Jalapeño Popper Deviled Eggs


Jalapeño Popper Deviled Eggs

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 12 hard cooked eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 Tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 1 Jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons sliced green onions
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 slices bacon, crisp cooked and finely crumbled
  • Chili powder

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Place about 1 tablespoon of the shredded cheese on prepared sheet; pat into a 2-inch circle.
  4. Repeat with remaining cheese, allowing 2 inches between circles.
  5. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes or until bubbly and lightly golden.
  6. Let stand on baking sheet for 1 to 2 minutes or until cooled but still pliable. Carefully peel off paper.
  7. Place cheese crisps on a wire rack; cool completely.
  8. Once cool, break cheese crisps into smaller pieces.
  9. Halve hard-cooked eggs lengthwise and remove yolks. Set whites aside.
  10. Place yolks in a small bowl; mash with a fork.
  11. Add mayo, cream cheese, jalapeno, green onions; mix well
  12. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  13. Fill the egg halves with the yolk mixture and top each egg half with a bit of crispy cheese and bacon.
  14. Sprinkle with chili powder

Chipotle Taco Seasoning


Chipotle Taco Seasoning
Ready for a smokier taco?

If you’re a fan of smoky flavor, prepping up a chipotle taco seasoning before taco night will make you very happy. This spice blend uses common spice rack ingredients and brings the smoke through both chipotle powder and smoked paprika. We kick in a little cayenne pepper to increase the overall heat just a touch.

Don’t limit this tasty seasoning to tacos. You can use it anywhere taco of Mexican seasoning is called for to add a little south-of-the-border flare to your meal. It’s delicious simply mixed with ranch dressing for a quick dip or use it as a dry rub on chicken, pork, or steak to add a smoky, earthy heat.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon chipotle powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste

Preparation

  1. In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  2. Use immediately or store in a sealable jar (airtight) for future use.

Cook’s Notes

  • The additional cayenne pepper is optional. Chipotle pepper already brings jalapeño level heat to the seasoning (chipotle chilies are dried and smoked jalapeño peppers). Cut it completely if you prefer a low to medium level heat.

Simple Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese


Simple Stovetop Macaroni and CheeseInspired by an innovative macaroni and cheese recipe that calls for adding sodium citrate, an emulsifying salt, to cheese to keep it smooth when heated (instead of adding flour to make a béchamel), we based our sauce on American cheese, which contains a similar ingredient. Because American cheese has plenty of emulsifier but not a lot of flavor, we combined it with more-flavorful extra-sharp cheddar. A bit of mustard and cayenne pepper added piquancy. We cooked the macaroni in a smaller-than-usual amount of water (along with some milk), so we didn’t have to drain it; the liquid that was left after the elbows were hydrated was just enough to form the base of the sauce. Rather than bake the mac and cheese, we sprinkled crunchy, cheesy toasted panko bread crumbs on top. Our simplified mac and cheese recipe takes only about 20 minutes from start to finish.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 ounces Elbow Macaroni
  • 4 ounces American Cheese, shredded (1 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • Small pinch cayenne pepper
  • 4 ounces Extra-Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded (1 cup)
  • 1/3 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan Cheese

Preparation

  1. Bring water and milk to boil in medium saucepan over high heat. Stir in macaroni and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring frequently, until macaroni is soft (slightly past al dente), 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Add American cheese, mustard, and cayenne and cook, stirring constantly, until cheese is completely melted, about 1 minute.
  3. Off heat, stir in cheddar until evenly distributed but not melted.
  4. Cover saucepan and let stand for 5 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, combine panko, oil, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in 8-inch nonstick skillet until panko is evenly moistened. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until evenly browned, 3 to 4 minutes.
  6. Off heat, sprinkle Parmesan over panko mixture and stir to combine.
  7. Transfer panko mixture to small bowl.
  8. Stir macaroni until sauce is smooth (sauce may look loose but will thicken as it cools). Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Transfer to warm serving dish and sprinkle panko mixture over top.
  10. Serve immediately.

Cook’s Notes

  • Barilla makes our favorite elbow macaroni. Because the macaroni is cooked in a measured amount of liquid, we don’t recommend using different shapes or sizes of pasta.
  • Use a 4-ounce block of American cheese from the deli counter rather than presliced cheese.

 

 

Favorite Baked Spaghetti


Favorite Baked Spaghetti
Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) spaghetti
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese

Preparation

  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  3. Stir in spaghetti sauce and seasoned salt; set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, Parmesan cheese and butter.
  5. Drain spaghetti; add to egg mixture and toss to coat.
  6. Place half of the spaghetti mixture in a greased 3-qt. baking dish.
  7. Top with half of the cottage cheese, meat sauce and mozzarella cheese.
  8. Repeat layers.
  9. Cover and bake at 350° for 40 minutes.
  10. Uncover; bake 20-25 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Yield: 10 servings.

Eggs Brûlée


Eggs Brûlée
To make a brûléed egg, simply cut the hard-boiled (or steamed or baked) egg in half and sprinkle it with salt, then top with sugar and torch away. The result is absolutely delicious, like a haute cuisine version of scrambled eggs with maple syrup.

Sous Vide Poached Shrimp


Sous Vide Poached Shrimp
Shrimp cooked by traditional methods can be fantastic, but nailing the perfect temperature can be a bit hit or miss. With a sous vide cooker, you don’t have this issue because that short window of time between perfect and overcooked stretches out to a good half hour or so. Sous vide also allows you to achieve textures that you can’t really achieve through more traditional methods and affords you the opportunity to infuse the shrimp with flavor while they cook. This recipe delivers basic poached-style shrimp, like the kind you’d serve chilled in a shrimp cocktail.

Sous Vide Shrimp Cooking Temperature

125°F (52°C) — Translucent, semi-raw with a soft, buttery texture.
130°F (54°C) — Nearly opaque, very tender with a hint of firmness.
135°F (57°F) — Barely opaque, moist, juicy, and tender.
140°F (60°C) — Traditional poached texture with good bounce and a crisp, juicy bite.

Why It Works

  • Cooking shrimp sous vide ensures consistently plump, juicy, flavorful results.
  • Tossing the shrimp with baking soda firms up their texture.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds large peeled shrimp (about 700g)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Extra virgin olive oil or butter (optional)
  • Aromatics such as garlic, shallots, tarragon, or parsley (optional)

Procedure

  1. Set your sous vide water bath to desired temperature according to the chart above.
  2. In a large bowl, toss shrimp with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and the baking soda.
  3. Place shrimp in a heavy duty zipper-lock bag or a vacuum bag. If desired, add 1 to 2 tablespoons (15 to 30ml) olive oil or butter and aromatics.
  4. Remove all air from bag using the water displacement method or a vacuum sealer. Press shrimp into a single layer.
  5. Add bagged shrimp to preheated water bath and cook for at least 15 minutes and up to 1 hour (the texture should show very little variation within this time frame).
  6. Remove shrimp from bag to a paper towel-lined plates.
  7. Serve hot, or chill and serve cold.

Cook’s Notes

You can also cook shell-on shrimp. They will be more flavorful, but you’ll either have to shell before serving, or have diners shell them on their own (or just eat the shells, they’re delicious). For shell-on shrimp, add 5 minutes to the minimum cooking time.