Perfectly Seared Steak

perfectly seared steak

perfectly seared steak

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!

perfectly seared steak

Perfectly Seared Steak
Recipe type: Steak, Dinner
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Serves: 2
 
Perfectly Seared Steak for Valentine's Day
Ingredients
  • 2 ribeye steaks
  • ½ cup of soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 heaping tbsp of chopped or smashed garlic
  • ¼ cup of melted butter
  • 1 tsp of crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp of powdered garlic
  • cracked salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl place your steaks and the soy sauce, chopped garlic, salt and pepper, brown sugar and crushed red pepper.
  3. Let your steaks sit on the counter at least and hour before marinating to come to almost room temp.
  4. Marinate your steaks for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Heat your skillet over medium high.
  6. Pour half the butter in and let heat.
  7. Add your steaks and cook without touching for 1 minute.
  8. Pour in the rest of the butter and flip. Season with garlic powder salt and pepper.
  9. Cook for 1 minute then pour the marinade over the meat.
  10. Into the oven for 3 minutes for rare.
  11. minutes for medium.
  12. (This depends on how thin your steaks are. Mine where about an inch thick)
  13. Remove from pan immediately and let rest on a cutting board or plate.
  14. Once rested for about 5 minutes serve with a little of the pan sauce.

Enjoy your perfectly seared steak! Keep it simple and serve with a fresh veggie an potato. We like roasted asparagus and roasted red potatoes. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Red Curry Chicken – Whole 30 Approved!

red curry chicken

red curry chicken

Are you ready for one of my favorite FAST week night dinners? Best part? It is Whole 30 approved and delicious. This red curry chicken turned me into a curry believer.

Before I had zero desire to ever have curry. The first time I ever tried curry it was in a to go box with soggy veggies and a very unappealing greenish yellow sauce. Since then I have stayed far away.

This curry however has made me want to try a true authentic curry. The chicken was simmered in coconut milk with red curry paste, garlic, and tons of cayenne pepper. I folded in some steamed broccoli for texture and served over crisp roasted potatoes since I am skipping the rice.

I love the little bit of lime zest on time to really cut through the heat and bring some bright flavor to the dish. We have already made this recipe again and tried swapping the chicken for shrimp.

red curry chicken

I know when I diet or try to eat clean I get stuck in these ruts throughout the week and we end up with a roasted chicken breast and roasted veggie most of the time. I think this recipe was a nice break that helped open us to different versions of our roasted classic.

If you aren’t a huge fan of coconut milk I would still advise you to try this dish. Since we are using an unsweet coconut milk it does not stand out as the main ingredient to me. I think everything did a great job of coming together and delivering a very tasty medley of flavors.

Red Curry Chicken - Whole 30 Approved!
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Recipe type: Red Curry Chicken, Dinner
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Serves: 2-3
 
A twist on classic roasted veggies and protein. Chicken simmered in a rich red curry sauce then tossed with broccoli and served over crispy potatoes.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound of chicken breast
  • ½ cup of unsweet coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp of red curry paste
  • 1 tsp of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 lime and the zest from the lime
  • 1 tsp of chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of steam broccoli
  • 2 small russet potatoes chopped
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Toss chopped potatoes with 1 tbsp of coconut oil and spread out on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. I like to flip my potatoes after 10 minutes for added crunch.
  3. In a sauce pan heat 1 tbsp of coconut oil over medium heat.
  4. Add in the chicken breast and cook until golden brown and up to 160 degrees.
  5. Season with salt and pepper as you go.
  6. Take chicken out of the pan and let rest.
  7. Add the chopped garlic into the pan and heat over medium low.
  8. Once the garlic is a golden color add the coconut milk and curry paste.
  9. Add in the cayenne and garlic powder.
  10. Season with salt and pepper.
  11. Stir and bring up to medium heat until the sauce starts to simmer.
  12. Slice your chicken breast (which should now be 165 degrees)
  13. Add into the sauce.
  14. Boil 2 cups of water in a pot and add your steaming pot to steam your broccoli. (You can also toss the broccoli in a glass microwave safe dish and cover with plastic wrap cook for 4 minutes to steam)
  15. Bring the chicken mix down to medium low heat and fold in the broccoli.
  16. Spoon your chicken curry over a scoop of potatoes and serve with a little lime zest and a squeeze of the lime.
  17. I also added hot sauce on mine because I like to be extra like that. 😉

red curry chicken

You can make this dish as spicy or as mild as you want. We like to eat ours very spicy, as always.

There are quite a few steps to this dish, but don’t let that fool you. This dish comes together in 30 minutes or less. The longest part of the process is waiting for the potatoes to roast.

I hope you try out this red curry chicken and enjoy!

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Teriyaki Chicken Bowls – Fast and Easy!

teriyaki chicken

Happy Thursday everyone! We made this dish a few weeks ago after going to the mall. You know when you are trying to zoom through the food court so you don’t get suckered into buying a slice of pizza, a philly cheesesteak, and a pile of orange chicken to go? We almost made it to the door and we were stopped by a man handing out teriyaki chicken samples. Noooooooo. It took everything inside me not to turn around and order a plate full of that chicken. So tender and sweet with perfect browned bits on each piece.

I used chicken thighs to make sure the chicken would soak up all the flavors and not dry out. You can easily swap the jasmine rice out for more broccoli or zucchini slices. The recipe does contain soy sauce and brown sugar, but I think both ingredients are crucial to get that really smooth sweet glaze.

After trying this chicken I promise it will be so much easier to walk past the food court! It only takes about 30 minutes and I think it is just as delicious! Did I mention this dish is also kid approved?

Teriyaki Chicken Bowls
Recipe type: Chicken
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Serves: 3
 
Sweet teriyaki chicken with fresh veggies over rice.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound of boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp of corn starch
  • ¼ cup of dark brown sugar
  • ¼ sup of soy sauce
  • 2 heaping tbsp of garlic
  • 1 tsp of crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp of fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 cup of sliced onions
  • ½ cup of button mushrooms
  • 2 cups of steamed broccoli
  • 1 cup of jasmine rice cooked and slightly cooled
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Rough chop the chicken thighs into bite size bites.
  3. Toss in the corn starch.
  4. Add the onions to the skillet and cook until almost translucent.
  5. Add in the chopped garlic and mushrooms.
  6. Add in the chicken and cook until almost browned.
  7. Pour in the seasonings, sugar, and soy sauce.
  8. Let the sauce come to a simmer then lower the heat slightly and cover.
  9. Cook for 10 minutes or until chicken no longer is pink in the middle. (160 degrees)
  10. Fold in the steamed broccoli.
  11. ** If the sauce thickens too quickly add a tsp of water until you have desired thickness.
  12. Top with sriracha if you want a little extra heat!

 

This would also be delicious with pork or beef. Feel free to customize to your favorite protein! Enjoy!

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Baked Harissa Chicken and Shrimp

baked harissa chicken

baked harissa chicken

Ok I admit it. I AM obsessed with harissa spices. I love having a spice mixture that slowly builds up heat. You can use a little for a mild spice or a lot for a spicy flavor that slowly warms your palate. Baked harissa chicken was definitely at the top of my to do list. I wanted to try something that would work with the Whole 30 plan or just if you need something fast and healthy! This chicken and shrimp is baked with lots of harissa seasoning, paprika, salt and pepper!

baked harissa chicken

I needed something that could be thrown together fast after a long day at work. I dropped a little coconut oil on a sheet pan and spread out some chicken breast, cauliflower, and halved potatoes. After liberally seasoning everything I baked for 20 minutes. You are going to see the chicken start to have this gorgeous deep red crust and the cauliflower will start to brown. Flip everything over and season again. Add shrimp and season with a little salt and pepper.

baked harissa chicken

One thing you are going to want to do is add a little moisture to the sheet around the half way point. I completely forgot to do this and a few of my chicken pieces dried out. You can drizzle on a little chicken stock, olive oil, coconut oil, even water just make sure you add it to the chicken before your first flip.

Baked Harissa Chicken and Shrimp
Recipe type: Whole 30, Chicken
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Serves: 2-3
 
Baked harissa chicken and shrimp with lots of veggies.
Ingredients
  • ½ pound of chicken breast, cubed
  • ½ pound of large raw shrimp, shells removed
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp of harissa seasoning
  • 1 tbsp of paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup of chicken stock or water
  • 1 lemon halved
  • 2 cups of cauliflower
  • 2 small potatoes
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Grease the a large sheet pan with coconut oil.
  3. Spread out the chicken cubes and cauliflower.
  4. Season with half of the harissa and paprika.
  5. Salt and pepper.
  6. Halve the 2 potatoes and place them flat side down on the sheet.*
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Drizzle water or stock over the chicken pieces.
  9. Flip everything over and season with remaining harissa and paprika.
  10. Salt and pepper.
  11. Now add the shrimp and season with salt and pepper.
  12. Bake for another 10-15 minutes. Or until chicken reaches 160 degrees.
  13. Once everything rests your chicken should come up to 165 degrees.
  14. Sprinkle with lemon halves.
  15. * I Microwaved my potatoes for 5 minutes before cutting in half to make the cook time a little faster.

baked shrimp

This is definitely one of my new favorite meals. I started with a bowl of mixed greens and added my chicken, shrimp, and veggies then squeezed a little more lemon on top. Sriracha is also a delicious topper!

Are you trying to eat healthier this year? If so what are some of your favorite recipes???

shrimp

 

 

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Baked Chicken Wings With A Garlic Buffalo Sauce

baked chicken wings

baked chicken wings

We are talking wings today. Superbowl is around the corner and these would be a perfect appetizer! BUT for me this is a way to have my favorite meal lightened up. They are so crispy with a burst of juice and all that spice from the sauce. These are one of my new favorite meals for sure! I served some salt and olive oil baked fries on the side. Our ranch was 1 cup of light sour cream, 1 tbsp of milk, 1 tsp of dill weed, 1 tsp of garlic powder, and 2 tsp of ground pepper. If you are doing Whole 30 or eating Paleo you can easily swap this out for approved ranch with homemade mayo.

baked chicken wings

Now I want to talk about this sauce. One of my favorite things to cook in the kitchen is chopped garlic. I love the smell of garlic heating up in olive oil or butter. Patrick always comes in the kitchen and asks what I’m doing when I drop that garlic into the skillet. You can use olive oil, butter, ghee, coconut oil – whatever you have on hand. I used 2 tbsp of salted butter then added 2 heaping tablespoons of chopped garlic. Then I sauteed for a few minutes over medium heat. Do not let the garlic brown. All you do after that is pour in a cup of your favorite hot sauce and finish with fresh ground pepper. Delicious!

baked chicken wings

Usually baked wings have a bad reputation because it is SO HARD to replicate that beautiful fried wing. The trick to getting that crispy skin is to boil the wings for 3-5 minutes before baking. You are going to render a lot of that fat which will help it crisp up fast!

Baked Chicken Wings With A Garlic Buffalo Sauce
Recipe type: Appetizer, Chicken Wings
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Crispy baked chicken wings in a garlic buffalo sauce!
Ingredients
  • 1 pound of mixed drumsticks and flats (frozen or fresh)
  • 6 quarts of water for boiling
  • 1 cup of hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp of butter (or clarified butter)
  • 2 tbsp of chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp of fresh ground pepper ( you can eyeball this, I just like to have enough pepper to speckle throughout the sauce)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Bring water up to a boil and boil the wings for 5 minutes.
  3. You will start to see the fat pulling off into the water.
  4. Drain and pat dry.
  5. Line the wings a baking tray. (If possible try not to use a non stick pan)
  6. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes then flip to cook the other side.
  8. I used a bench scraper to flip so I could get any skin that was starting to stick.
  9. Bake for another 15 - 20 minutes depending on your preferred crispy level.

 

To make the fries just slice some potatoes and toss in olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown!

You won’t ever pull out your fryer again after you try these wings!

 

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Harissa Chicken Sandwiches

harissa chicken sandwiches

harissa chicken sandwich

You may have noticed the trend in fried chicken on my blog. For some reason I always try and find the next bigger better fried chicken. (fun fact I also do this with chocolate chip cookies) This sandwich might be the one though. So much flavor and easy to adjust to your personal heat levels. The harissa spices bring a really nice warmth to the breading without being to spicy or salty.  I picked up my harissa seasoning from World Market. I prefer the dry mix because you can add olive oil to the spices to make a paste or leave it dry.

harissa chicken

The secret to exceptionally juicy fried chicken is using chicken thighs. I like to soak them in buttermilk before dipping them into the egg batter. They are almost melt in your mouth tender with a perfect crunchy crust. The real star of the show is the honey harissa mayo spread. It brings a really nice sweet heat that pairs well with some tangy dill pickles.

harissa chicken

Harissa Chicken Sandwiches
Recipe type: Sanwiches
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Fried chicken sandwiches with a harissa crust and sweet harissa mayo.
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1 cup of milk or buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup of AP flour
  • 1 cup of panko crumbs
  • 2 tbsp of harissa spice
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • potato buns
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • dill pickles
  • ½ cup of mayo
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • 1 tsp of harissa spice
  • oil for frying
Instructions
  1. soak the chicken thighs in the milk while preparing the oil
  2. In a deep frying pan heat oil to 350 degrees. (I used canola oil)
  3. Prepare two bowls- one with the eggs beaten and the second with the flour, panko, garlic and harissa
  4. Dip the chicken into the egg then into the flour mix
  5. Season with salt and pepper
  6. Fry in the oil until up to temperature. I usually cook to 160 degrees then let rest until 165
  7. While the chicken is resting mix the mayo, remaining harissa spice and honey.
  8. Toast the buns lightly and spread with the mayo.
  9. Add the pickles and chicken then top with lettuce and tomato.

You can definitely add more or less of the harissa before frying. I usually love my food extra spicy, but these are just perfect with a tiny pinch of heat. Don’t forget the potato buns! They are so soft and just soak up all the juices from the chicken.

I hope you enjoy!

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Savory Tomato and Olive Pasta (With Ground Beef)

Savory Tomato and Olive Pasta

Savory Tomato and Olive Pasta

In the midst of all my holiday recipes I remembered this super easy savory tomato and olive pasta. A two pot pasta dish made in 30 minutes with tons of flavor! It starts with some of my all time favorite things: garlic, onion, and olive oil. Anytime I start a dish with those 3 ingredients my mouth just begins to water. Then you add in the ground beef with lots of spices. Roasted tomatoes and briney olives. Then stir in angel hair and a little pasta water. Let it simmer and top with TONS of Parmesan.

Savory Tomato and Olive Pasta

This recipe has so many flavors going on. Each component just as important as the next. This are my favorite types of pasta dishes. So rich you don’t need a lot of sauce. Plus it is such a gorgeous meal. A huge step up from the typical spaghetti and meat sauce.

Savory Tomato and Olive Pasta

Seriously- look at that sauce. So light and evenly tossed throughout the pasta. Yummm.

Savory Tomato and Olive Pasta (With Ground Beef)
Recipe type: Pasta
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Savory Tomato and Olive Pasta With Ground Beef
Ingredients
  • 1 box of angel hair pasta
  • 6 cups of salted water for boiling
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 2 tbsp of chopped garlic
  • 1 small sweet onion chopped
  • ½ cup of olives
  • 1 can of roasted tomatoes
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • ½ cup of reserved pasta water
  • fresh or dried parsley
Instructions
  1. Boil the water and cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Reserve ½ cup of pasta water.
  3. In a large saute pan cook the garlic, onion, and olive oil over medium high.
  4. Add the ground beef.
  5. Cook until completely browned.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Add in the tomatoes and olives.
  8. Pour in the pasta water and bring to a simmer.
  9. Add in the pasta.
  10. Toss lightly and turn heat to medium low.
  11. Add in the rest of the seasoning.
  12. Sauce should not be watery, but just enough to coat all the pasta.
  13. Serve with lots of parm and parsley

Savory Tomato and Olive Pasta

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Cajun Turkey Plus Spicy Stuffing

cajun turkey

Every year I make an herb stuffed turkey. This year we wanted to try something a little different. We have been trying out so many cajun recipes lately and thought we would spice up our normal Thanksgiving routine.

cajun turkey

I confess I did buy one of those little cajun spice injector kits, but the seasoning for the crust is really what takes it over the top! I made a 12 pound turkey so we would have lots of left overs for the busy weekend ahead. This meat pair perfectly with whole wheat bread and all the fixings for a turkey sandwich!

cajun turkey

The skin came out perfect due to the cooking technique. Crank up the heat to 420 degrees for 30 minutes uncovered then lower the heat to 350 for the remaining 2.5 hours and cook with a layer of foil over the top.

Now lets talk about the stuffing. I almost always use my mom’s stuffing recipe. Fulled with fresh tart cranberry, spicy sausage and lots of veggies. To go along with the theme I skipped the cranberries and used andouille sausage over my usual ground sausage. This would be perfect on a serving platter stuffed into the turkey once both dishes are fully cooked. It is hard for me to ever say stuffing is “beautiful” but it sure is tasty!

Cajun Turkey and Spicy Stuffing
Recipe type: Turkey, Main Dish
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Serves: 6-8
 
Juicy cajun turkey with spicy stuffing!
Ingredients
  • For the turkey:
  • One turkey 10-12 lbs (cleaned and patted dry)
  • 1 jar of cajun injector butter with syringe OR 2 cups of melted butter with 2 tbsp of cajun seasoning mixed in
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp of paprika
  • 1 tbsp of cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • Roasting pan and foil
  • For the Stuffing:
  • ½ pound of andouille sausage sliced or chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 1 bag of stuffing bread crumbs, I used peppridge farm
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp of salted butter
  • 1 tbsp of cajun seasoning
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 420 degrees.
  2. Place the turkey in a roasting pan.
  3. Use the injector to insert the butter under the skin on the top layer, in the thighs, in the breast, and anywhere you think needs extra juice!
  4. Mix together the seasonings and rub them into the skin all over.
  5. Cook for 30 minutes then lower the heat to 350 degrees.
  6. Add the 2 cups of broth to the bottom of the roasting pan.
  7. Inject butter into the meat one more time.
  8. Cover with foil.
  9. Cook turkey for 2 more hours then start the stuffing.
  10. In a large oven safe sauce pan add the onions, celery and sausage.
  11. Cook until onions are translucent then add the butter.
  12. Add the remaining broth and bring to a boil. '
  13. Take off the heat and add bread crumbs and seasonings.
  14. Mix through and cover with foil.
  15. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  16. Uncover your turkey and spoon the broth over the top and anywhere that looks dry.
  17. Cook the turkey for another 30 minutes or until internal temp is 165.

cajun turkey

Happy holidays!

 

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Sausage, Mushroom, and Cheese Stuffed Shells

stuffed shells

These stuffed shells bring me back to my childhood. I don’t know how I have gone this long without making them myself. Growing up in an Italian household we typically celebrated holidays with some sort of pasta. With Thanksgiving only a few days away I wanted to offer a alternative to typical turkey and sides.

stuffed shells

I personally will be celebrating Thanksgiving on a different day. Due to the nature of my day job I will be working on the actual holiday. This dish is for those of you that might be too busy to do a full on Thanksgiving meal, but still want something special. Each shell is stuffed with so much garlic, so much onion, so much mushroom, and so much sausage. Every bite will burst with flavor and ooey gooey cheese.

stuffed shells

I finished the top with a little panko and fresh parm. Patrick does not liked baked pasta which is totally crazy to me  but if you are one of these people feel free to eat these shells right out of the pan without baking. Still good. The cheese just isn’t melty enough for me.

Sausage, Mushroom, and Cheese Stuffed Shells
Recipe type: Stuffed Shells, Pasta
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Baked pasta shells stuffed with sausage, mushrooms, and cheese.
Ingredients
  • Large dried pasta shells
  • 2 cups of mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tbsp of Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp of chopped garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of baby bella mushrooms chopped
  • 1 pound of spicy ground sausage
  • 1 cup of chopped onions
  • 2 cups of marinara sauce
  • crushed red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
  • 2 tbsp of panko crumbs
  • fresh shaved parm cheese
  • chopped parsley (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Boil 6 cups of water and cook shells to al dente (just cooked, still holds shape)
  3. In a saute pan cook the sausage until you no longer see pink.
  4. Add onions and garlic.
  5. Add in mushrooms.
  6. Once the onions start to look translucent add the seasonings and 2 tbsp of marinara sauce.
  7. Stir in a handful of the cheese.
  8. Let the mixture cool slightly.
  9. Fill the shells and line a baking dish.
  10. Cover with remaining marinara.
  11. Follow with the mozzarella.
  12. Top with panko and parm.
  13. Cook for 15-20 minutes until cheese bubbles.
  14. Top with more parm and parsley!

stuffed shells

This Holiday season if you are low on time, but still want an impressive meal try out these stuffed shells! Don’t forget a side of crusty garlic bread.

stuffed shells

Look at that cheese crust!!!!

 

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Nacho Cheese Burgers

nacho cheese burger

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.

nacho burger

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.

nacho burger

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.

Nacho Cheese Burgers
Recipe type: Burger, Dinner
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Serves: 2-4
 
Thin sirloin patties topped with home made nacho cheese.
Ingredients
  • For the burger:
  • 1 pound of ground sirloin
  • 1 tbsp cracked sea salt
  • 1 tbsp white pepper
  • 1 tbsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp of smoked paprika
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp fresh garlic
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 buns (or 4 if you want singles)
  • For the cheese sauce:
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese - cheddar and monteray jack
  • 1 tbsp of corn starch
  • 1 tbsp of fresh garlic
  • 1 chopped jalapeno seeds and veins removed
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • 1 tsp of chili powder
  • 1 tbsp of butter
  • Burger toppings:
  • Bacon
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Ketchup
  • Mayo
  • Whatever you decide
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl mix together the sirloin, spices, and egg.
  2. Form into thin uniform sized patties.
  3. Preheat a skillet to medium heat.
  4. Add the olive oil.
  5. Cook the patties for about 3-5 minutes on each side depending on your temp preference.
  6. For the cheese:
  7. In a small sauce pan heat the butter.
  8. Add the garlic and jalapenos.
  9. In a bowl combined the cheese, spices and cornstarch.
  10. Add to the sauce pan.
  11. Make sure the heat is medium low.
  12. Add in the milk ¼ a cup at a time.
  13. Whisk constantly.
  14. Sauce should be smooth.
  15. In a frying pan fry ¼ a pound of bacon.
  16. Let drain.
  17. Warm your buns and top with your favorite toppings!

So next time you are craving some nachos, but do not want to use tortilla chips try out my burger recipe!

I promise it is so worth it.

I added lots of hot sauce.

It was delicious!

If you try this recipe don’t forget to tag me! #kelliericecakes

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