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Southern Style Chicken Nuggets

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My son loves chicken nuggets, he could eat them everyday. If I’m being honest, so could I! Today I’m making these Southern Style Chicken Nuggets. They are hands down the crispiest chicken nuggets you’ll ever bake! I’m soaking them in pickle juice over night and then I’m using a secret ingredient in the batter which really allows them to crisp up in the oven.

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Culinary Tales

Drunken Chorizo & Sage Dressing

I’m spending this week putting together my Thanksgiving recipes. To me Stuffing or Dressing is an absolute must . This Drunken Chorizo & Sage Dressing is one of my favorites! It’s completely full of flavor. Plus, it’s so easy to make! With only six ingredients and minimal steps!

Savory Chorizo

Heat a pan on the stove with olive oil. Add your Chorizo and one small chopped onion. Let it cook until the pork is brown and the internal temperature on it, is 165 degrees. Set your meat aside.

Drunken Chorizo & Sage Dressing

After you cook the chorizo, the “hard” part is over! Pre heat your oven to 350. In a casserole dish pour two boxes of “stuffing mix” in.

Add your melted butter and your beer! The beer gives the dressing flavor and the carbonation in it will actually help hydrate the bread cubes and minimize cooking time!

Next, add the cooked chorizo and your chopped Sage, mix well.

Bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes. This will cook the alcohol content out of the dressing. The dressing should be a nice golden brown color and not dry at all.

The beauty of this dressing is it takes about thirty minutes to cook, but you end with so much flavor guests will think it was roasted inside a turkey for hours!

Drunken Chorizo & Sage Dressing

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Serves: 6-8 Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Boxes of "Stove Top" Stuffing
  • 1 Cup of Light Beer
  • 1 Tbsp Sage
  • 1 lb Chorizo
  • 1 Small Onion (chopped)
  • 4 Tbsp Butter (Melted)

Instructions

1

Cook the Chorizo and Onion together in a sautee pan. Once it reaches 165 degrees, set aside.

2

Pour two boxes of "Stove Top" Stuffing mix into a casserole dish.

3

Add the beer and melted butter.

4

Mix in your Chorizo/Onion. Top with Sage.

5

Bake at 350 degrees for thirty minutes.

6

Make sure it has reached 165 degrees to ensure the alcohol has cooked off.

7

Serve and enjoy!

Culinary Tales/ Savory Vegetables

Caramelized Bacon & Green Bean Casserole

I’m making a classic, easy green bean casserole and adding one of my favorite ingredients! Bacon.. But, not just any bacon, Caramelized Bacon. In my opinion adding bacon to anything only makes it better. This savory Caramelized Bacon & Green Bean Casserole is very simple to make and the first side to go at any family dinner!

Caramelized Bacon

To make the caramelized bacon, take 3 Tbsp of Praline Pecans (basically glazed pecans – they can be found at most grocers) and crush them in the food processor. Next, pre heat your oven to 350 degrees. On a baking sheet spread your precooked bacon in a single layer. On top sprinkle the crushed praline pecans. Bake in the oven for just a few moments. Keeping a close eye so as not to burn them. Pull them out after about 3-5 minutes and allow them to cool. Chop bacon. Set aside.

Caramelized Bacon & Green Bean Casserole

This Casserole is really simple because it’s mainly all about assembling. Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees again.

In a large casserole dish add two-three cans of cut green beans.

Next, add a can of cream of mushroom soup and one cup of milk. Mix around thoroughly until the beans are evenly coated.

Cover the top of the casserole with fried onions.

Place your casserole in the oven for about twenty minutes. Turn it once halfway through. Sprinkle your caramelized bacon all over the top. Return to oven for an additional five minutes.

When the top of the casserole is golden brown it’s ready to go.

Remove from the oven and let cool for a few moments before serving!

Caramelized Bacon & Green Bean Casserole

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Serves: 5-6 Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2-3 cans of cut green beans
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 medium can of fried onions (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 8 pieces of precooked bacon
  • 3 Tbsp Praline Pecans
  • 1 cup of Milk

Instructions

1

To make the caramelized bacon, take 3 Tbsp of Praline Pecans - crush them in the food processor.

2

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. On a baking sheet spread your precooked bacon in a single layer.

3

Sprinkle the crushed praline pecans over top. Bake in the oven for 3-5 min. Allow them to cool. Chop bacon. Set aside.

4

In a large casserole dish add two-three cans of cut green beans.

5

Add a can of cream of mushroom soup and one cup of milk.

6

Mix around thoroughly until the beans are evenly coated.

7

Cover the top of the casserole with fried onions.

8

Bake for about twenty minutes. Turning once halfway through.

9

Sprinkle caramelized bacon over the top. Return to oven for an additional five minutes.

10

When top of the casserole is golden brown it's ready. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few moments before serving!

This Casserole can be thrown together at the last minute and it’s perfect for any holiday or family gathering! Be sure to check out the recipe for my Drunken Chorizo & Sage Dressing, because they pair insanely well together.