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Focaccia Barese

Ingredients
1-1/8 teaspoons active dry yeast
3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°), divided
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/3 cup mashed potato flakes
1-1/2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-3/4 cups bread flour

Topping:
2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
1/4 cup pitted Greek olives, halved
1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh or dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

Directions
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Add sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the potato flakes, 1-1/2 teaspoons oil, salt, 1 cup flour and remaining water. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

Place 1 tablespoon olive oil in a 10-in. ovenproof skillet; tilt pan to evenly coat. Add dough; shape dough to fit pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

With fingertips, make several dimples over top of dough. Brush with remaining tablespoon of oil. Blot tomato slices with paper towels. Arrange tomato slices and olives over dough; sprinkle with oregano and salt.

Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Focaccia Barese

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Ingredients
1 beef top sirloin steak (1-1/2 pounds), cut into 1/4-inch strips
2-1/2 cups sliced fresh shiitake mushrooms
1 medium onion, cut into wedges
3 dried hot chilies
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1-3/4 cups fresh snow peas
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
Hot cooked rice

Directions
Place beef in a 4-qt. slow cooker. Add the mushrooms, onion and chilies. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, orange juice, soy sauce, vinegar, cornstarch, ginger, oil and garlic. Pour over meat.

Cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours or until meat is tender, adding snow peas during the last 30 minutes of cooking. Stir in orange zest. Serve with rice. Yield: 5 servings.

Recipe found here: Zesty Orange Beef

Apricot Salad

Ingredients
2 packages (3 ounces each) apricot gelatin
2 cups boiling water
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup whole milk
1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
1-3/4 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
Canned apricots and fresh mint leaves, optional

Directions
Dissolve gelatin in boiling water; set aside. Beat cream cheese until smooth; gradually beat in milk until smooth. Stir in gelatin. Add pineapple, mixing well. Refrigerate.

When mixture begins to thicken, fold in whipped topping. Pour into a 2-1/2-qt. serving bowl. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. If desired, serve with canned apricots and fresh mint leaves. Yield: 10 servings.

Recipe found here: Apricot Salad

Buttery Finger Cocktail

Make this amazing cocktail to get your night started right! The Buttery Finger Cocktail is made with Vodka, Buttershots, Irish Cream, Coffee Liqueur!

+ 1 oz. (30ml) Vodka
+ 1 oz. (30ml) Buttershots
+ 1 oz. (30ml) Irish Cream
+ 1 oz. (30ml) Coffee Liqueur

Lemon Garlic Cream Fettuccine

Ingredients
3 teaspoons grated lemon peel
2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
2 garlic cloves, minced
8 ounces uncooked fettuccine

SAUCE:
1/4 cup butter
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions
In a small bowl, mix lemon peel, parsley and garlic. Cook fettuccine according to package directions; drain.

For sauce, in a large skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and lemon peel; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in cream, salt and pepper. Whisk in cream cheese until melted. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Stir in lemon juice.

Add pasta, tomatoes and parsley to skillet; toss to combine. Serve immediately with lemon peel mixture and, if desired, Parmesan cheese. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Lemon Garlic Cream Fettuccine

Stuffed Chicken Rolls

Ingredients
6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (8 ounces each)
6 slices fully cooked ham
6 slices Swiss cheese
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup canola oil
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1/2 cup chicken broth
Chopped fresh parsley, optional

Directions
Flatten chicken to 1/4-in. thickness; top with ham and cheese. Roll up and tuck in ends; secure with toothpicks.

In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, cheese, sage, paprika and pepper; coat chicken on all sides. In a large skillet, brown chicken in oil over medium-high heat.

Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Combine soup and broth; pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until chicken is tender. Remove toothpicks. Garnish with parsley if desired.

Freeze option: Cool chicken mixture. Freeze in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through slowly in a covered skillet, stirring occasionally, until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Stuffed Chicken Rolls>

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Ingredients
2 pounds beef top sirloin steak, cut into thin strips
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup water
1 envelope (1-1/2 ounces) beef stroganoff seasoning for the slow cooker
1 pound sliced baby portobello mushrooms
1 small onion, chopped
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup port wine or beef broth
2 teaspoons ground mustard
1 teaspoon sugar
1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) sour cream
Hot cooked egg noodles
Minced fresh parsley, optional

Directions
In a large skillet, brown meat in oil. Add water and seasoning mix, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Transfer meat and drippings to a 3-qt. slow cooker.

In the same skillet, saute mushrooms and onion in butter until tender. Combine the wine, mustard and sugar; stir into the mushroom mixture. Add to slow cooker; stir to combine.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender. Stir in sour cream. Serve with noodles. Sprinkle with parsley if desired. Yield: 7 servings.

Recipe found here: Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

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