Sunday, March 19, 2017

Epic Bacon Patty Melt













Epic Bacon Patty Melt
Prep time: 15 min active 1 hour passive
Cook Time: 12 min
Servings: 1

Ingredients
  • 6 oz ground beef (I used 85/15 ground chuck)
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 bread (I used GF Schar Artisan white)
  • butter, softened (enough to lightly smear over coat one side of the bread)
  • 2 oz cheese 

Video Tutorial: 


Instructions
  1. Form the beef into a square patty slightly larger than the bread surface, wrap it in plastic wrap and stick it in the freezer for about 2 hours so it becomes solid and easy to work with.
  2. Lightly butter one side of each slice of bread then turn them over and top them both with cheese and set aside.
  3. Wrap the frozen burger with bacon in a basket weave pattern as is demonstrated in the video tutorial.     
  4. In a large cast iron skillet begin frying the burger by holding the burger upright with a tongs to sear each edge for about 2 minutes to crisp the bacon on the sides.
  5. Once the edges are all done, lay the burger flat and add the onions to the other half of the pan and begin frying in the rendered bacon grease.
  6. After 4 minutes on the first side flip the burger and let it coo for three minutes on the second side.
  7. Place the cheese covered bread buttered side down in another frying pan over a medium low heat to allow time for the cheese to melt before the bread over-browns.
  8. Place the fried onions on top of the burger then place the burger on top of one of the slices of toasted bread and cheese top it with more condiments if you want.  (I used pickles, mustard and ketchup) then add the second slice of bread and serve. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Quinoa Pancakes - Elvis Style

Quinoa Pancakes - Elvis Style



















A few posts back, when I made those Mini Brownie Trifles  I told you guys that Namaste Foods had sent me a few products to review.  In the Trifle post I used their Organic Brownie Mix which was fantastic.  

In this post I used their Quinoa Flour to make pancakes. But not just any humdrum pancakes; these pancakes are fit for a King paying homage to Elvis and those infamous peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwiches he used to love so much. 

But back to that quinoa flour.  I found Namaste brand to have a superfine texture that blended easily into the batter and a nutty flavor that worked well in this recipe.  













Quinoa is a super-food with nutritional benefits that crush the competition among other grains.  But it does have it's own distinct flavor which could make people shy away from using it in their baked goods.  

Since these pancakes contain bananas, peanut butter, and vanilla which are all pretty strong flavors in their own right the quinoa blended nicely into the recipe with no strange taste. 

You're going to love these pancakes.

To check out the Namaste website click HERE.


Quinoa Pancakes - Elvis Style
Prep time: 10 min
Cook Time: 5-10 min per batch
Servings:  Makes (9)  4 inch pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa flour (I used Namaste Brand)
  • 1 tbsp psyllium husk powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup peanut butter (64 grams, melted)
  • 1 ½  large ripe bananas, mashed (the other ½ for garnish)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Ingredients for Garnish

  • ½ banana sliced
  • crispy bacon crumbled
  • cup melted peanut butter

Video Tutorial: 


Instructions

  1. Whisk together quinoa flour, psyllium husk powder, baking powder, and salt then set aside.
  2. In another bowl combine the melted peanut butter, mashed bananas, milk, beaten egg and vanilla extract.
  3. Mix the liquid ingredients until well combined and add the dry mixture then stir until you’ve got a homogeneous batter with a thick consistency.
  4. In a large greased non-stick skillet over a medium low heat, ladle in scant ¼ cup measures. 
  5. Allow the pancakes to cook low and slow for 3-4 minutes or until the tops begin to dry out and small bubbles begin to form then flip the pancakes and let them cook for a couple of minutes on the second side or until they are a light golden brown.
  6. Remove from the pan and serve stacked with crispy bacon, banana slices and a drizzle of melted peanut butter.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Crispy Salmon with Warm Potato & Broccoli Smash



















Crispy Salmon with Warm Potato & Broccoli Smash
Prep time: 10 min
Cook Time: 20 min

Ingredients
  • (2) 6 oz salmon fillets
  • 2 lbs red potatoes
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • ¼ cup yellow mustard
  • 3-4 chopped scallions
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 lemon (juice and zest)
  • salt and pepper
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
Video Tutorial:


Instructions
  1. Scrub the potatoes and trim off anything that doesn’t look nice then cut them into large chunks and place into a pot of water large enough to also house 4 cups of broccoli florets later.
  2. Bring the pot of potatoes up to a boil and after 5 minutes add the broccoli florets and cook for an additional 10 minutes then drain them both and roughly mash.
  3. In the meantime to make the dressing in a medium bowl combine, the yellow mustard, scallions, fresh thyme leaves, crushed red pepper flakes, the juice and zest of a lemon, salt and pepper then stream in the olive oil as you stir to combine.
  4. Add most of the dressing to the warm smashed veggies (reserving 2 tbsp to top the salmon) and stir to combine.
  5. For the salmon, season with salt and pepper then sauté skin side down in a nonstick skillet over a medium high for 3-4 minutes on the first side then flip and cook for 2-3 minutes on the second side.
  6. To serve, place a large pile of the smashed veggies onto your plate then top with a piece of salmon and a spoonful of the mustard dressing and a few thyme leaves.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Namaste Brownie Review and Giveaway

Mini Brownie Trifles (video link below)

Being a Food Blogger can be a little tough at times.  It’s never fun when your dinner grows cold as you to try to style that perfect shot.  But the perks of a blogger can be very nice.

Recently Namaste Foods sent me several products to review.  They’re also generously hosting a Giveaway for my US and Canadian followers.

And you can rest assured that if a company offers to send you their stuff to review, they truly believe in what they’ve created.  Their products are all certified gluten free, kosher, non-Gmo, casein free, and vegan friendly.

I received their Organic Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix, a Spice Cake Mix, and a bag of Quinoa Flour.  












This post mainly focuses on the brownie mix.  And Namaste's mix didn’t disappoint.  In short the mix is phenomenal. The brownies turned out dense and moist and fudgey with a rich chocolate flavor that thankfully lacked the cloying sweetness typically found in many mixes that add tons of sugar.

















Below is a video which details the brownie preparation along with a Mini Brownie Trifle recipe that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day or any other special occasion.



Namaste is also hosting a giveaway for my US and Canadian followers that includes a tote bag filled with assorted products, coupons, and recipes.
 
Products May Vary From Photo



















To enter you can either leave a comment below or head over to on my Youtube channel, Instagram or Facebook accounts and leave a comment on the posts advertising this Giveway.  

I’ll message the winner on March 1st,2017
(Edited on 3-1-17 to name the winner as SharingGlutenFreeRecipes from IG)

Here’s a link to the Namaste foods website where you can check out some of their products.  They've also got a store locator to help you find them in your area.

And don’t forget to stay tuned to my social media outlets so you won’t miss the recipes I create in the coming months with that spice cake mix and quinoa flour. If the brownies were any indication we can only expect good things.  

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