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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

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During the colder months here in Florida, I love making one-pot meals like soups and stews. Chili is definitely one of our favorites. I’ve played around with some recipes and found I like this one the best. It’s easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of prep. The best part is… everything’s done in the slow cooker! This is my Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili.

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Crock Pot

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: soaking beans overnight
Total  Time:  6 hrs 45 minutes
Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Equipment: 7-quart Crockpot, chef’s knife, large mixing bowl, 1 (2-cup) measuring cup

Ingredients:
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 tablespoons of dried oregano
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon of ground coriander
1 teaspoon of paprika
1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon of white pepper
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 pound of dried Great Northern beans, soaked and rinsed
2 ribs of celery, diced and cut into half-moons, include chopped leafy tops
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 (4-ounce) cans of  Hatch green chilies, chopped
1 large onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 quart of chicken stock, unsalted
1 cup of whole milk
1/4 cup Masa
1 (15-ounce) package of frozen corn
2 limes, 1 juiced, 1 cut into wedges for serving
1 cup of Monterey Jack cheese, freshly grated, 1/2 cup reserved for serving
2 avocados, sliced for garnish
Cilantro for garnish
corn tortilla chips for serving

Directions:
The night before, pour 1 pound of dried Great Northern beans into a large mixing bowl. Cover the beans, by 3 inches, with water, cover, and place on the counter. The next day, drain and rinse the beans to remove any excess starch.

Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of the slow cooker. In a bowl, mix the cumin, coriander, oregano, paprika, red pepper flakes, white pepper, and Kosher salt. Sprinkle the spices over the chicken. Add the beans, celery, garlic, canned chilies, onions, and diced bell pepper.

Pour in the chicken broth, put the lid on and cook on low until the beans are cooked through, about 6 hrs.

Mix the milk with the Masa in a small bowl then add to the slow cooker. Add the frozen corn, straight from the freezer, and continue to cook until the sauce has thickened, about 30 minutes.

Remove the chicken to a board and shred using two forks. Return to the slow cooker, then add the lime juice, sprinkle in the Monterey Jack cheese and stir to melt.

To serve: Ladle the chili into a porcelain serving bowl, garnish with extra cheese, cilantro, avocado slices, and a lime wedge. Place a few tortilla chips in or on the side for garnish. This is my Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili. Serve hot.

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Brown And Wild Rice Medley

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Taking help from your local grocery store is not something you should ever feel guilty about. For weeknight meals, I’ll use the grocery store as my sous chef.  I’m always taking advantage of, what I call, “short cuts”. There’s nothing better than adding a few great ingredients to quick-cooking rice to make it into something special. This is my Brown And Wild Rice Medley.

“Minute Rice” has come out with a brown and wild rice variety, in single-serving cups. Basically, the rice is ready to serve in sealed cups.

For this dish, I’m using a store-bought fresh Cantina-style salsa. I absolutely love this variety of salsa so it’s a staple in my house. This is a side dish that pairs great with chicken, pork, or fish.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yields: 2 to 4 servings
Equipment: 12-inch sauté pan, serving bowl, chef’s knife

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 (4.4-ounce) cups of ready-to-serve Minute Rice, Brown and Wild Rice
1 15-ounce can of black beans, reduced sodium, drained and rinsed
1 11-ounce can of shoepeg white corn, drained and rinsed
1 plum tomato, seeded and finely diced
1/2 a green bell pepper, finely diced
1/2 a white Spanish onion, finely diced
1 tablespoon of  Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
2 tablespoons of fresh Cantina-style (restaurant-style) salsa (14-ounce container available in most produce departments of local grocery stores)
2 tablespoons of cilantro, roughly chopped

Directions:
Drain and rinse the black beans and shoepeg corn Seed and dice the plum tomato. Chop the cilantro.

Follow the directions for the rice. Pull (or cut) the film and remove it from the cup. Place the cup in the microwave and heat on high for 1 1/2 minutes (cooking time for 2 cups).

Important:  Remove the cups carefully, from the microwave, taking hold of the cup from the side using an oven mitt or potholder.

In a sauté pan over medium heat, add olive oil, the diced onions, green peppers, and tomatoes. Sprinkle with the Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper, stir to combine. Cook the vegetables for 3 to 5 minutes, or until soft. Add the cooked ready-to-serve rice.

Next, add the drained and rinsed, black beans and shoepeg corn. Continue stirring allowing the vegetables to warm through for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the salsa, stir to combine. Remove the pan from the heat, add in the chopped cilantro.

Serve my Brown And Wild Rice Medley warm or at room temperature.

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Philly Cheesesteak Dip

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The Philly Cheesesteak has to be one of the most loved sandwiches today. Now think about those flavors in a dip. Set this dip out at one of your parties and I promise you it will be the first dish to disappear.

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The type of steaks I’m using are top sirloin fillets. They’re nice and lean and great for this dish. The first thing that I do for this recipe is to make the steaks in advance. If you can, the night before would be ideal. The reason is after they’ve finished cooking, you want the steaks to be cold and firm before cutting them up into bite-size pieces.

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I have a one-quart casserole dish that I’ve buttered generously.

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Take the reserved diced steak pieces and push them down into the dip a little allowing it to show through the top. Do the same with the reserved veggies. I like the fact that it shows what’s in the dip. Plus it looks great too. I also add some minced chives before placing the dip into the oven.

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Inactive Prep Time: 1 hour
Prep Time: 20 to 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 to 30 minutes (times may vary slightly)
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Yields: 3 to 4 servings
Equipment: large mixing bowl, one-quart casserole dish, 8-inch sautépan, 12-inch cast-iron skillet

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1/2 cup of diced red onion
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup of good mayonnaise, room temperature
8-ounces of cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 a cup of Provolone cheese, freshly grated
3/4 cup of shredded whole milk Mozzarella cheese (reserve 1/2 cup for the top)
2 4-ounce Top sirloin filet steaks, cooked, cooled, and diced into bite-size pieces (reserve 1/4 cup of cooled diced steak for the top)
1 tablespoon minced chives for top
minced chives for garnish

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
First, you want to pat both sides of the steaks as dry as possible. Season the steaks with Kosher salt, black pepper, and a sprinkling of garlic powder on both sides. Also, it’s important to remember to let your steaks come to room temperature before you set them into a hot pan.

First, make sure your overhead fan is on while you sear the steak(s). Preheat a cast-iron skillet on high. You want the skillet to be smoking hot for searing. Place the steak into the skillet and let sizzle for 1 to 2 minutes, then flip over and sear for another 1 minute.

Immediately transfer the skillet into the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the internal temperature is between 125 and 130-degrees F., medium-rare is ideal. Pull the steaks out of the oven and let them rest for 5 minutes before placing them into the frig for at least one hour.

Note: Refrigeration allows the steak to be cold before dicing them into bite-size pieces.

While the steaks are in the frig, go ahead and get started working on the ingredients for the dip. Dice red onion, and red and yellow bell peppers. In a small sautèpan, on medium heat, add the olive oil. Add the diced red onion, red and yellow diced bell peppers. Season with Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper for around 3 to 5 minutes, or until they’re just tender. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Set them aside reserving a 1/4 cup for the top of the dip. You want to also reserve 1/4 cup of the cooked and cooled diced steak too.

Next, prepare the base mixture for the dip.

In a large mixing bowl add the mayo, shredded Provolone cheese, full-fat cream cheese, shredded Mozzarella cheese, and a tablespoon of Montreal steak seasoning. Next, add in the cooled diced veggies along with the diced steak.

 Mix all the ingredients together. Using a spatula, transfer the mixture into a one-quart buttered casserole dish. Spread the mixture out evenly into the baking dish.

Next, sprinkle the shredded Mozzarella cheese all over the top. Then take the reserved veggies and steak and push them slightly into the dip so they will show through the top. Sprinkle with some minced chives. Bake uncovered at 350-degrees F. for around 25 to 30 minutes until bubbly and the cheese is light golden brown on top.

Finally, after the Philly Cheesesteak Dip comes out of the oven, sprinkle again with more of the minced chives.

Serve with some homemade tortilla chips for dipping.

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