Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sunday Dinner

There's nothing I love more than a good roast beef done medium rare with yorkshire pudding & garlic mashed potatoes on a chilly Sunday night.  Yum!  So before you finish making up your shopping list for this week add a roast to it.

Roast Ingredients:

1 Beef Roast
1/2 medium Onion, chopped
Onion powder

Roast Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400*F.

2. Fill your roasting pan with about 1/2 inch of water and add the chopped onions.

3. Add your roast on top of the onions and lightly sprinkle the top with the onion powder, parsley, salt, & pepper.

4. Cover (or tent with aluminium foil) and put in the oven until the internal temperature is 150*F for medium rare.

Yorkshire Pudding Ingredients:

2 Eggs
1 cup Milk
1 cup Flour
1 tsp Salt
Vegetable Oil

Yorkshire Pudding Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 450*F

2. Add about 1 tbsp of oil to each cup of a muffin pan.

3. Whisk the eggs and milk until well combined.  Then add flour & salt and stir until just combined - small lumps are ok (think pancake batter consistency).

4. Heat the oil in the muffin pan for a couple of minutes in the oven.  CAREFULLY remove from the oven and fill each cup about half way with the batter.

5. Bake for 15 minutes at the 450*F and then reduce the heat to 350*F for another 10 minutes.  Remove the puddings from the cups as soon as you can to avoid sticking.

NOTE:  I HIGHLY suggest putting cookie sheets on the bottom rack of your oven to catch the oil that will splatter while the puddings are rising to avoid an oven fire.  I forgot to do that this time but thankfully I noticed there was a rock concert lighting show happening in my oven before something serious occurred.  Enjoy!

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Stuffed Mushroom Caps

Stuffed Mushroom Caps

I did up this recipe for dinner guests on a whim. I knew that our dinner was going to run a little later with multiple stove top steps before I needed the oven.   I took the time ( like seriously less than 15 minutes!!!)  to throw these together.   The praise was almost overwhelming!


16 oz ( or about 24 - 30 individual) White Button Mushrooms, washed & stems removed
1 jar (410 ml) Roasted Garlic Alfredo sauce
1 pkg (8 oz) Cream Cheese, softened
2 jars ( 6 oz each) Artichoke Hearts, chopped
150 grams Frozen Chopped Spinach, thawed & drained
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
1 1/2 tsp Parsley flakes
1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
1/3 cup Mozzarella Cheese, grated
1 1/2 cups Cheddar Cheese, grated
salt & pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400*F.

2. Since I was pressed for time I softened the cream cheese and defrosted the spinach in the microwave.  For the cream cheese I just zapped it for 20 seconds, checked on it and then added another 20 seconds.  Since all microwaves differ yours may take a bit longer or a bit shorter.  For the spinach my microwave has a defrost button so I just set it up and let it do it's thing.  After it  was done I put it a colander and pressed out the excess water with a mug.

3. In a large mixing bowl mash the cream cheese and stir in the Alfredo sauce until well combined. Then add the garlic, onion powder, parsley, salt, and pepper and mix well.  Finally add the spinach, chopped artichoke hearts, Parmesan, and mozzarella.

4.  Wash and de-stem your mushrooms. If you haven't already.

5. Using a small spoon scoop up a bit of the mixture and fill the mushroom and place on a baking sheet.  Repeat until you run out of mushrooms.  I had a bit left over so refrigerate any that is left and you have a snack later.

6. Sprinkle the tops with a generous amount of the grated cheddar cheese.  Place in the oven for about 10 - 15 minutes or until the cheddar is melted and bubble-y.  Enjoy!

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Music Monday

Kip Moore - Crazy One More Time

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