Skeleton Meat Platter

Skeleton Meat Platter

For meat lovers and the not-so-faint-of heart:

This edible skeleton will likely bring a ghoulish chuckle from your guests.

Level: Easy
Total: 1 hr 

(includes chilling time)

Active: 40 min
Yield: 12 to 14 servings

Ingredients:

Skeleton Head:

4 strips thick-cut bacon, chopped

Three 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature

One 8-ounce bag shredded Cheddar

4 scallions, thinly sliced

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

8 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto

1 pimento-stuffed green olive, cut in half widthwise

 

 

Skeleton Body:

1 medium red bell pepper, stem removed

2 pounds coiled hot Italian sausage

1 full rack cooked ribs, cut in half (about 13 ribs)

2 pounds cooked pulled pork (from two 1-pound packages)

Sliced baguette and assorted crackers, for serving

Directions:

  1. For the skeleton head: Cook the bacon in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until golden and crispy, 7 to 8 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, Cheddar, scallions, bacon, some salt and a few grinds of pepper and mix until fully incorporated.
  3. On a piece of parchment, mold the cheese mixture with your hands into the shape of a skull, then wrap the head in the prosciutto. Make 2 divots for the eyes and place the olive halves in the divots. Pinch the middle of the face together to make a nose and create an indent below the nose to make a mouth. Refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes.
  4. For the skeleton body: Prepare a grill or grill pan for medium-high heat.
  5. Grill the pepper whole, rotating occasionally, until charred on all sides and slightly soft, about 10 minutes. Cut the pepper from stem end to bottom on one side to create one long piece of pepper. Grill the sausage coil in one piece, flipping halfway through, until opaque and completely cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.
  6. To assemble: Position the skeleton cheese head at the top of a board or platter. Place the red pepper directly underneath the head and fold it slightly to create a heart. Align the baby back rib racks around the heart, one on each side, with the bony parts facing up to resemble a rib cage. Position the sausage coil under the rib cage to resemble intestines.
  7. Fill the space around the intestines, heart and rib cage with the pulled pork, tucking it under as needed. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  8. Serve with sliced baguette and assorted crackers.

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Autumn Cobb Salad

Autumn Cobb Salad

Autumn Cobb Salad

Roasted squash, crunchy apples and dried cherries add seasonal freshness to this autumnal cobb salad, dressed in a spiced apple cider vinaigrette and topped with candied walnuts.

It’s that time of year where I’m either straddling the urge to pull out my chunky sweaters and hunker down with ooey gooey comfort food, or dig in my heels and cling to the straggling bounty of summer and all the freshness it holds.

Your comments, clicks and likes overwhelmingly say you’re in the same camp I am. Long live the salad! So at your request, I present a fall-inspired leafy beauty that will con any non-salad eater into giving the greens a go with the tease of chicken, bacon and eggs and more.

 

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This started out as a simple salad. And then as things tend to go in my world, it quickly escalated to a full blow affair.

Butternut squash? Sure! But let’s add acorn squash too just to be sure.

Crisp apples sliced so thin you can eat 4 or 9 at a time? You bet. But lets add even more bite with crunchy nips of celery ribs. I’ve been consumed with celery lately. I never expected that!

Romaine lettuce as our bed? Sounds good, but let’s pile onto the plushness with arugula and radicchio, too.

Bacon? Eggs? Avocado, chicken and cheese? Of course they’re all there because they’re Cobb classic.

But just for fun let’s toss in some sweetness with dried cherries and candied walnuts. I mean, who doesn’t like a little dessert with their salad?

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About the Recipe

Don’t be afeared of the length of this grocery list. This salad is a true mix and match, making best of what’s in the fridge to pull from the depths of the crisper and moving along accordingly.

Got corn? Zucchini? Pears or peaches? Any of these flavor makers would pair swimmingly with what we have going on here.

I made up for the sheer number of flavors by drizzling this salad with a simple 3-ingredient dressing that just happens to echo my favorite flavor of fall. Spiced apple cider!

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There’s a bit of roasting to do and of course there’s chopping. But really this salad comes together fast.

The most sensitive part of this recipe is when preparing the candied walnuts, and so long as you don’t leave the room to go change the laundry and then get side tracked when you quickly look up to see if Mercury is in retrograde because all of your electronics are going full-on spastic and stroking out, you should be in good shape.

Not that I’d know anything about that. (Sadly, my iMac’s hard drive and I do. Always back up your files people!)

This salad is a meal preppers dream.

Nearly all of the ingredients for this salad can be prepared at once and assembled as your week progresses. Roast your squash and chop your cheese and celery. Hard boiled eggs can be cooked, cooled and peeled. Cook and dice your chicken, fry the bacon and candy that nut. Then simply bag individual portions and toss together with your already chopped and portioned salad greens when ready to eat. The only last minute additions will be slicing your apple and avo.

I originally made this for lunch, and then we had it for dinner too. It’s the salad that just keeps on giving. And man, how I like that.

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If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment below or take a photo and tag me on Instagram or Twitter and Facebook with #savvynana.

 
Autumn Cobb Salad
Roasted squash, crunchy apples and dried cherries add seasonal freshness to traditional Cobb salad ingredients dressed in a spiced apple cider vinaigrette and topped with candied walnuts.
 
 
 
    • 1/2 acorn squash seeded and peeled then cut into 3/4-inch pieces
    • 1/2 small butternut squash seeded and peeled then cut into 1/2-inch pieces
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil
    • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
    • 1 cup walnut halves
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
    • 1/3 cup spiced apple cider
    • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    • 6 cups mixed salad greens such as romaine, radicchio and arugula
    • 4 sliced cooked bacon chopped
    • 3 hard boiled eggs sliced
    • 1 baked chicken breast chopped
    • 1 stalk celery chopped
    • 1 avocado peeled and pitted then thinly sliced
    • 1 apple such as Gala or honey crisp cored and thinly sliced
    • 3/4 cup white cheddar cheese chopped
    • 1/2 cup dried cherries

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Place the acorn squash on one side of a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and the butternut squash on the other side of the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil or vegetable oil and season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roast for 20-25 minutes or until the squash is tender. Let cool completely.
  3. Meanwhile, stir together 1 1/2 tablespoons water and the brown sugar in a non-stick pan and bring to a boil. Cook until the mixture slightly thickens then add the walnuts and cook for about 3-5 minutes or until the sauce reduces and the nuts become fragrant. Transfer to a piece of parchment paper and sprinkle with kosher salt. Separate the nuts with a fork and cool.
  4. In a small jar, combine the vegetable oil, spiced apple cider, Dijon mustard and season with kosher salt and pepper. Shake the jar until well combined and emulsified. Taste for seasoning and add more apple cider to taste.
  5. In a large bowl, add the salad greens. Top with rows of bacon, hard boiled egg, chicken, celery, avocado, apple, cheddar cheese, dried cherries and candied walnuts. Drizzle with the vinaigrette and serve.

 

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Grilled Cheeseburgers

Grilled Cheeseburgers

Level: Easy

Total: 25 min

Active: 25 min

Yield: 6

Ingredients

2 1/2 pounds ground beef

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Vegetable oil, for the grill grates and buns

6 slices American or Cheddar cheese

 

6 seeded hamburger buns, split

Lettuce leaves, tomato slices, red onion slices, ketchup and mustard, for serving

Directions

1. Prepare a grill for medium heat. Divide the ground beef into 6 even pieces and shape each into a 1-inch-thick patty. Press in the center of each patty so it is slightly thinner than the edges. Sprinkle generously on both sides with salt and pepper. Lightly oil the grill grates.

2. Grill the burgers, flipping once, until well browned and medium rare, 6 to 7 minutes per side, topping with a slice of cheese in the last few minutes of grilling. Lightly brush the buns with oil and grill until lightly toasted. Put the burgers on the bottom buns and top with the lettuce, tomato, onions and top buns. Serve with ketchup and mustard on the side.


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Lemon Parmesan Chicken with Arugula Salad Topping

Lemon Parmesan Chicken with Arugula Salad Topping

Total: 35 min

Active: 35 min

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 extra-large eggs

1 1/2 cups seasoned dry bread crumbs

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Unsalted butter

Good olive oil

5 ounces arugula

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)

1/4 pound chunk Parmesan cheese

 

Directions

1. Combine the flour, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper on a dinner plate. On a second plate, beat the eggs with 1 tablespoon of water. On a third plate, combine the bread crumbs, the 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, the lemon zest and thyme, and set aside.

2. Pound the chicken breasts between two sheets of parchment paper until they are 1/4 inch thick. You can use either a meat mallet or a rolling pin.

3. Coat the chicken breasts on both sides with the prepared flour mixture, then dip both sides into the egg mixture and dredge both sides in the bread-crumb mixture, pressing lightly.

4. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large sauté pan and cook 2 or 3 chicken breasts on medium-low heat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until cooked through. Add more butter and oil and cook the rest of the chicken breasts.

5. Place the arugula in a large bowl. In a 1-cup glass measure, whisk together the 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Pour enough dressing on the arugula to moisten. Toss well.

6. Pile some arugula on top of each hot chicken breast. With a very sharp knife or a vegetable peeler, shave the chunk of Parmesan into large shards and arrange them on top of the arugula.


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Chinese-Style Deep-Fried Salty Shrimp Recipe

Chinese-Style Deep-Fried Salty Shrimp Recipe

This is a simple recipe, the only caveat being that you need to deep-fry the shrimp. But it’s not really an ordeal. Frying shrimp takes five minutes, tops, even for ones that are quite large. This recipe is one Cantonese version of deep-fried shrimp: once the shrimp are fried, you toss them with minced garlic, green onions, and red chili pepper flakes, all of which you have browned with a bit of oil. The garlic and inexperienced onions hold tight the just-fried shrimp. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and no matter alternative spices you prefer. The seasonings can stick practically to the shells, that square measure coated during a very little egg and asylum or flour, however no matter doesn’t hold tight the shrimp are fun to grab from the platter.

If you want to continue in a Chinese vein, you can add things like five-spice powder or ground Sichuan peppercorn. Or, you can sprinkle on Old Bay and smoked paprika.It is finger-licking good. When the shells are perfectly thin crisp and the innards are ripe for the eating, the balance between the two is pretty wonderful and yummy Chinese-Style Deep-Fried Salty Shrimp!!

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Ingredients:

3 cups peanut, canola, or vegetable oil
3 large cloves minced garlic (about 3 tablespoons)
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon dried red chili pepper flakes (optional)
12 to 16 whole jumbo shell-on, head-on shrimp, about 1 pound
1/2 egg, beaten
1/4 cup cornstarch
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon five spice powder, Old Bay, smoked paprika, Sichuan peppercorns, or a combination (optional, as desired)

Directions:

1. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a wok over medium heat until shimmering. Add the garlic, scallions and let brown, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the chili pepper flakes if using and stir until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Transfer oil and aromatics to a large metal bowl. Wipe wok clean with paper towel.

2. Add remaining oil to wok and heat to 375°F over medium heat. Meanwhile, combine egg and cornstarch in a medium bowl. Add shrimp and toss to coat. When the oil is ready, add half of the shrimp, dropping them into the oil one at a time. Cook, agitating and flipping shrimp frequently until crisp and just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes total. Transfer shrimp to a paper towel-lined plate and repeat with remaining batch.

3. Add drained fried shrimp to bowl with browned aromatics. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and optional additional seasonings. Serve immediately.

 

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