Recipes by Maggie Shi
- Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Casserole When Iím hosting a group brunch, I nearly always serve a breakfast casserole with eggs, bread, cheese, and a variety of meats or vegetables. Itís filling, foolproof, and always a crowd-pleaser. You can customize the ingredients any way you likeóexperiment with different sausages, change up the veggies, whatever tickles your fancy. Your guests will be clamoring for the recipe.
- Pesto Stuffed Shells A warm bowl of cheesy, saucy pasta is great for the soul; itís a worthy meal for any type of celebration. For these shells, youíll add a summery touch by filling them with fresh pesto. Using store-bought pesto is fine (you can find it in the refrigerated section), or make your ownóit only takes a couple minutes in the food processor.
- Green Chili Chicken Stacked Enchiladas The first time I went to Santa Fe, I fell in love with green chiles. Every cook in New Mexico has his or her own version of green chile sauce, and itís served at every mealówith eggs, burritos, roasted chicken, and in enchiladas, as in this recipe. The layers stack up pretty high in the slow cooker, but donít worry; the ingredients will cook down and meld into one cheesy, melt-in-your-mouth dish.
- Smoky Beef Chili On a chilly (no pun intended) winter day, thereís nothing better than a rib-sticking bowl of chili. The chipotles really make this dish stand out, adding a lovely smokiness and a hint of spice. Cut-up pieces of beef chuck hold their shape and texture in this chili, making it a better choice than ground beef.
- Spicy Mexican Chicken Stew This festive meal is anything but boring; itís bursting with shredded chicken, corn, and includes a jar of storebought salsa (an effective shortcut). I recommend choosing a spicy one to give the stew a lively kick.