Category: Sauces and Dressings

Cilantro-Lime Enchilada Sauce

This delicious homemade cilantro lime enchilada sauce can be used for enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas, etc. Canning instructions are included.This delicious green enchilada sauce features the Southwest flavors of tomatillos, cilantro, and lime, and can be used for enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas, etc.

After a 5 day visit to Southern California to see my family, I’m glad to be back home in the great Pacific Northwest. Today I want to share the recipe for a fantastic tasting Cilantro-Lime Enchilada Sauce that I made (and canned) back in July.

I’ve included instructions for canning this (optional), but you don’t have to do that to enjoy this delicious sauce on some enchiladas, or even to use as a taco sauce. It’s really good, very easy to prepare, and makes 3 pints of delicious enchilada sauce!

This Recipe Uses Tomatillos – So What Is A Tomatillo?

I had never cooked with tomatillos before making this green sauce, but found them very easy to work with.  A tomatillo is also known as a Mexican Husk Tomato, due to the paper-like husk that surrounds it.

This fruit/vegetable originated in Mexico, and is a key ingredient in Mexican and Central American green sauces.

Cilantro Lime Enchilada Sauce Is A Green Sauce!

When I make homemade enchiladas or order them at our favorite Mexican restaurant, I always go with a traditional red sauce, BUT I decided to branch out a bit and make this recipe for a green enchilada sauce.  The original recipe was from Pam at “Over The Big Moon.com”.

Do I Have To CAN This Cilantro Lime Enchilada Sauce?

No! Absolutely NOT! The recipe does NOT have to be canned, but I canned it (water-bath canning and recipe makes 3 pints), so I could have some in our pantry for “later”. Further down in this post, you can see how to store it, if not canning it!

I used the first batch of this sauce to make some Pork Enchiladas With Cilantro Lime Sauce, and whoa… they were amazingly DELICIOUS!

Chicken enchiladas with cilantro lime enchilada sauceThe sauce was very easy to prepare, and I absolutely will make it again, so I can have more in our pantry!  Here’s how I made it:

How To Make Cilantro Lime Enchilada Sauce

Rinse, peel and de-stem the tomatillos, then cut each tomatillo in quarters (6 cups total).

Tomatillos are used to make cilantro lime enchilada sauce.
Place the tomatillos into a large stockpot,, and add the chopped onion, minced garlic, and chopped jalapeno peppers.

Cooking tomatillos, onions, jalapenos for sauce
Drizzle everything in the pot with olive oil. Cook the tomatillos on medium-high heat for a few minutes. While the tomatillos and other veggies are cooking, chop up the fresh cilantro.

Chopped cilantro for adding to cilantro lime sauce
After the tomatillo mixture has cooked for a few minutes, add the water, chopped cilantro, cumin, and salt to the pan.

Place a lid on the pot and turn the heat to low temperature. Cook on low for about 10-12 minutes.

Cilantro, water, and spices added to sauce in pan
Once the tomatillos are pretty soft, use an immersion blender to completely puree everything into a smooth sauce.

NOTE: If you do not have an immersion blender (mine was a gift!), put everything into a blender or a food processor and blend until smooth (might have to do it in batches).

Using immersion blender to puree tomatillos in enchilada sauce
Once the sauce is smooth, add the lime juice to the mixture and mix well, to combine.

What If I Am NOT Going To CAN The Cilantro Lime Enchilada Sauce?

At this point if you are NOT going to can it, you can use some right away, to make enchiladas!  Make sure to keep the leftover sauce covered and refrigerated.

Can I FREEZE Cilantro Enchilada Sauce?

Yes, you can freeze the sauce. It will keep in the freezer for 2-3 months. You will need to store the sauce in air-tight containers or freezer bags in the freezer.

Cilantro lime enchilada sauce has been blended

How Do I CAN The Cilantro Lime Enchilada Sauce?

**If you are going to can the enchilada sauce, you will need to add the hot enchilada sauce into your clean, hot canning jars (that have been prepped according to USDA safe canning guidelines).

YOU WILL ALSO NEED TO ADD ADDITIONAL LIME JUICE TO EACH JAR BEFORE PROCESSING (SEE RECIPE BELOW).

Fill the jars leaving 1/2 ” headspace, remove air bubbles, adjust headspace, if necessary. Wipe rims, then apply 2 piece canning lids that have been prepped according to safe canning guidelines.

Process in boiling water in waterbath canner for 40 minutes, following published canning guidelines**.

Jars of cilantro lime sauce in water bath canner

Cilantro Lime Enchilada Sauce, canned and ready to use or store in pantry!
Hope you will give this recipe a try! The cilantro-lime enchilada sauce is delicious and fresh tasting!

Update (2019): This recipe for cilantro lime enchilada sauce continues to be used, over and over. I’ve made this enchilada sauce at least 5 times now, and it is fantastic!

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Cilantro-Lime Enchilada Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Canning Time
40 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
This delicious green enchilada sauce features the Southwest flavors of tomatillos, cilantro, and lime, and can be used for enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas, etc.
Category: Condiment
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cilantro lime enchilada sauce
Servings: 3 pints
Calories Per Serving: 163 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 6 cups tomatillos , husks removed and quartered
  • 1/2 cup brown onion , chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic (sliced thinly, or use equivalent of minced garlic)
  • 2 medium jalapeno peppers , finely chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons cilantro , chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 additional fresh limes (to use only if you are canning this recipe)
Instructions
  1. Remove husks from tomatillos; rinse tomatillos, then cut into quarters. Place into large saute pan or stockpot, along with the garlic and chopped jalapenos, then drizzle all with a bit of olive oil.
  2. Cook the veggies on medium high heat for 4-5 minutes. Add the water, cilantro, cumin and salt to the pan. Put a lid on the pan; continue to simmer the veggies on low for about 10 minutes or so, until the tomatillos have softened.

  3. Once tomatillos have softened, use an immersion blender to blend ingredients until you have a smooth sauce. May also put the hot ingredients into a blender or a food processor (in batches), and process until smooth.
  4. Once sauce is smooth, stir in 1/4 cup of fresh lime juice to combine. If you are NOT canning the sauce, it is now ready to use.
  5. IF YOU ARE GOING TO CAN THE SAUCE: Pour the hot enchilada sauce into clean, hot canning jars. Squeeze the juice from 1/2 a lime into each jar - DO NOT FORGET TO ADD THE EXTRA LIME JUICE TO JAR, SINCE THIS ADDS THE EXTRA ACIDITY NECESSARY FOR LONG TERM STORAGE. Leave 1/2" headspace in each jar. Remove air bubbles, wipe rim of jar with clean cloth, then attach prepared heated jar lid (again, per guidelines) and jar ring. Please follow USDA canning guidelines if you are not familiar with the canning process. Process in a water bath canner for 40 minutes. When done, remove jars to a kitchen towel (do not sit right on counter), and let jars completely cool. Once you have ensured they have sealed correctly, they may be stored in pantry.
Recipe Notes

**The cooking time listed is for making the sauce. If you will be canning the sauce, and additional 40 minutes of processing time will be necessary.

Nutrition Facts
Cilantro-Lime Enchilada Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 Pint Jar)
Calories 163 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1169mg51%
Potassium 850mg24%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 450IU9%
Vitamin C 63.9mg77%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Easy Spaghetti Sauce With Italian Sausage

Spaghetti Sauce with Italian Sausage is a delicious, quick and easy meal to make, with tomatoes, sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, and Italian spices. Spaghetti Sauce with Italian Sausage is a delicious, quick and easy meal to make, with tomatoes, sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, and Italian spices.

When I make spaghetti sauce, I typically cook the sauce for several hours. However, sometimes I don’t have time to spare, so I make this EASY and quick spaghetti sauce.

The sauce is is flavored with Italian sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, and lots of spices. It’s delicious and filling, especially on a “cool weather” kind of day, like today in the Pacific Northwest.

I grew up eating my Mom’s spaghetti sauce, which she cooked with ground beef in the sauce. While that is good, my husband and I prefer the taste of Italian sausage in our sauce. I’ve been making it this way for YEARS! If you’ve never made sauce with Italian sausage, I hope you will consider it.

The spaghetti sauce only takes about 10 minutes of prep work, then the rest of the time (30 minutes) is inactive “simmering” time. Not too much time to invest, and the results are wonderful!

I like to make extra spaghetti sauce to freeze for another day! The recipe serves 4-6 depending on serving size. Even if you can’t use that many servings in a single meal, it’s nice to have extra sauce available, for other meals).

How To Make Spaghetti Sauce With Italian Sausage

Start the party off by sautéing Italian sausage (which has been removed from the casing) with chopped onion. The meat and onions are cooked on medium heat in a large skillet.

Cooking Italian sausage and onions in skillet for spaghetti sauce.

Add chopped green pepper, and continue cooking until the Italian sausage is fully cooked.

Chopped green peppers are added to sausage, and onions for spaghetti sauce.

Drain the grease from the skillet, then add tomato paste, a large can of diced tomatoes, and water. Sometimes I add in 1/2 cup red wine, if I have an open bottle (optional, though).

Tomato paste, diced tomatoes and water are added to skillet with spaghetti sauce.
Next add the spices (oregano, basil, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt & pepper). Stir the spaghetti sauce well, to combine.

Dried Italian spices are added to skillet to season spaghetti sauce.

Add mushrooms. I used some of my dehydrated mushrooms (they ARE kind of handy to have around and re-hydrate wonderfully in the sauce).

Of course, you can use the same amount of fresh, sliced mushrooms. If you don’t like mushrooms, just leave ’em out!

Mushrooms (dehydrated or fresh) are added to spaghetti sauce.
Bring the spaghetti sauce to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook for about 30 minutes or so. The sauce will reduce a bit, and all those yummy flavors will permeate the sauce.

While the sauce is cooking, cook the spaghetti noodles (or any other pasta).

Drain the cooked pasta, then place the spaghetti noodles onto individual serving plates. Top pasta with a ladle of this yummy spaghetti sauce, then garnish with grated Parmesan cheese.

Easy Spaghetti Sauce With Italian Sausage is served on top of pasta!
That’s it! It’s such an inexpensive and delicious hearty meal, with an amazing tasting Italian spaghetti sauce!

If you enjoy pasta dishes, be sure to check out my other pasta recipes. These include Easy Meatballs For Spaghetti, Fresh Tomato, Bacon and Onion Fettucine, Pasta, Ham and Gruyere Casserole, and Ravioli with Mushrooms and Snap Peas.

You can find many other pasta recipes in my Recipe Index at the top of each post. Have a great day, and Buon Appetito (Italian, for “enjoy your meal!)!

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Easy Spaghetti Sauce With Italian Sausage
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Spaghetti Sauce with Italian Sausage is a delicious, quick and easy meal to make, with tomatoes, sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, and Italian spices.
Category: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: spaghetti sauce
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 278 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 3 Italian sausage links (mild or hot), casings removed.
  • 3/4 cup chopped brown onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
  • 1 large can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water (or substitute 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup red wine, if desired)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano (dried)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil (dried)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (dried)
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • Grated Parmesan cheese , for garnish (if desired)
Instructions
  1. Remove casing from sausage links by cutting with a knife down the length of the link, and removing the sausage. Discard the casing. Crumble the sausage into a large skillet.
  2. Sauté the sausage and chopped onion on medium heat. Add the green pepper; cook until sausage is fully cooked. Drain the grease out of the pan (discard), and return skillet to stovetop.
  3. Add tomato paste, can of diced tomatoes (including juice), and water to skillet. Add oregano, Italian seasoning, basil, garlic powder, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Add sliced mushrooms. Stir all ingredients well, to combine.

  4. Bring sauce to a boil, then reduce heat to low and continue to cook for about 30 minutes. The sauce will reduce down a bit, and the flavors will permeate the sauce. Taste test the sauce and add additional salt or spices as desired.
  5. While sauce is cooking, prepare the pasta of your choice according to package directions. Drain pasta, then serve with spaghetti sauce ladled over the top. Garnish with Parmesan cheese, if desired, and serve HOT!

Recipe Notes

Caloric calculation does not include pasta of your choice. It also does not include optional Parmesan cheese topping (optional).

Nutrition Facts
Easy Spaghetti Sauce With Italian Sausage
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 278 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 1199mg52%
Potassium 950mg27%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 780IU16%
Vitamin C 28.1mg34%
Calcium 83mg8%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Homemade Bleu Cheese Dressing

Make delicious, thick and creamy bleu cheese salad dressing from scratch, with only a few ingredients! This is a Morton’s Steakhouse copycat recipe, and it tastes GREAT.Make delicious, thick and creamy bleu cheese salad dressing from scratch, with only a few ingredients! This is a Morton's Steakhouse copycat recipe.

Do you like Bleu Cheese Dressing? We sure do. A couple of months ago I made this recipe for the very first time. It was so simple to make… and tasted terrific, so I thought I would share the “how to’s” with you today!

Not sure about you, but I’m always glad to be able to make something delicious from scratch, and not be dependent on “having” to go to the store to buy a pre-processed item. I really do like knowing what is in my salad dressing, for example.

Recently I made bleu cheese dressing from scratch, and used it to top a BLT Wedge Salad that I made for my husband and myself. It was FANTASTIC, and I mean the dressing AND the salad!

Make The Salad Dressing Ahead Of Time!

You will need to make up this salad dressing a few hours before you want to serve it, so the flavors have time to fully develop in the refrigerator. The BLT Wedge Salad was so good (and so was this dressing), we actually had it a couple nights in a row.

I then used the dressing for several other mixed green salads in the coming week, so this one batch totally “went the distance” for us! If you like bleu cheese dressing like we do (I think LOVE is a better word here), then you’ll enjoy this simple recipe.

How To Make Bleu Cheese Dressing

In a medium sized-bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, and seasoning salt. Season this mixture with salt and pepper.

the ingredients for bleu cheese salad dressing are placed into a medium blue bowl.
After you whisk the ingredients for bleu cheese dressing together, it will look like this. See how easy it is so far to make homemade salad dressing?

Ingredients for bleu cheese dressing are whisked together in blue bowl.
Now it is time to add in the GOOD stuff! Gently fold in the bleu cheese crumbles, and stir to combine.

You’re gonna want nice little pieces of bleu cheese to stay intact in the bleu cheese dressing, so don’t completely obliterate them. Be gentle. Thank You.

Bleu cheese crumbles are added to the homemade salad dressing in bowl.
Cover the bleu cheese dressing with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for a few hours, so the flavors can have time to mingle, and fully develop. BOOM! You just made this salad dressing!

To Serve Bleu Cheese Dressing Once Chilled

Once the bleu cheese salad dressing is very cold, transfer it to an empty bottle (for easy pouring). When you’re ready to serve, pour over the green salad of your choice, and enjoy!

We really enjoyed this bleu cheese dressing on my homemade wedge salad! Boy, oh boy… was it GOOD! This salad dressing will taste wonderful on any type of mixed green salad!

Homemade bleu cheese dressing is drizzled on on a BLT Wedge Salad.

Really do hope you will consider trying this EASY recipe! You may never want to purchase store-bought again! Have a wonderful day!

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Recipe Source: http://pattycakescooking.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/mortons-steak-house-iceberg-blue-cheese.html

Homemade Bleu Cheese Dressing
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
Make delicious, thick and creamy bleu cheese salad dressing from scratch, with only a few ingredients! This is a Morton's Steakhouse copycat recipe.
Category: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bleu cheese dressing
Servings: 24 servings (1.5 cups-approx. 1 Tablespoon each)
Calories Per Serving: 74 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup real mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream + 1 Tablespoon
  • 2 Tablespoons buttermilk (more if needed, for desired consistency)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bleu cheese
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, and seasoning salt.
  2. Season the dressing with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Gently fold in the bleu cheese crumbles; stir to combine (leaving the crumbles intact).
  4. If you prefer a thinner dressing, add a bit more buttermilk, then stir to combine.
  5. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Refrigerate dressing for several hours before serving, to allow the flavors to fully develop.
  6. Serve over your favorite green salad... and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Bleu Cheese Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
Calories 74 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 124mg5%
Potassium 10mg0%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Calcium 17mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Citrus Vinaigrette

It’s easy to make this delicious citrus vinaigrette in under 5 minutes! It’s a wonderful dressing you’ll enjoy on your mixed green salads!
It's easy to make this delicious citrus vinaigrette in under 5 minutes! It's a wonderful dressing you'll enjoy on your mixed green salads!
If you’re looking for a delicious, light and ridiculously EASY Vinaigrette, bursting with citrus flavor, then may I suggest this Citrus Vinaigrette? I made this easy salad dressing from scratch, to use on a mixed green salad I made last year. It’s so easy to make, and has a light, refreshing citrus flavor that paired well with the salad.

How To Make Citrus Vinaigrette

To make the vinaigrette, whisk olive oil, fresh squeezed orange juice, white wine vinegar, garlic powder, orange zest, salt and pepper in a small bowl until fully combined.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate the dressing for a couple hours to let the flavors fully develop. Once that is done, simply serve the citrus vinaigrette with a great tasting mixed green salad. See how EASY it is to make this salad dressing?

Maybe you would like to try my recipe for Spring Greens with Citrus Vinaigrette. The salad features fresh orange slices, feta cheese, roasted almonds, cranberries, and red onions. The pairing of the salad with this citrus vinaigrette is lovely,

The citrus vinaigrette is so easy to make, in under 5 minutes!
Sure hope you will try making this citrus vinaigrette salad dressing.  It’s a great dressing – using fresh ingredients, and without all the chemicals and shelf-stabilizers typically found in processed salad dressings. I think you will really like this!

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Author's signatureRecipe Adapted From: Kristin Bataille, Taste of Home Magazine, Feb./March 2012 Issue

Citrus Vinaigrette
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
It's easy to make this delicious citrus vinaigrette in under 5 minutes! It's a wonderful dressing you'll enjoy on your mixed green salads!
Category: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: citrus vinaigrette
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 67 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (approx. amount from 1 orange)
  • dash salt (to taste)
  • dash pepper (to taste)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients until fully blended.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours so the flavors can fully develop.
  3. When ready to serve, uncover, stir well to re-combine ingredients, and pour over salad. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

The amount of dressing this makes is enough for a family sized salad (4 servings). The recipe is easily doubled or tripled to make the quantity you wish.

Nutrition Facts
Citrus Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 67 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Sodium 10mg0%
Potassium 17mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Homemade Italian Dressing

Make an absolutely delicious homemade Italian dressing from scratch in about 5 minutes, to flavor your favorite mixed green salads.Make an absolutely delicious homemade Italian dressing from scratch in about 5 minutes, to flavor your favorite mixed green salads.
I found this recipe for homemade Italian dressing years and years ago (can’t remember where), and wrote it down on a 3×5 card. The only writing on the index card other than the recipe is my description: “GOOD!”

Super simple to make, and FULL of flavor, this Homemade Italian Dressing recipe is my “go to” when I want to make a quick “from scratch” salad dressing.

Seriously… from start to finish, this tasty homemade Italian dressing takes less than 5 minutes to make! As an added bonus… there are no weird “shelf-stabilizing” ingredients in it (with names I can’t pronounce) to be found. Most ingredients are basic ingredients and spices I always have in my home. Can’t beat that! Here’s how you make this lickety-split!:

How To Make Homemade Italian Dressing

To make this homemade Italian dressing, measure the oil, lemon juice and white vinegar into a bowl. Add the rest of the dry ingredients (salt, sugar, dry mustard, onion powder, paprika, oregano, thyme), and 2 minced garlic cloves.

Whisk these ingredients together until the sugar and salt have dissolved and the mixture is fully blended.

The ingredients for the salad dressing in a bowl, before blending them together.
Why Is This Homemade Italian Dressing Red In Color?

Once blended, the homemade Italian dressing will look like this photo below. The red color does NOT come from ketchup, but from the addition of the paprika!

Homemade Italian Dressing is red in color, due to the paprika in it.
Pour the salad dressing into a bottle or jar that can be sealed. I usually pour it through a funnel for less spills.

Pour the salad dressing into bottle using a funnel.For BEST Homemade Italian Dressing Flavor

Put a lid on the bottle and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. This helps the flavors to become fully incorporated. Once you’re ready to dress your salad, be sure to shake the homemade Italian dressing well, before serving.

The homemade Italian dressing can be stored in a bottle with a lid.
That’s IT!!! I think it took longer to write this blog post than it did to make this delicious homemade Italian  dressing. Hope you’ll give it a try on your next mixed green salad. I think you will really like it!

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Homemade Italian Dressing
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Make an absolutely delicious homemade Italian dressing from scratch in about 5 minutes, to flavor your favorite mixed green salads.

Category: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Italian dressing
Servings: 24 (1½ cups total)
Calories Per Serving: 122 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
Instructions
  1. Measure oil, lemon juice and vinegar into bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients. Whisk well to fully combine. Pour into a container that can be sealed well. Refrigerate salad dressing for at least 2 hours for BEST flavor.
  2. Shake bottle well, before serving.
  3. Serve, and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Italian Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoons)
Calories 122
% Daily Value*
Sodium 97mg4%
Potassium 2mg0%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Vitamin C 1.1mg1%
Calcium 1mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chocolate Raspberry Sundae Sauce

Last year I found this recipe for Chocolate Raspberry Sundae Sauce in a book I received as a gift from my husband, called “Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving”.  It’s where I found this absolutely DELICIOUS recipe for this yummy dessert topping!Chocolate Raspberry Sundae Sauce is a perfect topping for ice cream or cake! Learn how to can this thick chocolate flavored sauce for long term storage!
The book has 400 different recipes for home canning that I am so excited about, since I love to make jams and jellies, and have now also begun pressure canning veggies from our garden. This chocolate raspberry sundae sauce is one of my more recent finds!

One of the recipes that caught my eye was this one. Chocolate. Raspberry. Sundae. Sauce. Are you kidding me? I could hardly wait to try it out.  I made a batch last summer, after going raspberry picking at a local U-Pick farm. The recipe did not disappoint!

Picking raspberries at a local farm to make chocolate raspberry sundae sauce!

The flavors of the raspberries and the chocolate come together well in this thick, sweet sauce. The sauce is fantastic served on top of ice cream, brownies, pound cake, cheesecake, etc. When serving it over ice cream, I warmed it up just a bit, and it was perfect!

I gave away several jars of this chocolate raspberry sundae sauce for birthdays and Christmas last year… guess I will need to make some more very soon!  If you are NOT canning it for long term storage, then make sure you keep the jars of sauce stored in refrigerator. It will only last short-term if you don’t can it, but could still be given as gifts, or enjoyed with dessert!

Picked some fresh raspberries… used some of these for the sauce…

Fresh raspberries ready to make sundae sauce!

Loading the jars into my water bath canner as they are ready for processing…

Loading jars of chocolate raspberry sauce into canner for processing.

There ya have it… cute little jars of ice cream or cake topping! I’ve even used it on cheesecake! This chocolate raspberry sundae sauce is packed with decadent flavor!

Jar of chocolate raspberry sundae sauce ready to store in pantry.

See how thick this turns out? It is delicious!!!

Sundae sauce is thick and rich, and tastes great on ice cream and cake.

Hope you will give this recipe for chocolate raspberry sundae sauce a try. You will love it!

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Chocolate Raspberry Sundae Sauce
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Chocolate Raspberry Sundae Sauce is a perfect topping for ice cream or cake! Learn how to can this thick chocolate flavored sauce for long term storage!
Category: Dessert Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate raspberry sundae sauce
Servings: 6 8 oz. jars
Calories Per Serving: 60 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 package powdered pectin (1.75 ounces)
  • 4 1/2 cups crushed red raspberries
  • 4 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 3/4 cups granulated sugar
Instructions
  1. First, get your water bath canner, lids, and canning jars ready to go (per normal canning procedures for cleaning/heating jars and lids).
  2. Mix together the cocoa and pectin in a medium sized bowl until well combined. Set aside.
  3. Put the crushed raspberries and the lemon juice in a large stainless steel saucepan. Whisk in the pectin/cocoa mixture, until it dissolves. Turn your stovetop heat to high; bring this mixture to a full boil. Stir frequently.
  4. Once the fruit mixture is boiling, add the sugar all at one time. Stir to blend. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil; stir constantly so it doesn't burn. Boil it (a full, rolling boil) for 1 minute, then remove pan from heat, skim off any foam that has collected on top of the sauce, and discard.
  5. Ladle the HOT sauce into your hot, prepared jars. Be sure to leave 1/4 inch headspace. Remove any air bubbles that may be trapped in jar. Adjust the headspace (if needed). Add additional sauce if necessary to maintain 1/4' headspace. Wipe the rim of the jar to remove any residual sauce (to ensure a good seal). Center the lid on the jar, then screw the jar band down to finger-tip tight resistance.
  6. Carefully place the jars into your canner. Make sure the jars are completely covered with water (fill about an inch over the top of the jars). Bring the water in the canner to a boil, then cover, and process jars for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the canner lid. Wait an additional 5 minutes, then remove the jars to a dish towel to cool. Do not move the jars around while they cool. You should hear the jars make a "ping" sound several minutes later, as they seal.
  7. Once jars have sealed and are completely cooled, place them in storage or pantry.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Raspberry Sundae Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
Calories 60
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 15mg0%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Sugar 14g16%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Homemade Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Four ingredients and a food processor are all you need to make delicious, fresh, homemade cranberry-orange sauce in just a few minutes!4 ingredients and a food processor are all you need to make delicious, fresh, homemade cranberry-orange sauce in just a few minutes!
The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are now in the history books, but I want to publish this recipe for Homemade Cranberry-Orange Sauce on my blog, so I will have it handy for the future.

My mom used to make this cranberry sauce (in a chunky version) as I was growing up, but I’d never made the recipe for our family until this Christmas. I found the index card the recipe was written on years ago in an old recipe box, so I decided to give it a try!

No More Gelatinous Blobs Of Cranberry Sauce For Us!

For years my “go to” for cranberry sauce was the blob found in a can (cranberry jelly), or the whole cranberry sauce (also found in the can). Guess I was just in the habit of grabbing a can while doing my grocery shopping for holiday meals and never gave it another thought.

Truthfully, I was always a bit grossed out as that gelatinous blob of cranberry jelly came sliding and wobbling out of the can… but that’s another story. I still bought it, and would always add just a tiny bit to my plate, because that’s what you’re supposed to do at Thanksgiving, right? Until NOW!

Making Fresh, Homemade Cranberry-Orange Sauce Is EASY To Prepare!

Well, my tastes have certainly changed. Enter this amazing, fresh, homemade cranberry-orange sauce. Did I mention FRESH? Plus, there are only a few ingredients necessary to make it, which is a win-win, in my book.

The cranberry sauce is ridiculously easy to prepare (using a food processor), and the taste is light-years ahead of the canned stuff. No  comparison! I LOVE IT, and can eat it right out of the bowl (shhh… my little secret!)

Fresh cranberries and oranges are two of four ingredients needed to make sauce.

You don’t have to wait for the Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays to make this sauce. It would be a delicious accompaniment to top off pork or chicken dishes. It’s vibrant flavors will add to the taste of the meal!

Truthfully, I don’t know what took me so long to get on board with this, but now that I have, I don’t think I will ever buy canned cranberry sauce for a holiday meal ever again. EVER!

The zest of an orange is used to make homemade cranberry-orange sauce.

Use A Food Processor To Make Homemade Cranberry-Orange Sauce

This sauce can be made chunky or semi-smooth, using a food processor or heavy duty blender. All you do is process the ingredients together until it reaches your desired consistency!

It’s so simple, and so delicious! Once you make this cranberry sauce once, I’ll bet you will never go back to canned cranberry gelatinous blobs, either! Ha Ha!

Ingredients for homemade cranberry-orange sauce are pulverized in a food processor.

Fresh cranberries, an apple, an orange and a bit of sugar are the only ingredients necessary to make this delicious, homemade cranberry-orange sauce! And boy… does it ever taste GOOD!

The homemade cranberry-orange sauce is ready to serve!

Sure hope you’ll give this yummy homemade cranberry-orange sauce a try, and trust you will enjoy it, too!  If you enjoy this sauce, you might also be interested in my recipe for whole berry cranberry-orange sauce! Have a great day!

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Homemade Cranberry-Orange Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Four ingredients and a food processor are all you need to make delicious, fresh, homemade cranberry-orange sauce in just a few minutes!

Category: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry-orange sauce
Servings: 8 1/4 cups per serving
Calories Per Serving: 60 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries (1 bag)
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 1 medium apple (any variety), peeled, cored, seeded, and cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (plus more to taste, if desired)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor (or heavy duty blender). Process until all ingredients are mixed and consistency is to your liking... chunky or semi-smooth.

  2. Taste. Add additional sugar, if desired.
  3. Place sauce into serving bowl; Cover and keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Cranberry-Orange Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 cup per serving))
Calories 60 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 75mg2%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 59IU1%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Marinated, Pan-Seared Mexican Chicken

Marinated, pan-seared Mexican chicken is a delicious, low-fat, easy to prepare dish. The chicken will surprise you with its depth of flavor.Marinated, pan-seared Mexican chicken is a delicious, low-fat, easy to prepare dish. The chicken will surprise you with its depth of flavor.

Do you cook with chicken often? I sure do!  The recipe I want to share today with you is for “easy-to-prepare” Marinated, Pan-Seared Mexican Chicken. Ridiculously easy. Delightfully GOOD. The added plus is that this chicken dish is very low in calories (under 200 calories per serving), so it’s a win-win in my book!

My favorite type of food to eat is Mexican food. I love the flavors in most dishes, which is why I really liked this meal. The pan-seared Mexican chicken has great flavor, from seasonings such as cumin, chili powder, garlic, oregano and lime juice. YUM!

The recipe for pan-seared Mexican chicken is really easy to prepare. I modified it slightly from a recipe I found on Skinnytaste.com a while ago. If you can mix up a marinade (easy peasy!), add some chicken to the marinade, then cook it, you can make this delicious chicken entree!

It’s Easy To Make Marinated Pan-Seared Mexican Chicken!

Marinate the chicken breasts for at least half an hour. (tastes even better if you let it marinate all day!).  As you can see in the photo below, I only made two small chicken breasts, since there was only two of us eating this meal.

Chicken breasts are marinated before cooking.

Time To Cook The Pan-Seared Mexican Chicken Breasts!

Into a hot skillet the marinated chicken breasts go. You can see the little pieces of minced garlic on each piece. There’s a lot of flavor there!

The marinated chicken breasts are pan-seared in a hot skillet.

Cook each side of the pan-seared Mexican chicken until golden brown, and cooked through.

Two of the marinated, pan-seared Mexican chicken breasts cook in a skillet.

Halfway through cooking the second side of chicken, add the reserved batch of marinade plus 1/4 cup water to skillet.

Cook the pan-seared Mexican chicken an additional 3-4 minutes (until cooked through), spooning pan drippings over chicken as it cooks. Once done, the chicken is ready to serve!

Finished cooking, the pan-seared Mexican chicken has darkened in color.

You can see how very easy this pan-seared Mexican chicken recipe is to prepare, and it is delicious! We had the chicken, with rice on the side.

Another wonderful accompaniment would be to top the chicken with a great pico de gallo salsa as a garnish! Hope you enjoy these tasty (and easy) pan-seared Mexican chicken breasts!

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Author's signatureRecipe Adapted from: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/08/grilled-chicken-with-black-bean-mango.html

Marinated, Pan-Seared Mexican Chicken
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
17 mins
 
Marinated, pan-seared Mexican chicken is a delicious, low-fat, easy to prepare dish. The chicken will surprise you with its depth of flavor.
Category: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: pan-seared Mexican chicken
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 140 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (4 ounces each)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 6 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 limes, JUICE OF
  • 1/4 cup water
Instructions
  1. Season chicken breasts lightly with salt and pepper. Place chicken breasts in large bowl.

  2. In separate bowl, mix together minced garlic, cumin, oregano, and lime juice. Pour HALF of the marinade sauce over chicken. Reserve the other half of  marinade for later.

  3. Coat chicken with marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at LEAST half an hour. (The longer the chicken marinates, the better the flavor!)

  4. Spray skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Heat on medium high until very hot. Once skillet is hot, place marinated chicken into skillet. They should sizzle when added to skillet. Discard marinade that the chicken was in. Cook chicken 3-4 minutes, then turn to other side. Halfway through cooking second side of chicken, add the reserved marinade, plus 1/4 cup water to the skillet. Cook for 3-4 additional minutes, continually spooning sauce over the top of chicken breasts. This will coat the chicken and will help to darken the color. Cook chicken until cooked all the way through.

  5. When chicken is done, remove from skillet. If desired, serve with pico de gallo as a garnish. Serve chicken with rice, or your favorite side dish. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Caloric calculation was made based on using a 4 ounce small boneless, skinless chicken breast per serving. Larger portions of chicken will have more calories.

Nutrition Facts
Marinated, Pan-Seared Mexican Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 (4 ounce) breast)
Calories 140 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 134mg6%
Potassium 455mg13%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 45IU1%
Vitamin C 6.4mg8%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Make Your Own Taco Seasoning Mix

It’s easy to make up a large batch of taco seasoning mix… perfect Mexican spices for ground beef, chicken or pork to use in tacos, taco salads, etc. It's easy to make up a large batch of taco seasoning mix... perfect Mexican spices for ground beef, chicken or pork to use in tacos, taco salads, etc.
Years ago I got tired of buying the packages of commercially prepared seasoning mixes and started adding my own spices to ground beef, pork or chicken when we ate tacos or taco salads. Today I’d like show you how to make your own taco seasoning mix very easily.

I used to haul out various jars of spices each time I made it and then haul them all back to the cupboard when I was done. Then I found a “copycat” recipe (a copycat version of Lawry’s Taco Seasoning mix) in one of my “Top Secret Recipe” books by Todd Wilbur (I have several of his books and LOVE them).

I took his basic “recipe” for the mix, multiplied it by 12 and ended up with quite a nice supply of taco seasoning, which I store in an old spice canister.  Since we eat tacos quite often (they’re my FAVORITE food), it is great to have a ready supply of seasoning mix around for whenever I need it.

How Do You Season Meat With The Taco Seasoning Mix?

It’s easy, because all you do when you want to use it is to add 2/3 cup water to 3 Tablespoons of the mix and the pound of meat, cook for 7-10 minutes and bam! You’re done… and the meat tastes GREAT!

How easy is that? Sure is great to mix this taco seasoning mix all up ONCE and not have to haul all the spices out of the cupboard each and every time we have tacos! Hope you give it a try. It will save you some bucks and valuable time in the long run (and quite possibly a trip to the grocery store!)

My photo is a bit blurry, but it’s the only one I took of the seasoning spices before mixing. Oh well.

Spices in bowl used to make the seasoning mix.

How Do You USE This Taco Seasoning Mix To Season Taco Meat?

Add 3 Tablespoons of the taco seasoning mix to browned/drained meat. This photo is using hamburger meat, but the taco seasoning mix is delicious on shredded chicken or pork, too!

The taco seasoning mix is added to a pound of browned hamburger meat.

Add 2/3 cup of water. Cook the taco mixture for 7-10 minutes, until the water has cooked down and been absorbed into the meat.  Now your taco meat is fully seasoned and ready to use!

Cooking the seasoned meat in a skillet, for tacos.

Ready to eat! This time we used the taco mix seasoning to make meat for taco salads.

A taco salad was made, using the taco seasoning mix on the meat.

We use the taco seasoning mix for tacos all the time! YUM!

The mix tastes great on the meat for homemade tacos.

I hope you will consider making up a batch of this taco seasoning mix to have around YOUR home. Pretty sure you will NOT regret it!

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Make Your Own Taco Seasoning Mix / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe Source: “Even More Top Secret Recipes”, by Todd Wilbur, published by the Penguin Group, 2002 (pages. 118-119)

**The recipe I am posting is the original recipe for enough seasoning mix for one pound of meat. Multiply it for the quantity you wish to have on hand. I found it easiest to make a whole bunch (for 12 meals) at one time.

Make Your Own Taco Seasoning Mix
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
It's easy to make up a large batch of taco seasong mix... perfect Mexican spices for ground beef, chicken or pork to use in tacos, taco salads, etc.
Category: Seasonings
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: taco seasoning mix
Servings: 1 (3 Tablespoons)
Calories Per Serving: 59 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground oregano
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. To prepare: Brown hamburger meat in a skillet until fully cooked. Drain the grease.
  3. Add the spice mix (or use 3 Tablespoons if you prepared quite a bit of the mix).
  4. Add 2/3 cup water to the meat and spice mixture. Stir to combine. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a low setting and cook, uncovered for 7-10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  5. Remove from heat. Spoon the seasoned meat into warm tortillas, taco shells, or onto a salad.
  6. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Quantity listed is equivalent to one envelope of store bought mix. Ingredients as listed when added to a pound of meat (hamburger meat, shredded pork or chicken) will make enough seasoned meat filling for 12 tacos (3 Tablespoons meat each).
*I multiplied the quantity by 12 to get a large quantity of seasoning mix.

Nutrition Facts
Make Your Own Taco Seasoning Mix
Amount Per Serving (1 (3 Tablespoons))
Calories 59
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1781mg77%
Potassium 144mg4%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1785IU36%
Vitamin C 2.8mg3%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Mom’s Grilled Chicken Basting Sauce

You’re gonna LOVE this EASY grilled chicken basting sauce (only a few ingredients)! We’ve used the same recipe for over 50 years to grill fantastic chicken.You're gonna LOVE this EASY grilled chicken basting sauce (only a few ingredients)! We've used the same recipe for over 50 years to grill fantastic chicken.

Who doesn’t love a great grilled chicken dinner (well…aside from vegetarians, vegans…and chickens)? I know we sure do! My favorite way to grill chicken includes using this EASY recipe for Mom’s Grilled Chicken Basting Sauce!  It’s the BEST!

Once it gets warm enough to stand outside and fire up our BBQ, we routinely grill chicken THIS WAY!  My mom used this simple (yet packed with flavor) basting sauce on grilled chicken when I was growing up. I love grilling chicken with it to this very day! It’s probably the recipe from her that I use the most!

How I Got This Simple Recipe

My Mom got the recipe from my Great Aunt a LONG LONG time ago (over 50 years ago), and who knows where my Great Aunt (a great cook) got the recipe from! You just need to know this recipe has been used faithfully by our family for well over 50 years!

Everyone seems to have their own favorite recipe for grilled chicken. This is mine…it’s the BEST!   This grilled chicken basting sauce is ridiculously EASY to make, completely FOOLPROOF, wildly INEXPENSIVE and completely LIP-SMACKIN’ DELICIOUS!

Does This Grilled Chicken Basting Sauce Have a LOT of Ingredients?

Thankfully, NO! The only spices you will need are celery salt, seasoning salt, coarse ground black pepper, and garlic powder.

Once these common spices are mixed with melted butter… boom! You’ve got an absolutely incredible and EASY grilled chicken basting sauce!

Spices needed for grilled chicken basting sauce

Melt the butter on low heat, and then add the spices, and stir, to combine. See how incredibly FAST that was?

Grab a pastry brush to apply the sauce to the meat, and you’re ready to BBQ! See how easy that is? Easy is GOOD. This grilled chicken basting sauce is GREAT!

Spices added to melted butter to make easy basting sauce for chicken

Cooking With The Grilled Chicken Basting Sauce

We like to cook our poultry using this grilled chicken basting sauce on our trusty Weber charcoal grill. The flavor from the sauce AND the briquettes are a winning combo!

Brush the pieces with the grilled chicken basting sauce (all sides of the chicken). Turn the chicken several times while it cooks!

Continue to baste the chicken pieces with the sauce as they cook. The chicken will begin to have a lovely brown color on the outside as it grills!

Grilling chicken with easy basting sauce on Weber BBQ .

Once the chicken is fully cooked, remove it from the grill.  See the lovely color on those pieces of chicken? That is because of the butter in the grilled chicken basting sauce!

You really cannot believe how simple this is to make and how absolutely DELICIOUS the chicken tastes!

This poultry, seasoned with the grilled chicken basting sauce, is cooked and ready to eat!

Serve The Chicken – You’re Gonna LOVE It!

Now it’s time to serve a great tasting dinner! We had fresh asparagus and a nice baked potato with this delicious chicken dish. The chicken has tons of flavor, thanks to the yummy basting sauce, and pairs well with most side dishes!

Grilled chicken basting sauce covered chicken breast, served with baked potato and asparagus!

I really hope you will give this grilled chicken basting sauce a try. It’s fantastic (and did I mention just how easy it is)? Umm yeah, I did. Trust me…your grilled chicken dinner will be the better for it!

Looking For More Recipes For GRILLED MEAT?

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Recipe Source: My Mom

Mom's Grilled Chicken Basting Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
Absolutely fantastic grilled chicken basting sauce! This recipe has been used by our family for over 50 years for perfect grilled chicken.
Category: Grilling Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled chicken basting sauce
Servings: 8 servings (coats 8 pcs. chicken)
Calories Per Serving: 75 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 6 Tablespoons butter (3/4 stick) , melted
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1/4 tsp coarse grind black pepper
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in small sauce pan (on low heat) until butter melts. Add remaining spices and stir until combined. Remove pan from heat.

  2. Using a pastry brush, spread sauce evenly over chicken pieces.
  3. Cook chicken pieces on grill, turning chicken and basting several times throughout the grilling process. Baste all sides of the chicken . Use all the sauce. Grill chicken until done. ENJOY!

Recipe Notes

The amount of sauce (as written) will coat approximately 8 pieces of chicken. The caloric calculation is for 1/8 of the total sauce (only).

Nutrition Facts
Mom's Grilled Chicken Basting Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 75 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 194mg8%
Vitamin A 260IU5%
Calcium 3mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!You're gonna LOVE this EASY grilled chicken basting sauce (only a few ingredients)! We've used the same recipe for over 50 years to grill fantastic chicken.

 

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