Showing posts with label Holiday-Worthy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holiday-Worthy. Show all posts

October 13, 2014

Stuffed Chicken in Phyllo

Originally posted in December 2008.  I decided to take a newer photo and repost with a slight edit to the recipe.  I remade these recently to share with friends, and as always, they were a huge hit and enjoyed by everyone.  They do reheat beautifully, especially if you have a toaster oven so that they can crisp up again without being over cooked.

Now, for the original post: 

I’m about to share a secret with you. It’s a recipe that my mother-in-law makes every year for Rosh Hashanah. It’s a once a year thing she makes. I fell in love with her Stuffed Chicken in Phyllo the first time I tried it. It looks very impressive when it’s served and the chicken is moist and cooked perfectly. This is something that is perfect for a holiday meal or for serving to guests in the fall or early spring months.

Now, I had to have her actually show me how she rolls the chicken and then wraps it in phyllo dough as I had never worked with it before. Many people are intimidated by phyllo dough because it can rip very easily. She makes a special trip to The Greek Store (yes, that really is the name!) to get fresh phyllo rather than the frozen kind you buy at the regular grocery. If you can get fresh, that is the easiest to work with because it has not had to be frozen and defrosted. If you don’t have a place that sells fresh, go ahead and work with the frozen dough, just buy a couple of extra boxes so that you will have plenty to work with when wrapping the chicken.

As for the stuffing, you could use your own homemade stuffing but we pick up a box of Stovetop to keep it simple. If you are making about 12-15 pieces one box should be more than enough for filling them adequately.

Edited to add a nicer photo than appeared originally on this post.  

A family favorite: stuffed chicken in phyllo.

I served these last Saturday when we had some friends over for dinner and they were well-liked by everyone – in spite of them not being as browned as I would have liked. They were cooked perfectly! I will be sharing another recipe from that evening later this week.

Check out these recipes from around the food blogging world:
The Dinner Rolls Judy made at No Fear Entertaining would be a wonderful addition to this meal.
A quick dinner of Rigatoni with Sausage and Smoked Mozzarella from Elly Says Opa! Looks like true comfort food.

Happy Holidays and Happy Cooking! More to come from the dinner from last weekend so, check back in to see what else I made!

Stuffed Chicken in Phyllo
Source: Family recipe, Momk

  • 8 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, sliced in half and then, pounded to about 1/4 inch thickness
  • 1 box of Stovetop Stuffing (prepared & cooled - or you can make your own)
  • Several boxes of fresh phyllo dough (if you can find it, I have only found frozen, and the extra boxes are key when the sheets rip!)
  • melted butter - approximately 1 cup
  • plain bread crumbs - approximately 1/2 cup

  1. Lay the chicken breast flat, and put about 2-3 tablespoons of the stuffing toward one end of it. Roll up the chicken breast and set aside in a dish. Repeat with all breasts.
  2. Lay out one sheet of phyllo dough, brush with butter and sprinkle with bread crumbs. 
  3. Add a 2nd sheet on top of the first and repeat with the butter and bread crumbs. 
  4. Finally, add a 3rd sheet on top and only brush on the butter. 
  5. Next, place one of the rolled chicken breasts at one end and carefully enclose it (kind of like making a paper envelope, just keep folding the ends in until you get to the end of the sheet).
  6. Brush with butter one last time and place on a foil covered baking sheet.
  7. Bake in a pre-heated oven (350 degrees) for 25 minutes. Then, cover with foil lightly to prevent over-browning and continue to bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.

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December 22, 2013

Peanut Butter Balls {Family Recipe}

Creamy peanut butter dipped in chocolate makes the perfect addition to your holiday dessert buffet or to treats to give as gifts.
Peanut Butter Balls a family favorite |

I remember when I was growing up the holidays meant My Mom would be making tons of treats for us to enjoy throughout the season.  I thought I was always being sneaky by heading into the dining room where these treats were on display in their containers on the shelves right behind the kitchen wall... and, I'd ever-so-quietly take the top off of the jar that would hold these beauties... Peanut Butter Balls.  Looking back, I'm sure My Mom knew I what I was up to but she never stopped me or reprimanded me for it.  I guess it was a small enough offense that she decided to let me enjoy indulging.

December 11, 2013

Apple Pastry Bites {recipe}

Do you have certain get-togethers that you look forward to each year?  I know I always enjoy our Thanksgiving and Hanukkah family parties and barbecues with friends in the summer... but, in the last 3 years, I've come to look forward to an annual get-together with some blogging friends!

Last weekend, we met up at Cate's house (Sweetnicks)... Sarah (Sarah's Cucina Bella) drove down to New Jersey from Connecticut to join us in our feast!  Our feast has become an assortment of appetizers and desserts with a few other delicious dishes thrown in for good measure!  I'll be sharing more on that later this week.

I made Apple Pastry Bites to bring as a starter to the meal.  Sooooo easy to make, and the flavors are perfect together!  Melted cheese with diced apples all wrapped in puff pastry... I can't wait to make it again!


December 4, 2013

Holiday Entertaining Ideas - Quick & Easy Appetizers

While we may have celebrate the last night of the Festival of Lights tonight, the holiday season still has a few weeks left in it for most of the people we know... and, let's not forget New Year's Eve!

I don't try to plan anything formal during the month of December when it comes to entertaining... so many people are being pulled in different directions between family, friends and work parties that I will do impromptu entertaining.

What's nice about that is that it can be very casual and laid back.  It's nice to invite another family or two over just to nibble on some appetizers and watch a movie or just hang out.  This is something we like to do throughout the year, so I don't stress much about these last minute get-togethers.

Whether you plan to have some more formal parties or casual get-togethers, these ideas will help get the nibbles on the tables and you out of the kitchen and enjoying time with your guests.

The key is having a few "go-to" appetizers on hand.  I like to keep a couple of cheeses and some pepperoni that can easily be assembled and served with some crackers.

Add to that a simple dip that is served in a bread bowl, and I guarantee you that you'll wish you bought extra bread for your guests to dip into it!

Beyond these simple-to-keep-on-hand ideas, there are also some great appetizers that you can throw together with only a couple of hours notice.  This time of year, you'll want to keep the ingredients on hand so that you'll be ready to serve tasty nibbles and look like it was no big deal to throw it all together!

Pull out this Pepperoni Pizza Bread as your guests arrive and they will be fighting over the first pieces!  It's one of those hard to resist appetizers that will make your guests drool at the mere mention of it.


December 2, 2013

Chocolate Earthquake Cookies AKA: Chocolate Crackles {recipe}

Last week was a blur for us between the start of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving all happening... we hosted Thanksgivakuh, which allowed us to enjoy a bit of both holidays through our favorite foods!  We fried two turkeys this year and I made more latkes than I have in the past to ensure we had enough to satisfy everyone at the table.

I really love that we live near some of our family so that we can celebrate holidays with them.  I live so far from My Family, that I feel very fortunate that the family I married into has always made me feel like I belong.  I know that is not always the case with in-laws, so I know I struck gold with mine.

I'm also fortunate that My Mom-in-Law likes to bake like I do.  She has shared a number of recipes with me over the years, and I am really going to plan to share more of them here.  One thing that we both have an appreciation for is chocolate... really any cookie or dessert that has chocolate in it and we are willing taste-testers!

My MIL's chocolate earthquake cookies

November 25, 2013

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread {recipe}

This post was supposed to be done last night... but, My Oldest ran into problems with a science project that required using my computer.  Now, if it was any old science project it wouldn't have pushed me off of my computer... but, My Son likes to go a bit above what is asked of him now that he's in middle school.

You see, they are studying rocks and how they are formed and all that fun stuff.  So, each student has a rock that they had to create a project around.  They had several options on how to create this project... as soon as My Son realized he could do a video, he decided a computer animation video was what he wanted to create.

To say that his weekend was dedicated to working on this project is an understatement!  Hours upon hours have been spent creating each frame of animation.  I am impressed with how hard he has worked on this project.  It was all on him to plan and create each piece of it.  Tonight, the final rendering of the animation with the audio is still going strong... hopefully, it will finish so that we will have a complete file before he heads off to sleep for the night.  Fingers crossed!

Needless to say, when this boy is focused he needs encouragement to take breaks.  So, to entice him into taking a break on Sunday afternoon I decided to bake a loaf of Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread.  Yes, I do know the way to My Oldest Son's heart... right through his tastebuds!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread is cooling.  Now on to the cookies!

March 29, 2013

Passover Mushroom Stuffing {recipe}

Every year during Passover I peruse recipes and plan to make a few new ones.  Sometimes they are worth sharing here, other times they are ok enough to enjoy but not always blog-worthy.  This time, I'm sharing a side dish that may make the cut for our Seder next year.

This Passover Mushroom Stuffing recipe was adapted from a recipe I received from a cousin who lives in Florida... we don't get to see her often or share holidays together, but she's always willing to share a recipe when I ask.


December 12, 2012

Holiday Gift Baskets: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

I just had to tempt you with a picture right away on these little treats!  Perfect little bites that may be hard to keep from eating before it's time to put them in my holiday gift baskets... so, I'll have to put them together quick and give them away this week!

These little treats are from the The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook: Cookies, Cakes, Candies, and More cookbook.  I love this cookbook and have had my eye on these treats since I first got it!

They are so easy to make it would be crazy NOT to include them in your gift baskets this holiday season.  The cookie dough comes together in a flash... then, you just need to melt the chocolate candy melts and dip away.

November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012 {Fried Turkey}

I hope everyone of you had a fabulous Thanksgiving filled with family, friends and fabulous food!  We hosted this year, and took the opportunity to try frying a turkey.

Fried Turkey

I know it sounds awful, but I've never been a fan of roasted turkey... I love the smell of the house as it roasts away (taking up every inch of oven space for hours and hours), but even the most skilled cook cannot turn out a turkey that I'll eat more than a slice of and want to go back for more.   I would always fill my plate with all of the side dishes and be very content.

That was until I tasted my first fried turkey a couple of years ago... beyond moist and flavorful... and the skin is nice and crisp!

Fried Turkey

November 5, 2012

Thanksgiving is Coming, Are You Ready?

When you think of Thanksgiving, what comes to mind?  For me, it's always a table filled beyond belief with everyone's favorite dishes!  While I know the turkey is typically the main attraction... it's not what I look most forward to when it's time to sit down to this special meal... it's the side dishes!  These are dishes that we don't always get to enjoy during the year.

These dishes are often very rich and more calories than we typically want to eat on a normal day.  I'm all for indulging, but when every single dish on the table is an indulgence all on the same day... it can not only overwhelm your plate, but also you plan to stick to a healthier eating plan throughout the year.

I decided to take the challenge from Unilever and try using a couple of their spreads in dishes that I plan to share at our Thanksgiving dinner.  Since their spreads have at least 70% less saturated fat than butter, 30% fewer calories than butter and no cholesterol, and they also have 0g trans fat per serving and NO partially hydrogenated oils... using them would be a great way to make my dishes a bit healthier for everyone at our family gathering.

I started by using some Country Crock spread, which is a product I normally have in my fridge already to come up with a compound spread to add to the dinner rolls that we usually serve.  With some added dried herbs and seasonings, the flavor was amped up and absolutely delicious!  A perfect accompaniment to a holiday meal, or even a special dinner to be shared with friends or family.

The second dish I wanted to work on was a pan-roasted butternut squash.  I have always oven-roasted it in the past, but this time I wanted to try it on the stove-top.  This would eliminate the problem of having too many dishes that require oven space at the same time when the the bird is still roasting away.

Rather than using olive oil, I opted to try Promise spread.  I began by allowing the spread to melt in my pan and get nice and golden before adding my cut up squash.  This dish takes patience, which works out well when you have many other dishes requiring attention during a holiday meal.  As the squash begins to brown and soften in the pan, use tongs to flip it over.  What a gorgeous addition to the holiday table!


Homemade Herbed Butter

Recipe by Patsyk
  • 1/2 cup Country Crock Spread
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
Cooking Directions
  1. Using a fork combine all 3 ingredients until well mixed. Then, place in a small glass container and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until ready to serve on warm dinner rolls or crusty bread.

Pan-Roasted Butternut Squash

Recipe by Patsyk
  • 1 large (about 1-1/2 to 2 pounds) butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 3 tablespoons Promise spread
  • 1/4 cup fresh Rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
Cooking Directions
  1. Heat a large non pan over medium heat; then, add the Promise spread and allow to melt.
  2. Add the cubed butternut squash and sprinkle with the Rosemary and Kosher salt. Allow to cook on medium heat for about 5-8 minutes on the first side - until it has begun to brown. Then, using tongs, turn each piece over and allow to continue to cook until browned; repeat until the squash has become softened and browned.
  3. Serve immediately.

Thank you to Good to Know & Unilever Spreads for being a sponsor. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.

This post was written before the horrific storm came through last week.  Now that I have internet back, I'm working on a post about what the past week has been like and some suggestions on how you might be able to help those who lost the most. 

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October 7, 2012

Carrot Souffle {family recipe} #SundaySupper

This week's #SundaySupper theme is "All Things Orange"!  As soon as I heard the theme, I knew exactly what I wanted to make so I joined in right away!  This week's #SundaySupper is being hosted by The Meltaways, so be sure to head on over and show some love there, too!

We have a favorite side dish around the holidays in our family that has become My Oldest son's favorite dish... he always wants me to beg for leftovers (if there are any!) so that he can have it reheated... for breakfast, lunch or a snack!  Yes, it is that good!


December 22, 2011

Homemade Gifts: Peanut Butter Truffles

Have you entered my current Shabby Apple Apron Giveaway yet?  No?  What are you waiting for, take a moment and see how to enter on THIS post then, come on back here to see what I have to share today. 

I only have one more treat package to deliver!  That is a good thing because there have been years when I've delivered the last one a day after Christmas or after Hanukkah... always hate when that happens.  But, I try to look at it as just allowing the holiday spirit to last a bit longer.  That's me... looking on the bright side!

Before I share my final treat of the week, I thought it would be fun to share some photos from the last couple of days.  For anyone who was looking for my Eat. Live. Be. post, I'm going to double up next week... I had a really good week, but with Hanukkah in full force I didn't have the time to put toward a thoughtful post for this week's topic.

What is Hanukkah without Latkes? 

Then, I had to fry up some panko breaded chicken strips... mine went on a salad, so I could keep the fried foods somewhat limited...

December 20, 2011

Happy Hanukkah! (Homemade Gifts: Rainbow Cookies)

Happy Hanukkah to everyone celebrating the 1st night tonight!  We had a wonderful evening of gifts and latkes! 

As promised on the Family, Friends and Food Facebook page, tonight I am sharing my new favorite cookie!  Rainbow Cookies!!! 

There is something special about these cookies that I simply cannot resist.  I've never attempted making them before because I thought they would be much too complicated.


December 16, 2011

Homemade Gifts: Cookie Truffles

I've got a big weekend of baking planned so I can get my homemade food gifts put together!  Since I had a couple of new recipes I wanted to add to my list for this year, I decided to make one earlier and see if it won the taste test.

I picked up the Better Homes & Gardens: Food Gifts magazine as soon as it hit the newstands - probably back in early October!  I couldn't resist it, with so many photos and new ideas on things I could make and share with friends! 

The first thing I flagged to make was the Cookie Truffles. 

December 4, 2011

Homemade Holiday Gift Basket: Caramel Crumb Bars (Recipe)

It seems the holiday season as sprung up overnight and it's time to get baking and shopping done.  Of course, I choose to ignore the "early" signs of the holiday season until we are nearly at Thanksgiving.  I'm never ready to fully embrace this festive season until I can start my baking.

I bookmarked a recipe over at Joanne Eats Well With Others awhile back and made it as one of our desserts for Thanksgiving.  I'm so glad I did, too!  These Caramel Crumb Bars are so easy to make because the caramel just really happens on it's own while the bars are baking, so there's no messing it up!


November 29, 2011

A Very Veggie Thanksgiving Food Blogger Style

Everyone looks forward to Thanksgiving for many reasons.  For most of us its the time spent with family and of course, a table over-flowing with all of our favorite turkey day favorites.  This year, I had another Thanksgiving feast to look forward to after the family festivities... A food blogger gathering at Cate's house last Saturday night.

Cate was nice enough to host me along with Joanne and Sarah.  What a wonderful group of food loving people to break bread with on such an occasion!  Since we all figured we would have our fill of turkey by the time Saturday arrived, it was decided that we'd focus on the best part of the big meal... the veggie sides and dessert!  


April 28, 2011

ShopRite Potluck Blog: Spinach Pie

One of our favorite dishes to serve at nearly every holiday is Spinach Pie.  So, when this month's assignment for the Potluck Bloggers arrived, I knew exactly what I was going to share!  It's so simple to prepare and ingredients are very accessible.  Check out my latest post at the ShopRite Potluck Blog today!

spinach pie

Note:  ShopRite provided a gift card to help with the cost of preparing a couple of my favorite holiday dishes. 

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March 17, 2011

Get Your Green On! Happy St. Patty's Day!

It's been a crazy week!  I made a fantastic meal on Monday night... no recipe, no photos.  Boo!  But, everyone enjoyed it and I will make it again so, once I get some photos I'll tell you what I did!  I also tried Zumba at a PTA fundraiser and had a fabulous time!  I'm looking forward to next week's class, but need to find time to get some outdoor running in since my 5k is coming very soon. 

So, with all that going on I thought it would be fun to share some fantastic posts on St. Pat's Day food and treats today!  I don't make a lot of green or Irish food but I found some blogging friends who have some fabulous posts written that might inspire you to try something new on this day that we all claim to be Irish!

Janet, who writes LaDue & Crew is a great foodie friend (and lives much TOO far away from me!) made this amazing Thin Mint and Irish Cream Tiramisu!  Can't go wrong with any of those words in the name, right? 

A new foodie friend is Laphemmephoodie!  Don't you just love that name?  She's a sweetheart and has shared a Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread.  I love how there is always a way to make something to suit anyone's diet these days.  Doesn't it look wonderful?

Now we have Megan's Cookin'!  I've "known" Megan since I my earliest days of blogging.  She's such a fabulous foodie who is always looking to try something new!  For this special day (and to celebrate Pi Day earlier this week), she made Irish Beef Hand Pies

One final post to share from Aggie's Kitchen.  I'm so envious of her fabulous weather in Florida!  She makes amazing healthy meals for her family but, I must say her Guinness Braised Beef Sandwiches seem a bit more indulgent!  Definitely one to add to your "to try" list to enjoy while watching the March Madness.

Enjoy today and may the Luck of the Irish be yours!  I'll be back soon with something I've cooked up- I promise! 

All photos in this post are from the original bloggers post by their permission.  Please go visit them today and leave a comment to show them some St. Patty's Day love!

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November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving Dessert: Chocolate Cream Pie

 Has everyone recovered from the Thanksgiving feast yet?  Well, then it's time to share a dessert that I made twice during the last week!  The first time was for Thanksgiving and then again to share with friends Friday night.

I am a big chocoholic, so it's no surprise that when I'm asked to bring a dessert that I go searching for something rich and chocolatey... and in this case it's not so bad when it comes to the calorie count since it's from Cooking Light!  Huge Bonus!

I did cheat slightly and bought a pre-made graham cracker crust, but made the rest of it as the recipe directed.  The filling is so rich and chocolatey no one guessed it was a low-calorie treat!   I had My Youngest help me make the filling and this is a great recipe to get the kids into the kitchen to help out.

 The filling is a rich, home-made pudding and is so easy to do that I can see playing around with other flavor possibilities... possibly a bit of orange or raspberry liquer instead of the vanilla.  Just a hint of something else to intrigue your family and friends.

It's so simple to make... about 20 minutes and it's in the fridge chilling until it's time to serve!  You can find the recipe at My Recipes (HERE).

Now, with Hanukkah starting Wednesday night, I have to get busy and make some latkes and other yummy treats!  It's so early this year and it's making me feel like I've already fallen behind!

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November 27, 2010

Broccoli-Cauliflower Gratin

 I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends this past week.  We enjoyed a fantastic meal with the family that happened to be in New Jersey for the holiday.

I didn't host this year, but was happy to make a couple of dishes to contribute to the meal.  We wanted to add another veggie side dish to the meal, at least to give the appearance of healthy food on the table.  Of course, I went one step further by making it cheesey based on a recipe I found at Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy. Susan's description and photos of the dish made it clear this would be a perfect side dish for our Thanksgiving dinner.

This is a perfect dish for sharing at a holiday meal or a potluck.  I changed the cheese to fontina because that is what I had on hand and also thought that the mild flavor would appeal to more people.

I especially loved the crunch of the bread crumbs, which I subbed with Panko bread crumbs... they stay so perfectly crunchy.  The added texture makes this dish a big winner.  Of course, how can you go wrong with a cheese sauce drizzled over veggies?  Seriously, you could get any picky eater to try this one!

Here's the recipe with my changes noted in bold.

Broccoli-Cauliflower Gratin
adapted from Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy - originally adapted from Barefoot in Paris

1 (3-pound) head cauliflower, cut into large florets
2-3 cups of broccoli florets 
Kosher salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, divided
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups hot milk
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
3/4 cup freshly grated Fontina cheese, divided
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs 

1.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

2.  Cook the broccoli and cauliflower florets in a large pot of boiling salted water for 5 to 6 minutes, until tender but still firm. Drain.

3.  Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add the flour, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes. Pour the hot milk into the butter-flour mixture and stir until it comes to a boil. Boil, whisking constantly, for 1 minute, or until thickened. Off the heat, add 1 teaspoon of salt, the pepper, nutmeg, 1/2 cup of the Fontina, and the Parmesan.

4.  Pour 1/3 of the sauce on the bottom of an 8 by 11 by 2-inch baking dish. Place the drained broccoli and cauliflower on top and then spread the rest of the sauce evenly on top. Combine the bread crumbs with the remaining 1/4 cup of Fontina and sprinkle on top. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and drizzle over the gratin. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the top is browned. Serve hot or at room temperature.

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