Thursday, January 14, 2010

Chicken Empanadas

I made these tonight. So good! It wasn't too hard, but it did take time. I wouldn't recommend making them when you have two children who need your attention and no husband around to watch the kids for you. It was insane, but worth it. In fact, I am having to force myself to not eat five more right now!

1 box of pie crust (I ended up making my own because the pie crust I bought was c&*p - I used Alicia's pie crust recipe)
1 chicken breast
2 small potatoes
1/2 white onion
1 tsp minced garlic
1/4 -1/2 cup salsa
Shredded Cheddar cheese
spices (season all, cumin, chili powder, and cayenne)
salt and pepper

Unroll the two crust and use a small cup (3 inch diameter?) to cut out circles, as many as you can get. Lay out on greased tin foil and cover with a towel.

Boil the chicken breast, when cooked shred it (really small) and season with salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder to taste.

Preheat the oven to 450. Peel and dice potatoes, really small! Finely dice the onion. Put a tablespoon of butter in a nonstick frying pan and cook the onions about 5 mins, then add potatoes. Cook until potatoes begin to soften. Add garlic and spices (chili powder, season all, a dash of cayenne, and cumin). Mix in chicken and salsa. Taste, add more salt if needed.

Stuff the dough circles with meat mixture and some cheese. Fold in half and press with a fork around the edges. Brush with an egg yolk and water mixture (about 2 yolks and some water to thin it).

Cook at 450 for 11-13 minutes (until golden on top)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

19th Ward Soups-Kimberly Idaho Stake


5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces.

1 bottle (4 pounds) mild picante sauce

1 box (32 ounces) chicken broth

2 cans (11 ounces each) corn, drained

2 cans (15.25 ounces each) red kidney beans, drained


Grated cheese

Broken tortilla ships

Black olive slices

Sour cream

Sprig of cilantro

In a large pot, cook the chicken in the picante sauce on medium heat for 20-30 minutes. (I cook the whole chicken breasts, after its cooked and cooled I bit I shred ). Add chicken broth, corn and beans. To serve, ladle soup into bowls and top with any or all of the garnishes listed.

Baked Potato

4-6 lrg. potatoes- bake @ 400 let cool

2/3 c. butter

2/3 c. flour

6-7 c. milk

1/4 tsp. salt & pepper

4 chopped green onions

12 pcs. bacon crumbled

1/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese

8 oz. sour cream

Melt butter & flour (rue)

gradually add milk whisk until thick & bubbly. Add sour cream stir until smooth. Peel & dice up cooled baked potatoes. Add cheese & half of the bacon. Garnish with green onion, bacon & cheese.

Shrimp & Mushroom Chowder

1/2 lb. small cooked shrimp

1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms sliced

1 med. onion chopped

1/4 c. flour

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 c. whipping cream

2 Tbl. butter

2 c. chicken broth

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 tsp. dill

Saute mushrooms & onions in butter for 2 min. Stir in flour & cook for 1 min. over medium heat. Stir in broth & bring to boil. Add salt, thyme, dill & nutmeg, stir well. Reduce heat & add shrimp & whipping cream until heated through. Don't boil.

Chicken Tortilini Soup

2 Tbl. olive oil

4 boneless chicken breast

1 lrg. onion chopped

2-3 stalks celery chopped

2-3 carrots chopped

Saute and then add spices

1 clove garlic minced

1 tsp. basil

1/2 tsp. oregano

1/4 tsp. thyme

1/4 tsp. sage

1 28 ounce diced tomatoes

1 14.5 ounce chicken broth

1 c. cooking wine

8 oz. can tomato sauce

1 small pkg. tortilini (cook seperate)

3 c. chopped spinach (cook 3-5 min)

Simmer for 1 hour top with Parmesean cheese serves 6-8

Lasagne Soup

1lb. ground beef

1/2 c. chopped onion

1pkg. lasagne dinner mix (hamburger helper)

5 c. water

1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes

1 can corn

2 Tbl. grated parmesean

1 small zucchini chopped

Brown ground beef & onion over mediun heat. Add contents of lasgne dinner sauce mix, water, tomatoes, corn & parmesean cheese, bring to boil. Reduce heat cover & simmer for 10 min. stir occasionally. Add lasagne noodles & zucchini. Cover & simmer for 10 min. Serves 10

Taco Soup

1/2 lb. ground beef

1 small onion diced

1 pkg. Taco seasoning

1 can corn

1 can petite diced tomatoes

1can black beans rinsed & drained

1can kidney beans rinsed & drained

Brown ground beef & onion. Add taco seasoning, corn, tomatoes, & beans heat through. Serve over tortilla chips, top with shredded cheese & sour cream.

Green Curry Chicken With Zucchini Keri Oler

2 med zucchini- cut into bite size pieces

1-½ cups unsweetened coconut milk

2 to 3 T green curry paste

¾ pound boneless chicken cut into bite size pieces

1 ½ cusp chicken broth

2 T fish sauce

1 T brown sugar

Handful of basil leaves

Limes (optional)

In a med saucepan, bring ¾ cup of the coconut milk to a gentle boil over medium heat. Cook for 2 to 2 minutes until it begins to thicken and becomes fragrant. Add the curry paste and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Add the chicken and cook 2 minutes more.

Add the remaining ¾ cup coconut milk, chicken broth, zucchini, fish sauce, sugar and squeeze a lime. Bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked and zucchini is tender but still firm- 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add basil. Serve with rice.

Thai Coconut Red Curry with Pineapple

½-1 T red curry paste

1 can coconut milk

Combine these and simmer for 5 minutes

1 tsp dry basil

¼ cup or small can bamboo shoots

3 T fish sauce

2 T brown sugar

1/3 cup chicken broth

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup Nicole Ward

¼ lb cooked chicken (1-2 cans chicken)

2 medium stalks celery, chopped

2 medium carrots, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

2 cans chicken broth

2 cans cream of chicken soup

1 cup frozen green peas (optional)

1 T parsley- or 1 tsp. parsley flakes

1 tsp dried thyme

¼ tsp pepper

1 dried bay leaf

1 cup uncooked pasta (rotini works well)

Combine everything except uncooked pasta. Bring to a boil. Add pasta and simmer 10-15 minutes or until pasta is done.

Beef Taco Soup Nicole Ward

1 lb ground beef- browned

1 can stewed tomatoes with chilis

1 can corn, drained

1 can tomato soup

1 can kidney beans

1 soup can of water

1 pkg taco seasoning

Simmer 15-20 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream, and cheese. Great in the crock-pot! 1 can pineapple tidbits w/ juice. Add these to the milk and simmer 10-15 minutes. Serves 2

Garden Ravioli Soup

6 cups chicken broth

1/4 tsp crushed Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1 meduim carrot sliced (or 1 can)

1 can Italian stewed tomatoes

1 cup cheese filled ravioli or tortellini

Mix broth, spices, carrots and tomatoes. Cook until carrots are tender. Bring to a boil and add ravioli. Cook until pasta in will rise to the surface when done. I like to serve this with toasted baguette bread.

Clam Chowder

2 cans minced clams

1 can whole baby clams

2 cups potato, diced

1 cup onion, diced

1 cup celery, diced

3/4 cup flour

1 tsp salt

3/4 cup butter

1 quart 1/2 and 1/2 cream

1/2 tsp sugar

pepper to taste

Drain juice from clams and pour over veggies. Add enough water to barely cover veggies. (I like to buy a bottle of clam juice for this instead of water.) Cook until tender. In a separate pan add flour to melted butter. Blend and cook 1 minute, then add cream until thick and smooth. Add undrained veggies and clams. Stir, heat, and serve.

French Onion Soup

I'm not an onion or a left over fan, but oh mama, this is good for both!!

1 oz butter...just enough to coat

2 lbs onions, julienned, carmelized

1/2 tsp minced garlic

1/2 c red cooking wine

equal amounts of beef and chicken broth

1 Tbsp cooking Sherry

1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

Carmelize onions, garlic and butter over low heat. Deglaze with red wine. After this has cooked down add remaining ingredients. Simmer for at least 20 minutes, then adjust flavors to your preference. Serve with french bread....I prefer bag uette...floating in top with gruyere or mozzarella cheese melted over top of bread and soup.

Chicken and Corn Chowder with Sweet Potatoes

3 cups milk
1 cup yellow corn muffin mix (Jiffy works)
2 T. butter
1 onion, chopped fine3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
2 quarts chicken broth
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 " cubes
I dont use
2 sweet potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled and cut into 1/2" pieces
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
3 cups frozen corn (not thawed)
canned works too
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
salt and pepper, to taste

Mix milk and muffin mix in bowl until well combined. Meanwhile, heat butter in large pot over medium heat until foaming. Add onion and cook until softened, about 8 minutes. Stir in garlic, cumin and oregano and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add broth, chicken and sweet potatoes. Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer until sweet potatoes are just tender, about 8 minutes.

Stir in milk and muffin mixture and simmer until soup thickens, about 10 minutes. Add cheese and corn and cook until cheese begins to melt, about 2 minutes. Stir in parsley and season with salt and pepper. Serve.