Thursday, May 14, 2015

Duck Fries

Who can deny a good French fry? Loading french fries with all kinds of goodness is a guarantee that I will indulge. One of my earlier recipes showcased fries topped with something semi out of the ordinary. This time, I decided to capitalize on some duck I had previously cooked.
 There is so much flavor in the skin of a duck. Frying it and sprinkling it over cheese fries was a great addition. Enjoy!



Duck Fries

Ingredients

3 Yellow Potatoes Fries – cut into 1 inch slices
1/8 cup Duck Skin –fried and finely chopped
2 Tablespoons Green Onions - chopped
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
½ Teaspoon Oregano
1 Teaspoon Paprika
1 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
½ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
4 Slices Horseradish Cheddar Cheese
Canola Oil

Directions

1.     Preheat an oven to 375 degrees.
2.     In a small bowl, combine the black pepper, oregano, paprika, garlic salt, and cayenne pepper.
3.     Heat up the canola in a large frying over medium heat.
4.     Fry the potatoes for 7-8 minutes per side. Set aside on a paper towel and sprinkle with the herb mix.
5.     Place the fries in a baking dish and top with the horseradish.
6.     Bake for 7 minutes or until cheese is completely melted.

7.     Take the first out of the oven and sprinkle with the green onions.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Cinnamon Apple Muffins




We call have to splurge a little sometimes right? Whether it be that new pair of shoes at the mall or that new surround sound system you've been eyeing for months. The same thing goes in the kitchen. For the most part I have been eating a healthier data when compared to my college days.

Then came these...


Enjoy.


Cinnamon Apple Muffins


Ingredients

1 Fuji Apple – peeled and diced
1 ½ cups AP Flour
1 ¼ Teaspoon Baking Powder
¼ Teaspoon Salt
1 Stick Unsalted Butter - melted
1 cup Dark Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
2 Large Eggs - beaten
2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2/3 cup Whole Milk

Icing
¼ cup Margarine – softened.
1 ½ cup Powdered Sugar
¼ cup Cream Cheese
½ Teaspoon Vanilla
¼ cup Whole Milk
Pinch Salt

Directions

1.     Preheat oven to 375.
2.     Line a muffin pan with muffin cups
3.     In a large bowl, combine the AP flour, baking powder and salt.
4.     In a medium bowl, whisk the apple, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, eggs, vanilla, and milk.
5.     Gently pour the wet mix into the dry mix while stirring.
6.     Once everything is incorporated, pour the batter into the muffin cups.
7.     Bake for about 15 minutes.
8.     Combine the icing ingredients until smooth.
9.     Once the muffins are dry, spread the icing onto the muffins. Enjoy!

P.s. I didn't wait for the cupcakes to completely cool before I spread the icing. Impatience at its finest. 



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Shrimp and Cheese Grits

In my opinion, nothing beats southern comfort food. It warms the heart, right along with the soul. Some of my family roots are from Georgia so there is a sense of pride with southern recipes as well.


I decided to tackle a classic with this one. Shrimp and grits are some people’s claim to fame in the kitchen. I’m still a rookie in this category but I think I struck gold with this one! Simple deliciousness is the name of the game with this recipe. Enjoy!





Shrimp and Cheese Grits


Ingredients

½ cup Old Fashioned Grits
2 cups Chicken Broth
1/3 cup Cheddar Jack Cheese
½ Teaspoon Black Pepper
¼ Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
1 Tablespoon Green Onion - chopped
1 Garlic Clove – minced
1 Tablespoon Yellow Onion – minced
¼ cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1/3 cup water
Sriracha

Shrimps
1 Tablespoon Olive Oi
6-8 Medium Sized Shrimps- peeled and deveined
½ Teaspoon Oregano
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
1 Teaspoon Seasoned Salt
1 Teaspoon Paprika
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
¼  Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Directions

1.     Season the shrimp with the oregano, black pepper, seasoned salt, paprika, garlic powder and cayenne pepper.
2.     In a medium pan, heat up the olive oil over medium heat.
3.     Saute the shrimp for about 6-7 minutes. Set aside.
4.     In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken broth to a boil. Add the garlic and yellow onion.
5.     After two minutes, slowly pour the grits into the pan, stirring constantly.
6.     Cook for about 15 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the water hallway through cooking to ensure the grits don’t become too thick.
7.     Remove the grits from the heat and add the cheddar jack cheese, black pepper, butter, cream, and salt. Whisk to combine
8.     Plate the bowl with the grits, shrimp, Sriracha, and green onions. Serve!