Cheeseburger Soup

Cheeseburger Soup

Yes, you read that right…..I said CHEESEBURGER SOUP.

And, it is so scrumptious, filling and tasty that you are going to find it becomes a regular in your meal plan rotation.  My husband devoured it and BOTH kids came back for seconds….and the only soup they will eat is the Clear Broth at the Hibachi Style Restaurants and Chili (if you count that!). So, take my advice, and give this one a try… you will NOT be disappointed!  The soup literally tastes like a hot, juicy, delicious cheeseburger.  Although it does not photograph well, please do not doubt the tastiness!  My entire family will vouch for it!  Enjoy!

Cheeseburger Soup

INGREDIENTS:

In large soup pot, brown beef with salt, pepper and spices.  Add Onion and Celery and sauté 3 minutes.  Add Carrot and Garlic.  Cook 2 minutes or until Garlic is fragrant.  Add Tomato Paste and let cook out.  Add Mustard and Ketchup.  Mix to Combine.  Add knob of butter and sprinkle flour over mixture.  Stir to combine flour and cook for 3 minutes until flour is incorporated.  Gradually add Beer to thicken mixture.  Add Beef stock and bring to a simmer.  Add Hashbrowns and simmer until soup thickens.  Lower heat and add the Cheese in slowly, by the handful, until melted into the soup.  Slowly pour in Half & Half and stir to combine .  Taste.  Season with Salt, Pepper and Fresh Parsley.  Serve with Crispy Fried Onion Rings, Bacon, Sour Cream, Shredded Cheese, Scallions…..

Enjoy!

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Cheeseburger Pie

Have you Ever Heard of

CheeseBurger Pie???

…Me neither! 🤣

But, My Kids LOVE it!!!

My MIL made them Cheeseburger Pie when she came to babysit last month,  and now they are BOTH requesting it.  That’s right….

I. SAID. BOTH.

So, I just had to share with you a dinner that I can add to the (very short) list I like to call:  “Dinners Both Kids Will Eat”.  These dinners, as we all know, are few and far between, so when I find one, I feel its my parental duty to share!!!

I made my first one this week, by request, and only have one picture taken right out of the oven, pre-slicing.  The kids (and hubby!!!) gobbled it up so fast, I never had a chance to get a good pic of a slice. I’m sure I’ll be making this again next week. I’ll try and snap a pic then and update the post.  As for now, I wanted to get the recipe out to y’all asap!!! Enjoy and share with all the parents you know!  This ones a life changer!  Nana made the original recipe from www.chowhound.com and I have made a few adaptations.  Here’s my version below:

cheeseburger pie

ingredients

instructions

  • Heat Oven 400° F.  Make sure the oven rack is in the middle.  Coat one 9-inch pie dish with Cooking Spray.
  • Warm frying pan over medium heat.  Warm 1 tablespoon Oil.  Add diced onion.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook for 5 mins or so until golden but not brown. Raise Heat to Med-High and add ground beef, salt, pepper, and dry mustard. Stirring occasionally until the meat is browned.  Add Worcestershire sauce and stir.  Then add garlic and cook 1-2 mins until fragrant, but not burned!!! Take off heat and Drain Off Fat.  Spread cooked meat mixture evenly into the pie dish.
  • In food processor, pulse together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.  Add the cold butter pats and pulse until mixture starts to look like breadcrumbs.  Add milk and eggs and pulse until mixture is blended.
  • Pour batter over meat mixture in the pie dish.
  • Top with shredded cheese of choice (totaling about a cup).
  • Bake until set and a gorgeous golden brown.  About 25-35 mins or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes.  Slice and served garnished with fresh chopped parsley or chives.

E.D.B.Tips

You can change this basic recipe up tons of ways!!! Simple additions depending on your families tastes and preferences.  Heres a list of some simple, delicious ingredients to add:

  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Red Pepper
  • Roasted Red Pepper
  • Pepperocini
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Tomatoes

If your kids won’t eat chopped Onion and Garlic, you can always try adding 1 tsp Onion Powder and 1 tsp Garlic Powder.

 Or try adding Sliced Scallions or Green Onion.

Experiment with your favorite 🧀Cheese on top.  Feta, Mozzarella, Parm, Goat,Blue, Fontina…the list goes on and on!!!

🌶🌶🌶Spice It Up a little with some Hot Sauce, Crushed Red Pepper or Cayenne.

 

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Sun-Dried Tomato Arugula Pesto

Sun-Dried Tomato & Arugula Pesto

SunDried Tomato Arugula Pesto

SunDried Tomato Arugula Pesto

 

Ingredients:

1 8.5 oz Jar Organic Sundried Tomatoes In Olive Oil
2 Cloves Garlic
1 Organic Lemon (zest and juice)
1 – 1 1/2 Cups Arugula
3 Green Onions (stems only)
Pinch Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (Optional)
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
Fresh Ground Pepper

In a food processor, add Sun Dried Tomatoes in the Olive Oil and Garlic and pulse until roughly chopped.  Season with Salt and Pepper.   Add Arugula and blend until roughly chopped (you may have to take the top on once and scrape down the sides and maybe add a touch more arugula). Add Green Onions and mix until chopped. Season with Lemon Zest, Lemon Juice, Crushed Red Pepper, Salt and Pepper. Give the food processor another quick pulse to combine. TASTE FOR FLAVOR AND SEASONINGS!!! Adjust as needed.

 

let me break it down for you!

In a food processor, add Sun Dried Tomatoes in the Olive Oil and Garlic and pulse until roughly chopped.

SunDried Tomatoes & Garlic

SunDried Tomatoes, Garlic, Salt & Pepper

 

Add Arugula.

Gorgeous, Green Peppery Arugula

Gorgeous, Green Peppery Arugula

 

Blend until Roughly Chopped.

Always taste for seasoning! Not too much pepper because the arugula is naturally peppery!

Always taste for seasoning! Not too much pepper because the arugula is naturally peppery!

 

Add Green Onions and pulse until chopped.

Green Onion Stems or Scallions are perfection

Green Onion Stems or Scallions add the perfect flavor

 

Season with Lemon Zest, Lemon Juice, Crushed Red Pepper, Salt and Pepper. Give the food processor another quick pulse to combine.

Add Seasonings and adjust as needed

Add Seasonings and adjust as needed

 

Now, you have a simple, mouthwatering, Perfect Pesto!

A Killer Flavor Combination

A Killer Flavor Combination

 

 

ENJOY!!!

ENJOY!!!

 

Perfect with Chicken, Pork, Pasta, or as an appetizer...the possibilities are Endless!!!

Perfect with Chicken, Pork, Pasta, or as an appetizer…the possibilities are Endless!!!

 

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Mediterranean Pan-Seared Halibut with Zoodles

This dish is light, simple & flavorful.  A gorgeous take on the flavors from the Mediterranean with a healthy twist…..Zoodles. Or, Zucchini Noodles.  Welcome to a whole new world without pasta. YOU WON’T EVEN MISS THE PASTA!!! I PROMISE!

And the Sauce……

  

 

The SAUCE……..

Mediterranean pan-seared Halibut with zoodles

Ingredients:

Heat Non-Stick Pan to  Med-High.  Season Halibut with Sea Salt and Fresh Groud Pepper. Sear in Coconut Oil about 3 mins per side. Remove from pan and lightly tent with foil.  Using the SAME Hot Pan, add your Garlic and sauté 2 minutes or until fragrant, being careful not to let the garlic burn!  Add in the White Wine, Artichokes, Tomatoes, Olives and Capers.  Bring to a boil, then turn down to med-low.  Simmer for 3 minutes or until sauce is just reduced.  (Taste for seasoning.  Might need to add Fresh Ground Pepper, but not a lot of salt because of the brininess of the olives and capers!)  Add in Zoodles and cook 2 minutes or al dente.  This step will not take long….just long enough to heat the Zoodles through.  Finish with a pat of Butter, a spritz of Lemon, and some fresh Parsley.  Plate Zoodles and Sauce.  Top with Halibut, and a bit more Sauce.  Serve with fresh  torn Basil (and Pine Nuts, if desired).

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All about zoodles

So, a Spiralizer takes……. NOT MUCH PRACTICE AT ALL!!! It is super convenient, simple to use, and pretty easy to clean.  I strongly suggest investing in one asap.  You can also use it for other veggies too….cucumbers, carrots, etc.  It really opens up some RAW and Healthy options for you! The best way I have learned, is to start at the bottom of the Zucchini, and hold the top part were it was attached to the plant.  It seems like less waste that way.  If you are nervous at first, I suggest watching a video online!  You’ll be shocked and amazed how quick and easy it is!  I think that’s what I had to do my first time! #NoShame

Also, I’ve found the easiest method is to lay out a few sheets of Paper Towels and Spiralize right onto the Paper Towel.  This helps absorb any extra moisture from the Zoodles, and its perfect for storage.  I will spriralize a few extra Zucchini because the Zoodles keep beautifully for about 5 days!!!! Simply roll the leftover Zoodles up in the paper towels, place in a ziplock bag, and store in the refrigerator to eat on all week!!!! It doesn’t get any easier than that!!!

 

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Perfect Pasta Salad

Perfect Pasta Salad

Perfect Pasta Salad

Perfect Pasta Salad

The Perfect Pasta Salad

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Box Elbow Macaroni cooked al dente and cooled
  • 2 Carrots, diced
  • 4 Scallions, sliced
  • 6-7 Small Sweet Red, Orange & Yellow Peppers, chopped
  • 1 carton Cherry Tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 small or 1 large Cucumber, seeded and diced
  • 1-2 small inner Celery Stalks WITH GREENS, diced
  • 3 Hardboiled Eggs, chopped
  • 8 oz Colby Cheese, cubed
  • Handful of Fresh Basil, chiffonade
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

DRESSING:

* Mix all dressing ingredients together. If too thick, thin out with a little more buttermilk. Pour dressing over cooled noodles. Add all the gorgeous veggie toppings. Mix until combined. Enjoy!!!

 

TIPS:

There are so many options for Pasta Salad.  To make it more healthy, use Whole Wheat Pasta and Fat Free or Low Fat dairy ingredients.

If there is a veggie you don’t like, LEAVE IT OUT and substitute it with something you do like.

Swap out the Fresh Basil for Fresh Dill and add 1 tsp Dried Dill to the Dressing.

The best thing about Pasta Salad is, its almost impossible to mess it up!!! Get Creative!

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Sage Butter Pork Chops with Beet Puree and Swiss Chard

This recipe popped up on my email the other day from www.FoodandWine.com and it looked absolutely GORGEOUS! Take a look….

C John Kernick

© John Kernick

See, I told you!!! The vibrant colors. The simple, rustic plating. It was also right down the hubbys alley! So, I got the ingredients and gave it a go….and the outcome was mouthwatering delicious. The meat was succulent, savory perfection atop the sweet, rustic beet (and potato!!!!) purée.  The combo was killer, and I can not WAIT to make the purée again and again. Honestly, it was the star of the show. I had no idea it was going to turn out bright magenta and my favorite item on the plate. Surprisingly, my hubby agreed. The beet purée was his favorite as well. I followed the Food and Wine recipe as closely as I was able, but I did make a few adjustments. Here is the basic recipe from Food & Wine:

Pork Chops in Sage Butter with Beet Purée and Swiss Chard

INGREDIENTS

2 large red beets (1 pound), halved
2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes (1/2 pound)
1 stick unsalted butter
Kosher salt
Pepper
Four 12-ounce bone-in pork rib chops, cut 1 inch thick
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 sage sprig
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 pounds Swiss chard, stems discarded and leaves chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

In a large saucepan, combine the beets and potatoes. Add enough water to cover by 2 inches and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until the beets and potatoes are tender, 35 to 40 minutes. Drain well. When cool enough to handle, peel the beets and potatoes, and then coarsely chop; transfer to a food processor. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm.
Heat a large cast-iron skillet. Rub the pork chops all over with 2 tablespoons of the olive 
oil; season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderately high heat until golden brown on the bottom, 7 to 8 minutes.Turn the chops and add the garlic, sage and 2 tablespoons of the butter. Cook until the chops are golden and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 135°, about 7 minutes longer. Transfer the pork chops to plates and let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk the lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of the butter into the skillet; season with salt. Strain the sage butter through a fine sieve over the pork chops. Reserve the crispy sage leaves and discard the garlic.
Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the chard in large handfuls; let each batch wilt slightly before adding more. Cook, stirring occasionally, until all of the chard is wilted, 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Serve the pork chops with the beet puree and Swiss 
chard and garnish with the crispy sage leaves.

MAKE AHEAD
The beet puree can be refrigerated overnight. Reheat gently before serving.
SUGGESTED PAIRING
Pair this dish with a lightly earthy Burgundy.

www.foodandwine.com/recipes/pork-chops-sage-butter-beet-puree-and-swiss-chard

Ok, so there is the original recipe. I only changed up a few things. A few simple additions to brighten the flavors of the purée a bit and a small addition to the lemon-butter sauce made this recipe a bit more Karified….you know I can’t follow a recipe if my life depended on it! I’ll make the final adjustments and share the www.eatdrinkbe.com version with you all! But, I had to give credit to the F&W peeps for this creative, vibrant, luscious, rustic dinner and share the recipe with y’all asap!!! TRY THE BEET PURÉE….YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED!!!!!

 

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Kari’s Queso

Kari’s Queso

Gooey, Cheesy, Melted Deliciousness

Ooey, Gooey, Cheesy, Melted Deliciousness…with a Kick!!!

Queso.

queso. Queso. QUESO!

This is NOT the recipe for Mexican Cheese Dip.

This is NOT the recipe for Rotel + Velveeta.

This is NOT your average Queso.

This is Queso.  Karified.

And  its ah-mazing.

I could go on and on and on and on and on (do ya get my drift!??!?!) about the absolutely outrageously scrumptiousness of this queso….but I don’t think I could do it justice. I’ll let the pics speak for themselves.

Gather Your Ingredients

Gather Your Ingredients (Blackberry Mint Mojito Optional!)

TIP: If you like a kick, a poblano would be absolute perfection! I only had these on hand, so that’s what I used.  Instead, I added some fresh jalapeño slices at the end to boost the heat!

First, Brown the Sausage

First, Brown Sausage & Drain.

TIP: USE CAST IRON SKILLET

Next, Saute Chopped Onion, Red Pepper & Orange Pepper in Cast Iron

Next, Sauté Onion & Peppers in the same Cast Iron Skillet in the delicious Sausage drippings!

Toss in a couple of diced garlic cloves the last 2-3 minutes of sautéing.

Shred your Cheeses of Choice

Oh, and Shred your Cheeses of Choice

You can use any cheese you’d like that melts nicely.  I think I used Mozzarella, Pepper Jack, and White Cheddar.  You don’t have to use 3 different cheeses, you can just use one!  Experiment around to find what you like! Good Options: Monterey Jack, White Cheddar, Havarti, Manchego, Fontina, Mozzarella, Queso Fresco, Asaigo.  TIP: Remember, if you go with a Stringy Cheese (mozza, queso fresco, etc) I DO recommend mixing it with another Creamier Cheese (havarti, jack, fontina) for a better melthing consistency in the end. No one wants a grainy mess at the end! To be extra safe, you could mix a few ounces of Cream Cheese in with the Veggies so the Queso will melt into creamy deliciousness. I just don’t like a cream cheese in my queso….it kinda feels like cheating! But, it will work if you’re worried about it! TIP: Also, and I can not reiterate this enough: Do NOT use Pre-Shredded Cheese!!! They contain anti-clumping agents that will prevent it from clumping, therefore ruining the texture of your queso! If you’ve had problems with melting cheese in the past, this might be your problem! Gross, right?!?!?!

Next, Layer!!!!

Next, Layer!!!!

Sausage & Veggies, Cheese, Sausage & Veggies, Cheese…..

End with a Cheese Layer

End with a Cheese Layer

Sprinkle some Aleppo Pepper on top!

Sprinkle some Crushed Aleppo Pepper on top and Bake!

TIP: You can also use Chili Powder or Smoked Paprika

Top with Fresh Jalapeños, Fresh Chopped Tomatoes & Cilantro

Top with Fresh Jalapeños, Fresh Chopped Tomatoes & Cilantro

After cooling for a few minutes, I added some more Fresh Cilantro because we love it! If you don't like it, don't add it!!!

After cooling for a few minutes, I added some more Fresh Cilantro because we love it! If you don’t like it, don’t add it!!!

DEVOUR!!!!!

Here's the Hubby going in for a dip!!!!!

Here’s the Hubby going in for a dip!!!!!

I served with Blue Corn Chips.

Kari’s Queso

  • 1 lb Sausage, Browned
  • Red Bell Pepper, Chopped
  • Orange Bell Pepper, Chopped
  • Large Onion, Chopped
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • @ 3 Cups Grated Cheese
  • Crushed Aleppo Pepper
  • Fresh Jalapeño, Sliced
  • Handful Fresh Cilantro, Chopped

Grate about 2 1/2- 3 cups of Cheese. Set aside. In Cast Iron Skillet, Brown Sausage. When browned, remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towel. Sauté Peppers and Onion until almost translucent, about 5 mins on Med. Add Garlic and sauté 2-3 mins more. Remove about half of the sautéed veggies.  Add layer of Sausage, then a layer of cheese.  Add another layer of veggies & sausage, then another layer of cheese.  (you can do 2 or 3 layers….it really doesn’t matter…just make sure you are using the same amounts of veggies, sausage & cheese each time!)  Be sure to finish with a layer of cheese.  (any leftover veggies, sausage or cheese make a killer omelet or scrambled eggs the next morning!!!!)  Sprinkle with Crushed Aleppo Pepper and Bake 375 for 10-15 mins.  Be sure to check your Queso and make sure its not overcooked. You just want to MELT THE CHEESES TOGETHER. If you overcook it, it will become stringy!!!! Let it cool only 1-2 mins if not adding any toppings before you dig in.  Let the cheese settle for a minute, but not cool.  If topping with jalapeños, cilantro, and tomatoes, simply top and serve!!!!! ENJOY!

 

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Skinny Baked Chicken Fajitas

Skinny Baked Chicken Fajitas

Skinny Baked Chicken Fajitas

Skinny Baked Chicken Fajitas

 

Ok, we’ve all seen this recipe floating around.  I’ve personally seen it so many different places, I can’t give proper credit to the original.  For that, I apologize.  As for you, dear readers, I decided to try it out!  I made up my spice mixture, and the results were DELICIOUS!!!! I couldn’t wait to share it with y’all!  Try it, you’ll love it.  Skinny, delicious, and easy clean-up!  The perfect recipe for a Weeknight supper!  These are the ingredients I had onhand, so this is what I used!  Feel free to add or omit as needed! For example, if you don’t like mushrooms or tomatoes…leave them out! Only like red bell peppers and not green….no problem, double up on the red or add an orange or yellow.  The recipe is basic and pretty much foolproof.  Make it like you like it!!!

Gather Your Ingredients

Gather Your Ingredients

Slice Ingredients

Add Sliced Ingredients into Greased Dish

 

Coat with Spice Mixture

Coat with Spice Mixture & Oil.  Mix to Combine.

 

Bake in Oven

Bake in Oven…it smells YUMMY!!!

 

It's Taco Time!!! Top with fresh Cilantro and a squeeze of fresh Lime!

It’s Taco Time!!! Top with fresh Cilantro and a squeeze of fresh Lime!

Skinny Baked Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Organic boneless, skinless Chicken (Breasts or Strips), cut into strips
  • 2 T Organic Grapeseed Oil (or light Oil)
  • 1 Organic Red Bell Pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 Organic Green Bell Pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 Organic Red Onion, cut into half moons
  • 1 Organic Yellow or White Onion, cut into half moons
  • 1 Package Organic Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Grape or Cherry Tomatoes, whole
  • 3-5 Cloves Organic Garlic, chopped

Seasonings:

  • 2 T Organic Chili Powder
  • 1 T Ancho Chile Powder
  • 1 T (Roasted) Ground Cumin
  • 2 tsp Organic Oregano
  • 1 tsp Organic Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Organic Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Organic Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Organic (Smoked) Paprika
  • 1/8 tsp Organic Cayenne
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper

Garnish:

  • Tortillas of Choice (La Tortilla Factory)
  • Organic Greek Yogurt or Light Sour Cream
  • Organic Cilantro
  • 1 Organic Lime
  • Organic Lime Wedges

*Preheat Oven 400.  Combine all Seasonings into small bowl and mix to combine.  Lightly grease a 9 x 13 Baking Dish.  Add all Ingredients to the dish.  Sprinkle Seasoning over Chicken and Veggies.  Drizzle Oil.  Mix with your hands to combine and evenly distribute the Seasoning.  Bake 30-45 minutes, stirring once.  Enjoy!

 

TIPS:

* Pop chicken in the freezer for 15 mins before slicing.

* Like it spicy?  Substitute Poblano Peppers or add in a few Jalapeños.

* Have some Leftover?  Make a Fajita Taco Salad or a Fajita Wrap, or add some chicken broth and have a nice Soup the next day for lunch or dinner!!!

 

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Roasted Cabbage Steaks

Roasted Cabbage “Steaks” & Bacon Wrapped Red Pepper

 with Rosemary Mustard Roasted Reds

Farm Fresh Ingredients

Farm Fresh Ingredients

 

How gorgeous are these farm fresh goodies?!?! I mean, WOW.  Simply stunning. There’s nothing I love more than roaming through my Local Farmers Market and pick up some gorgeous produce (and, who are we kidding…possibly some cheese, maybe some honey….and, really, who can escape without a loaf of crusty fresh baked bread….).  I can’t wait to create a meal out of this! Here’s what I came up with.  And, it was absolutely, mouthwateringly delicious.  I turned a simple cabbage into a hearty “steak” of a meal.  You won’t even believe how filling it is.  It was so darn good, I just had to share it with y’all!

This is what a Bacon Wrapped Red Pepper Cabbage Steak looks like before it goes into the oven!

This is what a Bacon Wrapped Red Pepper Cabbage Steak looks like before it goes into the oven!

Honestly, this is so easy to make, it’s going to blow your mind you’ve never cooked cabbage this way before.  I’m not a superhuge fan of cooked cabbage.  Especially if it gets all smushy and mushy and slimy.  No thank you, I’ll pass.  Now, when you ROAST it something divine happens…it caramelizes and crisps and is so wonderfully delicious that you forget you’re eating cabbage.

Red New Potatoes, Rosemary and Garlic

Red New Potatoes, Rosemary and Garlic

I bought some red potatoes and was feeling kinda lazy, so I decided to do a one pan roast.  Who’s not for easy clean up, am I right!?!?!  I cut a few long stems of Rosemary from my garden and placed the red potatoes and a few whole garlic cloves on top.  Drizzled with EVOO and seasoned with Salt and Pepper.

Sliced and Seasoned Cabbage "Steaks"

Sliced and Seasoned Cabbage “Steaks”

Next, slice the Cabbage and Onion into large round discs.  Layer the Onion slice on top of the Cabbage slice.  Season with EVOO, salt & pepper.

Bacon Wrapped Red Pepper with Jalapeño

Bacon Wrapped Red Pepper with Jalapeño

Unfortunately, I didn’t take step-by-step pics of the bacon wrapped peppers.  No worries, its super simple.  Just slice the Red Pepper into chunky pieces.  Take a slice of jalapeño and place it inside the red pepper.  Then, take a slice of nice applewood bacon and wrap it around the 2 peppers.  I used a few different methods for wrapping…the basket-weave, the spiral, the wrap and tuck.  They all turned out perfect.  So, do whatever works for that particular hunk of pepper!  I also added a small slice of jalapeño on top so that my diners would know a jalapeño was inside. TIP: I would NOT recommend leaving it on top (like I did!!!!) while you roast it.  Leave it off and add the fresh green jalapeño on top before serving.  That way my guests know their dish may have a kick, but the small jalapeño piece on top won’t burn in the oven and looks wayyyy prettier!

That Red Pepper is snug all wrapped up in baaaaacon!

That Red Pepper looks all snug and delicious wrapped up in baaaaacon!

 

And, if you notice the potatoes in the background, I had a little bacon and red pepper leftover.  No to waste, I tucked it in between the rosemary potatoes and let the bacon drippings kick up the flavor!  This turned out to be an excellent idea.  TIP: Keep the bacon strips on the larger side if you use any in the potatoes so it will all cook evenly!

Here's a Birds Eye View

Here’s a Birds Eye View

Not too shabby for a one pan dinner!

If you don't like spice, you can always use a fresh herb (basil) instead.  But, top it AFTER roasting!!!

If you don’t like spice, you can always use a fresh herb (basil) instead. But, top it AFTER roasting!!!

Pop into a preheated oven!

Yummy!

Just imagine that bacon grease dripping down the onion and over the cabbage seasoning each bite from start to finish!

Roast 400 for 35-45 mins until desired doneness.

Potatoes are Perfect!

Potatoes are Perfect!

Spoon the Roasted Reds into a bowl.  Add any crispy, non-burnt pieces of Rosemary and squeeze the roasted Garlic out too!  Don’t leave that little piece of deliciousness behind!!!

Roasted Red Potatoes with Mustard, Rosemary & Roasted Garlic

Roasted Red Potatoes with Mustard, Rosemary & Roasted Garlic

To finish the potatoes, add a dollop of Whole Grain Mustard.  Season with Salt and Pepper and add a dash of EVOO if needed.

This is how we like it!

This is how we like it!

“Desired Doneness” is personal preference.  Our household (read: my hubby) likes bacon extra crispy (read: burnt!!!).  We also like the cabbage more done and crispy on the sides and top.  Feel free to take it out sooner or later depending on how you like it!

Cabbage Steaks, who knew?!?!

Cabbage Steaks, who knew?!?!

I served this to my husband and his best buddy Travis.  They are meat eaters…..def not vegetarians.  They both DEVOURED this!  I couldn’t believe how much they raved over it.  I was not expecting such delicious results!

Plate It Up!

Plate It Up!

Looking good, but see….this is where the fresh jalapeño or herb would look loverly on top instead of my seriously roasted chipotle pepper (read: burnt jalapeño).

Served with a side of Farm Fresh Corn with Local Butter and Sea Salt

Served with a side of Farm Fresh Corn with Local Butter and Sea Salt

Last, lightly drizzle a nice Aged Balsamic over the Steaks or use a Balsamic Glaze.  This puts it right over the top!

Fresh Tomatoes with Spicy Thai Cucumbers

Fresh Tomatoes with Spicy Sweet Thai Cucumbers

I also served a fresh, light side of Tomatoes & Thai Cucumbers.  Amazing.

Yeah, I'm gonna need to share this recipe with y'all soon!

Yeah, I’m gonna need to share this recipe with y’all soon!

Plate and DEVOUR!!!

Ready to Eat!!!

Ready to Eat!!!

 

 

Roasted Cabbage “Steaks”

1 Organic Cabbage, outer leaves pulled off, then sliced into rounds

1 Large Onion, sliced into rounds (I used Vidalia)

1 Red Pepper, sliced into chunks

Applewood Smoked Bacon, sliced in half if necessary (just need enough to wrap pepper)

1 Jalapeño, sliced into rounds (deseeded if you want less heat)

Good Quality EVOO

Good Quality Aged Balsamic

Sea Salt

Fresh Ground Pepper

*Preheat Oven 400. Lightly Spray Baking Sheet with Non-Stick Olive Oil Cooking Spray.  Lay Cabbage Rounds down first, then place the Onion Rounds on top.  Drizzle with EVOO, Salt & Pepper.  Slice Red Pepper into long chunks, place a jalapeño slice inside (if using) and wrap with bacon.  Place the “tucked sides” underneath the bottom of the pepper and put the bacon wrapped pepper “tucked side down” on top of the onion.  Roast 35-45 mins until bacon is done and cabbage edges are brown and crispy!  Remove and carefully transfer to plate.  Drizzle with a nice Aged Balsamic before serving.

 

TIP: You can make this dish completely vegetarian by omitting the bacon wrapped pepper.  Cabbage Steaks are still delicious!  Add the Onion or leave it plain…..just add some garlic to up the flavor some!  I’ll post a recipe soon for Garlic Roasted Cabbage Steaks!

I also made this for the first time (as pictured) using parchment paper because I was afraid of the cabbage sticking to the baking sheet.  I found that when I used the parchment paper, the bottom of the cabbage steak didn’t brown and crisp as much.  So, in the directions I changed that part.  Feel free to experiment!

 

Rosemary Mustard Roasted Red Potatoes

Red Potatoes

Fresh Rosemary Sprigs

Applewood Bacon Slices

Red Pepper Slices

Whole Garlic Cloves

EVOO

Sea Salt

Fresh Cracked Pepper

1-2  T Whole Grain Mustard

*Preheat Oven 400.  Spray Baking Sheet with Non-Stick Olive Oil Cooking Spray.  Lay Potatoes, Garlic, and Bacon & Red Pepper Slices ON TOP of Rosemary Sprigs.  Drizzle with EVOO, Sea Salt & Pepper.  Roast 35-45 mins until done.  Transfer to bowl and add 1-2  T Whole Grain Mustard. (you just need enough to lightly coat the potatoes.  Add 1 tsp EVOO if needed.) Season with Salt and Pepper.  Enjoy!  TIP: Be sure to add any delightful crispy bits of Rosemary that made it through the roasting without getting burnt!

 

I hope y’all try this.  You won’t be disappointed!

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Southern Tomato Pie

Southern Tomato Pie

Summertime, Summertime, Sum-Summ-Summertime!!!

 Absolute perfection in two words: Tomato. Pie.

Sweet, Juicy, Ripe & Plump. Little colorful bursts of heaven.

Easily grown with a HUGE variety: Heirloom, Big Boy, Chocolate Cherry, Yellow Pear… these delightful tomatoes serve up spectacular dishes from snacks and apps all the way to the main course!

Savory Sweet Southern Tomato Pie

Savory Southern Tomato Pie

 

As Elegant and Lip-Smackin’ Good as this dish is,it is surprisingly,fabulously, summertime-tasticly, super simple to make!  Thank the Summertime Gods for smiling down on us with ripe, juicy tomatoes-a-plenty!  Here’s a tasty solution for what to do with your overabundance!  Lemme Break it down for ya.

This is what it looks like right before popping into the oven.

This is what it looks like right before popping into the oven!

Now, first things first.  Slice up those juicy plump tomatoes and lay them out on a couple layers of paper towels. Sprinkle them with Salt.  DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!!!  If you do, you will have a watery pie…and NO ONE likes a watery pie!  It’s best to let them sit out for at least a half hour on the paper towels.  Then, be sure to blot the topside as well with a paper towel before layering!  I only had a few gorgeous red tomatoes, but mixing up heirloom and different varietals in this recipe is always a plus!

Salt Tomatoes to Release Excess Moisture

Salt Tomatoes to Release Excess Moisture

 

To simplify tonight, I even used a pre-made piecrust and just jazzed it up a little.  Karified it! 🙂

Savory Rosemary Crust

Savory Rosemary Crust

Press a little fresh Chopped Rosemary and Coarse Ground Black Pepper into the unthawed pre-made piecrust lightly with your fingertips.  Bake 400 10-15 mins until just brown, or per instructions.

Rosemary Black Pepper Crust

The aromatic Rosemary will make your Kitchen smell divine!

 

While this is baking in the Oven, you want to go ahead and make your Shallot/Cheese Mixture.  Here’s whatcha need:

Shallots, Garlic, Chiles

Shallots, Garlic, Chiles

Finely Chop Shallots, Garlic and a few Chiles to taste!

Kitchen is starting to smell AMAZING!!!

Kitchen is starting to smell AMAZING!!!

Cook the garlic just a minute or two until fragrant, be careful not to burn it or it will turn bitter!

Gather Your Ingredients

Gather Your Ingredients

 

You can keep this super simple and just use Mayo and Cheddar Cheese, but…who are we kidding…When have I been know to do that?!?!?!  This is gonna be SO MUCH BETTER!!!

Add Ingredients to Garlic and Shallot Mixture

Add Ingredients to Garlic and Shallot Mixture

Horseradish, Duke’s Mayo, Herbed Goat Cheese, Shaved Parmesan, Lemon Zest, Salt & Pepper

Leave Mozzareall

Do NOT add Mozzarella, Chiles and Lemon Juice yet!

Fresh. Basil.

Toss is a few handfuls for Freshly Torn Basil

Next, Mix to combine cheeses.  The Shallots should still be warm, which will make this step easier.  Use Lemon Juice to thin out the mixture.  Depending on the size of your lemon, you will need about 1/2 to  the whole lemon.  I had a large lemon and only needed to use half!  You don’t want your mixture runny, just a thick but spreadable consistency.

Spread a THIN Layer onto your pie crust

Now, Let’s start assembling this Tomato Pie!

Start by spreading a THIN LAYER of the cheese and shallot mixture onto the bottom of the Pie Crust.  This extra step will help in keeping the bottom crust from getting soggy!

Layer your Delicious Tomatoes

Layer your Delicious Tomatoes

Next, add a Layer of Tomatoes

Cheese/Shallot Mixture & Fresh Mozzarella

Goat Cheese/Shallot Mixture & Fresh Mozzarella

Dollop the Goat Cheese Mixture and tear some Mozzarella on top the Tomato Layer

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 Repeat if needed:

<— Tomato Layer

Cheese Layer —>

Absolutely Gorgeous!

Absolutely Gorgeous!

Finish Pie with Goat Cheese & Mozzarella.  Top with Shredded Parmesan, Fresh Basil, Chiles & EVOO.  Season with Salt & Pepper.

Oh My, now THAT'S A PIE!

Oh My, now THAT’S A PIE!

close-up

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Pop in the Oven and Bake.

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Fresh Out of the Oven!

TIP: Do NOT serve Immediately!

TIP: Do NOT serve Immediately!

As hard as this will be…..LET THE TOMATO PIE COOL for at least 15 mins.  It needs to set!!!

Best served warm with lightly dressed mixed greens

Best served warm with lightly dressed mixed greens

For a quick, healthy side….serve with leafy greens.  I dressed mine super simple and it was perfect.  Squeeze the last half of the lemon over Greens. Drizzle 1 tsp EVOO.  Season with Salt and Pepper. Toss. Serve.

 

Southern Tomato Pie

1 PreMade Pie Crust

2 Sprigs Rosemary, chopped

Coarse Black Pepper

2-4 Ripe Tomatoes, sliced

Handful Basil, torn

2 T EVOO

2 Shallots, minced

2 Garlic Cloves, minced

Chiles or Jalapeño, minced (to taste)

1/3 Cup Duke’s Mayonnaise

2 T Horseradish

8 oz. Herbed Goat Cheese Log, crumbled

1/2 Cup Shredded Parmesan, divided

4 oz. Mozzarella, torn & divided

1 Organic Lemon, juice & zest

Sea Salt

Fresh Ground Pepper

*Preheat Oven 350.  Slice Tomatoes and place on paper towels.  Sprinkle with Salt and allow to drain.  Set Aside.  Next, take pre-made Pie Crust and sprinkle with Rosemary and Coarse Black Pepper.  Press lightly with fingers into crust.  Bake according to piecrust instructions until just browning.  Remove from Oven and let cool.

*Meanwhile, Add 1 T EVOO to small Sauté Pan and sweat Shallots, Chiles, s&p about 3-5 mins until translucent.  Turn down heat to Med-Low.  Add Garlic and cook 2 mins more.  Stirring some so you don’t burn the garlic! Next, add your Dukes Mayo, Horseradish, Goat Cheese, 1/3 Cup Parmesan, Lemon Zest, Torn Basil, Lemon Juice, salt & pepper.  Mix to combine.

*In Cooled Savory Pie Crust, spread a THIN LAYER of Goat Cheese Mixture on the bottom.  Add a Layer of Tomatoes.  Then a Layer of dollops of Goat Cheese Mixture and Torn Mozzarella.  Add another Layer of Tomatoes.  Top with Goat Cheese Mixture, Torn Mozzarella, Torn Basil, and a few fresh chiles.  Drizzle with 1 T EVOO and Season with Salt & Pepper.

*Bake 350 for 30 Mins or until top is brown and bubbly!

*Let cool for 15 mins before serving!

 

TIPS:

  • Substitue ANY cheese you like.  Swap the Goat Cheese for Feta.  Use Shredded Mozzarella if you need to.  Swap Parmesan for Asiago. Really, anything goes here.
  • Even if you DESPISE MAYONNAISE…..you REALLY REALLY REALLY need it for this recipe.  I cut it down to a super small amount.  I PROMISE you won’t even know it’s in there.  My hubby HATES mayo, and he LOVED this!  Trust me.
  • If you want to make your own crust….go for it!  Add the herbs in at the end as its coming together!  Using a pre-made pie crust that you roll out…no worries.  Simply add the Rosemary and Pepper on top and press it in with your fingers or a rolling pin before you lay it in the pie plate.
  • For the Love of All Things Soggy…..DON’T FORGET TO SLICE, SALT & DRAIN YOUR TOMATOES.  I can not emphasize this enough.  That’s the last I’m gonna say about that…
  • If your Crust Starts to get to brown, use a pie crust shield or some foil around the edges to prevent burning!
  • Experiment with different types of tomatoes.  The result is sure to be Gorgeously Delicious!!!

 

And that’s that.

My Version of Southern Tomato Pie, Baby.

Enjoy!

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