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Classic Bacon Cheeseburger

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Classic Bacon Cheeseburger

Classic barbecue bacon cheeseburger.

6 slices bacon
2 pounds ground chuck (80% lean)
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
6 thin slices extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
6 hamburger buns
6 crisp lettuce leaves
6 slices ripe tomato
Ketchup (optional)
Mustard (optional)

 

In a large sauté pan over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove the bacon and set aside on paper towels to drain. Remove the pan from the heat.

 

Gently shape the ground chuck into six burgers of equal size and thickness (about 3/4 inch thick). Season both sides of the burgers with salt and pepper.

 

Grill over Direct Medium heat until the internal temperature reaches 160°F for medium, 8 to 10 minutes, turning once halfway through grilling time. Top each burger with a slice of the cheese during the last minute or two of grilling time and allow the cheese to melt. During the last 30 seconds, grill the buns over Direct Medium heat until lightly toasted.

 

Serve the cheeseburgers hot on the toasted buns with a lettuce leaf and a slice of tomato, topped with a slice of the bacon. Serve with ketchup and mustard on the side, if desired.

 

Makes 6 servings.

A jammy red wine will match this classic burger perfectly. Consider a Zinfandel, a ripe Beaujolais from a recent vintage, or a heady Côtes-du-Rhône or Vacqueyras from southern France.

 

 

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Hot Tenderloin Sandwich

Hot Tenderloin Sandwich

Hot Tenderloin SandwichThin slices of supple grilled beef give this simple recipe most of its glory and glamour. The sour cream dressing, grated cheese, and peppery arugula add their own spectacular touches but remember, it’s still a sandwich. Plates are optional.

1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 center-cut beef tenderloin, 2 to 2-1/2 pounds
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large French baguette, sliced in half lengthways
1 bunch arugula, washed and dried
1 cup grated Fontina cheese

In a small bowl, mix together the sour cream, horseradish, and mustard. Set aside.

Lightly brush or spray the tenderloin with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Allow the tenderloin to stand at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes before grilling. Sear over Direct High heat until well marked, 8 to 10 minutes. Continue grilling over Indirect Medium heat until the internal temperature reaches 140° F for medium rare, about 20 minutes. Remove from the grill, and let rest for 3 to 5 minutes. The internal temperature will rise 5° F to 10° F during this time. Cut into 1/8-inch slices.

Lightly brush the cut side of the baguette with olive oil and grill, cut side down, over Direct Medium heat until lightly toasted, about 30 seconds.

Spread the baguette with the sour cream mixture, layer with arugula and sliced tenderloin, then top with the grated cheese. Cut crosswise into individual sandwiches.

Makes 6 servings.

 

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2011 in Barbecue, BBQ, Beef, Bread, Cheese, Meats

 

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Betty’s Version of Cheesy Peas

Velveeta Cheese

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make her version of Cheesy Peas. This recipe was inspired by our recent trip to Michael’s Restaurant in Ravenna, Kentucky. I have made almost every item that we found on the salad/buffet bar in bettyskitchen. I also have Blakemore peas in bettyskitchen, which is a vegetable side dish that is a little more elaborate than this simple version of Cheesy Peas, and you may prefer it.

Ingredients:

12-oz. package frozen green peas
8-oz. package Velveeta cheese product, cut into cubes
2-oz. jar sliced pimientos, undrained

Steam a 12-oz. package of frozen green peas, until they are crisp-tender. (They should retain their bright green color. If you don’t have a steamer, you may boil the peas until crisp-tender and then drain.) While the peas are being steamed, prepare your cheese sauce. In the top of a double boiler, place 8 ounces of Velveeta cheese, cut in cubes. Add a 2-ounce jar of undrained sliced pimientos. Stir continuously, until cheese is melted. Do not overheat. By the time the cheese sauce is melted, the peas will probably be steamed to the appropriate degree of doneness. Combine the peas and the cheese sauce. Stir thoroughly and pour your Cheesy Peas into a nice serving bowl. This makes a great side dish that goes with just about anything! I hope you enjoy the recipe! Love, Betty 

 

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Chicken Parmesan Recipe

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I wanted to serve a hearty meal for friends who were coming for dinner. I decided to make Chicken Parmesan and fresh steamed broccoli. My girlfriend brought a salad and fresh garlic bread to complete the meal. The chicken was perfectly cooked – moist and tender with a crunchy outside. The sauce was tangy and filled with mushrooms and the oozing cheese was delicious. If you don’t feel like making the sauce or if you don’t have a lot of time, use your favorite store bought spaghetti sauce – it works great too. The chicken was a huge hit with our friends and my family. A fantastic dinner!

Sauce:
Click on the link above for the roasted tomato and onion marinara recipe. While the tomatoes and onions are roasting, sauté the mushrooms. Add 1 tsp of olive oil to a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the mushrooms and sauté until golden brown. Season with a bit of salt and set aside. Once the tomatoes and onions are roasted, place in the Dutch oven and finish making the sauce. Make sure you blend the sauce with the immersion blender BEFORE you add the sauteed mushrooms. Simmer the mushroom marinara for a few hours.
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 eggs – beaten
  • 1/2 cup Italian style bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Dried basil, to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (I use lower fat)
  • 3 tbsp Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • Fresh Basil, chopped for garnish
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Trim chicken breasts of all fat. Cut each breast into two pieces. Heat large pan on medium heat; coat the pan with cooking spray and olive oil. Add salt and pepper to the beaten egg and mix. Add the grated Parmesan and dried basil to the bread crumbs and mix thoroughly. Dip chicken into eggs and then into bread crumbs. Add to pan and cook 3-4 minutes on each side. Make sure to spray the pan with cooking spray when you turn the chicken over.
In large baking dish add some spaghetti sauce and spread evenly over the bottom of the dish. Add chicken and top each piece with more sauce. Sprinkle the mozzarella evenly over the chicken then top with Parmesan cheese.

Bake uncovered for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest a few minutes before serving. Enjoy.

 

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2011 in Cheese, Chicken

 

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crustless sausage & cheese quiche recipe

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So, was it the sausage or the cheese that inspired you to open this post and get your mouth watering?

Quiche is one of my favorite dishes with it’s flakey and buttery crust and creamy egg filling. Oh and add cheese and game over! Nevertheless, quiche this indulgent often make me feel a bit lethargic. Hello, food coma! Why not omit the crust and make the filling a bit lighter but still flavorful?!

You’ll enjoy the health benefits of this quiche. The chicken sausage and eggs contain loads of protein. Not to mention, the spinach contains phytonutrients for anti-inflammatory and ant-cancer benefits. The vitamin K from spinach is essential for maintaining bone health. Did I mention the sharp cheddar is low fat?…Eat up!

Crustless Sausage and Cheese Quiche

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- 2 cups of fresh spinach
- 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 chicken sausage links, halved and sliced into half moons
- 1/2 cup cubed low fat sharp cheddar or cheese(s) of your choice
- 2 large eggs
- 1 egg white
- 1 cup 1% or nonfat milk
- sea salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a pie dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

Add the olive oil and chicken sausage to a medium or large skillet over medium heat. Cook the sausage until browned. Remove from skillet and set aside. Using the juices from the chicken sausage and olive oil, add the fresh spinach and saute until wilted. This step should not take very long, probably about 2 minutes.

Place the wilted spinach in a colander. When the spinach has cooled, gently squeeze to remove excess moisture. Lay spinach in the bottom of the pie dish. Throw-in the cubed cheddar and sausage!

In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, 2 whole eggs, 1 egg white and sea salt and pepper to taste. Pour over the spinach, cheddar and sausage. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Remove and place on a wire rack. Slice and enjoy!!

Source: http://aforaubergine.com/2011/03/11/crustless-sausage-cheese-quiche/

 

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Baking, Cheese, Meats, Vegetables

 

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Chiles Rellenos (Stuffed Peppers) Recipe

Bravo Cheddar

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Literally a 15-minute winter dish if you’ve already frozen some peppers and canned some salsa.  A Cast Iron standard, great appetizer or side dish.  Healthier and better than the deep-fried version.

Anaheim peppers are always particularly prolific for us.  I prepared these for the freezer by cutting them in half, removing the stems and seeds, and blanching them in boiling water for no more than 30 seconds.  Then I froze them in ziplock bags.  They freeze wonderfully and our guests really appreciated a fresh-tasting pepper in the middle of winter.  I usually also freeze some peppers already chopped up, this way they take less space in the freezer and are ready to throw into whatever I’m cooking.

Ingredients

  • 6-10 Anaheim peppers, cut in half and seeded.  Ours were blanched and frozen last summer.
  • Small jar of salsa.  Ours was canned last summer but store bought or fresh made will also work.
  • 1 can of any kind of beans.  I’ve used white, black, or garbanzos.
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese.

Mix salsa, beans and cheese.  Spoon into the center of the peppers.  Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and peppers are heated through.

– Katie

Source: http://castironidaho.com/2011/03/14/chiles-rellenos-stuffed-peppers/

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Cheese, Deep-Fried, Spicy, Vegetables

 

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The Margheritan: a Traditional Tomato, Basil, and Cheese Pizza

Mozzarella, Italian food.

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Today’s modern pizza of tomato sauce and cheese can be traced back to an Italian pizzario, Raffaele Esposito of Naples, owner of a tavern called Pizzeria di Pietro e Basta Cosi. In 1889, he created a pizza for the visiting Italian King Umberto I and Queen Margherita. He used tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese to represent the Italian flag’s colors of red, green, and white. The queen asked Raffaele what the dish was called and the smart chef replied, “The Margherita, after you, my Queen.” This recipe calls for two types of mozzarella: One is sold shredded in plastic pouches, available in any supermarket; the other is fresh, a soft, white ball that melts into milky pillows. I usually buy an 8-ounce (225g) ball called fior de latte, or “flowers of milk.” Fresh mozzarella has a shelf life of about two weeks.
Photo From: Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas by Chef Craig Priebe with Dianne Jacob – Used for review purposes
Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Brush the grilled side of the pizza crust with the Herbed Grill Oil. Dust with the Parmesan and sprinkle with the mozzarella. Drop spoonfuls of the Chunky Tomato Basil Sauce onto the pizza. Tear the fresh mozzarella into chunks and distribute across the pizza, filling in the holes between the sauce.
2. Grill. Garnish with the basil leaves before serving.

RecipesPizzas > The Margheritan: a Traditional Tomato, Basil, and Cheese Pizz

 

Source: http://www.theroguegourmet.com/recipes/pizzas/the-margheritan-a-traditional-tomato-basil-and-cheese-pizza/

 

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2011 in Cheese, Vegetables

 

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