December 2010 Archives

white_choc_rice_krispies.jpgA simple riff on the classic cereal-box recipe, but oh-so-good. Sweet and salty peanuts and rich white chocolate bring these lunchbox treats to a whole new level.

3 tablespoons salted butter
3 1/2 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup candied peanuts (see recipe below)
10 ounce bag marshmallows, snipped in half
6 cups Rice Krispies
Spray or lightly-oil a 13 x 9-inch (approx 30 x 22cm) rectangular pan.
In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the white chocolate and stir until melted.
Add the marshmallows and stir constantly over the heat until completely melted. (If they start to scorch on the bottom, remove from heat and continue to stir, placing the pan back on the heat occasionally, stirring until smooth.
Remove from heat and add the candied peanuts and Rick Krispies until well combined.
Scrape into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Let cool.

Original recipe

Candied Peanuts:

2 cups raw peanuts (or almonds)
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
a sprinkle of coarse salt
optional: ground cinnamon or chili powder

In a wide, heavy-duty skillet, mix the peanuts with the sugar and water. Cook the ingredients over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until the liquid seizes up. It will take a few minutes. At this point, the peanuts will get crusty and the sugar will crystallize.

The peanuts will become dry and sandy, which is perfectly normal. Don't worry; you didn't mess up. Lower the heat and keep going, scraping up any syrup collecting in the bottom of the pan and stir the peanuts in it, coating them as much as possible.

As you go, tilt the pan, removing it from the heat from time-to-time to regulate the heat and the syrup, so you can coat the nuts with the liquid as it darkens without burning the peanuts or the syrup. This is the only tricky part--I like to get the peanuts as deeply-bronzed as possible. if the mixture starts to smoke, remove it from the heat and stir.

Right before they're done, sprinkle the peanuts with a sizable pinch of flaky salt (and pinch of cinnamon or chili powder, if you want), stir them a couple of times, then tilt the peanuts out onto a baking sheet or a marble countertop.

Original recipe


white_chicken_chili.jpgThis southwestern chicken soup is spiced like chili but looks more like tortilla soup. Beans, corn, and the typical soup trio of onion, carrots, and celery round out the vegetables, and cilantro and sour cream help brighten the flavors. The recipe makes a ton, but it freezes well and is great to have on hand for cold lazy evenings.

1.5 lb. chicken breast (boneless, skinless), cubed small
1 medium onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 large carrots, chopped
2 cans shoepeg corn (drained)
1 can Rotel
2 cans navy (or northern) beans (1 can drained, 1 undrained)
2 c. low-sodium V8
4 c. chicken broth
1.5 tsp. chili powder
1.5 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp pepper
Garnish:
fresh cilantro
sour cream
Fresh jalapenos, minced
Saute onion, carrots, celery until onion is lightly browned. Add chicken, cook ~ 3 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer for at least 30 minutes. Freezes well.

From: David Sutton
 

I'm usually not one for trying out a brand new recipe on Thanksgiving. I like classics you can count on. But these just looked so good I couldn't pass them up. They came out light, fluffy, and perfectly golden brown. I should have taken a picture, I know. But don't worry, I'm sure I'll make them again. ;)

1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
3½ cups (or more) bread flour
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1½ teaspoons quick-rising dry yeast
1½ teaspoons salt
1½ cups milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus additional for coating bowl
1 large egg
1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
Nonstick cooking spray
1 large egg, beaten to blend (for glaze)
Raw (turbinado or demerara) sugar

1. Stir the walnuts in a dry skillet over medium heat until toasted, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.

2. Mix 3½ cups bread flour with the brown sugar, yeast and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Warm the milk in a small saucepan over low heat until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the milk registers 95 degrees F. Add the oil; remove from the heat. Add the milk mixture and 1 egg to the flour mixture. Mix on low speed until a wet coarse ball forms, about 1 minute. Add the nuts and the cranberries. Replace the paddle attachment on the mixer with a dough hook. Mix dough on low speed until smooth, elastic, and slightly tacky, adding more flour by the tablespoonfuls as needed, about 4 minutes. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead for about 2 minutes.

3. Lightly oil a large bowl. Shape the dough into a ball; place in the prepared bowl, turning to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rise at room temperature until almost doubled in volume, 1¾ to 2 hours.

4. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Transfer the dough to an unfloured surfaced; divide into 12 equal pieces. Shape each piece of dough into a smooth round ball. Transfer the rolls to the prepared baking sheet, spacing them apart. Spray the rolls with nonstick spray. Cover loosely with plastic wrap; let rise at room temperature until 1½ times original size, about 1½ hours. Brush rolls with egg glaze; sprinkle with raw sugar. Let rise 15 minutes longer.

5. Meanwhile, position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees F.

6. Place rolls in oven; reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees F and bake 7 minutes. Rotate baking sheet; continue to bake rolls until golden and slightly firm to the touch, about 8 minutes longer. Cool completely on a cooling rack.

*Note: You can wrap these in foil and place in an airtight bag and freeze for up to 2 weeks. Thaw the rolls at room temperature. If desired, you can rewarm the rolls wrapped in foil in a 350 degree F oven for about 10 minutes.

makes 16 large rolls

original recipe

IMG_6349.JPGBeing from the south, I was raised on cornbread dressing, but this Cummings' family tradition is pretty tasty I must admit. Savory additions of corn, mushrooms and sliced black olives are well balanced by the sweet rose wine scented broth. Daniel calls this dressing " one element of the perfect trifecta of Thanksgiving flavors," the other two being turkey and mashed potatoes of course.

1 large onion, chopped small
5 stalks celery, chopped small
8 oz white button mushrooms, roughly chopped
1/2 T. butter

2 c. rose wine
3 c. chicken broth
2 T. butter
1/2 tsp sage

1 package Pepperidge Farm herb dressing (cubed)
1 package Pepperidge Farm herb dressing (crumbs)
1 1/2 cans yellow corn
1 can black olives, sliced

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Heat 1/2 tbs butter in a skillet, add onion, celery, and mushrooms. Lightly salt and pepper the vegetables and saute until onions begin to brown.

Meanwhile, heat broth, wine, 2 tbs butter, and ~1/2 tsp dried sage in medium saucepan until butter is melted.

Mix onion mixture with remaining dry ingredients (stuffing, corn, olives) in large bowl. Add broth/wine over until mixture is moist, mix gently. Pour into 9x13" baking dish. Bake ~1 hour or until top is browned.