Chew This! Shredded BBQ Sandwiches

Shredded BBQ Beef Sandwiches

Thank you to all of those who picked up a copy of “The Courier-Times” last Sunday to check out my newest “CHEW THIS!” column feature and recipe. Your support and dedication really means everything to me!

The following “Chew This!” column has been reprinted from “The Courier-Times”, Sunday, July 1st 2018 edition. By: Blaise Doubman

Shredded BBQ Beef Sandwiches
Blaise Doubman

I love recipes that are not only simple but flavorful and versatile too, which is exactly what the recipe is that I am sharing with you today. Simply replace the boneless beef chuck roast with a boneless pork roast and you will have my “Shredded BBQ Pork Sandwiches”. Forgot the BBQ sauce for both recipes and add your favorite Italian salad dressing and you will have two very different and very delicious recipes to add to your recipe files! Recipes that can be changed and made a totally different way, with some of the same basic ingredients, are what people nowadays are looking for. A basic recipe that can be changed, easily and still be just as equally delicious, if not more so, than the original recipe that you started from.

On my Facebook fan page, Blaise the Baker, I surveyed about 900 people on what they looked for when selecting recipes. The number one answer across the board was “Ease of recipe”. Nobody is looking for a recipe with a hundred different ingredients. People are wanting short, simple recipes that have flavor with just a few flavorful ingredients. The second answer on what people were looking for was “Quick”. People are working more and more and seemingly spending less time at home so quick meals are very important. I believe that is why slow cooker meals are so popular anymore. People are wanting to throw something in a slow cooker, leave and have the slow cooker do all the work and come home to a finished meal. Among other things people are looking for in recipes are “familiar ingredients” as well as “flavorful meals”. I hope the recipe I am sharing here today will fit all of the categories you look for when selecting a recipe and I really hope you will try these and they will become a family favorite.

Shredded BBQ Beef Sandwiches

You can make this recipe by simply replacing my list of ingredients for BBQ sauce with your favorite BBQ sauce recipe or favorite bottled BBQ sauce. Add a little more light brown sugar to my recipe for a sweeter BBQ flavor or add a little more Worcestershire sauce for a more savory BBQ sauce flavor. Whatever you desire.

4 pounds boneless beef chuck roast
1 large yellow onion, sliced thin
1 ½ cups light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 ½ cups ketchup
½ cup red wine vinegar
½ cup water
2 tablespoons dry mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons salt
1 ½ teaspoons black pepper
2-4 dashes hot sauce, optional

Start by lining a slow cooker with a plastic slow cooker liner.

Cut the boneless beef chuck roast in half and place inside the slow cooker.

Sprinkle the prepared onions on top of the roast evenly.

In a large bowl whisk together the light brown sugar, ketchup, red wine vinegar, water, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, salt, black pepper and hot sauce, if using.

Pour this mixture evenly over everything and cover the slow cooker. Cook on low for 9 hours.

Remove the roast to a shallow dish and allow to cool slightly.

Once cooled slightly, shred the beef with 2 large forks. Place the meat into a large sauce pot over medium heat and add a little of the slow cooker BBQ sauce to the mixture and stir.

Serve warm on toasted buns.

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Kourtney’s Sheet Pan Suppers

A friend of mine, Kourtney, shared on her Facebook page some simple and delicious looking “Sheet Pan Suppers” awhile back and I told myself I was going to share them with everyone as soon as I got the chance to try a few of them myself! Let me tell you, these are fabulous! You can literally take any raw protein you want, Kourtney goes back and forth usually between pork and chicken, and any raw vegetable and make a complete one baking sheet meal that is not only healthy and nutritious but delicious as well! The possibilities with this meal are endless! Shake on any seasoning or flavor combination you want!

Kourtney’s Sheet Pan Suppers

Take a 9×13-inch baking sheet and wrap up well with aluminum foil. Spray gently with a non-stick cooking spray. Place your prepared raw protein into the middle and fill both sides with the prepared raw vegetables of your choice. Melt butter and garlic and pour over evenly. Simply top with salt and pepper or your favorite seasoning blend. Cover with aluminum foil and place in preheated 425 degree oven for one hour.

Enjoy!

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Cheesy Sliders 

My cousin Kylie tried these “Cheesy Sliders” from this Facebook video – https://www.facebook.com/HowtoCookGuide/videos/417340251949184/ – and I had to try them myself! She said they were delicious – and I would have to agree! Simple – delicious – flavorful! The spices I use can be substituted for your favorite variety. Experiment and have fun! 

Cheesy Sliders

1 package slider buns
10 slices Colby cheese
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon paprkia

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. 

Crumble and cook the ground beef in a large skillet. About halfway through the cooking time add the chopped onion, minced garlic, salt, black pepper, mustard powder and paprika. Drain the beef once fully cooked. 

Spray a 9×9-inch square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Place the bottom part of 9 slider buns into the pan. 

Pour evenly the beef mixture over the bottom buns. Place the slices of cheese over the top of the beef. Tear some of the cheese slices to fit and cover all the beef. 

Place top buns on top and place in preheated oven for 30 minutes. 

Bake, remove to cool slightly before serving. 

Enjoy! 

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Foolproof Marinade

Today my family and I are celebrating Father’s Day with a cookout, or a “BBQ” I call them, and I whisked together my “foolproof marinade” that I just know will be delicious with the ribeye steaks we have. I have used a variation of this recipe for years with all of my marinades for steak, pork, chicken… and it is fabulous!

Adjust the flavorings to fit your taste buds. I like mine a little sweeter than most.

Blaise the Baker Foolproof Marinade

Foolproof Marinade

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup pure honey
1/4 cup yellow squeeze mustard
1 teaspoon white vinegar
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the vegetable oil, pure honey, yellow squeeze mustard, white vinegar, salt and black pepper until combined.

Rub on steaks, chicken, pork, etc. and allow to marinade for 2 hours minimum.

When ready to cook, wipe off excess marinade and cook accordingly.

Enjoy!

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Double Batch Lasagna

I am telling you – this is the BEST lasagna recipe, and the only one you will ever need! Seriously – it is absolutely incredible! And you know what? The best part is it makes a DOUBLE BATCH! This means, one for now, and one for later! Yes, I am using a lot of exclamation points!!! See – here are more!!!

You COULD half this recipe, and only make one pan of lasagna, but why? Let us be honest – you will have the mess anyways, why not make TWO – one for now, and one for later!? Pop the other one in the refrigerator (for up to 3 days), or freezer (for up to 3 months) and throw the other one in the oven for one of the best lasagnas you have ever had! I promise…

Now, this lasagna is very “classic” in flavor. There is not any veal, and there is not any fire roasted tomatoes in this version. It is just a clean, classic and simple version that my family and friends LOVE! Anytime someone is sick, or happy, or pregnant, or divorcing, or ANYTHING in life – I always make and deliver this lasagna! (I took this to my friend Judy – who LOVED it and has requested it at least twice a month…) I typically serve this with garlic cheese bread and a salad. It is also good the next day – cold…or on bread…or toast…or battered and deep fried… Ha! Perfect anyway you slice it…

TRY IT! (You can thank me later…)

I got the inspiration from this recipe from my Aunt…Ree Drummond. You all may know her as “The Pioneer Woman”, but to me, she’s my “Aunt Ree Ree”.

Ok – so I stretched the truth a little. She’s not my Aunt…and I do not know her…but I tell people she is my Aunt just to get a reaction! Ha! Anyways, her recipe can be found here – http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/06/the_best_lasagn/ – but honestly, I DO like mine better. I have changed it to fit what works for ME. MY taste, what I like, how I like to make it and mine makes a DOUBLE batch – DOUBLE the fun!

Before you start – it is easier to get everything together in bowls, sections, however you lay out ingredients before hand…and then start and follow the recipe. Chop the fresh parsley, the basil, beat the eggs, etc. It will be SO much easier. Also – use foil pans. Seriously – it will be so much easier for storage, refrigerating, freezing, etc. Keep in mind though that you really need to keep the foil trays on a baking sheet while in the oven, cutting, etc. – just for safety reasons, spillage, etc. Carry on…

Double Batch Lasagna Blaise the Baker

Double Batch Lasagna

2 pounds ground beef
2 pounds hot sausage
4 tablespoons minced garlic
4 cans crushed tomatoes (14.5 oz each)
4 cans tomato paste (6 oz each)
6 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
4 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
2 teaspoons fine sea salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
7 cups cottage cheese
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 packages lasagna noodles (10 oz each)

Start by spraying 2 13×9-inch foil baking pans with non-stick cooking spray.

Fill a large pot with water, bring to a boil, and salt the water heavily with Kosher salt, or in a pinch, regular table salt.

Once the water is boiling, put in both packages of lasagna noodles, and coax them all down into the boiling water. Be careful not to break them – in a few minutes time, the noodles will all fit – as long as your pot is big enough – I promise.

Boil them just until firm to the tooth – about 10 minutes. Read the package instructions just to double check on the time for your particular brand.

Drain them, allow to cool slightly, and arrange the noodles individually side by side (over lapping is fine) on your strainer. This is the best way of “laying out the noodles”.

Next, in a large skillet brown the ground beef and hot sausage, over medium-high heat. About half way through the cooking process, add in the minced garlic, and continue cooking the meat until fully cooked and no longer pink. Drain a little of the fat, and then add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, 4 tablespoons of the fresh parsley, the fresh basil, salt and black pepper. Stir, carefully, to combine and allow to simmer on medium heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally – and tasting occasionally.

In a large bowl, combine the cottage cheese, beaten eggs, grated parmesan cheese, and (why not?) a little more salt and black pepper.

Now – you are ready to layer! The fun part…

Start by arranging four noodles on the bottom of each pan. Layer like this…

About 4 noodles first – on the bottom. Then, a little of the cottage cheese mixture, then the shredded mozzarella cheese, then the meat mixture. Layer and layer in BOTH PANS like this, until you are out of ingredients, and END with the meat mixture on top. Sprinkle on more grated parmesan cheese all over the top of both.

IF BAKING – Place in preheated 350-degree oven for 30-40 minutes on a flat baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes for a “softer” edge lasagna, 40 minutes for a more “crunchy” edge lasagna… I prefer the 40 minute option…

IF FREEZING – Snap on plastic lid that comes with foil container, and place in freezer for up to 3 months.

IF REFRIGERATING – Snap on plastic lid that comes with foil container, and place in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Enjoy!

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Beef and Sausage WonTon Cups

“Blaise the Baker” is COOKING! Ha! 😉

Today’s recipe is inspired by a dear friend and family member. Her name is Paula Arnett and she is a sweetheart. 

I have always loved wonton cups and I find these simply incredible! They do not need much improvement, but I changed them a little to suit my tastes – which you can do as well! That is the beauty of this recipe…it is not only delicious, easy and simple…it is also very versatile!

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Beef and Sausage WonTon Cups

1 pound ground beef
1/2 pound “hot” sausage
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups shredded Monterey jack cheese
1/2 cup Ranch dressing
1/3 cup finely chopped green pepper
1 16 oz package WonTon wrappers (larger 3 1/2 inch squares)

You can locally find the WonTon wrappers in your local produce department.

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.

Brown the ground beef and hot sausage. After fully browned, drain the fat.

Spray muffin tins lightly with cooking spray.

Line muffin tin (little or larger size tins will both work – just adjust the cooking time depending on the size. This recipe was used with the “larger” – regular size muffin tins) with the WonTon wrappers. Be sure to only use ONE wrapper – they are thin and sometimes tricky to work with. Just lay the wrapper over the tin and push it gently into the muffin tin creating a “flute” around the edge.

Place into the 350 degree preheated oven for 6 minutes to bake the shells.

Combine the cooked ground beef and sausage mixture with the cheese, Ranch dressing and chopped green pepper.

After the shells have baked 6 minutes, remove from oven and spoon about a tablespoon of the mixture into each cup.

Return to the oven and bake for another 8 minutes.

Enjoy!

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