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Written By: kittencal on April 29, 2012 No Comment

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Three ingredients, quick easy prep and you have one delicious appetizer! bottled or homemade pesto works fine, see my pesto recipe posted here on my food blog

Servings 6-8

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup prepared pesto

1/4 pound mozzarella cheese,  preferably fresh (for packaged cut ito abut 1/2-inch cubes — if using fresh mozzarella cheese, slice it)

1/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:————————————————–

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Set rack to bottom position.

Grease a 9-inch pie plate.

Place the cheese squares or fresh slices in pie plate; bake for 4-6 minutes or until cheese begins to melt.

Remove from oven and drop the pesto by teaspoonfuls over hot cheese.

Top with Parmesan cheese.

Return to oven for 1 minute.

Written By: kittencal on October 30, 2011 No Comment

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This is just as good if not better that the ones made in muffin tins and will also work using this using melted butter in place of the pan drippings of coarse  the pan drippings have better flavor,  the complete batter is baked in one pan then sliced into eight pieces

Plan ahead the batter needs to sit for 1 hour before using or you may refrigerate the batter overnight but you must allow it to come down to room temperature before using and for best result all ingredients should be room temperature

Servings 8

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 large eggs, room temperature

3/4 cup water, room temperature

1/2 cup beef pan drippings (or can use melted butter)

3/4 cup milk, room temperature

INSTRUCTIONS:——————————————-

Mix the flour and salt together in a medium bowl.

Make a well in the middle of the flour; add in milk and whisk until smooth.

Add in eggs and beat until blended.

Add in the water and continue beating until the mixture is light and frothy.

Set the mixture aside for about 1 hour (or you may cover and refrigerate overnight, if the batter has been refrigerated then it must come down to room temperature before using).

When your roast beef is ready to come out of the oven, get ready to use the prepared batter.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (allow to heat for 10 minutes, the oven must be hot).

Pour 1/2 cup roast beef drippings (or melted butter) into a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

Place the pan in the oven until the drippings in the pan sizzle.

Pour the prepared batter over the hot drippings and bake for 30 minutes (or until the sides have risen and are golden brown (DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DOOR WHILE BAKING!).

Slice into 8 equal pieces and serve immediately.

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Written By: kittencal on October 10, 2011 No Comment

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Before you think about making a prime rib roast invest in a good meat thermometor as the internal temperature not the time is your best guarantee for desired donensss, use nothing else but only fresh garlic a little salt and lots of fresh ground black pepper for this or you could use 1 teaspoon garlic salt using any other spices will take away the flavor nothing else is needed, cooking on very high heat then reducing the temperature will seal in all the meat juices to produce the most tender and flavorful prime rib, this actually is the method that a lot of the higher end restaurants use to make there prime rib and is the method I always use when I make prime rib roast at my home, the cooking time stated on the recipe is for a 3-4 pound prime rib, you can use this method for a larger prime rib and increase the cooking time please see bottom of directions, for a perfectly cooked prime rib roast a meat thermometer inserted in the roast should read about 140 degrees for medium-rare doneness, it is advised not to cook prime rib more that medium-rare… Important using more that the specified amount of salt will draw out the juices from the roast, you could add a little more but it is best to salt the meat after it is cooked, using a minimum amount of salt will insure a juicy tender prime rib roast, 1 teaspoon or less of salt will be fine and remember to remove your roast from the fridge about 2 hours before cooking

Servings 8-10

INGREDIENTS:

4 pounds center-cut prime rib roast (leave a layer of fat on the top for flavor

8 garlic cloves, sliced in half (or use as many as you like)

fresh ground black pepper (use lots!)

1/2 teaspoon white salt (can use up to 1 teaspoon or can use seasoned salt)

1/2 cup dry white wine

2 cups beef stock

INSTRUCTIONS:——————————————

Step 1 Using a knife, poke small holes all over uncooked roast, and insert a half of a clove of fresh garlic in the hole (as many holes and as much garlic as desired
Step 2 Cover roast, and refrigerate overnight.
Step 3 The next day, remove the roast from fridge and uncover; let sit out at room temperature for about 2 to 2-1/2 hours (this is an important step to relax the meat fibers, it will make for a more tender juicy roast, the length of counter-time will depend on the size of your roast).
Step 4 Set oven to 450°F and allow the oven to preheat for a minimum of 15 minutes.
Step 5 Season the roast with only a small amount of salt but lots of fresh ground black pepper pepper (that’s all nothing else but a little salt and fresh ground black pepper, using any other spices will take away the flavor from the prime rib!).
Step 6 Place the roast fat-side up on a rack in a shallow-sided pan, then insert a meat thermometer in the middle of the roast but not touching any rib bones.
Step 7 Roast uncovered at 450°F for 20 minutes (a few more minutes won’t hurt)
Step 8 After 20 minutes of high heat cooking reduce heat to 350°F and continue to roast for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes OR until the meat thermometer reads 130°F for rare doneness OR 140°F for medium-rare doneness, that is the way a prime rib really should be served, check your roast after 1 hour cooking time.
Step 9 *NOTE* It is strongly advised to remove the roast slightly before desired degree of doneness is achieved as the roast will continue to rise in temperature several degrees after removing from the oven.
Step 10 Remove meat to a carving board.
Step 11 Cover loosely with foil and allow let rest (DO NOT CUT INTO ROAST for at least 20 or more minutes or all juices in the meat will flow out).
Step 12 While the roast is resting prepare the au jus; place the roasting pan on top of the stove over high heat.
Step 13 Add in the wine; cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring and scraping any brown bits.
Step 14 Add in the beef stock; cook and reduce the juice by half (this might take about 20 minutes).
Step 15 Add salt and pepper to taste.
Step 16 Slice roast (just before serving!) and drizzle with some of the juice.
Step 17 *NOTE* if desired you can cover the roast loosely with foil the first hour and then uncover and cook for the remaining time.
Step 18 APPROXIMATE COOKING TIMES for the prime rib cooked at 350°F after the 20 minute cooking time at 450°F. ——- Rare; cook 12-13 minutes per pound or to 130°F. Medium-rare; cook 14-16 minutes per pound or to 140°F (I would not recommend cooking a prime rib any more than medium-rare). Since every oven cooks differently cooking times are only approximate.
Step 19 SUGGESTED SERVING PORTIONS PER PERSON —-for a generous serving of prime rib roast you should figure on 2 people per rib, that means if you plan to serve 6 people you should be able to do so with 3 ribs/ eight people with 4 ribs/ do not bother with less than 3 ribs anything less than that is not a roast but rather a steak and would be better treated as such.You will also find this recip on Recipezazz.com
Written By: kittencal on September 23, 2011 No Comment

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This gravy may be made using canned chicken broth or defatted chicken or turkey pan drippings and also may be made using beef drippings or canned beef broth, if you are using chicken or turkey drippings from the pan defat in a fat separator firstly then if needed add in fat-free chicken broth or water to equal 2 cups there is no need to add in the bouillon powder and garlic powder with the drippings just heat on top of the stove in a saucepan and continue with the flour/milk mixture

Yield about 2-1/2 cups

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups fat-free chicken broth (or defatted pan drippings and if needed add in chicken broth to measure 2 cups)

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, or to taste

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder (can omit)

3 teaspoons OXO chicken bouillon granules (or 1 small envelope, omit the granules if using pan drippings)

4 tablespoons all-purpose flour (for a thicker gravy uncrease 1 tablespoon)

1/2 cup fat-free milk (or for a creamier flavor use 1/2 cup fat-free evaporated milk)

INSTRUCTIONS:———————————————–

In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan combine broth with black pepper, garlic powder and bouillon granules; cook stirring over medium-low heat until at a simmer.

In a small bowl whisk flour with milk until smooth; add into simmering broth and cook whisking constantly until smooth and thickened.

Season with more black pepper if needed.

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Written By: kittencal on September 18, 2011 No Comment

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This may be completely prepared and refrigerated up to 48 hours until ready to bake, use only russet potatoes and do not slice the potatoes leave them whole while cooking

Do not use the bottled dressing for this only dry mix and prepared with sour cream and mayonnaise, and for best flavor I recommend Hidden Valley dry mix, if desired omit the paprika and sprinkle 1 to 1-1/2 cups cheddar cheese on top after baking then return to oven for 5-8 minutes to melt the cheese

Servings

INGREDIENTS:

12 medium russet potatoes, peeled, leave potatoes whole do not slice (medium potatoes measuring about 4-inches in length and 2 inches wide, does not have to be exact)

1/3 cup butter, cubed

1 cup prepared Hidden Valley dry Ranch salad dressing mix (mix must be prepared with half mayonnaise and sour cream, then measured to 1 cup, save any remaining dressing for to use another time)

2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1/4 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled (can use more bacon)

salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

paprika

INSTRUCTIONS:—————————————–

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease a 13  x 9-inch baking dish (an 11 x 7-inch pan will work also but it will be very full)

Place whole potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil, reduce heat cover and simmer until fork-tender tender (because the potatoes are cooked whole cooking time may take about 25 minutes).

Transfer potatoes to a large bowl, add in butter then mash.

Stir in prepared ranch salad dressing, cheddar cheese and bacon (the mixture will be slightly orange in color).

Season with salt and pepper to taste

Spread into baking dish.

Sprinkle lightly with paprika.

*** At this point you may cover and refrigerate until ready to bake (up to 24 hours).

Bake uncovered for 20 minutes or until heated through.

Written By: kittencal on September 1, 2011 No Comment

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I use my Kitchen Aid stand mixer for mixing, use only russet potatoes for this and do not slice the potatoes they will absorb too much water

Servings 4-6

INGREDIENTS

8 medium russet potatoes, peeled (leave whole, do not slice)

12 garlic cloves, peeled

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup heavy (33-35%) whipping cream

1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

2 teaspoons salt, or to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:—————————————
Place the whole potatoes and garlic in a large saucepan; cover with cold water, then bring to a boil, reduce heat,  cover and cook for about 25 minutes or until potatoes are just fork tender.
Using a large slotted spoon remove the potatoes and the garlic to a large mixing bowl.
Add the butter, cream and cream cheese and 2 teaspoons salt.
Beat on low speed for 1 minute, then increase to medium speed, beating until potatoes are smooth.
Season with more salt if needed.
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Written By: kittencal on August 31, 2011 No Comment

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Easy to make and very good, you can stuff the mushrooms in advance and refrigerate until ready to bake

Yield -  24 large mushrooms

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 pound bulk spicy pork sausage meat

24 large fresh mushrooms (with stems)

oil and 2 tablespoons butter

1 small onion, minced

4 large garlic cloves, minced

1 cup bread crumbs (seasoned or plain)

1/2 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese (more to sprinkle on top of mushrooms before baking)

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

seasoned salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:——————————————————-

In a small skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat until browned; remove to a bowl.

Remove stems from mushrooms and finely chop; set caps aside.

To the skillet add in chopped stems, onion and garlic; cook in oil and butter until softened (about 5 minutes, use as much oil as you need mixed with the butter or can use all butter).

Stir in the cooked sausage, bread crumbs and 1/2 cup shredded cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon about 2 tablespoons into each mushroom cap.

Grease a rack then fit the rack into a foil-lined large baking sheet.

Sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese.

Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 22-25 minutes or until mushrooms are tender.

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