Pork Sausage Breakfast Patties

I never knew how easy making homemade sausage patties was until I did it.  I know most people just buy the pre-made ones at the store.  Sometimes they are full with extra stuff you don’t need or want! So, this takes care of that.  These come out delicious.  They are full of flavor. I love that you can make them and freeze them for later.  These are a must try!

Pork Sausage Breakfast Patties

Ingredients:
2 lb ground pork
1 egg
3 garlic cloves, minced/grated
1 t dried thyme
1 t dried sage
2 t garlic powder
2 t onion powder
2 t dried fennel, crushed/chopped
1 t salt
1 t pepper
2 T olive oil

Directions: Mix ground pork with egg and seasoning above.  Use hands to make sure all meat gets seasoned. Form into 2 oz balls and flatten out into patties. Complete with all of the meat and set aside.

Heat a large saute pan to medium high heat.  Add in olive oil and let heat 1-2 minutes. Add the patties to the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes on one side and then flip over.  The patties will start to brown.  Once you flip patties over cook for another 3-4 minutes making sure it’s completely cooked through.  Internal temperature should read 160.  Cook in batches as to not overly crowd the pan.

If you are making a lot of patties, just brown on both sides, add to a baking sheet and finish cooking through in the oven. Serve with your breakfast favorites!

These sausage patties are great to freeze.  Cool them completely, wrap with saran wrap and freeze.  To warm frozen patties put in microwave or heat in a skillet on low heat. It’s a great meal prep item!

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Creamy Ranch Coleslaw

During summer I always try and make some light salads to have with meals.  I love to make pasta salads or cucumber and tomato salads.  This one beyond simple.  It’s only a few ingredients and it comes out so creamy and full of flavor.  I will definitely being making this again! It’s a perfect side to a summer BBQ or meal!

Creamy Ranch Coleslaw

Ingredients:
14 oz Color Coleslaw Slaw
1/2 packet Ranch seasoning Mix
4 green onions, sliced (both green and white)
1 T extra virgin olive oil
1/4 C + 1 T lite mayonnaise (More or less for flavor)
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Directions:  In a medium bowl add in the coleslaw mix and green onions.  Spoon in the mayonnaise and mix well. Drizzle with oil and season with Ranch packet.  Mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Mix well before serving.  Enjoy.

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Zucchini & Onion Linguine with Olive Oil

I love making a new dish and especially when you make it and you are SO happy with the outcome.  I love sauteing zucchini and onion with a little olive oil.  That’s where this pasta dish comes in. I just turned it into a deliciously light meal.  Perfect vegetarians meal or those meatless Mondays! Give it a try. You will not be disappointed!

Zucchini & Onion Linguine with Olive Oil

Ingredients:

1 lb linguine
3 medium zucchinis, cut in half moons
1 large onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 T extra virgin olive oil
2 T butter
2 t onion powder
2 t garlic powder
2 t oregano
2 t parsley
1 t crushed red pepper, optional
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
1/4 cup Parmesan/Romano cheese

Directions:  Cook pasta according to the package.  Set aside once done with a drizzle of olive oil.

Heat a large saute pan on medium high heat.  Add in 1 T of oil and let heat.  Next add in the garlic and onion and cook 2-3 minutes, stir often so the garlic doesn’t burn. Next add in the zucchini and let cook.  You will want to cook about 10-12 minutes over medium heat.  Stir often.  You want the zucchini to be very tender.

Season the zucchini mixture with garlic and onion powder.  Add in the pasta and season with oregano, parsley and crushed red pepper (if using.) Mix in the olive oil and butter. Let butter fully melt, completely tossing.  Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with cheese and serve!

Note: You can omit the butter, it just give it a nice smooth finish.  I prefer the zucchini to be super tender. If you want it to have a bit just cook less time.  Cooking time will depend on the heat and size of the zucchini.  You can use fresh or dried herbs. I made this last minute so I used dried, since that’s what I had on hand. Also, I know I added garlic and onion powder as well as fresh garlic and onion….I always use that! 🙂
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Spinach & Mushroom Pizza

I love making homemade pizzas. I personally just buy the pizza dough from a local Italian shop and it cuts the prep time in half. I made this pizza and the dough wasn’t cooperating, so the crust totally came out wonky. I still had to share because the flavors were awesome. This is also my first time making a video while cooking. It’s new to me, so I’m learning as I go! 🙂

Spinach & Mushroom Pizza

Ingredients:
1 fresh pizza dough
8 oz sliced mushrooms, sauteed to remove moisture
10 oz fresh spinach
1 cup Italian shredded cheese
4 oz fresh mozzarella, diced
1 T grated Romano cheese
1 T + 2t olive oil
1/2 T Italian Seasoning
2 t garlic salt

Directions: Preheat oven 425°. Roll out pizza dough to your desired thickness. Use spray oil on a large cookie sheet and add the dough. Pierce the dough all over with a fork. Par bake the crust for about 8 minutes.

Remove the dough from the oven and assemble the pizza. Drizzle 1 T oil over the crust and use a brush to completely cover the crust. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the crust. Next layer with spinach and then top with mushrooms. Next add the fresh mozzarella. Sprinkle the Romano and Italian seasoning over the top. Lightly drizzle oil on top and bake in the oven for another 10-12 minutes depending on how crisp you like your pizza and how thick your dough is.

Once pizza is done remove from oven and sprinkle with garlic salt. Cut and serve.

Coconut Cream Dessert

One of my favorite desserts growing up and to this day is a Coconut Cream Dessert my Mom use to make! It’s so light and creamy and a perfect summer dessert.  It’s really simple and just a few steps and you will have this coconut heaven!  Take a look and give it a try!

Coconut Cream Dessert

Ingredients:

Crust:
1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup melted butter
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Filling:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup powered sugar
8 oz container cool whip
2 boxes instant coconut cream pudding
3 cups milk
2-3 cups coconut flakes

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350.  In a medium bowl mix together the flour, butter and chopped walnuts.  Once fully mixed, press into a 13×9 glass baking dish.  Bake in the oven until golden brown about 15-20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let cool. (Note: It’s best if the walnuts you put in the crust are smaller then mine shown, it makes the crust stick better if they are slightly smaller.)

Add 2-3 cups of coconut flakes to a baking sheet. Spread evenly.  Place in oven to toast. Keep a very close eye as coconut can burn super quickly.  You want a nice golden color.  Start with 8 minutes and watch from there.

In a mixing bowl add in 8 oz cream cheese, 1 cup of powder sugar and cool whip.  With a spoon mix until completely incorporated.  Spread evenly over cooled crust.  Sprinkle with toasted coconut.

In another mixing bowl add in 2 packages of coconut cream pudding with 3 cups cold milk. Let set slightly then spread over the toasted coconut evenly. (Note: this will look very lumpy but it’s from the coconut in the pudding.)

Top the pudding layer with the remainder of the cool whip and finish off with more toasted coconut.  Refrigerate at least 4 hours to let set. Cut into pieces and enjoy!

Note:  In my photos it’s a smaller portion.  The recipe is in fact for a 13×9 pan!  Make as much coconut as you like. I LOVE toasted coconut so I always make extra and put more then probably needed and I like to eat it! 🙂

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Filet Mignon Crostini

This is a little bit of an upscale appetizer.  Not overly fancy, but I guess people assume it’s fancy when they see the words Filet and Mignon!  This crostini is super simple to make.  You don’t have to use a filet, you can use any steak or any left over beef you have.  It’s better for a more tender piece of meat, but anything you have will do.

Think of this for your next party or even a fancy night in!

Filet Mignon Crostini

Ingredients:

Crostini:
1 baguette (about 10 oz) sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 t pepper
2 t salt

2 filet mignon steaks, (about 8 or 9 oz total)
2 t salt
2 t pepper
2 t steak seasoning (optional)
1 T olive oil
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
3 T horseradish
salt, sprinkling

Direction: Preheat oven to 350°. Arrange slices of bread on a large baking sheet. Brush both sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake until golden brown about 15-20 minutes. Once done, let cool.

In a small bowl mix together the ricotta and horseradish.  Set aside.

Rub oil over the steaks on both sides.  Seasoning the steaks with salt, pepper and steak seasoning on both sides.  Cook steaks the way you prefer.  Grill for 4 minutes on each side depending on grill temperature and thickness of the filets.  Once finished cooking let rest. Once rested, thinly slice the filet.

To assemble the crostini, spread a layer of ricotta mixture on top of the crostini.  Add a slice of the filet on top and finish with a light sprinkle of coarse salt. (This step is optional, just helps bring out the flavors)  Serve immediately.
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