Posts Tagged ‘cheddar cheese’

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

October 28, 2019

Game night? Movie marathon? Potluck party? This dip won’t last long. If you manage to have a little leftover, spread it on some pizza dough for a white pizza treat.

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You will need:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c hot sauce
  • 1/2 c ranch dressing
  • 1 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 c crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, pulled off the bone and shredded
  • 1 small bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine everything but the scallions.
  3. Spread the mixture into a pie plate, 8×8 baking dish, or 9×9 baking dish.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes. The dip should be hot throughout and slightly bubbly.
  5. Stir and sprinkle the scallions on top before serving.

Note: you could heat this up in a crock pot instead. It would take about 2-3 hours on low. You could also transfer the dip to a crock pot after the oven, if you wanted to keep it warm during a party.

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Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

October 18, 2018

Casseroles are particularly lovely when you are busy, because you can prep them when you have a quiet moment. Then all you have to do is pop them in the oven when you need them. This one brings together some of our favorite flavors: cheese, chicken, and broccoli.

You will need:

  • 4 T unsalted butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 T flour
  • 1 1/4 c unsalted chicken stock
  • 1 c milk
  • 1 c light cream
  • 1 t paprika
  • 2 c shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1 lb chicken breast, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • oz frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained
  • 1 box stuffing mix, prepared according to instructions (I used a cornbread version)
  • 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 T fresh chives, minced

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Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In small sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  3. Add the onion and saute until starting to soften, about 4 minutes.
  4. Whisk in the flour and allow to cook for 2 minutes (keep whisking!).
  5. Whisk in the stock, milk, cream and paprika until well combined.
  6. Bring to a simmer and allow to thicken, stirring frequently, about 8-10 minutes.
  7. Stir in the Gruyere until melted.
  8. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  9. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken with the cheese sauce and broccoli.
  10. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the prepared stuffing with the cheddar and chives.
  11. Spread the chicken mixture in the prepared baking dish.
  12. Top with the stuffing mixture.
  13. Bake until bubbly and the stuffing starts to turn a bit more golden, about 30-40 minutes.
  14. Allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.
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Taco Skillet

September 3, 2018

This a yummy and versatile dish. It is great on its own, and it would be equally tasty on top of nachos or in a tortilla. We made it with chicken, but if you want a vegetarian version, substitute mushrooms instead.

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You will need:

  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 1/2 t cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 T olive oil, divided
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 lb chicken breast, chopped into bite-sized pieces (or 16 oz baby bella mushrooms, quarter for a vegetarian meal)
  • 2 packets low sodium taco seasoning
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 can (15 oz) low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) corn kernels, drained and rinsed (or use 4 ears of fresh corn cut off the cobs if in season)
  • 1 can (4 oz) diced green chiles
  • 1 c cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 c salsa
  • 2 c shredded cheddar cheese

Then you will…

  1. In a small bowl, mix together half of the lime zest, half of the lime juice, the sour cream, and cumin. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside until ready to serve.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat two tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Saute the sweet potato until softened and starting to brown, about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  5. In the same skillet, heat the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.
  6. Saute the chicken for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the onion and saute until the chicken is cooked through, about another 5 minutes.
  8. Stir in the remaining lime zest, lime juice and taco seasoning.
  9. Stir in the beans, corn, chiles, cherry tomatoes, scallions and salsa.
  10. Allow to heat through.
  11. Mix in the shredded cheese and heat until starting to melt.
  12. Remove from the heat.
  13. Serve with the lime cream.
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Chicken Queso Pockets

August 6, 2018

Who doesn’t like a flaky crust filled with savory chicken and cheesy yumminess? This is especially great if you need to pack a picnic meal for lunch or dinner, because you won’t need any silverware. They are great warm and equally delicious at room temperature. You could shape them in smaller pieces if you wanted more of a snack-size than a meal-size.

You will need:

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 lb chicken breast
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1 t chili powder
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 4 oz reduced fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 can (4.5 oz) diced green chiles
  • 1 small bunch scallions, chopped
  • 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 package refrigerated pie crust, both circles of dough (if you want extra lusciousness, try it with two sheets of puff pastry)

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat.
  3. Saute the chicken, sprinkled with the cumin and pepper and salt, until cooked through to 165 degrees (about 4-5 minutes per side).
  4. Remove from the pan and shred.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese with the chiles, scallions, and cheese.
  6. Mix in the shredded chicken.
  7. Cut both pie crusts into 8ths.
  8. Place 1/4th of the filling onto eight of the dough pieces.
  9. Top with the remaining eight dough pieces after stretching them slightly.
  10. Use a fork to seal around the edges.
  11. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet.
  12. Optional: gently sprinkle the tops with a little salt and pepper.
  13. Bake 15-18 minutes, until the dough is cooked through and golden.
  14. Allow to cool 5-10 minutes before serving (the wait is tough, but they will hold up better and be tastier).

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Simple Potato Au Gratin

September 19, 2017

D loves steak and potatoes. For his birthday, we decided a simple potato au gratin would be an excellent side dish for some freshly grilled steaks. These were so yummy!

You will need:

  • 1 lb gold-skinned new potatoes or russet potatoes, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and cut in half (root to top) and then roughly chopped
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 4 T butter
  • 4 T flour
  • 2 c whole milk
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 2 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Create a layer of potato slices in the baking dish, using about 1/3 of the slices.
  4. Sprinkle with about 1/3 of the onions.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Repeat two more times with the remaining potatoes and onions.
  7. Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat.
  8. Whisk in the flour and allow to cook for about one minute, whisking constantly.
  9. Whisk in the milk gradually to avoid clumps.
  10. Allow to thicken, whisking periodically, about 5-10 minutes or until it reaches a pudding-like consistency.
  11. Whisk in the garlic powder and paprika.
  12. Whisk in the cheese and stir until smooth.
  13. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  14. Pour over the potatoes.
  15. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 90 minutes. (I lined a baking sheet with foil and placed the baking dish on that for easier transfer in and out of the oven).
  16. Remove the foil and allow to bake another 15 minutes.
  17. Let cool at least 5-10 minutes before serving, as the cheese will be very hot and bubbly!

 

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Hot and Cheesy Corn Dip

June 15, 2017

This is a fun twist on gooey, cheesy dips that reminds me of summer with all the sweet corn inside. It goes wonderfully with crispy tortilla chips (we had a mix of blue corn and sweet potato chips on hand). If you have fresh summer corn at home, feel free to cut the kernels off a cob or two and mix it in before baking for extra crunch and the deliciousness of long sunny days.

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You will need:

 

  • 16 oz (2 sticks) low fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 T hot sauce
  • 2 limes, zested and juices
  • 2 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • ~30 oz canned corn, drained and rinsed
  • 4 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • 4.5 oz chopped green chiles (mild to spicy, depending on your taste)
  • 1 bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • 3 T red onion, chopped
  • 1/3 c fresh cilantro, chopped

 

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a pie plate with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Use a food processor to mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, garlic, hot sauce, lime juice, and 1 cup of the shredded cheddar.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese mixture with 1 cup of the cheddar, lime zest, corn, feta, green chiles with their liquid, red onion, scallion and cilantro.
  4. Pour mixture into a prepared pie plate.
  5. Sprinkle with the remaining cheddar.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly and delicious.
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Slow Cooker Chili Mac

April 19, 2017

Slow cooked dinners are magical. You add everything to the crock pot and turn it on. Hours later….BAM! Dinner is done! D loves chili and noodles. This combines the best of both. We used ground turkey, but you could substitute lean ground beef. You can also check out this alternative that we tried right after R was born.

You will need:

 

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (30 oz) chili beans in chili sauce
  • 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 2 c low sodium beef broth
  • 2 T chili powder
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 t cumin
  • 2 T of pickling spices in a tea ball
  • Salt and pepper ,to taste
  • 8 oz favorite shaped pasta, uncooked (e.g., elbows, cavatappi)
  • 2 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • Small bunch of scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • Sour cream for serving (optional)

 

Then you will…

  1. Put the ground turkey in the bottom of your slow cooker and break into smaller pieces. (Optional: if you wanted, you could brown it lightly in a skillet with a few tablespoons of olive oil first).
  2. Add in the onion, garlic, beans, tomatoes, beef broth, chili powder, garlic powder, and cumin.
  3. Stir together.
  4. Add the tea ball of pickling spices.
  5. Cover and cook for 8-10 hours on LOW.
  6. Fifteen minutes before serving, taste test.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Stir in the pasta and shredded cheese. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Turn slow cooker off.
  9. Top with scallions and serve with sour cream, if desired.
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