Monday, July 21, 2014

Mini Skillet Meatloaves

Mini Skillet Meatloaves
Makes 6

1/3 cup breadcrumbs
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 large egg
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 small onion, finely minced
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 cloves garlic, grated or finely minced
1 ½ lbs meatloaf mix (ground beef, pork, and/or veal)
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
½ cup ketchup
1 to 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1.      Mix the breadcrumbs, milk, parsley, egg, Worcestershire sauce, onion, chili powder and garlic in large bowl. Add the meat, season with salt and pepper and mix with your hands until combined. Shape into six 3-4 inch loaves.
2.      Heat the vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add the loaves and brown about 3 minutes per side.
3.      Whisk the ketchup, sugar, and vinegar in a bowl and crush a few tablespoonfuls over the meat. Add ½ cup water to the skillet; cover and simmer over low heat until cooked through, about 15 minutes.

4.      Transfer the loaves to a plate. Add the remaining ketchup mixture to the skillet and cook over high heat, stirring, until thick, 3 to 5 minutes.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
(Makes 1 Dozen)

                     1 egg
                     1 cup overripe mashed banana (about 2 bananas)
                     1/3 cup whole milk
                     1/2 cup vegetable oil
                     2 cups all-purpose flour
                     1/3 cup white sugar
                     1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
                     3 tsp baking powder
                     1 tsp salt
                     1/4 tsp nutmeg
                     1/4 tsp allspice
                     1/4 tsp ginger
                     1/2 tsp cinnamon
1.                   Line muffin tray with 12 paper muffin cups.
2.                   Beat egg in a large bowl. Stir in milk, oil and banana.
3.                   Stir in remaining ingredients (except chocolate chips) until flour is just dissolved. Fold in the chocolate chips.
4.                   Spoon into muffin cups. Sprinkle muffins with additional chocolate chips.
5.                   Bake for about 20 minutes in a preheated 400F oven. Immediately remove from pan.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spicy Onion Beer Chili

2 pounds ground beef chuck
2 large white onions, chopped
2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with juice
2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 (12 fluid ounce) can beer
2 (15 ounce) cans spicy chili beans           
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco), or to taste
1/3 cup chili powder
4 fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
3 tablespoons red pepper flakes, or to taste (optional)

1.            Crumble the ground chuck into a skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally until evenly browned. Drain grease. Transfer the beef to a large soup pot. Add onions, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beer and chili beans. Season with Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, chili powder, jalapenos, and red pepper flakes, if using.

2.            Cover the pot, and simmer over low heat for 2 hours. Turn off heat, and let cool, then refrigerate for two days. It gets much better with time. Heat and serve.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Potato Soup

3 cups peeled and cubed potatoes
1/2 cup chopped onion
 1 cube chicken bouillon
 1 cup water
 1 teaspoon dried parsley
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 1 pinch ground black pepper
 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
 1 1/2 cups milk
 1 1/2 cups shredded American cheese
 1 cup chopped cooked ham

In a large stock pot add potatoes, onion, chicken bouillon, water and parsley flakes. Season with salt and pepper and simmer until vegetables become tender.

In a separate bowl mix flour and milk. Once it is well blended, add to soup mixture and cook until soup becomes thick.

Stir in cheese and cooked ham and simmer until cheese is melted.