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Pikelets

Pikelets

Ingredients 1 1/4 cups / 185g plain flour (Note 1) 2 1/2 tsp baking powder (Note 1) 2 tbsp white sugar 1 egg 3/4 cup / 185ml milk 1/2 tsp vanilla extra (optional) 2 tsp butter TO SERVE Strawberry jam and cream (heavy cream, whipped) or butter Instructions Whisk flour, baking powder and sugar in a bowl. Make a […]

Creamy Tomato Pasta

Creamy Tomato Pasta

Ingredients 300 g/10oz spaghetti 2 tbsp / 30g unsalted butter 3 garlic cloves , minced ½ onion , finely chopped 1 cup / 250 ml tomato passata / tomato puree (Note 1) 3/4 cup / 185 ml heavy / thickened cream (Note 2 for subs) 1/2 cup / 125 ml milk , low fat 3/4 cup / […]

Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

Ingredients

SALISBURY STEAK

  • 1/2 onion (white, brown or yellow)
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (or 1/3 cup ordinary breadcrumbs)
  • 1 lb/500g ground beef (i.e. beef mince)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 beef bouillon cube , crumbled
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tsp dijon mustard OR 2 tsp dry mustard powder

GRAVY

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 5 oz/150g mushrooms , sliced
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

SALISBURY STEAKS

  • Place breadcrumbs in a bowl. Use a box grater and grate the onion over the breadcrumbs. Mix with fingers, leave to soak for a few minutes.
  • Add remaining Salisbury Steak ingredients into the large bowl. Use your hands to mix until just combined – don’t over mix.
  • Divide into 5 and pat into oval patties around 3/4″ / 1 2/3 cm thick.

COOKING AND GRAVY

  • Heat oil in a skillet over high heat. Add the steaks and cook the first side for 1 minute or until browned, then flip and brown the other side (they will still be raw inside). Remove onto plate.
  • If skillet is looking dry, add a touch more oil. Add chopped onion and garlic and cook for 2 minute until onions are a bit translucent.
  • Add the mushrooms into the skillet and cook for 2 – 3 minutes until golden.
  • Turn heat down to medium. Add butter. Once melted, add flour and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  • Gradually add in beef broth, stirring as you go. Once mostly lump free, whisk in remaining Gravy ingredients.
  • Add steaks along with the juices on the plate. Cook for 5 – 7 minutes, or until gravy is thickened, stirring occasionally around the steaks. If the gravy thickens too quickly, add more water.
  • Remove steaks onto a plate. Taste gravy and adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve salisbury steaks topped with the mushroom gravy – over mashed potato is ideal! Sprinkle with a bit of parsley if desired.
ITALIAN SAUSAGE AND PEPPERS

ITALIAN SAUSAGE AND PEPPERS

INGREDIENTS  1 tablespoon olive oil  20 ounces sweet or hot Italian sausages (about 5 links)  1 tablespoon butter  1 large yellow sweet onion, sliced  1 red bell peppers, seeded and sliced  1 green bell peppers, seeded and sliced  4 cloves garlic minced  1/2 teaspoon dried oregano  1/2 teaspoon dried basil (or 1 tablespoon fresh basil)  1/2 teaspoon salt  1/4 cup chicken broth or white cooking wine  1 (14 ounce) diced tomatoes, drained  (optional) red pepper (see note) INSTRUCTIONS […]

MELTED SNOWMEN OREO BALLS

MELTED SNOWMEN OREO BALLS

INGREDIENTS  1 (8 oz.) pkg. ]ream cheese softened  36 OREO Cookies (regular size), finely crushed  16 oz . vanilla candy coating , melted (like Candiquick or almond bark)  48 Mini OREO Bite Size Cookies  decorations: decorating icing or gel; multi-colored sprinkles INSTRUCTIONS Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until well blended. I like to […]

PUMPKIN WAFFLES

PUMPKIN WAFFLES

INGREDIENTS

Pancakes:
  •  2 cups flour
  •  2 tablespoons baking powder
  •  1 tablespoon cinnamon
  •  1 tablespoon sugar
  •  ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  •  ¼ teaspoon salt
  •  4 eggs separate yolks from the whites
  •  1 ½ cup milk
  •  1 cup pure canned pumpkin
  •  ¾ cup 12 tablespoons butter, melted
  •  1 tablespoon vanilla
Syrup:
  •  ½ cup butter
  •  ½ cup buttermilk
  •  1 cup sugar
  •  1 teaspoon Karo syrup
  •  1 teaspoon baking soda
  •  1 teaspoon vanilla

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Next, separate the egg yolks from the egg whites. *If you have a stand mixer, you can start beating your egg whites while you prepare the rest of the batter (or just beat them later with a hand mixer). Beat egg whites until they form peaks. Reserve for later.
  3. In a separate bowl, add the egg yolks, milk, pumpkin, melted butter, and vanilla. Mix until combined. Add the dry mixture slowly until incorporated using a mixer.
  4. If you haven’t already, take the egg whites and beat with a mixer until they form peaks. Fold beaten egg whites gently into the pumpkin batter. Spray waffle iron with cooking spray. Pour batter into waffle iron and cook according to waffle iron instructions. Makes around 8 Belgian waffles.
  5. For the syrup:In a large saucepan bring the butter, buttermilk, sugar, and Karo syrup to a boil then remove from heat. Stir in baking soda and vanilla. Serve.
Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

INGREDIENTS  7 tablespoons unsalted butter  1 pound (16 oz elbow macaroni  1 small onion finely chopped  2 stalks celery finely chopped  3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken  2 cloves garlic minced  3/4 cup Buffalo wing sauce preferably Frank’s. If you are worried about the heat factor add half the amount  2 tablespoons flour  2 teaspoons dry mustard  2 1/2 cups half-and-half  1 pound (16 oz ) yellow sharp cheddar cheese, […]

Chicken Noodle Skillet

Chicken Noodle Skillet

INGREDIENTS  1/4 cup unsalted butter  3/4 cup chopped carrot  3/4 cup diced celery  1/4 cup finely chopped onion  1/2 teaspoon minced garlic  1/4 cup all-purpose flour  3 1/2 cups chicken broth  1/2 cup heavy cream (milk can be substituted)  6 ounces wide egg noodles (about 3 3/4 cups)  1 1/2 cups cooked and shredded chicken (rotisserie chicken works well here)  salt and pepper to taste INSTRUCTIONS In a […]

CHRISTMAS CHEESE TREE

CHRISTMAS CHEESE TREE

INGREDIENTS

  •  3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese softened
  •  4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (16 ounces)
  •  2 tablespoons grated onion
  •  1/2 teaspoon ground mustard (dry)
  •  5 or 6 drops red pepper sauce
  •  Have ready at serving time:
  •  1 cup finely chopped parsley
  •  1/2 cup pine nuts
  •  1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper (or yellow too)
  •  Assorted crackers for serving
  •  (optional) slice cheddar cheese or lemon peel for star

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix cream cheese, cheddar cheese, onion, mustard and pepper sauce until well combined. If making two trees divide in half or if making one just leave whole. Refrigerate until firm enough to shape.
  2. Place cheese mixtures on cookie sheet. Shape each half into cone shape to look like Christmas tree or one big tree if that’s what you choose. Roll trees in parsley, pressing parsley evenly onto trees. Press pine nuts onto trees in string form for garland. Press bell pepper pieces onto trees for ornaments. Top each tree with star shape cut from a slice of cheddar cheese or a lemon peel. Serve with crackers.
MINI HONEY SRIRACHA CHICKEN TACOS

MINI HONEY SRIRACHA CHICKEN TACOS

INGREDIENTS Marinade:  3 Tablespoons honey  2 Tablespoons Sriracha  2 teaspoons soy sauce  2 cloves garlic  salt to taste Avocado Crema:  1 ripe avocado , pitted and mashed  1/4 cup sour cream Tacos:  1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces  1 Tablespoon oil  1 cup cooked rice  12 Old El Paso Mini Soft Taco Boats , warmed INSTRUCTIONS For the Marinade: In […]