Monday, April 2, 2012

Crawfish Etoufee

Source: Emeril Lagasse

1 stick butter
2 cups chopped onions
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1 pound peeled crawfish tails
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 bay leaves (omitted this, didn't have any)
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup water (mixed in one chicken bouillon cube
1 teaspoon salt
Pinch of cayenne
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
3 tablespoons chopped green onions
Cooked rice

n a large saute pan over medium high heat, melt the butter. Add the onions, celery, and bell peppers and saute until the vegetables are wilted, about 10 to 12 minutes. Add the crawfish, garlic, and bay leaves and reduce the heat to medium. Cook the crawfish for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Dissolve the flour in the water. Add the crawfish mixture. Season with salt and cayenne. Stir until the mixture thickens, about 4 minutes. Stir in the parsley and green onions. and continue cooking for 2 minutes. Serve over steamed rice.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Crispy Baked Chicken Fingers

Source: Annie's Eats

2 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
3 large egg whites
1 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
Cooking spray
4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into ¾-inch wide strips

Preheat oven to 475˚ F. In a large skillet, toss the panko with the oil. Toast over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 8-10 minutes. Transfer the toasted crumbs to a shallow dish or pie plate.

In a second shallow dish, whisk together the flour, garlic powder, salt, and cayenne pepper. In a bowl, whisk together the egg whites, water, mustard and thyme.

Spray a wire rack lightly with cooking spray and place over a rimmed baking sheet.
Working in batches, dredge a few pieces of the chicken in the flour, then the egg whites, and finally the breadcrumbs to coat, shaking off the excess between each step. Lay the coated pieces on the prepared wire rack and repeat with the remaining chicken.

Spray the tops of the chicken pieces lightly with the cooking spray. Bake until the chicken is cooked through, 10-12 minutes. Serve warm.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Stuffed Chicken Breasts

2 chicken breasts, pounded very thin
1 cup of cheese, I used a mozzarella and cheddar blend
6 strips of bacon
2 tablespoons bbq sauce

Season pounded chicken breasts on both sides. Put 1/2 cup cheese on one side and fold over, sealing closed with toothpicks. Repeat with other chicken breast. Wrap the slices of bacon around the chicken breast. Then I rolled them up tightly in wax paper and put in the fridge overnight, but that's optional.
When ready to cook, season lightly on the outside and place on a pan lined with aluminum foil and sprayed with no stick cooking spray.
Put 1 tablespoon bbq sauce on each chicken breast and back at 375 for 20-25 minutes, or until done throughout.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Basil Shrimp

2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons melted butter
1 1/2 lemons, juiced
3 tablespoons dijon mustard (I used honey mustard)
1/2 cup minced basil leaves
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to tasts

Mix olive oil, butter, juice and mustard together. Mix well with a fork and add mustard and basil leaves. Add salt, pepper and cayenne to taste. Add shrimp and marinate in fridge for 1 hour.

Heat griddle (I used my indoor grill, but you could bake in the oven or pan sautee) and spread shrimp evenly. Cook until translucent.
My griddle has a drip pan, so I took all the sauce that cooked off, as well as what was left in the bowl, and cooked it down in a sautee pan. Then I tossed with a little bit of pasta. It was DELISH!!!!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Crawfish Fettucine

4 tablespoons butter
1 small onion, diced
small package mushrooms, sliced (optional)
1 1/2 cups half and half
1 teaspoon flour
6 ounces Velvetta cheese, cubed
1 can Rotel, drained
1/2 cup grated parmesean cheese
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon Tony's
1 teaspoon salt
1 pound crawfish tails

Melt butter over medium heat and add onions, cook until soft and add mushrooms. Cook for about 2 minutes and add flour. Stir and cook down until flour is no longer clumpy. Add half and half and crawfish tails. Let simmer for 6-8 minutes, until the flour is completely cooked down. Add Rotel and Velvetta. Once Velvetta is melted, add cayenne pepper, Tony's and salt. Slowly add parmesean cheese. Let simmer for a few minutes until desired consistency is reached.
Serve over pasta.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lemon Chicken

Adapted from: Barefoot Contessa

1/4 cup good olive oil
3 tablespoons minced garlic (9 cloves)
1/3 cup dry white wine (I used chicken broth)
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1½ teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 boneless chicken breasts, skin on (6 to 8 ounces each)
1 lemon

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Warm the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add the garlic, and cook for just 1 minute but don’t allow the garlic to turn brown. Off the heat, add the white wine (I didn't have any wine, so I used chicken broth), lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano, thyme, and 1 teaspoon salt and pour into a 9 X 12-inch baking dish.

Pat the chicken breasts dry and place them skin side up over the sauce. Brush the chicken breasts with olive oil and sprinkle them liberally with salt and pepper. Cut the lemon in 8 wedges and tuck it among the pieces of chicken.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken breasts, until the chicken is done and the skin is lightly browned. If the chicken isn’t browned enough, put it under the broiler for 2 minutes. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and serve hot with the pan juices over pasta!

White Chicken Enchiladas

These were so delicious! And surprisingly, they heat up well. The only thing I will do differently next time is add more cheese to the top before baking.

White Chicken Enchiladas
Adapted from: Pioneer Woman


  • 2-½ cups Cooked, Shredded Chicken
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups water with one chicken bouillon cube
  • 12 flour Tortillas
  • 1 whole Large Onion, Diced
  • 2 whole 4 Oz Cans Whole Green Chilies, Diced
  • 1/2 of a Jalapeno, Seeded And Finely Diced
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • ½ cups Heavy Cream
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 2-½ cups Monterey Jack Cheese, Grated
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack/Chedder blend, shredded
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
Heat vegetable oill in skillet over medium heat. Add onions and jalapenos and saute for 1 minute, just to start the cooking process. Add chicken, one can of the green chilies, and 1/2 teaspoon paprika. Stir together. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth and stir. Add cream and stir, allowing mixture to bubble and get hot. Turn off heat and set aside.

In a separate large skillet, melt butter and sprinkle in flour. Whisk together and cook over medium heat for one minute. Pour in 1 1/2 cups chicken broth. Whisk together and cook for another minute or two. Stir in the other can of the chilies. Reduce heat, then stir in sour cream. Add 1 1/2 cups grated Monterrey Jack cheese and stir to melt. Add 1/2 teaspoon paprika. Check seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed.

To assemble, spoon chicken mixture on top of tortillas, one by one. Top with plenty of cheese and roll up. Place seam side down in a 9 x 13 casserole dish.

Pour cheese mixture all over the top of the tortillas. Top with extra cheese if you’d like, then bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.