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Bourbon Hamburgers May 31, 2013

Filed under: Main Dishes & Sandwiches — Hopp Diva @ 10:01 am
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I just made these on a whim last night and they were fantastic!  I had some venison burger thawed out and I would not have changed a thing with the recipe.  If you do not care for venison burger then use a very lean cut of burger (no more than 8 grams in a 4 oz patty).  All the alcohol is cooked out but the blending of flavors is wonderful and they are perfect for the warm weekend we are to have here in the Mitten.  Enjoy!!!!  For comments/questions email ramona@gmail.com

Bourbon Burgers

1 teaspoon  instant coffee crystals

1 teaspoon  unsweetened cocoa powder

3/4 teaspoon  chili powder

1/8 teaspoon  salt

1 tablespoon garlic

1 tablespoon  whiskey/bourbon or water

1 pound  ground venison

4 ciabiatta rolls or kaiser rolls toasted

In a medium bowl, combine coffee crystals, cocoa powder, chili powder, garlic and salt . Stir in whiskey or water. Add venison; mix being careful to not over mix. Shape into four 1/2-inch-thick patties.

Grill to your likeness, let set off heat for 5 minutes to retain juices.

Top with  tomato slice, red onion, and/or pickles. Add bun tops. No need for katsup .



Maple Bacon Biscuits May 20, 2013

Filed under: Bread & Muffins,Breakfast — Hopp Diva @ 11:05 am

I’m sure when you first read the title of this recipe or you read the face book post you probably thought I went off the deep end or at least went of the reservation!  But alas I did not.  What I did was take an awesome recipe and make it a bit lower in fat but the biscuits still  had wonderful flavor!  I chose to use Pioneer Biscuit Mix but you can use what ever your favorite mix is.  You follow the typical recipe but add just a couple of things to get the maple, bacon flavor.

When you are adding the liquid they require, replace some of that with 1/4 cup of good maple syrup.  Just before the biscuits are totally  mixed  together (be sure not to over mix or they will be tough), f0ld in some turkey bacon bits or other bacon bits by Oscar Mayer (I gave these a great review in one of my earlier blogs).

Roll out the biscuits and cut with a thick round 2″-2.5″ cookie cutter.  Bake according to directions on box.  As the biscuits bake make a maple glaze to brush on the biscuits when them come out of the oven.  Be sure to serve warm, although they warm up nicely for eating later.  I omitted the glaze and used them for BLT’s and my husband was a very happy man!

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract



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