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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Chicken Cordon Bleu is a fancy-sounding recipe that involves stuffing chicken breasts with ham and cheese. That sounds pretty labor-intensive to me, so this Chicken Cordon Bleu casserole is a perfect way to get all of the flavor, with minimal fuss!

It's low carb, gluten free (assuming you have gluten-free panko for topping), and most importantly, it's really, really good.

You will need:

  • Approximately 6 cups of cooked chicken. You can use less, but more makes for a bigger casserole. It needs to at least cover the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  • 1/2 pound of honey ham
  • 1/4 to 1/2 pounds of swiss cheese, depending on how thinly it is sliced.
  • 4 tbsp of flour (I use Bob's Red Mill, for gluten free!)
  • 6 tsp of butter
  • 3 and 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of spicy mustard
  • Lime or lemon juice
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Parsley for topping
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the chicken in a layer in the bottom of a greased baking dish. Chop up the ham, and layer it on top, and then cover with the swiss cheese.

In a pot or pan, melt the butter over high heat. Slowly add the flour a scoop at a time, stirring constantly to mix it in. Gluten free flour tends to clump, for me at least, so stirring quickly and constantly while adding a little at a time really seems to help.

Slowly stir in the milk, paprika, salt, and mustard. Lower to medium heat, and let the sauce thicken for about ten minutes, continuing to stir occasionally so that it doesn't burn.

Pour the sauce over the casserole, covering it completely. Sprinkle panko and parsley over the top of the entire casserole, and bake for 25 minutes. The casserole should be bubbly when it has finished cooking. Let cool, and serve!

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Ravens Purpletini

Are you looking for a purple drink for the Baltimore Ravens football, or for a wedding or event? Then look no further than the Ravens Purpletini!

My husband and I are huge Baltimore Raven's fans, and since I'm a big fan of the color purple in general, it only makes sense that we had to perfect a purple drink recipe!

Please note that this drink recipe is for two drinks per batch. While I'm sure that you could use your math and create a big pitcher of it, if you are looking for a party-size serving, I highly suggest you try this purple punch.

You will need:

  • A shaker (if not, you will have to guess your measurements)
  • Three ounces of vodka
  • 2-3 ounces of cranberry juice
  • 1 ounce of sour mix
  • 1 ounce of lemon-lime soda
  • 1 ounce of Blue Curacao
Shake. Pour. Enjoy!

You may also enjoy:
Purple Yucca
Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Crockpot Chicken Chili

I have to admit that cooking with a slow cooker/crockpot made me slightly anxious. I was, perhaps unreasonably, worried that leaving the appliance plugged in and cooking all day would leave me to come home to a flaming pile of rubble where my kitchen used to be. Luckily, this did not happen, and using a crockpot has become one of my favorite ways to cook.

I <3 Crockpot

One of my go to meals is this simple chicken chili, which uses only a few ingredients, but is so simple and tastes great! Feel free to modify to use whatever you have on hand.

You will need:

  • Approximately 6 chicken breasts (depending on the size). You can also substitute ground chicken, but the shredded chicken breast is definitely better, in my opinion.
  • One 28 ounce can of diced (not crushed!) tomatoes
  • One jar of salsa
  • 1 can of corn
  • 2 cans of the beans of your preference. I usually use cannellini, but I've also used black beans and kidney beans, or a mix!
  • Cheese, for topping
*If you're feeling spicy, try making it buffalo-style, by adding 1/2 tsp of oregano (approx.), and 3/4 cup of buffalo sauce!

Place the whole, uncooked chicken breasts in the crockpot first, then dump the remaining ingredients on top. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Afterward, the chicken will shred easily with two forks. Mix it up and enjoy!

You might also like to cook:
Moussaka Casserole
Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta