Saturday, April 19, 2014

Cheater Scones- Bisquick Hack

You know what a "hack" is, right?
Urban dictionary says-
"To jury-rig or improvise something inelegant but effective, usually as a temporary solution to a problem".  

I wanted to make something for a meeting at work, but was short on time, and inclination to hit the store. Mainly because that stuff never tastes that good, costs a lot and looks cheesy to bring it in in a plastic box.  Baking scones at home shows you care...

This worked perfectly and only took about 20 minutes.  
I threw the finished scones in a basket, with some jam and I was out the door by 6am.  How happy are your co-workers when you arrive with warm scones??? Oh, pretty happy! 

So, I busted out the bisquick and did some quick thinking, what would improve this stuff?
Actually quite a bit of stuff would make awesome, quick scones.  My idea includes dried cherries and sliced almonds, but use your creativity here.... chocolate, raisins, toffee bits would all be great too.

If you need some more ideas on food hacks, You ought to check some of these out at
  Makes 16 scones

4 1/2 cups Bisquick Mix
1 cup milk
1/3 cup butter, melted , plus another 1Tbsp for brushing on top
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup dried cherries, or raisins, or currants
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1-2 Tbsp Turbino Sugar, also know as "raw sugar"

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

Mix the bisquick, milk, buter, sugar, cherries and almonds together.  Turn out the mixture on a floured board and knead about 15 times.  Kneading is nothing more than turning and folding the dough over and over, which creating layers in the end product.

Pat into 2 circles, about 8-9 inches in diameter and about 3/4- 1" high.  Brush with some more melted butter, sprinkle with coarse sugar and cut into wedges.  Position on baking sheets and bake 8-10 minutes until the tops are browned and the scones have risen.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Jalapenos

Here's a yummy little number that will make a crowd happy, or maybe just a small group.
I guess it really depends on how many of these things you want to make, eh?
I got this idea from my darling niece, who sometimes brings them to family functions.  They are usually gone in mere seconds, so I had to figure out how to do it myself.

The jalapeno is nice and soft with cheesy and bacon-y goodness.  Serve before a Mexican meal, or when you have people over for a ball game, or any time you like.  

I'd suggest playing around with the filling with some ideas you might have, or just use plain cream cheese, that works too.

Serves about 4-5

9-10 jalapenos
8 oz of cream cheese
1 cup shredded cheese, like Mexican blend, or cheddar
2-3 Tbsp cilantro, minced (optional)
1/2 tsp cumin, ground
Sliced bacon, you need 1/2 slice for each half jalapeno (I used 3/4 of a 1 lb package)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Slice jalapenos in half, as shown below, and using the tip of your paring knife, or a small spoon scrape the seeds and white membrane out.  You might want to wear latex gloves, or wash your hands really good when you are done.

In a small bowl, Mix the cream cheese, grated cheese, cilantro and cumin together.  Fill each jalapeno half with cream cheese mixture.  I used a pastry bag to do it, but you could use a plastic bag with a corner cut off to do it. Put on a baking sheet when filled.  
DO space them out more than I show below.  I spaced them out later on to give them more room to crisp

Cut your bacon slices in half cross ways.  Wrap each filled jalapeno with the bacon, it's easier to do if your bacon is room temperature.  Stretch as needed to go around 2-3 times. 

Bake for 20-30 minutes to desired crispness.  

We did half our jalapenos on our Traeger smoker, and the other half in the regular oven.  We liked the smoked ones best!

A couple of notes...
- You might want to bake these on a rack set inside your sheet pan, so the bacon grease drips away.  Or, let them drain on paper towels before serving.
- Don't over do it with these things... eating too many could give you some tummy troubles.

Here's what;s been happening on my blog on this date over the years...

One year ago:  Brazilian Shrimp Soup
Two years ago:   What the Pho Martini
Three years ago:   Shrimp, Cream & White Beans over Rice- Cajun Comfort Food