Easy & Delicious Cheese Straws

Easy & Delicious Cheese Straws

cheese strawsThe other day I was looking for something easy to whip up to add to our Sunday night barbecue. I usually make garlic knots but didn’t have any frozen bread dough.  I didn’t want to make a grocery run so I hunted around the kitchen to see what I could come up with. Well, I found a box of frozen puff pastry in the freezer and some shredded cheeses. That’s when I decided I’d make Cheese Straws!

These Cheese Straws are super simple to make and require just a few ingredients.  Best of all they are too yummy!

 

For our Sunday night barbecue I served Cheese Straws instead of dinner rolls, the family loved them.  But you can have them as a snack too!  Because they’re made with puff pastry they’re light, buttery, and flaky!

Here’s how you make them!

Cheese Straws

makes 16 pieces

Pre-Heat over to 425°

Ingredients:

1 Pkg. Frozen Puff Pastry sheets  Thawed- each package comes with 2 sheets

1/2 Cup Melted Butter

1 Tbs. Garlic Powder

1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

1/3 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese

1 Egg Beaten

Directions:

Melt butter and stir in Garlic Powder

Toss together cheeses

Unfold one sheet of puff pastry and brush with butter mixture

Evenly distribute 1/4 of cheese mixture on half of the pastry sheet

Fold pastry sheet in half over the cheese and brush with butter

Evenly distribute another 1/4 of cheese mixture on the top – lightly press cheese into the pastry dough to keep it in place

Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter cut the pastry sheet into 8 strips

Take the first strip in twist it a couple of times

Place twisted strip on parchment covered baking sheet

Repeat with the rest of the strips

Repeat this whole process with the other sheet of puff pastry

Brush beaten egg over all the strips°

Place twists in the PRE-HEATED oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve hot or cold.

 

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Instructions
  1. Pre- Heat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Melt butter and stir in Garlic Powder
  3. Toss together cheeses
  4. Unfold one sheet of puff pastry and brush with butter mixture
  5. Evenly distribute 1/4 of cheese mixture on half of the pastry sheet 
  6. Fold pastry sheet in half over the cheese and brush with butter
  7. Evenly distribute another 1/4 of cheese mixture on the top - lightly press cheese into the pastry dough to keep it in place
  8. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter cut the pastry sheet into 8 strips
  9. Take the first strip and twist it a couple of times
  10. Place twisted strip on parchment covered baking sheet
  11. Repeat with the rest of the strips 
  12. Repeat this whole process with the other sheet of puff pastry
  13. Brush beaten egg over all the strips°
  14. Place twists in the PRE-HEATED oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  15. Serve hot or cold. 
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Panutsa (Peanut Brittle) Recipe!!!

Panutsa (Peanut Brittle) Recipe!!!

Panutsa, or also called as “Peanut Brittle” in English Dialect, is a delicacy that is a favorite in the Batangas region of Philippines. It is usually sold in stalls around Batangas and in buses for inbound or outbound trips to the province.

Panusta is very easy to prepare and to cook, even a 5 year old child can cook it. With its very simple ingredients and procedures, you will never imagine that this is a very mouth-watering treat for your family and friends.

This is my version of Panutsa (Peanut Brittle) Recipe, Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

1 cup peanuts, pealed

1 tsp. baking soda

2 tbsp. butter, softened

½ cup corn syrup

1 cup granulated white sugar

¼ cup water

¼ tsp. salt

 

Directions:

Grease a baking tray/cookie sheet then set aside.

Heat a saucepan over medium heat, then put-in corn syrup, sugar, water, and salt then stir and bring to a boil. Add peanuts and stir.

Measure the temperature until it reaches 290 degrees Fahrenheit using a candy thermometer, lower down the heat to avoid the sugar and peanuts from being burnt.

Turn-off heat and  put-in the butter and baking soda and stir thoroughly.

Pour the mixture on the greased baking tray then arrange then allow the mixture to completely cool.

Remove the mixture from the tray and cut into desired sizes.

Serve,

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Panutsa (Peanut Brittle) Recipe!!!
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Panutsa (Peanut Brittle) Recipe!!!
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Instructions
  1. Grease a baking tray/cookie sheet then set aside.
  2. Heat a saucepan over medium heat, then put-in corn syrup, sugar, water, and salt then stir and bring to a boil. Add peanuts and stir.
  3. Measure the temperature until it reaches 290 degrees Fahrenheit using a candy thermometer, lower down the heat to avoid the sugar and peanuts from being burnt.
  4. Turn-off heat and put-in the butter and baking soda and stir thoroughly.
  5. Pour the mixture on the greased baking tray then arrange then allow the mixture to completely cool.
  6. Remove the mixture from the tray and cut into desired sizes.
  7. Serve,
  8. Share and enjoy!
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Easy Chicken Marsala

Easy Chicken Marsala

Easy Chicken MarsalaChicken Marsala is one of my favorite dishes; my family loves it too!

Chicken Marsala is actually an Italian-American dish.  It’s a variation of Italian scaloppina dishes which has many variations.  Chicken Marsala is a savory dish made with chicken breasts, mushrooms, and sweet Marsala wine; some recipes call for cream to produce a creamy sauce for the chicken.  Still others require the chicken breasts lightly battered and fried and requires a bit more time to prepare.

I love all versions of Chicken Marsala, but sometimes time doesn’t permit me to cook the battered version.  Those days I turn to this Easy Chicken Marsala recipe that takes less than a  half hour to make.  It’s easy and delicious.  Served over pasta or with mashed potatoes it makes an easy meal.  I like to serve it with a tossed salad to complete the meal.

Here’s my Easy Chicken Marsala recipe!  It easily feeds 6!

Ingredients:

5 Boneless Skinless chicken breast cut in half horizontally

1 Basket mushrooms washed and quartered

1 Tbs. Chopped Garlic

2 Tbs. Butter

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

1 Cup Marsala Wine

1 Cup Chicken Broth

1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

1 Tbs. Chopped Parsley

Directions:

Using the flat part of a kitchen mallet pound chicken slices into 1/4″ thin pieces

In a large skillet heat oil and melt 1 Tbs. Butter in the oil

Add chicken to skillet

Cook each side about 4 minutes or until chicken is cooked thru

Remove chicken from skillet and set aside

Add remaining butter to skillet and melt

Sauté garlic in skillet until it turns slightly brown

Add mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are tender

Add Marsala wine and chicken broth

Cook about 3 minutes

Stir in heavy whipping cream and simmer over medium low heat about 2 minutes

Return cooked chicken slices to sauce and heat

Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving

 

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6 30 minutes
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6 30 minutes
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6 30 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Using the flat part of a kitchen mallet pound chicken slices into 1/4" thin pieces
  2. In a large skillet heat oil and melt 1 Tbs. Butter in the oil
  3. Add chicken to skillet
  4. Cook each side about 4 minutes or until chicken is cooked thru
  5. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside
  6. Add remaining butter to skillet and melt
  7. Sauté garlic in skillet until it turns slightly brown
  8. Add mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are tender
  9. Add Marsala wine and chicken broth
  10. Cook about 3 minutes
  11. Stir in heavy whipping cream and simmer over medium low heat about 2 minutes
  12. Return cooked chicken slices to sauce and heat
  13. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving
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Mac N’ Cheese Bites

Mac N’ Cheese Bites

Mac N' CheeseThinking about your next holiday party?  Not sure what to serve?  Here’s a new twist on a favorite comfort food your family and friends will love, Mac N’ Cheese Bites.

I make these for my twin grandbabies, they love Mac N’ Cheese and these are perfectly portioned for their small appetites!

They look great on a tasting or buffet table.  Make them ahead of time and keep some in your freezer for unexpected get togethers this holiday season, I do!

Makes 24 bites

Ingredients:

2 cups elbow macaroni (cooked, strained, and cooled)
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup Italian style bread crumbs
1 egg
1/2 stick melted butter
Cooking spray

Directions:

Spray  mini-muffin tin with cooking spray.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Place all ingredients in a large bowl except breadcrumbs and mix well.

Drop into muffin tin, fill each cup to the top.

Sprinkle tops with breadcrumbs.

Bake in oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and edges start to turn brown.

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Great party appetizer! A new twist on everyone's favorite comfort food, Macaroni and Cheese. These cheesy, creamy, and yummy bites will be the hit of the party. They make great snacks too!
Servings Prep Time
24 Bites 20 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 Bites 20 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Mac N' Cheese Bites
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Great party appetizer! A new twist on everyone's favorite comfort food, Macaroni and Cheese. These cheesy, creamy, and yummy bites will be the hit of the party. They make great snacks too!
Servings Prep Time
24 Bites 20 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 Bites 20 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Bites
Instructions
  1. Spray mini-muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Place all ingredients in a large bowl except breadcrumbs and mix well.
  4. Drop into muffin tin, fill each cup to the top.
  5. Sprinkle tops with breadcrumbs.
  6. Bake in oven for 15 - 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and edges start to turn brown.
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Crema de Fruta Filipino Style Recipe!

Crema de Fruta Filipino Style Recipe!

Crema de Fruta is another popular Filipino dessert that usually consists of sponge cake topped in succeeding layers of custard cream, fruits and gelatine. This dessert is usually served during Holidays like Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Festival, Birthdays and Etc.

It’s a delicious recipe that leaves no leftovers during celebrations and still makes your crave for more and more. Today I will give you my version of Crema de Fruta Filipino Style Recipe. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

1 large can fruit cocktail, 30 ++ ounces

2 tbsp. unflavored gelatin

4 cups milk

8 pcs. egg yolks

1 tsp. baking powder

⅓ cup butter

1½ cup flour

1½ tsp. vanilla extract

1¾ cups sugar

2¼ cups water

 

Directions:

Sponge Cake Procedure:

Sift the baking powder and 1 cup flour using a flour sifter. Set aside

Add the 4 egg yolks in a mixing bowl and then beat until the texture becomes thick.

Add-in ½ cup sugar gradually while beating the eggs.

Slowly add the sifted flour and baking powder mixture then mix the ingredients thoroughly.

Combine the 1 cup milk, butter, and vanilla extract in a pan and cook until butter melts.

Pour the cooked mixture milk, butter, vanilla extract into the mixing bowl and mix with the existing concoction until evenly distributed.

Preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pour the combined mixtures in a baking pan then bake for 23 minutes or until sponge cake is ready.

Set aside.

Syrup Procedure:

Heat a saucepan and placing ¼ cup sugar.

Add ¼ cup of water immediately and cook until the sugar completely dissolves then let cool for a few minutes.

Pour the simple syrup on top of the sponge cake and then spread using a brush.

Custard Procedure:

Combine ½ cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 3 cups milk in a pan then cook while stirring until the mixture thickens.

Add half of the cooked mixture on the bowl where the 4 egg yolks are placed, then mix well.

Put everything back in the saucepan with the rest of the ingredients.

Mix until texture is thick enough “this is now the custard”.

Apply the layer of custard evenly on top of the Sponge cake.

Final Procedure:

Drain the liquid concentrate from the fruit cocktail and set aside.

Arrange all the fruits on top of the custard layer.

Make sure to place them evenly.

Dilute the gelatin in 2 cups of water.

Heat the saucepan then pour the diluted gelatin and fruit cocktail concentrate and bring to a boil.

Immediately after boiling, turn off the heat, let cool down until temperature is a little above normal for a room temperature.

Pour the gelatin mixture on top of the fruit cocktail layer.

Refrigerate overnight.

Serve for dessert,

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Crema de Fruta Filipino Style Recipe!
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Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 29 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
35 minutes 55 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 29 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
35 minutes 55 minutes
Crema de Fruta Filipino Style Recipe!
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Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 29 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
35 minutes 55 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 29 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
35 minutes 55 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
Sponge Cake Procedure:
  1. Sift the baking powder and 1 cup flour using a flour sifter. Set aside
  2. Add the 4 egg yolks in a mixing bowl and then beat until the texture becomes thick.
  3. Add-in ½ cup sugar gradually while beating the eggs.
  4. Slowly add the sifted flour and baking powder mixture then mix the ingredients thoroughly.
  5. Combine the 1 cup milk, butter, and vanilla extract in a pan and cook until butter melts.
  6. Pour the cooked mixture milk, butter, vanilla extract into the mixing bowl and mix with the existing concoction until evenly distributed.
  7. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. Pour the combined mixtures in a baking pan then bake for 23 minutes or until sponge cake is ready.
  9. Set aside.
Syrup Procedure:
  1. Heat a saucepan and placing ¼ cup sugar.
  2. Add ¼ cup of water immediately and cook until the sugar completely dissolves then let cool for a few minutes.
  3. Pour the simple syrup on top of the sponge cake and then spread using a brush.
Custard Procedure:
  1. Combine ½ cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 3 cups milk in a pan then cook while stirring until the mixture thickens.
  2. Add half of the cooked mixture on the bowl where the 4 egg yolks are placed, then mix well.
  3. Put everything back in the saucepan with the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Mix until texture is thick enough “this is now the custard”.
  5. Apply the layer of custard evenly on top of the Sponge cake.
Final Procedure:
  1. Drain the liquid concentrate from the fruit cocktail and set aside.
  2. Arrange all the fruits on top of the custard layer.
  3. Make sure to place them evenly.
  4. Dilute the gelatin in 2 cups of water.
  5. Heat the saucepan then pour the diluted gelatin and fruit cocktail concentrate and bring to a boil.
  6. Immediately after boiling, turn off the heat, let cool down until temperature is a little above normal for a room temperature.
  7. Pour the gelatin mixture on top of the fruit cocktail layer
  8. Refrigerate overnight.
  9. Serve for dessert,
  10. Share and Enjoy!
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