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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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Honey & Mustard Rib of Beef

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Honey & Mustard Rib of Beef

Barbecue Recipe - Honey & Mustard Rib of Beef

1 tbs Schwartz Mustard Seed
2 tbs Dijon mustard
2 tbs runny honey
1.5 kg (3 lb 4 oz ) rib of beef on the bone
1 packet Schwartz Mix for Classic Roast Beef Gravy
Sea salt and black pepper

Place the meat on the grill and cook for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, mix together the Mustard Seeds, Dijon mustard and honey. Season well. Remove the joint from the grill and spread half the mustard mixture over the meat.

Cook the meat uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove the joint from the grill and spoon over the remaining mustard mixture and baste with the cooking juices. Cook for a further 15 – 30 minutes.

For rare beef, reduce this cooking time to 45 minutes. For medium cooked beef, cook for 1 hour. For well done beef, increase the cooking time to 1 hour 15 minutes. Remove the cooked joint from the grill and cover with foil and a clean cloth and leave to stand for 15 minutes before carving. Make up the Gravy Mix following packet instructions and serve with the beef.

Makes 4 servings.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.


 

 
 

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Betty’s Classic King Ranch Chicken Casserole

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make a Classic King Ranch Casserole. This dish has been around a long time in the U.S., and this is a simple, basic version. The recipe is influenced by Southwestern cooking, and the dish is quite a lot like an enchilada casserole.

Ingredients:

12-oz. package frozen 3-pepper and onion blend (You may substitute 1 chopped onion plus ½ chopped green bell pepper, ½ chopped red bell pepper, and ½ chopped yellow bell pepper.)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 cups cooked chicken, chopped or shredded (I cooked 3 salted chicken breasts in a slow cooker for 4 hours—no water added– and then chopped and shredded them.)
10 ¾-oz. can cream of chicken soup
10 ¾-oz. can cream of mushroom soup
10 ¾-oz. can chicken broth
10-oz. can diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained (Rotel brand is quite often used.)
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon garlic salt
(10) 6-inch corn tortillas, cut into 1-inch squares
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
cooking oil spray

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a deep saucepan over medium heat. Add frozen 3-pepper and onion blend and sauté until softened. Drain and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Stir in 3 cups cooked chicken, a 10 ¾-oz. can cream of chicken soup, a 10 ¾-oz. can cream of mushroom soup, a 10 ¾-oz. can chicken broth, a 10-oz. can diced tomatoes and green chiles, 1 teaspoon chili powder, and ½ teaspoon garlic salt. In a 13-inch by 9-inch by 2-inch baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking oil spray, ladle 1/3 of the chicken and soup mixture. Evenly spread 1/3 of the 1-inch corn tortilla squares over the top. Sprinkle 1/3 of the shredded Cheddar cheese on top of tortilla squares. Repeat these 3 layers twice, ending with shredded Cheddar cheese on top. Bake in a 350 degree (F) oven for 30 minutes, or until bubbly and beginning to brown. Remove from oven and serve immediately. YUM!!! I hope you enjoy this recipe! Love, Betty ♥

 
 

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Homemade Brioche Loaf Recipe

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I don’t think I’ve ever actually made homemade bread..well actually my parents used to way back in the day when we bought this toaster oven that was also a bread maker (yes, very clever invention). Other than that I usually buy my bread from a bakery or regular supermarket- I’m a little too lazy to sit there kneading dough and all that. But I was in DESPERATE need for a loaf of Brioche for my Herbed Fig & Walnut Brioche Stuffing, but apparently all the Italians on Staten Island (nor the Panera) don’t make Brioche!! I searched in multiple supermarkets, called various bakeries and stalked the Panera website to see if they have a loaf similar to brioche. But everything was either too complicated and fruity or it simply wasn’t available!

My mother was trying to persuade me to make another kind of stuffing, but I was too set on making this yummy Brioche stuffing to give up on my main ingredient! Then I decided, wait I cook, I bake, why don’t I just MAKE a loaf of Brioche? To my surprise, the recipe is SUPER simple, and literally contains ingredients that are staples in a household. Butter, milk, sugar and eggs (I had to buy the yeast, but no biggy!). It’s simple and really delicious- so good that I was tempted to eat it right then and there instead of making my stuffing with it! So, here we go!

Simple Brioche Recipe:

  • 1 2/3 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tbsp wet yeast, crumbled (or dry-bakers yeast is fine) I used wet because that’s all my deli had!
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, room temp cut into pieces (yes, this obviously is not one of my healthy recipes)
  • 2 large eggs, room temp
  • 1/3 cup warm milk (I used Skim Plus)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg yolk with a dash of sugar (for the glaze)
  • PAM baking flavor

Tempted yet?

No fancy tools here- I used my hands!! You can use a mixer attached with a dough hook. You DO need a loaf pan though.

1. In a large bowl add flour and yeast and mix well. Create a hole in the middle of the flour mixture.

2. Slowly dribble the warm milk into the middle, while mixing the dough in with your finger tips. It’ll form into rough dough pieces.

3. Add the salt and sugar and combine well. Add the soft butter piece by piece, mixing well after each addition with your fingers. At this point I started to knead the dough to make sure each piece of butter was incorporated well.

4. Once all the butter is incorporated, add each egg ONE AT A TIME, and knead into dough. Mix well before the 2nd egg, making sure all the white and yolk and combined into the dough. Dough will be very sticky and wet. Knead and mix until the dough becomes and elastic and pulls away from your fingers and bowl. Cover bowl tightly with plastic and set in a warm place to rise. I put mine in the oven (it was off obviously), so no drafts hit it.

After 2 hours..

5. By now it should have doubled in size. Mix and knead the dough for 10 minutes. Rip into 4 even sized balls. Spray loaf pan with PAM and place the 4 balls in a row. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise again.

After 1 hour..

6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

7. In a small bowl mix together yolk and sugar. Using a pastry brush, gently brush the tops on the rolls. Using a scissor, cut small vents on top of each roll.

8. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Turn the temperature down to 350 and bake for another 20-30 minutes until top is golden brown and shiny and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. (I baked mine for 25 minutes). Remove and cool before slicing/serving.

Makes 1 standard size loaf

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2011 in Baking, Chef Priyanka

 

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Homemade Dulce de Leche Ice Cream with Fresh Dulce de Leche

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I don’t know how else to describe this ice cream, but other than decadent goodness (with not as much fat as you might think!) Also it’s not that difficult to make and its definitely a crowd pleaser. I made it for Thanksgiving to accompany our Pecan and Pumpkin pies and it was heavenly.

Creamy dulce de leche flavored ice creamed dripping with thick, caramel colored fresh dulce de leche- what could be better! Plus, you can make a huge batch and store it in the freezer! Yummy! I eat mine topped with raspberries, blackberries or strawberries. Also a scoop of this decadence tastes delicious in some homemade Iced Coffee Frappacino!

Furthermore, traditional Dulce De Leche ice cream is made with egg yolks for that custardy and creamy texture. However, I found my EGGLESS recipe to be just as good and creamy and HEALTHY (well healthier!). Anyways on to the scrumptious, creamy, amazing goodness of Homemade Dulce De Leche Ice Cream:

Ice Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy cream (yes I know, not healthy but this is the fattiest portion of the dish, and it makes about 3-4 cups of ice cream!)
  • 1 cup milk (I used skim plus)
  • 1 cup fatfree half & half (I used Land-o-Lakes Brand)
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup Homemade Dulce de Leche (Recipe BELOW)

1. In a heavy, large sauce pan heat together the heavy cream, milk and half & half over medium heat. Whisk int he sugar to dissolve. Once the mixture comes to a boil, remove from the heat and stir in 3/4 of the Dulce de Leche.

2. Cool COMPLETELY in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Don’t make the mistake of cooling over an ice bath and popping it into the ice cream maker- it won’t churn properly! (Trust me I’ve done it before).

3. Once cooled, prepare in your ice cream maker as the instructions state in the manual.

Towards the end, right before the ice cream is thick enough to your desired texture, drizzle in remaining dulce de leche to create swirls-

yes I was drooling at this point. Transfer to an air tight container and chill in the freezer until ready to serve.

Makes about 4 cups

Homemade Dulce De Leche:

  • 2 cups milk (I used skim plus)
  • 2 cups fatfree half & half (I used Land-o-Lakes Brand)
  • 1 vanilla bean- split with the seeds scraped out.
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

See all those specs of Vanilla Beans.. YUM..

1. In a large heavy pot pour the milk, half & half, sugar and vanilla bean & seeds and heat over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. You do NOT want to BOIL the mixture!

2. Once the sugar is dissolved add the baking soda and stir. Lower heat to LOW and cook stirring occasionally. You want the mixture to be BARELY simmering. This is a slow process, so some patience is required :) Cook for 1 HOUR.

3. After 1 hour, remove the vanilla bean and cook stirring occasionally for another 2 hours until you’ve achieved a medium-dark caramel color. It should reduce to about 1-1 1/2 cups.

4. Once you’ve achieve the color and thick texture (be careful it splatters a bit while you stir, and you don’t want to be burnt by HOT sugar!), remove the mixture from the stove. Over a heat proof bowl with a fine write mesh strainer, strain the dulce de leche. Cover with a lid/plastic wrap and store in the fridge until ready to use.

Makes about 1-1 1/2 cups

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Baked Sweet & Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

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I love fries- who doesn’t! You’re only LYING to yourself if you say that you don’t like fries. I don’t eat fries because they’re deep-fried and unhealthy. Of course if someone handed me a nice crispy curly fry or waffle fry, I wouldn’t be able to refuse! However, I don’t like getting that greasy, fatty feeling that I generally get after eating deep-fried food; another reason why I avoid fried items!
But, this weekend I made some sweet & spicy sweet potato fries that were amazing- crispy, light, salty, sweet, spicy what can be better than that! Plus, sweet potato is generally low in calories (~150/medium potato) and high in Vitamin A and Dietary Fiber. Baked crisp with melted brown sugar and spicy cayenne- believe me the combination is delicious!
Baked Sweet & Spicy Sweet Potato Fries:
  • 3 sweet potatoes- washed & scrubbed
  • 3 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2-1 tbsp smokey paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • coarse black pepper- few grinds
  • salt- to taste
  • 1 tbsp dark brown sugar (for garnishing)
  • few sprigs of chive- finely chopped
  • PAM olive oil flavor

1. Preheat oven to 425. In a small bowl whisk together oil, pepper, cayenne pepper and paprika.

2. Cut the potatoes into strips (french-frie size) and lay them on a baking sheet. Pour oil mixture over potatoes and toss until evenly coated. Spray with some pam and make sure each strip is hitting the baking sheet. Sprinkle with brown sugar evenly over potatoes.

3. Bake for 30-35 minutes until darker and crispy, tossing every 10 minutes. Remove and cool. While cooling, sprinkle with remaining brown sugar and garnish with chives. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce- I recommend Honey Mustard YUM :)

Serves 4

Look at those crispy fries sparkling with brown sugar.. yummy..

 

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Roasted Garlic Smashed Potatoes with Rosemary, Chili & Chives

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Here’s a great holiday side -dish for our next Christmas party! The title is self-explanatory, but this ain’t no typical Roasted Garlic Smashed Potatoes.

  • 4 medium Idaho potatoes- scrubbed
  • 2 heads of garlic- tops trimmed off
  • 4 dried cayenne chilies
  • 3-4 sprigs of rosemary- fresh
  • 1 cup fat free half&half (I use Land-o-Lakes Brand)
  • 1/2 cup light cream
  • 6-7 sprigs of chive- finely chopped
  • 1/3-1/2 cup freshly grated parmigiano cheese
  • salt
  • coarse black pepper
  • PAM olive oil flavor

1. Preheat oven 425 degrees. In a sheet of foil place both garlic heads, chilies, rosemary sprigs, salt and pepper. Spray liberally with PAM and fold foil to create a packet. Bake in oven for about 20 minutes until cloves are soft and rosemary and crispy. Remove and cool.

2. Meanwhile, cut potatoes in half and boil in salted water with peel on until fork tender. In a small bowl squeeze in garlic cloves, add rosemary, chilies, salt and pepper. Mix until well combined and garlic is mushed. Add this mixture to the potatoes and combine thoroughly. In a slow stream, add half&half and light cream. Mash together until smooth and well combined. More or less milk can be used to achieve desired consistency. Then stir in the grated parmigiano. I like smashed potatoes a little chunky and smooth. Taste for salt.

3. Place on a pretty serving platter top with a sprig of rosemary and chopped chives and a drizzle of good extra virgin olive oil (if you want!) Dig in!

Serves 6


Nutrition:

I cut the fat by a pretty substantial amount by using light cream instead of heavy cream and fat free half&half. If you want to keep it completely healthy, use only fat free half&half. The consistency will still come out yummy. I also didn’t put any butter, which traditional mashed potatoes have (it’s really not necessary, because the strong rosemary and garlic flavors keep it yummy)! Plus this dish serves 6, so a little light cream won’t kill you ;)

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Baked Sweet & Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

 

 

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Indian Corn & Cranberry Succotash

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Have you ever heard of succotash? It’s a corn/bean dish that has come down to Americans from the Native Americans. It was especially popular during the Great Depression becasue corn was cheap and redily available.

Well, there’s not much explain to do here. It’s corn, it’s chili, it’s cranberry and with a little Indian flair. Sweet, spicy and delicious! Great as a holiday side dish or a healthy snack! But, since it’s the winter season (well tomorrow starts winter to be exact), I was kind of ghetto and used canned corn. It really tastes yummy and is easy to just open and saute! Plus, corn is a great source of protein and fiber- just check it here!

Indian Corn Succotash:

  • 1 can corn kernels, drained
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 4-5 small green chilies, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp garam masala (I used Homemade)
  • salt to taste
  • coarse black pepper
  • PAM original flavor
  • grated parmgiano cheese (optional)

1. In a medium sized skillet over medium high heat spray with PAM. Add onions and garlic and saute for about 3-4 minutes. Add chilies and garam masala- mix until combined well and fragrant about 1 minute. Add corn and cranberries. Saute for about another 5 minutes until soft and and cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste and mix in cilantro. Place on a serving dish and top with grated parmigiano (I know weird, but the nuttiness of the parmigiano went well with the spicy Indian flavors of garam masala!)

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Peppermint Bark Lollipops

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Do you like peppermint bark? Do you like lollipops? Then you’re going to love these sweet treats- Peppermint Bark Lollipops. So easy to make. Cheap, cute and did I mention they’re a show stopper. Yes. SHOW stopper. I made about 60 lollipops for a Christmas Eve party and everyone was talking about them! It’s just the right amount of chocolate and peppermint and they’re great for big parties, to hold and walk around and still look pretty :) .

Going for an NYE party? Make these and bring them! Plus I’ll show you how to turn these lollipops into a chocolate bouquet- it’s super easy and cheap! And impressive, might I add. Let’s get started:

Peppermint Bark Lollipops:

Holiday Bouquet Prep:

  • 1 small basket (I bought mine from Michael’s)
  • 1 small styrofoam ball (I bought mine from Michael’s)
  • ribbon- assorted colors
  • pine tree leaves- optional

Tools: cookie sheets, parchment paper

1. Break up the dark and 1 bar of the semisweet chocolate and place into a glass bowl. Microwave for 35 seconds. Remove, stir with a spatula. Microwave for another 35 seconds. Remove and stir. Microwave for another 35 seconds if chocolate is not melted. When it’s just melted add the remaining semisweet chocolate bar and stir until everything is smooth and melted. Add 1-1 1/2 tbsp peppermint extract and stir. Melt the white chocolate in a separate bowl and stir in 1 tbsp peppermint extract.

2. On a cookie sheet (I used 3 of them) line with 1-2 sheets of parchment paper. Using a tbsp pour 1 tbsp of dark chocolate into a circle on the cookie sheet. Take the cookie stick and swirl into the bottom of the circle. Decorate with cranberries/pearls/sprinkles or a drop of white chocolate in the center and swirl with a toothpick. Repeat until chocolate is finished. I made a few white chocolate lollipops. Place in the fridge until hard and cool.

3. To make the bouquet: Cut small pieces of ribbon and tie around each stick. Using a scissor curl ends. Place lollipops in the freezer an hour or 2 before placing in the basket before your party. Place styrofoam ball in the basket and if using pine tree leaves, cover the foam with the leaves. Once the chocolate lollipops are hard and slightly frozen, stick them into the styrofoam until the whole thing is covered like a bouquet.

Makes 60 chocolate lollipops


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