Tha Dogg Pound

While getting ready for all the football action coming up this weekend I decided that I would work on a solid meal for you and the boys to enjoy while watching your team crack some skulls! Everyone knows the traditional fall back plan of cooking up some quick burgers or hot dogs for the game so I am going to switch it up with a mountain of chili-cheese hot dogs to make an epic meal for you and up to 3 of your hungriest friends.

Tha Dogg Pound is actually a collaboration from my good friends Jimmy Bluntski and Halli J. Without their help I couldn’t have made this glorious meal!

The ingredients for this dish are the basics needed for making old fashioned chili cheese dogs! This dish is meant to be a feast on one plate that everyone can just dig into while watching the game.

Ingredients: 2 hot dog buns, 1 pack of hot dogs (about 6 dogs or so), 1 pack of bacon (about 5 strips), shredded cheese, 1 can of chili, and 1 onion.

WARNING! This meal will instantly cure hunger and possibly earn you a 6 pack from your friends!

Step 1. Begin to fry up your bacon in a frying pan. After they’re cooked on one side flip them over and make room for your hot dogs.

Step 2. Take a knife and put a slit in all the hot dogs going lengthwise (or hot dog style). Put them in the hot pan with the bacon grease to keep them from sticking to the pan. Be sure to keep checking on them and rotating as needed to prevent burning.

Step 3. While your bacon and hot dog are finishing up, throw your can of chili in a pot and heat up on medium heat.

Step 4. Once everything is done cooking take them off of the heat and set aside to cool while you dice up half of the onion.

Now it is time to assemble the Tha Dogg Pound!

Step 5. Lay 2 hot dog buns down, side by side, face up, and completely opened up.  Next lay your bacon strips across both buns creating a nice layer of bacon.

Then sprinkle a pinch of cheese onto the bacon forming the next layer.

Now layer your hot dogs across the cheese! Feel free to sprinkle even more cheese on that if you want!

Now slowly drizzle your chili over the top of the entire mountain of food and garnish with another pinch of shredded cheese and the half diced up onion.

And that’s all there is to a great filling gameday meal for you and a couple friends!

Road Muchies!

After being on the road for 8 hours I was in serious need of some serious grub. And the tired, soggy sandwiches and funky smelling taquitos at every gas station were not gonna satisfy my taste buds this time. Finally, after having a quick safety meeting with my co-pilot, Messy Marv, we decided to raid the dollar menu of a fast food joint to create our own deluxe fast food meals. So it was then that I decided to start my first episode in a part I call Road Muchies! Essentially I want to create tasty, filling, and maybe even outrageous meals with only dollar menu items so we made our first stop at the American classic.

The spot we hit for this installment was  good ol’ McDonald’s. The dollar menu presents a couple perfectly filling meal options at cheap affordable value menu prices! At McDonald’s we came up with the McQuad , the Ghetto Big Mac and the Apple pie a la mode!

The McQuad

Step 1. Order 2 McDouble Sandwiches.

Step 2. Remove the top bun from 1 burger and the bottom bun from the other.

Step 3. Join the sandwiches together and enjoy the four paddy goodness!

The Ghetto Big Mac

Step 1. Get 1 order of dollar menu small french fries. Then order a McDouble with Big Mac sauce (They should put it on there at no extra cost).

Step 2. Separate the McDouble where the burgers meet and layer your french fries on top of it and you now have a Ghetto Big Mac.

For dessert: Apple Pie a la mode

Step 1. Order a Hot Fudge Sundae and 2 apple pies.

Step 2. Take a couple small bites out of the sundae so that it doesn’t overflow and spill.

Step 3. Break your apple pies into little pieces and crumbs and mix lightly into the Sundae.

Step 4. Top with the chopped nuts they give you. (if you want)

Using these as a guide, don’t be afraid to get wild with your own dollar menu items and create something unique to you! Come up with your own ideas for Road Muchies! and email them to giolgutierrez@gmail.com and I’ll try em out and maybe feature them on the next installment of Road Muchies!

The Jesus Cristo Holey Breakfast!

Today I am going to school you guys on a quick and delicious breakfast sandwich that will have you asking, “Who the Hell is Monte anyways?” The Jesus (Hay-Soos) Cristo sandwich was created out of my love for the Monte Cristo and breakfast foods so I decided to make my own “breakfast Monte Cristo.”

A Monte Cristo sandwich is a quick and easy sandwich made with ham and turkey, then dipped in an egg and milk batter and fried to perfection. My version of the sandwich uses bacon and sausage instead of ham and turkey and includes a special breakfast surprise in the middle! The “Hole in the Middle” is my secret weapon and can be a meal on its own when on a serious budget or time crunch. Simply put though, the “Hole in the Middle” is a piece of toast with a hole cut out so that a fried egg can fit snugly inside of the middle of it.

WARNING!! Eating this sandwich may lead to increased faith and the ability to walk on water.

Ingredients: 3 slices of bread, 3 (or more) slices of bacon, 4 sausage links, 3 eggs, 1/4 cup of milk, 1 slice of cheddar cheese.

Step 1. Start frying up your bacon and sausage in a pan on low heat.

Step 2. While the bacon and sausage are cooking, take 1 slice of bread. By using a small to medium glass cup, cut a hole in the center of the bread. On the side, beat 2 eggs and 1/4 cup of milk in a medium sized bowl.

Step 3. Once the bacon and sausage are cooked, remove from the pan and set aside. Using the same pan (the bacon grease is great to prevent the eggs and bread from sticking) place the piece of bread with the hole in it inside the pan. Immediately crack an egg into the hole and let it cook. Flip when needed and season with salt and pepper as desired.

Step 4. When the Hole in the middle is done, assemble the sandwich by placing the bacon on one slice of bread, then the Hole in the Middle, then the sausage links on top, then the cheddar cheese and the final slice of bread. 

Step 5. Lightly dip the entire sandwich in the milk and egg batter so that the sandwich is lightly coated all around. Now place the dipped sandwich in the pan and fry up both sides evenly till they are a beautiful golden brown.

Step 6. Place in the microwave for 45 seconds to ensure all the batter and egg is cooked thoroughly then Enjoy!

Another great way to enjoy the  sandwich is by dipping it in your favorite type of jelly or syrup to make it the breakfast sandwich of all breakfast sandwiches! Be sure to check out my other photos for help on making your own Jesus Cristoooo!!

Peanut Butter Jelly Time… Seriously.

“We take peanut butter and jelly serious.” Although it was meant to be a comical motto for my first business start-up idea, that statement perfectly reflects my attitude towards the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. With that said, my goal is to create unique and delicious meals for the fast, busy, and budgeted lifestyle of a working student like myself.  I believe the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, affectionately known as PB&J, to be one of America’s oldest and favorite foods. It has become a staple to households country wide, and has been around for many generations because of its delicious and yet simple ingredients. Time for a little history lesson.

Even though George Washing Carver popularized peanut butter in the 1880’s, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich didn’t take flight in American kitchens until about 1945. You see, peanut butter and jelly were both items included on the U.S. military ration menus during World War II, and it is said that the U.S soldiers mixed the two on some bread to make them both a little more palatable. Peanut butter offers healthy amounts of protein and can serve as an excellent alternative to carrying meat around. The only problem is that peanut butter is extremely sticky and can get stuck on the roof of your mouth if the right precautions are not taken. Enter Jelly. After the war, when thousands of U.S service men returned home, they brought with them their love of the delicious sandwich and it was then that the PB&J sandwich soared in popularity in the United States.

Today, I turn the PB&J into the stuff legends are made of. I like to sweeten up the sandwich a little with a delicious, chocolaty hazelnut spread known as Nutella. This adds a rich yet smooth flavor to the sandwich that makes it all the more enjoyable. Nutella is a fairly common item, even though most people have never heard of it, and can be found at most supermarkets.

WARNING! This is not your little sister’s cold lunch. This is the Ultimate PBN&J. aka “The Double Decker”

Ingredients: 3 slices of your favorite bread, Jelly, Peanut butter, and Nutella.

Step 1. With a knife, spread the peanut butter onto the first slice of bread.

Step2. Spread the jelly onto the second piece of bread.

Step 3. Gently press the two bread pieces together. (Creating the traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or a single decker)

Step 4. This is where things get tricky. With the jelly side up, spread another layer of jelly onto the top of the single decker sandwich.

Step 5. Take the remaining piece of bread and spread a dallop of Nutella on it.

Step 6. Finally, crown the sandwich with the Nutella side down, Thus making the “Double Decker!”

Though I boast it to be the “Ultimate” PB&J sandwich, feel free to improvise and mix it up in any way you want! The best part about the PB&J sandwich is the amount of versatility in flavors, textures, and colors that can be made from it. Try using different kinds of jellies or different stlyes of peanut butter until you find that perfect combination for your taste buds.