Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno PoppersNew and Improved Jalapeno Poppers!

So what’s so new and improved about these Jalapeno Poppers?  Everything!  These Poppers are absolutely done right.  There is nothing lazy about them.  If you’ve already looked online, then you’ve probably noticed that there are a lot of people that don’t even deal with the breading.  And then, to make matters worse, some recipes use only half the pepper.  Others are wrapped with bacon or just a little Panko sprinkled on top, then baked.  Well not my Jalapeno Poppers, no Sir/Mam.  Not only are these the real deal, I’ve made some definite improvements so let’s talk about it.

progresso-bread-crumbs-italian-425g-82-pFirst of all, what are the basic rules for traditional Jalapeno Poppers?  One, it’s got to be a whole Pepper.  Two, it’s got to be stuffed with Cheese.  Three, it’s got to be breaded and Baked or Fried, and Four, it’s got to stay and hold together.  The secret for all of the above is detail.  So the first thing you need to do is peel the skins.  This is one of the secrets to keeping the breading on a shiny, smooth Jalapeno.  The second trick is to stuff them with enough Cheese so that two Jalapeno halves will stick back together with pressure.  Now if you want to know how to keep them together with out using a tooth pick, listen to this.  Once the Jalapeno Poppers are stuffed and pressed together, they must be rolled in flour first, then egg washed, rolled in breading, then back in the egg wash and rolled in the breading one last time.  This three step process will hold the Pepper together from the outside, while the cold from the freezer holds the inside.  Freezing the Poppers for a couple of hours before they’re fried insures that they won’t fall apart in the fryer.  The Frying Cooks The egg wash breading on the outside before the frozen cheese softens on the inside.  And this keeps them from falling apart and making a mess in the oil.

Jalapeno Poppers Ingredients:

8 to 10 Jalapeno Peppers
1 pkg Creme Cheese
2 chopped Green Onions
1/3 pkg sliced bacon
1/2 cup graded Colby Jack Cheese
1/2 tsp Ranch Dressing Seasoning (optional)

Breading:

3 to 4 eggs
1/2 cup Flour
1 cup Bread Crumbs (Progresso Garlic and Herb)
Oil for Frying

I recommend Frying at 375 degrees until golden brown, which takes only a few minutes.  If you’re going to bake them, bake at 425 degrees for approximately 8-12 minutes.  Serve Jalapeno Poppers with a Sweet Berry Jelly or Orange Chili Sauce.

Chili Relleno Recipe

Chili Rellenos are so good, and so easy to make

I’ll admit that my Chili Relleno Recipe can be a little bit tedious the way I like to make them, but they are most certainly well worth it.  I like to stuff them with a lot more than just cheese which for me makes them taste so much better than just a battered chili.  This recipe I use Spanish rice which I prepared just before I started broiling the chilies, but I believe you can stuff them with any of your favorite cooked meats.

This Chili Relleno Recipe requires just a few items that you can get from any regular grocery store.  Of course the number one priority on your list should be some large green Chili’s.  The only other item’s you’ll need is some jack cheese, eggs and some Spanish rice or your favorite meat.  I think you could stuff these chilies with more vegetables if you like and they would be fantastic; maybe some spinach, or tomatoes, or even some sautéed zucchini; all of the above even.  Get creative and don’t be scared about it.  The best thing I think you can always do when you follow someone else’s basic “how to guide” with their personal take on a recipe is to take it with a grain of salt; meaning, you should realize that yes they may have some good experience cooking what they’re teaching about but what they are teaching is also based on their own personal tastes as well.  So when it comes to any recipe you make, I strongly encourage people to improvise and throw in items that are personal favorites.  I’m not saying you should get crazy and change out the seasonings and the overall preparation of the recipe, especially if you’ve never made anything like it before.  I’m just saying that if you know for sure that you would possibly prefer vegetables over meat for example, then swap it out and go for it!  Especially when it comes to this Chili Relleno Recipe Okay, enough said!

Chili Relleno Recipe steps and preparation

Now the best way to start any Chili Relleno Recipe is of course with your Chilies.  Wash them, clean them and get them ready for a broil in the oven; or if you would like to take it a step further, throw them on a grill.  It doesn’t matter really.  You’re just going for the general desired color and texture of a fired cooked Chili.  Just make sure which ever you decide, you give them a turn now and then to make the coloring even on every side.  In the oven, I turn them every 2 minutes or so.  After you’ve cooked them evenly, pull them out and throw a moist towel over them so the chili can soften up a bit.  5 to 10 minutes is all it will take.  Then make a small incision in each one of the Chilies and stuff each one with only enough rice and cheese to be able to close back with a partial flap.  This will ensure that there isn’t any spillage.  At this point you can pull the seeds out as well if you’ve got your mind set on all of the tedious pet peeves of traditional authenticity, but if your not trying to impress the President of the United States, I’m pretty sure you can live without doing it.  Traditionally you’re also suppose to peal the skins off at this point, then you roll them in flour and dip them into the egg mixture and fry.  Just so we’re clear, I don’t peel skins.  I think it’s pointless and it adds a chard effect to the flavoring of the Relleno.

When it comes to the egg mixture, you’re going need to separate the yokes from the whites, and blend the whites separately with a little bit of water and baking powder to make the eggs frothy.  Then slowly add the yokes one at a time, all the while mixing the eggs on high speed.  This is very important.  The yokes have got to be very frothy and bubbly or the batter is going to run all over the place when you drop the chili in the fryer.  All you have to do from here is dip and submerge one chili completely in the egg mixture ever so gently to ensure the flap doesn’t open and dump out the filling, then slowly add the chili to the hot oil in your fryer or your pan with oil.  Oil in a pan doesn’t need to be more than one inch, and once you’ve browned one side just flip it over to the other and do the same.  Then strain on to some paper towels and serve.  Hope you enjoy my Chili Relleno Recipe!

New York Style Pizza Recipe

New York Style Pizza

So you think you can make a New York style pizza huh? Well honestly, I didn’t have a clue this time last year until I dabbled and experimented with a few recipes. Finally I came up with this little gem known in my family as, “The Masterpiece”! All joking aside, this New York style pizza recipe makes a pretty damn good pizza.

How good is this New York style Pizza recipe?

I’ve heard questions like, “You made this?” and when I firmly respond with a, “YES”, I hear things like, “Nuh-aaa…”, or, “Really”, oh, and also, “Damn!”! So if you want to pull your adult pants up and officially dig into this one, be my guest. Just realize once the frustration starts, there’s no going back, because this is one of those recipes that you don’t give up on until you’ve reached perfection; that is if you’re truly a fan of a New York style pizza! The secret is in the yeast and in the rise. I don’t care if you follow this recipe to a T, if you don’t handle the yeast right, or you don’t room temperature rise, you are going to have some problems. Other than that, it is the easiest recipe in the world if you just follow these simple steps in the order they’re laid out below, you will make an awesome New York style pizza! This recipe makes 1 16″ in. pizza pie and is also the same recipe I use to make my Rollero Sandwich which can be found here http://poormansgourmetkitchen.com/baked-rollero-sandwich-calzones-recipe.html

New York Style Pizza Recipe

Combine the following and let it stand 10 min. to activate.
You’ll know it’s activated if it doubles in size.

1 tsp. dry yeast
1 tsp. granulated sugar
1/4 cup hot water 110 degrees f

Separate bowl Combine in the following order

1 cup hot water 110 degree (hot water out of your tap is fine)
3 cups BREAD flour (this is key, use bread flower)
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Italian Seasoning (Thyme, Rosemary, Marjoram etc.)
1/2 tsp garlic powder

To make a New York style pizza pie, add the activated yeast and mix all ingredients together in a mixer or knead it by hand. It’s designed to be a little sticky, so adding a few tbls. of flour here and there to get it to a desired pizza dough consistency is normal if you need to. Roll the dough into a ball and thinly coat 2 tbls of olive oil on the outside to prevent dryness and cracking. Now just let it rise for the next hour or so, or even refrigerate if you’re wanting it for later. Just make sure the dough get’s to room temperature and practically doubles in size before you roll it out to make a pie. Roll it out thin; maybe an 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch TOPS. Then of course leave a thicker edge; but not as thick as you think you’d like it when you eat it, cause it will double if not triple in size when it bakes. Next, throw down your favorite sauce (spaghetti sauce will even work), meats, veggies, whatever. Most use Mozzarella cheese but if you can 50/50 with Provolone, that’s the way to go, trust me! Preheat oven to 500 degrees! Yes 500, that is NOT a typo. A wooden slate is best for baking but a pan works just fine. 8 to 10 minutes is all it’s gonna take for you to enjoy this New York style pizza recipe!