Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Grilled Italian Arancini


Traditionally, this Italian dish is fried in oil, but this time we're grilling it up in our Redi-Set-Go.  These little breaded balls of rice typically have cheese, vegetables, or meat at the center.  This is a "lightened up" version of the fried original.  I like to make these with brown rice, but I had a container of leftover white rice from the Chinese restaurant sitting in the fridge.  I figured this was the perfect way to use it up!  :)

Ingredients:

    •  2 cups cooked rice, white or brown
    • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 2 eggs
    • 3 light string cheese snacks
    • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

    Pan Insert to Use:  Mini Food Pan

    Servings:  12 balls

    Directions:
    1.  Preheat grill. If using the Xpress Platinum, preheat at setting 2.
    2.  Spritz pan with non-stick spray.
    3.  Mix the cooked rice, Parmesan cheese, and eggs in a medium bowl.

    4.  Chop each string cheese into 4 pieces, totaling 12 pieces.

    5.  Roll rice into balls, placing a string cheese piece into the center.  Roll ball tightly to about the size of a golf ball.  Roll balls in panko to coat.

    6.  Place 6 of the balls into the mini food pan holes and close unit.
    7.  Cook for about 25 minutes and remove.
    8.  Repeat steps 6 & 7 for remaining rice balls.
    9.  Serve with marinara, if desired.

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

    June 2015 Giveaway

    Would you like to win the June 2015 Giveaway? How do you enter? Easy... all you have to do is like us on Facebook and Like/Share the Giveaway post on our Facebook page. The winner will be announced on June 12, 2015. For further details, please see the "Terms & Conditions" section at the bottom of this post. This is the prize that the winner will receive:


    Xpress Redi-Set-Go Recipe Booklet:
    Quick and Easy Gourmet

    For those of you who own a GT Xpress 101, Xpress Redi-Set-Go, or an Xpress Platinum, you know that there are only a few ways to get recipes: (1) sign up for the "Easy Eatin' Recipe" club, (2) become an "Xpress Recipe Xchange" member, or (3) find recipes online from various sources.

    I happen to frequent thrift stores, and occasionally I am lucky enough to run across the recipe booklets from the "Easy Eatin' Recipe Club." That's where this little booklet came from. It's in very good condition. Even though the booklet is marked for the "Redi-Set-Go" grill, the recipes will work in the Xpress Platinum, and it looks like they will also work in the GT Xpress 101. :)


    Recipes Included in Booklet:
    Elegant Salmon & Zucchini Bake
    Sun-Dried Tomato Goat Cheese Roasted Pepper Roll
    Low-Carb Easy "Eggs Benedict"
    Open-Faced Tuna Crostini Sandwiches
    Mini Cannoli Layer Cakes
    Chocolate Biscotti Dessert Strata
    Indian Ground Beef
    Hot Tomato Stack Sandwiches
    Caviar Omelet
    Exotic Succotash Boats
    10-Minute Chicken Parm
    Fiji Island Sea Bass
    Heath Bar Cheesecake Tarts
    Greek Pizza
    Beef Wellington Pockets


    Terms & Conditions:
    One winner will be selected in a random drawing. No purchase necessary. This particular offer is only open to US residents. Only persons over the age of 18 are eligible, and you may be asked to provide proof of age or identity at any time. The offer ends on June 12, 2015.  The winner will be announced on Facebook and notified by Facebook PM on how to redeem his/her prize.  The winner will have 72 hours to claim their prize - no exceptions. If the prize is not claimed within 72 hours, a new winner will be drawn. Odds of winning will depend upon the number of eligible entries. The prize may not be exchanged for money or money's worth. Winner assumes all liability for any injury and/or damage caused, or claimed to be caused by participation in this promotion or redemption of any prize.

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    Sunday, May 3, 2015

    Parmesan-Crusted Grilled Mozzarella Sandwich


    Another kid-friendly favorite in our house!  What's better than a grilled cheese?  A pizza-inspired grilled cheese!  Coating the outside of the sandwich in Parmesan cheese makes a delicious and flavorful crust that is reminiscent of Italian cuisine.  We like to dip ours in an Italian (red) sauce like spaghetti sauce or marinara.  This would probably be really good dipped in a hearty tomato soup as well.  Try giving it more of a "pizza" flavor by sprinkling some Italian seasoning on the mozzarella cheese before cooking.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 slices bread
    • 2 slices mozzarella cheese
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
    • Italian (red) sauce, for dipping
    Pan Insert to Use:  Base Unit

    Servings:  1

    Directions:
    1. Preheat grill. If using the Xpress Platinum, preheat at setting 2.
    2. Spritz pan with non-stick spray.
    3. Place 2 slices of mozzarella cheese between 2 slices of bread.


    4. Brush outside of sandwich with olive oil and press into the shredded Parmesan to coat - do this with both sides of the sandwich.


    5. Place in grill and close cover.  Cook for 2-3 minutes, flip, cook other side for 2-3 minutes.
    6. Let cool slightly before eating - the cheese will be HOT!