Grilled Sriracha Garlic Butter Wings

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Grilled Sriracha Garlic Butter Wings

These crazy delicious little flavor bombs are a hit wherever they go. And they’re grilled, not baked which makes ‘em even better.  Did I mention only 4 ingredients???

Appetizer Serving for 2-4

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 lbs chicken wings (aka party wings)
  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil, like avocado
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup Sriracha
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat grill on medium/high
  2. Put wings in a large bowl, add oil, salt and pepper, toss well and place skin side down on grill, flip often until done the way you like it - which hopefully is not dry as toast
  3. While wings cook put butter, Sriracha and garlic in a small pot and heat over low until melted - stir to mix well and set aside
  4. When wings are done, mix them in batches with the sauce in large bowl
  5. Serve wings with sprinkle of salt and garnish with cilantro
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Carissa’s Cuban Black Beans and Rice

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Carissa’s Cuban Black Beans and Rice

She won your votes for the 'Cook 4 Sam' contest and now here she is in her video debut.

Makes 6-8 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb packaged dry black beans
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 ham hock
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into a small dice
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow or white onion, small diced
  • 1-2oz jar of pimentos
  • 10 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. The night before, rinse the beans in cold water, drain and place in pressure cooker. Cover beans with 8 cups of cold water. Let them soaked overnight 
  2. When you are ready to cook, add ham hock and salt to the beans in the pressure cooker. Place on lid, set pressure to high and cook for 30 minutes
  3. While beans are cooking in pressure cooker, heat olive oil in a large saute pan on medium-high. Add onions, green peppers and pimentos and cook until onions are translucent, 5-7 minutes
  4. Stir in tomato sauce, lower heat and simmer about 10 minutes.
  5. When the 30 min is up and the pressure has reduced naturally, remove ham hock, then return pressure cooker to low heat
  6. Add tomato sauce and onion mixture to the beans in the pressure cooker-then stir in lemon juice, vinegar and sugar - stir to combine and allow to thicken slightly. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  7. Optional- shred ham hock and add to bean mixture
  8. Serve over steamed rice
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Grandma Lupita's Caldo de Queso (Cheese Soup)

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Grandma Lupita's Caldo de Queso (Cheese Soup)

Serves 8 – 10

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ large white onion, peeled and sliced thin

  • 5 small white rose potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/3”-1/2” thick rounds

  • Olive oil

  • 2 quarts water, brought to a boil

  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder (soup base)

  • Salt to taste

  • 6 - 8 large Anaheim chilies, roasted and peeled - you can buy them canned whole

  • 1 can evaporated milk

  • 1 – 1 ½ pounds ‘Queso Fresco’, Mexican cheese

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat a skillet and add 3 tablespoons olive oil

  2. Add the onions and potatoes and cook covered for 5 minutes or so

  3. Take the stems off of the chilies, slice open and dip into a small bowl of water to remove the seeds

  4. Shred the chilies by hand into thin shreds or slices

  5. When the onions and potatoes have cooked for 10 minutes or so – add them to the boiling water

  6. Add  salt to taste and a teaspoon of the chicken bouillon

  7. Add about half of the can of evaporated milk

  8. Cut the queso fresco into large cubes or chunks

  9. Add the cheese and the chili shreds to the soup

  10. Bring the soup back to a boil, stirring

  11. Serve in bowls with hot corn tortillas on the side

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Grandma Evelyn's Matzoh Brei (Matzoh French Toast)

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Grandma Evelyn's Matzoh Brei (Matzoh French Toast)

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 – 1 ½ cups Matzoh Meal

  • 2 eggs

  • A Pinch of salt

  • About ½ cup or so of milk

  • 3-4 pieces of Matzoh

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put matzoh meal into a shallow dish, like a baking dish

  2. Add the eggs, salt and milk (a little at a time)

  3. Mix well and continue adding milk until it becomes the consistency of a batter

  4. Break up matzoh into relatively the same size 4”x3” pieces

  5. Dip in the batter stirring to coat both sides

  6. Add about ¼ of oil across the bottom of a heavy bottomed skillet and preheat to medium-high

  7. Place the coated matzoh pieces in stacks of two (one on top of the other like a sandwich in the pan and cook until browned on each side

  8. Serve with jelly or applesauce AND sour cream

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Benedict Fries

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Benedict Fries

Carne Asada fries, cheese fries, chili cheese fries - so why not benedict fries?

Exactly.

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. Make fries and put in a bowl
  2. Add some bacon
  3. Top with a poached egg
  4. Add hollandaise and garnish with parsley
  5. Repeat.

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Sweet Potato Hash

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Sweet Potato Hash

This might be the 2nd best use for frozen sweet potato fries.

INGREDIENTS

  • 8-10 ounce frozen sweet potato fries
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • ½ cup each red bell peppers, red onions and white onions - all diced small
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup parsley chopped
  • Poached egg
  • Olive oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook fries according to package directions – but get 'em crispy
  2. While they cook, heat oil in a skillet on medium-high, then add bell peppers and onions - saute until onions get a little caramelized, about 5 minutes
  3. Take fries out, rough chop then add to the vegetable mixture
  4. Add butter and a little oil to the hash and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder - mix
  5. Add green onions and parsley, reserving a little to garnish at the end
  6. Plate the hash and serve with a poached egg like I did, or do what you want
  7. Garnish a drizzle of olive oil, green onions and parsley

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MISO & GINGER SALAD DRESSING

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MISO & GINGER SALAD DRESSING

Making your own dressing is the best – and I love this one. 

INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ cup light miso paste
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • ½ cup neutral oil (I used avocado oil for this one, canola or vegetable works well too)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of water
  • Honey (optional)
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a bowl, mix into a thick paste
  2. Slowly whisk in oil until the dressing is emulsified
  3. Add 1 tablespoon water at a time to thin dressing to your liking - at this point you can add a little honey if you want on the sweeter side
  4. Add pepper to taste
  5. Use the dressing on your favorite salad, grilled vegetables or even fish.

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Steak & Onion Taco

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Steak & Onion Taco

Steak, grilled onions & melty cheese. #justmakeit

Makes 4 tacos

INGREDIENTS

  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup red onion, finely sliced
  • 3/4 pounds thinly steak (NY, sirloin, filet, flank, skirt - pretty much whatever thinly sliced)
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, or
  • 1 teaspoon Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • ½ cup romaine lettuce, finely shredded (preferably from the fatter, crunchier end)
  • 4 -6 inch corn or flour tortillas

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce (the ketchup kind)
  • 1 tablespoon capers with a tiny drizzle of caper juice
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl, mix well and set aside
  2. Heat a medium non stick pan with a tablespoon of oil and add onions
  3. Cook over low/medium until golden and beautifully softened, 5-7 minutes, set aside and keep warm
  4. Using same pan, turn heat to high, and just before it smokes add a little more oil and the steak, salt, black pepper or steak seasoning – cook a couple minutes stirring quickly
  5. In the pan, make 4 piles of the steak and add cheese to each on each, cover with a lid for another 30 seconds
  6. Build taco: tortilla, sauce, lettuce, steak/cheese and onions.

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POBLANO SHIITACOS

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POBLANO SHIITACOS

There’s something about this that makes me want to eat about 50 of them.

 

Makes 5 or 6, but probably 5 delicious fricking tacos

INGREDIENTS

Cilantro Sauce

  • 6 ounces nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 large clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 small (or ½ of one large) bunch cilantro, mostly tops but some stems are always ok
  • Juice of ½ lime  
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper to taste

Tacos

  • 2 large poblano chiles
  • Neutral oil and butter
  • 8 ounces shiitake mushroom caps, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon each garlic powder & cumin
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 5 corn or flour tortillas, approximately the 5.5 inch size
  • Nonfat Greek yogurt
  • Finely chopped red onion, for garnish
  • Finely crumbled Cotija cheese, for garnish
  • Chopped cilantro, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put all sauce ingredients in a processor and mix until smooth - set aside, and/or put into a squeeze bottle
  2. Blacken poblanos - either broil in oven until blackened on all sides, or over an open flame on the stove
  3. Then place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and leave 10 minutes. Peel off the black, remove seeds and slice into thin strips
  4. Heat a non stick pan to medium, add a tablespoon each of oil and butter and then the mushrooms
  5. Cook until beginning to soften, 3 to 4 minutes then add poblanos - continue to cook
  6. Add garlic powder, cumin & Kosher salt - stir well to combine
  7. Heat tortillas until just beginning to get a wee bit crispy, add a layer of yogurt, the mushrooms & poblanos, a good squeeze of cilantro sauce, red onion, some cheese and and a final sprinkle of chopped cilantro.

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Bangers and Mash with Guinness Onion Gravy

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Bangers and Mash with Guinness Onion Gravy

Serves 2-4

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb pork sausages (preferably British bangers, though a good pork sausage would do)
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 8 ounces beef broth
  • 1-12 ounce bottle Guinness (only using 8 ounces, but you drink the rest)
  • 1 teaspoon each of Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1-2 cups cooked mashed potatoes

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring one medium-size pot of water to barely a simmer; add the sausages and cook for 20 minutes
  2. Meanwhile in a large non-stick pan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter and add onions; cook until nicely caramelized,  5-7 minutes
  3. Add flour to onions, stir well and cook for another minute or so
  4. Slowly add beef broth and 8 ounces of Guinness, letting the sauce come to a low simmer, stirring occasionally until thickened - season with salt and pepper to taste and keep warm
  5. Heat a medium non-stick pan over medium, and a little oil and sear on all sides until nicely golden brown
  6. To serve, place a small scoop of mashed potatoes onto a plate, top with sausages and spoon the Guinness gravy over the top
  7. Boom!
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Salmon & Fresh Veggies One Sheet Pan Passover Meal

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Salmon & Fresh Veggies One Sheet Pan Passover Meal

Spend more time this Passover enjoying family and traditions with this easy one sheet pan salmon and fresh vegetables meal.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Makes four servings

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces green beans
  • 10 ounces tomatoes
  • 12 small-ish carrots, ends trimmed
  • 1/2 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 2 leeks, white & light green parts only – cleaned and thinly sliced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 6 ounces sugar snap peas
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced fine 
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Four 6 – ounce salmon fillets 
  • 1 cup basil pesto
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped basil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Put green beans, tomatoes, asparagus, baby carrots, leeks, red pepper and sugar snap peas in a large bowl. Add garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes & oil – mix well to combine.
  3. Season salmon with salt, pepper and top with pesto. Place salmon among the veggies and put baking sheet into the oven. Cook 15 minutes, then turn to broil and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until salmon is nicely golden.
  4. Plate vegetables & salmon and top with chopped basil.

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Rack of Lamb One Sheet Pan Easter Meal

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Rack of Lamb One Sheet Pan Easter Meal

Easter has enough fun family traditions to occupy your time that the last thing you need is to be caught in the kitchen. So here is an easy sheet pan recipe to make your holiday dining simple and still delicious.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Yield: Makes four srvings

Ingredients

  • 6 medium tomatoes, cut into 6 wedges each
  • 2 Japanese eggplants, each cut into ½ inch semi-circle pieces 
  • 1/2 large red onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 zucchinis, diced 
  • 1 pound fingerling potatoes, each sliced lengthwise
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard, plus more for lamb
  • Juice of one lemon juice
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons each finely chopped fresh thyme & rosemary
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 rack of lamb, excess fat removed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Put tomatoes, eggplant, red onion, red pepper, zucchini & potatoes in a large bowl.Combine olive oil, garlic, Dijon, lemon juice and salt & pepper – mix well and add to veggies, toss and then place everything on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with thyme and rosemary, add lemon slices and put into oven – cook about 10 minutes.
  3. While it cooks, brush lamb with Dijon mustard and season with salt & pepper then add to the sheet pan..Continue to bake until vegetables are done and lamb is 140 degrees – about 25 minutes longer.
  4. Remove pan from oven, slice rack into individual chops and serve with vegetables.

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Pastrami Egg Rolls with Russian Dressing

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Pastrami Egg Rolls with Russian Dressing

No description needed - they are exactly what you think they are. And they’re baked, not fried.

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup diced pastrami
  • ½ cup diced swiss cheese
  • ½ cup sauerkraut, squeeze liquid out
  • 5 egg roll skin wrappers
  • Grainy mustard
  • Oil spray

Russian Dressing

  • ¼ cup mayo
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup or chili sauce
  • ½-1 teaspoon horseradish (to your taste)
  • ½ teaspoon Sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • pinch Kosher salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. In a bowl combine pastrami, cheese and sauerkraut
  3. Lay out one egg roll skin with a corner pointed toward you. Place about 2-3 tablespoons of the mixture in the center and spread a little mustard alongside the mixture-fold corner up over the mixture, then fold left and right corners toward the center and continue to roll, brush a little water on the final corner to help seal the egg roll then repeat with remaining wrappers
  4. Place egg rolls on a foil lined baking sheet-with the oil spray lightly cover the egg rolls on both sides
  5. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown
  6. While the egg rolls are cooking make the sauce
  7. In separate bowl, mix all dressing ingredients, serve with egg rolls.
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Homemade Hummus

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Homemade Hummus

Doesn't get much better than this.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • ⅓ cup tahini
  • 1 - 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained (reserve the liquid)
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ tablespoon fresh parsley, rough chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Paprika
  • Pita

DIRECTIONS

  1. Using a food processor with the metal ‘S’ blade, add garlic and lemon juice
  2. Process about 1 minute, until garlic is minced then scrape down sides of the bowl with a spatula
  3. Add tahini, garbanzo beans and cumin
  4. Continue to process another 2 to 3 minutes - add reserved liquid until hummus is relatively smooth and scoop into a serving bowl
  5. Make it pretty with a little parsley, a good drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of  paprika
  6. Serve with pita bread/chips, vegetables...whatever your heart desires

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3 Minute Fried Rice

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3 Minute Fried Rice

This is not so much a recipe as it is a genius tip.

Fried rice doesn’t work with fresh warm rice, and is best made with cold rice from the day before. But when you don’t have any, you can use one of those packs of pre-cooked rice that you would normally heat in the microwaveable for 90 seconds.

So when you get to the part where you would add the cold rice - bust open a pack and use the rice in it (without heating first) and then continue as normal to finish the rice.

One 7.5 ounce pack along with a bunch of vegetables, chicken, shrimp or whatever else you like will make enough fried rice for 2.

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Quick Asian Chicken Broth

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Quick Asian Chicken Broth

My go to drink of choice when I’m sick, trying not to snack on shitty, unhealthy stuff or just want something delicious.   

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 green onions cut into 2 inch lengths 
  • 10 or so sprigs of cilantro
  • Four 1/8 inch slices ginger (skin in is fine)
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled & rough smashed
  • 15 or so Sichuan pepper corns
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put everything in a pot and bring to a low simmer, then cover and leave for 10 - 15 minutes 
  2. But check a couple minutes after being covered to make sure it’s not boiling - it does that after it gets covered sometimes
  3. To drink, I remove the peppercorns, ginger & garlic but leave in the greens 

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Hawaiian Pizza

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Hawaiian Pizza

Or at least my version - 'cuz after all I am a Canadian and it was invented by a Canadian. 

But really who cares - just make it.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ready-made flatbreads - I used ones that were approximately 10” x 6”
  • ½ cup tomato sauce, see recipe or use jarred (if you don’t care about food)
  • ½ - 3/4 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • ¼-½  teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3-4 slices deli black forest ham, cut into thin strips
  • Approximately ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Spread sauce evenly over the flatbreads and then add the pineapple
  3. Sprinkle red pepper flakes over all and top with ham and then the cheese
  4. Place flatbreads on baking sheet and bake 10-12 minutes or until cheese melts and flatbreads get crispy
  5. Garnish with cilantro, slice and enjoy.

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Shoestring Sweet Potato Fries

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Shoestring Sweet Potato Fries

Not to be a broken record…but these are totally simple & delicious. 

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato, rinsed (no need to peel)
  • 2 teaspoons neutral oil - like vegetable or avocado
  • ½ teaspoon each Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin  and/or curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Spiralize sweet potato using the small noodle blade, then place the spiralized potato in a large mixing bowl
  3. Add oil, salt, pepper and cumin and/or curry powder if using (which you should be) to the potatoes and mix well so the seasonings incorporate evenly
  4. Place spiralized potatoes on a baking sheet and bake 20-30 minutes (toss fries halfway through) or until nice and golden brown

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Shiitake Spinach Egg Thing

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Shiitake Spinach Egg Thing

And by thing I mean stupidly delicious.  Don't ask - just make it.

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 bacon strips, sliced widthwise
  • 2 cups shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • Pinch each Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 2 poached eggs, see recipe

Directions

  1. In a large pan on medium heat, cook bacon until about halfway done, then add mushrooms and cook until softened - 3 to 4 minutes
  2. Add chicken broth - continue to cook another minute
  3. Next add spinach - sauté until wilted then season with salt and pepper; remove from heat
  4. Serve spinach mixture on serving plate and top with poached egg.

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Baked Brie with Shiitakes

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Baked Brie with Shiitakes

This is one delicious appetizer.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 6 Shitake mushrooms, stems removed & thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • Pinch Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch garlic powder
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, removed from freezer about 30 minutes before using
  • Flour
  • One 8 ounce wheel of brie, with top rind removed
  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Put non-stick pan on high/medium heat, add oil, butter and mushrooms - cook about 5 minutes until nicely softened, add thyme, salt, pepper and garlic powder - stir well to combine then remove from heat and set aside
  3. Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry to make it a little thinner
  4. Place cooked mushrooms in the center of the pastry - spread out to approximately the same diameter as the cheese
  5. Spoon mustard on top of brie, then place mustard-side down onto the mushrooms
  6. Fold the pastry up over the cheese to cover and turn over - trim the excess - and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet and press down to seal. Reserve the pastry scraps for decoration (if you want)
  7. Beat the egg and milk to combine in a small bowl with a fork or whisk. Place seam-side down onto a lined (parchment paper) baking sheet. Decorate with the pastry scraps, if desired - brush with the egg wash
  8. Bake for 25 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown - serve with thinly sliced baguettes or crackers.

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