Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Dog

Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Dog

If you are like me, the thought of anything with Jalapeños or Habaneros in it just makes your mouth water.  That is why I had to try out the Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Dog.  Made with thick cut premium bacon, Nathans hot dogs, and premium cheddar cheese, this is sure to be a unique eat you will come back to over and over.  Now, what is so special about this Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Dog?  Well, let’s take a look.

 

For this recipe, I am going to be starting off with the best hot dogs on the market, Nathans.  If you disagree, you are just plain wrong and I feel sorry for you.  Nathans is an American staple and worth our praise.

Nathans Hot Dogs - Hungry Doug

A word for the wise here, you always want to use the best quality ingredients for everything that you do.  That goes for everything in life.  Life is too short to save a dollar on crappy ingredients.

 

 

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Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Hot Dogs
Made with thick cut premium bacon, Nathan's hot dogs, and premium cheddar cheese, this is sure to be a unique eat you will come back to over and over.
Hungry Doug - Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Dogs
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
hot dogs
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
hot dogs
Ingredients
Hungry Doug - Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Dogs
Instructions
  1. Slice your hot dogs down the middle all the way through. Next, slice your cheese into small strips that can be placed on top of half of the hot dog. Next, add the cheese to the middle of the hot dog. Add as much cheese as you would like.
  2. Take raw strips of bacon and wrap the hot dog all the way. Make sure it is tightly wrapped.
  3. Grill on a griddle to cook all the way through.
  4. Slice the tops and bottoms off of your jalapeños and then slice down the middle, not cutting all the way through. Remove the white membrane and seeds.
  5. Take the hollow jalapeno tubes and wrap the bacon chedar dog in it. Place these on a griddle as well and make sure to cook the jalapenño so it becomes softer.
  6. Place in your bun and smother with mustard or cheese sauce.
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How to make Cuban Picadillo

How to make Cuban Picadillo

Cuban Picadillo…Anyone that has ANY Cuban blood in them can make Picadillo from scratch, it’s a known fact.  It is the most basic of recipes that are simple to make, doesn’t break the bank, and is done in a matter of minutes.  When I was growing up, this was one of my mom’s go-to recipes when there wasn’t a lot of time and people were hungry.  I mean, how basic can you get with ground beef, olives, and tomato sauce and spices.

Origins of Picadillo

Many picadillo recipes derive from the one that Nitza Villapol put in her cookbook “Cocina Criolla,” published in 1954. Villapol, a writer and television host, was the closest thing Cuba has had to a Julia Child. Her shows were broadcast there for more than 40 years, and her cookbooks were a mainstay of Cuban home cooking from the 1959 revolution until her death in 1998.

Cortina’s first picadillo was a Villapol recipe, she said. Her mother had packed her off to Gainesville with the cookbook. “It was probably just beef and raisins then,” she said of her early attempts at the dish. “The first time, I skipped the tomatoes entirely.”

Picadillo roughly translates from the Spanish as “mince.” The dish bears some resemblance to American sloppy joes, or to hash. Some cooks use tomato sauce in the base. (Cortina’s mother, for one.) Others insist on fresh tomatoes.

Source: The New York Times

Take note, this meat is also used as a filling in several different recipes including Papas Rellenas and Empanadas.  You can serve it on Potatoes, Rice, in a sandwich, or as a side dish.

 

 

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Cuban Picadillo
This is a recipe for a traditional Cuban Picadillo that doesn't break the bank and that every Cuban should know how to make.
Hungry Doug- Cuban Picadillo
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Cuban
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Cuban
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Hungry Doug- Cuban Picadillo
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, start to brown the ground beef with the green pepper and onion.
  2. Once browned, drain the grease from the saucepan.
  3. Combine all the other ingredients and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Remove that Bay Leaf and serve it up over some rice and add the cilantro and WHAM, you will be craving Mojitos and Cuban Cigars in no time.
Recipe Notes

There is a topic of hot debate among Cuban households, and that is the addition of Potatoes and Raisins to the mix. My family are Picadillo purists and those things are blasphemy. If you would like to adulterate the recipe with raisins and potatoes, be my guest. The wonderful thing about Picadillo is that it is very forgiving, so experiment away!

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Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta

Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta

Today, we are going to take a look at an amazing recipe for my favorite pasta dish, the Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta from The Cheesecake Factory.  This thing is loaded with flavor (and calories) so keep that in mind.  It is super simple to prepare, even though there seem to be a lot of moving parts, it all comes together in the end.  It is the perfect combination of spicy and sweet and savory.

Introduction to The Cheesecake Factory

If you have never been to The Cheesecake Factory, you are definitely missing out.  The huge menu is rather intimidating at first, but you soon realize that most of the menu is Cheesecake.  I think that is why the Cheesecake Factory is so well liked.  No matter what everyone is craving, there is something for everyone.  From Cuban Sandwiches to Asian Salads, to Burritos there is something for even the pickiest of eaters.

What is the Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta from The Cheesecake Factory?

Made using Penne Pasta, the Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta has Chicken breast sauteed in honey.  The sauce is a unique sauce made from Alfredo and Chipotle peppers in Adobo Sauce.  This gives it a beautiful mild kick that you crave as well as a deep smokey flavor.  The sweetness of the honey combined with the spice of the sauce makes an amazing dish that can be enjoyed by everyone.

 

Make sure to check out how to make the Salad Dressing from the Olive Garden or how to make a Cuban Classic, Picadillo, which is a cheap and flavorful addition to your families dinner rotation.

 

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Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta
A spicy chicken pasta with chipotle flavors with a sweet undertone. A sure crowd pleaser.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Main Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Main Ingredients
Instructions
Prepare Vegetables and Pasta
  1. Add the asparagus to the pasta water and boil for 2-3 minutes or until slightly tender. 
  2. Pull out the asparagus and run under cold water to shock it and stop it from cooking.
  3. Add your pasta to the water and remove when al-dente, normally 12-13 minutes rolling boil.
  4. Combine lemon juice, salt, pepper, and chicken and let it marinade. 
  5. Prepare your skillet with butter on medium heat. 
  6. Add bell peppers and onions. 
  7. Leave on the heat until translucent, stirring occasionally to make sure they do not char, then add the garlic cloves, saute for 1 minute.
Cook Chicken and Serve
  1. Remove the veggies and add olive oil to your skillet
  2. Add chicken to the pan and turn the heat up to medum-high. 
  3. Keep on the heat until browned on all sides. 
  4. Add in the honey and stir until the honey loosens up. 
  5. Add the bell pepper mix. 
  6. Puree the Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce can and set aside.
  7. Brown the chicken on both sides and remove from heat.
  8. Cook for an additional 3 minutes, then add all other ingredients (Veggies, Adobo, Pasta)
  9. Make a basic Alfredo sauce (Butter, Parmesan, Heavy Cream, Black Pepper, Garlic Powder) and add in the Pureed chipotle peppers. Let it come to a simmer. Add your frozen peas to thaw in the sauce.
  10. Add sauce, pasta, chicken in your pot adding the asparagus last or as a garnish. Add Cilantro or parsley and grated Parmesan as a topper. Tortilla strips if you want to be really authentic.
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Masitas de Puerco

Masitas de Puerco

One of the best things about cooking Cuban cuisine is the wide use of Pork. It is a very cheap animal to raise and perfect for the Island nation. One of the most popular ways to cook Pork is with this simple recipe for Masitas de Puerco.

Masitas de Puerco is a delicious dish that can be served as a main dish with rice, beans, and plantains. (You will find that to be the case with most Cuban dishes) or served as finger food for any fiesta. It is extremely easy to make and packed full of flavor.

Click here for the Cuban Mojo recipe.

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Masitas de Puerco
Delicious Marinated Pork Chunks. They can be served as a main dish or even as an appetizer with toothpicks.
Masitas de Puerco - Hungry Doug
Cuisine Cuban
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 12 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Cuisine Cuban
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 12 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Masitas de Puerco - Hungry Doug
Instructions
  1. Start making the Mojo. A link to the recipe is found above.
  2. Cube the pork into bite sized pieces.
  3. Combine the Cumin and Mojo into a bowl and whisk thouroughly. Add the cubed pork chunks and add the Bay Leaves. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set in the fridge overnight.
  4. When you are ready to cook the meal, take it out of the fridge and fry up on medium high heat. Remove the Bay leaves of course. Use the excess Mojo to cook with the Pork. When the pork is nice and brown and crispy, add the onions and cook until the onions are translucent.
  5. Serve with Rice, Beans, and plantains or just place on a serving dish and ENJOY!
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Make your own Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwiches

Make your own Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwiches

Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwiches are King.  There I said it… I have had my fair share of chicken sandwiches and I can honestly say that out of all the fast food chain chicken sandwiches (notice I said fast food chain chicken sandwiches), Chick-Fil-A has to be the absolute king.  The only problem is, they are closed on Sunday.  Now we can make the recipe at home!

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Copycat Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich
Have you ever wanted your chicken to taste like the heavenly goodness that is Chick-Fil-A? Or is it Sunday and you can't get into your local Chick-Fil-A? Well, look no further! We have the recipe here. Let me know in the comments below how that worked out for you.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
Sandwiches
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
Sandwiches
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Take your chicken and split it into equal portions.
  2. Pound the chicken flat (with a meat tenderizer or hammer, whichever floats your boat)
  3. Put the chicken into a large ziplock with the pickle juice for 1 hour (longer if you wanted)
  4. Combine all dry ingredients.
  5. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl.
  6. Get pan ready on Medium-High heat with your peanut oil.
  7. Dip the chicken into the flour mixture, then the egg mixture, then back into the flour mixture. Drop into the frying pan.
  8. Cook until golden brown (about 2-3 minutes on each side)
  9. Serve on Hamburger Buns and Pickle (add lettuce, jack cheese, and tomato to make it a deluxe)
  10. Enjoy!
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