BUFFALO CHICKEN SLIDERS

BUFFALO CHICKEN SLIDERS
12 pack of Kings Sweet Hawaiian Rolls
2 1/2 cups chopped Costco rotisserie chicken pieces
1/2 red onion, THINLY sliced
8 slices Havarti cheese
1/3-1/2 cup Frank’s Original Buffalo Sauce
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon powdered Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • LIGHTLY spray 9×13 pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Stir together chicken pieces and buffalo sauce until well coated.
  • Cut entire package of Hawaiian rolls in half so you have a top and bottom.
  • Place roll bottoms in pan.
  • Place half the cheese in a single layer on top of rolls.
  • Top with chicken pieces in an even layer.
  • Evenly layer onions on top of chicken pieces.
  • Layer remaining cheese in a single layer.
  • Place tops on rolls.
  • Whisk together melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder and Parmesan cheese.
  • Brush roll tops with butter mixture.
  • Cover LIGHTLY with foil.
  • Bake 20 minutes.
  • Remove foil and bake 5 minutes more.

NOTE: You can use regular rolls, but the Hawaiian rolls are a much sweeter roll that lend a great profile to this recipe.

BACON RANCH CHICKEN SLIDERS

BACON RANCH CHICKEN SLIDERS
12 pack of Kings Sweet Hawaiian Rolls
2 1/2 cups chopped Costco rotisserie chicken pieces
1/2 red onion, THINLY sliced
8 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
8 slices Havarti cheese
1/3-1/2 cup Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon powdered Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • LIGHTLY spray 9×13 pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Stir together chicken pieces and ranch dressing until well coated.
  • Cut entire package of Hawaiian rolls in half so you have a top and bottom.
  • Place roll bottoms in pan.
  • Place half the cheese in a single layer on top of rolls.
  • Top with chicken pieces in an even layer.
  • Evenly layer onions on top of chicken pieces.
  • Sprinkle with bacon pieces and top with remaining cheese in a single layer.
  • Place tops on rolls.
  • Whisk together melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder and Parmesan cheese.
  • Brush roll tops with butter mixture.
  • Cover LIGHTLY with foil.
  • Bake 20 minutes.
  • Remove foil and bake 5 minutes more.
  • Serve warm.

NOTE: You can use regular rolls, but the Hawaiian rolls are a much sweeter roll that lend a great profile to this recipe.

BLTS ROLL UPS

These are great in the spring and summer, especially for picnic baskets or outside around the yard.

BLTS (BACON LETTUCE TURKEY STRAWBERRY) ROLL UPS
PER PERSON
1 LARGE spinach tortilla
2 slices deli turkey
2-3 pieces crisp bacon
2-3 LARGE strawberries
shredded lettuce mayonnaise

  • Lay spinach tortillas out on a flat work surface.
  • Spread with mayonnaise.
  • Starting at one edge top with turkey slices followed by bacon pieces, sliced strawberries and lettuce not quite going all the way to the other edge.
  • Roll the tortillas TIGHTLY!
  • Cut each roll in half and serve.

TOMATO SWEET POTATO BISQUE with BACON JALAPENO GRILLED CHEESE CROUTONS

TOMATO SWEET POTATO BISQUE adapted from CARLA HALL
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 medium sweet potato 
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced 
1 rib celery, cleaned and diced 
1 sweet onion, FINELY chopped 
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons FRESH thyme leaves
14.5-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes 
4 cups unsalted vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
1/4 cup heavy cream 
Micro greens or chopped green onions, for garnish 

  • Preheat the oven to 425°.
  • Place the sweet potato on a baking sheet and bake until soft, 35 to 40 minutes.
  • Allow to cool, then peel it and roughly chop it.
  • Heat avocado oil and butter in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the carrots, celery, onions, salt and pepper, stirring occasionally, until the onions just turn translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and thyme, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are nice and brown, 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Stir in the cayenne pepper, tomatoes with their juices and the broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to maintain a steady simmer until the carrots are tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Add the roasted sweet potato.
  • Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until silky smooth.
  • Return the soup to the skillet and heat on low.
  • Stir in the cream.
  • Season to taste and serve hot with the micro greens or sliced green onions and
  • Croutons.

BACON JALAPENO GRILLED CHEESE CROUTONS
2 slices bacon per sandwich, cooked crisp
FRESH sourdough bread
1/2 cup whipped cream cheese
1 SMALL can diced jalapeños, drained well
QUALITY medium cheddar slices

  • Beat together the cream cheese and diced jalapeños.
  • Butter the outside of the bread slices.
  • Spread one slice with the cream cheese jalapeño mixture.
  • Lay bacon pieces on top of cream cheese mixture.
  • Top with cheddar cheese slice and other slice of bread, buttered side out.
  • Place the sandwich in a nonstick skillet and turn the heat to medium-low, cooking and turning occasionally, until the bread is toasted golden brown and the cheese is completely melted through.
  • Cut into croutons.

CREAMED EGG SALAD

CREAMED EGG SALAD
6 eggs, hard boiled and cooled
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish, drained

  • Mix cream cheese and sour cream together until smooth.
  • Add sugar, onion powder, salt and pepper, mixing until well blended.
  • Grate hard boiled eggs with a cheese grater into the mixing bowl.
  • Add pickle relish.
  • Serve on croissants.

CREAMY RUSTIC TOMATO SOUP with GRILLED CHEESE ROLL-UPS

CREAMY RUSTIC TOMATO SOUP with GRILLED CHEESE ROLL-UP DIPPERS

ROASTED TOMATO MIX
2 large zuchinni peeled and slices
8 cups tomatoes (I used garden grown Roma, Cherry and Blue Indigo tomatoes)
1 bulb garlic, peeled and sliced
1 large bunch green onions, halved and roughly sliced diagonally

CREAMY RUSTIC TOMATO SOUP
3 cups chicken broth
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1/3 cup chopped Italian parsley
2 tablespoons chopped FRESH Basil
2 tablespoons chopped FRESH Oregano
1/2-1 cup heavy cream

GRILLED CHEESE ROLL-UP DIPPERS
12 egg roll wrappers
12 Tillamook medium cheddar cheese snack sticks
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 stick butter
1/2 cup avocado or canola oil

  • Start cheese stick on the corner of the egg roll wrapper and roll cheese stick twice.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and wrap 2 more times folding in the corners as necessary.
  • Brush remaining open edges with water and continue rolling until well sealed.
  • Heat butter and oil (1/2 inch deep) to 375˚.
  • Fry sticks a few at a time until golden brown all the way around.
  • Drain on paper towels.

HAM & CHEESE PULL APARTS

ACTIVE PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 25 minutes
TOTAL START TO FINISH TIME: 45 minutes
SERVES: 4
WHY I’LL MAKE IT AGAIN: It’s the perfect tailgating food!

HAM & CHEESE PULL APARTS
4 sourdough rolls or 1 LARGE Italian or sourdough bread loaf
1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
1 + 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese or Monterey Jack or Baby Swiss
1 1/2-2 cups SMALL diced country ham or bits of deli ham
2 green onions, minced

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Cover a baking sheet with foil.
  • Place rolls foil.
  • Slice rolls in a cross hatch pattern. Be sure NOT to slice all the way through.
  • Drizzle the butter into all the crevices.
  • Stuff the crevices with 1 cup of the shredded cheese and minced ham pieces.
  • Top with minced green onions.
  • Wrap loosely with a large piece of foil on top.
  • Bake 15 minutes.
  • Top with remaining cheese.
  • Uncover and bake another 10 minutes until cheese is golden.

CHICKEN PARMESAN STUFFED GARLIC BREAD

CHICKEN PARMESAN STUFFED GARLIC BREAD adapted from Tasty

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken tenders
1 cup flour
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 cup avocado oil, for frying
2 large baguettes**
Prepared marinara sauce**

  • Place the flour, eggs, and bread crumbs into 3 separate bowls.
  • Roll a chicken strip in the flour, dusting off excess.
  • Dip the strip into the egg, then place into the bread crumbs, coating it completely.
  • Repeat with the remaining chicken.
  • Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat to 350˚.
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Fry the breaded chicken strips until both sides are golden brown.
  • Remove from heat and drain on a paper toweling.

GARLIC BUTTER
1/2 cup butter, melted
4 LARGE cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon FRESH parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • Whisk everything together and set aside.

ASSEMBLY

  • Slice the baguettes into thirds or fourths, each piece should be about the same length of the chicken strips.
  • Hollow out the insides of the baguette pieces with a knife.
  • Overlap two slices of mozzarella lengthwise.
  • Place a chicken strip on the overlapping region, then fold the mozzarella tightly around the chicken.
  • Push the rolled chicken strips into a baguette piece.
  • Slice the stuffed baguette pieces into 1 inch slices, then place them tightly side-by-side on a baking sheet lined with foil.
  • Brush the garlic butter evenly over the baguette slices, making sure some drips in between the slices.
  • Wrap the foil up and over the re-assembled baguette and bake for 20–25 minutes, until cheese is melted and the top is starting to brown.
  • Remove the foil and serve with marinara!

NOTE:

  • I make a “PINK” marinara that is half traditional red marinara and half alfredo sauce with a garlic crema (recipe below) 😀  The garlic crema is also wonderful to add to any base for any pizza.
  • I also like to use a ‘par baked’ baguette from the bakery.

GARLIC CREMA
1 cup heavy cream
6 cloves to the entire bulb or garlic depending on preference, minced
Combine the heavy cream and garlic in a small saucepan.
Cook over medium low heat, stirring frequently, 10-15 minutes until thickened and fragrant.

MEATLOAF BURGERS

MEATLOAF BURGERS
1/2 pound ground sirloin
1/2 pound ground pork
1 LARGE egg
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon FRESH minced thyme
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1/3 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
4 buns

  • Combine ground sirloin, ground pork, egg, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper in mixing bowl.
  • Shape into 4 patties.
  • Whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar and vinegar. Set aside 1/3 cup for serving.
  • Grill patties on greased grill 5-7 minutes until browned.
  • Flip burgers and brush with glaze, cooking another 5 minutes.
  • Transfer burgers to platter and serve with buns, cheese and reserved glaze for dressing buns.

PULLED CHICKEN SANDWICHES & CARROT BROCCOLI SLAW

This couldn’t be a simpler recipe if you tried.

PULLED CHICKEN SANDWICHES & CARROT BROCCOLI SLAW
2 cups torn rotisserie chicken pieces
1 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
OR
2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce (I used a Cherry Chipotle)

  • Whisk together the vinegar, water, sugar and red pepper flakes in a saucepan over HIGH heat, simmering 8-10 minutes until reduced by half.
  • Stir in chicken and cook several minutes until warmed through.

OR

  • Bring YOUR FAVORITE BBQ sauce to a SLOW simmer.
  • Add chicken, stirring to coat all the pieces.
  • Simmer 5-10 minutes until heated through.
  • Serve on buns with FRESH corn on the cob.

CARROT SLAW
1 1/2 cups shredded matchstick carrots
1/2 cup broccoli matchstick pieces
1/4 cup bread and butter pickles, chopped
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or juice from the pickles
1/2 cup sour cream
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper

  • Whisk together the sour cream, vinegar or brine, salt and pepper.
  • Toss carrots and broccoli pieces together with dressing.
  • Chill several hours before serving.

BEEF STROGANOFF SANDWICHES

BEEF STROGANOFF SANDWICHES serves 6-8
1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 large onion, chopped small
2 mini red peppers, chopped
3-4 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 lb mushrooms, sliced thin
2 tablespoons WONDRA flour
1 cup beef broth
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup dry white wine
LARGE pinch sea salt
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1 1/2 cups sour cream
2 vine ripened tomatoes, chopped
2 cups shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese
FRESH potato rolls

  • Melt butter into oil and sauté onions on low heat for about 10 minutes until golden.
  • Add garlic, red peppers and mushrooms and cook another 10 minutes (add a little wine for moisture if needed).
  • Add beef to the cooked mushroom mixture and sauté another 10 minutes until beef is cooked through.
  • Sprinkle flour in and stir until everything is coated and flour is golden.
  • Add the broth plus the Worcestershire, wine, paprika, and white pepper to the meat mixture.
  • Simmer for 10-15 minutes, tasting it periodically, until reduced and beginning to thicken.
  • Remove from the heat and add the sour cream, careful not to curdle, and stir well.
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Cover baking sheet with foil.
  • Slice open rolls, butter and place halves on baking sheet.
  • Toast rolls 5 minutes in oven until edges begin to crisp.
  • Spoon meat mixture evenly over rolls.
  • Top with chopped tomatoes and shredded cheese.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes until rolls are crisp and cheese is melted and bubbly.

BBQ CHICKEN SLIDERS

BBQ CHICKEN SLIDERS

12 King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls OR 6 King’s HAWAIIAN buns
3 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
½ cup Sweet Baby Ray’s original barbecue sauce
½ red onion, thinly sliced
6 slices Baby Swiss or Gruyere cheese
3 ears baby white corn cut from cob or 2 cans white shoepeg corn
2 green onions, minced
FRESH ground salt and pepper
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Bragg’s amino acids
2 +1 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Over medium high heat melt 2 tablespoons butter.
  • Add corn and green onions, generously seasoning with FRESH ground salt and pepper.  Cook until staring to turn golden brown.
  • Add apple cider vinegar and Bragg’s amino acids to the skillet, stirring to combining and cooking JUST until liquid is absorbed.  Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Slice the rolls in half lengthwise.
  • Place the bottom half in a 9 x 13-inch (23 x 33 cm) rimmed baking dish.
  • Combine chicken and BBQ sauce until well mixed.
  • Spread the chicken evenly over the rolls, followed by the red onion, corn and then the sliced cheese.
  • Top with the remaining rolls.
  • Brush the tops with melted butter mixture.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, until the bread is golden brown.
  • Slice into individual sliders.
  • Enjoy!