Seared Snapper Recipe

I was on a GWA (Girls Weekend Away) recently and someone caught fresh snapper.  Well, my oh, my, guess who was asked to cook it up.  LOL

Seared Snapper Recipe

Ingredients

  • fresh cleaned snapper filets, washed and patted dry with paper towels
  • unsalted butter
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Salt and pepper each filet
  2. Heat 2Tbs olive oil and 2 Tbs unsalted butter in skillet (preferably non-stick)
  3. When oil is shimmering, add 2-3 filets into pan, do not crowd the pan
  4. Cook until the fish is seared brown
  5. Gently flip over and sear the other side
  6. Serve immediately
  7. I put some lovely mango salsa the top!
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Stuffed Pork Chop Recipe

Pork chops were never a favorite of mine, because as a kid my Mom would cook the death out of them and they were tough as could be.  However, these chops?  Woweee they are good.  Tender and juicy and just yummy!

Stuffed Pork Chop Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbs chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 2 cups finely chopped apples
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 tsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt, divided
  • 6 bone in thick chops
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In small pan, melt the butter. Saute the onions and celery until tender.
  3. Remove from heat, add in apples, celery, parsley and 1/8 tsp salt
  4. Cut a slit in each chop by cutting thru almost to the bone. Do not cut through!
  5. Spoon stuffing into the pockets
  6. Sprinkle with salt and pepper
  7. In large skillet, brown the chops on both sides in the olive oil
  8. Place chops on rack and place rack on a pan with sides. Pour water into the pan.
  9. Place into preheated oven and bake approximately 35 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads at least 145
  10. Let stand 5-8 minutes before serving
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Bavarian Pretzel Bite Recipe

These were so easy to make – and they were absolutely delicious fresh from the oven!

Bavarian Pretzel Bite Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup warm water (110-120 degrees)
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp fast rising yeast
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbs unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 tsp coarse sea salt, divided
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/3 cup baking soda

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine water, sugar and yeast. Mix until yeast is resolved.
  2. Add flour, butter, and 3/4 tsp salt to yeast mixture
  3. Mix until a soft dough forms
  4. Knead 10 minutes, use 1 tsp of more flour at a time if dough is too sticky
  5. Place in greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap; allow to rest in warm place until doubled in size
  6. Bring 6 cups water and baking soda to a boil in a medium size pan
  7. Preheat oven to 375
  8. Punch down the excess dough
  9. Break off 1" pieces and roll into balls
  10. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
  11. Cover with a damp cloth and rest in a warm place for 5 minutes
  12. Drop each dough into boiling water, no more than 5 at a time
  13. Cook in boiling water for 30 seconds
  14. Remove with slotted spoon, return to parchment lined sheet - spaced 1/2" apart
  15. Sprinkle with salt, cut small X in middle with sharp knife
  16. Bake 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned
  17. Remove from oven, let rest 5 minutes before removing from pan
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Beer Cheese Dip Recipe

This beer cheese dip was delicious with the warm baked pretzels!!!

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Ingredients

  • 8 oz whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sliced yellow onion
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 oz Havarti cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 Tbs corn starch
  • 1 Tbs water
  • 1/2 cup German beer

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, combine whipping cream, onion and salt and pepper
  2. Bring to a simmer; add both types of shredded cheese and whisk until cheeses are melted
  3. Mix cornstarch and water in small bowl until combined
  4. Add this cornstarch mixture to the cheese mixture
  5. Pour in 1/2 cup beer
  6. Whisk over medium heat until sauce thickens
  7. Remove from heat
  8. Serve immediately
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Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe (Gluten Free!)

I wanted to make a gluten free cake for my friend’s birthday – she has Celiac disease..   This is what I whipped up – so easy – and soooo delicious!

Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe (Gluten Free!)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp espresso powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Cut a circle out of parchment paper to line bottom of 8" cake pan. Grease pan, place parchment paper on bottom, grease again. This step is VERY important or the cake will stick!
  3. Place butter and 1 cup chips in a glass mixing bowl. Place in microwave, heat 1 minute. Stir. Continue to heat for 30 seconds/stir, until mixture is well combined.
  4. Add sugar and espresso powder (optional)
  5. Add eggs and vanilla, whisk until smooth
  6. Add cocoa powder, mix until well combined and smooth
  7. Pour into prepared pan.
  8. Place in oven, bake 20 minutes.
  9. Remove, let cool 10 minutes.
  10. Run knife around the edge of the pan, quickly invert onto a cake plate
  11. Peel off parchment paper
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You can glaze with this Ganache Recipe if you would like!

 

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Chocolate Ganache Recipe

I made this to go over the fabulous Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe but it can be for any type of cake!

Chocolate Ganache Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Place chips and whipping cream in microwaveable safe bowl
  2. Microwave 30 seconds at half power, mix well
  3. Continue to microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power, mixing well after each 30 seconds
  4. When completely smooth, spread over your dessert.
  5. Cool at room temperature for 30 minutes
  6. Then refrigerate for 1 hour to allow to completely set.
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Queso Fundido Recipe

This dip recipe is really delicious – it was a HUGE hit with the guests on a long weekend at the beach a few weeks back..

Queso Fundido Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 8 oz muenster cheese, shredded or chopped (if you can only find slices!)
  • 8 oz queso fresco (2 cups) - I have substituted dry ricotta when I could not find queso fresco
  • 1/2 lb anaheim chilies
  • 2 jalepenos
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 lb white button mushrooms, cleaned, stems removed and sliced
  • tortilla chips/tortillas

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400. Stir together all cheeses in a large bowl.
  2. Spread chilies on greased, rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with a small bit of olive oil. Bake until skins turn black and blister, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Allow chilies to cool about 15 minutes. Peel, seed all chilies under running water. Chop and set aside.
  3. Grease a 12" cast iron skillet with 1 Tbs olive oil. Add cheese mixture to skillet. Bake until cheese has melted and is golden brown, about 25 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat rest of live oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic, cook 1 minute. Stir constantly. Add mushrooms, cook, stirring regularly, until mushrooms have softened - about 7 minutes. Add chilies, stir for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Remove hot skillet with cheese from oven, top with mushroom mixture.
  6. Serve immediately with hot griddled tortillas and or tortilla chips.
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