Italian Wedding Soup

It’s funny how some things come about. For example this recipe stemmed from a conversation I had with some of our neighbors. We got on the topic of food, as we pretty much always do, and we started talking about soup, as it is nearing soup season here in Wisconsin. I brought up the idea of Italian wedding soup, as obviously I was craving it, and later that day I was in the kitchen making it. I wanted a bit of a simple soup, but one that was hearty and that could be eaten over the course of a few days. This was exactly the soup that was not only comforting, but one that was really easy to make.

If you have never had Italian wedding soup, it is essentially a soup made with meatballs, and some sort of greens. In my case, I used a variety of greens as I wanted something healthy to balance out the marriage of the meatballs.

Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

If it is any indication, my wife fell in love with this soup and said it was the best she’s had, as she has tried a variety from other restaurants in town.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground chuck
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup Italian style breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 6 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 whole carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 rib of celery, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 heads of endive, torn
  • 2 whole broccoli leaves, chopped
  • 2 whole brussel sprout leaves, chopped
  • 15 oz can of garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • Additional parmesan cheese for serving

Start by adding your ground chuck to a mixing bowl. Toss in the egg, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, parsley, and egg. Mix with your hands incorporate all of the ingredients. Form into golf ball sized meatballs.

Next, heat a large skillet on medium-high heat. Take the meatballs, and sear on all sides, cooking until medium. Remove the meatballs, once cooked, and place them onto a paper towel lined plate.

To a soup pot, add the canola oil and let it come to temperature. Toss in the onions, carrots, celery, broccoli and brussel sprout leaves (if you are using) and garlic. Cook until the onion begins to soften, then add in the stock, garbanzo beans, endive, and the meatballs.

Ingredients for Italian Wedding Soup
Ingredients for Italian Wedding Soup

Cook this until the stock begins to boil, then reduce the heat and cook for about 20 minutes or so.

When you are ready to serve, ladle the greens, stock, and meatballs into your soup bowl. Garnish with more parmesan cheese, and dig in.

I don’t know what is best about this soup besides everything. The greens, at least in my opinion, are what shine in this Italian wedding soup. The balance out everything. It’s so savory, garlicky, and just down right comforting. If you are looking for a great soup, give this one a shot, plus it’s a great use of your broccoli and brussel sprout leaves if you are growing them in the garden. Hope you enjoy!

Italian Wedding Soup
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: American-Italian
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Serves: 10
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground chuck
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup Italian style breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 6 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 whole carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 rib of celery, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 heads of endive, torn
  • 2 whole broccoli leaves, chopped
  • 2 whole brussel sprout leaves, chopped
  • 15 oz can of garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • Additional parmesan cheese for serving
Instructions
  1. Start by adding your ground chuck to a mixing bowl. Toss in the egg, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, parsley, and egg. Mix with your hands incorporate all of the ingredients. Form into golf ball sized meatballs.
  2. Next, heat a large skillet on medium-high heat. Take the meatballs, and sear on all sides, cooking until medium. Remove the meatballs, once cooked, and place them onto a paper towel lined plate.
  3. To a soup pot, add the canola oil and let it come to temperature. Toss in the onions, carrots, celery, broccoli and brussel sprout leaves (if you are using) and garlic. Cook until the onion begins to soften, then add in the stock, garbanzo beans, endive, and the meatballs.
  4. Cook this until the stock begins to boil, then reduce the heat and cook for about 20 minutes or so.
  5. When you are ready to serve, ladle the greens, stock, and meatballs into your soup bowl. Garnish with more parmesan cheese, and dig in.

 

Ultimate Breakfast Burrito

The breakfast burrito. What is not to love about not only the burrito, but a breakfast burrito. To me, they are almost the ultimate breakfast food. Who knows where this was created, whether it be a Mexican idea, or the classic Tex-Mex idea, but wherever the burrito was created, it was a thing of genius. You can stuff a large flour tortilla with whatever you would like, but I think the combination I locked into place really works, plus it was a perfect use of some leftover frijoles charros (Mexican cowboy pinto beans) and Puerto Rican rice I had purchased a couple of days prior.

Ultimate Breakfast Burrito Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 whole jalapeno pepper, diced (remove seeds if you do not want the heat)
  • 1/4 cup shallot, chopped
  • 3 sausage links, cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 cup cooked Mexican chorizo
  • 1/2 potato, diced, and cooked until tender
  • 1/2 cup of Mexican pinto beans, cooked
  • 1/2 cup of Puerto Rican Rice
  • 3/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • hot sauce, to your liking
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 large flour tortilla, warmed
  • 1 sheet aluminum foil

Start by heating a large skillet on medium heat. Add the canola oil, and then throw in the shallots, jalapeno pepper, and green bell pepper. Give that a good toss, and cook until the onion begins to soften. Season with a small pinch of salt. Remove from the heat, and place into a bowl.

Wipe out the skillet, and then return to the heat, and add in the butter. Let the butter melt, then add in the beaten eggs. Quickly stir with a fork. Let cook on medium to low heat, stirring along the way until the egg is cooked to your liking.

Ingredients for making the ultimate breakfast burrito

 

Ok, now let’s get this thing rolled up.

Take your warmed tortilla and lay it out on your surface.

Add the cheese to the center, leaving an inch or so on both of the edges. Top the cheese with the egg. Add the vegetables, then top with the potatoes, chorizo, sausage, rice, and beans. Drizzle over the hot sauce, the get ready to fold.

Fold over the sides, then from the bottom, begin to roll up. Place this on a sheet of aluminum foil, then wrap the foil around the burrito.  Do you have to do this? Not really, but to me it is perfect for keeping it warm, especially if you are on your way to work, or want to eat it in the near future.

The Ultimate Breakfast Burrito

When you are ready to serve, unfold the foil, and dig in.

Talk about awesome flavor and textures. You get everything that is amazing in one bite. The spiciness from the chorizo is balanced by the sweetness for the sausage links, all snugged up by the melted cheese and tenderness of the scrambled eggs. I fell in love with this one, especially because you get that added kick by the jalapeno peppers and hot sauce. This was my brunch item, and yes, I ate every bit of it. IT WAS THAT GOOD. I hope you enjoy!

Question for you is what is your favorite breakfast burrito?

Ultimate Breakfast Burrito
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 2 whole eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 whole jalapeno pepper, diced (remove seeds if you do not want the heat)
  • ¼ cup shallot, chopped
  • 3 sausage links, cooked and chopped
  • ½ cup cooked Mexican chorizo
  • ½ potato, diced, and cooked until tender
  • ½ cup of Mexican pinto beans, cooked
  • ½ cup of Puerto Rican Rice
  • ¾ cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • hot sauce, to your liking
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp salt, to taste
  • ½ tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 large flour tortilla, warmed
  • 1 sheet aluminum foil
Instructions
  1. Start by heating a large skillet on medium heat. Add the canola oil, and then throw in the shallots, jalapeno pepper, and green bell pepper. Give that a good toss, and cook until the onion begins to soften. Season with a small pinch of salt. Remove from the heat, and place into a bowl.
  2. Wipe out the skillet, and then return to the heat, and add in the butter. Let the butter melt, then add in the beaten eggs. Quickly stir with a fork. Let cook on medium to low heat, stirring along the way until the egg is cooked to your liking.
  3. Ok, now let’s get this thing rolled up.
  4. Take your warmed tortilla and lay it out on your surface.
  5. Add the cheese to the center, leaving an inch or so on both of the edges. Top the cheese with the egg. Add the vegetables, then top with the potatoes, chorizo, sausage, rice, and beans. Drizzle over the hot sauce, the get ready to fold.
  6. Fold over the sides, then from the bottom, begin to roll up. Place this on a sheet of aluminum foil, then wrap the foil around the burrito. Do you have to do this? Not really, but to me it is perfect for keeping it warm, especially if you are on your way to work, or want to eat it in the near future.
  7. When you are ready to serve, unfold the foil, and dig in.

 

Roasted Whole Edamame

We recently got back from vacationing in California, visiting my sister-in-law and nieces. It was nice, to say the least, and as we did some hiking, beach time, etc, we decided to have the kids hang out the last night, while we went out for sushi. Finally, yes, finally that time has come where the kids can hang out and fend for themselves. My sister-in-law ordered an array of sushi, and it was pretty darn awesome, and one of the things we ordered was edamame.

I love edamame, and as I have eaten in the past with just the bean, the really great thing is to roast them whole, in the pod, and get in there with your fingers and pop them into your mouth, only to suck the beans out. Sexy to say the least.

Whole Roasted Edamame Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of frozen whole edamame
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp course salt

That’s it. So simple, but yet so flipping delicious.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

How to make roasted edamame

To a mixing bowl, add the edamame, olive oil, and salt. Give a good toss, then add to a sheet tray.

Add the sheet tray to the preheated oven, and cook for about 20 minute. The whole edamame should be nicely roasted.

Pour into a serving bowl, and let cool for a few minutes before digging in.

Eat these by picking one up, and sliding the beans out with your mouth. Something about these are so addicting. Maybe it’s that hit of salt, or the subtle texture of the bean itself.

If you are looking for a nutritious snack, give these at try. Hope you enjoy!

Tex-Mex Potato Skins

If you have been following my site for any time, you will know that my loaded potato skins are a big hit with many folks. It’s obvious in what user pin, and comment on. I mean who doesn’t love a great potato skin, right? I love them so much that they have their own category on my site, as well as their own website at http://www.bakedpotatoskins.com/ that’s how much I love them. Recently, I have been thinking of all of the great Tex-Mex I had while living in Dallas, Texas. There was a restaurant right down the street from my first job called Chuy’s. The place was dangerous. I say that because I probably ate there once a week, and the plates were loaded with great beans, rice, and things like enchiladas, burritos, and chimichangas. It was Tex-Mex heaven. With that said, I have been craving Tex-Mex food, and upon looking around my kitchen, I had some of the basic ingredients, but I was dying to use up the leftovers from the nacho night a couple of days ago. This is when the light sparked, and why I decided to come up with these Tex-Mex potato skins. They were heavenly.

Tex-Mex Potato Skins Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 2 russet potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups refried beans, cooked
  • 1/2 cup enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup ground chuck, cooked
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, cored, seeds removed, diced
  • 1/2 tomato, diced
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar jack cheese
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • sour cream, optional

Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. Poke the top of each potato with a fork and place on a baking sheet. Cook in the oven for 1 hour. Once cooked, remove from the baking sheet, and place on a plate to let cool for about 15 minutes.

Once your potatoes are cooled, use a sharp bread knife and you will cut lengthwise.  With a small spoon, being careful, scoop out about 70 percent of the potato, as you still want some potato in your boat.

To a skillet, add in the cooked ground beef, the enchilada sauce, and the onion. Cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat until the sauce comes to a slow boil and the onion softens.

How to make Tex-Mex Potato Skins

Next, melt your butter in the microwave. Get your broiler heated to high. Brush the butter on the inside and outside of each potato skin and place them back onto the baking sheet. Season the inside of each skin with salt and pepper.

Place them under the broiler for 8-10 minutes until the insides get a bit crispy from the melted butter. Remove, then fill each potato skin with a layer of refried beans. Top the beans with the meat mixture and then top each one with cheese.

Place these back into the oven, and cook until the cheese is nice and melted.

Remove, and top with the diced tomatoes, jalapeno, avocado, and cilantro. Top each with a dollop of sour cream, and then go to town.

Now did these Tex-Mex potato skins satisfy my craving for Tex-Mex food? Absolutely. They were awesome, and what’s not to love when you get everything you love in a couple of bites! Not only that, but I was able to use my leftovers, which I am a total fan of transforming those into something playful.

Tex-Mex Potato Skins Recipe

If you ever get that craving like I did, give these a shot and let me know what you think. Did I mention these are totally worth making for any game day event?

Tex-Mex Potato Skins
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Recipe type: Appetizers
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 russet potatoes
  • 1½ cups refried beans, cooked
  • ½ cup enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup ground chuck, cooked
  • ½ small onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, cored, seeds removed, diced
  • ½ tomato, diced
  • ½ avocado, diced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar jack cheese
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • sour cream, optional
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. Poke the top of each potato with a fork and place on a baking sheet. Cook in the oven for 1 hour. Once cooked, remove from the baking sheet, and place on a plate to let cool for about 15 minutes.
  2. Once your potatoes are cooled, use a sharp bread knife and you will cut lengthwise. With a small spoon, being careful, scoop out about 70 percent of the potato, as you still want some potato in your boat.
  3. To a skillet, add in the cooked ground beef, the enchilada sauce, and the onion. Cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat until the sauce comes to a slow boil and the onion softens.
  4. Next, melt your butter in the microwave. Get your broiler heated to high. Brush the butter on the inside and outside of each potato skin and place them back onto the baking sheet. Season the inside of each skin with salt and pepper.
  5. Place them under the broiler for 8-10 minutes until the insides get a bit crispy from the melted butter. Remove, then fill each potato skin with a layer of refried beans. Top the beans with the meat mixture and then top each one with cheese.
  6. Place these back into the oven, and cook until the cheese is nice and melted.
  7. Remove, and top with the diced tomatoes, jalapeno, avocado, and cilantro. Top each with a dollop of sour cream, and then go to town.