Spicy Bourbon Sliders a la Pioneer Woman

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Super Bowl food day #2!

As I am sitting here waiting for the big snowstorm to start, I am thinking about how much I like watching the Pioneer Woman.  She has really grown on me over the last year or so.  I know she has her detractors ~ I’ve seen the websites ~ but I like her.  Her recipes are generally easy to make and easy to change up.

For this recipe, I changed the whiskey to bourbon with fantastic results.  Personally, I like the way bourbon tastes better when cooking with it.  I didn’t find the sauce very spicy either.  I don’t think the jalapenos in the jar are nearly as spicy as fresh.  Mr. Meat Eater ate three sliders.  He loved them!

Spicy Bourbon Sliders

Spicy Bourbon Sliders a la Pioneer Woman

1 lb ground beef
salt and pepper to taste
4 tbsps butter
1 onion, diced
1/2 cup bourbon
1 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup jalapeno slices from a jar ~ I gave them a rough chop
6 slider rolls or dinner rolls split in half

Make 6 small burger patties from the meat ~ don’t forget to press down the middle of each burger so they won’t puff up. Sprinkle both sides of all burgers with salt and pepper. Melt 2 tbsps butter in a large skillet and cook the burgers on the stovetop until done to your liking.

While the burgers are cooking, in another skillet, melt the remaining 2 tbsps of butter. Cook the diced onions over medium heat until they are translucent, about 3 or 4 minutes. Add the bourbon (if you are cooking on a gas stovetop, turn off the burner before adding to reduce the risk of fire; turn back to medium after adding). Let bourbon reduce by half; about 2 or 3 minutes. Stir in jalapenos and barbecue sauce and let heat a bit.

Place each burger on a slider bun, top with a couple spoonfuls of the sauce. Serve.

Makes 6 sliders

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Source: adapted from The Pioneer Woman

Happy Cooking!

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Bourbon Mushrooms

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My love for cooking with bourbon is well known around here and when I see it in the title of a recipe, chances are I will try it.  Bourbon really gives some recipes a great flavor.  I cannot stand to drink it but I love cooking with it.

I’ve made a few mushroom recipes over the past few weeks and these were one of our favorites.  Of course I served them with steaks I marinated in…bourbon!  Mushrooms can really take on the flavor of whatever they are cooked it (at least in my opinion) and these were very good.

I used plain old button mushrooms but I think using creminis would be good as well. I also think using fresh herbs instead of dried would be great.

Bourbon Mushrooms

Bourbon Mushrooms

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup olive oil
2 lbs mushrooms ~ I quartered mine
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup bourbon ~ I used Jim Beam
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsps dried parsley
2 tsps dried thyme

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and olive oil together. Add quartered mushrooms, salt and pepper. Cook until the mushrooms are tender and most of the liquid has been evaporated ~ about 15 minutes. Add the bourbon and cook for 3 minutes more.

Turn heat to low and add the garlic and herbs. Cook for 2 to 3 more minutes.

Serve hot.

Source:  Plain Chicken

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Bourbon Baked Beans

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I’ve been wanting to try these beans for a couple of years and finally got around to it on the Fourth.  They are yummy and bourbony which I love.  The only thing I would do different next time is to drain the can of beans because I don’t like my beans quite so saucy.  If you like them saucy, don’t drain.

Bourbon Baked Beans

6 slices bacon
1 large onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 (16 oz) cans pork and beans (I used Bush’s Vegetarian Beans)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp dry mustard
1 cup ketchup
1 tbsp molasses
1/4 cup bourbon

Preheat oven to 350º.

Cook bacon in a skillet until done but not yet crisp. Remove from pan, drain, chop, and set aside.

Drain all but 2 tbsps bacon grease from the pan and add the onion and green pepper and saute until soft.

Combine all the ingredients, except bacon, in a 1-quart casserole dish. Top with the bacon.

Bake for 40-45 minutes.

Makes 8 servings.

Happy Cooking!

Grilled Pound Cake and Tipsy Pineapple

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I mishmashed two recipes together for our dessert on the Fourth of July.  I’ve made the pineapple before and when I saw Paula Deen grill pound cake the light bulb went off in my head.  The cake and the pineapple are fabulous together.  They are also super easy to do and will definitely impress.

I love cooking with bourbon and marinating the pineapple in a simple syrup/bourbon mixture really makes the pineapple taste outstanding.   To make sure you buy a ripe pineapple, simply smell the bottom of it.  If it smells nice and pineapply,  it’s ripe. The pineapple needs to marinate in the fridge for several hours. I make it in the morning and put together dessert at dinnertime.

As for the pound cake, I saw Paula Deen grill it but I couldn’t remember how she did it exactly so I just sort of played it by ear and it worked great.

Grilled Pound Cake and Tipsy Pineapple

Pound Cake:

1 frozen Sara Lee pound cake, thawed
Butter, softened
Brown Sugar

Slice pound cake into 1/2 inch or so slices. Brush each side with softened butter and sprinkle with brown sugar. Grill each side for about 2 minutes or until it is browned and toasty.

Tipsy Pineapple:

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup bourbon
2 fresh pineapples, cut into cubes

Bring the water and sugar to a boil and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add the bourbon. Pour mixture over the pineapple and let it marinate in the refrigerator for several hours.

Assembling the shortcakes:

After grilling the pound cake, place a slice on a dessert plate, spoon some pineapple over the pound cake, top with whipped cream and a few blueberries or whatever berry you like.

Happy Cooking!

Bourbon Ham

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As if there was ever any doubt ~ I LOVE bourbon.  I can’t stand to drink it but I do love to cook with it.  I have recipes for bourbon everything, LOL!

I have made this ham several times and I made it again for Christmas Eve.  It gives the ham a really nice flavor.  The recipe makes a ton so you can easily cut it in half and still have plenty to baste with.

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Bourbon Ham

1 cup honey
1/2 cup molasses
1 1/4 cups bourbon
1 1/2 cups orange juice
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
6-8 lbs ham, fully cooked

In a microwave safe bowl, microwave honey and molasses at HIGH for 1 minute. Whisk in bourbon, orange juice, and mustard.

Remove any skin and excess fat from the ham and place in a roasting pan. Pour glaze over the ham.

Bake at 325º for 1 1/2 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the ham registers 140º. Baste with glaze in pan every 15 minutes.

Makes 12-14 servings

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Grilled Bourbon Chicken #1

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Before I get into today’s recipe, I have a food dilemma ~ DS’s friend gave me 8 heads of cabbage…besides cole slaw and cabbage rolls, does anyone have any ideas for me? Please?

On to the recipe……

I say #1 because I have a couple recipes for grilled bourbon chicken that are similar but not exactly the same and this helps me to keep them straight.

The weather was weird yesterday so I used my indoor grill pan and I used thin sliced chicken which only takes a couple of minutes on each side. Gosh, I LOVE thin-sliced chicken. Has anyone else noticed how HUGE chicken pieces are now? The thin sliced are nice and small and trimmed ~ YAY!

I love cooking with bourbon ~ the flavor is just terrific.

On the grill:

Ready to eat:

Grilled Bourbon Chicken #1

1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast halves
2 tbsps olive oil
2 tbsps Dijon mustard
1/4 cup bourbon
2 tbsps red wine vinegar
2 tbsps Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsps soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 garlic cloves, minced

Combine olive oil and the next 7 ingredients in a ziplock bag. Add the chicken and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or as long as overnight.

Remove chicken from marinade and discard the marinade.

Place chicken on the grill and cook over medium heat. Grill for 15-20 minutes, turning once, until chicken is cooked through and no pink remains.

Serves 4

My zucchini plants have exploded in my garden so I threw some zucchini slices on the grill pan ~ I just used olive oil, salt and pepper on each side and grilled until softened.

I also made some delicious zucchini bread ~ you can find the Zucchini Bread recipe on Recipezaar

This quick bread is so nice and spicy ~ it’s my favorite and even my zucchini-hating DH eats it 🙂

Happy Cooking!