My Big Fat Greek Meat Lovers Pizza Pie

Greek Pizza 142I LOVE Gyro sandwiches, so this will have all the flavors, but in a pizza-form. Save the “Tzatziki” packages from the frozen Gyro sandwich kit, to use on top of the Pizza. I also save the Pita bread as well to dip with my favorite Hummus: Sabra Olive Tapenade. Opa!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Pizza crust, recommended: Pillsbury Classic, 13.8 oz
  2. Ground Turkey Italian Sausage, recommended: Festive, 1 lb.Greek Pizza 067
  3. Pepperoni, recommended: Hillshire Farms, 7 oz.
  4. Soppressata, Hot uncured Salami, recommended: Vincenza’s, 4 oz.
  5. Gyro Sandwich, recommended: Opaa, two 7.35 oz packages
  6. Feta Cheese Crumbles, recommended: Athenos, 6 oz.
  7. Italian Five Cheese Blend with a Touch of Philadelphia, recommended: Kraft, 8 oz.
  8. Margherita Pizza Sauce, recommended: Ragú, 14 oz., reserve 2 tablespoons
  9. Tri-Color Tomato Wedges in Olive Oil & Italian Spices, recommended: Great Value, 10 oz.Greek Pizza 119
  10. Anchovies, recommended: Crown Prince, 2 oz.
  11. Kalamata Olives, Sliced, recommended: Great Value, ¼ cup
  12. Sumac, recommended: Zamouri Spices, ¼ teaspoon
  13. Oregano, recommended: Spice World, ¼ teaspoon
  14. Red Pepper Flakes, recommended: Spice World, ¼ teaspoon
  15. Granulated Garlic, recommended: HyVee, ¼ teaspoon
  16. Grated Parmesan Three Cheese Blend, recommended: Kraft, 1 teaspoon
  17. Red Onions, diced, ¼ cupGreek Pizza 065
  18. Flour, recommended: Wondra, as needed
  19. Parchment Paper Sheets, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 3
  20. Foil Sheets, recommended: Reynolds Wrap, 2-3

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Defrost the “frozen” Gyro Sandwich, and separate the Gyro slices from the Pita Bread, the day ahead or at least 30 minutes before cook time. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Greek Pizza 085Fry the Anchovies in a skillet to reduce the bones, but save as much of the Anchovy Oil as possible.
  3. Ground the Turkey Italian Sausage in the same skillet, until done. Drain and combine with the diced Red Onions, 2 tablespoons of the Pizza sauce and the diced Kalamata Olives.
  4. Prepare the Pizza crust by using two sheets of Parchment paper, flour as needed to keep it from sticking and use a rolling pin to get to the desired size for your cooking pan/sheet. For easy clean up, I line my pan with Parchment Sheets. Poke holes in the middle of the crust, using a fork, excluding the edges.Greek Pizza 093
  5. Pre-bake crust for 7 to 10 minutes and remove.
  6. Apply half of the Pizza Sauce and all of the Soppressata Salami. This is a good time for Mise en Place, a French culinary phrase which means “putting in place” or “everything in place. The Pepperoni package was already divided in half. I divided the Turkey Italian Sausage, in half, in the skillet.
  7. Add half the Turkey Italian Sausage and top with half of the Five Cheese Blend.
  8. Add half of the Pepperoni and half of the Feta Sauce.
  9. Greek Pizza 098Add the remaining Turkey Italian Sausage, Feta cheese and the remaining Pepperoni. Add the rest of the Pizza Sauce, the drained Tomato Wedges, more Kalamata Olives, Sumac, Granulated Garlic, Red Pepper Flakes, Grated Parmesan Cheese Blend and Oregano.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes and then remove from the oven.
  11. While it is baking, fry the Gyro slices in the same skillet on one side only. It fries like bacon, but don’t overcook it, as it will have additional cook time in the oven.
  12. Layer the Gyro slices and “smush” it down, if needed.
  13. Greek Pizza 105Add the remaining Five Cheese, topped with Oregano and Parmesan Cheese and bake an additional 9 to 10 minutes until the cheese melts.
  14. Let it rest for about 10 to 15 minutes before cutting. AKA: The longest 10 minutes in my life! I only had a banana and some chips so far.

Don’t get me wrong, I love ordering a Meat Lover’s Pizza from Pizza Hut, with marinara sauce, pepperoni, all-natural Italian sausage, slow-roasted ham, hardwood smoked bacon, seasoned pork and beef. Hopefully my take on a Puttanesca pizza will Greek-a-fy it!Greek Pizza 106

Laundry Day Update:

I got my new Washer & Dryer installed today. I got the Smart Wi-Fi models and connected them to my Smart Phone. Even though they are “shiny and new” I miss my old-ass ancient set already. This washer and dryer is so complicated, I hope I can figure out how to use when I wash a load tomorrow. Wish me luck!

It took me 10 minutes to figure out how to use it. And I still have Greek Pizza 115not figured out how to have it alert my phone. I can’t believe a wash load only took 20 minutes, compared to the older washer taking over 60 minutes.

My cat, Missouri Sunshine, loves the new washer and dryer! At first she was mesmerized, then afraid and then could not stop watching it spin. This is a new form of TV entertainment for cats.

Food & Toilet Paper Shortage Update:

Greek Pizza 156It’s funny how the TV Show: The Last Man on Earth, predicted COVID. Down to being set in the exact same year: 2020. It is not so funny having a food and toilet paper shortage. FOX should bring the show back, maybe we can find out how to resolve this?

I was so stressed out shopping on line to search for toilet paper. Forget about the usual suspects: Walmart, HyVee, Whole Foods and Amazon. I had to use Aldi’s instead. They had most of my stuff, but ran out of eggs, milk, liquid soap and toilet paper.

Greek Pizza 128My cat needs her milk and was almost out. So I found Dry Milk for Kittens at Amazon. Just mixed it with water and she is good to go.

I gave up on my usual suspects, as it seemed like toilet paper was nowhere to be found. So I checked at Lowes and Home Depot.

As soon as it put it in my basket, I got a notification that it was out of stock.

Greek Pizza 135I’m not playing the toilet paper game, so I ended up getting the giant roll at Home Depot. It will be ugly as hell, but at least I have TP for my bung hole. Party on Beavis and Butthead. Those dopes knew how important TP truly is.

 

 

 

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Front Porch BBQ Sausage

I have a favorite BBQ place in my town and they are well-known. But, they can be a bit expensive, so I can only afford them every other year, or so.20200303_215852

One time, I had extra cash and was able to order the “Platter” with everything on it. Good times indeed. My favorite dish there is the BBQ Sausage with Fries, Bread and Pickles.

My Aunt Forestine made sausage that tasted just as good. I remember the small grill that she used on her front porch. Back in the good ole days, people spent more time on their front porch. I remember when we lived on Woodland and we would talk to neighbors and play with friends on the front porch. Nowadays, it 20200302_224739seems like people are more “private” and use their backyard deck for entertaining, grilling and smoking meats.

So here is my take on my town’s famous BBQ. I am using my Presto Smoker/Slow Cooker combo. I want some “sweet” flavors, so I am using the Applewood Liquid Smoke and Pecan BBQ Chips.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Pork Italian Mild Sausage, recommended: Johnsonville, 520200302_224925
  2. Barbecue Sauce, recommended: Gates, ½ to 1 cup
  3. Barbecue Seasoning, recommended: Gates, ½ teaspoon
  4. Liquid Smoke, Applewood, recommended: Wrights, ½ cap
  5. Celery Seeds, recommended: Tone’s, ¼ teaspoon
  6. Hoagie Rolls with Sesame Seeds, recommended: Pepperidge Farm Bakery, 520200302_225032
  7. Pickle Slices, recommended: Great Value, 5
  8. Pecan BBQ Wood Chips, recommended: Weber, enough to fill “Charring” cup, or your favorite brand. The Wood Chips are not required if you only want to pan-grill the pork chops, use a slow cooker or BBQ Grill.
  9. Aluminum Foil Sheets, recommended: Reynolds Wrap, 1 sheet to line the bottom of the Smoker
  10. Grilling Bags, recommended: Jaccard, 1 to line the smoker rack, for easy cleanup20200302_225201

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Add the Italian Sausage to a gallon storage bag. Top with the Barbecue Seasoning and Liquid Smoke. This can be done 30 minutes before cook time or a day in advance.
  2. Draw and then cut a circle in the foil sheet to match the “Charring” cup size. Then apply to the bottom of the Smoker.
  3. Add wood chips to the “Charring” cup and cover with “Charring” lid.20200303_174104
  4. Add the Italian Sausage to a Grilling Bag, or use another Foil Sheet to cover the rack.
  5. I used Combo Hot/Cold Smoke for 3 hours.
  6. Move the Sausage to Slow Cooker or covered pan with Barbecue Sauce on low for 30 minutes.

I love my new Smoker/Slow Cooker, but it is such a pain to clean it. It took hours to try to get inside cleaned near the charring cup. I think that is a major design flaw. But20200303_174710 glad that I am able to smoke food at an affordable cost.

The “smoky” flavor is what I love most when I can afford expensive BBQ. I love the sweet BBQ taste mixed with the tartness of the dill pickle.

 

 

 

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Buffalo Chicken Chili

Buffalo Chicken Chili 056I thought about making a Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf, but then decided to use the ingredients to make Buffalo Chicken Chili instead.

I love Buffalo Wings and usually eat them with Blue Cheese, Carrot Sticks and Celery Sticks. So I wanted to make sure those flavor profiles were present in this dish.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Ground Turkey Italian Sausage, recommended: Festive, 1 lb.Buffalo Chicken Chili 053
  2. Chicken Breast Tenderloins, 1.69 lb.
  3. Pork Chorizo, recommended: Cacique, 10 oz.
  4. Chicken Chili Seasoning, recommended: Williams, 1.2 oz
  5. Sriracha, Lime & Garlic Fiery Tasty Seasoning, recommended: McCormick, 1 oz
  6. Chili Seasoning, recommended: Williams, 1 oz
  7. Cream of Celery condensed soup, recommended Campbell’s, 10.5 oz.
  8. Butter Beans, recommended: Joan of Arc, 15.5 oz.
  9. Mixed Chili Beans, recommended: Great Value, 15 oz.Buffalo Chicken Chili 001
  10. Cannellini White Kidney Beans Southwestern Style, recommended: Bush’s, 15.5 oz.
  11. Petite Diced Tomatoes with Jalapeño & Habanero, recommended: Del Monte, two 14.5 oz. cans
  12. Diced Tomatoes Zesty Chili., recommended: Del Monte, 14.5 oz.
  13. Diced Jalapeño Hot Peppers, recommended: Great Value, two 4 oz. cans
  14. Diced Mirepoix Mix, fresh (Yellow Onions, Carrots, Celery), 10 oz.
  15. Garlic, diced, 10-11 clovesBuffalo Chicken Chili 006
  16. Chicken Flavor Bouillon, recommended: Knorr, 2 tablespoons
  17. Turmeric, recommended: Tone’s ¼ teaspoon
  18. Celery Seed, recommended: Tone’s ¼ teaspoon
  19. Celery Flakes, recommended: Tone’s ¼ teaspoon
  20. Chicken Broth, 1 ½ to 2 cups, use water if needed to thin it out
  21. Vinegar (Rice Wine or Apple Cider), ¼ cup
  22. Blue Cheese Crumbles, recommended: Litehouse, 6 oz.
  23. Sour cream, recommended: Daisy, a dollop
  24. Slow Cooker Liners, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 1Buffalo Chicken Chili 004

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Freeze Chicken Tenders 20 minutes to make it easier to cut into chunk-sized pieces. Add to a storage bag with the Dry Rub.
  2. Dry Rub mixture is the Chicken Bouillon, Turmeric, Celery Seed and Celery Flakes.
  3. Mix ground Turkey Italian Sausage and Pork Chorizo, brown in skillet, remove and then discard any excess grease.Buffalo Chicken Chili 011
  4. Brown the Chicken Tender chunks in the same skillet.
  5. Add the Garlic to the Slow Cooker. You can use the Liner bag to “crush” the garlic with a bowl.
  6. Add the Diced Chili Beans on top of the Seasoning Blend.
  7. Add the Chicken Chili seasoning on top of the Chili Beans.
  8. Add ½ cup of Chicken Broth.
  9. Drain and rinse the Beans and add on top of the Chicken Broth.
  10. Add the diced Mirepoix.
  11. Add the Fiery Tasty Seasoning packet on top of the Mirepoix.Buffalo Chicken Chili 009
  12. Add the Italian Sausage, Chorizo and Chicken next.
  13. Add the Original Chicken Seasoning.
  14. Add the Cream of Celery Soup.
  15. Add the 2 cans of Diced Tomatoes. With Jalapeño & Habanero.
  16. Add additional Chicken Broth for your preference, along with Vinegar (of your choice).
  17. Cook on high 4 hours or low 8 hours, stir halfway through.
  18. I stir in the 2 4 oz. cans of Jalapeño after it is done to keep it extra hot.
  19. Top with Blue Cheese and a dollop of Daisy!Buffalo Chicken Chili 018

 

 

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Greek Chili for a Chilly Night

Chili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 085I used to Belly Dance in Greek and Middle Eastern restaurants back in the 80s. My favorite “taste” of Greek food included Gyros (with Feta and Lamb), Kabobs (with Sumac), Tzatziki (with Cucumbers), Hummus (from Garbanzo Beans AKA Chickpeas) and Spanakopita (with Spinach). So why not mix those flavors with my favorite dish: Chili?

My original chili was Beef Chili. My family loved it! It was thick, meaty and spicy! Using a slow cooker, instead of a stock pot, allowed all of the ingredients time to meld together. Next came CMcCormick Fiery Tastyhicken Chili made with Butter Beans, White Kidney Beans, Ground Turkey, Italian Sausage and chopped Polish Sausage.

To save calories, but keep the bold and spicy flavors intact, my next chili creation used Ground Turkey, Italian Sausage, Turkey Polish Sausage and Pork Chorizo. In fact, I liked it better than my “Slap Ya Momma” Beef Chili. None of the flavor was missing. And in fact, it was even spicier by using Diced Tomatoes with Jalapeno and Habanero peppers and the McCormick Tasty Fiery Seasoning Mix of Sriracha, Lime and Garlic!

The chili seasoning can make or break your chili. It makes all of the difference in the world. Back when I first started making chili, I would buy the cheapest chili seasoning. You know the one that is Chili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 003the store brand or 50 cents or less. Then I discovered Williams Chili Seasoning. And I will admit: they are the best. They are the reason why my Chili brings so many compliments.

I have to admit that McCormick Seasonings are stepping up their game. They released the “Tasty” blends, that bump up the flavor using Sriracha, Lime, Garlic, Lemon Zest, Basil, Oregano, etc. I love using the Lemon Zest to season my Tuna and Catfish Nuggets. And when you mix Williams and McCormick together, get ready for a spicy flavor bomb!

Chili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 042I had 3 hours of sleep and my Dishwasher is broken. Which means, I am mixing the meats in the skillet, instead of washing a bowl by hand. I have the slow cooker set for 4 hours, just enough time for a catnap before my Chili dinner on a chilly (19 degree) day!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Ground Lamb, recommended: Marketside Superior Farms, 2 lb.
  2. Pork Chorizo, recommended: Cacique, 10 ozChili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 040.
  3. Italian Sausage Mild, recommended: Great Value, 1 lb
  4. Spinach, frozen chopped, recommended Great Value, 12 oz
  5. Garbanzo Beans, Chick Peas, recommended: Bush’s Best, two 15.5 oz. cans
  6. Kidney Beans, Dark Red, recommended: Great Value, 15.5 oz.
  7. Diced Tomatoes with Jalapeno and Habanero, recommended: Del Monte, two 14.5 oz. cans
  8. Diced Tomatoes with Zesty Chili Style, recommended: Del Monte, 14.5 oz.Chili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 046
  9. Jalapeno Peppers, diced, recommended: Great Value, 4 oz.
  10. Chili Seasoning, Tex-Mex style, recommended: Williams, 1 oz.
  11. Chili Seasoning, Original style, recommended: Williams, 1 oz.
  12. Fiery Tasty Seasoning Mix with Sriracha, Lime and Garlic, recommended: McCormick, 1 oz.
  13. Mirepoix with diced Yellow Onion, Carrot and Celery, 8 oz.
  14. Garlic, smashed, 10-11 cloves
  15. Sumac, recommended: Zamouri Spices, ½ teaspoonChili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 052
  16. Cabernet Sauvignon, recommended: Yosemite Road, 1 cup
  17. Balsamic Vinegar, 2-3 teaspoons
  18. Liquid to thin it out, such as Cola, Chicken Broth, Water or Ice Cubes (as needed, depending on how thick or thin you prefer your chili to be), ½ to 1 can.
  19. Plastic Gloves, disposal will do
  20. Slow Cooker Liners, recommended: Reynolds

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Gloves oChili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 083n and ready to cut off the Garlic heads. Add them to the slow cooker liner and smash them with a small bowl.
  2. Mix ground Lamb, Italian Sausage and Pork Chorizo in the skillet and then brown in skillet for about 20 to 25 minutes. Add half of the Wine and Mirepoix. Cook on low for 5 minutes and then drain. I use an empty bean or diced tomato can for the grease.
  3. Drain and rinse beans. I top the beans with a dash of Sumac!
  4. Top the smashed Garlic with the remaining Mirepoix and Spinach. Then add the Tex-Mex Chili seasoning, Wine and Balsamic Vinegar. Chili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 049
  5. Add the Meats and then the Fiery Tasty Seasoning packet.
  6. Add the drained beans and then the Original Chili seasoning
  7. Add the 3 cans of Diced Tomatoes.
  8. Thin out with Liquids, if you want thinner Chili. I used a half can of Cola for a “sweet” touch.
  9. Add the Jalapeno Peppers and Sumac during the last 30 minutes of cook time.
  10. Cook on high 4 hours or low 8 hours, stir halfway through.

Chili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 086I like to top mine with Feta & Cheddar Cheese, Diced Cucumbers, Lime Juice and a dollop of Daisy Sour Cream.

 

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Ring in the New Year with a Spicy Meatloaf!

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Making Meatloaf gives you so many opportunities to experiment with different flavors. I started out cooking Meatloaf in an oven. But once I began using a Slow Cooker, I have not used the oven since. Meatloaf is so versatile that you can play with using Ground Beef, Italian Sausage, Ground Pork, Ground Turkey or add Chorizo for a Mexican-inspired Meatloaf. Instead of Ketchup, I normally use Condensed Tomato Soup for the topping. This time, I wanted something different, so I am using Tomato Basil Soup instead.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Italian Sausage Mild, recommended: Great Value, 19 oz.20191231_022249
  2. Ground Beef, recommended: Great Value, 2 lbs.
  3. Meatloaf Seasoning, recommended McCormick, Two 1.5 oz. packets
  4. Cubed Stuffing Herb seasoned, recommended: Pepperidge Farm, 12 oz., divided (or use Salad Croutons)
  5. Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic & Oregano, recommended: Del Monte, 14.5 oz.
  6. Diced Tomatoes Petite with Jalapeno and Habanero, recommended: Del Monte, 14.5 oz.
  7. Tomato Basil Soup, recommended: Progresso. 19 oz.
  8. Mixed Vegetables with Carrots, Green Beans, Corn & Peas, frozen, recommended: Great Value, 12 oz.
  9. Mirepoix with diced Yellow Onion, Carrot and Celery, 8 oz.20191231_131028
  10. Garlic, diced, 10-11 cloves, divided ¾ and ¼
  11. Sweet Potatoes, frozen, diced, recommended: Great Value, 10 oz.
  12. Eggs, 3 Jumbo
  13. Balsamic Vinegar, 2 teaspoons
  14. Liquid Smoke, 1 capful
  15. Worcestershire Sauce, 1 teaspoon
  16. Soy Sauce, 1 teaspoon
  17. Optional: Disposal plastic gloves
  18. Optional: Reynold’s Slow Cooker Liners or Reynold’s Aluminum Foil for the cooking vessel

INSTRUCTIONS:20191231_150135

  1. Beat 3 eggs in a mixing bowl, and set aside
  2. Combine the Ground Beef with Italian Sausage in a (different) large mixing bowl.
  3. To the meat mixture, add in gradually, the Diced Tomatoes, Mirepoix, Mixed Vegetables, Stuffing Cubes, Meatloaf Seasoning, Balsamic Vinegar, ¼ Garlic and Eggs. This is a good time to use disposable gloves for mixing.
  4. If using a Slow Cooker, line the bottom of it with half of the Stuffing Cubes, Sweet Potatoes, ¾ Garlic, Liquid Smoke, Worcestershire Sauce and Soy Sauce. If using a pre-heated 350 degree oven, mix this with the meat mixture.20191231_151251
  5. Slow Cooker on High for 4 to 6 Hours or Low for 8 to 10 Hours, or Bake in 350 Pre-Heated oven for 1 hour.
  6. Top with Tomato Basil Soup during last 30 minutes of cooking time.

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Surf & Turf Scampi Spaghetti AKA “spaZghetti***”

Surf and Turf Spazghetti 128I was grocery shopping a few years ago and had a small budget of $20.00 to $30.00. So I had to limit the list to “essential” items only and no “impulse” buys. I noticed the Cream of Shrimp soup by Campbell’s and wanted it so bad, but could not afford it.

Years went by and I had a bit more money to buy some impulse items. So I finally got to purchase 2 cans of the Cream of Shrimp Soup. I used it in Shrimp & Lobster Fondue. It was my first time using my Fondue pot, so it was not very successful. If only I had used a traditional pot (on the stove), it would have turned out perfectly.

Surf and Turf Spazghetti 134I decided to save my second can for my Surf & Turf Spazghetti! This is Spaghetti meets Shrimp Scampi, meets Lasagna, meets Pizza – all in one dish! And of course, I am adding that “Puttanesca” Umami flavor bomb!

I normally have more “meat” in my Spazghetti, but to keep it light, I am substituting a pound of Spinach, for a pound of Italian Sausage, that is usually added. This puts everything on the plate, meat, side dish and pasta. Before I begin, I separate by groups to make sure I did not leave anything in the fridge or pantry.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Surf and Turf Spazghetti 026Spaghetti Half Cut, recommended: Barilla, two 12 oz. boxes
  2. Italian Sausage, 1 lb
  3. Shrimp Scampi (frozen), recommended: SeaPak, 12 oz.
  4. Pepperoni slices, recommended: Great Value, 6 oz., divided
  5. Anchovies in Olive Oil, recommended: Crown Prince, 2 oz.
  6. Cheese Shredded Pizza Blend, recommended: Great Value, two 8 oz. packages
  7. Ricotta Cheese, recommended: Great Value, 15 oz. and Cottage Cheese, recommended: Belfonte, 15 oz.Surf and Turf Spazghetti 118
  8. Diced Tomatoes seasoned with Basil, Garlic & Oregano, recommended: Del Monte, 14.5 oz.
  9. Diced Tomatoes seasoned with Green Peppers & Onions, recommended: Del Monte, 14.5 oz.
  10. Tomatoes Wedges, Tri-Color with Olive Oil & Italian Spices, recommended: Great Value, 10 oz.
  11. Cream of Shrimp Soup, recommended: Campbell’s, 10.5 oz.
  12. Alfredo Sauce with Portobello Mushrooms, recommended Bertolii, 15 oz.
  13. Alfredo Pasta Sauce with Italian Cheese, recommended: Sam’s Choice, 14.5 oz.Surf and Turf Spazghetti 016
  14. Mushrooms Sliced, recommended: Green Giant, 8 oz.
  15. Bouillon Cubes Shrimp Flavor, recommended: Knorr, 2
  16. Seasoning Blend, frozen (Celery, Yellow Onions, Red Bell Peppers, Green Bell Peppers, Parsley Flakes), recommended: Great Value, 10 oz.
  17. Tomato Pesto, recommended: Mezzetta, 2 teaspoons
  18. Olives Italian Salad, recommended: Boscoli Family, 2 tablespoons
  19. Portabella Zesty Mexican Blend, recommended: Giorgio BlendaBella, 2 tablespoons
  20. Spinach, Frozen Chopped Steamable, recommended: Great Value, 12 oz.
  21. Garlic Butter Shrimp Scampi Seasoning Mix, recommended: McCormick, two.87 oz. packetsSurf and Turf Spazghetti 132
  22. Tomato, Garlic & Basil Marinade Mix, recommended: McCormick Grill Mates, .5 oz.
  23. Olive Oil Black Truffle, recommended: Roland, ¼ teaspoon
  24. Truffle Zest, recommended: Sabatino Tartufi, dash
  25. Mushroom Porcini Rub, recommended: Manitou, dash
  26. Panko Breads Crumbs Italian Style, recommended: Great Value, ½ cup
  27. Grated Parmesan, 3 Cheese Blend with Parmesan, Romano & Asiago Cheese, recommended: Kraft, ½ cup
  28. Parmesan Aged Wedge, recommended: Frigo, ½ cup, divided
  29. Garlic, fresh, 10-11 cloves, dividedSurf and Turf Spazghetti 019
  30. Parsley, dry, ½ teaspoon
  31. Eggs, Jumbo, 2
  32. Butter, 4 pats, divided
  33. Optional: Turkey-size Oven Bag, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens (or line with foil for an easy clean up)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Melt 1 Butter pat with Olive Oil and add Truffle Zest and Mushroom Porcini Rub in stock pot for 1-3 minutes on low.
  2. Add Water and 2 Shrimp Bouillon cubes and bring to a boil.Surf and Turf Spazghetti 129
  3. Add Spaghetti and boil for 10 minutes. Next add the frozen Seasoning Blend and cook an additional 5 minutes, then drain. To that pot, add the Alfredo Pasta Sauce with Italian Cheese, 2 Shrimp Scampi Seasoning packets, drained sliced Mushrooms, Tomato Pesto and Cream of Shrimp Soup.
  4. Melt Anchovies in a skillet to cook down, and then brown Italian Sausage on top of the Anchovy oil. Add half of the garlic to the skillet last for a few minutes. Drain and then add the 3 cans of Diced Tomatoes, including the juice, Portabella Blend and the Tomato, Garlic & Basil Marinade Mix.Surf and Turf Spazghetti 022
  5. Beat the Eggs and blend in the Ricotta and Cottage Cheese, Spinach, Olive Italian Salad and 1 ½ Pizza Cheese package.
  6. Melt the last Butter pat and add to it the Panko Bread Crumbs, Grated Cheese Blend and half of the grated Parmesan cheese from wedge.
  7. Line the cooking pan with the Turkey Bag and a layer of Pepperoni and the other half of Garlic.
  8. Next add a layer of Spaghetti.
  9. Then add a layer of Italian Sausage.
  10. Then add a layer of Spinach/Ricotta/Cheese.
  11. Repeat the layers until you have used all of the Spaghetti, Italian Sausage and Spinach.Surf and Turf Spazghetti 119
  12. Layer with Pepperoni, but reserve some for the topping.
  13. Add the remaining half of the Pizza Cheese
  14. Top with the remaining Pepperoni
  15. Combine the Panko Bread with Grated Parmesan Cheese, remaining Butter (melted), Parsley and Shredded Aged Parmesan Wedge for the topping.
  16. Cook for 35 minutes in a 300 degree oven
  17. NOTE: I have to cook this part of it tonight and store in the refrigerator for dinner tomorrow. Reheat the Spazghetti for 15 minutes @ 350, if you do this the day before.
  18. Add the Shrimp Scamp ♪ on top of Spaghetti ♫**and cook for 20 minutes at 350 degrees
  19. Save some of the grated Parmesan cheese wedge to sprinkle on top.Surf and Turf Spazghetti 088

** Did anyone catch the shout out to Dr. FunhouseOn Top of Spaghetti” song? Here are the lyrics, in case you were curious about it, and you can listen here:

https://www.scoutsongs.com/lyrics/ontopofspaghetti.html

On top of Spaghetti,
all covered with cheese,
I lost my poor meatball,
When somebody sneezed.

It rolled off the table,Surf and Turf Spazghetti 127
And on to the floor,
And then my poor meatball,
Rolled out of the door.

It rolled in the garden,
And under a bush,
And then my poor meatball,
Was nothing but mush.

The mush was as tasty
As tasty could be,
And then the next summer, Surf and Turf Spazghetti 112
It grew into a tree.

The tree was all covered,
All covered with moss,
And on it grew meatballs,
And tomato sauce.

So if you eat spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
Hold on to your meatball,
Whenever you sneeze.

Surf and Turf Spazghetti 041** My Aunt Earnestine, nicknamed my Spaghetti to “Spazghetti” as a compliment. A lot of people use only ground beef in their spaghetti, but when I started using Italian Sausage instead, people noticed the difference.

By the way, the Catfish Nuggets turned out great!  The best I have ever made.  The secret?  Do what Sunny Anderson does and shake it in a paper bag.

Merry Christmas 2019!

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NAAN PUTTANESCA PIZZA

Pizza 027There is a story behind this dish. My family loves my take on Spaghetti, so much, that they call it: Spazghetti! I was making my famous Spazghetti at my brother’s house, decided to reveal the secret to the flavor: Puttanesca!

My nieces Lena and Lekia thought I was making it up, because I was drunk. Yes, of course I was drinking! We made up a silly song: Puttanesca, Puttanesca, Putt, Putt, Putt!

I had to look up the word Puttanesca on the internet to prove that this was not some made up drunken nonsense.

Even though my family loves my Spazghetti, many did not know Pizza 025that I used Anchovies in it. Some people hate or dislike Anchovies. I used to eat Sardines as a kid, but I cannot stand the small bones on any fish. So I cook them down, only to use the flavor. And yes, Puttanesca is the real deal. From Wikipedia:

Spaghetti alla puttanesca (pronounced [spaˈɡetti alla puttaˈneska]; “spaghetti in the style of a prostitute” in Italian) is an Italian pasta dish invented in Naples in the mid-20th century. Its ingredients typically include tomatoes, olive oil, anchovies, olives, capers and garlic. See, I was not drunk after all. So there!

This brings up a memory of my sister Gina, when she worked as a maid in a fancy hotel, on the Plaza. She would bring home this super large meat pizza with brisket and all Pizza 003sorts of meats. Thanks for the inspiration Gina!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Italian Sausage, 1 lb.
  2. Pepperoni, divide into 2 groups, 6 oz.
  3. Stonefire Artisan Thin Crust Pizza (they are well known for the Naan bread, and this looks just like it)
  4. Anchovies 2 oz. can
  5. Tomato Pesto, recommended: Mezzetta, 3 teaspoons
  6. Black and Green Olives, ¼ to ½ cup
  7. Goat Cheese crumbles, 2 oz.
  8. Mozzarella Cheese Pearls, 4 oz.
  9. Gouda Cheese, 12 slices
  10. Pizza 004Asiago, Romano, Parmesan Salad Blend, recommended BelGioioso, 2 oz.
  11. Tomatoes on the Vine, diced, 2
  12. Green Pepper, diced, 1
  13. Garlic, diced 5 cloves
  14. Italian Seasoning or Herbs du Provence
  15. Cooking Spray

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees
  2. Cook Anchovies for 5 to 7 minutes on low
  3. Move the Anchovies to the back of skillet and add the Italian Sausage
  4. Add the diced Garlic and cook for a few minutes
  5. DrainPizza 031
  6. Dice the Green Peppers and Tomatoes and sprinkle Italian Seasoning or Herbs du Provence on top
  7. Mix together Sausage, Anchovies, Garlic, Goat Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese, Green Peppers, Tomatoes, Black & Green Olives in a mixing bowl
  8. Spray Pizza Pan with Cooking Spray
  9. Arrange 1/2 Pepperoni on bottom of Pizza Crust and top with 6 Gouda Cheese slices
  10. Add Meat mixture on top, even it out, top with Parmesan cheese blend
  11. Add 6 Gouda slices, and put remaining Pepperoni on top
  12. Create a foil tent over Pizza
  13. Cook for 45 minutes and let stand 30 minutes before cutting

Pizza 016THE VAMPIRE DANCER SAGA 5 IS DONE!

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BBQ Beer Brats Daddy’s Style

Brat6I used to love eating “Fat” hot dogs with my dad! You know, back in the day when the hot dogs were large, hot and juicy. Dad would put mustard, hot sauce and sharp cheddar cheese on them. My dad loved sharp cheddar cheese, so I love it too!

I love the BBQ Italian Sausage at Gates BBQ. But I hardly visit them every other year. My Aunt Forestine used to grill them on her porch and it tasted just like the ones from Gates.

I am going to have one for dinner tomorrow, so I am prepping tonight. I will start the crock pot, right before my shift starts.

Normally, you can cook them in the slow cooker first and finish on the grill. Brat1But since I won’t have that much time, I have to do the reverse and grill them in a pan, then put in a slow cooker before I start work.

Glad that I have 3 different size crock pots, for different meals. The “Daddy” bear size 10 Quart AKA The Chili Maker, a Momma bear size 8 Quart and a Baby Bear size 4 Quart. My cat is very sneaky around crock pots. So I put the Baby bear size in my office so she can’t knock it over and try to eat the food.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Italian Sausage or Bratwurst, 5 or 6
  2. Hoagie Buns, 6, I use Pepperidge Farm Bakery Classics with Sesame seeds
  3. Brat2Beer can, 12-16 oz. (and/or use beef broth, if you don’t want to “waste” your beer, LOL
  4. Onions, ½ cup or less (I am using the frozen bag)
  5. Liquid Smoke, ¼ teaspoon
  6. BBQ Sauce, ½ cup more or less, to your taste, I love Stubb’s Hickory Bourbon Legendary Bar-B-Q Sauce
  7. Mustard, Grey Poupon, Country Dijon is my fav
  8. Tasbasco Pepper Jelly (or Hot Sauce or Sriracha)
  9. Sharp Cheddar Cheese, time to pull out the Cracker Barrel Cracker Cuts
  10. Olive Oil

SUGGESTIONS:

  1. Brat3Pre-heat a grill pan or cast iron skillet for 2 to 3 minutes. Score-cut each Brat or Sausage
  2. The sausage only needs about 2 minute per side, as they will finish cooking in the crock pot.
  3. Add the onions and Liquid Smoke to the crock pot, then the Brats and BBQ Sauce. Cover with a mixture of Beer and/or Beef Broth so the Brats are well-covered
  4. Cook on low for 4 -5 hours
  5. Toast that bun, slap on some extra BBQ sauce, mustard and pepper jelly. Add Brat and Cheese and enjoy!

Save some beer to drink with your Brat!

Brat4Happy Father’s Day

THE VAMPIRE DANCER SAGA 5 IS COMING!

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