Apple, Gorgonzola, and Bacon …. Salad

So … the bacon caught your attention didn’t it ?? It also slightly distracts you from the word salad. Do not let the fact that this sounds healthy fool you. It’s ridiculously delicious and easy to make. Don’t worry about the dressing either …. because you can make your own if you’d like. I’ll post that recipe here on this post as well. It makes a great summer dinner. You can throw some cubed chicken on this puppy as well 😉

 

Apples-and-Bacon-with-Maple-Vinaigrette

Ingredients: (serves two hungry people)

  • 4 Cups Baby Spinach
  • 8 Slices of Bacon fried till crispy, and then crumbled
  • 3 Medium Red Apples of choice, chopped
  • *optional* 8 to 10 Strawberries
  • 3/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts
  • 3/4 Cup crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese, or Feta may be used as well.

Dressing:

  1. 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  2. 4 Teaspoons Golden or White Balsamic Vinegar
  3. 2 Teaspoons Dijon Mustard
  4. *optional*  1/2 teaspoon Stone Ground Mustard
  5. 2 Tablespoons of Real Maple Syrup …. you can use the others but its sweeter so be prepared
  6. Salt and Pepper to taste
  7. Mix in a small mason jar or anything you have for dressing and shake shake shake …. boom.

Because you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to make a salad , my only instructions will be …. fry that bacon up first and set aside. Mix all the dressing ingredients … shake and refrigerate. Then throw all that good salad stuff together and put as much dressing on as you like. You can always make more ….. and you will because its soooooooo good.

 

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Grilled Apple and Brie Sandwich

Oh it’s not fancy and it’s not hard to make … and if you like Brie then you will love this for lunch !!!!

      Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of bread – I used the Italian that I have to cut myself because I like my bread a little thicker 🙂
  • Brie sliced up enough to cover the slice of bread
  • 5 thin apple slices – again enough to cover the slice of bread
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • chopped walnuts – or pecans
  • butter

Directions:

  1. Place a little butter in the pan and warm up the apple slices for a minute or two and set aside
  2. Butter up one side of each slice of bread
  3. Place butter side down in your pan on low to medium heat
  4. Cover the slice with the Brie, then evenly spread the brown sugar on the Brie.
  5. Sprinkle on a few walnuts to your liking and then place apples on top.
  6. When both sides  are well browned remove from heat and cover for a minute or two to make sure all cheese has melted.
  7. Cut in half and totally enjoy ………..mmmmmmmmm !!!

Mom’s Apple Pie

    

 

I know it’s not fall yet, but as I hide inside from the heat in the blazing A/C I can pretend. Oh and that isn’t just one of those cutesy recipe titles…… it’s REALLY my mom’s Apple Pie. I highly suggest you give it a try. Now that she gave it to me I plan on making it this weekend. I never eat apple pie anywhere but at my parents house because …. well  honestly it isn’t as good anywhere else. So go get some apples and make a mess in your kitchen …. it’s hella fun and makes your house smell delicious !!!!!               Thanks mom 🙂

Get started….

Pie Filling Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of apples  (7 medium apples or 6 large )
  • 1-1/4 cup of white sugar
  • 1-1/4 teaspoon on cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon on lemon juice
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of ginger (optional)
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons of flour
  • 4-5 pats of butter for topping

Pie Crust Ingredients:    (you can use store bought but it just isn’t the same as doing it yourself)

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of oil (extra virgin olive oil works the best)
  • pinch of salt
  • wax paper
  • 1 egg white

This recipe will make both top of bottom of pie crust but very thin. If you want a thicker pie crust double the above crust recipe.

 

Directions for filling:

    1. Peel apples and slice to your liking. Large slices will stay firm while thinner slices will become softer during baking.
    2. Place apple slices and all other pie filling ingredients (except the pats of butter) into a large bowl and mix until well blended.

 

Directions for crust:   (now is the time to preheat oven for 400* )

        1. In medium bowl mix all ingredients with fork until mixture becomes moist. Then by hand, mix until you can form into a  ball.  Mixture should be moist (not dry and flaky). If dry, add a little either more oil or milk
        2.  Break into two equal balls of dough.
        3. Drop one or two drops of water on surface used to roll out the pie crust. (this will hold wax paper in place)
        4. Place sheet of wax paper large enough to exceed size of your pie pan on your prepared surface
        5.  Take one ball of dough pat down and flatten by hand to approximately 6 inches in diameter or bigger.
        6.  Place second sheet of wax paper on top the flattened dough (by rolling between wax paper on flour is needed to roll dough and it makes it easier to place the dough into the pie pan.
        7. Take rolling pin and roll out dough until large enough to fit your pie pan. Ensure you have exceeded size of pie pan to accommodate pie pan edges
        8. Peel off the top wax paper from your rolled pie crust
        9. Carefully pick up the pie crust and wax paper
        10. Flip over so crust is inserted in the pie pan (center to ensure crust covers entire pie pan)
        11. Take fork and poke pie crust bottom a few times
        12. Brush the egg white on the bottom of the crust I it keeps the bottom from becoming soggy)
        13. Place pie filling in pie shell and dot the top with the few pats of butter
        14. Roll the second ball of dough out the same way for the top pie crust
        15. Place on top of filled pie pan and pinch edges together to seal the crust or use a fork and press down entire edge
        16. Brush top crust with a very light amount of milk or cream (just a very very light coat or it will make your crust soggy)
        17. Sprinkle top of crust with sugar (about a tablespoon)

Bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes. Crust should be golden brown and you will see apple filling bubbling. Now call and invite me over. Let cool and cut. Awesome 😉