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Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

A really simple recipe that comes together in a snap. Pork tenderloin stuffed with bacon, jalapeno peppers, cream cheese and cheddar cheese, this recipe is  bursting with flavor!

Ingredients

  • 1 pork tenderloin, the package usually comes with 2- freeze the other one or double the recipe if cooking for a large crowd
  • 2 jalapeno peppers , cored and minced
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese , grated
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 6-8 bacon slices, crumbled

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F

Cook the bacon in a large skillet. The skillet will be used for searing the pork, so don’t clean it out after the bacon has been cooked. Once the bacon is cooled crumble it. 

Trim the pork tenderloins of any fat and membrane. 

To butterfly the pork tenderloin, use a sharp knife to make a horizontal cut about one-third of the way up from the bottom of the tenderloin. Flip open the thicker, top flap (like opening a book). Then, take the knife and cut another horizontal line through the thicker part of the tenderloin to open it up even more (like a trifold). You should now have a flat surface of meat. 

Put a piece of plastic wrap over the laid out pork and pound it out to about a 1/3 inch thickness, be careful not to tear it. 

Once the pork has been butterflied, rub both sides with the Barbeque seasoning of your choice.

You can make your own Barbeque rub or take the easy road and purchase one. My favorite is Good Shit, yes you read that right! LOL! You can find it on Amazon. There’s a whole line of seasonings from Big Cock Ranch. Not only do they bring your meat to the next level, they make for a hilarious conversation starter or gift!

In a small bowl, mix together the diced jalapeño pepper with the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon crumbles and chili powder.

Spread the jalapeño pepper mixture on one side of the pork. Now it’s ready to roll!

Roll up the pork tenderloin, making sure you wrap up all that goodness inside! Then, using cooking twine, tie the rolled pork tenderloin up to hold in all the ingredients.

Remember the oven safe skillet you cooked the bacon in? Bring that back over medium heat, and sear the pork tenderloin on all sides. I know it’s rolled up, so what do I mean by sides? Simply rotate it about four times to get as much of the tenderloin seared as possible (about 5 minutes on each side).

Place the pork tenderloin in the preheated oven and cook for about 15-20 minutes, making sure the internal temperature is at 165°F. Take the tenderloin out of the oven.

Sprinkle with chopped parsley and Enjoy!

Tip: While cutting the jalapeños, whatever you do, please please please don’t don’t touch your face. The oils in the peppers will BURN, I speak from experience, it’s VERY painful. The spice in jalapeños is found in the seeds and inner membranes.  To reduce the heat in this recipe, clean out all of the (light colored) inner membrane and seeds. If you like lots of heat, leave a little bit of membrane.

Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
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Stuffed Chorizo Chicken over Yellow Rice

The smells of Spanish cooking never fails to set my tastebuds alight.

Spanish food looks good and tastes great. But the smell of Spanish food cooking adds to the anticipation of dinner, and to the experience of eating it!

I loving making recipes that remind me of being a little girl at my grandparents’ houses.

I love using Chorizo in my cooking, whether it’s for my mom’s Spanish Bean Soup, a breakfast hash or tacos! It adds little richness and spice to a dish. The two most common types of chorizo here in the United States are Mexican chorizo and Spanish chorizo.

Here’s a some quick tips on the difference.

Spanish Chorizo

Spanish chorizo is usually cured or smoked and wrapped in a casing. It does not need any further cooking or preparation to enjoy. I like to eat Spanish chorizo as-is on a charcuterie board with cheeses and a glass of red wine.

Mexican Chorizo

Mexican chorizo is most commonly sold raw and must be cooked before consuming. It should be pan-fried or browned like any ground sausage. I love Mexican chorizo, it’s a highly versatile ingredient for adding huge flavor to any dish. It works seamlessly with soups, chilis, sauces, or as a topping for potatoes, pasta dishes, and breakfast hashes.

For this recipe, I used Mexican chorizo since I will stuffing it into chicken.

I always like to marinade my chicken, especially if I’m using breast. I find chicken breast to not have much flavor on it’s own.

I usually make my own marinade but I had a bottle of Goya Mojo Chipotle Marinade in the frig and it’s pretty good so I figured let’s save some time!

The first step of this recipe is to dump your chicken breast into a ziplock bag and pour enough of the marinade in to cover the chicken.

If you have the time, marinate it over night, if not at least 1 hour.

Now it’s time to get to slicing and dicing! This is where my boyfriend, Brian comes in handy!

Before you start, make sure you have a trash bowl next to your cutting board. I learned this tip from one of my favorite chefs, Rachael Ray! I use my Meme’s old metal colander, it makes me feel like she’s in the kitchen with me!

Evenly, dice the onion, garlic and red bell peppers.

Here’s another tip! When you cut your red bell pepper or any pepper make sure to cut it skin down. This will make it so much easier for your knife and you!

While you are slicing and dicing, heat your skillet. Place the chorizo in a skillet over medium heat and break it up into tiny pieces with a wooden spoon while cooking. Transfer the chorizo to a large bowl lined with a paper towel and let the oils drain from the chorizo.

Next, using that same pan, wipe out most of the oil with a paper towel, but leave some of the chorizo oil, and sauté your onion. Sprinkling the Saxon Con Azafran (I use the Baida brand). Continue to sauté for about 4-5 minutes until tender, then add the red bell pepper and sauté until tender. I add the garlic last because garlic can burn if cooked too long and that is not good for any dish. Sauté all together, for 4-5 minutes until fragrant.

Transfer the veggies and chorizo to a large bowl and stir together. This is the filing a.k.a Chorizo stuffing for your chicken!

By now, the aroma from your kitchen should be calling to your family and neighbors to come over for dinner!

PreHeat your oven to 325F

Next up, prepare the yellow rice! I personally love VIGO yellow rice! It’s made right here in Tampa! If you have never visited the VIGO store in Tampa, you must! They also offer field trips for students!

First melt the butter and EVOO in a saucepan. Then add the rice. A great tip I learned from Gordan Ramsay is to first toast your rice!

The secret to a better pan of rice lies in seasoning and flavoring the grains before they even hit that pot of boiling water.

Once the grains are coated and start to toast (you should smell a deep nutty aroma), take it a step further by tossing in some aromatics — like chopped shallots, garlic, ginger, and/or spices — into the pan. For this recipe, toss in the garlic! Toast for just a few minutes, until the rice starts to look slightly brown on the tips and smells fragrant and nutty. Then add in the 2 cups of chicken broth. Stirring occasionally, bring the broth to a boil. Cover saucepan tightly. Reduce heat to simmer and allow to cook for 20-25 minutes.

Now it’s time to take out all the stress from the day! Grab your mallet or rolling pin; chicken, and cutting board.

Place the chicken on the cutting board and cover it with wax paper or plastic wrap (keep it covered, you don’t want chicken juice on your rolling pin or mallet). After giving the chicken breast a good pounding on both sides, use your rolling pin to roll it out like pie dough to approcimately 1/4 thick (but keep it in the covered since you don’t want chicken juice on your rolling pin.)

Sprinkle Badia Sazon With Saffron over the chicken. Take a scoop of Chorizo stuffing about 1-2 tablespoons and place it at one end of the chicken breast. Do not let your scoop touch the chicken, you are going to want to save the leftover stuffing for future meals, I used mine in quesadillas the next day! It’s also good in a breakfast hash or even as a salsa!

Unravel the cheese… yup I said unravel! It’s like a ball of yarn but cheese! Super fun!

Cut 2-3 inch strips and place on top of the Chorizo stuffing.

Now roll the chicken, making sure to tuck in the cheese and stuffing. You’re basically rolling the chicken like you would a tortilla for a burrito.

You can use tooth picks or kitchen twine to tie the chicken, so it does not come undone. I used twine but tooth picks are much easier. 😉

Heat a cast iron skillet on medium heat and drizzle with EVOO. You don’t have to use cast iron – a large skillet will do but I much prefer cooking with cast iron!

Sear the stuffed chicken breasts for 4 minutes on each side until browned. (They will not be fully cooked. You will finish them off in the oven.)

Some of the cheese will ooze out, but don’t worry it will taste amazing like fried cheese!

Take the skillet off of the heat, and pour in 1/4 cup white wine or chicken broth. Place the skillet into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165F.

Now it’s time to plate the dish! I love creating the presentation of the meal!

Take a ladle and press the rice to form a dome, then place the chicken next to it with the cheese oozing onto the plate. YUM!

Get creative and post your plated presentation below in the comments, I’d love to see it!!!

Ingredients:

Goya Mojo Chipotle Marinade

4 Chicken Breasts

1 large Onion – diced

5 garlic cloves- minced or diced

2 red bell peppers – diced

1 pound Mexican Chorizo

1 ball of Oaxaca Cheese

2 teaspoons Badia Sazon With Saffron

Salt & Pepper to taste

1/4 cup white wine or chicken broth

Yellow Rice Ingredients:

10 oz. Vigo Yellow Rice packet

1 tbsp unsalted butter

Olive Oil – EVOO

1 clove garlic – minced or diced

2 cups Chicken Broth

Instructions:

1. Place the chicken in a large Ziploc bag and pour marinade over the chicken. Leave in refrigerator at least one hour or overnight.

2. Preheat oven to 325F.

3. In a large skillet, sauté Chorizo until cooked through. Place the chorizo in a large bowl lined with a paper towel.

4. In the same skillet, sauté the diced onion, sprinkle with Badia Sazon With Saffron seasoning. Add the diced red bell peppers, stirring occasionally until soft. Add the garlic and stir until fragrant.

5. Pour onion, red bell pepper & garlic mixture into a large bowl. Add the chorizo into the bowl and stir together.

6. Lay down 2 sheets of plastic wrap on a cutting board. Use the smooth side of a mallet or rolling pin, pound the chicken. Start in the center of your chicken and work your way out, until chicken is 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thick.

7. Scoop the Chorizo stuffing onto one side of the flatten chicken breast.

8. Lay a 2-3 inch slice of cheese on top of the chorizo stuffing.

9. Roll up the chicken, tucking in the stuffing and cheese.

10. Stick a couple of toothpicks in near the opening to keep it all together.

11. Heat up a pan to medium-high heat (I used a cast iron skillet) and sear the meat on both sides about 4 minutes for each side.

12. Pour in 1/4 cup white wine or chicken broth.

13. Lower the heat and continue cooking the meat on the stove until it’s done or, if you’re using a cast iron skillet, you can put the skillet in the oven. Just make sure you cook it until the center reaches 165ºF on a thermometer

14. Serve immediately over yellow rice. Enjoy!

Yellow Rice Instructions

1. Melt butter and EVOO over medium heat in a sauce pan.

2. Pour packet of yellow rice into the saucepan. Toast the rice until the edges are slightly brown.

3. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant.

4. Pour 2 cups of chicken broth into the saucepan and bring to boil, stirring for about one minute.

5. Cover saucepan tightly. Reduce heat to simmer and allow to cook for 20-25 minutes.

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Buffalo Chicken Rolls with Blue Cheese Frosting

It’s my best friend, Jason’s Birthday and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ first home game of the season! I wanted to make something special for our tailgate to celebrate Jason’s birthday. 

Jason doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth so I wanted to create something that looked like a cupcake but was savory! He loves Buffalo chicken dip, so I created these Buffalo Chicken Dip Rolls with Blue Cheese frosting! 

Think Cinnamon Rolls but with Buffalo Chicken Dip flavor! You basically are making cinnamon rolls but instead of cinnamon and sugar you are using chicken, onions, cream cheese, mozzarella and hot sauce.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 8 ounce Whipped Cream cheese
  • 1 packet Ranch Dressing mix
  • 1 tablespoon Ranch dressing
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano 
  • 1 cup favorite Buffalo Sauce (I used Texas Pete Buffalo Wing Sauce)
  • 2 cups fresh mozzarella
  • 1 Pillsbury Thin Crust Pizza dough 

BLUE CHEESE FROSTING INGREDIENTS 

  • 10 ounce cream cheese room temperature
  • 3 tablespoon butter room temperature, cut in small pieces
  • 1 cup Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • 1 teaspoon Ranch Dressing mix
  • ½ teaspoon Powdered Sugar

INSTRUCTIONS 

Heat a pan over medium heat. 

Melt the butter.

Saute chopped onions in butter over medium heat. Once onions are cooked, add the garlic and sauté for one more minute. 

Add the chopped chicken to the same pan. 

Sprinkle half of the Ranch dressing mix and oregano over the chicken and stir. 

When chicken is done, add ½ cup of the Buffalo Sauce and heat for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and set aside.

While the chicken is cooking, mix the cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, the other ½ cup Buffalo sauce, rest of the Ranching dressing mix and the one tablespoon of the Ranch dressing in a medium sized bowl. 

Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Roll the pizza dough out. 

Spread cheese mixture evenly across rolled out dough. Then spread the chicken mixture over the top of the cheese mixture.

Starting from the long side of the dough, begin rolling the dough up like a cinnamon roll. 

Pinch ends when done. Wrap in the parchment paper and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to overnight.

Preheat the oven to 400.

Slice into 1 1/2 to 2 inch rolls. 

Place in a muffin pan each 1 1/2 roll into a muffin pan, using a muffin pan will keep the roll together.

Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling and the dough is lightly browned. 

Carefully pop the rolls out of the muffin pan and cool on a cooling rack while you make the frosting. 

BLUE CHEESE FROSTING INSTRUCTIONS 

Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix together until there are no lumps left.

Spread the frosting on top of the cupcakes or pipe it out using an icing nozzle and pastry bag.

Serve!

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Potato & Leek Soup with Crispy Fried Leeks

I love soups and it is just about soup season! There’s nothing better than grabbing a bowl of warm comforting soup on a fall or winter day! 

This soup is everything you love about a buttery creamy bowl of Potato Leek  soup. But better, because sauteed shallots and garlic are truly one of the most delicious flavor enhancers ever. Add a swirl of cream and crispy fried leeks and you’ll have the perfect bowl of soup. Great for both fall and winter days!

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 medium leeks, trimmed, leaving white and pale green parts only, and chopped
  • 4 small shallots or 2 medium size,, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup dry white wine, Scout & Cellar Fieldhouse White Blend
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter

Crispy Fried Leeks Ingredients

  • 1 cup leeks, washed and sliced into rings
  • ½ cup vegetable oil

INSTRUCTIONS

Wash sliced leeks in a large bowl of cold water, then lift out and drain well in a colander.

Cook leeks, shallots, garlic, carrot, celery, salt, and pepper in 4 tablespoons butter in a 5- to 6-quart heavy pot over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. 

Peel potato and cut into 1/2-inch cubes, then add to onion mixture along with wine, broth, water, and bay leaf. 

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.

Remove the bay leaves. Working in batches, scoop the soup to a blender, don’t fill the blender more than 1/3 way full or it can overflow. 

For a smooth soup, puree all of the soup; for a chunkier soup, don’t puree all of the soup. 

Blend until very smooth, being careful to let smoke escape the blender or it will explode. You can do this by leaving the blender cap open and covering with a paper towel or loose dishtowel. You may also use an immersion blender but I don’t find the soup gets as smooth.

Pour pureed soup back into the pot and stir in 3 tablespoon of butter and stir until melted.

Slowly pour in the half and half, stir until well combined. 

Taste and season with additional salt and pepper. 

Crispy Fried Leeks Instructions

To prepare the leeks, cut the white and pale green part off of the stem. 

Thinly slice the leeks into rings. 

Dry thoroughly before frying.

Using a slotted spoon, lower the leeks into the oil. 

Fry them for about 1 to 2 minutes or so, just until they turn golden. 

Transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain.

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Mushroom Leek Stir Fry

I recently had an abundance of leeks and asked my friends to give me some recipe ideas. My friend, Natasha suggested Stir fry and I am so glad she did!! This recipe was inspired by the Food & Wine Stir Fry recipe, Natasha shared with me.

This is one of those dishes that is unbelievably simple and super tasty. I love spicy Asian food! So when I found this chili paste, Dragon Fly Fried Chili Paste at my local Asian market, I fell in love! It is absolutely delicious but be careful it is SPICY! A ½ teaspoon gives you the perfect amount of heat! If you like your food spicier then by all means add a full teaspoon. 

You can eat this stir fry alone or over rice. I served it alongside Chicken thighs and a side of brown rice.  

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 10 ounces mushrooms, thinly sliced 
  • 1 large leek, white and tender green parts only, thinly sliced
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 4  garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce 
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese chile paste, II love DragonFly Fried Chili Paste

Instructions

Heat a large skillet. 

Add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, tilting to coat the skillet. 

Add the mushrooms and onions,  stir-fry over high heat until golden, about 8 minutes. 

Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. 

Add the leek, garlic and ginger and stir-fry until the leek is tender, about 2 minutes. 

Add the soy sauce, sesame oil and chile paste and stir-fry for 1 minute. 

Serve.

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Chicken Enchiladas

These easy chicken enchiladas are stuffed with shredded chicken and cheese, topped with homemade enchilada sauce, and CHEESE! They’re baked until the cheese is deliciously melted, the sauce bubbly and the tortillas are slightly crispy. 

I love transforming leftover rotisserie chicken into new recipes especially these enchiladas!  You can totally use chicken breast, but grabbing a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket will save you a lot of time. Ultimately, you won’t be able to tell the difference, thanks to the flavor and moisture you’ll add when you toss together the filling.

Seriously the homemade enchilada sauce really makes it outstanding, so don’t skip that step! 

You can assemble the enchiladas a day in advance or freeze for future baking — just be sure to bring it to room temperature before baking. You’ll know it’s done when the sauce is bubbling, the cheese is melted, and the ends of the tortillas are nice and crisp.

As for serving, sprinkle with sliced black olives, chopped  fresh cilantro and a dollop of sour cream are just about all this easy casserole needs.

INGREDIENTS 

Sauce 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder 
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups chicken stock

Enchiladas

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 rotisserie chicken or 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into small 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles
  • Salt and freshly-cracked black pepper
  • 8 large corn or flour tortillas
  • 3 cups Mexican-blend shredded cheese
  • Optional Toppings: Black Olives, Chopped Cilantro and Sour cream

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350°F.  

Prepare your enchilada sauce.

Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.

Add flour and whisk together over the heat for one minute. 

Stir in the remaining seasonings (chili powder through oregano). 

Then gradually add in the stock, whisking constantly to remove lumps. 

Reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes until slightly thickened.

Remove pan from heat and set aside.

Prepare the chicken.

In a large sauté pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. 

Add onion and sauté for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.  

Add diced chicken and green chiles, and season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper.  Sauté the mixture for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the chicken is cooked through.

If using already cooked rotisserie chicken, cook until heated through and covered in spices. 

Remove pan from heat and set aside.

To assemble the enchiladas

Set up an assembly line including: tortillas, enchilada sauce, chicken mixture, and cheese. 

Lay out a tortilla, and spread two tablespoons of sauce over the surface of the tortilla.  

Add a generous spoonful of the chicken mixture in a line down the center of the tortilla, then sprinkle with 1/3 cup cheese. 

Roll up the tortilla and place in a greased 9 x 13-inch baking dish.

Assemble the remaining enchiladas.  

Then spread any remaining sauce evenly over the top of the enchiladas, followed by any extra cheese.

Bake the enchiladas

Bake uncovered for 20 minutes, until the enchiladas are cooked through and the tortillas are slightly crispy on the outside.  

Remove the pan from the oven and serve the enchiladas.

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No Bake Chocolate Pie

This homemade No Bake Chocolate Pudding Pie with a Oreo cookie crust is the perfect simple, rich, and easy dessert recipe for any occasion!

I especially love the crunchy and Oreo cookie crust underneath the silky and smooth chocolate pudding layer. Talk about a dream pie. It comes together with a few ingredients (or a few more, if making your own crust)! 

You can start with a store-bought Oreo crust, or for a real treat, make your own Oreo cookie crust. Trust me — it’s worth the extra step!

You only need 2 ingredients for a homemade crust: Oreo cookies and butter. If you want to mix up your flavors, use the Mint Oreo cookies and have yourself a Mint Chocolate Pie! Oreo cookies come in all kinds of different flavors, get creative!

Start by processing or crushing the Oreo cookies into fine crumbs.Combine the cookie crumbs with melted butter. Press the cookie mixture into a pie plate. I like to use the flat bottom of a small measuring cup to help press down the crust and to push the crumbs up the side of the dish. This does not need to be perfect, either! Place the crust in the refrigerator while you make the filling. 

In a mixing bowl, add the can of evaporated milk and both packages of instant chocolate pudding. Using a whisk, mix for 2 minutes until all mix is dissolved. 

In another bowl, whisk the cream cheese until smooth. Slowly add the cool whip to the cream cheese mixture and whisk until combined. Pour the chocolate pudding mixture into the cream cheese mixture bowl. Whisk it together or use a spatula to form a uniform mixture. Spread Chocolate Pudding/Cool Whip layer with a spatula to even it out. 

Want to get fancy? Using a vegetable peeler, it’s easy to shave decorative chocolate shavings right over the pie to decorate it. I used a vegetable peeler with the serrated stainless steel blade, to create textured chocolate shavings.  

This Easy No Bake Chocolate Cream Pie is done! Make sure to refrigerate it at least 1 hour before attempting to cut it!

Ingredients

  • 2 small 3.9 oz boxes chocolate instant pudding
  • 1 12 oz can evaporated milk
  • 12 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 8 oz cool whip more for topping, optional
  • 26 Oreo® cookies including the filling
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted

Instructions

For the Pie Crust

Using a food processor, pulse the cookies, including the filling, until you have finely crushed crumbs.

Pour cookie crumbs in a medium bowl.

Melt butter in the microwave and add to crumbs.

Mix with a fork until combined and press into a 9 inch deep dish pie plate.

Refrigerate for about 45 minutes to an hour, or so until set.

For the Chocolate Pie Filling

In a large mixing bowl, beat pudding and evaporated milk together. Mixture will be thick.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk cream cheese on medium speed for 2 minutes.

Add cream cheese to pudding mixture and whisk on low speed until combined.

Spoon cool whip into pudding mixture and beat on low speed until mixed well.

Spoon pudding into prepared pie crust and stick in the fridge until set.

Before serving, top each piece with a scoop of cool whip and chocolate shavings.

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Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala with Cauliflower rice

Perfect for weekend OR weeknight cooking, this is one chicken recipe you will make time and time again. This Chicken Marsala recipe is equally as good as what you’ll get at an Italian restaurant so it’s the perfect thing to make on your own, and of course a great dish to serve to guests. It’s a classic dish that does not disappoint!

It’s no wonder it’s one of the most ordered chicken dishes in restaurants! Made with golden, crispy, pan-fried chicken, crispy prosciutto, a mushroom-filled creamy Marsala wine sauce and a good kick of garlic, this Chicken Marsala recipe is next-level!

So let’s talk about wine pairings. You don’t want to go too big with this dish. A big red like a Cabernet will overwhelm not only the chicken, but the subtle sweetness of the Marsala sauce. You’re better off going with a full bodied white like Scout & Cellar Clean-Crafted™ Chardonnay, or Pinot Gris. Not a white wine fan? Go for a light to medium bodied red like Pinot Noir. 

So there you have it, my easy and delicious Chicken Marsala recipe, and the wines that I recommend with it. Crack open a bottle of something awesome, and get cooking. 

INGREDIENTS 

For the chicken:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt and freshly grounded pepper
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

For the Marsala sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, as needed
  • 4 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced and diced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, quartered
  • 3 small shallots chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup dry Marsala wine
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • flat leaf parsley

INSTRUCTIONS

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 200°F. 

Mix the flour and salt in a small bowl and set aside.

Pound the chicken thin. Working with 1 chicken breast at a time, place inside a gallon zip-top bag and pound with the flat side of a meat mallet or rolling pin to an even 1/4-inch thickness. 

Set the flattened chicken breast aside and repeat with the remaining breasts.

Return the flattened breasts to the bag and add the flour mixture. Seal the bag and shake to coat.

Heat the oil in a 12-inch straight-sided skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. 

Add the butter, followed by 2 of the chicken breasts. Fry until golden-brown on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes per side. 

Remove the browned chicken to a baking dish or rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining 2 chicken breasts. 

Cover the chicken with aluminum foil and place in the oven to keep warm.

Keep the heat on medium-high. If there isn’t grease left from frying the chicken, add up to 2 tablespoons more butter to the pan. Lower the heat to medium and add the prosciutto to the drippings in the pan, saute for 1 minute to render out some of the fat

Add the mushrooms and cook until their juices start to release, about 3 minutes.

Add the shallots and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. 

Add the Marsala and scrape the bottom of the pan to remove any browned pieces. Add the broth and simmer until reduced by half and starting to thicken, about 15 minutes.

Add the cream and return the chicken to the sauce. Cook until the sauce thickens and the chicken is well-coated, 3 to 5 minutes.

Plate the chicken, then top it with the mushrooms and sauce, and garnish with chopped parsley. Viola, fini! 

That was easy huh!? Why go to an Italian restaurant and pay $15-20 when it’s so easy to do at home?

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Creamy Spinach Chicken

Say goodbye to dry, flavorless chicken and HELLO to this easy and flavorful skillet dinner with chicken and garlic creamed spinach! You’ll want a crusty bread to soak up the sauce!

Tender and juicy chicken in a delicious spinach sauce, all cooked in one pan and in just 30 minutes! It is the most perfect weeknight dinner! The creamy sauce whisks together so perfectly and uses familiar ingredients you already love. You will want to lick your plate clean because it is that good!  This is a must try recipe that involves no-fuss prep with gourmet looking results.  Put this meal at the top of your must make list!

Serve with your favorite pasta or Mashed Cauliflower. You will not want to forget the bread because you will definitely want to be scraping the creamy sauce up with your bread at the end!

Pair with Scout and Cellar Adelante Sauvignon Blanc, bright and clean with lemongrass, lime zest and green apple balanced by a subtle minerality on a zesty, light-bodied frame with a refreshing finish

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 10 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 cup. heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Instructions 

In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. 

Season chicken with paprika, salt, and pepper and cook until golden and no longer pink, 8 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. 

Heat remaining tablespoon oil. 

Add onion and cook until soft, 5 minutes, then add garlic and cook 1 minute more. 

Add spinach, in batches, until wilted.  

Pour over heavy cream and chicken broth and simmer for 3 minutes. 

Add mozzarella and Parmesan and stir until melted, then return chicken to skillet and simmer for 5 minutes. 

Serve creamed spinach spooned over chicken.

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Black Bean Tacos with Roasted Corn Salsa

Healthy tacos made with seasoned black beans, an easy corn salsa and a delicious cilantro pesto.

These Black Bean Tacos served in a tortilla or even a zucchini boat are so good that you definitely won’t miss the meat. It is a healthy meatless meal that not only tastes great, it’s budget-friendly too! 

I love making tacos! One of our favorite things about tacos is how versatile they are. There are literally hundreds of taco recipes out there to choose from.  It’s good to have variety! There is nothing boring about these tacos, the black beans are full of flavor and completely filling, the corn salsa adds a sweet twist and the cilantro pesto brings it all home! Trust me you will go back for seconds!

I’ve been trying to cut out carbs so instead of a tortilla, I made a zucchini boat as my vessel. You can even serve this on top of a salad. This recipe is that versatile!

Wine Pairing? Scout and Cellar GALLIVANT ROSÉ! Lively and refreshing with strawberry, red cherry and fresh melon balanced by limestone on a dry, well-textured frame with a clean finish. Click the link under the photo to order a bottle!

INGREDIENTS

Corn Salsa:

  • 1 can Roasted Corn, drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced radishes, cut into quarters
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime and zest

Cilantro Pesto:

  • 1 cup tightly packed cilantro leaves 
  • 1 small shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon jalapeno pepper
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Black Beans:

  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces) black beans, drained
  • 1 cup fresh mild salsa
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

INSTRUCTIONS

Corn Salsa:

Combine all ingredients. Stir, adjust seasoning to taste, and set aside to marinate while preparing the rest of the tacos.

Cilantro Pesto

Add all the ingredients except the olive oil and pulse in a blender until combined. Once it is all combined, add olive oil and pulse a few times quickly until combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside to marinate while preparing the rest of the tacos.

Black Beans:

Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add1 tablespoon olive oil. Add in the chopped onion and saute for 3 minutes over medium high heat. Add in the garlic and stir for another 30 seconds. Add in the black beans, salsa, chili powder and cumin. Simmer mixture for about 5 -10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Slightly mash half of the beans if desired. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Putting it all together!

Warm tortillas or a zucchini boat, and add a generous amount of the black beans mixture topped by the corn topping, and a spoonful of the pesto. 

Add the rest of your favorite taco toppings like cheese, guacamole or sour cream.

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Citrus Olive Oil Cake

Olive oil cake has a crackling crust and an aromatic oil-rich middle, which, if it held any more moisture, would be pudding. 

This is one of the easiest cakes you’ll ever bake! You’ll love how simple it is to make.

All you need to do is whisk your dry ingredients together in one bowl, your liquid ingredients in another, and then combine them. The batter will be smooth and a little on the thin side. Just pour it into a greased pan and bake. 

The olive oil cake is delicious on its own, with just a little powdered sugar for garnish.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 orange – for the juice & zest
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
  • Rosemary for garnish (optional)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Butter a 9 inch cake pan make sure to coat all the sides with butter. 

Cream the sugar, eggs and vanilla together on medium for 2 minutes – I used my Kitchen Aid..

Add the olive oil and mix. 

Mix in the orange juice and orange zest for about another minute.

In a separate bowl, combine the baking soda, baking powder and flour. 

Add to the ingredients above in two batches. For each batch, gently mix to incorporate all of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. 

Pour into the cake pan.

Make sure there are no air bubbles in your cake batter before baking – you will need to tap the pan on a counter or shake it a bit. The air bubbles will cause an uneven surface or cracks in the top of the cake so try to remove them as best you can. 

Bake for 20-25 minutes. The cake is done when it springs back from the touch and the edges pull away from the pan. 

Cool completely or on a wire rack.

Put confectioners sugar in a duster and shake it on to the top of the cake. 

Enjoy!

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Dijon Chicken

Dijon Chicken

This chicken with creamy dijon mustard sauce is an easy and fast weeknight meal. The chicken thighs and sauce are all cooked in the same skillet, making clean-up a breeze.

Chicken thighs are easy to use without worrying too much about drying out the meat. They are juicy, flavorful and so versatile they go with absolutely anything! The Dijon adds amazing flavor to this creamy sauce. This is a true weeknight meal, ready in just over a half an hour from start to finish.

The sauce comes together quickly. Sauté diced onions and garlic in butter until softened, and then simmer with a little white wine, thyme, and of course, mustard. Stir in the heavy cream at the end to finish the creamy sauce.

Serve with rice or mashed potatoes. For a low-carb meal, serve the chicken alone or with some roasted or steamed vegetables.

Pour yourself a glass of Scout and Cellar FIDDLENECK CHARDONNAY and you have yourself a restaurant style meal!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 chicken thighs; boneless skin-on
  • 1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence- or you can use Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ghee/unsalted butter
  • ½  yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • ½ cup white wine; I used Chardonnay
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup milk or heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons honey mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons country mustard or old-style mustard
  • 4 sprigs of thyme leaves only
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375°F

Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat for 1 minute and add the oil. Heat the oil until shimmering but not smoking.

While the oil heats, season both sides of the chicken with salt, pepper and Herbes de Provence. Cook the chicken, skin-side down until the skin is crispy and golden brown, about 5-6 minutes. Flip the thighs over and cook for another 4 minutes. 

Transfer the chicken, skin-side up, to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside. 

Set the heat to medium-low and add 1 tablespoon of butter to the skillet.

Add onion and sauté about 3-4 minutes or until translucent. Add the garlic and cook another 30 seconds, stirring often.

Slowly add the wine to the skillet and stir (scraping to deglaze any tasty brown bits stuck to the skillet).

Add the broth, cream, three mustards and thyme leaves. Season with salt and pepper and stir well.

Nestle the partially cooked chicken (skin-side up) in the skillet with the sauce. Be sure to leave a little space between each thigh for the sauce to seep through.

Cook, uncovered, at 375°F for 30-35 minutes. The chicken is done when the internal temperature registers 165°F on a meat thermometer. The sauce should reduce to about halfway.

Note: If the sauce is still too thin when the chicken is ready, remove the skillet from the oven, set the chicken aside and cover it with foil. Reduce the sauce stovetop, over medium-low heat, until it thickens to desired consistency.

Note: If the sauce is reducing too quickly while cooking, add a little more cream, wine & broth halfway through the cooking time.

Enjoy