Smoked Gouda Enchiladas with Fire Roasted Tomatillo Cranberry Sauce

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I pretty much love smoked cheese and try to eat it whenever possible.  I had the brilliant idea to make enchiladas with smoked Gouda and roasted tomatillo sauce, I added cranberries to make it even more interesting!  My husband was not really a fan, but I loved the enchiladas.  The only thing that I would change is not putting cranberries on top as they were too tart.

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serves 8-10

time: about 1 hour

Roasted Tomatillo Enchiladas Sauce Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds fresh tomatillos, husked and cubed

4 cloves of garlic

2 jalapenos

1 shallot, skin removed

1 lime, juiced

1/4 – 1/2 cup fresh whole cranberries

chicken broth

pinch of salt

 

Enchiladas Ingredients

8-10 white flour tortillas (or corn, whichever you prefer)

2 chicken breasts

salt

pepper

cayenne pepper

shredded smoked Gouda cheese

green onions, chopped

 

Roasted Tomatillo Enchiladas Sauce Directions

  1.  Turn your oven’s broiler on.
  2. Place the sliced tomatillos, jalapenos and shallot on a tinfoil lined cookie sheet.
  3. Broil for about 5 minutes on each side – you want the produce to be charred but not burned.
  4. Place the broiled produce, lime juice, the whole cranberries, about 1/2 cub chicken broth, and pinch of salt into a Cuisinart.  Mix until completely blended.  Set aside.  Add a little more broth until it’s fairly runny.  Add more salt and lime if needed.

Enchiladas Ingredients

  1. Place the chicken breasts into a pot of water – add salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.  Bring the pot of water / chicken to a boil.  Let boil for about 10 minutes, then turn to medium heat and continue to cook for about 20-30 minutes, until the chicken is completely cooked.
  2. Shred up the smoked Gouda cheese.  Chop the green onions.  Set aside.
  3. Once the chicken has cooked and cooled shred with your clean hands.  Mix in a bit of the roasted tomatillo sauce so that the chicken is moist.
  4. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Wrap your tortillas in a paper towel and heat in the microwave for about 30 seconds – you just want the tortillas to be soft to they don’t tear when rolling.
  6. Pour a little bit of the roasted tomatillo sauce onto the bottom of your baking dish.
  7. Dip both sides of the tortilla in the roasted tomatillo sauce that is on the bottom of the baking dish.  Add a handful of the shredded chicken, smoked Gouda cheese, and chopped green onions.  Roll and place on one side of the baking dish with the two sides of the tortilla down.  Continue this process until all of the meat has been stuffed into the tortillas.
  8. Pour the roasted tomatillo sauce over the rolled enchiladas.  Sprinkle the remaining shredded smoked Gouda cheese on top.
  9. Bake for about 20-30 minutes until the roasted tomatillo sauce is boiling and the smoked Gouda cheese has melted.
  10. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Fall Galette

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I kind of got creative here.  And, thankfully this dish turned out wonderfully.  I used what I had on hand, and what is in season: potatoes, kale, apples, cranberries, brussels sprouts and turned it into a galette (a fancy word for a pie/pizza).

Ingredients:

2 red potatoes

a few kale leaves

a handful of brussels sprouts

1 apple (granny smith, or fuji – something crisp)

dried & sweetened cranberries

Parmesan cheese

salt

pepper

garlic powder

onion powder

fresh garlic

pie crust

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Directions:

1) boil the potatoes until you can pierce them with a fork, let cool.

2) thinly slice all of the vegetables and the apple.  Slice large-ish pieces of the Parmesan cheese with a vegetable peeler.

3) in a skillet, heat up some olive oil and once hot throw in the brussels, kale leaves, and crushed garlic – lightly season with salt, pepper, garlic & onion powder.  Remove from pan and set aside.

4) add more olive oil to the hot skillet.  Throw in the sliced potatoes in, lightly season with salt, pepper, garlic & onion powder.

5) on a floured surface roll out your pie crust then pace on a baking dish.  Spread the cooked & seasoned veggies on top of the pie crust.  Arrange the sliced apples on top, and then the slices of cheese on top of the apples.

6) Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 30-45 minutes until the crust is golden brown.  After the galette has cooked sprinkle the cranberries on top and serve hot.

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Baked Brie with Chocolate & Blackberry Jam

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I could not believe how good this dessert / appetizer turned out, I mean it was no surprise since I mixed brie, chocolate and blackberry jam together.   I’m sure that you could use any other kind of jam, but I’m a believer that blackberry and chocolate just go together.

Ingredients:

pie crust dough (1 or two depending on if you are using a wheel of brie or two triangles)

brie (either a wheel or two triangles)

chocolate chips

blackberry jam

1 egg, beaten

water crackers to serve this with, if desired

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Directions:

1. Roll out the pie crust to make it just a tad thinner on a floured surface, place on a tin-foil lined or greased baking sheet.

2. If you are using two triangles of brie cheese place them skinny end to fat end on the center of the rolled out pie crust, or just place the wheel of brie on the pie crust.

3. Scoop out a good amount of blackberry jam on top of the brie cheese, sprinkle the chocolate chip pieces on and around the jam (the jam will slide off the top of the cheese).

4. Pick up the pie crust over the sides of the cheese and cover the top of the cheese.

5. Beat the egg, and brush over the pie crust.

6. Bake in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for roughly 30 minutes or until golden brown.  I envisioned a lovely held together brie/chocolate/blackberry pie that you cut into, but instead everything melted into one amazing mess.  All of my friends could not get enough of this cheese, chocolate, jam delight.  I was worried that two triangles of brie would be too much for 5 people but it was not at all!!

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fancy pizzas

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I love pizza.  I could eat pizza at least once a week.  The thing is, pepperoni and cheese just ain’t my thing.  Call me a snob, but I like amazing, fresh ingredients on my pizzas.  I also like thin crust.  I don’t want dough to be the star of the pizza.

We made two different pizzas this night for dinner, and I have NO idea which was my favorite…they were both so dang good!

Ingredients for pizza #1:

crust of your choice (plus cornmeal to dust the top of the pan)

thinly sliced zucchini

thinly sliced Brussels sprouts

thinly sliced tomatoes

thinly sliced mozzarella cheese

thinly slice prosciutto

crumbled feta cheese

sun dried tomatoes

tomato paste with seasonings

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Ingredients for pizza #2:

crust of your choice (plus cornmeal to dust the top of the pan)

thinly sliced tomatoes

thinly sliced bell peppers

cooked and drained ground chorizo sausage

thinly sliced mozzarella cheese

tomato paste with seasonings

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If you don’t like these ingredients get creative!

to assemble the fancy pizzas:

1. Begin by rolling or tossing the dough into the size of your pan.  Then place it on the pan that is lightly dusted with cornmeal.

2. Spread a thin layer of seasoned tomato paste over your dough.

3. Layer your toppings.

4. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the crust is a golden brown.

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Garden Raviolis

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Someday I am going to make raviolis from scratch, but until then I’ll buy them pre-made.  This is a great recipe because it takes pre-made fresh raviolis, doesn’t dump a bunch of sauce on them and instead uses oh so fresh summer veggies.  What more could you ask for.  Really.

prep time: approximately 7 minutes

cooking time: approximately 35 minutes

Ingredients:

1 bag pre-made fresh cheese raviolis (the size depends on how many people are eating)

1/2 container cherry tomatoes

2 shallots, cut into wedges

4 garlic gloves, peeled

1/2 zucchini, sliced into bite sized pieces

olive oil

salt

pepper

fresh basil

grated cheese (if desired, it was kind of overkill considering the cheese raviolis, I’ll skip next time)

Directions:

1. Place all vegetables onto an oiled baking sheet in a pre-heated 425 degree oven and bake for about 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, boil water for the raviolis and cook.

3. After the raviolis are cooked and the veggies are done combine in a pot with the fresh basil leaves and gently stir together.  Add more olive oil if the ravioli are sticking to one another.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Tomato & Feta Toasts

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I cannot believe how amazing this salad / toast was.  In fact, I want one right now.  I’m pretty much drooling.  This recipe will be a go-to summer salad recipe.  See, there are so many amazing ways to eat your veggies!

prep/total time: approximately 20-25 minutes

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Ingredients:

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme

handful basil leaves, chopped

1 teaspoon grated lemon rind

sliced tomato or cherry tomatoes

1 English cucumber, thinly sliced

1 bell pepper, diced

1 lemon, juiced

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

freshly ground black pepper

pinch of kosher salt

feta cheese, crumbled

goat cheese, crumbled

toasted French bread, 2 slices each person

handful pine nuts, toasted

handful of arugula per person

Directions:

1. Chop, slice, and grate all needed ingredients.

2. Mix the olive oil, pepper and salt together, stir in the chopped, sliced, grated ingredients.  Gently fold in the crumbled cheeses.  Let stand for 10 minutes.

3. Slice and toast the bread.

4. Toast a handful of pine nuts – careful not to burn, you only want them golden brown.

5. Place a handful of washed arugula on each plate.

6. Place the toast on the sides of the plate.  Arrange the cucumber on the bed of arugula, and scoop out the cheese and olive oil mixture on top of the toasts and arugula.  Enjoy!

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Fettuccine with pesto, mint, pistachios, and tomatoes

This recipe was awesome!  I had never thought of adding pistachios and mint to a pesto dish before.

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prep time: approximately 10 minutes

cooking time: approximately 10-15 minutes

Ingredients:

1 box fettuccine (or fresh fettuccine)

1 pound shrimp, raw

handful of fresh mint leaves

1-2 cups prepared pesto

1/4 cup shelled pistachios (I could only find salt & pepper pistachios which I was hesitant about, but they were amazing!)

cherry tomatoes

salt & pepper to taste

fresh Romano or Parmesan cheese if desired

Directions:

1. Boil the fettuccine noodles until al dente – approximately 10-12 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, slice the cherry tomatoes, wash the mint leaves, shell the pistachios and grate the cheese.  Boil the shelled shrimp – once the water has come to a boil drop the shrimp in the water and cook for approximately 5-7 minutes (until pink).

3. Once the noodles are done, drain and stir in the pesto sauce.  Stir in the tomatoes and cooked shrimp.

4. Dish out the noodles with tomatoes and shrimp and sprinkle the mint leaves, pistachios and cheese on top.  Enjoy with a nice side salad.

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Quinoa, Cucumber, Olive, and Feta salad

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I love fresh summer salads, and quinoa is a great base for various types of salads with lots of yummy ingredients – a simple olive oil dressing is all that it needs.

Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa (2 cups water)

2 lemons, juiced

3 tablespoons olive oil

red onion

green onion

half cucumber

feta cheese

olive mix from the olive bar at the grocery store

garlic (I used marinated and roasted/marinated garlic from the olive bar at the grocery store)

tomatoes – red and yellow – sliced

salt and pepper to taste

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look at this great olive and garlic mixture!

Directions:

1. Cook the quinoa according to the package instructions; let cool.

2. Juice the lemons.  Slice the red onion, green onion, cucumber, the olive and garlic mix, and tomatoes.

3. Combine the lemon juice and olive oil and pour over the cooled quinoa. Add the sliced veggies and olive/garlic, salt and pepper to taste.

4. Serve cold with BBQ or any other main dish!

Ham & Cheese Puff

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Ingredients:

1/4 pound Gruyere cheese, thinly sliced

1/4 pound Manchego cheese, thinly sliced

1/4 pound applewood smoked cheddar cheese, thinly sliced

1 pound sliced ham

2 sheets puff pastry, barely thawed

1-3 tablespoons dijon mustard

1 large egg, beaten

Directions:

1. Carefully unroll both sheets of the puff pastry – place one on a parchment paper lined cooking sheet and set the other one aside.

2. Spread a thin layer of the dijon mustard on the puff pastry on the cooking sheet.

3. Layer the cheese and ham making sure to mix up the cheese.

4. Place the second puff pastry sheet on top of the ham and cheese, press the edges of both puff pastry sheets together.

5. With a cooking brush, brush the beaten egg all over the top of the puff pastry.

6. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes.

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