I had this idea by mistake, I meant to heat up a slice of canadian bacon in the oven and I totally forgot about it! When I remembered later, I grabbed it from the oven and it was totally solid. But not like all burnt or anything, it was a nice texture but firm. When brainstorming what to put into a Canadian Bacon taco shell, my first thought was a pickle salsa, because I love the taste of pickles with ham and cheese. I also wanted to put on plenty of lettuce to freshen it up a little. It all came together quick and easy with these slices of Jones Dairy Farm Canadian Bacon.
I wanted to make these pretzel bowls for awhile, but the first time I tried it was a total disaster. I tried to make a lattice bowl, but the whole thing totally fell apart. I put some soup in it, and the soup just drained right out of the bowl. For the second try, I made a thin piece of dough to stick the pretzel to and it really held everything together in the water bath and oven. They came out so awesome and were perfect to serve this cheesy soup in! They would also be great for a cheddar broccoli soup or any cheesy soup really.
Big news guys, I am going to be on QVC tonight at some point between 8-10 talking about Stuffed with David Venable! Make sure you tune in or set your DVR! In other big news, my blog tour starts today, which means for the next 13 weekdays in a row a different blogger will be posting and talking about a recipe from Stuffed! Some of these bloggers are my friends, and others are new to me and I am excited to check them out! I can't wait to see how everyone likes the recipes! Stay tuned to my twitter and Facebook feeds to get links to all the different recipes as they get posted! I have never used so many exclamation points in one blog post!!!!! Today's recipe on Tablespoon is this cool Polenta Grilled Cheese so check that out too! Coffee! Excitement!
I have wanted to try my hand at homemade combos for years now but never really had a reason to, I finally got my chance this past weekend. They came out soooo good! I made the pepperoni pizza variety and they far exceeded any expectations I had in 3 categories. Way more delicious than expected, way easier than expected, and way more combo-y than I thought I would be able to achieve! If you are still looking for that perfect super bowl snack, you should really make these!
I saw this cool technique for making a veggie burger on Diners Drive-ins and Dives where instead of pressing the tofu before frying it, the chef pressed the tofu right on the grill. I knew I had to try this and the first attempt was making these veggie "meatballs". When you press the tofu right on the grill you save a million paper towels, and you can just sort of leave it there and forget about it. It takes about an hour on a med-low temp and you only have to flip it once. The result is a really nice chewy tofu that adds a great texture to any vegetarian meat replacement. I served these tofu-balls with udon noodles and zucchini tossed in a simple romesco sauce.
Like everyone else, I have been eating really healthy since New Years. I always treat January-April as extra healthy months, but this year I have the extra motive of having to look good on some upcoming cookbook appearances! This quinoa risotto was a crazy healthy and filling meal that helped me get over some less healthy cravings.
Stuffed: The Ultimate Comfort Food Cookbook is my first cookbook. It is published under Page Street Publishing. The cookbook is 75% totally new content that has never been seen on this blog. The other 25% is the best of the best that the blog has ever seen, and the recipes have been re-tested, re-photographed, and detailed perfectly (unlike my normal lazy recipe style often seen here). As the title suggests, everything in the cookbook has been stuffed, and if you know my blog at all, you know that the combinations are totally wild, creative, and delicious, without being gimmicky
The book is organized a little different than most cookbooks, instead of being split up by breakfast /appetizer /sandwich /dessert, there are 5 main chapters split up by what is being stuffed. Stuffed breads, stuffed pasta and rice, stuffed veggies and fruit, stuffed meats, and stuffed sweets! Some of the mouthwatering recipes include Lobster Stuffed Fried Mac and Cheese Balls, Cheeseburger Ravioli Burger, Carnitas Burrito Manicotti, Chicken Tikka Masala Ravioli, Pork Belly Stuffed Cornbread Bites, Cheesesteak Stuffed Soft Pretzel Calzones, Lamb Vindaloo Stuffed Onions, Avocado Eclairs, and a Giant Peanut Butter Cup. and that's just a random sampling of the 112 recipes in the book.
The promotions for the book are ramping up, and I will keep you guys updated on any appearances on Facebook and Twitter, so make sure you are following! There also will be a blog tour in the next few weeks, where some of my favorite bloggers will be making a sampling of recipes from the book.
This twist on the Peruvian dish papa rellena is not only made with sweet potatoes, sausage, broccoli, and oozing cheese, but is also gluten free. I didn't really look up recipes on this one, I just had the idea and went for it. half way through, I realized that I was making papa rellenas and that I could have probably found some ideas of what flours to use to make this taste perfect. Instead, I thought that I had had chickpea flour in my pantry, but when I got home there was only brown rice flour. The final results were good, but would have been a lot better if I had used chickpea flour or even just cornstarch in place of the rice flour as a thickener. That being said, these were awesome and you should make them, just use a different flour than I did.
I made this dish as a Christmas app, but when my computer broke I was unable to post it in time for you guys to use. They can be an anytime of the year app, but the guac and pom seeds just make it look so festive! Like a holly leaf.