Monday, November 7, 2011

First 5 recipes Nov 7, 2011

The first 5 recipes I found in my emails, not counting digests... and from older emails (Aol is messing with my mail today, Argh)
Company Potatoes
6 large potatoes
2 cups sour cream
1 cup milk
2 cups grated sharp cheese
1/2 cup butter, 1 stick
2/3 cup onion, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Boil potatoes in skins in salted water until cooked. Chill until cold. Peel and shred on grater or in food processor. In top of double boiler over hot water, melt butter. Add cheese, a little at a time, reserving 2 T. Mix together sour cream and milk; add to cheese mixture. Add onions and stir all together. Add to shredded potatoes. Put potato mixture in large greased casserole. Bake, uncovered at 350 for 45 minutes. Sprinkle top with reserved cheese and paprika. Bake 5 more minutes. Serves 8 to 10
My notes say I doubled this. This is a great do ahead cheesy casserole, ideal for a buffet.
Christmas Memories
Chocolate Pecan Meltaways

1 cup butter or margarine
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup chopped pecans
1 bar (9 3/4 oz.) milk chocolate, melted

TIP: The batter should be stirred rather than beaten. The cookies will be more tender.

Cream together the butter and sugar until light. Stir in vanilla. Combine the cornstarch, flour and salt. Stir into the crea,ed mixture. Combine thoroughly.
Add the pecans and melted chocolate. Stir until well blended. Shape into balls with a tesapoon onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 250F for 30 minutes.
Cool slightly. Remove from cookie sheet. If the cookies stick, they may be slightly reheated to remove easily.
Crock Pot Chuckwagon Meatballs

2 lbs. ground beef
1/2 c. rice
1/2 c. onion, chopped
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tsp. salt
1 (16 oz.) can tomatoes
1/4 c. vinegar
3 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. paprika
1 tsp. chili powder
2 to 3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tsp. salt

Combine meat, rice, onion, egg, and salt. Form into 1 to 2 inch meatballs. Brown in hot skillet or cook in microwave on rack for 5 minutes on high. Place in Crockpot. Mix remaining ingredients and pour over meatballs. Cook on low 4 to 6 hours or on high 2 to 3 hours. Stir occasionally



Cutting Up a Whole Chicken

It takes more than one go at cutting up a chicken to become an expert. However, once you've got the hang of it, you can cut up a chicken in very little time and with hardly any effort at all!
Perhaps the most important reason to learn how to cut up a whole chicken is that it will save you money. Buying a whole chicken is cheaper than buying pieces, and the leftover parts are ideal for forming the backbone of soup stocks. The same method can be used for cutting up other fowl like duck or squab.

1. Place the chicken breastbone-side up on a clean, flat cutting surface.
    2. Use a standard, sharp kitchen knife to slice off the wing joints. The wings can be set aside and reserved for stock. One breast and leg is removed at a time. Follow steps 3 through 9 to remove the breasts and legs.
      3. Make a shallow incision running along one side of the breastplate.
        4. Deepen the incision by slicing into the chicken toward the rib cage. Pull the meat away from the rib cage as you slice down. As you progress further into the bird, slide the knife off of the rib cage repeatedly to ensure that you are removing any meat attached to the rib cage.

          5. Your knife will come to a point, just underneath the wishbone, where the wing joint meets the rib cage. The wing joint cartilage is soft enough to slice through easily. Slice completely through the joint, stopping only when your knife reaches the cutting surface. At this point, the breast is almost completely off the bird.
            6. Slice through the skin that runs from the tail end of the bird to the point where the leg meets the breast.
              7. The breast should come off of the bird with little effort. Pull the breast outwards, away from the bird, being careful not to rip or tear the flesh. You might need to slice through some still-attached skin to remove the breast.
                8. Cut through the leg joint until you reach the point where the leg bone meets the body. This joint can be difficult to cut through, so stop cutting when you reach bone. Don't try to cut through the leg bone.
                  9. Grasp the leg and pull it behind the bird, pressing your fingers into the back of the joint until the joint pops loose. You will feel the bone pop out of the socket. Remove the leg by cutting in and around the joint. Keep cutting until you have freed the leg from the body. Now, turn the bird around and remove the other breast and leg the same way, following steps 3 through 9.
                    10. The carcass, along with the wings, can be used for making soup stock. (See our Making Chicken Stock article for tips.)
                    11. You can debone the final cuts of meat further, or cook them whole, depending upon your recipe requirements. (See our Deboning a Chicken Breast and Deboning a Chicken Thigh articles.)
                    12. Put your chicken pieces to good use in these recipes:
                    Drumstick Supreme Cake

                    2 cups vanilla wafers, crushed
                    2/3 cup Spanish peanuts, finely chopped
                    1/3 cup powdered sugar
                    1/2 cup butter/margarine, melted
                    1/3 cup peanut butter
                    8 ounces cream cheese
                    2 (8 ounce) containers Cool Whip
                    2 small boxes chocolate instant pudding
                    3 cups milk

                    Combine vanilla wafers, peanuts and butter, then press into a 9 x 13-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes and let cool.
                    Combine the sugar, peanut butter, cream cheese and 1 container Cool Whip. Spread mixture evenly over the cooled crust.
                    Mix pudding with milk according to package directions.
                    Spoon over top of the peanut butter mixture.
                    Spoon the remaining container of Cool Whip over that, and then decorate the top with another 1/3 cup of Spanish peanuts and chocolate shavings


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