Sunday, April 19, 2015

Cajun Chicken Skillet

Recipe makes 1 serving

Chicken Breast, partially cooked, diced: 4 oz
Cajun Seasoning: 1/2 teaspoon
Onions, chopped: 1- 1/4" thick slice
Sun-Dried Tomato, chopped: 2 Tablespoons
Jalepenos, chopped fine: 1/2 ea
Eggs: 2 Large
Salsa: 1 Tablespoons
Sour Cream: 1 Tablespoon
Shredded Mozzarella: 1/4 cup
Olive Oil: 1 Tablespoon

Home Fries
Idaho Potato, cooked, peeled & sliced: 1 ea
Bread Crumbs: 1/4 cup
Paprika: 1 t
All Purpose Seasoning: 1/4 t
Raw Onion, chopped: 1 T
Olive Oil: 1 T

1.  Home Fries:  In a small frying pan, over medium high heat, heat the olive oil and add the potato, bread crumbs, onions & seasoning and cook until the home fries start to crisp.

2.  When the home fries are starting to crisp turn down the heat a little and in another frying pan, over medium high heat, heat 1 Tablespoon of oil and add the cajun seasoning, onions, jalepenoes & sun-dried tomatoes.  Cook for about 1 minute then add the chicken.  Cook another 2 minutes until chicken is cooked all the way through.  Scramble the eggs in a separate bowl and add to the pan.  Stir the scramble until the eggs are cooked almost all the way through then add the mozzarella cheese and allow to melt.

3.  For Plating:  Once your home fires are crispy place on the center of a plate and add your scramble over it.  Then top with a dollop of sour cream and salsa.

Chipotle Chicken Panini

Recipe Makes 1 Sandwich

Grilled Chicken Breast, cooked, sliced thin: 4 oz
     season chicken with salt and pepper before cooking
Shredded Cheddar Jack Cheese: 1/4 cup
Chipotle Sauce: 1-2 Tablespoons
Baguette: 6" - 1 ea
Tomato: 2 slices
Bacon: 2 slices

1.  Prepare your grilled chicken, cook through and slice at a bias, set aside.

2.  Slice your baguette in half and place inside down on a slightly oiled pan.  Allow to toast for 1-2 minutes, then flip over and sprinkle cheese on both sides.  Spread chipotle sauce evenly on both sides over the cheese.  Place 2 slices tomato, 2 slices cooked bacon and grilled chicken on the bottom piece of baguette.  Close sandwich and press down with a cooking weight or another frying pan.  Allow to cook for 1 minute then flip entire sandwich over and press down again and cook for another 1-2 minutes, until cheese is melted and desired crunchiness is achieved.

3.  Serve with your favorite potato chips, fries or onion rings.

Notes: A spicy ranch dressing can be substituted for the chipotle sauce.  Substitute any french, Italian or club roll for the baguette.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Slow-Roasted Coca Cola Pork Tenderloin

Yields: 2-3 people

Spice Rub

Brown Sugar: 4 Tablespoons
Paprika: 1 Tablespoon
Onion Powder: 1 teaspoon 
Garlic Powder: 1 teaspoon 
Tummeric: 1/2 teaspoon 
Mustard Powder: 1/2 teaspoon 
White Pepper: 1/2 teaspoon 
Salt, Kosher: 1 teaspoon

1.  Mix all spices in a bowl and spread out onto a plate.

Coke Marinade

Coca Cola: 1/2 can 
Stone Ground Mustard: 1
Garlic, minced: 1 teaspoon 
Ketchup: 1/4 cup 

1.  Whisk all ingredients into a bowl and set aside.

Pork Tenderloin: 1 lb
Olive Oil: 2 Tablespoon

1.  Pre-heat the oven to 250 degrees.

2.  Place pork tenderloin onto the plate you have placed the spices on and rub spices onto pork until completely covered.

3.  In a appropriate sized frying pan, heat the oil and sear on both sides, until the sugar caramelizes a bit.

4.  Place pork loin in an oven safe pan, pour marinade over the pork and cover the pan with foil.  Place in the oven for approximately 50-70 minutes (check at 30-40 minute mark) until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 135 degrees.  Allow the pork to rest for 5 minutes and then place on a cutting board and thinly slice at a bias.  Place on plate and pour 2 tablespoons of the juice over the pork.

*A thinker and or larger cut of meat may take longer in the oven.  It is important to take an internal temperature of the middle of the pork loin.

*If you are using a larger portion of meat, you may need to make double the spice rub and or double the marinade.

**If you want to cook the pork at 350 degrees the pork will take a lot less time, approximately 30-40 minutes.