I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Barbecue Steak and Cheese Sub

I make my own garlic buns for this.  A little more work, but so worth the effort.  

(makes 4)

*1 tablespoon butter
*4 good sturdy sub rolls (I make my own), split in half
*2 large sweet onions, thinly sliced
*dash of salt
*1 tablespoon butter
*1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
*2 red bell peppers, sliced
*2 pounds rib steak or new york strip steak, thinly sliced or cut into cubes
*2 tablespoons olive oil
*salt & pepper to taste
*8 slices of provolone cheese
*1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
*1/2 cup barbecue sauce (I make my own)

~Place onions, 1 tablespoon butter and a dash of salt into a skillet.
~Cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring often (onions will be caramelized).
~Remove from heat and place into a small bowl, set aside.
~In same pan, cook mushrooms until soft.
~Remove from heat and place into a small bowl.
~In the same pan, cook red peppers until soft.
~Remove from heat and place into a small bowl.
~Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
~Season steak with salt and pepper.
~In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter.
~Place sub buns inside of buns down into melted butter.
~Cook until toasted.
~Place bottom halves of toasted buns in a 9x13 inch pan.
~Place olive oil into large skillet (I use the same one that I toasted the buns in).
~Cook steak for 4-8 minutes, depending on how done you like your steak.
~Remove from pan and set aside.
~Place 2 slices of provolone cheese on each bun.
~Place steak over top of cheese.
~Add mushrooms, onions and peppers over the steak.
~Drizzle barbecue sauce over steak and veggies.
~Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over veggies.
~Place top bun on sandwich.
~Bake for 5-6 minutes or until cheese melts.

Garlic Sub Roll

A really nice soft, but sturdy sub roll.  Great for any sandwich, but steak and cheese is my favorite.

(makes 4)

*1/2 cup warm water
*1/2 cup warm whole milk
*3 teaspoons active dry yeast
*2 tablespoons granulated sugar
*1 egg, lightly beaten
*1 tablespoon butter, softened
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
*2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
*garlic salt

~In a large mixing bowl, place warm water, warm milk, sugar a yeast.
~Allow yeast to proof (about 5-10 minutes).
~Add egg, butter, salt, garlic salt and mix slightly.
~Add in flour 1/2 cup at a time, mixing slightly between additions.
~Knead dough for 5 to 10 minutes.
~Place in a well oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a clean damp cloth.
~Allow dough to rise in a warm, draft free area until dough is doubled in size (about 1 hour).
~After dough has rose, divide dough into 4 equal parts.
~Flatten out to a rectangle.
~Roll length wise and place into well oiled baking dish.
~Allow dough to rise for 30 minutes.
~Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
~Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
~Rub a little butter over top of hot bread.
~Sprinkle a little garlic salt over top of bread.
~Remove from pan and allow to cool on a rack.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Deep Fried Pizza Balls

 You can make these any size you want.  If you are going to use this for an appetizer, divide dough into 16 balls.   Remember that they will puff up and get bigger when they are fried.   You could bake these to, to make it less calories and fat, but they won't be as good.  If you don't want to make your own crust, buy a good refrigerated one or buy the crust from a pizza place.

(makes 8 large pizza balls or 16 small ones)

*1 cup warm water
*2 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
*1 teaspoon granulated sugar
*1 teaspoon salt
*2 teaspoons olive oil
*2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
*8 slices provolone cheese
*1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
*small bowl of water
*garlic salt (optional)
*1-1 1/2 cups pizza sauce (I make my own)
*4 -6 cups vegetable oil for frying

Pick the toppings of your choice
*1/2 pound pepperoni, chopped
*1/2 pound ham, cut thin and chopped
*1/2 pound sausage, cooked and crumbled
*1/2 pound bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled
*1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and drained well
*mushrooms, chopped
*onions, chopped small
*green/red bell peppers, chopped small and cooked (I freeze mine and then I don't have to cook it)
*black olives, sliced

~In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water.
~Allow the years to proof, for about 10 minutes.
~In a large bowl, mix flour, salt and olive oil.
~Mix in yeast mixture.
~Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until dough is no longer sticky.  You may need another 1/4 cup flour, but no more.
~Place dough into a well oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap or a damp cloth.
~Allow dough to rise until double, about 1 hour.
~Remove dough,  and form 8 balls.
~Heat oil in a large saucepan to 350 degrees.
~Mix all the topping you want to use together including the mozzarella cheese.
~Divide your toppings into 8 equal piles.
~Roll dough balls out into thin circles, on a lightly floured surface. (work on one pizza at a time).
~Place one slice of provolone cheese on rolled out dough.
~Place toppings over the cheese.
~Bring dough up around the toppings to make a ball.
~Place finger into water bowl and rub water over edges of dough.
~Twist lightly or press together, so that dough seals.
~Carefully, place 1 to 2 pizza balls into hot oil.
~Cook for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes or until golden brown.
~Flip and cooker another 1 to 1 1/2 minutes on the other side or until golden brown.
~Remove from heat and sprinkle lightly with garlic salt.
~Place on plate and dip in pizza sauce.

`If you choose to bake it. Place in a greased baking dish.  Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes, or until dough is a golden brown.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Chocolate Chip Bran Muffins

This is a basic bran muffin recipe.     I love that these are healthy and so good.  You can even make it less calories by leaving out the chocolate chips if you want.  Muffins are about 120 calories each.  Not bad for a muffin.

(makes 12)

*1 1/2 cups wheat bran
*1 cup buttermilk
*1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
*1 egg
*1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
*1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
*1 cup all-purpose flour
*1 teaspoon baking powder
*1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*1/2 cup raisins
*1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

~Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
~Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray or line with paper muffin liners.
~In a small bowl, mix wheat brand and buttermilk together.
~Let mixture stand for 10-12 minutes.
~In a mixing bowl, beat applesauce, egg, vanilla and bran mixture until well mixed.
~Sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
~Stir dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, until just blended.
~Fold in raisins and chocolate chips.
~Spoon evenly into muffins cups.
~Bake for 18-20 minutes.
~Remove from pan and allow to cool on a cooling rack.


~Substitute dark chocolate chips with milk chocolate or semi sweet chocolate chips.
~Substitute raisins with cranraisins. 
~Omit chocolate chips and or raisins. 
~Add 1/2 cup chopped pecans.