January 26th, 2013
Our small town has a Barbecue place called Randy’s that we consider our favorite BBQ place in town. It’s the only one in town but still, it’s our favorite. They have this thing called Ballpark Fries that Boo loves and gets anytime she can wrangle a trip to Randy’s. Ballpark Fries are two orders of fries topped with chopped barbecue, cheese, onions, and peppers. I love them as well but have wanted to be able to make a healthier (and cheaper) version. This weekend, we succeeded.
First, I put three chicken breasts in the crock pot to cook all day. I added garlic salt, pepper, seasoning salt, and Worcestershire sauce and let them cook all day so they would be easy to shred. We usually get beef at Randy’s but you can order any kind you like.
I'm lazy and use the frozen ones.
Next, we cooked some fries. You can make this as healthy as you like. I sometimes take fresh potatoes and soak them in ice water after I’ve peeled them. Then I shake them in a bag of olive oil and seasoning salt, and later bake them til crisp. Today we used already prepared fries and cooked them. (I lost that battle because my crew was hungry)
Once my chicken we ready I shredded it and added the sauce. Then it simmered some more.
Finally, we made our own ballpark fries. I added my chicken, more sauce, cheese, onions, and jalapeno peppers that we canned from our garden last year. I loved it and liked the chicken instead of beef for a change.
Maybe not so healthy
Other remarks about my recipe remake?
- “It’s OK. I think I want beef on mine next time.”
- “Me too, I want beef on mine.”
Not the smoking reviews I was hoping for, but at least they can cook them next time and I can give the reviews. Or, we can go to Randy’s.
October 13th, 2011
For some bizarre reason, I started thinking about a cheese ball I made a while back and wondered what it would be like with jalapenos. The my mind wandered to other places and I thought about what it might be like if I put it into a pinwheel form. The result was something that I have to say was pretty delicious, and for sure something that I will be making for holiday parties this season. You will need:
- 1 package of crescent rolls
- 1-8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
- 6 slices of thick cut smoky bacon, crumbled
- 2 medium jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
- salt to taste if desired
Mix together your cream cheese, bacon,and jalapenos. Taste this mixture and add a little salt if needed. Then take the crescent rolls out of the fridge and spread them into two large rectangles. Most recipes will tell you one large ractangle, but I find that two smaller ones is always easier.
not a perfect rectangle but close enough
The spread half of the cream cheese mixture onto the crescent, keeping it about 1/4 inch away from the edges.
Start from the bottom and slowly roll the crescent up. Repeat with the other section of crescent and cream cheese mixture. Place both rolls in the fridge for at least two hours. These can be refrigerated over night. If you were having a get together with these as an appetizer it would be easy to prep them the day before and slice and bake when you’re ready. When you do decide to back them, slice them about 1/4 of an inch thick with a serrated knife. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes depending on your oven.
I seriously could have eaten this entire plate full.
This recipe should make roughly 36 pinwheels. Try not to eat them all at once.