Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops with Roasted Potatoes for Two

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This is a recipe for 2 but it could easily be doubled. This Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops recipe is simple and only requires a few ingredients; it’s delicious.

Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops with Roasted Potatoes for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces of small red potatoes (halved)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 2 boneless pork chops (¾ to 1 inch thick)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a large bowl generously season the potatoes with salt and pepper; toss in the olive oil to coat.
  3. Place potatoes cut side down in a rimmed baking sheet covered with aluminum foil – the potatoes should take up about ½ of the pan. Place on center rack of the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until just tender. (baking time could be a little longer depending on the size of the potatoes.)
  4. While potatoes are baking place the bacon on a large plate and weigh the bacon down using another plate – microwave for 3 minutes or until bacon starts to shrivel. (limp but not stiff) place bacon on paper towels to let cool.
  5. Wrap pork chops with 3 strips of bacon with ends down to secure the bacon.
  6. Remove the potatoes from the oven and place the pork chops on the other half of the sheet. Return to oven and bake until pork chops reach an internal temperature of 135F. (about 15 minutes depending on size)
  7. Preheat the broiler and place the pork and potatoes about 6 inches from the broiler element. Broil until bacon is browned and crispy and chops register 145F. Tent with aluminum foil and let rest 5 minute before serving.

 

Bacon Chicken Casserole

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The local market has deli chicken on sale so I decided to put this Bacon Chicken Casserole on the menu for supper.

This is a simple recipe that’s fairly quick to put together and doesn’t require a lot of prep time because the chicken is precooked.

If you have leftover chicken give this one a try it’s really good. Enjoy

Bacon Chicken Casserole
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 4 cups uncooked bow-tie pasta (8 ounces)
  • 1 box (9 oz) frozen baby sweet peas
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 large sweet onion (chopped about 1 cup)
  • 8 ounces package sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cups shredded deli rotisserie chicken (from 2-lb chicken)
  • 2 jars Alfredo pasta sauce (15 oz each)
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. During the last 3 minutes of cooking add the peas and cook until pasta is done; drain and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet cook bacon until crispy. Place on paper towels to drain, and then crumble; set aside.
  4. In the same skillet using the bacon drippings cook onion and mushrooms until tender. Add the mixture to the pasta and then mix in ½ cup Parmesan cheese, add the chicken and Alfredo sauce.
  5. Place the mixture in a 13 x 9 casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray, top with the bacon and the other ½ cup of Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly and cheese starts to brown.

Adapted from Pillsbury.com

Roadhouse Burger Recipe

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This grilled Roadhouse burger is delicious. It is so thick it is hard to eat, but well worth the effort, because it is loaded with delicious condiments, with a garlic sauce defiantly highlighting the burger.

My son was home for the weekend when he made these I knew once the weather was nice enough I would fire up the grill and grill them myself. You can see the original recipe on my Sons blog at Blogchef.net

Roadhouse Burger Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Grilling
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Garlic Sauce
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 garlic cloves (pressed)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Burgers
  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 4 onion hamburger buns
  • 4 large frozen onion rings
  • 2 large onions (thinly sliced)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tomato sliced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mix together the mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste; refrigerate until needed.
  2. Deep fry onion rigs in a deep fry at 375F until golden brown; set aside. (I placed these in the oven on warm)
  3. In a non stick skillet over medium high heat using the vegetable oil cook onions covered until onions begin to turn golden brown. Remove cove, add the water, and continue cooking until water is evaporated. Remove onions and set aside.
  4. In the now empty skilled cook bacon until browned and crispy; drain on paper toweling and set aside.
  5. Preheat and prepare grill on medium high heat. Form burger into 4 patties and generously season with salt and pepper. Just before burgers are done place the slices of cheese on the burgers, close lid, and continue grilling until cheese is melted. While burgers are grilling place buns cut side down on the grill to toast them. (these brown quick so watch them closely)
  6. To put it all together coat bottom half of buns with the sauce, place the cooked onions on the bun followed by the burger, bacon and then the tomato. Spread more sauce over the tomato and then top with a deep fried onion. Place top half of the bun on the mixture and enjoy.

 

Cranberry Pecan Muffins for Two

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I had some frozen cranberries on hand so I decided to give this Cranberry Pecan Muffins Recipe a try. In all honesty I didn’t think it was going to be that good, but what a surprise they are delicious!!

if you have fresh or frozen cranberries on hand give this one a try.

Cranberry Pecan Muffins for Two
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Streusel Topping
  • 2 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoon chopped pecans
  • Muffins
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup pecans (toasted and cooled)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg (room Temperature)
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter (melted)
  • ½ cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon confections sugar
Instructions
  1. Directions for topping
  2. In a small bowl mix together the flour, butter, brown sugar, salt, and granulated sugar until mixture resembles wet sand. (a fork works good for this or use your hands) Mix in the pecans and set aside.
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  4. In a medium size bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and ¼ teaspoon salt; set aside.
  5. Place the pecans and sugar in a food processor and process until mixture resembles coarse sand.; and place mixture in a large bowl.
  6. Mix in the egg, milk, and melted butter until thoroughly combined. Add the flour and mix until just moist; set aside 30 minutes until thickened.
  7. While batter is resting preheat oven to 375F and spray 4 muffin cups with cooking spray. Place cranberries, confections sugar, and a pinch of salt in the food processor and process until coarsely chopped.
  8. Mix the cranberry mixture into the muffin batter and divide the batter equally among the 4 cups. Top evenly with the Streusel topping and bake for 18 – 20 minutes or until golden brown and a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  9. Let cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack, remove from tin, and cool for at least another 10 minutes before serving.

Adapted from Cooking for 2 Cookbook – Cooks Country

Classic Chili for Two Recipe

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This Classic Chili for Two Recipe is the perfect amount for two people and doesn’t require a lot of prep or cooking time. It is seasoned perfectly for my taste, that being just slightly on the hot side; but if you like it hot; you can turn up the heat by increasing the spices.

If you like chili and your cooking for two give this one a try.

Classic Chili for Two Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • ½ green or red bell pepper (cut into ½ inch pieces)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 12 ounces lean ground beef
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (8 ounces)
  • 1 can kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
Instructions
  1. in a large sauce pan using the oil over medium heat cook the onion, green pepper, and garlic seasoned with the cumin, coriander, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, and ¼ teaspoon salt; cook until vegetables start to soften. (3 – 5 minutes) break the ground beef up inco the mixture and continue cooing until ground beef is no longer pink inside.
  2. Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and kidney beans, bring mixture to a simmer. Cover and cook for 45 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove lid and continue cooking until chili starts to thicken. (if chili is already thickened skip the last step – if chili starts to stick add ¼ cup water.
  3. Serve hot and enjoy.

 

 

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Adapted from Cooking for Two Cookbook

Chicken Alfredo Penne Casserole Recipe

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This Chicken Alfredo Penne Casserole is simple and quick to put together; you can have supper on the table in about an hour. Basically this recipe is just Penne pasta, chicken tenders, and Alfredo sauce sprinkled with some cheese and baked; I thought it was really good.

Chicken Alfredo Penne Casserole Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 box penne pasta (16 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 pound chicken tenders (cut crosswise into 1 inch pieces)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 package frozen broccoli cuts (thawed)
  • 2 jars Alfredo sauce (16 ounces each)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions to al dente; drain.
  3. While past is cooking salt and pepper chicken. In a large skillet over medium high heat cook chicken until no longer pink inside.
  4. Using a slotted spoon add the chicken to the pasta and then mix in the Alfredo sauce and then fold in the broccoli.
  5. Spoon the mixture into a 13 x 9 casserole dish and top with the cheese. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes until heated through and cheese is melted.
  6. Serve hot.

Adapted from Pillsbury.com

Quick and Simple Butter Cookie Recipe

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It’s amazing how good these butter cookies are because they require so few ingredients – chances are you will have every thing you need on hand.
When I first looked at this recipe I thought it should have had baking powder in the ingredients, but it did not. The cookies were prepared as written without baking powder. They were a little flat but they had good texture and are delicious – actually I could not stop eating them.

This is a really simple recipe, give it a try, and enjoy.

Quick and Simple Butter Cookie Recipe
 
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Serves: 24 depending on size
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a large bowl cream the butter while gradually adding the sugar.
  3. Mix in the eggs, vanilla and then add the flour mixing until just moistened.
  4. Place the cookie dough 1 teaspoon at a time on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, or lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 8 minutes, let rest for 1 minute, and then remove to a wire rack to cool.

 

One Dish Pork Chops with Dirty Rice

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One dish recipes are always appealing to me and the combination of chorizo sausage and pork chops just added to the appeal. This One Dish Pork Chops with Dirty Rice is a fairly simple recipe that doesn’t require a lot of prep or cooking time.

One Dish Pork Chops with Dirty Rice
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 ½ cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 4 bone in pork rib chops (I used an assorted variety pack because thats is all that was available)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 ounces chorizo sausage (this is the smoked version – cut in half length wise and the cut into ¼ pieces crosswise)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 bell pepper (shopped)
  • 6 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¾ teaspoon Cajun spice blend
  • 3 green onions (sliced thin)
Instructions
  1. In a medium size microwavable bowl mix together the rice and 1 ¼ cups chicken broth; cover. Microwave on high for 10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed; fluff with a fork.
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  3. While rice is cooking season pork chops generously with salt and pepper. In a 12 inch skillet using the oil brown the chops on one side for 4 – 6 minutes; set chops aside on a plate.
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  5. Reserve about 1 tablespoon of fat in the skillet and cook the onion, red pepper, and sausage until vegetables are softened. Mix in the thyme, Cajun seasoning, and garlic and continue cooking for about 30 seconds or until fragrant. Stir in the remaining chicken broth stirring any dripping from the bottom of the pan; and then mix in the precooked rice.
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  7. Arrange the pork chops on top of the rice mixture, cover, and cook on low heat for 8 – 10 minutes or until pork chops are 145F and the rice is tender.
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  9. Remove pork chops to a serving platter, cover with aluminum foil, and let rest for 5 minutes. (when removing the chops scrap any rice sticking to the chops back into the pan)
  10. Add the green onions into the rice mixture and serve with the chops; Enjoy.

Adapted from Cooks Country

Fudge Brownies for Two

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This Fudge Brownie recipe is the perfect size for two people. The brownies are rich and moist, dont require a lot of prep time, and only require 20 minutes in the oven. If there are any left over they will store in the fridge for up to 3 days.

If you cooking for two give these Fudge Brownies a try; they’re delicious!!

Fudge Brownies for Two
 
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Serves: Serves 2
Ingredients
  • 3 ½ ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into 4 pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Line a 8 ½ x 4 ½ loaf pan with aluminum foil and lightly spray with cooking spray; preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Place the chocolate chips, cocoa, and butter in a small bowl. Microwave mixture for 30 – 60 seconds until butter and chocolate is melted. Stir with a spoon until well combined and smooth; set aside.
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  5. In a large bowl whisk together the sugar, egg, and egg yolk, salt, and vanilla. Using a spoon mix in the flour until just combined.
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  8. Pour and spread batter evenly into the loaf pan and bake for 24 – 30 minutes until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
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  10. Cool on wire rack, remove, and cut into desired size bars; enjoy

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Adapted from Cooking for 2 Cookbook

Coffee Cake Muffins for 2

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This Coffee Cake Muffins recipe is simple and just the right amount to feed 2 people. This recipe is kind of unique because it marbles the streusel into the inside of the muffins.

If your cooking for 2 people give this one a try; it’s really good.

Coffee Cake Muffins for 2
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup plus 8 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 8 teaspoons brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (sliced into 4 pieces and chilled)
  • 1 large egg (at room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sour cream
  • confectioners sugar for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. and spray 4 muffin tins with baking spray with flour. (I used cooking spray and lightly sprinkled the tins with flour)
  2. Place granulated sugar, 8 teaspoons of flour, and 4 teaspoons of brown sugar into the bowl of a food processor; process until well combined. Transfer 2 tablespoons of the mixture into a small bowl. To create the streusel whisk in the cinnamon, and 4 teaspoons of brown sugar into the small bowl mixture; set aside.
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  4. Add ⅓ cup flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to the mixture in the food processor and mix until well combined. Place the butter pieces in the food processor and pulse until small pebbly pieces form. Add the egg and sour cream and mix until well combined.
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  6. Place 1 tablespoon of batter into each muffin cup, divide the streusel between the 4 cups and place on top of the batter, and then top each cup with the remaining batter.
  7. Bake for 20 t0 25 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  8. Let cool for 10 minutes, remove to wire rack, and let cool for another 10 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar before serving.

Adapted from Cooking for 2 Cookbook