Monday, March 31, 2008

Manic Monday - Pull

Happy Monday, everyone! This week’s Manic Monday word is Pull, and to be honest, I had a hard time thinking of one for pull. So, let’s get creative.

I think I’ve mentioned before that we really enjoy doing Let’s Dish! It’s one of those meal places where they have all the ingredients laid out for you. You just go in and put your meals together, then take them home and stick them in your freezer. This has been such a huge time saver and soooooo convenient, and we have been doing it once a month for over a year.

I received a horrible email from Let’s Dish this week that they were closing as of yesterday! Crap on a stick!!! This is so not cool! Yes, there are other meal places, but Let’s Dish was the cheapest and you got the most food. I am not happy. Plus, they had recipes that I absolutely loved!!!

Eric and I decided to make a list of our favorite Let’s Dish dishes. Then, I sat down and pulled from my memory as many of the ingredients and recipes that I could remember. So far, I have five dishes that I have made from memory and stuck in the freezer. We haven’t yet tried any of the dishes to see if they taste as good as they did when I made them at the store, but I am hopeful.

I made Garlic Cheddar Sliders, Calzones, Mozzarella-Stuffed Mini Meatloaves, Citrus Almond Tilapia, and Chicken Crostini – all from memory. This week, we will start pulling them out of the freezer for dinner, and I will let you know how they turned out.

Following is my Chicken Crostini recipe. Since it is pulled from my memory, I didn’t measure anything, I just kind of added stuff until it looked good. I loved this one when I made it at the store!

Chicken Crostini

1 loaf French bread or baguette

Olive oil
Black pepper
Garlic salt

Cooked, cubed chicken
Frozen red peppers
Shredded Italian cheese

* Slice baguette into about 12 thick slices.
* In small bowl, mix olive oil, pepper, garlic salt and basil.
* With a pastry brush, brush olive oil mixture on both sides of each slice of bread and place in baking pan. (I use two 9x13 pans, and place six slices in each.)
* Sprinkle cubed chicken on top of each slice of bread.
* Sprinkle a few frozen peppers over the chicken.
* Top each crostini with your desired amount of Italian cheese. (I love my cheese, so I use a lot.)
* Put lids on your pans and pop them in your freezer.

Baking instructions
Keep frozen until ready to bake. Preheat oven to 375. Pull the pan of crostinis out of your freezer or place the desired number of crostinis on a baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes until hot and bubbly and bottoms are browned. Enjoy!


Jamie said...

I'm so sorry one of your favorite places is closing, but at least I got to pull a new recipe from your site.

Ivanhoe said...

I have never heard of this store. Your recipe sound delicious. Happy MM!

Nancy Lindquist-Liedel said...

Could you e-mail the owners and ask for the recipes? Maybe you could get the ingredients and have a once a month party at your house where people bring some of the ingredients and you all put meals together? Sort of like a potluck with take home food.

sweetflutterbys3 said...

Good memory! I couldn't have done that on a bet for one recipe, let alone five. Chicken Crostini sounds like a must try. Sorry about your store, though.

onangelwings said...

Yummy, that sounds like heaven right about now..

Mo said...

I was going to say what Nancy did - can you ask them for the recipes?

I was also gonna say, "Hey Neila, watch me pull a rabbit outta my..."
Just to hear you say, "Again???"

Crazy Working Mom said...

I wish there was a place like that near here (where I live). I think it'd be cool to do it. It sucks that it closed down. :(

the teach said...

That Chicken Crostini recipe sound dee-lish! I'm gonna try it! :)