Today’s post is going to be short and sweet. I have been practicing so many recipes for Valetine’s Day! Yesterday after I was going on my 2nd hour of finishing a truffle cupcake I realized something really important. Who the heck is going to want to spend the entire (Tuesday) day of Valentine’s Day cooking? That is when I decided to share this recipe with you.
If you are going to invest in any type of cooking gear, I highly recommend a cast iron skillet. Patrick gave me this large skillet on Christmas because I had previously been using a few tiny skillets. It doesn’t have to been anything fancy. I am pretty sure Walmart and Homegoods sell some pretty inexpensive ones. If you take care of your skillet it will last forever.
This weekend we went ahead and seasoned our new pan. Heat your oven up to 400 degrees. Take a cloth or paper towel and dip into canola oil or lard. Then cover the entire surface of the skillet. Even the handle and the outside. Bake for 1 hour then cool.
Okay back to this steak. I am forever over cooking my steaks because I come up with elaborate side dishes and the steak almost becomes an after thought. This time I made the steak the star of the show! This recipe is great for Valentine’s Day because it is so easy and quick, but definitely does not lack flavor!
I have been craving a plate of nachos lately. Unfortunately, Patrick is not a big fan of tortilla chips so I am always trying to come up with a new spin on nachos. Homemade nacho cheese is what makes this fantastic burger. Fresh garlic and jalapenos sauteed before adding in sharp cheddar and monteray jack.
The hardest part about making burgers on the stove top is not drying them out. To be honest I am usually so focused on flavor I forget about the cook time on the burgers. When I told Patrick what I was making he actually cringed a little clearly remembering my well done burgers from last time. Oops! This time I am focused! These came out a perfect medium rare which is so important since we are using a very lean cut of meat.
I used a blend of my favorite spices: smoked paprika, fresh cracked sea salt, white pepper, garlic and onion. Yes I definitely satisfied my nacho craving with these! Feel free to reduce the recipe. We ended up sharing one burger since they were so massive.
Spicy chili is one of my favorite dishes to make. It is super simple and there are always left overs. Chili leftovers are perfect for next day omelets or hashbrowns. This chili has a little bit of a twist. I usually like a more traditional borderline Italian chili. This time I changed it up and went heavy on Mexican spices. I started with lean ground beef then picked up some thinly sliced steak with light marbling. Think fajita cuts.
Layers of smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, fresh garlic, fresh cracked pepper, cumin, cayenne pepper and fresh onion all meld together with the fats from the meat and create the best base for this spicy chili. How spicy is obviously up to you. I love my chili to be nearly on fire! I know this is going to be one of my go to meals this fall/winter. I serve mine with a crusty piece of baguette, but crackers would be equally delicious.
Layers of smoky spices, lean cuts of beef, juicy tomatoes and red beans come together to make this amazing Mexican chili.
½ pound of lean ground beef
½ pound of thinly sliced steak (fajita beef)
1 small yellow onion chopped
2 cloves of fresh garlic
1 can of light red kidney beans rinsed
1 can of diced tomatoes
¼ cup of tomato paste
1 tbsp cayenne pepper
2 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp garlic
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp chili powder
salt to taste
fresh cracked pepper
2 cups of beef or chicken broth
¼ cup of hot sauce
In a large soup pot heat a couple tbsps of olive oil.
Cook the chopped onion and garlic until translucent.
Add the meat and cook until no longer pink.
Add in the spices.
Let cook for another 5 minutes or so until the meat is thoroughly coated.
Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, and stock.
Add the beans.
Let cook for the next 1 hour on low.
Stir every 15 minutes or so.
Add in the hot sauce, salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste.
Cook an additional 15 minutes.
The longer you cook this chili the better, but everything is done within the first hour. We are late eaters so I usually start this around 5 and let it cook over low for a few hours until we are ready to eat. This would also be great without the beans. I personally love the texture with the beans. I top mine with extra hot sauce, cheddar and sour cream. Patrick likes sour cream and chopped green onion. You can even trade out the sour cream for Greek yogurt! Yum!
I hope you try this recipe! Tag #kelliericecakes if you do!
Where we live there is a fantastic Asian restaurant on every corner. Korean BBQ, Hot Pot, Chinese dumplings, Pho- seriously everything you could dream of is within a 2 mile radius from our house. I wanted to try recreating a traditional Vietnamese beef noodle bowl that can be served within an hour. Honestly you can probably serve this in 30 minutes, but I wanted to have a very flavorful broth.
I started with a lean top round steak that I sliced very very thin. You can use any beef that you like, the more fat the more flavor. Since I was adding noodles to the dish I used a leaner beef to cut some calories. I marinated the sliced beef in soy sauce and garlic while my broth was simmering.
The broth starts with sauteing chopped onion and garlic. Then adding pureed ginger, sriracha sauce, and beef broth. Simmer until the broth begins to reduce then add the marinated beef. These bold flavors are so fragrant and spicy. My whole kitchen smelled so warm and cozy. Plus my favorite thing about rice noodles is the cook time. You just boil some water and pour it over the noodles. Letting them sit until soft and thickened.
What do you make when you have leftover steak? I know what you are thinking right now. Who the heck has leftover steak??? I made fennel and garlic rubbed ribeye last night and we had one left over. (PS. Recipe for the ribeyes coming soon!) This morning I woke up and I knew exactly what that left over ribeye was destined to be. A glorious steak, egg, and cheese bagel. Not just any bagel though. I made these thin onion bagels. I wanted something warm and fragrant without too much bread. I didn’t want anything to compete with this insane steak.
This crunchy crust is reminiscent of a baguette. Crisp outside with a soft yeasty inside. I topped them with onion flakes for a nice flavor to go with the crunch. Lathered with salted butter they don’t need any kind of sauce (except hot sauce if you are a serious heat junky like me). Creamy scrambled eggs and melted American cheese top the bagel off before the grand finale. Sliced pan fried ribeye. Go ahead and take a second to clean up that drool. Its okay my mouth is watering again too.
Ribeye thinly sliced (Mine was cooked medium rare)
1 tbsp of heavy cream
2 tbsp of butter
American cheese or any easy melting cheese
salt and pepper
For the Bagels:
2½ cups of AP flour
2 egg yolks
½ cup of very warm water
1 packet of fast active yeast
½ tsp salt
3 tbsp sugar
6 cups of water for boiling
In a mixer with paddle attachment add the water, yeast and sugar.
Let sit for about 5 minutes until yeast begins to bubble.
Add in the egg yolks and flour.
Begin to mix on medium low speed.
Sprinkle in the salt over the mixture.
Mix until a ball comes together about 10- 15 minutes.
Sprinkle with a little extra flour.
Let sit covered for 1 hour until double in size.
Form into 6 equal balls of dough.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Flatten each ball in your hand to about an 1 thick.
Use fingers to poke a hole through.
Boil on each side for about 30 seconds.
Sprinkle with onion flakes.
Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.
Mix together the 3 eggs and cream.
Scramble over low for nice creamy eggs.
Season with salt and pepper.
Pan fry the steak until warm.
Split the bagels in half.
Butter each side and layer with cheese, egg, and steak.
I don’t know how much leftover steak there is in your house, but I bet you will think of a reason to cook a little extra now! These bagels are seriously everything in our house now. They literally bursting with flavor. The perfect combo of creamy, melty, and salty. Don’t forget to tag #kelliericecakes if you recreate! Enjoy!
I remember when I was 18 and had just moved into my first apartment with my girl friends. We had no idea how to cook anything and often reheated our meals. Sitting around eating our baked frozen onion rings thinking they were the greatest snack in the world. Typically peeling the onions apart from the fried parts and tossing them to the side. These are not those onion rings. These fried onions are so crispy and spicy. I love them on top of a big juicy burger. Born is my cheddar jalapeno stuffed burger topped with fried onions.
And these burgers… oh … my … gosh! Stuffed with cheddar and jalapenos, topped with melt-y American cheese, fried onions, and a sweet bbq glaze, this is my ultimate cheese burger!
The glaze is a mixture of sweet bbq sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce, hot sauce, and Worcestershire. I absolutely love the deep bold flavors. A little really goes a long way.
Meatballs are a classic dish in Italian homes. My mom always made the best homemade meatballs when I was growing up. The whole house would smell like garlic and sausage.
Ricotta and I have a love hate relationship. I hate the texture, but when it is mixed into meats and sauces I love the moisture it adds. These meatballs are sure to satisfy any Italian craving.
What you need:
1 cup skim ricotta cheese
1/2 pound ground pork
1/2 pound ground sirloin
1 tbsp parsley
1 tbsp garlic chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 cup of your favorite pasta sauce
A sauté pan with lid.
Heat pan over medium heat. Add in oil. Enough to just cover the bottom of the pan. Mix all ingredients and shape into equal size balls. You can use a cookie scoop here. Drop all the meatballs carefully in the oil and cook until brown on all sides. About 5 minutes each side. Lower heat to medium low and add tomatoes to the pan. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until meat is thoroughly cooked.