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Stuffed Cabbages




Ingredients
2 heads of cabbage 
2 lbs ground beef (or veal/beef/pork mix)
3 cups cooked rice 
1 egg 
1 tsp garlic 
1 tbsp parsley
2 slices diced onion 
1 -15 oz. can tomato sauce 
1-28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup tomato sauce (in meat)
Salt & Pepper to taste

Preparation


Put a head of cabbage in a pot of boiling water, and peel off the cabbage leaves one at a time. 
Cut off the rough part on the end of the cabbage leaf with a sharp knife. 
Mix all ingredients together except the 15 oz can of tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes and put a small amount (size of a sausage) on a cabbage leaf, and roll up like a fajita and place seam side down in a casserole dish. I put tomato sauce and a cabbage leaf or 2 on the bottom of the casserole dish so the Halupky won't burn.
Pour crushed tomatoes over Halupkys. 
Cover and bake approximately 75 minutes at 375º. 
Turn oven down to 325º and bake for approximately 90 more minutes until cabbage is tender. Baste every hour. 
Serve with tomato sauce. 

Sausage gravy breakfast pizza



Ingredients

2 packages crescent rolls
1 package Jimmy Dean cooked sausage crumbles
1 envelope country gravy mix
6 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon butter
8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
4 oz shredded pepper Jack cheese

Directions


1. Heat oven to 375. Separate crescent dough into 16 triangles and place on a greased, round pizza pan with points toward the center. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of pan to form a crust; seal seams. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until golden brown.

2. Meanwhile, prepare gravy according to package directions in a medium saucepan. Stir sausage crumbles into thickened gravy; set aside.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add egg mixture; cook and stir until almost set.

4. Spread sausage gravy mixture over the crust. Top with eggs and cheeses. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until eggs are set and cheese is melted. Cut into wedges.

Funnel Cake Fries




2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
3-4 cups canola or vegetable oil
1 jar marshmallow creme or marshmallow fluff

How to make it :


Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
With a mixer, beat eggs, sugar, milk and vanilla in a large bowl until foamy and well combined. Carefully add in the flour mixture and mix until you have a smooth, thick batter. Place the batter in a bag or bottle for piping.
Add about 1 inch of oil to a large pot with high sides. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F. Pipe the batter in long straight lines into oil and fry until golden, about 30-60 seconds per side. Remove to a plate and serve with powdered sugar while still hot.
Marshmallow Fluff Dip: Place marshmallow creme in a bowl for dipping and warm in the microwave for 15-20 seconds. Stir until smooth and serve with funnel cake fries.
To Reheat: Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place funnel cake fries on a baking sheet and bake at 450 for 3 minutes

Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti




1 lb of regular spaghetti.
3 cups of shredded rotisserie chicken breast.
1 tbsp of olive oil.
1 chopped onion.
2 (4.5 oz) cans of chopped green chiles.
2 cloves of minced garlic.
1 tbsp of ground cumin.
1 tbsp of of chili powder.
1 tsp of smoked paprika.
¼ tsp of cayenne pepper.
3 (10 oz) cans of red enchilada sauce.
1-2 cups of freshly grated cheddar cheese.
Salt for taste.

How to:


Cook the spaghetti according the package instructions.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat then add oil. Add in onions and cook for 2 minutes or so until soft. Add in chopped green chiles undrained and cook for 5 more minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute.
Add in cumin, chili powder, paprika and cayenne. Pour in enchilada sauce and simmer for 8 minutes.
Add in chicken and cook for 2 Minutes.
Add spaghetti in small batches and combine with the sauce.
Add in the cheese and Voila!

Easy, peasy and cheesy! This chicken Enchilada spaghetti is one of my favorites. It’s has a lot of flavors, it’s easy to make and no one can resist this goodness! Give it a try and let me know what you think

The Best Beef Stew Ever




2 tbsps of olive oil.
2 pounds of cubed beef stew meat.
2 tbsps of all purpose flour.
4 cups of water.
2 cups of beef broth.
½ tsp of salt.
½ tsp of ground black pepper.
4 cups of cubed potatoes.
2 cups of chopped carrots.
1 tsp of dried rosemary.
1 cup of fresh corn kernels.
1 cup of fresh green beans cut into 1” pieces.
1 cup of chopped turnip (optional).
2 cups of chopped fresh tomatoes (optional).

How to:


In a large pot, heat the oil and stir in the beef and flour until browned.

Pour in the water and broth and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour.

Mix in the potatoes, carrots and rosemary and simmer for 1 to 2 more hours.

Mix in the corn, green beans and simmer for 30 minutes and Voila!

Simple, easy and delicious! This beef stew is super delicious. I love tomatoes, so I use them, and I advise you do the same if you are trying this recipe!

Caramel-Apple-Cinnamon-Roll



Ingredients

1 cup flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons Shortening
1/3 cup milk
4 large apples, peeled, cored and grated
4 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4-6 tablespoons unsalted butter
Sauce:
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon flour
3/4 cup hot water
1/4 teaspoon salt

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Instructions


Sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl. Cut in the shortening.
Add sufficient milk to make a soft dough.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface.
Cover the dough with the grated apples, sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon on top of apples
Dot with the butter
Roll up like a cinnamon roll and cut into 1 inch thick slices
Place cut side down in a buttered baking dish and cover with sauce
Sauce
Combine all sauce ingredients into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
Remove from heat and pour over cut dumplings.
Bake at 375 for 35 to 40 minutes
Notes

I remember her serving these with ice cream and also I remember my Dad pouring either a little cream or milk on his.

SOUTHERN STRAWBERRY CAKE



Yield: 1 three layer 8″ cake

10 ounces (2 1/2 cups) cake flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 vanilla bean
4 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature, beaten
1 cup pureed strawberries
1 teaspoon lemon zest

How to make it


– Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter three 8” cake pans and line with rounds of parchment. Set aside.
– In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
– In another medium bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, and almond extract. Set aside.
– Split and scrape out the seeds from the vanilla bean. Rub the seeds into the sugar. In an electric mixer, beat the butter and vanilla sugar with the paddle attachment until it forms a paste. Add the eggs in a slow stream, beating well after each addition. Beat for 1 minute at medium speed. Gradually add the buttermilk mixture and beat for 1 minute at medium speed.

– Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture. Mix until just combined. Stir in the pureed strawberries and the lemon zest.
– Spoon into the prepared cake pans and bake until the cakes spring back when touched lightly in the center. Cool before removing from the pan.

STRAWBERRY CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
1 pound cream cheese, room temperature
6 ounces unsalted butter
1 cup powdered sugar
6 tablespoons strawberry jam
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons∑ lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
– In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and cream cheese on medium speed until smooth.
– Sift in the powdered sugar, and beat on low speed until incorporated. Add the strawberry jam, vanilla, lemon juice and salt, and beat well to incorporate. If the frosting is lumpy from the sugar, bump the speed up to medium-high continue beating until smooth.

PINEAPPLE CAKE



Butterscotch Sauce:

2 oz butter

1 cup brown sugar, packed

¾ cup heavy cream

1 TBSP vanilla extract

1 tsp salt

– Melt butter in saucepan.

– Add brown sugar, moisten.

– Cook on medium heat 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

– Whisk in cream, vanilla and salt.

– Cook on medium high heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Cake:

1 cup + 6 TBSP all-purpose flour

1/2 cup cake flour

6 TBSP (2 oz) ground almonds

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups of sugar

9 oz unsalted butter, room temperature

4 large eggs

1 vanilla bean

3/4 cup sour cream

How to make it


– Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

– Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean and rub the seeds into the sugar to break up clumps.

– Whisk the flours, almonds, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.

– Cream butter on medium speed for 1 minute. Slowly stream in sugar while continuing to beat. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.

– Add dry ingredients alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending with the dries.

– Pour cake batter over butterscotch and pineapple in pan.

– Bake cake until tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool cake in pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Turn cake out onto a platter. Serve warm or at room temperature.

peanut butter cookies




1 1/4 cups (165 grams) all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (115 grams or 4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup (255 grams) peanut butter at room temperature (smooth is what we used, but I am pretty sure they use chunky at the bakery)
3/4 cup (150 grams) sugar
1/2 cup (145 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 tablespoon (15 ml) milk
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
1/2 cup (120 grams) peanut butter chips
1/2 cup (85 grams) chocolate chips

For sprinkling: 1 tablespoon sugar, regular or superfine

How to make it


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the flour, the baking soda, the baking powder, and the salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and the peanut butter together until fluffy. Add the sugars and beat until smooth. Add the egg and mix well. Add the milk and the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat thoroughly. Stir in the peanut butter and chocolate chips. Place sprinkling sugar — the remaining tablespoon — on a plate. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls into the sugar, then onto ungreased cookie sheets, leaving several inches between for expansion. Using a fork, lightly indent with a crisss-cross pattern (I used the back of a small offset spatula to keep it smooth on top), but do not overly flatten cookies. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Do not overbake. Cookies may appear to be underdone, but they are not.

Cool the cookies on the sheets for 1 minute, then remove to a rack to cool completely.

GREEN CHILI CHICKEN ENCHILADAS




Ingredients

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
1 small can chopped green chili
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
2 cups grated cheese
12 corn tortillas
1/4 cup vegetable oil

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Yield: 12 enchiladas

Instructions


In a medium saucepan melt butter, add the flour and stir and let cook about 4 minutes. Stir often .
Add the chicken broth and stir until thickened. Season with salt and pepper and a little garlic salt.
Turn off heat and add sour cream and green chili. Set aside
In a small skillet heat vegetable oil, dip corn tortillas in and out of hot grease one at a time. Just to soften; drain on paper towels.
On each tortilla place about 2 tablespoon's chicken, some grated cheese and about 1 tablespoon of sauce. Roll and place in a 9 x 13 baking dish
Once all tortillas are rolled, and placed in baking dish, pour remaining sauce over enchiladas and top with cheese.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches




Ingredients

2 pounds skirt steak ( don't substitute any other kind)
4 ( 8 inch ) soft Italian sub rolls
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
8 slices ( 8 ounces) White American cheese

Prep Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Serving Size: 4

Instructions


Trim fat from steak, if needed. Place steak on a large plate and freeze until very firm, at least 1 hour. Using a sharp knife, shave the frozen steak as thinly as possible against the grain. Mound the meat on a cutting board and chop coarsely with your knife, 10 to 20 times. (we skipped this step)
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet, heat until just smoking. Add half the meat in and even layer and cook until well-browned, 4-5 minutes. Stir and continue cooking until meat is no longer pink. Transfer the meat to a colander to drain. Wipe the skillet with paper towels and repeat with the remaining tablespoon of oil and remaining meat.
Return all meat to skillet and add salt and pepper. Cook stirring until meat is warmed through.
Reduce heat to low, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, and layer American cheese over the top. Let cheese melt, about 2 minutes. Fold the melted cheese into the meat thoroughly.
Adjust oven rack to the middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees. Split rolls open, spread on baking sheet, and toast until lightly browned. Watch closely, they burn quickly.
Divide the mixture evenly among the toasted rolls and serve.
Notes

We sliced 1/2 sweet onion thinly and sautéed it in a little oil along with a thinly sliced green bell pepper. We topped the meat with the onion and peppers.

Almond Joy Cookies




1 cup salted butter, softened
1 ½ cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 ¼ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups sweetened, shredded coconut
2 cups chocolate chips
2 cups coarsely chopped almonds, toasted

How to make it


Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper.

Using a mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.  Add dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix. Stir in coconut, chocolate chips and almonds; dough will be thick.

Scoop onto baking sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes. Don’t overcook.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Southern Pecan Pie




For the crust:

1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon sugar

8 Tablespoons (1 stick) cold butter, cut into small pieces

2 to 4 Tablespoons ice water

For the filling:

1 ½ cups pecan halves

4 large eggs

1 cup dark corn syrup

4 Tablespoons melted butter, cooled to room temperature

½ cup sugar

1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

2 Tablespoons bourbon

How to make it


For the crust: Place the flour, salt and sugar in the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times to mix.  Drop in the small pieces of cold butter and pulse several times until the mixture is crumbly, but some minute pieces of butter are still visible.  Sprinkle the water over, a tablespoon at a time, and pulse to combine.  When the pastry just comes together, dump the dough onto a lightly floured surface and pat into a disk about ¾ inch thick. Wrap the disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour before rolling.

When ready to roll, place the disk on a lightly floured surface and using a floured rolling pin, roll out the pastry to a round about 14 inches in diameter, to fit a nine inch pie plate.  Carefully drape the pastry over the rolling pin and transfer to the pie dish.  Gently fit into the bottom and sides of the dish.  Trim any overhanging pastry and lightly dust the bottom of the prepared crust with flour. Set aside.

For the filling: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the pecan halves in a dry skillet and lightly toast over medium heat.  Watch carefully and move the pecans around the pan with a spatula or wooden spoon. You do not want to brown the pecans, just toast them gently until you can smell a nice, nutty aroma.  This will only take about five minutes.  Remove the pecans from the heat and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients until thoroughly blended.  Add the pecans and stir to distribute evenly.  Pour the filling into the prepared crust, pushing the nuts into the filling to make an even layer.

Bake the pie for 40 – 50 minutes until the center is puffed up and no longer wobbly. I recommend that you shield the edges of the crust with foil or a crust shield before the pie goes in the oven. It is hard to do when the pie is hot.  Remove the cooked pie from the oven and leave to cool completely.  The pie will keep wrapped tightly for two days, or can be wrapped in plastic wrap, then foil and frozen for up to six months.

Serves 6 – 8

strawberry glaze pie



Baked pastry shell
1-1/4 c flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 c shortening
3 or 4 Tbl cold water
Filling
8 cups medium strawberries
2/3 c water
2/3 c sugar
2 Tbl cornstarch
Several drops red food coloring (opt)
Whipped cream (opt)

How to make it


PASTRY SHELL: Combine flour and salt. Cut in shortening till pieces are the size of small peas. Sprinkle 1 Tablespoon of water over part of mixture and gently toss with fork.Repeat till all is moistened. For dough into ball.  Roll into 12 inch circle. Unroll onto a 9inch pie plate. Trim edges. Prick bottom and sides with a fork. Bake @ 450* for 10-12 minutes until golden. Cool on wire rack.
FILLING: Remove stems from strawberries. Cut in half lengthwise. Set aside.
For glaze: combine 1 cup of strawberries and the water. Cover and blend until smooth. Add enough additional water to equal 1-1/2 cups. In medium saucepan combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in blended berry mixture. Cook and stir over medium heat till mixture is thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Stir in red food coloring, if desired. Cook for 10 minutes without stirring.
Spread about 1/4 cup of the glaze over bottom and sides of Baked Pastry Shell. Arrange half of the remaining strawberries in the pastry shell. Carefully spoon half of the remaining glaze over fruit. Arrange remaining fruit over the first layer. Spoon remaining glaze over fruit. Chill for 1-2 hours. (After 2 hours, filling may begin to water out) Garnish with whipped cream if desired.