Thursday, March 21, 2013

Saucy Hot Dogs

This recipe instantly became a family favorite.  We're having a Ice cream social in April and I'm going to make this recipe.  It is THAT good.  BBQ is a favorite of mine and I am delighted with how great this recipe went on top of those hot dogs.  Plus, the left overs we had we used the next day on top of baked potatoes.  And it was just as good!




Saucy Hot Dogs

Recipe adapted from Our Best Bites

Ingredients You'll Need:


  • 5 slices bacon
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 bottle Heinz chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 8 hot dogs
  • 8 hot dog buns
  • Mild cheese, shredded


Directions:


  • In a large skillet, fry the bacon over medium heat until the bacon is crisp. Drain the bacon on a paper towel, leaving the drippings in the pan. Once it is cool, crumble it.  Don't do it when it's hot.  You'll scald your fingerprints off I swear, (not that I did that...ouch)
  • Add the onions and garlic to the drippings and saute until the onions are tender( about 10 minutes). 
  • Add the chili sauce, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, crumbled bacon, and apple juice and bring to a boil. 
  • Add the hot dogs and cook for 5-10 minutes until the sauce is thickened and the hot dogs are hot. 
  • Either serve immediately or transfer to a slow cooker set to the low setting. Serve with shredded cheese.

At the Ice cream social we're throwing in April, this is going to be a 'featured' hot dog!  I can't wait to share this with the rest of the family!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Irish Soda Bread

Stacy made this bread for our St. Patrick's Day dinner.  It was super yummy and just finished off the meal.  We had Shepard's pie and although it was super good too, the pictures didn't turn out at all and the food was all gone lol.  We'll have to make it again so we have a picture to post the recipe with ;)  This bread would be great with pretty much anything.  Love love love it.



Irish Soda Bread

Adapted from a recipe found at ourbestbites

Ingredients You'll Need:

For Bread:

  • 1 cup white bread flour
  • 2 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

  
For Topping:

  • 1 Tablespoon buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar


Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a cookie sheet or other shallow baking pan with non stick cooking spray. 
  • Whisk together the flour, wheat flour, salt, baking soda, and 2 teaspoons sugar in a bowl. Cut the butter into the flour mixture until pieces are crumb-size.
  • Make a well in the center of the mixture and pour in the oil and buttermilk. Stir with a spatula until dry mixture is completely moistened. Move the dough to a well-floured surface.  The dough will be wet and sticky. Flour your hands to help with the stickiness.  Lightly knead the dough a few times and then form into a round ball and pat down a little.   
  • Place the dough into the prepared pan; pat down and around to form a round loaf. 
  • Cut a cross into the top of the loaf with a sharp knife. 
  • Brush the top with 1 tablespoon buttermilk or milk, and sprinkle 1 teaspoon sugar over the top.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. 
  • Reduce heat to 375 degrees F, rotate pan and bake another 25 minutes. 

Allow loaf to cool on a wire rack for about 15 minutes before slicing.




We had such a wonderful St. Patrick's Day this year.  I'm hoping it becomes a family tradition.  Crossing fingers!  Have a wonderful day!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Baklava

I've always wanted to make baklava.  I've seen them in grocery stores, and I actually tried it once.  It was like a hard piece of rubber.  I thought to myself.  Wow, this is awful.  I bet homemade would be on the opposite end of the spectrum and be fantastic!  And I was right!  My sister and I spent Sunday afternoon making these.  This was such a treat!  And the baklava tasted Di-Vine!




  

Baklava

Adapted from a recipe found at Allrecipe



Ingredients You'll Need:

1 (16 ounce) package phyllo dough
2 cups toasted chopped pecans
1 cup butter
1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup water
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup honey

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottoms and sides of a 9x13 inch pan.
Toss cinnamon with the Toasted pecans.  Please toast them.  It adds soo much flavor to them!  Set aside. Unroll the phyllo dough. Cut whole stack in half to fit pan. Cover phyllo with a dampened cloth to keep from drying out as you work. 
Place two sheets of dough in pan, butter thoroughly. Repeat until you have 8 sheets layered. Sprinkle 2 - 3 tablespoons of nut mixture on top. Top with two sheets of dough, butter, nuts, layering as you go. The top layer should be about 6 - 8 sheets deep.
Using a sharp knife cut into square shapes all the way to the bottom of the pan. 4 rows across and 4 down.  Then make diagonal cuts. They'll look like tiny finger sandwiches.  Bake for about 40 minutes until baklava is golden and crisp.
Make the sauce while the baklava is baking. Boil sugar and water until sugar is melted. Add vanilla and honey. Simmer for about 20 minutes.  The smell is amazing.  I bet this would go excellent on pancakes as well.
Remove baklava from oven and immediately spoon sauce over it. Let cool. Leave it uncovered as it gets soggy if it is wrapped up.

Enjoy!

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