Friday, February 2, 2018

Chili Mac


MMMmmmMMmmmmmMMMM!


This is #dinnergoals right here!


Oh, did you guys hear? There is some kind of football game this weekend that is very big and very important and requires lots of delicious foods while you watch. I have the perfect dinner for the occasion.


My recipe for Chili Mac is a mash up of a beef chili and a creamy, cheesy pasta dish. It is a little spicy and will keep you coming back for more. The chili becomes a robust, tex-mex type of meat sauce that kiiiind of puts regular marinara to shame.


To compliment that spicy goodness, we need something creamy (and, duh, cheesy because we are talking CHILI after all, so some sharp cheddar is very much needed). After the chili is cooked up, I add a bunch of hot pasta along with some of the pasta cooking water along with some sour cream to help melt that glorious cheddar into the chili/sauce. It's sort of magical and very tasty.


Now, as with most recipes I bestow upon you, it's worth mentioning that you can customize this to you and your family's liking! Prefer black beans over cannelini beans? Great! Want to tone town the spice factor? Use a bell pepper instead of the poblano. Like it a little extra spicy? Try shredded pepper jack instead of shredded cheddar! Where does it end?! (just FYI, it doesn't end until your plate is licked clean :-D)


Here's what you need for Chili Mac* (Print Recipe!)

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 scallions, sliced - keep the white and dark green parts separate
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 poblano pepper, cored and seeded, diced into 1/2 inch pieces
3/4 pound ground beef (I used 85% lean)
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 cup cannelini beans, drained and rinse if using canned
1 15 ounce can crushed tomatoes
10 ounces whole wheat pasta
1 cup reserved pasta water
2 tablespoons sour cream, plus more for serving
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar, plus more for serving

Here's what you do

In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the white and light green parts of the scallions, garlic and diced pepper. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened for about 5 minutes. Add the beef and cook until browned and crumbled. I used a leaner beef, so there was no need to drain the fat, but if you have a lot in the bottom of the pan strain it out.

In a separate pot, cook pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.

Season the beef with chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Add the beans and tomatoes. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for 10 minutes until slightly thickened. Stir in the reserved pasta water.

While the pasta is still hot, add to the chili pot along with the sour cream and shredded cheddar. Stir vigorously until everything is melted smooth and well combined. Serve with extra sour cream, cheese and the scallion greens on top. Enjoy!

*Gas Stove Girl Original Recipe

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Chicken and Dumplings


Comfort food alert!



We had a little warm up around these parts, but let's be honest. It's still winter. It's still cold. We need some comfort food to stick to our bones. And this recipe is a kitchen classic you'll be enjoying for years to come.


I was thinking one night about how I could do some kind of fun twist on Chicken and Dumplings when I realized I just wanted pure, classic chicken and dumplings. And that's EXACTLY what this recipe is. You can make this dish in no time at all, with ingredients you likely already have hanging in your pantry and fridge.


The thing about chicken and dumplings is it's essentially like eating a big bowl of delicious chicken soup and dunking a yummy piece of bread in it...but the BREAD has already been dunked for your eating pleasure! It's genius really. The bread "bakes" in the hot soup, soaking in the delicious flavors. How great does that sound?! Mmm, I'm craving another bowl right now!


Monday, January 15, 2018

Sesame Green Beans


Look at these beauties!


These Sesame Green Beans are an exercise in simplicity. They are crisp. A little spicy. Pumped up with sesame. And freshened up with a sprinkling of scallions. I love them deeply and I'm sure you will too. 


I was inspired to create this recipe after having a very similar Asian green bean salad from an adorable little market in Maine a couple of summers ago. It was simple and refreshing, perfect as a starter or a side. That's exactly what I wanted with this recipe, with the added bonus of being able to prep this well ahead of time! 


Obviously, the stars of this show are fresh green beans and a bit of sesame oil. I start by quickly steaming the green beans, for just about 5 to 7 minutes, then blanching them in ice water. This will keep them a bright and vibrant green as well as perfectly crispy and toothy. Once the beans are chilled, all that's left to do is whisk up the dressing. Sesame oil, lime juice, a splash of soy sauce, olive oil, and red pepper flakes. Simple but composed. The perfect mix of toasty, tart and salty. 


Toss the beans in the dressing. Pop 'em in the fridge to marinate for a few minutes up to a couple of hours. Sprinkle on some sesame seeds and chopped scallions before serving. Give yourself a pat on the back because you just made a bomb.com dish that will make even your pickiest eaters eat their vegetables :-) 


Monday, December 18, 2017

Chai-Spiced Gingerbread Kiss Cookies



Happy Monday and let us talk about cookies!


You absolutely HAVE to add these cookies to your holiday baking menu. They are soft and pillowy, bursting with warming spices and kissed with chocolate!


That's right. These are Chai-Spiced Gingerbread Kiss Cookies, and trust me when I say that they are here to put your classic peanut butter blossom cookies to shame. If you love gingerbread, you will absolutely devour these beauties.


OH and not only are these part kiss cookies and part gingerbread, but they are also part snickerdoodle. Yes yes yes. Before going into the oven, these cookies are getting rolled in sugar and a mix of chai spices that will truly knock your socks off. That includes cinnamon, nutmeg. and ground ginger. There is no spice combination more warming this time of year than chai. I just love it! It's not just for tea anymore :-)


Now, I know that everyone has their own holiday traditions and cookie recipes that they hold strong to this season. But if you're looking for a new treat to wow the whole family (and Santa, for that matter) I'm quite confident this is it. Happy baking!


Oh, P.S. This recipe is 100% kitty approved!


Friday, December 15, 2017

Crispy Honey Shrimp (PF Chang's Copy Cat Recipe!)


OOH boy, oh boy do I have a fun weekend meal for you to cook up!


This recipe was born out of desperation. A craving, really, that couldn't be resolved easily. I NEEDED Crispy Honey Shrimp from PF Chang's and yet I found myself with no motivation to actually drive however many miles it would have taken to get to my closest restaurant. Whenever that happens, the most logical thing to do is take to the internet to find the recipe and make it myself. That's exactly what I did.


This Crispy Honey Shrimp is the perfect alternative to my usual PF Chang's meal! It is just as irresistibly crunchy, sweet, sour and gooey. Served over white rice and topped with scallions, and you'll be none the wiser that this ISN'T take out but rather some super tasty deliciousness from your own kitchen.


The recipe that follows isn't inherently hard by any means; I truly believe that anyone could whip it up. However, there are a few steps involved, and the main process (that is, frying the shrimp to airy, crispy perfection) can be a little intimidating. To be honest, I still get a little scared when I am dealing with a big pot of hot oil! The best way to combat these fears is to be sure you have a candy thermometer (to monitor oil temperature...keep it at the right temperature=no fire!), use a heavy pot with high sides (like a 6 quart dutch oven), and use your back burner (to protect kids and pets and yourself from any spills or splatters!).


Once the shrimp is cooked and crispy, the real winner of this recipe is that thick and gooey honey sauce. This is what makes this recipe crave-able. Warm, crispy shrimp get a quick toss in that sweet, tangy sauce and poured over a hot bed of white rice. Oh my. I mean just look at that shine!


Make your whole family extra happy...don't wait another minute...make this shrimp!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

S'mores Pumpkin Pie



We are just 2 days away from one of the greatest holidays of the year -- Thanksgiving!


And to celebrate, I have done something wild and crazy and really great. I had the idea for this recipe and decided shortly thereafter that this would be our big Thanksgiving recipe here on Gas Stove Girl this year. It's traditional with a major ooey, gooey, twist that you're sure to love.


Here it is, the centerpiece of your dessert table. It is S'mores Pumpkin Pie and, well, just look at it!


This pie is a little outrageous but super ridiculously delicious, it is sweet and full of warming fall spices. It starts with a classic pumpkin pie, but rather than a traditional pie crust, we will fully embrace the s'mores aspect with a graham cracker crust. Once our pumpkin pie has been baked a cooled slightly, we are going to top it with jumbo marshmallows that will get toasted golden brown! Not only are marshmallows very essential to s'mores, but this also reminds me a little bit of the sweet potato casserole our grandparents would make, with lil' baby mallows on top. Nostalgic and decadent, a win-win!


Now, if there is one thing that is always noticeably absent from a Thanksgiving dessert spread, I would argue that it's CHOCOLATE. And lucky for you, I have found a way to remedy that situation without sacrificing our favorite pie. A beautiful drizzle of bittersweet chocolate ganache it the perfect finishing touch to our s'mores pie!


I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with great food (like s'mores pumpkin pie), your closest family, and a full stomach and heart. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!


Friday, November 10, 2017

Sausage and Kale Tortellini Soup


Hiiii, it's finally soup season!


You guys KNOW I love me some soup. As soon as there starts to be the faintest chill in the air, I am all IN on soup for dinner (let's be honest, sometimes I make it in the dead of summer. I just love it!)


This soup, like all great soups in my very humble and honest opinion, is so easy to make while also being loaded with different flavors and textures that make it so much more than a basic bowl of soup. With the first freeze of the season happening in New England today, you HAVE to be sure to add this Sausage and Kale Tortellini Soup to your menu.


Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I know you might be thinking...didn't you JUST post a recipe with sausage? What gives? And I would say to you that yes, yes I did. That is kind of sausage overload, but I do really and truly LOVE sausage. However, this wasn't my original schedule of posts. My PLAN was to share a pistachio and chocolate sour cream coffee cake with you all this week. But this, of course, is no cake recipe. In fact, my dreams of a pistachio and chocolate coffee cake are in the garbage after my bundt pan overflowed everywhere and the edges overcooked while the middle stayed raw. It was probably my biggest food fail to date, and it left me bitter towards any and all baked goods. But, when life gets you down, the best thing to do is turn back to what you're good at - for me, that's soup!!


Alright, so. What is it about this soup that makes it stand out among the hundreds of other soup recipes out there on Pinterest? First of all, tortellini. Perfect little stuffed pasta packages swimming in a flavorful broth among some of our favorite vegetables. To compliment the robust flavors in the sausage (which, by the way, I used chicken sausage here - it's a bit more tender than pork sausage, making it better for a soup) I steeped a bouquet garni in the broth while the veggies and pasta cook. This is a simple bundle of rosemary, parsley and sage, but the flavor benefits are out of this world!


I also love wilting in a leafy green to most soups, for flavor, texture and added nutrition, and my grocery store had the most beautiful bunches of kale that I had to scoop up for this. Rachel Ray always suggests adding in a bit of freshly grated nutmeg to really bring out the flavor of kale, so I finished off this soup in that exact way and let me tell you - between the nutmeg and the sage, this soup is filled with all those intoxicating, warming holiday season flavors that make my heart smile!