Archive | April, 2014

Scallop Sliders

29 Apr

Scallop Sliders

 

My good friend came for lunch and I wanted to make it special but not go crazy.

Okay ,I went crazy.

The menu was kind of nice.

Corn chowder, scallop sliders, grilled pork sliders. sausage salad with balsamic dressing and spinach pies.

Tea and cookies were an after thought.

I love to cook for people I like so this was fun.

Start with a package of dinner size potato rolls. They are nice and soft.

Pat dry 8 large scallops. The scallops should almost be the size of the roll.

Dredge them in a 1/2 cup of flour with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.

Mix two tablespoons butter and two tablespoons of oil in a nonstick skillet.

Heat on medium high and place each scallop in the hot pan and don’t move them or let them touch.

Cook for a couple of minutes till there is a nice brown crust on the bottom.

Turn over and brown the other side.

Slice open the rolls and put a 3/4 teaspoon of tartar sauce on one side.

One scallop

Then one slice of bacon

One slice of tomato

handful of lettuce or arugula

One tablespoon of diced scallions

Drizzle of lemon garlic salad dressing

These are so good.

Hope you enjoy them.

 

Red Bulgar

28 Apr

Red Bulgar

I didn’t even know what bulgar wheat was till I moved to Worcester.

It is delicious when you know what to do with it.

This is a recipe my friend gave me that I changed a little.

One cup of bulgar wheat.

Three cups of tomato sauce

One medium minced red onion

One red diced pepper

One bunch of diced parsley

One bunch of scallions

Dressing

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Wash the wheat and carefully drain the water off. It is too fine to put in a strainer so just try to get as much water out as you can.

Add the tomato sauce.

Put the onion, red pepper and parsley in the food processor and pulse till a fine chop.

My friend dices and chops everything by hand.

Add to the bulgar and tomato sauce.

Dice the scallions and set aside for the topping.

Mix the lemon juice, oil,  garlic powder, salt and pepper together

Pour over the bulgar and mix well

Place in a pretty dish and top with the scallions

Refrigerate

Serve with pita chips or as a side salad

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

25 Apr

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

On November 9,  I gave you the recipe for Buffalo Chicken but today I am giving you the sandwich.

Start drooling.

This is so easy and you can even buy some pre made chicken and make a ton of these for you next party.

One package of dinner size potato rolls

One container of cheddar-blue cheese spread

chicken

thin sliced raw onion

arugula

blue cheese dressing

ranch dressing

beau monde sauce

Yogurt dill sauce

Dill pickle slices

pea shoots

slices of red pepper

Cook the chicken

Lay out the rolls

Spread one side with the blue cheese spread

Add the hot chicken so the cheese melts and gets really soft

Add the onion

Add the arugula

Add the pickle and a couple of pea sprouts

Now pick which dressing you like and add it to the other side of the roll.

Serve with the sliced red peppers on the side instead of chips.

Believe me the tray of sandwiches will disappear.

 

 

Stuffed Artichokes

24 Apr

stuffed artichokes

This is another one of my Moms recipes.

She used to cook these every holiday and would forget to serve them.

So a lot of the time we ate them for dessert.

3 big artichokes

9 cloves of garlic

One cup of Italian seasoned artichokes.

3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese.

1/2 small can chopped black olives.

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley.

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.

1/2 teaspoon salt.

1/2 teaspoon black pepper.

2 tablespoons olive oil.

Wash the artichokes.

Hold them by the stem and smash them on the counter to open the leaves.

Cut the stems off so you have a flat bottom and peel the skin off the stem.

Place the stem into the center of the choke with the three cloves of garlic.

Mix together the rest of the ingredients.

Separate the crumbs into thirds and stuff each artichoke.

Place the artichokes into a pot. They should fit tight.

Fill the pot halfway up the chokes with water.

Salt the water with 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Sprinkle the chokes with extra salt and pepper.

Drizzle each with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil.

Bring the water to a boil, cover the pot and then simmer on low for one hour.

Test the chokes by pulling off a leaf.

They should come off very easy and be soft.

Serve as an appetizer, meal or dessert.

Key Lime Cake

22 Apr

key lime cake

I made this for my sons birthday. He loves key lime pie.

It is better than any pie you have ever had.

The recipe is a take off from Pillbsbury creamy lemon lime cake.

This is my version.

Butter and flour a 9×13 pan

1 package of Pillsbury key lime cake mix

1 1/4 cups lime seltzer

2 tablespoons canola oil

3 large eggs

1 (14 oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk

1 cup heavy cream divided into thirds

1/2 cup lime juice divided in half

1 (16 oz.) can of  Pillsbury key lime frosting

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Mix the cake mix, seltzer, oil and eggs. Beat at least two minutes till nice and smooth.

Pour into the pan and even it out.

Bake 28 minutes till the knife comes out clean.

Cool 10 minutes.

Poke holes in the top of the cake about one inch apart.

Do not go all the way to the bottom.

The holes need to be big so use a spoon handle.

Next mix the condensed milk, 1/3 of the heavy cream and the lime juice.

I put this into a pastry bag because the mixture is so thick it is hard to get into the holes.

Spread the remainder on top of the cake.

Beat the remaining 2/3 cup of cream till stiff.

Add the rest of the lime juice and the can of frosting and beat everything together till smooth.

Frost the cake

I decorated the cake with thin sliced lime slices

This has to be refrigerated because of the cream but it won’t take up to much room for long.

The cake disappeared.

So good, so bad, so gone.

Thank you Pillsbury. Hope you like my changes.

 

Veal with mushrooms and onions

19 Apr

I was at the store and they had veal stew pieces on sale.

Need I say more.

I always use veal cutlets so this was a challenge.

4 pounds of veal stew meat cut into dime size pieces.

1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 stick of butter

One large sliced onion

2 cloves minced garlic

4 boxes of sliced mushrooms  about two pounds

1/4 teaspoon thyme

3 cups beef broth

Two bay leaves

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a non stick skillet

Add the veal that has been dredged in the flour ,salt and pepper.

Don’t touch the meat until it has a nice brown crust then turn it over to brown on the other side.

Stir till almost cooked.

Turn everything into a ovenproof casserole dish with a lid.

Deglaze the browning pan with 3/4 cup of white wine.

Add the bay leaves.

Pour the beef broth on top and Bake at 350 for two hours with the lid on.

The veal becomes so tender and the broth thickens up so it is almost a gravy.

Melt the 1/2 stick of butter

Add the onions and garlic

Cook till soft then add the mushrooms and thyme.

Mix the meat with the mushrooms

Season with salt and pepper and serve with a great loaf of bread.

You can also put this over pasta, rice or mashed potatoes.

I used mushroom ravioli.

I keep the meat and mushroom mixture hot in a large saute pan.

When the ravioli is cooked I just place them right into the sauce with a slotted spoon.

This was a great buy and a big hit.

Marinated Mushrooms

17 Apr

marinated mushrooms

My Mom used to make these all the time and I love them.

Too, too easy.

3 cups white vinegar.

6 cloves of garlic

5  eight ounce boxes of mushrooms.

1/2 teaspoon red pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

2 tablespoons oil

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

Boil white vinegar with the garlic cloves

Add the sliced mushrooms and bring to another boil

Let boil for three minutes and drain in a strainer.

Add everything else and let sit for 24 hours.

Great to serve with the meal or an appetizer