May 27 2010

bacon water chestnuts

Every time I take these tasty crowed pleasing appetizers to a party…they are gone within the first half hour of the party.

1 can of whole water chestnuts
1 package of bacon, each strip cut into thirds
½ cup ketchup
½ cup white sugar

Cut each water chestnut in half and wrap with 1/3 piece strip of bacon. Secure with a toothpick.

Bake wrapped chestnut on a shallow cookie sheet for 35 minutes at 350. After 35 minutes, drain the grease from the pan.

Combine sugar and catsup in a bowl and pour over the chestnuts to coat evenly. Lower the over temperature to 300 and return chestnuts to the oven. Continue to bake for another 30-45 minutes.

Mar 21 2010

whoo-hoo chicken

6 chicken breasts
1 cup of ranch dressing
2 cups of Pepperidge Farms stuffing (I substituted Panko crumbs)
6 slices of bacon

Preheat oven to 375.

Marinate chicken breasts in ranch dressing.  Dip the ranch coated chicken breasts in the stuffing mixture and cover completely.  Arrange the chicken in a glass-baking dish.  Top each chicken breast with one slice of uncooked bacon.

Bake for 45 minutes.

My friend, Amber Wooten, and I spent a week together with our children at my sister-in-laws beach house in Duck, NC.  We split the task of preparing meals by having each of us cook dinner for everyone (5 kids and 2 adults) every other day.  The goal was for fast, easy, and relatively healthy meals that everyone would enjoy eating.  Amber’s chicken recipe has since become an easy go-to dish in my household.   You too will cheer “whoo-hoo” when the picky eaters in your family ask for more!