Tuesday, January 31, 2012
This is the best grilled cheese sandwich! I daresay possibly even my favorite sandwich? I crave it all the time ever since I started making it a week ago! I think I've made it for lunch at least 5 times in the past week! Crusty bread, melty cheese, gooey creamy avocado, salty garlic, sweet tomatoes and a little spice from salsa, a hint of sour from limes and a bit of cilantro! HEAVEN!
Today for the first time, I made this sandwich in our Xpress Readi Set Go (thanks for that impulse buy, Dad!). It worked out so much better than on a griddle or pan! I was having a problem with the cheese melting when I made these in a pan and would end up microwaving them for 10 seconds at the end to melt the cheese (I like my cheese really melty). This made the bread soft and not crunchy, which doesn't hold up well to the heavy insides. So if you'll be cooking these in a pan, be warned, and maybe cook them a little lower to melt the cheese and not burn the outside.
Guacamole Grilled Cheese
[ adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod ]
Your favorite guacamole, or:
1 large avocado per 2 sandwiches
Shake of garlic salt
Spoonful of your favorite salsa
1 Tbsp fresh cilantro leaves, chopped small
1 tsp fresh lime juice (I've used lemon too)
Shake of pepper
4 slices of your favorite bread (I used whole wheat bread, but this would be great with a thick crusty bread)
2–4 slices cheddar cheese, depending on how cheesy you want it
Butter, for buttering outsides
Cut avocado in half and remove seed. Scoop out avacado from the peel, put in a large bowl. Mash the avocado with a fork. Add the garlic salt, salsa, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined.
Heat a pan or griddle to medium heat. For each sandwich, spread desired amount of guacamole on one slice of bread then top with cheese and other slice of bread (or you can sandwich the guacamole inside two slices of cheese). Butter outer slices of bread and grill on one side until golden and crispy. Flip the sandwich and grill until golden brown.
I hope you love this sandwich as much as we do!!
Saturday, January 28, 2012
It's been a while since we've posted a good crock pot recipe (or any recipe for that matter). This is a great alternative to the "Sunday Roast" meal. Definitely in the category of comfort food! I love the flavor the dill brings to this dish, even though I'm not a huge fan of dill. I bet you already have all the ingredients, so make this for Sunday dinner tomorrow!
Crock Pot Country Chicken
[ recipe from Real Mom Kitchen ]
8 Yukon gold potatoes, halved or quartered depending on their size (or red potatoes)
6 carrots, cut in half lengthwise and cut into large pieces
2 celery ribs, sliced
4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
3 Tbsp cornstarch
1 1/4 cup chicken stock, cold or room temp
2 tsp honey dijon mustard
1 1/2 tsp dill
1 tsp salt
pepper to taste
Spray the crock pot with non-stick cooking spray. Place the vegetables in the bottom of the crock pot followed by the chicken breast. In a bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and chicken stock until well blended. Then whisk in the mustard, dill, salt, and pepper until blended. Pour the mixture over the vegetables and chicken in the crock pot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours. If needed, mix equal amounts of cornstarch and water to thicken the sauce in the crockpot. Ladle sauce over the servings and enjoy.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
If you don't already know, I go on a major pumpkin kick the last three months of the year. When I saw these pumpkin waffles from You're Gonna Bake It After All, I knew it was just a matter of time before I consumed them.
I made a couple small changes to make them a tad healthier, and they were so delicious! Think pumpkin pie in waffle form. When the smell of pumpkin and spices had filled our house, Stew said to me, "The smell of pumpkin and spices in the kitchen at this time of year means there's someone in the kitchen who loves me!" :) He was so glad I convinced him to have these waffles for dinner. Make them soon!
Adapted from this recipe
Makes 5 full traditional (not Belgian) waffles (20 squares)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup wheat flour
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
4 large eggs, separated
2 cups buttermilk*
1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
6 Tbsp canola oil
Cooking spray for waffle iron
*Or use 2 cups milk with 2 tablespoons vinegar and allow to curdle for 10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 250°F and preheat waffle iron.
Sift together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. Whisk egg yolks in a large bowl with buttermilk, pumpkin, and oil until smooth. Whisk in dry ingredients just until combined. In a mixing bowl with a whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites until they hold soft peaks. Fold them gently into the waffle batter until just combined.
Spray waffle iron with cooking spray. Pour or spoon batter into waffle iron, spreading quickly. Cook according to manufacturer’s instructions.
If serving many people, transfer waffles to rack in oven to keep warm and crisp.
Repeat with remaining batter.
I just cool my extra waffles on a cooling rack, break up the squares, wrap them in waxed paper, and pack them up in freezer bags. Then they are ready to pop in the toaster from frozen.
Serve topped with butter and maple syrup and enjoy the flavors of fall!
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Happy Halloween from lindstewfoodies!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Made this the other night and it was so good! Great way to use all those fresh peas from your garden (or frozen peas from the store)!
I found the recipe on Smitten Kitchen, go here to get it!
Changes I made:
Used roasted salted almonds instead of pine nuts (which I didn't have)
Added more garlic
Used shell pasta instead of linguine
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Photo from here.
We’ve been on a Greek kick for the past couple of months because of a certain someone on the Next Food Network Star show…we’re so glad she didn’t win but really enjoyed watching her make some of the most amazing Greek dishes. Her dishes had our mouths watering every time she cooked! We’ve been to a few Greek restaurants lately and that coupled with the show has made us want to incorporate a Greek dish into our family dinner rotations.
This recipe can be done with lamb or chicken. We haven’t tried it with lamb yet…in fact, neither of us has ever eaten lamb. But the next time we make this (which will probably be in a couple of weeks) we will make it with lamb and report back. :) Making it with chicken can be a little less scary for kids and people who are not used to Greek food…but we’re serious when we say this: this is one of the most flavorful dishes we have ever made (to date).
So first…you gotta make the marinade for your chicken/lamb…
Ingredients for marinade:
2 cloves garlic, peeled
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons lemon zest OR 2 to 3 drops lemon oil
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Directions for marinade:
Crush the garlic, and mix it with the remaining ingredients. Trim any fat off of your chicken and cut them into strips about 2.5” inches wide. Place the strips on a cutting board, and pound them till they're about 1/4-inch thick. You may want a piece of plastic wrap over the chicken while you're pounding to keep it from "spattering." Put chicken and marinade into a Ziploc freezer bag and keep refrigerated until ready to cook (up to 24 hours).
Next, the cucumber yogurt sauce…
Ingredients for cucumber yogurt sauce:
2 cups (16 ounces) plain yogurt (whole or low-fat, not nonfat, preferably without gum or other thickeners*)
1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped (about 12 ounces, about 2 cups)
2 teaspoons salt
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, lightly packed
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Directions for cucumber yogurt sauce:
Place the yogurt into a yogurt cheese maker, or into a very fine sieve, or a sieve lined with a coffee filter. Set it over a bowl (if you're using a sieve rather than yogurt cheese maker), and let it drain for 1 hour or so; up to 3/4 cup of liquid will drain off. This helps thicken the sauce (and trust me, you want it thick…not runny), and also mellows the acidic flavor of the yogurt. If you're using an English cucumber, or one without waxed skin, you don't need to peel it. Mix the chopped cucumber with the salt, place it in a colander, and let it drain for 30 minutes or so. Rinse the drained cucumber with cool water, and let it drip dry. Crush the garlic, and chop the mint leaves medium-fine. Or combine the garlic and mint in a small food processor, pulsing a few times till they're pretty finely chopped. Remove the thickened yogurt from the drainer, and mix it with the garlic and mint. Add the drained cucumber, then the black pepper, stirring to combine. Add salt to taste. Refrigerate for several hours (or overnight) for the flavors to meld.
Yield: about 2 cups sauce.
Assembling the sandwiches:
6 to 8 soft flatbreads (I used pitas and it turned out divine!)
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 small red onion, peeled and sliced
2 tomatoes, sliced
cucumber yogurt sauce
You can either grill the chicken or sauté it as follows. Heat a cast iron or other heavy frying pan over medium-high heat for several minutes, until a drop of water will bounce across the surface. Grease the pan very lightly, and place as much chicken as will fit in a single layer into the pan. Cook until the edges turn white before turning over. The chicken is thin, so this doesn't take more than about 4 or 5 minutes before it's ready to turn. Cook just until browned, then remove it from the pan. The sandwiches are good made with either warm or cold (refrigerated) chicken, so this is a flexible recipe.
Lightly brush one side of each of the breads with olive oil. Grill them, or heat them in a heavy skillet just until they're warm and pliable (and we discovered that the hotter the pitas were…the better they tasted…so let them get hot). Place the breads on a plate, and top them with the cooked chicken, lettuce, onion, and tomato. Add a dollop of sauce. For a more portable feast, use a square of parchment or waxed paper to roll and transport the sandwiches.
Yield: 8 sandwiches.
YUM! Let us know what you think!
Recipe from The Baking Sheet Newsletter, Vol. XII, No. 4, Spring 2001 issue.