French Dip Sliders

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1 package Hawaiian sweet rolls 12 rolls total
  • 1 pound deli roast beef
  • 12 slices Sargento provolone cheese separated, 1 package
  • 1 and 1/2 cups French fried onions optional
Seasoning
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 packet Au Jus seasoning mix separated
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Butter the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish with the softened unsalted butter.
  • Without separating the rolls, slice the package of rolls in half horizontally.
  • Place the bottom half of the rolls in the baking dish. Top with the 6 slices of the provolone cheese, roast beef, french fried onions, remaining 6 slices of cheese, and the other half of the rolls.
  • In a small bowl, melt the butter in the microwave. Mix in 1 tablespoon of the au jus seasoning mix, Worcestershire sauce, sesame seeds, dried minced garlic, and onion powder.
  • Top the rolls evenly with this mixture, making sure all the rolls are entirely coated.
  • Bake the sliders uncovered until the cheese is gooey and the tops of the rolls are golden brown — about 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove and cut the sliders with a very sharp knife.
  • While the sliders are baking, take the remaining au jus mixture and place in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add 2 cups cold water and whisk. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer to allow it to slightly thicken.
  • Serve with the sandwiches.

*www.chelseasmessyapron.com

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Mustard & Panko Crusted Salmon

INGREDIENTS

  • 2/3 cup panko
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • Four 6- to 8-ounce salmon fillets, skin on
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

In a small bowl, mix together the panko, parsley, lemon zest, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Drizzle with the olive oil and stir until the crumbs are evenly coated. Set aside.

Place the salmon fillets, skin side down, on a board. Generously brush the top of the fillets with mustard and then sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Press the panko mixture thickly on top of the mustard on each salmon fillet. The mustard will help the panko adhere.

Heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet or large heavy, ovenproof pan. When the oil is very hot, add the salmon fillets, skin side down, and sear for 3 to 4 minutes, without turning, to brown the skin.

Transfer the pan to the hot oven for 5 to 7 minutes until the salmon is almost cooked and the panko is browned. Remove from the oven, cover with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve the salmon hot or at room temperature with lemon wedges.

*www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten

 

 

 

 

 

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Lentils with Vinagrette

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup good olive oil
  • 1 leek, white and light green parts, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 2 carrots, scrubbed and 1/2-inch diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup French green Le Puy lentils
  • 1 whole onion, peeled and stuck with 6 whole cloves
  • 1 white turnip, cut in half
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS

Heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium saute pan, add the leek and carrots, and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute and set aside.

Meanwhile, place the lentils, 4 cups of water, the onion with the cloves, and the turnip in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes, or until the lentils are almost tender. Remove and discard the onion and turnip and drain the lentils. Place them in a medium bowl with the leek and carrots, and add the butter.

Meanwhile, whisk together the 1/4 cup of olive oil, the mustard, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Add to the lentils, stir well, and allow the lentils to cool until just warm, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve. The longer the lentils sit, the more salt and pepper you’ll want to add.

*www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten

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My New Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

INGREDIENTS:
  • 8 tablespoons of salted butter
  • ½ cup white sugar (I like to use raw cane sugar with a coarser texture)
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour (more as needed – see video)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (but I always add a little extra)
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips (I use a combination of chocolate chips and chocolate chunks)

PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Microwave the butter for about 40 seconds to just barely melt it. It shouldn’t be hot – but it should be almost entirely in liquid form.
  • Using a stand mixer or electric beaters, beat the butter with the sugars until creamy. Add the vanilla and the egg; beat on low speed until just incorporated – 10-15 seconds or so (if you beat the egg for too long, the cookies will be stiff).
  • Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until crumbles form. Use your hands to press the crumbles together into a dough. It should form one large ball that is easy to handle (right at the stage between “wet” dough and “dry” dough). Add the chocolate chips and incorporate with your hands.
  • Roll the dough into 12 large balls and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes until the cookies look puffy and dry and just barely golden.Warning: DO NOT OVERBAKE. This advice is probably written on every cookie recipe everywhere, but this is essential for keeping the cookies soft. Take them out even if they look like they’re not done yet (see picture in the post). They’ll be pale and puffy.
  • Let them cool on the pan for a good 30 minutes or so. They will sink down and turn into these dense, buttery, soft cookies that are the best in all the land. These should stay soft for many days if kept in an airtight container. The cookies can also be frozen.
NOTES from Lindsay at Pinch of Yum:
The 3 most important things about this recipe are 1) melting the butter, 2) adding enough flour, and 3) not baking for too long.

If you find that the dough is wet and it REALLY sticks to your hands, you probably need a little more flour. This is important otherwise you’ll have flat cookies. I’ll usually add a few tablespoons at a time to get it to the right consistency. See video in post for reference. You should be able to roll the balls of dough between your hands without any issues.

*www.pinchofyum.com
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