Category Archives: Main Dish

Steak and Fontina Cheese Panini with Chimichurri Sauce

From: joyfulhealthyeats.com

I posted a little bit ago the chimichurri sauce my friend Megan makes and then I saw this recipe so I had to try it with her sauce.  It was AMAZING!!  The perfect mixture.  I made it for the family and my kids didn’t love it, but my husband and I LOVED it so next time I’ll be making them just a grilled cheese and these will be ours. Bon A petit!

Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. of fajita skirt steak
  • 1 loaf Sourdough Bread, sliced
  • 8 slices of fontina cheese
Chimichurri Sauce:
  • 1 cup of fresh parsley
  • ¾ cup of fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup of fresh oregano
  • 2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup of red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Prepare fajita skirt steak and slice. {for grilled fajita skirt steak recipe – click here}. Set aside.
  2. Prepare Chimichurri Sauce. In a blender add fresh parsley, fresh cilantro, fresh oregano, garlic cloves, red pepper flakes, lime juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and salt & pepper. Blend until completely combined.
  3. To assemble the panini, layer ½ cup of sliced fajita steak, 2 slices of fontina cheese, and 1½ tablespoons of chimichurri sauce on a slice of bread. Top with another slice of sourdough bread.
  4. Repeat this process for the other 3 sandwiches.
  5. Place in panini press and grill for 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted. {if no panini press use an indoor grill or skillet to cook panini}

Pesto and Sausage Baked Ziti

From: melskitchencafe.com

If you ever need to take a meal to someone, or when you have people come over I usually make this.  It is so easy and quick.  I started just keeping a jar of ricotta cheese and pesto in my freezer so I always have this ready to go.  In fact, I made it last night when family came over for dinner….YUM YUM!!! Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound ziti noodles
  • 1 pound Italian turkey or chicken sausage, casings removed
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup pesto
  • 9 ounces baby spinach
  • 15-ounces ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9X13-inch baking pan and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the ziti and cook until al dente. Drain.
  3. While the pasta is boiling, in a large 12-inch skillet over medium heat, add the turkey sausage, onion and garlic and cook until the sausage is cooked through, adding a bit of salt and pepper to taste (the amount will depend on the seasonings in the sausage). While it cooks, break up the sausage into smaller pieces. Drain any excess grease if needed.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes, pesto and salt and pepper to taste (I added about 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper). Simmer for 10-12 minutes. Add the spinach, stirring until it cooks down a bit into the hot sauce, 1-2 minutes.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, 1 1/2 cups of the mozzarella cheese and 1 1/4 cups of the Parmesan cheese.
  6. In the prepared baking dish, pour in the drained noodles. Dollop the ricotta mixture over the top of the noodles. Spread the sauce over the top and sprinkle with remaining cheese (1/2 cup mozzarella and 1/4 cup Parmesan).
  7. Bake until heated through and golden around the edges, about 20 minutes. Let stand 5-7 minutes before serving.

Creamy Baked Taquitos

From: thegirlwhoateeverything.com

I made these for my husband’s birthday dinner (who always requests anything mexican). He thought they were so amazing he actually brought them to work for leftovers.  He NEVER brings leftovers to work.  They were so good, they are on my top 10 list…if I had a top 10 list.  Happy Eating!!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup (3 oz) cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup green salsa
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tablespoons sliced green onions
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup grated pepperjack cheese
  • about 12 small corn or flour tortillas (we liked flour better)
  • kosher salt
  • cooking spray

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.
  2. Heat cream cheese in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds so it’s soft and easy to stir. Add green salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder and garlic powder and mix well. Add cilantro, green onions, chicken and pepperjack cheese and combine well.
  3. You can prepare up to this step ahead of time. Just keep the mixture in the fridge.
  4. The corn tortillas are harder to roll without cracking. For the corn tortillas: work with a few tortillas at a time and heat in the microwave until they are soft enough to roll without cracking. It helps to place them between damp paper towels. Usually 20-30 seconds will do it. If you find yours are cracking when you roll them or come unrolled right away, just try heating them longer and try the paper towel thing.
  5. Place 3 Tablespoons of chicken mixture on the lower third of a tortilla, keeping it about 1/2 inch from the edges.
  6. Then roll it up as tight as you can.
  7. Place seam side down on the baking sheet. Lay all of the taquitos on the baking sheet and make sure they are not touching each other. Spray the tops lightly with cooking spray or an oil mister and sprinkle some kosher salt on top.
  8. Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and the ends start to get golden brown. Makes around 12 taquitos.
  9. Dip in salsa, sour cream, guacamole, or Tomatillo Dressing . They would be great with black beans and this Cilantro Lime Rice.

 


BBQ Chicken French Bread Pizza

This is one of my go to’s it’s so easy, it’s almost too easy. If you like BBQ chicken pizza then you’ll love this. Enjoy!!

Ingredients
2 loaves of french bread, cut on the diagonal
1 C BBQ sauce (I used KC Masterpiece brand)
2 C shredded cooked chicken breasts (I purchased a rotisserie chicken)
¼ red onion, cut into long thin slices
4 Tbsp sliced fresh cilantro
2 C mozzarella, shredded (more if desired)
Instructions
Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
Cut french bread in half on the diagonal (long ways) place crust side down on rimmed cookie sheet, spread ¼ C BBQ sauce on each half, ½ C mozzarella, distribute red onion and ¼ C chicken evenly over each half.
Bake 5-6 minutes until lightly browned, sprinkle 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro on each half (if cilantro is added before cooking it will dry out), slice and enjoy!
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Baked Ziti Pasta (melskitchencafe)

This is so yummy and sooooo easy!

1 pound Italian turkey or chicken sausage, casings removed
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 cup pesto
9 ounces baby spinach
15-ounces ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan
DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9X13-inch baking pan and set aside.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the ziti and cook until al dente. Drain.
While the pasta is boiling, in a large 12-inch skillet over medium heat, add the turkey sausage, onion and garlic and cook until the sausage is cooked through, adding a bit of salt and pepper to taste (the amount will depend on the seasonings in the sausage). While it cooks, break up the sausage into smaller pieces. Drain any excess grease if needed.
Add the diced tomatoes, pesto and salt and pepper to taste (I added about 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper). Simmer for 10-12 minutes. Add the spinach, stirring until it cooks down a bit into the hot sauce, 1-2 minutes.
In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, 1 1/2 cups of the mozzarella cheese and 1 1/4 cups of the Parmesan cheese.
In the prepared baking dish, pour in the drained noodles. Dollop the ricotta mixture over the top of the noodles. Spread the sauce over the top and sprinkle with remaining cheese (1/2 cup mozzarella and 1/4 cup Parmesan).
Bake until heated through and golden around the edges, about 20 minutes. Let stand 5-7 minutes before serving.


Creme Brulee French Toast

Here’s the other one that my sister in law makes.  It’s always a cabin favorite!

1/2 c. butter
1 c brown sugar
2 T corn syrup
1 loaf of Texas Toast Bread (extra thick slices)
5 eggs
1 1/2 c. Half & Half
1/4 t salt
1 t vanilla

In a saucepan melt butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup over med. heat until smooth, stirring occasionally.  Pour mixture on to large, greased jelly roll pan.  Spread to cover surface.  Place 12 slices of bread in a single layer to cover pan.  Mix eggs, cream, salt, and vanilla. Spoon egg mixture over each piece of bread.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  Bake at 350 fro about 30 minutes. Remove from pan and serve immediately. If not serving immediately, turn each slice over to prevent it from sticking to the pan.

*Optional:  Syrup butter:  1 1/2 c. butter + 3 c syrup.  Melt, stir, serve over toast.


Mini German Pancakes

Recipe from realmomkitchen.com

This is such a great way to make german pancakes, and for some reason my kids eat these better than if I were to make a pan of german pancakes.  The filling is so simple and can easily be changed to your preference.  Peach jam, triple berry filling, fresh berries and whip cream.  The options are endless!!

1 cup milk
6 eggs
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. orange zest (optional)
1/4 cup butter, melted

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Blend first six ingredients (milk thru orange zest) in a blender.  Be careful to see that any flour clumps get well-blended.
  2. Blend in butter a little at a time in order to temper the eggs.
  3. Grease muffin tins well and distribute batter evenly between 24 tins (I did more like 18. Gimme Some Oven’s tins were slightly less than half-full.  I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup and filled it almost full.) Bake for 15 minutes, or until puffy and golden on top.
  4. Served with your favorite toppings.