CREAM CHESSE CHICKEN ENCHILADAS



Ingredients

5 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup light sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt)

10 oz. can of enchilada sauce

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided

1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese, divided

2 cups cooked shredded chicken

1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed (canned corn works, but drain it first)

4 oz. can diced green chiles

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp cumin

Salt and pepper

4 scallions, thinly sliced

8 (8-inch) whole wheat tortillas

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9×13 dish with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, cream together the cream cheese, sour cream, and 1/2 of the enchilada sauce. Stir in 1/2 cup of each type of cheese.

In a second bowl toss together the chicken, corn, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper, green chiles, and half of the scallions. Add the chicken mixture to the cheese mixture and combine well.

Spread about half of the remaining enchilada sauce (1/4 of the can) in the bottom of the baking dish.

Spoon the filling into each tortilla, roll the tortilla up, and place in the baking dish with the seam down. Pour the remaining enchilada sauce over the top of the filled tortillas and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Sprinkle with the remaining scallions and serve.

Serves 4

CRAZY GOOD CASSEROLE



 Ingredients 

4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

6 strips of quality bacon – cooked and crumbled

2 cans cream of chicken soup

2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack cheese

1 box (16 ounces) dried spiral pasta

1 tablespoon garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Cook and crumble bacon. While bacon is cooking, cut chicken into bite-sized chunks. Set cooked bacon aside for later use. In the same pan, cook chicken in bacon drippings. Add garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.

While chicken is cooking, prepare pasta according to directions. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 400.

Drain pasta, return to pot. Add chicken, both cans of cream of chicken soup, 1 cup of Monterrey Jack cheese – stir to mix well. Pour into prepared baking dish.

Top with crumbled bacon.

Top with remaining cup of Monterrey Jack cheese.

Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes, just until cheese is melted and beginning to brown on top

Fried Empanadas

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Ingredients

Original recipe makes 2 dozen
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups water, or as needed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 pinch salt
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup raisins
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and chopped
1 quart oil for frying, or as needed

Directions

1.In a medium bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Cut in shortening using a pastry blender, or pinching into small pieces using your fingers, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Use a fork to stir in water a few tablespoons at a time, until the mixture forms a ball. Pat into a ball, and flatten slightly. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
2.Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until tender. Crumble in the beef, and season with salt, paprika, cumin and black pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until beef is browned. Drain excess grease, and stir in the raisins and vinegar. Refrigerate until chilled, then stir in the hard-cooked eggs.
3.Form the dough into 2 inch balls. On a floured surface, roll each ball out into a thin circle. Spoon some of the meat mixture onto the center, then fold into half-moon shapes. Seal edges by pressing with your fingers.
4.Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 365 degrees F (180 degrees C). Place one or two pies into the fryer at a time. Cook for about 5 minutes, turning once to brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels, and serve hot.

Cheddar, Apple, and Pastrami Grilled Cheese

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Ingredients

3 Tbs. apple butter
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. honey
Kosher salt
4 1/2-inch-thick slices sourdough bread
8 oz. aged white Cheddar,thinly sliced or coarsely grated (about 2 cups)
2 oz. thinly sliced pastrami
6 to 10 very thin slices of apple, preferably honey crisp
1-1/2 oz. (3 Tbs.) unsalted butter

Combine the apple butter, mustard, honey, and a good pinch of kosher salt in a small bowl. Spread evenly on two slices of bread and top with half of the cheese and the pastrami. Top that with a layer of sliced apple, overlapping the slices slightly, and the remaining cheese. Top with the other slices of bread to make two sandwiches.

Melt 2 Tbs. of the butter in a heavy-duty 12-inch skillet over medium-low heat until lightly browned. Add the sandwiches and cook, adjusting the heat as necessary, until golden brown on one side, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip, add the remaining 1 Tbs. butter, and cook, lifting the edges of the bread to allow the butter to run under and adjusting the heat as necessary, until the cheese has melted and the other side is golden brown, another 3 to 4 minutes. Slice in half and serve.

CHICKEN AND DUMPLING CASSEROLE

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Ingredients

2 pounds of chicken
1 cup
1 milk
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted
1 10.5 oz can cream of chicken soup

2 cup chicken broth ( you can use the water your chicken was cooked in)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Place the chicken in a pot and cover with water. Cover and cook medium heat for 1 hour. Remove chicken from pot, save the water, and let cool. Shred the chicken and place in the bottom of a 11×7 baking dish. Whisk together the flour, milk and butter, pour over the chicken. Whisk together the broth, soup, salt and pepper, pour over the casserole, DO NOT STIR. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Let sit for minutes before serving.

Dr. PEPPER PULLED PORK

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Ingredients

1 (3 lb) pork shoulder roast
various seasonings (I used garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt, and ground black pepper)
1 (12 oz) can Dr. Pepper soda pop
1 cup BBQ sauce

Directions

Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
Rub pork roast with various seasonings and place roast in slow cooker. Pour Dr. Pepper and BBQ sauce on top of roast. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 5-6 hours. Shred roast with two forks (it should fall apart easily) and serve on top of hamburger buns.
Makes about 6-8 servings.