August 27, 2012

Easy Chicken

Made in the oven, this is a quick, easy and tasty recipe.

EASY CHICKEN
servings: 5 / time: 30 minutes (Click here to see the recipe in Portuguese)

Ingredients
2 pounds chicken thigh, skinless and boneless
salt to taste
3 crushed garlic cloves
juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon rosemary
2 cups chopped broccoli
½ cup chopped green onions or chives

Directions
1 – Season chicken with salt, garlic, lemon and rosemary.
2 – In a baking sheet, put in preheated oven at 350ºF and bake for 20 minutes.
3 – Remove from the oven, add broccoli, mix well and return to oven for 5-10 minutes.
4 – Garnish with green onions and serve.

Tips and Options
  • Good side options for this dish: white rice and/or green salad.

August 20, 2012

Pizza Bites

Your guests will love this snack – and you too!

PIZZA BITES
(servings: 10 to 15 / time: 15 minutes)

Ingredients
10 medium flour tortillas
5 tbs. tomato sauce
3 seedless tomatoes, chopped
1 can sweet corn
½ finely chopped onion
grated Mozzarella cheese (about 8 oz.)
salt and oregano to taste
olive oil

Directions
1 – In a bowl, combine tomatoes, corn, onion and a pinch of salt. Set aside.
2 – Spread tomato sauce in each tortilla and add the mixture from the bowl.
3 – Cover with cheese, sprinkle oregano and a drizzle of olive oil.
4 – With a pizza cutter, slice tortillas into 4 parts.
5 – Bake at medium-high (350-400°F) for about 8 minutes or until cheese is melted and dough is crisp.

Tips and Options
  • Pizza and tortillas are good with a variety of combinations and this recipe is no different. Be creative and invent different versions: shredded chicken, tuna, pepperoni, olives, basil, Canadian bacon, bacon, mushrooms...
  • For toppings, you can also use other types of cheese such as mozzarella, cream cheese, cheddar, feta, fontina or even make a mix more than one type.
  • One more option is put ingredients in separate bowls and let each guest assemble their favorite flavor.

Original recipe (in Portuguese): Pizza Aperitivo.

August 13, 2012

Creamy Cheesy Chicken

You can't go wrong with chicken + cream + cheese!!!

CREAMY CHEESY CHICKEN
(servings: 6 / time: 1 hour 30 minutes)

Ingredients
Chicken:
1 lb. chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1 tbs. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 minced garlic cloves garlic
1 can corn
2 chopped tomatoes
1 can hearts of palm, chopped (or 1 can artichoke)
½ cup chopped parsley and chives
½ cup chopped green olives
2 tbs. cream cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Cream:
2 egg yolks
2 cups milk
2 tbs. cornstarch
1 cup heavy cream o(r 1 can table cream)
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
salt to taste
6 to 8 slices mozzarella cheese

Directions
Chicken:
1 – In a large saucepan, heat oil and saute onion and garlic.
2 – Add shredded chicken, tomatoes, corn, hearts of palm, olives, salt and pepper. Mix well.
3 – Finally, add cream cheese and parsley/chives. Stir and set aside.

Cream:
1 – Dissolve the cornstarch in a little bit of the milk.
2 – Put egg yolks, milk, cornstarch and salt in a saucepan. Mix well and turn the heat to medium-high.
3 – Stirring constantly, cook until the cream is very consistent (for about 10-15 minutes).
4 – Turn off the heat, add the cream and mix well. Set aside.

Assembly:
In a large baking dish, spread out half of the cream.
Add the chicken and make a layer of mozzarella.
Cover with the other half of the cream and sprinkle grated cheese.
Bake at 350°F for about 15 minutes.

Tips and Options
  • Serve with green salad, white rice and potato chips.
  • To make it crunchy: mix the grated cheese with 1 cup bread crumbs. Sprinkle over and bake as directed.

Original recipe (in Portuguese): Fricassê de Frango.

August 06, 2012

Shrimp Broccoli Pasta

Easy and quick, this pasta will be a hit on your table!

SHRIMP BROCCOLI PASTA
(servings: 5/ time: 25 minutes)

Ingredients
1 package long shaped pasta (e.g. spaghetti, fettuccine, angel hair)
1 lb. shrimp, clean
1 tbs. oil (vegetable or olive oil)
4 crushed garlic cloves
2 cups chopped broccoli
2 diced tomatoes
1 tbs. butter
salt to taste

Directions
1 – Cook pasta according to the package directions.
2 – In another saucepan, heat oil and add garlic, shrimp and salt. Let simmer for about 3 minutes.
4 – Add broccoli and tomatoes and mix well. Cook for 3 minutes, covered.
5 – Place the cooked pasta and butter. Mix for about 2 minutes.
6 – Taste to check the salt, adding more if necessary, and serve.

Tips and Options
  • Instead of broccoli, use eggplant or zucchini.
  • Add lemon zest, or mix it the juice of 1 lemon, just after turning off the heat.
  • Garnish with parsley, chives or thyme.
  • If you like, add other seafood to this recipe (squid, mussels and/or octopus).

Original recipe (in Portuguese): Macarronada com Camarão e Brócolis.
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