Top Ten Recipes of 2012

Happy Holidays, imaginary internet friends! And congratulations on surviving the end of the world. Now I’m off to Barnes and Noble to demand a refund for my Mayan wall calendar. Wish me luck!

In the meantime, I hope you’ll take another look at the 10 most popular recipes I shared this year.

S’mores Fried Ice Cream with Chipotle Chocolate Sauce

 

Asparagus Lasagna Slice

Asparagus Lasagna with Pancetta, Goat Cheese, and Lemon

 

Baked Churros with Cinnamon Ice Cream and Dulce de Leche

 

Loaded Baked Potato Grilled Cheese Sandwich

 

Cinnamon Roll Grilled Cheese Sandwich

 

Oatmeal Cream Pies

Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies

 

Cookies and Milk

Toffee Cashew Cookies

 

pie crust crackers

Chicken Pot Pie Soup with Pie Crust Crackers

 

Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich

And the most popular recipe of 2012:

Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken

Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Here’s to a delicious (and gooey) new year!

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Not-Rachel Grilled Cheese Sandwich

In honor of National Grilled Cheese Month, I’m posting a different grilled cheese sandwich every single day through the month of April. You’re welcome.

I had this great idea to turn the classic deli sandwich, The Rachel, into a grilled cheese. And then I remembered that I don’t really care for sauerkraut. And I’m not exactly crazy about Swiss cheese. So I substituted spinach for the sauerkraut and provolone for the Swiss, and I was left with a delicious grilled not-Rachel sandwich. The pickle-y-ness of the Russian dressing is not to be missed.

For general grilled cheese tips, visit the inaugural grilled cheese sandwich post.

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Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich

In honor of National Grilled Cheese Month, I’m posting a different grilled cheese sandwich every single day through the month of April. You’re welcome.

Pepperoni pizza + grilled cheese sandwich = Really? You even have to ask? This delightful lunch provides the spicy, tangy flavors of pizza wrapped in the buttery crunch of a grilled cheese sandwich.

The salami sandwich I posted yesterday came out a little oily, so I used turkey pepperoni slices instead of regular pork pepperoni, and the lower-fat substitution did the trick. Turkey pepperoni has the flavor and texture of pork pepperoni, but with no neon-orange oil slick.

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Turkey, Brie and Pear-Apple Butter Grilled Cheese Sandwich

In honor of National Grilled Cheese Month, I’m posting a different grilled cheese sandwich every single day through the month of April. You’re welcome.

OK. I admit it was pretty much a given that turkey, brie, and pear-apple butter would make for a stellar grilled cheese sandwich. But did any of you stop and think about the bread? Did you even bother to consider how the choice of bread could completely change the taste of the sandwich?

I thought not.

So I’m asking you, as a favor, please grill this sandwich – tender deli turkey, oozing brie, and sweet pear-apple butter – on savory, pungent caraway rye bread. And please, please enjoy the earthy perfume of toasted caraway seeds in the air when the buttered bread hits the griddle. Could you just do this one little thing for me?

Thanks.

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Turkey Club Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Chipotle Mayo

Grilled Cheese 2: Electric Boogaloo

In honor of National Grilled Cheese Month, I’m posting a different grilled cheese sandwich every single day through the month of April. You’re welcome.

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Take two on grilled cheese was messy, but yummy. There were lots of great flavors — some of my favorites! — but I’m sad to say, there was something missing. It could’ve used something bright and fresh, like cilantro, celery leaves, or lime juice, to balance the smokey heat and rich, cheesy, salty, bacon goo. A little acid and/or herbs, and this would’ve been another winner.

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For general grilled cheese tips, visit the inaugural grilled cheese sandwich post.

Turkey Club Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Chipotle Mayo
Recipe Type: Sandwich
Author: Bake Up, Little Suzy
Prep time: 8 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 23 mins
Serves: 1
A sandwich and a salad in one! (No, I’m not kidding. OK, maybe a little.)
Ingredients
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Turkey (I used herb roasted turkey tenderloin)
  • Bacon
  • Pepper jack cheese
  • Avocado
  • Butter
  • Chipotle Mayo (recipe below)
  • Chipotle Mayo
  • 2 tablespoons mayo
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • Pinch of ground oregano
  • Pinch of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle hot sauce, or to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine mayo, sour cream, oregano, garlic powder, and chipotle sauce. Mix well.
  2. Top each slice of bread with cheese.
  3. Add the turkey, bacon, avocado, and spread on a thin layer of chipotle mayo.
  4. Close it up, and butter the outsides of the bread.
  5. Griddle on medium heat until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown.

 

Sweet and Spicy Turkey Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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I’m kicking off National Grilled Cheese Month (yes, this is a real thing in the world) with a lesson in balance. My first grilled cheese has it all: crispy, golden-butter bread; gooey, salty jack cheese with spicy pops of jalapeno; savory, herbaceous turkey tenderloin; and a sweet glaze of strawberry jam.

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And since this is Grilled Cheese Post: The First, I’ll lay down a few ground rules I like to follow in my own grilled cheesing:

  1. Begin with 2 slices of bread that are roughly the same size and shape.
  2. For even toasting, butter the bread (on the OUTSIDE of the sandwich), not the griddle.
  3. Top the bread with cheese. For optimum meltage, nothing should come between the cheese and the bread.
  4. Keep sauces and condiments in the center of the sandwich to avoid sogging the bread.
  5. Grill sandwiches with hard cheeses over low heat to avoid burning the bread before the cheese melts. Dome if necessary.
  6. Grill sandwiches with soft cheeses over high heat to toast the bread quickly before the cheese liquefies.

These are only guidelines. Grilled cheese means never having to say you’re sorry.

Sweet and Spicy Turkey Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Recipe Type: Sandwich
Author: Bake Up, Little Suzy
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 1
Sweet, salty, spicy, and savory — the perfect grilled cheese!
Ingredients
  • White bread
  • Butter
  • Pepper jack cheese
  • Turkey (I used 4 slices herb roasted turkey tenderloin)
  • Strawberry jam
Instructions
  1. Top each slice of bread with cheese.
  2. Add the turkey and spread on a thin layer of jam,
  3. Close it up, and butter the outsides of the bread.
  4. Griddle on medium heat until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown.

 

Pepperoni-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken
The first Valentine’s Day that Handsome Greg and I spent together came just two weeks after we met. In that lovely fortnight, we shared lingering dinners, stories of our respective pasts, several bottles of wine, and a mutual love of Ralph Wiggum. We quoted sweet, hapless Ralph to each other in nearly every situation, appropriate or not (“Sleep? Yippee! That’s where I’m a Viking!”).

Baked Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken
Valentine’s Day that year crept up way too early in our budding relationship. How do you celebrate the big V after only two weeks of dating? Greg paced the greeting card aisle on date night, bombarded with vows of everlasting love, and jokes about sex and chocolate. Not a single card was suitable for a promising romance in its infancy, and he left the gift shop empty-handed.

Pepperoni-Stuffed Chicken
Hours later, I opened his card, and my heart filled with laughter and other cured meats. He’d made a card himself, with a picture of Ralph Wiggum in front of a train, and the words, “I choo, choo, choose you.” That was eleven years ago.

Pepperoni in Chicken
Between our anniversary, Greg’s birthday (also this week), and Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this time of year is a Greg-and-Suzy Love Fest. So on Saturday, I’m making one of his favorite dishes: chicken stuffed with mozzarella and pepperoni, baked in marinara. The pepperoni, sauce, and cheese keep the boneless, skinless chicken breasts nice and juicy. I originally made this same dish with salami, and I found it a bit too oily. So I replaced the salami with turkey pepperoni and, as predicted, the spicy pepperoni charmed the pants off of the chicken. The pepperoni and the chicken subsequently, um, got a room.

Butterflied Chicken

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