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We loved these jalapeño bites! Spicy from the jalapeño and the “hot” sausage cooled slightly with the cheese…with a crisp bite from the bacon! I made two versions, one being bacon wrapped with two kinds of cheese and the second version was gluten and dairy free without the bacon.  Robby did not want the bacon on them. But for Robby’s version I used a gluten and dairy free cheese.  I made 20 bites (10 jalapeños) and let me tell you both plates were empty in record time.  We liked them so much I went to the store the next day and bought more jalapeños. The sausage makes a lot so I had plenty of the filling and bacon left. The filling is also great on nachos or even on pizza. This will be on made many times at my house, even when we hit the road camping! The filling can be made ahead and I would crisp and crumble the bacon and just put the crumbles on top for a camping version.  All you would need to do is assemble them, place on a baking sheet and grill until they are heated through! Our family likes spicy food so I use the hot sausage, but you can use the regular sausage as well.

NOTE – one jalapeno will give you two stuffed portions. I made them twice buying 20 jalapeños in total. Depending on how many you want you can purchase as many jalapeños as needed using all of the filling or using the filling for other yummy things!

INGREDIENTS
jalapeños
1 package Jimmy Dean HOT sausage
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Bacon- I used a half slice bacon per sliced jalapeños
NOTE – If making them dairy free/gluten free use dairy free, gluten free cheese. I used Daiya brand.

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and place a baking rack on top of the baking sheet, set aside. In a large frying pan fry the sausage over medium heat until fully cooked, crumbling the sausage as it cooks through. Drain any fat from the pan and add both cheeses, cook melting the cheese and mixing it into the sausage making cheeses goodness! Remove from heat and set aside.
Slice the jalapeños in half, using a spoon remove the ribs and seeds from the middle of the jalapeño, do this for each one. To fill, simply fill each jalapeño half with a spoonful of the sausage mixture and wrap 1/2 of a bacon slice around the jalapeño. Do this for each one and place on your prepared baking sheet with the baking rack. When all of the jalapeños are filled and wrapped bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes or until bacon is cooked through and lightly crisped. Remove from oven and serve warm.

Enjoy!

 

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This is so easy to make and comes together in less than 30 minutes. I made this gluten free as our son has been having some belly issues so it’s easily adaptable. The noodles are gluten free so they do look a little different. I was also able to find a gluten free andouille sausage that added such a nice pop of flavor. The recipe did not call for Parmesan cheese but just before serving I threw a handful of cheese into each bowl (not Robby’s) and stirred it in.  If I did not tell my family this was gluten free they would not have known, everyone enjoyed it!

INGREDIENTS
1/2 pound bacon, cut into bite size pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium head of cabbage (or packed slaw mix)
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 (12 ounce) package egg noodles ( I used spiral), cooked until firm
1 smoked kielbasa ring, sliced
Parmesan cheese-optional

DIRECTIONS
In a 5 quart Dutch oven over medium high heat, cook the bacon stirring often, until the bacon is cooked and starting to crisp, about 10-12 minutes. Transfer to a plate, cover to keep warm.
To the same pot as the bacon drippings add the sliced kielbasa, onion, cabbage, salt and pepper to cook stirring constantly for five minutes, then add the chicken broth. Lower the heat and cover and cook until cabbage starts to soften, stirring often to prevent burning. About 15 minutes.
Meanwhile cook the pasta according to the package directions, drain. When the cabbage is ready, add the pasta and bacon to the pot and stir mixing well. Add a handful of Parmesan cheese if desired.
Serve warm.

Enjoy!

 

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 This week I am sharing some of my favorite things! I’m starting with this pasta dish that was delicious.  It does take a bit of work and time but it was well worth it. Jim has been asking for this again and again. I shared some with a neighbor and she enjoyed it as much as we did.  There are so many great flavors in this dish, the spicy sausage, the sweet sun dried tomatoes and the peppery arugula! Perfect on one of these cold snowy days we seem to be having!

INGREDIENTS
1 pound spicy Jimmy Dean sausage
1 large onion, diced
1 cup of heavy cream
2 cups of gruyere cheese, divided
1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese
1 cup of chopped sun dried tomatoes
2 cups of mixed spinach and arugula
10 lasagna sheets, cooked according to package

DIRECTIONS
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large pan, add the sausage and start to brown, remove fat if needed and add the diced onion. Continue to brown the sausage and let the onion soften. When cooked through, set aside half of the sausage mixture for the filling keeping the other half in the pan. Add cream, cream cheese and 1 cup of the gruyere cheese and stir until creamy. Add the nutmeg, sun dried tomatoes, arugula and spinach stir to combine. Once the spinach and arugula are wilted remove from heat.
To assemble the roll ups,  start with one cooked lasagna sheet at a time. Add about a Tablespoon of the reserved sausage mixture, and a drizzle of the sauce mixture across each of the sheets. Roll the lasagna sheet up and place in a prepared 9 x 13 baking dish. Do this for each pasta sheet. Top the rolls with the remaining cheese and the remaining sauce. Bake approximately 30 minutes or until warmed through.
Serve warm.

Enjoy!

 

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I don’t make pork chops very often but once in a while Jim will ask for them.  So when he asked this time, I knew I wanted to add a lot of flavor as I’m not a huge fan of pork chops.  I don’t think there is ever enough flavor and can be dry. So when I came across this simple recipe with some bold flavors I knew I wanted to try it. I served it with a side salad and dinner was done and Jim was a happy guy!

INGREDIENTS
4 pork chops ( I used boneless pork chops)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
2 Tablspoons honey
4 cloves of minced garlic
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon minced ginger
2 teaspoons Sriracha
Black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS
In a medium size bowl whisk together soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, sesame oil and Sriracha sauce. Pour over pork chops and let marinate for 20 minutes. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium to medium high heat. Remove the pork chops from the marinade (save marinade) and cook pork chops for five minutes on the first side or until you get a golden brown color, flip pork chops and pour the marinade over the pork chops and continue to cook on the second side for another five minutes. If you have thin pork chops, like I did, you can finish cooking in the pan. If you have large bone-in pork chops you can finish cooking the pork chops in the oven at 400 degrees. If finishing in the oven, roast for about ten minutes or until fully cooked through.
Serve warm.

Enjoy!

 

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This is a dish that just happened with what I had on hand. I will sometimes add the “hot” Jimmy Dean Sausage into my pasta plates for that extra bit of flavor but I did not have any, but I did have one pound of original Jimmy Dean Sausage. After giving it a bit of thought I decided to make it on the sweet side and added a little bit of pure maple syrup to the sausage while I cooked and crumbled it. As it turned out everyone loved it!

INGREDIENTS
6 ounces of cooked spaghetti
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
2 large eggs, beaten
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pound Jimmy Dean original sausage roll
1/4 cup onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce (I used Ragu)
1/4 cup real maple syrup
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

DIRECTIONS
To make the “crust”… in a large bowl combine cooked spaghetti, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, eggs, salt and pepper.  Spread the mixture into a greased pie plate forming the crust. Set aside. In a skillet on medium high heat cook the sausage, onion and garlic crumbling the sausage as it cooks. When the sausage is cooked about half way through, drain any excess fat and add the pure maple syrup coating the mixture. Continue cooking until the sausage is cooked through. When the sausage is cooked through, add your pasta sauce mixing well. When the sauce is warmed through spread the sausage mixture over the spaghetti crust in an even layer. Top with both cheeses and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and melted. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve warm.

Enjoy!

 

 

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