Baseball Week – Sloppy Joe Dimaggios

This is one of my favorite of Rachael Ray’s quick meals with a couple of tweaks due to my massive recipe OCD condition.

It’s perfect for Baseball Week!

Make this for your little sluggers and the whole team’ll be over to eat!

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Serves: 9 little leaguers  Prep time:  10 minutes  Cook time:  20 minutes

WHAT YOU NEED:

1 T olive oil

2 lbs ground sirloin

1 package hebrew national hot dogs, sliced

1 onion chopped

1 garlic clove chopped

1 T steak seasoning

1 T chili powder

3 T brown sugar

3 T worcestershire sauce

3 T dark beer, like Guinness

1 8 ounce can tomato sauce

Burger rolls

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    WHAT TO DO:

    Heat the extra-virgin olive oil in a deep skillet over medium-high heat.

    Add meat and crumble as it browns.

    Add chopped hot dogs after 3 to 4 minutes then cook 3 to 4 minutes more.

    Add the onions and garlic to the pan and cook to soften, 5 to 6 minutes more.

    In a bowl mix the spices, sugar, Worcestershire, Guinness and tomato sauce.

    Pour sauce over the meat and simmer a few minutes to combine flavors.

    Slop onto buns and serve.


    Lentil Soup with Sausage – Soup Week

    While it hasn’t been a particularly cold winter here.

    It’s been a bit dreary.

    Nothing makes me feel better than a hot bowl of soup.

    This one is inspired by the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe.

    I’ve been making it for years and the kids gobble it up!

    Soup is a fantastic way to get your picky eaters to eat veggies and healthy food!

    You’ve got to try it!

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    WHAT YOU NEED:

    1 pound green lentils

    1/4 cup olive oil

    4 cups diced yellow onions

    4 cups chopped leeks, white and light green parts only

    1 tablespoon minced garlic

    S&P

    1 tablespoon fresh thyme

    1 teaspoon cumin

    3 cups medium diced celery (8 stalks)

    3 cups medium diced carrots (4 to 6 carrots)

    4 quarts chicken stock

    1 pound sliced kielbasa

    1/4 cup dry red wine

    Freshly grated parmesan cheese

    drizzle of balsamic vinegar

    drizzle of olive oil

    WHAT TO DO:

    In a large bowl, cover the lentils with boiling water and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Drain.

    In a large stockpot over medium heat, heat the olive oil and saute the onions, leeks, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, and cumin for 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are translucent and tender.

    Add the celery and carrots and saute for another 10 minutes. Add the chicken stock, tomato paste, and drained lentils, cover, and bring to a boil.

    Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 1 hour, or until the lentils are cooked through and tender.

    Test the seasonings, add more S&P if needed . Add the kielbasa and red wine and let simmer until the kielbasa is hot. Serve drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with grated Parmesan.

    Serve with crusty bread or cheesy grilled sandwiches.

    You can leave out the sausage or use turkey sausage to make this even healthier!

    Superbowl Week – Carnitas

    My favorite Superbowl food?

    Hands down….

    These Carnitas!

    We love football around here.

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    We love our Pats.

    We love Superbowl Sunday with snacks and the whole hood gathered round.

    We love these carnitas.

    Want to feed a crowd easy?

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    Make these carnitas and a taco bar.

    Make a lot though.

    My boys can rifle through these things in no time flat.

    Big thanks to Girlichef for this amazing, slimmed down recipe.

    So easy

    Sooooo good!

    Pork Carnitas

    WHAT YOU NEED:

    Serves 8

    6 pounds country style pork ribs

    kosher salt

    water

    corn or flour tortillas

    chopped onion

    chopped cilantro

    guacamole

    WHAT TO DO:

    Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

    Liberally salt your pork on all sides with kosher salt and lay in a 11×13 baking dish.  Space them out so they are not touching.  You may want to use 2 dishes.

    Add 1/3 cup water to each of the pans.

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    Cover with foil and bake at 375 for one hour.

    After an hour remove from oven and turn the oven up to 450 degrees.  Remove the foil from the pans.  Bake uncovered at 450 until all the water is gone and all that is left is the fat that has run off the pork, about 30 minutes.

    Continue to bake an additional 20 minutes while returning to baste the meat at least twice in it’s own fatty delicious juices.

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    Remove from oven and chop up pork and sprinkle with salt.

    Serve on tortillas with onions, cilantro and quacamole.

    Game on!

    LETS GO PATS!!!!

     

    Quick and Easy Dinner – Baby Pizza Pies

    Ok, so this was a direct result of watching too much TV.

    The boys and I were lounging around last weekend and we caught a Pillsbury biscuit commercial.

    They made little pizzas out of the biscuit dough.

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    We were all over it!

    Now we’ve taken our biscuit dough and turned them into

    Upside Down PIzza

    Always a crowd pleaser…

    But they were all over this new idea they saw on the commerical.

    When hockey practice runs late and there’s still homework to do…

    This is a great and quick go-to!

    Baby Pizza Pies

    WHAT YOU NEED:

    1 tube Pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough

    1/2 cup spaghetti sauce

    1 cup grated mozzarella cheese

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    WHAT TO DO:

    Preaheat your oven to 350 degrees.

    Break open your biscuit tube and separate the biscuits.

    Pat out each one a bit to flatten out and spread evenly on a baking sheet.

    Top each pizza with a spoonful of spaghetti sauce and a handful of shredded cheese.

    Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

    Dinner is served.

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    With applesauce in this case.

    On paper plates!

    Totally WTing it this evening…

    I told you hockey practice ran late!

     

    Football Week – Irish Nachos

    What’s football without some nachos?

    And how do the Fitzpatricks do nachos?

    Irish style!

    How do you make nachos Irish Style?

    With potatoes of course!

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    WHAT YOU NEED:

    2 russet potatoes, washed and dried

    1/2 T olive oil

    S&P

    1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

    1/2 lb bacon bits, cooked and drained on paper towels

    scallions, chopped

    jalapenos, sliced (optional)

    sour cream

    WHAT TO DO:

    I like to think of this as a healthier version of potato skins, since you bake them and not fry them, but round these parts we just like to call them good!  Here’s how you make Fitzpatrick Irish Nachos….

    Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

    Slice your potatoes into either round disks or long planks depending on what your favorite shape is.  Just make sure the slices are about 1/4-1/2 an inch thick.

    Put the slices on a sheet pan and douse with olive oil, and S&P.  Mix with your hands to coat well.

    Bake for 25 minutes.

    Remove from oven and top with shredded cheese.

    Bake for an additional 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

    Top with bacon, scallions, jalapenos, and sour cream.

    Enjoy at kick off!

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    Let’s go Pats!

    Time Saving Week – Quick Chicken Calzones

    What to make when you arrive home late from soccer and still have to do homework?

    Toss this in the oven and dinner is on the table in 20.

    Not only that, get the kids involved and let them make their own.

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    WHAT YOU NEED:

    Whole wheat pizza dough (store bought or picked up from your local pizzeria)

    8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, chopped

    1 cup shredded mozzarella (or 1 cup ricotta – I can’t stand ricotta but the fam loves it)

    1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken

    1 cup broccoli florets

    2 garlic cloves chopped

    2 cups marinara sauce (I like Rao’s)

    WHAT TO DO:

    Preheat your oven to 450 degress.

    Stretch out your pizza dough to a large circle on a cookie sheet.

    Place all the ingredients except the sauce on 1 half of your dough.

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    Stretch the empty half over the top and crimp the edges to seal.

    Bake at 450 for 20 minutes.

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    Serve with sauce on the side.

    Finish homework.

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