Pinterest Recipes Accomplished Part IV

27 September 2012

We have reached the end of the line for Pinterest recipes that we have tried, but I saved the best for last.  I hope that I haven't bored you to tears.  When I look back through these dishes, I get inspired to keep experimenting in the kitchen.  We will be back to less food oriented posts in the near future, but for now...we are onto the meals!
Here we go...


Including main dishes and sides.
Chicken Tamale Pie, does have chicken, but is neither a tamale nor pie.  Tamales are just about my favorite food ever (if done right).  And this cornbread-ish base for pie is very moist and is a cross between the texture of cornbread and the tamale masa.  The flavor is robust, in the good way, and it does not last in our house.  It is easy to whip together and a warm hearty meal to mix up the Mexican flavors a bit.
Garlic? Yes. Shrimp? Yes. Need more?  Okay, how about that it is super quick, the breadcrumbs are that perfect crunchy topping that take it to the next level of company appropriate, and not just naked pink shrimp.  The garlic is so flavorful, and the shrimp are buttery and perfect.
I originally thought this Chicken Broccoli Cheddar Casserole had rice in it, which it doesn't.  I just cooked rice on the side to serve this over though, and the whole meal was fantastic.  The crunch from the panko topping was perfect and it was not too cheesy, but still very flavorful.  Not healthy, but delicious comfort food.
Grilled Three-Cheese Potatoes are worth the try.  I don't think we had all three of the correct cheeses, but they were still great.  And I never thought of cooking potatoes on the grill like this before.  It was very greasy though, so we might try a less cheesy version next time.  And adding some garlic and herbs.
I know this one is neither a meal or a side dish, but it is heaven in a bowl.  For some reason, you can only find this creamy green salsa in Houston Mexican restaurants.  It is a shame, because it is such a cool and clean salsa that goes great with everything.  You do have to boil the tomatillos for five minutes, but other than that, you toss everything in the blender and grab the chips.
This Sweet and Sour Chicken was just as delicious as they say.  I will add that there did seem to be a lot of steps involved, even though it did go fast.  It is still more of a weekend meal for us though since it creates extra dishes to clean with the extra prep.  The sauce was fantastic, and the whole dish was worth making again.
To be honest, we didn't make these Brussel Sprouts.  We didn't have the cranberries, or the balsamic, but we used the roasting technique and drizzled a little honey over the top.  I love them cooked this way.  We love cabbage and brussel sprouts in this house, so I am sorry if you are turning up your nose at this.  But they are really so good that they are worth a try even if you *think* you don't like brussel sprouts.
This Cabbage Sausage Soup puts me in the mood for St. Patrick's Day.  We eat it the entire year round, but something about cooked cabbage brings out the Irish in me.  This soup is soooo fast.  And I know that cabbage isn't every one's forte, but if you like cabbage, you will love this soup.  Creamy, and comforting.
Mmmmm.  This Beef and Broccoli makes me rethink the idea that all Chinese food is hard and involved.  It cooks up so quickly that you have to start your rice ten minutes before you start the main dish.  It has that rich beefy flavor, and the sauce is sweet and savory at the same time, and the broccoli is cooked for just the right amount of time.  We love this one.
Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta just sounds wonderful, doesn't it?  It was.  Although we made it on a night that required expediency, more than accuracy in recipes, and I read in the comments that someone used jarred alfredo sauce and they loved it.  Being in a hurry I deferred to the jar, and it was great.  Would it have been better with the real deal, probably.  But it is a good side dish to add to fill out a meal.
This Corn Casserole is one of those dishes that takes you back to holidays and potlucks gone by.  It is not fancy, it is easy to throw together, and it is good.  Not healthy in the slightest, but good memories are worth a few calories.
We have all seen these on Pinterest, right?  Here is the deal.  They are all kinds of delicious.  But eat them when someone else makes them for you, because the amount of butter in them will give you a heart attack at the thought of it.  We made them for a Christmas get-together (finger food type of gathering), and they were a hit (despite my burning caramelizing the bottom buns).  We tried a turkey version, too, which was also well liked.  The butter/onion/mustard sauce that you slather on them (inside and out), really makes them spectacular, but again with the heart attacks.
This was our kitchen sink lunch one weekend, and it was fantastic.  We tossed in every veggie we had in the house, and gobbled this up like there was no tomorrow.  My fired rice always turns out way darker than the recipe pictures though, and I don't know why.  I use the correct amount of soy sauce.  Who knows.  It was fabulous, and I pretend a little healthy because of all the veggie we added.
Are you hungry yet?  I am now starving!
I want to make these all again, but there are so many other recipes that I can't wait to try from my pin boards, too.
I will say, that in retrospect, it is probably not good to be eating this stuff every day.  Of course the most attractive recipes online are always loaded with the sugar, fat, and salt trinity that makes everything so delicious, and so lethal.  I don't want to leave you with the impression that every meal in our house starts with a stick of butter and ends with a sugary dessert.  But as a treat, those are some good meals, aren't they!
What have you tried from your pin boards?  Spill the goods!

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