Garlic Dill Spiced Pickles

Let’s face it, it’s pickle season. Everywhere I turn it seems as though a jar of pickles are out, whether for snacking on, or as a side companion to a grilled burger, or better yet a bloody mary. For the last few weeks I have been making quick pickles, and I typically snack on one when I get home from work. The thing I love about making these quick pickles is that you can really make them however you want, and this past batch was really one inspired by a quick trip to my local farmer’s market. Kirby pickles were everywhere, and they caught my attention. I picked up a batch, along with some banana peppers, dill, and garlic, and hence where this pickle recipe came from.

Garlic Dill Spiced Pickles
Garlic Dill Spiced Pickles

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 kirby pickles, sliced in half, lengthwise
  • 1 whole banana pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 1 cup of fresh dill, roughly chopped
  • 3 cups of vinegar
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tsp salt

Start by adding the vinegar, sugar, salt, and water to a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then remove from the stove, and let the pickling liquid cool. As it cools, toss in the dill, garlic, and banana peppers.

To a large mason jar, add in the halved kirby pickles. pour in all of the pickling mixture to cover the pickles, and cover with the lid.

Garlic Dill Pickles
Garlic Dill Pickles

Let these sit for a couple of days to let all of the flavors meld, then dig into them as you would any other pickle. These things are great. You get a bit of the dill, the garlic, and a subtle heat from the peppers. A perfect use farmers market ingredients, and a super simple recipe to boot. Hope you enjoy!

Garlic Dill Spiced Pickles
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 6-8 kirby pickles, sliced in half, lengthwise
  • 1 whole banana pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 1 cup of fresh dill, roughly chopped
  • 3 cups of vinegar
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Start by adding the vinegar, sugar, salt, and water to a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then remove from the stove, and let the pickling liquid cool. As it cools, toss in the dill, garlic, and banana peppers.
  2. To a large mason jar, add in the halved kirby pickles. pour in all of the pickling mixture to cover the pickles, and cover with the lid.
  3. Let these sit for a couple of days to let all of the flavors meld, then dig into them as you would any other pickle.

 

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Zucchini Baba Ghanoush

I don’t know if I have stated this before, but this is probably my favorite time of year. I say this only for the fact that I am able to walk out into my backyard and pick a variety of vegetables, and fruit, only to be served fresh that day. Right now my tomatoes are doing so well (and they are really, really good), and I am up to my ears with zucchini. No lie. I’ve used probably about four of them already, and have six of them on my counter. I’ve been doing everything from a simple saute, to this creation, the zucchini baba ghanoush.

Zucchini Baba Ghanoush Recipe
Zucchini Baba Ghanoush Recipe

If you have never had baba ghanoush, well I think it is a must try. My wife and I love it and not only is it healthy for you, but it also makes for a great snack, or even smear onto a sandwich. With that said, I figured I would try the same approach as I would with an eggplant, but using a zucchini and see how it would turn out. The result was nothing short of amazing.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large green zucchini, skin on
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 tbsp tahini paste
  • 1 tsp salt, to taste
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil

Start by heating your grill. If you have charcoal, go with that direction as the smokiness infuses into the zucchini.

Turn the zucchini about every 15 minutes, and cook over direct heat until the skin is completely charred.

How to make Zucchini Baba Ghanoush
How to make Zucchini Baba Ghanoush

Once the zucchini is completely charred, and softened, remove it onto a plate and let it cool. Once it cools, carefully remove the outer skin.

Using a fork, gently mash the zucchini to remove any excess water. Trust me, these things are juicy, and you do not want a watery zucchini baba ghanoush.

Strain the liquid, and then add the tahini paste, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and olive oil. Mash well with a fork to get your desired texture. I like mine a bit smooth with subtle chunks of some of the zucchini.

Zucchini Baba Ghanoush Recipe
Zucchini Baba Ghanoush Recipe

Again, the end result is something that is super addicting, and a perfect snack. My wife and I couldn’t get enough of it, and we actually had to walk away from it as it was that good. If you are looking for something to make with your abundance of zucchini, give this one a try. It’s totally worth it. Hope you enjoy!

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Chorizo and Cheese Stuffed Burgers

Burgers and Summertime. What’s not to love? We grill burgers about every two weeks at my house, and the routine is always the same with the family. Two cheeseburgers, one plain with bacon, no burger for my youngest, and well, then there is me and that’s when I started to get creative.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of a simple cheeseburger, a big fan at that, but sometimes you want something a bit off the usual path. That’s when I took a look in my refrigerator and found some good old Mexican chorizo, and hence the idea on this burger recipe. The chorizo and cheese stuffed burger.

Chorizo and Cheese Stuffed Burgers
Chorizo and Cheese Stuffed Burgers

The end result was something super delicious, and an explosion of flavor when biting into it. A must make in my opinion.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb ground chuck
  • 1 cup Mexican chorizo, cooked and fat removed
  • 2 slices of American cheese
  • Cooked bacon, optional
  • 1 hamburger bun, good and sturdy, toasted
  • mayonnaise, optional
  • pickles, optional

Start by cooking your Mexican chorizo. During this time, form your hamburger patties.

Divide your ground chuck into 1/4 pound patties. When the chorizo has cooled, take one patty and place on the American cheese. Top with the cooked and cooled chorizo, then top with the other 1/4 pound patty.

Chorizo and Cheese Stuffed Burgers
Chorizo and Cheese Stuffed Burgers

Shape and form the patties so that both patties are combined, and sealed. Season with salt and pepper if you desire.

Once your grill is heated, cook over direct heat for a few minutes, then flip, add another slice of the American cheese, and cook for another few minutes before finishing over indirect heat until your desired doneness.

To assemble, take your bottom toasted bun and slather on some mayonnaise. Top with bacon if desired, then the cooked chorizo and cheese stuffed burger, then the top bun. Spear a pickle on top and dig in.

The result is awesome. The creaminess from the mayonnaise, the crunch from the smoky bacon, and then the explosion of the chorizo and cheese. Good? Heck yes. Delicious to say the least and as meaty as it sounds, it was not heavy in feeling. As a matter of fact, it was hard to put down.

So the next time you are firing up the grill to make some burgers, and want something different, give this one a shot. It was a real treat.

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Pizza Style Hot Dogs

Are you the type, like my family, where every couple of weeks you kind of have a typical dinner menu? There seems to be a bit of consistency with my family where every couple of weeks we are making homemade pizzas, or making some sort of riff on hot dogs. With that said, this was one of those weeks. I made a handful of pizzas for the kids, and a couple of days later we were eating Nueske’s smoked wieners. Both of these yielded some leftovers, and that’s when the idea sparked to do a take on a pizza style hot dog! Was this good? Yes, it was pretty darn good and underneath the melted cheese and sauce was this wonderful (and I think one of the best) smoked wiener.

Pizza Style Hot Dog Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cooked wiener, or hot dog, I use Nueske’s.
  • 6 slices of pepperoni
  • 1 hot dog bun
  • 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning

This is pretty simple. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Add the wiener to the bun, and tuck in three slices of pepperoni on each side of the wiener. Place the wiener and bun onto a baking sheet, and place in the oven, just to warm up the wiener, and slightly crisp up the bun and pepperoni.  Crisping up the bun holds well with the melted cheese and sauce.

How to make a pizza style hot dog

 

When the bun is slightly toasted, about 4-6 minutes, remove it from the oven, and top with the mozzarella cheese, the sauce, and top with the Italian seasoning.

Place this bag into the oven, and bake until the cheese is nice and melted. Once melted, remove from the oven, and get ready for an adventure.

Your first bite is quite the surprise! You get the slightly crunch from the bun, almost like a nice and crisp pizza crust, then the common flavors of pizza, and then that awesome snap of the Nueske’s wiener. Is this thing worth making?

Pizza Style Hot Dog Recipe

ABSOLUTELY! Would I make this again? OF COURSE. This pizza style hot dog kind of blew my mind, and to me, that’s always a great thing. So the next time you have any pizza leftovers, and some wieners or hot dogs in the refrigerator, give this one a shot. Hope you enjoy, and have a great 4th of July!

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