Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Caprese Grilled Cheese

I'm sure someone has thought of this before, but I came up with it a while back when I wanted grilled cheese and had the stuff for a Caprese salad (mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and balsamic). So, why not??!! What came was a yummy, delicious sandwich!!!

You make it just like plain old grilled cheese. I suggest using Sourdough bread, butter it, then layer thin slices of mozzarella, bold flavored tomatoes (like from the vine), basil (I use freeze dried), a little salt & pepper, balsamic glaze (I used a thicker balsamic vinegar so it doesn't spread all over your pan...which it sizzles a lot when it hits that hot pan), then put one more layer of thin slices of mozzarella, and grill to perfection!

This would probably be good with some grilled chicken as well. There's not a whole lot of substance in this sandwich; it doesn't fill me up, but it is just oh so good! Would be great as an appetizer for a dinner party or finger food dish.
So yummy; enjoy :)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Meat Muffins

So, I'm not a big "Meatloaf" fan...something about the name has always turned me off. I don't mind my mom's, but it's never something I would order at a restaurant. I'm just not that into meat. However, my family is...specifically Joe and Felicity. Every once in a while I'll try making it, usually trying to make it healthier by using Turkey. It's edible, but nothing to write home about ;)

So, today I discovered creating a brown sugar crust on top...um, OK, I'll give that a whirl. I found about 5 recipes that I used ingredients or ideas from, so here's my version...in the Demarle Muffin Tray...with a yummy brown sugar spin!! Joe thought we should call them Meat Muffins ;)

2 lbs lean ground beef (I used 10% fat)
2/3 cup Brown Sugar, split
2/3 cup ketchup, split
Pepper (maybe 1/2 tsp)
1 1/2 cups crushed Ritz Crackers (or good old fashioned bread crumbs) but the Ritz were yummy!
2 eggs
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder (or diced onion for you onion-y lovers)
Salt if you don't use the Ritz crackers

Preheat over to 350, place your favorite Demarle tray on the perforated baking sheet. I used the regular muffin tray. You could also use any muffin pan, I'm assuming you'd want to grease it. You could also use a Loaf Pan and cook about twice as long I'm guessing. You want the internal temp to be 160⁰.

Get those hands dirty - mix all ingredients in a bowl really well! Leave out 1/3 cup of the sugar and 1/3 cup of the ketchup. Scoop the mixture into the muffin tray and create a little well on top. I filled basically to the top and used practically all the mixture. Then mix the remaining brown sugar and ketchup in a bowl. Spread on top of each muffin, or over the loaf.

Bake muffins for 30 minutes.
I served with leftover twice baked potatoes and french fries (wasn't enough of either one) and mixed veggies. A fun, creative idea would be to pipe mashed potatoes on top...or serve on top of mashed potatoes. These are a great portion size! One is plenty for a kid! We have enough for leftover lunches (which was requested by Joe & Felicity), and they would freeze great too!
We thought it was a bit sweet so I cut down the brown sugar (to this portion here) but you could cut it down ever more if you'd like. Also, feel free to add whatever spices or seasonings you like to this. It is a good base recipe! It was definitely a win from Joe & Felicity, not so much from Callie...she seemed to think sweet tasting meat was weird; I don't disagree but I thought it was pretty good...for meatloaf ;) We'll definitely make it again!