Bacon, Parmesan and Beef Meatballs


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Summer is here, and with it my summer vacation. One of the many perks of being a teacher is to have a very long summer vacation. And I am really enjoying it. No longer 5:00 am wake up calls, and no longer rush, rush, rush in the morning;-). It is gym in the mornings, lunches with friends, shopping here and there, and sunbathing;-))).

You would think that with all this free time on my hand, I would be bored and would have plenty of time cooking but between the gym, the kids and other things the day is passing by too quickly!!! And with the beautiful weather outside, I don’t really feel staying enclosed in my kitchen cooking dinner…

But dinner needs to be made….So why don’t I share with you another of my quick and delicious recipes; Bacon, Parmesan and Beef Meatballs;-))) You will just love it!!!

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Ingredients for the meatballs to serve 6-8 people ( about 5-6 meatballs per person):

  • 2 lbs of ground beef
  • 3/4 cup of parmesan shredded
  • 3/4 cup of bacon bits
  • 3/4 cup of bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp of fresh oregano chopped
  • 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp of pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cans of 24 oz. of tomato sauce ( I used from Barilla )

Mashed Potatoes:

  • 6 medium-sized potatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup of italian cheese
  • 2 cups of milk, or cream
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 tsp of pepper
  1. Place all the ingredients listed for the meatballs except the tomato sauce in a large bowl.
  2. Either  with your  hands, or a kitchen mixer mix everything.IMG_1763
  3. With a small cake scoop, make meatballs.IMG_1764
  4. Place the meatballs into a pan of your choice. I used the deep flexipan from Demarle. I like those pans because they are non-stick and clean so well.IMG_1765
  5. Cook the meatballs for 10-15 minutes at 400.IMG_1807 2
  6. Then transfer the meatballs into a large casserole pan of your choice. I used  the grande round from Demarle  that I placed onto a medium perforated sheet for support, and pour 2 cans of tomato sauces of any flavors.IMG_1768
  7. Place the meatballs back into the oven and cook them for another 10-15 minutes.IMG_1771
  8. Meanwhile prepare the sides of your choice. I decided to fix garlic and italian cheese mashed potatoes.
  9. Peel the potatoes, and dice them. You can either place the potatoes into a large pot, cover them with water, add 1 tsp of sea salt,  and cook them until they are soft.  For an easier solution, you can place the diced potatoes into a large round mold.IMG_1769
  10. Add the pressed garlic, then place the octogonal silpat atop the round mold, and microwave the potatoes for 15 minutes.
  11. When the potatoes are soft, drain the water, mash them. Then add the cheese, the milk or the cream and whip them.IMG_1772
  12. Spoon the potatoes on each plate and place the meatballs atop the mashed potatoes. Sprinkle some cheese, and enjoy!!! Miam…IMG_1774

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Bacon, Oregano and Parmesan Beef Meatballs

  • Servings: 6-8 people
  • Difficulty: Very easy
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Ingredients for the meatballs to serve 6-8 people:

  • 2 lbs of ground beef
  • 3/4 cup of parmesan
  • 3/4 cup of bacon bits
  • 3/4 cup of bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp of fresh oregano chopped
  • 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp of pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cans of 24 oz. of tomato sauce ( I used  Barilla )

Mashed Potatoes:

  • 6 medium sized potatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup of italian cheese
  • 2 cups of milk, or cream
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 tsp of pepper
  1. Place all the ingredients listed for the meatballs except the tomato sauce in a large bowl.
  2. Either with your hands, or a kitchen mixer mix everything.
  3. With a small cake scoop, make meatballs.
  4. Place the meatballs into a pan of your choice. I used the deep flexipan from Demarle. I like those pans because they are non-stick and clean so well.
  5. Cook the meatballs for 10-15 minutes at 400.
  6. Then transfer the meatballs in the grande round from Demarle that I placed onto a medium perforated sheet for support, and pour 2 cans of tomato sauces of any flavors.
  7. Place the meatballs back into the oven and cook them for another 10-15 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile prepare the sides of your choice. I decided to fix garlic and italian cheese mashed potatoes.
  9. Peel the potatoes, and dice them. You can either place the potatoes into a large pot, cover them with water, add 1 tsp of sea salt, and cook them until they are soft. For an easier solution, you can place the diced potatoes into a large round mold.
  10. Add the pressed garlic, then place the octogonal silpat atop the round mold, and microwave the potatoes for 15 minutes.
  11. When the potatoes are soft, drain the water, mash them. Then add the cheese, the milk or the cream and whip them.
  12. Spoon the potatoes on each plate and place the meatballs atop the mashed potatoes. Sprinkle some cheese, and enjoy!!! Miam…

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Bourbon Baked Peach


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Two days ago I bought a few peaches from the grocery store because they were local and they were very fragrant. It was such a disappointment though when I bit in one of them because they lacked taste and they were not sweet. ( I guess that the price I pay for not buying from a local merchant;-(

What to do??? I could have kept them for my children daily smoothies that I now makes for them, but I had seen this fun recipe in the Super Easy Recipe Shortcuts from Cooking Light, and thought to give it a try for my evening dessert. The recipe was adapted by me though. 

It was delicious, easy and so so yummy!!!!

Ingredients for 2:

  • 2 peaches sliced in half
  • 4 tbsp of bourbon
  • 3 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract ( 1/2 for the bourbon sauce, and 1/2 for the yogurt)
  • 1 small container of 0% fat greek yogurt ( i used 2 6 oz. container)photo 4
  • optional 2 tbsp of heavy cream
  1. Turn the oven to 400.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the bourbon, 2 tbsp of brown sugar, and 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract.photo 1
  3. Place the halved and pitted peaches inside the large round mold and pour the bourbon mixture over the fruits.photo 2
  4. Place the bowl onto a perforated sheet and place into the oven.
  5. Cook for 10 minutes.photo 3
  6. Meanwhile beat the 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract, and the sugar into the yogurt and let it sit. If you want the yogurt to be more smooth and silky, add 2 tbsp of heavy cream to the yogurt and mix well. 
  7. When the peaches are cooked, place them in individual bowls. Spoons the yogurt over the peaches and drizzle the caramel that has formed at the bottom of the mold. Enjoy!!! Yum, YUm!!!photo 5

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Parmesan and Mexican Chili Pepper Chicken Tenders


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It was a bit late when I got home one night from a cooking class, and I know that you are not supposed to eat after 8:00, but when you are starving, you are going to eat… and it may be whatever you find. Luckily for me, we don’t have any bad snacks to snack on when we are hungry.. only cheese and fruits. Well those were not at all tempting, so I started gathering a few things on my counter to fix my dinner: chicken , parmesan, chili powder…

If you like chicken tenders with a bite, try those. They are pretty good! Not too spicy, just a bit… perfect;-)

Ingredients for 12 chicken tenders:

  • 2 breast of chicken
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan
  • 2 tsp of Mexican Chili Powder
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 egg
  1. Turn the oven on the 400.
  2. Clean the chicken breast of any fat.
  3. Then place one chicken breast inside the roulpat and fold the roulpat over the chicken breast.
  4. With the rolling pin, pound the chicken breast to flatten it a bit. Remove the chicken breast and repeat this process with the other ones.
  5. Place the chicken breast on the chopping block and slice the chicken in its width in small strips of 1/3 of an inch. Place those strips in the metal bowl and add the salt and pepper.
  6. Mix well to coat the chicken. Add the egg and mix well again to make sure that all chicken strips are well coated with the egg mixture.
  7. In another bowl, mix the parmesan and the Mexican Chili Powder and mix well.photo
  8. With your fingers, transfer the chicken strips in the bread mixture and mix so that the chicken fingers will be coated with the mixture. Take a large silpat or 2 medium silpat ( previously laid on perforated sheet) and lay the chicken breasts on the it.photo
  9. Place the perforated sheet in the oven and cook for 6-8 minutes.

I ate those yummy chicken tenders with some steamed broccoli slaw. 😉

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!