Jalapeño Skillet Corn Bread

Corn bread is the perfect side dish, especially in the fall, and with chili. It’s crumbly and sweet which pairs so beautifully with spicy main dishes. I like a skillet cornbread because the crispy edges are my fav. I took a spin off of this Food Network Skillet cornbread and made it my own ft. bacon fat and jalapeños (obvi makes it 10 times better). Make using your grandma’s cast iron skillet, or one that you thrifted, like me.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Slices of Bacon
  • 2 Jalapeños, finely diced
  • 1 1/4 Cups Coarsely Ground Cornmeal
  • 3/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 TSP Kosher Salt
  • 2 TSP Baking Powder
  • 1/2 TSP Baking Soda
  • 1 1/3 Cup Buttermilk
  • 2 Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 TBSP Unsalted butter, melted.
  • 1 TBSP Honey

Let’s Get Cooking

Preheat the oven to 375F

Grab your cast iron and begin cooking your bacon on MED heat. Cook the bacon until done and remove and set aside. [We only need the bacon fat so if you want to eat it, give it to the dogs, or even through it in the cornbread if you so wish, do what you want].

Keep the bacon fat in the cast iron and place it in the hot oven.

In a large bowl mix together the cornmeal + flour + sugar + salt + baking powder + baking soda. Add in the butter milk + eggs + melted butter. Add in the jalapeño’s and mix well.

Carefully grab the hot cast iron and pour the batter into the skillet. Place back in the oven and cook for about 25-30 minutes.

After removing from the oven, drizzle the honey over and brush to coat the top of the cornbread. Once cool, cut and enjoy.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Dill Potatoes

I planted a small herb garden on my patio, my very small patio. One of the herbs, dill began to completely take over, in a good way. I decided that I needed to use some to clear up some space and let its herb neighbors grow. I had some potatoes in the pantry and found this recipe from the Kitchn which is a Ukrainian Dill Potato recipe. I edited the recipe a bit, I prefer a crunchy potato with the grassy dill. This is a perfect summer side.

Ingredients

  • 1-2 Large Potatoes, cut into cubes
  • 2 TSP Duck Fat [optional]
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Dill
  • Salt

Let’s Get Cooking

After cutting the potatoes into cubes, boil in salted water until a fork can pierce them easily, but does not fall off.

Preheat the oven to 420F. Place the par-boiled potatoes on a baking sheet and toss with the duck fat. Roast in the oven for about 25-30 minutes.

Once the potatoes are done, place in a bowl and toss with the olive oil, salt, and chopped dill.

It’s as easy as that!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Salt & Vinegar Smashed Potatoes

Salt and vinegar potato chips are my absolute favorite. I tend to eat them until my mouth is completely destroyed. I’ve been into smashed potatoes lately, crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. I figured making salt and vinegar smashed potatoes is like being able to eat potato chips for dinner. This is my own creation from messing around in the kitchen and I wanted to maximize the vinegar flavor, that’s why I used 3 different. To get the best flavor, I feel that you at least need the white vinegar and the apple cider vinegar.

Ingredients

  • 4-5 Dashes of Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 TSP + 1/4 Cup White Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar [ACV]
  • 5-6 Small Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • Salt

Let’s Get Cooking

Dig through your yukons and pick out a few of the smaller ones. Boil water, enough to cover the potatoes. Heavily salt the water and add in the red wine vinegar + 1 TSP of white vinegar.

Once boiling, add in the potatoes and boil for about 15-20, until they can be pierced with a fork but do not immediately slide off, you don’t want them all the way cooked or they won’t smash well.

Preheat the oven to 425F and line a baking sheet with foil. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them and place on the foil. Lightly smash the potatoes with the back of a fork. Brush the potatoes with 1/4 Cup of ACV, making sure you’re saturating the potato. Bake for about 10 minutes then pour over the white vinegar and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until the edges have browned and get crispy.

Crack some coarse sea salt over top and enjoy!

Always Hungry,

Hannah

Butternut Squash with Pomegranates & Goat Cheese

Butternut squash has really grown on me, I used to hate squashes. But I have noticed that when you roast the squash it takes on all new flavors. I found this recipe by Kelly from Eat The Gains. I love goat cheese, so I just figured it would add something extra to this roasted squash.

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Butternut Squash, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 TSP Garlic Powder
  • 1 TBSP Coconut Oil, melted
  • 1/2 Cup Pomegranate Arils
  • 1/2 Cup Goat Cheese
  • Salt + Pepper

Dressing

  • 2 TBSP Lemon Juice
  • 1 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 TBSP Fresh Rosemary, chopped

Let’s Get Cooking

Preheat the oven to 375F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Toss the cubed squash with coconut oil + garlic powder + salt + pepper, make sure all is coated evenly. Spread out on the baking sheets and bake for about 30-40 minutes, stir once around 20 minutes. Make sure the squash is fork-tender before removing from heat.

Mix together the dressing ingredients and add salt + pepper to taste. Transfer the finished squash into a baking dish and stir in the dressing. Add in the pomegranate + goat cheese and mix to combine.

Then, enjoy!

Always Hungry,

Hannah

Brussel Sprouts with Pistachios & Lime

With Thanksgiving coming up this is a perfect side dish to share with your family. Or if you are doing this year on your own, it’s a good side to have alone. This recipe is from last year’s Thanksgiving edition of Bon Appétit. I loved it when I tried it, the pistachios give a great crunch and a bit of salt to balance out the sweetness of the honey.

Ingredients

  • 2 LB Small Brussel Sprouts, trimmed
  • 3 TBSP Vegetable Oil
  • 3 TBSP Unsalted Butter
  • 3 TBSP Raw Pistachios
  • 2 TBSP Date Molasses/Honey
  • 1 TSP Honey
  • Zest of 1/2 Lime
  • 2 TBSP Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 TSP Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt + Pepper

Let’s Get Cooking

Preheat the oven to 450F and move a rack down to the lower 3rd of the oven. Toss the chopped brussel sprouts with oil + salt + pepper. Roast the brussel sprouts for about 15 minutes, shake the brussel sprouts to loosen them from the pan and then continue to roast for another 5-10 min.

Reduce heat to 350F and cook for another 10 minute or until a fork is able to easily slide through.

While the brussels are cooking, melt the butter in a large skillet on medium heat. Add in the pistachios + salt into the pan and cook for about 4 min or until browned. Remove from heat and place on a paper towel. Chop coarsely afterwards. Make sure you cook them whole and then chop after and don’t do it like me. If you cook them already chopped they will burn easily.

In the same pan, add in the honey + date molasses/honey + lime juice and simmer over medium heat. Add in 1 TBSP of water and swirl to emulsify. Add in the cooked brussel sprouts and toss to coat.

Pour into the serving dish, top off with the pistachios + lime zest + red pepper flakes + salt.

Serve with lime wedges if you’d like & enjoy!

Always Hungry,

Hannah