The air is full of delicious scents, and we are full of plans, hopes and dreams. And many of us are in the kitchen.
Yeast of the Ridge is looking for a crock pot recipe that just slipped through your fingers. “It was a variation on casserole made with rolled chicken breasts, shredded beef jerky, and condensed canned soups. Does anyone have that recipe in a slow cooker version?”
Along with a repeat request for white lasagna, here’s a piggyback request for lasagna made with just veggies, with noodles that don’t have to be cooked ahead of time.
Nancy Seale doesn’t just ship great food, but she gives those recipes cool names, and the ones she shipped out today are quick too.
1 pound ground beef
1 pound mild sausage
Oregano to taste
Garlic powder to taste
1 pound Velveeta cheese, cubed
2 packages of original English muffins, divided
Brown meat and sausages, stirring frequently to crumble. Drain. Add oregano and garlic powder to taste. Over low heat, add the Velveeta cheese and stir until the cheese is melted.
Spread a thin layer of the meat and cheese mixture over the muffin halves until smooth on top. The delicious topping will cover all 24 muffin halves.
To serve, place under grill until bubbly / warm.
If you had portions left over, place them on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer until firm. Then store in zip-lock freezer bags and remove as needed. If removed from the freezer the night before, a trip under the broiler is sufficient. If frozen, microwave for 10-15 second intervals to “thaw and heat” the muffin before placing it under the broiler.
Bacon slices cut into thirds
Wrap the bacon around half of the crackers. Place on a microwaveable bacon tray lined with paper towels. (The amount depends on the size of the bacon pan. I usually squeeze as many as I can.) Cover with paper towels to absorb grease. Cook until the bacon is done. You will need to watch carefully. As the bacon cooks, the cookies pile up in the middle, hence the name.
What’s not to love about bacon flavored cookies?
Ritz and Rolos
Rolo chocolate candies
The hardest part of this recipe is unwrapping the Rolo Chocolate Candies, but kids love to help out.
Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Place Ritz Cookies “pretty side down.” Place unwrapped Rolls in the center of the cookies. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and place Ritz Cookies “pretty side up” on top of Rolos. Push down gently to crush Rolo; you don’t want to break cookies.
These are best eaten by placing the entire cookie in your mouth at once. Trying to be prissy and correct usually results in a lot of crumbs.
Betty Domal sent a historic holiday recipe straight from Moore County. “The wassail bowl originated in medieval England and means ‘Here it is for you’ or ‘Be in good health’. This is an updated version that I found in a magazine years ago. The original mix contained hot beer, eggs, cream, roasted apples, nuts, and spices. It goes well with thin slices of fruitcake (which my whole family loves) or cookies. “
This would make a warm and aromatic toast to the season.
1 gallon apple juice or cider
6 long cinnamon sticks
48 whole cloves (1 tablespoon)
3 teaspoons whole allspice
1 1/2 to 2 cups white sugar
1 cup of orange juice
6 tablespoons lemon juice
In a large saucepan over medium heat bring all ingredients to a boil. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Strain and pour into a punch bowl. Serve hot. Makes about 20 servings.
EAT WITH YOUR FINGERS
Roseann Strazinsky’s recent celebratory collection included an appetizer and a vegetable.
Party Marinated Chicken Wings Appetizer
12 whole chicken wings, about 2 pounds
3/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup of water
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Cut chicken wings into 3 sections; discard the wingtips. In a bowl combine the remaining ingredients. Reserve 1/4 cup for drizzling; cover and refrigerate. Place the wings in a large plastic bag or shallow glass container. Pour the rest of the marinade over the wings and turn to coat. Seal or cover and refrigerate overnight. Drain and discard the marinade. Place the wings in a shallow baking dish. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 1 hour, basting several times with the reserved soy sauce mixture during the last 30 minutes of bake time. Refrigerate leftovers.
Makes 2 dozen.
Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes
1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 cup mayonnaise
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
1 ounce rum
24 cherry tomatoes
Mix the Cheddar cheese with mayonnaise, cayenne, Worcestershire sauce, and rum.
Cut a slice off the top of each cherry tomato. Take out the seed. Fill each tomato with 2 teaspoons of the cheese mixture, heaping the top.
SWEET SIDE OR DESSERT?
A Christmas recipe from Bright School’s “Fork Knife Spoon” cookbook is credited to Sharon Anderson. Although the cookbook doesn’t specify, it qualifies as a sweet side or dessert. The turkey breast recipe that follows is from the same cookbook.
Apple Blueberry Casserole
6 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup of white sugar
1/2 cup of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of flour
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup walnuts
Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Mix apples and blueberries; cover with sugars and flour. Melt the butter and pour over the apples and blueberries. Sprinkle with cinnamon and walnuts. Bake, uncovered, 30 to 45 minutes. Serve hot.
A different way to prepare turkey consists of a fresh breast in a crock pot with herbal seasonings. The recipe came from Mary Cherry.
Herb Turkey Breast
4 to 5 pounds fresh turkey breast
2 tablespoons soft butter
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
1/4 cup vegetable-flavored cream cheese from the garden
1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon sage rubbed
Place the turkey in a crock pot. Combine the remaining ingredients and brush over the turkey. Cover and cook on low for 10 to 12 hours or high for 5 to 6 hours.
With the help of the others, it looks like we’re about to throw a party or two. Let us know how your parties turn out next week, won’t you?
– Casserole made with chicken breasts, minced meat, canned soup
– White lasagna
– Vegetarian lasagna
TO REACH US
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Shipping Address: Jane Henegar, 913 Mount Olive Road, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750