Air Fryer Pizza Dogs

A while back ( almost a year ago to be exact) I made some rather tasty pizza hot dogs. I wanted to tweak it a bit and instead of cooking them in the oven, use the air fryer because, well, I really love this handy appliance. I’m still learning my way around it, yes still even after all these months. These pizza dogs were definitely a winner. If you like pepperoni pizza and hot dogs, then you will surely find this a keeper. The hot dogs have been cooked in the air fryer for that grilled taste, then smothered in pizza sauce with Italian seasonings, layered with pepperoni and cheese… all nestled in a lightly toasted hoagie roll. It was really hard to eat just one. Another plus is this can be done in less than 30 minutes.

Here’s what you need:

*hot dogs; I used the all beef kind

*hoagie rolls; I found that regular hot dog buns were too small but you can use what you prefer

*sliced pepperoni

*pizza sauce

*Italian seasoning

*shredded cheese; I used a pizza blend

Preheat the air fryer at 400°

Place the desired amount of hot dogs into the air fryer. Follow the link to air fryer hot dogs for the amount of cooking time. When the hot dogs are done, wipe out the basket and set aside the hot dogs, take care because the basket will be hot.

Open up a hoagie roll and spoon some of the pizza sauce on the inside of the roll.

Place some of the pepperoni in a layer down the middle.

Then lay a hot dog on top of the pepperoni.

Next, spoon more pizza sauce over the hot dog, then sprinkle on a small amount of the Italian seasoning.

Top with desired amount of cheese.

and finally, add another layer of pepperoni on top of the cheese.

Place the hot dogs into the air fryer basket.

Mine would fit 3 at a time. Depending on the size of the basket, you might have to make these in batches if you are making more than the basket can hold.

Cook at 400° for 2 minutes then check the hot dogs to see how fast they are toasting. Also, I did have a few pepperoni that blew off a little from the cheese, but it was easy to place them back on. Once the cheese starts melting I did not have any more issues.

Continue cooking for another 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the rolls are toasted as desired.

*Note*

Cooking time might vary depending on the brand and size of the air fryer.

Carefully take out the pizza dogs and serve.

Midtown Deli

This little building houses one of the best deli places in my city, well, at least in my opinion anyway. I know what you might be thinking….what’s so special about a deli shop? Not only do they have some of the best sandwiches around, but it’s also a place that has fully opened since the pandemic. It’s a place that not only can you go to to get a great bite to eat, but it’s also a feeling that a sense of normalcy is slowly starting to return.

When you step inside you can hear the happy chatter of friends, family and newly acquaintance’s just enjoying a moment of sitting down and sharing simple, yet delightful food together….still respecting social distancing of course.

This place has your typical deli sandwiches, salads, wraps and sides, but some with a southern twist. There’s the homemade jalapeno pimento cheese sandwich. It tastes like your southern grandma used to make for family luncheons, but with a slight kick of jalapenos and dressed with fresh tomatoes on your choice of toasted bread. Then you also have the grilled sliced meatloaf with mayo and ketchup on your favorite bread.

There is also my favorite, the crab cake sandwich.

I mean look at that…. it’s a tender pan fried crab cake packed full of flavor, on a lightly toasted bun with remoulade sauce. Don’t worry, you can add as much or little of that tasty sauce as you want. I must confess, I can’t get enough of that stuff…. as you can see.

A deli spot wouldn’t be complete without a club sandwich.

This beauty is stacked with turkey, ham, bacon and swiss cheese with a basil mayo that makes this one not your ordinary club.

There are burgers, and wraps that you can make your own from the long list of meats and breads to choose from.

To finish things off, there is an amazing pecan caramel chocolate brownie…. just one of their tasty desserts.

I think I know where I’m going for lunch soon.

I hope you have a favorite little deli place that you can visit even during these times. It might seem trivial to some, but I’ve always found that food can be such a powerful thing. It can heal, it can bring bittersweet memories of times gone by and things yet to come. It can bring family and friends together even during the hardest of times. It truly does feed the soul. So yes, a little deli spot might be simple, but it can mean so much more.

I hope you go out and find your favorite food memories or moments. I hope you take a moment to explore and find or create something that feeds your soul as well.

Chicken Paprikash

This is a dish that I learned to cook way back when I started cooking. I’ve tweaked it a bit over the years, but it’s still that same comforting dish that reminds me of the days when I would cook dinner for my mom and dad. They would come home from work and dad or mom would help out in the kitchen if I needed some finishing touches on the meal. We would all sit at the table together and just enjoy the moment of simply being together at the end of the day.

This is not authentic, but it still has that same rich flavorful sauce. I usually use boneless chicken breasts, but this time I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead. I also added bacon, which is not in a traditional Chicken Paprikash, but I wanted that smokiness that you can get from the bacon….. not to mention….well…I love bacon in just about anything. This is great served with rice on the side to soak up all of that delicious sauce, or even pasta.

Here’s what you need:

*Boneless, skinless chicken thighs

*4 slices of bacon, cut into pieces

*3 TBS flour divided (2 TBS to coat the chicken and 1 TBS for the sauce)

1/2 tsp salt or more to taste

*2 TBS butter

*1 small onion, chopped

*1 small green bell pepper, seeded and chopped

*1 TBS olive oil or canola oil if needed

*2 large garlic cloves, minced

*2 TBS paprika; I recommend using a good quality, nothing expensive, but the better the quality, the better the flavor

*1 3/4 cups chicken broth; I used Better Than Bullion

*1/3 cup sour cream or more to taste

*Parsley to garnish; I used dried because it was what I had on hand, but you can use fresh

30 minutes before cooking, take chicken out of the refrigerator and dry with paper towels; set aside.

Heat a large pan on medium high heat and add the bacon pieces.

Stir frequently until bacon browns. If the bacon starts to cook too quickly, turn the heat down to medium. With a slotted spoon, remove the bacon from the pan and onto a small paper towel lined bowl to drain; set aside.

Pour off the bacon fat from the pan except for 1 TBS; add butter to the pan and turn heat up to medium high once again.

In a large zip top bag, combine 2 TBS of flour and the salt. Add the chicken and shake to coat all sides. Take out the chicken one piece at a time, shaking off any excess flour and place into the pan, repeat with the remaining chicken that is in the bag.

Cook for about 3 minutes or until chicken turns a deep golden color, turn over and cook the other side until it browns.

You only want to sear the meat, not cook it. It will continue cooking in the sauce.

Remove the chicken and set aside.

Add the onions, bell pepper and garlic to the pan. If there is not enough oil in the pan to brown them, add in the olive or canola oil.

Turn the heat down to medium if the pan appears too hot. Frequently stir the vegetables until they are soft, about 3 minutes, be careful not to burn the garlic.

Add the bacon back to the pan and cook a few seconds more.

Add the paprika and the remaining flour, stir to combine for about 2 to 3 minutes.

Paprika can burn easily so be sure to keep stirring.

Slowly stir in the chicken broth.

Stir until the broth and the paprika flour mixture is well combined and the sauce slightly starts to thicken.

Place the chicken into the sauce.

Cover and simmer until chicken is cooked thru and the sauce has slightly thickened even more, about 20 minutes.

Take the chicken out of the pan. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the sour cream.

Add the chicken back into the sauce and garnish with parsley.

Serve over rice or noodles.

Enjoy!

Bacon Cheeseburger Omelet

After making the English Muffin Cheeseburgers and hubby and I devoured them, we had a lonely little hamburger patty leftover. It was morning and I really didn’t feel like another burger, much less for breakfast, but I didn’t want that to go to waste, so what was a girl to do? Throw it in some eggs with bacon and cheese for a delicious omelet. Think of a bacon cheeseburger, with a dollop of ketchup rolled into an omelet. This was one very filling and satisfying breakfast.

Here’s what you need.

This was for one serving, but you can double to make more

*1 cooked hamburger patty

*2 eggs

*2 tsp. butter

*2 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled

*1/4 cup shredded cheese + more for on top of the omelet

*salt and cracked pepper to taste

*ketchup (optional)

Heat the burger patty in the microwave or in a small pan just until warm and chop into small pieces; set aside.

Heat a medium pan over medium heat and melt butter. In a small bowl whisk together the eggs and pour into the pan; add salt and pepper to taste.

Let the eggs sit for a minute then using a silicon spatula, lift the edges of the egg while tilting the pan to allow the uncooked portion of the eggs to run to the edges of pan.

When the eggs begin to become firm, add the burger patty pieces on top of the egg.

Then sprinkle on the cheese.

Next add the bacon, trying very hard not to eat it all before it goes onto the egg, then add a few dollops of ketchup.

This is optional, but I like ketchup on my burger and some like it on eggs, so I thought why not add it inside.

Carefully fold the egg in half over the meat mixture and carefully slide it onto a plate. Sprinkle some more of the cheese on top.

Serve and Enjoy!

English Muffin Cheeseburgers

I love a good cheeseburger and I’m always trying to find a way to make them a little different. These cheeseburgers came about when we had some leftover English muffins. Why not replace the usual hamburger bun with an English muffin? The result was a simple, but tasty burger smothered with melted, gooey American cheese, topped with ketchup, tangy mustard and pickles all nestled between a toasted English muffin. You can’t go wrong with that.

Here’s what you need:

*1 LB ground beef

*1 TBS Worcestershire sauce

*1 1/2 tsp. onion powder, or more to taste

*1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, or more to taste

*1 tsp. paprika

*1/2 tsp salt

*cracked pepper to taste

*sliced cheese; I used white American cheese

*English muffins

In a large bowl combine ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper.

Form into 4 patties.

As you can tell, my patties are never perfectly round, but I think that’s what gives them a little character.

Heat a cast iron pan to medium high heat. Add the patties to the pan.

Cook for about 5 minutes then turn them over.

Cook for another 3 minutes for medium rare burgers or 5 minutes for medium burgers. If the burgers seem to be getting too done too fast, turn the heat down to medium.

Place the cheese on each patty and cook for another minute or 2 until cheese melts.

Take the patties out of the pan and place on a plate, tint with foil to keep warm.

Toast the English muffins.

Place the hamburger patties on the English muffins and top with your favorite hamburger toppings.

Serve and enjoy!

Mini Chicken Quesadillas

Hubby and I love quesadillas. They’re easy to put together and you can add just about anything you love. When I recently came across these mini street flour tortillas, I knew I had to try them out.

I filled these pillowy soft tacos with some leftover rotisserie chicken flavored with some herbs and spices then topped it with lots of shredded cheese. These are quick to put together, especially if you are in a hurry to get dinner on the table. Pair it with refried beans and rice and you have a full meal.

Here’s what you need:

*1 package of mini flour tortillas; I used Missions street tacos (flour tortillas)

*2 cups diced chicken such as rotisserie chicken; you can also use unccoked diced chicken

*1 TBS canola or olive oil

*1/2 tsp. onion powder, or more to taste

*1/2 tsp. garlic powder; or more to taste

*1/2 tsp. dried oregano, or more to taste

*1/4 tsp. chili powder, or more to taste

*1 tsp. dried cilantro

*1/8 tsp. salt or more to taste

*1 tsp. lime juice

*1 1/2 cups shredded cheese; I used a Monterrey Colby Jack blend

Preheat oven to 400°.

In a large pan, heat oil on medium high heat; add chicken. Cook for about 1 minute and add herbs and spices stirring frequently.

If cooking raw chicken, cook longer until the chicken is almost cooked thru, then add the herbs and spices. Cook another minute and add lime juice; set aside.

Place flour tortillas on a baking sheet. I chose not to fold these over, I wanted to encase the chicken cheese mixture in between the tortillas, so if you’re doing the same, keep enough tortillas that will become the top layer.

Spoon some of the chicken onto each tortilla.

Sprinkle on the cheese on top of the chicken.

Top with another tortilla.

Place into the oven for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and the tortillas start to lightly toast.

Serve while still warm.