Barbecue Chicken Calzones

I got a great new cookbook this Christmas that I’ve been drooling over.  You can find the cookbook HERE if you want to drool too:).  Some of the recipes in the cookbook are also on their website.  This particular recipe is HERE.  I tried this out a few nights ago and it was a HUGE hit even with my kids, which is always a great surprise.  I’ve made a few alterations to the recipe but click on their website to get the original.  Thanks Six Sister’s!

6 slices bacon
olive oil
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
3 cups shredded, cooked chicken
3/4 (plus) cup Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce
2 Tbsp. broccoli florets
1 can refrigerated biscuits
1 cup + shredded mozzarella cheese
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook bacon on an aluminum lined baking sheet for about 25 minutes or until somewhat crisp.  Than heat oven to 400 degrees.  Remove bacon from pan, blot with paper towels and cut into pieces.  Put onions and shredded chicken in a pan with a small amount of olive oil.  Saute over medium heat for a minute.  Stir in 3/4 cup barbecue sauce and add in the bacon and broccoli.  Remove from heat.
Flatten out biscuit dough on a greased cookie sheet.  Spread a dab of barbecue sauce on each biscuit.  Divide the chicken mixture between the biscuits, spreading on only half of each biscuit and keeping 1/2 inch away from the edge.  Sprinkle cheese over each biscuit.  Fold biscuits in half and press the edges together with a fork to seal. Sprinkle a little more cheese on top.  Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown.

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

I decided to support my husbands love of Football by putting together a snack spread for a little game day party.  These were a HUGE hit and disappeared pretty quickly, so I ended up making a second batch.  I think my 6 year old son even ate 10 of these guys by himself.  They are yummy!

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

1 package lil smokies

1 package bacon

brown sugar

skewers

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cut all of the bacon strips into thirds.  It’s fastest to just lay them out just as they were in the package and cut them all at the same time.  Wrap each smoky in one of the bacon thirds and place on skewer.  Each of my skewers could hold about 6.  Sprinkle brown sugar over each of the little piggies and cook in oven for 20-25 minutes.  (These would be great grilled too!)  Take them out when the bacon looks browned and well cooked.  Now wipe the drool from your mouth and eat up.  .  . you may want to share some too. :)

Flavorful Turkey Burger

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Last year, after watching an episode of the Biggest Loser, we decided to try out turkey burgers.  They are much healthier for you than beef, and they’re delicious!  This is a really simple recipe, but a must for eating healthy, flavorful food.  You’ll LOVE it!

Flavorful Turkey Burgers

1.5 lbs. ground turkey

1 (1 oz) packet Ranch Seasoning Mix

2 Tbsp. oil

1 egg

(opt. 1/2 cup cooked quinoa)

Fixings:

provolone cheese

sliced tomatoes

sliced avocados

lettuce

Mix the ground turkey, seasoning mix, oil, (quinoa) and egg until fully incorporated.  ( I mix it by hand, squishing it all together with my fingers. . . is it strange that I like the feeling?)  Fry it, grill it. . fix it up until fully cooked however you prefer.

Notes:  Turkey is a much dryer meat than beef, and so it can sometimes fall apart.  I add the provolone cheese in just before it’s done cooking and the cheese helps it all stay together.  I like the flavor of these SO much more than traditional burgers.  Oh, and you really have got to eat it with avocados, the flavors together are harmonious and pretty much awesome.

BBQ Pork Ribs

This is a feast of yummy-ness that was actually really easy and required very little energy.  Thanks to Lee and Jaclyn in Georgia, we picked up this amazing recipe and served it with grilled zucchini (also yummy),  mashed potatoes, and corn.  YOU MUST TRY THIS!!! The ribs were amazing and bones were literally falling off everywhere because it was so tender.  When we were in Georgia the boys refused to try it.  This time we gave them the ‘take one bite or go to bed now’ option and they liked it. . . well, Hyrum actually LOVED it and devoured most of the big portion we gave him.  Can’t wait to make this again!  Happy Cooking!

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BBQ Pork Ribs

1 rack of ribs
1/2 bottle BBQ Sauce (Sweet Baby Rays is the best)
1 Tbsp. Montreal Steak Seasoning (we used a different kind)
8-9 cloves minced garlic

Combine in crock pot and cook on high 2 1/2-3 hours.  (After this we flipped them over in the crock pot and added a little more BBQ sauce) Then cook on low for another 2 1/2-3 hours.  Remove from crock pot, baste with more BBQ sauce and grill lightly. (Brett just grilled it for about 5-6 minutes meat side down, then flipped it over, added the BBQ sauce and grilled for a few more minutes)

Kabobs

A while ago I got super sick with the flu and Brett picked up the kitchen duties. He came up with this awesome collection of flavors that made for this delectable goodness that cheered up my sickie self.

Kabobs
Beef, cubed
1 Red bell pepper, sliced into short pieces (1-1.5″)
1 Green bell pepper, sliced into short pieces (1-1.5″)
Pineapple

(Marinate beef over night or for several hours:)
Italian Dressing (2 oz)
Raspberry Vinaigrette (2 oz)
Worcestershire Sauce (2 tbsp)
Ketchup (3/8 cup)*
Mustard (1/8 cup)*
Onion Flakes (1 tbsp)
Basil Powder (1 tsp)
Garlic Powder (1 tsp)
Curry Powder (2-4 tbsp)
Thai Peanut Sauce (2-3 tbsp)**
Water (just to make it more liquidy, maybe 1 cup)

*He filled one 1/2 cup with ketchup, put it in the bag, then filled the same 1/2 cup again with half ketchup/half mustard.
**Just adds a nice very slight tang, don’t overdo it

When ready to grill place peppers, pineapple, and beef on skewers and have fun!  In our case:  Brett put the peppers and meat in the tray and let them all cook together and then added the pineapple a little later so that they were juicier.  He also saved some pineapple slices to grill individually. . . yumm!