Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage

I am Irish and I am totally into corned beef. Now, that is, not so much when I was younger! But I’m sure I’m not alone on that one. I think corned beef is an acquired taste, so the better the recipe, the more you’re apt to like the finished product. This was unbelievably good, and I think the crock pot did just the right amount of breaking down the meat, but it wasn’t mushy. And of course the Colcannon (or cabbage potatoes) is the perfect accompaniment! Recipe tomorrow…

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Crockpot Corned Beef

Ingredients:

1 onion- quartered
2 cloves garlic-peeled and smashed
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
3 cups water
1-3 pound corned beef brisket
1 head cabbage-cut into 8 wedges
1/2 cup apricot preserves
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
2 tablespoons grainy mustard

Directions:

Place the onions in the bottom of a crock pot then top with the garlic, bay leaf, sugar, vinegar, water the the beef. Top that with the cabbage. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours.

Mix the apricot preserves, brown sugar and mustards in a bowl.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the beef in a baking pan and cover with 1/2 of the apricot glaze. bake for about 20 minutes or until the glaze is bubbling. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes then slice and serve with the remaining apricot glaze.

Serve with tomorrows Colcannon recipe!

Paella Casserole

Paella CasseroleCan I be honest with you for a moment? OK, thanks. The thing is, I have been dying to make a TRUE paella for years. I have picked up the paella pan in stores too many times to count, but for some reason, I just can’t bring myself to buy one. I think I am afraid of the process for some reason that I can’t explain. If anyone out there has a great, easy recipe please let me know. But until then, I made this casserole and it simply was to die for…

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Paella Casserole

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

1 (10 ounce) package yellow rice (It's yellow because of the saffron-yummy!
1/2 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and cleaned
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
1 clove garlic-minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
shredded chicken from 1 rotisserie deli chicken
2 green onions-chopped
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup frozen peas-thawed
1/2 cup green olives-chopped
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese-shredded
1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Directions:

Cook rice according to package directions. Remove from heat and let cool 30 minutes; fluff with a fork.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Meanwhile, toss shrimp with lemon juice, salt and pepper in a bowl. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet on medium-high. Saute shrimp and garlic about 2 minutes, flipping shrimp in the middle and being careful not to burn the garlic. Remove from the heat. Combine shredded chicken, cooked rice, onions, sour creams and peas in a large bowl; toss well. Add shrimp and olives; toss gently. Spoon rice mixture into a greased baking dish. Combine cheese and paprika and sprinkle over the casserole.

Bake, uncovered 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted and browned.

adapted from Gooseberry Patch-103 Pot Pies & Casseroles

Chicken Parmesan-Lightened Up

IMG_9332This recipe came out of a need to eat one night. Short on ingredients and not wanting to make a trip to the market, I saw this in a magazine and threw it together in no time. I thought I would share since you may like it as well and being that it isn’t breaded, fried chicken, it makes it a really light, healthy option…

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Chicken Parmesan-Lightened Up

Ingredients:

2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts-split in half lengthwise to be thinner
1/2 cup dried bread crumbs
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 clove garlic-grated
Pinch of red pepper flakes
4 slices mozzarella cheese

Directions:

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the breadcrumbs and cook, stirring, until golden brown-about 3 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons Parmesan and cook, stirring, until melted-about 1 minute more. Transfer to a bowl and stir n 2 tablespoons basil; set aside.

Return the skillet to medium-high heat and add the remaining olive oil. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper; add to the skillet and cook until golden and cooked through-about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

Add the tomato sauce and 1 cup of water to the skillet. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes and 1 tablespoon Parmesan; reduce the heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thickened-about 10 minutes. Stir in the remaining basil and season with salt and pepper.

Return the chicken to the skillet, turning to coat with the sauce. Top with the remaining Parmesan cheese, a pice of cheese on each piece of chicken and top with some breadcrumbs. Let simmer until the cheese melts-aobut 3 minutes. Serve with a salad.

adapted from Food Network Magazine, March 2013

Chicken Pot Pie Muffin Cups

february, 2013 003This is really just a fun way to use your favorite Chicken pot pie filling. I think it would be super cute for a bridal shower, but since we have none of those in the near future, I just made it on an ordinary weeknight and it was a huge hit…

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Chicken Pot Pie Muffin Cups

Ingredients:

2 chicken breast-poached and diced small
1 (10 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables-thawed
1 cup cheddar cheese-shredded
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic salt
2 (20 ounce) cans refrigerator biscuits

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a bowl, blend the chicken, soup, vegetables, cheese and spices. Lightly spray 2 muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray. Roll our each biscuit until uniform and about 6 inches in diameter. Place into a muffin cup and mold it, forming a crust over the top of the edge of the tin. Spoon approximately 1/4 cup of the pot pie mixture into each biscuit cup.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the biscuits are browned and the soup is bubbly. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Just a darn great idea!!

Spicy Pulled Pork

IMG_9327I have my one trusty recipe that I ALWAYS use for pulled pork, but after perusing this recipe I just knew I had to give it a try. It’s official, this is my Number 2 favorite pulled pork...

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Spicy Pulled Pork

Ingredients:

FOR THE MARINADE:

3 pounds pork loin roast
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 (6 ounce) can Coke
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup water

FOR COOKING:

1 (8 ounce) can Coke
1 (6 ounce) can sliced green chilies
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce
1/8 teaspoon garlic power
1/8 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon chili powder
1/3 cup brown sugar
Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

Mix together the salt, pepper, Coke and brown sugar. Place the roast in your crock pot, pour the liquid over it, cover and marinate in the refrigerator over night.

Take the pork out of the fridge and add 1/4 cup water to the marinade. Cook on LOW for 4-6 hours or HIGH 3-4 hours.

Drain all the liquids and shred the pork using two forks. Mix the remaining ingredients together, mix together with the shredded pork and return to the crock pot on LOW for 1 hour.