“Throw It Together Tuesday”

So today is Thursday and I’m posting about what I created on Tuesday. Does that tell you how my week has gone so far? Anyway’s, Tuesday my wife and I had to babysit our two grandchildren Wednesday Renee 5 (Yes, that’s her real name, but we call her Winnie) and our grandson Finn who’s 2 and comparable to an F5 tornado with legs and arms. I had thawed out some chicken without any intent on how I was going to prepare it and I knew we wouldn’t be eating until later on that evening after my daughter came home and took the kids upstairs. (we live in a 2 family home and they live upstairs) so it was going to be a “wing it” kind of supper.

I made the kids a couple of grilled cheeses (Winnie says that my grilled cheeses are the best in the whole world) and rummaged through the fridge to get inspired. I came upon a small, unopened, container of Ricotta cheese, a pound of bacon and some fresh mushrooms. I also had a red pepper and some sweet onions as I always do, and despite the kids running around and my granddaughter asking me one hundred times if she could help me cook (she loves to cook), the creative juices began to flow and the light bulb above my head went form dim to bright.

I was going to make “Ricotta stuffed chicken wrapped in bacon.”   Let the creating begin . . .

 

“Ingredients”

  • 3-4 medium/large boneless, skinless, chicken breasts (you want them large enough to be able to cut a pocket)
  • Small container (about 1-1/12 cups) Ricotta cheese
  • 1 lb bacon (about 10-12 strips)
  • 1 onion (I used sweet) chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms (any kind) chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • Salt, pepper or your favorite seasoning for the chicken
  • Butter (about 2 tbsp)
  • Toothpicks (optional and obviously not to eat)

“Putting It All Together”

Set oven to 350 degrees

Saute onions, peppers and mushrooms in pan with butter just until softened. Add garlic and saute a couple more minutes. Remove from stove top and let cool for a few minutes.

Veggie's

Veggie’s

Using a paring knife, start at one end of chicken breast and gently cut to the other side to form a pocket. Do not cut all the way through. Season both sides of chicken breast.

In a small bowl combine Ricotta cheese and cooked veggies. Mix well

On a piece of wax paper, lay out 3 strips of bacon

Take chicken breast and using a spoon stuff pocket with Ricotta mixture.

Place the stuffed breast over the 3 strips of bacon and bring the ends up to meet on top. Secure with toothpicks.

Place on cookie sheet or cast iron pan and then repeat process for remaining breasts.

Ricotta Mixture

Ricotta Mixture

bacon wrapped chicken before cooking

bacon wrapped chicken before cooking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any Ricotta or bacon left over, I just place it on top of chicken before baking it. (optional)

Place in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven and let it sit for at least 5 minutes before serving.

Ricotta stuffed chicken with bacon

Ricotta stuffed chicken with bacon

I hope you enjoy the music selection I’ve chosen for today, I’m calling it “Theme Song Thursday” Also, if you get a chance, please take a jog over to my other sites for some enlightening, funny and sometimes even educational post’s and pages; www.jamesrsirois.com    “Blogging Around With The Original Domestic God” and

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Pizza, Pizza . . . Heaven On A Piece Of Dough

So, last night was cheat night, as in Cheating On My Diet!” You can read more about it here at  http://wp.me/p5JZ3f-1l

What better way to cheat on your diet than with a decadent, absolutely delicious, homemade, “Pizza!” Two different ones to be exact. That was followed up later with “Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia Fro Yo” Yes, I chose the frozen yogurt over my usual delectable ice cream. Surprise, surprise . . .It was awesome! Anyway. back to the pizza!

My home made pizza’s were a mountainous, momentous, mouth watering, mixture of madness, that had everyone, well, me, my wife and daughter saying; “Mmmmm, OMG this is so good!” So sit back, take notes, print it out and get a drool bin for when your mouth waters with excitement . . . ready? Here we go!

INGREDIENTS

Two (square or round) pre-made thick pizza crust’s. (I got mine at BJ’s Wholesales) You could make your own too, if you wanted to . . . or knew how to!

Olive oil

Chicken tenders or chicken breast, baked and cut into bite size pieces. Next, toss and cover cut chicken in sweet and spicy BBQ sauce (I usually season my chicken before baking with salt, coarse ground pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and smoked paprika)

BBQ sauce- I use sweet and spicy, but feel free to use whichever is your favorite

Pizza sauce

1/2 onion chopeed

1/2 red pepper chopped

8-12 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 cup Fontina cheese, shredded, 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded, 1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded

pizza cheese

pizza cheese

onions and peppers

onions and peppers

bacon

bacon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIRECTIONS

Set your oven to 425 degrees

Saute your chopped onions and peppers in a little butter just to soften. (do not over cook them)

You will be making 2 different pizza’s so either use 2 cookie sheets or pizza stones or bake them one at a time.

Place pre-made pizza crust on the cookie sheet or stone and drizzle with a little bit of olive oil.

Pizza # 1- cover crust with about 1/2 cup BBQ sauce.  top crust evenly with the BBQ chicken pieces. Using half the onion’s and pepper’s,  cover pizza with about half of the mixture. (saving the other half for the next pizza)

spread half the crumbled bacon over pizza and do the same thing with all 3 cheeses.

Place in oven for approx 10-15 minutes, making sure to keep checking it so the bottom doesn’t burn.

Pizza # 2- Cover pizza with about 1/2 cup pizza sauce. Top with the other half of onion”s and pepper’s,  bacon and 3 cheeses

Place in oven for 10-15 minutes checking to make sure bottom doesn’t burn

Remove from oven and . . . .ENJOY!

pizza

pizza

BBQ Pizza

BBQ Pizza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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