Jalapeno Cream Cheese Sliders

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Howdy!  Here’s what I’m whipping up for the Super Bowl this Sunday!  Jalapeno Cream Cheese Sliders!  Make these in small or large batches!  This is expert pub grub right here!  I was inspired by a burger I had here in town at Harvey Washbangers.  It’s safe to say I have surpassed their burger with this slider!  😀  ::toots own horn::

Try it out!  Let me know what you think!

Jalapeno Cream Cheese Sliders

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 6 Slider Buns
  • 1 Lb Ground Beef
  • Worcester Sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chili Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Sriracha Mayo (Mayo with desired amount of Sriracha)
  • 1 whole Vidalia Onion, diced
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1-2 large Jalapenos
  • Spinach Leaves
  • Butter (for toasting buns)

Directions:

  • Form beef into 6 small patties.
  • Season patties with salt, pepper, chili powder, and garlic powder.
  • Cook patties in skillet until done.  Set aside wrapped in foil to stay warm.
  • Toast buns in a skillet using butter. Set aside.
  • Caramalize onions: Cook on medium high heat for 15 minutes uncovered.  Stir onions then cover and cook for another 10 minutes.  Uncover onions and add 3 tbsp water and cook for another 5 minutes or until water is cooked out.
  • Melt cream cheese in a covered container using the microwave.  It will only take about 15 seconds.  Be careful or it will explode if you microwave it too long.
  • Put Sriracha mayo in a zip lock bag and clip corner.
  • Build the burger in the following order: meat, dollop of cream cheese, scoop of onions, 2 jalapeno slices, a drizzle of Sriracha mayo, and finally 2 spinach leaves.
  • Serve immediately!

Katy from http://www.redbirdrecipes.com

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Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Turkey and Bacon Club on Jalapeno Cheddar Bread

Jalapeno Ranch Turkey and Bacon Club

Howdy gang!  This week has been a real crazy weather week here in Texas.  We’ve had a mix of hail, flash floods, severe lightning, and tornadoes.  So of course I am thankful for every little bit of sun we have received this week.  The rain has certainly given me a lot of time to work on my cookie decorating skills.  😀  Waddles has resorted to usual cabin fever behavior, unfortunately.  He does NOT like being stuck in the house all day and goes out of his way to let you know it!  Anyone else have an opinionated fur baby?  😀

Memorial Day Storm

This was towards the end of a long lightning storm on Monday night.

Yesterday, we got a full day of sun.  To celebrate I decided to make some club sandwiches!  I know I speak of my love for sandwiches quite often, but this one is extra awesome.   🙂  It has bacon, jalapeno ranch dressing, thick cut smoked turkey, and jalapeno cheddar bread.  Beautiful.  This is your classic club with a twist of jalapeno!  😀

The only recipe you need to make this sandwich is the jalapeno ranch recipe which is found below!

Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Turkey and Bacon Club on Jalapeno Cheddar

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 8 slices thin cut Bacon
  • 6 slices Jalapeno Cheddar Bread (from bakery)
  • 8 slices Smoked Deli Turkey
  • 4 slices Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • 2 dollops of Creamy Jalapeno Ranch (recipe below)

Directions:

  • Cook the bacon.
  • Toast the bread.
  • Layer lettuce, 2 slices of turkey, 2 slices of bacon in an X, jalapeno ranch, and a slice of pepper jack.
  • Add the middle slice of bread and repeat the previous step.
  • Eat your sandwich masterpiece.

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Copy Cat Chuy's Creamy Jalapeno Ranch

  • Servings: 20
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups mayo
  • 2 cups sour cream (16 oz tub)
  • 1 cup tomatillo sauce (salsa verde)
  • 1/4 canned jalapenos with some juice
  • 1 fresh jalapeno seeded
  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, washed
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 2 packets of ranch dressing mix

Directions:

Puree all the ingredients in a large blender adding the ranch packets in last.

Store for up to 5 days!

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Jalapeno Ranch Turkey and Bacon Club

Four Cheese Grilled Cheese

IMG_2143tFour Cheese Grilled Cheese, YES PLEASE!  I made these for lunch this week and boy were they scrumptious!  Creamy, ooey, gooey cheese and savory peppers!!  If you like fancy grilled cheese sandwiches you gotta give this one a try!!! 🙂

Ingredients:

  • Crumbed Feta
  • Sharp Cheddar
  • Mozzarella
  • Cream Cheese Spread
  • Roasted Red Peppers
  • Sliced French Bread
  • Low Fat Butter Spread
  • Garlic Powder
  • Italian Seasoning

Directions:

Butter the top and bottom slices of bread.

Spread cream cheese on the bottom half of the bread.

Add the other three cheeses on top of the cream cheese.

Lay a few roasted red peppers on top of the cheese layers.

Place the top piece of bread on the sandwich.

Sprinkle a small dash of garlic powder and Italian seasoning on the buttered top piece of bread.

Heat a skillet to medium heat.

Cook grilled cheese on both sides until golden and crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside.

*Caution, Feta likes to pop when it hits a hot skillet be careful not to drop crumbs of Feta on the skillet.  This was fun to discover.  🙂

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Spicy Southwest Ranch Burgers

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redbThis is probably one of the best burgers I have ever made.  I actually think it is better than the Animal Style burger I did a few months back.  If you like spicy, then you will devour these burgers.  Trust me.  These will now be a regular meal each month at our house.  Each bite is a mini fiesta in your mouth!  🙂

These are the PERFECT way to get spring time started!  Try these burgers out at a backyard grilling party!  If you don’t like spicy, leave out the jalapenos and chili powder!  You still get a great burger without the spice!

I was quite the busy little red bird this weekend.  I made homemade mayo, Borracho beans, canned pepper jelly, crusty bread, and whipped these tasty burgers up!  Let’s just say the dishwasher has been working over time this weekend.  AKA the hubby and pup.  🙂  Thank you boys!

Ingredients:

-1 lb ground beef or venison

-1 ranch dressing mix packet

-1/4 tsp salt

-1/2 tsp chili powder

-1/2 tsp black pepper

-1/4 cup fresh cilantro (optional,  I see you out there anti-cilantro movement folks)  😛

-1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced

-1/4 cup yellow onion, diced

-1 tbsp jarred jalapenos, finely diced, HOT

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Toppings:

– Fresh mayo

– Romaine

-Fresh cilantro

-Claussen Sandwich Pickles

-Sharp cheddar or pepper jack

-Sliced onion

-Sliced tomato

-Bakery hamburger buns, or Slider buns

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Fresh mayo. You just can’t beat it. 😉 Actually you have to beat it with a whisk for like 20 minutes! 🙂

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Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the meat, spices, onions, bell pepper, onion, and ranch packet by hand.

Create 4 regular size patties OR 8 slider patties.

Set the patties on a plate and freeze for about 14 minutes.  This will help them keep their shape.

Cook on the grill or in a skillet until well done.

Top your burgers with cheese and cover with foil to keep warm while you do the buns.

Spread butter on the insides of each bun and toast in a skillet until extra crispy!

Build your burgers and enjoy!

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Cuban Sandwich- The Cubano

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Sandwiches are one of those delightful comforts in life that I take f
ull advantage of when going out to restaurants or even in my own kitchen.  People have often given me a hard time for ordering sandwiches at fancy restaurants.  I’ve been compared to an old man that only eats country club fare.  That may be in part because I like to eat my meals earlier than most folks.  🙂  Oh well, an old man I shall remain.

When I bite into a good sandwich.  Immediately, I can hear Tina Turner singing, “You’re Simply the Best!”

One of my favorite sandwiches is the Cubano, or Cuban. It has actually been fairly hard to come by at restaurants here in Texas.  I first discovered this sandwich in Florida after graduating from college.  After I earned my degree I was lucky enough to become a Disney World Intern for 12 months in Orlando, FL.  It was a great experience!  Florida brought about a lot of new foods for me to try.  Florida has a lot of different cultures which therefore means a lot of different cuisines! 🙂  Many restaurants included Cuban and Puerto Rican dishes which were AMAZING.  My favorite dish is the plain ole Cubano.

I know, I know!  Of all the things to pick from!  This sandwich is the item I liked best out of all the things I tried!  Don’t get me wrong there are some great meat and grain dishes but this sandwich…we became BFFs at first bite!  When done right, the meat is carved fresh and hot off the carcass!  That’s no simple feat!  Not many places will fix you a sandwich like this.  It’s a lot of work to go through the process of roasting a pork roast and sweet ham!  All that work for a sandwich!  Well, a true Cubano is worth all that work.  As I said earlier this sandwich is hard to find here.  In fact I’ve only found one Cubano sandwich on a menu since I moved back to Texas.  It was at a hotel in Dallas, and I enjoyed every drip of meaty juice, every hot piece of stringy cheese, and every smudge of mustard that plate had to offer.  (I did sacrifice a bite or two so the hubby could experience sandwich heaven.)

A traditional Cuban is made on Cuban bread with sliced pork roast, sliced sweet ham, Swiss cheese, mustard, and pickle slices.  That’s it.  I have seen it with Provolone but I prefer the imported Swiss.  🙂

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Here is my humble version of a Cubano.  For best results, roast some pork and bake a fresh ham.  🙂  If you have the time of course. 😛

Ingredients:

-French Bread or Cuban White Bread (I searched my town and called a few places, no Cuban bread:-( )

-yellow mustard

-4 slices of Sweet baked ham (sliced on a 2 at the deli)

-6 slices of roast beef or pork (sliced on a 1 at the deli)

-CLAUSSEN sandwich pickles (Claussen is the only brand I buy.  They are in the refrigerated section.  They stay cold from the day they are harvested.)

-fresh cracked black pepper

-4 imported Swiss cheese, (sliced on a 1 at the deli)

Directions:

Heat a sandwich press or a griddle to medium high heat.

Cut off the ends of the bread with a diagonal slice.  Cut 2, 6 in. pieces off the bread.  Slice each one open so that you now have a top and bottom.

Butter the outside of the top and bottom pieces of bread.  Do not butter the inside.

Spread of squirt mustard on the inside the bottom pieces.

Lay 2-3 pickles on top of the mustard.

Crack fresh black pepper over the pickles.

Put 2 slices of cheese on the top pieces.

In a skillet, heat the ham and roast beef until it is extremely hot.

Quickly pat dry the meat to get about half the juice off.  Then transfer the meat onto the cheese.

Close both sandwiches and cook on the griddle or in a sandwich press.  You might have to do one sandwich at a time if your press is too small.

Enjoy!

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The Hot Italian Deli Sandwich

IMG_0986Try my take on this classic sandwich!  It’s fresh, spicy, crispy, and gooey all at once!

A sandwich is quite simply my favorite form of food.  I truly believe that there is an art to sandwich making.  Sandwiches at home do not have to be boring.  I like to shop for in the deli and bakery section for my sandwich ingredients.  It is so much cheaper and the quality is better!  I like to grab deli meat and cheese by the slice and I also like to grab fresh made sandwich rolls for $0.25 each from the store’s bakery.  The recipe I’m sharing today is for two 6 inch sandwiches and only cost about $5 to make.  If you were to order 2 of these at a restaurant they would be at least $5 a piece!

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Ingredients:

-fresh basil leaves

– 2 slices provolone

-6 slices pepperoni

-6 slices Genoa salami

-4 slices prosciutto

-mayo (made with olive oil is my preference)

-2, 6 inch sandwich rolls (white or wheat)

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Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375° F.

Cut rolls into halves.

Spread mayo on the inside of each half of bread.

Place 5-6 basil leaves on one half, then a slice of provolone.

On the other half, place 3 slices pepperoni, 3 slices salami, and 2 slices of prosciutto.

Repeat..

Place the sandwich halves open faced on a cookie sheet and let bake in the oven for approx. 6-8 minutes.  When cheese is fully melted and the edges of the bread are golden, it’s done!

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Bacon and Avocado Sandwich

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As much as I love cooking, my favorite food has to be sandwiches.  This is one of my favorite sandwiches to make.  It’s easy and I wanted to share for those of you wanting a more exciting sandwich without much work.

Here’s what you need:

-bread of your choice

-3 slices of bacon

-avocado

-mayo

-lemon juice

-salt and pepper

Directions:

Slice the avocado into desired thickness.  Squeeze lemon juice onto avocado slices and sprinkle salt and pepper on top.

Cook the bacon to desired crispiness.  Make sure your pan is fully heated before putting the bacon on, it will change the texture.

Toast your bread and spread the mayo.

Put it all together!  You can always add turkey and ham and make it a club sandwich!  (I also like to add cucumber slices too!)

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