Monday, October 5, 2009

Top Secret Recipe: Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken

Top Secret Recipe: Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken

Alice Springs chicken is one of the most delicious items on the Outback menu. It is a rich chicken breast layered with cheese, bacon and mushrooms – and the sauce is a sweet and sour sauce that is absolutely to die for. Here’s a recipe that will allow you to make your very own Alice Springs Chicken at home.

You’ll Need:

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons honey
6 strips of bacon
1 cup sliced mushrooms
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Small bit of olive oil

Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and brush with oil. Get the grill very hot before cooking the chicken, so that the sides sear a bit and caramelize. Cook the chicken for about 20 minutes or 10 minutes on each side. Ensure that it’s cooked all the way through. While the chicken is cooking, sauté the mushrooms in a bit of olive oil and fry the bacon slices until they’re just on the edge of crispy.

When the chicken is finished, place the mushrooms on top followed by the bacon and then sprinkle the cheddar and mozzarella cheeses on top. Place the chicken in the oven just long enough to melt the cheese.

Make the sauce by mixing the Dijon mustard with the honey. This is a delicious recipe that will impress friends and family! This is also a great recipe to make a day before any party. Simply prepare the chicken the day before and layer with the mushrooms and bacon. Leave the cheese off and then the day of, sprinkle it on top and pop the chicken in the oven for about 30 minutes or until it’s thoroughly reheated and the cheese is melted. The sauce can be made before as well, and stored in the fridge.


Friday, October 2, 2009

Top Secret Recipe: Stuffed New Potatoes

These delicious appetizers are served at many restaurants and individuals devour them! They are rich and tasty, and perfect for serving at any party or regular dinner. Below, you’ll find a top secret recipe that rivals any restaurant version and will go over extremely well with your family or with guests at your next get together.

You’ll need:

12 new potatoes, cleaned and rinsed
2 large eggs
2 tbsp mayonnaise
Small pinch chopped garlic
1 Teaspoon Parsley
2 Tablespoons finely chopped onions
1 Ounce caviar

First, place the eggs in a small pan, cover with water and boil for about ten to fifteen minutes. While the eggs are boiling, place the potatoes in a pot and cover with water. Season the water with salt and pepper and boil for about eight to ten minutes or until you can put a fork through the potatoes.

When the eggs and potatoes are done, dunk them in cold water to shock and cool them quickly. Once they’re cooled, take them out of the water. Peel the eggs and then use a small knife to cut a small hole in the tops of the potatoes. Scoop out the inside of the potatoes and reserve, ensuring that there is enough potato left to hold the stuffing. Grate the eggs using a cheese grater, and mix the eggs with the potatoes. Add the mayo, onions, garlic and parsley.

Season with salt and pepper and then stuff the new potatoes with the mixture. This is all you have to do! If you want to try a variation, sprinkle cheddar cheese on the tops of the potato and pop them in the oven for about five to ten minutes.

Friday, September 25, 2009

1. Top Secret Recipe: Jack in the Box Rice Krispies Shake

Jack in the Box is notorious for inventive and delicious foods, like their Rice Krispies milkshake. It sounds a bit ‘iffy’ at first, but upon trying it, individuals are more than surprised with how great it is. Below is a top-secret recipe that mimics the shake exactly.

The first thing you need to get is a good quality vanilla ice cream. The quality of the ice cream really does matter and the taste of the ice cream will affect the taste of the whole shake. Try a top quality ice cream like Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream to make this delicious shake with. You’ll need one cup of that ice cream, two tablespoons of milk, a tablespoon of marshmallow cream, and two tablespoons of the Rice Krispies cereal.

Mix together all of the ingredients except for the Rice Krispies. Stir or blend until it has a good, thick milkshake consistency. When you’ve reached this consistency, add in the Rice Krispies and stir again. This milkshake is absolutely delicious and if you’d rather not buy and use the marshmallow cream, you can use the Rice Krispy treat cereal instead. This creates a very, very similar milkshake without the need for the marshmallow cream.

Create your own variations of this milkshake by experimenting with the ingredients. Use chunks of actual Rice Krispies treats, blend in a bit of extra vanilla for a richer flavor, or make it a bit tangy with a few tablespoons of citrus juice like orange, lime or lemon. The only way to really get the best out of top-secret recipes is to experiment with them and make them your own! Enjoy.

Monday, January 12, 2009

5 Cooking Tips the Pros Don’t Want You to Know

Cooking can be a lot of fun. You can make beautiful masterpieces at home, that look just like the pros. There are a lot of professional cooks who do not want you to learn the secrets, because you now can make beautiful and wonderful tasting dishes from the comforts of your own home, and save yourself a lot of money on food.

1. You do not need to cook with expensive wine just to make a dish fancy. The most important thing to know about cooking with wine is that you need to cook down the wine by simmering it so that you do not have the rough alcohol taste, yet just the flavor of the wine.

2. A simple way to give your recipe a little zip is to add a small amount of lemon juice, or even a little lemon zest. A little can go a long way, so do not add too much. This can make your boring recipes a lot more flavorful. It is always nice to have a couple of lemons handy at all times when you are cooking.

3. Wait to season your sauté mushrooms at the end of baking them. The salt in most seasonings will take out any liquid of the mushroom and they will only boil in their own liquid. If you want to keep the flavor in your sauté mushrooms, wait for the seasoning till the end.

4. Serve your family the fruit that is in season. This is important because you will get such a better quality than when they are not in season. Select recipes that include the fruit in season. You will also get a better deal on them at the grocery store because they have so much more of them.

5. Do not be afraid to make a mistake. What is going to make you a better cook is trial and error. We are all going to make mistakes, but learning from your mistakes will only make you a better cook. Adjust recipes accordingly and even create your own recipes. This will make you one of the pros.

There are a lot of secrets from the pros that you can learn to be a better cook. It is going to take some time, and you can even take cooking classes locally to make yourself a better cook.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Importance of Using Quality Ingredients While Cooking

Cooking in the home can be a lot of fun. You can also learn a lot by cooking for your family and friends. It is a skill that a lot of us would like to master, and with a little practice, you can be cooking like the pros. The choice of ingredients you choose to use in your recipe can make that little bit of difference to put your food above the rest.

While you may just be trying to save a little money at the grocery store, it is important to use quality ingredients when you are cooking something. Even if the ingredients in the generic products you purchase are the same, they can often be diluted and not even have the same flavor as the original.

You also want to purchase your ingredients fresh. After they sit in your cupboard for awhile and are still sealed, they still may become stale. Purchase your groceries from a local grocery store that you can trust. This way you are know the freshest ingredients available.

Use the right ingredients according to the recipe. Some recipes taste so good for a reason, and using anything other than the ones instructions will jeopardize the flavor. Make sure that you are using the ingredients you should be to get the best recipe possible.

It is also important to use those high quality ingredients at the correct temperature that the recipe calls them for. If your recipes asks for eggs, make sure they are large, and let them warm up to room temperature for about 15 minutes before adding them into your recipe.

You want to impress others with your recipes. Cooking food at home can be a lot of fun, as well as you can allow others to see your creativity with food. You are able to show off your skills to others. You can make this happen by using high quality ingredients in all of your recipes.

Some of the basic things you need to remember is to keep your ingredients fresh, do not buy generic brands in your grocery store, and to shop for a store that you can trust the quality from. All this tips can help you be a better cook with better quality and tasting food.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Low-Fat Top Secret Recipes

Todd’s at it again – ‘clone chef’ Todd Wilbur is best known for providing his Top Secret recipe books, letting us all know the secrets to making some of our favorite restaurant and fast food yummies. However, learning how to make an exact replica of a Big Mac or Wendy’s Frosty may not be that attractive to someone who is dieting or watching their caloric intake. Well, he’s jumped in and saved the day for all of us who are watching what we eat – with ‘Low-Fat Top Secret Recipes.’

This book lets readers learn how to create some of the best low-fat foods available, such as:

- Gardenburgers
- Nabisco Honey-Maid Graham Crackers
- Reduced Fat Oreo Cookies
- Entenmann’s Light Low-Fat Cinnamon Rolls
- And more!

However, the greatest thing about this book is that Todd shows us how to take some very delicious but fattening foods and create a low-fat clone. In fact, most of the low-fat recipes come within a hair of tasting exactly the same – while some come out better than their originals.

This is a great book for people who must keep track of their diets and still want to enjoy the delicious fast foods they love. Learn how to make great foods like the McDonald’s Egg McMuffin, Wendy’s Chicken Caesar Fresh Stuffed Pita and Bennigan’s Buffalo Chicken Sandwich. This would make a great gift for anyone who loves to cook and would like to make their own low-fat versions of popular foods.

Note: While most of Todd’s recipes are known for how little work is involved, there are a few extra steps to some of the recipes in this book. For instance, you must use colored paste and extras to create the perfect looking oreo! However, it’s worth the little bit of extra work to create these great treats. Complete with information regarding each recipe and nutrition facts – this one is a must-have!

Photo: Simon Howden

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Starbucks Copycat Recipe

If you love the delicious treats available at your local Starbuck’s and would like to learn how to create them at home, here’s a great start. Taken from Gourmet Sleuth, this Caramel Scone recipe is absolutely delicious! Make this for yourself or share with friends and family!

3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsalted or salted butter (or margerine)
3/4 cup half and half or light whipping cream
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt (if unsalted butter is used)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup milk (for best results use whole milk)
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup butterscotch baking chips
1/3 cup butterscotch baking chips, fine chopped (use food processor)
1 egg white, slightly beaten
Confectioner's (powdered) sugar (optional)

Preheat oven to 425 F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place flour and butter in a medium mixing bowl, combine with your fingers to a coarse meal consistency. Add sugar, baking powder and salt (if used) combine well. Stir in cream, vanilla and egg, blending well to form a soft dough.

Scoop mixture onto baking sheet. Brush tops with beaten egg white; sprinkle ground butterscotch chips over top. Bake until browned - 16-18 minutes. Dust with confectioner's sugar when cool.
Consider making this for the next special occasion and watch family and friends go crazy for it. It’s very close to the real thing and you’re sure to enjoy it!


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