Thursday, February 22, 2018

Brown Sugar Sriracha Bacon

Brown Sugar Sriracha Bacon: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

When I am trying out a new recipe, I look to my family to give me their opinions. I will not post a recipe on this blog unless at least half of us think the recipe is really good. And my husbands and my opinion count a little bit more than my two girls.

This is the first recipe that I am posting where I am the only one who liked it. My youngest who does not like anything remotely spicy would not try it. My oldest who likes some spicy foods tried it, but said it was way too spicy. My husband ate a few pieces of the bacon, but said it too spicy.

I have to tell you that this bacon does pack a huge spicy kick, but also has a sweetness to it from the brown sugar. I loved this bacon and gladly ate the leftovers that nobody else wanted to eat.

Brown Sugar Sriracha Bacon

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup sriracha sauce
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 10 slices thick cut bacon

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325ยบ F.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with foil and place cooling racks on top. Spray the cooling racks generously with cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the sriracha and brown sugar.
  4. Working with 1 piece of bacon at a time, add it to the sriracha and brown sugar sauce and coat both sides.
  5. Place the bacon on the prepared cooking rack and repeat until all of the bacon has been coated.
  6. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until the bacon is almost crispy.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5-8 minutes, moving the bacon pieces every few minutes to prevent them from sticking.
  8. The bacon will continue to crisp a little as it cools.
Enjoy!!!

Notes:
I used low sodium turkey bacon.


Nutrition Facts

Serves: 10

Amount Per Serving

Calories 52

Total Fat

2g

Saturated Fat

0.5g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0g

Monounsaturated Fat

0g

Trans Fat

0g

Cholesterol

10mg

Sodium

207.6mg

Potassium

33.3mg

Total Carbohydrates

6.6g

Dietary Fiber

0g

Sugars

6.5g

Protein

2g

Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 4.8%

Calcium 0.45% Iron 0%

*Nutritional information will vary depending on the brands you use.


*Adapted from Taste and Tell.
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Giardiniera Hummus

Giardiniera Hummus: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

With a Costco size jar of Giardiniera peppers sitting in my fridge I have been looking for different ways to use them. Hummus and giardiniera peppers seemed liked a good fit. 

I like my hummus on the spicy side so adding giardiniera peppers gave the hummus a good spicy kick. Plus the giardiniera peppers gave the hummus such a good flavor, besides just making it spicy.

Giardiniera Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups giardiniera peppers, drained
  • 3 teaspoons giardiniera liquid
  • 2- 15 ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Directions:

  1. In a food processor add the tahini and lemon juice. Mix well.
  2. Add in the garlic, giardiniera peppers, giardiniera liquid and a handful of chickpeas. Mix well.
  3. With the food processor running continue to add in handfuls of chickpeas mixing well after each handful.
  4. Again with the food processor still running add in the olive oil and mix well.
  5. Transfer the hummus to a airtight container and refrigerate overnight.
Enjoy!!!


Nutrition Facts

Serves: 10

Amount Per Serving

Calories 312

Total Fat

22.6g

Saturated Fat

3g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0g

Monounsaturated Fat

0g

Trans Fat

0g

Cholesterol

0mg

Sodium

789.2mg

Potassium

8.7mg

Total Carbohydrates

18.2g

Dietary Fiber

6.1g

Sugars

0.2g

Protein

8.5g

Vitamin A 0.01% Vitamin C 4.25%

Calcium 4.52% Iron 11.03%

*Nutritional information will vary depending on the brands you use.


*Adapted from Watch Learn Eat.
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Whipped Cream Cheese

Whipped Cream Cheese: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

One week when I was meal planning I choose a dip to make for family fun night and it called for whipped cream cheese. That got me to thinking if I could use a block of cream cheese instead or turn it into whipped cream cheese. After a quick internet search I discovered how really easy it is to turn a block of cream cheese into whipped cream cheese.

All you need is milk, a mixer and of course a block of cream cheese. This is going to come in handy for me as I almost always have blocks of cream cheese in my refrigerator. Plus if the recipe does not call for the whole container of cream cheese I will not end up with extra that I have to find a way to use.

Whipped Cream Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 3-5 tablespoons milk

Directions:

  1. Add the cream cheese to a bowl and beat with an electric mixer.
  2. Add in 3 tablespoon milk and beat until well combined.
  3. If the whipped cream cheese is too thick add in more milk 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
Enjoy!!!
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Monday, February 19, 2018

Make Again Monday- Crock Pot Chicken Stroganoff

Crock Pot Chicken Stroganoff: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

I have been using my crock pot a lot lately and I love easy recipes like this one that makes preparing dinner a breeze.

To view the recipe and original recipe click here.

Enjoy!!!


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Friday, February 16, 2018

Caramel Buttermilk Syrup

Caramel Buttermilk Syrup: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

This caramel buttermilk syrup is delicious! I have used it on basic pancakes and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Waffles with it tasting amazing on both. Basically whatever breakfast food you would put maple syrup on, you could use this syrup instead.

Caramel Buttermilk Syrup: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

Caramel Buttermilk Syrup

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. In a medium or large pot, add in the buttermilk, both sugars and butter.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat stirring occasionally.
  3. Slowly whisk in the baking soda and vanilla extract. Do this slowly as the mixture will bubble up quite a bit.
  4. Allow the mixture to cool, stirring occasionally. The bubble will go away as the mixture cools.
Enjoy!!!

Notes:
It is not recommend to use a buttermilk substitution of milk and lemon juice or vinegar as the syrup will turn out very runny.

When you add the baking soda and vanilla the mixture will bubble up quite a bit, so you need a pot that will give plenty so it does not bubble over.
*Adapted from Creations by Kara.
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Waffles

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Waffles: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

Quick cook oats are mixed in the waffle batter to create a hearty and filling waffle. Chocolate chips are added for a bit of sweetness. It is like a oatmeal chocolate cookie in waffle form.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Waffles

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup quick cook oats
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat the waffle iron according to the manufacturer's directions.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder and cinnamon. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, oil and brown sugar.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Do not over mix.
  5. Pour the amount of batter needed for the waffle maker, according to the manufacturer's directions and cook according to the directions.
Enjoy!!!

Notes:
The number of waffles will vary depending on the type of waffle maker you use. I used a Belgium waffle maker and got 4 waffles.


Nutrition Facts

Serves: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories 527

Total Fat

23.7g

Saturated Fat

5.8g

Polyunsaturated Fat

4.4g

Monounsaturated Fat

9.4g

Trans Fat

0g

Cholesterol

96.2mg

Sodium

130.7mg

Potassium

150mg

Total Carbohydrates

68.8g

Dietary Fiber

4.5g

Sugars

25.9g

Protein

24.9g

Vitamin A 13.7% Vitamin C 0.75%

Calcium 11.88% Iron 14.75%

*Nutritional information will vary depending on the brands you use.


*Adapted from Real Mom Kitchen.


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Bacon Cheeseburger Beer Cheese Soup

Bacon Cheeseburger Beer Cheese Soup: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

There is something so comforting about a warm bowl of soup. Especially when that soup is loaded with bacon and cheese. The beer adds a subtle beer flavor to an already delicious soup. The croutons and diced dill pickles add even more flavor and a little crunch.

For the beer in this soup I used a Yuengling, which is a lager. The darker the beer you use the more beer flavor the soup will have. The lighter the beer the less beer flavor the soup will have. My husband and I both thought the lager was the prefect choice.

Bacon Cheeseburger Beer Cheese Soup

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces turkey bacon, cut into pieces
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Montreal steak seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 12 ounces beer
  • 4 cups half and half
  • 16 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • croutons
  • diced dill pickles

Directions:

  1. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add in the bacon and cook until just starting to get crispy, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add in the ground turkey and cook until completely cooked, stirring occasionally and breaking the turkey up with a spoon.
  4. Drain any grease, leaving about 2 tablespoons.
  5. Add in the flour, steak seasoning and paprika. Stir until everything is well mixed.
  6. Pour in the beer to deglaze the bottom of the pan while scraping to lift up any brown bits. Cook stirring often for 3 minutes.
  7. Pour in the half and half and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a slight boil.
  8. Add in the cheese and stir until completely melted.
  9. Serve immediately or reduce heat to a simmer and simmer until ready to serve stirring occasionally.
  10. Top each serving with diced pickles and croutons.
Enjoy!!!


Nutrition Facts

Serves: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories 419

Total Fat

30.8g

Saturated Fat

17.3g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0g

Monounsaturated Fat

0g

Trans Fat

0g

Cholesterol

136.2mg

Sodium

447.5mg

Potassium

0mg

Total Carbohydrates

12g

Dietary Fiber

0.1g

Sugars

4g

Protein

24.9g

Vitamin A 14.71% Vitamin C 3.83%

Calcium 36% Iron 4%

*Nutritional information will vary depending on the brands you use.


*Adapted from The Slow Roasted Italian.
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