Sometimes the Farmer’s Market is all the inspiration I need to make something truly great. We were passing the fresh baked baskets and it was all I could do not to take a huge bite out of the various ciabatta rolls. They smelled so insanely good. Right away I knew I needed them to make these steak sandwiches.
We picked up the everything, asiago, and onion flavors. That bag sat in our shopping basket taunting is with perfect baked bread smell packed full of different cheese and spices.
Next was the steak. I used sirloin that had been marinated in garlic, soy sauce, and spices for 24 hours. We grabbed some smokey provolone cheese and spicy pickles. On the way home Patrick also bought a jar of fresh pepper jelly – one of our favorite condiments!
Fast forward to the caramelized onions, horseradish mayo and fresh veggies. Now we have the perfect sandwich! My favorite part is just how fresh each bite is!
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.
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.
Fried chicken sandwiches with a harissa crust and sweet harissa mayo.
4 chicken thighs
1 cup of milk or buttermilk
½ cup of AP flour
1 cup of panko crumbs
2 tbsp of harissa spice
1 tsp of garlic powder
salt and pepper
½ cup of mayo
1 tsp of honey
1 tsp of harissa spice
oil for frying
soak the chicken thighs in the milk while preparing the oil
In a deep frying pan heat oil to 350 degrees. (I used canola oil)
Prepare two bowls- one with the eggs beaten and the second with the flour, panko, garlic and harissa
Dip the chicken into the egg then into the flour mix
Season with salt and pepper
Fry in the oil until up to temperature. I usually cook to 160 degrees then let rest until 165
While the chicken is resting mix the mayo, remaining harissa spice and honey.
Toast the buns lightly and spread with the mayo.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Zesty egg sandwich packed with traditional lunch goodies then topped with kettle chips!
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 small tomato
a handful of kettle chips
Toast the bread.
Heat a sauce pan over medium low heat.
Add cooking spray or oil.
Cook the egg into a slow scramble.
Season with salt and pepper if you choose.
Slather the toasted bread with the deli mustard.
Add the egg, meat, cheese, pickles, and tomato.
Top with chips then smash down top slice of bread for optimum bite!
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!
Yesterday I defrosted some chicken with the intent of grilling some chicken and veggies for dinner. Then all day at work I kept thinking about my food processor. Yes. My food processor. Do you ever sit around running through the inventory of your refrigerator and pantry? I do. ALL THE TIME. Sometimes after a long day at work I just do not feel like going to the store. So I sit and think about what I can come up with at home. Then entered the food processor. And BOOM this garlic aioli was born. Creamy garlic mayo with cayenne pepper, honey, and lemon juice. This sauce is a perfect blend of tart sweet and spicy. I grilled some burgers and burger buns, caramelized onions and mushrooms, then topped everything with this aioli. Yesssss.
Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Burgers With Garlic Aioli
Recipe type: Main Course, Burger
Caramelized onion and mushroom burgers with garlic aioli.
2 Beef patties
Sliced American cheese
1 cup of bella mushrooms
1 small yellow onion, sliced
1 tbsp of butter
1 tbsp of brown sugar
1 sliced tomato
Spinach or lettuce
Large burger buns
¼ cup of mayo (I like dukes the best for aioli)
1 tsp of cayenne pepper
1 tbsp chopped garlic
1 tsp honey
Preheat the grill
In a blender or food processor mix the mayo, juice from the lemon, cayenne pepper, garlic, and honey
Set to the side
For quick and easy nights I have my local grocery's meat department form a few beef patties for me.
Grill the burgers to your preferred temperature (I like medium rare)
Add the cheese
In a sauce pan heat the butter, onions, and mushrooms
When the onions start to look translucent add the brown sugar
Lightly grill the burger buns, about 2 minutes
Add the burger to the bun and add a heaping spoonful of onions and mushrooms
Drizzle the aioli over the burger
Top with tomatoes and spinach (or lettuce)
Add the bun top and enjoy!
These burgers are super juicy and really pack a punch in the flavor department. As a side we had grilled squash, but I recommend onion rings if you aren’t calorie counting like us! These buns were some homemade buns I made a while back and froze. Potato buns would be a great alternative.
These pictures truly do not do these burgers justice, but when I was taking them the sun was almost gone and the delicious onion-y beef-y smell kept tickling my nose. You will understand when you make them 😉