Smothered Filet Mignon

Smothered Filet Mignon

A great combination of flavors. Serve with some mashed garlic red potatoes and sweetened green beans for a fabulous special occasion meal. Don’t forget to serve a bottle of Cabernet or Zinfandel.

Ingredients

Original recipe yields 4 servings
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Directions

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  • Season steaks with seasoned salt and black pepper, and arrange in a single layer in a large baking dish. In a bowl, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, and rosemary. Pour mixture over filets, and turn to coat. Marinate for up to 30 minutes.

  • While you are marinating the meat, melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Cook onion slices in butter until soft, then stir in sugar. Continue cooking until onions are caramelized. Set aside.

  • Preheat grill for high heat on one side, and medium heat on the other side.

  • Lightly oil the grill grate. Place steaks on the hot side of the grill, and cook for 10 minutes, turning once. When the steaks are almost done, move to the cooler side of the grill. Top each filet with a quarter of the caramelized onions and blue cheese. Close the lid, and continue cooking until the cheese is melted.

Nutrition Facts

590 calories; protein 35.3g; carbohydrates 13.4g; fat 43.4g; cholesterol 124.5mg; sodium 689.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Instant Pot Roasted Chicken

Instant Pot Roasted Chicken

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that I got an Instant Pot for Christmas and I’m love, love, loving it!  If you don’t know what an Instant Pot is, well it’s an electric pressure cooker; very similar to a crockpot only faster.  I like to say it’s a crockpot on steroids!  You can cook just about anything in an Instant Pot, so long as you can fit it in the pot that is.  I doubt  you can fit a 15 pound whole turkey, but you can definitely fit a 5 pound whole chicken.  That’s what I do when I make Instant Pot Roasted Chicken!

Instant pot roasted chickenInstant Pot Roasted Chicken is a tender (fall off the bone) juicy chicken that you cook in under an hour.  Yup Roasted rotisserie like chicken cooked in less than hour!  How much better can it get?

Seriously how easy is that?  Making Instant Pot Roasted Chicken doesn’t require a lot of planning, just be sure you have a defrosted chicken before you start and that you take out all the chicken parts from the cavity.  I use those parts to make stock for the gravy.

Ready to make this delicious Instant Pot Roasted Chicken?  Here’s how!

Ingredients:

1 whole chicken  up to 5 pounds

1 Tbs Kosher Salt

1 Tbs Garlic Powder

1 Tbs Paprika

1 Tsp Black Pepper

1 Tsp Dried Rosemary (optional)

1 Sprig of fresh Rosemary (optional)

1/4 Cup Canola Oil

1 small onion peeled

1 Cup chicken broth

Directions:

Remove all parts from the cavity – you can boil them with seasonings to use as stock for a gravy

Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towel

Place onion in cavity

Combine all seasonings in a small bowl and add oil to them, stir well

Turn on Instant Pot and set to sauté

Rub 1/2 of oil mixture to breast side of chicken

 

 

 

Place chicken breast side down into hot Instant Pot

Carefully rub remaining oil mixture to back of chicken

Cook for 4 minutes

Turn Chicken over onto its back and cook for another 4 minutes

Then remove chicken from pot and turn pot off

Place trivet on bottom of pot, then pour broth into pot

Return chicken to pot breast side up

Place sprig of rosemary on top of chicken (optional)

Secure lid making sure valve is in the sealing position

Set pot on Manual and adjust time to 25 minutes

Let pot depressurize naturally, do not move valve to venting position

Remove lid and transfer chicken to serving dish.

Let chicken rest in serving dish about 5 minutes before cutting.

 

 

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Pan Fried Herb Crusted Chicken Breasts

Pan Fried Herb Crusted Chicken Breasts

Have you resolved to eat healthier this year?  Like many folks we try to eat healthy most of the time, but holidays always set us back just a little bit.  So last month my husband announced that after several months of slacking he was determined to loose a few pounds and make healthier choices.  In other words he’s back on his low carb diet of meat and veggies.  Sounds great, but it also presents a challenge.  The challenge being finding “healthier” meals to prepare on my very busy schedule.  Imagine how happy I was to find thin sliced boneless skinless chicken breasts at our neighborhood market.

I love the thin cut breasts because they are so versatile and cook very quickly.  Perfect for my schedule!  But the thinness of the breasts do present a challenge, how not to over cook and dry them out.  Anyway I have been using them for stir fries and other chicken dishes, the trick is to reduce the cooking time so they don’t dry out.  No one likes to eat tough dry chicken breasts!

For variety I tried preparing the chicken breasts different ways, experimenting with different herbs and cooking methods.  Here’s a quick easy recipe I made the other day, Pan Fried Herb Crusted Chicken Breasts.  This dish is quite healthy.  It uses very little oil, and adds no salt.  The flavor comes from the dried herbs generously patted on the chicken breasts.  Best of all this dish takes about 15 minutes to make cook and another 5 -10 minutes to rest.  Served with a salad or pasta it makes a great healthy dinner!

Pan Fried Herb Crusted Chicken Breasts

Ingredients:

4 Thin Sliced Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – if you can’t find thin sliced breasts, cut 2 breasts horizontally to make 4 thin slices

1 Tbs. Olive Oil

1/4 Cup Dried Oregano

1/4 Cup Dried Rosemary

2 Tbs. Dried Thyme

1/4 Cup Garlic Powder

1 Tbs. Cayenne Red Pepper (optional)

1 Tbs. Crushed Red Pepper (optional)

Directions:

Wash chicken breasts and pat dry with paper towel

Mix all dry ingredients together.

Chicken breastsPat generous amounts of spice mixture on to both sides of each chicken breast

Heat Olive Oil over medium high heat

Gently drop each chicken breast into hot oil.  Oil should sizzle when chicken breasts are dropped in.

Cook each side of the chicken breasts 3-4 minutes.

Transfer onto plate and let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.  It’s very important to let the chicken breasts rest because this will complete the cooking process.  If you serve it without resting chicken breasts will be under cooked.

 

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Servings Prep Time
2 5 mins
Cook Time Passive Time
8 mins 5-10 mins
Pan Fried Herb Crusted Chicken Breasts
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Servings Prep Time
2 5 mins
Cook Time Passive Time
8 mins 5-10 mins
Servings Prep Time
2 5 mins
Cook Time Passive Time
8 mins 5-10 mins
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Wash chicken breasts and pat dry with paper towel
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together.
  3. Pat generous amounts of spice mixture on to both sides of each chicken breast
  4. Heat Olive Oil over medium high heat
  5. Gently drop each chicken breast into hot oil. Oil should sizzle when chicken breasts are dropped in.
  6. Cook each side of the chicken breasts 3-4 minutes.
  7. Transfer onto plate and let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving. It's very important to let the chicken breasts rest because this will complete the cooking process. If you serve it without resting chicken breasts will be under cooked.
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