Cheese Pizza Day

I found this old recipe for a cheese pizza with a ground beef crust called the San Francisco Hamburger Pizza.  This is great for anyone on the ketogenic diet.  I mean meat for the crust and cheese on top what more could you ask.

1 lb. Ground beef
1/3 c. chiccarones, crushed
3/4 c. tomato sauce, divided
1 egg
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/3 c. finely minced onion
¼ tsp. dried basil
¼ tsp. Dried oregano
butter
1 c. grated Mozzarella cheese
4 anchovy fillets, optional
12 black olives, sliced
¼ c. grated Parmesan cheese
½ red bell pepper, in strips

Combine the meat, chiccarones, ¼ cup tomato sauce, egg, garlic, onion and seasonings. Blend lightly but thoroughly.

 

Butter an iron skillet. Place meat mixture in it. Mold to form pizza base. Shape a rim all around to keep the sauce from spilling out. Spread the remaining tomato sauce, anchovies, olives and Mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and more basil and oregano. Garnish with red pepper strips.

Place pan in 400 degree oven. Bake approximately 15 to 20 minutes until cooked through.Let rest a few minutes before cutting into wedges.

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Watermelon & Cheese Snacks

Here is an easy appetizer or mid-day snack for Watermelon Day. Cut  some watermelon into cubes. Then take whatever mild cheese you have and cut into cubes also. I used Swiss cheese but Baby Bel or Monterey Jack would also work. The next choice is what type of skewers to use. You can use the long bamboo or metal skewers. I used some small cocktail sword skewers for small bite size snacks.You will notice that I placed some extra watermelon cubes in the center of my plate since I had some extra watermelon cut.

Hot Dog Day

Today I’ll be sharing a Southern Hog Dog Topping since it is Hot Dog Day. I have previously shared a Garden Hot Dog Topping which is also very tasty.

¼ c. mayonnaise
¼ c. jarred diced pimentos
4 oz. Grated sharp cheddar cheese
Chopped pickles
Barbecue Sauce


To make pimento cheese, combine mayonnaise and pimentos in a bowl. Stir in cheddar cheese.

Serve hot dog with pimento cheese, pickles & barbecue sauce.

Teddy Bear Picnic Day

Good Morning!  Another long weekend working, so today is sort of like most people’s Saturday. Just kickin’ back. I was trying to find something to write about this morning and found that it is Teddy Bear Picnic Day.  Personally I don’t usually take stuffed animals on a picnic. But I guess if you do than a teddy bear is a good one to share a picnic. What do you like to take on your picnic? I think of potato salad.  Guess what that means?  Here is a Confetti Roasted Potato Salad recipe that adds roasted vegetables to a potato salad.  It is very tasty.

2 lbs.potatoes, peeled & cut into 1/2” pieces
1 c. green beans, snipped into pieces
1 sweet bell pepper, cut into slices (red, orange or yellow)
¼ c. olive oil
Salt & pepper
2 to 3 tbsp. Grated Romano cheese

Vinaigrette:
½ c. olive oil
¼ c. white wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ tbsp. Granulated sugar
2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp. Dry basil or 2 tbsp. Fresh basil

Boil potatoes in a saucepan until almost done. Salt and pepper to taste. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Place the green beans, peppers and par boiled potatoes on the sheet; cover with olive oil. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the veggies are tender. Remove from oven and place in a bowl.  Combine all the vinaigrette ingredients in a bowl. Toss the vegetables with the vinaigrette and sprinkle with cheese. Serve chilled.

 

Jalapeno Poppers

I really like a good jalapeno popper.  So I tried making them with Queso Fresco cheese and bacon.  Not a complete success but on the right track.  First I took some jalapenos and cut off the top and removed the seeds.  I did wear gloves because every time I work with hot peppers I either blow my nose with a tissue or scratch my eye and then I have a burning sensation.  Not this time – I got smart.

 

Then I stuffed them with the cheese and placed them in the refrigerator while cooking the rest of dinner.

 

 

About 15 minutes before dinner, I took them out and wrapped them in bacon. I buy pieces and ends of bacon because it is cheaper.  In this application, you should have strips of bacon and not pieces.  I used a toothpick to secure the bacon which then makes it hard to brown all sides of the bacon.  Next time probably will deep fry them. Now when frying I just used a little bacon grease in an iron skillet and fried the poppers.

Although very tasty, they were not completely successful but I learned several things.  First char and remove the skin from the peppers.  This will make them cook a little faster and won’t be so crunchy after frying. Once the skin is removed you could probably even coat them with a beer batter before frying and it would stay in tack.  Will have to give this a try. Secondly, I think the type of cheese is pretty important.  Queso Fresco does not seem to melt as quickly as say cheddar or mozzarella.  Which means it won’t all ooze out when being cooked. Next, make sure your bacon is nice long pieces that wrap completely around each popper. This ensures that the whole popper is covered and will cook through more evenly.  Last, is the way they are cooked.  If deep fryed, you won’t have uneven cooking even with the toothpicks inserted to keep the bacon on.

If anyone has any other suggestions, I would love to hear them.  This is a great appetizer and not too time consuming to make.  Can even be made ahead and refrigerated until ready to fry.  I’ll give you an update next time I make Jalapeno Poppers.

Cheese Fondue Day

Wasn’t it in the 70s when cheese fondue was fashionable? Whether you remember the 70s or not today is Cheese Fondue Day. Below is a recipe for Spicy Pepper Fondue from Celebrations.com.

I made a few adjustments to keep with my Ketogenic diet like using almond flour and Guar Gum instead of the flour. Also, so it was not the consistency of pudding, I used 2 cups of milk instead of 1 ½. I did not use as many peppers as the recipe listed but believe you can without it being too spicy. The peppers didn’t seem as hot once they were put in the fondue. Depending on how spicy you like it, you can add all 4 peppers if you like. We found that this fondue is also very good on baked potatoes. Enjoy!

4 Tbsp. Unsalted butter
6 Tbsp. almond flour
1 Tbsp. Guar Gum
2 c. milk
8 oz. Colby Jack cheese, shredded
1 large Poblano pepper, finely diced
2 Jalapenos, finely diced
1 Habanero pepper, finely diced
Salt & pepper to taste

 

 

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the flour and whisk until the butter has absorbed all the flour. Add the milk and bring the mixture to a low simmer (bubbles will start to form around the edges). Reduce the heat to low and add the shred cheese, whisking until all the cheese has melted. Stir in the peppers, salt and pepper.

Remove the fondue from the pan and transfer to either a fondue pan or a serving bowl. Serve with fruit, vegetables, bread or crackers for dipping.

If you want to make this fondue ahead of time, do not make it any more than 24 hours in advance.

Keto Hamburger Pizza

As you know, we have been doing the Ketogenic diet for well over a year. The food I miss most is pizza. I made a pizza with hamburger, onions, peppers, olives, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Here is a Keto Pizza crust recipe which is from “the ketogenic cookbook” by Jimmy Moore and Maria Emmerich.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a lasagna pan or 12” cast-iron skillet.

Whip 6 egg whites and ½ teaspoon cream of tartar until very stiff. Slowly sift in ½ cup unflavored whey protein while the mixer is on low speed. Using a spatula, gently fold the 3 ounces of softened cream cheese into the whites.

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Spoon the dough mixture into the prepared pan and prebake the crust for 18 minutes.

 

 

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Remove the crust from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees F.

 

 

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Top with the sauce and hamburger mixture, tomato, olives and cheese and return to the oven. Bake until the cheese is melted and starts to brown about 5 minutes.

 

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