Meat Filled Piroshki

Meat Filled Piroshki

For years now I usually write about travel on my Wednesday articles.  Lately due to the worldwide Pandemic travel has become difficult and many times ill advised.

Many of us have chosen to stay home this summer perhaps planning our next trip whenever we feel safe enough to venture further away from home.  In our case I’m not really sure when that will be, specially since cruising is one of our favorite vacation travel.  Sadly the cruising industry has canceled cruises thru September and will likely cancel cruises thru fall and possibly the rest of the year.

Yes we’re sad and even restless.  We haven’t been able to visit our daughter and her family in Italy since last fall.  And yes we miss traveling.  That’s why I’ve been trying to bring a little bit of our travels in to our home.  What better way to “re-live” some of our favorite vacation spots than thru food.  I’ve decided to share some of our favorite cuisine which we discovered during our travels.  Because isn’t food a big part of traveling anyway?

So for the next little while on my Wednesday post I’ll share a recipe for a favorite food we discovered during our travels.  I hope it will inspire you to try something different and maybe make plans to visit one of the countries!

Today I’ll share this Piroshki recipe.  Piroshkis are very similar to American meat pies, British Pasties, Middle Eastern Fatayer,  and even Empanadas from Mexico, Spain, and other Latin countries.

Piroshkis are a popular street or comfort food in Russia and the Ukraine.  They’re fried or baked oblong buns (I prefer the fried) filled with a variety of fillings including beef, chicken, pork, mushrooms, and cheese.  In Russia they’re considered a main course when eaten with a soup or salad.  It’s often served with sour cream.

Today I’ll share a recipe for Beef or Chicken filled Piroshkis.  They’re not too difficult to make and if you’re not used to working with yeast breads this is a fine recipe to start with as it’s fairly simple.

Meat Filled Piroshkis

Ingredients for the dough:

4 cups flour

1 Tsp. Active dry yeast

1/4 Cup warm water

1 Cup Milk

3 Eggs

1/2 Cup Olive Oil

2 Tbs. Sugar

1 Tsp. Salt

Filling Ingredients:

1 Lb. Ground Beef, Turkey, or Chicken

1 Large Onion very finely chopped

1/2 Cup Mushrooms very finely chopped

1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

1 Tsp. Salt

1 Tsp. Pepper

2 Tbs. Fresh Dill

1 Tsp. Dried Dill

1 Tbs. Fresh Garlic – minced

Oil for frying

Directions:

First prepare dough as follows:

Dissolve yeast in the warm water and place in a warm place until it’s frothy – about 10 minutes.

In a medium saucepan on low heat pour in milk and let warm up.

Whisk in the eggs, oil, sugar, and salt.  This mixture will be warm and lumpy.

Remove from heat.

Place 1/2 of flour in bowl of stand mixer (or large bowl if mixing by hand).  Using the dough hook gradually stir in the milk mixture until fully combined.

Alternately add yeast mixture and rest of the flour, be sure you mix well between additions.

Mix well.

Knead until the dough forms a ball and does not stick to sides of bowl.  You may have to add some more flour (1 Tbs. spoon at a time) to get the dough to the proper consistency.

Cover with a cloth and set aside in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size. About 1-2 hours.

Meanwhile mix all the filling ingredients together in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.

When dough has doubled in size place the ball into a lightly floured surface.

Pinch of pieces of dough to form a ball about 2″.

Flatten dough and using a rolling pin roll each ball into disks about 4″ in diameter.

Place a heaping Tbs. of filling in the center of dough.  Form filling into a line across the diameter.  Fold dough over meat and pinch both ends to seal.

Place filled piroshki on to a sheet with the seam side down and allow to rest for about 10 minutes.

Heat enough oil in a pan deep enough so that the piroshkis will be at least halfway immersed in oil.

Place piroshki in hot oil seam side down.  Fry until golden brown.

Gently flip over and fry other side.

Drain cooked piroshki on paper towels before serving.

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Stuffed Peppers for Two

Stuffed Peppers for Two

My husband likes stuffed peppers, but my original recipe made too many servings. I cut it down to accommodate just the two of us. It helps to use a small casserole dish so the peppers won’t tip over while they bake. For color,This recipe is easy enough for family yet fancy enough for company.

Trying new recipes is one of my favorite hobbies. It’s also the most gratifying. What could beat the smiles and compliments of the ones you love?I serve steamed carrots to round out the meal perfectly.

 

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Ingredients

2 medium green peppers
1/2 pound ground beef
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce, divided
1/4 cup uncooked instant rice
3 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 tablespoon chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 large egg, beaten

Directions

1. Cut tops off peppers and discard; remove seeds. Blanch peppers in boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water; set aside.
2. In a bowl, combine beef, 1/4 cup tomato sauce, rice, 2 tablespoons cheese, onion, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and egg; mix well. Stuff the peppers; place in an ungreased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Pour the remaining tomato sauce over peppers. Cover and bake at 350° for 45-60 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and peppers are tender.
3. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; return to the oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Nutrition Facts

1 stuffed pepper: 405 calories, 20g fat (9g saturated fat), 193mg cholesterol, 1277mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 32g protein.

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Homemade Chicken Katsu Curry

Homemade Chicken Katsu Curry

katsu curry

My family, specially my grandsons Dion and Devon, love Katsu Curry.  That’s what they order whenever we go to the Curry House for lunch or dinner.  Their favorite, and mine too, is the Chicken Katsu Curry with cheese.  OMG talk about comfort food! (and calories!)

You might be wondering what Katsu Curry is.  Well it’s sort of a fusion of Japanese battered and fried food, the Katsu, and  a spicy sauce that finds its origins in India, the curry.  I guess you could say Katsu Curry is an Asian Fusion food that combines favorites from 2 Asian countries.

Judging by the number of franchised curry restaurants in Japan and the world wide proliferation of those franchises I’m reasonably certain the Katsu Curry is a favorite in Japan and in many other parts of the world.  I know the Curry Houses here on the island are always busy.  That’s why we hardly ever get to eat there.  I hate long lines, specially when I’m hungry.

But Katsu Curry is so easy to make at home there’s really no need to stand in line.  Or to go in search of a Japanese Curry house in your area.  My recipe calls for store bought curry sauce mix,  it cuts the prep time and you don’t need to stock your spice cabinet with expensive exotic spices.

My recipe just needs 4 other ingredients along with the concentrated cutty sauce.  Chicken, Panko, Egg, and oil for frying.  Try it out for dinner.  Serve it over steamed white rice for an amazing meal!

If you prefer pork chops, batter and fry a thin slice of pork and you’ve got Tonkatsu Curry!

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  1. Wash chicken and pat dry with paper towel
  2. Heat oil in frying pan over medium heat
  3. Dip each chicken thigh into beaten egg
  4. Roll chicken in Panko
  5. Drop in hot oil and fry until thoroughly cooked.
  6. Prepare curry sauce according to package directions
  7. Working quickly to keep chicken hot remove fried chicken thigh from pan and slice into thin pieces
  8. Place chicken pieces on a serving dish
  9. If desired sprinkle top of chicken with shredded cheese. The heat of the chicken should melt the cheese.
  10. Spoon curry sauce over fried chicken and serve with white rice
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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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  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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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
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24 Bites 20 Minutes
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20 Minutes
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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
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Servings: Bites
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  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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