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Easy Beef Brisket with Homemade Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Easy Beef Brisket with Homemade Bourbon BBQ Sauce


Whew, it's Friday! Has it been a week or what? Well, I have an amazing recipe to share with you today! The most delicious, easy beef brisket recipe plus my super easy homemade Brown Sugar Bourbon Barbecue Sauce. Trust me - you will never buy barbecue sauce from the store again after trying this!

I have to give a quick shout out to my husband. He and I tag teamed these recipes - he put together the brisket and I owned the barbecue sauce. We wanted these recipes to be really easy, and relatively hands-off. I was imagining having this in the oven before a football game, wrapping it up and taking it to a tailgate. Which, by the way, we totally plan to do this fall!


Since the brisket and the barbecue sauce both have the same flavors, they compliment each other so well when served together!

By the way, can you tell that I'm obsessed with Brown Sugar Bourbon? It is soooo good! I love a splash of it in my coffee on the weekends, and you might remember it from my Pina Colada Cake and Mint Julep Cupcakes. Grab a bottle and cook through all of these recipes with me - more to come! (hint hint, it might involve pumpkin spice!!!)



Easy Beef Brisket: 

5 lb Beef Brisket
1 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika
1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoon Ground Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon Sea Salt
1 Cup Worcestershire
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar Bourbon 

Combine all of the above, paprika through Brown Sugar Bourbon, in a small bowl. Rub onto both sides of the brisket. Wrap the brisket and refrigerate overnight. Meanwhile, prepare the Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce below!

Preheat the oven to 260 degrees F. Place the meat on a rack in a roasting pan, fat side up. Pour excess juices/liquids into pan. Cook for 1 to 1.5 hours per pound of meat. Flip the meat over once, about halfway through cook time. The meat is done cooking when it has reached 180 degrees F, as measured by a meat thermometer. Wrap the meat in foil, turn the oven off, and then place the foiled brisket back into the now off oven for at least an hour. 

Serve hot, with the Brown Sugar Bourbon Barbecue Sauce below!


Brown Sugar Bourbon BBQ Sauce: 

1/2 Onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, diced
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1/3 cup Molasses
2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire 
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1 Tablespoon Dijion Mustard
1 teaspoons liquid smoke
1/8 teaspoon Chili Powder
3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, simmer together the onion, garlic, and Brown Sugar Bourbon for about 10 minutes or until the onion because translucent. 

Add the remaining ingredients, ketchup through brown sugar to the saucepan. Stir well to combine, and then bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.  

Allow the sauce to cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate overnight. The flavors will continue to come together as it sits, so it will taste even better the next day!

If you prefer a chunky barbecue sauce (like me!), serve as is. If you prefer a smooth sauce, run the sauce through fine mesh sieve. 

Serve with the above brisket recipe, chicken, fries - this sauce will taste amazing with pretty much anything!


 




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Easy Lemon Risotto

Easy Lemon Risotto


It's no secret that I love risotto. Like loooooove risotto. It's such an easy and delicious comfort food recipe, and is the perfect side dish idea for pretty much any meal.

About six months ago I shared my Parmesan White Wine Risotto recipe, and you guys went crazy over it, and have been asking for more risotto recipes to try. So today I'm sharing my easy lemon risotto recipe!

This fresh and zesty risotto is the perfect spring or summer risotto recipe, but you bet I'll be making it year round! As a main dish, serve this lemon risotto topped with asparagus, peas, or zucchini! Or if you're serving it as a side, pair it with a roasted chicken or Lemon and Garlic Baked Salmon.




You'll notice that this recipe calls for a dry white wine. A few examples of dry whites are Sauvignon Blanc, Albarino and Chardonnay.

There's no need to splurge on a really expensive bottle of wine for this recipe, but I always recommend buying a bottle that you'll enjoy drinking, because you will definitely taste a hint of the wine flavor in the risotto. (Side note: the wine completely cooks out, so this a kid friendly recipe!)

I usually opt for a bottle in the $10-$15 range, like this Waterbrook Chardonnay, and pour two glasses. One for the risotto, one for me!


Ingredients:

1 shallot, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups arborio rice
3/4 cups dry white wine (see note above)
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon cream cheese
1 lemon, zested
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 green onions, chopped

Directions: 

Bring chicken stock to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer. Heat butter and olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, then add shallot and garlic and let cook until translucent. I finally invested in this saucepan, and it makes such a huge difference!

Add the rice to the shallot mixture, tossing to coat. Toast the rice for about 3-5 minutes, then add wine. Simmer over medium-low heat until the wine is almost evaporated.

Add the broth one cup at a time, continuing to stir until all the liquid is almost absorbed before adding more. Once all the broth has been added and cooked into the rice, remove pan from heat and stir in parmesan, salt, pepper, thyme, cream cheese, and lemon juice and lemon zest. Serve sprinkled with green onion!






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Asparagus, Ham & Gruyere Crustless Quiche

Asparagus, Ham & Gruyere Crustless Quiche


I love a good and easy weeknight dinner idea, don't you? We always seem to be scrambling, and between meetings, activities and early kid bedtimes, we just need a quick dinner recipe that everyone will love. This crustless quiche is also a healthy low-carb meal idea, and tastes just as indulgent as a traditional quiche recipe! Win, win, win!

I also love this quiche for brunch. It's easy to make the day ahead (even a few days ahead!), so I can bake a fun dessert or focus on mixing cocktails. Scroll to the bottom - I've listed some of my favorite brunch recipes at the bottom of the post to help round out your meal!


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You can really use whatever meat and veggies you like - quiche is so versatile! I'll often just throw leftover veggies in, because why not! When I set out to make this crustless quiche recipe I knew that I wanted to use asparagus. We're just heading into asparagus season, and I looooove asparagus, and am always looking up easy asparagus recipes so I can take full advantage!

You'll notice below that for the first time, I've included "step by step" photos for this recipe! I realized as I was writing it out that it was hard to describe in just words what the process looks like, so I snapped a few pictures along the way! Hopefully that's a helpful reference as you make this at home!


Ingredients: 

1 lb asparagus, washed, ends snapped off and cut into bite-sized pieces
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon butter
6 eggs
1 cup half-and-half
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups gruyere
5 oz ham steak, diced
3 scallions, white and green sections

Directions: 

In a medium pan, cook the asparagus and garlic in the butter over medium heat until the asparagus is fork-tender. Season with a little extra salt and pepper. Once asparagus is done cooking, set aside, and start preheating the oven to 350 F.

In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Set aside.

Transfer the asparagus as well as the ham into a greased 9" tart dish, pie dish, or an 8x8 casserole. By doing this first, we can be sure that all of the meat and veggies are evenly distributed. Top with the shredded gruyere, and then with the chopped scallions.


When I was growing up and helping my mom in the kitchen, she would always ask me "If you got that piece, would you be happy?" as a way to help make sure I evenly distributed ingredients throughout a casserole, cobbler, whatever it was! It's funny, but I think of that literally every time I make a recipe that requires even distribution of ingredients haha! Would I be happy with that piece? No, it needs more asparagus!


Pour the egg mixture evenly over the layered ham, asparagus, cheese and scallions. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the very middle of the quiche is just a little wobbly in the middle if you gently shake it. It should not be wet, but just have a little movement and the top will be golden brown. Allow to cool before serving - I actually prefer my quiche cold, which means I can make this the day before! 





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Strawberry Basil Crostini

Strawberry Basil Crostini


One of my favorite meals of all time is just a table full of appetizers. It's such a fun way to get bites of a lot of different flavors, and everyone can decide how little (or how much!) they want to eat! A few weeks ago I shared super delicious Fig, Brie & Prosciutto Rolls, which are perfect for an appetizer party! And today's recipe are these seriously delicious Strawberry Basil Crostini. A perfect mix of sweet from the fruit and savory from the cheese, your guests will never want cocktail hour to end!


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I'm so excited to serve these crostini at spring picnics, summer brunches and Mother's Day! Can I tell you a secret though - I'm not usually a fan of goat cheese. Or stronger cheeses in general. But in these, I'm obsessed. I use cream cheese mixed with the goat cheese to soften the flavor, and it's beyond delicious. With the strawberries and basil - total perfection! But honestly I also ate the leftovers it on its own with crackers!






Ingredients: 

1/2 half cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honeyA fresh baguette
4 oz herb and garlic goat cheese, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 bunch fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
12 strawberries, thinly sliced

Directions:

Combine the balsamic vinegar and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir continuously, for about 5 minutes or until the mixture is thickened. Allow to cool completely.

Combine the goat cheese and cream cheese in a medium bowl with a spatula. Slice the baguette, and toast in the oven at 350 for about 5 minutes if you'd like the bread to be toasty, but keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn. Spread each piece of bread with a generous amount of the cheese, and top with the sliced strawberries and basil. Drizzle the balsamic blaze over each piece just before serving. 




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Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwich


Grilled cheese sandwiches are my weakness. I can say no to most pasta, most cakes, most cookies, but put a grilled cheese sandwich in front of me, and it's game over!

These sandwiches are a seriously delicious and easy dinner idea that everyone in the family will enjoy. Perfect for those busy nights when you're juggling soccer practice and play rehearsals, or when you just feel like taking it easy!

Serve with homemade tomato basil soup and a green salad for a total meal, or serve on their own for a super simple yummy option.




I love that when things have Italian in the name, they seem so much fancier. These are a bit fancier than the average grilled cheese, but I promise they're just as easy! Just a few extra ingredients make all the difference, believe me!

This sandwich is made super delicious with the addition of basil, caramelized onions, fresh tomatoes and gooey provolone and parmesan cheeses. You can add some crispy pancetta or ham for some extra protein too!


Makes 4 sandwiches

Ingredients:

8 pieces rustic bread
8 slices provolone cheese
4 slices parmesan cheese
12 leaves fresh basil
1 tomato, thinly sliced
1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions: 

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove onions to a plate.

For the sandwiches: layer the provolone, parmesan, basil, tomato and onion inside the two pieces of bread. Butter the outside of each sandwich. Cook the sandwiches in the same skillet as the onions over medium-low heat until the outsides are toasty brown, and cheese is melted. Serve with tomato basil soup!



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Fig, Brie & Prosciutto Rolls

Fig, Brie & Prosciutto Rolls


Sometimes my best ideas happen very randomly. A few weeks ago I was at the store, looking for some snacks for a girl's night. I saw fig jam, my brain started to go wild, and these fig, brie and prosciutto rolls were born!

What I love about these rolls is that they're delicious, obviously, but they're also incredibly quick and easy to throw together! The flavor combination makes them taste really fancy too, so the fact that they take about 5 minutes of hands-on time can be our little secret!


This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled depending on how many people you're wanting to serve. I recommend about two rolls per person, because trust me - nobody will be happy with just one!


Makes 8 Rolls

 Ingredients: 

1 package classic crescent rolls (I used Pillsbury)
4 tablespoons fig jam
5-6 slices prosciutto, diced
8 pieces of brie, about 1 inch squares, 1/4 inch thick
Honey to drizzle

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 375, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Separate dough into 8 triangles. Spread about half a tablespoon of fig jam on the larger end of the triangle, top with prosciutto and slice of brie.

Roll each triangle, starting at the larger end of the triangle, rolling to opposite point. Place rolls on the prepared baking sheet and bake 11-13 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm and bubbly, drizzled with honey.



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