Month: January 2014

Pimento Style Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Pimento Style Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Let me start by saying this is a variation of pimento cheese, but substituting pimentos for green olives without pimentos. Trust me, I love homemade pimento cheese, and I love everything about it. It is so simple to make and just packs in a ton…

Linguine with Cauliflower and Green Olives

Linguine with Cauliflower and Green Olives

My wife and I were discussing the other day about how much we love cauliflower. I don’t think I could stand the stuff when growing up, but quickly fell in love with it later in life, especially roasted with a bit of garlic.  Then when…

Fried Eggs Inside an Onion Ring

Fried Eggs Inside an Onion Ring

Well, it’s official, I’m one year older. Not that it’s a big deal or anything, but whoa does time fly. My lovely and awesome wife decided to have a few things up her sleeve this past weekend to make me feel extra special, and it was just fun and relaxing. Our original plans got cancelled due to my laziness and well, crappy Wisconsin weather, so instead of going downtown and dining at La Merenda, we decided to stay local and try out a chain restaurant (yes, I said chain) called Flemming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar. I would have been happy ordering a pizza, but she wanted to do something special, and I’m glad she nudged me out of my laziness. I won’t go into details, but Flemming’s was pretty awesome. I ordered some steak, due to the restaurant being a steakhouse and all, as well as some onion rings. The onion rings were huge, and we were forced to bring them home as we definitely could not finish them.  As I stared at the take home box one morning, I decided I would use them in a way that I never thought of using them, and eating them for breakfast.

Fried Egg in an Onion Ring

As I have done some fun things with eggs being a center piece in the past, I figured I could do no wrong with utilizing a leftover onion ring for breakfast, and boy was I ever right.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 thick cut onion ring
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp unsalted butter
  • salt, to taste
  • cracked black pepper, to taste

Simple ingredients, right?

If you are using a leftover onion ring, place it onto a baking sheet into a preheated 350 degree oven for about 7 minutes to re-crisp the onion ring.

When the onion ring is nice and crispy, remove it from the oven, and set it aside.

How to make a fried egg inside of an onion ring

Heat a non-stick skillet on medium heat. Add the oil, and the butter, and give that a nice swirl. Once the oil and butter are heated through, add the onion ring to the center of the skillet.

Crack the egg, and carefully pour the egg inside of the onion ring.

Cook the egg for about  four minutes, then cover, and remove from the heat. Cook an additional 2 minutes or so, until the egg white has stiffened. Uncover and season with salt and pepper.

Slide the egg onto your serving plate, and slice into it.

Fried Egg inside of an Onion Ring

The end result was nothing short of amazing. In fact, as I sliced through the first bite, I kind of giggled about how awesome this thing was. It has the great texture from the crunch of the exterior of the onion ring, a sweetness from the onion, and the perfect dressing from the yolk. I impressed myself to say the least.

So if you have any leftover onion rings, give this one a shot. Personally, I loved it. Hope you enjoy…

Fried Eggs Inside an Onion Ring
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 thick cut onion ring
  • 1 whole egg
  • ½ tsp oil
  • ½ tsp unsalted butter
  • salt, to taste
  • cracked black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. If you are using a leftover onion ring, place it onto a baking sheet into a preheated 350 degree oven for about 7 minutes to re-crisp the onion ring.
  2. When the onion ring is nice and crispy, remove it from the oven, and set it aside.
  3. How to make a fried egg inside of an onion ring
  4. Heat a non-stick skillet on medium heat. Add the oil, and the butter, and give that a nice swirl. Once the oil and butter are heated through, add the onion ring to the center of the skillet.
  5. Crack the egg, and carefully pour the egg inside of the onion ring.
  6. Cook the egg for about four minutes, then cover, and remove from the heat. Cook an additional 2 minutes or so, until the egg white has stiffened. Uncover and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Slide the egg onto your serving plate, and slice into it.
  8. Fried Egg inside of an Onion Ring
  9. The end result was nothing short of amazing. In fact, as I sliced through the first bite, I kind of giggled about how awesome this thing was. It has the great texture from the crunch of the exterior of the onion ring, a sweetness from the onion, and the perfect dressing from the yolk. I impressed myself to say the least.

 

Mexican Chalupa

Mexican Chalupa

When someone mentions chalupa, some of you might immediately direct your attention to what Taco Bell defined as their chalupa. I’ll admit, I have never tried a Taco Bell chalupa, for a variety of reasons, but the chalupa has always intrigued me. Sure, at the…

Superbowl Recipe Ideas for 2014

Superbowl Recipe Ideas for 2014

Often times I think it feels like a Superbowl party in my house every weekend as I am typically concocting some sort of comfort food to watch during a movie, or sports game on T.V. It was brought to my attention that an image full…

Moroccan Style Beef with Hummus

Moroccan Style Beef with Hummus

My wife and I were on hummus kick not too long ago. I was making a batch at least once a week, and we were eating it as a side dish for lunch, dinner, and snack. The thing I love about hummus is that not only is it good for you (in small amounts), but it is a quick go to dip for vegetables, pita, and even a spread on a sandwich. So that got me thinking. Why not extend hummus and make it part of the main entree, and in my case a moroccan style beef that was loaded with awesome, earthy spices, and could be swiped up with some pita. It was awesome, and the moroccan style beef gave me all sorts of ideas, such as making a shepherds pie out of it.

Moroccan Style Ground Beef with Hummus

Let’s get started.

Ingredients for the Hummus:

  • 16 oz can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • water
  • 1 cup tahini paste
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 6 tbsp cold water
  • salt, to taste

Ingredients for the Moroccan Style Ground Beef:

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground sirloin
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp Moroccan spice blend (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp all spice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 large shallot, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1 medium-sized carrot, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup of frozen peas
  • 3/4 cup of beef stock
  • Mixed olive medley (optional)
  • Whole wheat pita, optional

Start by making your hummus.

To a small pot, add the cannellini beans (yes, go ahead with chickpeas if you desire (I bought the wrong can)), top with water, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook for about 5 minutes.  Drain the beans.

To a food processor, add the beans, the lemon juice, tahini paste, and garlic. Season with a generous pinch of salt. Process the mixture until you have a smooth paste, then drizzle in the cold water. Pulse, taste, and season with any additional salt. Remove and place in a covered bowl in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.

Moroccan Style Ground Beef with Hummus

Now let’s get started on the Moroccan style ground beef.

To a large skillet, on medium heat, add the ground sirloin. Toss in all of the spices, and give it a good mix. Once the ground sirloin is fully cooked, drain and return it back to the stove, on medium heat. Toss in all of the vegetables, garlic, etc. Give a good stir, then add the beef stock. Stir, cover, and reduce the heat to low. Cook for about ten minutes, and let the stock reduce.

Now you are ready to serve. Warm the pita bread.

Spread a nice amount of hummus onto your serving dish. Top with a generous amount of the Moroccan style ground beef, and place a few olives on the dish, along with the warm pita.  Take some pita and pick up the ground beef and hummus together. Fall in love.

The flavors and combination of the two, along with intervals of the briny olives, make this a super filling and comforting dish. I hope you enjoy.

 

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