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Shrimp Scampi Fettuccine with Andouille Butter

Shrimp Scampi Fettuccine with Andouille Butter

Ingredients
1 package (16 ounces) fettuccine
3/4 pound fully cooked andouille sausage links, cut into 1/4-inch slices
3/4 cup butter, cut up
2 medium leeks (white portion only), thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup white wine
1/4 cup brandy
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 pounds uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined
Minced fresh parsley and lemon wedges, optional

Directions
Cook fettuccine according to package directions. In a large skillet, cook and stir sausage over medium-high heat until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat; transfer half of the sausage to paper towels to drain.

Place butter and drained sausage in a food processor; cover and process until blended. Remove to a bowl; cover and refrigerate.

Add leeks to remaining sausage in skillet; cook and stir over medium-high heat until leeks are tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the wine, brandy, salt, paprika and cayenne, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half.

Stir in shrimp; cook for 5-6 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Add andouille butter, stirring just until melted.
Drain fettuccine; place on a large platter. Spoon shrimp mixture over pasta. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with lemon wedges if desired. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Shrimp Scampi Fettuccine with Andouille Butter

Skillet Beef Tamales

Skillet Beef Tamales

Ingredients
1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
1/3 cup chopped sweet red pepper
1/3 cup chopped green pepper
2 cups salsa
3/4 cup frozen corn
2 tablespoons water
6 corn tortillas (6 inches), halved and cut into 1/2-inch strips
3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
5 tablespoons fat-free sour cream

Directions
In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook beef and peppers over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in salsa, corn and water; bring to a boil.

Stir in tortilla strips. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 10-15 minutes or until tortillas are softened. Sprinkle with cheese; cook, covered, 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Serve with sour cream.

Freeze option: Freeze cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary. Serve with sour cream. Yield: 5 servings.

Recipe found here: Skillet Beef Tamales

Beef Rouladen

Beef Rouladen

Ingredients
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
8 slices beef top round steak (1/4 inch thick and 4 ounces each)
Salt and pepper to taste
8 bacon strips
1 large onion, cut into thin wedges
3 tablespoons canola oil
3 cups beef broth
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup water
Chopped fresh parsley, optional

Directions
Lightly spread mustard on each slice of steak; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place 1 bacon strip and a few onion wedges on each slice; roll up; secure with toothpicks.

In a large skillet, brown beef in oil until no longer pink; drain. Add broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours or until meat is tender.

Remove meat and keep warm. Combine flour and water until smooth; gradually stir into broth. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thickened and bubbly. Remove toothpicks. Return to gravy; heat through. Sprinkle with parsley if desired. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Beef Rouladen

Soft Pretzel

Soft Pretzel

Ingredients
2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons salt
1 egg
6-1/2 to 7-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons cold water
Coarse salt

Directions
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, butter, salt, egg and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough.

Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and refrigerate for 2-24 hours.
Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Cut each into 16 pieces. Roll each piece into a 20-in. rope. Shape into a pretzel.

Place on greased baking sheets. Beat egg yolk and cold water; brush over pretzels. Sprinkle with coarse salt. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 25 minutes.
Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 32 pretzels.

Recipe found here: Soft Pretzel

Apple Zucchini Bread

Apple Zucchini Bread

Ingredients
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 eggs
1-1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups shredded unpeeled zucchini
1 cup shredded peeled apples
1-1/2 cups chopped pecans

Directions
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. In another bowl, beat eggs. Add oil, sugars and vanilla. Pour over dry ingredients; mix well. Stir in zucchini, apples and pecans (batter will be stiff). Spoon into three greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until done. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 3 loaves.

Recipe found here: Apple Zucchini Bread

pigs in a blanket with sauce

Neely’s Pigs in a Blanket

Ingredients
1 (8-ounce) can original crescent dough
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
20 mini hot dogs or cocktail franks
1 egg, lightly beaten
Poppy seeds or sesame seeds
Tangy Dipping Sauce, recipe follows

Tangy Dipping Sauce:
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut each triangle of crescent roll dough into thirds lengthwise, making 3 small strips from each roll.
Brush the dough strips lightly with Dijon mustard. Put the mini hot dogs on 1 end of the dough and roll up.

Arrange them, seam side down, on a greased cookie sheet. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds. Bake until golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes. Serve warm with the dipping sauce.

Tangy Dipping Sauce:
Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving. Can be made a day ahead.

Slow Cooker Mushroom Chicken & Peas

Slow Cooker Mushroom Chicken & Peas

Ingredients
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
1 envelope onion mushroom soup mix
1 cup water
1/2 pound sliced baby portobello mushrooms
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups frozen peas, thawed

Directions
Place chicken in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Sprinkle with soup mix, pressing to help seasonings adhere. Add water, mushrooms, onion and garlic.

Cook, covered, on low 3-4 hours or until chicken is tender (a thermometer inserted in chicken should read at least 165°). Stir in peas; cook, covered, 10 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Slow Cooker Mushroom Chicken & Peas

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