Monday, November 19, 2012

Spicy White Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Dip

My love of food blogs and my love of soup is no surprise to anyone who knows me even slightly.  I obsess over new recipes and read food blogs as a form of entertainment.  And food magazines and cooking shows...  it never ends.  Hopefully the people I cook for benefit some from my obsession.  One of my favorite blogs is The Comfort of Cooking.  You can subscribe to her blog and get emails any time she updates it.  And she's on Facebook too!  Lately my obsession is with dip. I recently posted our latest favorite Double Bacon Cheeseburger Dip.  You really, really need to try it if you have not.  So recently I saw a post for Spicy White Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Dip on... you guessed it, The Comfort of Cooking!  It was quick and easy and so good.  And even better the second day.  Morgan helped out and had fun putting in all the spices.  And she loves using the food processor.  She said if her plans to be a marine biologist change that she might consider becoming a chef.  Either one would be fine with Mom!  I just pray she makes good grades and gets good scholarships!  

Spicy White Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Dip
Makes 8 servings

1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
½ cup chopped roasted red peppers, pat dry
¼ cup cream cheese, softened
½ teaspoon coarse salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
¾ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
2 garlic cloves
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

Place the beans, red peppers, cream cheese, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, paprika, garlic cloves, red pepper flakes, olive oil, and vinegar in a food processor. Pulse until smooth and adjust seasonings to taste.

Serve as is or refrigerate until later.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Are there any other words that could make your mouth water more than Cheese Stuffed Bacon?   I think not.  This ended up being a really great recipe.  I pieced it together from some things found off Pinterest.  Of course!   It's really good.  Family loved it.  It is easy.  What else could you ask for??

Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breasts

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 pound bacon
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
garlic pepper

Lay the chicken breasts out on wax paper and flatten out with a heavy skillet or mallet.  Lay strips of bacon down and place the chicken breast on top of the bacon.   Season chicken breasts with garlic pepper and salt. 

Cut cream cheese into 12 equal squares.  Place three squares on each chicken breast and top with 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar.  Roll chicken up and wrap with 3 pieces of bacon.  Two width wise and one length wise.  Secure with toothpicks and place seam side down in baking dish. 

Bake at 400 for 45 minutes turning over half way through baking time.  Then turn on the broiler and crisp up bacon on both sides.  Watch closely.  Will only need a few minutes.

You could really stuff these with anything.  Any kind of cheese, spinach, nuts...  Use your imagination.  The cheese was nice and gooey and rich.  We served it with mashed cauliflower.  Even the 12 year old ate it!