Category Archives: Chicken

Jezebel Sauce

I’ve had several people ask me for this recipe lately.  It’s simple to make and keeps very well.  Serve over cream cheese (with Ritz crackers) as an appetizer or as a sauce for pork, lamb or chicken.  I like to eat it on ham sandwiches in lieu of mustard or mayo.

1 (1.2 ounce) can dry mustard

1 (4 ounce) jar prepared horseradish

1 (16 ounce) jar pineapple preserves

1 (16 ounce) jar apple jelly

Stir mustard and horseradish together in a medium bowl.  Add preserves and jelly and mix until thoroughly blended – do not use a mixer – mix gently.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.  This sauce will keep in refrigerator for several months.

I like to store this in small vintage mason type jars and give as gifts.

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Ginger-Lime Marinade for Chicken or Salad Dressing

Ginger-Lime Marinade For Chicken Recipe – Food.com

 

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Hooters’ Hot Wing Dip

Last night my husband and I went to a birthday party of a dear friend.  At this party we met a lot of new people who I feel will become great friends; they were so much fun!

One of my new friends, Leigh Ann Jacobs, brought this delicious dip – my husband loved it.  I just have to share it with you all.  Thanks Leigh Ann!

4 – 8 ounce packages of cream cheese

1 package of Ranch Dressing mix

2 chicken breast, chopped

1 bottle Hooters’ Hot Wing Sauce – USE HOT ONLY

2 cups cheddar cheese, grated

You make this dip in 2 layers.  Mix the cream cheese and Ranch dressing packet.  Layer, 1/2 of the cream cheese mixture on bottom of baking dish, top with 1 chicken breast – chopped, 1/2 bottle Hooters’ Hot Wing sauce, and 1 cup of the cheese.  Repeat for next layer.  Bake at 350 until dish is bubbly and cheese melts.  Eat with Frito corn chips.

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Shrimp Tacos with Spicy Cream Sauce

This is a quick and easy summer recipe.  My sweet friend, Céire Smyth Martínez and I are always sharing recipes or talking about cooking.  She is a fabulous cook and we enjoy going to the farmer’s markets together.  Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe Céire!

1 (16 oz) container sour cream (you may use fat-free)
2 teaspoons chili powder, divided
1 teaspoon ground cumin, divided
3/4 teaspoon ground red pepper, divided
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup water (I use a little less)
1 pound med-size shrimp
3 tablespoon orange juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoon olive oil
2 avocados, chopped
8 (6 inch) corn tortillas, warmed

Optional:  Add chopped cilantro ‘I LOVE IT!’ or you can add a little slaw.  Your options are endless!

Whisk together sour cream, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon red pepper, 1/4 teaspoon salt and cinnamon. Add water, stirring until smooth. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Peel and devein shrimp. Combine remaining seasonings in a shallow dish; add orange juice and shrimp, turning to coat. Cover and chill for 15 minutes. Remove shrimp from marinade, discarding marinade.

You may grill your shrimp at this time if you prefer.  Or, you can chop your uncooked shrimp, first, sauté garlic in hot oil in a large skillet over med-high heat 1-2 minutes. Add chopped shrimp and cook 5 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink. Either way you cook the shrimp – IT’S DELICIOUS!

Serve with sour cream mixture and avocado in warm tortillas.  This is an easy dish to take for a summer outing.

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Quick Summer Pasta Salad

This is a pasta salad that you can made on the run.  All of the ingredients are readily available in your local deli – so if you are on the run and don’t have a lot of time – this is a quick and delicious summer pasta salad to take. It’s bursting with flavor and can also be made ahead of time. 

Sue Patrick Richard and Tracey Patrick Blanchard shared this recipe – they are excellent cooks! 

16 ounces of Pasta – tri color is pretty or my favorite, Castellana Trecce Dell’orto
Chop 1 small red onion
Chop 2-3 cucumbers
Shred 2 cups cheddar cheese – I prefer to shred my own.  The pre-shredded is too dry. 
1 – 12 ounce bottle ranch dressing or you can make a batch of Ranch dressing and use 1 and 1/2 cups.
Chop 1 tomato or use grape tomatoes – as many as you like
Kalamata olives – as many as you like

Add 1/4 cup chopped or torn Basil

Almost 1 jar of McCormick Salad Supreme Seasoning (contains Romano cheese, salt, sesame seed, poppy-seed, celery seed, paprika, garlic, black pepper and red pepper.)
Optional:  Add grilled shrimp or grilled chicken

Cook pasta – drain and cool.  Add onion, cucumbers, cheese, tomatoes, olives, and dressing.  Mix well.  Cover the top with a healthy amount of Salad Supreme Seasoning and then set your chicken or shrimp on the top of the seasoning.  Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.  Right before serving toss salad and serve.  If the pasta has absorbed too much of the Ranch dressing, you can add a little more at this time.

 

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Gumbo is LOVE

There are many different versions of gumbo and each family or chef has their favorite.  For some, it’s not gumbo if it doesn’t have okra. For others, it simply must have file, also a thickener. File can get stringy if you heat it too much.  The roux not only thickens, but it adds a wonderful, nutty flavor and gives the gumbo a gorgeous, deep brown color.

You can use any seafood you like or chicken, but the trinity (the onions, celery and peppers) and the roux are essential. How much cayenne you use will likely depend on how spicy your Andouille sausage  is.  The amount of pepper in this recipe is considered perfect for ALL – adjust the heat to your liking in your own bowl.   My dad always said, if  your brow doesn’t sweat, it’s not hot enough – I tend to agree!

2 cups chopped onions
1 1/2 cups chopped green bell pepper
1 cup chopped celery

Seasoning Mix:
2 whole bay leaves
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper (preferably cayenne)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves

3/4 cup vegetable oil or olive oil
3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon minced garlic
5 1/2 cups Basic Seafood or Chicken Stock (can substitute oyster liquor)
1 pound Andouille smoked sausage (preferred) or any other good pure smoked pork sausage, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 pound peeled medium shrimp
1 dozen medium oysters in their liquor, about 9 ounces
3/4 pound crabmeat (picked over) or crawfish – I also like a few crab claws in my seafood gumbo.

Optional:  You can, instead of seafood, use chicken. Chicken and Sausage gumbo is very savory and just as delicious.

Hot cooked rice

Frozen chopped Okra

Tabasco, File, Cayenne Pepper – have these on the table for personal use

Chop the onions, bell peppers and celery and set aside. In a small bowl combine the seasoning mix ingredients; mix well and set aside.

Heat the oil in a heavy iron skillet over medium-high heat, about 5 minutes. Gradually add the flour, whisking constantly with a long-handled metal whisk. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until roux is dark red-brown to black, being careful not to let it scorch or splash on your skin. Making the roux is where you want to be super patient.  DO NOT WALK AWAY.

While the roux is cooking or the day before; cook your chicken and stock. First, season your chicken parts generously with salt, black pepper and Cayenne. Place the chicken parts in a large pot with quartered onions, 2 carrots, quartered celery, 2 bay leaves and 8 quarts of water. Bring to a boil and then simmer for an hour, skimming any foam that rises to the surface.

Take the chicken out of the pot and when it’s cool, remove the fat and pick the meat off the bones and cut into pieces. When the broth is cool, strain and throw out the vegetables. You should have about 8 quarts stock.

This is where my gumbo technique differs from others:  I like to sauté my sausage in a separate iron skillet (not the same one I cooked the roux in) and stir in the seasoning mix and continue cooking about 2 minutes, stirring frequently. I believe this process brings out the flavors of the seasonings better.  Add the garlic; stir well, then cook and stir about 1 minute more.  Remove the sausage and ‘goodness’ from the skillet – add to the stock pot.  Add the vegetables to the same skillet you cooked the roux in.  The vegetables will cool it down quickly, but also help make your roux dark.  Stir well (switch to a spoon if necessary). Continue stirring and cooking until vegetables are just right. Remove from heat.

Meanwhile, place the stock in a 5 1/2-quart saucepan or large Dutch oven. Bring to a boil. Add roux and vegetables by spoonfuls to the boiling stock, stirring until dissolved between each addition. Bring mixture to a boil. Add the andouille; return to a boil; continue boiling 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes more. Add the shrimp, undrained oysters and crabmeat – or chicken. Return to a boil over high heat, for 2 minutes ONLY – stirring occasionally. Immediately remove from heat and add 2-4 cups frozen cut okra.  Skim any oil from the surface.

To serve as a main course, mound 1/2 cup rice in the middle of each serving bowl. Spoon 1 cup gumbo over the top, making sure each person gets an assortment of the seafood and Andouille. Serve half this amount in a cup as an appetizer.

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Crawfish Delight – A new dish we tried for the holiday and it was a hit!

Every year at Christmas and Thanksgiving, we add one new dish to the menu, and the family voted that this one is a winner! 

  • 1 – 8 ounce Cream cheese
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 lb. Crawfish tails (I used 1 lb. crawfish and 1 lb. shrimp.  Chicken would also be delicious.)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large bell pepper, chopped
  • garlic to taste
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup (If you are not a fan of canned soups, see substitution below.)
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups grated cheese (you choose what kind you want – I used cheddar.)
  • 1 can fried onion rings
  • 1 – 8 ounce jar mushrooms

Melt the stick of butter and cream cheese together.  In another skillet saute onion, bell pepper, mushrooms and garlic in 2 tablespoons olive oil.  Add crawfish, shrimp, or chicken.  Now add the mushroom soup and cooked rice.  Stir in red and black pepper.  Add the cream cheese and butter to the crawfish mixture.  Stir and check seasonings.  Put in a casserole dish and top with grated cheese and fried onion rings.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until bubbly.  Serves 8 – 10.

If you are not a fan of canned soups, you can use the recipe below as a substitute.

1 tablespoon vegetable oil; 1/2 cup onion, thinly sliced; 8 ounces white mushrooms, rinsed and sliced; 1 – 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt; 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder; 1/8 teaspoon black pepper; 1/2 cup chicken broth; 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped; 1/2 cup sour cream.  Directions:  Heat the oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.  Add onion, mushrooms, salt, garlic, and pepper and cook, stirring, about 2 minutes.  Add the chicken broth and thyme and cook until almost all the liquid is evaporated, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the sour cream, and toss to combine.

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