Tuesday, August 9, 2011

S'mores Bars

I am definitely a summer gal and I love everything that comes with summer. I especially like summer foods. Nothing beats a juicy burger off the grill with a tall glass of lemonade and fresh sweet corn. I even like cooking hot dogs over the campfire. And I LOVE s'mores over the campfire! I recently found a recipe for s'mores bars on Pinterest that I thought I would try and they were delish! I can now have s'mores year round, even during a blizzard (given I have electricity)! If you like s'mores as much as I do, you need to make these! You can find the original recipe here.

You need:
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 king-sized milk chocolate bars (I used 4 regular sized bars because that is what I had)
1 1/2 cups marshmallow creme/fluff (not melted marshmallows)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Add in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt and mix at a low speed until combined. Divide the dough in half and press one half into the bottom of your pan. I used my handy Baker's Roller. It made it real easy and left a nice ridge on the edge.

Put your chocolate bars on top. The original recipe says that two king size bars will fit about perfectly in the pan. I had regular bars so that is what I used.

Spread the marshmallow cream on top of the chocolate.

Spread the other half of the dough on top. I flattened pieces with my hands and pieced them together to make a top crust. It worked for me best this way.

Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.

Cool before cutting, if you can wait! Don't these just look fabulous?

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Jalapeno Stuffed Burgers

We are about to fill our freezer with beef next week! Ooh, yummy! In order to get ready for this, we cook as much beef as we can to make room! I have been making a lot of beef dishes lately. Now, however, all I have left is ground beef. I don't really want to heat up the kitchen with outside temperatures so hot, so I have been enjoying being able to use my grill! Since we have been eating a lot of burgers, I have been thinking of how to make the mundane burger a little more interesting. So last night I added a jalapeno popper in the middle! A jalapeno stuffed burger with a side of homemade onion rings! Perfect for the hubby who loves jalapeno poppers! And perfect for me since I love onion rings!

I started out by cooking my jalapeno poppers. I cook them first so that they aren't undercooked when the burgers are done.

Then I got my burgers ready. I added some salt and pepper to the ground beef and mixed it all up with my hands.

Then I shaped the patties. Again, I just used my hands and I made the patties kind of thin since I would be doubling them up and adding a middle!

I put a popper on the two thin patties that I made.

Then I covered them with another thin patty and sealed the edges. 

I made two jalapeno popper stuffed patties, one regular, and one mini burger for Holly. 

Grill until they are done. I had them on for about 4-5 minutes on each side. I wanted to make sure that they were done and the cream cheese in the popper melted! Serve with topping of your choice! Hubby really likes cheese, lettuce, and tomato. He dipped the burgers in my homemade ranch dressing, too!

Now, for the onion rings. I really don't do anything special for this. But I will tell you that using vidalia onions is what we do since they are a sweeter onion. I also salt the onion rings as they come out of the fryer to bring out more flavor. They taste better this way!

Do you have any interesting burger recipes that I could try? I'd love more suggestions!

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