.
  23. Cut lengthwise into 4 strips
  24.  Cut strips crosswise into 8 bars each.

Serve chilled or at room temperature with cold milk for a yummy treat.

Cookies
Ganache Filled Bar Cookies
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A new twist on a cookie jar standard. Instead of chocolate chip cookies make theses bar cookies.
Servings Prep Time
32 Bars 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 3 Hours
Servings Prep Time
32 Bars 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 3 Hours
Cookies
Ganache Filled Bar Cookies
Print Recipe
A new twist on a cookie jar standard. Instead of chocolate chip cookies make theses bar cookies.
Servings Prep Time
32 Bars 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 3 Hours
Servings Prep Time
32 Bars 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 Minutes 3 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: Bars
Instructions
Ganache
  1. Boil cream over moderate heat.
  2. Finely grind chocolate chips in a food processor.
  3. With food processor on add the hot cream and process until smooth.
  4. Scrape ganache into a bowl and let stand til firm – 30 mins. To 1 hr.
Assemble
  1. Invert pan onto a large wire rack. Remove pan and peel off wax paper.
  2. Invert cake onto large cutting board.
  3. With a long serrated knife cut cake in halves crosswise.
  4. Spread chocolate ganache on one half of cake leaving a 1/8” border.
  5. Top with other cake half.
  6. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ganache is set – 2 hours or more.
  7. Trim cake edges.
  8. Cut lengthwise into 4 strips.
  9. Cut strips crosswise into 8 bars each.
Recipe Notes

You can get more cookies by cutting the bars smaller.

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Bread Pudding With Caramel Sauce

Bread Pudding With Caramel Sauce

Bread Pudding

Whole Foods sells an awesome Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce.  It’s one of the items in their hot bar.  It sells for around $7 or $8 a pound, and this stuff is pretty heavy.  My family loves this pudding and we usually take home a few pounds when ever we shop there.

Bread pudding is pretty basic, it’s just bread, milk, eggs, and sugar.  I decided I’d try my hand at making a bread pudding similar to Whole Food’s.  I’d also serve it with caramel sauce just like they do.  Luckily I hit it on the first try!  My family loves it, they say it’s even better than Whole Foods’.

You can serve bread pudding warm or cold; with or without the caramel sauce; and of course with a scoop of ice cream.  It’s one of my favorite comfort foods!

Here’s my recipe for bread pudding and caramel sauce.  It gives 12 generous servings.

Pudding:

12 cups baguette cubesI use day old baguettes that come on sale at the end of the day

7 cups whole milk

9 eggs

1 tbls. vanilla

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

  1. Place cubes in buttered 9″ x 13″ baking pan
  2. Beat eggs, mix in milk and brown sugar
  3. Stir in vanilla and cinnamon
  4. Pour milk mixture over cubes
  5. Bake in 350 degree oven 1 1/2 hours or until tester comes out clean and pudding is set

You can serve warm or cold, with or without caramel sauce.

 Caramel Sauce:

Makes 4 cups

2 sticks butter

2 cups brown sugar

2 cups heavy cream

Melt butter in sauce pan.  Add sugar and cream.  Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves and sauce thickens.  Do no bring to a boil.  Stir to keep sides sugar from forming crystals on the side of the pan.

This Caramel Sauce can be used to top bread pudding, ice cream, brownies, etc.  I usually make a batch and just store in my refrigerator.  It keeps for about a month, just stir if the butter separates.

It gets a grainy texture if stored longer.


Bread Pudding With Caramel Sauce
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Super yummy bread pudding, my favorite comfort food. The caramel sauce makes this bread pudding exceptional. Make extra sauce to pour over ice cream!
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time
90 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time
90 Minutes
Bread Pudding With Caramel Sauce
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Super yummy bread pudding, my favorite comfort food. The caramel sauce makes this bread pudding exceptional. Make extra sauce to pour over ice cream!
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time
90 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time
90 Minutes
Ingredients
Pudding
Caramel Sauce
Servings: Servings
Instructions
Pudding
  1. Place cubes in buttered 9" x 13" baking pan
  2. Beat eggs, mix in milk and brown sugar
  3. Stir in vanilla and cinnamon
  4. Pour milk mixture over cubes
  5. Bake in 350 degree oven 1 1/2 hours or until tester comes out clean and pudding is set
Caramel Sauce
  1. Melt butter in sauce pan.
  2. Add sugar and cream.
  3. Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves and sauce thickens. Do no bring to a boil.
  4. Stir to keep sides sugar from forming crystals on the side of the pan.
Recipe Notes

 

This Caramel Sauce can be used to top bread pudding, ice cream, brownies, etc.  I usually make a batch and just store in my refrigerator.  I keeps for about a month, just stir if the butter separates.
It gets a grainy texture if stored longer.

 

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