Peppadew Pepper Poppers

I first enjoyed this appetizer several years ago at Macaroni Grill. It’s very easy and simple to make and so yummy.  

  
Ingredients:

I jar of peppadew peppers, drained (I purchased mine at an Italian supermarket but if you can’t find them, sweet cherry peppers can be substituted)

4 ounces garlic herb goat cheese, purchased in the gourmet cheese section of the grocery store

1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs

Balsamic glaze (can be found in the vinegar section of the grocery store)

  
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain peppers on paper towels until dry. Stuff open cavity with the goat cheese.  Dip the top of the pepper coating the cheese with the bread crumbs. Place on baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until the cheese is warn warm.   Drizzle with balsamic glaze and enjoy. 

   

 
This recipe was inspired by an appetizer I enjoyed several years ago at Macaroni Grill. 

Aussie Dipping Sauce

This is a copy cat recipe from the Australian steakhouse chain restaurant. This multipurpose sauce can be used with so many different things. I have used it on The Big O Burger and it’s perfect with onion rings, fries, veggies or anything you want. I have linked The Big O Burger and Crumbs In My Mustachio’s Beer Battered Onion Rings with this sauce. My burger and sauce are pictured with Crumbs In My Mustachio’s recipe for her onion rings.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons of ketchup
1 1/2 Tablespoons of creamy horseradish, I used Inglehoffers
One pinch of salt
One pinch of black pepper
1/8 teaspoon of chili powder, or more for more heat
1/8 teaspoon of dried oregano

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Best if made a day ahead. Store in refrigerator.

I paired this sauce with Crumbs In My Mustachios Beer Batter Onion Rings and The Big O Burger.

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Country Store Hash Browns

Recently I was asked if I had a recipe for hash browns like that good old country restaurant where you like to rock on the front porch, eat and shop after. This recipe is as close as I can get. Crunchy brown bottom, creamy inside and lightly browned on top. The flavor is almost identical. Great with breakfast or a meal. Please enjoy!


Ingredients:
30 ounces of frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (use package kind*)
1/2 cup beef stock, not broth
1 small about 1/4 cup Vidalia or sweet onion grated
1 cup milk
1 1/2 Tbsp butter
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9 pan with Pam. In a large skillet, add oil and combine hash browns and cheese. Stir over medium high heat until cheese has melted and hash browns are no longer frozen. The potatoes will still be white at this point.

While potatoes are cooking, in a microwave safe measuring cup, add butter, milk, stock and onion. Microwave about a minute or so until butter has melted. Remove from microwave and stir in salt and pepper.

Once hash browns are no longer frozen and cheese has melted, transfer hash browns in prepared 13 x 9 pan. Pour milk mixture over hash browns and stir to combine. Press with spatula to flatten out the hash browns. Don’t be concerned if this seems like it’s too much liquid. It will be absorbed by the potatoes.

Bake for 45 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting and serving. *I used package grated cheese because if I had grated it off the block, it would have been very greasy. I even blotted a little excess grease from the top of this casserole. Let me know what you think!

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Melting Pot Traditional Swiss Cheese Fondue

I love The Melting Pot. It actually started in Tampa, Florida. The first original restaurant is about 25 minutes away from my house. There are now franchised chains throughout the United States. I do believe I could go to the restaurant and make a meal from the swiss cheese fondue, followed by the chocolate fondue for dessert.

Ingredients:
4 ounces white wine
1 demi (small) spoon of crushed garlic
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 pound Emmenthaler (Emmental) cheese
1/2 pound Gruyere Swiss cheese
1/2 ounce Kirschwasser

For dipping:
Cubed bread
Apples
Carrots
Celery
Other assorted vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower or squash

Grate cheese. Lightly dust cheese with flour and set aside. In a hot fondue pot*, add wine, garlic and lemon juice, stir with fork. Slowly add the cheese combo and stir to melt. Add the Kirschwasser and let it burn off. Add fresh ground pepper to taste and ground nutmeg (optional).

*I am preparing my dip stovetop. I will be transferring it to a small crockpot and keeping it on the warm setting.

This recipe was adapted from Marcia Bastain.

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