Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Grilling Dishes

For dinner the other night, we had BBQ chicken and i tried 2 new recipes that could compliment grilled chicken.  These dishes turned out better than the chicken.  I don't have a picture of the first, but trust me, i will make it every time i need to make Baked beans.  I used bacon bits on top instead of real bacon.
The second recipe was a hit also, for dipping we had hot garlic bread sticks instead of crackers.
Try them, you won't be disappointed.

Apple Baked Bean Casserole
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen
Show: Paula's Home Cooking
Episode: Bean Cuisine
1 cup diced onion 
2 (15-ounce) cans Boston-style baked beans 
1 cup diced Granny Smith apple 
1 tablespoon prepared mustard 
1/4 cup brown sugar 
1 teaspoon 
5 strips bacon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Coat a 2-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except the bacon and mix well. Pour into the baking dish and lay the raw strips of bacon on top. Cover and bake for approximately 45 minutes, or until thick and bubbly. Uncover and bake for 5 more minutes. 


Makes 3 cups

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, plus more for baking dish
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pounds spinach, cleaned, trimmed, and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 ounces reduced-fat bar cream cheese
  • 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 dashes hot sauce, such as Tabasco
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • Baguette slices, breadsticks, or crackers, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a Dutch oven or large pot, heat oil over medium. Add onion and garlic; cook until lightly browned, 5 to 8 minutes.
  2. Add spinach in two additions, letting the first batch wilt before adding the next; cook until completely wilted, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a colander; drain, pressing to release all excess liquid.
  3. In the same pot, warm milk over high heat. Whisk in cream cheese until melted, about 3 minutes. Add spinach, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and 1/4 cup mozzarella; stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into a lightly oiled 1 1/2-quart shallow baking dish; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella.
  4. Bake until bubbly and golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve hot with accompaniments, as desired.

1 comment:

Laura said...

those baked beans were so delicious...