Po Boys with Yum Yum Sauce

chicken po boys

I know I know. Another FRIED CHICKEN RECIPE!? I promise this is different. You can swap the chicken out for white fish or shrimp, but we just happened to have chicken on hand. Did I mention that once a month I load up on every cut of chicken and beef I can find and freeze them all? It makes it easy to come up with different ways to cook when I have options. I usually buy my produce every few days and fish once a week, but the rest I buy in bulk for the freezer.

When I left for work I thought I was going to be making chicken pasta so I sat some chicken out to defrost. By the time I got home I was craaaaaving a po boy. We love ordering from Red Crawfish. They make these enormous po boys filled with fresh fish, sauteed peppers and onions, and lots of yum yum sauce. I still had a bag of spicy fish fry left so I cut the chicken into strips and dipped them into a mix of flour and fish fry.

chicken po boys

I want to start making my sub rolls from scratch, but until then I will continue to buy from the Kroger bakery. These rolls are just under 6 inches and have a beautiful crust with soft pillow-y interiors. They are perfect for these po boy sandwiches. I hollowed out the inside so I could pack in the filling without too much bread in the way.

chicken po boy

Classic Po Boys with Yum Yum Sauce
Recipe type: Sandwich
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Serves: 2
 
Chicken dipped in fish fry then layered with sauteed onions, cheese, and yum yum sauce.
Ingredients
  • For The Sandwiches:
  • 2 Sub Rolls
  • 1 pound of chicken breast cut into strips
  • 1 cup of AP flour
  • 1 cup of spicy fish fry
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • Oil for frying
  • 1 small onion sliced thin
  • 1 cup of chopped lettuce
  • ½ a cup of cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp mayo
  • For the Yum Yum:
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • ¼ cup of mayo
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp of water or milk
  • pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a deep sauce pan add oil ( enough to at least be ½ inch high)
  2. Heat oil to 350 degrees.
  3. In 1 bowl whisk the egg, in another bowl mix the flour and fish fry
  4. Dip the chicken into the egg then into the flour mixture.
  5. Fry until golden brown on each side. Internal temp should be around 160-165 and no longer pink in the middle.
  6. Slice chicken for easier eating.
  7. In a small sauce pan fry the onion slices with a drizzle of oil.
  8. To assemble the sandwich hollow out the sub rolls and slather the top with mayo.
  9. Line the bottom with the cheese then the chicken.
  10. Top with onions and lettuce.
  11. For the Yum Yum:
  12. Mix together the mayo, garlic, tomato paste, paprika and sugar.
  13. Add the water or milk to desired consistency.
  14. Pepper to taste.
  15. Drizzle a little yum yum sauce (and hot sauce if you want!)

chicken po boys

If I can’t make it to my favorite restaurant for some yummy po boys this is definitely the next best thing. Not to mention they are SO easy and quick for a week night dinner!

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Spicy Beef Ramen Bowl

spicy beef ramen bowl

Ramen is one of those super comforting foods that we turn to for an easy dinner. Long gone are the days when we fill our foam cups with water and wait for noodles to soften. While dressing up a ramen packet is not new to me, this is definitely a more sophisticated approach. I am lucky enough to live near several Asian farmers markets so some of these ingredients will be optional. Delicious either way.  Yesterday we went to pick up some soybean paste (which I seriously cannot find in any other grocery store in our area!) and I was lost in the 3 aisles of noodles. Rice noodles, mung bean noodles, green bean noodles, wheat noodles, soba noodles, egg noodles… so many noodles everywhere! I went with a classic ramen noodle, but we purchased a few others for later experiments.

beef ramen bowl

I started by slicing some sirloin steak very thin and browning it in my soup pot with a little vegetable oil. Removing the meat and setting it to the side I then browned some fresh chopped brussel sprouts.  Again removing from the heat and setting to the side. I added onion and mushrooms let that saute then drizzled some soy sauce to deglaze my pan. Turning the heat down I poured in the beef stock. Mixing in the brown sugar and spices. I recommend using a beef stock cube or half a packet of beef ramen seasoning to really get a bold beefy flavor.

beef ramen

I make my noodles in a separate pot tossing them into the broth once they have softened. Then comes my favorite part! The eggs! I know a lot of recipes call for a soft boiled egg on top, but we like to add our eggs straight into the broth and let them poach in the beef seasoning. So wonderful!

Spicy Beef Ramen Bowl
Recipe type: Soup
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Serves: 2-3
 
Spicy beef ramen soup bowls! Layers of beef flavor with soft noodles and veggies.
Ingredients
  • 4 oz of sirloin steak sliced
  • 6 cups of beef stock
  • 2 beef ramen packs or noodle of choice
  • beef ramen seasoning or a beef cube
  • 1 tsp soy bean paste (optional if you cannot find)
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of chopped brussel sprouts or cabbage
  • 1 cup of chopped onion
  • 1 cup of chopped mushrooms
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp of chili paste (or sriracha)
  • ¼ of low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Prepare boiling water for the noodles.
  2. Add noodles and cook while preparing broth.
  3. In a large soup pot heat vegetable oil over medium high.
  4. Add in the meat and let it brown about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove meat and set to the side.
  6. Add chopped brussel sprouts and sesame oil to the pot and again brown over medium high,
  7. Lightly salt to taste, remove from heat and set to the side.
  8. Toss the onion and mushroom to the pot and begin to saute.
  9. Lower the heat to medium and mix in the brown sugar.
  10. Let the onions caramelize then add the soy sauce to de glaze the pot.
  11. Add in the garlic, chili paste, salt, and soy bean paste.
  12. Pour in the beef stock and stir.
  13. (Don't forget to drain the noodles they cook fairly quickly)
  14. Bring the heat back up to medium high and add in the beef seasoning.
  15. Let simmer for another 10 minutes then pour in the drained noodles.
  16. Crack 2 eggs into the broth and let cook through.
  17. I like dropping the eggs into opposite ends so I can make sure both people get a whole egg.
  18. Pour soup into bowls and top with brussel sprouts and hot sauce.
  19. Enjoy!

beef ramen bowl

I hope you try out our go to easy dinner! These brussel sprouts are everrrrything right now! Don’t forget to let me know if you try it out!

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Hot Fried Chicken – Inspired By The Nashville Classic Recipe

hot fried chicken

I personally have never been to Nashville. It is definitely one of those trips on my bucket list. I always see the most amazing creations on instagram and other forms of social media. They typically stem from Nashville. This recipe is my version of hot fried chicken. Juicy bonless chicken thighs with a very thin salty crust made of panko crumbs and cornstarch. They are then tossed lightly in this amazing peppery hot sauce. I am pretending these are healthy since I removed the fat and skin…

hot fried chicken

I know what you are thinking. How many times do we eat fried chicken a week since I have at least 5 different fried chicken recipes. I promise we really only eat fried chicken maybe once a month. It is just really hard for me to make something the same way every time. There are so many variations in the food world, I feel obligated to try them all!

hot fried chicken

The biggest secret to what makes this recipe so great is the sauce. Instead of using butter and hot sauce which is my typical go to I tried something a little different. I started with some Louisiana hot sauce, added lots and lots of fresh cracked pepper and garlic powder. Then two spoonfuls of the chicken grease. This made the sauce a lot thinner and it was able to coat each piece of the chicken really well.

Hot Fried Chicken - Inspired By The Nashville Classic Recipe
Recipe type: Chicken, Main Course
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Serves: 4
 
Hot fried chicken inspired by a Nashville classic recipe.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound of boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup of panko crumbs
  • ½ cup of corn starch
  • 2 tsp garlic powder divided
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp pepper divided
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp of smoked paprika
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of hot sauce divided
  • canola oil for frying ( I use 2 quarts)
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl mix the panko, corn starch, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp of salt, 1 tbsp of pepper, 1 tsp of cayenne pepper, 2 tbsp of smoked paprika
  3. In another large bowl mix the milk, eggs, and ½ cup of hot sauce
  4. Dip each chicken thigh into the egg mixture then into the panko mixture
  5. I press as much of the panko on as I can
  6. Fry until no longer pink in the middle, about 5 minutes on each side.
  7. Careful not to over crowd the chicken.
  8. I let mine drain over a baking rack onto paper towel, it helps keep the chicken crispy
  9. In a bowl mix the remaining garlic powder, pepper, and hot sauce
  10. Add in 2 tbsp of the used hot oil
  11. Mix together then toss in the chicken
  12. Enjoy!

hot fried chicken

Nothing beats this hot fried chicken, especially for Sunday night dinner! You can serve it alone, with biscuits, or chopped over a salad. Endless possibilities!

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Egg Sandwiches Smashed Full of Kettle Chips

egg sandwich

These egg sandwiches came into my life after I tried one of these voodoo kettle chips. Seriously, I went into the kitchen and started making myself some toast. Dave’s killer toast is my new favorite. It is packed full of grains and seeds, lower in carbs, and only 70 calories. Anyways, while I was waiting on the toaster I thought I would try just one of these voodoo kettle chips. I did not expected to fall in love immediately. I am not even much of a chip person! These chips are crunchy and packed with cajun bbq flavor! Since it would be silly to eat chips with my toast, I started pulling everything out of the fridge to find a reason to eat them.

egg sandwich

I started with my toast then added a scrambled egg, pastrami, and colby jack cheese. Then I added my favorite deli mustard and zesty dill pickles. Originally I was just going to eat the chips on the side, but then I decided just to top my sandwich with them. SUCH. A. GOOD. IDEA. I’m a sucker for anything with a crunch and this was such a satisfying topper to the sandwich.

Egg Sandwiches Smashed Full of Kettle Chips
Recipe type: Sandwich
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Zesty egg sandwich packed with traditional lunch goodies then topped with kettle chips!
Ingredients
  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread (or your favorite)
  • Spicy deli mustard
  • 2 slices of pastrami (or your favorite lunch meat)
  • 1 slice of colby jack cheese
  • 2 slices of zesty dill pickles
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small tomato
  • a handful of kettle chips
Instructions
  1. Toast the bread.
  2. Heat a sauce pan over medium low heat.
  3. Add cooking spray or oil.
  4. Cook the egg into a slow scramble.
  5. Season with salt and pepper if you choose.
  6. Slather the toasted bread with the deli mustard.
  7. Add the egg, meat, cheese, pickles, and tomato.
  8. Top with chips then smash down top slice of bread for optimum bite!

egg sandwich

I know this seems like an embarrassingly simple recipe. Well, it is. But it is THAT good! When I was in elementary school my dad used to make me ham, cheese, hot sauce, and Doritos sandwiches. I blame him for this elevated version.  Usually when I make myself weird meals I don’t share them with the world, but in this case I’m pretty sure everyone needs to start smashing some kettle chips on their breakfast sandwich!

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Chicken Thighs With Salty Olives and Prosciutto

chicken thighs

These chicken thighs are the easiest Monday night recipe! This dish comes together in 30 minutes or less. No more Monday moody blues! Now you have this dish to look forward to! No one will ever know how fast you threw this meal together once they taste this sauce. The prosciutto and olives add a saltiness to this lemon cream sauce that mimics sauces that simmer for hours.

On Mondays I work a very late shift. Patrick always waits for me to eat so I have to get creative with our dinners. I need something that I can cook very quickly, but still has that great comfort food vibe. Usually I will save our pasta night for Monday since you can boil noodles in under 15 minutes.

chicken-thighs-with-olives-and-prosciutto

You start out with boneless skinless chicken thighs tossed lightly in corn starch. In a saute pan I heat up a little olive oil and brown the chicken thighs. I cook them to about 95 % done. Then remove from the pan. Then all the remaining ingredients are tossed in the pan and cooked down before adding the chicken back in. I used angel hair because I think this cut of pasta soaks up the sauce a little better then some other cuts. This dish really is all about the sauce!

Chicken Thighs With Salty Olives and Prosciutto
Cuisine: Dinner, Poultry
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Serves: 3-4
 
Crispy chicken thighs over angel hair pasta, smothered in a salty lemon cream sauce with olives and prosciutto.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound of boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • ½ cup of corn starch
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • ½ cup of marinated olives (or your favorite olive)
  • 5 slices of prosciutto
  • 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup of cream
  • 1 cup of chicken stock
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 servings of cooked pasta
Instructions
  1. Prepare pasta and strain.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.
  3. Toss chicken in the corn starch.
  4. Tap off excess.
  5. Brown the chicken in the sauce pan.
  6. Cover to cook through. ( Takes about 10 minutes depending on how thick they are)
  7. Remove the chicken.
  8. Brown the prosciutto and garlic.
  9. Add ½ cup of the chicken stock to the pan and turn up the heat.
  10. Whisk or scrap the bottom to get everything up from the bottom of the pan.
  11. Add the olives and lemon juice.
  12. (If the chicken stock reduces down too quickly just add the remaining ½ cup)*
  13. Lower the heat to medium low and add in the cream and stir.
  14. Season with the paprika, salt and pepper.
  15. Add the chicken back into the pan and cook until no longer pink.
  16. Serve over pasta.
  17. * I used 1 full cup of stock. I started with half a cup then after the stock cooked down and I scrapped all those beautiful brown bits up I felt like it was reducing too quick and added more. It is honestly your preference to how much sauce you want over the pasta.

chicken thighs

Thanks for stopping by! I’m going to go recreate this again now. These pictures brought back too many memories :p

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Spicy Mexican Chili

spicy mexican chili

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.

spicy mexican chili

 

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.

spicy chili

Spicy Mexican Chili
Recipe type: mexican, soup/stew
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Serves: 4-6
 
Layers of smoky spices, lean cuts of beef, juicy tomatoes and red beans come together to make this amazing Mexican chili.
Ingredients
  • 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
  • olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a large soup pot heat a couple tbsps of olive oil.
  2. Cook the chopped onion and garlic until translucent.
  3. Add the meat and cook until no longer pink.
  4. Add in the spices.
  5. Let cook for another 5 minutes or so until the meat is thoroughly coated.
  6. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, and stock.
  7. Add the beans.
  8. Let cook for the next 1 hour on low.
  9. Stir every 15 minutes or so.
  10. Add in the hot sauce, salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste.
  11. 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!

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Spicy Vietnamese Beef Noodle Bowl

beef noodle bowl

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.

spicy beef bowl

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.

beef noodle bowl

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.

Spicy Vietnamese Beef Noodle Bowl
Recipe type: Soup, Noodle Bowl
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Spicy beef broth filled with beef and veggies over soft rice noodles.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups of beef broth
  • ¼ cup of sriracha (or less depending on your taste buds)
  • 1 cup of chopped onion
  • 5 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp pureed ginger
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 pound of sliced beef
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)
  • 2 tbsp chopped green onion
  • 2 cups of prepared rice noodles
  • sriracha to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl marinate the beef with the soy sauce and 2 garlic cloves.
  2. Saute the onion and the rest of the garlic in a soup pot.
  3. Add the ginger, sesame seeds and broth.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce to a simmer and add the sriracha sauce.
  6. Once the broth begins to reduce add the beef.
  7. Cover over medium low for 30 minutes to an hour.
  8. Pour beef and broth over the rice noodles.
  9. Serve with green onion and sriracha.

beef noodle bowl

Next time you are in the mood for something spicy and comforting try out this spicy beef noodle bowl!

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Cheesy Steak and Lobster Fries

surf and turf fries

Lobster fries have been blowing up my instagram feed lately. Everyone is serving up crispy salty fries covered in lobster to celebrate summer. This is a trend I can definitely get on board with! I wanted to add something a little extra because I just don’t seem to know when to stop. These fries are coated with a light dusting of seasoning salt, warm queso drizzled on top then piled with lobster and a side of steak.  These surf and turf fries bring a whole new meaning to summer dinner.

surf and turf fries

Did I mention the red wine mushroom sauce drizzled over the steak? This sauce mixed with the cheese and fries is pure heaven. Lobster and steak are fairly lean proteins, but adding this cheese and buttery wine sauce turns the meal into quite the indulgence.

lobster fries

I remember growing up and thinking surf and turf was a dinner special for retired people. Now as a 30 year old woman I know surf and turf is just special and it is for all people. The first time I had a surf and turf special it was a seared ribeye topped with shrimp and garlic butter. I didn’t think there could be anything better. Now I know there is. This cheese. This filet. This buttery lobster. Seriously a match made in heaven.

Cheesy Steak and Lobster Fries
Recipe type: Dinner, Main Course
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Filet Mignon in a rich red wine mushroom sauce with crispy seasoned fries covered in cheese and lobster.
Ingredients
  • ½ pound of filet mignon
  • 1 lobster tail
  • 2 russet potatoes
  • 4 tbsp of salted butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp seasoning salt
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • ½ baby bella mushrooms
  • 1 cup of shredded queso cheese (my favorite is the white queso blend from Kroger)
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • ½ cup of milk (I used 2%)
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • Oil for frying.
Instructions
  1. Cut potatoes into slices.
  2. Soak in a bowl of water.
  3. Prepare skillet or fryer with oil.
  4. Heat to 350.
  5. Dry the potatoes with paper towel.
  6. Fry until golden brown.
  7. Toss with seasoning salt.
  8. Heat a saute pan over medium high and add 1 tbsp of the melted butter.
  9. Liberally season the filet with salt pepper or your seasoning of choice.
  10. Pan fry the filet on one side for 4-5 minutes.
  11. Flip and fry for 1 minute.
  12. Place the meat to the side and allow to rest.
  13. Turn the heat up to high.
  14. Drizzle red wine into the pan and let cook off slightly.
  15. Add the shallot and mushrooms.
  16. Cook for 5 minutes or until mushrooms are tender.
  17. In a clean pan add 2 tsbp of melted butter and heat over medium.
  18. Pull the meat out of the lobster tail and saute in the butter.
  19. Cook for about 2 minutes each side.
  20. Remove from heat and cut into bite size pieces.
  21. In a small pot add the last of the melted butter.
  22. Toss the shredded cheese with the corn starch.
  23. Add milk to the pot and start to heat over medium low.
  24. Add in the cheese and cayenne pepper.
  25. Mix until melted through.
  26. To assemble-
  27. Spoon the mushroom sauce over the steak.
  28. Layout a handful of fries and cover with a drizzle of cheese.
  29. Top with lobster.

lobster fries

If you do one thing this weekend please let it be trying this recipe! These are my new guilty pleasure!

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Steak, Eggs, and Cheese on Homemade Onion Bagels

steak bagel

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.

steak and egg bagel

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.

steak bagel

Steak, Eggs, and Cheese on Homemade Onion Bagels
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Steak, eggs and cheese on a homemade onion bagel
Ingredients
  • Ribeye thinly sliced (Mine was cooked medium rare)
  • 3 eggs
  • 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
  • onion flakes
Instructions
  1. In a mixer with paddle attachment add the water, yeast and sugar.
  2. Let sit for about 5 minutes until yeast begins to bubble.
  3. Add in the egg yolks and flour.
  4. Begin to mix on medium low speed.
  5. Sprinkle in the salt over the mixture.
  6. Mix until a ball comes together about 10- 15 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle with a little extra flour.
  8. Let sit covered for 1 hour until double in size.
  9. Form into 6 equal balls of dough.
  10. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  11. Boil water.
  12. Flatten each ball in your hand to about an 1 thick.
  13. Use fingers to poke a hole through.
  14. Boil on each side for about 30 seconds.
  15. Sprinkle with onion flakes.
  16. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.
  17. Mix together the 3 eggs and cream.
  18. Scramble over low for nice creamy eggs.
  19. Season with salt and pepper.
  20. Pan fry the steak until warm.
  21. Split the bagels in half.
  22. Butter each side and layer with cheese, egg, and steak.
  23. Enjoy!

steak bagel

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!

 

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Fried Catfish and Shrimp With Cajun Spices

fish fry

A few weeks ago we went to Tybee Island for the weekend and we stopped at the most amazing restaurant on the beach. Patrick and I have always been very fond of hole in the wall type restaurants. Places where the owner is usually on site talking to the guests and all the pictures on the wall are family photos. After a day on the beach in the sun and wind we were starving. We weren’t planning on dinner for a few hours so we started searching the island for a place to have a snack. We found a really tiny beach “shack” with a large patio. We ordered a platter of shrimp and fried fish to share with a side of home made tartar sauce. I don’t know if it was the beach air, the long car ride, or if these truly were the greatest bites of fish and shrimp that I have eaten.

fish fry

My goal was to try and recreate those fun beach memories with my own fish fry. My batter is not quite as light as the batter I had that weekend on the beach, but it is so delicious. The spicy crunch of the batter with the tender shrimp and fish on the inside. A squeeze of fresh lemon and a sprinkle of salt and you are set for an amazing meal.

fish fry

The true star of the meal is this tartar sauce. I have never really had tartar sauce with my fish in the past, but after trying it at the beach and Patrick raving about it I knew I needed to try. I am pretty impressed with my first try. If you do not like a super tart tarter sauce skip the lemon. I think I would have liked the sauce more if I had just left the fresh lemon on my fish and not added it to the sauce too.

tartar sauce

Fried Catfish and Shrimp With Cajun Spices
Recipe type: Seafood, Dinner
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Lightly battered catfish and shrimp with homemade tartar sauce.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of AP flour
  • 3 tbsp cajun seasoning
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup of panko crumbs
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 pound of catfish cut into rectangles
  • ½ of shrimp no shells or tails
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • For the tartar sauce:
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • ½ cup of mayo
  • ½ fresh lemon
  • 2 tbsp of dill relish
  • tsp cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat a fryer to 350 degrees I used vegetable oil
  2. In a bowl mix the AP flour, seasoning, panko, milk and water
  3. Dip the fish and shrimp and lightly shake the excess batter off
  4. Fry until golden brown
  5. Drain on a drying rack over paper towel to keep everything crispy
  6. Lightly salt and squeeze some fresh lemon over everything
  7. For the sauce
  8. Mix the sour cream, relish, mayo, pepper, and lemon (if you like it tart!)
  9. Best served after cooling for several hours

fried fish

Best served on news paper or parchment paper!

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