While I'm on a sickening sugar high from being in the kitchen all afternoon and way into the night I'm going to push on through it and get ya'll those recipes from my Girls Only Pajamas Optional Girl's Got to Have IT!!! Christmas Party...right now I would kill for some Chicken Enchilada Dip to cut the sugar running thru my veins. This could be a long night for me!!!
So let's start with that:
Chicken Enchilada Dip
3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts - don't skimp and use tenderloins either - big fat chicken boobies only...
2 (8oz.) packages of cream cheese softened
1 1/2 C. grated cheddar cheese
2 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. cumin ( I prolly used a cup cause I LOVE - OMG we need to rename this spice,or at least change the spelling to queman)
1 tsp. oregano
1 1/2 tsp. paprika
3/4 c. chopped cilantro
4 green onions sliced
1 (14 oz.) can Rotel w/ lime or fresh lime juice
dash of hot sauce to taste
dash of salt & pepper
Now anytime I need cooked chicken for a recipe this is what I do and it smells so good you might want to throw in another chicken breast so you can just eat it while you're making the recipe...Tear off a big piece of aluminum foil and center the chicken - sprinkle it with garlic, salt, pepper, lots of cumin and just about any spice ya like that goes with the dish) wrap it all up tight folding all the edges over to make a pouch. Use more foil and double wrap it. Place on baking sheet and cook at 350 for at least 45 - 60 minutes. Unwrap carefully and save any juice if ya can - that is liquid gold - chop it up and wha la...try not to eat it all before you put it in the recipe. That extra piece is a really good idea next time...
So while that is cooling, mix the following together in a large mixing bowl - cream cheese & cheddar cheeses until smooth. Add next five spices and mix well. Add the chopped chicken, cilantro, green onions and Rotel. If you can't find the Rotel with lime juice add that too.
Season with hot sauce and refrigerate 4 -5 hours. Add salt & pepper and more hot sauce if needed before serving with chips or flour tortillas. Yum!!
White Chocolate - Cranberry Bread Pudding
* This one came from Sandra Lee's Slow Cooker Recipe Book
1 loaf of Texas Toast ( or other thick sliced bread) torn into pieces
1 (12oz) bag of white chocolate chips
1 c. dried cranberries or craisins
3 large eggs
1 c. milk
1 c. heavy cream
1/2 c. sugar
dash of salt
2 tbs. butter
1 tsp. cinnamon
* I added one small airline size bottle of Kahlua- just cause :)
coat your slow cooker/crock pot with cooking spray
In a large bowl toss together bread pieces, white chocolate chips and cranberries.
In another bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, sugar, Kahlua and salt. Pour over bread mixture.Stir all together and put in slow cooker. Slice the butter into pieces and place on top and then sprinkle with cinnamon.
Cover and cook on Low for 3 - 4 hours!! Isn't that easy!!! Just wait... it is really good!!
Now Sandra ( we love her) is all about semi homemade and she used Hershey's Syrup over hers when she serves it...but I like this chocolate sauce better and it is quick and easy too.
1 12oz. bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
4 tbsp. butter
1tsp. vanilla extract
In sauce pan over medium heat combine all except for vanilla...Stir constantly (or ask someone else too, Thank you Lisa W.!!! She saved the chocolate sauce cause I forgot all about it - party hostess duties called)When completely melted remove from heat and add vanilla. Set aside til bread pudding is ready - warm up if needed. Don't forget to stir it!!!
If ya really want to be fancy serve the pudding in martini glasses and cover with chocolate sauce...or just stand around crock pot with a spoon and dig in....I'm thinking some caramel might be good in there too next time...or coffee ice cream under the bread pudding...so many ways to eat it!!!
Dark Chocolate Key lime cups
This is really easy too - if ya can find the Botticelli rich dark chocolate Miniture Dessert Shells - recipe is on the back. If not here is the filling and it is so good you can put it in or on anything and it will be fab.
1 tsp. grated lime peel
1/2 c. fresh lime juice - I got tired of squeezing after three limes so I filled it to 1/2 c. with the green bottle stuff. So shoot me. I had a lot to do that day.
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
Beat sweetend condensed milk with lime juice until combined - add lime peel. Done. If ya have the chocolate shells fill and sprinkle with green sugar or slice of lime. You can even add cool whip if ya really want to. I personally could just eat it with a spoon and skip the chocolate and whipped stuff. Actually, had about 1/2 c. left over and I'm still enjoying that little secret stash in the fridge. I've decided that next to heavy cream in a recipe my next favorite would be sweetened condensed milk....you could also make with lemon juice. Yum yum yum!!!
Now for those of you at the party last week - I KNOW...you want the Green Frosted Cookie Recipe. I've already explained that Miss L. does not share that recipe. This is a major bummer cause they are really good. So I spent a little time on this wonderful thing called Google looking up recipes and then several hours -the cause of my sugar rush - in the kitchen trying to make these freakin cookies. I've also been making a huge batch of sugar nuts, sand tarts and cream cheese candy (which tastes a lot like divinity but really easy to make) so my taste buds are shot tonight, but my taste tester who enjoyed several of the real thing the other night thinks these are pretty darn close. Cookie part is great it's the icing that is hardest...working on it and will let ya know as soon as I think I've got it. Good thing I'm going to dentist tomorrow cause I'm sure I've got sugar rot going on tonight...
Oddly enough, I'm getting sleepy so I better go brush my teeth about 10 times and double floss...which will wake me up again. Got about 10 magazines and more books than I can count to read so if I do stay up all night I'll have plenty to do. Might even get in a few more episodes of Army Wives!!! Love this show!!! Can ya tell the sugar is kickin in again????And "DAD" is out of town and I'm the boss of me tonight so I can stay up late if I wanna....pepcid might be a good idea too....maybe a dose of Nyquil....