Category Archives: Cheese

Cheeseburger Sliders

My family is a huge fan of burgers, and burgers of any type. Everyone has their ‘go to’ burger and as I typically go the most extreme in terms of condiments and toppings, everyone else takes it pretty easy. One will do just cheese, the other just bacon, and the other, well, let’s just say she refuses to eat them. I’m fine with that. I really am. One of my favorites however is the simple cheeseburger slider. Maybe it was when I fell in love with them when my parents would travel to Indiana and stop by White Castles and grab a bag of sliders. Who knows. The cheeseburger slider, along with some nice pickles just makes everything better.

Cheeseburger Sliders

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • Package of King’s Hawaiian rolls, sliced
  • 1/2 pound of ground chuck, shaped into 2 ounce patties
  • salt, to taste
  • cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 3 slices of Cheddar or American cheese
  • pickles

Simple. Love it.

Start by forming your patties into 2 ounce portions, a bit larger than a golf ball. Be gentle with these as you do not want to overwork the meat. Season both sides with salt. To one side, make a thumbprint in the middle. Continue with the remaining ground chuck. This should make about 6 sliders.

Heat a large, cast iron skillet, or non-stick skillet on medium-high heat. Once heated, about 1 minute or so, add as many burgers as you can, being careful not to overcrowd the skillet.

Sear the patties on one side and do not touch them for a few minutes, just let them get nice and caramelized.

Once caramelized, flip each burger, and season with a bit of cracked black pepper. Cook for another minute, then add about 1/2 of a slice of cheddar or American cheese to the top of each patty.

Add about 2 tablespoons of water to the skillet, and cover. This process gets some awesome steam going and quickly melts the cheese.

Add each patty to a sliced, King’s Hawaiian roll, and top with a pickle, or serve pickles on the side.

You can add condiments if you want, but to me, the simplicity says it all when it comes to beef and cheese.

Enjoy! Are you all fans of cheeseburger sliders or do you just go all in and load them up with toppings and condiments?

Roast Beef and Giardiniera Mac n’ Cheese

I’m a huge fan of mac n’ cheese. You all should know that by now. I’ve made everything from a Cajun mac n’ cheese, a nacho style mac and cheese,  a mac and cheese loaded with bacon and jalapenos, a buffalo chicken mac and cheese, and even a mac cheese loaded with beer. You get the idea. I love me some mac and cheese. So it wasn’t too long ago where my colleague had mentioned when travelling he was eating at some restaurant and noticed they had a roast beef mac and cheese. I’ve never heard of such a thing, but thought it would be awesome in flavor, and that’s when I decided to make a roast beef and giardiniera mac and cheese.  Let’s just say it was awesome.

Roast Beef and Giardiniera Mac 'n Cheese

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound penne past, cooked under al dente
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz giardiniera, oil strained
  • 1/2 pound deli style roast beef, chopped
  • 1 tsp canola oil

Cook your pasta, drain, and set it to the side.

Start by adding a pot on medium heat. Add in the butter, and let it come to a bubble. During this time, heat a skillet on medium heat and add in the canola oil. Toss in the roast beef into the skillet, and cook until slightly crisp. This is for some texture.

Once the butter has come to a bubble, add in the flour, and begin stirring with a wooden spoon for a minute or two to cook out the flour flavor. Once lightly browned, slowly pour in the milk, and turn up the heat just slightly. Use a whisk to break up the cooked flour, then continue stirring with a wooden spoon.  The sauce will begin to thicken. That is the awesome part. As soon as it comes to a simmer and the sauce has thickened, reduce the heat, and slowly add in the cheese. Do this in batches until you have a nice creamy sauce.

Add in the slightly crispy roast beef, along with the giardiniera. Give it a good stir and pour into a casserole dish.

How to make Roast Beef and Giardiniera Mac and Cheese

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Place the casserole dish into the oven and cook, uncovered for 20 minutes, or until nice and bubbly.

The end result was total comfort food. It was everything you love in a mac and cheese but then loaded with the roast beef, and ever so spicy and vinegary giardiniera. My wife, who did not realize there was giardiniera stated she loved those vegetables and little did she know that it was giardiniera as she would never eat that on a sandwich. Win! Hope you enjoy!

Denver Omelette Cups

I love breakfast, don’t you? It’s one of the first things I ever taught myself to make back in middle school (if not earlier), and it was the eggs that I started to master.  I still lean towards making eggs when I make breakfast for myself or for my family. Weekends are the best time for me to teach my kids how to make things like sausage egg mcmuffins or homemade egg mcmuffins, but recently I was sitting on some awesome leftover Nueske’s ham steak, and some fresh green bell peppers from my garden. This is when the light went off, to come up with a new twist on the Denver omelette.  I decided to create little Denver omelette cups, very similar to what I did in the past when making my taco cups.

Denver Omelette Cups

These Denver omelette cups were so fun to make, and super delicious. Did I mention they were awesome the following morning?

Ingredients:

  • 6 whole eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 cup of thick cut, cooked ham, diced
  • 3/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • muffin tin

Crack the eggs in a large bowl. Add the salt and pepper to the eggs, and beat the eggs until they are slightly frothy.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Lightly butter about 8 of your muffin tins.

How to make Denver Omelette Cups

Ladle the eggs into 8 of the tins, about 90% to the top.

Add in the shallots, ham, and bell peppers into each of the cups. Gently stir each cup. Top each cup with shredded cheese.

Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until the eggs are set and the cheese is nice and melted.

Use a knife and run it along the outer edge of each cup and gently lift the Denver omelette cup out of the muffin tin.

Plate and serve.

These things were awesome. They were everything you could ever want in a Denver omelette but in great little bite size muffins. The great thing is that you can get as creative as you want with these which I am a big fan of. These were great as leftovers as well and perfect for a quick bite before heading out the door for work. Hope you enjoy!

 

Chimichanga Suiza

One of my wife’s favorite dishes is probably the chimichanga. I could be wrong about that, but she has never turned one down, and any Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurant we have ever been to, she almost always orders the chimichanga. I used to deep fry the chimichangas, but now I have recently started baking them. It’s a lot easier, and a lot less of a mess, and that it right up my alley. My kids have also been turned onto the chimichanga, and as they can be picky eaters (yes, still), these still make a great dinner because I can make a variety including just plain chicken, or chicken and cheese, or chicken, refried beans, and cheese. So a couple of weeks ago, I decided to create my own, and for whatever reason I could not shake enchiladas suizas out of my head, and so that is the direction I went, however simplifying the cheese sauce by using some leftover baby Swiss cheese. It was awesome to say the least.

Chimichanga Suiza

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large flour tortilla
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, shredded or cubed
  • 1/2 cup cooked refried beans
  • 2 tbsp diced green chilies
  • 3 slices of Swiss cheese
  • Hot sauce
  • Cooking spray or canola oil

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

How to make a chimichanga suiza

Heat a large flour tortilla in the microwave, or in a large skillet, only for a few seconds so that you can easily work with it.

Spread the refried beans onto the warm tortilla. Top with chicken,  and chilies. I added my fire roasted habanero salsa as well. Fold over both sides, then roll into a chimichanga.

Lightly spray with the cooking oil and place it onto a baking sheet.

Bake until a light, golden brown, roughly 15 minutes. Once golden, remove and place the Swiss cheese onto the chimichanga, covering the top. Return back to the oven and cook a few more minutes until the cheese is fully melted.

Chimichanga Suiza Recipe

Remove and dig in. I drizzle hot sauce on mine as I like some extra kick and serve it with some Mexican rice, sliced avocados, and a simple salad. Give this one a try. It’s really, really good, especially with that Swiss cheese. Hope you enjoy!