Author: Lily’s Cooking & Home

Delicious Healthy Chicken Salad

Delicious Healthy Chicken Salad

CHICKEN SALAD  Great way to use up leftover Chicken and make this delicious salad. Most Grocery stores sell Rotisserie Chicken for a great price. Which makes it nice on busy day when you don’t feel like cooking. But most of the time there is some 

Bite Size Quiches

Bite Size Quiches

Unbelievably delicious bite-size-quiches! These bite size quiches are incredible! Explosion of flavor Perfect for on the go breakfast, perfect for kids little hands, Perfect to bring to any brunch to impress your family or friends. Unbelievably delicious bite size Quiches, Explosion of flavor and perfect 

Tater Tot Bacon Bake Breakfast

Tater Tot Bacon Bake Breakfast


Tater Tot Bacon Breakfast

 

This is the type of breakfast you make on a weekend for your entire family.  It is beyond easy and your kitchen is left mess free. Let your oven do most the work. Make this Tater Tot Bacon Breakfast at Home.

Things you will need !

  • Idaho tater tot potatoes ( you can use whatever brand you like, I love the flavor of Idaho potatoes)
  • bacon ( we prefer the smoked thick flavors bacon )
  • eggs ( you can depending on your family size 1 egg per person for adults usually 2 eggs )
  • cheese ( we like to use cheese blend but you can adapt this recipe to whatever you have in your fridge, whatever cheese you have available you can use it )
  • salt and pepper

Instructions:

  1. preheat oven to 425
  2. assemble baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Toss tater tots in melted butter
  4. bake in the oven for 10 min.
  5. Cook bacon in the skillet till crispy
  6.  Flip tater tots onto the other side.
  7. add fried bacon on top
  8. crack eggs on top
  9. season with salt and pepper
  10. bake for 10 more min
  11. top it with graded /shredded cheese
  12. serve with salsa , avocado or whatever you like

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Sweet and Delicious Poppy seed Buns , Bulochki

Sweet and Delicious Poppy seed Buns , Bulochki

  Poppy Seed Buns Sweet and Tasty Poppy Seed Buns, not hard to make it yourself with step by step Photos  . Tips to making great Buns: This recipe requires Kefir but you can always substitute if high fat Buttermilk. It is important to have 

Syrniki with Semolina – Сырники с Манкой

Syrniki with Semolina – Сырники с Манкой

Supper delicious Farmers cheese pancakes also known in Russian as Syrniki. These are a huge hit in any Slavic Community. I highly recommend you to try my recipe. They are light and fluffy.   Of Russian origin: Syrniki. … In poor villages the simple ingredients 

Tuscan Chicken

Tuscan Chicken

Tuscan Chicken was a total hit in our household, everyone loved it!

Shopping List:

  • Chicken Breast or Chicken Thighs
  • Finger Lickin Seasoning by Gourmet Collection ( Sold at Home Goods , Tj Maxx, Ross, Burlington )
  • Onion
  • Asparagus
  • Garlic
  • Sun-dried Tomatoes
  • Butter
  • Chicken base Better than Bullion
  • White Wine
  • Heavy cream
  • Flour
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Parsley

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Additional Items needed 

  • Water
  • Deep Skillet
  • Mixing spoon.

How to make Tuscan Chicken:

First step you want to wash the chicken and pat dry with a paper towel, this way any sliminess is removed from the chicken. 

Next you want to season very well each side of the chicken and set aside.

Foremost i like to prep all my ingredients, having them next to me prevents me from scattering around kitchen or burning something while i am looking. I chop my vegetables, have my liquids ready and my spices. After i am done with an ingredient i put it back in its spot. This helps me with less cleaning at the end.

What Skillet is best to use:

Using One deep skillet rather than a frying pan and then pot saves you in time and dishes at the end. I like to use a deep cast iron dutch oven skillet  with a lid. I believe that everyone should defiantly invest in a cast iron skillet and a dutch oven. Those two things can last your forever if taken care of properly.

With some butter you will brown chicken on each side. Remove and set aside. At this point it all about adding the remaining ingredients to pot/pan, sauteing and mixing to make the sauce.

After you have made your sauce based on the instructions in the recipe you will add your chicken back into the pan cover and let absorb all that delicious liquid and cook through for about ten minutes. After time is up, add the asparagus in between the chicken breast. One important thing when cooking asparagus is to trim the hard woody bottoms, sometimes its a good inch off.

Now cover it once more and let it simmer for 5-7 min because you need the asparagus to cook.

What to serve it with:

Without a doubt this dish is so good with some mashed potatoes, slice chicken breast place on top of the potatoes than drizzle a good amount of the sauce add the asparagus of-course too ! Top it with some fresh chopped parsley and you’re all done.

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Brats and Sauerkraut

Brats and Sauerkraut

Brats cooked in a cast iron skillet with Sauerkraut in under 20 min.    Brats and Sauerkraut March 21, 2020 by Lily’s Cooking & Home Cuisine German Category Main Dish Delicious Restaurant style dinner under 20 min for the entire family. Persons 6 Prep Time 5 

Burrata Salad

Burrata Salad

This Burrata salad is beyond delicious, Definitely a crowd-pleaser! Supper quick to put together. Made with the freshest ingredients a must try! I am not going to lie i can eat this salad everyday and wont be sick of it. Not only does it taste 

Chicken and Cabbage Samsas

Chicken and Cabbage Samsas

Chicken and Cabbage Samsas 

Stuffed Puff Pastry also known as samsa, are so easy to make at home!

All you need to make this deliciousness is; Store bough puff pastry, chicken thighs, few vegetables, spices and tomato ragu. This can even be a fun thing to make with your children.

First you would need to grate, chop and prep all your ingredients such as cutting everything into small pieces. Not only will it cook faster due to the size it will also be easier at the end when stuffing each puff pastry.

The key point is to saute all the vegetables and the meat, season it well with the seasonings listed in the recipe then cut each sheet of puff pastry into six squares. Place the chicken and cabbage filling onto the puff pastry square and seal it together. Foremost brushing each puff pastry triangle (samsa) with egg wash gives that golden brown result at the end once baked.

If you are hosting a get together or some sort of a party, these samsas is a great appetizer to serve. You can always make them ahead and baked them before guest arrive. At the same time your guests will be very impressed.

In addition it makes a freezer friendly side dish. Place them on a baking sheet, Freeze them for about twenty to thirty minutes, than throw them into a gallon size zip lock bag. It can sit in the freezer for several months. All you have to do is brush it with egg wash and bake.

These Samsa are great in an Air Fryer. If you are looking for great ways to put that air fryer to some good use, here it is!  Just set your air fryer to 400 degrees and fry them till golden brown. Simple as that. I like to use my air fryer to re heat them the following day. After they sit for a while they get softened and the air fryer brings back that crispiness.

 

 

Mini Pavlova Heart Cakes

Mini Pavlova Heart Cakes

Super easy recipe for a perfect Pavlova!

Best New Orleans Beignets

Best New Orleans Beignets

Easiest recipe Yet! a Crowd Pleaser.

Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut

This is a non traditional way of making a Sauerkraut salad. This salad is full of flavor and so easy to make, not to mention it is a great salad that can be made in advance.

Chicken Skewers

Chicken Skewers

Scrumptious Chicken Skewers entire family will love!

Buckwheat Risotto

Buckwheat Risotto

Healthier version of Risotto. Must Try! In our family we eat a lot of buckwheat. It has so many great health benefits for us. There are so many great ways to use it like soups, pilafs, grind it and make pancakes or breads, use it 

Pirozhki  – Overnight  dough

Pirozhki – Overnight dough

Making Piroshki has never been this easy. Overnight Dough does the trick.

I use Bobs Mill Artisan bread flour for all my breads and dough recipes. In this recipes the dough will be sticky. You need to keep the dough covered with plastic wrap and towel also kept in a warm kitchen area overnight for about 12 hours. if you make it at 9 pm it will be ready at 9 am. When it sits at night it keeps breaking down the gluten and creates those air bubbles, that normally would have to by hand and it would take half the day.

Things you will need:

  • Bread flour
  • Milk
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Dry Active Yeast ( i use bobs mill refrigerated yeast)
  • Oil
  • Cooked Mashed Potatoes
  • Canned (drained peas)
  • Cumin
  • Cayenne Pepper

This Dough can be used for any other filling. Here are some filling options.

  • Ground meat.
  • Mashed potatoes and Sauteed mushrooms
  • Mashed Potatoes and cooked Meat
  • Farmers Cheese, Green Onions and dill.
  • Jams ( Apricot jam is my favorite)
  • Cooked chopped eggs with green onions and dill.
  • Sauerkraut

Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan

This is a new spin on Eggplant Parmesan. So delicious and easy to make.

Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving Turkey

If you are hosting being in charge of cooking a large Turkey might seem nerve racking! Don’t panic here is a supper easy turkey recipe that will put you at ease.

Here are some common problems that can happen with a Turkey.

  • Under seasoned with salt.
  • Over cooked/ Dry
  • Under cooked / Raw

Here is some tips how to avoid these issues:

Always have a meat Thermometer and test on the thickest meat area. I always do both drumstick and breast. When temperature says 165-170 it is perfectly done. Stop cooking!

For your Turkey to not be under salted i highly recommend to brine your Turkey. What does brine mean ? It means you heat a pot of water based on the instructions with salt and all other seasonings, bring it to a boil than cool it completely. Submerge the turkey in salty water and let it marinade for 12-24 hours. The entire turkey will be evenly salted and not only salted it will be juicy and moist.

I know lost of people season the top of the turkey with all kind of seasonings but i have learned that will cause those spices to burn and than your turkey doesn’t look so appealing.

Here is how i do my Turkey :

I buy Gourmet Turkey Brine from Costco.

I read the instructions on the back of how much water and mix i need based on the pounds of my Turkey. My Turkey was about 16-17 pounds . I used Two cups of Brine mix and a Gallon of water.

  • I boiled Gallon of water with 2 cups of brine mix
  • let the liquid cool completely ( i take it outside in the cold to speed up the process)
  • I coat the turkey entirely with liquid and let is sit in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
  • After 24 hours i paper towel dry the entire turkey.
  • I melt a stick or two of butter and brush the entire turkey with butter several times.
  • for turkey stuffing i stuff it with halfway cooked seasoned rice. for stuffing recipe scroll down bellow.
  • You always just a easier stuffing, just stuff it half onions , lemons and apples.
  • Tie the legs with a cooking string.
  • Tuck the turkey wings under neath the turkey, this will prevent the tips from burning.
  • Cover with a foil place in a Turkey roasting pan, pour 4 cups of chicken stock to the bottom of the pan, add one onion cut in quarters and one carrot. Bake based on the instructions for the weight of your turkey. adding chicken stock adds more flavor and moisture to the turkey.

After cooking it half way i remove the foil, take the drippings at the bottom of the pan and pour all over the turkey and cook for another two hours or how much ever you need. Test with thermometer when done, for temp of 165 degrees.

Rice Stuffing

I cooked 2 cups of rice half way. it wasn’t fully cooked

in a skillet i sauteed half of onion with carrots , garlic, butter and seasoned with salt and pepper. I mixed it with the rice and stuffed the turkey . Than i tied the legs.

Plating Turkey

I love the rustic way of decorating, go to your natural or whole foods store or even Fred Meyer. Find a field floral pieces. I like to use a wooden platter, i purchased mine at Walmart. place it on one side or both. Buy colorful fruits different sizes, such as pomegranate, mandarins or whatever you like, cut it in half that way you can see the beautiful inside. Place your turkey on the center of the platter and arrange fruits all over. Remember turkey is heavy and hot have another person help you.

Fried Potato and Peas Empanadas

Fried Potato and Peas Empanadas

These Empanadas are so flavorful and delicious a must try! Mediterranean Flavors meets Mexican. They are beyond easy to make and finger licking good !! Highly recommend it !

Kale Vegetable Salad

Kale Vegetable Salad

This is a delicious flavorful and healthy Salad ! This a beautiful Colorful salad perfect for any dinner table or Holiday dinner party.