Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

This is by far my favorite dish to make when we have guest. It’s always delicious, and I have yet to find a friend that didn’t like it. The best part – its so easy to make! Its marinated chicken stuffed with cream cheese and jalapenos, and wrapped in bacon. I’ve heard it called a number of things, and seen a variety of recipe variations. I’m not even sure where my mom got the original recipe. 
  • Block of Cream Cheese
  • Chicken Breast
  • Jalapenos diced (I prefer diced, but you can use slices)
  • Zesty Italian Dressing
  • Bacon
  • Toothpicks
  1. Marinate chicken in Italian dressing for at least one hour, or overnight.
  2. Lay chicken breast flat, cut a slice down center.
  3. Stuff with cream cheese (1/8 of block or more, depending on your love of cheese)
  4. Sprinkle on some jalapeno slices
  5. Roll the chicken
  6. Wrap 1-2 pieces of bacon around chicken
  7. Stick a toothpick (or two) through it.
  8. Bake 350 until done (approx 45min). OR grill
The bigger the breast, the longer they take. You can pound them down thinner. Or slice them in half. If they are sliced in half, you do not need to cut the slit in the center to stuff them.

Not a fan of jalapenos? Leave them out, eat around them, or use a flavored cream cheese (chive & onion anyone?). Don’t have cream cheese on hand – replace it with pepper jack. You can also substitute the Italian dressing with a cilantro lime or some other variety. Use your imagination. 

Pulled Pork Philly Cheesesteak

[This is a continuation of my last post, describing how a family of three managed to eat an entire 8lb pork roast. Read the first post here]

One of the new recipes I tried with pulled pork, was a pulled pork philly cheese steak. This recipe was a total win. I used this recipe, from Simply Gloria. It was so good, this is the only picture I got. We ate them as soon as it came out of the oven!

The only change I made was that I used a bag of frozen peppers and onions. I always have a bag of those in my freezer. It’s great for many dishes, including fajitas and sausage and peppers. Usually, I have quite a few bags of frozen veggies in the freezer. Frozen veggies are often cheaper then fresh, you can coupon for them, they are picked at their peak and frozen quickly, making them just as nutritious as the “fresh” options and most importantly, they keep! Want to know more about the health & safety of frozen veggies? Here’s an article or two.