Friday, March 24, 2017

Damn Good Garlic Roasted Potatoes


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Damn Good Garlic Roasted Potatoes - Love the garlic flavor and they are the perfect substitute for french fries! - Slice of Southern

I grew up on meat and potatoes. 

Potatoes were a staple in our house and Mom made them all different ways.  I remember her teaching me how to make French fries, the fried kind in a cast iron skillet.  We made them all the time to go with Burgers and Hot Dogs, Steaks, and just because.   Oh how I love potatoes!

I still have that cast iron skillet we made the French fries in but these days it's used for other things and my French fries and baked in the oven!  Such a healthier approach to cooking potatoes, don't you think?  Plus roasted potatoes are outrageously good! 

So say you want to make my Jack Daniel's Whiskey Marinated Flank Steak and want a great side dish.  How about Damn Good Garlic Roasted Potatoes?  Oh yes please!  They are the perfect side dish to any beef, chicken, or pork dish.  If you are a garlic lover then these are made for you.  Not 1 but 2 types of garlic are used in this dish to give it that intensely garlicky flavor.  One is garlic powder and the other is a garlic infused olive oil.  I have to tell you these are sizzling good potatoes that taste like fries.

DAMN GOOD GARLIC ROASTED POTATOES


Damn Good Garlic Roasted Potatoes - Love the garlic flavor and they are the perfect substitute for french fries! - Slice of Southern

They roast at a high temperature to give you a crispy outside and tender inside.  They are so good that I never make the "fried" fries anymore.  I found I like these just as well and don't miss the fat that goes along with frying.  You'll love them too.  Try them today!

Enjoy!




Kitchen Note:  This recipe uses Garlic Infused Olive Oil.  I've made mine and included instructions below, or you can purchase it.  Other uses for it are over steamed vegetables, in salad dressings, use to sauté chicken or toss with pasta.




Damn Good Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Serves 4


Ingredients:
2 large russet potatoes
Garlic powder

Garlic infused Olive oil:
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 head garlic


Directions:

To make the Garlic infused Olive oil:  Smash and peel cloves of garlic. Transfer to a medium pot, add olive oil, and heat over medium-low heat until bubbles form around garlic, about 3 minutes. Cook for 10 minutes, on low so the garlic does not brown to much.  Remove from heat and let cool about 45 minutes.  Store in a sealed tight jar.

For the potatoes:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Peel potatoes, cut into planks lengthwise.  Cut each plank into long fries.
Place fries on a baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil.  Just enough to lightly coat.  Toss fries in oil.
Separate fries out on the pan so they are not touching.
Sprinkle with garlic powder.
Bake at 450 degrees for 15 min.  Take fries out and turn them over so they brown on the other side. Return to oven and bake another 10-15 min. until crispy.

Damn Good Garlic Roasted Potatoes - Love the garlic flavor and they are the perfect substitute for french fries! - Slice of Southern

Damn Good Garlic Roasted Potatoes - Love the garlic flavor and they are the perfect substitute for french fries! - Slice of Southern




Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Banana Cinnamon Nutella Swirl Muffins


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Banana Cinnamon Nutella Swirl Muffins for breakfast in bed or on the go! - Slice of Southern

Who needs a different variety of muffin?  I do!  I do!

How about a breakfast you can eat in bed, or on the go!

MGG and I snuck away for a long weekend not long ago and stayed at a wonderful little boutique hotel in Santa Barbara.  We just love this town and I have to tell you what impressed me quite a bit was the welcome basket full of baked goodies.  There were fresh chocolate chip and snickerdoodle cookies (who can resist that!) that were scrumptious.  They also gave us a few croissants, and some banana chocolate swirled muffins.

Those muffins were so moist and delicious they are definitely the inspiration for today's recipe.

Banana Cinnamon Nutella Swirl Muffins for breakfast in bed or on the go! - Slice of Southern

BANANA CINNAMON NUTELLA SWIRL MUFFINS

So over the weekend I tried my hand at a combination of banana and chocolate using my basic muffin recipe.  Bananas always add great flavor and moistness to muffins and then adding Nutella as a swirl into the muffins just seemed necessary.  Let me tell you...they were easy and tasty!  Hot from the oven these mouthwatering, fluffy, and seductive (yes, I said seductive...) muffins should probably be hidden if you want to save some for yourself, because they will be gone once your family smells them!  After one bite, it's all over!


Banana Cinnamon Nutella Swirl Muffins for breakfast in bed or on the go! - Slice of Southern

Banana Cinnamon Nutella Swirl Muffins for breakfast in bed or on the go! - Slice of Southern

Can't wait to go back to Santa Barbara and get some more inspiration.
Enjoy!





Banana Cinnamon Nutella Swirl Muffins

Makes 6 muffins


1 1/2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 egg
1/4 cup canola oil
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Nutella

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray a 6 well muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large blow mash your bananas.  Add the egg, oil, milk, and vanilla.  Stir until combined.  Add flour, both sugars, baking powder and soda, salt, and cinnamon.  Stir just until combined.

Divide batter among 6 muffin tins that have been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Add 1 tsp of Nutella to the top of each muffin.  Using a toothpick drag the Nutella through the batter to swirl. 

Bake at 400 degrees for 20-22 minutes.



Banana Cinnamon Nutella Swirl Muffins for breakfast in bed or on the go! - Slice of Southern
Banana Cinnamon Nutella Swirl Muffins for breakfast in bed or on the go! - Slice of Southern

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Cinnamon Orange Baked French Toast Muffins


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Fresh from the oven these Cinnamon Orange Baked French Toast Muffins will make your breakfast warm and comforting! - Slice of Southern

I always seem to have bread which you could consider "day old" around. Do you?

Last night we had a wonderful steak dinner and I made garlic toast from French sandwich rolls.  They were the perfect accompaniment, but we didn't use them all, so today I had a lonely roll staring at me, saying "use me!"


Fresh from the oven these Cinnamon Orange Baked French Toast Muffins will make your breakfast warm and comforting! - Slice of Southern

So French toast came to mind.  But I wanted to try something I was inspired to try, muffin tin French toast.  Basically it is baked French toast, but in a muffin tin instead of a casserole dish.  The only thing I had to settle on was the flavor.  Being citrus season I decided to add the brightness of orange and the warmth of cinnamon since it's still a bit chilly in the mornings.



Fresh from the oven these Cinnamon Orange Baked French Toast Muffins will make your breakfast warm and comforting! - Slice of Southern



CINNAMON ORANGE BAKED FRENCH TOAST MUFFINS


The recipe is fast, easy, and tastes wonderful.    They are baked in the muffin tins, so there is no butter or oil (healthier).  Once you bake them in the tins, out comes these cute little things I'm calling French Toast Muffins.  They are perfect little gems.  Slightly crisp on the outside and soft and tender on the inside. 

Perfect for a weekend breakfast, or a brunch, plus the kids will love them!  The flavors of cinnamon and orange coming from the oven is enough to wake the whole family and have them come running.  When they taste them, they will be begging for more!  To keep the sugar count down I served them with a sugar-free syrup. 


Fresh from the oven these Cinnamon Orange Baked French Toast Muffins will make your breakfast warm and comforting! - Slice of Southern

With the presentation being so cute and the flavors so warm and comforting, these were definitely a hit and I'll sure you and your family will love these.  Bake up something good this weekend!

Enjoy!




Cinnamon Orange Baked French Toast Muffins


Serves - 8 cups

3 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoons orange extract
1 loaf French sandwich roll, diced into 1-inch cubes
sugar-free syrup, for serving

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8 wells of a muffin tin with cooking spray.  Set aside. 

In a large bowl, add the eggs, milk, sugars, cinnamon, and orange extract.  Whisk to combine. 

Add the bread cubes and coat evenly.  All bread to soak up the custard about 3 minutes.  Distribute the bread cubes evenly among the muffin wells lightly piling the cubes on top of each other.  Pour any remaining custard over the cubes.  I filled each one just to the top with bread. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes or until tops are golden brown.  Custard should be set and the muffins should look dry.  Remove from the oven and allow to the tin for 5 minutes.  Remove each muffin with the help of a knife and serve with syrup.  


Fresh from the oven these Cinnamon Orange Baked French Toast Muffins will make your breakfast warm and comforting! - Slice of Southern



Fresh from the oven these Cinnamon Orange Baked French Toast Muffins will make your breakfast warm and comforting! - Slice of Southern









      Monday, March 13, 2017

      Brown Sugar-Sour Cream Banana Bread


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      Hot from the oven, Brown Sugar-Sour Cream Banana Bread - HEAVENLY!  Slice of Southern

      How are you liking our Daylight Savings time?  I'm always bummed when I wake up and we've lost an hour but I really love the lighter evenings!

      So being bummed when I woke up I decided to bake something for breakfast (or actually brunch by the time I got up, oops!...) from a new cookbook I inherited bought recently.  It's called Bake Good Things by Williams-Sonoma:  Simple Techniques & Foolproof Recipes for Everyday Eating.

      This book will bring your baking level up a notch by teaching you different baking techniques.  The book is full of recipes to make cookies, muffins, cobblers, pies, cake, cupcakes, biscuits, breads, & pizzas!  YUM!!! 

      The book is broken up into sections that concentrate on a certain baking technique.  I immediately went to the section on Muffins & Quickbreads (my favorite).  To quote the book:

      "Muffin-making requires three basic mixing techniques:  creaming the butter, combining the dry ingredients, and then blending them together with some form of liquid".
      So I decided to make their Brown Sugar-Sour Cream Banana Bread. We always love a good banana bread, and this sounded delicious.  (Trust me it is....!)


      Hot from the oven, Brown Sugar-Sour Cream Banana Bread - HEAVENLY!  Slice of Southern


      BROWN SUGAR-SOUR CREAM BANANA BREAD

      The recipe made 2 loaves but I scaled it down to make 1 loaf which is plenty for us to, with leftovers for several days.  This also includes bananas, with are a healthy ingredient to bake with.  The lend natural moistness and will replace heavy oils.  Who doesn't love healthier baking??  You will want over-ripe bananas that are mashed really well with no lumps remaining.  I use a fork, but a potato masher works great as well.

      The bread turned out really moist with the addition of sour cream along with the bananas. It's simple to mix together and uses pantry staples. We just loved the flavor and texture of this bread.  A hint of cinnamon and nutmeg add a nice deep earthy flavor.  To add some decadence, dark chocolate chips can be added to the batter if you like.  I kept it simple this time around, sticking to recipe.  I use this loaf pan, which has served me well, but this is also a really good pan to use.


      Hot from the oven, Brown Sugar-Sour Cream Banana Bread - HEAVENLY!  Slice of Southern

      This light, moist and crumbly bread will have you reaching for the coffee and a good book! 

      Enjoy!




      Brown Sugar-Sour Cream Banana Bread

      slightly adapted from Bake Good Things

      makes 1 loaf

      cooking spray
      1 cup all-purpose flour
      1 tsp baking powder
      1/4 tsp baking soda
      1/4 tsp salt
      1/4 tsp cinnamon
      1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
      1 1/2 large, extra ripe bananas
      1 egg, large
      1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
      1/4 cup sour cream
      1/2 tsp vanilla extract
      2 Tbls unsalted butter, melted
      Turbinado sugar for sprinkling

      Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9x5" loaf pan with cooking spray.

      In a bowl, sift together the flour baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  In a large bowl, whisk together the bananas, eggs, brown sugar, sour cream, vanilla, and melted butter.  Add the flour mixture and whisk to combine. (Don't overmix - only until combined)

      Add the batter to the prepared pan and sprinkle the top with turbaned sugar.  Baked until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 35 minutes.

      Let the banana bread cool slightly in the pan, and on a wire rack, then turn the loaf out onto a wire rack to cool completely before serving.


      Hot from the oven, Brown Sugar-Sour Cream Banana Bread - HEAVENLY!  Slice of Southern


      Hot from the oven, Brown Sugar-Sour Cream Banana Bread - HEAVENLY!  Slice of Southern









      Thursday, March 9, 2017

      Benefits of Oranges


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      Benefits of Oranges - Lot of recipes to choose from!  Slice of Southern


      There is still plenty of citrus in the markets, so before it goes away until next year I wanted to talk a little about Oranges.

      Oranges are one of the greatest members of the citrus family.  Nutrients in oranges are plentiful and diverse. The fruit is low in calories, contains no saturated fats or cholesterol, but is rich in fiber.

      Benefits of Oranges - Lot of recipes to choose from!  Slice of Southern


      Oranges, like other citrus fruits, are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and other antioxidants.  They also contain minerals like potassium and calcium.  Oranges are in season  from October to February/March, (depending on the variety) although I am still seeing these delicious beauties everywhere.  Some varieties of sweet oranges are Valencia, Navel, Persian variety, blood orange, and Cara Cara.

      I'm IN LOVE with Cara Cara oranges right now!

      Oranges can be kept at room temperature for a week or so. They will also stay fresh for a few weeks in the refrigerator.  

      Celebrate the goodness of oranges while they are still around!  Here are some of my favorite orange recipes:


      Orange Salad with Arugula and Spinach - Using fresh in season oranges!  Slice of Southern

      Orange Salad with Arugula and Spinach




      Simple Asian Salad - a great use of Mandarin oranges!  Slice of Southern

      Simple Asian Salad




      Blood Orange and Pear Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette - fresh ripe oranges are delish!!  Slice of Southern


      Blood Orange and Pear Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette




      California Salad - a mix of chicken, fruits and veggies.  Great health benefits in this one!  Slice of Southern

      California Salad




      Orange Iced Tea - what's better than tea with juicy oranges in it? Simply refreshing!   Slice of Southern




      Pork Chops in an Orange Cumin Sauce - Oh my, sweet and earthy at the same time.  Heaven!  Slice of Southern





      Caribbean Chicken Salad - Built for flavor and bursting with Mandarin Oranges!  Slice of Southern

      Caribbean Chicken Salad


      Enjoy!




      Monday, March 6, 2017

      Slow Cooker Guinness Irish Beef Stew


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      A truly classic Guinness Irish Beef Stew, made long and slow with a touch of Irish beer, just like the women of Ireland did so long ago!

      Classic Guinness Irish Beef Stew made in a slow cooker! Hearty and bold with the flavor of Guiness. - Slice of Southern


      It's about that time of year when we celebrate all things Irish!

      I've never been to Ireland though it is certainly on my bucket list.  My great-grandmother was a migrant as a young girl from Ireland to Oklahoma and her parents participated in the famous Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893 to stake a homestead claim for land.  We think the strong persistence of the Irish people in my family tree deserve celebrating this St Patrick's Day!


      Classic Guinness Irish Beef Stew made in a slow cooker! Hearty and bold with the flavor of Guiness. - Slice of Southern

      St Patrick's Day is actually a day of feasting, celebrating the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and the heritage and culture of the Irish.  You don't have to be Irish to take part, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day!    So if you plan on having a feast at home this year I have the dish for you!

      Classic Guinness Irish Beef Stew made in a slow cooker! Hearty and bold with the flavor of Guiness. - Slice of Southern

      SLOW COOKER GUINNESS IRISH BEEF STEW

      We just love a good stew and Irish stew is hearty and comforting.  This version has all the traditional ingredients with an added touch of Guinness beer for a jazzed up version.  The major plus is that it is made in the slow cooker.  You can come home to a mouthwatering meal that is just irresistible!


      Classic Guinness Irish Beef Stew made in a slow cooker! Hearty and bold with the flavor of Guiness. - Slice of Southern

      It's full of big chunks of meat and vegetables with a hint of Guinness flavor in the broth.  Pair this with my Pioneer Spotted Dog (Irish soda bread) for one fantastic meal, and the perfect way to celebrate!

      Enjoy!





      Slow Cooker Guinness Irish Beef Stew



      1 1/2 lb lean beef stew meat
      1 tsp kosher salt
      1 tsp ground black pepper
      3 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
      3 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
      ½ large yellow onion, chopped
      2 cloves garlic, minced
      1 1/2 tablespoon tomato paste
      2 1/2 cups beef broth
      1 cup Guinness Extra Stout
      Salt & pepper to taste

      Saute meet either in your slow cooker (if available) or in a large skillet, add 2 tablespoons of oil and just brown meat over medium high heat, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper as it browns.

      If browning in the skillet add beef to the slow cooker.  Add potatoes, carrots, onion, garlic and tomato paste to the slow cooker.  Then add the Guinness (including any foam that has formed) and the broth.  Stir to mix slightly.  Place lid on the slow cooker and set on high 4-5 hours or low 7-8 hours.  Taste for seasoning and add additional salt and pepper if needed.  Serve hot.


      Classic Guinness Irish Beef Stew made in a slow cooker! Hearty and bold with the flavor of Guiness. - Slice of Southern

      Classic Guinness Irish Beef Stew made in a slow cooker! Hearty and bold with the flavor of Guiness. - Slice of Southern






      Friday, March 3, 2017

      Sheet Pan Mediterranean Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Vegetables


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      A whole meal cooked on one baking sheet!  Quick and easy to assemble, and extremely flavorful. Sheet pans are the new "One Pot" cooking method and it's ingenious!

      Sheet Pan Mediterranean Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Vegetables - A whole meal cooked on one baking sheet!  Quick and easy to assemble, and extremely flavorful. Sheet pans are the new "One Pot" cooking method and it's ingenious! Slice of Southern

      When life gets busy who doesn't love a quick and easy meal?  By using your oven and a sheet pan you can create a fabulous dinner in a snap!  One that your entire family will love. I often turn to stir frys but roasting in the oven is just as easy and healthy to boot.   Everything is cooked on the same pan which makes life a breeze.  And speaking of breeze, the clean up....simple - one and done!


      Sheet Pan Mediterranean Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Vegetables - A whole meal cooked on one baking sheet!  Quick and easy to assemble, and extremely flavorful. Sheet pans are the new "One Pot" cooking method and it's ingenious! Slice of Southern

      So there is a craze that I'm sure you've noticed about sheet pan cooking.  Recipes are everywhere right now.  Even my favorite local teaching chef recently made a delicious chicken searing on a sheet pan, (recipe coming soon) and with good reason too.  They are simple to make, they allow you to cook the main and side dishes together and they are healthier for you!  I've even joined in with a previous post for Simple Citrus Herb Chicken and Tomatoes.


      Sheet Pan Mediterranean Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Vegetables - A whole meal cooked on one baking sheet!  Quick and easy to assemble, and extremely flavorful. Sheet pans are the new "One Pot" cooking method and it's ingenious! Slice of Southern

      This recipe takes a little bit of prep for the chicken, (coating in bread crumbs) but uses ingredients that I always have on hand, such and lemons (we eat a lot of dishes with lemons...) and vegetables like mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and zucchini.  These are staples in our house and lend the Mediterranean flavors to the meal.  The chicken and vegetables are able to cook at the same time because I used thin cut chicken breasts which take no time to roast, and the vegetables are soft and take the same cooking time.  If you wanted to use carrots, potatoes, or other (harder) vegetables you will have different cooking times and will need to start those first then add the chicken after 15 minutes and continue on.


      Sheet Pan Mediterranean Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Vegetables - A whole meal cooked on one baking sheet!  Quick and easy to assemble, and extremely flavorful. Sheet pans are the new "One Pot" cooking method and it's ingenious! Slice of Southern

      By roasting the chicken it stays nice and tender while the vegetables caramelize and crisp, especially when those tomatoes start to burst...oh boy!  It makes my mouth water thinking about it.  The best part is a great meal with little effort.  Perfect for a weeknight. 

      Enjoy!


      TIPS FOR COOKING THIS SHEET PAN MEDITERRANEAN LEMON PARMESAN CHICKEN AND VEGETABLES:
      • Use a LARGE sheet pan such as this one
      • Use parchment paper for easy clean up
      • Buy thin cut chicken breasts, or slice a regular breast in half lengthwise
      • Try and find a lemon pepper that does not contain salt - I use this one here







      Sheet Pan Mediterranean Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Vegetables

      serves 4

      4 thin cut boneless skinless chicken breasts        

      1/3 cup flour
      1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
      1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
      1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
      2 lemons, separated
      2 tsp garlic, minced 
      5 Tbls butter, melted
      1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning
      1 pint cherry tomatoes
      1 large zucchini, cut lengthwise and then into slices
      8 oz of baby bella mushrooms, cut into quarters
      2 tablespoons olive oil
      Garnish: fresh chopped parsley

      Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  If desired, place parchment paper on a large sheet pan with edges.

      Add flour to a pie pan.  Add bread crumbs, Parmesan and garlic powder to another pie pan and stir to combine.  To a third pie pan add the zest and juice of 1 lemon, minced garlic, and melted butter. 

      Dredge chicken in flour, then dip in the lemon butter mixture, then coat in the bread crumb mixture.  Place on prepared sheet pan.  Sprinkle lemon pepper seasoning over the chicken. 

      Place cherry tomatoes, sliced zucchini, and mushrooms around the chicken.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle lemon pepper seasoning on top.

      Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and turn chicken over, sprinkle this side with lemon pepper seasoning.  Place 4 slices of lemon (from the remaining lemon) on top of the chicken.  Return to oven to bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until chicken reaches 165 degrees internally and is golden brown.  Vegetables should be soft and roasted and tomatoes should be bursting open.

      Remove from the oven, sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley and plate.  Serve.

      Sheet Pan Mediterranean Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Vegetables - A whole meal cooked on one baking sheet!  Quick and easy to assemble, and extremely flavorful. Sheet pans are the new "One Pot" cooking method and it's ingenious! Slice of Southern

      Sheet Pan Mediterranean Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Vegetables - A whole meal cooked on one baking sheet!  Quick and easy to assemble, and extremely flavorful. Sheet pans are the new "One Pot" cooking method and it's ingenious! Slice of Southern




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