Kansas City BBQ Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Every country and region offers food that they make better than anyone else. For the U.S., and particularly the South, BBQ is one of these unique offerings.

Though every cook uses their own seasonings, rubs, and sauces, there’s something universally special about a meal of barbequed meat and your favorite sides. Best of all, anyone can man the grill (or the oven) to create their own tasty BBQ.

For this week’s recipe, we’ve combined the flavors of smoky BBQ with the indulgence of stuffed chicken breasts. This quick and tasty meal will quickly become a family favorite. Be sure to give it a try and then let us know how you liked it in the comments!

Kansas City BBQ Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Ingredients:

4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened

¼ cup Sour Cream

¼ cup Simply Savory Kansas City Rub

8 – 12 slices of Bacon (thin sliced)

1 cup Honey BBQ Sauce

Directions:

1.  Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2.  Butterfly the chicken breasts and place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.

3.  Mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, and Kansas City Rub

4.  Scoop 2 to 3 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture into the inside of each chicken breast.

5.  Close the chicken breasts and press down the edges.

6.  Wrap each breast with 2 to 3 pieces of bacon.

7.  Top each chicken breast with the honey BBQ sauce.

8.  Bake for 30 – 45 minutes. The cooking time depends on the size of the chicken breasts. 

9.  During the last few minutes, turn the oven to broil to help brown the bacon on the top of the chicken. Watch carefully, as the broiler works fast and can burn the chicken!

10. Remove from oven, turn over each chicken breast, and spoon the pan drippings over them.

11. Place back under the broiler to brown the bacon on the bottom of the chicken.

Taste of Sicily Shake & Bake Chicken Parmesan

Do you love cooking shows? Have you ever wished you could create the same gourmet meals…just maybe without all the time and work involved?

We developed our line of Shake & Bake Seasonings to give our customers the ability to do just that! As parents ourselves, we know that there’s not a whole lot of time and energy left for dinner at the end of a busy day. Rather than stressing about the million steps needed for a fancy meal, all you need is a few ingredients and a few minutes of your time.

Our Taste of Sicily Shake & Bake Seasoning, as you can see in the recipe below, can make many of your favorite Italian dishes simple, easy, and quick. If you want to get in touch with your inner MasterChef, give this recipe a try!

Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients:

1 lb. Chicken Breasts

1 jar of Marinara Sauce

3/4 Mozzarella Cheese, shredded

3 tbsp Parmesan Cheese, grated or powdered

1 pkg. Simply Savory Taste of Sicily Shake & Bake Seasoning

Olive oil, melted butter, or water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F
  2. Moisten the chicken breasts with melted butter, olive oil, or water.
  3. Use the Taste of Sicily Shake & Bake Seasoning to bread the moistened chicken.
  4. Place the breaded chicken on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  5. After 10 minutes, remove the chicken from oven. Top each breast with 1/3 cup of marinara sauce and 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of parmesan cheese on top of the mozzarella.
  6. Bake the chicken until the cheese is melted and the center is no longer pink. The chicken should reach 165°F before eating.
  7. Bon appetit!

Twice Baked Potatoes with Loaded Baked Potato Dip

Imagine, you’ve made the ultimate loaded baked potato. It’s piled high with cheese, sour cream, bacon, and chives. But, as you eat it, you can’t fully enjoy all of these flavors together. One bite will be full of sour cream, while the next is mostly potato and cheese.

Even worse, all of your toppings are gone by the time you reach the end of the potato. Talk about disappointment.

If you’ve experienced these same frustrations, you’re gonna love this week’s recipe. Twice Baked Potatoes uses all the same ingredients but mixes them together to ensure the same delicious flavor in every bite. With the additional flavor from our Loaded Baked Potato dip mix, we take this recipe to the next level. Plus, by placing the mixture back into the potato skin shell, you’ll never have too much potato at the end of your meal.

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.

Florida Dreamsicle Tropical Fruit Pizza

After one of the coldest Christmases on record, we’re ready for some tropical weather. Though it looks like we’ll have to hang onto our jackets for a bit longer, there’s one place we can go for the perfect tropical experience: the kitchen!

Florida Dreamsicle calls bright summer days to mind, using Florida orange juice and creamy vanilla ice cream flavors to banish winter chills. No matter the time of year, it is always the perfect choice.

If you’re in the mood for a tropical treat, use this dessert dip to make a delicious Florida Dreamsicle Tropical Fruit Pizza. This recipe is super easy to make. It’s also a great chance to get your kids involved! Let them pick the toppings, roll out the dough, and mix the “sauce” for a fun activity with a tasty reward!

Florida Dreamsicle Tropical Fruit Pizza

Ingredients

8 oz Cream Cheese, softened

8 oz container Cool Whip, defrosted

20 oz can Crushed Pineapple, well drained

1 package Sugar Cookie Dough

Optional Topping Suggestions

Shredded Coconut

Maraschino Cherries, well drained

Mandarin Oranges, well drained

Blueberries

Strawberries

Kiwi, sliced

Banana, sliced

Directions

  1. Mix together the softened cream cheese with the Simply Savory Florida Dreamsicle Dip Mix.
  2. Stir in the well-drained pineapple. 
  3. Fold in the defrosted Cool Whip.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  5. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 12-inch pizza pan with cooking spray.
  6. Break up cookie dough in pan, pressing dough evenly in bottom of pan to within 1/2 inch of edge.
  7. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on cooling rack, about 30 minutes.
  8. Once the crust is cooled, spread the Florida Dreamsicle mixture over the crust and add whatever fruit toppings you desire.

Sicilian White Bread

Sicilian White BreadWe’re excited to share another recipe sent in from one of our fans! James sent us this recipe for Sicilian White Bread through the Facebook page for our store, Farmhouse Provisions! Thanks for the delicious new recipe, James!

We know that not everyone has a bread machine, so we’ve also included a set of instructions that we’ve adapted to offer a by-hand method. Whichever you use, you’ll soon be enjoying the delicious and unmistakable scent of fresh-baked bread!

This bread offers a scrumptious Italian flavor that can be enjoyed in slices with some butter or as a side for your next pasta dinner. Give it a try and let us know how you like it!

Sicilian White Bread

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups White Flour
2 tbsp. Sugar
1 tbsp. Dry Milk
1 tsp. Salt
1 tbsp. Butter, melted
7/8 cup Water
1 tsp. Yeast
1 tbsp. Simply Savory Taste of Sicily Dip Mix

Bread Machine Directions

  1. Add all dry ingredients to the bread maker.
  2. Add liquid ingredients and close the lid.
  3. Put yeast in the yeast dispenser and press start.
  4. Let your bread machine work its magic for 4 hours, then enjoy!

By Hand Directions

  1. Combine yeast, warmed water, and sugar in a large bowl. Let it sit until the mixture foams, about five minutes.
  2. Add the dry milk, butter, Taste of Sicily Dip Mix, and 1 3/4 cups of flour. Mix together until smooth, then add the remaining flour until dough is stiff. If you have a stand mixer, you can use a dough hook for this step.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until dough is smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Place dough into a lightly greased bowl and cover it with a clean dishtowel or plastic wrap. Place the bowl in a warm place and let the dough rise until it has doubled, about an hour.
  5. Punch the dough down to remove air bubbles and place in a greased loaf pan. Cover and allow it to rise until doubled, about an additional 30 minutes.
  6. While it rises, preheat your oven to 400°.
  7. Bake bread in preheated oven until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. If the loaf starts overbrowning, cover the top with foil.
  8. Enjoy!

Portabella Artichoke Arepas

Arepas (1)We always love hearing from our fans! Recently, one of our Facebook followers messaged us with a delicious snack she created using one of our dips! She gave us permission to share it with the rest of our fans, so we wanted to offer this yummy recipe to you.

Here’s what Natalia said about this snack:

“Hi, I love your products and today I tried something different. It’s awesome! Maybe the idea could help you and help others to make a quick different snack.

Arepa is a grilled cornmeal cake served in Latin American cuisine. This time I added a pack of Simply Savory Portabella Artichoke made in 1 cup of plain yogurt.”

Historians have found evidence that arepas have been made for over 2,000 years, so this food is definitely time-tested and approved. Give it a try for yourself using the recipe below!

Portabella Artichoke Arepas

Ingredients

2 cups Pre-Cooked Corn Meal (such as PAN)

1 tsp. Salt

1 cup Plain Yogurt

Warm Water (as needed)

1 package Simply Savory Portabella Artichoke Dip Mix

1/4 cup Vegetable Oil (or as needed)

Directions

  1. Stir yogurt, Portabella Artichoke dip mix, and salt together until mixed.
  2. Gradually add the pre-cooked corn meal to the yogurt mixture, stirring the mixture with your fingers until you’ve added the full amount.
  3. Work small amounts of warm water into the dough, continuing until the dough no longer sticks to your hands. When you can make a ball of dough and your hands remain clean, it is ready to cook.
  4. Separate the dough into small balls, each about the size of a golf ball, then pat each ball into a patty about 3/8 inch thick.
  5. Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat until the oil shimmers. If you are using a non-stick pan, you can decrease the amount of oil to just enough to grease the pan.
  6. Add a few patties to the pan, cooking each side until golden brown (about 4-5 minutes per side). Place the cooked arepas on a paper towel-lined plate to drain and cool until ready to eat.

 

Pumpkin Swirl Muffins

Pumpkin Swirl Muffins_Simply SavoryCan you feel it? The cool morning air, the light breezes, the slow shift from vibrant green to russet reds and oranges? Fall has come to 2016 and it’s time for pumpkins and apples to dominate the baking world!

Our recipe is the perfect food for a cool, sleepy fall morning. These Pumpkin Swirl muffins are the perfect blend of sweet and fluffy, the best way to start your day!

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups All Purpose Flour

1 tbsp Pumpkin Spice

1 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Salt

1 (15 oz) can Pumpkin

1 cup Sugar

1/2 cup Brown Sugar, packed

2 Eggs

1/2 cup Oil

1 tbsp Vanilla Extract

1 (8 oz) package Cream Cheese

1 Egg Yolk

1 package Simply Savory Creme Brulee Dip Mix

Turbinado Sugar, for topping

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°.
  2. Whisk the flour, pumpkin spice, salt, and baking soda until combined. Set the bowl aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the pumpkin, sugar, and brown sugar until combined.
  4. Beat the eggs, oil, and vanilla extract into the pumpkin mixture.
  5. Slowly add the flour mixture, whisking until all lumps are gone.
  6. Fill a prepared muffin tin, each cup about 3/4 full.
  7. Beat the cream cheese until smooth, then add the egg yolk and Creme Brulee dip mix. Beat until combined.
  8. Add a tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture to the top of each muffin and swirl with a toothpick. Sprinkle each muffin with turbinado sugar.
  9. Bake for 18-20 minutes. When you insert a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean, the muffins are done.

Cedar Plank Salmon

Cedar Plank Salmon_Simply SavoryThis week’s recipe is all about planking — and we’re not talking about that strange fad. This week’s recipe is a flaky Cedar Plank Salmon dish, perfectly seasoned with our Divine Dill dip. To get the best cook and flavor for your fish dish, use these cedar plank tips!

Plank Preparation: Prior to using your plank on the grill, it should be soaked to increase moisture, resist burning, and extend the life of the plank.  The longer the plank is soaked, the better the results.  Soaking time can be shortened by using hot water.

 Soaking the Plank:

1. Begin by rinsing the plank.

2. Fill the kitchen sink, or a container large enough to fit the plank into with water. 

3. Submerge the entire plank in water, placing a weight on it to prevent it from floating to the top. 

4. Soak in water for at least two hours and up to 24 hours. 

Preheating the Plank: After the plank has been soaked it must be preheated to control warping, sterilize the wood surface, and enhance flavor.

1. Start by preheating your grill to a medium-high heat, approximately 425° F.

2. Place the plank on the grill, approximately 8 inches away from the flame, and close the lid.  If you do not have control over the plank height, closely monitor the grill during preheating and cooking.

3. After 3 to 5 minutes, the plank will be lightly charred on one side and possibly bowed.  Open the grill, flip the plank over, reclose the grill lid, and heat for 1 to 2 minutes.  Continue flipping the plank and grilling for 1 to 2 minutes, until the plank flattens out.

4. Use the plank immediately after preheating.

Cedar Plank Salmon

Ingredients:

4 – 6 lbs. of Salmon

6 oz Lemon Olive Oil

1 package Simply Savory Divine Dill Dip Mix

Cedar Planks, prepared for grilling

Lemon Wedges, optional

Directions:

  1. Mix the Divine Dill with the lemon olive oil and let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the skin from the salmon fillets, and remove any remaining bones. Rinse under cold running water and pat dry with paper towels. 
  3. Brush the tops of the planks with the olive oil mixture. 
  4. Lay the salmon (on what was the skin-side down) on the pre-heated cedar planks. 
  5. Baste the salmon with the olive oil mixture, and salt as desired. 
  6. Cover the grill and cook on medium until the internal temperature of the salmon reaches 135° F. Cooking time will vary between 15 and 30 minutes, depending on the thickness of the salmon. 
  7. During cooking, check periodically to make sure the planks are not on fire. Keep a spray bottle of water close by to extinguish any flames. 
  8. Remove the planks from the grill carefully, as the planks are very hot!
  9. If desired, serve the salmon right off the plank and garnish with lemon wedges.

Tropical Delight Dessert Mix

Tropical Delight Dessert Mix_Simply SavorySchool is back in session, but the long, hot days of summer still prevail. While some can still spend days by the pool or laying out at the beach, others have to get more creative to bring back that summer feeling.

The delicious blend of tropical fruity flavors found in our Tropical Delight dessert dip is the perfect remedy for school year blues! Use our recipe of the week as an after-school snack or a weekend treat. You can also slip a container of this Tropical Delight Dessert Mix into a packed lunch for a yummy surprise!

Follow the recipe below for a dessert that your whole family will love.

Tropical Delight Dessert Mix

Ingredients

1 package Simply Savory Tropical Delight Dip Mix

1 (8 oz) package Cream Cheese, softened

1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, defrosted

Various fruit of your choice (mandarin oranges, pineapple, blueberries, strawberries, coconut, etc.), drained

Mini Marshmallows (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine the Tropical Delight Dessert Mix with the cream cheese and Cool Whip.
  2. Fold in the well drained fruits of your choice.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  4. Optional: Fold in mini marshmallows when you add the fruit.

Simple Garden Cucumber Salad

Simple Garden Cucumber Salad_Simply Savory

Salads are often the most refreshing part of a meal. Whether it’s a mixture of leafy greens, pasta, or vegetables, salads offer a variety of flavors and textures to suit anyone’s taste.

Our recipe this week is a simple, but tasty salad that is perfect for potlucks, picnics, parties, and more! Make this Simple Garden Cucumber Salad when you’re running low on time or craving a delicious, light dish for your workday lunch.

Do you have a favorite salad? Share in the comments!

Simple Garden Cucumber Salad

Ingredients

1 package Simply Savory Garden Spinach Dip Mix

1 cup Sour Cream

1 cup Mayonnaise

3 large Cucumbers

1 (8 oz) bag Matchstick Carrots

1/4 cup Red Onion, chopped

Directions

  1. Mix together the Garden Spinach dip mix with the sour cream and mayonnaise, then refrigerate.
  2. Peel and thinly slice the cucumbers.
  3. Stir together desired amount of dip with the cucumbers, carrots, and onions, no more than 2 hours before serving.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.