SALMON CRACKER MELTS

Hello Everyone! I can’t believe it’s been 8 months since I’ve posted.
The New Year has come, gone and now we are already 10 days into
the month of March Shocked Face Emoji

It seems like time is moving in warp speed, but I’m working on how I can
jump inside that warp!

Speaking of fast, a few weeks ago I was yet again wondering what I could prepare super quick for dinner…like almost no prep time.

I love crackers! Not just any crackers…Original Premium Saltine Crackers
with sea salt. I always have some in the house.  I had some shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese left over from the ground chicken tacos we had the week before.

I placed four rows with six crackers each in a small ungreased glass baking dish, putting a sprinkle of both mozzarella and cheddar cheese on each cracker.

After preheating the oven for a few minutes on Broil, I put the crackers and cheese in the oven for exactly 4 minutes.  Why 4 mins? The cheese is nice & gooey; and the cracker is still crispy.  In under 10 mins the Cracker Melts were born. Cracker Melts

Naturally, I wanted to start adding other ingredients.  But, for me the trick would be adding items that would warm/cook in the 4 minute time frame.  So, next came Smoked Turkey Cracker Melts…

Smoked Turkey Cracker Melts

Then I came back with the Double – Decker Cracker Melt (cheese only).

Double Decker Cracker Melt

Deli meat and sliced smoked sausage were great additions. But, what I fell in love with was the Salmon Cracker Melts.

Salmon Cracker Melts

I will say I had a little head start on making the Salmon Cracker Melts.  The night before we had broiled salmon for dinner.  But, I know you can achieve similar results using smoked salmon or any ingredient/topping that would take 4 mins or less to warm or cook.

Now, just because I’m using saltine crackers doesn’t mean that has to be your cracker of choice.  There are many types of crackers, cheeses, veggies and meats you could use with your cracker melt creation.

Though we may eat to live, this doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun waking up our taste buds; while at the same time giving our bodies what they need.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick tip and I’ll make sure to not be a stranger 🙂

C. Denise McLean, The Turkey Blast Queen

 

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The Original Banana Toast Pastry

Are you a Banana lover? I am! I love eating bananas alone as a healthy snack, cut in slices with honey drizzled on top, in cold cereal, with ice cream…I could go on and on.

The other night, I decided to have a banana as my evening’s dessert.  Then I thought, I want some type of banana pastry –  something with a hint of sweet, slightly crunchy, but soft.

and then The Original Banana Toast Pastry was born…

Ingredients

  • 1 Ripe Banana – sliced medium-thin to thin
  • 2 Pieces of Artisan Bread
  • Spreadable Butter
  • Raw Cane Sugar
  • Pure Maple Syrup (optional)

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven on Broil at a 500 degree Fahrenheit temperature.
  • Butter one side of each slice of bread.
  • Place bread in oven, buttered side up and toast to a medium-brown for about 1 to 5 mins (this depends on how fast your oven broiler browns)
  • Once the 1st side is toasted, butter the other side of each slice and place back in oven for 1 to 5 mins until a medium brown.
  • Once toasting is complete, pull bread out of the oven and place sliced Bananas on top of toasted Artisan bread (a half banana for each piece of toast). Make sure bananas around the edges of the bread hang slightly over, to provide a shield to the crust during the remainder of the broiling process.

Banana Toast Bananas Only

  • Put thin tabs of butter on top of the bananas, until all are covered. You can use as much butter as you want. But use caution. You don’t want a too buttery pastry.

Banana Toast with Butter Tabs Only

  • Sprinkle raw cane sugar all over the top of bananas and butter. Again, you have the choice of how much sugar you want to use. Keep in mind Raw Cane Sugar is sweeter than processed white sugar. But, it’s better for you.

Banana Toast Sprinkled with Sugar

  • Place banana toast in the oven.
  • After 5 mins exactly, take banana toast out of the oven.
  • Drizzle with maple syrup if desired and serve immediately.

Banana Toast Complete

You will fall in love with your 1st bite, just like I did.

The butter and raw cane sugar blend together, caramelizing the bananas just perfectly (not mushy or over done). The edges of the banana toast are crunchy, the inside slightly crunchy, yet moist from the butter and natural sweet juice of the bananas combining.

Banana Toast Inside Close Up

Pure, sweet, rich indulgence!

Enjoy your Banana Toast Pastry by itself, with cool whip or ice cream…Like I did 🙂

Banana Toast Ice Cream Pic

 

P.S. Don’t have time to make your own artisan bread? I like using Sara Lee’s Artesano Bakery Bread.

 

 

 


Boneless Chicken Breast Blast

When it comes to preparing Chicken Breast as a main entrée at home (whether bone-in or boneless), most people I know, don’t desire to do so. The primary complaint about chicken breast is it’s very Dry.

Not anymore…

I’m going to give you a scientific way to quickly prepare juicy, moist boneless chicken breasts. You won’t ever have to guess or wonder if they will be moist!

Ingredients/Supplies

  • 5 to 6 boneless chicken breasts
  • 4 – 5 quart baking dish (glass or metal)
  • Tub of butter
  • Seasonings of your choice

Directions

Step 1: Pre-heat oven on Broil at a 500 degree Fahrenheit temperature.

Step 2: Butter the inside of baking dish.

Step 3: Season both sides of the chicken breast.

Step 4: Lay each chicken breast flat inside baking dish.

Step 5: Place 2 – 3 tabs/dollops of butter on top of each chicken breast (this will help maintain the juiciness of the chicken breast while broiling on a high temperature. Plus, it adds great flavor 🙂 ).

Chicken Breast Fillets Uncooked

Cooking Time

Place uncovered chicken breasts in oven. Broil thinner chicken breast for 20 mins. For thicker chicken breast 30 mins or longer if you desire.

Once cooking is complete, baste all of your chicken breast fillets with a little of its own juices. Perfection!

Storage

Put cooled chicken in a container with cover and place in refrigerator. Or, simply use foil to cover cooled chicken in baking dish and place in the refrigerator.

Re-Warming

Place 1-2 chicken breasts in a loosely-covered microwave safe bowl. Heat anywhere from 45 seconds to 1 ½ mins. This depends on how warm you desire your chicken.

Or

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place chicken breasts in a buttered 1-2 quart baking dish and cover with foil. Heat 10-15 mins.

 


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10 Years Strong 🙂