This is a blog of my adventures in the kitchen. I always like to try new things, and I'm looking up different recipes constantly. Some recipes on here will be my own, some will be found recipes. Some will work, some won't. Trial and error, right? I'm no professional and I don't claim to be, I just enjoy cooking. :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Chicken and Tomato Fettuccine Alfredo

So, it's been a really busy summer.  I've been cooking quite a few quick dishes, this is one of them.   I was working late one night, my husband was out of town, and I just couldn't stand the thought of eating another canned soup.  I needed REAL food.  I dug around through my cupboards and fridge and found a few things I had lying around to make this dish.  I had bottled alfredo leftover from the cordon blue pizza I had made, so I decided on Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo.  I didn't have any fettuccine, for some reason, so I just used spaghetti pasta.

As I was making it, and tasting, I felt like it needed something different.  I have one tomato plant outside, but it has grown SO MANY tomatoes, so I decided that a tomato was just what the dish needed. :)  So glad I made that decision.

What you'll need:

Fettuccine, or spaghetti in my case.
Alfredo sauce
Tomato, diced
salt and pepper to taste

Start your water for you pasta.  When it's boiling, add the pasta and cook according to package directions.

Cut your chicken up and cook in a little bit of olive oil, with some salt and pepper.  When that's cooked through, add your alfredo sauce and diced tomato and a bit of oregano (tsp or so).  Let that simmer on a low heat while the pasta cooks, to break down the tomato.  Taste and add salt and pepper if you feel it's needed.

When the pasta is cooked, drain it and add it to the sauce.  Mix it up and dish it out.

This is definitely a new favorite of mine. :)

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pizza

So, I was a little worried about this one.  I didn't know how much I'd like pizza without any kind of tomato at all on it.  Seriously, it was really good. :)

This is a bit of an adaptation of several recipes I've found around.  Idon't have measurments, but it's pretty simple. What's new, eh? :P  I used a pillsbury refrigerated pizza crust, because I was in a hurry, and I happened to have one on hand.

Things you'll need:

Pizza crust
Bottled alfredo sauce
Chicken breast
Cooked ham (I used hormel cubed ham)
mozzarella cheese, grated
swiss cheese, grated

First, you'll want to cook the chicken.  I cooked the chicken and the onion together, with salt and pepper.  When the chicken was cooked through, and the onions were soft, I added the ham to crisp it up a bit.

While that's cooking, roll out your pizza crust on a lightly greased cookie sheet.  Press it out as thin as you like.  I went pretty thin, pressing it almost to the edge.  Bake around 375 for 8 to 10 minutes.

Pull the crust out and spread alfredo sauce on it.  Then add the cheeses and the meat/onion mix.

Put back in the oven for another 8 to 10 minutes, or until the cheese is gooey and the crust is browned. :)

Slice and serve!

Biscuits and Gravy Roll-ups

These are so simple.  Seriously...  And my husband loves them!   Growing up my mom used to make something similar to this for dinner.  Except, instead of sausage she would use ground beef and instead of gravy, she made cream and peas.  So delicious!  This is basically my breakfast version of that.

Okay, I'm not going to lie.  I used bisquick... Yep!  I cheated.  Don't want to use bisquick? By all means, go ahead and make your biscuit dough from scratch.  I'm sure it would be yummy!

Things you'll need:

Ground sausage
Salt and Pepper to taste

First thing you need to do is brown up your sausage.  While you're browning, make sure to break it apart so you don't have super huge chunks of meat in it.  You want them small so they'll roll up well. :)

While that's browning, make the dough.  Tough job, really...  :P  Throw some bisquick in a bowl and add water until you get a doughy consistency.  Yep! That's it.  I'm easy like that.

Roll that dough out into a rectangle on a lightly floured surface.

When the sausage is done, sprinkle it on the dough, and roll it up.  Slice into 1 to 2 inch slices, or even 3 if ya wanna!  and place on a lightly greased sheet.  Bake at around 350 until the dough is cooked.

While you're baking those, make your gravy.  If your sausage didn't leave much grease behind, throw some butter in and melt it down.  Add some flour, I'd say 1/4 C or so, and stir it up.  Then, add your milk.  Don't add too much, though.  It's easier to add more if your gravy is too thick than to add more flour if you get it too thin.

Cook that until it's thick and bubbly, and salt and pepper to taste.

Pull the rolls out of the oven, place on plates and cover in gravy!  YUM! :D