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Sweet and Spicy Asian Meatballs Recipe

entrees, appetizers, glaze marinade & sauceSheri SpalloneComment
 Sweet & Spicy Asian Meatballs Recipe

Sweet & Spicy Asian Meatballs Recipe

Prep Time:  15 minutes
Cook Time:  30 minutes
Difficulty:  Easy

There is something so darn comforting and fun about meatballs.  These quaint little globes are simple to make; the flavor combinations are unlimited, they can be served with your favorite sauce over noodles or rice, or piled into sandwiches, or served as tasty appetizers with toothpicks.  Quite the versatile little ball!  So let's talk meatballs friends, in particular, Sweet and Spicy Asian Meatball Recipe.  Are you ready to get rolling?

Why order takeout when you can eat in with a meal that is quick, easy, and just as flavorful as the take-out version, but a fraction of the cost?   I usually make these meatballs as an appetizer to share with guests and serve with toothpicks, but I recently served them to my family over rice for a quick and easy meal, and as suspected, dinner was a hit!  Everyone loves meatballs, and this recipe with sriracha, ginger, Cherchies Garlic Seasoning, and Cherchies® Apricot-Pineapple Preserves, is so flavorful, your family will ask for seconds.  

So, get the "ball rolling," grab some Cherchies® Apricot-Pineapple Preserves, spices, and make these delicious sweet and spicy meatballs today!  For a complete meal, serve this dish with our Cranberry Spinach Salad and our Best Darn Garlic Bread to sop up the sauce. 

Let us know your thoughts on this recipe and thank you for visiting our blog!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb ground turkey, chicken, or chicken
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) Cherchies® Garlic Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) tsp black pepper
  • 4 green onions chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp Sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) freshly grated ginger
  • Cooked Rice (optional- to serve over)

For Sweet and Spicy Glaze

  • drippings from meatballs
  • 1 jar Cherchies® Apricot-Pineapple Preserves
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Sriracha sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) chopped green onions- green part (scallions) only (optional for garnish)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, spray with cooking spray, and set aside.

In a large bowl, add the meatball ingredients and mix with your hands to combine.   Do not over mix the meat.  Use a 1 1/2" ice cream scoop to measure out perfectly-sized meatballs and place on the greased baking sheet.

Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until meatballs are golden brown.

While the meatballs are cooking, add the sauce ingredients to a small sauce pan.  Whisk to combine.  Turn the stove on low and cook the ingredients, whisking occasionally, until smooth.  Turn off heat.  With a slotted spoon, remove meatballs from baking pan and transfer to a large skillet.  Add the pan drippings from the meatballs, and the sauce to the skillet.  Turn the skillet on low and cook for a couple of minutes, or until heated through.

Serve the meatballs over cooked rice for a meal, or use with toothpicks as an appetizer.  Garnish with chopped scallions.

Enjoy!

 Sweet and Spicy Asian Meatballs Recipe

Sweet and Spicy Asian Meatballs Recipe

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Cajun Eggs Benedict Recipe

breakfast, entrees, lunchSheri SpalloneComment
 Cajun Eggs Benedict Recipe

Cajun Eggs Benedict Recipe

I did not think breakfast could get better than classic Eggs Benedict, but I was mistaken. What is not to love about perfectly poached eggs, rich, tangy Hollandaise sauce, savory Canadian bacon, and lightly toasted English muffins? To me, it is heaven on a plate; or at least that was my thought until I recently changed up my favorite breakfast meal.  I swapped out the Canadian Bacon for Andouille sausage, added Cherchies Cajun Seasoning to the Hollandaise sauce, and created this bold, Louisiana-inspired dish to share with you.  I present to you, Cajun Eggs Benedict Recipe. 

Oh my!  Talk about a flavor party in your mouth! This classic breakfast dish went from awesome to sinfully delicious!  So, if you're looking to spice things up at breakfast or brunch and wow your guests, consider making this robust version of Eggs Benedict and savoring the bold flavors of Louisiana.  I guarantee, this simple recipe will soon become a family favorite!

Let us know when you try this decadent recipe and thank you for visiting our blog!  

Ingredients

Eggs Benedict Ingredients (this recipes serves 4)

  • 2 English muffins, fork split in half, lightly toasted
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 links of Andouille sausage, cooked and sliced in half
  • 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) chopped fresh chives for garnish
  • Hollandaise sauce (below)

Homemade Hollandaise sauce:

Preparation

Add egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, , Cherchies® Champagne Mustard to a blender.  Blend until ingredients are incorporated.  Turn the blender on again and slowly add the melted butter.   *The emulsion process (thickening) works better when the eggs are at room temperature.  If the hollandaise sauce gets too thick, blend in a few teaspoons of water to loosen it before serving.  Set aside.

In a large deep skillet or 2 quart pan, add two inches of water.  Bring the water to a boil.  Turn the temperature down so the the water is at a gentle boil.  Gently break the eggs, one at a time into a coffee cup, small bowl or measuring cup.  Or, so the eggs can cook at the same time, use four different cups.  Carefully pour the eggs into the slow boiling water as close to the water as possible.  This will begin the poaching process.   See link from Betty Crocker.

While the eggs are cooking, toast the English muffins until lightly toasted.  Now it's time to assemble the Eggs Benedict.  Place the English muffin halves on plates.  Slice the Andouille sausage in half and in half again and equally divide among the English muffin halves.  Carefully remove the poached eggs from the water with a slotted spoon and place on top of sausage.  (The eggs should be slightly jiggly).  Dollop the eggs with the hollandaise sauce and garnish with the chopped chives.  Sprinkle the eggs with a little more Cajun Seasoning for effect.

Look at that, heaven on a plate!  Enjoy!

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Chicken Caprese Pasta Recipe

entrees, leftoversSheri SpalloneComment
 Chicken Caprese Pasta Recipe

Chicken Caprese Pasta Recipe

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time:  20 Minutes
Difficulty:  Easy

Happy Spring friends!  Old man winter has finally loosened his grasp here in Pennsylvania, and signs of warmer weather are emerging everywhere...the Forsythia are awakening, the daffodils are smiling, the birds are playing, and the weather people are forecasting summer-like temperatures this weekend.  Amen!  To celebrate the return of Spring and warmth, I am excited to share this quick and easy, summer-like Chicken Caprese Pasta Recipe.

Nothing screams warm weather like juicy ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, and savory basil (aka Caprese).  I absolutely love this refreshing combination and by adding leftover chicken and pasta to the mix, dinner is easy peasy.  So if you want to tantalize your family's taste buds with an easy meal and celebrate the fresh taste of summer, grab some plump juicy tomatoes, Cherchies® Basil Pizzazz Seasoning, fresh mozzarella cheese, and create this deliciously satisfying summer-like dish.  Your family will thank you.  

Let us know how you liked this dish and as always, thank you for visiting our blog!  


Ingredients

  • 1 package of spaghetti, cooked according to directions
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup diced fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup light cream
  • 1 pound grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto (or make it homemade with our Perfect Pesto Recipe)
  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) Cherchies® Basil Pizzazz
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken, diced (cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store or leftover chicken would work really well here)
  • 1 Tablespoon Tbsp) fresh chopped basil for garnish


Preparation
Cook spaghetti according to package directions in salted water, and drain.  Rinse, dry, and slice cherry or grape tomatoes in half and set aside.

While spaghetti is cooking, prepare the sauce.   In a large skillet, add the cream cheese, light cream, pesto, and Cherchies® Basil Pizzazz.  Cook on low for 5 minutes.  The sauce should begin to thicken.  Add the tomatoes, parmesan and mozzarella cheeses to the sauce, stirring occasionally to prevent from sticking to the bottom of the skillet.  Towards the end of the cooking process, add the diced cooked chicken. 

When the pasta has finished cooking, drain the pasta and add to the skillet with the cheese mixture.  Cook for a couple of minutes.  Garnish with fresh basil and dinner is ready in under 30 minutes!

Bon appetito!

 Chicken Caprese Pasta Recipe

Chicken Caprese Pasta Recipe

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Cobb Salad With Brown Derby Dressing Recipe

entrees, lunch, salad dressings, saladsSheri SpalloneComment
 Cobb Salad With Derby Dressing Recipe

Cobb Salad With Derby Dressing Recipe

One of my favorite salads in the whole world is The Cobb Salad.  Who can resist crisp greens, creamy avocado, tomatoes, eggs, scallions, bacon, and leftover chicken?  I surely cannot. Did you know this famous salad originated in Hollywood, back in the 1920's?  

Here's some trivia for you:

The Cobb Salad got its name from Robert Cobb, an owner of the once famous Brown Derby Restaurant in Los Angeles. To quote marriedatthemovies.com: “As the story goes, late one night, [Cobb] prepared himself a salad of chopped leftover chicken with some other ingredients.  Four of his pals dropped by the restaurant after a movie preview, just as Bob was enjoying his homemade supper.  One asked what he was eating, and that salad became known as Bob’s ‘Cobb Salad.’ When the Hollywood Brown Derby opened in 1929, The Cobb Salad, with its homemade Derby French Dressing appeared as an official fixture on the menu.  To this day, the salad appears on menus throughout the country" (marriedatthemovies.com).  For the full history and original recipe, check out marriedatthemovies.com.  

Cool, huh?

Now I feel privileged to eat such a prestigious salad!  Our version is close to the original recipe, and surely one you will love. Another great line from marriedatthemovies.com: "At the Brown Derby, the Cobb Salad was presented to the guests with all the toppings lined up vertically over the salad greens, and tossed well with the Old Fashioned French Dressing, tableside." (www.marriedatthemovies.com).  The original Derby French Dressing recipe, according to Sally Cobb, called for English mustard, but we substituted Cherchies® Champagne Mustard and added Cherchies® Garlic Seasoning to the mix.  This recipe serves 6, but feel free to scale it down to your liking.  

We would love to hear your comments on this recipe and as always thank you for visiting our blog!   Enjoy!

Salad Ingredients

  • 6 cups shredded mixed greens
  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken
  •  1 1/2 cups halved grape tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 6 slices of bacon, cooked, crispy, and crumbled
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, seeded, peeled, and diced
  • 2 green onions (green part only), chopped
  • Brown Derby French Dressing

Brown Derby French Dressing

Preparation

Prepare the salad dressing.  Add the salad dressing ingredients to a jar with a lid.  Tightly close the lid and shake the ingredients until combined.  Set aside.

Arrange the lettuce on a large platter.  As true to the original recipe, except for the green onions, place all the ingredients vertically over the salad.   We opted to arrange the ingredients in a star shape.

Garnish with the green onions and serve with The Brown Derby French Dressing.  Toss.

Enjoy!

 Cobb Salad With Brown Derby Dressing Recipe

Cobb Salad With Brown Derby Dressing Recipe

 

 

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