Korean Style Zucchini

Gochujang has become my new best friend. If you are not familiar with gochujan, it is essentially a Korean condiment that is a bit spicy, lightly fermented, and one that just has this sweet and savory taste that it just gets highly addicting. Gochujang is commonly used in Korean recipes such as bibimbap and soups, and the thing I love about it is that it has just the right amount of spice that is perfectly balanced by this sweetness. Don’t judge me, but I always lick the spoon when I am using this condiment.

With that said, you have probably known for the last few weeks that I am continuing to harvest zucchini from our garden. This is when the idea sparked to make chicken lettuce wraps for the kids, and as the Koreans are known for having banchan (small dishes that accompany a meal), I figured making these Korean style zucchini. I fell in love with this, and I think you might as well.

Korean Style Zucchini
Korean Style Zucchini

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 small to medium sized zucchini, cut into 1 inch coins, then quartered
  • 2 tbsp gochujang paste
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tbsp Japanese Sushi Seasoning, often called Furikake (optional)

Simple, right? The only small challenge may be finding the gochujang paste, but you can probably find this in your Asian grocery store, or in the ‘ethnic’ aisle in your grocery store.

Korean Style Zucchini Ingredients
Korean Style Zucchini Ingredients

Start by heating a medium skillet on medium heat. Toss in the zucchini, as well as the gochujang. Give a good stir, and gently mash in the gochujang. Add the water to assist in making a thinner sauce. Continue cooking until the zucchini is heated through, and the sauce coats the zucchini. Toss in the furikake if you desire. This adds that additional distinct flavor that you would find in a standard sushi roll.

Korean Style Zucchini
Korean Style Zucchini

Serve as a side to any dish. The end result is the perfect crunch of the zucchini, and then the awesome punch from the gochujang. Trust me, this Korean condiment will have you thinking endlessly of what it can be used on, and this was only one of those ideas. Hope you enjoy!

Korean Style Zucchini
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Ingredients
  • 1 small to medium sized zucchini, cut into 1 inch coins, then quartered
  • 2 tbsp gochujang paste
  • 1 tbsp water
  • ½ tbsp Japanese Sushi Seasoning, often called Furikake (optional)
Instructions
  1. Start by heating a medium skillet on medium heat. Toss in the zucchini, as well as the gochujang. Give a good stir, and gently mash in the gochujang. Add the water to assist in making a thinner sauce. Continue cooking until the zucchini is heated through, and the sauce coats the zucchini. Toss in the furikake if you desire. This adds that additional distinct flavor that you would find in a standard sushi roll.
  2. Serve as a side to any dish.

 

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Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast

Creamed chipped beef on toast is never going to look pretty, either on the plate in front of you, or in a photo. Well, I think my photo looks pretty darn good. But let’s face it, creamed chipped beef on toast is so, so good. It actually reminds me a lot of the classic biscuits and gravy, and what’s not to love about that one?

Recently I was honored to have Nueske’s deliver some of their delicious products. Everything from sausages, to bacon, and their smoked beef slices. I was floored because I have never seen the Nueske’s smoked beef slices at any grocery store, so I was super excited to give it a try. Grocery stores take note. Order and stock this stuff because it is awesome!

I immediately opened the sliced beef and fell in love with it, as did my kids, and coworkers. It was that great Nueske’s smoke, and just has you wanting more. As I continued to eat another slice, my coworker came up with the idea to make creamed chipped beef on toast. What better could this be but to add some of this great smoked beef flavor to a classic dish.

Creamed Chip Beef on Toast Recipe
Creamed Chip Beef on Toast Recipe

Let’s get started.

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Nueske’s beef slices, chopped
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 slices of Texas Toast, toasted
  • cracked black pepper, to taste

That’s it. Pretty darn simple.

Start by melting the butter in a skillet on medium heat. Once it begins to melt, toss in the chopped beef slices. Stir, and get the beef a bit crispy along the edges. Once you have that complete then toss in the flour, and continue to stir to incorporate all of the flour and cook it at the same time, about a minute or so.

Ingredients for making Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast
Ingredients for making Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast

Next, pour in the milk, and continue to stir for a few minutes. The sauce will now thicken. Add some cracked pepper. Continue to cook for a few minutes, then you are ready to pour over the toast.

Stack the toast, and pour everything over the toast.

Creamy Chipped Beef on Toast
Creamy Chipped Beef on Toast

This is a stick to your ribs kind of breakfast for sure. The creamy gravy softens the toast, and when cutting into it and swiping up the gravy, well you kind of close your eyes and fall in love. The smokiness of the sliced beef, just lightly caramelized, adds the perfect balance to this recipe. Thanks Nueske’s for inspiring me to make this great recipe! Hope you enjoy!

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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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Buffalo Chicken Fries

I am a fan of leftovers, and only a fan because leftovers present a challenge. That challenge is finding a way to tweak whatever it was into something new. This is where this recipe came into play. I know… Leftover chicken is probably not that big of a challenge. Don’t judge me. But as I had some awesome leftover garlic style chicken leftover from making pita wraps the other night (huge hit), I have been craving buffalo style chicken wings, and nachos. Again, no need to judge me. As I normally do, I scavenge through the pantry, refrigerator, and freezer looking for items I can use to make something. The first thing I noticed was not just the chicken, but the leftover blue cheese from making that blue cheese compound butter, and then my eyes immediatlely took to the hot wing sauce (a match made in heaven if I do say so myself). As I immediately thought nachos, I was bummed to say the least as not only did we not have any tortillas, or tortilla chips. The freezer, however, did yield some frozen curly fries. I thought what the heck… Let’s win this battle and come up with some buffalo chicken fries!

Buffalo Chicken Fries Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of frozen curly fries
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup of blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup your favorite buffalo sauce
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives, or thinly sliced garlic scape
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, cubed

Preheat your oven according to the directions on your bag of delicious curly fries. Cook, just until about done.

A few minutes before your desired crispiness, remove the fries from the oven.

How to make buffalo chicken fries

 

Shower the fries with the shredded cheddar cheese. This acts as the glue to to hold the fries together.

Next, arrange the cooked chicken cubes, then shower with the blue cheese.

Place back into the oven, and cook until the cheese is nice and melted.

Once melted, remove the fries from the oven and drizzle with the buffalo sauce. Then shower with the chives or garlic scapes, and dig in.

Buffalo Chicken Fries Recipe

If you love buffalo style chicken wings, you are going to love these buffalo chicken fries. The combination of blue cheese, chicken, and buffalo sauce are just a great combination. A slight heat from the sauce, and just a great balance of saltiness from the sauce just makes this an addicting appetizer, or heck even a meal in itself. Hope you enjoy!

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