Sauteed Summer Squash Recipe

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This Sauteed Summer Squash Recipe is quick and simple to put together and a great way to use up that extra zucchini. The squash is sliced thin so it cooks quickly. This is a delicious side dish that would go great with almost any grilled meat or fish.

If you have summer squash on hand give this one a try; its really good.

Sauteed Summer Squash Recipe
 
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Recipe type: side dish
Ingredients
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 yellow summer squash
  • 2 zucchini (you can use two of the same if that is all you have available)
  • 7 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix together the garlic and lemon juice; set aside and let rest for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Trim the ends off the squash and using a vegetable peeler shave the squash off length wise into ribbons. Take 3 slices off, turn the squash 90 degrees, and repeat the process. Continue shaving ribbons down to the seeds – discard the seed core.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, ¼ teaspoons salt, ⅛ teaspoon pepper, and lemon zest to the lemon juice mixture and mix until well combined.
  4. In a 12 inch skillet over medium high heat using 1 teaspoon of olive oil cook the squash ribbons, turning occasionally with tongs, until softened and translucent.
  5. Place the squash in the bowl with the lemon mixture, add the parsley, and toss to coat. Salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Adapted from Cooks Illustrated

Fresh Chanterelle Mushrooms with Shallots Recipe

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chanterelle mushrooms recipe

Foraging for mushrooms is one of my favorite hobbies this time of year. With the right amount of moisture they are very plentiful. I was out doing a training session with a new English setter puppy we purchased for bird hunting when I came across a large batch of Chanterelle mushrooms. That ended my training session in a hurry; I took the dog back to the house, grabbed a knife, and went for the mushrooms. Chanterelle mushrooms are one of my favorites.

This is a simple and quick sauteed mushroom recipe that is delicious over grilled steak. If you have fresh Chanterelle mushrooms available, wild or domestic, give this one a try they are really good!

Fresh Chanterelle Mushrooms with Shallots Recipe
 
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  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces fresh Chanterelle mushrooms (halved or quartered if large)
  • 1 small shallot (minced)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Melt butter with the oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and cook until starting to brown (about 6 minuted). Add the shallot and garlic to the skillet and continue cooking for another 2 minutes; salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Adapted from Epicurious

Mozzarella Cheese Bites Recipe

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Getting ready for a fish fry after a successful fishing trip with my son Robert I was looking for a good side dish, so I went to his blog (blogchef.net), and decided to give this Mozzarella Cheese Bites Recipe a try. This is a simple recipe using Italian bread crumbs, egg, and garlic powder.

The cheese deep fries very quickly, so watch them closely so they don’t overcook. I used my deep fryer to cook this recipe, but you can use a heavy saucepan if you don’t have one available.

Serve with marinara sauce – or spice it up a little bit with chili or shrimp sauce.

This would also be a great appetizer for a game day party.

Mozzarella Cheese Bites Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: Italian
Ingredients
  • 1 pound mozzarella string cheese (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 ½ cups Italian bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Oil for deep frying
Instructions
  1. Preheat deep fryer to 365F (If using).
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the eggs and water. Mix together the bread crumbs and garlic powder in a shallow dish, like a pie dish. Place the flour in another shallow dish.
  3. Roll mozzarella pieces in flour, then in the egg mixture, and then roll in the bread crumbs.
  4. Deep fry in batches at 365F for about 30 seconds or until golden brown; drain on paper toweling.
  5. Serve with your choice of dipping sauce.

 

Fried Cabbage with Bacon Onion and Garlic

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I you like fried cabbage this is a must try recipe. The combination of the bacon, onion, and garlic is a delicious combination with the cabbage. You can serve this Fried Cabbage with Bacon Onion and Garlic as a side dish, or standalone meal. I served this dish, as a side dish, with grilled burgers.

Fried Cabbage with Bacon Onion and Garlic
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Ingredients
  • 6 slices bacon (cut crosswise into ¼ - ½ inch pieces)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 large head cabbage (cored and sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon paprika
Instructions
  1. in a large skillet or sauté pan cook bacon over medium high heat until crispy. Add the onion and garlic to the skillet and continue cooking until onion starts to brown. Mix in the cabbage and cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Stir in the seasonings, cover, reduce heat to low, and continue cooking for 20 minutes or until cabbage reaches desired doneness. Add additional salt to taste if desired.

Adapted from Allrecipes.com

Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders

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I was in the mood to fire up the grill until I ran across this Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders recipe. I had some whiskey I hand that I had purchased for some earlier recipes and I wanted to use it up. (I realize there are many ways to do this but I hardly ever drink any alcohol) anyway these Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders looked really good so I gave them a try. No disappointment here – they were well seasoned and delicious.

I didn’t prepare the recipe as written because I didn’t really need 12 of them, it was just my wife and I for supper so I cut the recipe in half.

Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders
 
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Recipe type: Party
Serves: Makes 12
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef ( I used ground Chuck)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion (finely diced)
  • ½ cup whiskey
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (your favorite variety – I used open pit)
  • ¼ cup jarred jalapeno slices or more to taste
  • 12 slider buns or dinner rolls (split and lightly toasted on cut sides)
Instructions
  1. Divide the meat into 12 equal portions and flatten into patties. (I rolled the pieces like I was making meatballs and then flattened them out) season the patties generously with salt and pepper. In a large skillet over medium high heat cook the patties in the oil until almost done – 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Cook in 2 batches if necessary and set patties aside on a platter.
  2. Drain all the oil from the skillet except for 2 tablespoons, add the onion to the skillet, and cook until onion is soft and translucent. Carefully add the whiskey to the skillet (if using an open flame shut the gas off before adding the whiskey to keep it from flaming up) cook 3 to 4 minutes until whiskey is reduced to about in half. Stir in the BBQ sauce and jalapeno slices scrapping any dripping from the bottom of the pan while mixing; pour in any juice that collected on the bottom of the platter.
  3. Reduce heat to low and work the burgers into the BBQ mixture turning to coat. Allow patties to simmer until burgers are heated through and the sauce is hot and bubbly.
  4. Serve sliders by placing each burger on a bun and spooning the BBQ mixture over the top of the burger.

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Adapted from http://thepioneerwoman.com/

 

 

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes for Two

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cheesy scalloped potatoes for 2 recipe

This dish can be used as a side, or as a standalone recipe. This is an easy recipe to prepare and has a delicious, rich and creamy texture. I served this as a side dish with roasted chicken breasts.

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes for Two
 
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Recipe type: side dish
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces mild cheddar cheese (Don't use Pre shredded cheese)
  • 1½ teaspoons cornstarch (divided)
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ⅓ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 12 ounces potatoes, peeled and sliced ¼ inch thick
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the shredded cheddar and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch. In another bowl mix together the other ½ teaspoon cornstarch and parmesan cheese.
  3. In a 10 inch oven proof skillet using the oil over medium heat, cook onion until lightly browned. Add the garlic and thyme; continue cooking until fragrant. Stir in the broth, cream, salt, pepper, and then add in the potatoes. Bring mixture to a boil, cover, reduce heat to a high simmer and cook until potatoes are tender.
  4. Mix in the cheddar cheese and press the potatoes into an even layer. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the top and bake uncovered in the oven until the cheese is golden brown.
  5. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

Adapted from cooks country

Funeral Potatoes Recipe

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This Funeral Potatoes Recipe makes a great side dish, or can be used as a standalone supper recipe. As the name implies this recipe was used as a side dish at funeral proceedings. The original recipe recipe serves 8 – 10 which makes it great for a get together of any kind.

Because of the number it serves I cut the recipe in half. If you want the original recipe that serves 8 – 10 just double the ingredients.

Funeral Potatoes Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1½ tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 cups frozen shredded hash browns
  • 2 cups sour cream and onion potato chips (roughly crushed)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F, and lightly spray a 1½ quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat cook the onions in the butter until soft and lightly browned.
  3. Whisk in the flour and continue cooking until flour is lightly browned. Mix in the chicken broth, half and half, salt, pepper, and thyme. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, and continue cooking until mixture is thickened. Remove from heat, add cheese, and stir constantly until melted.
  4. Mix the hash browns into the cheese mixture and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until hash browns are thawed, and then mix in the sour cream.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the casserole dish, top with the chips, and bake for 35 to 50 minutes or until hash brown are done, and the top is nicely browned.
  6. Enjoy

Adapted from Cook’s Country

 

Mashed Potato Cakes Recipe

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If you’re looking for a way to use up some of your left over mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving Day, give this quick and simple Mashed Potato Cakes Recipe a try. This recipe just requires a few ingredients, and makes a great side dish.
Happy Thanksgiving!!

Mashed Potato Cakes Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: Makes 6
Ingredients
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • 7 tablespoons all-purpose flour (divided)
  • Oil for pan frying
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl beat or whisk the egg. Add the mashed potatoes, parmesan cheese, and 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour; mix until thoroughly combined.
  2. Place the remaining flour in a shallow dish. Divide the potato mixture into six equal portions and form 6 patties. Roll the patties in the flour to coat.
  3. In a large skillet over medium high heat, using cooking oil, cook patties until lightly browned on both sides.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste; serve hot.

Adapted from: epicurious.com

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Simple Deep Fried Apples Recipe

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Deep Fried Apples are one of my favorite treats in the fall. There are many ways to prepare them, some use cinnamon and sugar, others just cinnamon. I don’t like to hide the taste of the apple slices so I just dip them in batter and deep fry them; lightly salting them when they are done. They make a great side dish or standalone treat.
Give these Deep Fried Apples a try; enjoy
Ingredients
1 egg
½ cup milk
11/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
4-5 apples (peeled, cored, and sliced into ½ inch slices)
Oil for deep frying
Directions
Preheat deep fryer to 375F.
1. In a medium bowl whisk together the egg and milk.
2. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until smooth. (Batter will be on the thin side)
3. Dip apple slices in batter and deep fry until golden brown. Place on paper toweling to drain, and salt to taste.

Chinese Fried Rice Recipe

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This is a great side dish recipe, especially if you have left over rice from another meal. I used fresh cooked rice for this recipe, but from experience it does cook a little better with rice that is precooked and allowed to cool; if you use left over rice break up any large clumps with a spoon before cooking.

Chinese Fried Rice Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1⅓ cups water
  • ¾ cup rice
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 green onions (chopped/ white and green parts)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 carrots (finely chopped)
  • 1 green pepper (finely chopped – about ½ cup)
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
Instructions
  1. Mix together the water and rice in a medium sauce pan over high heat. Bring mixture to a boil stirring constantly, cover, reduce heat to simmer, and cook rice until tender and liquid is absorbed. (About 20 minutes)
  2. In a large skillet or wok over medium high heat using the oil, add the rice and cook until lightly browned. Add the green onions, carrots, peppers, peas, and salt; cook until tender – crisp.
  3. Spread the mixture out to form a pocket in the bottom of the skillet, crack the egg into the center and scramble the egg while it cooks. Mix the scrambled egg into the vegetable mixture.
  4. Mix in the soy sauce, sesame oil, and parsley – serve immediately. Enjoy

 

Adapted from Mayo Clinic