Friday, May 14, 2010

Homemade Focaccia Bread ~

This is the bread I like to make for Focaccia Sandwiches. It is really easy and really good too.

You will need two tubes of the refrigerated pizza crust. Spray a rimmed cookie sheet with pan spray and roll out the pizza crust to fill the cookie sheet. Poke little indentations with the end of a wooden spoon. Brush the top lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder and Italian seasoning

Bake at 375' for about 12 minutes.

To make the Focaccia Sandwiches, cut the bread into two rectangles. Spread the Roasted Red Pepper Spread over the bottom and layer with turkey, tomatoes, and spinach as desired. (See photos with the Roasted Red Pepper recipe.) Cut the sandwich into 12 little squares. You can secure the sandwich layers with a toothpick if desired.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Happy Cinco de Mayo ~

I love Mexican food, so you can bet I won't miss a chance to cook up something yummy on Cinco de Mayo. Yesterday I made fresh homemade Salsa and Chicken Chimies. They were so good and will be a regular on our menu now. First, for the Salsa, I chopped up 4 vine-ripe tomatoes, 1/2 red onion, 3 T cilantro, and a couple cloves of garlic.

I added a couple tablespoons of lime juice, and garlic salt, chili powder, cumin, and red pepper flakes to taste. The tasting is the best part. Cover and let sit for a couple of hours for the flavors to blend.
Serve with chips and over your Chicken Chimies.
Cook boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I usually boil mine. When they are cool, shred with forks and add to a pan with a couple tablespoons of butter. Season with garlic salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder. Cook for about 5 minutes.
On a warm flour tortilla put some of the chicken and some cheese. Roll up burrito style and set aside. In a large skillet, heat a tablespoon of oil. Over medium heat add the chimies and cook until lightly browned on all sides. This doesn't take long. Put on a pan in a 300' oven to keep warm until time to serve.
We had ours over a bed of lettuce with the homemade salsa and guacamole. Yes, it did taste as good as it looks.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Focaccia Party Sandwiches ~

I love party foods! Even if there isn't a party, it is fun to make fancy sandwiches. I made these sandwiches for a Bridal Shower and every one loved them. I am also doing them for a Relief Society Activity next week. I've found there are always occasions where we have to, or get to entertain, and it is always to have fun new recipes to wow guests with, so here is a new one for your recipe box.

This starts off with making a Roasted Red Pepper Dip.

In a food processor, or blender place about 7 oz. roasted red peppers, drained, 1 T chopped basil, (I used oregano, since that was growing in my window garden), and 1 clove of garlic, chopped.
Blend them and add 4 oz. cream cheese. Put in a covered container in the fridge to chill. You can either make your own focaccia bread, or buy a loaf. Slice your loaf horizontally with a bread knife.

Spread the bottom piece with 1/4 cup of Roasted Red Pepper Dip and top with sliced tomatoes.
Add a layer of baby spinach leaves or a spring lettuce mix.
Add a layer of sliced deli turkey or your favorite meat.
Spread the inside of the top bread with more of the Roasted Red Pepper Dip and put on top.
Slice into about 3 inch party sandwiches and serve.Now you are ready to have a party!

Enjoy, Wendy