August 26, 2013

Meatless Monday: Pimento Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Grilled Cheese Sandwich

 Meatless Monday is starting to be my favorite day of the week! OK, so originally I started doing it to add more veggies into our diet and I know this recipe is necessarily healthy but who doesn't love grilled cheese?! And if you are a fan of spicy food like my husband and I you will love this Pimento Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Grilled Cheese Sandwich! Whew that's a mouthful! But seriously make this now. It's ah-mazing!




 

 Ingredients:

Makes two sandwiches
  • 2 large Jalapenos
  • 1 1/2 tbsp mayo
  • 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 2 tsp pimentos, chopped and drained
  • 4 thick slices of Jalapeno Cheese bread or bread of your choice
  • 4 slices of Muenster cheese
  • 2-4 tbsp butter
  • non stick spray, optional

Directions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Mix mayo, shredded Cheddar, hot sauce, and pimentos in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Slice jalapenos length wise and core and remove stem and seeds.
  4. Fill cored jalapenos with the pimento cheese spread. 
  5. Place filled jalapenos on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, until melted and bubbly.
  6. Meanwhile butter both sides of each bread slice.
  7. Spray or butter a grill pan or heavy skillet and lay bread in the pan, heat over medium heat.
  8. Flip over after it has toasted and browned, usually a minute or two.
  9. Lay a slice of Muenster cheese on each slice of bread and toast the other side for a minute or two, adding more butter or non stick spray to the pan if necessary.
  10. Remove the jalapenos from the oven and let cool slightly.
  11. Slice jalapenos in half.
  12. Lay bread slices on a plate with the melted cheese facing up.
  13. Slice jalapenos in half and lay 4 halves on two of the cheesy bread slices.
  14. Fold up the two sandwiches so that each sandwich has 2 stuffed jalapenos in the middle.
  15. Slice in half, serve warm, right way with extra napkins (because it's messy and to wipe your brow when you sweat from the spice!)

Mix the ingredients in a bowl for the Pimento Cheese. This is my go to recipe for Pimento Cheese spread however sometimes I substitute the mayo for cream cheese.
Slice jalapenos and scoop out the insides. Fill with Pimento Cheese and bake for 10 minutes.
I love this thick Texas Toast style Jalapeno Cheese bread I found at my local bakery. It really makes this sandwich but if you can't find this bread substitute any bread you like.
I love Muenster cheese. It's mild but melts well and I use it on a lot of my sandwiches.
Melt a slice on each slice of toasted bread.
Take the stuffed jalapenos out of the oven and let cool slightly then cut in half.
Place the halved stuffed jalapenos on two of the bread slices and top with the other slice of cheesy bread. Slice the bread in half and serve.
Flavorful (and spicy!), messy, and delicious. Three of the things I look for in a great sandwich!

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August 23, 2013

Buttery 7-UP Biscuits

Four ingredients is all you need for these simple, delicious biscuits! 
My Uncle first told me about these biscuits and then when I did a search I found the recipe all over the Internet so apparently it's pretty popular! I was a little skeptical at how they would turn out but they were super easy to make and tasted fantastic! They go great with jam and honey for breakfast or serve them with dinner like I did. They are so moist and flavorful they don't even need a spread.
 My hungry husband couldn't wait to dinner and ate a couple warm right out of the pan. Yum! 

Ingredients:

Makes 6-9 large biscuits
  • 2 cups Bisquick (plus additional for flouring the surface and dough)
  • 1/2 cup 7 Up soda
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. 
  2. Pour the melted butter into an 8X8 baking dish.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, stir together the baking mix, soda, and sour cream until just combined.
  4. Generously sprinkle the counter top with baking mix and dump the dough out onto it. Sprinkle more baking mix on top of the dough as needed and pat the dough out to about 1/2 an inch thick.
  5. Remove the pan with the melted butter from the oven and give it a swirl to evenly coat the dish.
  6. Cut the biscuits out with a cookie cutter or biscuit cutter and place them in the pan of butter.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
Mix Bisquick, 7-UP, and sour cream in a bowl.
Pour melted butter in a baking dish and swirl to cover the entire bottom of the pan.
Make sure to sure lots of extra baking mix (Bisquick or flour) on the surface and on the top of the dough when rolling out. You can see from the pictures of my dough covered hands when I first rolled the dough out it was super sticky. After I added more baking mix it was perfect.
Cut out biscuits using a cookie cutter or biscuit cutter (pictured). 
I made 9 biscuits for this batch but I think next time I will make 6 so they will be thicker.
Place biscuits in the pan of butter and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes 
until golden and flaky.
7-UP Biscuits were a hit for our Christmas in August dinner! Check back next week for more recipes from our early Christmas celebration!

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August 21, 2013

Homemade Egg Nog Inspired by "Ace of Cakes" and Christmas in August

 Being a military wife isn't easy, especially being an EOD wife. I am nervous and scared for Ashton's first deployment coming up this fall. Before he leaves we are trying to celebrate a few special events early since he will be gone for a while. Ava's first birthday party is scheduled for the end of August (she turns one in October) and then of course there's Christmas. I love Christmas and everything about it so Ashton and I decided to have a Christmas in August celebration at home for the three of us. We decorated, wrapped presents, and cooked a big Christmas dinner! It was wonderful and I will cherish the memories of that day with my husband and daughter forever! 
I let Ashton pretty much tell me what he wanted for food and drinks all day. His first request: quiche for breakfast. His second: Egg Nog. Now I am not a big drinker of Egg Nog. I actually think I have only tried the store bought stuff once. But he loves it so I set out to make him the best dang Egg Nog ever! IT just so happens I had watched an old late night episode of Ace of Cakes on Food Network a month or so ago and it was the Christmas episode. Duff made Egg Nog for his staff and I had jotted down the ingredients. He didn't go into detail on the directions so I had to wing that part. But holy cow it came out smooth and delicious, not too thick but with a little kick from the bourbon! I am converted now y'all! Egg Nog Rocks!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint whole milk
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1/3 cup, plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg, plus more for garnishing
  • 3 ounces Bourbon (optional)

Directions:

  1.   Beat egg yolks, 1/3 cup sugar, and nutmeg until creamy. 
  2. Add Bourbon and milk to egg mixture.  
  3. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until fluffy.
  4. Beat heavy cream and remaining tablespoon of sugar until soft peaks form.
  5.  Fold egg whites and whipped cream into egg mixture.
  6. Stir well and serve, garnishing with more nutmeg.

Simple Christmas decorations for our Christmas in August celebration!
Ava had her favorite for breakfast: watermelon!
Ashton requested quiche for Christmas breakfast. I made a quick and easy quiche with onions, bacon, and mushrooms. Like quiche as much as we do? Check out my recipe for Four Cheese Broccoli Quiche .
Celebrating with Homemade Egg Nog!
Separate 4 eggs and place in two bowls.
In a large bowl, combine egg yolks and 1/3 cup sugar.
Next add grated nutmeg. I like to use fresh nutmeg and grate it with a
 small zester or microplane grater.
Now it's time to mix in the Bourbon and whole milk!
*You can leave out the liquor and this recipe is just as tasty!
In a separate bowl mix egg whites until fluffy. I used an immersion blender to save a little time!
Finally, mix the heavy cream and tablespoon of sugar until soft peaks form and you have homemade whipped cream. 
Don't be intimidated to make homemade whipped cream! The trick is an ice cold bowl and mixer and you will have whipped cream in minutes! Just pop the bowl and mixer or whisk in the freezer about 10 minutes before you make the whipped cream.

Now just gently combine all three bowls in the large bowl with milk and egg yolks.
That's it! You've got Homemade Egg Nog!
Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg and serve cold!

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