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Thai Peanut Steak Salad with Mango

By Erika on October 15th, 2014 / / No Comments
Thai Peanut Steak Salad with Mango | The Hopeless Housewife. This is my version of Houston's /Hillstone Restaurant Evil Jungle or Thai Steak & Noodle Salad- SO delicious!

Thai Peanut Steak Salad with Mango | The Hopeless Housewife. This is my version of Houston’s /Hillstone Restaurant Evil Jungle or Thai Steak & Noodle Salad- SO delicious!

This salad is a take on my favorite salad at Houston’s / Hillstone Restaurant,  their Evil Jungle Salad (also called Thai Steak & Noodle Salad). It is packed with so many flavors, I devour it every time I order it! I make my version gluten-free without noodles and more greens. I also add peanut sauce to mine- it seems like the perfect compliment to this yummy meal in a bowl!

 

Thai Peanut Steak Salad with Mango | The Hopeless Housewife. This is my version of Houston's /Hillstone Restaurant Evil Jungle or Thai Steak & Noodle Salad- SO delicious!

Thai Peanut Steak Salad with Mango | The Hopeless Housewife. This is my version of Houston’s /Hillstone Restaurant Evil Jungle or Thai Steak & Noodle Salad- SO delicious!

 

Thai Peanut Steak Salad with Mango | The Hopeless Housewife. This is my version of Houston's /Hillstone Restaurant Evil Jungle or Thai Steak & Noodle Salad- SO delicious!

Thai Peanut Steak Salad with Mango | The Hopeless Housewife. This is my version of Houston’s /Hillstone Restaurant Evil Jungle or Thai Steak & Noodle Salad- SO delicious!

Thai Peanut and Steak Salad with Mango

Yield: 2-3 salads

Ingredients:

For the Steak Marinade:
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 teaspoons lime juice
3 teaspoons fish sauce
1 large clove garlic, smashed then minced
2 teaspoons Sriracha
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 lb Filet Mignon, cut into 1" squares
For the salad
3 cups chopped Romaine
3 cups shredded Napa Cabbage
½ cup cilantro, chopped
10 basil leaves, torn into small pieces
10 Mint leaves, torn into small pieces
1 Avocado, chopped into 1" pieces
1 Mango, chopped into 1" pieces
2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut into halves
For the Thai Peanut Dressing
1/4 cup Peanut butter
2 tablespoons Rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Honey
1 tablespoon Soy sauce (gluten free version if you'd like)
2 teaspoons Water
2 tablespoons Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon Red pepper flakes
2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon Canola oil
Salt to taste
For garnish
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
mint leaves

Instructions:

*Make marinade and pour half of it over the cut up filet mignon. Set the other half of this dressing aside to dress the greens. Marinate the steak for a minimum 30 minutes.
*Mix ingredients for the Thai Peanut dressing in glass bowl set aside.
*Toss napa cabbage, romaine lettuce, cilantro, basil and mint in a large glass bowl. Cover and place in the refrigerator.
*Heat a cast iron skillet (or other skillet) over high heat. Working in two batches so as not to crowd the meat, sear the steak cubes about 1-2 minutes on top and bottom, then sides until browned on each side. You want the steak to be medium rare-medium. Let steak cool 10-15 minutes. You could even place in the refrigerator to speed it along.
*Toss the refrigerated salad ingredients with remaining marinade. Add avocado and mango. Divide into 3-4 bowls. Top the salad with seared steak and drizzle with peanut dressing. Top with chopped peanuts and mint leaves. Serve immediately.
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Thai Peanut Steak Salad with Mango | The Hopeless Housewife. This is my version of Houston's /Hillstone Restaurant Evil Jungle or Thai Steak & Noodle Salad- SO delicious!

Thai Peanut Steak Salad with Mango | The Hopeless Housewife. This is my version of Houston’s /Hillstone Restaurant Evil Jungle or Thai Steak & Noodle Salad- SO delicious!

Chicken Stroganoff Skillet Lasagna

By Erika on September 23rd, 2014 / / 13 Comments

Chicken Stroganoff Skillet Lasagna + a BIG $435 Le Creuset Giveaway! | The Hopeless Housewife

Today was a really cold day here in the desert…cold and rainy. We see so few days like this– when it gets a little chilly we all LOVE it. We cozy in and build a fire and make delicious hot comfort food.  Like this Chicken Stroganoff Skillet Lasagna…just about right for a day like today, and SO up my alley. This thing has “Erika” written all over it. Did I mention how embarrassingly EASY this is to make? It is. (more…)

Quinoa and Berry Salad with Fresh Pear Dressing

By Erika on June 4th, 2014 / / No Comments

National Jerky Day is June 12th and it got me thinking. How could I make a meal out of jerky and not have it feel like I was eating a football? I know what you’re thinking… JERKY??? Most people think all jerky is going to be as tough to chew as a football and wouldn’t EVEN consider putting that into a recipe! But NOT so!!! I have seen people in airports and on the streets devouring this stuff in a bag so I got my hands on some Krave Jerky. It’s so moist and tender- really flavorful!!  I realized that this could be a quick answer to protein in salads, sandwiches and even cocktails!

The second I tried the Lemon Garlic Turkey Jerky I thought this would be delicious on my favorite Quinoa and Berry Salad with a Fresh Pear Dressing. Give this a whirl and let me know what you think.

Quinoa and Berry Salad with Fresh  Pear Dressing

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Buffalo Chicken “Lollipops” with Blue Cheese Fondue

By Erika on May 15th, 2014 / / 5 Comments

Buffalo Chicken Lollipops with Blue Cheese Fondue | The Hopeless Housewife

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Peach and Basil Bliss

By Erika on May 9th, 2014 / / 1 Comment

 

 

Perfectly refreshing for Mother’s Day and a great alternative to the Peach Bellini, this is herbal mixology at its best! Peach and basil go so well together and this drink goes down a little TOO easily…watch out! I am a vodka drinker so I substitute vodka for the bourbon and it sure does wet my whistle!

My Peach and Basil Bliss is a part of RedEnvelope’s Mother’s Day Brunch Cocktail series. I was so happy they asked me to participate- I have found many wonderful and thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts over the years at Red Envelope!

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Chicken and Dumplings

By Erika on March 23rd, 2014 / / 24 Comments

The Best Chicken and Dumplings + Le Creuset Giveaway | The Hopeless Housewife

Doesn’t this chilly weather call for a nice big bowl of steaming hot goodness? Well, The Best Chicken and Dumplings is definitely the answer for me today. There is something that just screams back to my childhood when I eat those cute little fluffy balls of dough swimming in that hot and flavorful broth…YUM. In my younger years I always thought this would be really hard to make…but honestly, they are very easy. There are a few steps here but nothing crazy. And believe me, this dish is SO worth any effort it takes to make them.

Speaking of making chicken and dumplings, I always make mine in my favorite Le Creuset Dutch Oven. I waited until I was a mature adult before I invested in one of the babies and BOY OH BOY are they just awesome to cook in. Well, today is a lucky day for one of my readers…We are  having an incredible giveaway that includes a Le Creuset Dutch Oven so they can make this scrumptious meal in it! Enter the giveaway here.

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls

By Erika on March 20th, 2014 / / 48 Comments

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls | The Hopeless Housewife

 Oh. MY. There are no words for how delicious these cinnamon rolls are. These are BETTER than Cinnabon- super moist and so flavorful!  When I see Cinnabon copycat recipes on the internet I think about how similar these are but mine are a little different. I use scalded milk. Why? Well, my grandmother used scalded milk and that’s the only way I have ever made them. I remember making a version of these when I was a kid and I used the HOT scalded milk…needless to say my cinnamon rolls did not rise and it was a major disaster. I also use a little more salt in the dough to enhance the flavor and cut the sweetness a little. Then of course is the apple filling. Once again, Oh. MY. These are the cinnamon rolls you dream about- gooey in the center, with a cream cheese frosting. Now add the tart apples and this is a serious cinnamon roll.

I always make these Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls the day before Christmas and heat them up Christmas morning… they are always a huge hit in my house and disappear instantly!

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Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls  | The Hopeless Housewife

 

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls | The Hopeless Housewife

 

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls | The Hopeless Housewife

 

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls | The Hopeless Housewife

 

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls  |The Hopeless Housewife

 

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls | The Hopeless Housewife

 

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls  | The Hopeless Housewife

 

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: Makes 12 cinnamon rolls

Ingredients:

For the dough:
1 package yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
1/2 cup lukewarm water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup scalded milk, cooled to warm
1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
1 egg, room temperature
2 teaspoons salt
4 cups bread flour (or all-purpose flour)
Filling:
6 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, divided
5 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
Glaze:
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

In a small bowl, add yeast and 2 teaspoons of the sugar to the lukewarm water and let it sit until it dissolves, about 10 minutes. In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer using the dough hook attachment, (or a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer) add scalded milk, melted butter, egg, remaining sugar, and salt and mix on low speed until combined. Add half of the flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture and continue to mix on low. Slowly add the remaining flour (if using an electric mixer you will have to stop when it's getting hard to mix and use a wooden spoon to incorporate the rest of the four as best you can- the motor of the electric mixer will burn out- then turn dough to a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes, folding the dough over onto itself and pushing down repeatedly). For a stand mixer, increase the speed to medium and knead for 5 minutes. Remove dough, place in a greased bowl, cover, and set aside on countertop or warm place. Let it rise until it is double in size, about 2 hours.
While dough is rising, make the filling. Heat 4 tablespoons of the butter and sugar in a large skillet, then add the apples. Sauté until apples are slightly caramelized. Remove from heat and set aside.
When dough has risen, remove cover and, using your fist, punch the dough down and remove from the bowl. Roll out on a well-floured surface into a 16x24 inch rectangle and spread the remaining 2 tablespoons butter almost out to the edges, but not quite. Mix the brown sugar with the cinnamon and sprinkle evenly across the butter. Spread the apple mixture over the brown sugar as evenly as you can. Roll into a log, starting from one end to the other, lengthwise, so the log is 24 inches. Cut 2 inch slices, this will give you 12 cinnamon rolls.
Line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper and butter the parchment. The cinnamon roll slices close together, but not touching, in the pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until the dough is doubled, 1 1/2-2 hours.
While the rolls are rising, preheat the oven to 375°F. Bake for about 20-22 minutes, being careful not to over-bake them.
While the cinnamon rolls are baking, mix cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt together with an electric or stand mixer on medium speed and set aside. When cinnamon rolls come out of the oven, spread the glaze over the top and serve.
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Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls | The Hopeless Housewife

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls | The Hopeless Housewife

Butter Mint Chocolate Push Pops

By Erika on March 13th, 2014 / / 1 Comment

 

Butter Mint Chocolate Push pops are so fun and kids just LOVE them! I used my favorite brownie recipe and made a wonderful butter mint cream filling…the flavor is spot-on with the yummy butter mints you snake a big handful of when leaving a restaurant.

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Thai Peanut and Chicken Flatbread

By Erika on February 25th, 2014 / / 5 Comments

Thai Peanut and Chicken Flatbread | The Hopeless Housewife

Looking for something new to spice up your weekly meal plan?  Give this Thai Peanut and Chicken Flatbread a try! The flatbread in this recipe is leavened with yeast and cooks up nice and bubbly. The tangy peanut sauce, crunchy peanuts, tender chicken and crisp carrots all make up this delicious snack, appetizer or even your main course.

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5 Ways to Say Be Mine to Your Valentine

By Erika on February 11th, 2014 / / No Comments

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Red Velvet Frosting from A Spicy Perspective

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Valentine’s Chocolate Marshmallow Pops from Boulder Locavore

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Spicy Chocolate Bark with Chipotle and Almonds from Foodie Crush

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Red Velvet Molten Lava Cakes from Half Baked Harvest

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Mini Ombre Valentine’s Day Cake for Two from I Wash You Dry

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