Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Barbecue Sauce

This post has been in my memory bank for some time and finally I am going to have the recipe on my blog rather than going through my encyclopedia of cookbooks...brilliant!
The barbecued meat pictured is country style pork ribs but this sauce works well on chicken too!

Barbecue Sauce:

In a skillet saute 1 cup diced onions until tender (you could add celery if desired) in a bit of olive oil

Add 1 cup ketchup, 2/3 cup water, 4 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons EACH of brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, and prepared mustard to the onions. Season with salt and pepper if desired and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Puff Pastry Stars

These little stars would jazz up a Christmas buffet or perhaps a nice little gift for a shut-in!
The pearl sugar adds a pretty touch and you can't go wrong with a sprig of mint!
The above photo was taken just prior to the stars entering the oven!

Puff Pastry Stars:

1 package puff pastry, thawed according to package directions
Small amount of pie filling, your choice (I used cherry)

Roll out pastry (one sheet at a time) to measure 16 X 8"
Then cut 8 - 4" squares from each sheet

Place one scant tablespoon of pie filling in center of each square

From each 4" square, cut a slit to within 3/4" of filling

Take every other corner up to the middles (overlapping a bit) and pinch pastry together and place on pastry lined sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes

Prepare a powdered sugar glaze and spread on stars after they have been out of the oven for a few minutes

Sprinkle with pearl sugar and garnish with mint, if desired

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Cheesy Chicken Puffs

This particular recipe is going in the quick and easy file...
I had cooked chicken on hand and I always seem to have shredded cheese and a tube of crescent rolls in the fridge...so the only other ingredient was a can of cream of chicken soup and Ben graciously stopped by the store on his way home from work to pick up the necessary ingredient for me!

Sometimes the simple recipe turns out to be a keeper and this is in that category!
Cheesy Chicken Puffs:

1 can Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
2 cups cooked & chopped chicken
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 small can cream of chicken soup
1 can of milk (using the soup can)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Stir soup and milk together thoroughly and set aside.
Separate the crescent rolls and spoon a few pieces of chicken on top of each and then top with 1 tablespoon of cheese.
Wrap up and seal edges by pinching the dough.
Place in a 9x13" pan and pour the soup over all.
Bake for 30 minutes.

Garnish with pepper and chopped green onions.