We're not even finished with our Summer bucket list but it's already time to pick out 2019's best homeschool curriculum for our family. Here's what we're using for the 2019/2020 school year.
Instead of letting the days and weeks fly by, constantly hearing “I’m bored” from the kids, we wanted to start a new tradition. I had been seeing different people post about their summer plans and noticed a few specifically saying they had created a “Bucket List” of things they wanted to do this summer.
I was reading this morning, in Joshua, the story about Israel crossing the Jordan to go to the Promised Land. There are several things about this story that are amazing and interesting, for example, the river God stopped from flowing so the Israelites could cross is the same river Jesus was baptized in, and it's 156 miles long and leads to the Dead Sea. All fun facts.
But my favorite part of the story is the Rock Towers.
Let me start out by saying this... Renovating our home while living in it was rough. Seriously you guys, it was torture. Trying to confine my kids to our back three bedrooms was pretty intense. The kids were troopers and stayed happy through almost all of it, but there was a point close to the end when Ava started asking when we would get our house back.
Perusing the internet the other day, God graced me to find this lovely post suggesting the idea that fried cheese might be possible to make at home, using a waffle iron... I told you God is good!More proof he's good? I told my wife about the post, to which she replied, "Get me the recipe and I'll make you some."Pinch myself. Not a dream? Check. Wife's not an alien? Check.
Our Twists On The Recipe
The recipe called for mozzarella, but we only had cheddar and brie. It also only said to dip the cheese in each plate of coating once. We tried that but quickly realized the cheddar cheese needed another dip in the flower, egg, and Panko - so we double coated each piece (including the brie). Oh, did I mention we didn't have typical bread crumbs? So, we used Panko instead. Here's our ingredient list:Ingredients
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon hungarian paprika
- crack of pepper
- two eggs (whisked well)
- 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs (keep nearby if you need/want more)
- cheese of choice (nothing too soft like goat cheese, or too hard like Parmesan)
Some qualifiers - we used one of those waffle irons that rotates, which didn't seem to affect the results, but your experience may vary. We obviously used different cheeses and breadcrumbs than the original recipe called for, and it went delightfully well. We tried a few cheddar slices with only one dip in each coating plate, and the cheese collapsed in the waffle iron. So, the rest of the slices got two passes through the plates. Here's how we made our waffle iron fried cheese love:Recipe
- Heat the waffle iron and coat in non-stick spray.
- Mix the flour, paprika and pepper on a plate. Pour the whisked eggs on a second plate or large flat bowl. Pour breadcrumbs on a third plate.
- Slice the cheese into 1/2 inch pieces.
- Dip the cheese into the flower, egg, and breadcrumbs, in that order, twice.
- Lay the cheese across the waffle iron grid. (We fit two pieces at a time)
- Close the waffle iron, press firmly to close. Wait 30-60 seconds depending on cheese thickness, browning of the breadcrumbs, etc.
- Repeat until everyone is too full of cheesy goodness.
- Go on a walk. (We did)
I haven't tried the original recipe yet, so technically I can't say our brie and cheddar waffle iron fried cheese slices were better... But, lets be honest. They were way better!The inside of the cheddar slices (pictured above) were gooey/melty after about 45-60 seconds. The bits that melted out of the breading crisped quickly into a chewy, crispy crust.Flash-heating the brie (pictured above) intensified all the tangy, buttery flavors. It was almost too tangy, but if you could push passed that, the buttery welcome at the end was totally worth it. The pressure from the waffle iron spread the cheese evenly to make each bite more light and airy than a typical brie snack.
What Else Can I Waffle Iron Press...?
We also made a fun, semi-unrelated discovery. The french toast monte cristo sandwhich left-overs from our family super bowl party the day before re-heat exceptionally well in a waffle iron, which functioned like a panini press.The meat and cheese inside the sandwich heated evenly, and the french toast on the outside was piping hot. Most fun of all, instead of long grid-lines across the sandwich, the waffle iron imprinted the waffle grid pattern into the french toast. Making for a nice grip as I inhaled the sweet-and-savory sandwich leftovers.Did you end up with any left overs after the 2015 Super Bowl? What were the creative ways you reheated/remade those foods into meals/snacks? Most importantly, are you getting your waffle iron out right now to make some home-made fried cheese???
It's Super Bowl Sunday you guys, one of the top 5 greatest eating days of the year! But what to do when you are uninterested in all the standard Football food??
Wings. Chili. Nachos. Hot Dogs. Onion Dip. Wait, I'm sorry, I didn't mean Dip. Dip is my favorite. But man can not live on Dip alone.So, this year I thought to myself, "Self.. Let's think outside of the box. What shall we eat?" (Yes, I use very proper English when speaking to myself. Obv.) Two words my friends, MONTE CRISTO.That's right, I went there. It works within the guidelines of appropriate football food because it's fried, but it's a little fancier. I mean, you dust powdered sugar on it... What's more fancy than that? But, since I don't have a deep fryer or the courage to deep fry anything myself I changed it.So, I came up with a just as tasty, but way easier rendition.
First, Make french Toast
"Say What? French Toast?" Yes friends, just do it. Then after you make your tasty french toast, assemble your Sandwiches.Traditionally a Monte Cristo is made with ham and cheese, but I used some Columbus sliced chicken breast and cheddar my first go-round. I have since used Ham instead of the Chicken, but I keep the cheddar because it just melts so beautifully.So, light Mayonnaise on the inside of each piece of french toast, then cheese on top of mayo, then a generous serving of meat, and squish together.Next step, butter both sides and toss it in a pan on medium-low heat with a lid on and flip when the cheese starts melting. After you take it out of the pan, cut it on an angle, dust with powdered sugar and serve with raspberry jam or maple syrup. You're choice.Then, you become the food champion of the world and everyone sings your culinary praises.Using French Toast as the bread gives you almost the same consistency and taste as a deep-fried Monte Cristo, but it is so much easier to make!
Ingredients and 3-Steps to make French Toast
French Toast Ingredients
- You're choice of bread (I used Whole Wheat)
- 6 eggs
- 3/4 cup milk (we like unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
- 1 Tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
French Toast Instructions
- Whisk together eggs, milk, and spice well.
- Drench bread on both sides in mixture.
- Saute in a pan until each side is golden brown
Ingredients For Building the Sandwiches
- You're delicious French Toast
- Cheddar Cheese (I like Tillumook)
- Sliced chicken or Ham or both (I like Columbus)
- Powdered Sugar
- Raspberry Jam or Maple Syrup