Saturday, August 4, 2012

Cajunfied Chicken Burgers

I have never used ground chicken before and needed to experiment with it. I had bought this Cajun Seasoning when I was in Charleston S.C. to visit my family, and have not had the chance to try it out. So why not now if Im going to do experimenting right? These burgers are pretty spicy so test your seasoning before using it, if you're not really into spicy food. It was a sinus clearing cajunfied kinda supper! I hope ya'll will enjoy it as much as we did.

What you will need:

1 lb of ground chicken
Chopped 1/2 onion
2 minced garlic cloves
chopped red bell pepper
chopped green onions
3 chopped mushrooms
Cajun Seasoning

Saute' your onions, garlic, green onions, mushrooms, and red bell pepper. Salt and pepper them.

When your vegetables are done, pour them into a mixing bowl. 

Add your ground chicken into that bowl and 2 tbsp of your favorite cajun seasoning and mix the saute'd vegetables together.

  In the same pan you saute'd the veggies, heat up enough olive oil to cover pan on med. high. Form your chicken patties and place in pan with heated oil. Cover for 10 minutes, flip and cover for another 10 minutes until patties' are finished (No pink in the middle).

Now if you really want to get Cajunfied, add some Cajun sauce. That is 2 tbsp mayo 1 tbsp ketchup 1 tsp of Cajun seasoning. 

Enjoy Ya'll!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Crock Pot Pulled Pork

I had a lot of things to get done today and really did not want to add a dinner that had a lot to do to prepare it. So I turn to my good ole' trustee crock pot, it never fails me for those lazy or busy days. The best way to eat pork is when it is slowly cooking all day tenderizing until its meat just falls off the bone. The smell in your house is just BBQ heaven.

What you will need:

Pork Shoulder Butt or Pork Shoulder Picnic (what I used)
Liquid Smoke (hickory)
1 can Dr. Pepper or Root Beer
Your Choice of BBQ sauce
Sliced Onions and Minced Garlic Cloves
Salt and Pepper
Optional: Garlic Powder or Pork Rub

Place your Onions and Garlic at the bottom of pot add your salt & pepper.
 If you have a Pork Rub you can go ahead cover that around your meat. If not just go ahead and place on top of Onions and Garlic. (I dusted my meat with Garlic Powder)
 Add a few drops of Liquid Smoke (not too much its concentrated)
 Pour your can of Dr. Pepper or Root Beer in the pot. Do not use diet soda, these colas work as a tenderizer.
   Spread a little BBQ sauce on top of meat.

Place your lid on and wait for 9 to 10 hours.

 When your meat is done take it out and place in a bowl to do your shredding, it will be so simple because it will just fall off the bone. Once its pulled apart drain liquid from crockpot and put the pork back in. Add your favorite BBQ sauce, mix, and let cook on low for 30 Minutes.

Add your favorite Sauce. I additionally, added 2 tbsp Mustard and a cap full of Apple Cider Vinegar. 

 I like to enjoy my sandwich with cole slaw on top, its a southern thang ;)!


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Beer Tacos

My grandfather had the family over for supper, and he added a very special ingredient I never thought you could use for tacos. While letting the meat simmer in the beer I took a taste test and could not believe how amazing it was. You can definitely taste the beer in the ground beef. If you're drinking a beer along with your tacos makes the experience that much more enjoyable.

What you will need:

1 lb ground beef
1 bottle of dark lager beer
1/2 package of taco seasoning
Taco shells/Soft tortilla
Shredded Taco Cheese/Queso Fresca Cheese

Brown your ground beef  at med. high temperature and drain.
 Stir in your taco seasoning so that it sticks to your meat.
Add your bottle of beer into your meat pour slowly. Simmer for 35 minutes on Med. temperature covered, until your beef has absorbed all that beer and you can taste that goodness.

For a quick night fix, you are done just heat your tortillas and shells, add your meat and toppings and you have a fast dinner with amazing flavor!

What I like to do is take a soft tortilla place queso fresca on top then lay a hard shell on top, heat up oil in a pan place the soft and hard tortilla in the pan and fry until cheese has melted and hard shell is attached to the soft shell. Its kind of like the gordita crunch from Taco Bell.

Or like I show below do the same but instead of frying together, place in a 400 degree preheated oven for about 15 minutes until cheese is melted. There you have it Beer Tacos!!!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Melt in your Mouth Crock Pot Ribs

I live in an apartment that does not allow us to use a grill, and in the summer its totally a staple to make ribs, at least in my opinion. So a quick and clean prep and 6 hours later you have fall off the bone, melt in your mouth ribs! Someone was looking after us apartment dwellers ha ha.

What you will need:

Package of Country Style Ribs (pork) or you can use beef ribs too. You also can use boneless or bone in packs of ribs.
BBQ sauce of your Choice ( I love me some honey BBQ)
1 Whole Onion
Garlic Cloves
Liquid Smoke
Salt and Pepper

Set your crockpot on low. 
Slice your Onions and Garlic Cloves and place at the bottom of the pot. 

Place your ribs on top of the Onions and Garlic. Add a few drops of Liquid Smoke ( I used Hickory).

Pour your BBQ sauce over ribs so it covers them. Sprinkle some Salt and Pepper on top. Pop on that lid and let cook on low for 6 hours. 

See simple, quick, and clean and your house is going to smell like a BBQ Roadhouse ;)