Tomato and Red Wine Skillet Chicken

I am definitely a spur of the moment cook. Last week was a very busy week and I was planning on making baked chicken in a herb sauce.  Thinking I had chicken broth at home I started to gather my ingredients for dinner, but to my surprise I did not have the chicken broth that I thought I had on hand.  So, time to conjure up a new recipe.  I think this one is a real winner.  Just like our grandmothers, you make dinner with what you have available.  One look around my kitchen and I came up with an onion, garlic, red wine, chicken breasts, crushed tomatoes and a few other additions and an hour later, one of the best chicken recipes I think I have made!

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Tomato and Red Wine Skillet Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2-4 chicken breasts, bone-in, skin-on
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • fresh basil, minced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Salt and pepper chicken.  In a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat add olive oil and butter.  When hot, place chicken in skillet skin side down, cook until skin is golden brown.  Remove chicken from skillet.  Add remaining ingredients and cook 1 - 2 minutes, add salt and pepper, to taste. Nestle the chicken into the sauce.  Place skillet in the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes.  Remove from oven, top with fresh basil and serve from the skillet.

    Serve with a side of pasta, if desired.   


Grilled Lebanese Style Burgers

We have a favorite Lebanese cafe near our home where we love to stop to pick up great Lebanese dishes.  One of our favorites are Sambousek’s; small pastries filled with seasoned beef and spices and then fried.  We always comment on how delicious the meat filling is with spices including cinnamon.  After seeing all of the interesting hamburger varieties at the meat counters, I decided I wanted to recreate our favorite Lebanese flavors in a burger.  After a bit of experimenting, I think I have the perfect combination of flavors.  I served these with warm pita bread, assorted greens, fresh sliced tomatoes, and a cucumber yogurt dressing.  Let’s just say the flavors danced in our mouths!  

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Grilled Lebanese Style Burgers

Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup onion, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine egg, onion, garlic, pine nuts, lemon juice, salt, pepper and spices in a medium bowl.  Stir well to combine.  Crumble in ground beef and combine all ingredients together until all is evenly incorporated.  Form into 4 patties.  Grill over medium heat (350-400 degrees) 12 - 15 minutes on the first side, flip and grill an additional 8-10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

    Serve with desired condiments - pita bread, hummus, cucumber yogurt dressing, lettuce, and/or tomatoes.

Southern Crab Nachos

You might wonder why I call these Southern Crab Nachos.  Well, it is because I added a layer of cheese grits!  I met Parker Hinson  from Old School Mill in Albemarle, NC. and he graciously gave me a bag of their stone ground grits.  After living in Texas for five years and making grits frequently, I can absolutely say these are the best grits I have ever had. I wanted to add a southern twist to my nachos and decided to add a layer of cheese grits.  The best thing about these nachos is not only does the top of the Southern Crab Nachos ooze with deliciousness of cheese and crab, the bottom chips scoop up a wonderful layer of cheese grits with the other toppings.  Each bite is so delicious you will want to make extras!

These grits are a find!  Check out their website http://oldschool.com  Here is a little bit on info on their mill:

Old School Brand uses the art of stone grinding grains into wonderfully pure meals, flours, and grits. Since those first products were made we have developed a line of foods and mixes that bring back all the rich goodness and flavor of centuries ago.

 

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Southern Crab Nachos

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe Cheese Grits
  • 1 recipe Black Bean Relish
  • 8 - 12 ounces jumbo lump crab meat
  • 1 large bag tortilla chips (flour or corn)
  • 1 cup grated monterey jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 recipe Avocado Lime Buttermilk Dressing

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare grits and spoon over the bottom of your ovenproof serving dish. Top with layers of tortilla chips.  Spoon over the black bean relish, crab meat and cheeses.  Bake until hot and bubbly, 8 - 12 minutes.  Serve with a side of avocado lime buttermilk dressing.

 

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Cheese Grits

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup stone ground grits
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Bring water and salt to a boil.  Add grits.  Reduce heat to simmer and cook stirring occasionally for 20 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in the cheese. 

 

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Black Bean Relish

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1/3 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon red onion, minced
  • 2 teaspoons jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 1/4 cup tomato, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons red pepper, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, minced
  • 1/2 lime, squeezed
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients.

 

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Avocado Lime Buttermilk Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime peel
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 4 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut avocado in half and discard pit, scoop flesh into food processor bowl. Combine all remaining ingredients in the bowl of your food processor and process until smooth.  Refrigerate until ready to serve

Mussels with White Wine and Bacon

If it’s Friday, it must be mussels.  Our favorite dinner after a busy week is a bubbly pot of mussels, crusty bread and a great glass of wine.  I have posted previous mussel recipes most using red wine, this time I used white wine and bacon.  A fantastic combination, serve along side plenty of bread to dip into the delicious wine, bacon and onion sauce.  You can reduce the amount of red pepper flakes if you prefer, but we prefer them with a bit of a kick!  This one is going into my Friday night rotation of recipes. 

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Mussels with White Wine and Bacon

Ingredients

  • 1 2 lb. bag of mussels (serves 2)
  • 5 slices thick cut bacon, diced
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 scallions, sliced, white and green portions
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 cups white wine

Instructions

  1. In a large dutch oven, over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp.  Remove bacon from pan.  Add onion and garlic to bacon fat, cook 4 - 5 minutes or until the onion is transparent.  Add scallions and red pepper flakes.  Add wine and bring to a boil.  Boil 1 minute, add mussels, cover and cook 5 - 6 minutes or until the mussels have opened.. Top with reserved bacon pieces.  Serve with baguette slices.

Linguine with Littleneck Clams

This is an under thirty meal like no other.  Linguine with Littleneck Clams is so easy to prepare and yet so delicious.  One of my favorite parts of this meal is the presentation.  A piping hot bowl of pasta topped with clams – sensational!  Perfect for a weeknight meal or a special dinner.  Need I say more?  This recipe brings out the best in seafood and along with pasta – who can resist!

 

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Linguine with Littleneck Clams

Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb box of linguine
  • 40-50 littleneck clams
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons Italian parsley, minced

Instructions

  1. Prior to cooking - prepare clams by soaking for 20 - 30 minutes in a bowl of cool water to remove any sand.  Remove clams from soaking liquid and rinse under cool water.   If any clams are open or have cracked shells, discard.

    Cook pasta as directed on package.  In a large saucepan with a tight fitting lid, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add garlic and red pepper flakes, cook until fragrant, add white wine.  Bring to a rolling boil, add clams and cover.  Cook for 4 - 5 minutes or until all of the clams are open.  Turn off heat, add butter and parsley, replace cover and let stand until the pasta is ready.  Drain pasta and pour over the clam mixture.  Gently toss pasta with the clams and sauce.  Divide into serving bowls.


Chipotle Grilled Wings

On a recent trip to Fayetteville, NC we had dinner at a terrific bar/restaurant called Mac’s Speed Shop.  Their wings were hands down the best wings I have ever had.  They smoked their wings and tossed them in a wonderful chipotle sauce.  The thought of those wings made me think of grilling wings and then tossing them with a BBQ sauce with a hint of chipotles.  These wings are truly finger lickin’ good. Did you know the key to grilling wings is to have them touch each other while grilling to keep them moist and to turn them every 6-8 minutes.  It takes about 35-40 minutes for the wings to be crispy on the outside and fall-off the bone tender.  Serve them with your favorite blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing.  Keep plenty of napkins handy – you will need them!

 

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Chipotle Grilled Wings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken wings, cut
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chilies in adobo sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1//4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook wings over medium heat on the grill, turn every 6 - 8 minutes for approx. 35 minutes or until crispy and meat is falling off the bone.  When grilling, the wings should be touching each other as they cook to keep them moist.  While the wings are grilling, combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl.  Remove wings from grill when finished cooking, place in bowl with sauce and toss until all are coated.  Serve with blue cheese or ranch dressing on the side.

 

Vegetable Topped Baked Grouper

I sometimes arrive in the grocery store, head to the seafood department and stand there with a blank stare on my face.  What should I try now?  I lately have an ongoing love/hate affair with some types of seafood.  I used to bake salmon weekly, now I don’t think I have baked salmon for over three months.  Recently, halibut and sea bass are some of my favorites, however, after selecting grouper fillets and making Vegetable Topped Baked Grouper, I think I have a new favorite from the seafood department!

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Vegetable Topped Grouper

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds grouper fillets
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 red onion, cut into thin slices
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup white wine

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Oil a baking dish.  Squeeze lemon juice over fillets in baking dish.  Top fillets with onion, green pepper, and tomato.  Top with crumbled feta cheese.  Drizzle with olive oil and season with Italian seasoning.  Pour wine into baking dish.  Bake fillets for 15 - 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily.  Broil fish at high setting for a few minutes after baking until the cheese is browned.  

 

Grilled Chicken with Basil Butter

Oh let me count the many ways to grill chicken and the many recipes you will find.  One recipe search and you will find hundreds for grilled chicken breasts with every imaginable marinade or topping.  I think the key to a perfectly grilled boneless skinless chicken breast is to not overcook the chicken, so it is moist and delicious.  I have been topping grilled chicken with basil butter for years.  This is not a recipe that takes a rocket scientist to figure out!   Salt and pepper the chicken, grill over medium temperature turning frequently and top with a large dollop of basil butter.  Simple and spectacular.  

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Grilled Chicken with Basil Butter

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

Instructions

  1. Combine butter, basil and garlic salt; divide in half and set aside.  Salt and pepper chicken breasts.  Grill over medium heat turning frequently until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees, approx. 20  minutes. Each time you turn the chicken, top with a small teaspoon of basil butter.  When finished cooking, remove chicken to a platter and top each breast with a dollop from the remaining 1/2 of basil butter.  Serve

Grilled Flank Steak with Pepper Jack Cream Sauce

One of our favorite neighborhood Mexican restaurants serves a wonderful grilled steak with a cheese sauce along with a cheese enchilada  and beans.  It is so good, that we order it every time we go to that restaurant.  I had a flank steak in the freezer and decided I wanted to try my hand at this delicious entree.  I first combined lime juice, orange juice, garlic, diced jalapeno and a few other ingredients to marinate the steak.  I then made a basic cheese sauce and spiced it up with pepper jack cheese.  Served along side corn tortillas, tomato wedges, and avocados you will have a most spectacular presentation.   The cheese sauce is so good you will want to have plenty at the table to serve with the vegetables, tortillas and steak.  

 

 

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Jalapeno Marinated Flank Steak

Ingredients

  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients, pour over flank steak, refrigerate and marinate 2 - 24 hours.

 

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Pepper Jack Cream Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili seasoning
  • 4 ounces pepper jack cheese grated

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium low heat, melt the butter.  Add the flour and stir until bubbly and all of the flour is incorporated.  Slowly stir in the milk.  Increase heat to medium-high and whisk constantly until bubbly and thick.  Add seasonings.  Continue stirring.  Remove from heat and add the cheese, stir until melted.  (If you made the sauce in advance and your steak is not finished on the grill, and your cheese sauce thickens - add a bit more milk to the cheese sauce and stir over low heat)

Butterflied Grilled Shrimp

When you grill shrimp, leaving the shell on keeps the flavor of the shrimp and does not dry it out.  I purchased large shell-on shrimp, cut the shell, deveined and butterflied the shrimp. Then I quickly marinated them in a white wine sauce, grilled them over medium high heat  and served them with cocktail sauce and butter for dipping.  I also grilled two lemon halves and after everything came off the grill, squeezed the lemon over the shrimp.  What a finger lickin’ good recipe this is – easy to prepare and a perfect spring dinner.  

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Butterflied Grilled Shrimp

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound shrimp, shell-on
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon squeezed
  • 1 lemon cut in half
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut the shell of the shrimp, carefully de-vein and butterfly shrimp; using a paring knife make an incision from the tail to the opposite end. Do not cut all of the way through. Place in a large baking dish. Combine white wine, red pepper, parsley, olive oil  juice of 1/2 lemon,and salt and pepper. Drizzle over shrimp. Let stand for 15 - 20 minutes. Heat grill to medium high heat. Place shrimp on the grill, cook 4 minutes and flip to other side for approx. 3 minutes until shrimp is opaque. Grill the lemon halves. Remove shrimp to a platter with the grilled lemon halves. Squeeze grilled lemon over shrimp prior to serving. Serve with melted butter or your favorite cocktail sauce.