Friday, April 28, 2017

Egg Drop Soup with Crispy Wonton Noodles

Egg Drop soup is one of my very favorites.  It is so simple to make and I always make myself some crispy won-ton noodles to go along. 

Egg Drop Soup

2 15.5 oz. cans of Chicken Broth
1 tsp. soy sauce
1/4 tsp. ginger paste
1/4 tsp. basil pesto
1 tsp. pepper

Bring all ingredients to a boil.  How simple is that!

Crispy Wonton Noodles
Oil for frying
Garlic Sea Salt (or regular sea salt)

Buy a package of premade Wontons and pull out enough to make a good many noodles.  Slice them about 1/4" thick with a knife.  Using your fingers, toss them over and over again until all of the layers are separated.  Drop noodles a few at a time into hot oil.  Test 1 noodle first to make sure it is hot enough.  They take just a few seconds to cook.  Toss them once and then remove to paper towels.  I like to sprinkle mine with Garlic Sea Salt.

Serve the soup and drop some of the Crispy Wontons into the soup.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

BBQ Cocktail Weenies

These are great little appetizers that you can just make in a crockpot and leave.  Your guests can help themselves.

BBQ Cocktail Weenies

2 or 3 pkgs. Beef or regular Smokie Links (I use Echrich)
1 cup. catsup
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground pepper
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water

Place all ingredients in a crockpot and heat on high until they are boiling.  Cook for 30 minutes.  Reduce heat to low and allow to heat until your guests arrive!

These will be a big hit!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Ground Beef Patty Melt

Sometimes a good ole hamburger is just what you want.  This patty melt, kicks the hamburger up a knotch!  You'll love it!

Ground Beef Patty Melt

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 whole small onion, sliced
4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. ground pepper
1 Tbsp. salt
8 slices Texas Toast
4 Tbsp. real butter
4 Tbsp. real mayonnaise
8 slices Provolone cheese
4 tsp. Basil Pesto
8 slices of cooked bacon.

Shape ground beef into patties.  Salt and pepper the patties and place in a pan to fry.  Add 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce to the top of each patty.  Flip and cook to desired consistency.  Add sliced onions when burgers are almost done.  Place onto a paper towel to drain grease.

Use a flat griddle or pan to build the sandwiches.  Spread both sides of each slice of bread with butter.  Place onto the griddle.  Lightly toast one side and then flip.  Spread real mayonnaise on 4 pieces of bread then top with 1 slice of the cheese.   Top with the bacon and then the burger onto the slices with the mayonnaise.  Ladle some of the grilled onions on top of the burger and then top with another slice of cheese and the other piece of bread.  Flip again to make sure both sides are done.

Cut in half and serve.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Cheesy Potato & Ground Beef Casserole

Don't you love cooking with cast iron?  I often use my cast ironed skillet to bake a one-pot meal.  This is hearty and so good.  It combines my cheesy potatoes with some ground beef to make a complete meal.

Cheesy Potato & Ground Beef Casserole

6 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced
1/2 lb. lean ground beef
1/4 small white onion, finely diced
1 Tbsp. basil
1 Tbsp. real butter
3" block of Velveeta cheese
1/4 c. evaporated milk (more or less)
1 Tbsp. salt
1 Tbsp. ground pepper

Melt 1 Tbsp. butter in cast ironed skillet (or baking dish).  Peel and slice potatoes.  Layer 2 potatoes on the bottom of the pan, in the melted butter.  In a skillet, brown the ground beef, onion, salt, pepper and basil.  Drain completely and put on top of the 1st layer of potatoes.  Layer with the rest of the potatoes.  In a small sauce pan, mix the cheese and the evaporated milk.  Heat until it is melted and pourable. Pour all of the cheese mixture over the top (evenly). 

Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 40 minutes.  Top will become brown and bubbly.  Test a potato to make sure they are done.

Serve and Enjoy!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Easy Apple Roll-Ups

These are so great and kids love them because they are easy to handle.  Who would think you make these with regular loaf bread!

Easy Apple Roll-Ups

6 to 8 slices of white bread (fresh)
1 can of apple pie filling
1 tsp. melted butter
1 cup powdered sugar
2 to 4 Tbsp. water
Cooking Spray

Set out slices of bread and cut off crusts.  Using a rolling pin, roll out the bread until it is flat.  Brush with melted butter.  Place about 2 Tbsp. apple pie filling on top of bread and butter and roll up.  Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and place the rolled up bread with the end part down so that it doesn't come unrolled during baking.  Bake at 350 degrees until browned (approximately 12 to 15 minutes). 

Meanwhile, beat together powdered sugar and enough water to make it thin enough to drizzle.  Drizzle over the top of the apple roll-ups as soon as they come out of the oven. 

Serve and Enjoy!