Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Fire Roasted Flank Steak with Cheesy Grits

I totally made this recipe up this week - but we loved it! It is so easy, I swear I might make it once a week from now on! The steak ends up being like pulled beef it becomes so tender. This would be good for tacos too...

Ingredients for Steak

1 - 1.5 to 2lb flank steak
1 jar of Kroger brand Fire-Roasted Red Enchilada Sauce

Preparation for Steak

Put steak in crockpot, pour enchilada sauce over meat, turn crockpot on high and cook for 6 hours. That's it!

Ingredients for Grits

3/4 cup of quick cooking grits
3 cups of "liquid" (water works, but I use chicken broth for more flavor)
1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp smoked paprika

Cook grits according to package and add the cheese, garlic powder and smoked paprika during last minute of cooking time.

Serve pulled beef over cheesy grits!

Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Mustard Sauce

Made this tonight and it was fast, easy, different and delicious! I served with wild rice vs. the potatos, as recommended in the origninal recipe - either would be yummy!


2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
3/8 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth, divided
1/4 cup unfiltered apple cider
2 tablespoons whole-grain Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons butter, divided
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
12 ounces Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved

1. Preheat oven to 450°.
2. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper; add to pan. Cook 3 minutes or until browned. Turn chicken; place pan in oven. Bake at 450° for 9 minutes or until done. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm. Heat pan over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 cup broth and cider; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 4 minutes or until thickened. Whisk in mustard, 1 tablespoon butter, and parsley.
3. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add Brussels sprouts; sauté 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Add remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/4 cup broth to pan; cover and cook 4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Serve sprouts with chicken and sauce.

Robin Bashinsky, Cooking Light DECEMBER 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Cheese Ball Three Ways

This is another recipe that my sister makes from It is always a favorite with our family. The recipe makes a ton, so she has frozen it and used it for two separate parties weeks apart! They are very festive looking too!


Base Recipe:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3 packages cream cheese (8 ounces each)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
5 dashes hot sauce (such as Tabasco)
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper

Cheddar and Cranberry:
8 ounces sharp orange cheddar cheese, finely shredded
2 tablespoons store-bought chutney
3/4 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped
Water crackers, for serving

Roquefort and Walnut:
6 ounces Roquefort cheese
1 shallot, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
2 teaspoons brandy (optional)
1 cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped
Vegetable chips (such as Terra Chips Sweets & Beets), for serving

Goat Cheese and Scallions:
8 ounces goat cheese
2 tablespoons finely chopped scallions
1/3 cup fresh curly-leaf parsley, finely chopped
1 English cucumber, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices, for serving

Put butter, cream cheese, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt, and pepper into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until combined. Divide equally among 3 medium bowls.

Stir cheddar cheese and chutney with base mixture in the first bowl. Form into a ball. If not using immediately, refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month. Roll cheese ball in cranberries to coat before serving. Serve with crackers.

Stir blue cheese and shallot with base mixture in second bowl; add brandy, if desired. Form into a ball. If not using immediately, refrigerate up to 3 days; freeze up to 1 month. Roll in walnuts to coat before serving. Serve with chips.

Stir goat cheese and scallions with base mixture in remaining bowl. Form into a ball. If not using immediately, refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month. Roll in parsley to coat before serving. Serve with cucumber slices.

Cauliflower Gratin

Best side dish ever! My sister Krista made this for one of the sides at Thanksgiving and it is awesome! Didn't miss the mashed potatoes one bit (and that is my all-time favorite side). I will be making a couple batches of this for our Christmas Eve dinner this year too! The orignal recipe is from and can be found by clicking HERE!


1 large head cauliflower, cored and cut into florets
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 cup grated Parmesan
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into small pieces


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, combine cauliflower, heavy cream, flour, and 3/4 cup grated Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Transfer mixture to a 2-quart baking dish, cover tightly with foil, and bake 30 minutes. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup grated Parmesan and breadcrumbs. Sprinkle over cauliflower. Dot with butter and bake, uncovered, until topping is golden brown and cauliflower is tender when pierced with a knife, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

Thanksgiving "Good Eats Roast Turkey" Recipe

This year my sister Krista suggested that I make the Thanksgiving Day turkey since I have the room in our basement fridge to brine the turkey. We used Alton Brown's, "Good Eats Roast Turkey" recipe. The outcome was a pretty good turkey! It seems like a lot to do, but it is really not hard and worth the work!


1 (14 to 16 pound) frozen young turkey
For the brine:
1 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 gallon vegetable stock
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 1/2 teaspoons allspice berries
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped candied ginger
1 gallon heavily iced water
For the aromatics:
1 red apple, sliced
1/2 onion, sliced
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup water
4 sprigs rosemary
6 leaves sage
Canola oil


2 to 3 days before roasting:
Begin thawing the turkey in the refrigerator or in a cooler kept at 38 degrees F.
Combine the vegetable stock, salt, brown sugar, peppercorns, allspice berries, and candied ginger in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally to dissolve solids and bring to a boil. Then remove the brine from the heat, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate.

Early on the day or the night before you'd like to eat:
Combine the brine, water and ice in the 5-gallon bucket. Place the thawed turkey (with innards removed) breast side down in brine. If necessary, weigh down the bird to ensure it is fully immersed, cover, and refrigerate or set in cool area for 8 to 16 hours, turning the bird once half way through brining.

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Remove the bird from brine and rinse inside and out with cold water. Discard the brine.
Place the bird on roasting rack inside a half sheet pan and pat dry with paper towels.

Combine the apple, onion, cinnamon stick, and 1 cup of water in a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Add steeped aromatics to the turkey's cavity along with the rosemary and sage. Tuck the wings underneath the bird and coat the skin liberally with canola oil.

Roast the turkey on lowest level of the oven at 500 degrees F for 30 minutes. Insert a probe thermometer into thickest part of the breast and reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Set the thermometer alarm (if available) to 161 degrees F. A 14 to 16 pound bird should require a total of 2 to 2 1/2 hours of roasting. Let the turkey rest, loosely covered with foil or a large mixing bowl for 15 minutes before carving.

Nutella Hot Chocolate

Simple and delicious!


1 cup of skim milk
1 T of Nutella


In a medium saucepan, heat milk on the stove and stir in Nutella until melted. Bring to a boil and serve immediately. Top with marshmallows if desired.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Smoked Paprika Butter (topping for steaks)

My sister, Krista came across this recipe the other day when searching for "legal" foods while she is on her boring Crohn's diet. We made it to top off a flank steak and it was amazing! The smoked paprika really comes to life when mixed with the butter and garlic! Very easy to make! I even used the pre-made minced garlic to save time and mess. I personally hate getting fresh garlic smell on my fingers so I almost always use the pre-made minced garlic - especially since it is now in a squeeze bottle!

I am not sure where Krista found her original recipe, but the below recipe was adapted from Food & Wine...

Serves 2 to 3


2 tablespoons butter

3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

3/4 teaspoon smoked hot paprika

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


In a small saucepan melt the butter. Add the garlic and cook over low heat, stirring, until golden, about 3 minutes. Add the paprika and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Remove from the heat, stir in the lemon juice, and keep warm until your steaks are done. You can also make ahead and reheat gently when needed. When steaks are ready, spoon paprika butter over and serve immediately.