Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hot Chicken Salad

My friend Amy made this years ago at a playdate and I have served it many times since!  It is great for any occasion, or even just for dinner.  It is so easy and never disappoints!
Hot Chicken Salad
3 cups chopped cooked chicken
2 cups chopped celery (I leave this out...not a fan of celery!)
1 cup toasted, sliced almonds
1 1/2 cup mayo
Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Crushed BBQ chips
Mix the first 4 ingredients together and put in oven safe bowl or dish.  Cover with cheese and then top with crushed chips. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes and serve hot.
Crazy easy and crazy good!!  Enjoy!  :) 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Italian Pepperoni Bites

Do you have any recipes that you have had forever, but have forgotten about them??  This is one of those!  I cut this recipe out of a magazine YEARS ago and haven't made it in forever!  I'm so glad I stumbled across it because I forgot how yummy and easy it was!!  I think these are intended to be an appetizer, but I make them a little bigger and we eat them for dinner.  Either way, try them!  They won't disappoint!!
Italian Pepperoni Bites
1 package (3.5 oz) sliced pepperoni, chopped
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1 tomato, chopped
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp prepared pesto
2 packages (10 oz each) refrigerated flaky biscuits
Preheat oven to 350.  In bowl, combine pepperoni, cheese, tomato, mayonnaise, and pesto.
 (Now, the original recipe says to cut each biscuit in half and to use a mini muffin pan, but I don't cut them in half and use a regular muffin pan.)  Place biscuits into greased muffin cups, pressing gently to fit cups.  Spoon 1 tablespoon (more if you are doing regular cups) into each cup.  Bake 20 - 25 minutes.  Serve warm.
How good do they look???  :)
You can serve them as an appetizer, or throw a salad together and have them for dinner.  They are SO GOOD!!!  Enjoy!  :)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

I've had this recipe pinned  from Life As a Lofthouse for a while now and finally got around to making it.  I can't believe I waited this long...this is AMAZING!!!!  I was shocked at how good it was.  My husband actually said that he would prefer to have this any day over our favorite Chinese food restaurant...what?!?  It really is THAT GOOD!  If you haven't made this yet, run to the store and buy the ingredients.  This will NOT disappoint!!!
Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken
The Chicken Coating:
3-4 boneless chicken breasts
salt + pepper
1 cup cornstarch (you really don't need this much...I had A LOT leftover)
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup canola oil

The Sweet and Sour Sauce:
3/4 cup sugar
4 tbs ketchup
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp garlic salt
Preheat oven to 325.  Rinse chicken breasts with water and cut into cubes.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Dip chicken into the cornstarch to coat and then dip into the eggs.  Heat 1/4 cup oil in a large skillet and cook chicken until browned, but not cooked through.  Place the chicken in a 9X13 inch greased baking dish.
 Mix all of your sweet and sour sauce ingredients in a bowl with a whisk and pour evenly over the chicken.
 Bake for one hour and during the baking process you will need to turn the chicken every 15 minutes.

I'm not exaggerating...this is truly fantastic!!!  This will definitely be a regular meal at our house!  Enjoy!  :)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Fruit Skewers

OK, so this is not a recipe.  This is a fun little side that I love to make!  Anytime I am asked to bring fruit to something, I always make these cute little fruit skewers .  They are so simple, but look much more elegant than bringing a bunch of fruit mixed up in a bowl!  :)  I had a brunch to go to this past week and signed up for fruit of course.  There were only 7 of us, so I didn't make many, but this pic will show you how pretty they turn out.  I've done these for baby showers and other events where I make MUCH more than this and just layer them around the plate...they look so nice and always get eaten up. 
 Hope you think these are as cute as I do! Enjoy!  :)