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Loose Meat Philly Sandwiches

Philly sandwiches are delicious, plain and simple.  Trying to find an authentic Philly or even an unauthentic one for that matter can prove challenging.  Now my version here obviously falls into the “unauthentic” grouping, but it still carries that fantastic ooey-gooey, beefy, cheesy flavor throughout AND if you’re feeling old-school, than feel free to top with a dollop of Cheez-Whiz!  Now THAT up’s the legit’ness! 😉

*Plus, it’s much, much cheaper and easier than using rib-eye steak and can spread out for a family dinner or gathering!

The Starting Lineup

  • 1lb ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 8oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup
  • Pinch each of kosher salt and black pepper
  • 8oz package of provolone cheese slices
  • 8 pack of hamburger buns/rolls
  • Cheez-Whiz (optional)

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In a large (cast-iron preferably) skillet, cook your ground beef until a deep brown crust occurs.  Next, you will carefully break apart, not too much to wear it crumbles, but is in rather larger chunks.  Again, cook these pieces to another deep brown crust.  Transfer the beef to a medium size bowl and set aside.

To the same skillet you cooked your beef in (you can leave most if not all of the grease), add in the butter along with the chopped, diced and sliced onions, bell peppers and mushrooms.  Let these veggies sit and brown for about 2 minutes, stir and let brown another 2 minutes.

Add your cooked ground beef back into the pan with the sautéed vegetables.

Meanwhile,  in the same bowl your cooked beef was in, pour in the beef broth and cornstarch and whisk together.  Pour this mixture into the skillet along with the Worcestershire, ketchup, and the salt & pepper.  Stir together and simmer for 5-7 minutes (liquids start to dissipate).

Next, cover the entire top of the beef mixture with the provolone slices.  Allow to sit for about 1-2 minutes, until cheese looks “melty” and the gently and thoroughly stir all together.  The cheese will help keep the loose beef and veggies together on your rolls…and be oh so gooey!!

Finally, I like to toast my rolls or buns just a bit and using a slotted spoon (please use a slotted spoon or else you’ll be eating your sandwich with a fork..which is ok too) and scoop a hefty amount onto the bottom bun.  Finish it off with the crusty top half and a napkin! 😉  ..maybe some seasoned French fries and dipping sauce as well.  Enjoy!

Loose Meat Philly Sandwiches

Blackened Chicken Broccoli Tortellini

Here you have a family pleasing meal that can be made on a hectic weeknight, because…it take’s just 30 minutes!  Yep, a 30 minute meal that didn’t even use a jar of sauce to create a creamy yet more dreamy alfredo sauce!

To offset the richness of the cheese tortellini and sauce, the blackened chicken gives just the right amount of kick and since you basically are just blanching the broccoli, it keeps a great crisp texture!  Even my 5 year old had seconds AND leftovers for lunch the next day, score!!

*You can use any noodle of your choosing if not a tortellini fan; you can also use fresh broccoli if available.

The Starting Lineup

Chicken

  • 1-1/2 lbs chicken, I like the thin cut breasts
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic power
  • hefty pinch of kosher salt and pepper
  • olive oil

Pasta

  • 16oz  package frozen cheese tortellini
  • 10oz frozen broccoli
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 container parmesan cheese, shredded
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

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In a small bowl, mix together all of the seasonings to create a blackening rub.  Pat some olive oil all over each chicken breast and then coat in the blackening seasoning.  *Often, if I am using thin cutlets of chicken, I will just coat one side.  If using larger chicken breasts, coat both sides..

Bring a large stockpot of salted water to a boil and either bring your grill to medium high heat or a cast iron pan to screaming high heat.

Now, I used our grill, so once ready I made sure the grates were oiled and cooked each side of the thinly sliced chicken for about 2 minutes and then transferred to a plate tented with foil to let rest.  *If using a pan, do the same, just remember to turn your vent on as it WILL smoke a bit inside your kitchen.  Cook till the juices run clear.

Meanwhile, add the tortellini to the boiling water and cook to package directions.  The last 2 minutes of cooking, toss the frozen broccoli right in with the tortellini.  Drain in a large colander.

In a large pan, melt the butter and whisk in the heavy cream.  Add in the cooked tortellini and broccoli.  Sprinkle and fold in all of the parmesan cheese and a bit of salt and pepper to taste.  *I like lots of pepper.

Hey, you’re DONE!!  Slice the blackened chicken and lay overtop the broccoli tortellini alfredo and you have yourself a tasty dinner!  Serve with garlic bread, a side salad and vino of course!!

 

Southwest Goulash

Growing up in Arizona I know what southwest flavors are…if you’ve ever been to the beautiful city of Sedona then you really know!  Also growing up, we ate lots of goulash, like LOTS.  It’s a yummy and inexpensive meal that feeds a family, right?  So I decided to combine the two and give that extra bit of flavor from home into my new home of the equally beautiful Texas.  It really didn’t disappoint..even the leftovers are gone!  Score!

The Starting Lineup

  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 cup (8oz) macaroni noodles
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 1 cup corn, from frozen
  • 1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 can diced Mexican-style tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 packet taco seasoning 
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp extra Virginia olive oil

Garnish (optional)

  • Cilantro
  • Sour cream
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Jalapeño slices    

Start this one pot meal by adding a tbsp of olive oil to a large pan or dutch oven on medium heat.  Add in the ground beef and stir occasionaly to brown and cook through. 

Meanwhile, chop up the veggies, rinse the beans, etc. 🙂

 

Now that the meat it cooked, skim off excess grease and then add in the onions, jalapeńo, garlic, cumin and the taco seasoning packet.  Sauté and stir often for 3-4 minutes (or until onions are slightly soft).


Next add in the corn, beans, canned and chopped tomatoes  (salt & pepper to taste) and give a toss.

 

Directly after, add in the uncooked pasta noodles and 1 1/2 cups of water.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover for about 15-20 minutes, till noodles are slightly tender. 

 

While the noodles are cooking in your one-pot wonder, you can get the garnish’s ready!  Again, we like cheddar cheese, sour cream, cilantro, jalapeños, etc.. 


Now that it’s done (quick right??), spoon a good helping into a bowl and add on your favorite toppings!  Enjoy!! 

  

  

Southwest Sausage Skillet (one pot meal)

Do you crave a bit of a ‘kick ‘to the flavor of your dinner?  Possible something that could stretch into leftovers all while being easyand FAST to prepare??  Whelp…here you go my friend!  It has a bit of heat from the spices and garnishes, savory from the sausage and broth and that rice fills everyone up!

This quick dinner is awesome since most of the ingredients may already be on hand, no store run needed (excellent)….and if not for dinner, this is also a great side dish for any pot luck party!

Plus, feel free to make this YOUR own!  If you like different veggies, add them!  If you want to add in a can of green chilies, please do!! (That’d be great in this by the way! ;))

The Starting Lineup

  • 1 lb pork sausage
  • 2 cups instant rice 
  • 2 cups chicken broth (or water)
  • 1 can Bush’s Grillin Beans (Black Bean Fiesta)
  • 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes 
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • EVOO
  • Salt & ground pepper

Spices (optional)

  • 1/2 tsp each chili powder, cumin, coriander (to taste)

Garnish (optional)

  • Sour cream
  • Jalapeno slices
  • Salsa
  • Avocado slices
  • Cilantro 

In a large skillet, heat about 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil to medium heat.  Once that’s ready, add in the red onion and bell peppers (with a pich of salt) and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.  Step one is done!

   Next, add in the pound of sausage (another pinch of salt & pepper) to the same skillet as the sweated vegetables and cook completely.  Raw sausage is rather gross ;).   *Here is where you can kick it up with the optional spices.  If you choose not too (and that’s ok ;), don’t fret because the beans and tomatoes both have lots of flavor!

   After the sausage has cooked through, pour both the canned beans and tomatoes in the SAME skillet still and stir together.

 Finally, pour in the uncooked INSTANT rice and chicken broth (or water).  Stir, bring to a low boil, stir, cover and set to low/simmer.  The rice will only take about 5-10 minutes to soften.  *If you’re feeding a large crowd/family, add in one extra cup of rice and an extra cup of broth/water.

     After the 5-10 minutes is up, layer that shredded cheddar cheese right on top, re-cover and remove from heat.  After just a couple of minutes it will have melted and be ready to serve!!

     Spoon the cheesy, rice & sausage skillet meal onto a plate and garnish with your favorite southwestern toppings!!  Enjoy!

 

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