Oyster Stuffing

 

 Oyster-Stuffing

Ingredients
1 cup (2 sticks) of butter

1 medium onion, chopped

3 stalks of celery, chopped

1 tablespoon of chopped green bell pepper

6 cups of cooked, crumbled cornbread

6 cups of dry, toasted bread, crumbled (toasted white bread, leftover biscuits, or rolls)

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning optional

1/4 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper

1 teaspoon of sage

1/2 teaspoon of poultry seasoning

4 to 6 cups of turkey or chicken stock

5 eggs, beaten (or 3 raw, 2 boiled and chopped)

1 quart of oysters, liquid reserved

 

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9 x 13 inch pan with butter or non-stick spray.
Toast the bread in a toaster or in the oven. Remove and set aside to cool. Make a pan of cornbread, remove and set aside uncovered to cool completely. You want the breads to be very dry.
Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onion, celery and bell pepper. Add the salt, Cajun seasoning, pepper, Bell’s seasoning and poultry seasoning. Continue cooking and stirring for 2 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Crumble the cornbread into a large bowl. Add the bread and toss. Add the sautéed veggies, scraping out all of the butter; stir. Pour in 2 cups of the broth and toss. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Add the beaten eggs; stir. Using a pair of kitchen shears, roughly chop the oysters. Add the oysters, with their juices, to the cornbread mixture. This is where you fix the consistency. If you want a fluffy stuffing, you’ll use less stock. If you prefer a wetter stuffing, add additional broth as needed to reach desired consistency, taking care not to get too soupy! Lightly spoon into the casserole dish, but do not pack.
Transfer to the prepared baking dish and bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. For a moister stuffing baked covered. For a drier stuffing with a crunchy top, bake uncovered.

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ROSEMARY-PEPPER ROAST BEEF WITH BUTTER POTATOES

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Ingredients

2 pounds new or other small potatoes

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted

2 tablespoons black or mixed peppercorns

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1/4 cup fresh rosemary leaves

1/4 cup olive oil

4- to 5-pound top sirloin roast (also called top butt or spoon roast), trimmed and tied

1/2 cup white wine

1 tablespoon lemon juice

 

Directions

Heat the oven to 400 F.

In a 9-by-14-inch metal (stovetop-safe) roasting pan, combine the potatoes and melted butter. Toss to coat, then arrange in a single layer. Set aside.

In a mini food processor or blender, combine the peppercorns, salt and rosemary. Process until well chopped but not pureed. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in the olive oil. Slather the mixture thickly over the entire roast. Set the roast over the potatoes, then cover with foil and roast for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and continue roasting for another 45 minutes. Reduce the oven to 350 F and roast for another 45 minutes, or until the meat reaches 120 F at the center.

Use tongs to transfer the roast to a serving platter. Cover with foil, then with several kitchen towels to stay warm.

Set the roasting pan with the potatoes over 1 or 2 burners on medium heat on the stovetop. Add the wine and cook, stirring gently, until any browned bits from the bottom of the pan are released and the sauce thickens, about 3 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice. Slice the roast thinly, serve with the potatoes. Spoon the pan sauce over the potatoes.

 

SKILLET-GLAZED SPICY SWEET POTATOES

October 26, 2015 PHOTO; FOR USE WITH AP LIFESTYLES

Ingredients

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon cayenne

Kosher salt

1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled, halved or quartered lengthwise, and sliced crosswise 1/3 inch thick

2 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 teaspoons lemon juice

Directions

In a 12-inch skillet over medium-high, whisk together 1 1/2 cups water, the cumin, paprika, cayenne and about 1 teaspoon of salt. Add the potatoes, then cover the skillet and bring the liquid to a boil. When it boils, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook the potatoes, covered, for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the lid and prick the potatoes with a paring knife. If they are almost tender, remove the lid and increase the temperature so that the liquid boils. If they are not almost tender, cover the potatoes and cook, covered, for another minute or so, then remove the lid.

Boil the liquid until it only comes up the side of the skillet about 1/4 inch. Add the butter, brown sugar and lemon juice, then simmer, stirring gently, until the liquid is reduced to a glaze. Season with salt and serve immediately.

 

Date Bar Cookies

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Ingredients

For the filling

3 cups coarsely chopped dates

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 cups water

For the crust and topping

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 3/4 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) very cold butter, cut into small cubes
Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a nonreactive medium saucepan over low heat, combine dates, granulated sugar, and water. Cook stirring constantly, until thickened, about 15 minutes. Cool completely.

In a large bowl or bowl of an electric mixer, place brown sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and oats. Mix on low speed until combined. While mixer is running, add butter, 1 piece or 2 at a time. Mix until crumb like, with some lumps of butter no larger than pea size. Using your hands, press and flatten half of crumb mixture into a greased 9 by 13-inch pan. Spread cooled filling over crust. Cover with remaining crumb mixture, patting lightly.

Bake until lightly browned, 25 to 35 minutes. Cool slightly and cut into bars while still in the pan. Gently remove cut bars from pan. Serve warm or at room temperature. Date bars, stored in an airtight container, refrigerate and freeze well.

Cranberry Carrot Bread

Thanksgiving side dish recipe: Cranberry carrot bread

INGREDIENTS

Nonstick floured baking spray

1¼ cups all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour (such as King Arthur’s Whole Wheat White Flour)

¾ cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup applesauce

¼ cup skim milk

1 large egg

2 egg whites

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 cups shredded carrots

⅓ cup dried cranberries

⅓ cup pecans, chopped

FOR THE GLAZE

½ cup powdered sugar

3 tablespoons orange juice

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with baking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flours, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a separate bowl, combine the applesauce, milk, egg, egg whites, canola oil and vanilla. Add mixture, carrots, cranberries and pecans to flour mixture and gently combine until just moistened. Do not to over-mix (the batter will be thick). Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Combine the powdered sugar and juice and stir until smooth. Spread the glaze over the top of the bread while it is still warm. Allow the bread to cool in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan and cool completely on wire rack.

Chocolate Salted Caramel Muddy Buddies

Chocolate Salted Caramel Muddy Buddies

Ingredients

7 cups Chocolate Chex cereal

¼ cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter

1 bag (8.5 ounces) Dove Promises Sea Salt Caramel and Dark Chocolate candies

1 cup powdered sugar

Directions

Place cereal pieces in a large bowl and set aside.

Unwrap chocolate candies and place them in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Add butter to saucepan, and melt over low heat, stirring constantly.

Once the chocolate is completely melted, remove from heat and pour it over your cereal, folding gently to evenly coat. Sprinkle with powdered sugar to coat cereal pieces, stirring and folding until all pieces are covered.

Greens with Walnut Butter

Winter Greens with Walnut Butter

This recipe is one my grandmother’s.  It was written in her recipe book and stated that it came from family in England. This dish was prepared for a holiday meal only. I kept the wording and measurements the same as they had it written down.

If you have time, make the butter 24-72 hours in advance. Soften 100g of butter to room temperature, beat with a spoon to give a whipped effect and set aside.

Roughly chop 100g of walnut halves then toast in a hot, dry pan until roasted and aromatic. Remove from the pan, allow to cool and stir through the butter.

Arrange the soft walnut butter on a large sheet of cling film in a long log shape. Wrap and roll into a sausage shape approximately 4cm in thickness, tie off the ends of the cling film and allow to set in the fridge until required.

If making the butter on the day, roughly chop the walnuts and toast in a hot, dry pan until roasted and aromatic. Add the butter to warm through, then remove from the heat.

Bring a 2 liter pan of water to the boil with a good pinch of salt. Add all of the prepped greens to the pan, cook for 4-5 minutes then strain and return to the pan with the toasted walnut butter. Toss until all of the greens are evenly coated in the butter and serve in warm dishes.

200g of curly kale, washed and stalks removed

2 leeks, washed and cut into 2cm thick slices

200g of tender stem broccoli, washed and ends trimmed

200g of Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved

Salt

Alternatively, toss the hot greens in a little knob of the pre-prepared butter and serve with another slice of the butter

Mince Meat Pie (A recipe from Old England)

 

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Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.

1 quart prepared mincemeat

This is the truly old-fashion type of mincemeat that is actually made with meat in it. This is my grandmother’s recipe for mincemeat.

Ingredients

Pastry for 9 inch 2 crust pie

4 pounds beef sirloin

Water

2 1/2 cups suet, finely chopped or grated Suet

(Suet is firm beef fat. Suet can be collected by trimming the hard white fat from steaks and other cuts of beef. You can also purchase packages of suet from your local butcher or from the meat department of your local grocery store. It then needs to be coarsely grated to make it ready to use. It also must be kept refrigerated prior to use and used within a few days of purchase, just like meat.)

7 1/2 cups chopped tart apples

3 cups liquid (liquid from meat of your choice it was cooked in)

5 cups granulated sugar

3 cups apple cider

1 cup molasses

1/2 cup cider vinegar

3 cups raisins

2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon ground cloves

2 tablespoons ground allspice

2 tablespoons ground nutmeg

Juice of 2 lemons

Juice of 2 oranges

1 cup brandy or sherry 

Directions

Trim fat from meat of your choice and discard.

In a large heavy pan over medium heat, place meat; cover with water and simmer until the meat is tender. Remove from heat and refrigerate meat in the cooking liquid overnight.

Remove from refrigerator and remove meat from liquid. Remove all fat from top of liquid; discard the fat and reserve the remaining liquid. Separate meat from bones, discard bones. Chop cooked meat into small cubes.

In a large pot, combine meat cubes, suet, apples, reserved liquid, sugar, apple cider, molasses, cider vinegar, raisins, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, lemon juice, and orange juice; simmer for 2 hours. remove from heat. Add brandy or sherry and mix together.

It’s best to let mincemeat stand at least a couple of weeks before using.

Prepared pie pastry from recipe or store bought.

Spoon prepared mincemeat into pastry-lined plate. Cover with remaining pastry and flute. Cut slits in pastry so steam can escape. Cover edge with aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning.

Bake pie 40 to 50 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Remove aluminum foil during last 15 minutes of baking. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack before cutting and serving.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Grandmas Festive Jell-O Cookies

Jello-Cookies

 

My mom used to make these cookies for Christmas with cherry and lime jello.  This is a sugar cookie recipe with a box of Jell-O added into the mix.  You can make them for any holiday such as Fourth of July using cherry and berry blue Jell-O for red, white and blue cookies.  You can have fun with this recipe and change it out for whatever the occasion.

 

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup vegetable shortening

1/2 cup sugar

1-3 oz pkg Jell-O

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

Directions

Cream the butter, shortening, sugar and Jell-O. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat on medium speed until well mixed. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder. On slow speed, add the dry mixture, adding a little at a time. Mix well.

The dough will be fairly soft, but not sticky. You don’t need to refrigerate the dough before rolling.

Pre-heat oven to 400°F.

Roll dough into 1″ to 1 1/4″ balls and then roll in a bowl with about 1/2 cup of granulated sugar in it, completely covering the exterior of the dough ball. Place on the pan about 2″ apart. Using a flat-bottomed glass press the dough to about a 3/8″ thickness.

Sprinkle the top with sugar. Bake the cookies for 6 – 8 minutes.

CARAMEL PRETZEL TURTLES

Caramel Pretzel Turtles

Ingredients

14 ounce bag soft caramels (about 48)

10 ounce bag pretzel nuggets

12 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped

2 cups toasted almonds, finely chopped

Directions

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.

Unwrap the caramels.  One at a time, place a caramel between two sheets of parchment paper (not the paper from the baking sheet), then, use a rolling pin to roll it into an oval about 1/8 inch thick.

Wrap the flattened caramel around a pretzel nugget, pinching the ends to seal.  Set aside on another sheet of parchment paper.  Repeat with remaining caramels and pretzel nuggets.

In a double boiler over simmering water or in the microwave, melt half the chocolate, stirring occasionally, until smooth.  If using a double boiler, remove the pan from the heat.  Add the remaining chocolate and stir until smooth.

Place the almonds in a shallow bowl.  One at a time, use a fork to dip each pretzel nugget in the chocolate to coat, tapping off any excess, and then dip it in the almonds to coat.  Set on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining pretzels.

Let stand until set, about 3 hours, before packaging.