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Grilling Good Eats by Mike Thayer has great Super Bowl recipe ideas

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Order today and you'll get your copy before the Super Bowl!   Recipes and grilling tips for flank steak fajitas, onion bombs, bird bites, grilled crab dip and much more!

  • This is a grilling 'how to' resource for beginners, weekenders and experienced hands alike. There's something for everyone here, consider this a blueprint for backyard grilling.
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It's Another Dose of YUM!

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Game Day Eat: The BBQ Onion Bomb

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The BBQ Onion Bomb

BBQ, bacon, meatballs and cheese...  What's not to like?  Onion bombs make for great appetizers and party time conversation pieces.  And of course, everything's better with bacon!  These things are great for backyard parties, tailgating, or if you're just simply looking for something a little bit different to do on the grill. 

Ingredients for the meatballs:
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound pork sausage
  • 1 Tablespoon seasoning salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
For Assembling the 'Onion Bombs':
  • 5-6 large yellow or white onions
  • 1 lb. bacon
  • Additional BBQ sauce

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix all the meatball ingredients together until well combined and refrigerate for at least one hour.  You want the flavors of those ingredients to get all happy and that meat cold to form the meatballs.  To assemble the bombs, slice off the stem and root ends off the onions, then slice the onions in half creating 'tops' and 'bottoms'.  Peel off the outer skin and separate the onion layers to create matched top and bottom pairs.  Stuff the mated top and bottom onion halves with a meatball sized to fit.  Wrap each 'bomb' with 2-3 slices of bacon and secure with water soaked toothpicks.  You don't want the 'bomb' to fall apart on the grill.  Grill over indirect heat, rotating every 15 minutes and until the internal temp of the meatball reaches 155 degrees with an instant read thermometer.  Brush the bombs with additional BBQ sauce and let that glaze for another five minutes then sprinkle on a little more shredded cheddar and serve.  Enjoy!

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It's Another Dose of YUM!

This is a very budget friendly, but great tasting eat to put together...  Ground meat, onion, BBQ sauce, a bit of cheese...

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Game Day Food: Bird Bites

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This is a GREAT appetizer, Game Day and/or tailgate food!

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts – cut into bite size pieces (chicken thighs have more flavor)
  • 1 lb. turkey bacon – half slices
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flake (optional)

Directions

Before you start putting together the recipe, get out some bamboo skewers and soak them in water for about 30 minutes (do this and the skewers won’t burn on the grill). Combine olive oil, salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic powder and optional red pepper flake, stir, set aside. Wrap the bite size chicken breast pieces with a half slice of turkey bacon. Put your ‘bird bites’ on the bamboo skewers – don’t pack them too tightly – you want the flames to crisp up that turkey bacon on all sides. Place your skewered bites in a container to marinade in and pour on the olive oil mixture. Since these are bite size pieces, they really don’t need to marinate all that long, go ahead and fire up that grill! Sear the bird bites on medium-high heat (not quite on the hot spot of the grill) and then let them cook through at a lower temp. Pull them off the skewer and serve as appetizers (great for tailgating), or make a kid happy with meat on a stick! And here's a change-of-pace..... Fix them Buffalo style! Instead of the olive oil marinade, use the following:

  • 8 tablespoons of unsalted butter (melted)
  • 10 tablespoons of Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Cookies Flavor Enhancer or your favorite pepper seasoning mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Pinch of salt

There you have it, Buffalo Bird Bites! You just might like this variation better than the original. Both the original Bird Bites and the Buffalo Bird Bites are real crowd pleasers, go-to recipes for parties. The Buffalo sauce is also great for wings.

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Putting together a charcuterie board for game day

Charcuterie Board
Go with what you like, there's no sense in having leftovers of something you don't eat.

By Mike Thayer

Start your Game Day Watch Party with a charcuterie board.  Easy to put together, I really like putting a board out, there's no cooking involved, freeing me up to work on the main menu.  Another great thing about charcuterie boards is how flexible they are.  There's something for everyone on the board, meat lovers, cheese lovers, veggie lovers, there's sweet, savory, salty flavors and more.  Use your imagination, there's really no recipe, it's all about what you like in presenting a festive appetizer and your dinner guests will take delight in it.

Basic elements for a charcuterie board:

  • The meats...  Go with what you know and like, prosciutto, salami, ham and summer sausage.  Don't worry about being fancy here either, deli sliced smoked turkey is every bit as good on a cracker with a slice of cheese as a slice of prosciutto.
  • Choose a variety of cheeses, hard and soft.  Offer hard cheeses such as Cheddar, Gouda, Gruyere and Swiss.  For softer cheeses go for Brie, Blue cheese, Feta, Goat cheese, Harvarti, and Muenster.  Other cheeses to consider are Colby Jack, Pepper Jack and Provolone.  You really can't go wrong here.
  • While the meats and cheeses are considered the stars of the board, don't ignore the veggies!  Providing various textures and crunch factors, veggies are great for dipping and help balance out the richness of those meats and cheeses.  Consider baby carrots, celery, radish, cucumber, broccoli and cauliflower florets, bell pepper slices, cherry tomatoes and sugar snap peas.  Not to be left off of any charcuterie board, are a variety of olives and pickles.
  • Fruits add that sweet element.  Grapes are a must, red and green.  Other fruits to consider are just about any kind of berry, pineapple, orange and apple slices.  Dried fruits are great too, especially if you can't find a fresh fruit you like that are out of season.  Consider apricots, cherries, figs and mango.
  • Go nuts!  Literally. Again, as with anything on the board, go with what you like, there's no sense in having a leftover of something you're not going to eat.  Pistachios (personal favorite), cashews, walnuts, almonds, pecans, candied nuts, mixed nuts and yes, peanuts are all great adds to a board.
  • Things to dip in.  Mustards are a must, yellow, brown, Dijon, or quickly mix up one of your own by adding some honey.  Ranch is another great dipper, as is Thousand Island.  If you want to spend a few extra bucks or take the time to make your own, hummus is a great addition to the board.  On the sweet side, honey on its own topping some cheese and fruit is excellent.  Jams, jellies and marmalades are a nice touch and then there's caramel and those apple slices...
  • Crackers and bread are great foundations for creating a fantastic finger food bite.  A variety of crackers makes for a better presentation, but there's nothing wrong with classic Ritz crackers and/or Keebler Club crackers.  A perfect bread for a board is a baguette sliced on the bias.
  • Chocolate.  No board is complete without it, adding another sweet element to the board to balance out the savory, plus it pairs so well with wine, especially dark chocolate. 

TIP:  If you're looking for a time saver, you can purchase ready made charcuterie packs at the grocery store, from basic meat and cheese platters to those that include veggies and sleeves of crackers.  You will pay for that convenience however, it's cheaper to slice and assemble your own.  Another caution, some of those pre-packaged charcuterie boards are loaded with preservatives to "maintain freshness"...  Read the labels if that's a concern.  An ex-girlfriend has a dog who eats carrots, loves them!  I offered him (his name is Jax, great dog!) a baby carrot from one of those pre-packaged charcuterie kits once, he smelled it and refused it. I thought, "If he won't eat that, why am I?"   'jus say'n....

Related: The Bachelor on the Cheap guide to making wine selection and food pairing easier - Reds

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Game Day Recipe Ideas from BachelorontheCheap.com

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You can't have a Game Day watch party without great eats!

Below are some recipe ideas to help you celebrate the game.

Sweet Red Winey Brats

Pepperoni Pizza Egg Rolls

Kicking Mozzarella Cheese Sticks up a Notch

Copycat recipe: Red Robin Campfire Sauce

Crab Dip and Toasted Garlic Bread

Putting togther a charcuterie board

Bacon Wrapped Crab Cakes

Garlic Parmesan & Dill Oyster Crackers

Besides being SUPER tasty, putting together these game day foods really isn't all that expensive.  A lot of the ingredients come from your well stocked pantry or fridge.

Related:  Dinner on a Plate

Related:  Grilling & Smoking

Related: Grilling Good Eats is now available in paperback

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Enjoy the game!


Kicking Mozzarella Cheese Sticks up a Notch with BachelorontheCheap.com

Fried Ham & Cheese Sticks
Combined with the dip in mustard, WOW what a great bite!

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I love fried Mozzarella Cheese Sticks and paired with a classic Marinara sauce this is a bar food delight! 

But I got to thinking today, why restrict such a tasty concept to just the one, typical way to serve fried cheese sticks?

So I've been playing in the kitchen today, working on a few spins for some fried mozzarella cheese sticks.  Dipping fried Mozzarella in Marinara sauce is tasty, but there are so many other flavor options out there that aren't being explored!

Enter, Fried Ham & Cheese Sticks...

A blend of four cheeses, honey ham and a crispy Panko breading dipped in a mustard ranch sauce delivers BIG on flavor and takes fried cheese sticks up to another level!

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Ingredients:

  • Two cups vegetable oil
  • Six slices of deli sliced honey ham (Black Forest is fine too)
  • 1/2 cup mix of shredded Cheddar, Colby Jack, Monterey Jack and Mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup of Parmesan & Herb Panko bread crumbs 
  • Two eggs
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • Pinch of Kosher salt
  • Dash of black pepper
  • Dash of garlic powder
  • Dash of onion powder
  • Dash of Cayenne pepper (optional)

Directions:

The dredge set up for the Nacho Cheese Dorito crusted Mozzarella Sticks
Seasoned flour, egg, Doritos crumbs

Preheat a large pan or cast iron skillet with 2 cups of vegetable oil over medium heat.  Scramble the eggs in a bowl, put the bread crumbs in another bowl, put the flour and seasonings in another bowl - stir to combine.  Lay out a slice of ham, fill it with shredded cheese, wrap like a burrito (you want the ends closed so there's no spillage when frying).  Dip in the flour, roll & cover.  Dip in the egg, roll & cover.  Shake off excess then do a second dredge in the flour.  Dip in the egg again, shake of excess then dredge in the bread crumbs.  Drop in the hot oil and fry for about 30 - 45 seconds or until golden brown.  Flip and fry until done.  Hit the fried cheese with a dash of salt after removing from the pan.  Served with a mustard/ranch sauce (50/50 yellow mustard and Ranch), which is excellent, but play with it, brown mustard and Dijon are fantastic choices too!  Mustard and ham go so well together!

As if that wasn't kicking up the fried cheese stick thing up a notch, here's another one!

Enter, Nacho Cheese Doritos Crusted Mozzarella Stick

Ingredients:

  • Two cups vegetable oil
  • Three string cheese sticks, cut in half lengthwise
  • Two eggs, scrambled
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup crushed Nacho Cheese flavored chips
  • Pinch of Kosher salt
  • Dash of black pepper
  • Dash of garlic powder
  • Dash of onion powder
  • Dash of Cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Thinly sliced jalapeno (optional)
Nacho Cheese Doritos Mozzarella Sticks
Talk about a flavored crunch!

Directions: 

Preheat a large pan or cast iron skillet with 2 cups of vegetable oil over medium heat.  Scramble the eggs in a bowl, put the Dorito crumbs in another bowl, put the flour and seasonings in another bowl - stir to combine. Dip a cheese stick in the flour, roll & cover.  Dip in the egg, roll & cover.  Shake off excess then do a second dredge in the flour.  Dip in the egg again, shake of excess then dredge in the Doritos crumbs.  Drop in the hot oil and fry for about 30 - 45 seconds or until golden brown.  Flip and fry until done.  You will be tempted to hit the sticks with salt after pulling out of the frying pan but don't, these are already salty enough.  Serve with warm "Stadium" style cheese (Cheese sauce in a jar) and the optional jalapeno slices.

Both of these recipes are ANOTHER DOSE OF YUM!

I should open up a restaurant and call it "Fried Cheese Buffet"...  The ideas are almost endless here...  A deli slice of roast beef and cheddar; Gruyere cheese and caramelized onion; Mushroom & Swiss....

Nacho Cheese crusted Mozzarella Sticks
Crispy, crunch, cheese on cheese

These fried cheese snacks aren't all that expensive to prepare either and you should have most all the ingredients already on hand in your pantry or fridge.  Enjoy fried cheese sticks in new ways!

Great Game Day Eats!

Nacho Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese, Cheese Sauce
It's Another Dose of YUM!

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Dinner and a Movie Date Night? Theme dinner around the movie

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Popcorn is a classic movie snack, but think outside the box for dinner and movie night!

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So it's date night and while you can do the following if you're going out to dinner and catching a movie at the theater with your date mate, it's not near as much fun as staying at home, cooking together and snuggling up on the couch to stream something.

Theme your dinner based on the movie you'll be watching.

I first came up with this idea during the pandemic. Dating at that time pretty much was limited to eating in and watching a movie or binge watching a show.  I've got a whiteboard in my kitchen/dining area where I always post the menu for a dining in date night or when having guests over, listing the drink menu, appetizer, entree', side dishes, dessert...  My girlfriend at the time and I made plans to watch the Academy award winning movie Parasite, the South Korean black comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho.  So when thinking about the dinner menu for date night it hit me...  Why not cook up some Korean cuisine, a dinner that pairs up with the movie!

On this occasion, I did most of the cooking before Lori arrived.  That was by design, giving us more snuggle time on the couch.  For dinner we enjoyed Asian beef lettuce wraps (a spin on Bulgogi), Asian chicken wonton cups with vanilla sauce (a spin on mandoo) and some ginger rice.  For dessert, I broke from the theme because Lori is a big time chocolate and peanut butter fan, so I made a chocolate torte with a dark chocolate and peanut butter ganache, topped with colorful Reeces Pieces...  I also bought fortune cookies, I know, also not Korean, but it added to the fun.

Out with the mundane pizza and popcorn, think theme for Dinner and a Movie night!

Romance movie?  Think food you can share and feed each other, fondue, wine, a charcuterie board and for dessert, chocolate covered strawberries. 

Watching The Godfather?  Go with a lasagna or classic spaghetti and meatballs.  Don't do Fettuccine Alfredo just because it's Italian, you have to go with a red sauce, c'mon, it's the Godfather!

I think you get the idea.

If it's a movie you're already familiar with, planning a meal for the evening is easier.  If it's something you haven't 'scene' before...  see what I did there?...  Then do a bit of homework and watch the trailer and/or read reviews to pick up on dinner menu possibilities.  If nothing turns up, you can always go generic.  You have to have donuts for cop movies, Tang drink powder for space movies, whiskey drinks for westerns.  For the latter, I wouldn't go with anything that has beans.

Watching a movie that's food themed, like Julie & Julia (the Julia Child movie), Chef, Loves Kitchen, No Reservations or the #1 kitchen classic Ratatouille?  Try to go with a few dishes that are highlighted in the movie you're going to watch.  Think Boeuf Bourguignon or Coq Au Vin for Julie & Julia, Cuban sandwiches to enjoy while watching Chef and then there's the obvious of course, Ratatouille, when Ratatouille is playing.  If you're not into eggplant like yours truly however, stick with the beef short ribs.

Sports movie?  Think tailgate and bar foods.  Wings, fried Mozzarella sticks, nachos, quesadillas, hot dogs, burgers and yes, pizza and popcorn if you must.  There's no crying in baseball and there's no Caprese Salad on sports movie night.

Horror/Thriller movie?  You could really let your imagination go here...   I'm not into slash/gore films, so I'll leave that up to you. But for good thriller movies, like as for the chef movies, go with something that ties to the movie.  Is there a Diner scene?  Think meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy,  or chicken and waffles.  For a cafeteria scene you could go with shit on a shingle, mac and cheese or sloppy joes.  Street food scene?  Think tacos, hot dogs, food on a stick, falafel.

Ocean movies - Titanic, Aquaman, The Perfect Storm, heck, Pirates of the Carribean, No brainer, seafood...

Have fun with it, there's food to go with any movie genre and it elevates date night.

If you do the dinner and a movie thing on a routine basis, you can take turns, with you planning dinner and a movie one week, your date mate plans the next.  If you and/or your partner don't cook, that's what delivery is for...

And while eating out and seeing a movie in the theater is fun and an occasional must do, eating in, I think, is much more fun and saves a few bucks to boot.  You can eat well at home and if you did your job right, you'll probably get tipped...

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

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Baked tomato slices with melted cheese and seasoned panko bread crumbs

Baked Tomato Slices with Mozzarella and Panko Bread Crumbs
So simple to prepare and so tasty!

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Simply delicious.

I love recipes that are simple to put together, yet pack a boatload of flavor and texture!

This is one of those recipes.

Roasting tomatoes in the oven brings out a richer, deeper tomato flavor.  Combined with the ooey-gooey melt of mozzarella and the light crunch of the panko bread crumbs it's a truly delicious bite!

Ingredients:

  • Three Roma tomatoes, sliced, about 12 slices.
  • Three slices of Mozzarella cheese, cut in quarters
  • 1/4 cup of Panko bread crumbs
  • a drizzle of olive oil
  • a tab of butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Baked tomato deliciousness
Excellent snack, appetizer, or even a side.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Placed sliced tomatoes on the cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil, hit them with some salt and pepper.  Top each tomato slice with cheese.  Bake in the oven for about 8-10 minutes.  While the tomatoes are getting happy, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, add the bread crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder and Italian seasoning.  Stir to coat and mix thoroughly.  Remove from heat.  Top the tomato slices with the bread crumb mixture and bake for another 5 minutes.  Serve immediately.

It's Another Dose of YUM!  And in addition to packing a boatload of flavor and texture, this is a cheap snack or appetizer to make.  The total cost for this ran me about $1.50.

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The McMock Burger - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

It's an amped up copycat recipe that's ANOTHER DOSE OF YUM!

I can't think of a better way to do a celebration of burgers than with my spin on THE iconic sandwich from McDonald's, The Big Mac.

I've taken two all beef patties special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun and created a home made burger of, well, you know how my saying goes and yes it bears repeating.....  It's another dose of YUM! 

The all beef patties, grilled!

The onions, grilled!

The sesame seed bun, scratch made!

The special sauce, no, not just Thousand Island dressing....  No, not just ketchup, mayo and a little pickle relish... 

IMG_20171013_173645_225Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you The McMock Burger:

Ingredients:

  • One pound of ground chuck
  • One Tablespoon seasoning salt or your favorite dry rub
  • One Tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Mayo
  • 1 Tablespoon Sriracha
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill pickle relish
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • American cheese slices
  • 4-5, OK, maybe 6 dill pickle slices
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Sesame seed hamburger buns
  • A few tabs of butter and a bit of garlic to toast the buns/bread

Directions:
In a large bowl, mix the ground chuck and the seasoning salt until well incorporated and chill for about 2 hours.  This chill time is crucial and really makes the burger, it let's those flavors marry.  While the meat is chilling, create the special sauce by combining the minced onion, mayo, sriracha, pickle relish and black pepper.  The chill time is crucial here too, letting that minced onion absorb the moisture from the other ingredients.  After all the chilling, and perhaps a few adult beverages, form the patties and grill the burgers over direct heat, about 3-5 minutes per side.    While those burgers are grilling, get the buns and condiments ready.  I didn't include any baking instructions for scratch made sesame seed buns, that's a recipe for another day..... (to create a 'middle bun', just use a bottom bun from a ready made package of buns).  When those burgers are about ready to serve,  slap them with a slice of cheese and toast the buns/bread with garlic butter and grill the sliced onion.    Dress the garlic butter toasted buns with the special sauce, then a light layer of shredded lettuce and pickle.  Patty it up!  Then put the middle bun on and repeat.  The tall stack of a burger you just made makes for a delicious Big Mac, er, Mock, bite!

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