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Citrus Steak Salad

Citrus Steak Salad

Summer nights are made for quick and easy dinner recipes. Citrus Steak Salad is the most perfect all in one dinner salad to get the job done. Crunchy greens, tender steak, juicy strawberries, mandarin oranges and a citrusy, made from scratch vinaigrette make for a meal […]

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

If you like sweet potato fries, then you’ll love Grilled Sweet Potatoes! I’ve always been a sweet potato fan whether they’re fried, baked or all dolled up in a holiday casserole, but grilling them puts it on a whole new level for me. Grilling not […]

Slow-Cooker Root Beer Brats

Slow-Cooker Root Beer Brats

Move over beer brats there’s a new kid in town! Root Beer Brats are not only delicious but they are so easy to prepare. And since they’re made with root beer rather than beer, they’re family friendly too. Slow-cooking in a sweet root beer marinade helps this tasty sausage really soak up tons of flavor. You can adjust the heat to your taste by adding a spicier chili sauce to the mix. And let’s not forget the best part, this summertime meal is made in the crockpot so you can get dinner on the table and still keep the house cool. Amazing, right?!?

Here’s all you’ll need : root beer, corn starch, ground mustard, caraway seeds, bratwurst links, onion, chili sauce, hoagie rolls, red onion and mustard for serving (optional).

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Let’s get started on that sweet and tasty marinade. In a large bowl, mix together one 12 oz can of root beer, corn starch, ground mustard, and caraway seeds. Whisk until the corn starch is fully combined into the soda pop mixture.

Root beer, corn starch, ground mustard, and caraway seeds are mixed together in a large bowl. #rootbeerbrats #rootbeerrecipes #rootbeermarinade #slowcookerrecipes #crockpotrecipes

Next brown the brats in batches in a large skillet over medium heat. Keep in mind that you don’t want to cook them all the way through. We’re just searing the outsides to help keep in all of that juicy and delicious flavor! Now just what exactly is bratwurst you might ask? Bratwurst is a specific type of sausage link that originated in Germany. Typically it’s made with pork, beef, or sometimes even veal. If you don’t have bratwurst available you can use a typical run of the mill sausage as a substitute.

Bratwurst sausages seared in a large skillet. #bratwurst #brats #beerbrats #family recipes #familydinner #summerdinnerideas

Add the Root Beer Brats to a 4-5 quart crockpot. Cover with chopped white or yellow onion, chili sauce and the root beer mixture. Cook covered, on low for 6-8 hours or until a meat thermometer reads at least 160 degrees. My crockpots always seem to cook on the hot side so 6 hours was plenty for me. I would recommend checking about 4 hours in so you can adjust the temperature as needed.

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Grab a bun and a brat and you’re ready to eat! Spoon with chili sauce just before serving. Then add the toppings of your choice, like thinly sliced red onions or go the traditional route by adding a little mustard. You really can’t go wrong on this one! Dinner doesn’t get much easier than Root Beer Brats. Serve with our Slow-Cooked German Potato Salad or our Sweet and Tangy Macaroni Salad and you’ve got yourself a meal!

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Slow-Cooker Root Beer Brats

June 9, 2020
: 10 servings
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 can (12 ounces) root beer
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 3 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 10 uncooked bratwurst links
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) chili sauce
  • 10 hoagie buns
  • Thinly sliced red onion, for serving
  • Prepared mustard, for serving
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, mix together one 12 oz can of root beer, corn starch, ground mustard, and caraway seeds. Whisk until the corn starch is fully combined into the soda pop mixture.
  • Step 2 Brown the brats in batches in a large skillet over medium heat. Do not cook all the way through.
  • Step 3 Add the bratwurst to a 4-5 quart crockpot. Cover with chopped white or yellow onion, chili sauce and the root beer mixture. Cook covered, on low for 6-8 hours or until a meat thermometer reads at least 160 degrees.
  • Step 4 Spoon with chili sauce just before serving. Add the toppings of your choice, like thinly sliced red onions or mustard. Enjoy!

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One-Pot Lemon Chicken with Orzo

One-Pot Lemon Chicken with Orzo

What’s for dinner tonight? Let’s take it nice and easy and whip up a batch of One-Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo! You’re gonna love this recipe for SO many reasons. First off it’s fast and easy to make which means it’s perfect for a busy weeknight […]

Pressure Cooker White Wine Chicken Thighs

Pressure Cooker White Wine Chicken Thighs

Hi! My name’s Lisa and I’m starting to become addicted to pressure cooking. It hasn’t always been that way though. I had always wanted to try pressure cooking but didn’t really know how to get started. I had no knowledge or experience using this type […]

Pressure Cooker Balsamic Chicken Thighs

Pressure Cooker Balsamic Chicken Thighs

I’m loving my pressure cooker right now in case you haven’t noticed. It’s perfect for weeknight meals because it gets dinner on the table SO fast and with very little fuss. Pressure Cooker Balsamic Chicken Thighs are proof positive! The pressure quickly tenderizes the meat giving you a melt in your mouth, flavor packed entree that cooks up in 10 minutes. Yep you read that right! Balsamic Chicken Thighs are inexpensive, easy to prepare, and cook up tender and delicious every time. It seriously doesn’t get any better than this!

Here’s all you’ll need: chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, apples juice, lemon juice, salt, garlic powder, dried thyme, paprika, pepper, bone-in chicken thighs, butter, flour, and fresh parsley (optional).

Pressure Cooker Balsamic Chicken Thighs ingredients list

You’re seriously not going to believe how easy this is! Are you ready? In a small bowl combine the apple juice, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, salt, garlic powder, dried thyme, paprika and pepper. Mix well. And you know what else?!? I bet you probably had most of those ingredients already on hand.

Apple juice, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, salt, garlic powder, dried thyme, paprika and pepper mixed together in a bowl.

Next remove the skin from the chicken thighs and place them in a 6-qt electric pressure cooker. Pour our liquid marinade over the chicken thighs to cover. The liquid is what makes pressure cookers work! Every recipe needs some sort of liquid so that the machine can pressurize.

Four chicken thighs inside an electric pressure cooker pot covered with marinade.

Secure the pressure cooker lid and lock it tight. I love the Cosori  6-Quart Premium Pressure Cooker for all of its foolproof safety features like the self explanatory lid lock. You can find our full review here!  Make sure the pressure vent is closed. If the vent isn’t closed the pressure cooker won’t be able to pressurize. Then select the manual setting and adjust the temp to the highest pressure setting. Set the timer for 10 minutes and press start.

Cosori 6-quart pressure cooker set on high temp for 10 minutes.

Once the meat is finished cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then use the quick release (according to manufacturer’s directions of course) to release any remaining pressure. Oooh! Those Balsamic Chicken Thighs look pretty perfect already!!! But wait, there’s more!

Chicken Thighs in the pressure cooker pot after they've finished cooking.

Remove the chicken from the pot and keep warm. Skim any fat off the top of the cooking liquid. Select the saute setting on the pressure cooker and adjust the temperature to high heat (around 300 degrees should do the trick). Bring the mixture to boil. Meanwhile melt the butter in a small saucepan on a stovetop over medium heat. Gradually stir the flour and butter mixture into the boiling mixture. Cook, stirring continuously until the mixture has thickened, about 2 minutes. Serve this delicious sauce over the chicken. Mmm mmmmm good!!

Flour and butter mixed together in a small sauce pan on a stovetop.

Garnish with parsley if desired. Pressure Cooker Balsamic Chicken Thighs are so simple and delish that I’m making them again tonight! I cannot wait for dinner!! If you’re as addicted to pressure as cooking as I am then check out our Pressure Cooker Beef Tips or Pressure Cooker Beef Brisket next!

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Pressure Cooker Balsamic Chicken Thighs

January 21, 2019
: 4
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup apple juice or cider
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs (about 1-1/2 pounds), skins removed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • fresh parsley to garnish (optional)
Directions
  • Step 1 In a small bowl combine the apple juice, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, salt, garlic powder, dried thyme, paprika and pepper. Mix well.
  • Step 2 Remove the skin from the chicken thighs and place them in a 6-qt electric pressure cooker. Pour our liquid marinade over the chicken thighs to cover.
  • Step 3 Secure the pressure cooker lid and lock it tight. Make sure the pressure vent is closed. Select the manual setting and adjust the temp to the highest pressure setting. Set the timer for 10 minutes and press start.
  • Step 4 Once the meat is finished cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then use the quick release (according to manufacturer’s directions) to release any remaining pressure.
  • Step 5 Remove the chicken from the pot and keep warm. Skim any fat off the top of the cooking liquid. Select the saute setting on the pressure cooker and adjust the temperature to high heat (around 300 degrees should do the trick). Bring the mixture to boil.
  • Step 6 Melt the butter in a small saucepan on a stovetop over medium heat. Gradually stir the flour and butter mixture into the boiling mixture. Cook, stirring continuously until the mixture has thickened, about 2 minutes. Serve sauce over chicken. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired. Enjoy!

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Pressure Cooker Beef Tips

Pressure Cooker Beef Tips

The days are getting shorter….and colder! You know what that means right??? COMFORT FOOD!!! Pressure cooking used to be outside of my comfort zone, that is until Cosori sent me their 6-Quart Premium Pressure Cooker to try. Now with a dinner recipe under my belt […]

Pear & Sausage Rigatoni

Pear & Sausage Rigatoni

If ever there were a dish that tastes like Fall, this is it! Pear & Sausage Rigatoni is a truly unique combination of flavors and textures. A delicious mix of sweet, savory, creamy and even crunchy make this rustic pasta dish an instant hit. There’s […]

Bruschetta Chicken

Bruschetta Chicken

It’s that time of the year when tomatoes taste best so you’re gonna wanna add this next recipe into your dinner rotation right away! Bruschetta Chicken is an end of summer staple in my house. This relatively simple dish is a spectacular way to fancy up a weeknight dinner. You could even pre-make the bruschetta to save a little prep time. Keep it healthy and serve alongside a salad or green beans or make it hearty with a little pasta. You really can’t go wrong. You’re gonna love the perfect balance of tomatoes, garlic and chicken in every bite.

Here’s all you’ll need:flour, eggs, chicken, Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, butter, tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil, garlic cloves, salt and pepper.

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Start by placing the flour in a shallow bowl. Place the eggs in a separate bowl and lightly beat. Ok so full disclosure, the only thing that I don’t like about Bruschetta Chicken is that you’re going to use a lot of bowls. But it’s so worth it!!

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Dip the chicken first in flour and then in the eggs. Make sure you get it all covered! Then place the chicken in a lightly greased 13X9 baking dish.

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Next in a small microwave safe dish, melt the butter. Mix in the Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs and stir to combine. Bruschetta Chicken is strategically layered with so much flavor. You’re going to be floored by the first bite!

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Spread the topping evenly over the chicken breasts. Loosely cover the baking dish with foil. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake, uncovered, for an additional 10 minutes.

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Meanwhile, as that delicious chicken is cooking, you can whip up the best part…..the Bruschetta topping! Seed the tomatoes and chop into bitesize pieces and place them in a small bowl. Mince up some fresh basil and add it to the tomatoes. Toss in some minced garlic, salt and pepper and stir it all up. Voila! A quick and easy bruschetta!

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Spoon the bruschetta topping over the chicken and bake uncovered for an additional 5 minutes. All the best flavors of bruschetta layered on top of a juicy chicken breast! Yum!!

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Bruschetta lovers rejoice!! Now your favorite appetizer can actually be the whole meal! I’ll meet ya at the dinner table. If you can’t get enough of these wonderful flavors, then you simply MUST try our Best Ever Bruschetta recipe too!

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Bruschetta Chicken

September 14, 2018
: 4 servings
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Directions
  • Step 1 Add the flour and eggs to two separate bowls. Lightly beat the eggs.
  • Step 2 Dip the chicken first in flour and then in the eggs. Place the chicken in a lightly greased 13X9 baking dish.
  • Step 3 Melt the butter in a microwave safe dish. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. Spread the topping evenly over the chicken breasts.
  • Step 4 Loosely cover the baking dish with foil. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake, uncovered, for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Step 5 Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the chopped tomatoes, minced basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Spoon the bruschetta topping over the chicken and bake uncovered for an additional 5 minutes. Enjoy!

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Easy Tuscan Roasted Asparagus

Easy Tuscan Roasted Asparagus

Easy Tuscan Roasted Asparagus is not only the perfect Spring side dish, but also one of our favorite recipes to make year round! Oven roasted and flavored with lemon and garlic this family friendly vegetable is something that everyone can agree on. This simply irresistible […]