Holiday Cheese Ball Wreath

Holiday Cheese Ball Wreath

Bring your outdoor holiday wreath inside with this festive and easy cheeseball. Use a small Bundt pan to form a wreath shape, or roll the mixture into a ball or log. For a cheeseball worthy of any big gathering, skip the Bundt pan and colorful garnish and roll the ball in toasted sliced almonds instead. 

Level: Easy

Total: 1 hr 15 min 

(includes chilling time)

Yield: 16 to 20 servings

Active: 15 min

Ingredients:

1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature

2 cups shredded firm cheese, such as Cheddar, pepper Jack or Colby

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

1/2 cup pickled piquante peppers, such as Peppadews, finely chopped

1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives

Crackers, sliced bread or crudites, for serving

Directions:

Special equipment:  A small (6-cup) Bundt pan

1. Line the inside of a 6-cup Bundt pan with plastic wrap. Process the cream cheese, shredded cheese, Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt and few grinds of pepper in a food processor until smooth. Empty the mixture into a medium bowl, and fold in all but 2 tablespoons of the chopped peppers.

2. Spoon the cheese mixture into the prepared Bundt pan; pack it in, spread into an even layer and cover (or simply form the cheese mixture into a ball and wrap tightly with plastic wrap). Refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour up to 2 days.

3. Uncover and invert the cheese mold (or unwrap and transfer the ball) onto a serving platter. Sprinkle with the chives and parsley to completely coat the wreath, and garnish with the reserved 2 tablespoons peppers. Serve with crackers, sliced bread or crudites.


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Fall-apart bourbon ribs

Fall-apart bourbon ribs

Serves 4-6

Easy

Few things are more satisfying to eat than tender, sticky ribs. This recipe adds a bourbon kick to the sweet glaze, providing a real depth of flavour. It will be a family favourite.

Ingredients

 

  • baby back ribs 3 racks, cut into portions or 4-5 ribs
  • star anise 2
  • allspice berries 8

 

BOURBON GLAZE

  • bourbon whiskey 6 tbsp
  • light brown soft sugar 100g
  • tomato ketchup 100g
  • Dijon mustard 2 tbsp
  • Worcestershire sauce 3 tbsp
  • soy sauce 4 tbsp
  • ground allspice 1½ tsp

Method

  • STEP 1 Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Put the rib pieces, flesh side down, in a single layer in a large roasting tin. Pour over enough boiling water to just cover, then add the spices. Tightly cover with foil and cook for 2 hours.

 

  • STEP 2 Put all the glaze ingredients in a pan with 2 tbsp water and heat until melted together.

 

  • STEP 3 Take the ribs out the oven and turn it up to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Drain all the liquid from the tin. Turn the ribs flesh side up and baste with the glaze. Roast for 30 minutes, adding more glaze halfway through until the ribs are sticky and shiny. Serve, making sure there are plenty of napkins for everyone.

Kcals 629     Fat41.4g     Saturates14.8g     Carbs23.3g     Fibre0.2g     Protein31.3g      Salt3.8g


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Beer Can Chicken with Cola Barbecue

Beer Can Chicken with Cola Barbecue

Level: Easy

Total: 2 hr 30 min

Prep: 1 hr

Cook: 1 hr 30 min

Yield: 2 to 4 servings

Ingredients:

One 12-ounce can beer

One 3 1/2 to 4 pound chicken

2 tablespoons Basic Barbecue Rub, recipe follows

2 cups cola Barbecue Sauce, recipe follows

Basic Barbecue Rub:

1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 cup sweet paprika

3 tablespoons ground black pepper

3 tablespoons kosher or sea salt

1 tablespoon hickory salt

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons onion powder

2 teaspoons celery seeds

1 teaspoon cayenne powder

Cola Barbecue Sauce:

1 cup cola

1 cup ketchup

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon liquid smoke

3 tablespoon steak sauce, (recommended: A-1 Steak Sauce)

1 teaspoon onion flakes

1 teaspoon garlic flakes

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions: 

Special equipment:  4 to 6 cups hickory or apple wood chips, soaked for 1 hour in water to cover, drained
  1. Pop the tab off the beer can. Using a church key style can opener, make a few more holes in the top of the can. Pour out half the beer into the soaking water of the wood chips. Set the can of beer aside.
  2. Set up the grill for indirect grilling and preheat to medium. If using a charcoal grill, place a large drip pan in the center. If using a gas grill, place all the wood chips in the smoker box or in a smoker pouch and preheat the grill to high until you see smoke, then reduce the heat to medium.
  3. Remove the packet of giblets from the body cavity of the chicken and set aside for another use. Remove and discard the fat just inside the body and neck cavities. Rinse the chicken, inside and out, under cold running water, drain, and blot dry inside and out with paper towels. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of the rub inside the body and neck cavities of the chicken. Rub the bird all over on the outside with 2 teaspoons of the rub. If you have the patience, you can put some of the rub under the skin being careful not to tear it.
  4. Spoon the remaining 2 teaspoons of rub through the holes into the beer in the can. Don’t worry if it foams up, this is normal. Insert the beer can into the body cavity of the chicken and spread out the legs to form a sort of tripod. Tuck the wing tips behind the chicken’s back.
  5. When ready to cook, if using a charcoal grill, toss all the wood chips on the coals. Stand the chicken up in the center of the hot grate, over the drip pan and away from the heat. Cover the grill and cook the chicken until the skin is a dark golden brown and very crisp and the meat is cooked to an internal temperature of 180 degrees F, about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. If using a charcoal grill, you’ll need to add 12 fresh coals per side after 1 hour.
  6. Using tongs, carefully transfer the chicken in its upright position on the beer can to a platter and present it to your guests. Let rest 5 minutes, and then carefully remove the chicken from the beer can. Take care not to spill the hot beer and burn yourself. Quarter or carve the chicken and serve with Cola Barbecue Sauce.

Basic Barbecue Rub:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir to blend together. Store the rub in an airtight jar away from heat or light and it will keep for at least 6 months.

Cola Barbecue Sauce:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a heavy non-reactive saucepan and gradually bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat slightly to obtain a gentle simmer. Simmer the sauce until reduced by 1/4, about 6 to 8 minutes. Use right away or transfer to a large jar, cool to room temperature, cover, and refrigerate. The sauce will keep for several months.

 

Cook’s Note

You can also barbecue a chicken on a can of cola, lemon-lime soda, or root beer.

 


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Easy and Healthy Seasoned Grilled Chicken Breasts

Easy and Healthy Seasoned Grilled Chicken Breasts

Marinated and seasoned grilled chicken breasts, so full of flavor, you won’t even notice they’re healthy! This marinade direction I’m sharing nowadays is that the direction I exploit to infuse and season the chicken breasts I grill weekly for meal preparation. As a result of when operating 10-plus hour work days, UN agency needs to return home and create dinner? I’ve even enclosed many dish concepts to travel with these grilled chicken breasts too so you are covered for dinner for the whole week!

If you recognize ME then you recognize that I eat grilled chicken salads for dinner. And that I ne’er get uninterested in it. And that I HATE sauce (it’s a texture factor for me), thus my dish consists of a mixture of butter lettuces and romaine lettuce, some croutons and a grilled misshapen. With however flavor us this chicken is, you don’t even want sauce anyways!

I sometimes grill up a batch of this chicken the night before I’m going back to figure, thus after I get off of labor I will simply get through, knock out my unit chores (get the mail, water the plants, feed the dogs, etc), do a fast exercise then nosh on some dinner. And currently that we tend to area unit transitioning to 12-1/2 hour shifts at work return Gregorian calendar month, meal preparation are even a lot of important!

I don’t have a smoker or fancy BBQ. Just plain oil’ gas grill… Thus i used to be excited to receive Smoking-O’s rings, that area unit designed to feature that smoke and charcoal flavor to food roast on a gas grill! You don’t have to be compelled to pre-soak the Smoking-O’s either such as you do with wood chips…you simply heat your grill up, place a smoke ring on the grill straight from the package, let the ring lightweight and smoke, then you’re in business! Instant flavor supplemental to your food! And then easy…because if I will bang, you’ll be able to do it! Click here to envision Smoking-O’s out and to look at the video on however the merchandise works!

 

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INGREDIENTS

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of excess fat (about 6 breasts)
1 packet McCormick’s Grill Mates Mesquite Marinade
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup Sweet Mesquite Seasoning
1 tablespoon bacon salt
1 tablespoon garlic pepper
1 tablespoon Lawry’s Seasoning Blend

INSTRUCTIONS

1. In a bowl add the Sweet Mesquite Seasoning, bacon salt, garlic pepper and Lawry’s Seasoning Blend.

2. In a large ziplock bag, add the entire packet of mesquite marinade and the water. Close the ziplock bag and use your hands to work the marinade and water together so they are incorporated.

3. Add one chicken breast into the ziplock bag and sprinkle with a tablespoon of the spice mixture and sprinkle with a 1/2 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce. Close the ziplock bag and use your hands (on the outside of the bag) to work the chicken breast into the marinade. Continue to add the chicken breasts into the ziplock bag, one breast at a time, sprinkling each breast with the seasoning mixture and Worcestershire sauce. Continue this layering method until all the chicken breasts have been added into the ziplock bag.

4. If you need more liquid, add a little more Worcestershire sauce or water to the marinade. If you want more seasoning in your marinade, add additional amount of desired seasonings. Close the ziplock bag and use your hands to work the chicken into the marinade. Set aside.

5. Make sure your gas grill is clean before turning it on high heat to preheat the grill. After the grill has heated up, place one Smokin-O’s smoke ring on a hot spot on the grill and close the lid. Allow smoke ring to light and smoke (approximately 7-minutes).

6.Once smoke ring is smoking, use tongs to place the chicken directly on the grill. Reduce the heat to medium-high and close the lid. In 7-8 minutes, use the tongs to flip the chicken over. Close the lid and let the chicken cook.

7. Allow chicken to cook for an additional 8-10 minutes. Check chicken and flip again, if needed, or let the chicken cook for a few additional minutes on the second side. Cook chicken until it is completely cooked through, approximately 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165-degrees. Cook time will vary on how thin or thick your breasts are.

8. Once chicken is fully cooked, use clean tongs to remove the chicken from the grill, and place chicken breasts on a plate or in a reusable container (if you are meal prepping). Cover the container and let the chicken rest for several minutes before slicing to eat.

9.Turn off the grill and close the lid. Let the Smokin-O’s ring sit on the grill until it completely burns out.

10. Serve chicken with desired side dishes or on top of a salad.

 

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Instant Pot Mongolian Beef

Instant Pot Mongolian Beef

As many of you know one of my daughter’s gave me an Instant Pot for Christmas last year.  It took a few weeks of staring at the box before I actually opened it; all those buttons were a bit intimidating!  But once I made my first recipe, Instant Pot Beef Stew, it was instant love!  Now I don’t know what I’d do without it!  So I’ve been exploring possibilities and one of my new favorites in this Instant Pot Mongolian Beef.

Mongolian Beef is a family favorite and we always order it when we dine at Chinese Restaurants, we love the tender morsels of beef in its delicious sauce.  I’ve tried to make it at home, after all it’s just a basic sitr fry, but I could never get the meat to be so tender.  I’d tried all sorts of cuts except filet mignon, I mean seriously who’d use filet in a stir fry?  Whatever I did I could never get it as tender as the restaurants do; that is until now!  It never occurred to me that the secret was in the cooking method.  I mean all the recipes said fry the meat in a wok or a pan, I’m guessing you’d get very tender meat if you stir fired filet mignon, but at over $15 a pound that wasn’t going to happen anytime soon!

Well it seems to me the secret to tender beef is to pressure cook it!  Enter the new love of my life, the Instant Pot!  When I adapted my Mongolian Beef stir fry recipe to the Instant Pot the whole dish changed!  It transformed from a pretty good stir fry to a tender delicious restaurant worthy dish!  This Instant Pot Mongolian Beef is seriously delicious!

But it’s not only yummy, Instant Pot Mongolian Beef is easier than stir fry!  What?  Easier than stir fry?  How is that possible?  First of all my original recipe has me marinating the meat for at least an hour; no need to marinate Instant Pot Mongolian Beef so that cuts kitchen time down a bit.  And stir fry requires you to, um, well, stir what you’re frying; with the Instant Pot Mongolian Beef stirring  is kept to just a few minutes to brown the meat.  And best of all from start to finish you could get Instant Pot Mongolian Beef on the table in about 30 minutes!

I serve it over steamed white rice which I make in my  Zojirushi Rice Cooker.  You can even make bowls and bentos with this recipe!

So here’s the recipe for Instant Pot Mongolian Beef!

Ingredients:

2 Lbs. Flank  or Sirloin Steak cut into small thin slices

1 Tbs. Sesame Oil or vegetable oil will work if you’re allergic to sesame seeds or don’t have sesame oil on hand

2 Tbs. Minced Garlic

1/2 Cup Soy Sauce

1/2 Cup Water

2 Tbs. Worcestershire Sauce

1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar

1 Tbs. Molasses (or you can skip the coconut sugar and Molasses and use 2/3 cup dark brown sugar instead)

1 Tsp fresh minced ginger

3 Tbs. Cornstarch dissolved in 1/3 cup water

3-4 stalks green onions cut to small pieces

1 Tsp Sesame seeds (optional)

Directions:

Turn Instant Pot to Sauté and place oil inside inner pot

Heat oil about 1 minute

Place small amounts of beef in pot and brown both sides – about 2 minutes

Remove browned meat from pot and brown remaining meat in small batches until all meat is browned

Add garlic to pot and cook about 1 minute

Add soy sauce, water, worcestershire sauce, sugar, molasses, and ginger into the pot and mix well

Turn pot to manual and adjust time to 12 Minutes

Return meat and any juices that seeped out to the pot

Place lid on making sure the valve is set to Sealing

When timer goes off move valve to venting to quick release the pressure

Remove lid and stir in cornstarch mixture until the sauce is thickened

Sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds before serving.


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  1. Turn Instant Pot to Sauté and place oil inside inner pot
  2. Heat oil about 1 minute
  3. Place small amounts of beef in pot and brown both sides - about 2 minutes
  4. Remove browned meat from pot and brown remaining meat in small batches until all meat is browned
  5. Add garlic to pot and cook about 1 minute
  6. Add soy sauce, water, worcestershire sauce, sugar, molasses, and ginger into the pot and mix well
  7. Turn pot to manual and adjust time to 12 Minutes
  8. Return meat and any juices that seeped out to the pot
  9. Place lid on making sure the valve is set to Sealing
  10. When timer goes off move valve to venting to quick release the pressure
  11. Remove lid and stir in cornstarch mixture until the sauce is thickened
  12. Sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds before serving.
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