BBQ Beer Brats

Brats and Beer 041Oh HELL no! My liquor store is out of my favorite beer Sad smile. What can I do now for after work libations? I had to pick a different beer brand. And actually, I was interested in making some Margaritas. I am out of frozen Lime-aid, so I hope beer will be a good replacement.

I found some Beer Margarita recipes online. They all mentioned Lime-aid. Then I remembered that I had a Margarita Mixer in the fridge. I was sure it was expired, but lucky for me, it says best by August 2020. So I can substitute that for Lime-aid.BBQ Beer Brats 001

One of my co-workers LOVES Patron. It is expensive, so I never had interest in buying it, until now. I call this my: Seems like the End of the World Beer Margarita. I got the Oyster Smoothie blender just in time to try my wacky beer combination.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Beer Bratwursts, 5
  2. Liquid Smoke, Applewood, recommended: Wright’s, 1 cap
  3. Barbecue Seasoning, recommended: Gates, 3 teaspoons.BBQ Beer Brats 013
  4. Barbecue Sauce, recommended : Gates, 5 tablespoons
  5. Stir Fry Oil, recommended: Tsang, 2 to 3 teaspoons
  6. Beer, recommended: Bud Ice, 16 oz (or half of the can)
  7. Baked Beans Maple & Cured Bacon, recommended: Bush’s Best, 28 oz.
  8. Soft Pretzel Sausage Buns, recommended: Pretzilla, 1 per Brat
  9. Celery Seeds, recommended: Tone’s, ¼ teaspoon
  10. Ground Mustard, recommended: Tone’s, ¼ teaspoon
  11. Red Onions, diced or sliced, ¼ cup
  12. Parchment Paper Sheets, recommended: Reynolds Kitchen, 1Brats and Beer 013

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Pre-season the Brats 30 minutes before cook time or the day ahead. Score the Brats and add to a plastic storage bag.
  2. Add the BBQ Seasoning, Celery Seeds Stir Fry Oil and Liquid Smoke to the bag. Massage into the Brats
  3. Marinade 30 minutes or overnight.
  4. Pre-heat the skillet. I used a Cast Iron Grill skillet and pre-heated for 3 minutes.Brats and Beer 017
  5. Grill the Brats 3 minutes per side
  6. Remove from heat and deglaze with Beer. I had the pour the Beer a little at a time so that it did not flare up. The heated Beer had great aroma.
  7. Add chopped BBQ Sauce, Onions and Ground Mustard.
  8. Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes.
  9. Next, you can toast the Pretzilla bun and serve with a pickle.
  10. The next day, I added the Baked Beans to the same skillet and cooked on low for 1 ½ hours. You can also use a Slow Cooker.Brats and Beer 018
  11. This made an “easy” lunch because I could cut up one Brat with some of the Baked Beans and eat it in a bowl.

Beer Margarita:

  1. Tequila, your favorite brand or recommended: Patron, 1.5 oz (or Jigger shot)
  2. Beer, your favorite brand or recommended: Bud Light, 12 oz.
  3. Margarita Mixer (with Key Lime Juice & Agave Nectar), your favorite brand or recommended: Master of Mixes, 1.5 oz (or Jigger shot).Brats and Beer 025
  4. Add a splash of Orange Juice (or Lemon Lime soda)
  5. Add an Ice Cube, 1. Don’t go over the Smoothie limit, mine is 20 oz. Fill, Blend and get Drunk!

Holy Beer Foam! It was like opening a can of beer that was shaken. Open slowly over a sink. Watch out for the beer explosion.

Beer Update: I was using the wrong method to order it Sad smile.  I used my iPhone Liquor app and found my favorite beer. Happy times!Brats and Beer 031

Happy Birthday Queen Gina! My little sister is gone, but not forgotten and still very much loved.

 

 

 

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Rueben Groovin’ King Sandwich

Rueben 029I used to make my Rueben sandwiches the same way I made a grilled cheese. Butter on the outside, meat on the inside. Grill one side and flip it over.

I was making some Rueben sandwiches that same way last week. They were good, but left a lot to be desired. If I did not watch it after 2 minutes, once side was burned. Also the Sauerkraut and pickles made the sandwich soggy

Then suddenly it dawned on me! Drain the Sauerkraut on a paper Rueben 001towel to remove the moisture, before adding to the sandwich. Now I have a “Groovin” Rueben King Sandwich!

Sometimes I use my skillet grill pan, medium skillet or large skillet. Another great idea: why not grill each side individually and then combine them?

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Rye Bread, recommended: Farm to Market Bread Co., 2 slices per sandwichRueben 002
  2. Pastrami, Ultra Thin Sliced, recommended: Hillshire Farm, 4 slices per side of bread
  3. Salami, Thin Sliced, recommended: Great Value, 4 to 6 per sandwich (or use Corned Beef Slices)
  4. Sauerkraut, recommended: Franks, 1 to 2 teaspoons, per your liking
  5. Muenster Cheese, recommended: Great Value, 3 per sandwich
  6. Thousand Island Dressing, recommended: Kraft, 1 to 2 teaspoons, to your taste
  7. Butter, 1 teaspoon, dividedRueben 005
  8. Seasoning for the Sauerkraut, such as Caraway Seeds, recommended: Tone’s, a pinch
  9. Parchment Sheets, Pop-up, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 1 (for easy clean up)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Strain Sauerkraut into bowl, season it with Caraway Seeds, Pepper, etc. and set aside.
  2. Add Thousand Island dressing on both sides of the bread.
  3. Put 1 Muenster cheese slice on one slice of bread, top with Pastrami.Rueben 008
  4. Put 1 Muenster cheese slice on one slice of bread, top with Salami.
  5. Using a “cold” skillet, cut the butter slices into 8 pieces with one of the left and one on the right side of the pan.
  6. Put the Pastrami bread on one side of the skillet and the Salami bread on the other side of the skillet.
  7. I have a Gas stove, so I grill the bread for about 3 minutes on Medium Low, or until cheese melts. But I peek under the bread to make sure it is not burning.
  8. Cut the 3rd Cheese slice in half and put one on each bread.
  9. Rueben 013Next top one bread side with the Sauerkraut and Caraway Seeds, top the other bread on top of this one.
  10. If the cheese needs additional time to melt, I flip them back and forth to meld together, making sure it does not burn.
  11. Remove and let it rest for 3 to 5 minutes.
  12. I love this cut diagonally for flair!

My new home is finally complete! Do you ever have that feeling that something is missing after you move? That something for me Patty Melt 002was my wall clock, due to laziness. I finally got around to changing the clock battery. The clock makes a chime sound on the hour. I didn’t realize how much I missed that sound, since it was heard at my previous home.

Speaking of homes and moving to a different home. I was house hunting 10 years ago, because I thought I was going to get a large sum of money.

So one house that I looked at became my favorite. The main house had 3 bedrooms; it had a 2 bedroom guest house over the garage, a pool, pool house, gazebo, hot tub, a detached outbuilding (for a dance studio) and 3 acres of land.

That house blew my mind. There were so many possibilities with a set up Rueben 009like that. I fantasized about all sorts of business ideas, like a day care, dance studio and winery. I could have used the outbuilding for a monthly dance Hafla show. It had a kitchen, bathroom and sleeping lofts.

I dreamed about starting a “catering” business there as well. I could have the customers sample the food via a Pool party or during the winter, using the indoor Hot Tub.

It was not meant to be, but after looking at that house, I gave me ideas of what I wanted in a future home.Rueben 014

I wanted to have a nice outdoor area with a water feature like a pool or hot tub.

My current home has that now, and with the low, low price of being $95,000 less than my dream home.

Life is so much like a game of Monopoly. Start with Baltic and work your way up to Park Place. I began with an inexpensive “starter” home, like Mediterranean sold it and kept moving up to homes that cost more. My “Dream” house was Boardwalk, but I am glad to stick with Park Place.Rueben 011

Less maintenance for the pool and outbuildings, less grass to pay someone to cut and lower utility bills.

I still consider doing catering, and I am glad that I waited to publish a Cookbook first. The Cookbook will showcase the meals that I can prepare for customers. This is a good way find out what a meal will cost to prepare, so that I can decide what to charge.

Also, 10 years ago, we did not have services like Uber, Postmates and Lyft to transport food, like we do now.

IRueben 018 HAVE A DREAM! Not like Martin Luther King. But I have always dreamed about having a “Test Kitchen” in my basement, like on Desperate Housewives. While doing some research, I found out about EzCater. ezCater is the only nationwide marketplace for business catering. ezCater’s online ordering, on-time ratings and reviews, and 5-star customer service connect business people to reliable catering for any meeting, anywhere in the United States.

Dreams can come true.

 

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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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Kung Pao Pork Chops with Teriyaki Rice & Stir Fry Vegetables

Teriyaki Rice Stir Fry 019I used to work downtown and had the opportunity to choose a different place to eat lunch every day. One of my favorites was eating General Tso’s and Kung Pao Chicken at the Panda Express. So I want to use those flavors in my Asian-inspired Dinners.

One thing that I loved about my Mom’s cooking, was that she was not afraid to try new cuisines. I remember her making an “Asian-style” dinner using La Choy products. “East Meets West, La Choy makes Chinese food – swing American!” This dinner will include the Pork Chops and Teriyaki Rice.Kung Pao Pork Chops 037

RIP: Momma Bear slow cooker. I had 3 different slow cooker sizes to accommodate large, medium and small meals. So Papa Bear, Momma Bear and Baby Bear slow cookers. The Momma Bear slow cooker somehow got grease trapped inside the cooking unit, so she had to be banished to the basement. I was searching for a 4 Quart replacement slow cooker, and came across the Presto Indoor Electric Smoker/Slow Cooker combination. I cannot be trusted with either a gas grill or wood/gas smoker. So I gave my smoker to my brother and had planned to buy an electric one to replace it. They were in the $100.00 range, so I put it on the back burner.20200211_145509 Until, I came across the smoker/slow cooker for less than $60.00. Cool! I can kill two birds with one stone. Found a cheaper smoker and a replacement for the Momma Bear slow cooker.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Pork Loins, Chop Bone-In Brined Louisiana Style Griller, 3 lbs.
  2. Soy Sauce, recommended: Great Value, 2 teaspoons
  3. Sazón, recommended: Goya, 1 packet
  4. Kung Pao Sauce, recommended: Panda Express, ½ to 1 cup, per your preference **Teriyaki Rice Stir Fry 001
  5. Peanuts, Salted, recommended: Planters, two 1.75 oz. bags
  6. Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, Recommended: Huy Fong Foods, 1 to 2 teaspoons
  7. Sesame Seed Oil, recommended: Imperial Dragon, 2 teaspoons
  8. Fish Sauce, recommended: Thai Kitchen, ½ teaspoon
  9. Rice Wine Vinegar, Natural & Mellow, recommended: Nakano, 1 to ½ teaspoons, as desired
  10. Liquid Smoke, Applewood, recommended: Wrights, 1 cap
  11. Hickory BBQ Wood Chips, recommended: Western, enough to fill “Charring” cup, or your favorit20200214_182823e brand. The Wood Chips are not required if you only want to pan-grill the pork chops, use a slow cooker or BBQ Grill. This is optional, depending on your preferred cooking method.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Marinade the Pork Chops with the Soy Sauce and Sazón, overnight or up to 30 minutes. I had to freeze the Pork Chops after this marinade, because I was not sure how I was going to cook them yet.20200214_183421
  2. After unthawing the Pork Chops, I added the Fish Sauce and Liquid Smoke to the marinade bag, 30 minutes before cook time.
  3. Preheat a skillet and add the Sesame Seed Oil, then cook the Pork Chops for 2-3 minutes per side. I used a “grill” skillet to get grill marks on them. Add a splash of Rice Wine Vinegar to de-glaze the skillet.
  4. Next, you can use a Slow Cooker to slowly cook for 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low. At this point, you can add enough Kung Pao sauce to your preference. I am going to “smoke” the Pork Chops for 4 hours in the Smoker/Slow Cooker combo.20200214_234106
  5. Then I will put them in the Slow Cooker and cover with the Kung Pao sauce, Peanuts and Sriracha for 2 hours on low.

** You can also make your own Kung Pao (pao = peanuts) sauce using soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, garlic, ginger, scallions and/or dried red peppers. To save money and time, I preferred to use a shortcut by buying pre-made Kung Pao. I have most of those ingredients, but not all of them. So it was cheaper to buy the bottled sauce.

Side Dish: Teriyaki Rice with Stir Fry VegetablesTeriyaki Rice Stir Fry 013

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Teriyaki Rice, recommended: Knorr, 5.4 oz.
  2. Stir Fry Vegetables, frozen, recommended: HyVee, 8 oz.
  3. Chicken Won Ton Soup, recommended: Campbell’s, 10 ½ oz.
  4. Chicken Broth, recommended: That’s Smart, 2 ½ cups, divided
  5. Ponzu Citrus Seasoning Dressing & Sauce, recommended: Kikkoman, ¼ to ½ teaspoon, or use lemon or lime juice to add freshness
  6. Soy Sauce, recommended: Great Value, 2 tablespoons
  7. Stir Fry Oil, recommended: Tsang, ½ teaspoonTeriyaki Rice Stir Fry 007
  8. Butter, 2 tablespoons, divided
  9. Chinese Five Spice, recommended Tone’s, ¼ teaspoon
  10. Wonton Strips, recommended: Great Value, as desired
  11. Sriracha Sauce, recommended: Huy Fong Foods, ½ teaspoon
  12. Kung Pao Pork Chops (leftovers, including the peanuts), optional

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Prepare the Stir Fry Vegetables in a separate pot. Melt 1 tablespoon of Butter with Stir Fry Oil and Chinese Five Spice for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of Chicken Broth and bring to a boil. Add the Stir FryTeriyaki Rice Stir Fry 008 Vegetables and bring to a boil. Season with Soy Sauce and a dash of Ponzu Citrus Dressing. Cover and simmer on low for 5 minutes.
  2. In a separate pot combine Rice, 2 tablespoons of Butter and 2 Cups of Chicken Broth. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer on low for 7 minutes.
  3. Combine the Chicken Won Ton Soup with the Stir Fry Vegetables and then combine both pots together.
  4. Thinly slice the Kung Pao Pork Chops (or other meat, or keep it meatless). I warmed up the Pork Chops slices for a few minutes and then added the Rice/Vegetable mixture. Heated together for a few minutes.Kung Pao Pork Chops 033
  5. I dressed this All-in-one Bowl with Sriracha Sauce and crunchy Wonton Strips.

Since I have 4 Pork Chops, that will be 4 dinners made in advance. Then combine them with the Rice and Vegetables for the rest of the week.

It was delish and something different for a change. I usually have Salad as my side dish for 4 days out of the week. The Stir Fry Vegetables and Rice will be a great substitute, to get veggies and fiber into my diet on non-salad days.

 

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Broccoli Ham Mac & Cheese Casserole

Broccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 069I was planning my meals and had some Rye bread, Black Forest ham, Swiss cheese and mustard for a sandwich. With that, I had the makings of either Mac & Cheese or Broccoli with cheese for the side dish.

But my cat said otherwise. I forgot that I left the Rye bread on the counter. The cat tore into it and so I had to throw it away.

So now what could I do? Why not combine the remaining ingredients into a casserole?

This is even better. Now I have an All-in-One bowl that includes everything but the bread.Broccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 065

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Broccoli Florets, frozen and steamable, recommended: Great Value, two 12 oz. bags
  2. Black Forest Ham slices, recommended: Great Value, 8 oz.
  3. Cubed Ham, recommended: Farmland, 16 oz.
  4. Elbow Macaroni, large, recommended: American Beauty, 16 oz.
  5. Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, block, recommended: Great Value, 32 oz.Broccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 007
  6. Baby Swiss Cheese, recommended: Sargento, 9 slices
  7. Seasoning Blend with celery, yellow onion, red bell peppers, green bell peppers, parsley flakes: recommended: Great Value, 10 oz.
  8. Buttermilk, recommended: Hiland, ¾ quart
  9. Eggs, jumbo, 2
  10. Butter, 3 tablespoons, divided
  11. Panko Bread Crumbs, recommended: Great Value, ½ cup
  12. Black Truffle Oil, recommended: Roland ¼ teaspoon
  13. Truffle Zest, recommended: Sabatino, ¼ teaspoon
  14. Porcini Mushroom Rub, recommended: Manitou, ¾ teaspoons, dividedBroccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 024
  15. Ground Mustard, recommended: Tones, ¼ teaspoon
  16. Ham flavored concentrate, recommended: Goya, 1 packet
  17. Cream of Mushroom Soup, recommended: Campbell’s, 10 ½ oz.
  18. Broccoli Cheese Soup, recommended: Campbell’s, 10 ½ oz.
  19. Dijon Mustard, recommended: Grey Poupon, 2 teaspoons
  20. Parmesan Cheese blend, recommended: Kraft, 2 tablespoons
  21. Granulated Garlic, recommended: HyVee, 1 tablespoon
  22. Parsley Flakes, recommended: Spice World, 1 tablespoonBroccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 041
  23. Cornstarch, 1 teaspoon
  24. Oven Bag, recommended: Reynolds Kitchen, 1 Turkey size
  25. Aluminum Foil Sheets, recommended: Reynolds Wrap, 1 to 2

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut the Cheese block into 8 pieces and freeze 30 minutes before shredding with a food processor (or use pre-shredded cheese). Put the cheese chunks into a gallon bag with the cornstarch (or flour) to keepBroccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 046 it from sticking. Also freeze the Black Forest Ham package.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon of Butter with the Truffle Oil. To that add the Truffle Zest, Porcini Mushroom Rub ¼ teaspoon and Ground Mustard for 1-2 minutes in a large stock pot.
  3. Add water and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the Macaroni and Ham concentrate packet and boil for 8 minutes. Add the Seasoning Blend and boil an additional 3 to 4 minutes and then drain.
  5. Whisk the Eggs in a large bowl. Add the Buttermilk, Cream of Mushroom Soup, Broccoli Cheese Soup and Dijon Mustard.
  6. Brown the Ham Cubes in a skillet and set aside.Broccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 006
  7. Zap the Steamable frozen Broccoli in the microwave for a few minutes, according to the package. Also, microwave the Black Forest Ham for a few minutes, since it was frozen.
  8. Combine the Macaroni, Broccoli, Ham Cubes and Shredded Cheese into the large bowl with the Egg mixture.
  9. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  10. Cut the oven bag, so that it fits into a casserole baking pan.
  11. The first layer is 1 bag of steamed Broccoli. Top with ¼ of the Porcini Mushroom Rub.
  12. The next layer is 1/3 of cheese.
  13. The next layer is the Macaroni mixture.Broccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 014
  14. Layer half of the Macaroni mixture.
  15. Top with half of the Ham slices (cut into bite-size pieces) and top with 4 Swiss Cheese slices.
  16. Repeat the layers, ending with the 5 Swiss Cheese slices.
  17. Cover with foil sheets and bake for 30 minutes.
  18. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of Butter and combine with the Panko bread crumbs, Parmesan Cheese Blend, Parsley Flakes and Granulated Garlic for the final topping.
  19. Bake an additional 10 to 12 minutes.
  20. Remove and rest for 10 minutes, then enjoy your “makeshift” Ham and Cheese sandwich!

Take that kitty cat!Broccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 064

Cooking shows always recommend shredding cheese from a block. And doing that made a big difference in the taste. I love me some “block” cheese. It did have a “sharper” cheddar flavor, compared to using pre-shredded cheese or Velveeta.

But it was way more work, than opening a package of pre-shredded cheese. I had cheese everywhere on my counter, LOL.

But eating the leftover cheese bites, was quite the treat.

Broccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 070The end result was so yummy! This “de-constructed” Macaroni & Cheese was packed with Ham and Cheese flavors.

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Beer Bratwurst and Kraut

Cookbook Recipes January 2020 020There was a fast food joint called Der Weinersnitzel back in the day. They had great Chili Cheese Dogs.

This meal reminds me of those good ole’ hot dog days.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Pork Sausage Cooked Bratwurst Craft Beer, recommended: Silva Sausage, 4
  2. Soft Pretzel Sausage Buns, recommended: Pretzilla, 4
  3. Swiss Cheese Aged, recommended: Sam’s Choice, 4 slicesCookbook Recipes January 2020 010
  4. Sauerkraut, recommended: Frank’s, 8 oz.
  5. Beer, recommended: Bud Light (or your favorite brand), 12 oz.
  6. Three Color Pepper & Onion Strips, frozen, recommended: Pictsweet, ¼ cup
  7. Liquid Smoke, recommended: Wright’s, 1 cap or less
  8. Celery Seeds, recommended: Tones, ¼ teaspoon
  9. Mustard, German/Organic, recommended: 365 Everyday Value, as needed
  10. Butter, Unsalted, ½ teaspoon
  11. Sherry Cooking Wine(or Vinegar), recommended: Holland House, 2 teaspoonsCookbook Recipes January 2020 015

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Melt Butter with dry Celery seeds for 1 to 2 minutes on low, in medium stock pan.
  2. Score Sausage and then brown for 2 to 3 minutes in butter.
  3. Add 3 Color Pepper and Onion strips and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.Cookbook Recipes January 2020 017
  4. Deglaze with Cooking Sherry (or Vinegar). I remove it from the fire first so there are no scary flames.
  5. Add Liquid Smoke, Drained Sauerkraut and Beer.
  6. Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes
  7. Butter the Buns and toast them.
  8. Add the German Mustard and then melt the Swiss cheese on the buns.
  9. Add the Sausage and top with Sauerkraut, Peppers & Onions
  10. Enjoy your meal! (Guten Appetit!).

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