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Cheesesteaks

I had never eaten a Philly cheesesteak before I made Cheesesteaks | the little kitchen.  This recipe was so easy and tasted like you slaved in the kitchen.  There is a little prep work but once that is done, the recipe comes together in minutes.  Enjoy a quick and hearty sandwich for dinner.

The unique thing about this recipe is the going into the oven when it is complete.  Heating through in the oven brings the sandwich to another level.  The link above has great step by step photos if you need some good visuals.

Cheesesteaks:Cheesesteaks

  • 4 hoagie rolls
  • 1/2-1 green pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup mushrooms (if you want them), thinly sliced
  • 1.25-1.5 rib eye steak, thinly sliced and then chopped finely
  • 8 pieces of Muenster cheese or provolone or a combo of the two
  • 3 Tbs butter
  • salt and pepper

First prep all vegetables and meat  slices as listed.  Place each hoagie in an open position on a sheet of foil, so it is ready to be filled.

If using mushrooms you can simply sauté them on their own or with the onions and peppers if you like the combo.  Using 1 Tbs butter sauté over medium/high heat in a non stick skillet all the vegetables.  Cook 5-8 minutes until golden, once cooked season with salt and pepper.  Remove vegetables and place on a plate to the side.

Wipe out the pan and add 1 Tbs butter and half the meat over medium heat, season with salt and pepper.  Saute the meat for 1-2 minutes add in half the vegetables back in and mix the two together.

Divide this mixture in to two sections and top with cheese until melted.  Slide off each cheese covered section into a roll.  And repeat with remaining meat and vegetables until all hoagies have been filled.

Now tightly wrap each hoagie roll up almost squashing it.  Place in a 250 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.  If reheating leftovers leave the foil on and store in a plastic bag.  Reheat at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
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Crock Pot Italian Chicken

Crock pot Italian chicken turned out so flavorful.  Thanks to Hunk of Meat Monday: Crock Pot Italian Chicken  I had a quick meal on a busy day.  Wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the meat but I quickly put it in the crock pot and left the house.

When I returned home, I simple pulled the chicken out and shredded it then returned it to the pot.  I then gave my family the option of having it as a sandwich, quesadilla, or atop a salad.  We all tried it a different way.  I ate it on a salad for three days in a row it was so good.  This was not to spicy for the kids because there are no seeds left in the peppers.

I am still searching for a substitute for an Italian seasoning package.  I hate to use those packets of seasoning.  They do taste so good and are quick.  Need a healthier option will keep you posted.

Crock Pot Italian Chicken:

  • 2 lbs. of chicken, mixture of breasts and boneless skinless thighs works great
  • 1 package of italian seasoning/dressing mixture
  • up to a 12 oz. jar of mild pepper rings or seed and slice whole ones, plus 2-4 Tbs of juice from jar

Place chicken in slow cooker.

Sprinkle with seasoning and top with peppers.  Add a bit of juice from the pepper jar.

Turn the crock pot to low and cook on low for about 8 hours.  Around hour 7 you can remove the chicken shred and return to the pot.


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Baked Ham & Swiss Sliders

The first time I had Hawaiian Ham & Swiss Sliders w/ Poppyseed Sauce – Saving Money Living Life my sister had made them at a birthday party.  Mr.Picky miss the party a few years ago and I knew he needed to try these sandwiches.  I have since made the recipe at least 3 times for dinner.  Whenever I buy a spiral ham and have extra to use up.

After the holiday season you can find spiral sliced ham incredible cheap, sometimes .99 cents a pound.  This is a great time to throw a few in the freezer for throughout the year, either whole or divided up.  If you don’t want to spend the money on a ham I am sure sliced deli ham would be tasty.

This is the best tasting ham sandwich I have ever had.  The kids love them, Mr.Picky loved them, and recently I had company who loved them.  They will please any crowd and can be made ahead without taking too long to bake.

Usually I use a sweet or plain dinner roll for these sliders.  After wanting to purchase these delicious pretzel rolls I had sampled I figured they would be tasty on them as well.  I prefer a sweet roll to the pretzel roll but I still ate two and leftovers for lunch, so no complaints here.  I felt the need for 1/2 cup butter in the original was unnecessary so I cut it in half with no problem.

Baked Ham and Swiss Sliders

Baked Ham and Swiss Sliders:

The rolls needed really depend on size.  I fill a 9 x 13″ glass baking dish with sandwiches smashing them in together, so however many it takes you will work.

  • 12 rolls
  • 24 pieces of ham (preferably leftover spiral sliced)
  • 12 small pieces of Swiss cheese
  • 1/3-1/2 cup mayonnaise

Topping:

  • 1 Tbs poppy seeds
  • 1 1/2 Tbs yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup butter,melted
  • 1 Tbs onion,finely minced
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Prepare sandwiches by spreading a bit of mayo on each side of roll.  Add two pieces of ham and one slice of swiss cheese followed by the top bun.

Place all sandwiches tightly together in a baking dish.

Whisk together all the ingredients for the toppings.  Evenly pour and spoon the topping on to the sandwiches.

Allow sandwiches to set for at least 10 minutes to soak up topping before baking.

Baked Ham and Swiss Sliders

Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, uncover and bake for 2 minutes more until golden.

Baked Ham and Swiss Sliders

Funny Face Toasted Cheese Sandwiches

As a child I loved to make these funny face toasted cheese sandwiches. They are often forgotten in my house until the mood strikes me. My kids were so pleased to not only make their own dinner but to play with their food as well.

We arrived home late last night to no dinner plans.  I offered the idea of tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.  This led me to the idea of Funny Face Toasted Cheese Sandwiches.  We had everything and most people do.  Even not making a face this is a tasty sandwich.   I’m not sure if it is tasty because this is a comfort food or actually good.

The possibilities are endless with these sandwiches.  As a child it was always an onion smile, olive eyes, and thinly sliced dill pickle nose.  We worked with what we had and to each person’s taste.

Funny Face Toasted Cheese Sandwiches

Funny Face Toasted Cheese Sandwiches:

  • sandwich bread, square bread works best
  • ketchup
  • medium cheddar or Colby jack cheese, sliced
  • onion, thinly sliced
  • olives, sliced
  • salami or pepperoni
  • bread and butter or dill pickles
  • Mrs.Dash or Italian seasoning, optional

Place a slice of bread on a baking sheet.  Spread about 1 Tbs of ketchup per piece of bread.  Sprinkle with Italian seasoning or Mrs.Dash if desired.

Funny Face Toasted Cheese Sandwiches

Top with sliced cheese and decorate with vegetables.

Broil sandwiches until cheese is melted and hot.

Great served just as a sandwich or with tomato soup.

Funny Face Toasted Cheese Sandwiches

Chunky Chicken Salad

Chunky Chicken Salad

Chicken salad is a great change to the regular weekday sandwich.  Not to mention once you put it together, it keeps all week and you can have a sandwich in 30 seconds.  Mr.Picky is a huge fan of chicken salad, and it travels well out-of-town.

Enjoy this recipe, and feel free to add in walnuts or almonds which would both taste great.  Serve with crackers, as a sandwich, or with tortilla chips.

Chunky Chicken Salad:

  • About 4-5 cups of cooked chicken, shredded or diced (I used a rotisserie chicken, skin removed)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbs Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 Tbs fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2-1 cup dried cranberries

Whisk together mayo, sour cream, mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.

Once dressing is combined and tastes good, add all the remaining ingredients and mix well.

Allow to chill for at least an hour for flavors to develop.

Meatball Subs

At my favorite sub shop meatball subs are my favorite.  Mr.Picky dislikes marinara sauce and was not excited to see that I was making meatball subs with a red sauce.  Next thing I know he is going up for a second sandwich.  The end results for dinner was those were pretty good, I guess you can make them again.  Turns out I know what a good sandwich is, and we have a new dinner to add to the list.

I am going to let you know now that I cheated and used frozen Italian meatballs, but by all means feel free to make your own.  I had a package in the freezer and have been working hard to empty my freezer.

Meatball SubsMeatball Subs:

Meatballs and Sauce:

  • 25-30 meatballs, frozen or cooked
  • 1 (16 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp granulated onion
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 Tbs brown sugar

Sandwiches:

  • 5-6 french hoagie rolls or rolls of your choice
  • mozzarella cheese
  • parmesan cheese
  • meatballs and sauce ( I slice my meatballs in half to make a more manageable sandwich)

Place meatballs and sauce ingredients in a small 1 quart slow cooker.  Cook on keep warm for about 4 hours, I believe this is key in order to make the sauce amazing.

To assemble sandwiches open up rolls on a sheet pan.  Place mozzarella cheese on the top half and sliced meatballs on the bottom half.  Spoon a bit of sauce onto meatballs and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Broil assembled sandwiches open until bubbly, remove and fold sandwich in half.

French Bread Pizza

Talk about a simple dinner.  Grab a loaf of fresh-baked french bread, some cheese and eat your leftovers.  We usually have some sort of leftover meat, we always have vegetables and cheese so we created french bread pizzas for dinner.  The kids love to create their own pizza so give them a hunk of bread to build with.

Our favorite combo is BBQ sauce, mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, and shredded chicken.  We tossed on some roasted chard and green onions which we had around.  This was a fast and wonderful way to eat up leftovers.  This BBQ chicken pizza is great with a little sour cream to dip it in, which is a personal favorite of mine.

French Bread Pizza

French Bread Pizza:

  • BBQ sauce or tomato sauce
  • Shredded cheese (mozzarella or cheddar)
  • Vegetables: sautéed or raw onions, greens, mushrooms, peppers
  • Any leftover meat: shredded rotisserie chicken, carnitas, sliced pork loin, sliced meatballs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, place pizzas on a cookie sheet.

Bake for about 10 minutes or until completely heated and cheese melted.

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