- 1 pound of bacon, cut into 1′ pieces
- 1/4 cup bacon grease
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon thyme
- 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 3 cups milk
- 2 pounds of potatoes, cut into 1/2′ pieces
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 8 ounces sour cream
- In a large pot, fry bacon until crispy and reserve 1/4 cup of the bacon grease.
- Take the bacon out and drain on a paper towel.
- With the grease in the pot, sautee the onion and thyme until soft.
- Sprinkle the flour in and whisk together for about 1 minute.
- Add the chicken broth and stir to combine.
- Add the potatoes and milk.
- Let come to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
- Simmer about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
- Stir in the sour cream and cheese.
Adapted from: http://sugarapron.com/2015/11/02/creamy-potato-soup/
- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 3 tablespoons minced onion
- 2 teaspoons pepper
- 2 teaspoon salt
- 3 quarts chicken broth
- 1 bag frozen spinach, well drained
- 1 cup carrots, diced
- 1 cup celery, diced
- 1 cup small pasta
- In a bowl, combine ground beef, eggs, cheese, basil, onion, pepper and salt.
- Mix well with your hands.
- Using a tablespoon, scoop out meatball mixture and form into balls.
- In a large pot, bring the chicken broth to a boil.
- Once boiling, add in the meatballs, spinach, carrots and celery.
- Cook until the meatballs are done through.
- Add in the pasta and cook according to package directions.
Adapted from: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/13434/mamas-italian-wedding-soup/
- 4 potatoes, sliced on a mandolin
- 2 onions, sliced into rings
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups milk
- 8 ounce bag of cheddar cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- Slice potatoes and onion into about 1/4 inch pieces using a mandolin.
- In a greased baking dish layer potatoes and onions, beginning with potatoes.
- In a skillet, melt the butter.
- Add the flour and whisk together.
- Let brown slightly to cook out the flour.
- Add milk and let thicken slightly.
- Add cheese, salt and pepper and stir well.
- Pour cheese sauce over the potatoes.
- Bake at 375 for 1.5 hours.
- 1 pound elbow macaroni or shells
- 1 egg
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
- 1 pound cheese, shredded
- Cook pasta in salted, boiling water until al dente then drain.
- In a small bowl, beat the egg and set aside.
- In a large pot, melt the butter.
- Sprinkle in the flour and whisk to combine.
- Cook the butter/flour mixture for a couple of minutes.
- Add the milk and cook for 5 minutes or until thickened.
- Add the mustard and whisk to combine.
- Take about a cup of your sauce and add it to the bowl with the egg.
- Whisk as you add as to not scramble the egg.
- Transfer the sauce/egg mixture back into the pot.
- Add your cheese and stir well.
- Add in the drained pasta and stir to combine.
- Pour into a buttered 9×13 pan and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.
- 2 whole garlic ears
- Drizzle of olive oil
- 2 pork tenderloins
- 8 oz. cream cheese (at room temperature)
- 1 bunch, fresh chives, finely chopped
- 8-12 slices bacon
- Slice the top off of each ear of garlic.
- Drizzle with olive oil.
- Place in foil tent and bake at 350 for 1 hour.
- While garlic is roasting, remove excess fat from pork tenderloins.
- Butterfly the tenderloins by cutting lengthwise down the middle
- being careful not to cut all the way through.
- Cover with plastic wrap and pound with mallet till ½ to ¾ inch thick.
- When garlic is done, squeeze the roasted cloves out onto the tenderloins and spread into the meat.
- Divide cream cheese in half and spread over the tenderloins.
- Spread chives over the cream cheese.
- Roll the tenderloins up and wrap with bacon, securing the bacon in place with toothpicks.
- Smoke the tenderloins indirect at 250-275 for 75-90 minutes until the bacon is done and the pork has reached at least a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees.
- Remove from heat and let rest for 10 minutes.
- 1 ounce dried mushrooms
- 1 cup boiling water
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 shallot, minced
- 1 cup Arborio rice
- 1 cup chicken stock, heated
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 8 ounces fresh crimini mushrooms, chopped
- Place mushrooms in a bowl and pour the boiling water over them.
- Cover and let sit for 10 minutes.
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the shallots and sweat until they start to turn translucent in color.
- Add rice and stir until all the grains are covered with oil.
- To the rice, add the stock and wine.
- Remove the mushrooms from their liquid, reserving the liquid, and chop them roughly.
- Add the mushrooms with their liquid to the pot.
- Add salt, raise heat to medium-high, and bring to a simmer.
- Stir well and reduce the heat to low.
- Cover and cook for 20 minutes, stirring once more after 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in the butter and cheese.
Adapted from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/dave-lieberman/creamy-mushroom-risotto-with-rosemary-grilled-pork-tenderloin-recipe.html
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1 pound bacon
- 8 ounce bag spinach
- 4 ounces mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup ham, finely diced
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- olive oil
- chicken rub or seasoning
- In a skillet, briefly saute the garlic in olive oil.
- Add the spinach and cook until it is wilted down.
- Drain the excess moisture from the spinach.
- In the same skillet, add a bit more olive oil and saute the mushrooms.
- In a separate bowl, combine the spinach, mushrooms, cheese, ham and pepper.
- Cut a pocket into each chicken breast and season with pepper and the chicken seasoning.
- Stuff the filling into the breasts.
- Wrap each breast with bacon (2-3 strips).
- Bake or grill until the chicken reaches 165 degrees.
Adapted from: http://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/detail/304