Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Bacon & Brussel Sprout Pasta

Bacon & Brussels Sprouts Bowties

Dress up your bowties with Bacon and Brussel Sprouts and there you have easy weeknight dish that is ready in no time. My husband who never has eaten a Brussel Sprout in his life loved this dish and went in for a second helping. Definitely give this recipe a try!

Bacon & Brussel Sprouts Bowties

1 bag of Brussel Sprouts slice down the middle
5 cloves of garlic finely minced
2 tbsp of olive oil
4 slices of bacon
1/4 onion finely chopped
1/2 cup of dry white wine
1 cup of grated parmesan cheese
1/2 lb of farfalle (bowtie pasta)
1 cup of cooking water leftover from pasta

Cook Pasta according to directions on box set aside.
Sauté Bacon in olive oil until crispy. Remove from pan and set aside
Add Onion & Brussel Sprout to pan Face Down and allow to caramelize 5-7 minutes
Add in garlic and white wine. Cook 1 minute.

Add in pasta and starchy cooking water and grated cheese- Cook 3-4 minutes or until sauce comes together. Season with salt and pepper and ENJOY!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Arancini- Rice Balls

Just made one of my all time favorite dishes, one of the best dihes I'm know for.. my Rice Balls. Totally traditional stuffed with meat, peas and love. I can't wait to pass this recipe down to my daughter, it's a recipe that reminds me so much of my family. My brother and I would fry these up util the wee hours the night before Christmas Eve or when my Aunt Trish woud order these from our favorite caterer ever Christmas before I knew how to make them. No one ever gave me  a rice ball recipe I kinda just figured it out in my head and then tweaked the recipe as I went along. This recipe is me on a plate- familiar, fun  and just makes you feel good all over. Come try my recipe and build memories of your own.

For the Rice Balls

2 cups of sticky rice- (2.5 cups of water to 1 cup of rice)
1 1/2 cups of parmesean cheese
1/2 cup of marinara sauce
1/2 cup of grate mozzarella cheese
2 tsp of salt
1 tsp of black pepper
2 tsp of garlic powder
1 egg
1 cup All Purpose Flour

For the meat filling
1 cup of ground beef
1/4 cup of onion finely chopped
2 tbsp of tomato paste or 3 tbsp of marinara sauce (whatever you have on hand)
2 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup of frozen green peas
To make the meat filling saute onions in olive oil after the onion begin to soften add in tomato sauce, after 2 minutes add in  ground beef- brown to perfection and fold in peas- Set mixure aside

To Assemble Rice Ball-
Mix rice, eg, parmesean cheese, marinara sauce, spices and mozzarella together.
Form Balls and Set aside
Usng your thumb make a hole in the top of the rice ball, fill with 1-2 tsp of rice mixture.
Fill hole back up with rice. Put on tray in friedge for 30 minutes
Roll Balls in All Purpose Flour and place back in Fridge for 30 minutes
Now Roll Balls in Bread crumbs, put in fridge for a t least 15 minutes (this allows balls to set up and not fall apart in fryer)
Using Deep Frer, set oil to 350 degrees
Fry Rice Balls until crispy and golden Enjoy!

The ONLY Banana Nut Bread Recipe You Will Ever Need

Hi Folks,

After a long Monday, I finally put my toddler to bed and I finally got the house straightened up and my kitchen sparkling again. So what do I do next? Binge on Reality Tv? Take a relaxing bath- heck no.. I bake banana nut bread, it was moist, delicious and my house smelled amazing. Here's my favorite recipe for Banana Nut Bread and I promise it will  be your favorite too!

1 1/4 cup of AP Flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 eggs
1 cup of sugar
1 stick of regular (salted) butter
3 ripe bananas
4 heaping tablespoons of sour cream
2 tsps of vanilla extract
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease a loaf pan with butter
Using the paddle attachment in your mixer, beat the butter until soft and creamy
Add in sugar and beat with butter until well combined (2 minutes)
Add in eggs, vanilla, bananas and sour cream - Beat 2 minutes on medium

In a separate bowl Whisk together dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda)
Fold Dry ingredients into banana mixture
Lastly add in chopped walnuts, gently stir to combine

Pour in Prepared loaf pan and bake 1 hour or until cooked through.