Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches

We seem to eat a lot of sandwiches in my house. I think just about anything can be put between two slices of good bread and turned into something really satisfying. This is one of those. If you like the classic chicken parmesan dinner, then this is your go to sandwich. The chicken is breaded in a tasty coating then pan fried until crispy on the outside but juicy on the inside. It’s topped with marinara sauce, cheddar and mozzarella cheese and nestled between two lightly toasted buns. It makes a great lunch or dinner, especially when paired with chips or crispy fries.

Here’s what you need:

*sturdy hamburger buns

*2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut in half (this will make 4 servings)

*3/4 cup flour

*1 cup panko bread crumbs

*1 1/2 tsp. onion powder

*1 1/2 tsp garlic powder

*1/2 tsp salt

*1/2 tsp cracked pepper

*2 tsp dried basil

*1 tsp. dried Thyme

*2 tsp oregano

*2 tsp. dried parsley

*1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

*2 eggs, beaten

*soft butter

* olive or canola oil

*shredded mozzarella and cheddar blend cheese

*marinara sauce

Warm the marinara sauce and simmer until ready to use.

Place chicken breasts 2 at a time in a sealable bag and pound until even thickness.

This makes a great stress reliever. I also noticed while doing this, hubby never seems to venture into the kitchen….maybe I get a tab bit carried away?

In a shallow bowl or rimmed plate mix flour, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

In a second shallow bowl add the beaten eggs

In a third shallow bowl or rimmed plate mix panko bread crumbs, basil, Thyme, oregano, parsley and parmesan cheese.

Dredge chicken in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess flour.


Then dip the chicken into the eggs.

Finally, dredge the chicken in the panko mixture coating both sides.

Heat a cast iron pan on medium high heat (you do not have to use cast iron, but I do not recommend a non stick pan because you will not get a good sear on the chicken). Add just enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan. When the oil is hot, slowly add the chicken.

Turn down the heat to medium and cook 3 to 4 minutes. Turn the chicken over and cook another 3 to 4 minutes or until chicken is golden brown and no longer pink on the inside. Remove the chicken and drain on paper towels if needed. Do not let the chicken sit too long on the paper towels or the coating will not be as crispy.

While the chicken is cooking preheat the broiler.

Place the hamburger buns on to a baking sheet. Spread a thin amount of butter on to the tops of each bun.

Place the chicken on the bottom half of the bun.

Spoon some of the marinara sauce over the chicken.

Then top with desired amount of cheese.

Place under the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the tops of the buns are lightly toasted.

Place the tops of the buns over the cheese and serve.

Air Fryer Chili Cheese Hot Dogs

I made these last year in the oven, but I wanted to see how they would come out in the air fryer. They did not disappoint. They came out really tasty. The hot dogs were juicy and smothered in cheesy chili. The hot dog buns even toasted nicely. The bonus is that it took half the time to cook in the air fryer than it does in the oven. I did use canned chili and I’m not a huge fan of canned chili. I usually make my own, but this saves a lot of time when you want to throw together a quick meal and maybe because it’s all hot and melted together, the chili is right tasty. I did cook the hot dogs by themselves first. I wasn’t sure if they would get done cooked with everything on it and not to mention they cook for a shorter time than in the oven. I want to add a little side note here. My post a while back on air fryer hot dogs is the most pinned and has the most views than any other post on this blog….. a little hot dog…. can you believe it. I feel so happy my that little dogs has made it.

Here’s what you need to make your own chili cheese hot dogs:

*hot dogs that have been precooked, I cooked mine in the air fryer (Air Fryer Hot Dogs)

*sturdy hot dog buns; I find that hoagie rolls work better

*1 can of chili; I used Hormel without beans.

*ketchup to taste

*mustard to taste

*shredded cheese; I used a cheddar Colby Jack blend

If you cooked the hot dogs right before preparing these, there is no need to preheat the air fryer, but if you did not, then preheat the air fryer at 400°.

Spread desired amount of ketchup and mustard on the inside of the bun.

Place a hot dog in each bun.

Spoon some of the chili over each hot dog.

Then add the desired amount of cheese over the chili.

Place the hot dogs into the fryer basket.

I was able to place 3 hot dogs at a time. If you are cooking more, cook them in batches.

Cook at 350° for 3 minutes. Check to see if the cheese is melted and the buns are toasted. If not cook about 1 minute more.

*Note*

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

Carefully take the hot dogs out of the basket and serve.

Patty Melt with Bourbon Whiskey Onions and a Kicked Up Burger Sauce

The patty melt. What’s not to love about a patty melt. It’s a delicious combination of a burger and a luscious grilled cheese. It’s typically served on rye bread with sautéed onions, but a nice white bread tastes just as good. It’s been a diner staple for years and it really doesn’t get the credit it deserves. It’s like the under dressed burger when looked upon for the first time, you might not think much of it, but then you take that first crunchy, juicy cheesy bite, you soon realize that this is truly the star of the show.

For me the patty melt is not only a total indulgent comfort food, but it also reminds me of my dad. When I was a kid if my mom had to work late or wanted a girls day out with friends, he would take me to one of our special places for dinner. I call them special places, but really they were the Kmart café way back when….yes it shows my age and don’t knock it the food was good from what I remember…and a little mom and pop burger place not far from where we lived. He introduced me to my first patty melt there at that burger place. It was so simple but oh so good. This patty melt is no different… ok a little different. On the outside it might look like a typical patty melt, but it packs a tasty delectable punch. It has that same juicy patty that has been smashed a little thinner like a regular patty melt with the melted cheesy goodness of swiss and Colby Jack. It’s topped with onions that have been simmered and caramelized in bourbon whiskey, butter and brown sugar. Then there is the burger sauce, a slightly spicy, creamy sauce that adds just enough kick to send this melt over the top. Just when you didn’t think it could get any better, it’s all nestled between two slices of buttery grilled Texas toast. Now I’m really wanting another patty melt.

Here’s what you need to make your own:

This was for 4 burgers

*Texas toast; 2 slices per burger

*2 TBS butter

*sliced swiss cheese, 1 slice per sandwich

*sliced Colby Jack cheese, 1 slice per sandwich

For the Bourbon Whiskey Onions:

*1 medium onion, chopped

*2 TBS butter

*1 1/2 TBS bourbon whiskey

*1 1/2 tsp. brown sugar, or more to taste

*1/2 tsp. salt or more to taste

*cracked pepper to taste

For the Kicked Up Burger Sauce:

*1/4 cup mayonnaise

*1 TBS. Dijon mustard

*1/2 tsp. chipotle chili powder or more to taste

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

*1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

For the Patties:

*1 1/2 lbs ground beef

*1 TBS Worcestershire sauce

*2 tsp. onion powder

*2 tsp garlic powder

*cracked black pepper to taste

*1/2 tsp. salt

For the onions:

In a medium sauce pan add all of the ingredients for the Bourbon whiskey onions.

Stir all of the ingredients together and heat on medium high heat until the onions start to cook, then turn the heat down to medium low. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until the onions are soft and turn a golden brown, stirring often. Taste and add more salt if needed.

For the Burger sauce:

In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients and stir well to blend together.

Refrigerate until ready to use.

For the Patties

In a large bowl, place in the ground beef and the rest of the ingredients for the burger patties.

Mix until combined, but do not over mix or the patties will not be as tender; form into 4 patties.

Heat a large cast iron pan to medium high heat. When the pan is very hot, add the patties to the pan.

With a spatula, press down on the patties to flatten them out a bit.

Cook for about 3 minutes and flip them over and continue to cook another 3 minutes or until the patties are done.

Remove from the pan and set aside.

Wipe out the pan but it’s ok to leave some of the drippings behind if desired.

Heat the pan on medium heat and add 1 TBS of butter.

After the butter has melted place 1 piece of bread for each sandwich into the pan.

then assemble the patty melts by adding a slice of the swiss cheese.

then a hamburger patty

a slice of Colby Jack cheese

Spoon on some of the onion mixture on top of the cheese.

Then slather on some of that delectable sauce.

And lastly, top with another slice of bread. When the bottom bread is toasted, add another tablespoon of butter and gently turn the sandwich over.

Continue cooking until the other side of the bread is toasted as well.

Carefully turn the sandwich over with the sauce and onions right side up and place on to a plate.

Serve while still warm and enjoy!

Air Fryer Crescent Dogs with Bacon

We had some leftover hot dogs from when I made the air fryer pizza dogs so you probably know me by now that I can’t let anything go to waste, so once again I’m turning to the air fryer. This time I made Crescent dogs….. with bacon. These make a fun lunch or dinner instead of the same old hot dogs. I know I need to practice on my dough wrapping skills for sure, but these are super easy and they do not take long to make. Another plus is the bacon….need I say more? You can also cut the hot dogs in half to make mini crescent dogs for appetizers.

Here’s what you need:

*hot dogs

*1 tube of refrigerated crescent rolls; to wrap the whole hot dog I used 2 triangular crescent roll dough pieced together so if you are making more than 4 dogs, you will need 2 tubes (each tube contains 8 small triangles).

*1 slice of bacon per crescent dogs, cooked until semi crisp

Preheat the air fryer at 370°

While air fryer is preheating, unwrap the crescent dough and separate each triangle. Take 2 triangles and pinch them together at the seem to make one larger rectangle. Take one slice of bacon and break into pieces and place the pieces onto the dough.

Next, take one hot dog and lay it horizontally across the top of the dough.

Roll the dough around the the hot dog.

I like leaving the ends of the hot dogs out, but you can form the dough to enclose them if you prefer.

I was afraid that the dough would bake into the holes of the basket of the air fryer, so I placed a piece of parchment paper inside.

My air fryer came with these niffty round ones with holes, but you can cut a sheet of regular size parchment to fit the inside of the basket.

Place the crescent dogs in the basket leaving a space in between each one so they will cook on the sides and so they will not stick together.

I had to do 3 at a time.

Cook for 4 minutes, then turn them over and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes or until the dough is cooked all the way through and the hotdogs are cooked as well.

*Note*

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

Carefully remove the crescent dogs and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

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.

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!

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes. It is one of my favorite childhood sandwiches. Mom would always serve them with sliced cheese on top and a fork on the side so all of that delicious, saucy meat that fell off the bun and onto the plate never went to waste. It’s so simple yet so satisfying even to this day. These are great for lunch or dinner with fries or chips on the side.

Here’s what you need:

*1 lb. ground beef

*1 small onion, chopped

*2 garlic cloves, minced

*1 TBS. brown sugar

*1 tsp. chili powder

*2 tsp. paprika

*2 tsp. onion powder

*2 tsp. garlic powder

*1 tsp. mustard

*1/2 tsp salt or more to taste

*2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

*2 8oz. cans tomato sauce

*1 tsp. white wince vinegar

*hamburger buns or any other desired rolls.

Heat a large pan on medium high heat, add the beef and break apart as it starts to brown. When it starts to brown, add onion and garlic.

Continue cooking until beef is brown and the onions are tender; drain if needed.

Lower the heat to medium and add the in all of the ingredients except the tomato sauce and the white wine vinegar.

Stir to combine and cook for about 1 minute. Pour in the tomato sauce and the white wine, stir and reduce the heat to medium low.

Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until thickened to your liking; stir occasionally.

Spoon beef mixture onto hamburger buns or rolls.

BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers with Sautéed Onions

I was craving a burger over weekend and really wanted to come up with a burger that I have never made before. As I was looking thru my pantry for some ideas, I found a bottle of BBQ sauce. Well, then I knew what I had to make and this is that burger. It has a nice juicy beef patty topped with melted American cheese, bacon, BBQ sauce and sautéed onions. If you are looking for a burger that you can eat on the go or while you are busy multitasking, this is not that burger. I will warn you, this is a bit of a messy burger, but it is so worth the use of extra napkins.

Here’s what you need:

*1 small yellow onion, chopped

*1 TBS butter

*1 tsp. olive oil

*1 LB or ground beef ( I used an 80% to 20% meat to fat ratio)

*1 1/2 TBS BBQ sauce (I used KC masterpiece original, but you can use any kind)

*1 TBS Worcestershire sauce

*2 tsp. onion powder

*cracked black pepper to taste

*1 tsp. salt + more for the sautéed onions

*bacon, 2 slices per burger, cooked

*sliced cheese; I used white American cheese.

*ketchup (optional)

*mustard (optional)

*sliced dill pickles (optional)

*hamburger buns

Heat a small sauce pan to medium high heat; add butter and olive oil.

Add the onions and salt to taste to the sauce pan.

Cook for about 1 minute, then turn the heat down to medium low. Continue cooking for about 15 to 20 minutes stirring occasionally until onions become soft and a light golden brown.

While onions are cooking, in a large bowl add ground beef, BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, pepper and salt.

Mix until combined, but do not over mix or the patties will not be as tender.

Form into 4 patties making an indentation in the middle. This will help the patties to cook evenly; set aside.

Heat a large cast iron pan to medium high heat. When the pan is very hot, 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.

Remove from the pan and place on the bottom slice of the hamburger bun. Add bacon, onions, BBQ sauce, pickles, ketchup, and mustard. I will admit, I forgot to take a picture of building the burger, but I was so hungry for this that I completely forgot.

Top with the the other half of the hamburger bun and enjoy!

Grilled Chili Cheese Sandwiches

Whenever I think of a chili cheese sandwich, I think of my dad. If we had chili leftover from hot dogs, he would use the hot dog chili to make chili cheese sandwiches. He would assemble them and then put them in this big, heavy sandwich press, almost like the kind you used to see at deli and sandwich places way back when. It toasted the bread so crispy, and the cheese turned out so gooey. I loved those. To this day I still make them, but the sandwich press died a long time ago so I use a griddle instead. These sandwiches are so simple to make and so comforting on those cool days when you want something a little different. This also pairs great with your favorite tomato soup.

Here’s what you need to make your own:

*Left over chili preferably with out beans such as hot dog chili

*sliced bread, 2 slices per sandwich

*mustard to taste (optional)

*ketchup to taste (optional)

* shredded or sliced cheese; I used a Colby Monterey Jack blend

*butter

Heat a griddle or large pan to medium high heat.

Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread.

Place a slice of bread, butter side down on to the griddle.

Spread some of the chili over the bread.

Add mustard or ketchup, or both on to the chili.

Layer the cheese on top.

Top with remaining slices of bread, butter side up.

Cook for about 5 minutes or until the bread turns golden brown. carefully turn the sandwich over.

With a spatula, press down on to the sandwich to flatten it a bit. Continue cooking until the bottom id golden brown and the cheese has melted.

Serve and enjoy!

Breakfast Bagel Sandwich

This breakfast bagel sandwich was a result from being stuck in the house in quarantine. I was trying to find something different to use up my last few bagels. This is a nice hearty breakfast with crispy bacon, eggs loaded with cheese and a schmear…. yes, I said schmear… of cream cheese all on a toasted everything bagel. Now I’m thinking I might buy some more bagels just so I can make more of these tasty breakfast sandwiches.

Here’s what you need to make your own:

*bagels; I used everything bagels

*2 slices of bacon per sandwich

*2 eggs per sandwich

*salt and pepper to taste

*1 tsp. butter

*1/4 C. shredded cheddar cheese per sandwich + plus more for the inside top of the sandwich

*spreadable cream cheese, to taste

Toast the bagel, then split in half; set aside.

Preheat oven or toaster oven ( I used the toaster oven) to 400°

Cook bacon until crisp, drain on paper towels and set aside.

Heat a medium non stick pan to medium heat and add the butter.

In a bowl, whisk the eggs until it becomes slightly foamy.

Pour the eggs into the pan and add salt and pepper to taste. With a spatula, begin slowly pulling the outer edges of the eggs to the middle.

Keep pulling and stirring the eggs until they begin to set then add in the cheese.

Continue stirring until the eggs are cooked, but still soft and moist.

Place the eggs on the bottom half of the bagel.

Add the bacon on top of the eggs.

Sprinkle desired amount of cheese on top of the bacon.

Smear cream cheese to taste on the inside top half bagel.

Place on top of the bacon and cheese and put on a baking sheet.

Warm for about 3 to 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Serve and enjoy.