Asiago Jalapeno Bagel Burger

A mouthful not only in the title of this one, but a delicious mouthful when biting into this mammoth of a burger.  There are always different ways to serve up burgers, and for the last year or so I have been going with the smashed burger route on a large cast iron skillet. I’ve said it before, but anytime I ask my kids what they would like to eat, the oldest always shouts out ‘burgers’. As my wife had other plans to help out with her parents this past weekend, I decided to opt-in on the burger suggestion as it was only going to be me and my son hanging out that night.

So, as I went to the store to shop for the ingredients, I decided that I would get some nice rolls from the bakery. I was going to buy two of these awesome butter top buns that are just perfect when holding up to big, juicy burgers, but then something grabbed my attention; the asiago jalapeno bagel. I’ve never thought of using a bagel as the bun, but now after experimenting with it, I’m sold.

Asiago Jalapeno Bagel Burger

Now you can go any direction with your burger, whether plain, cheese, onions, etc, but I thought this one worked out well.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients: (makes one serving)

  • 1/2 lb ground chuck
  • 3/4 inch sliced red onion
  • 2 slices of cooked bacon
  • 2 slices of American Cheese
  • head lettuce to your liking
  • 1 Asiago Jalapeno Bagel, sliced
  • pickles to your liking
  • brown gravy, optional
  • salt, to taste
  • cracked black pepper, to taste

Start by forming your patty and season both sides generously with salt and pepper. While those rest, prepare the rest of your ingredients, as well as get your charcoal lit for your grill. If you are not using charcoal, then use your gas grill, or stove and large skillet. Again, no preference here.

Once your grill is nice and hot, add the burger. Cook to your desired temperature (I prefer medium with a bit of warm pink in the center), but when you flip, add the American cheese to get it nice and melted.

I also place the onion on the grill for a few minutes, as well as the asiago jalapeno bagel to warm those through.

asiago-jalapeno-bagel-burger-ingredients

Now I stated brown gravy. If you don’t have any, don’t worry (but it did give a nice, additional flavor to this burger. I only used it because I had some leftover from making my poutine potato skins.

Let’s build this burger.

Take the bottom part of your bagel and smear the warm brown gravy onto it. Add the sliced red onion, the bacon, the burger, the lettuce, and then a couple of pickles. Top with the top of the bagel, press down, then get into this thing.

I was blown away with every bite. The bagel in itself was exceptionally good, but the combination of all of this, along with some of that mild bite from the jalapeno, just made this one of my favorite burgers. I’ve made enough in my time, but seriously this is up there as being on of my top favorites. So the next time you are cooking burgers, think of the bagel as the bun. It was a real game changer. I hope you enjoy!

Asiago Jalapeno Bagel Burger
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Ingredients
  • ½ lb ground chuck
  • ¾ inch sliced red onion
  • 2 slices of cooked bacon
  • 2 slices of American Cheese
  • head lettuce to your liking
  • 1 Asiago Jalapeno Bagel, sliced
  • pickles to your liking
  • brown gravy, optional
  • salt, to taste
  • cracked black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Start by forming your patty and season both sides generously with salt and pepper. While those rest, prepare the rest of your ingredients, as well as get your charcoal lit for your grill. If you are not using charcoal, then use your gas grill, or stove and large skillet. Again, no preference here.
  2. Once your grill is nice and hot, add the burger. Cook to your desired temperature (I prefer medium with a bit of warm pink in the center), but when you flip, add the American cheese to get it nice and melted.
  3. I also place the onion on the grill for a few minutes, as well as the asiago jalapeno bagel to warm those through.
  4. Now I stated brown gravy. If you don’t have any, don’t worry (but it did give a nice, additional flavor to this burger. I only used it because I had some leftover from making my poutine potato skins.
  5. Let’s build this burger.
  6. Take the bottom part of your bagel and smear the warm brown gravy onto it. Add the sliced red onion, the bacon, the burger, the lettuce, and then a couple of pickles. Top with the top of the bagel, press down, then get into this thing.

 

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Crispy Ham and Cheese Waffles

I remember as a kid having breakfast for dinner, probably once a month or so. I loved it. I mean what was not to love? Pancakes with sausage, only to be covered with super sweet syrup? Yes, please. I do the same with my family, and I can say they get just as excited as I did. As I am not much a fan of pancakes, I am of waffles. Just like making pizza, I love to put simple spins on waffles. Sometimes I will do a bacon waffle, blueberry waffles, or even chocolate chip waffle, but as I am purging items in my freezer, I stumbled across some leftover Nueske’s ham, and decided I would set that out for the following day’s dinner. That’s when it came to me to make a ham and cheese waffle. My kids loved the bacon waffle, so I knew they would love this savory waffle. I was totally correct.

Ham and Cheese Waffle Recipe

Let’s get started.

  • 3 cups Aunt Jemima Complete Pancake Mix (or make your own)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup of cooked ham, cut into small cubes
  • 1 1/2 cup of cheddar jack cheese, shredded
  • Cooking spray
  • syrup, optional
  • powdered sugar, optional

To a mixing bowl, add the pancake mix, eggs, butter, black pepper, and water. Mix until all the lumps have been worked out. Add in one cup of the cheese and ham, and fold it into the pancake batter.

Let this rest for about 5 minutes or so. In the meantime, heat up your waffle iron.

Ham and Cheese Waffles

Once the waffle iron is hot, spray both sides with cooking spray.

Ladle in the mixture to ensure that all segments are filled. Close and seal the iron, give a flip, and cook for about 5 minutes or so. Turn, and cook another couple of minutes. Open the waffle iron and make sure you are close to a golden brown. Once golden, sprinkle with a bit more cheese, close, and cook for a couple more minutes. This allows for this awesome crusty cheese that takes this waffle over the top. Did I mention I love baked and crispy cheese?

How to make ham and cheese waffles

Repeat with remaining waffles. To keep these warm and crisp, add the cooked waffles to a preheated 250 degree oven on a baking sheet.

To serve, add the waffle to a plate, drizzle with syrup, and serve alongside sausage or bacon.

The end result is an awesome, savory waffle that will bring a surprise to any kids face, heck, even an adults face. My kids devoured them, and even one of my son’s friends devoured them up as well. What’s not to love! Hope you enjoy!

Ham and Cheese Waffles
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Serves: 5
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix (or make your own)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup of cooked ham, cut into small cubes
  • 1½ cup of cheddar jack cheese, shredded
  • Cooking spray
  • syrup, optional
  • powdered sugar, optional
Instructions
  1. To a mixing bowl, add the pancake mix, eggs, butter, black pepper, and water. Mix until all the lumps have been worked out. Add in one cup of the cheese and ham, and fold it into the pancake batter.
  2. Let this rest for about 5 minutes or so. In the meantime, heat up your waffle iron.
  3. Once the waffle iron is hot, spray both sides with cooking spray.
  4. Ladle in the mixture to ensure that all segments are filled. Close and seal the iron, give a flip, and cook for about 5 minutes or so. Turn, and cook another couple of minutes. Open the waffle iron and make sure you are close to a golden brown. Once golden, sprinkle with a bit more cheese, close, and cook for a couple more minutes. This allows for this awesome crusty cheese that takes this waffle over the top.
  5. epeat with remaining waffles. To keep these warm and crisp, add the cooked waffles to a preheated 250 degree oven on a baking sheet.
  6. To serve, add the waffle to a plate, drizzle with syrup, and serve alongside sausage or bacon.

 

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Loaded Pizza Rolls

The weekends around my house always yield a few things. Time with the kids, creative and fun cooking, and laundry. As we recently wrapped up football season, I decided to make a fun appetizer that I knew would be a hit with my wife, and possibly my kids. In the past I have made these stuffed pepperoni rolls which are so incredibly addictive, and with that in mind, I decided to take those, or at least the concept to another level. This recipe uses simple, frozen bread rolls and stuffed with an array of ingredients. The cool thing about making these is that you can make them how you would want your pizza, and to me, that’s pretty awesome.

Loaded Pizza Rolls

These are perfect bites, not only for a football game, but heck, any Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Did I mention how easy they are to make?

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices of bacon, chopped and cooked until crisp
  • 1/2 cup pepperoni, diced, and cooked until slightly crisp
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded colby jack cheese, to finish
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 stick of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Rhodes dinner rolls, thawed
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour

Again, you have options here for your stuffing, so go with what you love. You want mushrooms and onions? Go for it. That’s the beauty of cooking.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Melt the butter in a bowl along with the Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Once melted, give it a good stir, and set to the side.

Start by dusting a work area with flour. Take one of your thawed dinner rolls, place it onto the work surface, and gently roll it out with a rolling pin. You want it about a 1/4 inch thick or so.

How to make loaded pizza rolls

Next, take a bit of everything, enough where you think it will fit, and then fold over the bread and pinch to seal them. Some of them may open up. Don’t worry, it’s OK. When they bake it just gets even better.

Add the stuffed pizza bread to a baking dish, and continue with however many you would like to make. I made eleven of them.

Drizzle all of the rolls with that butter mixture, then top with the colby jack cheese.

Bake in the oven until the cheese is super bubbly and the bread is cooked through, about 15-20 minutes.

Dig in. It’s almost like monkey bread which always works in my favor, but loaded with everything pizza in a roll form. Super yummy, fun, and perfect for watching a game. My wife and I loved these, but the kids, well, they saw that bell pepper and turned away. Their loss. Hope you enjoy!

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Ham and Sausage Biscuits and Gravy

I really love a stick to your ribs kind of meal, and as I don’t often make anything too heavy (and delicious) for breakfast, the other day I was going to take a stand and make something awesome for breakfast. A couple of days prior to making these ham and sausage biscuits and gravy, we decided to try out Nueske’s smoked ham. If you know me, you know I am a big fan of Nueske’s smoked meat, and I was excited to try their ham. Let’s just say their ham was excellent. We had plenty of leftovers, and that’s when I decided to come up with this recipe.

Ham and Sausage Biscuits and Gravy Recipe

I’ve had plenty of biscuits and gravy in my time, but the addition of ham, well let’s just say it elevated it to a whole new level.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound of ground pork sausage
  • 1 cup of cooked, diced ham
  • 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 tsp course cracked black pepper
  • salt, to taste
  • Biscuits, cooked

Start by adding the ground pork to a medium pot, and cook until browned. Next add in the ham. Dust the mixture with flour, giving it a good stir. Cook the flour, until lightly golden. It should not take very long.

Next slowly pour in the milk, and make sure all of that flour gets dissolved into the milk. Continue to stir until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes or so. That’s when it gets exciting, well at least to me.

Once the sauce is thickened, season with cracked black pepper, and a pinch of salt. Taste, and adjust any more seasoning.

Ingredients for making ham and sausage biscuits and gravy

Take a couple of warmed biscuits, and generously ladle over the gravy.

Gravy in itself is great, sausage and gravy is better, and ham and sausage gravy is just the best. Give this one a try if you are looking for that rib sticking comfort food. You will not be needing lunch after this one. Well, you could probably have this any time of the days as it is a perfect meal. Hope you enjoy!

Ham and Sausage Biscuits and Gravy
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • ½ pound of ground pork sausage
  • 1 cup of cooked, diced ham
  • 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2½ cups of milk
  • 1 tsp course cracked black pepper
  • salt, to taste
  • Biscuits, cooked
Instructions
  1. Start by adding the ground pork to a medium pot, and cook until browned. Next add in the ham. Dust the mixture with flour, giving it a good stir. Cook the flour, until lightly golden. It should not take very long.
  2. Next slowly pour in the milk, and make sure all of that flour gets dissolved into the milk. Continue to stir until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes or so. That’s when it gets exciting, well at least to me.
  3. Once the sauce is thickened, season with cracked black pepper, and a pinch of salt. Taste, and adjust any more seasoning.
  4. Take a couple of warmed biscuits, and generously ladle over the gravy.

 

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