Monthly Archives: April 2010

Crab Cream Puffs.

I found this recipe over 15 years ago in a newsgroup online somewhere. It’s been a while since I’ve made them but they are so good that I think I’ll make them for my next party! They are certainly worth the extra effort it takes to make them. One of the best things about this recipe is that you can freeze the un-baked puffs and then bake them as needed! If you decide to do this make sure they are totally thawed out before baking or they will not puff up as much. To freeze them, place an entire baking sheet of un-baked puffs in the freezer for about 2 hours or until frozen solid. Once they are frozen they can be stored in a plastic bag or freezer container in your freezer!

This recipe also reminds me of a funny story when I made them last. I had made them and was serving at a get-together with some friends. (Kerry I think you’ll remember this!) My friend Kerry’s then husband John, insisted he hated crab meat and would never eat it. (same thing with lobster but that’s another story!) Well we knew if he tried them he’d like them. So we told him they were cheesy zucchini puffs. He believed us and ate about 6 of them before we told him the truth! He loved them, though he kept insisting he didn’t. Either way, they were delicious! They are pretty rich so go easy on them. Enjoy with a nice glass of Prosecco or Champagne!

Crab Cream Puffs

(Photo is for illustrative purposes only, I did not have a picture of my own so I found one closest to what they should look like)

INGREDIENTS:

10 ounces crab meat, drained & flaked

¾ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

3 green onions, chopped

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 cup water

½ cup butter

1 cup flour

4 eggs

DIRECTIONS:

1. Combine the first five ingredients; stir well and set aside.

2. Combine water and butter in saucepan; bring mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low; add flour and stir vigorously until mixture leaves sides of pan and forms a smooth ball. Constant mixing is very important to prevent the batter from sticking to the pan.

3. Remove from the heat and allow flour mixture to cool slightly so it doesn’t cook the eggs when added.

4. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing with a strong spoon (wooden one) after each addition until the mixture is smooth.

5. Stir crab mixture in the pastry batter.

6. Drop batter by heaping teaspoons (not too big) onto ungreased baking sheet. A large cookie press or pastry bag with a large star tip could also be used to place the individual puffs on the baking sheet.

7. Bake fresh pastries at 400ºF (375ºF convection) for 15 minutes and then reduce heat to 350ºF (325ºF convection) and bake another 10 minutes.

Serve warm.

Makes 36 servings

Pina Colada Delight

Who doesn’t like Piña Coladas? Nobody that I know! This recipe is a non-alcoholic version so it’s also kid friendly. I know my nieces love piña coladas so make lots to share!  Feel free to add some of your favorite rum to the mix though if you so choose! With the weather getting warmer there is nothing better than a frosty cold beverage to sip and  relax with! I make this using light ice cream and sugar-free syrups but again, feel free to go whole hog on it! Sit back and imagine you’re on a tropical beach or by the pool or on a cruise! (My fave!)

Pina Colada Delight

INGREDIENTS:

½ cup light vanilla ice cream

½ cup pineapple juice, cold

3 ounces sugar-free coconut syrup

2 tablespoons canned crushed pineapple in juice

2 cups crushed ice or 10-16 ice cubes


DIRECTIONS:

Place all ingredients into a blender. Blend on high-speed for about 30 seconds, until mixture is smooth and completely blended. Serve in a tall glass! Top with a piece of pineapple or cherry or fancy umbrella!

Makes 2 servings

** If you can’t find the sugar-free coconut syrup you can use the following: 3 ounces water, 1½ teaspoons coconut extract and 4-5 sugar-substitute packets.

Tube Pound Cake

I had previously posted my first baking recipe for Girl Scouts, this is my sister Michele’s first recipe. For Girl Scouts as well. (Sorry Billy, it’s for Girl Scouts!) It’s another pound cake but made in a tube pan. It’s also a really easy recipe and is delicious. This cake is extremely moist and buttery, and it is better if allowed to stand for at least 4 hours before being served.


INGREDIENTS:

2 cups self-rising cake flour

4 eggs

1½ cups sugar

1 cup butter (½ pound)

½ cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Tube Pound Cake

DIRECTIONS:

1. DO NOT PRE-HEAT OVEN!!!!

2. Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 20 minutes.

3. Pour batter into a greased and floured 9 or 10 inch tube pan.

4. Place pan into cold oven and turn heat to 350ºF.  Bake for 1 hour or until cake tests done.

5. Cool on cake rack for 10 minutes then turn out of pan carefully and place topside down on rack until completely cooled. (At least an hour) Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar if desired.

**Coming Next Thursday: Cheryl’s Famous Cheesecake!

Basic Meat Filling

This is the basic meat filling to use with the stuffed plantains. It can also be used with stuffed peppers, stuffed cabbage etc. The recipe calls for ground beef but you can also add ground sausage to the mix if you wish.

Ripe Plantain

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound lean ground beef (or ground pork)

3 chili peppers, finely chopped and seeded (any type of pepper you want is fine)

1 green pepper, finely chopped and seeded

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon wine vinegar

6 green olives stuffed with pimentos

1 teaspoon capers

1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil

hot sauce to taste

Stuffed Pepper

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a heavy pot, add 1 tablespoon oil and saute chili peppers, onion, green pepper and garlic for 10 minutes.

2. Add oregano, salt, vinegar and ground beef. Stir over high heat until meat loses its red color.

3. Turn heat to low. Add olives, capers and hot sauce. Mix and cook 30 minutes for beef or 1 hour for pork.

4. Let cool slightly so it won’t be too hot to handle when stuffing the plantains or other item.

Stuffed Cabbage

Mom & Grandma’s Stuffed Plantains

Stuffed plantains are one of my favorite recipes from when I was growing up. I haven’t made it in quite a while but maybe I will soon! My mother and grandmother used to make this quite often for us. It is a little involved but tastes so good it’s worth the trouble! They are filled with a delicious meat filling but you can also substitute shredded cheddar cheese for the meat filling.

INGREDIENTS:

6 whole ripe plantains, unpeeled and halved

2 quarts water

1½ tablespoons salt

4 tablespoons butter

½ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons cornstarch

Basic Meat Filling (recipe to follow in separate post)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Bring the water and 1½ tablespoons salt to a boil. Add plantains, cover and boil rapidly for 20 minutes. Drain, peel and mash together with the butter, ½ teaspoon salt and cornstarch. Allow to cool slightly.

2. Coat hands with cornstarch. Spread some of the plantain mixture on a flat surface (cutting board) and make a nest in the center. Stuff center with filling. Cover with plantain mixture and form into balls or mounds. Repeat to make 16 stuffings.

3. Fry in large pan until golden. Remove and drain on paper towels. Serve with rice.

Serves 8

Spicy Garlic Barbecued Pork Ribs

Who doesn’t love barbecued ribs? Nobody that I know of! But when it comes to barbecuing them everyone tends to shy away because they “take so long”! No they don’t! Not how I do them anyway! For my recipe you do have to think ahead and marinate them overnight for the best results. You can also marinate them a few hours ahead of time, but overnight is best. I’ve searched and searched and watched and watched all the ways to have great barbecued ribs. The one recipe I found to be the best so far was from Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa. I tweaked her recipe to make it more Genua! These are also made to be cooked on a grill with charcoal. I’m sure they’ll be fine with a gas grill but we have charcoal. I also use either pork loin ribs or St. Louis Style ribs as we love to have meaty ribs! Don’t be scared by the amount of ingredients either. It’s not so bad. I am the first one to skip making a recipe because of the amount of ingredients! Remember it’s all for the marinade/sauce!

Spicy Garlic Barbecued Pork Ribs

INGREDIENTS:

3 racks of pork loin ribs or St. Louis Style ribs (6-8 lbs)

1/3 cup vegetable or olive oil

1 small red onion, diced (about 1 cup)

6 cloves garlic, minced (you can add less if too much garlic for you)

1 tablespoon chili powder (you can add less if too spicy)

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (you can add less if too spicy)

1 teaspoon lime zest

1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger (or you can use 1 tsp powder)

1/3 cup cider vinegar

½ cup tomato paste

½ cup honey

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce

¼ cup orange juice

DIRECTIONS:

1. Heat the vegetable or olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Saute the onions and garlic for 5-7 minutes, until the onions are translucent but not browned.

2. Add the chili powder, ground cumin and red pepper flakes and continue to cook for 1 minute. Add the zest and ginger and cook for an extra minute.

3. Add the vinegar, tomato paste, honey, mustard, soy sauce and orange juice and simmer uncovered on low heat for 15 minutes, until thick. Stirring occasionally.

4. Marinate the ribs in 2/3 of the sauce for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator.

5. When you are ready to grill prepare the grill with a single layer of hot coals and then add a few more coals 5 minutes before cooking, which will keep the fire going longer. Place the ribs on the grill and cook for about 25-30 minutes, turning once or twice to cook evenly on both sides. Brush with marinade as needed.

6. Check the ribs after 30 minutes. If they are still not ready (thicker ribs may take longer) just cook for another 5-10 minutes. Check to make sure they are to your liking. EAT!!

Layered Salad

This is a recipe that I am sure most people have had at least once at a party. Some call it seven layer salad also. I have added a few ingredients of my own so it comes out a little more than seven layers! The picture I have here is when I made it for my friend Dana’s baby shower back in 2004! I usually put this salad in a trifle dish but if you don’t have one you can use a large clear glass (9×12) baking dish. There are usually no leftovers either. If you want to cut some calories use light mayonnaise, 2% cheddar, turkey bacon, and a sugar substitute such as Splenda for the sugar.

INGREDIENTS:

1 head lettuce, torn into bite size pieces

1 cup celery, diced

4 eggs, hard-boiled and sliced

10 oz. frozen peas

1 cup shredded carrots

1 small sweet onion, diced (or you can use red onion if you prefer)

8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

2 cups mayonnaise

1 tablespoon sugar

4 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded (or more if you like)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Place lettuce in trifle dish or 9×12 dish. Layer remaining ingredients (except for mayonnaise, sugar and cheese)  in order given.

2. Add sugar to mayonnaise and spread over top of salad like frosting. Top with the shredded cheese. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

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