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KNR, p. 120 “Game Day Flatbread”

 

NFL season has begun, baseball season is winding down, and hockey season gets under way next month. We need Game Day recipes!

 

This week we decided to serve a new twist on an old standby.  Game Day Flatbread. What’s flatbread? Basically, it’s a lot like the bread you see under the sauce on a pizza. Some of it tastes and looks like pita bread without the pocket. It’s firm enough to hold meats, doesn’t get soggy while it bakes, and keeps its texture when being eaten. People place a variety of cheeses and veggies on the flatbread and bake it in the oven. Picture heating up an open-face sandwich. Yes, it does look like pizza. Our Game Day Flatbread sandwich has no tomato sauce, and I’ve yet to see one in a pub or restaurant that does. But without the tomato sauce, the flavor mix and cooking time is different.

 

You can make the actual flatbread yourself, but why bother when you can buy various tasty versions – gluten-free or naan or herb seasoned or unleavened, etc  – right in the bread aisle of almost any grocery store. Tortillas won’t work. Find the kind that you would use to make a gyro. Or look for the brand that we get: Toufayan flatbread.

 

We plan to let our game day partiers make their own, mixing and matching the toppings they like best, but here is a tasty recipe for spinach & cheese flatbread, with a note for one with sausage. Sheila and I will prep the spinach, tomato, and sausage beforehand, so that all the guests have to do is put together their own creations.

 

We did a LOT of taste-testing for this one, basically because I could not decide which cheese and tomato combo I liked best. Yup. I’m stickin’ to that story. Sheila would back me up, but she’s busy trying another sausage one.  😉

 

"Game Day Flatbread"
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Recipe type: appetizer or entree
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 1 to 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 – 7” round Toufayan flatbread
  • About a teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cups fresh spinach (1/3 cup cooked)
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon mayo
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried Italian herb mix (basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary)
  • 4 grape tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place flatbread on cookie sheet (or pizza pan)
  3. Spread 1 teaspoon mayo on the flatbread
  4. Sprinkle 1/8 teaspoon dried Italian herb mix on top of mayo.
  5. Stir fry 2 cups fresh spinach in olive oil, sea salt, onion powder, and garlic powder until just wilted, about two minutes. Separate and spread evenly across the mayo-herb layer.
  6. Evenly sprinkle 1 Tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese on top of the spinach.
  7. Evenly spread 1/4 cup of the shredded mozzarella cheese as the next layer.
  8. Evenly spread the tomato pieces next.
  9. Evenly spread the remaining mozzarella cheese.
  10. Evenly spread the remaining Parmesan cheese.
  11. Evenly sprinkle the remaining dried Italian herb mix on top.
  12. Place in oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly, crispy brown and cheese is melted. Serve right away.
  13. Each flatbread can be cut into quarters for appetizers or served whole for one person.

 

Sausage variation

If you’d like to add sausage to the mix, use:

1/4 cup ground, chopped, cooked mild Italian sausage. Add it before the tomato layer.

Reduce the amount of Parmesan cheese and also adjust the salt in the spinach, because the added sausage may make this version too salty for some.

 

For other Game Day recipes, click on the links below:

 

Drumsticks  

 

Chili  

 

Hearty Soup

 

*Photo by Patti Phillips

 

 

 

 

KNR, p. 25 “Is the Superbowl chili ready yet?”

 

My sister sent this recipe from Texas and she says it is hot enough to blow the doors off the horse barn. Definitely hot enough to make my eyes water and my nose run, but just the right combination of heat and flavors for the Superbowl crowd. She got second place in a chili cook-off with one can of beans, but we added the second because of the east coast taste buds.

 

She buys the dried habanero spices in Texas, where five-alarm chili is the norm, so be very careful with this one. Because of the dried spices, it gets hotter the second day and you’ll need the fire department on the third. It smells great when it’s simmering, so we cook it the night before or the day of the big game. Make ahead at your own risk.

 

Kerrian's Easy Superbowl Chili
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Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 8-10
 
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds ground sirloin
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 heaping teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2- 15 oz cans stewed or diced tomatoes with onions, celery and green peppers
  • 2 cans pureed Goya black beans
  • ½ cup sausage, chopped and thoroughly browned
  • 3 more teaspoons sea salt
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder (hot Mexican style)
  • 4 teaspoons onion powder
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon dried habanero seasoning (optional)
Instructions
  1. Get out your chili/spaghetti pot. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon sea salt evenly in bottom of pot. Turn on medium heat. Add ground sirloin a little at a time and brown evenly, stirring to break up clumps. Drain off the fat.
  2. Add the garlic and tomatoes and stir. Puree the black beans, add to the pot and stir.
  3. Cook sausage in a separate pan, drain and add to the chili pot and let simmer for 15 minutes on low. Stir.
  4. Add the rest of the salt, the chili powder, the onion powder and the brown sugar, stir and let simmer for about an hour. Add the habanero seasoning and stir. Let simmer for another 30 minutes.
  5. Serve with your favorite toppings.
  6. Make sure sour cream is available to cut the heat and enjoy!

 

This chili is such a favorite that it’s consistently on our comfort food menu during the winter and on any gray, chilly days. Enjoy!

 

 

KN, p. 132 “Fan Favorites – 2014”

 

I’ve said it before and it’s still true: Kerrian’s Notebook followers are a great bunch. A few of the readers mentioned that some of the posts in 2014 were ‘ripped from the headlines.’ Truth is often stranger than fiction, so while Kerrian is a fictional character, the posts are based in solid fact. As I say in my upcoming novel, “Murder is messy,” and it’s sometimes just plain weird. But, even a Homicide Detective cooks, goes on an occasional trip, and works with other law enforcement officers, so the fan faves were an interesting mix.

 

Below is the list of the most frequently read new posts on Kerrian’s Notebook in 2014.

Click on each title to take you to that page.  🙂

 

10.  “How many bodies at the yard sale?” (p.122) – Based on a visit to the 2014 Writers’ Police Academy.

 

 

9.  “Death by Elevator” (p.105) – Based on my real-life experience in April, 2014.

 

8.  “50 More Ways to Die an Unnatural Death” (p.111) – The #1 vote getter was so popular that I wrote another list and it made the top 10 as well.  🙂

 

7.  “Cemetery at the Golf Course” (p.116) –  Yup, this one is true.

 

 

6.  “Officer needs assistance!” (p.117) Photos taken at the re-enactment of a high-risk stop.

 

5.  “75 Second Mookies” (p.126) – Created, taste tested and eaten by us.  🙂

 

4.  “Chocolaty Chocolate Banana Muffins” (p.96) – Created, taste tested and eaten by us  🙂

 

 

3.  “What does a firefighter wear?” (p.119) Info about uniforms and videos of heat resistance testing. Photos taken during the 2014 Writers’ Police Academy.

 

 

 

 

2.  “What does a sheriff do?” (p.115) tells the difference between a Sheriff and a Police Chief, as explained to me by an active duty Chief.

 

…and the most frequently read new post on www.kerriansnotebook.com in 2014 was:

 

1. “100 Ways to Die an Unnatural Death” (p.100) Written in honor of the 100th Kerrian’s Notebook post.  There were LOTS of writers that checked out the two unnatural death lists, used some of the ideas in their own writing and even contributed suggestions. Readers sent me some wickedly funny emails and some of those ideas are in #8!

 

Thanks to all of you, readership almost doubled in 2014. It was a phenomenal year!

 

Here’s to a great 2015, with fewer real-life homicides, more crimes solved and always, more amazing mysteries/suspense/thrillers to read.

 

 

*Photos by Patti Phillips

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