Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Glorious Tater Tot BBQ

Lately I have fallen into using my crock pot all the time rut. It has been nice since I have not had the time nor energy to cook after a long day (I am not pregnant). I enjoy just being able to smell delicious goodness all day. Mmm. The other night I made this delicious meal. 

BBQ Tater Tot Chicken Mix Up

4 chicken breasts, cooked & chopped fine (I coated them with some mesquite seasoning overnight before baking)
1 bottle BBQ sauce
1 (32oz) bag tater tots
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

Place some of the tater tots in the bottom of the crockpot. Top with some of the chicken. Drizzle with about 1/2 the BBQ sauce. Top with 1/2 the cheese. Repeat (leaving off the last cheese). Cook on HIGH for about 4 hours. Top with remaining cheese at the 3 1/2 hour mark. Cover and cook the last half hour until cheese is all bubbly and gooey. Serve with ranch dressing and corn.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lucky Leprechaun

I am sure you have had corned beef over the years....just the store bough variety.  This recipe is is much better and tastier.  Try it instead of getting the pre-seasoned/marinated variety. My sister got me hooked on this recipe. I am excited to try it.

Corned Beef
Sister & Cuisine at Home

1 t mustard seeds
1 t juniper berries
1 t coriander seeds
1/2 t whole allspice seeds
1/2 t whole cloves
1/2 t red pepper flakes
1/2 t black peppercorns
1 dried bay leaf
Whiz all the above spices together until they form a fine powder.

1/4 cup Tenderquick (salt /sugar mixture)
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 T brown sugar
2 T fresh ginger, minced
Combine spice mixture with the above seasonings.

5lb beef brisket (fat removed) or beef roast, pierced with a fork all over.  Rub spices/herbs all over the meat. Cover with plastic wrap. Place in a dish top with another slightly smaller dish with soup cans weighing it down.  Cure for 72hours. Flipping at 36hours. Rinse under cold water; let rest. Preheat oven to 300.

2 cups diced onion
1 1/2 cups apple juice, unsweetened
1 1/2 cups beef broth, low sodium
1 cup diced carrot
1 cup diced celery
5 garlic cloves, smashed
1 piece ginger, sliced
1 t mustard seeds
1/2 t juniper berries
1/2 t coriander seeds
1/2 t whole allspice
1/2 t whole cloves
1/2 t red pepper flakes
1/2 t black peppercorns
1 bay leaf

Place all ingredients in a large Dutch oven. Next submerge the rinsed meat.  Boil slightly. Cover and braise in oven for about 3 hours. Flip meat halfway through the cooking process. Uncover partly; let rest/steam for another hour.
Alternatively after rinsing the meat, you can cook in the crockpot for 10 to 12 hours on LOW.
Remove from (crockpot) pot and let cool slightly. Cut against the grain.  Serve with roasted cabbage sections and taters.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hearty Skillet Meal

A while back my sister shared this recipe with Mom and I. She had received the recipe from her mother in law. Great meal.  The boys thought the meat and noodles were great, but once they tasted the sauerkraut - it was a different story.  My husband and I really enjoyed this.

Sausage Sauerkraut Skillet (now say that 10x fast)
sister & her mother in law

12oz dry spaghetti noodles, cooked until al dente
3 T olive oil (I used part butter)
1 onion, chopped fine
1 bell pepper, diced
2 garlic cloves
1 lb kielbasa sausage, coined
12oz sauerkraut (drained and rinsed--oops forgot to rince)
2T Dijon mustard
1/4 cup white wine

Saute onion and pepper in a large skillet with the oil.  Toss in kielbasa brown slightly then add garlic and sauerkraut.  Stir in Dijon and pasta.  Lastly add wine.  Cook until all the liquid is gone and heated throughout the dish.  Serve immediately.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Perfectly Delecatable & Moist

For my husband's birthday celebration I made some pulled pork sandwiches.  They were out of this world good.  I had enough leftovers for one last sandwich...they must have been a hit all around.  I served these on toasted Texas Toast and coleslaw.  Today is his Baptismal anniversary....perfect celebration topper.

Slow CookerApple Cider Pulled Pork
adapted from:

3.5lbs pork shoulder/loin
1 onion, sliced
1 bottle HARD cider

Place all ingredients in a greased crockpot.  Cook on LOW for about 8-12 hours.  About 2 hours before serving, drain and shred meat. Pour in another 1/2 bottle of HARD cider. Dump in a bottle (18oz) of your favorite BBQ sauce. Rinse bottle with the other half of the HARD cider. Stir together. Let simmer together in the crockpot.

adapted from:

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 t celery seed
1/2 t salt
1 small squirt yellow mustard
3/4 cup mayonaisse
2 1/2 T vinegar
1 bag coleslaw mix

Mix all ingredients (except coleslaw mix) in a bowl.  Add coleslaw mix; toss until thoroughly coated. Refrigerate at least 4 hours so flavors can marry.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Perfect Lenten Meal

Fridays in Lent don't need to be repetitious and boring. I love trying new and creative ways to upgrade the standard boring tuna fish. I have been wanting to upgrade my usual suspects.  This recipe is intriguing.

Tuna Stuffed in Tomatoes
inspired by:

2 cans tuna, drained & rinsed
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 t balsamic vinegar
2 t Dijon mustard (whole ground)
1 -2 T dill pickle, chopped
1 hard boiled egg, chopped
7 water chestnuts, chopped
4 slices favorite cheese
4 large tomatoes, tops and "guts" removed

Mix all ingredients except for tomatoes and cheese. in a bowl. Put filling in tomatoes. Top with cheese. Bake at 375 for 25minutes until filling is hot and cheese is bubbly. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Breakfast For Champions

This breakfast is delicious; so satisfying and filling on days when eating is limited. I enjoy granola with my yogurt and the boys love it just as cereal.  mmm.  This recipe is over the top good.

Cranberry Almond Granola (without the almonds)
adapted from:

5 cups oats
1 cup honey
1/2 cup butter
2 t vanilla
1 t almond extract
1 t salt
1 t apple pie spice/cinnamon
3/4 cup sunflower seeds, shelled (unsalted)
1 cup coconut

In a large mixing bowl combine oats, salt, cinnamon, sunflower seeds and coconut.  In a microwave safe bowl melt butter and honey together (then stir in vanilla and almond extract).  Pour melted butter mixture over the oat mixture.  Line a rimmed cookie sheet with foil - grease it. Bake at 300 for 25minutes. Stir and bake an additional 25minutes. Repeat at least one more time.

NOTE: if you want this to be more bar like, whisk together 3 egg whites before baking. Just bake at 300 for 25minutes. After the allotted time, shut oven off and let the granola cool down (as well as the oven) with the door closed.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Must Be The Polish In Me

It must be my Polish Heritage speaking up.  This main dish is absolutely wonderful.  I think I could probably eat the whole pot myself, though I am sure there would be serious gut aches and other unspeakable issues later as an aftermath.  Today is the birthday of a late friend. He taught me how to make golomki (or cabbage rolls in lay man terms).  Another friend of our mentioned that her mom would make this dish.  It is absolutely delicious too.  Enjoy!

adapted from:

1 medium head of cabbage, shredded as if for coleslaw (its okay to have bigger chunks)
3 medium onions, chopped
1 T garlic salt
6 T butter (make sure it is salted)
6 T bacon drippings
1 lb small pasta, cooked until al dente.
12oz chicken apple sausage, diced up into smallish pieces (my addition for getting protein)

Put cabbage in a crockpot. Top with onions.  Add about 1/2 cup water, butter and bacon drippings. Cook on LOW for about 6 hours.  Then sprinkle with salt...cook another 1 1/2hours.  During the whole cooking process you must stir occasionally (and take a nibble here and there....mmm).  At the end add cooked pasta, if desired.