Thursday, January 23, 2014

Barbeque Cups

Barbeque Cups
I've had several requests for this recipe lately and thought I'd share it here as well. 

This is a tasty, easy-to-make recipe that is perfect for parties, brunches, or family meals. 

350 degrees for 15-20mins.
Ingredients Needed:
1-2 cans of flaky biscuits (I used Pillsbury, but any flaky biscuit would work)
1 pound (or more) ground meat (ANY meat will work - use what you prefer)
A couple of tablespoons Ketchup
A cup (or more) of your favorite BBQ sauce
A teaspoon onion flakes (or onion powder)
2 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)
1/2 to 1 cup frozen or canned corn (or fresh corn kernels if you want to take the time)
Shredded cheese (I use cheddar but any meltable cheese should work).

Utensils needed:
Muffin tin(s)
frying pan
spatula or scraper
Stovetop & Oven

  1. Place ground meat in frying pan and cook on medium heat
  2. When ground meat is cooked, add ketchup, onion flakes, and brown sugar and cook for 2-3 more minutes
  3. Add enough BBQ sauce to thoroughly cover/moisten the meat with sauce (but you don't want bbq soup!) and add the corn
  4. Cook at least another 4 minutes, mixing occasionally to keep it from sticking to the pan (add more BBQ sauce if the meat starts to dry out)
  5. Once cooked, remove pan from heat and let cool while you start the next steps
  6. Open can(s) of biscuits
  7. Place each biscuit into a muffin cup and press in to form a cup-shape
  8.  Spoon meat mixture into each cup (trying to distribute the meat evenly between all the biscuit cups)
  9. Place in oven (you can follow the biscuit directions on the biscuit tin) and bake for 11 minutes at 350 degrees. 
  10.  At the 11 minute mark, pull the muffin tins out.  Each BBQ Cup should be a light gold-color on the outside at this point - if they are still raw-looking, return to the oven and keep cooking until they are a light golden brown
  11. IF the BBQ Cups are a light golden brown, sprinkle shredded cheese on top of each BBQ Cup. and return to oven to finish cooking.
  12.  Cook another 4 minutes (or more)  until the cheese is melted and starting to bubble.
  13. Remove the muffin tins from the oven and let cool 
Now the BBQ Cups can be eaten (MMMM!!!  I prefer to eat them right away)... or saved in the refrigerator or freezer and reheated later. 

 As a side note, I think you could fill these with a variety of other ingredients (such as refried beans, rice, meat, and salsa - for a Mexican-based flavor, or perhaps sweet & sour sauce and chicken for a asian-based flavor).  Also, I think you could cut the biscuits in half (or maybe quarters) and use them in mini-muffin tins.. for an appetizer-sized option.  Hmmmm.... I may have to try a couple of these options myself!


I'll never go back to plastic for painting (at least at home)!

As a self-professed queen (or perhaps princess) of recycling and upcycling, I LOVE it when I find a new use for tossed-out items.  And I LOVE IT even more, when my idea far-exceeds my expectations!

 My saki cups in a mini-muffin tin

Case-in-point... my beloved saki cups and other white, ceramic items (like mini-plates).  The saki cups started my now-obsession with white ceramic items to be used as holders and mixing-cups for paints.  Their only downfall is that they are breakable - and they are heavy, so packing them for traveling is difficult (although I do pack them when I go on artist retreats!).
Little ceramic plates & bowls

My latest addition, a deviled-egg tray
Why ceramic?  Because it cleans like a dream!!  My silk dyes and watercolors easily rinse out (no scrubbing needed).  And even better - my acrylics just wipe out (even dried-on!!). LOVE THEM! 
To make them extra-steady (and easy to move around on my table), I put them all in a mini-muffin tin.  I decided I needed a couple of mixing trays and ended up with a nice variety of little white-colored plates which are great - especially for mixing acrylics. 

THEN I found the white-colored, deviled-egg tray!  PERFECT for mixing small amounts of silk dye or watercolors!!  LOVE IT!! 

A small selection of various recycled items I'm using.
Not only does the ceramic clean up beautifully, but because it's white, you can see the actual colors of the paints and dyes!  And while ceramic is really too heavy to travel with, it is perfect for home-use because it's harder to knock over and spill! 

So now I have a fabulous set of white ceramics to use with my paints and dyes.   FYI, while I found the saki cups at a thrift store, I have also seen them for-sale at Uwajimayas.

Now I'm off to work on my next silk painting!
ttfn (ta ta for now!)