Cooking with Spirits

Cooking with Spirits

 Bourbon Seared Bacon Scallops with Avocado Creama

Bourbon Seared Bacon Scallops with Avocado Creama

Bourbon Seared Bacon Scallops with Avocado Creama

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Ingredients

16 scallops

5 strips bacon (I love black forest)

1/4 Cup and 2TBs of Bourbon

2 TBs Butter

1 ripe Avocado

Canola oil

Cilantro

1 Myer lemon or lime

1 bunch cilantro

Siracha

Directions

Layout some aluminum foil on a sheet pan.  Make sure the foil is up over the sides to prevent any bacon fat from leaking.  Lay the bacon on the sheet pan.  Brush with 2 TBs of bourbon.  Cook in a cool oven and bring up to 425 temps.  Once you put in the cool oven set timer for 20 minutes. 

In a food processor add the inside of the avocado, 5 springs cilantro (stems ok), juice of 1/2 lime or Myer lemon, 1/4 tsp salt, a dash of siracha and 4 TBs canola oil.  Mix for a while until smooth and creamy.  Taste and add more lime and salt if needed.

In a large saucepan add butter and 1/4 cup bourbon on medium heat.  When you have this amazing golden color of the butter and it’s fully melted add scallops and don’t touch.  Cook on each side for 2-3 minutes. 

Once the bacon is done remove and set on paper towels to drain the fat. Chop up 4 of them and have one for a snack :). 

Now for assembly.  Add seared scallop on a tasting spoon or plate then creama and top with crumbled Bourbon Bacon. 

It doesn’t get much better than that!!!

Gin Jambalaya

Gin Jambalaya

Gin Jambalaya

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Ingredients

4 chicken thighs

1 lb peeled shrimp

1 kielbasa, diagonally sliced

1 cup white rice

1 3/4  cup chicken broth

1/2 cup gin

1 small red onion, chopped

1 small yellow pepper, chopped

2 cloves garlic, diced

3 TBs creole seasoning

Olive oil

Lime

1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional)

 

Directions

Rub the chicken thighs with seasoning and set aside.  In a large saute pan on medium heat, add oil.  Once hot, add onion, pepper, and garlic and saute for 3 minutes or until onions are translucent.  Add the seasoned chicken and saute 3 minutes on each side.  Remove chicken and add Gin and scrape up all the yummies on the bottom of the pan.  Then add chicken broth and rice and stir.  Next, add chicken and kielbasa and cover.  After 15 minutes, add shrimp. Slightly stir until the rice fully absorbs the liquid.  Squeeze lime and top with cilantro. 

Enjoy.

 

Tequila Sunrise Cake

Tequila Sunrise Cake

Tequila Sunrise Cake

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Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour or cake flour is preferred
1 cup granulated sugar 
1/4 tsp baking soda 
1 tsp baking powder 
3/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
3 egg whites room temperature
1 tbsp vanilla extract 
1/2 tsp salt 
1/2 cup sour cream room temperature
1/2 cup whole milk room temperature
1/4 cup orange juice
3/4 cup tequila- separated into two 1/2 cup and 1/4 portions
1 orange zested
1 orange segmented 
1/2 cup frozen cherries
2 TBS brown sugar
 
For the Buttercream:

(Double if you would like to double layer the cake)
2 cups confectioners Sugar
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoons heavy cream
3 TBs Juice from orange with pulp
2 Tablespoons orange zest
 
Set oven to 350 degrees. Butter the sides of a cake pan and line with parchment paper.  In a mixing bowl mix together the dry ingredients, flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder.  In another mixing bowl, beat together the butter, sugar and orange zest for 3 minutes to ensure you get air into the butter mixture and the sugar mixes well.  Next, mix all the wet ingredients together, vanilla, sour cream, milk, orange juice, and 1/2 cup tequila.  Lastly, beat the egg whites for 5 minutes until firm. Mix all the ingredients together except the egg, then gently and slowly fold into the wet mixed ingredients.   This process will help make a fluffy cake batter. Separate into two circle cake pans if you would like to double layer the cake.  Add the batter into a cake pan with parchment paper and put it in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.  Check with a toothpick to make sure it’s cooked all the way through. 
In the meantime, in a bowl add tequila and mix in brown sugar, then add cherries and orange segments and let marinate.   
 
For the buttercream:
Mix together the confection sugar, butter, vanilla, heavy cream, and orange juice and mix for 7-8 minutes until completely smooth.  
 
Let the cake cool completely before decorating.  Take out the cake and flip upside down onto a pie plate.  Top with Orange Butter Cream and top with tequila marinated Orange Segments and Cherries, for an added kick add the marinate on top as well right before serving.

Baileys Black Forest Gateau Cupcakes

Baileys Black Forest Gateau Cupcakes

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Ingredients:
3 oz Baileys Original
3 sunken chocolate sponges
1.5 Cups double cream
Cherry or raspberry jam
12 fresh pitted cherries or tinned
Fresh cherries, chocolate flakes, curls and chunks

Directions:
Whip the cream with the Baileys
Cut the sponge into 24 circles to fit the holes in a muffin tin
Put a piece of sponge in each muffin case in the tin, press in extra crumbs to the fill the gaps
Add a pitted cherry and some jam, then another layer of sponge
Top with the delicious Baileys cream, fresh cherries, chocolate flakes, curls and chunks and a drizzle of jam. Heaven.

Baileys Almande Vegan Trifle

Baileys Almande Vegan Trifle

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Ingredients:
2 Cups vegan soggy cake, cut into 1-inch cubes
12 oz Baileys Almande
1.25 Cups Raspberries
1.25 Cups Blueberries
4 figs, sliced
3 x 12oz cans coconut cream
3 tbsps icing sugar
1 tsp Vanilla bean paste
4 tbsps each pistachios and flaked almonds, toasted. 

Directions:
Place the cake cubes in the base of a trifle dish and pour over Baileys
Lightly mash 1 Cup each of raspberries and blueberries with a fork and mix with 2 tbsps icing sugar
Beat cream with the remaining icing sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form
To assemble, spoon a third of cream over the cake cubes and top with half of raspberry and blueberry mixture
Top with a third of the sliced figs and scatter over a tablespoon each of the nuts
Spoon over another third of the cream and repeat with the fruit and nuts
Add final layer of cream and top with remaining whole berries, figs and nuts 
Serve and delight

Baileys Cake Pop Bouquets Cake Pops

Baileys Cake Pop Bouquets Cake Pops

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Ingredients:
3 Cups crumbly cake
2 oz Baileys
1/3 Cup butter
2/3 Cup icing sugar
1.25 Cups white chocolate, melted

Directions:
Crumble the cake until it resembles breadcrumbs. Pour over the Baileys and leave to soak
Make buttercream by beating butter with icing sugar until light and fluffy
Stir buttercream through cake crumbs and roll into balls
Thrust a lollypop stick into each ball and set in the fridge for at least an hour
Dip each pop into the melted chocolate and top with sprinkles. Set aside to dry and enjoy
 

Rum Bourbon Brownie Trifle

Rum Bourbon Brownie Trifle

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 Prep Time: 15 minutes, Cook Time: 35 minutes, Serves 10-12 people

 

Brownie Layer:

1 8 oz bag Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips

½ cup unsalted butter, 2 Tsp

½ cup white sugar

½ cup brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

¼ cup rum

2 eggs

¾ cup cake flour, 4 tablespoons flour

¼ tsp baking powder

⅛ tsp kosher salt (x 2)

 

Bourbon Carmel:

½ cup salted butter

1 8 oz jar homemade Caramel

¼ cup bourbon

 

Vodka Whip: 

3/4 cup heavy cream

1 tsp. vanilla

1 Tbs. vodka

1 tsp. powdered sugar

 

In a 8 inch brownie pan butter all sides with 2Tsp butter and then coat with 4 tablespoons flour.  In a double boiler melt chocolate and butter together. Once melted add the brown, white sugar and vanilla.  In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder and one part of the kosher salt. Remove chocolate mixture from heat stir in the rum and egg.  Next stir in the flour mixture to complete the batter. Pour mixture in the brownie pan and sprinkle the remaining salt on top. Cook for 25 minutes, remove and let cool.  

 

While the Brownies are cooking start with the caramel sauce.  In a medium saucepan melt the butter until golden, then add the bourbon and cook down for 2 minutes.  Next, add the caramel sauce and stir. 

 

To make the vodka whip: add cream, vanilla, vodka, and powdered sugar to a bowl and whisk vigorously until firm (you can also use a mixer or immersion blender).  Keep in the fridge until you are ready to serve. 

 

Once the brownies are cooled it’s time to make the layers.  

Layer a clear glass bowl or trifle bowl with brownies first, then caramel then vodka whip.  Then repeat the layers. This can also be done in shot glasses for a fun little individual dessert.  This is an adults-only dessert as not all the alcohol is cooked down. Who’s bringing this to the next pot luck?  

Tequila Enchiladas

Tequila Enchiladas

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 - Serves 10- 12,  Prep time 15 minutes, Cook Time 8 hrs.

 

3 lb pork boneless pork butt

2 packages corn/flour tortillas

1 package Mexican cheese

 

Enchilada Sauce

¼ of an 8 oz. can tomato with adobo

1 16 oz can of pureed tomatoes

1 medium shallot, chopped

¼ tsp cumin

¼ tsp coriander

¼ tsp chili powder

1 clove garlic, crushed

Salt, to taste

¼ tsp cayenne pepper

¼ cup Tequilla

 

Salsa Verde

6 Tomatillos

1 Shallot

1 small red pepper

Juice of 1 lime

1 small jalapeño

2 Tbsp Tequilla

1 cup cilantro

Salt, to taste (at least ¼ tsp)

 

In a medium saucepan combine the enchilada sauce ingredients and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes.  The Adobo tomato sauce quantity can be reduced if you don’t want it too spicy. Set aside about ½ cup of sauce to pour on top of enchiladas when rolled. 

 

In a crockpot, add the pork butt and the remainder of the enchilada sauce.  Cook on low for 6-7 hours. Once done pull the pork with two forks. If it’s not pullable keep cooking for ½ hour increments.  Timing will depend on the crockpot and the cut of meat.  

 

After you put the pork in the crockpot add all the ingredients for the salsa verde in a food processor or blender.  Blend for 3 minutes until fully blended.  

 

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Mix the 3 cups of meat and ½ the bag of cheese together.  Coat the bottom of a 9x 12 casserole dish with 2 tablespoons of enchilada sauce. Fill each individual tortilla to the mixture and roll.  Place each roll tightly next to each other. Top with the remaining enchilada sauce and top with the remainder of the cheese. Add the enchiladas to the hot oven for 10 minutes until the cheese is melted.  If you prepare the day before, cook the enchiladas for at 350 degrees for ½ hour.  

Serve with the salsa verde drizzled on top. 

Tequila Salmon Burgers

Tequila Salmon Burgers

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 Prep Time: 15 minutes, Cook Time: 10 minutes, Serves 4-6 people

 

For the Burger: 

1 ½ lb fresh salmon, Remove skin and cut into pieces

¼ cup Tequilla

¼ cup avocado mayo

½ orange, zested and juiced

1 TBS fennel frowns 

⅛ tsp Cheyenne pepper

1 egg

½ cup plain bread crumbs or panko

Canola or avocado oil for pan-frying

 

For the Salad:

2 TSP Tequilla

½ orange, juiced and zested

1 fennel, thinly sliced

Salt to taste

 

Mix all burger ingredients into a food processor and mix.  You can use a large ice cream scoop or about 1/2 cup mixture and roll into a ball.  Gently pat down the ball and make into a patty.  

 

In a different bowl mix all the salad ingredients in a bowl and set aside. 

 

Put a fry pan on med heat and add oil.  Fry on both sides for 5 minutes. Please note that the mixture will be loose but the egg and bread crumbs will keep it together.  

 

Top hot salmon cake onto salad and serve.   

Bourbon Steak Salad

Bourbon Steak Salad

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 Prep Time: 15 minutes, Cook Time: 20 minutes, Serves 4-6 people

 

1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and sliced in thirds

1 package mixed greens

2 TBs Bourbon

¼ cup of your favorite coffee

1 lb skirt steak

¼ cup slivered almonds or ½ macadamia nuts

Dressing:

1 Tsp Bourbon

Juice and zest of 1 lemon

1 clove garlic crushed

1 tsp honey

1 tsp dijon seed mustard

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Heat the oven to 450 degrees.  On a parchment paper-lined baking sheet add asparagus and almonds and mix with 1Tsp bourbon, oil, and salt.  Place in oven and roast for 5 minutes.  

Coat the steak on each side with the coffee and sprinkle with salt.  Grill the skirt steak for 4 minutes on each side. If a grill is not available you can pan-sear the steak in a cast-iron skillet for 5 minutes on each side.  Once done, remove and let rest for 10 minutes. Then slice against the grain.  

In a mason jar add all the ingredients for the dressing and vigorously shake.  Make sure you try it to make sure you have added enough salt.  

In a salad bowl, add mixed greens, asparagus, almonds, and steak.  Top with dressing, sprinkle with ground pepper and enjoy.  

Vodka Lemon Haddock Piccata

Vodka Lemon Haddock Piccata

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 Prep Time: 15 minutes, Cook Time: 20 minutes, Serves 4-6 people

 

2 lbs Haddock

2 Meyer Lemons, Juiced and zested

1 small white onion, diced

2 small or 1 large garlic clove(s) crushed

¼ cup vodka

2 TBS capers

1 can quartered artichokes- (Don’t drain)

¼ cup fresh parsley

Olive oil. 

 

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  In a medium deep fry pan add olive oil for 1 minute then add onions and garlic.  Sautee for 5 minutes or until translucent. Add Vodka and stir and reduce for 3 more minutes then add capers and artichokes with ¼ cup liquid from the can.  Lastly, add ½ Meyer lemon juice and zest.  

 

Place fish in a 9 x 12 glass dish and top with the above ingredients.  Place in a heated oven for 12 minutes. 

 

Once out of the oven add the remaining Meyer lemon, zest, and parsley.  Serve immediately with rice pilaf. 

Chocolate Dipped Grand Marnier Strawberries

Chocolate Dipped Grand Marnier Strawberries

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Ingredients:
6-8 oz Grand Marnier
12 oz package of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Fresh StrawberriesTools: Marinade Injector

Wash and thoroughly dry the strawberries (chocolate will not stick if they are not completely dry). Fill the marinade injector with Grand Marnier 2 oz at a time and inject a small amount (approximately 1 tsp, depending on the size of the berry) through the stem end of the each strawberry. Pour chocolate chips in a microwaveable bowl and heat in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after each 30 seconds until all the chips are completely melted. Dip your strawberries in the melted chocolate and give them a twirl to make sure that they are evenly coated. Let the chocolate harden at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Enjoy with someone you love!
 

Allen's Coffee Brandy Swirl Brownies

Allen's Coffee Brandy Swirl Brownies

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Ingredients:
For the Brownie Batter:
1 Box (approx.18 oz) of brownie mix (Ghirardelli Double Chocolate is our favorite)
Water, vegetable oil and egg called for on brownie mix box

For the Cheesecake Swirl:
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup of Allen’s Coffee Brandy
1 egg yolk

Directions:
1. Set oven to temperature recommended on brownie box. Grease bottom of 8-inch or 9-inch square pan with cooking spray.
2. Using a mixer, beat cream cheese and Allen’s Coffee Brandy until smooth. Add egg yolk and mix until well blended. Set aside.
3. In another bowl, prepare brownie batter according to package instructions using oil, water and eggs.  Spread 2/3 of the brownie batter into the prepared pan.
4. Carefully spread the cream cheese mixture over brownie batter.
5. Drop spoonfuls of the remaining brownie batter on top. Use the tip of a knife to gently swirl both batters to form a marble pattern. 
6. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist, fudgy crumbs adhering to it (Approximately 5 minutes longer than instructions on brownie package. Ovens vary.).  Let brownies cool completely before cutting.

 

Curry Squash Soup with Tequila Lime Pulled Chicken

Curry Squash Soup with Tequila Lime Pulled Chicken

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2 cups Pre-cooked, rotisserie chicken
3 Tbsp Curry, split into 1 Tbsp and 2 Tbsp
2 cups Chicken Stock
Zest of 1 lime
1 roasted squash
1 cup coconut milk – unsweetened
1/4 cup unsalted butter
½ Tbsp salt
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup tempered tequila
¼ cup chopped Cilantro

Preparation:

On a baking sheet add ½ cup of water and one squash that's been diced up. Roast at 350 for 50 minutes or until fork-tender.
In a saucepan, add 1/2 cup tequila and reduce on medium heat for 5 minutes.
Pull rotisserie chicken, removing skin and bones, and mix with lime, muchi curry, cilantro, reduced tequila, and salt.
Remove Skin from the roasted squash and add to a food processor along with butter, coconut milk, cayenne pepper and mix until pureed and smooth.  Place squash mixture back into your saucepan and add 4 cups chicken stock.   
Serve in a bowl and top with chicken, cilantro, lime and a dash of salt to taste.

 

 

Vodka Beef Stroganoff

Vodka Beef Stroganoff

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Vodka Beef Stroganoff

1 lb top Sirloin Steak, thinly sliced
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 large shallot, chopped 
1/2 lb baby portabella mushrooms, sliced 
1/2 cup vodka
1 tsp thyme
1 cup sour cream
1 bag egg noodles
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup pasta liquid

Preparation: 

In a medium saute pan on medium heat add butter and let melt. 
Add shallots and thyme and saute until brown, about 3 minutes. 
Add vodka and saute for another 3 minutes.
Add mushrooms and saute for 3 minutes. 
Add Sour Cream and stir then add sliced steak and sprinkle with salt and pepper, stir occasionally and cook for 5 minutes. It's ok if it's medium. You don't want to overcook at this step.
Drain Egg Noodles saving 1/4 cup of the pasta liquid and add to stroganoff mixture.
Put stroganoff mixture on egg noodles and serve with your favorite veggies or side salad.

Gin & Tonic Roasted Salmon with Lime Cilantro Sauce

Gin & Tonic Roasted Salmon with Lime Cilantro Sauce

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Because all the alcohol is removed this is family-friendly and one of my kiddos favorites. Serves 4-6. Prep time 10 min. Cook time 20 min.

1.5 lbs salmon

1/2 cup tonic

1/2 cup gin, separated into (2) 1/4 cups

3 limes, juiced and zested

1 cup cilantro

1/4 cup olive oil

1 small jalapeno, finely diced

Salt to taste

 

1. Heat oven to 425 degrees.

2. Line a large pyrex baking dish with parchment paper. Clean the salmon. Damp Dry. Add salmon to the baking dish.

3. In a small bowl, combine the gin, tonic, juice of 1 lime, and pour over the salmon. 4. Sprinkle with kosher salt and the lime zest.

5. Bake for 18 minutes.

6. While the salmon is cooking, add gin to a small sauce pan on medium heat and reduce to remove the alcohol, about 3-5 minutes.

7. In a food processor, add reduced gin, lime, jalapeno, olive oil and cilantro. Blend for 2 minutes.

8. Remove salmon from the oven, top with sauce, and serve with white rice and roasted vegetables.

Rum Chocolate Bombs with Brazil Nuts

Rum Chocolate Bombs with Brazil Nuts

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These rum chocolate bombs are perfect with afternoon coffee or an after dinner treat with friends. Servings 8-10. Prep time 30 mins. Cook time 10 mins.

 

8 oz dark chocolate

1/4 cup rum

1/2 cup heavy cream, room temp

Brazil nuts, chopped

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

 

1. Create a double boiler: Heat 3 cups of water in a medium sauce pan. Place a larger glass bowl on the saucepan, resting above the water, and be sure no water can get into the glass bowl.   

2. Add dark chocolate and rum to the glass bowl. Stir occasionally as it melts.

3. Add heavy cream, continue to let melt and stir.  It will thicken and start turning from liquid to semi-solid.

4. Once fully blended together, remove from heat and set in fridge for about 30 minutes.

5. In the meantime, spread the cocoa on a flat dish (or plate) and the chopped brazil nuts in a separate dish.

6. After 30 minutes, remove rum chocolate mixture from fridge.

7. Use a small ice cream scooper to scoop out the chocolates into equal size 1/2 inch size balls. Roll with hands.

8. Dip the chocolate ball into the cocoa powder, then the chopped nuts and set aside.

Rum Roasted Plantains with Brown Butter Syrup

Rum Roasted Plantains with Brown Butter Syrup

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Serve on your favorite ice cream. Served 8-10. Prep time 5 min. Cook time 15 min.

 

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup water

3 ripe plantains

2 TBS coconut oil

1 stick butter

1/2 cup rum

 

1. Peel and cut plantains into rounds, about 1/4 inch thick.

2. In a small sauce pan, add 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a simmer for 5-10 minutes.

3. Test by dipping a spoon in the liquid, and if it coats the back of the spoon you have the perfect syrup mixture. Remove from heat and set aside.

4. In a medium saute pan, on medium heat, add coconut oil. After one minute, add plantains and pan-fry for 3 minutes.

5. Flip the plantains and cook for another 3 minutes.

6. Remove plantains once cooked.

7. In the same saute pan, add butter. Melt butter until it starts to brown, then add the rum and let stand for 1 minute.

8. Add the plantains back in the saute pan with the simple brown sugar syrup.

9. Enjoy over your favorite Ice Cream.  Plain, classic vanilla is my favorite.

Gin Lemon Cake Cookies with Gin Icing

Gin Lemon Cake Cookies with Gin Icing

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This recipe is quick and easy because we are grabbing some packaged ingredients to help us along the way. Who's ready for some tea and cake with a hint of GIN!

Serves 8-10. Prep time 15 min. Cook time 15 min.

 

Cake:

1 box lemon cake mix

2 eggs

1/2 cup canola oil

1 lemon, zested and juiced (be sure not to get the white rind as it will make it taste bitter), 1 tsp for icing

1/4 cup gin

 

For the icing:

1 tsp gin

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp lemon juice

1/4 cup water

 

1. Preheat oven to 375.

2. In a large bowl, mix lemon cake mix, eggs, oil, lemon and gin.  Stir until completely mixed.

3. Drop the mixture (in cookie form) on a greased sheet pan.

4. Bake for 7-8 minutes.

5. In the meantime, put the powdered sugar in a bowl and slowly stir in the gin and lemon juice. Mix.

6. Slowly add 1/4c water until the sugar is dissolved completely and it should be a thin frosting texture. Set aside.

7. Remove cookies from oven and place on parchment paper. Drizzle with frosting and let cool.

Tequila Chicken Carnitas

Tequila Chicken Carnitas

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Serves 4-6 people. Prep time 15 mins. Cook time 4-6 hrs.

 

8 boneless chicken thighs

1 small red onion, diced

1 orange, juiced

1 lime, juiced

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1 tsp oregano or Mexican oregano

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin powder

1/2 cup tequila (blanco)

1/4 tsp kosher salt, more to taste

 

1. Add all ingredients to a crockpot.

2. Cook on low heat for 4-6 hours.

3. Once chicken is done, separate all the chicken pieces, and shred.

4. Transfer the juices/sauce to a saucepan and heat on medium-high.

5. Simmer and reduce for 10-15 minutes, until liquid is reduced by half.

6. Add chicken again and stir.

7. Serve with your favorite taco fixings and a margarita to complete the dish!

 

 

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Bourbon Orange Brown Butter

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Bourbon Orange Brown Butter

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Warm, comforting, and deliciously satisfying.

Serves 4-6 people. Prep time 15 minutes. Cook time 1 hr 10 mins.

 

2 sweet potatoes, cleaned and pierced

1.5 cups flour, 1/2 cup extra for dusting

1/2 cup whole milk ricotta cheese

1/4 cup bourbon

1 orange, zested and juiced

1 stick salted butter

1 TBS maple syrup

4 cups water

1 package of gnocchi

 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Bake sweet potatoes for 1 hr (this can also be done in a toaster oven), until soft, then mash or run through a potato ricer.

3. Mix the mashed sweet potatoes, flour, and ricotta cheese together in a bowl, until a light dough forms. Add extra flour, as needed.

4. Split the dough into fourths. Roll out each portion into a long tube (4 total), about 1/4 inch think, and slice into 1/2 inch pieces.  Set aside.

5. Next, boil water for gnocchi in a medium sauce pan.

6. In a separate skillet, melt one stick of butter for ~5 min or until brown.

7. Add 1/4 cup bourbon, orange zest and juice, maple syrup to the skillet, and mix thoroughly. Turn off heat and let sit until the gnocchi is ready.

8. Gently drop cut gnocchi into the boiling water for 3-4 min, or until they start to float. Drain gnocchi.

9. Add cooked gnocchi to the skillet, resume heat, and saute until crispy (approx. 5 min with occasional stirring).

10. Season with salt and serve.

Tomato Bourbon Soup with Grilled Cheese Crouton

Tomato Bourbon Soup with Grilled Cheese Crouton

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Ingredients:

2 28 oz Cans of Diced Tomatoes with Juice
2 Cups of Chicken Stock (or Veggie)
½ Cup Bourbon
1 Medium Onion Chopped
1 Tbsp Dried Oregano
3 Small/ Medium Garlic Cloves
Dash Crushed Red Pepper
3 Slices American Cheese
2 tbsp Greek Yogurt
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Pinch of Sugar
1 Loaf Sourdough Bread
3 Slices Swiss Cheese
5 Slices of Cheddar Cheese
1 Stick of Butter

Bourbon Tomato Soup:

Take a medium stock/saucepan and put on medium-high heat. Add olive oil and crushed red pepper to a pan. Then add chopped onions and cook for 2-3 minutes until translucent.

Add ¼ cup of bourbon to the pan and stir.
Add stock, garlic, and the rest of the bourbon, and tomatoes to the pan and bring it to a simmer for 10 minutes. Add the American cheese and stir.

While the soup continues to simmer, add 2 TB of Greek yogurt to a bowl and 2 TB of the soup and mix. Add the tempered yogurt to the soup.

Take a small strainer or sieve and pour the soup through it into another pan or bowl. Use a ladle to push the soup through the strainer. Scrape the pulp from the strainer and save in bowl.
Once all the soup is strained, add ½ the pulp back in or to desired consistency. Add a pinch of sugar for balance. Taste. Add more salt, pepper, crushed red pepper if needed.

After soup has been simmering for about 20-25 minutes then ladle into bowls or shot glasses and top grilled cheese crouton.

Grilled Cheese:

Butter 1 side of 4 slices of bread. Add cheeses on the bread butter side out.
Heat non-stick skillet to medium/low heat. Add olive oil.
After 2 minutes and a hot pan add the sandwich. Do not press just yet. Let bread toast and cheese slowly melt. After 4 minutes flip to the other side for another 4 minutes. Cut grilled cheese in 8ths.

Enjoy!

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Whiskey Poached Pears & Toasted Pecan

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Whiskey Poached Pears & Toasted Pecan

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Ingredients:

1 qt Heavy Cream
½ cup of Sugar
1 Vanilla Bean
½ cup of Plain Greek Yogurt
1¼ tbsp Honey
2¼ cups Unflavored Powdered Gelatin
3 tbsp Water
1⅛ cup Whiskey
2 Bosc Pears
3 cups Water
1 in nub of Ginger sliced
2 Cinnamon Sticks
1 tbsp ground Cardamom
½ cup of Brown Sugar
1 cup Raw Pecans
Salt to taste

Directions For the Panna Cotta:

Put the first five ingredients into a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer on medium-high heat. Do not boil. Once the liquid is at a simmer, remove from heat and let rest for 12-15 minutes.

In the meantime, dilute your unflavored gelatin with the 3 tbsp of water in a separate bowl.
After 15 minutes, add gelatin to pan and stir.
 

Add Panna Cotta liquid into your favorite wine or martini glasses, cover and cool in the fridge for 3-4 hours or overnight.

Directions For the Pears:

In a medium saucepan add 1 cup whiskey, 3 cups water, ginger, cardamom, sugar and bring to a simmer.

Once the liquid is brought to a simmer, remove from heat and stir in honey. Let steep for 30 minutes
Peel the pears, cut in half and cut out core with a melon baller.

Once the liquid has set for 30 minutes add pears. Make sure they are submerged and put on medium heat for 8-10 minutes until the pears are tender.

Remove from liquid and let sit. Strain the contents of the liquid and reserve the liquid to reduce.
Bring liquid to a boil then simmer for another 10 minutes. Use this liquid to drizzle on top of pears.
Remove Panna Cotta from fridge, thinly slice pear and place on top of Panna Cotta. Then sprinkle pecans on top. Enjoy!

 

BAILEYS STRAWBERRIES & CREAM CHEESECAKE

BAILEYS STRAWBERRIES & CREAM CHEESECAKE

Mix It Yourself

Too many mini cakes? Never. Try this Strawberries & Cream twist on a classic cheesecake.

3/4 LB Unsalted Butter, softened

8 OZ Cream cheese, softened

2 CUPS Sugar

1/2 TSP Salt

2 TBSP Baileys Strawberries & Cream

6 Eggs

3 CUPS All-purpose flour

1 PINT Fresh strawberries, sliced

1 SPRINKLE Powdered sugar
 

Mix together 8 oz. of cream cheese, ¾ pound of butter, and 2 cups of sugar in a standing mixer until light and fluffy. Add a ½ Teaspoon of salt and 2 Tablespoons of Baileys Strawberries & Cream, and beat the mixture well. Add in six eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in the 3 cups of flour. Gradually add the sliced pint of strawberries, gently folding them in. Spoon the batter into a greased and floured bundt pan and bake in a preheated 325F oven for approximately one hour or until the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan. Remove from the oven and let cool before removing from the pan. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.