Category Archives: Side Dishes

Sauasage Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Zucchini BoatsHere is a great idea that can be a side dish or your main entree.  It’s also a great low carb recipe.  You can bake them in the oven or as I prefer grill them.

Ingredients:

4 Medium Zucchini
1 Pound Ground Sausage
1 Medium Onion Diced
1 Medium Bell Pepper Diced
2 Cloves Garlic Minced
1 Whole Tomato Finely Chopped
1 Tsb Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
1 Tbs Oregano
1 Tbs Basil
1 Tbs Salt
1 Tbs Pepper

Directions:

Cut the zucchini in halves, take a spoon and scrape out the inside so they look like boats. Chop the inside you scraped out into fine little pieces and set aside. In a skillet put a little oil in the pan and sautee sausage, onion, bell peppers, garlic, tomato and the interior of the zucchini. Sautee for approximately 8 minutes until the sausage is done. Transfer to a mixing bowl, combine with oregano, basil, salt, pepper, worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese. Spoon into the zucchini and place in oven at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes until done or place on grill and grill them until done, approximately 15 minutes.

 

 

Grilled German Potato Salad

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How about a great side dish that goes with anything.  Nothing like a potato salad but this one is German style with no mayonaise.  You can make this by cooking the potatoes on your grill or simply by boiling or microwaving them.  I like it on the grill because it gives it a better taste.  Here you go:

Ingredients:
 
3 large potatoes approximately 3 to 4 pounds
5 strips of bacon cooked and chopped
1/2 medium onion chopped
2 hard boiled eggs chopped
3 cloves of garlic minced
1 tsb parsley
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tsb spicy brown mustard
salt and pepper
 
Directions:
 
If cooking potatoes on grill rub olive oil on them and place on grill and cook until done about 1 hour.   If boiling or microwaving cook them until they are done.  In a seperate glass combine vinegar, olive oil, garlic, and mustard.  Allow potatoes to cool before chopping into bite size pieces.  In seperate mixing bowl add potatoes which have been cut into bite size pieces, bacon, onion, parsley, and the dressing.  Mix together until well blended.  Add hard boiled eggs, salt and pepper to taste and mix well.  You now have a side dish which will go with anything.  Cheers !!!

Grilled Peppers With Bacon And Cheese

IMG_1388It’s been a long summer and I haven’t posted a new recipe in a while.  Well these grilled stuffed peppers are amazing and not for the vegetarians out there.  Its quite simple and can be an appetizer or side dish.

Ingredients:
 
8 red bell peppers cut in half
1 1/2 pounds of bacon fried and chopped
1/2 of a medium onion diced
1 cup of jack cheese shredded
1 cup mozarella cheese shredded
1 bootle of beer
olive oil
 
Directions:
 
Cut peppers in half and discard the inside and seeds.  It is very important to keep the stem on.  ( you will know why in a second)  Rub olive oil on the outside of the pepper, place on heated grill and pour some beer inside (this is why you kept the stem on so the beer stays inside.  You have to now drink the beer you didn’t use, no beer wasting !!   Grill peppers about 15 minutes until they begin to feel soft.  In seperate bowl combine bacon, onions, and cheeses.  Mix well and stuff into the inside of the peppers.  Grill approximately 5 minutes until the cheese is hot.  Remove and serve.  Oh Yeah !!!!  CHEERS !!!

Sauerkraut Salad

IMG_1307Today we had a family dinner for Memorial Day.  My mom brought a great side dish and reciepe.  This is a great side dish for a cook out and if your a sauerkraut lover you will most certainly love this version of sauerkraut salad.  Here is my mom’s recipe:

Ingredients:
 
1 qt sauerkraut drained
1 small onion chopped
2 stalks celery chopped
1 bell pepper chopped
1 large carrot chopped
4 oz pimantos drained and chopped
1 tbs mustard seed
1 1/2 cup white sugar
 
Directions:
 
In large bowl, mix together all ingredients.  Regrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving, CHEERS !!!!
 

Maryland Style Potato Salad

IMG_1299This Memorial Day Weekend I have been experimenting with potato salad.  I am looking to perfect a recipe to send it into a contest where the top 20 recipes will be invited to Las Vegas for a potato salad competition where the winning prize is 5 thousand dollars.  I am coming close with this Maryland version to use.  I can’t decide whether to add bacon and pickles to this recipe or leave it as it is now.

Ingredients:
 
3 lbs of potatoes boiled, peeled and diced
2 hard boiled eggs cooked, peeled and diced
1/2 medium onion diced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tbs spicy mustard
1 splash worcestershire sauce
1 tbs oregano
1 tbs parsley
1 tbs old bay seafood seasoning
 
Directions:
 
Place potatoes and hard boiled eggs in large serving bowl.  In seperate mixing bowl mix together all the remaining ingredients.  Add the ingredients into the potatos and mix thoroughly.  You now have a great side dish with a taste of the Chesapeake Bay.  CHEERS !!!

Bacon Jalapeno Deviled Eggs

IMG_1296Deviled eggs are one of the most popular side dishes for a cook out.  If you would like a different twist on this classic try my bacon jalapeno deviled eggs.  They are awesome and give this old classic a new kick.

Ingredients:
 
12 large eggs, hard boiled and peeled
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tbs spicy brown mustard
1 tbs white vinegar
2 tbs salt
1 jalapeno seeded and chopped
4 slices bacon, cooked and crushed into bacon bits
 
Directions:
 
Slice the hard boiled eggs in half and remove the yolk into a seperate mixing bowl.  Mash the yolks with a fork.  Add mayonnaise, vinegar, spicy mustard, salt, jalapenos and bacon bits.  Fill each egg hole with mixture.  Chill until ready to serve, CHEERS !!!

Perfect Memorial Day Weekend Redskin Potato Salad With Bacon

IMG_1293Everyone has cook outs on Memorial Day weekend.  One of the most popular side dishes is potato salad.  Here is my version which is kicked up with bacon.

Ingredients:
 
2 lbs of red skin potatoes
6 slices bacon cooked and crushed into bacon bits
3 hard boiled eggs finely chopped
1/2 cup  green onions chopped
1/2 cup celery chopped
1/2 cup sour creme
1/2 cup mayonaise
2 tbs parsley
4 tbs salt
2 tbs pepper
1 pinch of paprika
 
Directions:
 
Place potatoes in large pot, cover in water and boil until potatoes are soft, approximately 15 to 20 minutes.  Drain potatoes and let cool.   Dice potatoes into small chenks.   In large mixing bowl,  add potatoes, bacon bits, hard boiled eggs and mix well together.  In seperate bowl add sour creme, mayonaise, parsley, salt, pepper.  Add the dressing to the potato mixture and combine all the ingredients.  Sprinkle the top with paprika for presentation.  Refrigerate the potato salad until cold.  CHEERS !!
 

Sauteed Swiss Chard with Bacon and Parmesan Cheese

IMG_1273Want something different and amazing as a side dish.  Swiss Chard known as summer spinach is outstanding and quick and easy to prepare.  Juicing it up with bacon and parmesan cheese makes it even more awesome.

Ingredients:
 
2 large bunches of swiss chard with stems and center ribs cut out and chopped
2 tbs butter
2 tbs olive oil
1 small onion minced
4 cloves garlic minced
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
4 strips of bacon chopped into bacon bits
2 tbs salt
2 tbs pepper
1 tbs crushed red pepper
 
Directions:
 
In large skillet fry bacon until crisp, remove bacon.  Remove bacon fat from skillet.  Melt butter and olive oil together over medium heat.  Stir in onion and garlic and cook until soft, approximately 2 minutes.  Add the swiss chard and cook until it reduces down and becomes tender,  approximately 5 minutes.  Add the parmesan cheese, bacon bits, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper.  Stir all ingredients together and you now have an amazing side dish for a summer barbeque.  CHEERS !!!!

Red Neck River Rat Beans

IMG_1215How about something different than the same ole canned baked beans.  These beans are slow cooked with plenty of ingredients to make a side dish for a barbecue sure to give it a kick.  I use the beans that come in the bag but you can use canned beans if you want.  Like always remember that measurements are suppose to be approximate, always mix to your taste.

Ingredients:
 
24 oz of pinto beans
1 large onion diced
3 strips of bacon cut into small pieces
1/2 pound of sirloin steak cut into small chunks
1 fresh tomato diced
1 ham hock
2 jalepano peppers diced
2 12 oz cans of beer
4 cloves garlic minced
salt/pepper
 
Directions:
 
If using beans in the bag, soak and follow directions to prepare.  Once beans are soaked and ready or you have taken your canned beans and put them in a pot add all of the above ingredients and simmer for at least 2 hours.  Remove the ham hock and cut all the meat off and add to the beans.  Continue to simmer another hour.  Now you have some beans that are kickin !!!!!  CHEERS !!!  
 
 
 
 
 

Mark’s Bangin Mac And Cheese With Bacon

IMG_1116Looking for a way to prepare mac and cheese that’s juiced up and bangin.  Try my version of Bangin Mac And Cheese With Bacon.

Ingredients:
8 strips of bacon
12 oz elbow macaroni
1/2 cup green onions
1 cup sour creme
1 cup milk
12 oz velveeta cheese
12 oz shredded cheddar cheese
butter and olive oil
salt/pepper to taste
 
Directions:
In seperate pan fry bacon until crisp.  Remove bacon to paper towel for later.  In large pot boil the noodles until soft and drain in a colindar.   In seperate pan melt butter and add olive oil until the bottom of the pan is covered.  Add green onions and cook until soft approximately 1 minute.  Add milk and sour creme and bring to boil stirring occasionaly.  Add the velveeta and cheddar cheese and simmer until cheese is melted.  In baking dish add the noodles and pour some olive oil into the noodles and stir so they don’t stick together.  Pour the cheese mixture into the noodles and mix well.  Take the bacon and smash into bacon bits and stir into the mac and cheese.  In preheated oven at 350 degrees bake for approximately 10 minutes.  You will now have mac and cheese with a kick that everyone will love. CHEERS !!!