Month: April 2008

Rostisserie-Styled Beef

Rostisserie-Styled Beef

Spring is in the air! When Spring is in the air, that means a few things; yard work, more yard work, and getting the grill ready. My parents were kind enough to purchase a rotisserie attachment for my grill as a Christmas present. Trust me,…

Fiery Salsa with Black Beans and Pork

Fiery Salsa with Black Beans and Pork

Before this post gets a bit long, I just want you to know that you should make this. Just make it. It is out of this world in flavor, texture, and taste. If you are watching your meat intake (vegetarians), just skip the pork step.…

Corn Muffins with Bacon

Corn Muffins with Bacon

Corn Muffins with BaconThat’s right. I love bacon and I will use it any which way I can. This morning, I made a bit of extra bacon and decided to use the extra to throw into corn muffins. These are pretty darn good, and only take 30 minutes to bring it all together. Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • Six slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup of yellow cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1/4 of milk
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • Butter for greasing muffin pan
  • Optional – few dashes of chipolte hot sauce

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

With your sifter, sift all of your dry ingredients into a bowl, then mix well. In a separate bowl, add the wet ingredients, as well as your bacon pieces, and whisk together really well. Now, you will want to combine both ingredients and beat this into a nice batter.

Grease your muffin pan with a good amount of butter. Now you will need to divide your batter into the 12 muffin cups. Once added, hold back for another 25 minutes as these need to go into the oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. These are hearty, and delicious. Enjoy.

Sunday Morning Waffles

Sunday Morning Waffles

Breakfast is always a great time for my family, especially on the weekend. This is the time where we are never in too much of a rush and can enjoy the morning. In my kitchen, a warm breakfast is necessary on the weekends, and pretty…

Tacos al Pastor – Round One

Tacos al Pastor – Round One

Why round one? Because there is going to be a round two. For the past nine years, ninety six percent of my menu selection at my local taquerías has been tacos al pastor. These tacos have been pretty much consistent among the few restaurants I…

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon BleuFrom time to time I bring out a recipe that is not commonly thought of, and this past week was one of those times. The dish this past week was chicken cordon bleu; chicken stuffed with ham and swiss cheese, truly delicious. The recipe itself is really easy to make, a bit messy, but easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 6 slices of thinly sliced deli ham of your preference (virginia, honey, baked)
  • 12 slices of Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup of flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 1 cup of panko bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1 tbs thyme
  • 1 tbs of olive oil

Chicken Cordon BleuFirst start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees. Now get your chicken ready. Start by laying down some plastic wrap, then place your chicken breast, then another piece of plastic wrap. You do this to prevent chicken juices from flying around your kitchen. 🙂
With your meat mallet, using the flat side, pound out each breast until about 1/4 thick. Now be careful not to tear the chicken as it can easily be accomplished. The breast will probably double in size. Continue this process for each breast.

Remove each breast from the plastic wrap and season with salt and pepper. Lay two pieces of cheese on the breast, two pieces of ham on top of the cheese, then two more pieces of cheese. Roll up each breast into a roll, or log if you will, folding in whatever you can with the chicken to form somewhat of a seal.

Now you need three bowls, one for the beaten egg with water, one for the flour, and one for the panko bread crumbs seasoned with the thyme. Add some olive oil to the panko, and mix well.

Chicken Cordon BleuTake your flour and thoroughly dust each breast, then put in the egg mixture (this is where it gets messy), then carefully roll in the breadcrumbs and place in your baking dish. Repeat this process with each breast.

Bake in the oven for roughly 25-30 minutes. The outer coating should be golden brown. Remove from the oven, and let cool for a few minutes. Cut into large slices and serve with garlic mashed potatoes. Trust me, this one is worth it.