AWESOME RECIPE NUMBER ONE: Easy Monte Cristo Sandwich
Recipe serves 4.
1/2 C milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
8 slices country bread
Store bought rhubarb strawberry fruit spread
3 Tbsp Mayonnaise
2 Tbsp mustard
2 leaves fresh mint – diced.
For the filling:
8 slices deli style turkey
8 slices deli style ham
Gruyere cheese – sliced
Mix the mayonnaise, mustard, mint in small bowl.
In a large deep dish place 3 eggs, mild, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and whip together.
One by one dip bread slices into the batter, covering both sides of the bread.
Melt butter in fry pan and brown the “French Toast” on both sides. You will need to add butter as you progress through the 8 slices. Set the browned slices to the side.
On paper plate place one slice of browned bread, spread mayo/mustard sauce on top, add 2 slices of turkey, 2 slices of ham, and slices of Gruyere cheese. Spread rhubarb strawberry fruit spread on second slice of browned bread and place on top to finish the sandwich. Place in microwave on high for 40 seconds to melt cheese and warm the meat. Repeat for remaining sandwiches.
Gently move sandwich from paper plate to the serving plate, sprinkle with powdered sugar, add side of fruit and enjoy your super easy super good dinner.
Recipe Serves 4.
Package of pita bread
½ red bell pepper – sliced in rounds and then in half.
½ green bell pepper – sliced in rounds and then in half.
½ medium white onion – sliced in rounds and then in half.
1 C mozzarella cheese – shredded
1 lb. chicken hot Italian Sausage (if frying remove casing)
14.5 oz can tomato sauce
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
¼ red wine
6 fresh basil leaves- chopped
3 cloves garlic – diced
1 tsp dry oregano
¼ tsp cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbsp olive oil
In a sauce pan combine tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, chopped basil, oregano, cumin, wine, garlic, and salt and pepper. Bring to simmer.
In fry pan coated with olive oil sauté the red and green bell peppers, and onion. When softened and slightly browned, remove to bowl and cover with foil.
In same fry pan brown the Italian sausage for approximately 12 minutes breaking the sausage into large pieces as it browns. Spoon out grease as necessary, and add water if the sausage is drying out.
Place four pita breads on paper plates, cut an opening in the pita bread to create a pouch, add sauce, vegetables, more sauce, and top with a cheese. Place in microwave to melt the cheese.
Remove pita bread from microwave oven and plate for dinner. Add salad and a garnish of your choosing, close the bread cover and enjoy your great, fast and easy dinner.
AWESOME RECIPE NUMBER THREE: OPEN FACE LANGOSTINO
recipe serves 4
4 slices Tuscan Pane bread (or your choice)
4 tomato slices
12 oz package of Trader Joe’s frozen Langostino tails (pre-cooked)
1/2 C mayonnaise
3 Tbsp celery – minced
2 Tbsp fire roasted Red Peppers – chopped
2 Tbsp green onion greens only – minced
1 Tbsp Italian parsley – minced
1 Tbsp squeezed lemon juice
1 Tbsp Shrimp Cocktail Sauce
salt and pepper to taste
Thaw and rinse frozen langostino and then drain. Use paper towel to gently absorb moisture.
Prepare red peppers, celery, Italian parsley, green onions.
Place sliced bread on oven sheet. Brush bread with olive oil.
To oiled bread grate generous amount of Gouda cheese.
Turn oven to broil and place oven sheet of bread on top rack. Watch carefully so as to avoid burning the cheese.
When cheese is melted, and slightly browned, remove tray from oven.
In a large mixing bowl add mayonnaise, shrimp cocktail sauce, lemon juice, salt and pepper and then stir to mix.
Next add to the mixing bowl the langostino and gently fold it into the mixture.
Finally, to the bowl add the red peppers, green onion, celery and again gently fold to mix.
To each piece of bread add a tomato slice.
Place an equal serving of langostino salad on each slice of bread, and garnish with the Italian parsley.
For my side dish I trimmed and steamed snow peas. But, you could just as well plate a small salad or vegetable.
Hardest part of these easy recipes will be deciding which to make!
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