Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Jalapeno Pie

Recipe from: Laura Ogletree

1 jar of sliced jalapenos
2 lbs of shredded cheddar cheese
1 dozen large eggs

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9x13 pan. Chop jalapenos (juice drained if prefered) in a food chopper and spread evenly over the bottom of the pan. Pour the cheese evenly over the peppers. Beat the dozen eggs in a bowl and then pour evenly over the cheese. Bake in oven for about 35 minutes, or until top is golden and the middle of the dish is solid (not jiggly). Cut into 1" squares and serve with toothpicks.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Cooktop Cassoulet

From Southern Living magazine, January 2006:

FYI: cas·sou·let...A casserole of white beans, various meats, vegetables, and herbs, slowly simmered or baked in a slow oven.

  • 1 pound smoked turkey sausage, cut into 1/2 inch rounds
  • 4 skinned and boned chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 (16 oz.) cans great Northern beans, undrained
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth

-Brown sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat 10 minutes, stirring often. Remove with a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels; set aside.

-Saute chicken in hot sausage drippings in skillet 8 to 10 minutes or until done; remove with slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels.

-Saute onion, bell pepper, and garlic in hot drippings in skillet 5 to 6 minutes or until tender. Stir in chicken, sausage, tomatoes, and next 4 ingredients. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in beans and broth. Cook, covered, 10 more minutes. Remove and discard bay leaf. Serve immediately.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Easy Oreo Truffles

From Kraft Foods and a HIT at any party...

1 pkg. Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
1 brick cream cheese, softened
1 pkg. chocolate coating (unsure of name, in blocks that you will melt, by the almond bark)
1 pkg. almond bark

-Set aside 9 Oreos to eat whenever.
-Crush remaining 36 cookies to find crumbs (I like using a food processor but you can put them in a Ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling pin); place in a medium bowl. Add cream cheese; mix until well blended.
-Roll cookie mixture into 42 balls, about 1 inch in diameter and put onto wax paper.
-Dip balls into melted chocolate, place back on wax paper to dry.
-Drizzle some of the melted almond bark in a diagonal motion over the top. They look will LOOK and TASTE like you bought the at some fancy-shamancy candy store.
-Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Thin Chocolate Chip Cookies

From Alton Brown's "GOOD EATS":

2 sticks room temperature salted butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda + 1 pinch more
2 cups chocolate chips

-Beat butter, brown sugar and sugar together.
-In a separate little bowl mix together egg, milk and vanilla just until egg is broken up. Beat this in with the sugar mixture.
-In another bowl combine flour, salt and baking soda then beat in with the sugar mixture.
-Fold in your chocolate chips.
-Bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are light brown. Take them out of the oven and they will continue baking to be perfect.