Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Black Eyed Peas with Bacon

Tip:  Read directions completely before preparing.

8 oz bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 – 15.8 oz cans black eyed peas
½ large yellow onion, chopped
3 large cloves garlic, minced
½ large tomato, chopped
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground comino seeds (cumin)
4 cups water
1 package Sazon Goya (Cilantro con Achoite) seasoning
1 teaspoons salt

cilantro, chopped (optional)
Serrano pepper slices (optional)
Cacique Queso Fresco, crumbled (optional)

Open 2 cans of black eyes peas, drain, rinse and set aside.

In a large 3 ½ quart sauté pan at medium high heat add bacon, and fry until crispy.  Remove ¾ of the oil.  Lower heat to medium.

Add chopped onions to pan and sauté with bacon for 2 minutes.

Add minced garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.

Add tomatoes and sauté for 2 minutes. Stirring constantly.

Add beans, water, pack of Sazon seasoning, salt, and comino and stir.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, letter simmer for 25 minutes, then serve!  Top with garnishes!  Enjoy!!!!

Tip: Remember, black eyed peas on New Year's Day are thought to bring good luck for the entire year!  

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Ham, Cheese and Tomato Panini with Garlic Pesto Mayo

Tip:  Read directions completely before preparing.

Ingredients: (per panini)
1 Hoagie bun
4 slices, provolone cheese
1/4 cup, large colossal black olives, sliced
3 slices, ripe tomato, thinly sliced
4, thin slices ham
1/4 cup, arugula leafs

Garlic Pesto Mayonaise 
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons pesto
1 large garlic glove, finely minced

Prepare the garlic pesto mayonnaise spread by mixing the mayonnaise, pesto and garlic in a bowl thoroughly.  Set aside.

Preheat a stovetop panini grill, or preheat an electric panini grill according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Slice the hoagie buns lengthwise.  For each sandwich, place bottom bread slice, side down, on a work surface, spread 1 1/2 tablespoons of the garlic pesto mayonnaise on bottom and top slice.  Layer with 2 cheese slices, then 4 slices of ham, then 3 tomato slices, then a layer of sliced black olives, then 1 layer of arugula leafs, then add another 2 cheese slices, Top with the remaining bread slice.

Place the sandwich in the grill, or panini pan and close the top plate, or place in the sauté pan or grill pan and press down firmly with a flat, heavy pot lid.

Cook the sandwich, turning once at the halfway point if using a stovetop pan, until the bread is golden and toasted and the cheese has melted, about 5 - 8 minutes total.  Turn the panini pan over if using panini pan.  Keep checking to make sure your heat is NOT to high and over browning the bread to fast.

Cut the sandwiches in half and serve immediately.  Enjoy!!!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Asian Inspired Ham and Eggs Breakfast Tacos

Tip:  Read directions completely before preparing.

12 rice paper sheets
12 slices ham
8 eggs
1 bunch cilantro, rinsed, stems removed
1 cup, fresh baby spinach leafs (optional)
¼ cup, onions, finely chopped
1 tablespoon, onion Chives, minced (or scallions, green onions)
1 tablespoon, garlic chives, minced (optional)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 large Jalepeno, minced
12 slices ham
Sriracha Sauce
soy sauce

Whisk eggs in a small bowl and set aside.  Spray a non-stick pan with non-stick oil spray.  Turn flame to medium-high.  Add minced, garlic chives, onion chives, chopped onion, jalapeño and garlic.  Sauté for about 2 minutes, than pour in eggs.  Cook eggs through.  Set aside.

Fill a glass dish with hot water.  Soak one rice paper at a time in the water for about 10 seconds, or until it’s soft. Gently shake water off excess water and lay flat on a clean workspace.

Lay 1 slice ham across the bottom center of the rice paper.

Add eggs, some cilantro, and fold uncovered sides inward and slowly and tightly roll the wrap.

Add spinach and continue rolling to end.  Spinach is optional in your roll.

For serving place 3 rolls on plate, top with Sriracha sauce and soy sauce.  Enjoy!!

Serves:  4 (3 Rice Paper Tacos Each)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Spinach and Orzo Salad

This past weekend I visited the Farmer's Market, in Bentonville, AR.  I found some fresh garlic bulbs and used them in this recipe!  The garlic was so fresh and I also found spinach, sweet onions, goat cheese and many other fresh farm grown ingredients.

Tip:  Read directions completely before preparing.

1 large lemon
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 fresh cloves garlic, paper thin sliced
5 ounces, organic baby spinach leaves (Large Packaged Container, Prewashed)
8 ounces, orzo, cooked as per instructions, drained and cooled
1 – 6 ounce can small black olives, drained
1 – 8 ounce package, feta cheese, liquid drained, and chopped
8 ounces, Sliced Honey Ham, chopped
1/4 cup red onion, paper thin sliced
pinch salt
pinch freshly ground black pepper

Completely zest the lemon and add to large mixing bowl.  Then squeeze the juice from half the lemon, adding to bowl.  Being careful not to drop lemon seeds into bowl when squeezing.  Add olive oil, and sliced garlic, then mix thoroughly.  Add the rest of the ingredients into bowl.  Toss thoroughly and combine.  Enjoy!

Servings:  8