Chuck Roast is my favorite meat to prepare. It’s relatively inexpensive. Especially if you catch it on sale like I always do. And it is absolutely divine when slow cooked into fork tender slithers of beef. Smother with some savory gravy and man! It’s a meal! I typically cook it stovetop or in the oven for hours. But, thanks to the beautiful ingenuity of my pressure cooker, I can now serve a delectable roast in one hour.
Of course we’ll need a roast. This one was a little over 3 pounds. It’ll fill at least four hearty servings. I start my seasoning off by patting on the W sauce. And my special blend of spices works every time. Pack it on every inch of the roast. Don’t forget the sides!
The most important step in preparation is the searing. I’m grateful for the browning preset on pressure cookers. It saves us time! If we were using a slow cooker, we’d have to sear the roast on the stove. The pressure cooker is a one stop shop! Sear the roast in hot oil on ALL sides! Again, don’t forget those edges!
It’s a cardinal sin to wipe of the “brown stuff” or “fond” found at the bottom of the pot after searing. That’s where the foundation of flavor begins! Instead, we leave it and sauté our veggies in it. See, we’re building flavors.
I roughly chop the veggies because we’re pressure cooking for a whole hour. If we finely chopped them, they would disintegrate completely during the duration of pressure cooking.
Look at this tender beef! I don’t ever want to use a knife to cut my roast. I like it fork tender all of the way! If you enjoy the carving, remove the roast before simmering the gravy. Speaking of the gravy, browned flour is a MUST! All it is a flour baked until golden brown. That’s it! I prefer the texture browned flour gives the gravy over cornstarch. I believe cornstarch is more suited for sauces, not gravies. Browned flour is an alternative to roux. It can even be used in making gumbo! Definitely beginner friendly, but still a go to for pros!
Fork tender deliciousness every single time! That’s the result of this recipe. Try it for yourself! I serve it over garlic mashed potatoes! What do you prefer?
I do not know of one single soul that doesn’t love cheesecake. When I figured out that my air fryer had the ability to bake a cheesecake, I was floored! What can’t this gadget do? I believe I have found a foolproof way to make the creamiest and most perfect cheesecake in under 20 minutes! Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself. Oh! I topped it with Peach Cobbler too. I know, I know. You’re welcome!
The crust is important. It’s the foundation of a delightful cheesecake. I like to keep it traditional. But, with an added crunch. Walnuts! My goodness what a difference these finely chopped little nuts make. They pair perfectly with those buttery, graham cracker crumbs. Optional, but highly recommended.
Another essential rule of thumb to remember is to avoid over mixing the cheesecake batter. Cracks are created this way. And we all know, “crack is wack!” RIP to the Great Whitney Houston. Anyway, once you incorporate the eggs into the batter, mix only until combined.
All air fryers are not the same. However, I almost certain that my timing will work across the board. Just make sure that you allow the cheesecake to air fry for a full 20 minutes before stopping it to check. This will prevent cracks as well. If you need extra cooking time, add them in 5 minute intervals.
This cheesecake as absolutely perfect. Even served plain or with the simple addition of fruit. But, of course, I had to be extra. And when you try my Peach Cobbler topping, you’ll be glad I did!
Can’t have peach cobbler with the…well…cobbler. These cobbler crumbles are homemade and extremely easy to whip up. I also “baked” them in the air fryer. It took a little under 10 minutes to do so.
Once the cobbler crumbles and peach topping are done, it’s time to assemble! Crumbles first. Then, cover them with those delectable peaches. Oh! Can’t forget a dollop of fresh whipped cream! The only con to this recipe? It’s so easy to make you will want to make it often!
I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been on the supermarket with zero intentions of buying a rotisserie chicken. But, the smell is irresistible! And I leave with a hot and ready bird everything time. Imagine my excitement upon discovering that I could prepare that same style of chicken at home in my air fryer! Of course, I wouldn’t be Coop if I didn’t make it Cajun style! No worries. It’s not spicy at all.
My air fryer is 5.8 quarts. I try to find a chicken between 3-4 lbs. Although a 5 lb chicken would fit, I find that it’s more difficult to handle. a larger chicken would also increase the cooking time, due to the injected marinade and weight.
There are many inject able marinades on the shelf. But, this brand is my absolute favorite! The flavor is intense without being salty. It’s magical. You can use the entire jar and marinate it overnight without worrying about the chicken being overly salted.
Since the marinade is light on sodium, I can add more spices. My spice blend has just the right amount of everything! The skin of rotisserie chicken is a highlight for me. And this blend of spices compliment it perfectly.
I also use a little bit of the spice mix in some softened butter. This goes under the breast skin of the chicken. White meat of the chicken can be the driest part. This step, along with the marinade, helps ensure that, that won’t happen.
50 minutes produces the perfect whole chicken for me. But, air fryers are different. Be sure to keep an eye on the chicken. This is why a meat thermometer is necessary. Stop and check it often to ensure that it isn’t burning or browning too quickly. If the breasts are browning before the chicken is cooked through, cover the breasts with a piece of foil and continue air frying.
It’s very important to allow the chicken resting time before serving. This will settle those juices. However, this marinade is serious! Even after resting, the juices may spray out when carving the chicken. It’s a good thing! Just warning you before it can be a shock.
Here in Louisiana, we FIND things to put crawfish on. Fries aren’t any exception. But, the fries aren’t the star today. Who can’t toss frozen fries in some oil? No brainer. Well, don’t toss ‘em in! That’s a splash you will NOT enjoy. Anyway, I will be giving you the ultimate cheese sauce recipe! It’s creamy and cheesy! And too easy to make. It is sure to be your new go to recipe for Cheese/Queso!
By now, you should know that I’m pretty obsessed with incorporating liquid crab boil into my seafood dishes. It just adds that spark, you know? Splash it on these crawfish tails! Since I’m using frozen tails, adding the crab boil gives it that summer boil flavor!
Let’s talk Queso! I’m using evaporated milk and heavy cream. Why both and not just one?? For starters, the creamiest of evaporated milk is pretty undeniable. And sometimes, using just heavy cream or half and half, can cause the sauce to separate once it reaches a certain heat. Evaporated milk gives us a little leeway. We definitely don’t EVER want to boil dairy. It’s easily scorched. And the sauce may not look burnt. But, it will certainly taste burnt. I like to add in the heavy cream, because it gives the sauce the perfect silky texture once it cools. It also thickens the sauce more as the temperature lowers.
Now, fries. Use your favorite. I love a good, seasoned fry. But, for this dish, I opted for a plain, crispy bag of frozen fries. I’m leaving all of the seasoning up to the crawfish tails and that heavenly sauce! I don’t have to tell you how to fry French fries, right? Just follow the package instructions and you’ll be good to go!
Allow me to introduce you to your new favorite corn based side dish! Maque Choux “mock-shoo” is a traditional, Creole dish. It’s a jazzed up version of cream-style corn and it is delightful! It’s spicy, sweet, fresh, and savory! Imagine using the corn on the cob, but a seafood boil and turning it into homemade, cream-style corn. Amazing, right?
Fresh is definitely best! Fresh corn is one penny favorite vegetables. The slightly sweet and grown in buttery flavor of it fresh out of the skin is divine! Shucking corn can be a pain, until now! All you have to do it Microwave the ears. I do them two at a time for 8 minutes. Then, I carefully cut off the ends and shake the corn free. Be careful, because it’ll be hot! Silk free corn every time! Fresh corn is always accessible to everyone. So, frozen corn will work as well.
I’ve always loved canned cream style corn. But, making it homemade was a game changer for me! And it’s so easy to do! What I enjoy about using fresh corn is the “milk” of the cob. Once you cut off the kernels, don’t be so quick to discard the cob. There’s more to scrap!
Maque Choux is made many different ways adding to and/or subtracting from the ingredients I use for mine. One thing’s for certain across the board. It’s damn good! The perfect side dish for many meals!
I have affectionately named you my “Cookies” for years. Only to realize yesterday that I do not have one recipe for cookies on our site! What’s wrong with me?? That changes today! Allow me to introduce to our official “Cookie” recipe!
I can’t stress enough how important it is to use quality ingredients. This is especially true when it comes to baking. Since we are making double chocolate cookies, we want to make sure we have the best chocolates we can afford for these! Look I’m not telling you to break the bank! They’re just cookies. Well, no. They are THE cookies! Anyway, buy whatever you can afford. This recipe is delicious either way!
I use a hand whisk and spatula my batter to form the dough, because over mixing the batter is easy with an electric mixer. You want to vigorously beat the butter and sugars together. Then, beat in the egg until the batter drools off of the whisk creating a “ribbon” effect. After adding in the dry ingredients, carefully “fold” it all together to incorporate the flour and baking powder. We don’t want to over work the dough. The dough should be soft and pliable. I like to chill in the fridge for 30-40 minute before baking. This will allow the dough to “set”. You can also refrigerate it overnight to enhance the flavors.
I love the taste of walnuts in cookies! The little added crunch is delightful in these. If you’re into pecans feel free to substitute those in. Or, you can just leave the nuts out all together. It’s up to you.
Make sure you give these cookies their space! They expand a lot! You don’t want to open the oven and meet a cookie sheet cake. Although that doesn’t sound too bad! But, that’s not our goal today. Cookies need space! Cookies also need to cool completely before serving. Who am I kidding? It’s almost impossible to keep fresh cookies away from my family! I try to hold them off long enough to avoid finger and mouth burns from hot cookies!
Coop’s Double Chocolate Cookies are long overdue, but they certainly worth the wait! Feel free to play around with different nuts and flavors of chocolate chips. This is a great base recipe to create your perfect cookie!
Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350 F
Scoop out the dough using a cookie scoop* onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet leaving a few inches of space between each cookie for expansion
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges have browned. (Do NOT over bake)
Allow the cookies to cool completely on a wired cooling rack before serving
*if you do not have a cookie scoop, make each cookie 1 1/2 TBS.
**Cookie dough may be frozen in freezer safe bags or containers for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before baking. Refrigerated cookie dough will remain fresh and usable for 3 to 5 days.
The food court at the mall doesn’t get the credit it deserves. There’s a lot of glorious tastes in that little area! Various cuisines of many cultures in one spot. The food court is where I was first introduced to Bourbon Chicken. I’m forever grateful. Okay, that seems intense. But, so is the flavor of this chicken!
There are many versions of this dish. I have a slow cooker version here on the site that is very different from this one. Still tasty. But, different. Here, I marinate the chicken overnight in the same sauce we’ll use later in the recipe.
I use chicken thighs as they have a little more flavor than breasts. But, breast will definitely work in this recipe if preferred. When using the boneless, skinless chicken thighs, it’s important to almost “butterfly” it. You want to slice it thinly to help it cook evenly and thoroughly.
As previously mentioned, my slow cooker version of this recipe differs. One difference is the omission of Bourbon whiskey. That recipe was named after the famed New Orleans “Bourbon Street”. This is why it lacks Bourbon whiskey. But, here, we’re adding in the booze!
If you loved my earlier added Bourbon Chicken recipe, I have no doubt you’ll enjoy this one! Different flavors, but there’s certainly no lack of flavor. Which one of my Bourbon Chicken recipes do you prefer? I’ll take both!
Air Fryers have changed the game for the better! I haven’t turned by stove on in a while! Air Fryers have made cooking so much easier and healthier! Not to mention, the clean up is extremely easy. Thanks to the nonstick surface of the cooking chamber. I did not think I could love this machine any more. Then, I made hamburgers in it! Oh my goodness! These burgers cooked in under 15 minutes. They were extremely juicy! I just had to share my recipe with you!
First things first. I am not a “Salt n Pepper” burger kind of chick. You know how some folks just form the meat into a patty and sprinkle salt and pepper on each side. Not I! Not knocking those that do, but I need a little extra flavor! You can always just use my air frying timing and your own seasoning blend. I do HIGHLY recommend trying my recipe as is. It is truly delicious! In my unbiased opinion of course. Ha!
The burgers were perfect as is. But, I just had to be extra and add cheese! Cheese makes nearly everything better! And these burgers are no different. Just add a cube of your favorite cheese to the center of the meat while forming each patty. As it air fries, the cheese will melt into gooey goodness!
My recipe yields 7-10 burgers depending on the size you make them. Keep in mind that they will shrink a little during the air frying. So, you may want to overcompensate for the size while forming your patties.
There are many different brands of air fryers. So, you make have to adjust my cooking times to fit your unit and to achieve the level of doneness you prefer. This recipe is way to easy and flavor not to try! Look at that cheese!
Cabbage is one of my all time favorite vegetables! Not just because it’s absolutely delicious. But, it’s also inexpensive and extremely simple to prepare. I love to smother it until it literally melts in your mouth! But, others prefer a bit of a crunch and that’s cool too. Cooking time all depends on your preference in texture.
I can’t stress the importance of rinsing your produce enough. I don’t care how clean your local markets are, you need to make sure you cleanse veggies well! Rinse with water after chopping to ensure that you’re not just washing the outer layer. We want to thoroughly rinse. No soap needed. Just cool water. Toss it in a colander to drain.
Now, chopping and slicing your cabbage it’s up to you. Some like to shred the cabbage. I prefer to roughly chop it into about 1/2 to 1 inch pieces. Again, it’s all up to you.
I use chicken or beef sausage in my cabbage as my family and I do not eat pork. But, bacon and pork sausage are the traditional, southern pairing for smothered cabbage. Use your favorite.
Also, cabbage releases its own water during the smothering process. You really don’t need to add any extra. I add a little bit just to get the party started, you know? I don’t use chicken stock or broth. But, hey, it wouldn’t hurt if you did instead of the water.
Easy, right? Let me warn you now. You’ll crave this often! But, the ease of preparation makes my Smothered Cabbage a craving that’s you can satisfy with ease. Don’t forget the cornbread!
This dish is very, very popular at Copeland’s Restaurants in Louisiana. Whenever we go, at least two people in our party orders it. And it’s surprising super easy to make at home. You can have multiple servings for about the same price you price for one plate at the restaurant. A win is a win!
Please Don’t Trim that Fat!
Frozen crawfish tails can be found in the freezer section of most grocery stores. Yep, Walmart has them! To thaw, I just placed the unopened package on a big bowl of cool water. It literally thaws in minutes. And once it does, do NOT drain off the orange stuff! That’s the fat. It’s where all of the flavor lives. Add it in!
Not Your Chef Boyardee Ravioli
I use refrigerated ravioli, because it allows me to skip a step. I’m all about shortcuts! Especially when cooking. The frozen ravioli will work too. You just have to thaw them before using.
I’m air frying the ravioli to cut down and some of the grease. All the carbs on this stuff, and I wanna be a lil healthy. I’m such a food hypocrite! Anyway, I’m lying too. I’m air frying because I don’t feel like dealing with all of that oil and waiting for it to heat up. Look, I’m a lazy cook! God bless the creators of the air fryer!! Don’t worry, if you don’t have one, I leave the instructions for deep frying below. I got you covered!
Lost in the SAUCE!
The sauce is my FAVORITE part! It’s creamy with crawfish. And the liquid crab boil just adds that Louisiana flavor to it, ya know? This stuff is bomb! Folks will really think you’re a real life chef when you make this! I’ve tricked y’all into thinking I am! Lol