Saturday, April 12, 2008

Marlboro Man's Fave Sandwich

Blessings to the Pioneer Woman!

Marlboro Man’s Favorite Sandwich
2 to 3 pounds cube steak (tenderized round steak that’s been extra-tenderized
1 large onion OR 2 small/medium onions
4 French/Deli rollsButter,
Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
Worcestershire Sauce
-Slice onions and cook in 1/4 stick butter until soft and light brown. Remove and set aside.-Slice cube steak against the grain. Season with Lawry’s.
-Heat 2 TBSP butter over high heat (in same skillet) until melted and beginning to brown.
-Add meat in single layer. Cook one side until brown, then flip and cook until brown, about a minute on both sides.
-Add 1/2 (at least) Worcestershire sauce, 5 to 6 shakes Tabasco, and 2 TBSP butter. Add cooked onions. Stir to combine.-Butter halved French rolls and brown on skillet.
-To assemble, lay bottom half of French roll on plate. Place meat mixture, followed by a spoonfull of juice from the pan. Top with other half of roll, cut in half, and devour!
And go get on the Stairmaster. Now.

Instructions to FreezerChicks: Meat will be cooked, thaw & serve on toasted rolls, gently reheat in microwave or pan until warm.

Brandied Bacony Chicken

So simple & so good!
From Nigella Express

1 Chicken (whole)
2 strips of bacon
1/4 brandy (**used whiskey)

Heat oven to 425
Cook bacon over medium heat until it's crisp & the pan has lots of yummy bacony fat, approx 4 minutes
Remove pan from heat, place bacon into the cavity of chicken, place chicken in roasting pan breast side up
Pour brandy into still hot frying pan w/ bacon fat & let bubble for a minute, pour over chicken
Roast 45 min, till juices run clear btwn leg & body of chicken, let rest 10 minutes before carving

Instructions for FreezerChicks: This bird will be roasted to last 15 minutes of cooking. Bird must be thawed before cooking. Follow food safety as chicken reheats!

Pecan Stuffed Burgers

Pecan Burger
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
6 slices bacon
6 tablespoons chopped pecans
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 tablespoons onion, grated
4 tablespoons butter, softened

Preheat broiler or grill. Divide ground beef into 12 flat patties. Partially saute bacon - the fat should start rendering, but it shouldn't be crispy. Drain bacon. Mix pecans, parsley, onion, and butter together. Spread mixture on 6 of the patties. Top with remaining 6 patties and seal the edges with the partially sauteed bacon and secure with a wooden toothpick. Broil or grill 10 to 15 minutes, or until cooked to desired doneness, turning once.

Instructions for FreezerChicks: Thaw & broil or grill, the bacon will be partially cooked as the recipe recommends.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Chicken Creole

2 cans stewed tomatoes
1 tablespoon creole or cajun seasoning
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 half boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 pound hot smoked sausage

Cube and cook the chicken. Slice, brown and drain the sausage.
Puree one can of tomatoes; chop remaining can.
In skillet, combine tomatoes, seasoning and garlic; bring to boil.
Reduce heat and simmer 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in chicken and sausage, cover and simmer five minutes. Serve with rice.

Instructions for Freezer Chicks: One 2-qt. container each, plus a ziploc of creole seasoning to turn up the heat. Instructions are to serve over rice, but we like to mix it all together in the skillet. You might add about three to four cups of cooked rice to this. Kids may like it sprinkled with some cheddar cheese and with milk to drink (to kill any hotness). I used regular (not hot) smoked sausage. This ended up being pretty inexpensive because I was able to use the huge cans of tomatoes from Sam's, so I think we could afford to splurge on shrimp (instead of chicken) next time if we'd like it again.

Mexican Pizza

(from Everyday with Rachael Ray)


12 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (3 cups)
4 ounces monterey jack cheese, shredded (1 cup)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
12 small flour tortillas
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
Two 15.5-ounce cans red kidney beans, rinsed
Salt and pepper
One 8-ounce jar taco sauce
One 4.5-ounce can chopped green chiles
One 3 1/2-ounce package cooked chorizo sausage, thinly sliced

1. Preheat the oven to 375°. In a medium bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups cheddar with the monterey jack and set aside.

2. Brush a rimmed baking sheet with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Arrange 6 tortillas on the sheet so that the surface is covered, overlapping as needed. Sprinkle the remaining 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese evenly over the tortillas, leaving a 1/2-inch border on all sides; cover with the remaining 6 tortillas, overlapping as needed. Prick the top layer with a fork and bake until the tortillas begin to brown, about 10 minutes.

3. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until golden-brown, about 10 minutes. Add the beans and 1/4 cup water and mash until the beans are soft and the liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Spread the bean mixture over the tortillas, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Top with the taco sauce, chiles, chorizo and reserved cheese mixture. Bake until the cheese is melted, 25 to 30 minutes.

Instructions for Freezer Chicks: This recipe says four servings, but it has a lot on it (a pound of cheese, two cans of beans, 12 tortillas). I was a little chicken to get it too hot for everyone, so I used mild taco sauce and mild chorizo (about 8 oz. cooked and crumbled). I think it could be hotter. Each pizza is on a foil 10x15 cookie sheet. They are fully cooked and ready to reheat and eat.