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What’s for Dinner: Cheesesteak Quesadillas

One day last week, I made these cheesesteak quesadillas that were soo juicy and delicious! My family loved them and I know I’ll be making these again soon. They require just a handful of ingredients, and is very quick to put together… whether as a snack or a meal!

 
 
 
 
 
 
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What I used:

  • 2 pounds of beef sirloin steak, cut in thin strips
  • 4 teaspoon of (Lawry’s) Seasoned Salt
  • 2 teaspoons of Montreal Steak Seasoningicon
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • Slices of provolone cheese
  • Flour tortillas
  • [Canola] oil

How I made my Cheesesteak Quesadillas:

  1.  Season your thin strips of beef sirloin steak with two teaspoons of of season salt, two teaspoons of steak seasoning, and half a teaspoon of black pepper. Mix and combine well to ensure the steak meat is fully seasoned.
  2. Combine your diced bell peppers and onion and season with two teaspoon of seasoned salt and half teaspoon of black pepper.
  3. Meanwhile, put about one tablespoon of [canola] oil in your skillet and turn your heat to medium/medium-high.
  4. In batches, cook your steak meat for a few minutes per side.
  5. Once the steak is cooked, add about another tablespoon of [canola] in the same skillet over medium heat again.
  6. Add your seasoned bell pepper and onion to the skillet. Saute for a few minutes, until softened, making sure to mix frequently.
  7. To assemble quesadillas, i used my quesadilla maker:
    • I sprayed both sides of my quesadilla maker with non-stick cooking spray, before laying one flour tortilla on it.
    • Then I lay about four slices of cheese on the tortilla, covering the tortilla with cheese.
    • Add a layer of meat, followed by a layer of peppers and onions. cover with another flour tortilla and close the top.
    • Once it’s browned, cut into triangles, halves, or whatever you prefer!

Eat warm!

A perfect side to go with these would be chips with my guacamole!

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What’s for Dinner: Baked Garlic Parmesan Puffs

I made these baked Garlic Parmesan Puffs, amongst a few other easy things like my Garlic Knots and my strawberry trifles, a few weeks ago as a quick snack when I couldn’t think of what else to make.

They were so quick to put together and bake, and the best part is how great they tasted too! I’ll definitely be making these again soon.

What I used:

  • 2 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons of grated Parmesan
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic (fresh or dried)
  • 2 teaspoon Italian herb blend (dried thyme, oregano, rosemary)
  • 2 teaspoon parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 sheet of refrigerated puff pastry sheet, thawed

How I made my Garlic Parmesan Puffs:

1. Preheat you oven to 400°F . Line your baking tray with parchment paper for easy cleanup.

2. Mix together your olive oil, Parmesan, garlic powder, Italian spice mix, parsley, salt and pepper.

3. Roll out the puff pastry and then brush a little more than half of the Parmesan and garlic mixture on top. Once you have brushed the mixture, then roll the pastry so it forms a roll before cutting small rolls about 1 or 2-inch thick.

4. Place the puffs onto your baking tray and brush each of the puffs with the remaining garlic and Parmesan mixture. Place into oven and bake until puffed and golden brown, about 8-10 minutes.

Serve immediately!

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What’s for Dinner: Homemade Guacamole

 

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Who doesn’t love guacamole? Making your own at home is quick and easy… and so delicious that you’ll want to make it again and again.

It takes just a few ingredients, and is ready in mere minutes.

You need:

  • 3 avocados, all peeled, pitted and mashed
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1 pinch of ground cayenne pepper

What I did was simple: I mashed my avocados and mixed in all the remainder of the ingredients together

Apparently you are suppose to refrigerate your guacamole for an hour or so before serving, but of course I couldn’t wait for that…

Yesterday I made all appetizers for dinner, and this guacamole with tortilla chips was just one of the things I made. You can also find my recipes for my boneless chicken wingsspicy chicken tenders, and chicken nuggets.

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What’s for Dinner: Chicken Wings

Who doesn’t love chicken wings?

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Click here to see how I make my boneless chicken wings… and of course, the same recipe can be used for bone-in wings as well.

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What’s for Dinner: Pizza Sliders

These Pizza Sliders were also on the menu for our Thanksgiving get-together last month.

They were easy to make, and delicious. While you can prep ahead, they are best when served and eaten right away… so keep that in mind.

Here’s what I used:

For the sliders: 

  • 1 package of (12) dinner rolls
  • Marinara sauce
  • 12 slices mozzarella cheese
  • Toppings of your choice, meat and/or vegetable

For the herb-season butter topping:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon of dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper

How I made my Pizza Sliders:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Slice the dinner rolls, without separating them individually, horizontally to make a top and bottom bun. Tip: Make sure the bottom halves are the thicker of the top and bottom and halves since they will be holding all the toppings.
  3. Put the bottom half of the dinner rolls, carefully, into your baking dish. Spread pizza sauce all over.
  4. Add cheese slices, covering all of your marinara sauce. If you want to add any additional toppings like vegetable or meat, add now as well.
  5. Add the top half of the dinner rolls.
  6.  Combine the ingredients for the herb butter topping in a bowl. Use a brush to spread the herb butter topping all over the sliders. Top and all of the sides!
  7. Cover your baking tray with with aluminum foil and bake for about 15 minutes. Until the cheese is all melted and gooey and the top is golden brown.

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What’s for Dinner: Peri Peri Chicken Wings

While we don’t have a halal Nandos/Galitos local to us, Peri Peri chicken is a favorite for everyone in my house.

The Nandos sauce that you can buy at your local grocery store is a great way to get the flavor for a semi-homemade version of your Peri Peri chicken. I’ve made this with chicken pieces before, and this time around I made it with chicken wings.

Tip: marinating makes a big difference and you should definitely marinate ahead of time.

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Take your chicken wings and with a fork mark your wings so that your marinade will seep through to the inside of your wings.
  2. Season your chicken wings with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and ginger powder and the Nandos sauce of your choice (I use medium, but they have various heat levels).
  3. In your grill machine, grill your chicken wings and brush additional nandos sauce on top several times, both before you flip the chicken and after.
  4. Brush additional nandos sauce as you are removing the chicken from the grill machine, right before serving.

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What’s for Dinner: Spicy Chicken Tenders

It was a snowy and cold day today, so for dinner today: I made spicy chicken tenders.  Easy, delicious, warm and comforting! They are kid friendly, but let’s be honest — who doesn’t like chicken tenders when they look and taste something like this??

What I used:

  • Boneless Chicken breasts
  • My standard seasoning mix: salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, and garlic powder.
  • [Whole] Milk
  • [Pete’s] hot sauce
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Oil, for frying

How I made it:

  1. I had several large pieces of thinned boneless chicken breast, so what I did was I cut them all to a chicken tender size. Long and thin pieces of meat.
  2. To your chicken, add your seasonings – salt, black pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper and garlic powder.
  3. Add in milk and eggs before adding in about one cup of hot sauce. I used this amount and you could taste the heat, but it was very tamed — so adjust based on your liking.
  4. In a ziploc bag [for easy clean up], add your flour. To your flour, add in the same seasonings as above – salt, black pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper and garlic powder. Shake well to combine.
  5. In batches, transfer your chicken batter into the ziploc bag with the seasoned flour. Shake well to combine.
  6. Fry your tenders, in batches, until they are golden brown.

Tip: I get asked a lot how I get the crispy and crunchy on the end product so perfectly, and my guess would be ziploc should get the credit for it… that technique coats really well — whether it be chicken, seafood, or whatever you are working with.

I have a few variations on french fries, that would work perfect with these chicken tenders, that you can find my clicking here and scrolling down close to the bottom under Side Dishes!

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What’s for Dinner? The Book Edition

Getting a copy of my published recipe cook “What’s for Dinner? was an amazing feeling.

Ayaz and Faraz had been telling me for several years to publish it, and I actually had most of the work done and saved from a few years ago. So when I decided to go for it, the process was relatively quick and easy for me.

If you follow me on pretty much any social media, you will see that first and foremost I always describe myself as Arham’s Mama. It is who I am and it is what makes me most proud and happiest. This book is no different. It’s for him. I want Arham to know I’ll always be his number one fan in anything he wants to do [as long as it’s in good faith].

Have you picked up your copy of ‘What’s for Dinner?. I’d love to hear feedback. 

Have you tried any of the recipesLet me know what you think!

“What’s for Dinner” is Published

Published!

I’m happy to say that my [first] book of a series of recipes is published and can be found by clicking here.

It is also available directly from Amazon (click here for Amazon link).

The above links I mentioned all are physical copies of the book (paperback), but if you prefer digital books, it is also available as a digital book on the Kindle if you click here.

It is also available as a paperback Amazon Europe too (click here for the Amazon Europe link).

And click here for the Kindle version for Europe.

Thank you everyone for your words of encouragement and support thus far.

What’s for Dinner: Pull-Apart Garlic Bread

I did another twist on a pull-apart bread that was similar in technique to my Garlic-Parmesan Pull-Apart Bread that I made last week. What I did differently this time was that I used the flavors of garlic knots/garlic bread instead. I essentially used the flavors of my garlic knots recipe.

I used a little less butter this time around.

What I used:

  • 16 frozen dinner rolls
  • 3/4th of a stick of [unsalted] butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried parsley flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons of [grated] Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup of [shredded] Parmesan cheese

How I made it:

  1. Take sixteen frozen dinner rolls and let it sit in room room temperature for about an hour. After about an hour, cut each of them in half.
  2. Combine your parsley, garlic powder, salt,oregano, and grated parmesan cheese. Mix with the melted butter before tossing it all together with the frozen dinner rolls.
  3. Add in a half cup of  your shredded Parmesan cheese and mix everything well. Make sure all pieces of the frozen dinner rolls are coated well with the butter, seasonings, and Parmesan cheese.
  4. Take a springform pan and line the bottom with all of your coated dinner roll pieces, covering the whole pan.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining half cup of Parmesan cheese on top.
  6. Season the top with more parsley, oregano and garlic powder.
  7. Next, let your bread rise. At least for an hour and a half to two hours.
  8. When you are ready to bake your pull-apart bread, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  9. Bake in your preheated oven for about 25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown [and the middle in completely cooked through].
  10. Serve warm!

It’s one of those things that need to be eaten fresh as soon as it comes out of the oven for the best results, so serve it warm and quickly!

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