Summer Cooking – Recipe: Beef, Portobello, and Grilled Onion Sliders

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I have not been posting as many new recipes this summer.

For the first month, I was in school and spending every spare second either studying or entertaining three precious littles.

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Now that I have school marked off my list, I can continue with our summer fun list and start cooking up fun, new food again.

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Yesterday was one of those days where I looked in my refrigerator and pantry and decided that I wanted to create something.  Since I had slider buns, I decided to start there.

What I ended up with was a delicious slider burger, complete with portobello mushrooms, onions, and cheddar cheese.  It brought some sunshine into the kitchen on our lazy, rainy summer day.

Beef, Portobello, and Grilled Onion Sliders

Beef, Portobello, and Grilled Onion Sliders

Ingredients

2 pounds ground beef

1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon pepper sauce

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 teaspoons seasoned salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

3 tablespoons butter

1 onion, diced or cut into rings (I did both)

1 portobello mushroom, diced

2-3 tablespoons beef broth

Slider rolls

Lia Marie's garlic spread.

Instructions

    Preparing the Beef
  1. Add the ground beef, worcestershire sauce, pepper sauce, cheese, 1 teaspoon seasoned salt, and pepper to a bowl.
  2. Mix together using clean hands.
  3. Form into small, roundish hamburger patties, the size of a slider roll.
  4. Heat skillet over medium heat.
  5. Add the hamburger patties to the pan.
  6. Cook on each side for about 7 minutes, browned on both sides.
  7. Remove from pan and drain on a paper-towel lined plate.
  8. Drain the grease but do not clean the pan.
  9. Add the butter to the pan and leave on medium heat.
  10. Add the onions and 1 teaspoon seasoned salt and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  11. Add in the portobello mushrooms and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  12. Place the hamburger patties back in the pan, pour in the beef broth, and reduce the heat to low.
  13. Cook for another 10 minutes, allowing the juices to soak into the hamburger meat.
  14. Preparing the Sliders
  15. Set the oven to low broil.
  16. Spread Lia Marie's garlic spread on both sides of the slider buns.
  17. Broil for about 2 minutes, keeping a careful eye on the buns so that they do not burn.
  18. Add a hamburger patty, grilled onions, and portobello mushrooms to each of the slider rolls.
  19. Serve with your choice of condiments and toppings.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/07/10/summer-cooking-recipe-beef-portobello-and-grilled-onion-sliders/

For Love of the Trampoline – Recipe: Not Just Another Chili Dog

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We continued our quest to get our backyard into shape this weekend.  Sean and I have decided to take it all in baby steps.  Rake – check.  Sand box – check.

So, on Saturday, we decided to continue checking off boxes on our backyard to-do list.  The trampoline has needed maintenance for awhile.

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Sean replaced the net and added new foam poles.  It looks new.

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Gabriel was confined to the house reading a book while we worked because he has been under the weather.

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But, Summer and Ethan happily pitched in.

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While Summer tried her hand at reading the instructions,

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Ethan was telling Summer all about the rules. It was absolutely priceless to hear. The words were not clear. But, he knew where the rules were posted, that they were in-fact rules, and that it was very important for him to share them with Summer.

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Maintain trampoline – check.

The littles thought that they had hit the trampoline fun jackpot.  Even though they had happily played in it while it was needing a tune-up, they played with much more vigor and glee on Saturday and Sunday.

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And, once it was all ready, we let Gabriel jump and get some Vitamin D.  We could not let him miss out of on the fun.  My mother always told me that getting moving was part of the healing process.  Watching Gabriel jump and play with his siblings made me believe it.  He does not feel 100% yet, but I do believe that the fresh air and activity was good for him.

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Just like this chili dogs were good for the whole family on Saturday night.  When I saw the Gourmet Chili Dogs on Bev Cooks, I immediately pinned the recipe.  While I am not a huge fan of normal hot dogs, Bev’s chili dogs were calling my name.   I changed them up slightly based on what I had in the pantry and what I knew my family would like.  And, they did not disappoint.  We loved them.

Speaking of love…I adore Bev’s blog.  She is funny, she posts amazing recipes, and she takes beautiful pictures.  She has the whole package over at Bev Cooks.  Stop by for a visit.  You will be happy that you did.  And, happiness on a Monday is a very, very good thing.

Not Just Another Chili Dog

Not Just Another Chili Dog

Ingredients

For the Chili:

2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, finely diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

2 Tbs. ground cumin

2 Tbs. chili powder

2 Tbs. sweet or smoked paprika

1 pound ground beef

1/2 cup red wine

1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

1 (14.5 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 (14.5 oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (7 ounce) can salsa verde

1 package frozen corn

2 Tbs. honey

2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup water

Kosher salt, to taste

Ground black pepper, to taste

For the Chili Dogs:

2 pounds hickory smoked sausage (or 6 links)

6 hoagie rolls, brushed with melted butter

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

    Preparing the Chili
  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high.
  2. Add the onions and garlic; saute 3 minutes.
  3. Add the crushed red pepper, cumin, chili powder, and paprika; cook for another 1 minute
  4. Add the ground beef, sprinkle in some salt and pepper, and cook until browned all over.
  5. Pour in the red wine and cook 1 minute.
  6. Add the tomato sauce, beans, salsa verde, corn, honey, vinegar, water and another pinch of salt and pepper.
  7. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for at least 1 hour.
  8. Preparing the Sausage and Bread
  9. Preheat oven to 350.
  10. Slice the sausage into 6 links.
  11. Bake for 10 minutes.
  12. Change the oven to the broil setting, and broil for another 3 minutes.
  13. Remove from oven.
  14. While the sausage is broiling, brush the rolls with butter.
  15. Broil for 1 1/2 minutes.
  16. Remove from oven.
  17. Putting it All Together
  18. Place one sausage link on the roll.
  19. Add a generous spoon full of the chili.
  20. Top with cheese.
  21. Enjoy!
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/01/30/for-love-of-the-trampoline-recipe-not-just-another-chili-dog/

Have a great week!

I shared this recipe at Beyer Beware, Delightfully Dowling, A Southern Fairytale, 11th Heaven, Mrs. Happy Homemaker, Make Ahead Meals, Frugal Antics and Add a Pinch.

Beautiful Days – Recipe: BBQ Beef Slider

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We had a three-day weekend, and it was great.  The days were beautiful, my parents were in town, and the littles had so much fun.

As always, they went to the store with Nonna and Gran.  And, when they returned, they had surprises from the store.  This time they were in the form of these huge balls.  I busted out laughing and grabbed my camera when I saw them.

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They immediately made their way to the trampoline where they jumped and played with their new toys.

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I love watching the way that they can be so free with absolutely no worries in the world.  Jumping in the trampoline with huge balls definitely brings out the unicorns and rainbows.  Magic in its purest form.

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While we did not have these BBQ Beef Sliders this weekend, it would have been a perfect weekend for having sliders on the picnic table in the backyard, watching the beauty of littles jumping and playing unfold in front of us.

BBQ Beef Slider

BBQ Beef Slider

I found the inspiration for these sliders from The Pioneer Woman, and adjusted the recipe for my family.

Ingredients

2 pounds ground beef

Salt

Pepper

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 red onion, finely chopped

2 gloves garlic, minced

3/4 cup cooking sherry

1 cup BBQ sauce

1 jalapeno, sliced, optional

Sliders rolls (I made these, and they were amazing)

Instructions

  1. Add about 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper to the ground beef. Mix the spices into the ground beef, adding more or less, depending on your family's preference for salt and pepper.
  2. Form the patties into small patties that will be sized appropriately for a slider. I was able to get 10 or 11 out of the 2 pounds of ground beef.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat, and add the patties.
  4. Cook for about 5 minutes on one side, flip, and cook for another 5 minutes on the other side. You do not want these burgers to be too done because they will cook again later in the sauce.
  5. Line a plate with paper towels, and move the patties to the plate to drain the excess grease.
  6. Reduce the burner to medium, and add the butter.
  7. Once melted, add the onions, and cook for about 4 minutes.
  8. Add the cooking sherry and BBQ sauce, and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  9. Reduce the heat to medium low, place the hamburger patties into the sauce, and cook for another 5 minutes. You can leave the patties into the sauce for longer. Just make sure that you turn off the heat because the sauce will continue to reduce.
  10. Place a hamburger patty and some of the yummy juice into a slider roll with some fresh jalapenos (optional).
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/01/17/beautiful-days-recipe-bbq-beef-slider/

Enjoy!

I shared this recipe at 33 Shades, Blessed with Grace, Mandy’s Recipe Box, Permanent Posies, Nap Time Creations and Chef in Training.