Dehydrated Pineapple

Not too long ago I was fortunate enough to get a gift of a dehydrator. I know, it sounds lame, but it is something that I have wanted for a very long time but never really pulled the trigger on the purchase. I was lucky enough, however, to have a wife that is either a really great listener, or one who wanted some beef jerky for that matter. Who knows. Whatever the case, I’m in heaven, and I have been looking at dehydrating everything from beef to vegetables, to fruit.

The latest was dehydrated pineapple and it was based on an idea from one of my colleagues. This stuff was awesome and my wife and daughter fell in love with this. Packed full of flavor and nutrients, what’s not to love.

Dehydrated Pineapple Recipe
Dehydrated Pineapple Recipe

Let’s get started.

  • 1 pineapple, skinned, cored, and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • Food dehydrator

I know… complicated, right?

I have a four tier dehydrator, but use however much pineapple, keeping about a 1 inch distance between each piece on each rack.

Turn on your dehydrator, and let that baby on for about 14 hours. Yep, about 14. Check the pineapple about 10 hours in to be on safe measure. Just be careful not to over dry this stuff. My family loved it with just a little bit of give in the texture.

Once you are comfortable with the texture and time, refrigerate them in a sealed tight jar, or vacuum seal them for future storage.

These things are like candy, but yield a nutritious bite, and if my kids are down with that, I’m down. Give these a try if you are looking for different ideas for dehydrating food. Hope you enjoy!

Egg in a Bagel

A handful of years ago I came up with a recipe known as ‘spicy egg in the basket with sausage‘. It was essentially a pretty awesome breakfast recipe where a piece of bread was cut out and topped with an egg and some cooked breakfast sausage. After thinking about it, I could probably eat that every morning. IT WAS THAT GOOD. This time was a bit different though. As I watch my wife eat her daily, morning bagel (Yes, she eats a bagel every single morning), something lit up, and it came to me to come up with this recipe. The egg in a bagel. As much as my wife loves her morning bagel, I’m a total sucker for making a McMuffin for breakfast. That’s my morning jam and I could probably eat something along those lines every day to get my morning going. This egg in a bagel was no different, but a nice little spin on a mcmuffin.

Egg in a Bagel Recipe
Egg in a Bagel Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 plain bagel (or use your favorite style)
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 slice of American cheese
  • 1 slice of deli ham
  • salt, to taste
  • cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 ring cutter, or serrated knife

Start by cutting out the center of your bagel. I use my handy, dandy ring cutter, about 2 inches in diameter, something wide enough to house the egg and get an even cook on it.

Do the same with with the cutter, or knife on the American cheese and ham.

Next, heat your skillet on medium heat, and add in the butter. Lay the bottom bagel down onto the melted butter, crack the egg into the hole, the top with the cheese, and ham. Top with the top side of the bagel.

Egg in a Bagel Recipe
Egg in a Bagel Recipe

Season the top of the egg with a pinch of salt and cracked pepper, then top with the lid, steaming the egg a bit so that it cooks through to your desired doneness.

Once the egg is cooked through, plate and serve.

Egg in a Bagel Recipe
Egg in a Bagel Recipe

Not only is this thing a joy to look at, it’s a thing of beauty to eat. That American cheese is crispy on the edges, along with the ham, creamy on the inside, the bagel lightly toasted from the butter, and the egg is perfectly cooked and creamy making this breakfast sandwich one to step up to any contender.

If you are looking for something fun to make, something pretty to look at, and more importantly something super delicious then give this one a try. Hope you enjoy and everyone have a great New Year!

Mixed Bowl Ramen

I’ll admit it. I love ramen. The cheap bag of ramen that is pretty much in most everyone’s cupboard, office desk, or for me right now, on my desk. That great bag of Maruchan ramen, the one that costs less than fifty cents is good in itself and is a quick fix to feed the belly, but when you jazz it up a bit, well that ramen just gets so much better. So on a recent work from home day, I decided that I would make a bowl of ramen for brunch. The weird thing about working from home is that my routine gets jacked up. I start working much earlier, forget to eat breakfast, or lunch for that matter, and work much later. So this ramen did the trick during my ten o’clock lunch break.

Mixed Ramen Bowl Recipe
Mixed Ramen Bowl Recipe

This jazzed up ramen is so good and so easy to make that it will having you rethink that standard bag of ramen. A total upgrade in my opinion.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of Maruchan ramen (I used beef)
  • 1/2 package of ramen flavoring packet
  • 1 slice of American cheese
  • 1/2 jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tbsp Furikake seasoning
  • 1/2 tbsp Frank’s RedHot sauce
  • 1 egg, 6 minute cook
  • water

Start by cooking your egg. Bring a small pot of water on medium-high heat. Add the egg, bring to a boil, then remove from the heat. Keep the egg in the pot for 6 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl of cold water.

Next, follow the instructions on your ramen package, and bring the noodles to a bowl. Add in half of the package of seasoning, and cook until the noodles are al dente. During this time, assemble your ramen bowl.

Mixed Ramen Bowl Ingredients
Mixed Ramen Bowl Ingredients

To the bottom of your bowl, add in the slice of American cheese, the furikake seasoning, and the RedHot. Pour in the noodles, and seasoned water, add the sliced jalapenos, and after peeling your egg, slice it in half and add to the top of the ramen.

Give the bottom a gentle mix and stir, and get your slurp on. The end result is this creamy, spicy, and punch of that awesome Japanese furikake seasoning, and that egg is just perfect on the cook time. Talk about an awesome brunch, that made my day just a little better. If you are looking to jazz up a standard bowl of ramen, give this one a shot, it’s well worth it. Hope you enjoy!

 

Steak and Potato Hash Sandwich

It was only last week when I had a few things on my mind that I wanted to make for the weekend. One of them was carne asada tacos, or carne asada fries, and the other was crispy potatoes for breakfast. Simple stuff, I know. As I had these great ideas of marinating the beef in tons of garlic and some lime juice, I will admit that time just got a away from me to some degree. As I was the first one up on Sunday morning, I decided to get my potatoes simmering on the stove. I will also admit that I promised my daughter that we would make French toast in the morning, and whenever that happens, she knows right away that she would wake up early and get started cooking with me. That was just the case. Moments after I woke up, she was right there, blurry eyed and all, asking if I was ready to make the French toast. That’s when I looked again at my potatoes and knew that I would have to get to them later.

So about an hour later, after feeding four other hungry eaters, it was then my time to focus back on the potatoes. Obviously these were done and fork tender, but now it was around 10:00 a.m. and now I was having to take my daughter to Sunday school. This seems to happen quite a bit. Feed everyone, and then there is me. Oh well. So when I returned, that is when I saw the flank steak. Right then I knew I was going to make a steak and potato hash and indulge myself. Did I mention I love hash? That’s when I decided I would not only make this awesome hash, but I would use the small loaf of bread and make it into one of the better brunch sandwiches I have made in quite some time.

Steak and Potato Hash Sandwich Recipe
Steak and Potato Hash Sandwich Recipe

This is not only a simple hash to make, but it is loaded with tons of flavor and is perfect in or out of a sandwich.

Let’s get started.

  • 6 medium sized Yukon potatoes, cut into cubes
  • 1 lb flank steak, cooked until medium-rare
  • 1 medium sized onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp salt, additional to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 egg cooked sunny side up (or to your liking)
  • 1 bolillo bread, sliced and toasted
  • 4 slices of swiss cheese
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 serrano chili, sliced (optional)

Start by boiling your potatoes, and cook until just slightly under fork tender. During this time, season both sides of the beef with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Set aside, and let it come to room temperature.

Once the potatoes are about tender, strain and set them to the side. If you have a large cast iron pan (I think cast iron is best for making hash) use it. Bring your pan to medium high heat. Add in 1 tablespoon of the canola oil and swirl it in the pan. Lay in the beef and get a good sear on both sides, roughly 6 minutes per side. Once you have a great sear on both sides, remove the steak and let it rest on a cutting board.

Steak and Potato Hash Sandwich Ingredients
Steak and Potato Hash Sandwich Ingredients

Now add the remaining oil and butter into the same skillet. Add in your potatoes, and onions, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring along the way. Season with some more salt and pepper. During this time, slice your steak, against the grain. When the potatoes get that awesome caramelization, add in the steak, stir, and give it a taste. If it needs more salt, add a bit more to your liking.

Remove the hash from the heat and set to the side to begin making your sandwich.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lather both sides of your sliced bread with dijon mustard, then fit the Swiss cheese slices on both sides. Place into the preheated oven until the cheese is nice and melted. Once melted, remove from the oven and add the sliced chili peppers on the bottom layer.

During this time, cook your egg to your liking. I like mine over easy, or sunny side up.

Now it is time to build the sandwich.

Take the bottom piece of your bread and generously layer on the steak and potato hash. Did I mention how hungry I was at this time? Add the egg onto the top, then add the top layer of the bread.

Give a gentle press to add your built in egg dressing and dig in. This sandwich explodes in flavor. Just when you think you are getting a hash on a sandwich, you immediately get that great tanginess from the mustard, then the flavor from the Swiss, and then the hint of chili, along with the super tender steak and crispy potatoes! THIS SANDWICH WAS AMAZING AND IS ONE TO NOT BE RECKONED WITH. If you are looking for a great brunch sandwich, or hash at that, give this one a try. It’s a winner. Hope you enjoy!