Showing posts with label lunch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lunch. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Pizza Steak Hoagies! Yum!

One of my favorite things to eat as a kid was a Pizza Steak Hoagie. As far as I know, this sandwich can only be found in the Cincinnati/Kentucky area where I grew up. I have tried to find the sandwich listed on a menu anywhere else, but no luck. I do know that it is alive and well, and still tasting delicious back in my hometown. Since I do not see a trip back home in the near future, I came up with my own recipe to satisfy our craving!

Pizza Steak Hoagie w/ Baked Fries
(makes 2 sandwiches)
2 Cube Steaks
Pizza Sauce
Mozzarella Cheese
Provolone Cheese
2 Soft Sub Rolls
1 large Russet Potato
Garlic Powder
Olive Oil
Pepper

To get started, cut the potato in half, then turn it sideways,
and slice. The important thing to do is to make sure the slices
are all about the same width. That way they will all cook 
to the same degree in the same time period.
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
Place the cut potato slices in water. Drain several times
eliminating as much starch as possible.
Dry each of the potato slices between paper towels.
Thank you to my helper, who helped with the entire
meal! :)
Spread some olive oil on a baking sheet, and then spread
the oil all over with a paper towel.
Sprinkle garlic powder and pepper all over the baking
sheet. Add salt if you would like.
Place the potatoes on the sheet in a single layer.
Bake the potatoes in the oven for 8-10  minutes.
Pull the potatoes out and flip each potato to the other side.
Bake for 8-10 minutes again.
Bake for 8-10 minutes for a total of 4 times, flipping the
potatoes each time.
While the potatoes are cooking, flatten the
cube steaks with a mallet. They are a rather tough steak
if not tenderized with a meat mallet.
Pound them out until they are thin,
and they are the size of the buns.
Once your potatoes are done, set your oven to broil on high.
Spray a baking sheet with pan spray, and then place the two
pieces of meat on a baking sheet.
 Broil for 3 minutes, and then flip your meat with a spatula,
and broil for 3 more minutes.
As soon as your steaks come out from under the broiler,
have your buns ready to go in.
Open the buns up, place pizza sauce on each side,
top one side with provolone, and one side with
mozzarella. Or, you can go all mozzarella, or all provolone.
Place under broiler until cheese starts to melt, and edges
reach the crispness you desire.
Put meat on bun. There are some places where you can get
the sandwich with pickles, and/or onions. These are
delicious also. If you wanted to add onions, just saute
in a skillet on the stove.
Enjoy!

Thanks for joining me today!
 


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Grasshopper Bars and Club Baked!

It's that time again! Time for Club Baked! This time around we made a delicious dessert called Grasshopper Bars! So tasty, and just perfect for spring! You can get the recipe from our hostess this round, Kirsten. You can also find the recipe in the book we are using, Baked Explorations, written by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito.
This recipe took some time to make, but it was so worth it. 
I did make one change to the recipe. The center cream is
 actually green, but it is hard to tell in the picture. I should have made
it darker, but when I was mixing in the color, it looked so pretty! 
I mixed it because I did not use the creme de menthe.
I used 3 tablespoons of additional whipping cream,
1/2 teaspoon of mint flavoring, and 2 drops of  liquid 
green food color. It was wonderful!

This recipe would be great for a luncheon or a brunch.
It's perfect because you can make it ahead of time,
which is always a big help!

Thanks for joining me today!

Next Club Baked~Baked Cheese Grits!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Southwestern Patty Melt

I love Patty Melts! There is just something so wonderful about the taste of the grilled onions peeking out from under a slice of swiss creaminess, the burger grilled to perfection, sandwiched between two slices of grilled rye, with only mustard between them. Oh, my! How I love a patty melt!! But hey, I love southwestern food also. So I decided there was no reason not to combine the two, and this is what I came up with: Southwestern Patty Melt!
Simple Pico de Gallo
1 Roma Tomato
1 clove Garlic
1/4 of a small Onion
Cilantro
(ignore pic of garlic powder) :)
Chop your Roma Tomato into small bite size pieces.
Mince your garlic, add tomatoes to the bowl.
Chop your onion and cilantro. Add to the bowl.
Mix well.

Make Seasoning
1 teaspoon McCormick Perfect Pinch Savory Salt Free Seasoning
(the one with peppers, cinnamon, lemon peel, and rosemary on the label)
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2teaspoon Spanish Smoked Sweet Paprika
1/4 teaspoon Ground White Pepper
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

Putting it all together
Hamburger
Baby Swiss Cheese Slices
Marbled Rye Bread
Avocado
Mustard
Patty your burgers, and get your swiss cheese ready.
Cut onion, red pepper and orange pepper into thin slices.
You can use green pepper also, if you want.
Start pan frying your burger. Sprinkle some seasoning on
top of the burger, and let the onions and peppers start to grill.
For this patty melt, I used marbled rye, buttered one side,
and grilled it.
When your burger is grilled to your liking, 
place the grilled peppers and onions on top of the burger,
 and place cheese on top. Let cheese melt. 
Place on bread.
 Put patty melt together. Grilled bread topped with
a few squirts of mustard, burger with veggies and cheese,
teaspoon or two of salsa,
several slices of avocado,
Southwest Patty Melt!
Delicious!



Wednesday, February 8, 2012

You Heart Meatloaf and I Heart You!

My husband is a meatloaf lover! I am not. He has always loved it. I have always barely tolerated it. Of course, as a chef and as a wife and mother, I have made meatloaf a million times. I love making it for my husband. He always appreciates it. So this is for him. His favorite meatloaf recipe with my touch!
 
 The meatloaf is heart shaped. It is rather difficult to see in the pictures.


Ingredients:
1/2  pound Ground Beef
1/4 cup Parmesan Bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
Dash Salt
1 small Onion~chopped( but not too small)
1 Egg
Mix the ingredients together in a bowl.
I use my hands to get it thoroughly mixed, but you
can use a fork instead. Make six little balls with the ground beef.
Flatten the beef out with your hands.
Cut the meat with a heart shaped cookie cutter.
Place the six hearts on parchment paper on a baking sheet.
Adjust them by making the center V of the heart a little deeper.
These are going to shrink a little. Firm them up with your hands by 
pressing the sides so they are together. We don't want them to fall 
apart like a burger might if it is not molded together well.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.
Keep an eye on them. See the spoon under the baking sheet.
I put that there so the grease would run away from the meat.
They kept their shape pretty well. I flipped over each one,
and cleaned any edges or grease that might have collected.
I added mashed potatoes and gravy!

Happy Valentine's Day!!


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Souper Simple Soup

My husband loves soup. I, on the other hand, can take it or leave it. For me, it is usually too warm here to enjoy it. But, we have lived in cold climates in the past, and we both grew up in a cold climate, so maybe that's why when it's winter, or even just a little chilly outside, my husband feels the need to sip on some soup. This soup is his soup of choice. It is simple and quick to make, so I always try to have the ingredients at home, ready to go.
Souper Simple Soup
2 large cans of Chicken Broth
8 oz. Corn Niblets
1/2 pound Chicken Breast
1/2 of a small Onion
4 Handfuls of Egg Noodles
3 medium Mushrooms
Black Pepper
Open the two cans of Broth into a large pot.
Set your heat on medium.
Peel your onion and cut the onion in half.
Slice the onion.
Turn your onion sideways and slice again.
Now it's chopped.
 Add the onion to your pot.
Add the corn also.
I was going to add onion. It's not something I usually
put in the soup, but my husband likes mushrooms, and
I had a few that had over stayed their welcome in the fridge.
But, as soon as my husband saw the mushrooms,
he said in a slightly suspicious voice,
"What are you doing with the mushrooms?"
When I told him, he kindly asked me not to put them in his soup,
so I didn't, and the mushroom were sent to 
be sauteed at dinner.
Shred the chicken breast into small bite size pieces,
and add it to the soup.
Add in your handfuls of noodles.
Let the soup cook on high for about 5-6 minutes.
Add pepper to the top of the soup.
Enjoy!

Thanks for joining me today!