Friday, October 19, 2018

Green Chile Club Special Featuring Hatch Green Chile-Infused Vodka

I've posted before about my family's deep love for the famous Hatch Green Chiles of New Mexico.  Honestly I need to devote an entire section of The Devilish Dish to green chiles, there are so many recipes on here.  Our passion for green-chile EVERYTHING started with my husband's Famous Green Chile StewThankfully every season during the Hatch Chile harvest (late August-early September) our local grocery store brings in tons of fresh Hatch Chiles and roasts them on site.  If you haven't smelled green chiles roasting, you've been missing out.  Scentsy should make that a thing, seriously folks.  This year we decided to try something new: Infusing vodka with green chiles.  We weren't sure whether to use fresh green chiles or roasted green chiles so we experimented with both.  Fast forward 5 weeks and we have the most interesting (slightly spicy) vodkas you've ever tasted.  The vodka made with the fresh chiles has a fresher, crisper flavor, and the roasted chile vodka definitely has more of a kick and a deeper golden color.  Now we have all of this wonderful vodka to play with (I'm thinking Bloody Marys.) Since the go-to drink in Oklahoma is the Club Special, it seemed only natural the first cocktail we mixed with our fancy vodka would be the Club Special.  I made one with the fresh vodka and one with the roasted chile vodka.  Both were equally tasty.  A fresh citrus tang with just a note of chile flavor and heat.  A sophisticated (and New Mexican) twist on the Oklahoma golf course favorite.  Club Specials will never be the same!

Cocktails will never be the same...

Vodka infused with fresh green chiles (L)
and roasted green chiles (R)
Tart citrus flavor with a chile kick.
Our new favorite drink.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Pizza Nachos

It's no secret I enjoy cooking.  And I don't mind complicated recipes with lots of ingredients.  My recent post of Traditional Tikka Masala was in no way difficult, but it did have several steps with several ingredients.  A few weeks ago I made a Southwest Meatloaf that had 25 ingredients between the meatloaf and the sauce.  I didn't mind making it.  I enjoyed it, BUT sometimes I just want to hurry through dinner so I have some sofa time with my sweet pooch Elli.  These PIZZA NACHOS are the answer to a night you need some satisfying comfort food in just a few minutes.  Convenience Food.  Four ingredients, One Pan, Easy clean up.  Perfect for a night you just feel like dogs and sweatpants!
Ooey, Gooey, Cheesy and best of all:
FAST!
I may have over done it on the sauce.
Oops.
Top with lots of shredded mozzarella.
I like to buy my cheese in blocks and grate it myself.
But you could use a package of pre-grated cheese
if you prefer to make this even faster!
Hot cheesy comfort food in just a few minutes.
Here's my boxador:  Ghirardelli "Elli" for short.
See why I need a quick meal like Pizza Nachos?
I need lots of time to cuddle with her!

PIZZA NACHOS


1 package frozen waffle-cut fries
1 jar of your favorite marinara or pizza sauce
1 block mozzarella cheese, grated
1 package pepperoni (or your favorite pizza topping!)

Preheat the oven and bake the waffle fries according to package directions.  I baked them a few minutes longer to make sure they were extra crisp before I drowned them in toppings.  Top fries with pizza sauce, shredded cheese and pepperoni.  Return to oven and bake a few minutes more until cheese is gooey and melted.



Friday, September 14, 2018

Jalapeno Popper Potato Salad

Football season is finally here and that means Tailgate Tailgate Tailgate!  This past weekend we grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, so I volunteered to bring potato salad.  In the past I've made Dill Potato Salad and Blue Cheese Potato Salad, but this time I wanted something a little different to share with our football friends.  Jalapeno Popper Potato Salad is a great twist on the traditional potato salad.  Though it features both fresh and pickled jalapenos, the combination of the other ingredients work really well together and help tone down the spiciness.  I probably should not share this little secret but our friend Scott makes THE BEST jalapeno poppers.  He brings them to tailgate, but does not put them out on the table potluck style.  He hides them.  You have to be in the inner circle to get a jalapeno popper, they are THAT GOOD. So in homage to Scott and his famous tailgate treat, I created a potato salad inspired by everybody's favorite tailgate food: the jalapeno popper!
Move over traditional potato salad...

Check out the bacon and jalapenos.
All the flavors of a jalapeno popper!
Garnish with thinly sliced fresh jalapeno.
Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Traditional Tikka Masala

A bulk of our television time is spent watching cooking shows.  I like crime, mystery and haunted stuff.  Mr. DD likes sports and Little Devil watches British television or obscure documentaries.  The one thing the three of us can always agree to is an informative cooking show or competition.  We've been watching Chef's Table on Netflix and recently watched the episode on Gaggan in Bangkok, Thailand.  Led by Indian Chef Gaggan Anand, it's consistently voted one of the world's best restaurants.  It features Indian flavors married with molecular gastronomy techniques.  (Imagine Willy Wonka if you don't know what that is.) Now I absolutely love Indian food, but I cannot imagine myself handling a giant container of liquid nitrogen.  Craving Indian food, we decided to go the more traditional recipe route, searching for something by Madhur Jaffrey.  She is widely known for introducing Indian cuisine to the United States.  I'm constantly trying to Indian recipes, with various levels of success.  We all agree my Butter Chicken recipe is our family favorite, but I know deep down it isn't traditional or authentic.  This past Sunday Supper was devoted to Indian cuisine, and the three of us spent a day tackling Tikka Masala for a truly classic Indian meal.


Such an authentic taste of true Indian food.

Begin by marinating the chicken.

Look at those thinly sliced onions!
Grill the marinated chicken pieces on skewers.

Add the grilled chicken pieces to the masala.
Serve over Basmati Rice.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Easy Gluten Free Lasagna Bowls

I'm constantly on a quest for new gluten free meal ideas.  There are plenty of gluten free pastas out there.  Some I have found are quite good, the others are a little mushy in texture.  Thankfully my family trudges right along with me and eats mushy GF pasta when they have to.  Occasionally it's just easier to omit some ingredients all together with an equally tasty result. That's how these Easy Gluten Free Lasagna Bowls were born.  Basically they are all of the yummy lasagna ingredients, minus the noodles, layered in a bowl.  My family enjoyed their servings with toasted garlic bread.  If you've got a good gluten free bread you enjoy, that would be a great accompaniment to this dish, but definitely not necessary.  The ingredients are delicious and hearty enough to satisfy on their own.  Whether you eat gluten free or not, these lasagna bowls are so simple to prepare they are sure to be a definite crowd pleaser!

Friday, August 24, 2018

Easy Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

A while back we had our summer version of our Freaky Friday Recipe Swap.  I made Chili Cheese Coneys from my pal Angela over at LeMoine Family Kitchen.  What's more summery than a hot dog?  Well it turns out it's an Ice Cream Sandwich!  And not just any ice cream sandwich.  An ice cream sandwich made with homemade peanut butter cookies!  Michaela at An Affair from the Heart whipped up these Easy Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies.  Guess what isn't one of the ingredients?  Flour!  That means they are gluten-free and I'm oh so happy!  Not only are the cookies fabulous by themselves, but Michaela took them a step further by filling them with vanilla ice cream and rolling the edges in mini chocolate chips.  I'm embarrassed to say how many of these ice cream sandwiches I've prepared this summer.  It has been our new favorite gluten-free snack around here.  I even made a batch for my Dad's birthday this weekend.  With only 3 ingredients and 15 minutes in the oven, these cookies are ready in a snap.  I usually let my ice cream soften on the counter for a few minutes while the cookies cool completely.  Once the ice cream sandwiches are assembled I individually wrap them in plastic wrap and place them in the deep freeze for a little while so the ice cream freezes back up. A wonderful dessert or afternoon snack that's sure to please everyone! 
The ideal treat on a hot summer day.
Bonus:  GLUTEN FREE!
Bake up a batch of 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies.
Cool completely on a cooling rack.
Fill the middle with softened ice cream.
Roll in mini chocolate chips
for extra fun!

What a treat!
I won't tell if you eat two.

Easy Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches


For the Cookies:

1 cup sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Combine the ingredients in a bowl and mix together.  (I used my stand mixer.) Roll cookies into 12 equal balls (I used my cookie scoop) and place on parchment paper.  Use a fork to mash down the ball and create the iconic criss-cross pattern.  Bake for 15 minutes.  Cool slightly on cookie sheet, then remove to cooling rack and cool completely. 

For the Ice Cream Sandwiches:

12 baked cooled peanut butter cookies
1 quart (you'll have plenty left) softened vanilla ice cream
1-2 cups mini chocolate chips

Place a scoop of slightly softened ice cream between two cookies and smoosh together.  Place the chocolate chips in a shallow bowl.  Roll the edges of the ice cream sandwich in the chocolate chips.  Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze several hours or overnight.

Prep Time:  Approximately 25 minutes   Cook Time:  15 minutes, plus needs to freeze

Friday, August 17, 2018

Big Mac Salad

I can honestly say I've never had a Big Mac.  As an adult I don't eat much fast food.  As a kid I was all about the Happy Meal.  I'm not really a fan of the special sauce, which I always assumed was Thousand Island Dressing.  Now Mr. Devilish Dish is somewhat of a Big Mac Expert.  And as I drag him through life on my gluten-free journey, I'm always looking for gluten-free options that will keep him intrigued.  When I ran across the idea for a Big Mac Salad, I knew it was something I had to try.  His first comment was, "Big Macs don't have tomatoes."  Then I ran through the jingle in my head, "Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun."  He's totally correct.  But I think they made a great addition to the salad, and added a necessary color component as well.  Also missing was the sesame seed bun, but if you're not gluten-free, wouldn't some sesame seed bun croutons be a fun addition?  Other than the tomatoes/missing bun debacle he declared the salad tasted, "Exactly like a Big Mac."  A very simple recipe, full of healthy ingredients, and a fun twist on an old favorite!
A really fun twist on an old favorite...
You won't miss the bun.
Layer the ingredients in a glass salad bowl
for a pretty presentation.
Drizzle the salad with the "special" dressing.
Enjoy the flavors of an old favorite
in a gluten free, low carb form!

BIG MAC SALAD
gluten free/low carb

For the Dressing:

1/2 cup good quality mayonnaise
2 teaspoons prepared mustard
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 Kosher dill pickle spear, finely minced

For the Salad:

1 pound ground beef
Kosher salt
pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 head Romaine lettuce, chopped
1/4 cup finely sliced white onion
1/2 pound cheddar cheese, freshly grated
3 Roma tomatoes, diced
1/3 cup finely diced Kosher dill pickles

To prepare the dressing, whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, paprika, sugar, and salt.  Stir in pickles and set aside.

In a skillet over medium-high heat, season the ground beef with salt, pepper and onion powder.  Brown until crumbly and drain.  In a large glass salad bowl, layer the salad starting with the Romaine lettuce.  Top with the ground beef.  Then layer on the onion slices.  Cover with shredded Cheddar cheese and top with chopped tomatoes and pickles.  Serve drizzled with dressing.

Prep Time:  Approximately 20 minutes     Cook Time:  Approximately 10 minutes




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