Blogger CLUE: Honey Sriracha Sweet Potatoes

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Today Blogger CLUE is continuing with our Fall celebrations with a wide open theme of “Autumn” for October’s reveal day.

This month I was assigned the blog Eliot’s Eats. I actually had Debra’s blog for the berries reveal day. Her blog is named after her cat (and favorite poet). I had fun searching through Debra’s blog this time with another season in mind. And I was ecstatic to find a plethora of sweet potato recipes!

When it comes to Autumn recipes the blogosphere becomes filled with pumpkin this and pumpkin that. Thanks to a pumpkin allergy (which I developed at the ripe old age of 21) Fall cooking has become quite disheartening. Luckily there’s the lovely sweet potato to make me pretend I’m in on the craze. 🙂

I made two dishes from Eliot’s Eats this month – one I made a fair number of changes to and will be sharing with you at a later date and this simple side dish. These sweet potatoes are doused in a honey sriracha sauce before being baked until tender. This sauce would be fantastic for any number of vegetables and even chicken. Actually, while I was mixing up the concoction I couldn’t get wings off the brain – probably because of the melted butter and the smell of vinegary heat. Yum!

I used half of the amount of sriracha Debra used on the off chance my little man would give them a try. (And because I’m a wimp.) I’m happy to report my 15 month old showed a little interest and worked on fork stabbing practice with these potatoes. He even licked a couple, but wouldn’t actually eat it. (…I’m trying to remain calm and patient while he goes through this stage of eating…)

Honey Sriracha Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 2 small or 1 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite size cubes
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1-2 tbsp sriracha
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly grease with cooking spray.
  2. Place sweet potatoes in a bowl.
  3. Whisk together butter, honey, sriracha, and olive oil. Pour over potatoes and toss to coat. Season with salt.
  4. Place potatoes on prepared baking sheet and roast for 20-30 minutes until tender, flip the potatoes halfway through the cooking process.

*This recipe is adapted from Debra at http://eliotseats.com/2015/04/12/roasted-sweet-potatoes-with-honey-and-sriracha/*

Honey Sriracha Sweet Potatoes for #BloggerCLUE from Sew You Think You Can Cook

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Pineapple Beef Lettuce Cups

“Quick! The little man is sleeping! Go write something!”

At least that’s what the little voice in my head is telling me right now.

But it’s not telling me anything else!

Hello, writer’s block, we meet again.

How do you jump the hurdle and share a wonderful story? Help!

At least I have this great recipe to share with you, though. It’s Stir Fry Day Friday, everyone! And today’s edition is getting all dressed up in a bright lettuce cup suit. (I’d actually suggest some added bling by very finely dicing some more fresh pineapple as garnish and an extra drizzle of Sriracha to the lettuce cup!)

This recipe only serves two. In fact, it might be better off as a lunch or even an appetizer. However, you could always serve the stir fry over rice to “beef” it up for dinner.

Pineapple Beef Lettuce Cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 C cubed fresh pineapple
  • 1/4 C soy sauce
  • 1/4 C molasses
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 tbsp Sriracha
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tsp minced garlic (I used Gourmet Garden stir-in chunky garlic paste)
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger (I used 1 tsp Gourmet Garden stir-in ginger paste)
  • 1 lb stir-fry beef strips
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced
  • 8 leaves Bibb lettuce
  • sesame seeds, for garnish

Steps:

  1. Place pineapple, soy sauce, molasses, vinegar, Sriracha, ketchup, garlic, and ginger in a blender. Blend until combined. Pour into a bowl and add the beef. Place in the fridge and marinate for 1-6 hours.
  2. Remove beef from the marinade. Heat the oil in a large, non-stick skillet (or wok) over medium-high heat. Stir-fry the beef for 3-5 minutes; do this in batches if needed so as not to over crowd the pan. Remove from skillet and cover to keep warm.
  3. In the same skillet or wok saute the thinly sliced veggies until tender, season with S+P. Remove and cover to keep warm.
  4. Assemble the wraps by dividing the beef and veggies among each leaf of lettuce. Garnish with sesame seeds and more Sriracha, if desired.

*This recipe is adapted from Liz at http://www.floatingkitchen.net/spicy-pineapple-beef-lettuce-wraps/*

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And he’s awake. Until next time!

Blogger CLUE: Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers

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The sun is shining, the warm air is blowing, and Blogger CLUE is hitting the grill!

This month I was assigned the blog Anna Dishes. Anna’s blog is so bright and cheery it just invites you in to take a look around. She has a wide variety of recipes, beautiful floral arrangements, and even some travel posts!

I was on a mission to find something to throw on the grill and I settled on her Sriracha and Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers. I made a couple of changes to her recipe, though. Instead of Lawry’s seasoning and garlic salt I used Caribeque Island Thyme. I also omitted the Sriracha from the burger itself and instead made a Sriracha mayo as the burger’s condiment. The reasoning behind doing so was to control the amount of heat in the patty for my 1 year old. I am disappointed to say my little man did not have any interest in the burger and hope that he’ll try the leftovers with me for lunch tomorrow! My husband and I greatly enjoyed the unique flavor profile of this burger. The sweetness of the potato pairs with the subtle spiciness of the Island Thyme and helps keep the burgers perfectly moist.

Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey (I used 85/15)
  • 3/4 C mashed sweet potato (I peeled, boiled, and mashed)
  • 3/4 C panko
  • 2 tsp Caribeque Island Thyme
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 C mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tsp Sriracha (or to taste)
  • cheese (optional)
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • favorite burger toppings: lettuce, tomato, onion, etc

Steps:

  1. In a large bowl combine turkey, potato, panko, seasoning, egg, and olive oil until fully incorporated. Form in 6 equal sized patties.
  2. Grill 5-6 minutes on each side, or until an internal temperature of 165 degrees F is reached. Add cheese during last minute of cooking time if using.
  3. Make sriracha mayo: whisk mayo, sriracha, and a pinch of salt.
  4. Assemble burgers: place burger toppings on bottom bun, top with patty, and spread sriracha mayo on the top bun.

*This recipe is modified from Anna at http://www.annadishes.com/sriracha-and-sweet-potato-turkey-burgers/#sthash.YLkvIG5n.MgYhoZtj.dpbs*

Sweet Potato Turkey Burger for Blogger CLUE from Sew You Think You Can Cook

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Disclaimer: I received Caribeque Island Thyme in participating in #HotSummerEats. All opinions are my own. 

Slow Cooker Honey Sriracha Chicken and Cabbage

Don’t call the doctor, you’re not experiencing dejavu. Yes, I posted a Honey Sriracha Chicken dish yesterday. Yes the ingredients in this slow cooker dish are the exact same. But here’s why.

When we had our friends over for that Honey Sriracha Chicken Stir Fry she asked me if I thought it could be done as a slow cooker meal. Because we loved the stir fry enough, I happily answered her question by testing it out!

The result was yet another wonderful sweet and spicy dinner. While we did prefer it as a stir fry, this version is a perfect alternative for those busy days. I doubled the sauce to ensure there was enough liquid in the slow cooker. Doing so also created that extra heat we were missing. The heat didn’t hit you right away but built with every bite. No extra sriracha or chili flakes needed. Not that that means you can’t add more!

Slow Cooker Honey Sriracha Chicken and Cabbage

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 head green cabbage, chopped
  • 3 large chicken breasts
  • 1/2 C honey
  • 2 tbsp Sriracha
  • 2 tbsp sherry cooking wine
  • 2 tbsp white distilled vinegar
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 1/4 C chicken broth

Steps:

  1. Place chopped cabbage in the bottom of a slow cooker. Place chicken on top of the cabbage and season liberally with S+P.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the honey, Sriracha, sherry, and vinegar. Pour over chicken. Cook on LOW 6 hours.
  3. Remove chicken from slow cooker, cover.
  4. Make a slurry by whisking together cornstarch and chicken stock. Add to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook on HIGH 15 minutes.
  5. Cut or shred chicken and return to slow cooker. Keep WARM until ready to serve. Serve over rice.

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Honey Sriracha Chicken Stir Fry

Friends of ours from Florida moved up here to Ohio the summer before last. (Their going away party then was actually one of my first blog posts – my blueberry bars! It’s still my most popular recipe.) Well, they’re now leaving us again.

I’m really bummed about their move this time because they have a beautiful baby boy who is only one day older than my little man. I was hoping to have more than only a few months worth of play dates with these two. I loved having someone I could easily relate to locally as well. But, that’s what phones are for!

We had them over for dinner before they left and they happily experimented a new Stir Fry Day Friday recipe with us. I suggested a couple recipes and this one won the vote. It was a huge it! She took the recipe home with her (of course, she can also catch it here!).

I promise you this stir fry has much more flavor than it looks. I was so bummed when I realized how bland this dish appeared to be. My tastebuds happily disagreed with my eyes, and we will be making it again.

The honey balanced the Sriracha very well and this dish wasn’t very spicy. If you want some more heat I suggest adding a little more Sriracha to the sauce or tossing in some red pepper flakes. But this gentle back note of heat is perfect for every palate. You can always put the Sriracha bottle on the table for those wanting more pizzazz.

Since we both have kiddos who are just now starting to experiment with solid foods, I’d like to add the disclaimer that this dish is not one that’s safe for infants. Once they really are eating off our plates forgo the honey and try using maple syrup, agave, or maybe even brown sugar instead.

Honey Sriracha Chicken Stir Fry

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 C honey
  • 1 tbsp white distilled vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sherry cooking wine
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 head green cabbage, chopped
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 C chicken broth
  • 3 scallions, chopped

Steps:

  1. In a small bowl whisk together the honey, vinegar, sherry, Sriracha, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the chicken for 2 minutes on each side. Remove and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet, stir fry the ginger and garlic for 30 seconds. Add the cabbage and toss to coat. Stir in the sauce from step 1. Cover and cook 2 minutes, until cabbage is wilted.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and chicken broth. Add it to the skillet. Bring to a simmer and return the chicken to the pan. Cook another 3 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked.
  5. Garnish with chopped scallions and serve with rice.

*This recipe is adapted from Katie at http://www.healthyseasonalrecipes.com/honey-sriracha-chicken-cashew-stir-fry/*

Honey Sriracha Chicken Stir Fry | Sew You Think You Can Cook