Saturday, November 20, 2010

Chicken Pot Pie

Last week, Caroline (my bestest friend) gave me the idea to make chicken pot pies. She said she made it and her husband loved it! She explained how she did it, and I followed suit 3 days later. I screwed it up a little, but it was still good! And, I put the leftover insides in the freezer so after the cruise I will be making these again. I know what I did wrong, so no worries!

Chicken Pot Pies
Chicken breasts
Chicken Broth (enough to fill the pot of vegies and chicken to cook in)
pre-made pie crust (I accidently bough crescent rolls, and that's why mine didn't work too well)
cream of chicken soup
Some butter

What to do:
1. Boil the chicken and vegies in some chicken broth. (I put in the chicken first because it was frozen, then added the vegies based on time they need to cook. So, carrots and potatoes next, then corn and sliced onion.)
2. When all cooked, drain. Shred chicken and put vegetables and chicken in a bowl and add cream of chicken soup. Mix well.
3. Get pie crust ready and either put it in a big pie pan, or in individual pans (that's what I did). Melt the butter and brush a little on top of the pie crust. Put the empty pie pan (all it has is a layer of pie crust) in the oven for about 8 minutes or until slightly cooked.
4. Take it out, put filling in, then put top pie crust on. Slice some holes in it, just in case it needs to breath :) Cook for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Tips to Wanna-be-Chefs: You can use any kind of vegetables you want. Make it how you like it. I am not a fan of peas, celery, or green beans, so I used the vegies I wanted to!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Man. I am going to be busy this next month. Saturday, I went up to Sandy, to babysit my cousins until Thursday. On Friday, for Greg's birthday, I am taking him to Park City! YAY! Anyways, last night I made pulled pork in the crockpot for my cousins and it was delicious!

Easy Crockpot Pulled Pork Sandwiches


Pork Roast
1/4 cup brown sugar
2T liquid smoke (any kind will do)
1/4 cup water
2 cloves of garlic minced

what to do: Put it all in the crockpot. Cook on low all day (about 7 hours). Then take out the roast and shred with 2 forks. Let cook another hour or so. Then serve on buns with your favorite barbeque sauce!

tips to wanna be chefs: if you do not like pork, you could do this with chicken or a roast (beef). Still all the same! And delicious. Also, great for busy mom's!


Monday, November 1, 2010

Creamy Parmesan Chicken

BEST CHICKEN PASTA DISH EVER. That is all. I had my cute little grandparents over for dinner because it's my grandma's birthday! So, I cooked not only for Greg, but them too! They loved my made up dish as well :) Enjoy the recipe:

Creamy Parmesan Chicken

4 chicken breasts
1 T garlic and herb seasoning
1/2 yellow onion diced
3 cloves of garlic crushed and diced
2 cans of Hunts Tomato Sauce
1 cup of heavy cream (yes I know, bad)
1 T sugar
4 T butter
1/4 cup of canola oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 pound of pasta (I used angel hair, it was what I had around, you can use whatever)

What to do:
1. Put a little olive oil in a pan and saute the onions and garlic. Turn heat to medium-low. Add the tomato sauce. Let simmer for about 25 minutes stirring occasionally.
2. Boil some water in a big pot, getting it ready to cook the noodles.
3. In another pan, put the butter and oil in, and let get REALLY hot. If you splash some water in it, it should bubble! (Watch those pretty hands and wrists of course!) Now, in a bowl, add flour and the herbs. Salt and Pepper the chicken breasts, make sure not to go light! Dip the chicken in it, and coat the chicken in the flour mixture. Now, when the oil is hot enough, throw chicken in (not literally) and cook 3 minutes on each side, until light brown. SO YUMMY!
4. Right as you are about to start cooking chicken, cook the pasta according to package. Angel Hair only takes 5 minutes to cook!
5. While chicken is cooking, add one cup of HEAVY CREAM (sooooo divine) into the sauce. Stir it around, the sauce will be done in 5 minutes!
6. It should all be done! Put a chicken breast on a plate, along with some pasta, and pour some creamy sauce all over the chicken and pasta.
Serve with a salad and rolls and you have the most tasty, colorful meal! DELISH!

tips to wanna-be-chefs: If you cook all the chicken at once, it will help the oil from not turning brown or black. Also, the chicken shouldn't have a thick coat of flour on it (like in deep fried chicken) just a brushed layer. And remember, there is a lot of pans out at once, but it still is very easy, and is done in about 30 minutes! :)