Monday, February 27, 2012

More Bacon Time! Bacon Wrapped Sausage Jalapeno Poppers!!!

Another perfect party favorite. Jalapeno's stuffed with sausage and cream cheese wrapped in bacon! DELICIOUS!!!!
2 (12 ounce) packages ground sausage
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
30 jalapeno chili peppers
1 pound sliced bacon, cut in half
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
2. Place ground sausage in a large deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly browned.
3. Drain sausage and place in bowl and mix in cream cheese.
4. Cut jalapenos in half lengthwise. Remove seeds.
5. Stuff jalapeno half with sausage & cream cheese mix and wrap with half slice of bacon. Secure with toothpick.
6. Arrange wrapped jalapenos in large shallow baking dish. Bake for 20 mins or until bacon is evenly brown.
Ready for the oven!

Bacon Time! Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots

Perfect for any get together. Who doesn't love bacon! I guess the only way to beat anything bacon wrapped would be to have bacon wrapped bacon wrapped in bacon.
Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots
24 partially defrosted Tater Tots
12 strips Center Cut Bacon, cut in half
24 small chucks of Sharp Cheddar Cheese (1/2" x 1/4")
Tabasco sauce
Tooth picks
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or foil and spray with non stick spray.
Lay slice of bacon on flat surface and place tot in center. With sharp knife gently cut a slit down the center of the tot, but not all teh way thru. Wiggle in a piece of cheese. Sprinkle with a couple dashes Tabasco sauce. Wrap bacon tightly around the surface and secure with toothpick.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until they appear to be cooked thru and bacon is crispy. Serve immediately.
A couple variations are adding a slice of pickle on top of cheese or roll bacon wrapped tot in brown sugar for a little sweet flavor. Becareful not to over bake as the sugar will burn.
Ready for the oven!

The Sonoran Hot Dog

This is not your normal hotdog. It is a hot dog on steroids! It's messy so a few napkins are in order.
For this I used the classic Bolillo bun due to the amount of ingredients. If you want to use a different bun feel free to do so, but take into account all that is in it.
Refried Beans
Diced Tomatoes
Bacon wrapped Hotdog
Mexi Cheese
Salsa Verde
Grilled Onions
Heat refried Beans, Grill onions, and Wrap Hotdog w/ bacon and cook till bacon is done.
Slice Bolillo and add a scoop of refried beans, guacamole, and mexi cheese. Add in bacon wrapped hotdog, mayo, mustard, diced tomato's, grilled onions, and salsa verde.

Chicken Breast in Tarragon Cream

If you love herbs you will love this. Has great flavor and takes about 10 mins to make. This dish is AMAZING!
4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast
Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper
2 Teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Small Shallot Finely Chopped (about 3 tablespoons)
1/4 Cup Dry Vermouth or Dry White Wine
3/4 Cup Heavy Cream
3 Tablespoons Coarsley Chopped Fresh Tarragon
1 teaspoon Fresh Lemon Juice
Heat oil in a large skillet on Med-High. Season Chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Brown chicken for about 1 min on each side or until just slightly brown. Transfer still raw chicken to a plate.
Lower heat to Low. Add shallot and sit constantly till softened not browned (less then a minute). Add Vermouth and cook for 30 seconds, then add heavy Cream and half the Tarragon.
Return the chicken to the pan and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook till chicken is done (4-6 mins) Check doneness by cutting into thickest part of chicken - there should be no sign of pink or translucence.
Transfer chicken to a warm serving platter or dinner plates. Sauce should be thick enough to coat a spoon. If need be simmer till thick about 1 minute more. Stir in remaining Tarragon, Lemon juice and season with salt and pepper if needed.
Pour sauce over chicken and serve with buttered egg noodles!

Fish Tacos w/ Fresh Salsa

Here are some easy fish tacos you can use Tilapia or Grouper. Great way to get some fish in your diet with out frying it.
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
3 Teaspoons Chile Powder
1 Teaspoon Ground Corriander
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
3 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice
Mix all together and brush on evenly cut strips of fish. Grill on Med High 2 mins then flip and grill 1-2 minutes more. (best to use a grill basket when grilling fish on the bbq so you don't lose any faling thru the grill)
Serve on tortillas (corn or flour) w/ lettuce, fresh salsa and a slice of lime!
Fresh Salsa Ingredients:
6 Tablespoons Fine Chopped Onion
4 Cloves Garlic Minced
6 Tomatoes Chopped Peeled & Seeded
4 Jalapenos Minced
6 Tablespoon Fine Chopped Cilantro
4 TableSpoons Lime Juice
Salt and Pepper to taste

Thursday, February 23, 2012


So for my first post let's start with my first job Cinnabon making them for 4 years and still got the skills 17 years later. Not the exact same ingredients but the closest I have come to and taste exactly the same.
Step 1
1 1/2cup warm milk (110 deg. F)
3 eggs, room temp
1/3 cup butter melted
6 3/4 cups bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon and 3/4 teaspoons bread machine yeast
Step 2
1 1/2 cups brown sugar packed
3 tablespoons and 2 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter room temp
Step 3
1 1/2 (3 ounce) packages cream cheese softened
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons butter softened
2 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1. Place ingredients in step 1 per bread machines recommended order set dough cycle and press start. If using a mixer place dry ingredients in mixer with dough hook and mix on low for 3 mins, add in wet ingredients and mix on low 1 min till dough starts to form. Then medium speed till dough ball forms and no longer sticks to the sides. Take out dough and knead a few times place in a clear plastic trash bag. Squeeze out as much air as you can and let it sit on counter till it doubles in size.
2. In mixer use paddle or by hand mix Brown sugar and cinnamon till combined.
3. After dough has doubled in size roll dough out into a rectangle 28"x20".
4. Spread softened butter on dough, but be careful and DO NOT get any butter on the bottom 1" of the dough.
5. Spread brown sugar cinnamon mix on dough, again NOT on bottom 1" of dough.
6. Roll rolling pin over to press and flatten brown sugar mix.
7. Fold 1/2" of the top of the dough. Then roll up the dough stretching it slightly with each roll. Roll in the edges towards the center to keep log straight. Bottom part that has no butter will seal the roll from opening .
8. Mark roll every 2 1/4" starting just on edge (edges will be cut off). Cut 12 rolls and place evenly in baking pan 9"x13" lightly greased or lined with parchment paper. Cover and let them rise until almost double in size. In the mean time preheat oven to 400 deg. F.
9. Bake rolls in preheated oven till golden brown, about 15 minutes. While rolls are baking beat together 4 1/2 ounces cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, 2 1/4cups confectioners sugar, 3/4 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Spread frosting on rolls right out of the oven.
10. ENJOY!!!