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Pressure-Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

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Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken

Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken

Spatchcocked Chicken is not only fun to say it’s fun to make! But just what exactly does that mean? Spatchcocking, also known as the butterfly method, is simply the act of splitting a chicken or any game bird so that it lays flat on the grill. Once you master this relatively easy but super impressive cutting technique you won’t want to cook your chicken any other way! Flat cooking in this manner allows the chicken to cook more evenly resulting in juicy and delicious legs, breasts AND thighs. You also get crispy skin and a chicken that’s full of flavor all in less time than traditional roasting methods. Who’s ready to learn a new skill?

Here’s all you’ll need: white wine, apricot preserves, stone-ground mustard, boiler/fryer chicken, salt and pepper.

Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken ingredients list #spatchcockedchicken #grilledchicken #grillrecipes #grilledspatchcockedchicken #howtospatchcockachicken How to spatchcock a chicken in four easy steps. 

Step 1.) Remove any neck parts and gizzards that may be inside the chicken. Save for a later use or discard. Rinse the chicken and pat it dry.

Step 2.) Remove the backbone. Using sharp kitchen shears, cut along one side of the backbone from neck to tail. Rotate the chicken and cut along the other side of the backbone this time from tail to neck. It’s easiest to keep the side that you’re cutting closest to your dominate hand. Discard the backbone or save for a later use.

Step 3.) Flip the chicken over so the inside is facing up. Using a large kitchen knife, notch each side of the breastbone. This will also make it easier to remove during carving.

The backbone is removed from a chicken with kitchen shears. #spatchcockedchicken #spatchcock #chickenrecipes #howtospatchcockachicken #chickenrecipes #wholechickenrecipes

Step 4.) Turn the chicken back over so that the breast side is facing up. Using the ball of your hand, firmly press down on the breast bone to flatten the chicken. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. And that’s it! You’ve spatchcocked a chicken. Of course you can also buy a chicken that’s already spatchcocked or have a butcher do this for you but we like to get hands on and DIY.Spatchcocked chicken laying flat on a cutting board. #spatchcockchicken #howtospatchcockachicken #grilledwholechicken #butterfliedchicken #chickendinnerrecipes

Ok so now that the heavy liftings done, we’re going to go easy on ya with a super simple glaze. Of course you can use your own rub, glaze, or sauce, but honestly this one is at the top of my list and it only takes 5 minutes to make! Add the white wine of your choice to a small sauce pan. We opted for a basic white cooking wine for this recipe but a nice Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc would be perfect! Heat on medium until the wine begins to boil. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the wine is reduced by half. Stir in the apricot preserves and mustard. Set aside half for basting and the other half for dipping once the cooked chicken is ready to serve.

White wine, apricot preserves, and ground mustard mixed together in a small saucepan. #spatchcockedchicken #glazedchicken #chickenonthegrill #wholechickenrecipes #chickendinnerrecipes #healthydinnerrecipes #familydinnerrecipes

Now it’s time to prepare the grill. First lightly oil the grill grates with a cooking oil or spray to prevent sticking. Place the chicken on the grill grates skin side down over medium indirect heat. Grill covered for 10-15 minutes. Our grill cooks pretty HOT so we yanked it at 10.

Indirect heat simply means there is no heat source under the food. So your outside burners should be lit but the middle ones will be turned off. The effect is similar to roasting or baking in the oven. On a charcoal grill you would either place your coals on one side or into two equal piles on opposite sides on the grill leaving empty space in the middle.
Spatchcocked chicken placed skin side down on a gas grill #spatchcockedchicken #grilledchicken #grilledwholechicken #glazedchicken #grillingrecipes #dinnerrecipes

Turn the chicken over (so the skin side is up). Continue to grill over indirect medium heat until a meat thermometer reads 170°-175° in the thickest part of the thigh, about 30 minutes depending on the size of the bird. Brush the chicken occasionally with the glaze while its cooking.

Chicken placed skin side up on a grill over indirect medium heat. #griiledchicken #lowcarbdinner #healthydinnerrecipes #howtogrillachicken #wholechickenrecipes #spatchcockedchicken

Remove the chicken from the grill. Rest for 15 minutes before carving. During cooking all the wonderful juices in the meat rise to surface. Resting allows travel back inside the bird keeping everything juicy and moist. Transfer to a serving platter and serve with the reserved glaze. Now doesn’t that look amazing???

Pair with our Grilled Stuffed Zucchini and Peach Mango Caprese Salad for a fabulous meal!Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken by Happylifeblogspot.com #grilledspatchcockedchicken #spatchcock #spatchcocked #howtospatchcockachicken spatchcockedchicken #grilledchicken #howtogrillawholechicken #grillrecipes #dinnerrecipes #chickenrecipes #chickenonthegrill

Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken

September 24, 2020
: 6
: Medium

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Directions
  • Step 1 Remove any neck parts and gizzards that may be inside the chicken. Save for a later use or discard. Rinse the chicken and pat it dry.
  • Step 2 Remove the backbone. Using sharp kitchen shears, cut along one side of the backbone from neck to tail. Rotate the chicken and cut along the other side of the backbone this time from tail to neck. Flip the chicken over so the inside is facing up. Using a large kitchen knife, notch each side of the breastbone.
  • Step 3 Turn the chicken back over so that the breast side is facing up. Using the ball of your hand, firmly press down on the breast bone to flatten the chicken. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Step 4 FOR THE GLAZE: Add white wine of your choice to a small sauce pan. Heat on medium until the wine begins to boil. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the wine is reduced by half. Stir in the apricot preserves and mustard. Set aside half for basting.
  • Step 5 Oil the grill grates with a cooking oil or spray to prevent sticking. Place the chicken on the grill grates skin side down over medium indirect heat. Grill covered for 10-15 minutes.
  • Step 6 Turn the chicken over (so the skin side is up). Continue to grill over indirect medium heat until a meat thermometer reads 170°-175° in the thickest part of the thigh, about 30 minutes depending on the size of the bird. Brush the chicken occasionally with the glaze while its cooking.
  • Step 7 Remove the chicken from the grill. Rest for 15 minutes before carving. Transfer to a serving platter and serve with the reserved glaze. Enjoy!

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Grilled Stuffed Zucchini

Grilled Stuffed Zucchini

Grilled Stuffed Zucchini makes an excellent side dish. Pair this healthy vegetable with thick and juicy pork chops, tender grilled chicken or just about anything else you can toss over an open flame. It’s hearty enough to forgo the meats all together and can even […]

Peach Mango Caprese Salad

Peach Mango Caprese Salad

Looking to shake things up a bit? Peach Mango Caprese Salad offers a lovely twist on the classic tomato and mozzarella dish. Caprese Salad fans will absolutely adore this lil bowl full of summer. The perfect bite holds wonderfully ripe peaches, juicy mango, tangy tomatoes, […]

No Bake Key Lime Cream Pie

No Bake Key Lime Cream Pie

Raise your hand if you’re enjoying every last bit of summer! We sure are!! And that means getting our fill of all the wonderful summer flavors before the days start getting cooler. Key Lime Cream Pie is the most perfect dessert for June, July, and August because it’s no bake. That’s right! Keep those ovens turned off because there’s no need to heat up the entire house for this show stopping treat. So I dunno if it’s the sugary, sweet cookie crust, the cool and refreshing Key Lime filling, or the light and fluffy made from scratch whipped cream topper, but a slice of this pie disappears quicker than any other dessert I’ve ever made. I literally cut a slice for my husband, went back to the kitchen to grab a slice for myself, and he was ready for round two before I could even sit down. And this guy’s a self-proclaimed “not a dessert person”. Needless to say I can see lots of Key Lime Cream Pies in my future.

Here’s all you’ll need: pecan shortbread cookies, butter, heavy whipping cream, confectioners’ sugar, coconut extract, cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, Key lime juice, and shredded coconut.

No Bake Key Lime Cream Pie ingredients list #keylime #keylimepie #nobakedessert #pierecipes #dessert

I know you can’t wait to get started so here we go! Add the cookies to a food processor and crush in small batches. If you don’t have a food processor handy, you can always add them to a Ziploc bag and smash with a rolling pin or mallet. You’ll be tempted to taste test one of those shortbread cookies, but don’t. We used every last one of those Keebler Pecan Sandies for the pie crust.

Mix the crushed cookie pieces with 1/3 cup of melted butter (just a touch more than 5 Tablespoons of butter if you’re using the measurements on the side of the packaging). Press the cookie crumb mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch deep dish pie pan. The deeper the better! Wait til you see how much whipped cream we layer on top of this sucker.

Pecan Sandies cookie crumbs and butter are mixed together and then pressed into a 9-inch deep dish pie plate. #keylimepie #keylimedesserts #dessertrecipes #summertimedessert #potluckdessert #milehighkeylimepie

Add the heavy cream to a very large bowl. Using a hand mixer, whip the heavy cream until it begins to thicken, about 3-4 minutes. Add in the confectioners’ sugar and coconut extract. Gradually increase the mixer speed until you reach the highest setting. Beat on high for several minutes, until stiff peaks begin to form. Set aside.

I find that it’s helpful to move the beaters in a back and forth motion in the bowl. Every 30 seconds or so I’ll give it a swirl around the entire bowl. Stiff or firm peaks stand straight up when the beaters are lifted. If you’re working with a five speed mixer this process can take a little longer. Don’t give up on it!

Heavy whipping cream, confectioners' sugar, and coconut extract and blended together in a large bowl to make whipped cream. #keylimepie #keylimecreampie #keylimerecipes #pierecipes #dessertrecipes #nobakedessert #nobakepie

Add the cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk and lime juice to another large bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until well blended. We used Nellie & Joe’s Famous Key West Lime Juice for this recipe, found at our local Wegmans grocery store. If you can get your hands on Key limes you can go the freshly squeezed route. But if you can’t find either of these items locally, regular ole limes will work in this recipe too! Cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and Key lime juice are blended together in a large bowl. #keylimejuice #keylimerecipes #nobakerecipes #keylimepie #keylimecreampie #creampie

Add two cups of the prepared whipped cream to the cream cheese/condensed milk mixture. Gently fold the whipped cream into the filling. I love the subtly colored filling but if you’re looking for a more authentically lime color you can add a drop of green food coloring to really make this layer pop.

Two cups of whipped cream are gently folded into the Key lime filling. #keylimepie #keylimecreampie #creampie #nobakecreampie #howtomakeakeylimepie

Next spoon the filling into the prepared pie crust. Now doesn’t that look just absolutely delicious?!? Look at that crunchy cookie crust peeking up the sides.

Key lime cream filling is spooned into the cookie crust. #keylimepie #keylimecreampie #creampie #pie #easypierecipes #holidaydessert

Then top with mounds and mounds of whipped cream. I mean it’s homemade. You don’t get this kind of thing every day.

Whipped cream is spooned over the cream pie filling. #keylimepie #keylimecreampie #summerdessert #summerrecipes #nobakepie #nobakedessert

And for the finishing touch, top with a little toasted coconut. Add the coconut to a dry skillet (no need to add oil or anything like that). Cook over medium/low heat stirring frequently. Once the coconut starts to brown, you’re done!

Refrigerate Key Lime Cream Pie until serving. Garnish with lime slices if you wanna be fancy fancy. It’s like a little slice of Key West! Close your eyes and I bet you can feel the ocean breeze. In need of a staycation? Whip up a batch of our Blue Lagoon Margaritas or Tropical Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips next.

No Bake Key Lime Cream Pie by Happylifeblogspot.com #keylime #keylimepie #keylimecreampie #creampie #nobakepie #nobakekeylimepie #limepie #summerdessert #keywestpie #nobakedessert

No Bake Key Lime Cream Pie

August 18, 2020
: 12
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 package (11.3 ounces) pecan shortbread cookies, crushed
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup Key lime juice
  • 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
Directions
  • Step 1 Add the cookies to a food processor and crush in small batches. Mix the crushed cookie pieces with 1/3 cup of melted butter. Press the cookie crumb mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch deep dish pie pan.
  • Step 2 Add the heavy cream to a very large bowl. Using a hand mixer, whip the heavy cream until it begins to thicken, about 3-4 minutes. Add in the confectioners’ sugar and coconut extract. Gradually increase the mixer speed until you reach the highest setting. Beat on high for several minutes, until stiff peaks begin to form.
  • Step 3 Add the cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk and lime juice to another large bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until well blended. Add two cups of the prepared whipped cream to the cream cheese/condensed milk mixture. Gently fold the whipped cream into the filling.
  • Step 4 Spoon the filling into the prepared pie crust. Top with the remaining whipped cream. There will lots so pile it high!
  • Step 5 Add the coconut flakes to a dry skillet. Cook over medium/low heat stirring frequently until lightly browned. Sprinkle over pie. Refrigerate until ready to serve.Enjoy!

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Citrus Steak Salad

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White Chocolate Fruit Tart

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S’mores Sandwich Cookies

S’mores Sandwich Cookies

Hey Y’all! Soooo….I’m about to change your life right now with S’mores Sandwich Cookies!! You don’t even need a campfire to create this delightful little treat. The cookies on their own are completely amazing so you’re going to have to resist devouring them hot out of the oven. But when you sandwich them together with a goey toasted marshmallow then you’ve really got the s’mores of your dreams. The first bite is the best part! Hints of cinnamon, graham cracker crumbs, and lots of chocolate chips make this easy to assemble sandwich cookie an instant hit. I  know campfire marshmallows are a highly debated topic, but whether you’re team burnt, brown, or undercooked, we can all agree these cookies the best!!! S’mores lovers be warned cause it’s about to get dangerous. I’m warning you right now…be prepared for these to disappear quickly!!

Here’s all you’ll need: butter, white sugar, brown sugar, egg, milk, vanilla extract, flour, graham crackers, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, chocolate chips and marshmallows.

S'mores Sandwich Cookies ingredients list #s'mores #smores #cookies #sandwichcookies #rainydayfun

So without further ado….here is the next recipe you’ll be making on repeat! In a large bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. A hand mixer on medium speed will get the job done for ya. And it helps immensely if the butter is softened ahead of time (even if that means you gotta nuke it in the microwave for a hot second).

Butter, white sugar and brown sugar are creamed together in a large bowl. #sandwichcookies #smoressandwichcookies #s'moressandwichcookies #bestcookierecipes #christmascookies #campingrecipes

Next beat in the egg, milk, and vanilla extract and mix well. Imitation vanilla is perfectly fine for this recipe. I find that the chocolate chips, graham crackers and marshmallows bring plenty of sweetness to the table.

Egg, milk, and vanilla extract and mixed into the bowl. #sanwichcookies #smoresrecipes #smores #cookies #bestcookierecipes #fourthofjulydessert

Mix in the baking soda, salt, and cinnamon to distribute throughout the cookie dough. Then, at a low speed, blend in the flour a half a cup at a time. Continue to mix until the flour is well combined.

Baking soda, salt, cinnamon and flour are added to form a sticky cookie dough. #cookiedough #cookierecipes #smoressandwichcookies #smorescookies #s'morecookies

Stir in the graham cracker crumbs and chocolate chips. To make graham cracker crumbs I quickly pulsed the graham cracker pieces in a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor handy you can add the graham crackers to a plastic ziploc bag and break apart by hand or use a heavy rolling pin to crush into pieces. Chocolate chips and graham cracker crumbs are added to the cookie dough. #smorescookies #smoresrecipes #sandwichcookies #rainydayactivities #christmascookies

Scoop out a tablespoon of cookie dough and roll into a ball. The dough will be sticky so you’ll want to act fast and use a light touch. Place the cookie dough balls on a parchment lined baking sheet spread about 2 inches apart. You’ll want to give these cookies some space because they definitely spread A LOT while baking.

If you’re not familiar with it, parchment paper is a non-stick baking paper. It reduces browning and when you’re done using it you can just toss it in the trash. No mess! It’s probably my favorite baking tool and a really easy way to elevate your cookie making. Cookie dough balls on a parchment lined backing sheet. #smorescookies #campingrecipes #campingideas #campingbirthdayparty #bestcookierecipes

Bake S’mores Sandwich Cookies in a 375 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. 9 minutes was just perfect in my oven. Leave the cookies on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes or until easy to remove with a spatula. Remove the cookies to a wire rack or countertop to finish cooling. S'mores cookies on a baking sheet hot out of the oven. #smorescookies #s'morescookes #smores #s'mores #sandwichcookies #summerrecipes

Place cookies bottom side up back on the baking sheet. Top each cookie bottom with a large marshmallow. Broil on low for 1-5 minutes or until desired toasty-ness. Keep a close watch during this step as marshmallows can burn quickly. You’ll know they’re done when the tops are toasted and the marshmallows begin to puff. Cookie bottoms placed on a backing sheet and topped with a marshmallow. #smores #smorescookies #smoressanwichcookies #sanwichcookies #cookierecipes #bestcookierecipes

Remove from the oven and immediately top with another cookie. Enjoy the ooey, gooey, goodness of s’mores without the campfire. Simply irresistible!!! If you love our S’mores Sandwich Cookies then you’ve gotta try our S’mores Bar too. Just Mmmmmmm!

S'mores Sandwich Cookies by Happylifeblogspot.com #smores #s'mores #sandwichcookies #cookierecipes #christmascookies #rainydayideas

S'mores Sandwich Cookies

July 12, 2020
: about 30 sandwich cookies
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 20 squares)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 30 large marshmallows
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, milk, and vanilla extract and mix well.
  • Step 2 Mix in the baking soda, salt, and cinnamon to distribute throughout the cookie dough. At a low speed, blend in the flour a half a cup at a time. Continue to mix until the flour is well combined. Stir in the graham cracker crumbs and chocolate chips.
  • Step 3 Scoop out a tablespoon of cookie dough and roll into a ball. Place the cookie dough balls on a parchment lined baking sheet spread about 2 inches apart.
  • Step 4 Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • Step 5 Place cookies bottom side up back on the baking sheet. Top each cookie bottom with a large marshmallow. Broil on low for 1-5 minutes. You’ll know they’re done when the tops are toasted and the marshmallows begin to puff.
  • Step 6 Remove from the oven and immediately top with another cookie. Enjoy!

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Cast Iron Breakfast Skillet

Cast Iron Breakfast Skillet

Rise and shine! Our mouth-watering Cast Iron Breakfast Skillet is a great way to start the day. I’m talking a good old fashioned down home country breakfast with a whole lotta substance. Right from the start I knew this hearty skillet would quickly become a […]