Posh Chicken & “Dumplings” (Gnocchi)

This really is an amazing dish. It was my first time trying gnocchi, and I told my wife it felt familiar, like a “posh chicken and dumplings”, but the flavor is amazing, and while I’m generally more function over form, you have to admit that it has quite a bit of visual appeal.

Sausage Potato Broccoli Cheddar Casserole

2 pounds hot ground pork sausage 2 pounds red potatoes (unpeeled), quartered and sliced 8 to 12 ounces broccoli, sweated and chopped The easiest way to sweat the broccoli is to put it in the microwave on high for 5 minutes with a tablespoon of butter, then drain. 16 ounces cheddar cheese, cubed 1 mediumContinue reading “Sausage Potato Broccoli Cheddar Casserole”

Cajun Chicken (or Shrimp) Alfredo

2 large chicken breasts (or 1 pound shrimp, peeled and de-veined) 1 to 2 jars (15 ounce) alfredo sauce 1 pound package fettucine noodles 2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil 1 tablespoon butter 1 teaspoon and 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning, separated Directions: Cook noodles according to the instructions on the box. (Note: You want theContinue reading “Cajun Chicken (or Shrimp) Alfredo”

Pizza Sticks (Sausage)

1/2 pound bulk sausage 1 can pre-made pizza dough 8 mozzarella sticks (low moisture) 1 egg, scrambled Italian Seasoning dry mix Parmesan cheese Directions: Brown and drain sausage. (When scrambling, the pieces should be pretty small to prevent breaking the dough later. If not using Italian sausage, you may want to also add some ItalianContinue reading “Pizza Sticks (Sausage)”

Pizza Sticks (Pepperoni)

1 small package pepperoni 1 can pre-made pizza dough 8 mozzarella sticks (low moisture) 1 egg, scrambled Italian Seasoning dry mix Parmesan cheese Directions: Remove pizza dough from can, and cut into 8 equal pieces. Place 7 to 10 slices of pepperoni on each piece of pizza dough. For each piece of dough, wrap theContinue reading “Pizza Sticks (Pepperoni)”

Savory Baked Chicken Breasts

3 to 4 chicken breasts, trimmed and pounded to approximately 3/4 inch thick Kinder’s Buttery Steakhouse Rub (2 to 3 tablespoons) Chili Powder or Paprika or Ground Cheyenne Pepper (1 to 2 teaspoons) Cooking Oil, high smoke-point Directions: Preheat oven to 450 deg F. Pour oil evenly in 9×13 inch casserole dish. Place chicken inContinue reading “Savory Baked Chicken Breasts”

Jambalaya

2 chicken breasts, beaten (tenderized) & cubed 14 ounces (1 package) smoked sausage, sliced into 1/4 inch thick pieces 28 ounces salad shrimp (pre-cooked, frozen; do not thaw) 1 onion, diced 4 teaspoons garlic, minced 1 can (14.5 ounces) tomato, crushed 1/2 pound green peas, frozen 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoonContinue reading “Jambalaya”

Taco Soup

1-1/2 to 2 lbs ground beef (73% lean) 3 cloves (3 teaspoons) garlic, minced 1 medium (1/2 cup) onion 2 packages (4 tablespoons or 2 ounces) taco seasoning 2 cans (10 ounce) Rotel with green chiles 1 teaspoon chili powder 8 ounces (1 package) cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (or 2 teaspoonsContinue reading “Taco Soup”