Monday, July 18, 2011

Semi-Homemade w/Lacey J!

I would like to start this post by saying...I cooked, and it was edible! Score! There are so many delicious looking recipes on Pinterest, so Friday night I decided to attempt to whip up something for Nate & I. I picked the Bacon Chicken Alfredo...I mean...who doesn't love Alfredo...then add bacon...yummo! I didn't follow the recipe to a T...but it turned out should definitely try it!

You will need:
1 1/2 cups of Cooked diced or shredded Chicken breast (I like to use Rotisserie) - I did use a Rotisserie, and it tasted great!
1 cup of diced fried ham
1 cup crisp bacon for the sauce
1 cup of crumbled cooked bacon (for the top)
1 diced Roma Tomato (for the top or can mix in) - I mixed it in
5 to 6 stalks of cooked Asparagus for the top (optional) - Gag...I substituted for sauteed
1 cup grated Parmesan Cheese and additional for the top
Pasta of your choice
SAUCE:...Well; you see, this is where I went Semi-Homemade. I am no domestic I opted for pre-made Alfredo...and it tasted wonderful because I heated it, then added the bacon, ham, mushroom, and Parmesan. But if you're feeling frisky the Alfredo directions follow...
1 cup milk
1 cup chicken Broth
1 cup Whipping Cream
1 cup grated Cheddar Cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons flour
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
*Can add more seasoning to your taste
a few sprinkles of Red pepper flakes (opt)
1 Teaspoon white sugar
1/2 tsp. cracked black pepper
*Sometimes I also squeeze in 1 to 2 Tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice.
Fry bacon until crispy, place on Paper towels and set aside.  Fry pieces of Ham in a small amount of the bacon grease.  Sprinkle a tablespoon of Brown Sugar on top of the ham, and toss until the ham is golden and the Brown sugar has caramelized.  Chop or shred the Chicken Breasts, chop tomato, and chop tender cooked Asparagus. (If you don’t care for Asparagus, you could use Broccoli or any vegetable your family likes, or just leave it out entirely)
Over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter.  Add 2 tablespoons flour, seasonings, sugar and whisk together with the butter until bubbly.  Continue whisking, and slowly add the milk, cream and the chicken broth.  Whisk Constantly, so that you don’t get any lumps.  You want your sauce to be nice and smooth.  Keep whisking until the sauce has thickened.  Turn heat to low, and add the grated cheddar and Parmesan cheese.  Once melted and mixed thorougly, turn your heat to the lowest temperature. Add part of the crisp bacon, fried ham and chicken pieces to your sauce. Mix well and simmer covered over very low heat.  Prepare your pasta until al dente. Drain well. 
At this point I mixed the sauce with the pasta, then topped with Parmesan to serve...Yummo...if I do say so myself! 
So we will mark this one as a Pinterest cooking Success! 
Has anyone tried any recipes from Pinterest? How did it turn out?


Marie@PoutyPinkPrincess said...

This looks fabulous! I haven't tried any of my pinterest recipes yet...def need to after seeing this! Have a fab week! :)

Kyndall said...

IM SO PROUD :) prolly will make this soon!

Julianne said...

woohoo!! I am proud of you looks yummy to my tummy!!

Michelle said...

Sounds delish! Great semi-homemade touches you made :) XOXO

Liz said...

Hi Lacey!

You're my blog swap partner. Just wanted to let you know that I am shipping out your package tomorrow (sorry if I'm a bit late)!

Also, this pasta looks super delicious :)

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