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Apple Cider Pork Chops

Apple Cider Pork Chops

Are you ready for a quick and easy recipe to get dinner on the table in a flash? Well say hello to Apple Cider Pork Chops! Soooo….a few things you’ll absolutely LOVE about this one, it’s on the table in 25 minutes flat, only uses […]

Citrus Steak Salad

Citrus Steak Salad

Summer nights are made for quick and easy dinner recipes. Citrus Steak Salad is the most perfect all in one dinner salad to get the job done. Crunchy greens, tender steak, juicy strawberries, mandarin oranges and a citrusy, made from scratch vinaigrette make for a meal […]

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

If you like sweet potato fries, then you’ll love Grilled Sweet Potatoes! I’ve always been a sweet potato fan whether they’re fried, baked or all dolled up in a holiday casserole, but grilling them puts it on a whole new level for me. Grilling not only highlights their natural sweetness but also leaves behind a charred and smoky flavor that just tastes fantastic. This healthy and delicious recipe is a nice change of pace to your dinner routine and beyond easy to prepare. We’re talking on the table in a matter of minutes! The potatoes get a head start in the microwave and finish on the grill right alongside with your main course. This one’s a keeper for sure! And don’t skip out on the creamy Gorgonzola spread. It pairs wonderfully with this simple grilled veggie.

Here’s all you’ll need: sweet potatoes, Gorgonzola cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and chives.

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Wash and scrub the potatoes and then pierce with a fork. Leave the skins on, there’s no need to peel. Using the fork make several deep incisions in the potatoes. This will allow the steam to escape and prevent a mess in the microwave. Place on a microwave safe plate and cook for 6-8 minutes (depending on the size of the potatoes). Be sure to turn over the potatoes once about halfway through cooking. Don’t forget that we’ll finish cooking the potatoes on the grill so we don’t need them to be cooked all the way through. We’re just giving them a little help.

Sweet potatoes are pierced with a fork before cooking. #grilledsweetpotatoes #grilledpotatoes #potatorecipes #sidedish #easysummersides

Allow the potatoes to cool until easy to handle. Meanwhile let’s whip up that amazing Gorgonzola spread. This spread reminds me of one of the dipping sauces that they bring out for the veggie course at the Melting Pot. It’s SOOO good and pairs well with most vegetables. In a small bowl, combine the Gorgonzola cheese, mayo, and lemon juice. That’s it! So simple. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Gorgonzola cheese, mayonnaise and lemon juice mixed together in a small bowl. #sweetpotatoes #grilledsweetpotatoes #sweetpotatoesonthegrill #potatorecipes #sweetpotatorecipes

Now back to those sweet potatoes. Once the potatoes have cooled, cut them into 1/2 inch thick rounds.

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Brush the sweet potato rounds lightly with olive oil and sprinkle on some salt and pepper. I love that a simple sprinkle of salt and pepper is all that’s needed because obviously I always have both on hand which means I can whip up a batch of Grilled Sweet Potatoes even on short notice. Who doesn’t love that?!? Of course you can absolutely experiment with your favorite flavor combinations to spice things up a bit.Sweet Potato rounds brushed with olive oil then sprinkled with salt and pepper. #sweetpotatoes #grilledsweetpotatoes #grilledpotatoes #howtogrillsweetpotatoes #sweetpotatorecipes #dinneronthegrill

Fire up the grill to medium heat. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 4-5 minutes per side, turning once. Lightly brush the potato rounds with olive oil and don’t forget the sprinkle of salt and pepper below turning. We use a grill mat on a regular basis but it’s not necessary for this recipe and potatoes can be grilled directly on the grates. The benefits of a grill mat are easy cleanup and of course none of the veggies will fall or slip through the grill grates. We love trying all the latest gadgets!

Sweet potato rounds cooking on a grill mat over medium heat. #sweetpotatoes #grilledsweetpotatoes #sweetpotatorecipes #howtogrillsweetpotatoes #howtogrillpotatoes #potatorecipes #potatoesonthegrill Remove from the grill, sprinkle with chives, and serve with Gorgonzola spread. My garden kicks out so many chives that we sprinkle them on just about EVERYTHING! Well hello my little sweet potato…Come to Momma!! Grilled Sweet Potatoes are a good start for dinner but why not add some Grilled Brussels Sprouts and our Best Grilled Pork Chops too?!? Yum!!!

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Grilled Sweet Potatoes

June 26, 2020
: 8
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 4 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Minced chives, for garnish
Directions
  • Step 1 Wash and scrub the potatoes and then pierce with a fork. Place on a microwave safe plate and cook for 6-8 minutes (depending on the size of the potatoes). Turn potatoes over once about halfway through cooking. Allow the potatoes to cool until easy to handle.
  • Step 2 In a small bowl, combine the Gorgonzola cheese, mayo, and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Step 3 Once the potatoes have cooled, cut them into 1/2 inch thick rounds. Brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Step 4 Grill, covered, over medium heat for 4-5 minutes per side, turning once. Lightly brush the potato rounds with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper before turning.
  • Step 5 Remove from the grill, sprinkle with chives, and serve with Gorgonzola spread. Enjoy!

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Slow-Cooker Root Beer Brats

Slow-Cooker Root Beer Brats

Move over beer brats there’s a new kid in town! Root Beer Brats are not only delicious but they are so easy to prepare. And since they’re made with root beer rather than beer, they’re family friendly too. Slow-cooking in a sweet root beer marinade […]

One-Pot Lemon Chicken with Orzo

One-Pot Lemon Chicken with Orzo

What’s for dinner tonight? Let’s take it nice and easy and whip up a batch of One-Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo! You’re gonna love this recipe for SO many reasons. First off it’s fast and easy to make which means it’s perfect for a busy weeknight […]

Pressure Cooker White Wine Chicken Thighs

Pressure Cooker White Wine Chicken Thighs

Hi! My name’s Lisa and I’m starting to become addicted to pressure cooking. It hasn’t always been that way though. I had always wanted to try pressure cooking but didn’t really know how to get started. I had no knowledge or experience using this type of machine whatsoever. So I did what I always do. I dove right in and just went for it. I got a 6-Quart Premium Pressure Cooker and I tried a new recipe, and then another, and another. And do you know what happened? They all turned out the way they were supposed to. No major catastrophes. No scary explosions. Just delicious meals ready in minutes. Seriously! If you’ve ever wondered about pressure cooking, Pressure Cooker White Wine Chicken Thighs are the perfect place to start. This meal is simple, delicious, and can put dinner on the table in a matter of minutes. You’ll be amazed at the incredible flavor, the fall off the bone deliciousness, and the minuscule amount of effort it takes to whip up this incredible entree. And I’ll be right here step by step to talk you through the whole thing! You got this!

Here’s all you’ll need: butter, mushrooms, chicken thighs, salt and pepper, Italian seasoning, paprika, flour, chicken broth, white wine, and green onions.

Pressure Cooker White Wine Chicken Thighs ingredients list

Here goes nothing! Select the sauté setting on a 6-qt electric pressure cooker and adjust the temperature to medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to the pot. Once the butter is melted, and hot, add the mushrooms and cook until they’re nice and tender (about 5 minutes). Remove the mushrooms with a slotted spoon and set them aside.

Mushrooms cooking in butter in the inner pot of a pressure cooker.

Next we’re going to make a tasty little homemade rub to amp up the flavor of these wonderful White Wine Chicken Thighs. Mix together the salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and paprika in a small dish. Sprinkle the seasonings over both sides of the chicken thighs. Place the flour in a ziplock bag, add the chicken, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat. Of course make sure the bag is closed while you’re doing the shaking. I told ya I’d get ya through this!

Heat another 2 tablespoons of butter in the pressure cooker pot and brown the chicken on both sides. You’ll probably need to do 2 or 3 batches to do this and you can add more butter if needed. Don’t worry about cooking the chicken all the way through, we just want create a little bit of sear on the outside.

Chicken thighs are nice to use because they are very affordable (who doesn’t love that?). They’re also naturally more flavorful than chicken breasts.

Chicken thighs seared in butter in an pressure cooker on the saute setting.

Would you believe me if I told you that the hard parts over? Remove the chicken from the pressure cooker and set aside. Add the broth and wine to the cooker and turn up the temperature to medium-high heat. Cook for 2-3 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen the browned bits. We want all that incredible flavor!! We used Cavit Riesling. Of course you can use the white wine of your choosing, swap out with a white cooking wine from the grocery store, or even sub in additional chicken broth in a pinch. The key to cooking with wine is to use a wine that you would normally drink.

Adding liquid is the MOST important step to pressure cooking! The liquid will create the steam which builds the pressure. Simply put, no liquid, no pressure. So you must add liquid to every pressure cooking recipe in order for it to work. Check out our full review of the Cosori Premium 6-Quart Pressure Cooker here!

Return the chicken to the pot, cover with the mushrooms and green onion. Secure the lid to the locked position and ensure the pressure valve is closed.

Chicken thighs covered with mushrooms and green onion inside a pressure cooker.

Select the manual temperature setting and adjust it to the highest heat level. Set the timer for 10 minutes and now you can relax! When the meat is finished cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then use the quick release valve to release the remaining pressure (always be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions as that steam can be HOT!!)

Cosori 6 quart pressure cooker on manual setting. High heat temperate selected

And voila! Your very first (or maybe your 100th) gourmet pressure cooked meal. Pair White Wine Chicken Thighs with smashed potatoes, a nice veggie side like peas and carrots, and crusty bread to sop up some of that mouth watering sauce and you’ve got yourself a wow-worthy meal! Are you hooked on pressure cooking yet?!? Try our Pressure Cooker Cheddar Bacon Beer Dip or Pressure Cooker Beef Brisket next!

Pressure Cooker White Wine Chicken Thighs

March 26, 2019
: 6 servings
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 8 oz sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
Directions
  • Step 1 Select the sauté setting on a 6-qt electric pressure cooker and adjust the temperature to medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to the pot. Once the butter is melted, add the mushrooms and cook until tender (about 5 minutes). Remove the mushrooms with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Step 2 Mix together the salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and paprika in a small dish. Sprinkle the seasonings over both sides of the chicken thighs. Place the flour in a ziplock bag, add the chicken, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat.
  • Step 3 Heat another 2 tablespoons of butter in the pressure cooker pot and brown the chicken, in batches, on both sides. Add more butter if needed. Do not cook chicken all the way through.
  • Step 4 Remove the chicken from the pressure cooker and set aside. Add the broth and wine to the cooker and turn up the temperature to medium-high heat. Cook for 2-3 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen the browned bits.
  • Step 5 Return the chicken to the pot, cover with the mushrooms and green onion. Secure the lid to the locked position and ensure the pressure valve is closed. Select the manual temperature setting and adjust it to the highest heat level. Set the timer for 10 minutes.
  • Step 6 When the meat is finished cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then use the quick release valve to release the remaining pressure (always be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions as that steam can be HOT!!) Serve with white wine sauce and enjoy!

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Pressure Cooker Balsamic Chicken Thighs

Pressure Cooker Balsamic Chicken Thighs

I’m loving my pressure cooker right now in case you haven’t noticed. It’s perfect for weeknight meals because it gets dinner on the table SO fast and with very little fuss. Pressure Cooker Balsamic Chicken Thighs are proof positive! The pressure quickly tenderizes the meat […]

Pressure Cooker Beef Tips

Pressure Cooker Beef Tips

The days are getting shorter….and colder! You know what that means right??? COMFORT FOOD!!! Pressure cooking used to be outside of my comfort zone, that is until Cosori sent me their 6-Quart Premium Pressure Cooker to try. Now with a dinner recipe under my belt […]

Pear & Sausage Rigatoni

Pear & Sausage Rigatoni

If ever there were a dish that tastes like Fall, this is it! Pear & Sausage Rigatoni is a truly unique combination of flavors and textures. A delicious mix of sweet, savory, creamy and even crunchy make this rustic pasta dish an instant hit. There’s a little something for everyone! This gourmet dish can be whipped up in a snap so it’s perfect for any night of the week. Don’t let the small ingredients list fool you. This recipe is jam packed with flavor. You’ll be making this hearty pasta again and again this Fall!

Here’s all you’ll need: rigatoni, sausage, pears, spinach, half-and-half cream, blue cheese, and sliced almonds.

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Let’s get started! First cook the pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile as the pasta cooks we can prep the rest of the meal. Next thinly slice the pears. I wish I could hand you a slice through the screen. These pears were seriously SO good!!

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Next cook and crumble the sausage in a Dutch oven over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain the grease from the pan. Want to lighten it up a bit? Swap out pork sausage for chicken or turkey sausage.

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Add the pears to the pan and cook for 3 minutes longer. I love adding fruit to dinner recipes. It always gives the dish such a surprising flavor boost and Pear & Sausage Rigatoni is no exception!

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Then add the spinach, half-and-half cream, and 1/4 cup of blue cheese and cook 3-4 minutes or until the spinach is wilted. Being from Buffalo blue cheese is obviously one of my favorite cheese!! Mmmmm!!!!

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Lastly toast the sliced almonds in a small skillet over medium heat for 3-5 minutes stirring continuously. You’ll know they’re ready when they start to become fragrant and slightly browned. Toasting the almonds enhances their nutty flavor and makes them nice and crisp. Pear & Sausage Rigatoni feels (and tastes) so fancy but it’s really a minimal effort sort of meal. I love that part!

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Sprinkle the toasted almonds and the remaining 1/4 cup of blue cheese over pasta. So many Fall flavors in one dish!! I don’t know if I can handle all this!! No wait…..I can!!! I totally can!!

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Pear & Sausage Rigatoni

September 29, 2018
: 4
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 8 ounces uncooked rigatoni or large tube pasta
  • 8 ounces pork sausage
  • 2 medium pears, sliced
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
Directions
  • Step 1 Cook the pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile thinly slice the pears.
  • Step 2 Cook and crumble the sausage in a Dutch oven over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain the grease from the pan. Add the pears to the pan and cook for 3 minutes longer.
  • Step 3 Stir in the spinach, half-and-half cream, and 1/4 cup of blue cheese and cook 3-4 minutes or until the spinach is wilted.
  • Step 4 Toast the sliced almonds in a small skillet over medium heat for 3-5 minutes stirring continuously. Sprinkle the toasted almonds and the remaining 1/4 cup of blue cheese over pasta. Enjoy!!

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Bruschetta Chicken

Bruschetta Chicken

It’s that time of the year when tomatoes taste best so you’re gonna wanna add this next recipe into your dinner rotation right away! Bruschetta Chicken is an end of summer staple in my house. This relatively simple dish is a spectacular way to fancy […]