Bloody Mary Bruschetta

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Bloody Mary, brunch booze…..the cure for a hangover? How about a super yummy topping for Bloody Mary Bruschetta?

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Bloody Mary’s are a common “Hair of the Dog” drink. Its combination of tomato juice (to settle the stomach), salt (to replenish lost electrolytes) and alcohol (to relieve head and body aches). But I think, the alcohol takes the edge off. Its reputation as a hangover cure makes Bloody Mary’s in the morning and early afternoon, brunch booze.

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Well, its been years since I have drank, but the flavor of a Bloody Mary can be had without booze, and anything on toasted bread is delicious.

Bruschetta is one of my favorite appetizers. I learned to love it when I worked for my long time friend Michelle at a restaurant she owned. The Herb Garden Deli Cafe & Bakery. What a sweet and wonderful place it was. It expanded my foodie-ism and we put out some fancy smancy spreads. Michelle’s bruschetta was and still is my favorite, tomatoes marinated (secret) and served on toasted french bread spread with herbed goat cheese.My mouth is watering just thinking of it.

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I have made many different versions of bruschetta over the years and this ranks right at the top of the list. It will never over take Michelle’s, but it is damn good!

The abundance of tomatoes at this time of year helped make this even sweeter. Fresh, ruby red, ripe tomatoes, marinated with all the tastes of a Bloody Mary, horseradish, Worcestershire, celery, and tabasco.

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A creamy base, not Bloody Mary like, but really adds to the dish, made of Miracle Whip (as always use mayo if you must), horseradish, and celery seed, is spread on toasted bread and topped with the marinated tomatoes.

Garnish with extra celery seed, celery leaves, and what Bloody Mary is complete with out a pickle and a wedge of lime?

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Bloody Mary Bruschetta, not a hanover cure, but a delicious appetizer cure!

Bloody Mary Bruschetta
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 zest of a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon each salt and black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon tabasco sauce, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish, divided
  • 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped celery leaves
  • ⅓ cup Miracle Whip
  • ½ teaspoon celery seed
  • 6-8 slices toasted sourdough or French bread
  • Celery Seed, Pickle Slices, lime wedges,and celery leaves for garnish
Instructions
  1. Combine lemon zest, lemon juice, shallot, tomatoes, oil, vinegar, salt, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne, and 1 tablespoon horseradish in a large bowl. Let marinate 10 minutes, stir in celery stalks and leaves.
  2. In a small bowl combine Miracle Whip and remaining horseradish, and celery seed in a small bowl. Spread each slice of toasted bread with the horseradish mixture, then top with tomato mixture.Garnish with celery seed, pickle slices, and celery leaves if desired.

 

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Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans

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Sometimes in the blog world you need a little help from your friends. Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans was a recipe I found over at Simply Recipes.

Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans
If you follow me you know I am the Food Service Director for a small town in Northern Illinois. School started this week. Can you say crazy busy??

So, I after visit to a local produce cart and purchased some really nice green beans, I needed a recipe. But, with my mind on school lunch, it was hard to focus on anything other than chicken nuggets, and school pizza. I really needed a recipe!

Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans

My go to Pinterest led me to Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans from Simply Recipes. Simply delicious and simply simple.

Blanch the green beans, which takes only minutes, once the water boils…..oh hum!

Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans

Give the cooked beans a quick dip in some icy water to stop the cooking process. This method gives them a beautiful green color, and a crisp snap.

In a small bowl the “dressing” is 3 simple ingredients, orange marmalade, soy sauce, and Tim’s favorite Sriracha. Spicy ketchup. It adds a little kick to the recipe.

Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans

Drain the beans and toss with the sauce……lol, I’m a poet!!

Serve at room temperature. They are the perfect side for anything grilled, or would be a nice on a Crudite Platter. Fancy French word for veggie tray.

Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans

A big thanks to Simply Recipes for giving my over worked blog brain a rest so I could focus on the busy business of feeding the future leaders of the world a nutritious breakfast and lunch!

Have some green beans to use? Try Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans.

Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans

Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans
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Ingredients
  • ¾ pound to 1 pound of green beans, snipped
  • Salt
  • ⅓ cup sweet orange marmalade
  • 1½ teaspoons soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sriracha
Instructions
  1. Blanch beans in boiling water to which you added 2 teaspoons of salt. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until the green beans are just tender.
  2. Place cooked beans into a bowl of ice water to quick cool them. Drain and place in a large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl mix the orange marmalade, soy sauce, and Sriracha
  4. You can adjust the spice to your taste.
  5. Add the orange sauce to the cooked green beans and toss to coat.
  6. Serve immediately.

 

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BLT Pizza

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When you have a garden and you plant tomatoes, they all seem to come on at once!!! What to do, what to do? BLT Pizza of course.

BLT Pizza

I don’t know about anyone else, but nothing beats a Summertime BLT, and a BLT Pizza= Summertime heaven.

There is something that just can’t beat a summer fresh from the garden tomato. The flavor is something that cannot be duplicated in any hothouse or other mass produced tomato.

BLT Pizza

Just a few thing to know about tomatoes you get at the grocery store. The ones for mass production have been breed to have tougher skin so they don’t bruise, and the skins won’t break so easily, so they have a higher yield, and are uniform in shape and size. The saddest thing is they are ALL picked green……that right green. It’s the easiest way to ship them so they are intact when they reach the store. But they never reach their full ripening potential without sunlight which gives tomatoes their wonderful flavor.

BLT Pizza

Tomatoes from a Farmers Market or home grown have a thin skin that is, for lack of a better word, fragile.Fresh home grown tomatoes almost melt in your mouth, with a sweet, juicy, rich flavor that is beyond compare. So, when in season, eat them up!

Now, for a word on bacon…….when using the best of summer tomatoes, buy good, thick cut bacon. No whimpy, skinny, no flavor bacon! Enough said!

BLT Pizza

As always, I am a Miracle Whip lover, I don’t get paid to say it, it’s just the fact! If you must use mayo…..she says with a slight gag;) Its the perfect “sauce” for a BLT Pizza

This pizza is super duper easy, so you can whip it up any weeknight. I used a pre-made crust, but you can use your own crust if you desire. If using your own, be sure to pre-bake the crust first or you will have a soggy mess.

BLT Pizza

You can make this pizza in the oven or on the grill. Whatever your pleasure.

If you love BLTs, and who doesn’t, you will love BLT Pizza. Try one this week!

BLT Pizza

BLT Pizza
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup miracle whip
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 6 slices thick cut applewood smoked bacon, cooked until just crisp
  • 1 Boboli pizza crust
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup baby arugula or lettuce of your choice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450*
  2. Mix miracle whip, olive oil, basil, garlic, and pepper in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Chop tomatoes, and bacon.
  4. Spread miracle whip mixture over pizza crust.
  5. Top with chopped bacon and tomatoes.
  6. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  7. Place pizza on a cookie, sheet, pizza stone, or on the rack in your oven.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown.
  9. Top with arugula and serve.

 

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