Thursday, June 17, 2010

Carmalized Onion Tartlets

2 tbsp plus 1/2 cup butter
2 large sweet onions, chopped 
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup hot water
1 tbsp beef bouillon granules
1 cup (4 oz) shredded swiss cheese
8 sheets phyllo dough (14"x9")

In skillet, melt 2 tbsp butter over medium heat. Add onions and sugar and cook 15 mins, stirring frequently.  Stir in water and bouillon.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered 5-7 min or until liquid has evaporated.  Remove from heat; stir in cheese.
Melt remaining butter.  Brush one sheet of dough with butter (distributing evenly) keep remaining sheets covered with plastic wrap and a damp towel.

Harvest Baked Apples

8 medium baking apples
1/2 cup apple or orange juice
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Preheat oven to 350°.  Remove cores from apples to within 1/2 in of bottoms of apples; pierce the skins with a sharp knife.  Place apples in shallow baking dish.

Combine juice, sugar and cinnamon; pour over apples.

Bake 30-35 minutes or until apples are tender, basting occasionally with the juice mixture.  Remove apples from oven. Combine cheese, raisins and pecans; spoon evenly into centers of apples.  Let stand 1 minute. 

Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce

2 cups of cranberry juice
6 oz bag sweetened dried cranberries
1 cinnamon stick broke in half
1 cup sugar
2 Gala apples, peel, cored and diced
2 tsp of corn starch

In a medium sauce pan combine cranberry juice, cranberries, cinnamon and sugar.  Bring to a boil and let cook for 5 minutes.
Add apples and cook for another 5 minutes or until dried cranberries have softened and apples are tender, making sure to stir occasionally.

Remove 8 oz of the liquid and whisk cornstarch into removed liquid.  Slowly add cornstarch- juice mixture (slurry) to cranberry mix stirring constantly.  Cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Remove from heat, chill until thickened, about 30 minutes remove cinnamon sticks and serve.

Green Apple Frings

1/2 cup pancake mix
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
2 green apples (no substitute)

Core and slice apples.  Mix together pancake mix, milk, cinnamon and sugar.  Dip apple slices in pancake batter then coat well with powdered sugar. Fry in a skillet of canola/vegetable oil heated to medium heat.  Once browned, flip and cook other side, then transfer to cooling rack. Serve dusted with powdered sugar.

Holiday Cole Slaw

1 12 oz bag shredded cabbage (classic cole slaw)
1/3 cup mayo
1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup white vinegar
1 granny smith apple - chopped
3 green onions - chopped
1/2 bag crasins

Blend mayo, sugar, vinegar and sour cream- pour over all other ingredients- toss till well coated.
Best if eaten while fresh and cold.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies~ Jessica Mandile

Cream Together:
1 cup softened butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs, slightly blended
1 tsp Vanilla
Beat Throughly

In a large bowl, mix:
2 cups unbleached flour
1 1/2 cups oatmeal
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 TB Ultra Gel
Mix dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Mix thoroughly.
3-4 cups chunked white chocolate
3 cups macadamia nuts
Mix thoroughly

Bake at 350° for 8-10 min until lightly browned.

Cherry Cream Cheese Pie~ Nancy Cline

Prepare Pie Crust

Blend in Blender:
1 pkg cream cheese
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
1 can sweet and condensed milk

Pour into pie crust and refrigerate over night.  Chill 1 can of cherries or raspberries whatever topping you would want.