Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Perfect Roast Beef Rub

I know I don't post too many savory recipes. It's amusing because I actually cook probably 75-90% of our dinners. This is one recipe I found that I really enjoy. I love roast beef, prime rib and this recipe is actually a prime rib rub that I use on roast beef. It's really good, and has a nice subtle kick to it.
Ingredients for rub
Put all your spices in a small bowl.
Mix well, making sure spices are evenly combined.

Stir in olive oil. Your mixture should resemble the following picture.
Let your mixture sit for 15 minutes before putting it on your meat.

Beef, all ready for coating
Spoon your mixture over your beef, covering it completely. It should look like the below picture.
Once it is all coated, you are ready to cook. I usually bake my roasts at 325 degrees for about an hour and then check it every few minutes until it is at the temp I like. 

All done!
I like my beef medium rare and this came out pretty perfect.  And my girls had double helpings of meat so that is always a plus!!

Serving Suggestion =)

1 1/4 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 tablespoons olive oil
3lb beef (I used a 5lb top round roast and doubled the rub recipe)

Place all your spices in a small bowl and combine
Add olive oil and mix well
Let mixture sit for 15 minutes
Spoon mixture over beef.
Cook beef to your preference.

Chocolate & White Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies

I would say my main obsessions lately have been anything made with boxed cake mix, and anything with chocolate chips and M&M's.  This recipe has the former.  I made these at my Mom's house so where the original recipe called for chocolate chips, I halved the batch and did some with chocolate and some with white chocolate.
Using softened butter, add your sugars and beat until well combined. It should resemble the following picture.
Add your eggs and vanilla and blend on high for one minute. Your batter should resemble the following picture. 
Once it's all well mixed, you are ready to add your dry ingredients. 
Dry Ingredients added
Add the flour, cake mix, and baking soda to your wet mixture. Blend on low until combined.
All mixed!
Next, you are ready to add your sprinkles. I used rainbow sprinkles and nonpareils.  Add to your batter.
So colorful!
Sprinkles added
All mixed in!
Now, if you aren't separating your batter like I did, you can skip these next steps. You can just add your chocolate chips with the sprinkles and mix.  I separated my sprinkled dough, and then added white chocolate chips to one bowl and mini chocolate chips to the other.

Kae adding the chocolate chips
Ariana adding the white chocolate chips
Mixed Chocolate chip dough
Mixed white chocolate chip dough

Once your dough is all mixed, cover and refrigerate for a couple hours.  You don't want your dough too sticky. Once it has had its cooling session, you are ready to form your dough for baking.  Take about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough and form them so the are taller than they are wide (like the below picture)

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes and then move to a cooling rack to cool completely.

All done!

White chocolate cookie closeup!

I thought these cookies came out pretty well. They were nice and soft with a nice softness in the middle. I will say, I thought the white chocolate ones were a bit too sweet for my liking. I think you need the semi-sweet chocolate to cut down on the sweetness from the cake mix and sprinkles.

Recipe (Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction)
3/4 cup softened butter
1/2 sugar
1/2 brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup flour
1 1/4 cup yellow cake mix
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup sprinkles ( I used 1/4 Rainbow sprinkles and 1/4 rainbow nonpareils)
1 cup chocolate chips (I used 1/2 cup white chocolate and 1/2 mini chocolate chips) 

Cream together butter and sugars using electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
Add egg and vanilla and mix on high, about 1 minute.
Add flour, cake mix and baking soda and mix on low until just combined.
Mix in Chocolate chips and sprinkles.
Cover and refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours.
After refrigerating, preheat oven to 350 degrees
Scoop dough out by 1 1/2 tablespoons
Form balls taller than they are wide
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until edges are slightly brown
Allow cookies to cool for a few minutes before moving to cooling racks.

Chocolate Chip cookie closeup!