Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

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I needed a quick and simple recipe for supper so I decided to give this Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole recipe a try. Looking at the recipe I felt there was some room for improvement, but I decided to keep it simple and prepared the dish as written.

This would be a great one dish supper to put together for the kids after school – it’s the type of recipe I’m sure they would love.

Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • ⅓ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices of bacon (cooked crispy and crumbled)
  • 4 cups tater tots
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet cook bacon until crispy; drain and cool on paper towels; crumble and set aside reserving about 1 tablespoon of bacon fat in the skillet.
  2. Preheat oven to 400F.
  3. Add the onion to the skillet and cook over medium high heat until onion starts to brown. While cooking scrap any dripping off the bottom of the pan. Add the burger and continue cooking breaking up burger, and cooking until no longer pink inside; drain any excess fat. Add the ketchup and mustard and mix until combined. Spoon the meat mixture into a 9x9 casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. Sprinkle the bacon on top of the burger and ½ of the cheese. Arrange the tater tots over the top and bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until tater tots are nicely browned.
  5. Remove the casserole from the oven and sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top. Bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted – serve hot.

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Adapted from Kraft Recipies

Grilled Sausages with Bell Peppers and Onions

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Fire up the grill and give this Grilled Sausages with Bell Peppers and Onions recipe a try. The red bell peppers and sweet onion give this sausage sandwich a delicious flavor.

There are a lot of flare-ups from the sausage so keep a close eye on the grill when grilling them.

Grilled Sausages with Bell Peppers and Onions
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 3 red bell peppers (cut into ¼ inch strips)
  • 1 large sweet onion (cut in half and sliced into ¼ inch thick)
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1- 13 x 9 inch disposable pan
  • 2 pound sweet Italian sausage links
  • 12- 6 inch sub roles (I used brat buns)
Instructions
  1. In a large microwavable bowl mix together the peppers, onion, vinegar, sugar, vegetable oil, salt and pepper. Microwave for 7 minutes or until vegetables are just tender.
  2. Preheat and prepare grill on med high heat. Place vegetables in the pan and place on the grill, cover, and grill for 20 minutes maintaining a grill temperature of 375 to 400F. Turn of all burners except 1 and move pan of vegetables to the hot side of the grill and stir the vegetable mixture.
  3. Place the Italian sausage on the cool side of the grill, cover, and grill for 8 minutes. Flip sausage, stir vegetables, and cook for another 8 minutes. Places sausage in pan, move pan to cool side of grill and then place the sausages on the hot side. Grill turning as needed until sausages are done. (160F) return sausages to the pan, remove pan from grill, and cover with aluminum foil; let rest 5 minutes before serving.
  4. Serve with bun, sausage, and cover with the vegetables.

Adapted from Cooks Country

Garlic Mashed Potato Bake Recipe

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This is a simple and delicious side dish recipe. Basically mashed potatoes fancied up a little bit with garlic, cheese, and sour cream.

This recipe is simple and fairly quick to prepare. If you looking for a good side dish give this Garlic Mashed Potato Bake Recipe a try.

Garlic Mashed Potato Bake Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 6 medium potatoes (peeled and quartered)
  • 3 garlic clove (peeled)
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives (chopped)
  • 1 ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup French fried onions
Instructions
  1. Place the garlic and potatoes in a 3 quart sauce pan and cover with water; cook until fork tender and drain.
  2. While potatoes are cooking preheat oven to 325F and lightly spray a 1 ½ quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
  3. Add butter and sour cream to the potatoes and mash using a potato masher or electric mixer, and then fold in the chives. Spoon the mashed potatoes into the casserole dish and bake for about 20 minutes or until hot. Top with the cheese and French fried onions and continue to bake until cheese is melted.
  4. Serve Hot

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Adapted from blogchef.net

 

Korean Style Pork Chops Recipe

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It has been awhile since I put Asian food on the supper menu. I ran across this recipe on my sons blog; Blogchef.net. It looked really good so I decided to give it a try.

This is a simple recipe and fairly quick to put together. The pork chops turn out juicy and tender with a delicious combination of flavors.

The next time you’re in the mood for Asian food give these Korean Style Pork Chops a try; they are really good!

Korean Style Pork Chops Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger (grated)
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
Instructions
  1. In a medium size bowl mix together the soy sauce, honey, garlic, sesame oil, ginger, and Sriracha sauce. Work the chops into the mixture, refrigerate, and marinate for 20 minutes.
  2. While chops are marinating preheat oven to 400F.
  3. Remove chops from marinade; reserve the marinade. In a large skillet over medium high heat using the olive oil, cook the chops on one side for 5 minutes. Flip chops and add the marinade to the skillet and continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until chops done. (145F.)
  4. Serve hot with sauce over the chops.

 

Chicken Florentine for Two

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This Chicken Florentine for Two recipe has a delicious combination of flavors, and the health benefits of fresh spinach. This recipe is the perfect amount for serving two people.

The recipe calls for Parmesan cheese mixed in the sauce and then used again as a garnish – I just used it in the sauce because I did not want to overpower the recipe with the Parmesan cheese. However I did include that step in the recipe.

Chicken Florentine for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (divided)
  • 6 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • 1 small shallot (minced)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese (divided)
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon zest (grated)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Pound chicken down to ½ inch thickness; pat dry with paper toweling and salt and pepper on both sides; set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Place the spinach in the skillet with ⅛ teaspoon salt. Cook stirring occasionally until spinach has wilted; set spinach aside in a colander to drain any excess liquid.
  3. Wipe skillet clean with paper towels and place 1 tablespoon of oil in the now empty skillet. Cook chicken over medium high heat until nicely browned and chicken registers 160F on an instant read thermometer. Set chicken aside on a plate and tent with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  4. Place the garlic and shallot into the oil and cook until fragrant, and then mix in the broth and cream. Cook until reduced to about ⅔ cup (about 7 minutes on medium heat). Off heat and mix in two tablespoon of Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Salt and pepper to taste and then mix in the spinach. Let set long enough for the spinach to get warmed through.
  5. Serve chicken topped with the spinach and sauce, and the remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese.

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Adapted from Cooking for Two CookBook

Crispy Garlic Chicken Cutlets Recipe

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Serve these Crispy Garlic Chicken Cutlets on a bun with your favorite topping or as a standalone with fries. They are seasoned perfectly with garlic and have a delicious crispy coating. This is a simple recipe but does require a little bit of prep time to prepare the bread crumbs.

Crispy Garlic Chicken Cutlets Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 6 garlic cloves crushed and peeled
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken cutlets (about 1 ¼ pounds)
  • 3 slices white sandwich bread
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Place chicken cutlets in a food grade disposable bag. Add the minced garlic and 3 tablespoons of oil to the bag and work with your hands to coat the chicken; place in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven to 200F
  3. Tear the bread into large pieces and place in a food processor and process into crumbs. Place crumbs in a pie dish and bake until dry (about 20 minutes)
  4. Place flour in a shallow dish. In a medium size bowl whisk the egg whites foamy.
  5. Let the bread crumbs cool. Mix the cornstarch and garlic power into the bread crumbs.
  6. Place a wire rack over a platter. Remove the cutlets from the bag and season with salt and pepper. Roll each culet in the flour and then dip them into the egg whites, and then roll them in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing to adhere. Place cutlets on the wire rack and let rest for 5 minutes.
  7. Place ½ cup oil into a nonstick skillet over medium high heat and add 3 cloves of crushed garlic to the skillet. Cook garlic until golden brown, remove garlic and discard. Cook 3 cutlets at a time until golden brown and done on both sides. Drain the skillet and repeat the process for the remaining three cutlets.
  8. Serve Hot

Adapted from Cookscountry.com

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili for Two

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If you’re cooking for two, and in the mood for chili, but you want to get away from the red meat give this Slow Cooker Turkey Chili for Two recipe a try.

By slow cooking the turkey on low the turkey burger stays nice and moist and the flavors blend perfectly.  If you are cooking for more people just double the recipe.

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili for Two
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground turkey (not ground turkey breast)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 can pinto beans (15 ounces drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 ounces)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced canned chipotle in adobo sauce
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook the turkey, chili powder, tomato paste, garlic, and cumin in a large skillet over medium high heat stirring and breaking the turkey into chunks as it cooks; cook until no longer pink inside.
  2. Place the burger mix into a slow cooker lightly sprayed with cooking spray and mix in the beans, tomato sauce, chipotle chili, and tomatoes. Season with ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  3. Cook covered 4 hours on low. (cooking on low keeps the turkey moist)
  4. Serve hot garnished with the cheese.

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Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two

Simple and Quick Mexican Chicken Thighs Recipe

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I you’re in a hurry and want something simple and quick to put together give these Simple and Quick Mexican Chicken Thighs a try. It only requires a few ingredients and you can have supper on the table in less than an hour.

Simple and Quick Mexican Chicken Thighs Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs (I used boneless for this recipe but I think bone in would also work fine)
  • 4 teaspoons taco seasoning
  • 1 cup salsa (mild or hot depending on your taste)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Pat chicken pieces dry with paper toweling and season chicken with the taco seasoning. (use tour fingers to lightly rub the seasoning into the meat)
  3. Place the chicken thighs into a casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Pour the salsa over the chicken.
  4. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until chicken is done. (185F.) remove chicken from the oven, sprinkle the cheese over the top, and then bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  5. Serve Hot
  6. Note: I served this is dish with hash browns but flavored rice would be a perfect match.

Adapted from Allrecipes.com

Teriyaki Chicken for Two

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This Teriyaki Chicken for Two recipe was adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for two cookbook. I found their procedure for crisping the chicken pretty unique. They weighted the chicken down by placing a large pot on top of the chicken weighted with 2 (14-15- ounce cans of whatever you may have on hand). The chicken browns evenly, and is nice and crisp.

This recipe is quick and simple to prepare and doesn’t require that many ingredients; my wife absolutely loved the sauce.

Teriyaki Chicken for Two
 
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Recipe type: Cooking for Two
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed and minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon cornstarch
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Cover the bottom of a large sauce pan with aluminum foil using enough foil to bring the edges to the top to secure it. Place 2 cans 14 – 15 ounces each inside the pan for weight. (I lightly sprayed the bottom of the aluminum foil with cooking spray).
  2. Trim any excess skin and fat off the chicken and salt and pepper to taste. In a nonstick skillet using the oil over medium high heat place chicken in the skillet skin side down, and then place the weighted pan on top of the chicken. Cook for 10 minutes or until skin is nicely browned and crispy. Flip chicken and continue cooking until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 175F; remove from skillet and set aside on a plate and then remove any fat left in the skillet.
  3. While the chicken is cooking in a bowl whisk together the sugar, soy sauce, mirin, garlic, red pepper flakes, and cornstarch until thoroughly combined. Pour the mixture into the skillet and bring to a simmer and then place the chicken in the skillet skin side up. Cook until sauce thickens and turns glossy, and then turn the chicken in the sauce to evenly coat.
  4. Serve hot.

 

Classic Pork Ragu Recipe for Two

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This Classic Pork Ragu Recipe for Two is simple to put together and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients This is just a basic recipe and is easy to fancy up a little bit by adding additional ingredients like mushrooms and bell peppers; however it is good just the way it is written.

Classic Pork Ragu Recipe for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 can tomatoes (28 ounces) drain and reserve ¼ cup of the juice
  • 16 ounces boneless country style ribs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large shallot (finely chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh rosemary (minced)
  • ½ cup dry red wine (I used cherry in this recipe)
  • 2 cups Ziti pasta (uncooked)
  • Grated Romano cheese
Instructions
  1. Pulse tomatoes in a food processor until coarsely chopped; set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium high heat using the oil brown the ribs on all sides; set aside on a plate. In the same skillet cook the shallots seasoned with ¼ teaspoon salt until softened. Add the garlic and rosemary and cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant. Stir in the wine, scrapping any dripping from off the bottom of the skillet. Continue cooking until wine is reduced to about half.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes with the reserved juice and work the pork ribs into the mixture, cover, and cook on simmer for about 1 ½ hours until pork can easily be separated with a fork. Remove pork to a plate and let cool slightly and then using a 2 forks separate into bite size pieces; stir the pork back into the sauce in the skillet; salt and pepper to taste and keep warm.
  4. About 15 minutes before the pork is done cook pasta according to package directions; drain and reserve ½ cup of the pasta water.
  5. Mix the pasta and sauce together adjusting the consistency if needed with the reserved pasta water. Serve garnished with the cheese.

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Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two