Sandwiches

Cheetos Cheeseburgers

Cheese up your traditional cheeseburger with smashed Cheetos mixed into the burger meat. With a slice of cheddar on top it’s a double cheeseburger!

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National Cheeseburger Day is a food holiday that should not go unnoticed. In an effort to get your attention I decided to incorporate some extra cheesy-ness in the form of Cheetos. After posting recipes for Cheetos crispie treats and caramelized Cheetos it seems like you cannot get enough of the “dangerously cheesy” stuff and I’m starting to wonder what isn’t good with Cheetos? I actually posted a recipe for Cheetos crusted chicken a long time ago, back in the early days of this blog. You should check it out ;-).

I thought up this cheeseburger back when I made the World Peas burgers. The idea of crunching up something delicious and mixing it into burgers opened up a world of possibilities and I took the obvious next step towards my favorite guilty snack – Cheetos. While the Cheetos flavor in the burgers is subtle, it definitely adds to the air of cheesy-ness combined with a good slice of sharp cheddar on top.

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One year ago: Spiced Peach Cake

Two years ago: Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage Browned Butter Sauce
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Open-Faced Ricotta, Arugula, and Egg Sandwiches

Enjoy this open-faced egg sandwich any time of day. Served with Parmsean-herb ricotta, arugula, and a poached egg.

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Whenever an egg is involved as the central component of a recipe I feel like it’s breakfast food. But what about this sandwich – is it lunch or breakfast? I actually had it for breakfast but it could easily work for lunch as well, or heck even dinner if you prefer a lighter meal at the end of the day.

In my experience with open-faced sandwiches, they are served with a sauce or gravy on top which soaks in the bread and results in the necessity of forks. This open-faced sandwich doesn’t have any of that, at least not at first. But once you cut into the egg and let the yolk run amok you will find that it’s all the sauce you need.

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One year ago: Pink Lemonade Bars

Two years ago: Rosemary Brie Chicken Burgers
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Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon, Peach, & Basil Burgers

Be adventurous with this goat cheese stuffed burger topped with not only bacon but basil, peach chutney and even peach slices. You’ll be surprised how good it tastes!

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Well that was quick. Just yesterday I mentioned that any day now someone will snatch me up for a job. Sure enough shortly after applying to a couple jobs yesterday morning I got a phone call from one asking to set up an in-person interview. An hour later I had a confirmation e-mail for an interview on August 18th! I should foretell things more often on this blog – it’s magical. I did just apply to two more perfect-for-me jobs O:-).

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To celebrate this crazy turn of events lets have some fun with our food by combining meat and fruit into one crazy-awesome burger. This burger starts off decently normal with a little pepper mixed into the meat and bacon for topping but then you stuff some goat cheese in the patty and add peach chutney, peach slices, and basil on top. Sounds weird but tastes delicious. If you are skeptical assemble it with everything but the peach slices, but put them on the side to try. I bet they will end up on that burger if you give them a chance.

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One year ago: Veggie Cups with Green Goddess Dip & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Two years ago: Cinnabon Roll Rice Krispies Treats
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Turkey and Kale Panini & Stonewall Kitchen Giveaway

This turkey, pepperjack, and kale panini perfected with the addition of maple bacon aioli. Spread it on just about anything and you won’t be sorry.

Turkey and Kale Panini

August is National panini month. Paninis are just fancy grilled cheeses and I happen to love all forms of grilled cheese. This particular version was dreamed up when I received a jar of Stonewall Kitchen’s maple bacon aioli. Bacon makes everything better and the sweetness of the maple seemed perfect for turkey. Then I slapped on a little heat with pepperjack cheese and some healthy stuff in the form of kale. Yea it was good, so much so that I also spread it on top of a steak.

Steak with Maple Bacon Aioli

But I don’t want to be a tease so I am giving away a jar of the aioli to try out for yourself. Just use the Rafflecopter widget located at the bottom of this post. If you need more motivation,  on their website they also had a recipe for hot spinach and artichoke dip with this aioli in it – that has got to be tasty. Get a jar, make it and this sandwich, and then serve it together. And then continue to spread the aioli on everything in sight.

One year ago: Gnocchi with Sausage and Kale

Three years ago: “I Can’t Believe It’s Healthier” Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Spicy Mustard & Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers

It’s burger month! Crank up your turkey burgers with spicy mustard and sweet potato, served with spicy mustard-mayo and a pretzel roll.

Burger Month

It’s burger month! A month-long celebration of all things burger hosted by Kita (Pass the Sushi & Girl Carnivore) and joined by 30 other bloggers including myself. Every day this month each one of us is sharing a different burger recipe and to make the deal even more delicious we’re hosting a giveaway with prizes to help get your burger on. Just use the Rafflecopter widget located at the bottom of this post.

My burger is actually a turkey burger. A turkey burger mixed with sweet potato and smokey chipotle mustard, topped with a smokey chipotle mustard-mayo, and served on a pretzel bun. While I was at it I marinaded some zucchini and yellow squash in a mixture of olive oil and the same spicy mustard to grill along with the burgers. You may be thinking that mustard in every component is over-kill but I assure you it is not. The mustard added a different kick of flavor to each part. Why not slather the mustard on the burger bun too while you’re at it?

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Thanks for chcking out my burger for #burgermonth and an ever bigger thanks to all of the awesome bloggers contributing to this month month burger-fest and of course the fabulous companies that have donated prizes, El Diablo Hot & Spicy Mustard, FireWire Grilling Skewers, Hamilton Beach, KitchenIQ, The Spice House, and Wisconsin Cheese

One year ago: Breakfast Crème Brulee

Three years ago: Mixed Fruit Crumble
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BBQ World Peas Burger

Season your burgers in a snap with smashed, dried peas. The BBQ peas added just enough flavor to this burger to not need any other seasonings.

BBQ World Peas Burger

NEWSFLASH! The USA men’s soccer team lost a good fight to Belgium in overtime. Sadness. But that has been completely overshadowed by the birth of my newest nephew last night! I woke up to a phone call from my brother early this morning (or late last night for them being in CA) telling me that little Griffin had arrived 1.5 weeks early and fast. More updates to come once I know more.

And now for your regularly scheduled post.

I have discovered a new way to season burgers in a jiffy – seasoned dried peas. Yes peas in a burger. I took a snack-bag of BBQ seasoned dried peas, smashed them with a rolling pin and mixed it into ground beef. No other seasoning required. Just cook and top with your favorite burger fixings. I went with some bacon-cheddar that I found at Trader Joe’s and a side of homemade onion rings.

What would you make with dried peas? Check out all these flavor varieties from World Peas: Nagano Wasabi, Sichuan Chili, Sicilian Tomato & Garlic, Hungarian Garlic, Bombay Curry, Santa Barbara Ranch, and Texas Barbeque.

One year ago: Avocado Cheese Ball

Two years ago: Red, White & Berry Shortcakes

Three years ago: Mojito Fruit Dip
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Slow Cooker Shredded BBQ Brisket

Everyone loves some good BBQ but most don’t have the time to cook it. With the help of a slow cooker you can have shredded BBQ beef brisket for dinner anytime!

Secret Recipe Club

Before I get into this delicious recipe for the Secret Recipe Club, let me first say how incredibly exciting yesterday’s soccer/futbol game between the USA and Portugal was to watch. I was beyond elated when the clock was winding down with a 2-1 USA lead, and then crushed with disbelief when Portugal tied it up at the last minute. Ahhh!! At least I had a fantastic meal in my belly to ease the pain – beef BBQ with coleslaw, baked beans and my dad’s potato salad.

For the Secret Recipe Club this month I perused the recipes on Shockingly Delicious by Dorothy. I came so close to cooking her Spicy Smoky Chicken Kale Stew but when I was planning dinner for the USA-Portugal game I wanted to make something more American. When I saw the recipe for slow cooker BBQ brisket it was the clear winner. I may be living in the heart of pork BBQ for the past 7 years but I still have a sweet spot for beef.

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Her recipe did not include the pop (or soda depending on where you are from) but in my experience with slow cookers it is beneficial to have some liquid in which to be cooked. There may have been enough juice from the meat and the onions but either way the beef came out perfectly. I have made slow cooker pulled pork in the past but this was the first time an onion was thrown in the mix and it added such great flavor to the meat. My parents enjoyed it so much that they plan on including it in their normal dinner rotation!

Check out some of Dorothy’s other recipes on her blog, Shockingly Delicious. I also bookmarked the Falafel Burgers and Spiced Snickerdoodles.

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As for the final group matches of USA-Germany and Portugal-Ghana (to determine the fate of the USA in the World Cup), unfortunately I will not be able to watch either of the two games live so I will be disconnecting myself from social media as much as possible until I get home in order to watch the DVR. Go Team USA!

Two years ago: Pesto Chicken Burger

Three years ago: Bubble Up Pizza
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Pass the Cookbook Club: Michael Symon’s Spicy 50/50 Burger

Mix up your burgers with these Spicy 50/50 Burgers made with ground beef and chorizo. Don’t forget the cheese, cilantro and a toasted bun.

PtCBC 2014

This month for Pass the Cookbook Club, Julie (White Lights on Wednesday) picked recipes from Chef Michael Symon’s 5 in 5: 5 Fresh Ingredients + 5 Minutes = 120 Fantastic Dinners. This cookbook is a collection of recipes that can be made from 5 fresh ingredients (along with a few kitchen & pantry staples) in 5 minutes. The italicized items in each recipe are the “5” fresh ingredients.

Spicy 50-50 Burger

The moment I saw the recipe for the burgers I knew I had to make them. Not only are they perfect for Memorial Day, they are also made with half beef and half chorizo. With all the flavors already involved in the combination of those two meats there was no need to add anything else to the mixture except for a little salt and pepper. Topped off with a slice of cheese, fresh cilantro, and a toasted bun there’s not much left to be desired – except maybe some avocado slices which I went ahead and put on there as well. Served with Healthier Elote (Mexican street-style corn) and Baked Sweet Potato Fries seasoned with chili powder and brown sugar.

The only other thing I changed to the recipe was the step that said to flatten the burgers once they were on the hot pan. I refused to follow this step as I prefer thicker burgers. Also, I have to point out that while yes it only takes 5 minutes to cook these burgers, it does take slightly longer than that to prepare from start to finish. But still quick and easy!

One year ago: Almond Toffee Applesauce Bread
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Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwiches

Did you remember to turn back your clocks yesterday? I changed mine right before I went to bed Saturday night which made me feel like I was going to bed crazy early. Although it will now get darker earlier, at least waking up early is a cinch. I find it difficult to wake up before the sun rises (and sleep when it up) so this will be good for me. But on to the food!

When it comes to comforting soup and sandwich pairings, tomato soup and grilled cheese is my go-to. So that slow cooker tomato-basil soup I shared last week? You better believe there was some grilled cheese action going on there too. But not just any ol’ grilled cheese, grilled cheese stuffed with macaroni and cheese! You can use any leftover (or fresh) macaroni and cheese you have on hand, but I used a spicy version and it was excellent.

Come join Mac and Cheese Mania at Rachel Cooks and Nutmeg Nanny sponsored by Door to Door Organics and OXO – Win prizes!

Grilled Mac and Cheese

Two years ago: Chocolate Root Beer Bundt Cake
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Spicy Black Bean Burgers

If you follow Steph’s Bite by Bite you know that she is hosting Fit-Ober and a 24 day AdvoCare challenge. Although I am not participating in those specific challenges, I did purchase the AdvoCare 10 day herbal cleanse after being lured in by the amazing results Steph has already been seeing. My day one belly looks similar to Steph’s (we’re the same weight too) so we shall see how it goes!  Although I have to admit, reading the guidelines about eating 8 cups of veggies/fruit a day, at least 8 cups of water, only whole grains, little to no fat, and no processed sugar makes me wonder how much the cleanse is doing versus the healthy eating. I eat pretty healthy already but need to work on eating more veggies, less fat and no sugar (goodbye cookies fort 10 days = sadness). Either way, if I am a bit leaner in time for being a bridesmaid in Amber’s wedding this weekend I’ll be a happy camper.

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Speaking of healthier eating, how about a veggie burger? When it comes to meatless burgers, black bean is typically the first kind people think of. Yet, for some reason I shied away from this version and tried every other kind first. I have no legitimate reason for this other than it simply did not appeal to me. But that all changed when this burger came into my life. It should come as no surprise that part of the reason this burger was so appealing to me was the addition of avocado slices on top. But I also liked that jalapeno and corn were mixed into the patty as well.

I made these burgers before the cleanse began, but to meet the guidelines given by AdvoCare I should have substituted the oil with broth, the bun for whole wheat (although I normally do), and the fries for veggies. Next time ;-).

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One year ago: Mini Pink Ombre Sugar Cookie Cake
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