Monthly Recipe Swap- Fillo Appetizers

This months recipe swap is here and Anjanette and I are here to share some appetizers that you can prepare for your Easter dinner.  Honestly, this recipe was a challenge because I read the ingredient list, but I didn’t READ the list.  Also, this was my first time using fillo cups and first time hearing of them.  When I went to get the ingredients I grabbed the first box I saw that said fillo.  Wasn’t aware that there was dough and cups.  I picked up the dough.  Don’t pick up the dough!  Step away from the dough! lol

 

Ingredients:

1 package Athens Mini Fillo Cups (Don’t be like me, get the cups and not the dough.)
1 1/2 – 2 cups chopped Spinach (the amount you use is your preference. If you want more cream cheese taste use less spinach, but if you
Cream Cheese (16 oz tub)
3 Slices Turkey Bacon (diced)
Garlic Salt
Onion Flakes (I used chopped scallions)
Roasted Red Peppers (This ingredient is for the second batch and I used red pepper flakes)

Directions:
In a hot skillet with a tsp of olive oil place in 3 slices of diced turkey bacon. Cook until crispy and add 1 1/2 cup of fresh chopped spinach. Next, add chopped scallions and sprinkle in garlic salt to taste. Stir until all the spinach has cooked down. Reduce heat and add a half tub of cream cheese, stir frequently until it’s soft and creamy.

Now, you remember what I said about making sure you get the fillo cups like Anjanette had listed in her recipe ingredients and not the dough that I picked up by mistake?

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Well, this stuff right here is no fun to work with. I had to go to bed after working with this. I followed the directions on the box and since the dough is thin like paper, you have to work fast. Sometimes, I don’t work so fast. When I read Anjanette’s directions on how to make these, pulled the rolls of dough out the box and noticed I picked up the wrong thing…I was overcome with buyers remorse. LOL The moral of the story is… read and re-read the ingredient list. I was tempted to run back to the store and get the fillo cups.

After your mixture is prepared spoon into fillo cups and bake for 10 minutes at 350. If you want it to be crispier you can bake the empty cups for 5 minutes then fill them. About 2 minutes before it was time to take them out, I topped them with some shredded cheese and allowed them to cook until the cheese melted.

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The second batch will consist of the same ingredients with the exception of the bacon and just add in the pepper flakes. To the second batch I also added some leftover chicken that I had from a previous dinner. I used about a half of a chicken breast diced into small to medium size pieces.

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The recipe options are endless with these appetizers! You can use this recipe and add any leftovers in your fridge so they won’t go to waste. Use your creativity and have fun.


Nicole

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Monthly Recipe Swap with Momma Young at Home: Chicken, Kale & Broccoli

 

 

I’m so excited to be teaming up with Anjanette from mommayoungathome.com on a Monthly Recipe Swap.  At the end of every month we’ll share the recipes we’ve swapped with each other.  As we get to enjoy one another’s good ole home cooked meals make sure you snatch up 1,2,3 or all of the recipes we share with you and link up your recipe below.

If you haven’t been over to mommayoungathome.com make sure you check out her lovely blog where she shares home, family, crafts an you guessed it FOOD!  If i’m not mistaking I met Anjanette a couple years ago through her blog and social media.  It usually takes me a minute to click with people, but with Anj it was instant.  She’s a wonderful wife, mom, blogger and one I can consider a blog friend.

Let’s get to the deliciousness!

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Let me first start off by saying that my first encounter with Kale wasn’t a good one.  I used it in a smoothie a couple summers ago and wasn’t impressed.  When Anj had it in her recipe I put aside all fears and was excited about trying it a different way.  This is what you’ll need for the recipe. At the end I added more kale, soy sauce, chicken broth and some cornstarch and water to thicken up my sauce.

Ingredients:
1 tbsp Oil (I used olive oil)
Recipe called for chicken cutlets I used 4-5 chicken breast and cut them in half.
1/2 Cup diced red pepper
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Salt
1/8 teaspoon Pepper
2 tbsp low salt soy sauce ( at the end I added more)
1 cup broccoli (cut small and lightly steamed)
4 kale leaves sliced ( I added more Kale later because it was too good)

 

Directions:
In oil brown chicken.

 

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before chicken is completely cooked add red pepper,  garlic salt, pepper, soy and simmer.

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Add Broccoli and cut Kale.

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Cover and let simmer for for 3 more minutes max.

Possible Suggestions.   Wisk a teaspoon of cornstarch to chicken stock and add to mixture for a thickening sauce.  Plate over rice or quinoa.

I did use Anj’s possible suggestions by adding chicken broth and the cornstarch.  What I did was add the rest of my kale (chopped) to the skillet, added more soy (be careful not to add too much) and in a separate bowl I mixed about 2-3 tablespoons of cornstarch, cold water and mixed it until smooth.

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Then pour it in skillet, stir and let simmer until the rest of the kale is tender.  I plated it over a bed of pasta.

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This was so delicious!!!! I’m so glad I gave kale another try and can’t wait to pick up more when I go to the grocery store.  It was so funny because while I was cooking the smell and aroma was so good.  Felt like I was in Anjanette’s kitchen. LOL

 

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Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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