Monday, January 26, 2015

Bacon Ritz Cracker Crusted Chicken Recipe


The title of this recipe pretty much speaks for itself...
When I saw the new bacon flavored Ritz, I knew I had to try them.  After a couple days of snacking on cheese and bacon flavored crackers, I got inspired to crumble up some of the Ritz and bread some chicken with it!  The crackers legitimately taste like bacon, not those imitation bacon bits (that's what I expected the Ritz to taste like...).

INGREDIENTS:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 sleeve bacon flavored Ritz crackers
3/4 cup flour
2 eggs + 1 tbsp. water beaten together for egg wash
salt & pepper, to taste
shredded cheddar cheese and bacon for topping

DIRECTIONS:

-Preheat oven to 375.
-Line a baking sheet with tin foil or parchment paper.  Spray with a small amount of non-stick cooking spray.
-Season each chicken breast with salt and pepper.
-In a food processor (or large ziploc bag), crush the crackers until they're the size of bread crumbs.
-Set up 3 shallow dishes; one with the flour, one with the egg wash, and one with the breadcrumbs.
-Season the flour with salt and pepper.
-Coat each chicken breast in the flour, then the egg wash, then coat generously in the breadcrumbs.  Repeat with each chicken breast and place on the prepared baking sheet.
-Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked.  Top with cheddar cheese and bacon while still warm so the cheese melts.

ENJOY!!

**Side note**
I made this recipe a few months ago and did not write down my measurements... They may be off a bit :(  I will be sure to edit this recipe once I make it again!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Caprese Pasta Recipe


First new recipe I've managed to post in the new year... I've got a list a mile long of things that need posted, and somehow I can't seem to find the time or motivation to post anything- I should've made it my resolution to post one every other day, or at least once a week!

This recipe is so fresh and delicious, and it makes me feel all gourmet and chef-like... It's got a great Italian flavor, and the best part about it is that IT'S A ONE POT DISH!!  No sink full of dishes to clean after dinner- BONUS!! 

INGREDIENTS:

4 1/2 cups water
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 lb. bowtie pasta
1/3 cup whole basil leaves, packed
1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
fresh mozzarella balls for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

-In a large high-sided skillet, combine the water, oil, pasta, basil, & tomatoes.  Cook on medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
-Reduce heat and cover, let simmer and cook about 10-11 minutes or until pasta is cooked and most water is gone, stirring every few minutes.
-Remove from heat and stir in the shredded mozzarella and parmesan cheese until mixed in and melted.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
-Serve topped with mozzarella balls to make it look fancy ;)

ENJOY!!







Tuesday, January 13, 2015

My Year in Review- Goodbye 2014!


This year has been THE BEST year... EVER.  Hands down.  We've accomplished so much, and I absolutely cannot wait to see what 2015 has in store for us!  I am so excited to say goodbye to 2014, but it will definitely be the year that will stick with me forever.


2014 was a year full of recipe masterpieces, and quite a few recipe disasters as well, ha!  I cannot wait to see what I can cross off my culinary bucket list this year >:) 

Here's a review of what I shared with you on the blog in 2014:

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NOVEMBER


I've got a lot in store for the new year, I've got a list a mile long of recipes that need posted on the blog-  I can't wait to share them!  Stay tuned to see what's cookin' in my kitchen!