February 27, 2010

Garlic Glazed Chicken Pizza

This recipe was delicious! The chicken was amazing after it had soaked in the garlic, soy sauce, honey and vinegar. I left out the dried red pepper and green onions and just used mozzarella because I have no idea what Gruyere cheese is. I even made the pizza dough from scratch with the recipe below. Next time I want to cook the chicken the same way but use it in stir fry and serve it with rice and vegetables.

Garlic Glazed Chicken Pizza
1/4 cup sesame seeds     
1 cup Shredded Mozzarella   
4 boned and skinned chicken breasts
About 3/4 cup vegetable oil (for cooking chicken)
Pizza Dough of choice
2 teaspoons crushed, dried red pepper 
1/2 cup soy sauce    
1 1/2 cups rice wine vinegar
2 cups Shredded Gruyere Cheese
1/4 cup chopped green onions
2 heads garlic, coarsely chopped
5 Tbsp. honey

1. Combine garlic, crushed red pepper, soy sauce, honey, and vinegar in a bowl. Pour garlic mixture into skillet and reduce to consistency of syrup – do not overheat and burn it. This takes ~ 20 minutes.
2. Heat vegetable oil in large skillet over medium high heat, and saute chicken until opaque on all sides (3 min). Remove, set aside.
3. Return chicken to the pan to cook, stirring constantly, until pieces are lightly glazed. Remove from heat and reserve.
4. Brush dough with vegetable oil then top with a layer of each of the cheeses and the glazed chicken.
5. Sprinkle the with green onions. Drizzle evenly with vegetable oil.
6. Bake at 450 degrees (10 -12 min)
7. Toast sesame seeds over medium heat.
8. Remove pizza and brush edges with vegetable (or sesame) oil. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

February 16, 2010

Mexican Tortilla and Lime Soup

This soup was full of all kinds of flavor but man was it spicy! Simply because I didn't have them, I made the recipe without Mexican oregano or bay leafs, and it was still good. I topped it off with crushed Don Julio tortilla chips(instead of making my own), mozzarella, and A LOAD of sour cream to cool it down.  If you're into spiciness this is the soup for you!

Alternate Use: My husband decided to make a quesadilla the next day by draining the juice from the soup and placing the remaining chicken and veggies in between two tortillas before cooking it in our Quesadilla Maker. He claimed it was "muy bien!"

A rotisserie chicken makes this easy, or use any leftover cooked chicken. You can make the soup and crisp the tortillas ahead of time; store separately in covered containers.

Mexican Tortilla and Lime Soup
2 oat bran or whole wheat tortillas

4 cloves garlic, peeled

1 canned chipotle chile in adobo, plus 1/2 tsp adobo sauce

2 cups cooked chicken breast, shredded

2 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
2 medium onions, finely chopped

3 medium tomatoes, chopped

6 cups chicken stock (homemade or low-sodium canned)
J
uice of 2 limes, plus the rinds (4 halves of squeezed lime)

1 tsp dried Mexican oregano

1 bay leaf
Kosher salt and fresh black pepper to taste

Chopped garnishes: red onion, avocado, radishes, queso fresco (or crumbled feta cheese), cilantro (some or all, optional)

1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
2. Slice tortillas into thin matchsticks, 2-3 inches long, and spread on a cookie sheet.
3. Leave out on the countertop to get a bit stale, for 30-60 minutes, while you prepare the soup.
4. In a small food processor or with a mortar and pestle, puree the garlic and chipotle, and set aside.
5. In a large saucepan, heat the oil. Sauté onion until soft, 2-3 minutes. Add tomatoes and garlic-chili puree, and stir 2-3 minutes. Add 1/2 tsp adobo sauce, stock, lime juice, lime halves, oregano and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. 
6. Add shredded chicken, and season with salt and pepper. Remove lime rinds. Set soup aside, covered.
7. Bake the tortilla strips for 10 minutes, or until crisp and browned. Ladle soup into individual serving bowls, and garnish with a few tortilla strips. Pass bowls of garnishes for each person to add, to taste.

Reason Why

Since I've recently been married I've found cooking is my new hobby. I love putting ingredients together to make something yummy. This blog is devoted to documenting other people's recipes I try to show how they turn out. I also take pictures of the results since that's another hobby of mine. So enjoy and try them out for yourself!

February 1, 2010

Treats/Snacks

Desserts: Pies

Desserts: Cookies

Desserts: Cupcakes and Cakes

Desserts

Main Dish: Vegetarian

Main Dish: Pizza

Main Dish: Pasta

Chicken

Meat
Sauces
Vegetarian

Main Dish: Chicken

Asian
Grilled
Italian

Mexican

Main Dish: Beef

Sides

Sandwiches

Veggie Sides

Salads

Soups

Drinks

Breakfast

Bread and Muffins

Bread: Savory
Bread: Sweet
Muffins

Appetizers