BLT Potato Sandwich

BLT Potato Sandwich

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You make a really nice dinner…..you make baked potatoes………dinner is over……..What do you do with the left over bakers?????

You make BLT Potato Sandwiches of course!

This is more of a method than a recipe. The standard BLT is made up of five ingredients: bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and bread. The BLT evolved from the tea sandwiches served before 1900 at a similar time to the club sandwich. The first “recipe” for a BLT was published in the 1903 Good Housekeeping Everyday Cook Book, a recipe for a club sandwich included bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and a slice of turkey sandwiched between two slices of bread.  But, everyone has their own way of making BLT sandwiches………. some  like toast, some like variations on bread, which is where my recipe…….a.k.a. method comes in.

Tim and I had a really nice steak and potatoes dinner one night. My intention was to make potato salad with the remaining potatoes. I was working on a BBQ recipe and we all know that BBQ needs either cole slaw or potato salad. That being said, I also have a ton of lettuce in my garden to use. Tomatoes are not ready yet………we had a very late start to the growing season here and a very cool summer so far, so things are not quite where they should be……but I digress. We also had some bacon to use up.

For me, a traditional BLT is on toast with chips on the side…….hmmmm……….why not use the potato for the base of my BLT. At first I was going to just warm up the potatoes and fill them with the BLT stuff, but as I looked at the potatoes I kept seeing bread. If I sliced them and sautéed them, maybe they would hold as the the bread………Glory Hallelujah it worked…..The “bread” for my BLT worked!!!!

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The rest of the story is a lot less note worthy………just your basic BLT with Basil mayo. Now, as with any BLT, use the bacon you like, whatever tomatoes and lettuce you grow or purchase from your local Farmers Market……..Please visit your local Farmers Markets, your support means the world to them and the taste of local grown is beyond compare!

So the next time you are looking for something to do with those……..leftover potatoes……….try our BLT Potato Sandwich!

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BLT Potato Sandwich

BLT Potato Sandwich
  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Yield: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 Baked potatoes cut in quarters lengthwise
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 8 slices applewood smoked bacon (or your favorite bacon)
  • 8 tomato slices
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Basil Mayo – 1/4 cup mayo or salad dressing mixed with 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil.

Instructions

  1. Spray potato slices with cooking spray. Sauté slices over medium to medium high heat until crispy.
  2. You are using the potato slices as the bread. Spread the basil mayo on the potato slices, add the bacon, tomato slices, and lettuce. Place a slice of potato on the lettuce to form your sandwich. Secure with toothpick.
  3. Serve.

 

Cilantro-Sriracha Burgers

Cilantro-Sriracha Burgers

Cilantro Sriracha Burger

The 4th of July weekend brings with it camping, picnics, get togethers, fireworks and food. Speaking of fireworks, how about a firecracker of a burger……. our Cilantro-Sriracha Burgers.

Tim has a taste for the spicy, and Sriracha is one of his favorites. So, why not a burger with Sriracha???………no reason not too. This creation is all Tim……he told me what he wanted in a burger, and I added it in. Now, I must admit I wasn’t too sure about some of the ingredients, they all are strong flavors, but the result was amazing. The burger was spicy to be sure, not only is there Sriracha, but also jalapeño, cumin, onion, coriander, garlic, and cilantro. Now, the spicy was not that breathing fire, oh my God get me a glass of water spicy, it was more a I can breathe a little better now, tingle to your taste buds!

Sriracha Burger

For condiments, an extra layer of spice with some sriracha mayo. You can adjust the spice in the mayo to your taste. I kept mine to the less spicy side, but for those of you who like it hot…..add all you want!

Top the burger with some cool toppings…….lettuce, tomato, onion, and avocado. The avocado was my addition. Tim is not as big a fan of them as I am, but they lent a cool creaminess that I really liked. But as with any burger, add the condiments you enjoy.

So, the next time a spicy burger is in order try the Cilantro-Sriracha Burgers, its fireworks for your tastebuds!

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Cilantro-Sriracha Burgers

Cilantro Sriracha Burger
  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • Burgers:
  • 
1 pounds ground beef
2 tablespoons cilantro,chopped
  • 1 small jalapeño, minced
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sriracha
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 
1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 
3/4 teaspoons course salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices Pepper jack cheese
  • Hamburger buns
  • Sriracha Mayo:

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
1-2 teaspoons sriracha, or to taste
  • Garnish:
  • avocado
,tomato,
lettuce
,onion,
Sriracha Mayo

Instructions

  1. Preheat the grill to medium heat. (you can also cook indoors on grill pan or in a skillet)
  2. In a large bowl, combine the beef, cilantro, jalapeño, red onion, sriracha, garlic, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper. Form into 2-4 patties. (we make large burgers)
  3. Make the Sriracha Mayo by combining the mayonnaise and sriracha in a small bowl until combined.
  4. Cook the burgers over medium heat,to desired doneness. Top with pepper jack cheese during last few minutes to melt the cheese. Serve burger on toasted bun with Sriracha mayo, and desired condiments.

 

Chocolate Chip Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls

Chocolate Chip Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls 

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Once again I tried something and it did not go as planned…….but, this time the result was marvelous !!!!

I saw in a Huffington Post blurb, a story about 2014 food trends. One of the items was from a blog called Dude Foods. On the blog Nick, who writes the blog, used canned cinnamon rolls and chocolate chip cookie dough to make these stuffed cinnamon rolls. In his recipe you unroll the cinnamon roll , roll out cookie dough to the same length and cut into strips. You then re-roll the cinnamon roll with the cookie dough inside and bake. Sounds easy right?

Well, leave it to me to buy the wrong kind of cinnamon rolls. I bought just the regular one that I think are biscuits with cinnamon topping. No way to unwrap them……..so, instead of scrapping the whole idea, since the chocolate chip cookie dough was in small squares (I bought the ready, already ones) , I figured I could make the cinnamon roll into a cup, put the cookie dough inside and bake…….it worked great. It was also a little easier to make the cup and just set the cookie dough inside as apposed to rolling out the dough…….sorry Nick!

So, I had set aside the icing, since I like a nice visual……..we are all into “food porn” at our house….lol. I put the icing into a plastic bag, cut the tip off,and made a nice little crosshatch pattern. You can just as easily ice them like you would a regular cinnamon roll.

They were really yummy. Tim and I had them with some ice cream for dessert…….because after all, isn’t dessert the whole point of a meal????

But, these would also be great for anytime you need a last minute treat. They took minutes to prepare, and about 15 minutes to bake.

So, they next time you need a quick to fix, take along treat, that requires only 2 ingredients………..try these Chocolate Chip Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls.

Chocolate Chip Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls

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Chocolate Chip Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls

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  • Author: Adapted from Dude Foods
  • Yield: 8

Ingredients

  • 1-12.4oz package Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls “Cinnabon” with icing (just the regular size not the
  • Grands)
  • 1-16 1/2 oz. package Toll House Chocolate Chip cookie dough.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375*
  2. Remove cinnamon roll (reserve the frosting cup that comes with the cinnamon rolls)and from their packages. Remove chocolate chip cookies from their package(you will have left over cookie dough).
  3. Form each cinnamon roll into a cup shape and place 1 piece of cookie dough in each cinnamon roll cup. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 15-17 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes. Drizzle the frosting from the cinnamon roll package over the stuffed cinnamon rolls. Enjoy!