Sunday, April 23, 2017

Jalapeno Pimento Cheese Beef Patty Melts


I remember the first time I had a patty melt... I was an adult at a work luncheon.  A co-worker ordered one and I asked what it was.  They described it perfectly by saying it was like a burger and a grilled cheese got married then had this delicious "love child".

That was over 20 years ago and I have been hooked on them since.  I introduced them to my kids a few years ago (they are lucky they didn't have to wait until they were 20).  They loved them because they both love burgers and grilled cheese.   

They also love my spicy pimento cheese with jalapenos.  So I decided we needed to take the already delicious patty melt and give it a spicy makeover.  Wow! These were great!   You must use a hearty sliced bread so your bread can stand up to all those yummy ingredients. 

Another trick I have learned from watching cooking shows is to grilled the patty right onto some sliced onions.  The onions get  caramelized and cooked right along with the burger and give it great flavor. 

So if you love burgers, grilled cheese and want something a little spicy in your life... this patty melt is calling your name. 

1lb lean ground beef
salt, black pepper to taste to season the ground beef
1/4 tsp garlic powder 
1 large onion sliced thin
Jalapeno Pimento Cheese (see recipe below)
Thick sliced bread (I used potato bread)
butter as needed

Make the Jalapeno Pimento Cheese spread and set aside. 

Take the lean ground beef and season it with salt, black pepper and granulated garlic. Gently mix until combined then divide into four equal portions.  Form into thin patty rectangle shape or shape of your bread.

Heat a griddle or skillet on medium heat with a little canola oil.  Place a layer of onions where the patties will be placed.  Place a patty over each pile of onions.   Top with more onions. 

Cook on each side (about 5 minutes ) for fully cooked burgers.

To make patty melts:  Apply some jalapeno cream cheese on both sides of bread and place a cooked burger with onions in the middle.  

Apply butter on the outside of bread (both sides) and grill on medium low until bread is golden brown and jalapeno cheese has started to melt. 

Serve immediately.  Enjoy.

 Jalapeno Pimento Cheese:
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup cream cheese
1tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
red chili flakes to taste
1/4 cup chopped jalapeno
1 small jar pimento peppers

Directions:  Soften cream cheese by bringing it to room temperature for an hour.   Then add all the other ingredients to the cream cheese and mix well until spreadable.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Curried Deviled Eggs (Mayo-Free)


These Curried Deviled Eggs are going to be a spicy hit at your Easter celebration.  

Eggs were on sale everywhere this past week because tomorrow is Easter.  I cannot resist a good sale so I bought several cartons and had to come up with a fun deviled egg recipe to enjoy this Easter. 

My kids love deviled eggs and they love curry so this was an experiment that ended with some tasty results.  My daughter popped 5 deviled eggs as soon as I gave the "go ahead" to eat them after taking my photos.  You can say she enjoyed them!

The great part about these eggs is they are are not laden with mayonnaise, instead I used creamy Greek Yogurt.   No one missed the mayo for sure... they  loved that I used the Greek Yogurt and made these eggs a little more guilt free. 

"🐇Hoppy🐇 Easter🐇"!!  Have a wonderful day with your family and friends.

Curried Deviled Eggs (Mayo-Free)
Recipe by Ramona from Kitchen Simmer

12 large eggs boiled (See my egg boiling tips here)
1 large bell pepper (red or yellow) or mixture of both colors
1 medium sized onion 
1 cinnamon stick (1 inch) optional 
1 tsp curry powder (I used McCormick)
1/8 tsp cumin powder
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
1/8 tsp red chili powder
1/4 tsp rice vinegar
salt and black pepper
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
1 Tbs honey mustard dressing

Step 1:  Boil eggs according to my directions here

Then peel and cut the eggs in  half either lengthwise or around the middle. 

Step 2: Finely mince onion and bell pepper, I did this in a food processor.  In a frying pan, add 1 Tbs canola oil.  Then add the cinnamon stick and minced onion and peppers.  Saute with a little salt and pepper for several minutes. 

Next add curry powder, red chili powder, cumin powder and turmeric powder.  Fry for about 1 minute.  Then add vinegar and stir well.  Turn off stove and allow mixture to cool.  Once cool, remove cinnamon stick.
Step 3: Separate the yolks from the whites.  Use a fork to crush yolk.  Add the cooled curried mixture to yolks.  Then finish off with Greek Yogurt and Honey Mustard dressing.  Mix well.  Taste for seasoning and adjust salt as needed. Fill whites with curried yolk mixture. **I piped it using a pipping syringe.  Chill until you serve.  Enjoy.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Sausage Pepper and Onion Breakfast Rolls


Sausage, onion and peppers wrapped up in a warm flaky crescent roll will be a great hit for breakfast or brunch.  

My kids are home for spring break, so I decided to wake them up with the aroma of sausage and peppers cooking up this morning.  They love pigs in blankets so I thought why not make something similar with breakfast sausage. 

These tasty roll ups were a hit for breakfast this morning.  I fried an egg so they would have a yummy yolk to dip into as well.  Spicy, savory and easy to make and eat is my kind of breakfast for sure. 

I used a variety of sweet peppers, but my kids and I love spicy flavors too so I threw in a large jalapeno with the seeds to give this a real spicy kick.

I am not a big fan of breakfast foods, but I really loved these and had to force myself from eating too many of these breakfast rolls.  Spring break is off to a good start. 


Sausage Pepper and Onion Breakfast Rolls
Recipe by Ramona from Kitchen Simmer

1 package breakfast sausage links
1 large onion sliced
1 cup peppers (variety) sliced
salt and black pepper
2 tubes crescent rolls  
American cheese slices as needed
Eggs as needed

1.  Brown the sausage 1/2 way in a large skillet.  Then add the sliced onions and peppers** with a little salt and black pepper to season onions and peppers.  Cook until sausage is cooked through and peppers and onions have wilted.

** The peppers you use are your choice.  I used a variety of red and orange mild sweet peppers and one spicy jalapeno pepper.

2.  Open crescent roll tube.  Lay one crescent roll out and place a small slice of cheese.  I took one slice of American cheese and portion it out into 1/3 pieces.  Next place one sausage link and some of the peppers and onions.  Finally roll up each on into a crescent shape.  Place on a baking sheet and bake according to crescent roll instructions on tube (about 10-15 minutes in a 375 degree oven).  

3.  Optional:  Fry a egg sunny side up or over easy to make a great dipper for your roll. Enjoy.


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