Thursday, June 20, 2013

Keep It Simple!

Another non-recipe recipe for you!  This one's the simplest appetizer you'll ever make unless you consider putting some chips and store bought dip out on the table an appetizer!  This is pretty close though...

Spicy Egg Shooters (12)
6 Eggs
Pickled Jalapeno Slices
Red Bell Pepper

Place the eggs in cold water and bring to a boil.  Continue boiling the eggs for as long as you normally do!  There are so many "perfect" methods out there I hesitate to say anything specific so if you're like me, just boil them until you think they're done!  Slice the bell pepper (raw or roasted) into small strips about 1/4" x 1".  If you are using raw pepper, saute it for a couple minutes in a tsp or so of olive oil to soften it.  Once the eggs have cooled enough to handle, peel them and cut them in half.  Put a tiny dab of mayonnaise on each egg half (maybe 1/4 tsp), a slice of pickled jalapeno and a strip of bell pepper.  Place in the refrigerator if not serving right away.

That's it!  So simple!  No mixing, smoothing, seasoning or guessing!  Once you eat one of these you may never go back to regular deviled eggs again.  The kick of the jalapeno and the sweetness of the pepper combined with the creamy mayonnaise and rich egg yolk will make your taste buds sing!

Oh, by the way, these are perfect for 4th of July!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Breakfast Doughnuts

Time to think about MY blog a little differently!  I cook so many wonderful things without a recipe and yet they don't make it to my blog or my cookbook because I think others can't replicate them without measurements and exact directions.  I've decided that if people can see pictures on Pinterest and replicate them from that, they can have ingredients and directions and go from there if they happen to visit me here!  That being said, here's the first with no exact measurements!

Barry's working nights again, giving me the great opportunity to expand my breakfast repertoire!  This creation was probably one of the best!  With canned biscuits left over from the camping trip, I let my imagination soar and this is what I came up with!

Breakfast Doughnuts
  1 can grand biscuits
  Crumbled bacon
  Scrambled Eggs
  Shredded cheese

Use two biscuits for one doughnut.  Put them between wax paper and roll them out into flat circles.  Use a small round cookie cutter or something else small and round to cut a hole in the center of each flat circle.  Now, on one of the rounds, place a little bit of cheese, bacon and scrambled egg.  Like this:

Now comes the challenging part!  Put the empty round on the filled round and press all the seams together really good.  Pinching lightly, patting and turning all work pretty good!  The outside is easy, the inside circle a little tricky but make sure you get it sealed up really good or the cheese will ooze out!  Fry this doughy creature in a pan of oil heated to medium heat.  Turn it frequently so it cooks evenly and doesn't burn on any side.

Now whip up a maple glaze with some powdered sugar, maple syrup and milk.  Just a little of each, you don't need too much.  Make it nice and thick so it doesn't all slide off your hot doughnut!  And here's what you end up with:

The inside will stay hot for quite awhile so be careful with that first bite!  And the outside stays crunchy even after it was reheated!  Surprise!  These are fun and delicious so enjoy - even without an exact recipe!