Saturday, May 18, 2013

Buffalo Chicken Scalloped Potatoes

A hybrid of the ever loved scalloped potatoes and a delicious hot cheesy dip.

2-3 cups Thinly slice red or white potatoes
2 breasts rotisserie chicken diced/or shredded
8 oz (250g) or 1 pkg cream cheese
1/2 cup Frank's Red Hot Original sauce
1 Tbsp (or more!) Red Rooster Sriracha sauce
2 cups shredded 3 cheese mix (Mozza, Provolone, Parmesan, or you can use Monterey, Cheddar)
 Bleu Cheese crumbled
1 1/2 cups Milk
3 tbsp flour
3 tbsp butter
1/2 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt

Pre-heat oven to 350*F.
Soften the cream cheese in the oven in an ovenproof dish while it preheats.

In a small saucepan melt the butter, garlic powder, salt and pepper and slowly whisk in flour.  When smooth, slowly add in milk while whisking.  Bring to a boil and add one cup of shredded cheese and half bleu cheese, stirring to keep it smooth.

Remove the softened cream cheese and stir in the remaining bleu cheese, chicken and hot sauces until well mixed and coated.

Place a layer of thinly sliced potatoes on the bottom of a lightly greased ovenproof baking dish. Cover with some cheese sauce and then spoon 1/3 chicken-cheese mixture onto potatoes, then place another layer of potatoes and repeat until finished.  Top with the remaining shredded cheese.

Cook uncovered in oven for 1 hour.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Curried Apple Quinoa

A common recipe but of course but I figured I'd list mine so I can come back to it.

1 cup (approx 1 pkg) of Quinoa
1 Apple chopped (Granny Smith or other semi tart and firm apple)
1 cup Kale chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries, currants or raisins (unsweetened)* 
1/2 Lime
1 Tbsp Honey
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
2 Tbsp Madras Curry
2 garlic cloves minced or 1 tsp of garlic powder
1 tsp Coriander
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tsp Fresh ground pepper
1/2-1 tsp salt
fresh mint

Rinse the Quinoa in cold water very well and drain. Then cook the Quinoa in 1.5 cups of low sodium vegetable or chicken broth, with garlic until all water is absorbed. Steam the Kale and squeeze some lime juice onto it.  Mix the chopped apple with honey, Cinnamon and Brown Sugar.  Mix the Quinoa with the remaining ingredients and add the chopped apple mix.  Mix well and serve with mint, warm.