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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!

 

Smoked Eggs

Lately a friend of mine posted a picture on Facebook of his daily cooking. Within his smoker he had a pork roll, sausages, and eggs. Eggs! I never, ever thought of smoking eggs before and I was totally intrigued. I immediately prompted him on Facebook, and sure enough (as he is also into cooking) he swore by these and said they were incredible.  Now I normally do not bust out the smoker on a weekday, but I decided to try these smoked eggs later that week.

Smoked Eggs

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • Eggs, as many as you want to smoke
  • Cherry wood, soaked in water for at least 2 hours
  • Smoker

How easy is that?

Heat your coals and get your smoker ready.  Once the coals are ready, add the cherry wood, or your favorite wood for that matter. Lay the eggs on the grill grate and cover.

How to smoke eggs

You will want to smoke the eggs for about 2 hours at 230 degrees, or so. Once the eggs are smoked, remove them from the smoker, and let them cool.

There are a few crazy thing about these eggs. One, they are totally gorgeous from the smoke; two they actually shrink in size. It’s almost as though when you buy a bag of chips and you open them and you only see about 50% of the bag filled. The shell is not that easy to peel, but it comes off just fine, and then you get that great smoke ring as you normally would.

The texture is a bit different than a normal hard boiled egg. It’s firmer, and when biting into it, it almost reminded me of a over cooked scallop with bacon notes. These smoked eggs are definitely worth trying, and both of my coworkers agreed. I have another recipe coming up in the upcoming weeks with another twist. If you are looking for something different to try when smoking, then add a few eggs. Thanks to my buddy for the inspiration.

Old Bay Chicken Wings

It’s finally football season, and with that said there is always a discussion on Saturday afternoon, if not sooner, as to what we are going to eat while watching the football game(s).  Default items are always things like chili, or nachos, but if I event mention chicken wings around my oldest son, well I have to make them. As much as a picky eater as he is, I’ve always been surprised that he likes chicken wings, you know because he eats the chicken down to the bone. But I’m also extremely happy as he is going out and trying new things.  If you have been following me for some time, you know that I go out and experiment with an array of chicken wings.  My oldest is not a sauced wing kind of kid,  so I have been tinkering with dried spices. We all devoured my recent creation of the baked garlic and parmesan chicken wings, so I figured I would go out on a limb and try making old bay chicken wings.  They were a total hit.

Old Bay Chicken Wings

Let’s get started.

  • 2 lbs of chicken wings, drumette and wing separated
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 tbsp Old Bay seasoning
  • celery sticks, optional

I like to keep the wing tips in tact when cutting the chicken wings, but you do whatever you feel is best.

Place the wings in a sealable bag and add the soy sauce and garlic powder. Seal the bag, and move the wings around to get the wet and dry ingredients incorporated. Place in the refrigerator to marinate for a couple of hours.

When you are ready to make the wings, preheat your oven to 325 degrees. You can fry these in oil if you desire. I have been into baking them lately, but you do what you want to do.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the wings. Bake for about 1 hour, or until they are golden and crispy. I like my wings a bit on the dry side, over cooked if you will, but you cook them to your desired doneness.

How to make Old Bay Chicken Wings

Once cooked, add them to a large mixing bowl.

Pour on the melted butter, then add the Old Bay seasoning and give it a good toss, making sure the wings are nicely coated with the seasoning.

Dig in.

These are divine. If you have never had Old Bay seasoning, it’s a must try. I typically use the seasoning on shrimp or crab boils, but it works really well with these chicken wings.  Hope you enjoy!

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

My wife came home from work the other day, and I always pose the question, ‘what did you eat for lunch today?’. Often times she brings in my leftovers from the previous day, however I know that she is not one that favors the whole idea of leftovers, unlike myself who can manage to eat leftovers the following day for lunch, and heck for dinner for that matter, and repeat.  When she had mentioned she had chicken pot pie soup, I was a bit intrigued. For one, I have never thought of combining those ingredients into a soup, but I sure do love chicken pot pie, and turkey pot pie for that matter.  Chicken pot pie just screams comfort food to me, and as she said her cafeteria’s version was really horrible, I decided to up the ante and give her my take on chicken pot pie soup. Trust me, she loved it, and so did I.

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 whole leek, thinly sliced, washed
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 3 ribs of celery, diced
  • 1 whole onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 ear of corn
  • 3 medium sized yukon gold potatoes, diced
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 1 pint half and half
  • 4 cups of chicken stock
  • 5 sprigs of thyme
  • 3 sage leaves
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Additional salt and pepper to taste

I know, it sounds like a lot, and it is, but this will feed a very hungry family, for a few days, and it goes great during these early, cold fall days we have been having in Wisconsin.

Start by heating your oven to 425 degrees. Add the chicken to a baking tray, and season liberally with salt and pepper.  Roast the chicken until it registers 165 degrees, then remove and let it cool.

During this time, prepare all of your ingredients.

To a large stock pot, melt the butter on medium heat. Add the olive oil, then toss in your leek, carrot, celery, garlic, and onion. Give a good stir, and cook for about 5 minutes. Add in the flour, and give another good stir, making sure to get all of the vegetables coated in the flour. Cook for a few minutes, then add in the half and half. Cook for about 5-7 minutes or until the mixture begins to thicken. I love this process.

During this time, remove the crispy skin from the chicken pieces and nibble on them if you want. Otherwise, call your kids into the kitchen and have them snack on it.

Remove the chicken from the bone, and coarsely  chop into bite sized pieces.

Add in the chicken, and  the corn cob that you removed the corn from.  Add in the potatoes as well.

How to make chicken pot pie soup

Next add in the chicken stock, give a good stir and season with a pinch or two of salt and cracked black pepper.  Stir, and bring to a simmer.

Once the potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes or so, add in the fresh herbs, making sure you tie them together. This is referred to as a bouquet garni.  Toss in the corn and peas as well. Reduce the heat to low.

During this time, cut your puff pastry into circles, as many as you desire, and lightly brush with egg wash. Cook according to the directions.

Once the puff pastry is cooked, remove from the oven and set aside.

Now the fun part, to eat.

Remove the bouqet garni from the soup, along with the corn cob, and discard.

Taste, and season with any salt and pepper.

Ladle the chicken pot pie soup into your soup bowl, and top each bowl with the puff pastry.

This chicken pot pie soup is flipping awesome. It’s everything you want in a bite of food, and is thinner in consistency, making this soup something to be reckoned with. AND DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE PUFF PASTRY TOPPING! I could probably eat a whole sheet of those.

Give this recipe a shot if you are looking for some truly comforting soup. Hope you enjoy! By the way, if you don’t have puff pastry, go ahead and top with some cooked pie dough or something other.