Thursday, August 27, 2009
Chocolate covered strawberries are a nice little romantic treat when you want to celebrate something special. I always make them for our wedding anniversary. They are very simple to make and they go really well with some sparkling wine.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
1 package strawberries
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 tbsp. heavy cream
splash of vanilla extract
Rinse strawberries and drain on a paper towel. Make sure you dry the strawberries so the chocolate will stick. Heat chocolate, heavy cream and vanilla in a small sauce pan over low, stirring constantly. Once chocolate has melted, dip strawberry in chocolate sauce. Place dipped strawberry on a wax paper covered plate. Chill in refrigerator for about an hour or until chocolate has completely cooled on strawberry.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Who does not love a biscuit with a meal? I love going to restaurants and trying different types of breads before my appetizer arrives. For years, I have been trying to come up with the perfect biscuit to serve for dinner and I finally found it!
Garlic Cheddar Biscuits
2 c. Bisquick
1 c. cheddar cheese
2/3 c. milk
2 tbsp. melted butter
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
3 tbsp. butter
1/4-1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. parsley
Preheat oven at 425 degrees. Mix Bisquick, milk, cheese, butter and garlic powder in a bowl. Line cookie sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Drop biscuits in a heaping tablespoon on baking sheet. Cook for about 10 minutes (oven time may vary).
While biscuits are in the oven, heat butter, garlic powder and parsley over low heat in a small saucepan. When biscuits are cooked, brush butter mixture over biscuits. Serve warm.
Makes about 10 biscuits.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I love sauce and gravy. Whether it be Country Fried Chicken or Pot Roast, it has to be coated with something. This recipe is the basic Chicken Cordon Bleu with a twist - a white wine sauce that you can put on the chicken and noodles. It is out of this world.
For something different or if you don't have a lot of time, don't wrap the ham and swiss in the chicken. Just bread the chicken, brown it and let it simmer in the wine for about 15 minutes.
Chicken Cordon Bleu with Wine Sauce
4 thin cut, boneless chicken breasts
4 slices of thin deli sliced ham
4 slices of deli sliced swiss
3 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. poultry seasoning
3 tbsp. butter
3/4 c. white wine (Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio)
1 chicken bouillon cube or envelope
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 cup half and half
Lay chicken breasts flat and fold cheese and ham slices to fit on top. Fold chicken over filling and fasten with skewer or toothpick.
Mix flour, paprika and poultry seasoning in a small bowl. Roll chicken rolls in mixture until well coated.
Melt butter in 12" skillet over medium heat. Add chicken rolls. Brown all sides. Add bouillion and wine and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove cover and let simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes. Remove chicken and skewers/toothpicks.
Mix cornstarch and half and half in cup until well blended. Add to skillet and stir constantly. Cook until thickened.
Serve sauce with chicken and egg noodles.
Monday, August 24, 2009
The traditional way of flattening the plaintain after they are precooked is using a plantain press. If you do not have one, you can just flatten them with a ramekin or even a pint glass.
2 large plaintains
1/3 c oil
Peel plantains with knife. Cut plantain in a diagonal (like you would for bruschetta), about 3/4" thick.
Fry plaintains in oil for about 2 minutes and flip. Cook additional 2 minutes. Put on paper towel to remove excess oil. Let sit for about 5 minutes.
Flatten plantain in a plantain press or ramekin. Fry flattened plantains for about 3 minutes per side or until both sides are golden brown. Put on paper towel to remove excess oil and salt both sides. Serve still warm.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Empanadas are a great little snack that is quite filling. The best thing about empanadas, you can fill them with whatever you want. You can use meat, cheese or even fill it with pizza sauce and mozzarella and create a deep fried pizza. When we were in Puerto Rico, I had crab filled ones and they were delicious!
This recipe will serve two but you can easily double it.
1/2 lb. ground sirloin
2 tbsp. Sofrito
4 oz. Goya Tomato Sauce
1 package Sazon Goya
Salt and Pepper
12 green olives (optional)
1 package Goya Discos (I use the white ones)
1/2 c. oil
Brown meat on medium heat. Add sofrito, tomato sauce, sazon and olives. Stir until combined. Turn heat down to low and let simmer for 5 minutes.
Fill disco with 2 tbsp. of meat mixture. Fold over and seal with fingers. Crimp edge with fork. Flip disco and crimp other side with fork.
Heat oil. Fry empanadas over medium/medium high heat until brown on both sides. Drain on paper towel.
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