Friday, November 24, 2006

Super Delicious Sweet Potatoes

Here's a new recipe I tried this Thanksgiving. If you like sweet potatoes, I suggest giving this a try.

Smushed Apples and Sweet Potatoes


* 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
* 2 tablespoons butter
* 1/4 cup white sugar (I used brown sugar)
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
* 1 Granny Smith apple - peeled, cored and sliced (I used a HoneyCrisp, because it was all I had)
* 1/8 cup milk


1. Place the sweet potato in a medium saucepan and fill with enough water to cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for about 20 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat, drain and set aside.
2. Melt butter over low heat in a small saucepan. Mix in the sugar, cinnamon and allspice. Add the apple slices, cover, and let simmer for 5 minutes, or until the apples are tender. Mix the apple mixture into the drained sweet potatoes along with the milk. Mix well using an electric mixer or just a fork until potatoes are mashed.


Saturday, November 18, 2006

Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Chicken

The Griffins usually have a kitchen full of groceries that allow endless possiblites when it comes to fixing meals. As of late, we haven't had the time or money to purchase anything. Sad, I know. So tonight I decided to go through the last of the remaining "stuff" in our cupboards and came up with this. Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Chicken. Totally delicious, but so bad for you. The sauce is so rich it should almost be illegal to consume! I'm sure if I used low-fat, low-sodium ingredients it wouldn't be so bad. But like I said, I can only use what I had.


* 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
* 4 slices bacon (it's best to cook this a bit before assembling)
* 1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives
* 1 teaspoon garlic pwder
* 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
* 1/2 cup sour cream plus 1/8 cup
* 1/8 cup shredded cheese of your choice
* 1/2 cup milk (I didn't have milk so I used half&half)
* 1 teaspoon lemon juice
* 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
* 1 pinch salt


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
2. Pound the chicken breasts until flat. Mix the 1/8 cup sour cream and 1/8 cup cheese in a bowl. Add a pinch of the garlic powder and mix. Spoon this mixture onto the middle of each breast and roll up. Wrap each rolled breast with 1 slice of bacon and secure with toothpicks. Place in a 9x13 inch baking dish.
3. In a medium bowl, combine condensed soup, sour cream, milk, lemon juice, garlic powder, pepper and salt. Mix until smooth, then pour over chicken.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour, or until no longer pink and juices run clear.
5. Enjoy alone, or with egg noodles.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Super Easy Apple Crisp

I decided to use up the last of the (delicious!) Honey Crisp apples before they went bad. I was craving apple crisp so I decided to make some. I'll be the only one eating it because Phillip doesn't enjoy it like I do. His loss, for sure!


5 cups thinly sliced apples
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats (I used one cup of Quick Cooking Oats and it turned out just fine)
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (I didn't have nutmeg, but I DID have pie spice, so I used that)
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup butter, softened

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Toss apples with lemon juice and water in a shallow 2 quart baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, nutmeg, and salt. Mix to blend thoroughly. Cut in the butter or margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in walnuts. Crumble over apples to cover completely.
  • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until top is lightly browned. Serve warm or at room temperature.

    OMG, this is one of the best apple crisps I've ever tasted. It's not as crunchy as some, but it's not soggy in the least. I think I baked it for 1 hour, instead of the 45 minutes. Also, I used an 8"x8" Corning dish.

    Apple Crisp

    Try it, you'll LOVE it!