Homemade Hamburger Buns

Homemade Hamburger Buns

These buns were an experiment in trial and error. I checked out various quick hamburger bun recipes and found some work better than others. I discovered that the flour you choose really matters in this type of recipe. After three batches, here is the recipe I found produces the best bun.

Homemade Hamburger Buns

Category: Breads, SIDES

Homemade Hamburger Buns

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water (105-115 degrees)
  • ¼ cup warm milk (105-115 degrees)
  • 1 TBS instant (rapid-rise) yeast
  • 2 TBS sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature, cut into 2 pieces
  • Egg Wash: 1 egg & 1 TBS cream, whisked to combine

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the warm water, warm milk, yeast and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir gently to combine. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the salt & egg to the bowl. Use the paddle attachment to combine on low.
  4. Add both flours & mix on low speed until combined, then add in the butter pieces.
  5. Switch to the dough hook and knead for 8 minutes. The dough will be soft and sticky.
  6. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and knead a few times with your hands to form it into a ball. Cut the dough into 6-8 pieces. Shape each piece into a round ball and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  8. Loosely cover the dough balls with a clean kitchen towel & let rest for 15 minutes.
  9. Remove the towel & brush the tops of the buns with the egg wash. Bake the buns in the oven for 13-15 minutes, until tops are golden.

Notes

If you make 8 buns they will be kind of small. We like a bigger burger, so I suggest making 6 buns.

http://michellesipsandsavors.com/homemade-hamburger-buns/

Homemade Spicy Ranch Dressing

Homemade Spicy Ranch Dressing

My hubs says this is the best ranch dressing he has ever had. I don’t know about that, but it’s good! I think it’s just because it’s homemade. You decide!

Homemade Spicy Ranch Dressing

Category: Relishes & Sauces, SIDES

Homemade Spicy Ranch Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 sour cream (I use light sour cream)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1-2 TBS Ranch Seasoning Mix
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Whisk everything in a bowl. Refrigerate for at least an hour, so that flavors get a chance to develop.
  2. Serve with salad or a dipping sauce.

Notes

I tweaked the original recipe from Hidden ValleyRanch.

http://michellesipsandsavors.com/homemade-spicy-ranch-dressing/

Fresh Poteet Strawberry Jam

Fresh Poteet Strawberry Jam

Every year, I make the 45 minute trek to Poteet, Texas, for a flat of strawberries. Poteet is just south of San Antonio and is known as the Strawberry Capital of Texas. They even host the annual Poteet Strawberry Festival celebrating the many strawberry farmers in the area. The soil in Poteet is sandy, making it perfect for growing these luscious berries. Here is my recipe for strawberry jam that only uses about 2 pints of berries.

Fresh Poteet Strawberry Jam

Category: Relishes & Sauces, SIDES

Fresh Poteet Strawberry Jam

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh chopped strawberries (must be an exact measurement)
  • 2 cups sugar (I used turbinado sugar)
  • 2 TBS orange liqueur
  • 1 tsp lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Place a small glass plate in the freezer. You will use this as a tester to determine if your jam is done.
  2. Put all ingredients in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil on medium heat. Skim any foam that appears off the top.
  3. Continue cooking the mixture on low to medium heat for around 15 minutes. It is going to continuously bubble, which is what you want. Stir frequently. The mixture will begin to thicken.
  4. Place a small amount on the plate you placed in the freezer. If the jam slides down quickly, continue cooking. If it is slow & thick, it’s done.
  5. Place in a canning jar. Flip the jar over for at least 10 minutes. Then flip upright again & let cool. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. Makes 2 cups.
http://michellesipsandsavors.com/fresh-poteet-strawberry-jam/

Strawberry Banana Bread

Strawberry Banana Bread

I found this recipe a couple of years ago on Pinterest when I was searching for things to make with my annual flat of Poteet strawberries. This bread from Positively Splendid is indeed, splendid. It is moist & delicious. The best thing about this recipe is that it makes 2 loaves of bread – one for me & one for you!

Strawberry Banana Bread

Category: Bread, BREAKFAST

Strawberry Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (approximate 2 large or 3 small)
  • 1½ cups chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two loaf pans. I also line my pans with parchment paper.
  2. Cream the butter and cream cheese together with an electric mixer. Gradually add the sugar, beating well to combine. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Gradually stir the flour mixture into the butter/cream cheese mixture, mixing just until combined.
  4. Add the vanilla and mashed bananas, mixing on low speed to incorporate.
  5. Fold in the strawberries just until they are fully incorporated into the batter.
  6. Divide batter between the prepared pans, spreading evenly with a spatula.
  7. Bake for 1 hour, until a cake tester inserted into the center of each loaf comes out clean. After 25-30 minutes you may need to cover the pans with a foil shield to prevent the tops from getting too brown.
  8. Once done, cool for at least 15 minutes. Remove from pans and serve.

Notes

Original recipe from Positively Splendid. I made a few tweaks for ease of baking. Here is the original link:

https://www.positivelysplendid.com/cream-cheese-strawberry-banana-bread/

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Cinnamon Banana Bread

Cinnamon Banana Bread

I’ve made so many versions of banana bread, but this one has to be my favorite! It’s so moist and I love the cinnamon surprise in the middle. Just know if you make it, you better hide yourself a slice because it’s going to be gone before you can even get it out of the pan.

Cinnamon Banana Bread

Category: Breads, SIDES

Cinnamon Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas, smashed with a fork
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • Cinnamon filling: 1 TBS cinnamon mixed with 1/3 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter & flour a loaf pan. You can use any size. Just adjust baking time accordingly.
  2. Mix everything, except the flour, with a spatula. Add the flour and incorporate gently. Don’t over mix.
  3. Add half the batter to the prepared loaf pan. Then sprinkle half or more of the cinnamon sugar mixture over the batter, leaving a half inch without sugar on all sides. Pour remaining batter on top. Sprinkle remaining cinnamon sugar on top.
  4. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Adjust baking time depending on the size pan you are using.
http://michellesipsandsavors.com/cinnamon-banana-bread/

Mini King Cake

Mini King Cake

King cakes are synonymous with Mardi Gras! I decided to make my own using store bought pizza dough. They taste homemade, but without all the effort! Just add purple, green & yellow sparkle sugar and you’re good to go! Laissez les bons temps rouler! Qui, cher!

Mini King Cake

Category: Breads, SIDES

Mini King Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 refrigerated pizza crust from your grocer’s refrigerator section (I used Pillsbury)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 TBS melted butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 – 2 TBS milk
  • Colored sugar crystals

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix cinnamon and sugar together & set aside.
  3. Remove pizza dough from packaging and roll out onto the prepared baking sheet. Carefully cut in half lengthwise.
  4. Brush butter on both pieces of dough. Divide cinnamon sugar evenly over each piece of dough.
  5. Fold each piece of dough over lengthwise. Press the folded side a bit. Now, twist your long piece of folded dough & then form a circle. Pinch where the ends meet.
  6. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes, until golden.
  7. While king cake is baking, mix powdered sugar with milk to make a thick frosting. Set aside.
  8. When cakes are done, remove from oven. Let cool a bit. Then ice & sprinkle with sugar crystals.
http://michellesipsandsavors.com/mini-king-cake/

Falafel Bowl w/Mediterranean Couscous Salad, Edamame & Green Tahini Sauce

Falafel Bowl w/Mediterranean Couscous Salad, Edamame & Green Tahini Sauce

This gorgeous bowl has all the goods! The Mediterranean Couscous Salad has tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese, olive oil and mint from my garden. The falafel and edamame were the perfect toppers! What took it over the top? The Green Tahini Sauce! Now, don’t mind me, I’m going to sit on my back porch all by my lonesome & enjoy this bowl!

Green Tahini Sauce

Category: Relishes & Sauces, SIDES

Green Tahini Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 cup tahini
  • 1 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill
  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh oregano
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, rough chopped
  • Sea salt & pepper, to taste
  • Filtered water, as needed

Instructions

  1. Combine everything in a food processor. Pulse until smooth. Add water, as needed.

Notes

Note: This sauce is awesome with falafel, kibbeh, salad and more! I purchase my falafel and kibbeh from Afia Foods. Their products are available at my local grocer and online.

http://michellesipsandsavors.com/falafel-bowl-w-mediterranean-couscous-salad-edamame-green-tahini-sauce/

Super Moist Cornbread

Super Moist Cornbread

This amazing cornbread is from my 2010 Southern Living Annual Recipes cookbook. It is hands down the best cornbread I have ever made. Once I used this version of cornbread, I have never found a recipe that can top it. I made a slight tweak because I can no longer find self-rising white cornmeal mix. My family loves this cornbread so much that they ask for it for Thanksgiving dinner.

Super Moist Cornbread

Category: Breads, SIDES

Super Moist Cornbread

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 (8 oz) container sour cream
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 (8 oz) can of creamed corn
  • 1 cup white cornmeal
  • 1 TBS baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat butter in a 9-inch cast iron skillet or cake pan in the oven, until melted. Remove and set aside.
  2. Mix cornmeal, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Combine, sour cream, eggs & corn in a medium bowl. Whisk in cornmeal mixture, until just combined.
  4. Whisk in melted butter.
  5. Make sure skillet or pan is greased with remaining butter on the bottom and sides. Pour in the batter.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until slightly golden on the top.

Notes

Note: This recipe was adapted from the 2010 Southern Living Annual Recipes. For a variation, you could add 1/4 cup chopped & sautéed  fresh jalapeño.

http://michellesipsandsavors.com/super-moist-cornbread/

Mexican Rice

Mexican Rice

SIDES

Mexican rice is so flavorful and with a little prep, very easy to make. The trick is to sauté the green pepper, onion and garlic in oil prior to adding the rice. It really enhances the flavor of the rice. I love to serve this rice with smoked meats, in addition to other traditional Mexican dishes.

Mexican Rice

Category: Rice, SIDES

Servings:  8 Servings

Mexican Rice

Ingredients

  • 1 green pepper, sliced into large strips
  • 1/2 white onion, sliced into large strips
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup @texmati white rice
  • 1/2 can (15 oz) can diced tomatoes (I freeze the other half in a baggie)
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 1 TBS @betterthanbouillon chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • Sazón Goya con Culantro y Achiote (1 packet)
  • Dash of salt, pepper & ground comino

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in medium pot and add green pepper & onion. Cook for 3-4 minutes and then add garlic. Cook for another 1-2 minutes and then add rice. Cook for 3-4 more minutes, stirring occasionally. You want the rice to get lightly toasted - a light brown color.
  2. Once rice is toasted, add water, bouillon and tomatoes. Stir until combined. Then add Goya packet and other spices. Bring to a light boil.
  3. Turn heat down to low simmer and add peas & carrots. Cover the pot. Simmer on a low simmer for 15 minutes. Once all liquid is absorbed, remove from heat and let sit for 20 minutes, before serving.
http://michellesipsandsavors.com/mexican-rice/

Hearty Red Sauce

Hearty Red Sauce

I made this one day after reading a fellow foodies Instagram post about this fab sauce. We just had a party and had a lot of left over veggies from a grazing platter and this was going to be perfect to use them up. It’s rich, flavorful and has a lovely texture. You can use this sauce as a base for a variety of Italian dishes. I’ve even used for a grilled halloumi cheese appetizer. It’s just super versatile.

Hearty Red Sauce

Category: Relishes & Sauces, SIDES

Hearty Red Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, rough chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 3 carrots
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 (28 oz) can San Marzano tomatoes
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a food processor rough chop the bell pepper, carrots, celery and onion. Set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add chopped garlic and sauté until fragrant.
  3. Add chopped veggies and sauté for 4-5 minutes. Deglaze with white wine.
  4. Add canned tomatoes and smash until almost smooth. Add salt & pepper to taste. Let simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Add a pinch of red pepper flakes and serve with your favorite pasta.
http://michellesipsandsavors.com/hearty-red-sauce/
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