Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Indian Spiced Kebabs in a Spicy Masala Sauce

The top 6 are performing on American Idol so in honor of tonight’s theme I’ve cooked a “Queen” inspired dish for Yahoo! Music editor Lyndsey Parker and her Reality Rocks blog. Apparently the British front-man, Freddie Mercury, loved Indian cuisine so I came up with a spicy and delicious snack in his honor!

One of my favorite Indian (some argue it’s more English) dishes is Chicken Tikka Masala. Cooks Illustrated has an amazing recipe for  the popular entree so I’ve used a version of their Masala sauce as the foundation for my dish. The rub for the chicken turned out way better then I expected. I have a multitude of Indian spices tucked away in my spice drawer so I thought, what the hell, I’ll let my nose guide me…and it worked!

Word to the wise, if you don’t remove the seeds from the Serrano it is VERY spicy, but if you’re in to burning your face off like I am, I would leave them in.

Check out tonight’s recipe on Reality Rocks HERE!



  • 1 pd boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbsp coriander cumin powder
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, large chunks
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, bite size pieces
  • wooden skewers

**The picture is missing the cream.

Masala Sauce

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 serrano, minced (seeds removed for less heat)
  • 1″ piece fresh ginger, minced ( around 1 tbsp)
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 (15oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro

Soak 6 wooden skewers in water for 15 minutes. To prep the chicken combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl until the chicken and veggies are coated in the spice mixture.

Starting with a bell pepper skewer the meat and veggies going from veggie to chicken until there are 4-5 pieces of chicken on each skewer.

Cover and marinate in the fridge while the sauce cooks.

Prep the veggies for the sauce.

The make the sauce heat the olive oil over medium high heat in a large dutch oven. Saute the onions until translucent, around 4-6 minutes.

Add the chile, ginger and clove and saute until fragrant.

Add the garam masala, tomato paste, sugar and salt and cook until fragrant.

Add the tomatoes and simmer on low for 15 minutes.

While the sauce simmers heat an outdoor grill or indoor grill top over medium high heat and add the chicken skewers.

Cook for around 6 minutes on each side or until completely cooked through.

Add the cream to the sauce and heat through.

Sprinkle with some cilantro and serve with the skewers.

Bon Appétit!

Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Olive Shooters in Vodka Sauce with Rosemary Flatbread

This week it’s Billy Joel week on American Idol and I’m making some inspired recipes for Yahoo! Music Lyndsey Parker and her Reality Rocks blog. Last night i was in a “New York State of Mind” when I made sausage rolls inspired by street vendors and the brisk lifestyle of the city.

For tonight’s results’ show I’m taking a cue  from the “Piano Man” with my piano bar inspired appetizer. Bare with me here….when I think of dueling pianos I want a martini, so I’ve combined the two most important ingredients in tonight’s snack, olives and vodka.

I didn’t see all of the performances last night but I will say…thank you Colton for getting back to what you do best. I was talking with Lyndsey last week on The Day After about how I wanted to see Colton back on the piano, lights dimmed, doing his thing. I have no doubt he’ll be making it to the top 9.

Check out tonight’s feature on Reality Rocks HERE!

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Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Cinnamon Toast Bites with Raspberry Dipping Sauce

First things first…what the hell was up on American Idol last night?? Jermaine Jones getting kicked off the show had to be the most set up thing ever. Excuse my boldness but I’ve been through the Idol process. I didn’t make it nearly as far as Jermaine but let me guarantee you they check out their contestants…extensively. Now I could be completely wrong here but I find it hard to believe they completely missed not one, but FOUR warrants against him.

Anywho…moving on. I thought last night’s performances were good, some boring, but not bad. My favorite by far was Joshua Ledet. His rendition of “When a Man Loves a Woman” took me straight to church, right there in my living room. Amazing. Amazing.

On to the food…

Every week I’ve been cooking up snacks for Yahoo! Music Blogger, Lyndsey Parker, and her Reality Rocks blog. For this week’s Songs from the Year You Were Born theme I decided to take a stroll down memory lane and cook up some flavors from my childhood. Last night I made my favorite family recipe, Squash Cakes, so tonight I thought I’d satisfy my sweet tooth with a breakfast/turned dessert favorite.

This recipe makes a ton of raspberry sauce. Feel free to half it or just keep it and dump it over everything…it’s that tasty!

Check out my feature on Reality Rocks HERE!

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Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Rotisserie Mac & Cheese

Happy almost Friday!! I had a last minute trip to Austin yesterday and didn’t get back to Dallas until late last night. Soooo….I didn’t get to post yesterday’s recipe for Yahoo! blogger Lyndsey Parker and her Reality Rocks blog.

Last night on Idol the top 13 had a soulful night with songs from Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston. Since we’re talking about two of the most soulful singers of this (and past) generation I thought I would try something a little different. Instead of offering up traditional soul food I wanted to put my own spin on what makes my soul say Thank You! And what says comfort better then mac and cheese.

These little tasty ramekins turn out damn good if I may say so myself. I got a little anxious leaving them in the oven for 30 minutes but it was well worth it. The panko turned out nice and crispy without drying out the creamy pasta. Yummm…now I wish I had some for lunch!

Try this recipe out…it’s worth the calories!! Check out last night’s feature on Reality Rocks HERE!

Since I didn’t post this yesterday today will be a double post day. I’ll have tonight’s recipe later on this afternoon so make sure you check back!

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Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

I finally caught up on some American Idol last night. I still need to listen to all the boys but I was REALLY impressed with two girls last night, Jessica Sanchez and Skylar Laine. They both really blew me away. First of all is Jessica seriously 16 years old…phew amazing. And I’m not the biggest country fan but Skylar kicked ass. For being so young she had amazing stage presence and the fact that she kept her breathe while jumping around…so hard to do.

Anywho…on to the snacks. I’ve been coming up with Idol snacks for Yahoo! music blogger Lyndsey Parker and her Reality Rocks blog every week this season. Tuesday night was Mushroom & Mozzarella Crostini night, last night I was baking up some Chicken Puffs with Pesto and tonight I’m making Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.

Who was your favorite girl last night? Let me know in the comments below.

Check out my feature on Reality Rocks HERE!

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Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Chicken Puffs with Pesto

Last night on Idol we got a glimpse of the boy’s talent including a surprise twist when Jermaine Jones took the 13th spot. I was also cooking up some delicious Mushroom & Mozzarella Crostinis for Lyndsey Parker’s Reality Rocks blog.

Two things I need to preface about tonight’s recipe. 

– I didn’t have the SLR so I had to rely on my trusty Canon PowerShot and the pics turned out a bit shoddy compared to usual (I’m getting spoiled with my mom’s camera…I need to get one ASAP).

– Complete fail at the grocery store when I forgot to get eggs. If you’re dealing with puff pastry you NEED to use egg wash. It helps give your  dish that beautiful golden color, and helps seal up any edges when you’re overlapping the pastry.

Moving on…

Give this recipe a try, it’s easy and fun to eat. Check out my feature on Reality  Rocks HERE!

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Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Mushroom & Mozzarella Crostinis

We’re finally getting into my favorite part of American Idol…the live shows!! If you guys have been following along I’ve been cooking up some scrumptious recipes for Yahoo! Music blogger, Lyndsey Parker, and her Reality Rocks blog.

Since Idol is giving us three episodes this week I’ve got 3 simple and delicious snacks to share. Tonight I’m starting out with a hearty snack that really is incredibly easy to make. If you’re having any trouble finding Shitake mushrooms or you don’t want to fork out the extra cost, just use all baby bella mushrooms. They work just as well.

Check out my feature on Reality Rocks HERE!

Happy eating!

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Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Caramelized Onion Dip

Last night on American Idol contestants sang for their life and 14 lucky singers found their place in the top 24. Tonight we learn the fate of the final 10 and I’m cooking up some more snacky goodness for Reality Rocks’ Lyndsey Parker.

I was in a French onion dip type of mood tonight so I thought I would crank it up a notch by caramelizing the onions until nice and sweet. Caramelizing is a labor of love but so worth it. The onions turn into these little pieces of scrumptious candy…I could just eat it with a spoon (sorry honey).

Check out my feature on Reality Rocks HERE!

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Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Taco Packets with Avocado Cream

Tonight is the last performance in Vegas on American Idol before the remaining contestants find out if they make it to the big stage or not. I’ve got some serious catching up to do on Idol. I’ve been too busy coming up with delicious snacks for Lyndsay Parker’s Yahoo! blog, Reality Rocks.

I’m not really sure what got in to me with this one but I must say…it’s freakin delicious. It’s too small for a burrito, too big for Flautas but just right to pop in the oven and call them taco packets. It has all the elements of a crispy taco, just stuffed in a tortilla and served with some creamy goodness on the side.

Try them…eat them all…they’re that tasty! 🙂

Check out my feature on Reality Rocks HERE!

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Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Spicy Pimento Cheese Bites

After last week’s nausea inducing episodes it was good to get back to some good ole fashion singing on American Idol tonight. Hollywood Week is quickly coming to an end as we get closer to another year in Vegas and one step closer to the live shows (my fav)!

Every week I’ll be cooking up plenty of snacks for your Idol viewing pleasure and for Yahoo! Music blogger Lyndsey Parker’s Reality Rocks blog (sorry that was a mouthful). So while everyone is getting their appetites back from last week I thought I’d whip up a delicious and incredibly simple appetizer. Give it a try…it’s stick to your ribs good!

Check out my feature on Reality Rocks HERE!

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