Thursday, January 21, 2010

Give your measuring spoons a rest!

I was in the spice section of my grocery store and I saw....

Hmmmm, looks like McCormick's been busy making something new. What is THIS about?

It's pretty cool if you ask me.

You see the spices pre-divided in the bubble card. When you pull off the perforated recipe card on the back, you will have access to the spices (which are MARKED in case you are 'spice recognition deficient')

On the recipe card, it tells you the other things you need and the directions. So what is the gist here? Think of the millions of premade spice mixtures in a bottle....that you are supposed to sprinkle on your foods. Most people would use them to marinate or grill things and that's it. There is no real recipe to use those bottles of spices unless you are creative or visit their sites to look for suggestions.

The added bonus here is that IF you like the dish made, you get to keep the recipe card from the back and do it again with your own spices. Who doesn't have paprika, garlic, thyme, red pepper and black pepper? Great to send with your college student who perhaps doesn't have all those spices in jars but a kitchen to cook in!

Here's how the recipe went:

Spanish Chicken Skillet

2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. granulated garlic
red pepper flakes (add to your taste)
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. olive oil
1-1/2 lbs boneless chicken breasts (I used tenderloins)
1 red or green pepper (I used a whole bag of frozen pepper in red, green and yellow)
1 whole onion, chopped
14 oz can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup chicken broth

Mix seasoning in small bowl with flour and salt. Heat up skillet with olive oil. Sprinkle seasoning on chicken. You are not using it all up as I thought....

Cook chicken on each side for 3 minutes and set aside on a plate. Saute your onions and peppers until the start to soften, add your tomatoes and chicken broth, bring to a boil. Place chicken back in skillet with pepper mixture and simmer for 10 minutes.

You can serve over rice, with pasta or load up a tortilla and eat fajita style. This was pretty easy and perfectly seasoned. They have about 5 different flavors available (that I've seen so far) and I have one more to try. If it passes muster like this one did...perhaps you will see Quesadilla Casserole as a future post.

Look for it in your grocery and give it a try if you want to give your measuring spoons a much needed vacation!


1 comment:

Donna-FFW said...

That is too cool. I will have to look for them, were there many varities? McCormicks recipes, Ive tried some, have always worked well for me. This looks delicious!