Bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers by Awesome on 20

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers by Awesome on 20

Bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers are my husband’s favorite. That used to make me very sad since I didn’t know how to make them. See, I have a bit of a jealous streak in the kitchen. I become a bit irrational when other women make food that my husband loves. I don’t have a lot going for me. I can’t have my husband thinking about what’s going on in someone else’s kitchen.

It’s probably not normal to get so competitive over vegetables. I just can’t help it.

That’s why I had to learn to make bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers. It’s vital to the success of my marriage.

Jalapenos

I learned this recipe from the same person who introduced us to breakfast pizza. They’re extremely simple to make and perfect for a party. Don’t tell my husband, though. He doesn’t like to share.

Not being a vegetable eater, I confess I’ve never actually eaten these. Perhaps we should get a word from the expert.

“Amazeballs! They’re creamy with a little heat. They’re the perfect finger food because they don’t fall apart while eating them, and they’re easy to bite through. I can’t stop eating them!”

He’s not kidding. He ate them all in about three hours then was sad that they were all gone. Also, he’s not terribly articulate while playing video games. I should have known.

Bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers by Awesome on 20

Make bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers. People will love you for it. 

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
Yields 12
A spicy, creamy, bacontastic party food and man bait
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 oz cream cheese, room temp
  2. 1 packet ranch dressing mix
  3. 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  4. 6-8 jalapenos (the jalapenos I bought were big, but I still had a little cream cheese left over)
  5. 6-8 slices of bacon
  6. 12-16 toothpicks
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Combine cream cheese, ranch dressing mix, and cheese in a mixing bowl. I used my stand mixer because I'm lazy, but you could mix it by hand.
  3. Cut the stem off of your jalepenos then slice them in half lengthwise. Remove the ribs and seeds. I use a spoon to scrape out the insides. Just make sure you wash your hands a lot. Arrange jalapeno halves on a foil lined baking sheet.
  4. Cut your bacon slices in half.
  5. Fill the cavity in each jalapeno half with the cream cheese mixture, then wrap a half piece of bacon around it and secure with a toothpick.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until your bacon has reached desired crispness.
  7. If you want them to be less greasy when you serve them, place them on a wire rack over foil to cool.
  8. These are good hot or at room temperature.
Adapted from Lindsey V.
Adapted from Lindsey V.
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Backyard Awesome Sauce

Backyard Awesome Sauce

You have all those herbs growing in your backyard, so now what are you going to do with them? Why make an awesome sauce, of course. In fact, let’s go ahead and just call this one Backyard Awesome Sauce.

I’ll tell you how I made mine, but please just take it as an inspiration. I got my idea from the divine Nigella and her salmoriglio sauce from Kitchen. Basically, all you need is garlic, lemon juice, fresh herbs, and extra virgin olive oil. Have fun with the herb combo, but most importantly, use what’s fresh and hopefully growing at your house. I used Italian parsley, oregano, and basil.

Fresh Herb Sauce

And once you’ve made it, the possibilities are endless. You can throw it on a sandwich, drizzle it over grilled meat, toss it with some pasta and Parmesan cheese, or just dip some nice crusty bread in it. I mean, you can basically stick this stuff anywhere.

The flavor is fresh and vibrant. It just tastes like green. I like to pretend I’m fancy and French and involve some baguette action, along with some charcuterie (a fancy word for salami) and some difficult to pronounce cheese  Throw in a glass of white wine and some Carla Bruni, and I might as well dust off the black beret I used to wear in high school. No joke. That really happened.

You can throw this together in about ten minutes then mix and match it for days of tastiness. How awesome is that?

Backyard Awesome Sauce with Fresh Herbs

Backyard Awesome Sauce
Yields 1
A quick and fresh sauce made with herbs from your own backyard
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  2. 1 tsp coarse salt
  3. 30 grams fresh herbs (I used ten each of oregano, basil, and Italian parsley)
  4. 4 Tbsp lemon juice (don’t skimp, it really brightens the flavor)
  5. 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Put the garlic, salt, herbs, and lemon juice into your food processor and switch it on for about 20 seconds, or until everything is nice and pasty. You may need to scrape down the sides and give it a few more pulses.
  2. With the processor running, drizzle in your extra virgin olive oil. Process until it emulsifies, aka, turns into sauce.
  3. Drizzle over just about anything savoury that you’d like to make herby and delightful.
Adapted from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
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Sausage Rolls

sausage rolls

St. George’s Day is coming up, so today I’m celebrating all things awesomely English. My absolute favorite Anglo export is the dude sitting on my futon. We’ve been married for two years, and I’m still charmed by his accent every day. My second favorite English fellow has to be Mr. Harry James Potter.

On our visit to England we had some time to kill in London, so I pretty much insisted on seeing King’s Cross station and getting a cheesy photo at platform 9-3/4. If you visit the station, there aren’t any signs to help you find it, and it’s sort of impossible to see. The guy at the info counter will get annoyed when you ask where it is. You’d think they’d be over it by now.

platform 9 3/4

After completing this necessary duty, I fell in love with another English wonderment known as the sausage roll. Why oh why are these not sold on every street corner in America? It’s completely perplexing. It’s one of the most ingeniously delicious things I’ve ever eaten. And to have it at King’s Cross, where Jo Rowling’s parents met, was extra special. It was all thoroughly English.

sausage rolls on tray

It’s just yummy sausage wrapped in puff pastry and baked to a golden brown. So simple, yet so mind-blowingly delicious. I wish I could eat one every day. In England, they’re sold on nearly every street corner, but now that we’re back in America, we have to make them ourselves. Luckily, it’s quite simple. Moreover, you can eat them hot or cold, so they’re great for picnics or snacks, if you can get them to last that long.

If you’ve never had the pleasure of burning your mouth on a piping hot sausage roll, you simply must make some right this minute. Put down your sword, stop slaying dragons, get out of your castle, and get in the kitchen and make these. Then try and share with your friends. It’s the English way.

sausage rolls inside

Sausage Rolls
Yields 12
A homemade version of the perfect British street food
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 sheets frozen puff pastry
  2. 1 pound of your favorite sausage meat, uncooked (I like Jimmy Dean hot)
  3. 1 egg
Instructions
  1. Let your puff pastry thaw on the counter. 30 minutes should be plenty.
  2. Preheat your oven to 400.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, unfold the sheets. With a pizza cutter or a sharp knife cut each one down the middle, then cut into thirds in the other direction to make six squares per sheet.
  4. Divide your sausage meat evenly between each square. Smoosh it into a line down the center of each square. It’s okay to go right to the edge.
  5. Crack your egg into a bowl and beat it with a fork until well combined. You can add a bit of water to thin it out, if you like.
  6. For each square, carefully fold the sides of the puff pastry over the sausage so they overlap. Press the dough together to seal it, then using the fork dipped in your egg mixture, press the tines into the seam. The egg will help act as a glue.
  7. Place the roll seam-side down on a parchment lined baking sheet. Depending on the size, you may need to use two baking sheets or work in two batches.
  8. With a sharp knife cut 2-3 slits into the top of each roll.
  9. Brush each roll with a thin layer of your egg wash. This makes them all shiny and lovely.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes or golden brown. Allow them to cool for as long as you can stand it. At least 10 minutes.
  11. Try not to burn your fingers when you finally sink your teeth into one of these bad boys. It’s not easy. Patience is overrated.
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