Category: American

Garlic Butta Hot Wings

Garlic Butta Hot Wings

Wowzah! These are super hot. I mean, they taste delicious but I couldn’t eat more than two and my hubby ate about 4 and I have no idea how. There were no shirts being offered and my pic wasn’t going on a wall so 2 was enough for me. If you love spicy food, these have a great flavor!

WWSPoints: 11 points*

Makes: 4-6 servings

Total: 1 hr 40 min

1 tablespoon granulated garlic

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon mustard powder

1 tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper

2 teaspoons ground cumin

4 pounds chicken wings, tips removed

For the sauce:

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 2 cloves)

1 jalapeno pepper, minced (remove seeds for less heat)

1 12 -ounce bottle hot pepper sauce

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon white vinegar

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

 

Directions

Prepare the wings: In a large bowl, combine the granulated garlic, cayenne pepper, mustard powder, black pepper, white pepper and cumin. Remove and reserve 2 tablespoons of the spice mixture for the sauce.

Rinse the wings and pat dry. Add to the bowl with the remaining spice mixture and toss to coat well. Lay the wings on a baking sheet, loosely cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours.

Preheat a grill to medium high with direct and indirect heat (on a gas grill, turn off the burners on one side; on a charcoal grill, bank the coals to one side). Cook the wings over direct heat, turning, until they are good and crispy on both sides, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to the cooler side of the grill and cook, turning frequently, until cooked through, 8 to 10 more minutes.

Meanwhile, make the sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the olive oil, garlic and jalapeno. Saute 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the reserved 2 tablespoons spice mixture and the hot sauce. Bring to a simmer, then add the butter, vinegar and lime juice and stir until the butter melts. Keep warm until ready to serve. Put the wings in a large bowl, pour in the sauce and toss.

Now Let’s Dish– As I said before, this is HOT! I liked that this recipe uses a grill. Usually when I think of wings I do not think of grilling but it worked and worked well. I would not mind trying this method again with a milder sauce. I think I may try the same recipe but find ways to greatly decrease the spice without decreasing the flavor.

Recipe from Food Network Magazine

*Points based on adding ingredient points and dividing by servings.

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New York Strips & Gorgonzola Butter

New York Strips with Gorgonzola Butter

Easy, rich and delicious. A perfect Saturday on the grill meal. See below for more notes

WWSPoints: 19 Points*

Serves: 4

Prep: 15 minutes

Chill: 1 hour

Grill: 10 minutes

2 Tbsp. crumbled Gorgonzola cheese or other blue cheese

2 Tbsp. cream cheese spread with chives and onion

1 to 2 Tbsp. butter, softened

1 Tbsp. chopped pine nuts or walnuts, toasted*

4 boneless beef top loin (strip) steaks, cut 1 inch thick (about 3 pounds)

Salt

  1. For Gorgonzola butter, in a small bowl stir together Gorgonzola cheese, cream cheese, butter, and nuts. Shape mixture into a 1-inch-diameter log. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill about 1 hour or until firm.
  2. Trim fat from steaks. Sprinkle steaks lightly with salt. For a charcoal grill, grill steaks on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals to desired doneness, turning once halfway through grilling. Allow 10 to 12 minutes for medium (160 F). (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce eat to medium. Place steaks on grill rack over heat. Cover; grill as directed.)
  3. To serve, cut butter into eight slices. Place two slices on each steak.

Dish with Love- This was delicious steak. Only two adults enjoying this meal and I think it is better that way. Don’t think our kids would have enjoyed this meal, especially because there was a conversation very recently on the “grossness of blue cheese”. The prep for the steaks is really minimal and making the butter was so super easy that it left me with a lot of time to make my sides.

I served this with Olive Garden-like Breadsticks, Grilled Artichokes, and Parmesan Smashed Potatoes. It was a huge meal but hey that’s what Saturday’s are for.

Recipe from: Grill It! 2012

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French Toast Pigs in Blankets

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This was a filling a yummy breakfast. I did alter half of the recipe to have no sugar or cinnamon because of us does not like cinnamon. It was delicious either way. I made scrambled eggs on the side and it turned out to be a great combination.

WWSPoints: 9 Approximately*

Serves: 12 pieces

Active: 20 mins

Total: 40 mins

12 pork breakfast sausage links (about 14 ounces)

6 large eggs

¾ cup milk

¼ cup granulated sugar

¼ tsp. ground cinnamon

Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

Pinch of kosher salt

12 slices potato bread or country white bread (we used country white)

4 Tbsp. unsalted butter

Confectioner sugar, for topping

Maple Syrup for dipping

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the sausages on the baking sheet and bake until lightly browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside; reduce the oven temperature to 200.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs, milk, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl. Trim each slice of break into a 2-by-4-in. rectangle, then flatten slightly with your fingertips. Starting at a short end, roll each piece of break around a sausage, pressing firmly to seal. Transfer to the bowl with the egg mixture and soak 5 minutes.
  3. Melt 2 Tbsp. in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. When it begins to brown and foam add 6 of the bread wrapped sausages and cook, turning occasionally, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove to a paper towel-lined baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Wipe out the skillet add the remaining 2 tbsp. butter and repeat with the remaining 6 sausages. Dust with confectioners sugar and serve with maple syrup.

Now Lets Dish- First things first, I made the first 6 without sugar, nutmeg & cinnamon, because our oldest doesn’t like cinnamon. I added half the sugar, nutmeg & cinnamon after the first 6. They were both delicious in their own way.

The recipe calls for soaking for 5 minutes but I advise against it. The first batch was too “eggy” and soggy being in the eggs mixture that long. The second batch that soaked for 3 mins were exactly how I had originally anticipated.  

Reference: Food Network Magazine December 2013

*Points figured out by adding up ingredients points and dividing by servings

Garlic Home Fries

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Garlic Home Fries

Oh my goodness! These were a hit. I was specifically told these “were delicious potatoes”. The recipe was originally for breakfast but was such a wonderful compliment to the steak. Also, man I would not want to put in that kind of work for breakfast.

WWSPoints: 11 Approximately*

Serves: 4

Active: 15 mins

Total: 35 mins

Kosher salt

2 lbs. large red bliss or Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 in. cubes (we used Yukon)

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

½ onion, chopped (I use pre-chopped)

½ tsp. paprika

1 clove garlic

½ cup fresh parsley

Freshly ground pepper

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes, cover and cook over medium-high heat until just tender, about 6 minutes; drain.
  2. Heat the butter and olive oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat; add the potatoes and spread into a single layer. Cook, undisturbed, until they start browning on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Add the onion and sprinkle with paprika; flip the potatoes and cook 5 more minutes. Stir once, then continue cooking until the potatoes are mostly golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, roughly chop the garlic, pile the parsley on top and sprinkle with 1 tsp. salt. Chop and mash together until finely minced. When the potatoes are done, add the garlic mixture to the skillet and toss to coat; cook until heated through, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Now Lets Dish- This reminded me of a good garlic fry but even better. Even though I usually buy minced garlic, mincing this with the salt and parsley made a delicious melt into potato flavor. They do take a little bit of time and energy but they are definitely worth it. I should have kept the heat up a little higher so they crisped up a little more but they were still mmm mmm good.

Reference: Food Network Magazine April 2015

*Points figured out by adding ingredients and dividing by serving

 

Bobby Flay’s Rib-Eye

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This steak was so, so good. They grilled quickly and can be marinated up to 8 hours out, which I appreciated. The marinade had a wonderful flavor to it. If it wasn’t sitting with raw beef I would have fried it up and topped the steak with it. I served it with Garlic Potatoes & what I call Babe salad (similar to a wedge salad). Huge hit for the whole family.

WWSPoints: 22 points approximately 

Serves: 4

Active: 30 mins

Total: 1 hr 20 min (plus 4-hr marinating)

8 cloves garlic, finely chopped

3 Anaheim chile peppers, stems removed, roughly chopped

3 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh oregano leaves

½ cup canola oil

3 1-in.-thick bone-in rib-eye steaks (about 1 pound each)

Kosher salt & coarsely ground pepper

1. Stir together the garlic, chiles, oregano and canola oil in a large baking dish. Add the steaks and turn to coat in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hrs and up to 8 hours.

2. Preheat a grill to high. Remove the steaks from the refrigerator 30 minutes before grilling to take the chill off. Remove from the marinade and season liberally on both sides with salt and pepper.

3. Grill the steaks until slightly charred and an instant-read thermometer registers 130 for medium rare, about 4 minutes per side. Remove from the grill to a cutting board and let rest, loosely tented with foil, for 10 minutes. Cut off the bone and cut into ½-inch-thick slices.

Now Lets Dish- I followed this direction to a tee and it was awesome. Well done Bobby Flay, well done. Oh right, speaking of well done we did add 2 mins to each side because I like to mine that way and prefer the kiddos not to eat red, red meat. I was really happy with the potatoes and salad as sides.

On a side note, I had a genius moment after prepping the marinade. I rubbed my itchy eyes after chopping the garlic and then the peppers…hard. It was quite the ordeal but I would still say the steak was worth it!

Reference: Food Network Magazine

 

Chicken Potpie with Cheddar Biscuit Topping

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Chicken Potpie with Cheddar Biscuit Topping

This is a warm and delicious comfort meal. Our youngest did try to eat around the broccoli and peas but alas the vegetables prevailed! I did step 1 in advance which really helped it to be an easy prep meal once I was home from work. Gotta love easy and yummy. See below for more details

Special Equipment: Dutch Oven (not necessary)

WWSPoints: N/A

Makes: 9 Servings

Prep: 20 MIN

Bake: 45 MIN

4 cups cubed cooked chicken

1 pkg. (12 oz.) frozen broccoli and cheese sauce

1 can (10 3/4 oz.) condensed cream of chicken and mushroom soup, undiluted

1 can (10 ¾ oz.) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted

2 medium potatoes, cubed

¾ cup chicken broth

2/3 cup sour cream

½ cup frozen peas

¼ tsp. pepper

TOPPING

1 ½ cups biscuit/baking mix

¾ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

¾ cup 2% milk

3 Tbsp. butter, melted

  1. In a Dutch oven, combine the first nine ingredients; bring to a boil. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the topping ingredients; spoon over top. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until bubbly and topping is golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Now Let’s Dish- I prepared step 1 in the morning and put in the refrigerator once it slightly cooled. I used a large pot instead of a Dutch Oven. It took a sec for the broccoli to soften out of the block shape but nothing a wooden spoon could not fix.

I used Red Lobster Biscuit Mix. As you can imagine, it was a delicious crust for the dish. I used medium cheddar as well because I have found the kiddos do not like, well the sharpness, of sharp cheese.

Recipe from Taste of Home-Casseroles

Baked Spaghetti

Baked Spaghetti

Baked Spaghetti

I am just going to tell you this right now. Although the recipe is quite yummy, do not get it twisted, it is in no way Italian. You might gather that based on that ingredient they call cheddar cheese but “spaghetti” can be misleading. It is not a creamy casserole but it was filled with flavor. Even though the recipe gives ground beef as an option, I would not make it optional but necessary. Keep in mind that this recipes timeline does not include ground beef or pasta cooking time. If you are a good multi-tasker you can cook these at the same time as the vegetable mixture. see below recipe for more notes

W.W.S. Points- N/A

Serves 12

Prep: 20 minutes Bake: 30 minutes

1 cup chopped onion (I buy prechopped)

1 cup chopped green peppers

1 Tbsp. butter

1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained

1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained

1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained

2 tsp. dried oregano

1 lb. ground beef, browned & drained, optional (I think the ground beef is necessary)

12 ounces spaghetti, cooked and drained

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted

¼ cup water

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

In a large skillet, sauté onion and green pepper in butter until tender. Add the tomatoes, mushrooms, olives and oregano. Add ground beef if desired. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

Place half of the spaghetti in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Top with half of the vegetables mixture. Sprinkle with 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Repeat layers. Mix the soup and water until smooth; pour over casserole. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until heated through.

Now Let’s Dish- I know this is silly but I wouldn’t make this on a hot day. Having an oven and 3 burners at the same time going was slightly uncomfortable in summer heat. We served it with Greek salad because that is what the hubby requested. I feel like if would have made the soup/water mixture a little more liquidy it would have been slightly creamier instead of sitting on top.

WW tips- I did not eat this dish. I had a few bites but I had a huge Greek salad -romaine, feta (1), Greek olives (1), crumbled croutons (1), avocado (2), and dressing (2) and Amy Black Bean Enchiladas. I wanted some extra room for dessert.

Recipe from Taste of Home Most Requested