For the Boys…

Some of hubby’s friends come to the house regularly (we refer to them fondly as “the boys”) and I like feeding them!

The last time they were here, I served them “Make-your-own-pita” sandwiches.  I had originally planned on curried chicken as a filling but at the last minute, having discovered that *someone* used up my curry blend, I had to find something else… that’s when I saw the bottle of (faux) Caesar Dressing that I had made a couple of days ago.  So instead of curried chicken to be stuffed in the pita bread, it became Chicken Caesar!

It was a great hit!

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“Benedict Muffinbatch”

Reposting a favorite…

Friend T has christened this recipe – Benedict Muffinbatch.

I suppose the inspiration came from it being similar to Eggs Benedict, but that it is radically not… combined with a wonderful play on the name of a favorite British actor playing the character of Sherlock Holmes.

But, yes, it is a variation on the same theme… something on top of an English muffin!

This time, I got inspiration from one of the breakfast items of my favorite coffee and tea cafe… Salmon Scramble… although their version is on a rosemary focaccia.

Toast an English muffin and spread lots of cream cheese over the top. Layer on 2 to 3 pieces of smoked salmon (or as many as you like!) then top with scrambled eggs. Drizzle dill sauce over and sprinkle cayenne pepper on top.

Enjoy! Hubby sure did!

Ham and Cheese Rolls

This is a special request from the little girl.  She wanted a ham and cheese “stick”.  So I remade an old recipe.  The original version was the Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups.

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The original roll-ups were an appetizer that I saw at a function that we attended some time ago.  I made my own version sometime ago and now I am re-working it.

The recipe for the original roll-ups –

Take a piece of sandwich bread and cut the crusts off.  Then flatten the bread (this is a very important step, will explain later).  Smear mayo or butter on the flattened, crustless bread.  Then place a piece of cooked ham and a cheese slice (square slices are best) on the bread.  Roll the whole thing up and secure with fancy picks.  Slice into 3 or 4 mini-rolls.

At this point I have to stress that it is crucial to flatten the bread.  I discovered (the hard, experimental way) that if this step is missed, the whole thing crumbles and breaks – the resulting rolls are just plain ugly.

The reworked version starts with flattening the bread too.  A ham slice, roughly 2/3 of the bread is placed on the bread, makeing sure that three sides of the bread and ham are aligned.  Place a stick of cheese on the ham, aligning the long edge.  Then roll, beginning on the cheese/ham side.  I found that I didn’t need to secure  the rolls with picks.

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The rolls were supposed to be toasted in the oven but I was lazy (the toaster oven was out of commission and it was too much trouble to fire up the big oven) so I just used the stovetop grill.

Well, the little girl was happy!  So were our guests!

Tess’ Elvis

I have to admit, I am not at all an adventure-seeking eater.  But I am willing to try most foods at least once.  And while a lot of people are banana-lovers, I am not one of them, unless we are talking of the fried banana (saba) or turon.

But I tried a concoction of Tess recently… her version of the Elvis.  The Elvis is a grilled sandwich composed of toast, peanut butter, sliced or mashed bananas and bacon.  But Tess’s version is with ham instead of bacon.

Sylvia and I were skeptical at first – toast, peanut butter, bananas and ham?  Initially we found the combination unusual…

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But one bite and we were bowled over!

We wanted more!  This version has the ham in the middle of the peanut butter and banana slices…

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Love, love, love it!