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Buttermilk Breakfast Sausage

I was passed some food magazines that Grandma was finished with and scanned the recipes.  I came across a recipe sent in for Buttermilk Breakfast Sausage.  Mr.Picky often complains that there isn’t enough flavor to sausage when I purchase it.  I hate to buy it because it is filled with junk.

We have made sausage in the past and usually let it flavors develop overnight, although this recipe did not require this.  It still turned out great.  This is probably one of the best sausages I have eaten and will be making it from now on.  The sausage is tender and almost melts in your mouth.

The recipe calls for over 2 pounds of sausage and we don’t usually need that much.  I took out half the sausage mix before I cooked it and froze it after packaging tightly.  Now we have a whole nother batch ready to go.  I got about a dozen 4 inch patties out of half the mixture.

Buttermilk Breakfast SausageButtermilk Breakfast Sausage:

  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp dried marjoram or oregano
  • 3/4 tsp dried savory or thyme
  • 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 1/2 lb. ground pork

Milk milk and seasonings in a large bowl.

Add in pork and mix until combined.

Form into patties and cook on medium heat about 5 minutes on each side.

Freeze any remaining sausage for a later date. //

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One Dish Italian Chicken and Sides

Five ingredient one dish meal!

Five ingredient one dish meal!

After a friend shared the recipe Green Beans, Chicken & Potatoes – Julie’s Eats & Treats, she raved on and on about how easy and great it was.  I immediately made it and let me tell  you she was right.  I don’t think dinner can get easier or more family friendly than this recipe.

This meal was a one dish Italian flavored chicken and sides dish.  No need for anything else besides maybe some dinner rolls if you have them around.  Moist flavorful chicken, tender potatoes, and perfectly cooked green beans.  Both kids loved this meal and ate seconds and leftovers the next day.  Not to mention my 5-year-old decided she did like green beans.

The only thing I would do differently and I will keep you all posted is to create my own Italian seasoning mix.  I am not a fan of packaged seasoning mixture because they are usually full of salt and junk.  Ranch dressing I have down but I don’t normally cook a lot with Italian seasoning so I will have to experiment.  If you try this with a homemade seasoning mix before I update let me know.

Italian Chicken and SidesOne Dish Italian Chicken and Sides:

  • 2-3 cups fresh green beans, trimmed and cut
  • 2-3 chicken breasts, cubed
  • 3-5 medium/large red or new potatoes, cubed
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut in small cubes or slices
  • 1 package of Italian seasoning/dressing mix

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a 9×13″ pan line up green beans on one side lengthwise and potatoes on the other.

Place the chicken in the center row.

Arrange the butter cubes evenly over everything and then sprinkle all with the Italian seasoning.

Tightly cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes.

Carefully remove foil (it is so so hot) and serve.
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Chicken Fajitas

I never thought I like fajitas until I tried this recipe for Chicken Fajitas:Allrecipe.com.  I started making this years ago and will continue forever to use this recipe.  No gross packets of seasoning and everything is in the pantry.

The key to these fajitas are to slice the chicken thinly, marinade the meat, and cook over a high heat.  This makes for the most tender flavorful chicken.  Wrap it all up with a corn tortilla (one day I will try making my own) and some peppers and onions.  This is a great meal on its own or add some spanish or mexican rice.

This is great the way the recipe is written.  Something that stops me from making fajitas so often is that the kids and Mr.Picky usually pick out most of the peppers (which make me crazy).  I made a recipe for drunken peppers instead and cooked just the chicken as written below.  Then you could just eat a chicken fajita or load it up with peppers and onions.  This did take a bit of the flavor away from the chicken but the drunken peppers made up for every bit of it.

Chicken Fajitas:Chicken Fajitas

  • 1 Tbs worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbs cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 dash hot sauce
  • 1½ lb. (about 2 large breasts) chicken, sliced thinly in strips
  • 1 Tbs oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • ½ lemon, juiced

Combine chicken and first 6 ing. and refrigerate overnight.

Heat oil over high heat. Add chicken for 5 minutes.

Then add onion and pepper for 3 minutes  more.

Remove from heat and add lemon juice.

Serve with warm corn or flour tortillas and top with a dab of sour cream.
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Drunken Peppers and Onions

I came across this recipe which looked amazing for Flank Steak Fajitas Recipe : Sunny Anderson.  I didn’t have any flank steak so I decided to make my chicken fajitas.  The idea of drunken peppers and onions sounded amazing.  Plus the one reason I don’t usually make fajitas is everyone complains about all the peppers.

So I decided to make the chicken fajitas and drunken peppers separate as Sunny Anderson had made hers.  The peppers were great.  Although my chicken lacked a bit of flavor because it was not cooked with the peppers and onions.  It still is the best fajitas I have had.  Mix dinner up and add a little drunken peppers to the meal.

I winged the recipe and used what I had but they turned out great.  I was worried the jalapeño might be too spicy but it was just right.  Of course it depends on the jalapeño.

Drunken Peppers and Onions along with chicken fajitas.

Drunken Peppers and Onions along with chicken fajitas.

Drunken Peppers and Onions:

  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 green pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 jalapeño, seeded and sliced thinly
  • 1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup beer, we used modelo since we were having mexican food

In a large sauté pan heat oil.  Add in all the peppers and onions and sauté over medium heat for about 5 minutes.

Drunken Peppers and Onions

Season with salt and pepper and add the beer, cover and cook another 8-10 minutes until the peppers and onions are almost caramelized.

Use to top fajitas, hot dogs, or anything your heart desires.  I think this would make a great dip as well if you added some cream cheese and yogurt.


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Hand Meatloaf

Bloody Hand Meatloaf

This is a repost from last Halloween, cook up a spooky dinner.  Just an idea who knows what is in store for this year.  Are you planning any creepy meals this year?

For 2012 Halloween I thought it would be fun to make a festive dinner before trick or treating.  My daughter is 4 and is getting really into holidays in general.

Hand Meatloaf:

Hand Meatloaf

So I made meatloaf (any favorite recipe will do), shaped it into a hand added some onions as fingernails and a wrist bone.

The last 10 min. of baking I put on my usual meatloaf sauce mixture, which added a bloody hand effect.  It was great!

 

Balsamic Garlic Pork Loin Roast

I had a pork loin tip roast in the freezer and needed something new to make for dinner.   Knowing we would have the pork one way or the other I had pulled the pork loin out of the freezer the night before to thaw.  I had a new bottle of balsamic vinegar to try out and had the time to marinade, so I went for it.  I came up with a marinade that was amazing.

Mr.Picky thought it was the best pork loin roast I have ever made.  It was very flavorful without being too spicy for the kids who both had seconds.  In my mind the tangy brightness from the vinegar paired great with the garlic and herbs on this mild flavored meat.

Balsamic Garlic Pork Loin Roast

Balsamic Garlic Pork Loin Roast:

  • 2-4 lb. pork loin roast (or tip roast)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbs Montreal steak seasoning
  • 1 Tbs Morton’s Nature Seasoning (bought or made)
  • 3-5 cloves garlic, pressed or minced

Morton’s Nature Seasoning:

  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup black ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup onion powder
  • 2 1/2 Tbs sugar
  • 1 Tbs dried parsley
  • 2 tsp celery seed

Combine all of the following in a container with an air tight lid.

Balsamic Garlic Pork Loin RoastRoast:

Place vinegar, both seasonings, and garlic in a plastic sealable bag.  Mix until seasonings began to dissolve.

Add in olive oil and squish around again.

Place pork into the bag and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

In a glass baking dish place pork and marinade, cook in a 350 degree preheated oven.  Cook about 1-1 1/2 hour or until the internal temperature reached 140 degrees.  Baste with marinade a few times during the last 30 minutes of cooking.

Remove from oven and tent with foil to rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing to serve.

Great Chicken Strips

Mr.Picky loves homemade chicken strips almost as much as he loves a good burger.  His mom makes chicken strips often and he expects the same from me.  I have tried battering, breading, baking, and frying and have never pleased his taste for chicken strips.

Finally I came across this recipe with is not only easy but it is not fried.  I am not sure of the source but have made this for a while, again the recipe card has taken its place in my recipe box.  Mr.Picky enjoyed this recipe the best and I now use this recipe only.  Did I mention my daughter said, “the best chicken I have ever tasted”.  Such a sweet girl I was happy to see all the plates cleaned from dinner.

Ready to pop in the oven!

Ready to pop in the oven!

Chicken Strips:

  • 3-6 chicken breast (depending on the crowd and size of breasts), cut into 1/2 inch strips
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk, if you don’t have buttermilk 1 cup milk and 1 Tbs lemon juice will work
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs (regular breadcrumbs work better than panko)
  • 1 tsp salt

Combine chicken breast, egg, buttermilk, and garlic powder in gallon ziplock bag and refrigerate 2-4 hours.

Great Chicken Strips

In another bag combine the remaining and shake to combine.  Add the marinated chicken into the dry bag and again shake to coat the chicken strips.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a cookie sheet by placing a wire cooling rack on it.

Lightly spray the wire rack with cooking spray and place chicken strips on the rack.

Great Chicken Strips

Lightly mist the tops of the chicken strips and bake for about 30 minutes or until juices run clear.  The breading will look almost dry like it is raw flour, it freaks Mr.Picky out.  Once you bite into your chicken you will realize it is not and the bread is just perfect.

Great Chicken Strips

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce or my healthier ranch dressing recipe.

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