Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Deviled Ham Spread

1 pound smoked ham, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup prepared dijon mustard
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons hot sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon mustard powder

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Great on crackers.

Pecan Pie Bars

These are better than the pie!

1 3/4 C all-purpose flour
1/3 c packed dark brown sugar
3/4 c unsalted butter, softened

Preheat oven to 350° F. combine using pastry knife until mixed. Press 
into 13x9 pan. Bake 16-20 minutes until golden brown.

1 c packed dark brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 c dark corn syrup
1/4 c unsalted butter, melted
1 t vanilla extract
1/8 t salt
2 c chopped pecans

Mix all filling ingredients but pecans. Stir in pecans. Pour over 
baked crust. Bake additional 35 minutes (or until set) at 350°.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fried Calamari

I made calamari tonight for dinner, based on this recipe. The squid was from a local Asian grocery store that has the best seafood.

Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
1-2 pounds clean squid rings
1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
3/4 c Italian style bread crumbs
2 tablespoons dried parsley
Salt (lots!) and freshly ground black pepper
Marinara sauce

Pour enough oil into a heavy large saucepan to reach the depth of 3 inches. Heat over medium heat to 350 degrees F. Mix the flour, bread crumbs, parsley, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Working in small batches, toss the squid into the flour mixture to coat. Carefully add the squid to the oil and fry until crisp and very pale golden, about 1 minute per batch. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, transfer the fried calamari to a paper-towel lined plate to drain.

Serve with marinara sauce.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Curried Green Chile Pork

I just served this to friends Sunday night to great reviews. It's great leftover and doubles well.

This recipe and the one I posted for Beef Bourguignonne are variations from this free cookbook pdf download from KitchenAid. If you scroll down in the pdf, there are a bunch of great recipes after you get past some of the instructions and such.

2 1⁄2 pounds lean pork stew meat
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon dried thyme
3⁄4 teaspoon ground cumin
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
dash of red pepper flakes
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
1 small can of mild green chiles
1⁄2 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup coconut milk

Place pork in Slow Cooker ceramic pot. In small bowl, combine curry powder, brown sugar, thyme, cumin, salt, and red pepper. Stir in garlic and oil until well blended. Add to pork; toss to coat evenly. Add onion, jalapeno peppers, and chicken broth. Cover and cook at HIGH 31⁄2 to 41⁄2 hours, or until pork is very tender. In small bowl, blend flour into coconut milk. Stir into pork mixture. Cover and cook at HIGH 10 to 20 minutes, or until thickened. Serve with hot cooked rice.
Yield: 6 servings (1 cup per serving).

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Apple Bread Pudding

This is adapted from the recipe for Apple-Nut Bread Pudding in Fix-It and Forget-It Christmas Cookbook. It smells great cooking, is easy to prepare and is perfect to warm up from the chilly fall weather.

8 slices whole wheat bread, cubed
2 large apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1/4 c raisins
1 c sugar
1 scant T pumpkin pie spice or baking spice
3 eggs
2 c milk
1/4 c apple juice
4 T butter, melted

Place bread cubes, apples and raisins in greased slow cooker and mix gently. In a separate bowl, combine sugar and spice. Add in egg & mix well. Add milk, apple juice and melted butter and combine thoroughly. Pour this mixture over bread mixture in slow cooker and gently stir. Cover. Cook on high for approximately 2 hours or low for 3-4 hours.