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Chipotle Cheddar Biscuits

I am bringing the heat with this one, the subtly smoky note and in your face-spice of chipotle. Chipotle is a smoked jalapeño chile. It’s got a unique flavor all its own, and I can confirm it pairs well with sharp cheddar… in a biscuit… with elk chili… or with coffee for breakfast (as suggested). And I can scratch this success off of my goal list! Because a while back, during one of my giveaways, I asked for you guys to tell me your favorite cookbooks. One of my readers suggested anything from the line of “Baked, New Frontiers in Baking” by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. I ordered a book right away; choosing a recipe from this book has been on my to do list for longer than I’d like to admit. (I also think I discovered my new dream job- a recipe tester. I know, I know, it’s what I’ve been doing; except recently I learned that novice home cooks, such as myself, can actually make a living testing recipes from a to-be-published book to help the process of tweaking instructions! If only I lived in the Hamptons next to Ina Garten -or like in a tent in her garden.) Anyway, these biscuits are so flavorful they steal the show, a great introduction into the world of Baked; too good not to share! And who doesn’t love the simplicity of drop biscuits? (And cheddar?)

Inspired by Baked, New Frontiers in Baking:

2 1/4 cup Flour

1 tsp freshly ground Black Pepper

1/2 Tbsp Chipotle Powder

1 Tbsp Sugar

1 Tbsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Cream of Tartar

1 tsp Salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted Butter, chilled and cut into 1 inch pieces

2 cups grated and tightly packed sharp Cheddar Cheese

1 1/4 cups Buttermilk

1 Egg

Kosher salt for topping

Preheat the oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, pepper, chipotle powder, sugar, baking powder, cream of tartar, and the 1 teaspoon of salt.

Add the butter and using your hands or the back of a wooden spoon, work the butter into the dough.

The mixture should look like coarse sand. Add the cheese and stir to thoroughly incorporate it into the dough.

In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg.

Add to the flour mixture and stir until just incorporated. Do not over mix.

Use a small ice cream scoop or a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop the dough and drop it in mounds onto the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart.

Sprinkle with the kosher salt and bake in the center of the oven for about 20 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through the baking time, until golden brown and a tooth pick inserted in the center of a biscuit comes out clean.

Transfer the biscuits to a cooling rack. The biscuits to a cooling rack. The biscuits can be served slightly warm or at room temperature.

Store biscuits in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Chipotle Cheddar Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 2 1/3 cup Flour
  • 1 tsp freshly ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Chipotle Powder (if you are not used to strong spices reduce to 1 tsp)
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted Butter, chilled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 cups grated and tightly packed sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups Buttermilk
  • 1 Egg
  • Kosher salt for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, pepper, chipotle powder, sugar, baking powder, cream of tartar, and the 1 teaspoon of salt.
  3. Add the butter and using your hands or the back of a wooden spoon, work the butter into the dough. The mixture should look like coarse sand. Add the cheese and stir to thoroughly incorporate it into the dough.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg. Add to the flour mixture and stir until just incorporated. Do not over mix.
  5. Use a small ice cream scoop or a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop the dough and drop it in mounds onto the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Sprinkle with the kosher salt and bake in the center of the oven for about 20 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through the baking time, until golden brown and a tooth pick inserted in the center of a biscuit comes out clean.
  6. Transfer the biscuits to a cooling rack. The biscuits to a cooling rack. The biscuits can be served slightly warm or at room temperature.
  7. Store biscuits in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
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Hot Potato

Po-tay-to, Po-tah-to…

Did you know how healthy potatoes are? I’m not talking about diced, shredded and fried (although undeniably Delicious). I’m referring to the low-cal (about 110 calories in 1 medium) naturally gluten-free vegetable with more potassium than a banana, 45% of your daily intake of vitamin C, 10% of vitamin B6, zero fat, zero cholesterol that contains essential minerals like magnesium and zinc to mention a few. We all know the story: eat your potato while drinking a glass of milk and live forever! Or at least avoid scurvy. But seriously, with necessary blood aids like iron and much needed digestive assistance from fiber (of which sadly our diets are greatly deprived), it just might be what the doctor ordered. That is of course baked- to maintain the most nutrients. (Save the sticks of butter and cups of cream for special occasions 😉 ) And if I may, please make sure you buy organic- not crazy hi-bred weird GMO who knows what they are potatoes, because I can’t vouch for those.

Serves 4-6

2 1/2 pounds -about 10-12 medium Potatoes (Russet, Idaho, Golden, Red…)

1/4 cup Olive Oil

1-2 Tbsp Course Kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 375°. Wash, scrub and rinse the potatoes. Remove any eyes or blemishes that you don’t want to eat. Dry the potatoes completely with a towel. Brush on the olive oil (a little goes a long way) or get messy and use your hands to cover the skins. Generously sprinkle the potatoes with the course salt. (Do not be afraid of this- the Kosher course salt is not as “salty” as fine salt. If you are using regular table salt, go easier obviously… I trust your judgement.)

Place potatoes on a baking sheet. I like to cover the sheet with Silpat or parchment paper for easier clean-up. Bake for an hour (sometimes 15-20 minutes more if using large potatoes) until skin is crispy and inside of potato is tender. Eat just like this, or with a pat of butter and a little salt and pepper, or with a dollop of sour cream (or plain yogurt if you’re eating clean) or crumbled bacon if you’re feeling wild. I’ll stop. You know what you like.

For more information on the healthiness of potatoes along with recipe ideas check out potatogoodness.com or an interesting article on the health benefits at livescience.com.

Erica’s Apple Baked Brie

A friend of mine made this, so I feel at ease to boast and say, “Look at this gorgeous presentation!” I am a long-time fan of baked brie. If you are not familiar with the cheese, it is a soft French cow’s milk cheese, most often encased in an edible covering of white mold. Depending on the process it can range from very mild to a strong musky flavor. (I am not one to shy away from a pungent cheese). Usually I do mine wrapped in a puff pastry, but I love that Erica used a croissant pastry dough! It made for such a lovely crust! Of course the rustically sliced apples were beautiful too… and then the taste! Sweet apples and brown sugar with warm creamy brie on slices of fresh bread, grainy crackers, and ripe fruit. La vie en rose!

1 – 16 oz round Brie

2 cans Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

1 apple (plus 1/2 for decoration, optional)

4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) Butter

2 Tbsp Brown Sugar

1 Egg

 

Preheat oven to 350°.

Melt butter in a sauté pan over medium heat. Thinly slice or dice (your preference) the apple and sauté it in the butter. Add the brown sugar to the butter and apple mixture, and gently stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture has slightly thickened. Place the beautiful apple syrup on top of the Brie and wrap it in the crescent rolls. Whisk the egg and brush it top of the dough. Optionally, cut a few slices of apple for decoration and position them on top in a circular pattern. Bake for about 30-40 minutes, until crust is golden brown and cheese is warmed through. Allow to set for a few minutes before serving. You want the cheese to be warm and spreadable, but not to ooze. Serve with slice rounds of bread, apple slices, and or crackers.

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Easy Oven-Baked Chicken Parm

Sometimes you get a craving and nothing else but a cheesy, salty, crusted piece of moist chicken will do. (Clearly I’m not a vegetarian.) This chicken is coated with a mix of Parmesan and Asiago, for maximum tantalizing flavor. It’s got a crispy outside and is moist on the inside, and it’s baked not fried. So basically it’s guilt-free. It’s great on it’s own, but I love it with my favorite marinara and pasta to make an easy Italian classic, Chicken Parmesan. Yum!

As organic as possible:

4 Chicken breast cut into strips (2-3 per breast lengthwise)

3/4 cup Mayonnaise (you can substitute with light mayo)

1/4 cup Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs

1/2 tsp Salt

1/4 tsp Black pepper

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving

2-3 Tbsp (rounded) freshly grated Asiago

Preheat oven to 425°. Place mayo in a small bowl, set aside. In a shallow baking dish mix bread crumbs, salt, pepper and cheeses. Dredge each piece of chicken in the mayo, so that it has a nice even coating, removing excess. (You’re going to get your hands messy, but it’s worth it.) Then roll coated chicken around in bread crumb mixture until completely covered. Place covered chicken strips on a baking sheet (or two). Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes, until chicken is cooked through, and crust is browned and crispy.

While chicken is cooking, prepare noodles and warm your favorite marinara sauce for serving. (It hardly gets easier for a weeknight meal than that!) Top with more freshly grated Parmesan… Enjoy!