Slow Cooker Pepper Jack Leg Quarters Recipe

Print This Post Print This Post

slow cooker pepper  jack Leg quarters recipe

If you have been suffering from sticker shock over the grocery prices lately here is a simple and very inexpensive recipe to put on the supper menu that you and your family will enjoy. This is a slow cooker recipe so it does take some time to cook, but if you have some other things you have to get done this can be a blessing.
I used chicken leg quarters in this recipe but you can use any combination of chicken pieces you would like. If you use leg quarters I would recommend removing the skin and any excess fat’
Give this, simple and inexpensive, Slow Cooker Pepper Jack Leg Quarters Recipe a try; it’s really good. Enjoy

Slow Cooker Pepper Jack Leg Quarters Recipe
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken leg quarters (skin and fat removed)
  • 1 small green bell pepper (thinly sliced into strips)
  • 1 small red bell pepper (thinly sliced into strips)
  • 1 small orange or yellow bell pepper (thinly sliced into strips)
  • 1 can condensed Nacho Cheese soup (10 ¾ ounces)
  • ½ cup chunky salsa
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 5 cups cooked rice
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix together the soup, chili powder, and salsa.
  2. Arrange the chicken quarters in the bottom of the slow cooker and pour the soup mixture over the top.
  3. add the bell peppers and cook covered for 5-6 hours on low or until chicken is done. (185F.)
  4. Serve over hot cooked rice.

 

Moist and Delicious Grilled Well Done Bacon Cheese Burgers Recipe

Print This Post Print This Post

Moist and delicious grilled well done burgers recipe

If you want to WOW your guests at your next tail gate party on game day fire up the grill and give these Moist and delicious grilled, well done Bacon Cheese burgers a try. This is a simple recipe to put together, requiring very little prep time. This recipe calls for cooked bacon so if you want to save some time, cook the bacon ahead of time.
I ran into a situation that I had to keep the burgers on warm for a long period of time – to my surprise when I served them, they were still moist, and delicious. Enjoy

Moist and Delicious Grilled Well Done Bacon Cheese Burgers Recipe
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Main
Serves: makes 4
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pounds ground chuck
  • 1 slice wholegrain white sandwich bread (cut into ¼ inch cubes – I put the bread in the freezer for a short period of time to stiffen it up, before I cut it)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons A-1 steak sauce
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon pepper
  • 4 slices of cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 4 slices of bacon (or more depending on how much you want on each burger) cooked until crispy and reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon fat.
  • Condiments by choice – I used sliced onion and tomatoes.
Instructions
  1. Place the bread cubes in the bottom of a large bowl, add the milk, and then using a fork press the bread into the milk until smooth. Add the bacon fat, salt, pepper, minced garlic, and steak sauce and mix until well combined.
  2. Add the ground chuck to the mixture, and mix using your hands until thoroughly combined. Divide the mixture into four equal parts and form 4 patties about ½ inch thick, placing a small dent in the center of each burger.
  3. Heat, clean, and prepare the grill on high heat. grill the burgers on high heat on one side until well browned. Reduce the heat to medium high and continue grilling the burgers until done. (I used an instant read thermometer to a temperature of 155 – and then let the burgers rest for 10 minutes before placing on the bun)
  4. While the burgers are cooking toast the buns on the grill and set aside. Just before burgers are done, place 1 slice of cheese on each burger, close the grill, and continue cooking until cheese is melted.
  5. Let rest for 5 – 10 minutes and serve on the bun with bacon and condiments.

 

Adapted from cooks country Meat Book

Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe with Chocolate Glaze

Print This Post Print This Post

apple cider doughnuts recipe

apple cider doughnuts

I don’t make doughnuts very often because I always think of them as being a lot of work. When I saw this Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe I thought it looked really good. I happen to have some fresh apple cider on hand so I decided to give them a try.

This is a simple recipe that doesn’t even require the use o of a rolling pin – you push the dough flat using your hands, and then cut the doughnuts. This recipe does take a little time because the dough has to refrigerate 1 hour before you can cut the dough and form the doughnuts. I used a deep fryer to fry the doughnuts, but I am sure a Dutch oven with cooking oil would also work out fine.

For the glaze, I used chocolate, which pared very well with this recipe, but you could eliminate the glaze completely if you wanted, or use your favorite glaze recipe.

These Apple Cider Doughnuts are delicious – give them a try this fall with some fresh apple cider; you won’t be disappointed this is almost a fool proof recipe. Enjoy

Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe with Chocolate Glaze
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • Doughnuts Ingredients
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ⅔ cups dark brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Ingredients for Chocolate Glaze
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate (shaved – I used chocolate chips)
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup.
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pan over high heat bring the cider to a rolling boing. Boil until reduced to about 1 cup. Let cool.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and all the spices.
  3. In another bowl whisk the eggs, and then mix in the cider, brown sugar, vanilla, and butter. Using a large spoon combine the egg mixture into the dry ingredients until moistened.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or until dough is firm enough to handle.
  5. Divide the dough in have to make it easy to handle. Place the dough on a floured surface and flatten using your hands down to about ½ inch thickness. Form the doughnuts using a 3 inch doughnut cutter.
  6. Deep fry doughnuts a few at a time at 365F on each side or until golden brown and cooked through. (Check the 1st batch when you take them out to see if they are done. If not adjust the time as needed.)
  7. Drain on paper towels and let cool.
  8. While doughnuts are cooling prepare the glaze.
  9. In a small sauce pan mix together the cream and corn syrup. Bring the mixture to a boil, remove from heat, and mix in the chocolate, stirring until chocolate is melted, and then stir in 2 teaspoons of vanilla.
  10. Dip one side of the doughnuts into the chocolate mixture

 Adapted from Taste of Home Magazine.

Shepherd’s Pie Casserole Recipe

Print This Post Print This Post

Shepherd’s Pie Casserole Recipe

This is not your typical shepherd’s pie recipe mainly because the potatoes don’t get mashed. They are sliced, and baked, with the rest of the ingredients. This is another simple and good recipe, but it does take a little bit of time due to the long baking time in the oven. I used mixed frozen vegetables in this recipe but I’m sure you could use any mixture of corn, beans, peas or carrots that you wanted to.
This recipe reminds me a lot of the popular tater tote casserole; except the potato are fresh, and sliced.
Put this Shepherd’s Pie Casserole Recipe on the supper menu; it’s really good. Enjoy

Shepherd’s Pie Casserole Recipe
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces of fresh mushrooms sliced
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (drained)
  • 1 package frozen mixed vegetables (16 ounces)
  • 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup (undiluted)
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 pound potatoes (peeled and thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
  • ¾ cup French fried onions
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a large skillet over medium high heat break up and brown the burger along with the mushrooms and onion until burger is no longer pink inside; drain if needed. Add the tomatoes, mixed vegetables, and seasoning and cook until mixture is heated through.
  3. In a small bowl mix the water and soup together.
  4. Shepherd’s Pie Casserole ingredients
  5. Spray a 13 x 9 casserole dish with cooking spray. Spread half the meat mixture on the bottom of the casserole dish and pour half the soup mixture over the top. Repeat the process and then top with the shredded cheese and French fried onions.
  6. ready to bake Shepherd’s Pie Casserole
  7. Bake covered for 1 to1 ½ hours or until potatoes are done. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.

 

Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken Chili Recipe

Print This Post Print This Post

Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken Chili Recipe

I had to go out of town and needed a good one dish recipe, so I decided to use the slow cooker. The weather has been cold here lately so I though this Southwest Chicken Chili Recipe looked really good. Because it is cooked in the slow cooker, I could get it on, and have a hot bowl of chili waiting for me when I got home. Not disappointment here – returning, after about 7 hours, this Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken Chili was a delicious hot treat on a cold night.
If you like Southwest seasoning give this Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken Chili Recipe a try; you won’t be disappointed it’s very good. Enjoy

Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken Chili Recipe
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pound boneless skinless chicken thighs (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 smoked ham hock
  • 1 can northern beans (15 ½ ounces- rinse and drain)
  • 1 can chicken broth (14 ½ ounces)
  • 1 can chopped green chilies (4 ounces)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 5 ounces of sour cream for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a slow cooker mix together the northern beans, chicken broth, chopped green chilies, onion, cilantro, garlic powder, ground cumin, dried oregano, and add the crushed red pepper flakes to taste.
  2. browning cubed chicken
  3. browning cubed chicken
  4. In a large skilled using the olive oil over medium high heat brown the chicken.
  5. Add the chicken and ham hock into the slow cooker mixture and cook on low for 6-8- hours until the ham hock is tender and separates easily with a fork; remove the ham hock to a plate and let cool. Remove the skin and bone from the ham hock, shred or cut into bite size pieces, and add the ham back into the chili.
  6. Serve hot with scoops of sour cream on top.

 

Southwest Chicken Chili Recipe

Adapted from Taste of Home cookbook

Grilled Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey Burgers

Print This Post Print This Post

jack daniels whisky burger

We still have some fresh garden tomatoes at the farmers markets here in upper Michigan. I love grilled burgers topped with fresh tomatoes so when I saw this Grilled Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey Burgers recipe I decided to fire up the grill.

This is a very simple recipe that is quick to put together and requires few ingredients. I don’t drink alcohol very much but I love incorporating it into recipes. You can taste the whisky in the recipe but it’s not so strong that it over flavors the burger.  I thought the end result was really good; my wife thought they were delicious.

Fire up the grill and give these Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey Burgers a try.

Adapted from Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey web site.

 

Grilled Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey Burgers
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Grilling
Serves: 6 Burgers
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef
  • 6 slices American cheese
  • 1 large onion (sliced)
  • 6 slices of bacon (cooked to crispy and drained on paper toweling)
  • 1 large tomato (sliced)
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • 3 tablespoons Tennessee Whiskey
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
Instructions
  1. Preheat and prepare the grill for high heat.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix together the whiskey, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt and liquid smoke.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the burger, and 3 tablespoons of the whiskey mixture. (Hands work best for this) Form the burger into six patties.
  4. Grill the burgers on high heat until browned and slightly charred on both sides. Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking to desired doneness using a basting brush to coat the burgers with the rest of the whiskey sauce.
  5. While the burgers are grilling toast the buns cut side down until lightly toasted and set aside.
  6. Just before the burgers are done place a slice of cheese on each burger, cove the grill, and continue grilling until cheese is melted.
  7. Assemble the burgers by layering the burger, bacon, onion, and tomato slices on the bun.
  8. Enjoy

Beef and Cheddar Casserole Recipe

Print This Post Print This Post

Beef and Cheddar Casserole recipe

This Beef and Cheddar Casserole Recipe is another simple recipe that tastes great. This recipe doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, is quick to put together, and doesn’t take long to cook. This would be a great recipe to put on the menu if you looking for something quick for after work or school.

Give this one a try; it’s really good. Enjoy

Beef and Cheddar Casserole Recipe
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt (divided)
  • 3 cups wide egg noodles
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan
  • 12 ounces ground chuck or lean ground beef
  • 1 red bell pepper (seeded and chopped)
  • 1 bunch scallions (white and green parts finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • One 14½-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Cook noodles to al dente according to package directions. Lightly spray a 2.5 quart casserole dish with cooking spray, drain the noodles and place them in the bottom of the casserole dish and mix the noodles, parmesan cheese, sour cream, and ¼ teaspoon salt together until well combined.
  3. While the noodle are cooking using a large skillet brown the ground beef over medium high heat until beef is no longer pink inside. Add the chopped pepper and scallions; continue cooking until the onion and pepper is crisp tender. Scrap out room in the bottom of the skillet for the tomato paste and cook the paste for about 1 minute. Add the diced tomatoes and then stir in the Italian seasoning and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Cook until mixture is slightly thickened.
  4. Pour the beef mixture over the noodles and top with the shredded cheddar; bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and edges are bubbling.
  5. Serve hot.

 

Adapted from foodnetwork.com

Simple Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

Print This Post Print This Post

simple chocolate chip muffins recipe

I love fall here in upper Michigan, the temperatures cool down, the leaves are starting to turn color, and the fall crops are ready to pick.

I thought this would be a great time to post this Simple Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins Recipe. This is a very simple recipe to prepare and you can use either canned or fresh pumpkin. This recipe makes 12 regular size muffins or 12 jumbos; if you need more just double the recipe. These muffins turn out nice and moist and are delicious served warm and topped with melted butter.

Take advantage of the fall season and give this Simple Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins Recipe a try; Enjoy.

 

 

Simple Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins Recipe
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: makes 12
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl using an electric mixer beat the eggs, sugar, pumpkin, and oil until batter is a smooth consistence.
  3. In another large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Using a large spoon mix the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until dry ingredients are moistened and well combined; fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Lightly coat a muffin tin with cooking spray, or oil for 12 regular size muffins, or 6 jumbos. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  5. Cool for about 10 minutes and remove the muffins to a cooling rack – serve warm with butter.

Grilled St. Louis-Style Pork Steaks Recipe

Print This Post Print This Post

grilled st louis pork steak recipe

There are a couple of Grilled St. Louis-Style recipes I have wanted to try. In an effort to lighten up on the beef a little bit I decided on this Grilled St. Louis-Style Pork Steaks Recipe. This recipe has quite a few ingredients, but actually is a very simple recipe. Because of the way the pork steaks are cooked they turn out very tender. There is quite a bit of time involved with this recipe because of the brining time so be sure to allow enough time for brining ,and cooking, before you plan on serving the dish.

The next time you’re in the mood to fire up the grill this fall give this Grilled St. Louis-Style Pork Steaks Recipe a try. Enjoy

Grilled St. Louis-Style Pork Steaks Recipe
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Spice rub and steaks
  • 4 pork steaks (about 1 inch thick)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Cooking Sauce
  • 2 cups beer
  • 1 ½ cups ketchup
  • ¼ cup A1 steak sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 (13 x 9 disposable aluminum roasting pan)
Instructions
  1. For the spice rub combine all the ingredients together in a small bowl except for the pork steaks.
  2. Rub the steaks evenly with the spice rub and wrap each one in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least on hour. (This can be done anytime during the day but no more than 24 hours in advance)
  3. For the cooking sauce combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  4. Prepare the grill on high heat and cook the steaks until browned on both sides. Pour half of the cooking sauce into the aluminum pan turning them to coat. Pour the rest of the sauce over the steaks and cover the pan with aluminum foil. Place the pan in the center of the grill and cook covered maintaining a temperature of 350F. Cook steaks to an internal temperature of 190F. (45 minutes to 1 hour)
  5. Remove the steaks from the roasting pan and grill them over high heat until slightly charred.
  6. Serve hot.

 

Adapted from Cooks Country cook book.

Orange Cashew Chicken Recipe

Print This Post Print This Post

orange cashew chicken recipe

When I saw this Orange Cashew Chicken Recipe I thought I would give it a try; because the addition of the cashews in the recipe sounded really good. This recipe is really heavy on the orange flavoring which could be cut back by reducing the amount of orange sections used in the recipe, or even eliminating them. This is a simple recipe that is quick to prepare and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients.

If you looking for something different in an orange chicken recipe, give this one a try; it’s really good. Enjoy

Orange Cashew Chicken Recipe
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 2 medium carrots (thinly sliced)
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ cup salted cashews
  • 2 oranges (divided into sections)
  • Cooked Rice for a serving of 4
Instructions
  1. Cook rice according to package directions.
  2. While rice is cooking in a large skillet or wok cook the chicken, carrots, and celery in the oil until chicken is browned and juices run clear showing the chicken is done. Reduce the heat to simmer.
  3. In a small bowl mix together the honey, orange juice, soy sauce, corn starch, and ginger. Add the sauce to the chicken mixture, increase the heat and cook stirring constantly until mixture is thickened. Mix in the orange sections and cashews – serve over hot rice.

orange cashew chicken