Sunday, March 24, 2013

Poor Man Steak Pizza


This one goes to my husband.  It's all him for sure.  He can come up with the most unique combinations, like the other day when he wanted cheeze-it crackers crumbled into his egg omelet.  Seriously, he did.  So I obliged and he said it was really good.  Here is a pizza we brainstormed one night when we just couldn't decide what to do for dinner.  I just wanted something quick and effortless.  He just wanted something to fill him up.  That's not always easy to do.  You can really do this any way you want. I added the peppers and olives because they complimented the meat so well.  Of course I also just happened to have some frozen from last years crops. I definitely recommend you stick with them on this recipe. It has a "give me more" kinda flavor.  Makes 4 personal pan pizza's.

4 slices NAAN (Indian) Bread
1 cup marinara sauce
2 cups chopped Spam meat
2 cups chopped hot dogs
1/4 cup each (chopped):
Green Peppers, Red Peppers, Yellow Peppers
Green Olives, Black Olives, Mushroom
2 cups shredded Fiesta cheese

Place NAAN bread in oven and bake for 10 minutes at 350, or until crust becomes as crispy as you prefer.  Place chopped spam and hot dogs together in a HOT skillet. DO NOT ADD OIL.  Stir meat constantly until nicely browned on all sides.  Remove from heat and place 1/4 cup marinara sauce on each slice of baked NAAN bread spreading to the very ends.  Mix all vegetables in a large bowls and stir will. Place 3/4 cup of vegetables on bread and gentley flatted down with a spoon.  This will make sure the vegetables are spread throughout the bread and to the edges.  Add 3/4 cup of chopped meat (remaining 1/4 cup will go on to of cheese) and smooth down also.  Top with 1/4 cup shredded cheese and 1/4 of browned meat.  Place in oven and bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Tender Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry

Just because it's Stir Fry doesn't mean it requires a Wok, not that there is a specific set of ingredients you HAVE to add.  My family loves stir-fry and they find it quite a treat.  I usually hit the fridge and grab whatever (reasonable) vegetables I have on hand.  In this instance I used Green Squash and Snap Peas because I had some left in the freezer from my garden.  Any large skillet or dutch oven will work well.  Just make sure you have fun with it.  This serves a 4-6.

2 LBS Lean Beef Sirloin

1/2 Cup Soy Sauce
2/3 Cup Japanese Sweet Rice Wine
2 TBS Sugar
1 TSP Ground Ginger
2 Minced Garlic Cloves
2 TBS Italian Dressing

Dice meat into medium sized pieces.  Pour all remaining ingredients into pan on medium heat and boil.  Once boiled add Beef.  let simmer on low heat for 1 hour until meat is extremely tender.  Be sure to stir constantly.  10 Minutes before adding vegetables turn heat to medium-high and allow a portion of the juices to concentrate, but not completely.

Add to meat:
2 Cups Broccoli floweretts
2 Cups Sliced Mushrooms
2 Cups Italian Squash (Green Squash)
2 Cups Snap Peas

Let vegetables simmer for 10 minutes tossing constantly to allow the teriyaki to penetrate the stir-fry thoroughly.  Remember-it's best to add whatever vegetables you are comfortable with.  These are what I had on hand, and what worked for me.

I served the dish over Japanese Ramen noodles, but sticky white rice will work perfectly also.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Smoke Sausage MisMash

Wow!  This is so good and full of amazing flavor.   I  dug into the vegetable drawer and started chopping just about anything I had in it.  When the sausage was added the whole house smelled delicious.  Turned out to be one really delectable dinner.  This recipe will serve four.

1 Cup Canola Cooking Oil
4 Medium Potatoes Sliced
1 Green Squash Sliced
1 Yellow Squash Sliced
1 8oz Pkg Mushrooms Sliced
1 Medium Green Pepper Sliced
1 Small Onion Chopped
3 Cloves Garlic minced
2 LBS Smoked Sausage Sliced
Salt and Pepper to taste

Shredded Cheddar Cheese (optional)

Heat oil in a skillet and toss in potatoes sprinkled with salt and pepper. Cook uncovered for fifteen minutes flipping often to brown both sides.  Add squash, mushrooms, green pepper, onion and garlic.  Cook an additional ten minutes continuing to flip.  Add sausage and maintain cooking while flipping until sausage is brown.  I served with tortillas, but biscuits are good too. Top with shredded cheese if desired.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Marinated Salmon Fillet W/Pasta and White Sauce

The only time that I enjoy a good Salmon Fillet is when it is on sale.    I enjoy the taste and the nutritional value but it's a little expensive for me.  During the season of Lent is a perfect time to indulge in this tasty meal that will actually have you felling pampered!  I make the noodles from scratch because they have a much better flavor and texture.  They are also very simple and my husband prefers them. Any variety of your favorite pasta will work with this dish.  Recipe will serve four.