Jackie Alpers

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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner - Recipes - Jackie Alpers

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner - Recipes - Jackie Alpers

Tags: Meal, Chicken, Meat

Apparently, in the olden days, every casino in Las Vegas offered a $1.79 chicken dinner. If you won a $2.00 bet, you'd have enough money to buy one, so the dealer would shout, "Winner, winner chicken dinner ". Chicken is still pretty cheap, so you, dear reader, can be a winner every time you make one of these recipes.

Italian Style Grilled Chicken with Parmesan and Sun-dried Tomatoes - Recipes - Jackie Alpers

Italian Style Grilled Chicken with Parmesan and Sun-dried Tomatoes - Recipes - Jackie Alpers

This is a healthy and extremely flavorful way to dress up boneless skinless chicken breasts. Adding just a small amount of butter on top, and using grated parmesan for a garnish, keeps the fat and calories down.Don't skip the anchovy paste. It may seem like a weird ingredient, but it adds a lot of flavor. Also, don't be alarmed, the lemon juice will appear to cook the chicken a bit, turning it white in the marinating bag.

Red Wine Sausages With Creamy, Cheesy Noodles - Recipes - Jackie Alpers

Red Wine Sausages With Creamy, Cheesy Noodles - Recipes - Jackie Alpers

Recipe for red wine soaked sausages in creamy, cheesy pasta, using either plant-based or meat sausages and egg noodles.

How to Cover Easter Eggs in Sprinkles! - Recipes - Jackie Alpers

How to Cover Easter Eggs in Sprinkles! - Recipes - Jackie Alpers

Tags: Meal, Meat, Egg, Easter, Easy

I made fancy sprinkles covered Easter eggs, and you can too. It's easy! Learn how in my latest article for the Food Network.

The Meatiest Vegetarian Chili Ever!

The Meatiest Vegetarian Chili Ever!

Old West style Vegetarian chili made with plant-based beef, and black beans. Served with vegan shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream. The Old West style beef and bean chili that I make here in Arizona is more-similar-than-not to what I grew up cooking in Ohio. These days, I know a lot more about the chiles and spices I use as ingredients, and the recipe I make now is almost entirely plant-based.

ONE POT ARROZ CON POLLO

ONE POT ARROZ CON POLLO

When I asked locals which Tucson centric recipes they would most like to see included in my cookbook quite a few people mentioned arroz con pollo and I’ve always found chicken and rice to be a comforting combo. This is a great make ahead recipe for workday lunches. At first glance  salsa de chile fresco may look like pureed tomato sauce but it’s got a medium spicy kick of heat that will convince you otherwise.

Quick & Easy Sonoran Style Chicken Tortilla Soup

Quick & Easy Sonoran Style Chicken Tortilla Soup

This Sonoran version of tortilla soup features crushed tortilla chips and melted cheese anchored in a clear broth that is seasoned with garlic, green chiles and Mexican oregano. I use shredded roasted or rotisserie chicken so that it’s ready in about 30 minutes. If you can’t find RO-TEL in your neck of the woods, you can substitute it with 1 cup diced tomatoes and 1/4 cup canned diced green chiles.

Spicy Thai-Mex Slaw

Spicy Thai-Mex Slaw

This crunchy, salty, and spicy coleslaw is an excellent companion to Sonoran style dishes. Serve this spicy slaw alongside burros and enchiladas or layered in a sandwich like the Pork Torta from my Taste of Tucson cookbook. It's inspired by my very favorite Thai dish, Som Tum (green papaya salad). The Thai fish sauce gives this slaw a burst of umami flavor, but you could always just use a bit more salt if you want to keep it vegan.

Vegan Chile Colorado Tostadas With Crispy Tofu

Vegan Chile Colorado Tostadas With Crispy Tofu

I replaced the beef with crispy tofu, which adds just the right amount of heft and bite, and served it on crunchy baked tostada shells topped with Queso Fresco, scallions, radish and sliced pimento-stuffed olives..  This recipe was vegan-ized from the beef version published in my cookbook, Taste of Tucson.

Molletes

Molletes

Molletes beat avocado toast any day! These open-faced breakfast sandwiches are made by slathering refried beans onto toasted bolillo rolls and then heaping avocado slices, a fried egg, hot sauce, and lots of cheese on top.  If you can't find bolillos at your local bakery, use a sweet French roll instead.

Chorizo, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Taco

Chorizo, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Taco

A quick and easy Tucson Sonoran breakfast taco with a crispy egg fried in chorizo then folded with cheese into a tortilla. I ate this as a makeshift breakfast every day for weeks while writing the Taste of Tucson cookbook. The fat from the tablespoon of chorizo makes the egg really crispy and adds a lot of flavor without too many extra calories. I fry up a batch of chorizo in advance and store it in the fridge, where it becomes solid, until I scoop it out, and heat it up.

Beef Patty Tacos

Beef Patty Tacos

This recipe is per taco.

Chicken Mole Amarillo

Chicken Mole Amarillo

This version is the personal creation of Chef Suzana Davila of Tucson's Cafe Poca Cosa/ The Little One, who specializes in these complex sauces. Serve this dish with tortillas and a pretty, salad, as Suzana would. 

Sonoran Style Grilled Chicken

Sonoran Style Grilled Chicken

There are Southwestern regional influences that vary from New Mexico to Arizona, Texas, and Southern California. Here in Tucson, our regional cuisine is defined by fresh veggies, grilled meats and all of the delicacies that a mid-sized, sunshine filled desert city/college town, 60 miles from Mexico, has to offer. It's summertime eating all year round.For my Tucson style grilled chicken I used sweet Hungarian smoked paprika mixed with hot New Mexico chili pepper, some ground unsweetened chocolate (inspired by molés), and a good California red wine blend. For me, healthy chicken is based on happy chickens. Look for free range, organic chickens who were raised without added hormones.

Skillet Stuffing Shakshuka

Skillet Stuffing Shakshuka

Recipe for Skillet Stuffing Shakshuka made with leftover stuffing and eggs in a smoky, tomato based sauce.

Creepy Spaghetti Carbonara with Fungi (Mushrooms)

Creepy Spaghetti Carbonara with Fungi (Mushrooms)

To help us carbo-load for the long trek through the neighborhood, my mother would prepare her standard pre-trick-or-treat meal of Kraft's boxed spaghetti dinner. We loved it. This recipe is almost as easy to throw together before going out. It's also quite a bit spookier looking, yet elegant enough to serve at a Halloween themed adult dinner party. Try challenging kids who think "weird "mushrooms and black pasta are too creepy to eat to a fun Halloween dinner game where they have to try it anyway. I'm betting that this spooky Carbonara, (or "Bacon and Egg & Cheese Pasta" as I like to refer to it), is sure to be a hit. For the black pasta I used Asian Organic Black Bean Spaghetti, which I found at my local market. It is considerably less expensive than the traditional black squid ink pasta, plus it's gluten free, with only 17 carbs per serving, making it a nice counter-balance to all of the sugar you'll probably be eating later on. 

Buffalo Chicken Rumaki Bites

Buffalo Chicken Rumaki Bites

Whatever happened to Rumaki, that vaguely Polynesian appetizer that they used to serve at tiki themed parties in the 70s? Maybe making buffalo-style rumaki will help modernize them a bit and bring them back into the public lexicon? Let's all try serving this recipe at our next soiree and see what happens. Note: If you want to serve extra wing sauce on the side, prepare an additional batch of sauce as directed omitting the egg yolk.

The Mexican Street Corn Hot Dog

The Mexican Street Corn Hot Dog

Inspired by Mexican Street Corn, the Elote Dog is a whole beef jumbo hot dog is topped with roasted corn, mayo, lime and spices and served in a top-cut, whole grain bolillo roll.

Power Breakfast Bowl With Green Quinoa, Tepary Beans, Avocado and Egg

Power Breakfast Bowl With Green Quinoa, Tepary Beans, Avocado and Egg

Start your day with this Tucson Sonoran style power breakfast. It's vegetarian yet high in protein, complex carbs and healthy fats.

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