What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Palatable Possibilities: Kidney Bean Chili Pizza! If you like the spiciness of chili and can’t resist a slice of gooey cheese pizza, prepare yourself for an endorphin rush like no other. Happiness is contagious and I guarantee you, chili pizza will put you in a good mood. Now let me be clear, the pizza itself is not “make you sweat hot”, which is why I listed the hot pepper rings and sriracha as garnishes to taste. To each his own. I probably overdo the spiciness compared to my husband. Just remember, if it’s too spicy, drink milk. It soothes the body much better than soda, beer, or water.
KIDNEY BEAN CHILI PIZZA
1 pound lean ground beef
1 envelope original chili seasoning mix
14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, with juice
15-ounce kidney beans, with juice
12-inch prepared pizza crust
1/4 cup red onions, sliced
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
Hot pepper rings, for garnish
Sliced green olives, for garnish
Sriracha Sauce, to taste
Preheat oven to 400°. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown ground beef. Drain fat. Stir in chili seasoning mix, diced tomatoes, and kidney beans. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Place pizza crust on a baking sheet. Spoon chili evenly onto crust. Layer with sliced red onions. Cover all with shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is crispy. Top with hot pepper rings and green olives. Drizzle with sriracha sauce. Serve immediately.
What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Palatable Possibilities: Haricot Vert Hot Off the Grill! I’m not trying to go all fancy shmancy with you. I just like the French language and use some terminology whenever I can. Cooking seems to be the logical place to do that. I bet you do, too. Ever hear the words aioli, béchamel sauce, baguette, charcuterie, julienne, pâté, roux, or soufflé? I’m sure you can come up with a few words yourself. We live in that kind of a world. Check out any list of restaurants in your area and you’ll see what I mean. Well, that being said, “haricot vert” translates into “green beans”. And this recipe may transport you to a place you’ve never been.
HARICOT VERT HOT OFF THE GRILL
1 pound fresh green beans
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic herb seasoning
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup French fried onions, for garnish
Place a grill pan on the grill. Close the lid and preheat to 400°. Rinse the fresh green beans and pat dry. Trim the ends off the green beans and discard. In a large bowl, toss the green beans and olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic herb seasoning and sea salt. Gently toss. Using grill tongs, transfer the green beans to the grill pan. Close the grill cover and cook for 3 minutes. Open the lid, and toss the green beans. Cook 1-2 minutes longer. They should blister and slightly char. Transfer green beans to a serving dish and garnish with French fried onions before serving.
What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Bright Ideas: Yukon Gold Potato Medley! For my friends who like their veggies, and prefer a meatless diet, here’s a quick way to combine potatoes, carrots, and onions into a very filling meal. It has herbs to enhance flavor, and delicious butter to combat hunger pangs. Plus, butter makes everything taste drool-worthy. Amirite? Did I ever tell you, every time I refill the butter dish, if there is even a sliver of butter in the wrapper, I swipe it across my finger and slip it into my mouth? True confessions. After all, I import the butter from France, so I’m not going to waste one dab.
YUKON GOLD POTATO MEDLEY
3 Yukon Gold potatoes, skin on and quartered
16-ounce jar Pearl onions, drained
1 pound baby carrots, whole
2 cups vegetable broth
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon Italian herbs
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Combine potatoes, pearl onions, and baby carrots in a 4-quart pan. Cover with vegetable broth. Add sea salt. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Drain the vegetables in a colander. Warm butter in the pan over medium heat. Add turmeric, Italian herbs, black pepper, and garlic powder. Mix thoroughly. Return the potato medley to the pan. Mix well to coat. Transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with fresh celery leaves.
What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Bright Ideas: White Chicken Flatbread! Nowadays I look for any excuse to have pizza, or a close second. All I have to do is go to my freezer to decide what ingredients to use. In there is often naan flatbread, precooked grilled chicken strips, and previously oven-baked bacon. In lieu of marinara sauce, creamy ranch dressing makes a tasty sauce. People know cheese is always my friend, along with fresh veggies, herbs, and spices. Throw it all together and boom; 20 minutes later it’s ready to eat. I think I deserve a star for that.
WHITE CHICKEN FLATBREAD
1 Naan flatbread
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1/2 cup prepared ranch dressing
4 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
1 cup precooked, grilled chicken chunks
1/4 cup precooked bacon, crumbled
2 tablespoons sweet onions, chopped
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 400°. Brush the bottom side of the naan flatbread with olive oil; dust with cornmeal. Transfer to a pizza stone. Bake 5 minutes. Remove from oven and assemble the ingredients. Spread the ranch dressing onto the top crust. Layer, in order, the fresh mozzarella slices, grilled chicken chunks, bacon crumbles, and sweet onions. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and golden. Serve immediately.
What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Bright Ideas: Turmeric Roast Beef! Turmeric is a spice in the world of superfoods. It begins as a plant, but the roots hold all the benefits. Turmeric can usually be found in the spice aisle of your favorite grocery store. Its golden-orange color makes a quick scan for identification pretty easy. The aroma has an earthiness to it, which is a compliment for vegetables and beef. Once you try it, your mind may wander to curry dishes, chili soup, and beyond.
TURMERIC ROAST BEEF
1 1/2 pound chuck roast
2 cups beef broth
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon Salty Wahine Hawaiian Seasoning*
5-6 potatoes, washed with skin on, cut into bite-size chunks
16 ounces baby carrots, whole
10 ounces pearl onions, whole
1/4 teaspoon parsley flakes
Place the chuck roast in the slow cooker. Pour beef broth over meat. Sprinkle with turmeric and Salty Wahine Hawaiian Seasoning. Set slow cooker on Low heat for 4 hours. After that time, add the potato chunks, baby carrots, and pearl onions. Continue on Low setting for 4 more hours. Remove roast and vegetables to a platter. Garnish with parsley flakes. Reserve juices for au jus, gravy base, or soup starter.
*I receive no recompense for mentioning Salty Wahine Hawaiian Seasoning.
What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Bright Ideas: Scoop Chili Cheese Nachos! Before you sit down to watch your favorite sports team or series on Netflix, throw together a sheet pan of nachos to snack on. It’s the perfect food for grazing because everyone seems to like them. First of all, nachos are finger food. They’re also snackable ( is that a made-up word?) They feel like a treat or a party’s going on. And there’s enough for everyone. Add some sour cream, guacamole, and sliced jalapeños, if you choose. On second thought, better double the recipe if you’re expecting more than two or four. Be forewarned.
SCOOP CHILI CHEESE NACHOS
9.25 ounce bag Scoops® corn chips*
15-ounce can chili, any brand
15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
2-3 tomatoes, diced
2 green onions, snipped
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Sriracha sauce, for drizzling
Preheat the oven to 400°. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick oil. Set aside. In a glass mixing bowl, combine chili with black beans. Warm slightly in the microwave. Fill each corn chip with a tablespoon of filling. Place chili chip on the prepared baking sheet, forming a single layer. Repeat until the tray is full. Layer the shredded cheese over all. Place diced tomatoes onto cheese. Finish with green onion snips and red pepper flakes. Bake 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted. Serve with sriracha sauce for extra zing.
*I receive no recompense for mentioning this product.
What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Waste Not, Want Not: Ultimate Turkey Hash! There’s something about eating a forkful of savory potatoes for breakfast. And if watching your carbs is a thing, your body has a better chance of burning carbs in the morning. At least that’s what my husband tells me. I tend to look more at portion-control and fat content. Then again, I also put a lot of value in metabolism, genetics, and good ole nutrition. No matter how you serve it up, in the end it’s nothing more than a turkey shoot.
ULTIMATE TURKEY HASH
1 potato, washed with skin on
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup green pepper, chopped
1/4 cup onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic and herb seasoning blend
1/2 cup seasoned turkey, shredded
Wash potato, pierce with a knife, and microwave on High for 4 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board. Cut into chunks. Warm olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add green peppers and diced onions. Sauté 5 minutes, or until soft. Add potatoes. Sprinkle with seasonings. Cook until potatoes turn golden brown. Add shredded turkey. Heat through. Make two wells. Spray centers with nonstick oil. Drop an egg into each well. Cover pan for one minute. Reduce heat to low. Check eggs. Cover one minute longer or cook until eggs are set. Serve immediately.
What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Waste Not, Want Not: Turkey Burrito Bowl! If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times…freeze leftover meat for another day. I’m still working on that 22-pound turkey I baked some time ago. You’d certainly never know it by the variety of meals we’ve eaten. Soups, sliders, hash, and the daily special are among the numerous ways we reduce food waste while saving money. By adding fresh produce and grains, using leftover turkey simply becomes a brilliant time saving option. You probably utilize leftovers yourself without even giving it a second thought. I’m thinking stir-fry, casseroles, omelets, and basic sammies. See how easy it is? Just don’t tell the kids.
TURKEY BURRITO BOWL
2 cups cooked turkey, shredded
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup vinegar
2 tablespoons butter
Sides: Avocado, lettuce, red onion, tomato, rice, yogurt, and tortilla corn chips
Cilantro, for garnish
Preheat oven to 350°. Combine shredded turkey, garlic powder, kosher salt, orange juice, vinegar, and butter. Transfer to an ovenproof covered dish. Bake 30 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed. If necessary, remove lid after 30 minutes to allow the juices to breathe. Serve seasoned turkey with instant rice, tortilla chips, and fresh produce.
What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Waste Not, Want Not: Pinto Bean Cottage Ham Stew! Whenever I make a main course meat, I usually have enough excess to freeze a portion or two for recipes down the road. It keeps us from growing weary of eating the same thing over and over until it’s gone. This recipe is one of those “second meals” from the cottage ham dinner recently. It can easily be substituted with ham or completely omitted for a vegetarian meal. It’s nice to have options, isn’t it?
PINTO BEAN COTTAGE HAM STEW
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup celery, diced
6 mini carrots, sliced
15-ounce can pinto beans, with liquid
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
1/2 teaspoon thyme
2 teaspoons liquid smoke
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups water or broth from cottage ham*
1 cup cottage ham, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
1-2 bay leaves
In an iron skillet, warm olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion, diced celery, and sliced carrots. Cook 10 minutes, or until tender. Add the pinto beans with liquid, garlic powder, marjoram, thyme, liquid smoke, and black pepper. Stir. Slowly add water and cottage ham pieces. Stir to combine. Place the bay leaves on top. Bring to boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover. Cook for 30 minutes. For a thicker stew, lightly mash some of the pinto beans. Remove bay leaves before serving.
*Broth was saved from the original preparation of the cottage ham.