Fresh, simple, affordable and Off the Hook recipes!

Franco/American recipes.

The variety of recipes are from my Artisan back ground cooking to my fresh catch of the day!

Using the freshest ingredients available to create healthy, simple and delicious recipes at affordable prices that are off the hook!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tuscan Burger!

Serves: 6 Prep 15 min Cook 15 ming
1 ½ pounds ground chuck (80/20)
6 oz sundried tomatoes w/ capers in oil
3 tablespoons Italian bread crumbs
3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1 ½ tablespoons worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons milk
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
18 slices natural hard wood smoked bacon (Oscar Mayer)
3 oz pesto sauce
3 oz mayonnaise
6 French hamburger buns
6 slices provolone
12 slices tomatoes

Preheat grill at 300 degrees.
Chop sundried tomatoes fine. In a mixing bowl add first nine ingredients mix well and form six even patties. Wrap patties with bacon using three slices per patties. Place patties on the grill and close lid cook seven minutes flip burgers and cook additional seven minutes.
In a small bowl mix pesto sauce and mayonnaise and set aside. In the last couple minutes of grilling the patties place sliced buns on grill to slightly toast.
To assemble the burgers place patty on the bottom bun then top with one slice of provolone and two slices of tomatoes spread one ounce of pesto mixture on top bun and place on top of tomatoes. Repeat for remaining five. Serve right away.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Another version of fish tacos

In a frying pan cooked marinaded fish a few minutes on each sides
In a separate frying pan wilt fresh spinach with a little pepper, sea salt and olive oil.
Layer on soft flour tortilla 3 pieces of fish then spinach, 2 tablespoon store bought salsa and a tablespoon or two of cole slaw deli style. Bon Appétit!

Perfect fish marinade

1 lime (zest and juice)
1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ teaspoon blackened seasoning
1 fresh garlic clove (minced)
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro (chopped fine)
In a bowl zest and juice add remaining ingredients whisk all together pour over fish marinate in fridge for 30 minutes. This is enough for one pound of fish filet.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Smoked Potato Salad!


If you don't have a smoker you go online and they tell you how to make a disposable one with aluminum pans and foil!

Prep time: 5 min cook time: 30 min Serves: 8

3 lbs small potatoes red or gold
1 tablespoon sea salt
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
4 green onions chopped fine
½ cup fresh parsley chopped
3 oz can slice black olives drained
½ cup fat free feta cheese crumbled
Prepare smoker as directed or follow my instructions.
Wash potatoes and cut if too big into 1 ½ inch cubes. In a bowl toss potatoes with olive oil, sea salt and black Pepper until well coated. Place potatoes on smoker rack close lid and take to the grill and place on side burner on medium high heat leave to cook for 30 minutes.
While potatoes are smoking. To a small mixing bowl add Dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, celery seeds, green onion and fresh parsley mix until well incorporated.
Place your cooked potatoes still warm in a large mixing bowl and add dressing, black olives and feta cheese gently mix until well coated. Serve while still warm. Bon Appétit!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Crab Roll on a budget!

Prep: 5 minutes Cook: 10 min Serve: 4
4 steak rolls
8oz imitation crab meat
1 celery stalk
1 green onion
2 tablespoon fresh parsley
½ lime
1/4 cup mayonnaise
¼ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Pinch cayenne pepper and sea salt
Preheat oven at 400.
Roughly chop crab meat leaving chunks and place in a mixing bowl. Chop celery, onion and parsley and add to the crab. Juice the lime over the crab mixture and add all remaining ingredients and mix well. Cut the rolls length wise but not all the way through stuff with crab mixture and place on a line cookie sheet and bake 15 minutes. Serve warm.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

2011 Savannah Me and Mrs. Paula Deen & Claudia

This was a trip of a life time surrounded with RWOP friends"Chickies" Mrs. Paula Deen her crew husband all of the Eqal production crew they were all so nice I was like WOW all of them are all so close too! This was the best experience I ever was part of and will always remember it! I will post many of the dishes and other pictures with story line of my journey in Savannah with the RWOP community!

Savannah 2011 Cook Off with Mrs. Paula Deen!