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A Piggie Sunday

The latter half of this past week was super stressful; I got sick, we had a family emergency, and then Saturday and Sunday was spent packing, cleaning, and traveling to two (yes, two) Ikeas to get new furniture. Why the new furniture, you may ask? My fiancé and I are moving at the end of the month! Don’t get too excited, we’re only moving about 10 minutes away to a different town, but we’re upping our game and renting a townhouse! We’re hoping this will be our semi-permanent home until we’re ready to buy a house… yikes.

As you know, I had an awesome giveaway this week, that I just picked a winner for (congrats Jordan!). So, any time I do a giveaway, I also get a sample (win!). I decided to make an appetizer styled dinner, since I was exhausted and wanted minimal effort, and I had all these yummy Hormel products laying around. I had stumbled upon You Are What You Eat or Reheat‘s White Trash Puff Balls a week or so ago, and thought they’d be perfect for the little pepperoni package I got. Instead of combining them with cream cheese, I just threw the pepperoni with shredded mozzarella, and since I grabbed the regular Pillsbury rolls and not crescent rolls, I essentially made pinwheels.

Pepperoni and Cheese Pinwheels

I also decided to try my hand at homemade potatchos, which are basically potato chip nachos. They’re served at a New Brunswick and Rutgers University staple, Stuff Yer Face. If you live in the general vicinity (i.e. probably about an hour in every direction) you’ve heard of the restaurant. You may have even seen it on Man vs. Food! At any rate, their potatchos rule. It’s potato chips, bacon, tomato, cheese, ketchup, sour cream, and chives. I assembled pretty much all of that (I forgot tomatoes – duh!) and threw it in the oven. I have to say, they were pretty spot on.

Homemade Potatchos!

Both of these little ditties would be great appetizers for a get together, on game day, etc. I wouldn’t recommend pairing them together as a dinner, unless you are attempting to use a lot of self control, and break it up with a giant salad (as I did). Sometimes, though, you just need a little comfort, and after the past few days, my fiancé and I were glad to have it.

Homemade Potatchos (Potato Chip Nachos)
– Serves 2-3 –

Ingredients:
1 bag potato chips
4 oz. shredded cheese (any variation – I used Mexican)
2 handfuls of crumbled bacon (I used Hormel’s Real Bacon Bits)
1/2 tomato, diced
Liberal squirts of ketchup
1/2 cup Greek yogurt (plain) or sour cream
1/2 cup chives, chopped

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Spray baking sheet, and pour chips onto sheet
3. Sprinkle liberally with cheese (feel free to use more!) and bacon pieces
4. Bake for 10 minutes
5. Squeeze ketchup all over chips, top with yogurt, tomatoes, and chives

Pepperoni and Cheese Pinwheels
– Serves 3-4 –

Ingredients:
2 containers of Pillsbury Rolls
1/2 bag of Hormel Mini Pepperoni
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Coat baking pan and open rolls (unroll them, even though their directions tell you not to) and keep them in twos
3. Place combination of pepperoni and shredded mozzarella on each set of two, and roll from one end to the other
4. Bake for 10 minutes

PS – Congrats to everyone that completed the Chicago Marathon yesterday! Hopefully I’ll be there one day too.

 

UPDATE: I’ve submitted the potatchos recipe to Foodbuzz’s BACONALIA contest! YUM.

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Steamed Hamburgers, inspired by Man vs. Food!

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I’m completely obsessed with food on TV. I watch any and all types of recipe shows, as well as more interesting food show in regards to traveling and food cultures. I often find myself watching the Food Network while running on the treadmill at the gym. Some might say that’s the cruelest form of torture, but I just love food that much.
 
The Travel Channel has an awesome show (Wednesday nights at 10!); Man vs Food. Yes, it is exactly as it sounds. The host, Adam, travels across the country to take on a ridiculous food challenge, while also sampling some of the other local favorites. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it!
 
Recently, Adam took a trip to Connecticut, where there is a local burger joint that steams their hamburgers. Everyone was raving about how juicy and flavorful they were, and they really did look delicious. My boyfriend and I watched this episode together, and were immediately inspired. So, this past Sunday after a long day of snowboarding, we decided to give them a try ourselves.

I have to admit, we really just guessed and went into it blindly. Luckily, though, they turned out phenomenally! We got ourselves a large pasta pot, and filled it up with about a 1/2 cup of water. We luckily have a strainer that fits pretty nicely into the pasta pot, so we set that inside, but without touching the water line. From there, we brought the water to a light boil, placed the two patties onto the strainer, and covered the pot. We let it steam that way for about 15 minutes, then I placed a slice of cheese on each patty for a few seconds before turning off the burner. We then placed them on a bun with a side of fries, and we were in business.


 
They were seriously some of the juiciest burgers we’ve ever had. My boyfriend went so far as to say they may have been the best burger he’s ever had, and he’s a great proponent of grilling (as all men are)! Needless to say, we were really proud of ourselves. To note, we used patties that were 80/20, which I think was important. I don’t think it would have steamed as well and retained such juicy flavors if they were any less fatty. I will say, though, I refuse to go any lower than 80/20.
 
I would absolutely suggest trying out this method. Especially for wintertime, they’re a great way to still have burgers without standing outside and freezing while grilling. I understand some people are partial to grilling and won’t try things any other way. But give it a shot! You’ll have dinner ready in about 30 minutes, you won’t have to brave the cold, and I promise you’ll enjoy it!

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