Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients

1 medium onion, chopped fine
2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped fine
1 teaspoon canola oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon sugar
1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
1 cup water
1 tomato, seeded and chopped
salt and pepper
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup shredded sharp white cheddar cheese, divided
1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese, divided
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, minced
12 (6-inch) soft corn tortillas
cooking spray

Directions

Combine the onion, jalapeno and oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until the onions and peppers have softened, 8-10 minutes. Stir in the garlic, chili powder, cumin and sugar, and cook just until fragrant, less than 30 seconds. Mix in the tomato sauce, water, and chopped tomato. Bring the sauce to a simmer, lower the heat and cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

Nestle the chicken into the sauce. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until the chicken is completely cooked through (160˚ F on an instant-read thermometer), about 12-20 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside to cool.

Strain the sauce through a large mesh strainer into a medium bowl, pressing down on the onions and tomatoes to extract as much liquid as possible. Transfer the reserved solids to a large bowl and set aside. Season the sauce with additional salt and pepper to taste.

Shred the chicken into bite size pieces and add to the bowl with the onion mixture. Add in ¼ cup of the enchilada sauce, ½ cup of each of the shredded cheeses, and the cilantro. Stir to combine.

Preheat the oven to 425˚F. Spray a 9 x 13″ baking dish with cooking spray. Stack the tortillas on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave for 40-60 seconds, until warm and pliable. Spoon 1/3 cup of the chicken mixture evenly down the center of a tortilla. Roll up the tortilla around the filling tightly, and place in the prepared baking dish, seam-side down. Repeat with the remaining filling and tortillas.

Lightly spray the tops of the enchiladas with cooking spray. Place in the oven, uncovered, for 7 minutes or until the tortillas start to brown slightly.

Reduce the oven temperature to 400˚F. Remove the enchiladas from the oven and pour the sauce oven the top. Sprinkle with the remaining shredded cheese. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes.

Remove the foil and bake for 5 more minutes, until the cheese is browned. Remove from the oven and let stand 10 minutes before serving.

From Annie’s Eats

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Puffed Wheat Squares

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter
1 cup corn syrup
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
5 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla
10 cups of puffed wheat cereal

Directions

Combine butter, corn syrup, sugars and cocoa powder in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour over puffed wheat. Mix well and press into a greased 9″ x 13″ pan. Wet hands work better than greased hands to handle the stickiness so just moisten them with a bit of water.

From Mennonite Girls Can Cook

Japanese Chicken

Ingredients

6 bone-in chicken thighs with skin
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons water
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Dip chicken pieces in egg and coat with flour. Heat butter in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Fry chicken until dark brown and crispy on both sides. Place in a shallow roasting pan or glass dish.

In a small bowl combine soy sauce, water, sugar, vinegar, garlic powder and salt. Pour over wings. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes, basting wings with sauce often.

From Pat Rosene-Brady

Sweet and Sour Pork

Ingredients

4 boneless pork chops, cut into bite-sized pieces
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup chicken broth

Directions

In a frying pan, sauté onion, pepper and celery in oil for a few minutes. Remove vegetable mixture from pan and set aside. In the same frying pan, add some more oil and the garlic. Add and brown the pork, seasoning with salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, combine sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, lemon juice and ketchup. Dissolve cornstarch in chicken broth stirring until mixture thickens and clears, then add the chicken broth mixture to the rest of the sauce.

Add the vegetable mixture to the pork and pour the sauce over top. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

From Laurie Duncan

Chicken Chow Mein

Ingredients

1 tablespoon oil
2 chicken breasts, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 carrots, sliced into matchsticks
1 red pepper, diced
2-3 blocks egg noodles
100 g beansprouts
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sesame oil

Directions

Cook the noodles as directed on the pack, rinse and drain well. Heat the oil in a wok or deep-sided frying pan. Stir-fry the chicken for 4 minutes. Add the garlic, onion, carrots and red pepper and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Add the beansprouts, soy sauce, sugar, salt, sesame oil and noodles. Mix the ingredients well, heat through and serve.

From Sharwood’s

Three Cheese Stuffed Shells

Ingredients

8 ounces, weight jumbo pasta shells
30 ounces, weight whole milk ricotta cheese
8 ounces, weight parmesan cheese, grated, divided
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
1 whole egg
12 leaves basil, chiffonade
2 tablespoons minced parsley
salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 whole medium onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 pound ground beef or Italian sausage
1/2 cup red wine or beef stock
1 28 oz. + 1 15 oz. can crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons minced parsley

Directions

Cook pasta shells for half the cooking time; make sure not to overcook. Drain and rinse in cool water. Set aside.

Heat olive oil in large skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and saute for a minute or two. Add Italian sausage and brown, breaking it up into small pieces as it cooks. Pour in red wine and let it cook for a minute or two.

Pour in cans of crushed tomatoes and stir. Add sugar and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and cook 30 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Check for seasonings; can add crushed red peppers if you like a little heat.

In a separate bowl, mix ricotta, half the Parmesan, Romano, egg, salt and pepper, basil, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Stir until combined.

To assemble, coat the bottom of a baking dish with sauce. Fill each half-cooked shell with the cheese mixture. Place face down on the sauce. Repeat with shells until cheese mixture is gone. Top shells with remaining sauce. Sprinkle on extra Parmesan.

Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

From The Pioneer Woman

 

Fluffy Pancakes

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups buttermilk*
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup butter, melted
cooking spray

*To make your own buttermilk, place 1 1/2 tbsp. white vinegar in a glass measuring jar and fill with milk up to the 1 1/2 cup mark.

Directions

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg and butter into buttermilk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the skillet at a time, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side. Makes about 16 medium-sized, fluffy pancakes.

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