Italian Meatball Sandwich

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As we wrote in the last entry on elderflower drinks, we have a sunday tradition with a couple of friends. Most sundays we end up making some kind of comfort food, like burgers, Sloppy Joe’s, chili dogs or some kind of sandwich. Last sunday we decided to make Italian meatball sandwiches (as we, Chris and I, are planning a trip to Tuscany later this summer), and they turned out to be great – as usual 🙂 Actually they were so great, that the guys eat way too much and ended up sitting in our bathing pool in their underwear, complaining about stomach pain (we will spare you the actual picture of this ;-)). Out of the 8 ‘small’ sandwiches you will get from this recipe, we ate it all – which explains the stomach pain – but all four of us are ‘heavy-eaters’ when it comes to good food, so you might have food enough for 6-8 people, depending on their sandwich-hunger 😀 Hope that you will try the recipe and enjoy it as much as we do!

Ingredients (8 ‘small’ sandwiches)

Meatballs
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground pork
2 cups breadcrumbs
1 cup milk
2 shallots
4 garlic cloves
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/3 cup feta cheese
3 tbsp. thyme leaves, fresh
2 tbsp. rosemary leaves, fresh
1 egg
Salt
Pepper

Tomato sauce:
3 cups tomato sauce
4 tbsp. tomato paste

2 French baguettes
2-3 tbsp. mayo
8 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
1 bundle of cilantro

Meatballs:
Combine breadcrumbs and milk in a mixing ball and make sure that all the crumbs get soaked. Set aside while chopping the shallots, garlic, feta cheese, thyme and rosemary.
In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients for the meatballs. Mix well using your fingers, as it will give the best result. Divide the meat into 8 equally sized meatballs, approximately the size of a baseball. Place in a greased ovenproof dish and bake in the oven at 350F until the reach 165F – approximately 40 minutes.
Don’t turn off the oven when the meatballs are finished, as you also need to warm the baguettes later on. IMG_0382 IMG_0389 Tomato sauce: Combine tomato sauce and paste in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Let boil for 5-10 minutes before turning down the heat. Let simmer with the lid on for approximately one hour or until the meatballs are ready to get soaked. Stir occasionally to avoid burning. Place the baked meatballs in the tomato sauce and make sure that the whole meatball gets marinated in the sauce. If necessary, pour some of the sauce on top of the meatballs. Let simmer for additional 25-30 minutes. IMG_0393 When the meatballs are ready you can begin to assemble the sandwiches 😀 Slice the baguettes lengthwise and spread out the mayo on both the top and bottom. Place 4 meatballs and a bit of tomato sauce on each bottom followed by a slice of cheese. IMG_0397 Place both the baguette bottom with the meatballs and the top with the mayo on a wire rack, and warm in the oven until the cheese has melted. Decorate with cilantro on top of the melted cheese and finish off with the baguette top.IMG_0398 Cut each sandwich into 4 pieces with one meatball in each. Serve with an ice cold beer or a glass of good Italian wine, if you like it a bit more sophisticated 😉IMG_0405

Bon Appétit friends!

 

Ingredients (8 ‘small’ sandwiches)
Meatballs:
450 g ground beef
450 g ground pork
5 dl breadcrumbs
2.5 dl milk
2 shallots
4 garlic cloves
1.25 dl parmesan cheese, grated
0.8 dl feta cheese
3 tbsp. thyme leaves, fresh
2 tbsp. rosemary, fresh
1 egg
Salt
Pepper

Tomato sauce:
7.5 dl tomato sauce
4 tbsp. tomato paste

2 French baguettes
2-3 tbsp. mayo
8 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
1 bundle of cilantro

Pulled Pork and Slaw Burrito

What have you gotten for dinner tonight? We decided to make home made corn tortillas and fill them with our favorites – pulled pork and slaw 😀

Instead of writing a lot about how great it is, you should just try it and let us know what you think!

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

16 small corn tortillas

1 pound pulled pork

1/2 cup BBQ sauce

1/2 cup jalapeños hot sauce

1 portion summer slaw

2 limes, sliced

 

Place the pulled pork on a pan together with BBQ sauce and jalapeños hot sauce. Warm up at medium heat and let cook until the meat gets caramelized (this happens as there are quite a lot of sugar in the BBQ sauce).

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Heat the tortillas for a few seconds until they get soft. Place 1/4 cup caramelized pulled pork on the warm soft tortilla, followed by summer slaw.

Place in a rectangular round bottom dish and serve with lime slices 🙂

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Ingredients (4 servings)

16 small corn tortillas

450 pulled pork

1.25 dl BBQ sauce

1.25 dl jalapeños hot sauce

1 portion summer slaw

2 limes, sliced

 

Corn Tortillas

How often do you eat burritos/tortillas. Well, we eat them quite often as we find them perfect when ever we have leftovers. We have always just bought wheat tortillas from our local supermarket, but one day decided that we would try to make them ourselves.

To make original corn tortillas one need to get a flour type called masa harina (flour made from corn), which in Denmark, is easier said than done! It can only be bought in Chilihouse.dk, approximately 2 hours travel from where we live. Of cause we can buy it on their online shop, but postage costs more the the flour itself, so we decided to wait for a while. But to our luck a friend of ours visited the shop and bought a pound of flour, so that we could begin our tortilla experiment 🙂

As you can see in the recipe below, we chose to use chicken stock, but you can also just use hot water or if you want to spice it up a bit, you can use beer.

As with all other baking it takes time (approximately one hour), but we promise that it is all worth it 🙂

 

Ingredients (16 small tortillas)

2 cups masa harina (corn flour)

1 1/3 cup chicken stock, hot

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Combine flour with hot chicken stock to form a dough. Leave covered for 15 minutes. The texture should be soft clay but not sticky. Knead in more water if necessary.

Divide dough into 12 equally sized balls. Roll out dough balls between two sheets of baking paper until thin. If you would like your tortillas to be perfectly round, you can use a cake cutter (the one used here is 5.5 inches).

Heat a dry pan until hot. Place one tortilla in the pan and cook for 20-30 seconds on each side. Remove from the pan when the tortilla puffs up. Keep covered while baking the rest.

Fill with your favorite burrito stuffing and serve with a cold Mexican beer 😀

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Ingredients (16 small tortillas)

500 g masa harina (corn flour)

3.5 dl chicken stock, hot

 

 

Steak Sandwich with Dipping Sauce

This sandwich is without doubt the best hangover sandwich ever!

When you go through the recipe, you will discover that it takes around 2 hours to makes, which is definitely not hangover friendly! But don’t worry…. You can make the meat and slice it when you have time, freeze it down and just thaw the amount the need when you get hungry 🙂

Another thing that might be difficult (but totally worth it) is the beef stock for the dipping sauce. We make it our selves when ever we have some leftover bones, but an easier solution, is to buy some at your local butcher 🙂

 

Ingredients (2 servings)

2 pounds roast

3 tbsp. mustard

3 tbsp. steak rub

2 tbsp. olive oil

1/3 cup mayo

4 tbsp. horseradish, grated

1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

1 French baguette

1 cup beef stock

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Fire up the kettle grill with some charcoal (place the charcoal in one side of the grill).

Spread out the mustard on the meat followed by the steak rub. Put the meat directly over the coals and sear on all sides. Place the seared meat in a cast iron pan or an ovenproof tray  with some olive oil.

Place the pan with the meat on the opposite side of the coals (indirect heat) and grill until the meat has reached a core temperature of 156F (about 35-45 minutes). Take the pan of the grill and let the meat rest while you prepare the rest of the sandwich.

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Mix the pan dripping with the beef stock and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes. Cut the meat into thin slices (use an electric slicer if possible) and add it to the simmering stock. Let it all simmer for 5-8 minutes.

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Warm the baguette in the oven while the meat is simmering in the stock. Whisk together mayo and grated horseradish and spread out a generous layer on both the top and bottom of the warm baguette. Add the soaked meat on the bottom of the baguette and sprinkle on the shredded cheddar cheese and finish up by adding the top of the baguette.

Take all the remaining stock and pour it into a bowl. Serve as a dipping sauce for the sandwich – you will be surprised how tasteful it is.

Serve with a cold hangover beer 😀

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Ingredients (2 servings)

900 g roast

3 tbsp. mustard

3 tbsp. steak rub

2 tbsp. olive oil

0.8 dl mayo

4 tbsp. horseradish, grated

1.25 dl cheddar cheese, shredded

1 French baguette

2.5 dl beef stock

 

 

Country Style Sausage Gravy

We know it, you know it , everybody knows it – sundays with a hangover can be terrible! Not only do you have a headache, but you also feel that your have aged at least 10 years.

On such a day, there is nothing better than some feel-good-eating and a hangover beer. For us, feel-good-eating is easy, delicious and home cooked and this is exactly what this country style sausage gravy is. We promise that you won’t regret trying it – and we believe that this won’t be the last time either 😀

 

Ingredients (2-3 servings)

10 slices bacon, chopped

1 pound sausage meat

2 tbsp. butter

1 onion

3 garlic cloves

1 red chili

1 tbsp. thyme leaves

1/4 cup flour

2 cups milk

Salt

Pepper

ImageFry the bacon until it is crisp. Remove bacon from the pan but leave in the melted fat. Then fry the sausage meat for 5-7 minutes before adding the crispy bacon. Mix well and remove all meat from the pan.

While frying the meat, you can chop the onion, garlic and chili.

Add butter to the pan and let melt. Just before the melted butter turns brown add the chopped onions, garlic, chili and thyme leaves. Fry until the onions are glassy, it takes 2-3 minutes. Remember to stir occasionally to prevent the garlic from burning and turning the dish into a bitter garlic experience.

Add flour a little at a time and stir until all flour lumps are gone. When all flour is added begin to slowly pour in milk while whisking. Make sure that the milk is absorbed before adding more. Take the sauce off the heat when it is smooth and creamy, and add fried sausage meat and bacon. Season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

Serve immediately with delicious southern biscuits 🙂 We promise that you’re going to love it!!

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Ingredients (2-3 servings)

10 slices bacon, chopped

450 g sausage meat

2 tbsp. butter

1 onion

3 garlic cloves

1 red chili

1 tbsp. thyme leaves

0.6 dl flour

5 dl milk

Salt

Pepper

 

Southern Biscuits

Are you a fan of biscuits too? We just looooooove them, and make them at every given opportunity 😀

They are quick and easy to make, and tastes delicious – what’s not to love about that? Furthermore, they can be served as a side dish for almost any kind of meat, but our favorite is definitely to serve the biscuits with sausage gravy – the perfect comfort food on a tired and lazy sunday 🙂

Another great thing about these biscuits is, that you don’t need a knife to cut them in half – you just place one hand on the bottom and the other hand on top of the biscuit and twist it – nice and easy!

 

Ingredients (12 biscuits)

2 1/2 cups + 2 tbsp. flour

2 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tbsp. granulated sugar

1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces

3/4 cup milk

2 large eggs

In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients and whisk until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Beat 1 of the eggs slightly and add to the mixture together with milk. Knead until just combined and it has a sticky and moist texture.

Place the dough on a slightly floured surface. Knead until smooth.

Roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch thickness. Fold the dough halfway over and roll again. Do this 4-5 times. Be careful not to roll all the air out of the dough. Cut the biscuits with a 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter.

Place the biscuits close together on a piece of baking paper. Beat the last egg slightly and brush the top of the biscuits.

Bake at 400F for about 15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.

Serve warm with cold butter, or even better, with our country style sausage gravy 🙂

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Ingredients (12 biscuits)

6 dl flour

2 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tbsp. granulated sugar

113 g cold butter, cut into small pieces

1.8 dl milk

2 large eggs

 

Comfort Breakfast Popeye Eggs

I have been sleeping less than 3 hours, I have too much pain in my neck to think clearly, I have a ton of work, and I properly should go visit the fitness center for at least an hours after this weekends intake of chocolate.

On a day like this I really need a feel-good-breakfast like this Popeye Egg 🙂 Normally I would eat rye bread filled with different seeds and nuts, but not today! Actually this is one of my favorite comfort breakfasts, as it reminds me of some wonderful people in Atlanta who we miss a lot.

 

Ingredients (2 servings)

2 slices toast

2 eggs

1 tsp. butter

Salt

1 tsp. chives, chopped

 

Spread one side of the toast with half of the butter. Cut a whole in the middle of the toast with cutter or a glass.

Put the rest of the butter in a frying pan and melt at medium/high heat. When melted, add the toast with buttered side upwards. Add the egg to the whole in the toast and fry for 2-3 minutes.

Turn the toast and fry for additional 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and chopped chives.

Serve with a cup of your favorite coffee (today I have made hazelnut coffee), while listening to beautiful music like Eric Satie of Ray Charles 🙂

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Spaghetti with Tiger Prawns and Tomato Sauce

I really had trouble deciding on tonights dinner. First I didn’t want to cook at all, then I wanted to make steaks – again (I am a true meat lover, and gets large steaks instead of flowers on Valentines day :-)), then I wanted pork cheeks and finally when I opened the freezer and saw the tiger prawns I decided on this fabulous recipe.

Prawns and spaghetti is the perfect combination – just change the sauce and your have can make hundreds of different dishes. This one is definitely in our top 10 when it comes to dishes containing spaghetti.

How that you and your family will love it as much as we do 🙂

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

2 tbsp. olive oil

3 shallots, chopped

4 scallions, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 red chilies, chopped

1 can crushed tomatoes

6 small tomatoes

3/4 cup white wine

1/4 cup cream

1/2 cup basil leafs, chopped

1/2 pound tiger prawns, cleaned

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Pepper

1 pound spaghetti

1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated

 

Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add chopped shallots, scallions, chilies and garlic. Cook for 5-10 minutes or until the onions turn golden. Stir occasionally to avoid that the onions get burned.

Add white wine, tomatoes and cream. Cook for approximately 25-30 minutes. While cooking, chop the fresh tomatoes into quarters.

Cook the spaghetti according to package directions. Drain when cooked and transfer to a large bowl

When the tomato sauce has thickened, add the tiger prawns and continue to cook for 4-5 minutes. Add the fresh tomatoes and 2/3 of the chopped basil leafs and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the sauce to the drained spaghetti and toss to mix.

Arrange on a pretty dish and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and the remaining 1/3 cup chopped basil leafs.

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Serve with a good Italian baguette and a cold glass of your favorite white wine 🙂

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Ingredients (4 servings)

2 tbsp. olive oil

3 shallots, chopped

4 scallions, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 red chilies, chopped

1 can crushed tomatoes

6 small tomatoes

1.8 dl white wine

0.6 dl cream

1.25 dl basil leafs, chopped

450 g tiger prawns, cleaned

Salt

Pepper

1 pound spaghetti

1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated

 

Spicy Drumsticks

Who don’t love drumsticks? Most people like drumstick in one way or the other. As we are chili ‘freaks’ we both love these spicy drumstick and the delicious marinade which we use as a dipping sauce.

If you are not used to eating chili every day, you might add less chili sauce and more honey. You can alway add more chili if you find it to mild, but it is more difficult to go the other way.

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

12 drumsticks

3 tbsp. hot chili sauce (today we’ve used Sriracha)

3 tbsp. honey

1 tbsp. good olive oil

4-6 garlic cloves, chopped

Juice from 1 lime

Salt

Pepper

 

Mix together chili sauce, honey, olive oil, chopped garlic, lime juice, salt and pepper in a bowl.  Add the drumsticks and mix well. Make sure that all drumsticks has been marinaded before covering the bowl with plastic wrap. Let rest in the fridge for at least an hour.

Cover a roasting pan with baking paper and put in the marinated drumsticks. Pour the remaining marinade over the drumsticks and bake in the oven for 55-60 minutes at 350 degrees fahrenheit. Turn the legs halfway to avoid the marinade from getting burned.

Pour the remaining marinade in a bowl and serve with the drumsticks as a dipping sauce.

Serve with your favorite side dishes like black bean salad, smoked beans or with celery and blue cheese dressing.

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Raspberry and White Chocolate Cake

Today it’s Valentine’s day which for many people symbolizes love and friendship and most of us choose to spent the day with someone special. We were going to have a dear friend over for dinner, but unfortunately the date was cancelled, as I have a whiplash that often prevents me from doing any social activities.

When these days show up, all I want is some love and comfort food. As I am married with the most caring and food loving guy in the universe, neither care or comfort food is a problem – especially not on Valentine’s day. Thus, we have made a deal, that he makes a delicious steak and I put together a cake for dessert.

Due to the pain in my neck, I needed to come up with something quick and easy, so that I could get back in bed. Opening the freezer I quickly found a 1/2 pound of raspberries and as I alway have some delicious white chocolate in the house, it was an easy decision that this years Valentine’s cake were going to be a raspberry and white chocolate cake.

THe recipe is self-made and I must admit that the result is surprisingly spongy, creamy and delicious.

 

Ingredients (12 servings)

1 stick butter, room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

3 large eggs, room temperature

1 1/4 cup flour

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

1 1/2 tbs. baking powder

1/4 tbs. salt

3/4 cup buttermilk

1 tbsp. lemon zest

1/2 pound raspberries

1/2 cup white chocolate chips (I prefer to use Amedei Toscano White)

 

In one bowl whisk together flour, salt and baking powder.

In another bowl whisk together butter and sugar until light and fluffy with an electric mixer, then add one egg at a time and whisk thoroughly between each egg. Now add vanilla extract and whisk again.

Shift in flour mixture i two batches, alternating with buttermilk. Whisk until just combined and smooth. Fold in lemon zest and chocolate chips (if your chocolate chips are big, you might want to chop then into smaller pieces).

Add half of the batter into a 6 inch greased springform pan and bake at 350 degrees fahrenheit for about 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let rest on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing the cake from the springform. Do the same with the other half of the batter.

Serve serve warm with whipped cream or sour cream mixed with vanilla beans.

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Ingredients (12 servings)

113 g butter, room temperature

125 g granulated sugar

3 large eggs, room temperature

155 g flour

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

1 1/2 tbs. baking powder

1/4 tbs. salt

1.8 dl buttermilk

1 tbsp. lemon zest

225 g raspberries

60 g white chocolate chips (I prefer to use Amedei Toscano White)