Month: December 2013

Cauliflower and Olive Pizza

Cauliflower and Olive Pizza

One of my colleagues recently returned from New York City where he had planned out an eating tour while being out there. One of the places he had on his list was Jim Lahey’s Sullivan Street Bakery. When he returned to the office, he told…

Flagship Pineapple Corer and Slicer – Product Review

Flagship Pineapple Corer and Slicer – Product Review

I was thinking lately that I really never have participated in product reviews, and well, I think it is time to give my thoughts on various items that I use on a regular basis, and really determine if they are worthy of a review. Much…

Seasoned Popcorn

Seasoned Popcorn

One of my first things I was able to make, by myself, in the kitchen while growing up was stove top popcorn. I ‘owned’ as my kids might say today, making stove top popcorn. I was able to be unsupervised around a large hot pot, while heating oil, and mastering the constant shaking of the pot until all of the kernels were popped and awaiting melted butter with salt. To this day I am making stove top popcorn, probably once a week, while at the same time handing the torch down to my oldest, who is as excited as I remember to making the popcorn.

While we are true fans of the salted, buttery stove top popcorn, I thought I would do something a bit different with it, and make it for a holiday get together. This is my take on an adult, and kid friendly (as I made a second batch the following day and my pickiest of the bunch devoured it) batch of seasoned popcorn that has a great mixture of seasonings incorporated into the cooking process.

Seasoned Popcorn

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite popcorn kernels
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 1 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp hot paprika
  • 1/4 cup unsalted, melted butter, to taste

Start by getting a large pot onto the stove, and bring it to a medium heat. Add in the oil and two tablespoons of butter, and let it melt. After a few minutes, add in a few kernels of corn. Cover with a lid, give a gentle shake, then once they pop, add in the remaining kernels. Cover, and begin shaking the pot, back and forth. This will be your job until the popcorn is done popping. Midway through popping add in the marjoram, paprika, and salt. Cover and begin shaking, and shaking to finish popping.

How to make seasoned popcorn

Once the popcorn pops, dump the corn into a large bowl. Add in the melted butter, a pinch of salt, then give it a good toss. Taste, and season with more butter or salt if you prefer.

The end result is a popcorn that is perfectly spiced. It has some spice from the hot paprika, and a light oregano flavor, that even my pickiest of eaters was scraping the popcorn into the seasoning. The cool thing about seasoned popcorn is that you can come up with a variety of flavors, including a garlic, onion, and lemon pepper that I also made, and well… devoured.

Seasoned Popcorn
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Recipe type: Snack
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ cup of your favorite popcorn kernels
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 1 tsp dried marjoram
  • ½ tsp hot paprika
  • ¼ cup unsalted, melted butter, to taste
Instructions
  1. Start by getting a large pot onto the stove, and bring it to a medium heat. Add in the oil and two tablespoons of butter, and let it melt. After a few minutes, add in a few kernels of corn. Cover with a lid, give a gentle shake, then once they pop, add in the remaining kernels. Cover, and begin shaking the pot, back and forth. This will be your job until the popcorn is done popping. Midway through popping add in the marjoram, paprika, and salt. Cover and begin shaking, and shaking to finish popping.
  2. Once the popcorn pops, dump the corn into a large bowl. Add in the melted butter, a pinch of salt, then give it a good toss. Taste, and season with more butter or salt if you prefer.

 

Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

Who doesn’t love cookies, and who doesn’t love cookies that you do not have to bake, right? If that is the case, these are the cookies you might be looking for. I grew up with these and recall my Dad making them for us. They…

Thankful

Thankful

It’s that time of year again where everyone is getting into that frantic state of mind and doing all of their last minute shopping. I know that for a fact as I was out yesterday and it seemed as everyone was in some sort of…

Pizza Style Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Pizza Style Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I could go back and forth on the answer to the question ‘If you were stranded on a dessert island, what one food would you chose to eat every day?’. My answer is pretty much even, and that would probably be pizza or tacos. I am torn on both because both the taco, the shell for that matter, and pizza, the dough, for that matter, are great vehicles for endless possibilities and creations. Pizza is one of those things that I could probably eat every day. I love pizza. I mean, come on, the mozzarella cheese, and spicy pepperoni, or heck even a simple mushroom pizza, and I’m golden. It was not long ago when I had pizza on my mind, but I did not have any homemade dough on hand, nor did I have the time to make any, nor did I have any frozen slices. I did however, have all of the ingredients, and some homemade bread on hand, to make what I am calling the pizza style grilled cheese sandwich.

Pizza Style Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This pizza style grilled cheese sandwich has every everything you love in a pizza, but all tucked away and nestled into a sandwich. What doesn’t get better than that, right? The great thing about this style of grilled cheese sandwich, is that you can put whatever you want into it, much like you would if creating your own pizza.

Let’s get started.

  • 2 slices of quality bread, about 1″ thickness
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 baby portabella mushrooms, sliced
  • Pepperoni slices
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup marinara sauce, warmed
  • 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese, shredded

Start by adding the mushrooms, pepperoni, and onion to a small, non-stick skillet and bring to a medium heat. Cook for about 8 minutes or so to render some of the fat from the pepperoni. Add the mixture to a paper towel lined plate, then place the mixture into a small bowl.

Pizza Style Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Wipe out the skillet, and return to the stove. Butter each slice of the bread as you normally would when making a grilled cheese. Add one slice, butter side down into the skillet, and bring to a medium-low heat. Spread half of the warmed marinara sauce onto the bread, then top with the pepperoni mixture, then top with the mozzarella cheese. Drizzle the remaining sauce on top of the cheese, then add the remaining slice of bread, butter side up. Cook slowly, allowing for the cheese to fully melt, then flip, and continue cooking until you have a nice and crispy exterior, with a hot and cheesy interior.

Plate and serve.

Pizza Style Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This pizza style grilled cheese was hard to put down. It’s everything you want in a slice of pizza, as well as a grilled cheese. As soon as I finished it, I began thinking of what style of grilled cheese to make next. This one was a real winner. What are your thoughts? Pizza style grilled cheese right up your alley?

Pizza Style Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Author: 
Recipe type: Sandwiches
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 2 slices of quality bread, about 1" thickness
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 baby portabella mushrooms, sliced
  • Pepperoni slices
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • ¼ cup marinara sauce, warmed
  • ½ cup of mozzarella cheese, shredded
Instructions
  1. Start by adding the mushrooms, pepperoni, and onion to a small, non-stick skillet and bring to a medium heat. Cook for about 8 minutes or so to render some of the fat from the pepperoni. Add the mixture to a paper towel lined plate, then place the mixture into a small bowl.
  2. Wipe out the skillet, and return to the stove. Butter each slice of the bread as you normally would when making a grilled cheese. Add one slice, butter side down into the skillet, and bring to a medium-low heat. Spread half of the warmed marinara sauce onto the bread, then top with the pepperoni mixture, then top with the mozzarella cheese. Drizzle the remaining sauce on top of the cheese, then add the remaining slice of bread, butter side up. Cook slowly, allowing for the cheese to fully melt, then flip, and continue cooking until you have a nice and crispy exterior, with a hot and cheesy interior.
  3. Plate and serve.