Glorious Garlic Chicken

Glorious Garlic Chicken_Simply Savory GourmetYogurt is a great addition to many foods. Use it with your cereal, granola, fruit, or just eat it by itself. Plus, the wide variety of flavors will keep you from getting bored.

While you may have enjoyed a yogurt parfait or two in your time, you might not have used it for marinating your meat. And you really should.

Yogurt is full of microbes and lactic acid, both of which help moisturize and tenderize the meat without making it mushy. As Dr. Joseph Frank, a professor of food science at the University of Georgia said, “Lactic acid is a kind of mild acid, it’s not as strong of a sour flavor. It’s reacting with the food in a more gentle way.”

If you want to experiment with yogurt as a marinade or you just want a tasty dish for your dinner, use our Glorious Garlic Chicken recipe below.

Glorious Garlic Chicken

Ingredients:

4 Chicken Breast halves

Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper, to taste

2 cups Plain Yogurt

1 package Simply Savory Glorious Garlic Dip Mix

½ cup Panko Bread Crumbs

Directions:

  1. Place chicken in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper; set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine yogurt and Glorious Garlic.
  3. Pour yogurt mixture over chicken; mix until chicken is thoroughly coated.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 375º.
  6. Grease a baking pan with cooking spray.
  7. Remove chicken from bowl and shake off any excess; discard yogurt mixture.
  8. Transfer chicken to prepared baking pan.
  9. Sprinkle panko bread crumbs over chicken breasts.
  10. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until chicken is done.

English Toffee Pie

English Toffee_Simply Savory Gourmet

Toffee isn’t incredibly popular in America, but it is a well known treat in England. The hard, sugary candy has been enjoyed for over 200 years, but its origins are a mystery.

Just where did this tasty treat come from?

The best answer we could find were these 6 theories:

1. The origin of the world is debatable – the word was first published in 1825 in the Oxford English Dictionary, but it is thought that the word existed before it was put in the dictionary and the origins of the word are not clear.

2. Some believe that the word is derived from the word “tafia” which is actually West Indian rum.  Cheap rum used to be used to flavor candies.

3. In the native Creole language, toffee is a mixture of molasses and sugar.  Harold McGee, a food writer, originally said this. Unfortunately, he did not mention which Creole language he was speaking about so we don’t actually know.

4. A third theory says that toffee’s earlier spelling, “toughy” or “tuffy”, was actually meant to refer to it’s chewy toughness. The term is said to have come from a southern British dialect.

5. Some think that English toffee is a variant of a 19th century candy.  Because slave labor drastically lowered the prices of sugar and treacle at the start of the 19th century, the key ingredients needed to create toffee became available to average people. Seeking a frugal solution,  two English ladies decided to combine these two ingredients and created a wonderful treat.

6. Toffee comes in many different forms and varieties. Because there are so many different types and mixtures, its hard to say where it really originated from.

Wherever it came from, we are glad it’s here. For a yummy English Toffee dessert, follow the recipe below. Merry Christmas!

English Toffee Pie

Ingredients

1 Oreo Crust

1 package Simply Savory English Toffee Dip Mix

1 (8 oz.) package Cream Cheese

1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip

Oreo cookies, crushed, and hard toffee pieces to garnish

Directions

  1. Combine dip mix, cream cheese, and Cool Whip and stir until combined. Refrigerate at least two hours.
  2. Spread the prepared mix into the Oreo crust.
  3. Sprinkle the top with toffee pieces and crushed Oreos.

Portabella Pesto Marinade

Portabella Pesto Marinade_Simply Savory GourmetWhat do you use for a marinade with your chicken or beef? Do you like to follow a recipe, use what you can buy in a bottle, or create your own?

The flavor of your meat is about half how you grill and half how you marinade, so make sure you are giving your meat enough time to absorb the flavor of your marinade.

Use these grilling tips and the following marinade recipe to make a delicious meal for your family.

Portabella Pesto Marinade

Ingredients

1 cup Olive Oil

1 package Simply Savory Portabella Pesto Dip Mix

Beef or chicken of your choice

Directions

1. Place meat in a large bowl or dish. Add dip mix and thoroughly coat both sides of meat.

2. Add olive oil and thoroughly coat both sides of meat, being careful to avoid washing spices off.

3. Cover the bowl or dish and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to 2 hours.

4. Grill when ready.

Loaded Baked Potato Twice Baked Potato Casserole

Twice Baked Potato_Simply Savory Gourmet DipsBaked potatoes are a common side dish. Wash ’em, foil ’em, throw ’em in oven for about an hour, and voilà! You’ve got your food.

For many people and at many restaurants, baked potatoes are served rather simply: topped with chives, sour cream, and bacon. But have you ever wondered what else could be placed on a baked potato?

If you’re feeling adventurous, try one of these recipes, which include ingredients like goat cheese, cranberries, pepperonis, and chickpeas. Don’t knock it till you try it, right?

Baked potatoes are also great in casseroles, particularly a Twice Baked Potato casserole. To get a taste of this delicious dish, use the recipe below:

Twice Baked Potatoes

Ingredients:

4 large Baking Potatoes

1 tbsp Olive Oil

1 tbsp Kosher Salt

1 pkg. Simply Savory Loaded Baked Potato Dip Mix

1 ½ tbsp Milk

2 cups Sour Cream

1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese

3 slices Bacon, cooked and crumbled

¼ cup Green Onion, finely chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Wash the potatoes, then pierce them with a fork.  Rub the potatoes with the olive oil and kosher salt.  Place the potatoes on a baking sheet with a rim. 
  3. Bake the potatoes for 45 minutes to one hour, or until done.
  4. Remove the potatoes from the oven, then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  5. Cut off the top one-third to one-half of each potato and set aside.  When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, scoop out the inside flesh of the potatoes.  Place the potato flesh in a bowl.
  6. Add the Loaded Baked Potato mix, milk and sour cream.  Mix until creamy.
  7. Spoon the mixture back into the potato shells.  Top each potato with shredded cheese.  Return the potatoes to the oven for 15 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and garnish with bacon and green onion.

Roasted Garlic & Romano Butter Sauce

Roasted Garlic & Romano
Photo Credit: Tricia Hurd

Sometimes, all your dinner needs is a finishing touch. Everything tastes okay, but you want more than okay. You want something to savor.

You can add garlic bread or a glass of wine, but that still may not cut it. Instead of settling for your good but not great dinner, why not add extra flavor to the food you’ve already prepared.

Using our Roasted Garlic & Romano dip mix, you can spice up your veggies or bread to give your meal that extra kick. Use either of the recipes below to add that something extra to your food.

Roasted Garlic & Romano Butter Sauce

Ingredients

1/2 cup (1 stick) Butter, melted

1 package Simply Savory Roasted Garlic & Romano Dip Mix

Directions

1. Stir the butter and dip mix until thoroughly mixed.

2. Serve over vegetables of your choice (we love it over boiled potatoes!).

Roasted Garlic & Romano Butter

Ingredients

1/2 cup Butter, at room temperature

2 tablespoons Milk

1 package Simply Savory Roasted Garlic & Romano Dip Mix

Directions

1. Beat butter and dip mix with a mixer until thoroughly mixed.

2. Add milk and beat until whipped and smooth.

3. Serve with bread of your choice.