Monday, December 20, 2010

Pepperoncini Chicken

I love bites of food wrapped in bacon - don't you?  I brought these to a get-together at the gym and they were a hit!  They were easy to make and only require a few ingredients.  I found the recipe for these yummy bites at Eat This.

Pepperoncini Chicken
2 large chicken breasts
1 jar pepperoncinis
1 package bacon
sea salt and pepper to taste
olive oil
Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces.  Marinate chicken with salt and pepper and enough oil to coat.  Slice open a pepperoncini and put a piece of chicken inside.  Wrap 1/2 piece bacon around chicken and secure with toothpick.  Over medium heat, grill poppers until chicken is cooked through and bacon is crisp.  (About 8-10 minutes per side)  Enjoy!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Spicy Burgers

Burgers are our go-to meals when we haven't really planned out anything for dinner or just when we want something easy to cook up.  I came across this recipe from  Changed it up slightly for my taste and enjoyed a fantastic dinner.  We love spicy food in our house and these were perfect!

Spicy Burgers
2 cans (4 oz.) diced green chili
1 pound ground bison
3/4 c. finely chopped cilantro
1/2 c. finely chopped onion
1 1/2 t. ground cumin
1 t. chipotle chili powder
1 t. sea salt
Mix all ingredients in bowl.  Form into burgers.  Grill.  Easy!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Cranberry Squash

All of the pumpkin and squash in the fall is so fun to play with - when it comes to cooking.  :)  My friends, Tracee, recommended I try this recipe from Elana's Pantry.  She told me her husband says the squash are like pieces of candy.  So, of course, I had to try it.  And it was soooo delicious!

Cranberry Squash
1 large butternut squash, peeled, cut into cubes
1/2 c. dried cranberries
3 vanilla beans
1 1/2 t. ground cinnamon
10 slivers lemon peel
1 c. apple juice
1/2 t. sea salt
Toss ingredients together in a 9x13 baking dish.  Bake covered for 1 hour at 350ยบ.  Remove cover and bake for an additional 10 minutes to brown.  Serve.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Coffee-Honey Pork Chops

With this wonderful "winter" weather we have been having in Colorado we decided to do some grilling.  I found a recipe from a Taste of Home magazine that I changed up just a bit for dinner one evening.  These pork chops are so VERY tasty!  Great way to use up any leftover coffee from your pot in the morning.  :)

Coffee-Honey Pork Chops
1 c. strong brewed coffee
3 T. honey
3 t. dried thyme
2 T. cider vinegar
1 T. dijon mustard
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. lemon-pepper seasoning
1/2 t. ground ginger
4 bone-in pork chops

In large bowl, combine first 9 ingredients.  Pour 1/2 c. marinade into large resealable bag; add chops. Seal bag and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade until ready to cook.
Glaze:  Place remaining marinade in small saucepan.  Bring to boil; cook until liquid is reduced to about 1/2 cup.
Coat grill rack with cooking spray before starting grill.  Drain and discard marinade.  Grill chops, covered, over medium heat.
Spoon glaze over pork chops.  Enjoy!