Recipes

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

I wrote this recipe as an Instant Pot recipe.  SOOO easy to change if you don't have one.  Just saute the onions and spices in a pan and transfer to a slow cooker, or saute them in the bottom of a soup pot and cook on the stove on low.

1 lb Boneless, Skinless Chicken

1 Tbs Onion, diced

1 tsp Cumin

1 tsp Chili Powder

4 oz can Mild Green Chilis

4 Tbs Original 'Everything' Sauce (or Ghost Pepper, depending on desired spice level)

16 oz Red Enchilada Sauce (I used 2 pkgs of Frontera)

1 16 oz can Garbanzo Beans (Chick Peas)

1 16 oz can Black Beans

1 16 oz can Corn

4 C Chicken Stock

Salt & White Pepper

For the Garnish:

Lime Wedges

Tortilla Chips

Cotija Cheese

Crema, or Sour Cream

Avocado, sliced

Set Instant Pot to Saute, add Onions, Salt & White Pepper, Cumin and Chili Powder.  Saute until onions are soft.  Add Original Sauce, Green Chilis, Enchilada Sauce and Chicken Stock and stir.  Add remaining ingredients and set Instant Pot to Meat/Stew for 25 minutes.

Remove chicken and shred, then add back to the soup.  Serve and garnish with Avocado slices, Cotija Cheese, crumbled Tortilla Chips and Crema.  Squeeze lime and ENJOY!!!

 

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Mango-Pineapple Deviled Eggs

Mango-Pineapple Deviled Eggs

SOOOO  Good for dinners or parties!!

1 Doz Large Eggs

1/4 C Mango-Pineapple Sauce

1/4 C Mayonnaise

Salt & Pepper, to taste

4 Tbs Diced Chili Dusted Mango (dried mango)

Boil, peel and halve the eggs.  Combine the yolks with Mayo, Mango-Pineapple Sauce, Salt & Pepper.  Sprinkle with dried mango and serve!!

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Onion Chicken Au Gratin

Onion Chicken Au Gratin

You can absolutely make this dish in a skillet (preferably cast iron).  This version is for the Instant Pot (same for crockpot, just increase cooking time).

2 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken, cut into 1" pieces

3 T Olive Oil

2 Lrg Onions, halved & thinly sliced

1/2 C Sherry

2 T fresh thyme leaves (or bundle into a bouquet garni)

2 T Original 'Everything' Sauce

3 T Flour

1 T garlic, minced

28 oz Beef Broth, low sodium

1 lb Baby Golden Potatoes

Salt & Pepper

1 C Gruyere cheese, shredded

Set Instant Pot to Saute (or skillet to medium heat) and add 2 Tbs Olive Oil and Onions, 1/4 tsp Salt & Pepper, and fresh Thyme.  Cook until onions are soft, stirring occasionally.  Add Sherry and reduce to simmer, cooking until onions start to caramelize.  Stir in Garlic and cook 1 to 2 more minutes.  

Add 1/4 tsp Salt & Pepper to flour and use to coat chicken pieces.  Add chicken, potatoes and beef broth to Instant Pot and change setting to Meat/Stew with a time of 20 minutes.  Seal Instant Pot. *

We like to sop up the liquid with a good crusty bread.  So, portion onions, chicken and potatoes with enough liquid for sopping into oven safe dishes that have a good lip on them (or a crock made for soup).  Cover with Gruyere cheese and broil for 1 to 2 minutes.

*If using skillet, transfer to a waiting 350 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until potatoes are tender.  Then cover with Gruyere and turn oven to broil for 1 to 2 minutes, until melty and browning.

Garnish with fresh thyme leaves, if desired.

 

 

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Cold Sesame Soba Noodles - VEGAN

Cold Sesame Soba Noodles - VEGAN

1 pkg Soba Noodles, cooked & drained

1/4 C Soy Sauce

3 T Toasted Sesame Oil

4 T Vegetable Oil

3 T Sugar

2 T Mirin

1-2 T Original 'Everything' Sauce

4 T Creamy Peanut Butter

1 tsp Lime Juice

sesame seeds, to garnish

minced chives, to garnish

Combine all ingredients except noodles and garnish into large bowl and whisk until smooth.  (add more Original depending on spiciness desired).  Add noodles and toss until well coated.  Serve and garnish with sesame seeds and chives.  ENJOY!!

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Burger with Smoked Gouda and Charred Onion Relish

Burger with Smoked Gouda and Charred Onion Relish

This recipe can be vegan, vegetarian, or carnivorous.  All depends on what you want to use for your burger and whether or not you skip the cheese.  We used our favorite turkey burger recipe and smoked Gouda cheese.  It's just the perfect combination.

The important part?  The charred onion relish.

2 cooked burgers (your preference)

4 slices smoked Gouda cheese (melted onto the burgers)

2 toasted buns 

1 sweet onion, sliced thin

1 Tbs butter

1 Tbs oil

2 Tbs Peach-Apricot Jessi's Flaming Fruit Sauce

2 Tbs Orange Marmalade  (we use Southern Jar)

Heat pan on med-high (I prefer cast iron if you have it) and melt butter/oil.  Add onions and stir frequently.  When they start to get charred on the edges, remove from heat and add Peach-Apricot sauce and orange marmalade.  

This is the perfect condiment for a smoked Gouda burger.  Enjoy!!

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Sweet & Spicy Meatballs (can be Vegan!)

Sweet & Spicy Meatballs (can be Vegan!)

This recipe can easily be made vegetarian or vegan by switching the type of meatballs!!

2 lbs of cooked meatballs (your favorite meat or meat-less variety, or homemade)

1 Cup of Peach-Apricot Sauce  (you could easily use the Mango-Pineapple or Blueberry-Ginger for this recipe as well)

1 Cup of Orange Marmalade

1/2 Cup of Dried Cranberries

1/4 to 1/2 Cup of Water

Peach-Apricot Meatballs

 

In our house, we use a fresh turkey meatball, but whatever variety or recipe you prefer works fine.  Put all ingredients into a small crockpot except the water.  Check in an hour to see if the water is needed to compensate for the moisture used by the cranberries, add if needed.

Serve with toothpicks as a pass-around appetizer, or over rice with some glazed carrots on the side (see our recipe)!  This was a HUGE hit for our New Year's Eve Party!

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Peach-Apricot Glazed Carrots

Peach-Apricot Glazed Carrots

This recipe can easily be made vegan or not!

3 lbs of carrots, peeled and sliced on the bias

3 Tbs butter (vegan: vegetable oil)

2 Tbs Jessi's Flaming Fruit Sauce Peach-Apricot

2 Tbs honey (vegan: agave nectar)

1 Tbs fresh thyme leaves

salt & white pepper to taste

Steam carrots until fork tender.  While still hot, transfer to saute pan with butter, Peach-Apricot Sauce, honey, ginger, salt & white pepper.  Stir or toss to coat carrots thoroughly, then serve.  

 

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3 ingredient Mango Pulled Pork

3 ingredient Mango Pulled Pork

3 to 4 lbs pork shoulder, trimmed

8 oz Jessi's Flaming Fruit Sauce Mango-Pineapple

1 quart Chicken Stock (or ham stock)

Trim most of the fat and silver skin off the pork shoulder.  Add pork, Jessi's Flaming Fruit Sauce and stock to crockpot and cook 8 to 10 hours.  

Pull the pork out and let rest until cool enough to handle.  Pull apart and discard any remaining fat.  Add a few Tbs of additional Mango-Pineapple sauce and use in any of the following way, or create your own!!

Pulled Pork sandwich with slaw

Pulled Pork stuffed baked potatoes

Pulled Pork over egg noodles or steamed and herbed potatoes

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Summer Berry Salad with Blueberry-Ginger Glaze

Summer Berry Salad with Blueberry-Ginger Glaze

1 pint Strawberries

1 pint Blueberries

1/2 pint Rasberries

1/2 pint Blackberries

1/2 Cup Jessi's Flaming Fruit Sauce Blueberry-Ginger

1 Tbs Balsamic Vinegar

1 Tbs Brown Sugar

Wash and dry berries (also include diced orange or pineapple if desired). Cut strawberries and blackberries into small pieces.  I like to dice some apple into it on occasion, for crunch.  Mix Jessi's Flaming Fruit Sauce, brown sugar and vinegar and pour over fruit salad.   Let sit in fridge at least 1 hour.

 Spoon berry salad over french toast, pancakes or waffles for breakfast, or simply serve with some cream on top.  For dessert serve over angel food cake with whipped cream on top!!  

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Flaming Fruit Sauce Glazed Ham

Flaming Fruit Sauce Glazed Ham

1 Ham (Bone in whole, or spiral sliced)
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Jessi's Flaming Fruit Sauce Orange-Cranberry, Blueberry-Ginger, Apricot or Mango-Pineapple

 

Heat brown sugar and sauce in a small pot until the sugar is fully dissolved.  Let cool to room temperature.

Pre-heat oven and cook per the instructions on the ham package.  Prior to putting in the oven, cover thoroughly with the glaze.  

If you use the Mango-Pineapple, consider covering the ham with pineapple slices.  The one pictured below was done with Orange-Cranberry and it was DELICIOUS.

Before and after pics

  

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