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Johnsonville® Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients
1 package (16 ounces) Johnsonville® Ground Italian Sausage
48 large fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions
In a skillet, cook and crumble sausage over medium heat until no longer pink and lightly browned; drain.

Remove and discard stems from mushrooms. Arrange mushroom caps on foil-lined baking sheets.

In a bowl, combine cooked sausage, bread crumbs, cream cheese, garlic, parsley and lemon juice. Stir until blended.
Carefully spoon sausage mixture into mushroom caps. Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake, uncovered, at 400°F for 14-16 minutes of until mushrooms are tender and lightly browned. Serve hot. Yield: 48 servings.

Recipe found here: Johnsonville® Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

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Moroccan Empanadas

Ingredients
3/4 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup apricot preserves
1/4 cup finely chopped carrot
3/4 teaspoon Moroccan seasoning (ras el hanout) or 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin plus 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander and dash cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 sheets refrigerated pie pastry
1 large egg yolk, beaten
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

SAUCE:
1/2 cup apricot preserves
1/2 cup chili sauce

Directions
Preheat oven to 425°. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat 5-7 minutes or until beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in cream cheese, preserves, carrot and seasonings. Cool slightly.

On a lightly floured work surface, unroll pastry. Cut 40 circles with a floured 3-in. cookie cutter, rerolling dough as necessary. Place half of the circles 2 in. apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Top each with 1 rounded tablespoon beef mixture. Top with remaining pastry circles; press edges with a fork to seal.

Brush tops with egg yolk; sprinkle with sesame seeds. Cut slits in tops. Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack.

Meanwhile, in a microwave, warm sauce ingredients, stirring to combine. Serve with empanadas.

Freeze option: Cover and freeze unbaked empanadas on waxed paper-lined baking sheets until firm. Transfer to resealable plastic freezer bags; return to freezer. To use, bake empanadas as directed, increasing time as necessary. Prepare sauce as directed. Yield: 20 servings.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with McCormick Gourmet Moroccan Seasoning (ras el hanout).

Recipe found here: Moroccan Empanadas

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Raspberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Ingredients
1 cup fresh raspberries
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
2/3 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup sliced almonds

ICING:
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons 2% milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Additional raspberries, optional

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, toss raspberries with brown sugar.

In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, whisk egg, sour cream, melted butter and vanilla until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened (batter will be thick).

Transfer half of the batter to a greased and floured 8-in. round baking pan. Top with raspberry mixture. Spoon remaining batter over raspberries; sprinkle with almonds.

Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool.

In a small bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth; drizzle over top. Serve warm. If desired, serve with additional raspberries. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Raspberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake

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Caramel Cashew Clusters

Ingredients
2 teaspoons butter
2 pounds milk chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped, divided
1 cup salted cashew halves
28 caramels
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Directions
Line baking sheets with waxed paper and grease paper with butter; set aside.

In a microwave, melt 1 pound of candy coating; stir until smooth. Drop by scant tablespoonfuls onto prepared pans. Let stand until partially set, about 3 minutes. Top each with six or seven cashews. Let stand until completely set.

In a small heavy saucepan, combine caramels and cream. Cook and stir over low heat until melted; stir until smooth. Spoon over cashews. Reheat caramel over low heat if it thickens. Melt remaining candy coating; spoon over caramel. Let stand until set. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Caramel Cashew Clusters

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Orange Pineapple Chiffon Cake

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
7 eggs, separated
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

ICING:
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons shortening
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, well drained

Directions
Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large bowl; make a well in the center. In another bowl, beat egg yolks until thicken and lemon-colored. Beat in the orange juice, oil, water, vanilla, and orange and lemon peels. Pour into well in dry ingredients; beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. In a bowl, beat egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar; beat until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold into batter.

Transfer to an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Bake at 325° for 55-60 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert cake; cool completely. Loosen cake from sides of pan; remove cake and place on a serving platter.

For icing, combine the confectioners’ sugar, shortening and butter until smooth. Spread over top of cake. Spoon pineapple over icing. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe found here: Orange Pineapple Chiffon Cake

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Tropical Carrot Cake

Ingredients
3 large eggs
3/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups finely shredded carrots
1 cup raisins
1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup flaked coconut

FROSTING:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
4 to 4-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
In a large bowl, beat eggs, oil and buttermilk. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; add to egg mixture and mix well. Stir in vanilla, carrots, raisins, pineapple, walnuts and coconut; mix well. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool.

For frosting, beat all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Frost cake. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Recipe found here: Tropical Carrot Cake

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Apple-Spice Angel Food Cake

Ingredients
1 package (16 ounces) angel food cake mix
1 cup water
2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
Reduced-fat whipped topping and/or apple slices, optional

Directions
In a large bowl, combine cake mix and water. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Fold in the applesauce, pecans and pie spice.

Gently spoon into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Cut through batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake on the lowest oven rack at 350° for 35-45 minutes or until lightly browned and entire top appears dry. Immediately invert pan; cool completely, about 1 hour.

Run a knife around side and center tube of pan. Remove cake to a serving plate. Garnish with whipped topping and/or apple slices if desired. Yield: 16 servings.

Recipe found here: Apple-Spice Angel Food Cake

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