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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

So Delicious Breakfast Sandwiches

It may gross you out, it may not... but I love McDonald's Sausage McMuffin with Egg. My favorite is when the last bite is of crispy muffin, greasy sausage and melted cheese. I am kinda curious what the calorie count is on one of those bad boys, but I don't eat them often enough for it to even matter... and I don't dare look. 

Although the classic McDonald's breakfast sandwich was my inspiration, my version is healthy healthier if only for the fact that fresh ingredients were used. The Garlic Compound Butter was given to me by my mother-in-law, when I make it myself I will post the recipe. For the sausage I used Maple Sausage that was in my most recent meat pack from OV Meat Shoppe, when it was cooking I could smell the maple - so freakin' delicious!!

Ingredients
• 6 English Muffins
• 1 pound ground sausage (Iused Maple Sausage)
• 6 bacon strips
• 6 eggs
• Cheese
• Garlic Compound Butter

Directions
1. Shape sausage into 6 patties
2. On med-high heat cook bacon and sausage how you like it. I made my bacon a little crispy and my sausage was browned on both sides. When done, set aside
3. Beat eggs. Make omelettes small enough so that when they are cut in half they will satisfy two sandwiches
4. Toast English Muffins in oven under broil, I used a pizza pan to fit all the halves in at once
5. After muffins are toasted, spread garlic butter on all halves
6. To make sandwiches stack ingredients in this order: sausage, egg, cheese, bacon... or however you want
7. Return to oven just long enough for cheese to melt
8. Enjoy :)

In My Opinion: I can't believe I never made these before. I would be perfectly fine with never getting another Sausage McMuffin with Egg ever again. SO GOOD!! The garlic butter adds an awesome kick. We will definitely have these again, probably with different ingredients to experiment with. I have some Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins that I really want to find something fun to do with, wish me luck!!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Garlic Rosemary-Lemon Chicken

I was anxious to use the fresh rosemary and lemon that I had received from my mother-in-law, so I set out for a recipe that would require the rosemary, lemon and some chicken breasts I had from OV Meat Shoppe. I found this recipe on the Food Network, and worked off it. I am not a huge fan of rosemary, but I think it suited this dish nicely.

Ingredients:
• 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
• 6 cloves garlic, minced
• 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
• 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 lemon, zested and juiced
• 1 tablespoon grill seasoning blend (I used Weber Canadian Chicken)
• 1/2 cup chicken broth

Directions:
1. Mix garlic, rosemary leaves, 3 tbsp olive oil, lemon zest and grill seasoning and set aside
2. Heat remaining olive oil in pan and brown chicken breasts both sides, approximately 5-7 minutes each breast and place in 9x13 baking pan 
 3. Spoon garlic mixture over each breast evenly, bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes
4. Mix lemon juice and broth together, pour into baking dish
5. Turn off oven and return chicken for 10 minutes
6. Serve chicken with sauce, enjoy!
We all really enjoyed this chicken. If you let the chicken sit for about 15 minutes after removing from the oven, the sauce will be a nice consistency. I give it two thumbs up, I will definitely try this recipe again, maybe with a different herb next time. Super Yum.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Homemade Meatballs


I have no idea why, but the other day I was thinking about meatballs and how I never make them. Needless to say, I was inspired. Nothing sounded better to me than some pasta, meatballs and tomato sauce. Definitely a craving at this point. 

After reading a little bit about meatballs I am hooked. They are a universal food with countless variations. With so many different meats, spices, sauces and ways to serve them, I am excited to see where this meaty adventure takes me! Let me share with you some of the meatballs that I am anxious to try:

1. Greek meatballs, Keftedes, include garlic, oregano, mint and nutmeg.
2. Albanian meatballs, Qofte Te Ferguara, include feta cheese, onion and garlic. These can be served with hummus and pineapple.
3. A famous German meatball is the Qofte Te Ferguara, which is made with sirloin, veal, pork and anchovies. All four meats to make one delicious meatball, served in a white caper sauce.

We should have a World Meatball Party. Dead serious. 


Ingredients:

1. 1 lb ground chuck
2. 1 egg
3. 1/4 cup milk
4. 1/2 cup minced onion
5. 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
6. 1 tbsp minced garlic
7. 1 tsp parsley
8. 1 tsp salt
9. 1 tsp pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix all ingredients well
3. Scoop meatballs onto cookie sheet, roughly 1 inch round
4. Bake for 40 minutes or until cooked to your liking
5. Eat your meatballs


I was able to have my pasta, meatballs and tomato sauce. It was extremely satisfying. Next time I am going to try turning the meatballs half way through their cooking time to avoid one side from browning so much. Other than that I will not change a thing, the flavoring was amazing... although I am almost positive that most of the wonderful flavor came from the meat, which was purchased at OV Meat Shoppe. I am so lucky to have found such a great meat market. :)