Thursday, April 28, 2011

Coconut Chicken and Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Tonight for dinner I made one of our favorites!
Coconut Chicken and Smashed Sweet Potatoes. It was delicious!

Coconut Chicken
2 eggs, beaten
2 tbsp water
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
4 tbsp melted butter

In a shallow dish, mix together coconut, flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. In another shallow dish, beat 2 eggs with the water.
Dredge the chicken in the egg wash, then coconut mixture. Place chicken on sprayed cookie sheet. Drizzle each piece with a little melted butter. Bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes.

Dipping Sauce:
Combine 1/4 cup orange marmalade with 2 tbsp Dijon mustard. Serve with chicken.

Smashed Sweet Potatoes
2 1/2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup honey
juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper
nutmeg to taste

Boil potatoes until tender. Drain and return them to pot. Mash with stock, honey, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Serve and enjoy!

(sources: adapted from Anna Can Cook and Rachael Ray)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter Puff Pancakes

We had a wonderful Easter. It was also my birthday week and that was full of surprises, so I am a bit behind in my posting.
I was able to attend the Taste of Home cooking school last week with my best friend Jodi. We had so much fun and got some fun new recipes. I have made German/puff pancakes for years now. It's one of our favorite breakfasts! I got this version at the cooking school and made it for Easter. We loved the berries on top!
Berry Puff Pancakes

1 tbsp butter
3 eggs
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup fresh raspberries (I had to use frozen...just defrosted them and they worked fine!)
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1/3 cup orange marmalade
2 tbsp confectioners sugar

Place the butter in a 9 inch pie plate; place in a 400* oven for 4-5 minutes or until melted. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the eggs and milk. In another small bowl, combine the flour and salt; whisk in egg mixture until smooth.
Pour into prepared pie plate. Bake 15-20 minutes or until sides are crisp and golden brown.
In a large bowl, gently combine the berries and the marmalade. Sprinkle pancake with confectioners sugar; fill with berry mixture. Serve immediately.

source: taste of home cooking school

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Hollywood Squares (peanut butter cups)

Life has been crazy lately...not sure why exactly, but I feel like I need 4 more hours in my day to get things accomplished! I have several great recipes to blog, so hopefully they will make an appearance soon. These are some treats I made a while back. They are thick and rich, but oh so good!
Hollywood Squares (peanut butter cups)

2 cups peanut butter
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter, melted

2 squares semi-sweet baking chocolate
1 tbsp peanut butter

Combine all ingredients, except topping ingredients. Mix well and press into greased 9" pan. Melt topping ingredients together, either in microwave or on the stove. Spread over peanut butter mixture. Chill until topping is firm. Cut into squares and enjoy!

source: changeable table

Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundaes

I have seen these floating around the web for a while and needed something fast for a FHE treat on Monday. They were a hit! The four of us shared 2... they are rich and filling! I won't mention the details of my new weight loss challenge I started on Sunday, cause I'm pretty sure these were not list of foods I should be eating. However, this week, I really don't care! Bring on the junk food!!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundaes

chocolate chip cookie dough
vanilla ice cream
chocolate sauce
caramel sauce
whipped cream

You can either buy store bought cookie dough or make your own. Fill greased ramekins about 1/2 way full of the cookie dough. Place ramekins on a baking sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 13-15 minutes. You want the dough cooked, but still a bit gooey in the center. Let cool for about 5 minutes and then top with a scoop of ice cream, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce and whipped cream. All of this can be homemade, but I had it all in my fridge and freezer, so it was super easy!
Eat and enjoy!! I think this is a new family favorite!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Monte Cristo Casserole

It was been kind of a crazy couple of weeks. The cooking I have been doing is nothing really blog worthy. I am hoping to get back on the band wagon the next week or so. We had a lovely General Conference weekend with lots of yummy food! I made this for breakfast on Saturday (per the hubby's request) and I think I gained 5 lbs from this dish alone! I could eat the whole pan myself. This is one of our very favorite breakfasts!
Monte Cristo Casserole
adapted from real mom kitchen

2 packages (12.5 oz each) frozen french toast sticks, thawed
1 cup milk
6 eggs
1 1/2 cups thick sliced deli ham, diced
1 1/2 cups thick sliced deli turkey, diced
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
2 tbsp dried parsley
powdered sugar
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1/2 cup strawberry jam

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut the sliced french toast into 3/4 inch cubes.
In a bowl, whisk together milk and eggs.
In a large bowl, place half the french toast cubes and pour half of egg mixture over cubes. Toss gently with wooden spoon until well coated.
Place coated cubes in a greased 9x13 baking dish.
Layer half the ham, turkey, cheese and parsley on french toast.
Using same large bowl, mix remaining french toast cubes with the remaining egg mixture and toss till coated. Layer over meat and cheese, followed by remaining ham, turkey, parsley, and cheese.
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool about 10 minutes.
While casserole bakes, wash and slice strawberries. Mix sliced strawberries with jam until well combined.
Sprinkle whole casserole or individual pieces with powdered sugar and top with strawberry topping.

Serves 6-12