Monday, September 30, 2013

Maple Drizzled Apple-Cinnamon Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

YUMMY!!!!!!!!  I'm a grilled cheese connoisseur, so I got pumped when I saw this recipe!  This did NOT was so yummy!!!!   I would make this again and again....I really liked the sweetness of the apple / cinnamon!!
Makes 4 sandwiches: OBB
Measurements are approximate.  These are sandwiches- don’t overthink it!
4 slices rustic sandwich bread
8 slices sharp cheddar cheese (or enough to cover all the slices)
1-2 sweet, crisp apples (honey crisp were amazing)
ground cinnamon
kosher or sea salt
3-4 tablespoons real butter
100% real maple syrup

Butter each slice of bread and place slices butter-side down on a cutting board.  Place cheese on each slice of bread.  Core apples and slice into 1/8 inch slices.  Place apple slices on 4 slices of bread and lightly sprinkle them with ground cinnamon and salt.  Put sandwich halves together and grill in a hot skillet, or on a Panini grill, or broiled in the oven, flipping sandwiches and cooking until each side is golden brown and cheese is melted.  Drizzle with maple syrup, or serve on the side for dipping.  

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Italian Chicken Roll-Ups

Ahhhh I haven't cooked a new meal in forever!!!  It was the first time since I've had my blog that I almost missed a month with a new recipe, so I snuck a couple in at the last second :)  Guess that's what happens when you sell your house and have to pack up all your kitchen stuff!!  We are living with the parents now, so figured I would pay them back for their hospitality with some home cooking!

This was soooo good!!  It was really easy to prep too - and then you can relax (or get dinner ready for your baby!) while you wait for it to bake!!  Awesome!!!

Serves 6 : Recipe OBB

3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup spinach leaves
8 ounces ricotta cheese
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Garlic Bread Seasoning
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
Pizza Sauce (or your favorite marinara sauce)

Preheat oven to 350. Mix together the ricotta cheese and garlic bread seasoning and set aside. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Place a chicken breast flat on a plastic cutting board and cover the entire board with a piece of plastic wrap. Pound the chicken breast with a meat mallet until it’s about 1/4″ thick (it will have spread considerably). Cut the pounded chicken breast in half. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts.

Line a chicken breast with spinach leaves. Spread about 2 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture over the spinach leaves, leaving about a 1/2″ margin from each edge, then sprinkle with mozzarella. Starting at on one end, carefully roll up each chicken breast and secure with 2 toothpicks. Repeat with the remaining chicken breasts.
Roll each stuffed chicken breast in melted butter, then roll in the Italian seasoned bread crumbs and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 35-40 minutes in the preheated oven or until the chicken is cooked through. If you want to brown the tops a little, turn on the low broiler for 1-2 minutes (be sure to  keep an eye on it–burning things at this point would be very sad).

Make up your pizza sauce for dipping while you wait!