Maebells http://www.maebells.com Where we can guarantee things are sweeter in the South Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:33:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ranch + Green Chili Chicken Dip http://www.maebells.com/ranch-green-chili-chicken-dip/ http://www.maebells.com/ranch-green-chili-chicken-dip/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.maebells.com/?p=2189

Shredded chicken, chopped green chili’s, black beans, cheese, and ranch seasoning are combined and baked to bubbly perfection in this easy Ranch + Green Chili Chicken Dip. Grab your chips and get to snacking!

Green Chili Chicken Ranch Dip...super easy dip that is full of flavor! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

I love appetizers.

I love appetizers so much I have no idea why I actually cook meals.
Aren’t they so much more fun?! Dips and spreads, and bite sized things.

Yum, I love it!

Green Chili Chicken Ranch Dip...super easy dip that is full of flavor! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

So, the other night as I was getting ready to make Cheesy Chicken and Rice my love of appetizers got the best of me. I scoured the cabinets to see what I had to work with. Black beans, ranch seasoning, green chills, chips…Mexican it is!

This turned out perfect, so full of flavor, and because it was loaded with meat, beans, and reduced fat cream cheese it felt way more sinful then it really was!

Green Chili Chicken + Ranch Dip, SO easy and gluten free! www.maebells.com

So just in case you find your self in need of a good game day snack or a fun dinner idea keep this one in mind!

Ranch + Green Chili Chicken Dip
Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 6+
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups shredded chicken
  • 1 8 ounce package reduced fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning
  • 1 small can chopped green chili
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1¼ cups shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Spray an 8x8 casserole dish with cooking spray.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine the chicken, cream cheese, ranch seasoning, green chili's, and drained and rinsed black beans.
  4. Fold in half of the shredded cheese.
  5. Place dip mixture in casserole dish and top with the remaining cheese.
  6. Bake 25 minutes until gold and bubbly.
  7. Garnish with tomatoes, green onions, cilantro, and avocado if desired.

 

 

 

 

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The Best Gluten Free Bread: Smoked Gouda + Jalapeno Beer Bread http://www.maebells.com/the-best-gluten-free-bread-smoked-gouda-jalapeno-beer-bread/ http://www.maebells.com/the-best-gluten-free-bread-smoked-gouda-jalapeno-beer-bread/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:27:30 +0000 http://www.maebells.com/?p=2135

Every weekend, like most of you, I go to the grocery.
I stand in line at the deli counter and peer out at the vast assortment of breads at the bakery section next to me. Truth be told, I don’t just look…I lust.

I lust for the focaccia, ciabatta, the baguettes, and the french bread. I dream of sandwiches piled high on yeasty dinner rolls and jam spread over English muffins. And the bagels, the bagels nearly bring me to tears.

The very best gluten free bread: Smoked Gouda + Jalapeño Beer Bread www.maebells.com

Alas, my fate awaits me in the frozen food section with a loaf of Udi’s gluten free bread.

Generally speaking, I have come to terms with this. But sometimes, my longing for a good crusty bread is just beyond my control. This was just the case over the weekend. Now keep in mind I have tried for ages to come up with a good artisan bread. Each and every time it is a waste of time and expensive gluten free flour. However, my inner rebel was not willing to accept defeat so I decided to go a different route with a yeasty beer bread.

The very best gluten free bread: Smoked Gouda + Jalapeño Beer Bread #glutenfree www.maebells.com

Whyyyyy didn’t I think of this sooner?! It was amazing! I mean look at it! Perfectly thick, chewy and gooey Smoked Gouda and spicy jalapeno!

I served this with chili, and it was perfectly dippable. I can think of so many more flavor variations and soup combinations I want to try for the fall!

The very best gluten free bread: Smoked Gouda + Jalapeño Beer Bread #glutenfree www.maebells.com

The process was actually super simple. I just added warm water and yeast together and let it sit until it got all bubbly. Then I mixed the yeast, flour, and beer together until a super thick, very sticky dough formed. Then I added the cheese and chopped jalapeno. Covered, and let it sit all day.

When I got ready to bake it I turned the oven to 425 and put my dutch oven inside, so it gets super duper hot. Then I turned the dough out onto a floured surface and made a big ball. I took my dutch oven out of the oven, sprayed it with cooking oil, and added a little olive oil (for good measure) and dumped the ball of dough right in there! I drizzled a little more olive oil on top (why not?!) put the lid back on and baked it for 20 minutes covered, then 10 more minutes uncovered.

No kneading, no wresting with sticky dough. Just mix, rise, dump, and bake!

The very best gluten free bread: Smoked Gouda + Jalapeño Beer Bread #glutenfree www.maebells.com

The Best Gluten Free Bread: Smoked Gouda + Jalapeno Beer Bread
Recipe type: Bread, Side Dish
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 1 loaf
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups all purpose gluten free flour (I use cup4cup brand)
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons rapid rise yeast (one ¾ ounce package)
  • 1 12 ounce gluten free beer (I used Redbridge)
  • 1 cup smoked gouda cheese, cubed
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl or measuring cup combine the warm water and the yeast, mix well and let sit for about 5 minutes until little bubbles form.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, yeast, and beer. Mix well until a thick, sticky dough forms. (This is easiest if using an electric or stand mixer)
  3. Add the cubed cheese and the diced peppers. Stir so they are evenly distributed.
  4. Cover dough and let sit for at least four hours.
  5. When ready to bake place dutch oven with lid in the oven and preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  6. Dump dough out onto a well floured sheet of wax paper and form into a ball.
  7. When oven is up to temp remove dutch oven and spray well with cooking spray (bottom and sides) and add one teaspoon of olive oil.
  8. Pick up the sheet of wax paper with the dough and carefully slide it into the dutch oven.
  9. Drizzle last teaspoon of olive oil over the top.
  10. Place lid on oven and bake for 20 minutes covered.
  11. Remove lid and bake for 10 more minutes.

 

As always, I made this using gluten free ingredients. However, if you are not gluten free simply sub regular all purpose flour and regular beer! :)

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$250 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway! http://www.maebells.com/250-amazon-gift-card-giveaway/ http://www.maebells.com/250-amazon-gift-card-giveaway/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:01:28 +0000 http://www.maebells.com/?p=2158

Today I have a super cool surprise for you…A GIVEAWAY!!

Some of my blogger friends are celebrating anniversaries this month so in honor we are giving away a $250 Amazon gift card!

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Homemade Enchilada Sauce http://www.maebells.com/homemade-enchilada-sauce/ http://www.maebells.com/homemade-enchilada-sauce/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:00:23 +0000 http://www.maebells.com/?p=2104

Homemade Enchilada Sauce ...a super simple sauce from scratch, so much better than the canned stuff! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

Mexican food!
It is all I want. I tend to go overboard so generally whatever I am craving at the moment I go grocery shopping is what we have for an entire week. This week included nachos, tacos, enchiladas, and tex mex stuffed peppers. Ha!

Variety is not my middle name.

I love enchiladas and could eat them all the time, but I am kind of picky about my enchilada sauce. I want a thick full bodied sauce, not a thin sauce that obsorbs into the tortillas. I want to taste the chili powder and the cumin, and cilantro must be absolutely nowhere in sight.

Homemade Enchilada Sauce ...a super simple sauce from scratch, so much better than the canned stuff! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

And the enchilada filling? Pure and simple. Ground beef and sharp cheddar cheese. Oh yes. I might trash up and complicate all kinds of other recipes but my enchiladas are simple. Why mess with perfection?!

This sauce is such a cinch to throw together. Just tomato sauce, garlic and loads of spices. I just let it simmer on the stove to make sure all of the flavors meld together perfectly and voila, your done!

Homemade Enchilada Sauce ...a super simple sauce from scratch, so much better than the canned stuff! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

Homemade Enchilada Sauce
Prep time: 
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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder (ancho chili powder works well if you want more spice)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 15 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup water
Instructions
  1. Heat a small sauce pan to medium heat.
  2. Add olive oil and garlic, stirring for about 20 seconds until garlic is fragrant.
  3. Add the chili powder, cumin, oregano, onion powder, hot sauce, garlic salt, and salt, stirring mixture for about thirty seconds.
  4. Add the tomato sauce and water, stir well.
  5. Bring mixture to a light simmer, cover and reduce heat to low. Let mixture simmer 20 minutes.
  6. This makes enough for a 9x13 pan of enchiladas.

 

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Raspberry Red Wine Slushy with Chocolate Whipped Cream http://www.maebells.com/raspberry-red-wine-slushy-with-chocolate-whipped-cream/ http://www.maebells.com/raspberry-red-wine-slushy-with-chocolate-whipped-cream/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:09:11 +0000 http://www.maebells.com/?p=2138

I don’t know about you guys but it has been a week and a half around here. And it is Thursday…Thursday morning to be exact. How we will make it to Saturday I have no clue. I am thinking I might have something to ease the pain though.

Raspberry Red Wine Slushy with Chocolate Whipped Cream...the ULTIMATE girls night drink!! www.maebells.com

Slushy anyone?!

Raspberry Red Wine Slushy with Chocolate Whipped Cream...the ULTIMATE girls night drink!! www.maebells.com

Let’s face it. Drinks are way more fun with whipped cream.

Want to know what makes fun drinks even more fun? Chocolate whipped cream.

Want to know what makes it super fun? If it is a wine slushy topped with chocolate whipped cream.

Raspberry Red Wine Slushy with Chocolate Whipped Cream...the ULTIMATE girls night drink!! www.maebells.com

After I made the Mango Moscato Smoothies I was totally hooked on the idea of a wine slushy. I have never liked slushies before but I was fairly sure I could get on board with the idea of wine+fruit+ice in a nice, ice cold drink. After all, we still have two official weeks of summer left!

So I tried and failed at a red wine slushy several times. I tried strawberries, blueberries, a mixture of the two, and a couple different wines until I settled on a sweet red wine and frozen raspberries. Ah-mazing! Totally what I had been searching for, but something was missing. It needed a little extra oomph.

Raspberry Red Wine Slushy with Chocolate Whipped Cream...the ULTIMATE girls night drink!! www.maebells.com

When in doubt add whipped cream. Always, always add whipped cream.

So I beat some heavy whipping cream, sugar, and cocoa powder in the mixer, topped these babies off, and called it a day.

Perfection my friends. Complete and total perfection.

Raspberry Red Wine Slushy with Chocolate Whipped Cream...the ULTIMATE girls night drink!! www.maebells.com

What are you waiting for?! Drink up!

Raspberry Red Wine Slushy with Chocolate Whipped Cream
Recipe type: Drink
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • For the Slushy
  • 1 cup sweet red wine
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 1 cup ice
  • For the Chocolate Whipped Cream
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. To make the slushy blend the wine, frozen raspberries, and sugar (optional) for 30 seconds. Strain slushy mixture through a mesh strainer to remove any raspberry seeds. Place the strained slushy mixture back in the blender with one cup of ice. Blend 30 more seconds. Place mixture in freezer while you make the whipped cream.
  2. For the chocolate whipped cream: Beat the heavy cream, sugar and cocoa powder with an electric mixer for approximately 5 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
  3. To assemble, pour slushy into glasses and top with whipped cream.

 

 

 

 

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