Monday, February 25, 2013

Comfort Food Meal

First off I was reading a blog the other day and the author of the blog site had entered a recipe and meal she had made.  It was great!  Anyways, I never seem to read the comments, but for some reason that day I read some of the comments.  There was a passive-aggressive commenter who first started with saying how much she liked the blog site, but then dropped the bomb and reamed the person a new "you know what" because the blogger had used a recipe from another person's blog/website and she thought it was plagiarism. 

Well I disagree with that "comment lady".  What could be more flattering than to have someone utilize a recipe you dreamed up and then share it with however many people go to that person's site.  So that said- the following recipes are not my own, but I give credit to these recipe producers so hope that counts for something.

 Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders:

  • 2 pounds Ground Meat (beef, Bison, Turkey)
  • Salt And Pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 whole Large Onion, Diced
  • 1/2 cup Whiskey
  • 1 cup Barbecue Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Jarred Jalapeno Slices (more To Taste)
  • 12 whole Slider Buns Or Dinner Rolls, Split

Preparation Instructions

Form the meat into 12 (or so) miniature patties and salt and pepper them on both sides. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook the patties until just about done in the middle, approximately 3-4 minutes per side. Remove the patties from the skillet and set aside. Drain off all but 2 tablespoons of grease, then return the skillet to the stove.
Throw the diced onions in the skillet and stir to cook, about 3 minutes. Pour in whiskey (be careful if you're cooking over an open flame; turn it off momentarily to be extra careful) and stir. Allow the whiskey to reduce by half, about 2 to 3 minutes, then stir in jalapenos and the barbecue sauce.
Reduce the heat to low and place the patties in the barbecue sauce, turning to coat. Allow the patties to simmer in the sauce until everything hot and bubbly.
Place the patties on individual buns and be sure to spoon extra sauce (with the jalapenos!) over the top of each one before topping with the other half of the bun.

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

2 cups uncooked multigrain elbow macaroni
Cooking spray
1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 ounces light processed cheese, cubed
4 ounces reduced-fat shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese (1 cup)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1. Cook pasta in boiling water 8 minutes, omitting salt and fat.  Drain and set aside.
2. Coat 5 (8 ounce) broiler safe ramekins or baking dishes with cooking spray.
3. Preheat broiler.
4. While past cooks, combine milk and flour in a large saucepan, stirring with a whisk until blended.  Cook over medium-high heat 1- minutes or until thickened, stirring until cheese melt.  Stir in pasta.
5. Spoon pasta mixture into prepared ramekins; sprinkle evenly with 1 ounce cheddar cheese.  Set on baking sheet and broil for 3 minutes or until cheese melts.

Finished Product- Super yummy!
Addendum: So I couldn't find multigrain elbow macaroni so I just used regular.  I was trying to the burgers and mac n cheese at the same time so I put the baking dish in the oven on warm and while I finished the burgers and then I broiled it at the end.

I added green beans to this meal and then for dessert- The Mother Load: Molly's Cupcakes (got 5 and we all shared, except hubby who ate the granola bar instead :). The cupcakes are great- a lot of high end cakes/cupcakes look beautiful, but don't taste great- however, Molly's are so moist and yummy and look beautiful. 

From top Right to Left: Cookies n Cream (real chocolate chip cookie to top it and the filling was cookie dough), Ron Bennigton (sorry don't know who that is, but this was YUMMY- peanut butter mus filling), Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese frosting, Chocolate Decadence- what more can you say, Boston Cream Pie (you know what the filling was)
So great meal- well work the work and my kind of style- COMFORT FOOD!
Please don't be passive-aggressive with me- if you think it is inappropriate for me to share these yummy recipes with you chattynatty's let me know.  

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