Asparagus Pockets

Asparagus Pockets

Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables. It’s high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals; and low in calories and sodium. It’s a versatile vegetable that can be used as a side dish, appetizer, or as a main course ingredient, think stir-fry!

Here’s one of my favorite asparagus recipes. These Asparagus Pockets are tasty, easy, and look impressive. They’ll make a great appetizer at a party, specially during the holidays. They’re so easy to make, you can whip them out in less than an hour. Guests will think you spent hours preparing them!

Here’s my recipe, hope you love them as much as we do!

Ingredients:
– 24 Asparagus tips – washed and trimmed to about 8” long
– 2 cans refrigerated crescent dough
– 1/2 shredded Parmesan cheese
– 1 Egg – beaten

Procedure:

  1. Pre-heat over to 375 degrees
  2. Prepare asparagus
  3. Unroll crescent dough – dough is pre-cut into 8 triangles and unroll as 4 sets of triangles together forming a rectangular piece
  4. Separate rectangles – Do not separate it into triangles – you should have 8 rectangles with a diagonal line scored from one corner to the other
  5. Press the scored line together to form a smooth rectangle
  6. Place 3 asparagus tips diagonally across the dough – from corner to corner
  7. Sprinkle about 1/2 tsp of cheese over asparagus
  8. Fold free corners over each other to form the pocket. Top and bottom of asparagus should peek out. Check picture above.
  9. Place each pocket on a parchment covered baking sheet.
  10. Brush each pocket with beaten egg.
  • Bake in oven about 20 minutes or until dough is golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and serve hot or warm.
  • Makes 8 pockets.
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Corn & Cheese Fritters

Corn & Cheese Fritters

Are you looking for something simple and easy to add to your Thanksgiving menu?  Try these delicious Corn & Cheese Fritters!  They’re easy to make, you can mix up a batch in about half an hour!

Corn & Cheese Fritters make a great snack, appetizer, side dish, or even a light meal!  Garnish it with chopped chives or green onions and serve with a dollop of sour cream!  Super yummy!  I guarantee your friends and family will love them!

Here’s my recipe for the delicious Corn & Cheese Fritters.  This recipe makes about a dozen 2″ fritters and can easily be doubled to make more.

One thing about these fritters, you want to fry them up nice and crisp so don’t make the patty too thick.  When the Corn & Cheese fritters are too thick the middle doesn’t cook well and you end up with a raw batter center, yuck!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup flour

1 large can (15.25 Oz. size) corn kernels

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

3/4 cup shredded cheese, preferably cheddar, monteray jack, or a combination of both

1 tsp. cumin

2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. chili powder

1 tbs. salt

1 tsp. ground black pepper

1/4 cup finely chopped chives or green onions

Oil for frying

Sour cream & chopped chives or green onions for topping

Directions:

Mix all dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.

Add the rest of the ingredients except the oil to the flour mixture.

Mix well until all the flour has been incorporated.  Batter will be very thick, do not water it down.

Heat about 1/2′ oil in frying pan.

Drop spoonfuls of batter into hot oil.  Lightly press down on each patty to spread it out and thin the patty to about 1/2′ thick.

Fry until golden brown turning each patty as the first side brown.

Drain on paper towel.

Serve garnished with chopped chive or green onions and a dollop of sour cream.

 

 

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Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage and Collard Greens

Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage and Collard Greens

The key for this stuffing recipe is making your own buttermilk cornbread. This way, you can control the moisture and sugar levels, and it also makes your whole kitchen smell like a buttered corn muffin. Cubing and lightly toasting the cornbread preps it for maximum flavor absorption without compromising its sturdiness.

 

INGREDIENTS:

Buttermilk Cornbread
9 Tbsp. unsalted butter, divided, plus more for pan
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1½ lb. hot or sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp. finely chopped rosemary
1 Tbsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
2 bunches collard greens, stems and ribs removed, leaves torn or cut into 2″ pieces
1½ cups heavy cream
2½ cups low-sodium chicken broth, divided
3 large eggs, beaten to blend

 

RECIPE PREPARATION

  • Place a rack in middle of oven; preheat oven to 300°. Cut cornbread into 1″ cubes and divide between 2 large rimmed baking sheets.

  • Toast, turning over halfway through, until outsides are dried out and some of the sides are golden brown, 45–55 minutes.

  • Increase oven temperature to 350°. Lightly butter a 13×9″ baking dish. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot over medium-high. Arrange sausage in a single layer in pot and cook, undisturbed, until browned underneath, about 4 minutes. Break up into bite-size pieces with a heatproof rubber spatula or wooden spoon and continue to cook, tossing occasionally, until just cooked through, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer sausage to a large bowl.

  • Reduce heat to medium-low and add 8 Tbsp. butter to same pot; swirl to melt and to coat bottom of pot. Add onion, celery, garlic, rosemary, salt, and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring often, until vegetables are softened but not yet browned, about 5 minutes. Add collard greens and cook, tossing occasionally, until wilted, about 2 minutes.

  • Add cream and 1 cup broth and bring mixture to a bare simmer. Cover pot and cook until greens are softened, 7–9 minutes.

    cornbread stuffing with sausage and collard greens process 6
  • Add vegetable mixture to bowl with sausage; mix in remaining 1½ cups broth, then eggs.

  • Add cornbread and carefully toss once (don’t break up pieces). Let sit 5 minutes, then gently toss again.

    cornbread stuffing with sausage and collard greens process 9
    PHOTO BY MICHAEL GRAYDON + NIKOLE HERRIOTT, FOOD STYLING BY REBECCA JURKEVICH, PROP STYLING BY KALEN KAMINSKI
  • Let sit until almost all the liquid has been absorbed, about 5 minutes more. Transfer stuffing, still being gentle with it, to prepared baking dish. Dot surface with pieces of remaining 1 Tbsp. butter and cover with foil.

  • Bake stuffing until hot in the center when pierced with a paring knife, 20–25 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake until surface is deep golden brown and there are some crispy bits of sausage and greens on top, 25–30 minutes more.

  • Do Ahead: Cornbread croutons can be made 2 days ahead; store in an airtight container at room temperature. Stuffing can be assembled but not baked one day ahead; cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before baking.

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Ghoulishy Fun Halloween Appetizers

Ghoulishy Fun Halloween Appetizers

Halloween is around the corner!  I love, love, love Halloween!  It’s such a fun holiday!  I love the decor, the costumes, and of course the treats.  But treats don’t have to be all about candy.  There are some cool and yummy things you can make that are hearty and a bit more healthy than all those sweets we tend to overload on.  Here are some Ghoulishly Fun Halloween Appetizers I found around the web.  They’d make great additions to your Halloween Party or you can serve them to your family just before you head out for some trick or treating!

Just click on the links for the recipes!

halloween appetizersMummy Meatballs from High Heels and Grills.

 

 

 

 

 

halloween appetizersMummy Dogs are a spooky variation of the traditional pigs in blankets.  They’re easy!

All you need are cocktail sausages like Hillshire Farm’s Lil’ Smokies and refrigerated crescent roll dough.  (you can use hot dogs too, just cut them in halves or thirds).  Wrap sausages or hot dogs in the dough, be sure you leave a space on the top for the mummy face!  Bake them according to the roll directions and serve with a dipping sauce of mustard or ketchup.

 

 

halloween appetizersFirst for Women’s Wonton Bats are a seasonal adaption a popular Asian appetizer called Crab Rangoon.

They’re so cute and tasty you’ll want to fry up several batches cause they’ll fly off the plate!

 

 

halloween appetizersSpeaking of flying off the plate Kraft’s Spicy Vampire Bat Wings are sure to be a big hit.

 

 

 

halloween appetizers

 

Mummy Jalapeno Poppers from the Hopeless Housewife will end up a family favorite!

 

 

 

 

halloween appetizersCookin’ Canuk’s Devilish Avocado Sriracha Eggs is an interesting twist on a potluck staple.

 

 

 

 

 

Shop Halloween Party Supplies on Zazzle.com

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Pancit Molo (Filipino Wanton Soup) Recipe!!!

Pancit Molo (Filipino Wanton Soup) Recipe!!!

19-IMG_2480-copyPancit Molo is a Filipino soup dish that makes you wonder why it’s called pancit.   Pancit refers to noodle dishes, and this dish doesn’t have noodles at all.  It uses wonton, soimai or molo wrappers. Not to mention most of the pancit recipes are dry while this pancit molo is a soup.

Pancit Molo is a soup dish composed of a mixture of ground pork wrapped in wonton wrappers, shredded chicken meat, and shrimps. This dish is a  well known Filipino dish that resembles the Chinese dish called wanton soup but the finest ingredients and flavor makes this dish stand out.

Today I will give you my version of this dish, I’m sure you will love it.

 

 Soup Ingredients:

30 wontons

1  onion, peeled & sliced thinly

2 cloves garlic, peeled & minced

1 tbsp. cooking oil

10 cups homemade broth

1 tbsp. fish sauce

1 pc. green onions, ends trimmed and chopped

1 cloves fried garlic bits

½ tsp. salt to taste

¼ tsp. pepper to taste

For the Homemade Broth:

3 pounds bone-in chicken parts (wings, thighs)

12-13 cups boiling water

1 onion, peeled & chopped

4 cloves garlic, peeled & minced

1 tsp. pepper corns

1 tbsp. cooking oil

2 pcs. bay leaves

1 tbsp. salt to taste

For the Wontons:

2 pounds ground pork

1 pack (30 pcs.)  wonton wrappers

1 small carrot, peeled and shredded

1 tbsp. soy sauce

½ cup green onions, finely chopped

½ cup water chestnuts, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

2 tsp. salt to taste

1 tsp. pepper to taste

 

Directions:

For the Homemade Broth:

Heat oil in a deep pot over medium heat then add onions and garlic and cook until limp and aromatic.

Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 4 to 7 minutes or until chicken changes color. Lower heat, cover, and cook for about 17 to 20 minutes or until chicken releases its juices.

Raise heat to high and add boiling water.

Add bay leaves and peppercorns, season with salt.

Lower heat and return to simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

With a slotted spoon, remove chicken pieces from broth.

Allow to cool to touch. Remove meat from bones and shred.

Set aside chicken meat and keep warm. Break bones to expose marrow and return to pot.

Continue to cook at barely a simmer, uncovered, for about 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until liquid is reduced and concentrated. Using a cheesecloth, strain stock to remove bones and aromatics.

For the Wontons:

In a bowl, combine ground pork, water chestnuts, green onions, soy sauce, carrots, garlic, salt and pepper. Gently stir until well-distributed.

Separate wrappers into individual sheets. Spoon a heaping tablespoonful of meat mixture on middle of wrapper and then gather sides to form a cup around mixture.

For the Final Pancit Molo:

Heat oil in a pot over medium heat.

Then Add onions and garlic and cook until aromatic.

Add broth and bring to a simmer.

Add fish sauce and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes then season with salt and pepper.

Add wontons and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes or until cooked through.

Add chicken and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through.

Divide wontons, shredded chicken and broth into serving bowls.

Top with green onions and fried garlic bits.

Serve hot,

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4-6 people
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
Homemade Broth
  1. Heat oil in a deep pot over medium heat then add onions and garlic and cook until limp and aromatic.
  2. Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 4 to 7 minutes or until chicken changes color. Lower heat, cover, and cook for about 17 to 20 minutes or until chicken releases its juices.
  3. Raise heat to high and add boiling water.
  4. Add bay leaves and peppercorns, season with salt.
  5. Lower heat and return to simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  6. With a slotted spoon, remove chicken pieces from broth.
  7. Allow to cool to touch. Remove meat from bones and shred.
  8. Set aside chicken meat and keep warm. Break bones to expose marrow and return to pot.
  9. Continue to cook at barely a simmer, uncovered, for about 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until liquid is reduced and concentrated. Using a cheesecloth, strain stock to remove bones and aromatics.
Wonton
  1. In a bowl, combine ground pork, water chestnuts, green onions, soy sauce, carrots, garlic, salt and pepper. Gently stir until well-distributed.
  2. Separate wrappers into individual sheets. Spoon a heaping tablespoonful of meat mixture on middle of wrapper and then gather sides to form a cup around mixture.
Soup
  1. Heat oil in a pot over medium heat.
  2. Then Add onions and garlic and cook until aromatic.
  3. Add broth and bring to a simmer.
  4. Add fish sauce and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes then season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add wontons and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes or until cooked through.
  6. Add chicken and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through.
  7. Divide wontons, shredded chicken and broth into serving bowls.
  8. Top with green onions and fried garlic bits.
  9. Serve hot,
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Halloween Treats for ADULTS

Halloween Treats for ADULTS

 

Who says Halloween is just for kids?  After the kids have returned from Trick-or-Treating and they’ve wound down for the night put them to bed it’s time for some adult fun.

Whip up some adult treats ahead of time, hide them from the kids, and take them out for a bit of spooky fun with your friends, or snuggle up with your significant other for drinks and nibbles as you watch a scary movie.

Here are a few recipes for Halloween treats and drinks for adults.

Black CocktailThe Blackbeard cocktail from Honestly YUM is made with chocolate stout.  It looks lethally YUMMY!

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Pumpkin cheese ballWhip up this Nacho Pumpkin Cheese Ball from Cincy Shopper, it’s creamy, crunchy, with a bit of spicy!

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Spiderweb DipDip the nigh away with this zesty south-of-the-border dip from Mr. Food.com

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Mummy BrieAdd a bit of sophistication to your Halloween with this Mummy Baked Brie found on Babble.com.

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Smoking MartiniHere’s a lovey Smoking Martini created by Thomas Johnson from Cocktailatlas.com

Perfect for Halloween!
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CocktailThe Grave Digger Cocktail is a concoction of hard cider, whiskey, and ginger ale designed by Boulder Locavore.

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