Sunday, January 29, 2017

German Cabbage Pockets (Kraut Bieroks)

After tasting my first "runza" in Nebraska at the encouragement of my friend Paula, I've been seeking a recipe that would allow me to duplicate them at home. This recipe fits the bill! When I made them this first time, I followed the original directions which called for using 5" inch squares of dough. This made 12 portions, which ended up being way too large. My husband I split one and it was plenty for a meal. Next time, I will divide the dough into 24 portions after rolling out, and will make sure I roll it out thin enough. Also, the recipe called for using a whole cabbage. The cabbage I used was pretty large, so I only used half of it. I have modified the direction below to reflect how I will make them in the future. They were incredibly delicious!




Ingredients

2 packages (7g Packet) Yeast 
1⁄2 cups Sugar
1-1⁄2 Tablespoon Salt
3-1⁄2 cups Warm Water 
1⁄2 cups Oil
1 Tablespoon Vinegar
8 cups Flour
2 cloves Garlic, Minced
1 whole Onion, Chopped
1 pound Ground Beef
1 whole small Cabbage, Shredded 
Salt And Pepper, to taste

Directions

Mix the yeast, sugar, sat, warm water, oil, vinegar, and flour together. Let rise 1 hour. Punch down. Let rise 45 minutes.

While the dough is rising, saute garlic and onions; add ground beef and fry until browned. Add cabbage and cook until tender. Salt and pepper to taste.
After the second rising of the dough, divide the dough into two portions to make it easier to handle. Roll each dough section out to about 1/16′′ thick. Cut the dough into 24 squares and put a generous portion of the beef mixture on the middle of each square. Gather all 4 corners together and pinch shut each diagonal seam toward the center. Turn upside down on a baking sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Brush with butter when they come out of the oven. 
These can be frozen after baking. To reheat in the oven, wrap frozen bierok in foil and reheat in 325 oven for 30 minutes. To reheat in the microwave, wrap in wax paper and heat on high 2 minutes. 
Recipe modified from Tasty Kitchen

Friday, January 13, 2017

Easy Black Bean Soup

My friend April said she missed my food photos, so I made this new soup for lunch since I was stuck at home on a snow day. :) It was super easy and very tasty.



Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chicken broth
3 (15 oz.) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (10 oz.) can green enchilada sauce
1 (10 oz.) can diced tomatoes and green chilies
1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
Sour cream, for garnish (optional)
Shredded cheddar for topping (optional)

Directions:
  1. In a medium stock pot over medium heat, saute onion and garlic until tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in chicken broth and bring to a simmer.
  2. Place a can of beans, the green enchilada sauce and the diced tomatoes and green chilies in a blender and puree until smooth. Add to the pot with the chicken stock.
  3. Add the remaining 2 cans of beans to the pot and simmer for a additional 5-10 minutes. Just before serving, stir in cilantro.
  4. Top with sour cream, shredded cheddar and additional cilantro before serving, if desired.
Recipe modified from Let's Dish

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Coconut Cream Cake

This is a super simple recipe that makes a box mix extra tasty. I usually don't care for coconut, but I love this recipe.




Ingredients:
1 box white cake mix
1 can cream of coconut (you will find it in the liquor section of the grocery store)
1 8oz pkg of Cool Whip
1 bag shredded coconut


Directions:

In your mixer, mix the cake according the box directions (adding the in the water, oil and eggs that it calls for). Bake in a 9 x 13 pan according to box directions.

Let the cake cool for 20 minutes. Poke holes in the cake and pour the cream of coconut over the cake. (Note - cream of coconut can solidify, so you might need to put the can in a sink of hot water for a few minutes to liquefy it.) Let the cake cool completely and refrigerate for a few hours.

Ice with the tub of Cool Whip, and then sprinkle the top with shredded coconut.

Recipe Source - Becky Wilkerson from my Goldwing group

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Turkey Cutlets with White Wine Herb Pan Sauce

This is a very easy and super tasty main dish item. It makes a great weeknight supper since it doesn't take long to prepare.

Ingredients:

Olive oil spray (I have a Misto bottle for this)
1 to 1 1/2 pounds turkey cutlets
salt
pepper
2 T butter
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup white wine
tarragon leaves
sage
thyme leaves
marjoram

Directions:

1. Sprinkle both sides of the turkey cutlets with salt and pepper. Spray a large nonstick skillet with olive oil, and heat to medium high. Brown turkey cutlets on both sides, about 3 minutes per side, until cooked through. Remove from pan and cover to keep warm.

2. In the same pan, add the butter and flour and whisk together to make a roux. Once combined, whisk in the chicken stock and wine and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thickened. Reduce heat and sprinkle the spices in to taste (don't over do it). Stir for a couple minutes.

3. Serve sauce over cutlets. It's also good on mashed potatoes or rice if you serve these as a side.


Sunday, May 8, 2016

Roasted Vegetable Quiche with Spinach and Sharp Cheddar


Ingredients:

2 tsp olive oil
1 small red onion, cut into chunks
4 oz button mushrooms, quartered
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
5 stalks of asparagus, ends removed & cut into thirds
1 cup grape tomatoes
1 frozen pie crust
5 eggs
1 ½ cups milk
1 cup baby spinach
1/2 cup sharp cheddar

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray.

Place the onion and mushrooms on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil then season with a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.

Place into the oven and roast for 15 minutes; add the asparagus and tomatoes then continue to roast for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Reduce the oven to 375 degrees.

Spray a piece of tin foil with a bit of cooking spray then press it gently on top of the frozen pie crust and place into the oven to bake for 10 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake for 3-5 minutes. Remove from the oven. Place the tin foil on the bottom of a baking sheet. Place the pie crust on top.

Combine the eggs, milk, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, together in a bowl and whisk until very well combined.

Sprinkle the bottom of the crust with most of the baby spinach, followed by most of the roasted veggies, then half of the cheese.

Add the well whisked egg mixture. Sprinkle the remaining spinach, roasted veggies, and cheese on top.

Carefully place into the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the top is set and not wiggly and the eggs are cooked through. Don’t overcook! Remove from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Recipe Source - For the Love of Cooking

Brussels Sprouts, Leek and Gouda Pizza

This would be called "girl pizza" at our house. :)

Ingredients

Pizza dough for 1 large pizza
8-10 oz. Brussels sprouts, ends and outer leaves trimmed, thinly sliced
2 tsp. olive oil, plus more for brushing
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Zest of ½ a lemon
1 tsp. lemon juice
3 oz. coarsely shredded Gouda
3 oz. coarsely shredded mozzarella
½ cup thinly sliced white/light green portion of a leek

Directions

Preheat to 500˚ F.  Roll out the pizza dough onto pizza pan. Lightly brush the perimeter of the dough with olive oil. In a medium bowl, gently toss the sliced Brussels sprouts with the olive oil, salt and pepper, lemon zest and lemon juice. Sprinkle the shredded Gouda and mozzarella over the round of pizza dough. Top with the Brussels sprouts in an even layer, followed by the leeks.

Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbling and the crust and toppings are lightly browned, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven. Let cool slightly before slicing and serving.

Recipe source - Annie's Eats

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Savory Sausage and Bean Skillet

This is basically a grown-up version of beanie weenies! Pretty tasty and easy to make. This would be a good camping recipe.



Ingredients
1 can (28 oz) BUSH’S® Vegetarian Baked Beans
1 package (1 lb, 3 oz) Honeysuckle White Sweet Turkey Italian Sausage Links
½ cup water
1 cup onions, diced
1 can (14.5 oz) REd Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes
¼ teaspoon ground thyme
Optional:
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions
1. Spray medium skillet with cooking spray. Add sausage. Cook over medium-high heat until browned, about 5 minutes, turning links often.
2. Reduce heat to medium-low. Carefully add water to skillet. Cover and simmer for 12 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. Remove sausages and slice into coins.
3. Add onions to skillet and cook until translucent for 2-3 minutes.
4. Stir in tomatoes, thyme, beans and sausage.
5. Bring mixture to boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
Serve warm.

Makes 6 servings

Recipe modified slightly from Bush's

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