Apple Bacon Chicken Burger

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Apple Bacon Chicken Burger

Apple Bacon Chicken Burger

¬†Shhh! ……….I don’t want to say this too loud, but I think the weather is taking a turn ……for the better ūüôā


That means its time to dust off (maybe you will still have to shovel,depending on where you live) the grill. An nice burger on the grill would really hit the spot, huh????

Maybe this¬†Apple Bacon Chicken Burger would be just the ticket. I said it a million…slight exaggeration …….times but I love ground chicken for a burger in place of turkey. For me, it has a better flavor, but if you are a lover of the turkey, please substitute it in this recipe.

As anyone who has used ground chicken (or turkey) knows it can be a little dry, but in the case of this burger the add ins make it nice and juicy. One other tip, I know its poultry and you do need to cook it through, but do not over cook it. If you do, no matter what you have added, it will be dry. A little bit of bacon, onion, sage and maple syrup add a nice flavor to the burger and a topping of Maple Dijon sauce and grilled granny smith apples and wow!!!

Tim and I love burgers and we will be adding more burger’s like the Apple Bacon Chicken Burger as the weather improves………we may even end up with our first e-book on Burgers……….Boyd’s Book of Burgers…….I like the sound of that . So stay tuned for more burger recipes and maybe that e-book.

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Apple Bacon Chicken Burger
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 slices bacon
  • ¼ cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 teaspoons fresh sage, chopped
  • 3 teaspoons maple syrup, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 granny smith apple, cored, and cut into 12 wedges
  • 4 hamburger or kaiser buns, lightly toasted
Instructions
  1. Dice bacon and cook in a small skillet until crisp. Remove from pan to drain on paper toweling. Add onions to bacon drippings and saute until lightly browned. Set aside and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Combine, ground chicken, bacon, onion, sage, 2 teaspoons of maple syrup, salt and pepper. Mix well and divide into 4 burgers.
  3. Place the burger on a grill pan or outdoor grill coated with non-stick cooking spray. Grill burgers 5 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
  4. Meanwhile, toss apple wedges with remaining 1 teaspoon of maple syrup. Grill the apple slices until you have nice grill marks.
  5. To assemble the burgers place burger on bottom half of bun. Top with Maple Dijon Sauce (see recipe below), top with grilled apples and top half of bun.
  6. Maple Dijon Sauce:
  7. Mix together 3 tablespoons mayo or salad dressing, 2 tablespoons dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, and 1 small shallot( about 3 teaspoons). Serve with Apple Bacon Burger.

 

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Potato Crusted Breakfast Pizza

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Potato Crusted Breakfast Pizza 

Sunday morning breakfast at the Boyd’s…………Pizza????? Pizza you say……..not the kind that is cold and left over from the night before, but a hot from the oven breakfast pizza. Potato Crusted Breakfast Pizza!

It’s everything from breakfast formed into a pizza. Hash browns (crust), topped with eggs, bacon, and cheese. I have seen recipes for breakfast pizza before, but always on a bread type crust………….. ¬†I guess that is like toast? But I liked the idea of¬†crispy¬†hash browns, ¬†with a nice egg on top, and smokey bacon. The cheese is just an added bonus, after all who doesn’t like cheese. Tim put salsa on his, I’m that ketchup on eggs crazy person, so that was my choice, but we both tasted pre-condiment and it was great. So, whatever your condiment choice, Potato Crusted Breakfast Pizza is a nice change of pace for your Sunday breakfast.


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Potato Crusted Breakfast Pizza
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Breakfast Pizza........
Ingredients
  • Crust:
  • 1-20oz package Simply Potatoes, shredded hash brown style
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup 6 Cheese Italian shredded cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Topping:
  • 1½ cups 6 Cheese Italian shredded cheese
  • 6 slices applewood smoked bacon diced and cooked
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450*
  2. In a large bowl mix the hash browns, 1 egg, ½ cup cheese and 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning until well blended.
  3. On a pizza stone or cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick spray shape the potato mixture into a circle making a lip around the outside edge to form your crust.
  4. Bake crust in preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove crust and top with 1½ cups Italian cheese, the 4 eggs, cooked bacon and sprinkle with Italian seasoning . Return to the oven for an additional 15 minutes or until the eggs are cooked to your desired donees. 15 minutes makes the eggs over medium.
  6. remove from the oven and sprinkle with chopped parsley and cut into wedges to serve.
Notes
You may add more eggs depending on the number you wish to serve.

 

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Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake

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Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake

Chocolate Stout Bundt

Maybe my site should have been called What the “Forks” for Dessert?……..hmmmm. My renewed love of baking has me making desserts……ALOT!!!!!


After making¬†Corned Beef Tacos¬†and Rueben Pizza, I had one Guinness Stout beer left from all the corned beef I cooked………Just toss the corned beef into a cockpot and cover it with the beer……..no muss…….no fuss. Except for that extra beer. Tim and I are teetotalers, so what to do with that beer? Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake……… who would think a chocolate cake made with beer………..not me!

Pinterest is a wealth of information. I came across a recipe for a Chocolate Stout Cake. The original recipes was from Fine Cooking, but I tweaked it just a bit…….I really did not think a beer in a dessert would taste very good, what a surprise …….even the batter was yummy. I know, you are not suppose to eat stuff with raw eggs in it, but in my life time I have eaten copious amounts of raw batter dough, and lived to tell the tale.

But seriously, the  elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems should not eat any foods with raw eggs in them due to the risk of Salmonella. 

Back to my little cakes………..they came out moist and the beer must have made the chocolate………more chocolaty. I made mine in individual size, but you can make one big cake in a regular size bundt pan if you wish. A simple chocolate glaze makes the Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake an elegant looking, chocolate dessert fit for St Patty’s Day or anytime you want a fancy dessert.

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Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake
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My take on the Fine Cooking version.
Ingredients
  • 1-1/4 cups stout, such as Guinness (don‚Äôt include the foam when measuring)
  • ⅓ cup dark molasses
  • 1⅔ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder (extra for dusting the pans)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1¼ cups unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 6 oz. semisweet chocolate, very finely chopped
  • For the glaze:
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 6 oz. semisweet chocolate
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350¬ļF. Spray a 10- or 12-cup bundt pan (or twelve 1-cup mini bundt pans) with cooking non stick cooking spray and then lightly coat with sifted cocoa powder. Tap out any excess cocoa.
  2. In a small saucepan bring the stout and molasses to a simmer. Remove the pan from the heat and let stand while preparing the cake batter.
  3. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Cream the butter in a large bowl on medium speed ( stand or hand mixer) until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the brown sugar and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Scraping the bowl as needed. Beat in the eggs one at a time. On low speed, alternate the flour and stout mixtures. Scraping the bowl as needed.Then beat at medium speed until the batter is smooth. Stir in the chopped chocolate.
  4. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan (or pans), spreading evenly. Tap pan on table a few time to remove air bubbles. Bake until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes (about 25 -30 minutes for mini cakes). Set the pan on a rack to cool for 20 minutes. Invert the cake onto the rack and remove the pan. Let cool.
  5. Make the glaze:
  6. Bring the cream to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Remove the pan from the heat and add the chocolate. Let stand for 1 minute and then whisk until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  7. Drizzle cakes with glaze and then let cool.

 

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