Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Not-So-Traditional Beignets

Yesterday for Fat Tuesday I decided that it would be fun to let the boys help me make Beignets. Of course I got this fab idea late in the afternoon and didn't have time or patience to work with actual yeast and rising so I saw on Sandra Lee's website something similar, using refrigerated biscuit dough (what, refrigerated biscuit dough?)...yes, that's what I said and I know that this isn't a traditional Beignet recipe, hence the title but hey, it was quite quick and I had the stuff on hand to make it and my kids loved them in the end so isn't that really all that matters?

The stuff you need:

2 cans refrigerated biscuit dough
some oil, fill a saucepan about half full
powdered sugar

What you do:

Heat oil in the pan at about medium heat
Have your helpers cut the biscuits into quarters
Place a few pieces of biscuit dough into the pan and fry till golden

Place on pan to kinda drain the grease and then have your helpers shake them in containers with powdered sugar or a brown paper bag would work excellent for this process but I didn't have one

Then place on a plate and eat!

(sorry about the horrible quality pics, not a clue what my camera was set on!)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Chicken Gyros

Of course I saw this on Pinterest and couldn't wait to try it. I love a good Gyros and I REALLY love a good Tzatziki sauce and both of these were superb if I do say so myself! Everyone here were big fans, including my super picky husband(it's not so much that he's picky, he just thinks he's the only one who can really cook in the house) but with this dinner he went on and on about how good this was!

So here ya go!

Tzatziki sauce:
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 regular cucumber, peeled and seeded
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Extra virgin olive oil

For the chicken:
2 teaspoons minced garlic
Juice of 1 lemon (2-3 Tablespoons)
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 heaping Tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
1 Tablespoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper
1 1/4 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts

To assemble: Pita bread
Fresh tomatoes, seeded and diced
Red onion, sliced thin

Shred the cucumber or chop in food processor. Wrap in a towel a squeeze to remove as much water as possible. Mix together the yogurt, shredded cucumber, garlic, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste, and lemon juice. Drizzle lightly with olive oil.

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld.

To prepare the chicken, combine the garlic, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, yogurt, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl. Whisk together until mixed well. Add the chicken pieces to the bowl and mix well to coat. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour.

Cook the chicken as desired, either in the skillet or with the broiler. Once the chicken is completely cooked through, transfer to a plate and let rest for 5 minutes. Cut into strips. Heat pitas. Top with chicken, tzatziki sauce, diced tomatoes and sliced onions. Serve immediately.

You can find the recipe here at The Girl Who Ate Everything .


On a side note...I'm not a fan of the pita pockets but that's all I can ever find around here until the last time I went shopping I noticed that they had a new pita in town, a whole wheat pita, without the pocket. I found them at my WalMart right next to the yucky pita pockets. These were super! I don't remember the brand name and unfortunately they are gone now, we ate them all, that's how good they were!


On another side note....Have you seen those Milky Way cookies on Pinterest? Yeah, well I did and I pinned them to my "sweets" board and told my twin boys to pick out a couple of desserts the last time I went grocery shopping. One picked the Milky Way cookies and we tried them....I must say they were a big let down. Nobody in my house was crazy about them. The most I got, from the twins was a "yeah, their kinda good" older son picked out the Milky Way pieces and left the cookie portion....needless to say we won't try them again, unless I find a good cookie dough to try...the dough just wasn't all that...or maybe I just messed it up ha! Anyways, next on our list of sweets to try are the homemade Twix bars....I'll let you know!


And one more side you know how I remember the difference in spelling desert and dessert? A teacher taught me this WAY back in elementary school....a desert only has sand so it gets 1 S and a dessert has sugar and spice so it gets 2 S's! I still use that brilliance to this day when I spell either!