Category Archives: ASM Cooks!

03/01/18

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken with Green Olives

Y’all. I am a believer in this piece of kitchen equipment.

Mom and I took an Instant Pot class (part of her Christmas from me this year) at Sur La Table recently and we made 3 delicious recipes, but more importantly, it gave us confidence in how to use and alter recipes to suit this piece of machinery. So far, since the class, I have made baked sweet potatoes and this ultra delicious, restaurant-quality Tuscan Lemon Chicken with Green Olives.

It utilizes some pantry and refrigerator staples, some you may already have on hand right now, along with a few fresh ingredients, and ultra-easy to cook & eat chicken thighs.

So, let’s get started!

Tuscan Lemon Chicken with Olives 

Ingredients:

  • 8 medium chicken thighs, skinless
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 medium onion, small diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or white wine, used for deglazing the pan & adds much needed moisture for pressure cooking later
  • 4 sprigs of fresh Thyme, leaves removed from the stems
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced in rounds or small wedges and the seeds removed
  • 1 cup of green olives, whole or sliced in half (be sure the pimentos are removed)
  • Parsley for finishing, optional

Directions:

Generously salt and pepper both sides of the chicken thighs.

*This is the only time you are seasoning the chicken itself, so be generous!

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Brown both sides of the chicken in the Instant Pot set to “Saute” function in just a few tablespoons of your favorite cooking oil so the chicken doesn’t stick to the pan.

Don’t worry about cooking the chicken through at this point, that comes later. Just focus on reaching a nice golden color. Remove chicken from the pan and allow to rest on a plate or platter. Set aside.

Add the diced onion and garlic to the pan and saute until translucent and fragrant. Then, add the chicken broth or dry white wine and scrape up all the brown bits on the bottom of the pan from browning the chicken and the veggies.

Add the lemon sliced, thyme, and green olives and stir to combine. This is the base for the luscious sauce the chicken will cook in.

Arrange the chicken thighs on top of the onion, lemon, olive mixture and secure the lid. Turn the Instant Pot to “Pressure Cook” and cook for 15 minutes.

At the end of the 15 minutes, release the steam at the end of cooking time, unlock the lid, and serve the chicken thighs covered in the sauce.

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This dish is amazing served over rice, couscous, potatoes, or even served alongside a tossed green salad.

The chicken thighs are so tender and incredibly moist and provide the perfect amount of richness to the dish that probably couldn’t be achieved with boneless breasts. However, should you want to use chicken breasts, adjust the cooking time accordingly.

It’s so quick and so easy, and is one of those recipes I make and think “this could easily be served in  a restaurant!” It really is that good!

Enjoy!

xoxo…

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02/01/18

Super Bowl | Fan Food Favorites

Y’all.

Super Bowls are typically not really my thing, you all know I am much more of a college football fan than a professional one. Although I don’t think I’ve missed watching one for as long as I can remember, so who knows?!? But, I love the experience of Super Bowls.

In my younger years, Mom and Dad always got invited to Super Bowl parties with various members of our their Sunday School class and I always loved getting to stay up past my bedtime on a school night and play with all the other kids, typically in the basement away from all the adults. And it was such fun, and are some very fond childhood memories for me!

But, of course, besides the fellowship and the always-entertaining Halftime show, the real star of teh show is the food! No Super Bowl experience would be complete without some delicious food for those all-important Super Bowl party buffets. So, whether you are still sticking to your 2018 health goals and wanting to stay on track this next weekend, or you are going for the full touchdown and serving up some guilty favorites, I have you covered on every angle.

Here are a few of my favorite football-themed foods that travel well, can be served at varying temperatures, feed a crowd, and ones that will keep your guests coming back for more at every quarter break… and even in between too!

I am a firm believer in the simple fact that no football party or tailgate is complete without some type of chip-n-dip combo. I crave chips-n-dip almost constantly. I can kill a bag of tortilla chips and a small bowl of salsa without even thinking.

Maybe not something to brag about?!? 

Here are a few of my favorite dips for the dippers of your choice!

I have shared this Hot Corn Dip recipe before, but I think it certainly warrants a second look. Every time I serve it, people just go crazy! Beware… it is highly addictive!

Trisha Yearwood Hot Corn Dip Recipe ;) ****this is YUMMY!! Used all low fat ingredients, half of the mayo, added a block of cream cheese, only one can of chopped green peppers, added a can of rotel, sliced jalapeños on top!!! Seriously gooood:

Best Ever Texas Caviar Dip is my go-to each fall, and my family and I enjoyed it no less than 3 times this last UGA football season, so I also think maybe it’s a bit of good luck too?!?

7 Layer Dips typically show up on a Super Bowl game day spread for a reason. They are easy. They are delicious. They are crowd-pleasers. My motto, when it comes to game day food, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

This version is slightly updated and uses fresh(er) ingredients than some other recipes. It’s chunky, bright, colorful, and really delicious.

7 Layer Dip -- a fresh recipe for this classic dip that's always a crowd-pleaser! | gimmesomeoven.com:

And then, this one is a little nontraditional, but my cousin made this last year as an appetizer for a family gathering and it was smash hit! It is Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips and it was fresh, cool, and the perfect amount of sweet. A perfect compliment to all the spicy and savory on the table.

Fruit Salsa with Baked Cinnamon Chips by the girlwhoateeaeverything #Snacks #Fruit_Salsa #Healthy:

Now, moving on to other things… we need some protein, don’t you think? And absolutely nothing says football season quite like buffalo chicken wings.

When September rolls around, I literally start craving that family buffalo, spicy flavor.

For the traditionalists, these Crispy Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings are a bit lighter than their fried friends, and full of spicy flavor!

Crispy Baked Chicken Wings coated with spicy buffalo sauce. A family favorite for dinner or a game day appetizer favorite for a crowd!

And, for those non-traditionalists, always trying new things, check out these Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels for easy, bite size party food.

Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels Recipe

Aren’t those cute? And you can serve them alongside some ranch or bleu cheese dressing too!

Something salty and crunchy is always what I enjoy snacking on while I am watching the big game, and I think snack mixes are just perfect.

This Parmesan Ranch Cheez-It Snack Mix “bakes” right in your slow-cooker! Full of nuts, crackers, and pretzels, there is sure to be something for everyone in this mix.

Crunchy, savory and completely irresistible! This crock pot snack mix is made with everyone's favorite Cheez-It crackers, cashews and a Parmesan ranch seasoning, its the perfect snack for any occasion! #MVCheezIt #ad:

And for a sweet n salty, no bake version? Look no further than this Best Sweet n Salty Snack Mix.

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Finally, let’s round out the menu with a little something sweet.

Love, love, love classic apple dips. Always one of my favorite party foods! And this is a 5 Minute Salted Caramel version that is just perfect when you are in a time crunch. You might even already have all the necessary ingredients right in your pantry and fridge!

5 minute Salted Caramel Apple Dip. so easy and so tasty! bigredclifford.com:

I love a good bar cookie. You can make a big pan of them, don’t have to individually scoop out little mounds of dough, and it is a simple one-time baking process. And these Absolute Best Blondies as vetted by America’s Test Kitchen is sure to be the perfect hit to everyone’s sweet tooth. Chocked full of chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and roasted pecans, they are a perfect way to celebrate each touchdown, or just your favorite commercials.

Best Ever Blondies! Using white chocolate chips plus semisweet chocolate chips gives these blondies a rich, full flavor. Recipe from America's Test Kitchen. . plus a cookbook giveaway! #blondies #baking #holidays #cookbook:

Do I hear a “Dilly, dilly!” ??

So, there you have it! Some inspiration for your game day table. I think you are really going to love these.

Hope you all have the most fun at your Super Bowl parties reveling in every gasp-worthy catch and thrilling defensive stop. Sure to be an exciting game.

xoxoxo….

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