Get Jiggy With This Perfect St. Patrick’s Day Treat

Big fan of food here, guys. Big fan. YUGE. I believe in a 60/30/10 ratio when it comes to balancing my diet. 30% Healthy, 10% Alcohol and 60% Whatever The Frick Else I Want. What I love even more than eating is when some of the categories collide. For example, wine and vodka started out as grapes and potatoes, allowing me to categorize them under the Healthy AND Alcohol umbrellas. Voila! Look at that. Everybody’s happy. The same goes for this insane Boozy Bailey’s cake because not only is it “in season” thanks to St. Patrick’s day, but you get to have your cake and alcohol too. SO. UHH. YEA.

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I wish I could take credit for this masterful confection but I can’t. The first time I made sweet, sweet mouth love to this dessert was at my friend Kelly’s house. Not only is she one of my favorite smartasses on the planet, she’s also a majestic queen of coffee roasting, an award-winning cookie baker, a garden planting phenom and a generous “inn keeper” who lets the hubs and I “pen da night” at her place when we over imbibe on date night in the quaint upstate town of Sackets Harbor. A true delight this one is. Thanks Kelly!

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We have this gorgeous creature from the north country to thank.

This recipe is obviously phenomenal for St. Patrick’s Day. I actually used Molly’s Irish Cream when I baked for this post. I KNOW, I KNOW. It’s called BAILEY’S CAKE but, for the record, Molly’s is just as good and it’s cheaper so feel free to use any irish cream you like. I made this last weekend with pumpkin spice flavored Molly’s and it was LEGEN (wait for it) DARY.

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This dessert’s also great for a fun brunch, just please PLEASE be sure to clearly label it Not Safe For Children because nobody likes a party that ends with CPS knocking on the door.  Am I right?

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Not funny. I mean, a little funny, but NOT FUNNY.

You can really play around with this cake and use any creamy liqueur and fun accent you want. I’ve been considering trying a version with Rum Chata (if you don’t know what this is, find out ASAP) and raisins instead of Bailey’s and chocolate chips. But for now…we gonna’ keep it old school. Here’s what you need:

BOOZY BAILEY’S CAKE

1 yellow cake mix
2 small packages of instant vanilla pudding
4 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 and 1/2 cups Bailey’s or Molly’s (or any irish cream you like.)
1/2 bag MINI bittersweet chocolate chips (Full size chocolate chips sink to the bottom! No bueno, my friends.)

GLAZE

2 cups confectioner’s sugar
3/4 cup Bailey’s

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Preheat your oven to 350. Combine cake mix, pudding mixes, eggs, oil and 1 & 1/2 cups Bailey’s. Mix well. Once the batter is mixed, stir in the mini chocolate chips.

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Pour into an ungreased 9 x 13 cake pan and bake for 40 mins.

While your cake’s baking, whisk together 2 cups confectioner’s sugar and 3/4 cup Bailey’s for the glaze. Set aside.

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When your cake has cooled for about 15-20 minutes, pierce the top all over with a toothpick so the glaze can get in there and do its thing, then cover the cake in glaze. There’s a lot of glaze, but I promise it will all soak in. I tip the pan back and forth to make sure the glaze settles evenly as it’s cooling.

Once your cake is completely cool, dust with a healthy dose of confectioner’s sugar and cut into 1 in. by 1 in. squares.

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Smile pretty, girlfriend.

DISCLAIMER: This cake is dangerous. The bite sized pieces are for a reason so proceed with caution. There may have been one time that I didn’t eat dinner and then had “some wine” and way too many pieces of this cake found their way into me. It ended with me in a middle of the night shower and a carpet cleaning the next day. YA FEELIN’ ME LADIES?

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It happens. Neil deGrasse Tyson knows.

If you decide to get jiggy with it and make this Boozy Bailey’s Cake, I’d love to see pics or hear what you think! Feel free to tag me or hit me up on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. Sláinte!

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THE ONLY SUPERBOWL RECIPE YOU NEED

This may come as a surprise to some of you, but I’m mildly domesticated. Don’t panic – I SAID MILDLY. I consider myself to be mostly like Cher from Mermaids because I’m best at making appetizers and my stomach’s happiest when my three best friends Wine, Cheese and Crackers swing by for a get together. So with Superbowl weekend upon us, I have to share what is TRULY THE BEST THING EVER to bring to your Superbowl party this year. JRECK SUB DIP. Trust me, just make it. Everyone’s going to basically go nuts.

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YYYAAASSSSSSS! JRECK DIP!!!

I may live on Long Island now (yes, the home of the 6 foot hero), but no overgrown downstate sub will EVER compare to the Jreck Subs I grew up eating in northern NY. Not gonna happen. When I stumbled upon and made Mary Alice’s Hoagie Dip from Food Network a few years ago, I realized that I could make it to taste exactly like the beloved subs of my youth. All of you northern and central NYers reading this, I MEAN EXACTLY LIKE JRECK’S. So many of us have moved away from home but we still pine for those subs we grew up on and this is the way to have them whenever you want. I promise, you will NOT be disappointed!

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Mary Alice’s Hoagie Dip from The Food Network ALMOST gets it into the end zone, but my dressing totally scores the touchdown! (photo cred: FoodNetwork.com)

I play around with the combo of meats and cheese I use. Feel free to use whatever you like on your subs, BUT DOCTORING UP THE DRESSING is how I really make it taste like home. Adding red wine vinegar and spicy red pepper relish takes this app to another level. I use pre-packaged deli meats to keep the cost down because, let’s be honest, cold cuts are expensive AF. Food Network shows their dip in a bread bowl but ain’t nobody got time for bread bowls when there’s Jreck Dip to be eaten! Also, this dip tastes better the next day so feel free to make it ahead. Don’t worry if the veggies wilt a little, it really boosts the flavor. True story – we always eat the leftovers for breakfast the next day because no one can wait for lunch to dig in!

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Screw eggs. Jreck’s Dip – it’s what’s for breakfast. (This is an actual breakfast shot.)

JRECK SUB DIP  

(combine all ingredients)

1 medium sweet onion – diced
3/4 head chopped/shredded iceberg lettuce
1 large tomato – seeded and diced
5-6 pepperoncinis – chopped
1/2 lb deli sliced black forest ham
1/2 lb deli sliced roast turkey
1/2 lb deli sliced roast beef
1/2 lb deli sliced salami
8 oz  sliced provolone – diced
2 loaves of italian bread or hoagie rolls, sliced a little larger than crostini size

 

DRESSING

(mix separately, then add to veggies & meat)

1 1/2 cup mayo
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
2-3 tbsp Wickles Spicy Sandwich Spread (or any spicy red pepper relish)
2 tbsp dried oregano (you heard me)
salt & pepper to taste

 

All that’s left to do now is strap on your stretchy pants and get ready for your friends to hoist you onto their shoulders and carry you off the field like Rudy Ruettiger because you’re about to win at Superbowl appetizers.

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Be mentally prepared to see everybody’s O face.

If you’re reading this and you love someone who loves Jreck subs and doesn’t get to northern or central NY enough to enjoy them, please share this with them! You’ll score major points.

I’d love to see pics of your own Jreck Dip so feel free to tag me or hit me up on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Happy apping everyone!

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