Dec 21, 2010

Pinwheel Appetizers

reat appetizer to serve at your holiday parties!

Beef & Cheese Pinwheels

12 oz thinly sliced deli roast beef (or turkey if you so desire)
4 oz package herb flavored cream cheese ( I use garden vegetable flavor)
4 large flour tortillas (about 10 inches)
2 cups spinach leaves (about 20 leaves)
7 oz jar of roasted red peppers, rinsed and drained

Spread cheese evenly over one side of each tortilla. Place deli meat over cheese leaving 1/2 inch border around edges. Place spinach leaves over beef. Arrange peppers down center, over spinach. Roll up tightly and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes to overnight before serving. To serve, cut each roll crosswise into 8 slices. Arrange cut side up on serving platter. Makes 32 appetizers.

Tips : Red peppers must be rinsed and dried to prevent soggy tortillas. Be sure to wrap tightly to prevent tortilla from drying out. Slice as close to serving time as possible.

Dec 5, 2010

Easy Bread Bowls

Make a delicious bread bowl to serve your soup and stews.

Easy Bread Bowls
1 loaf (1 lb ) frozen bread dough - thawed
1 Tbs olive oil
1 tsp dried basil leaves
1/2 tsp garlic salt

Lightly grease outsides of 6 (10 oz) custard cups with shortening ( can use olive oil as long as you put on not use cooking spray). Place cups upside down on large cookie sheet. Divide dough into 6 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball, then pat into 6 inch round pieces. Place rounds over bottoms of custard cups. Brush dough w/ oil. Sprinkle with basil & garlic salt. Cover; let rise in warm place for 20 minutes. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake 16 to 20 minutes. Cool 5 minutes. Remove from cups and place right side up on cooling rack (interiors of bowls may be slightly moist.

* I usually use olive oil on the outside of the bowls and sprinkle it with basil and garlic and then put the bread dough on it pretty quickly afterward so the oil doesn't drip off of it too much.

** When storing but into bowl so sides are supported.


Dec 2, 2010

Apricot Chicken

I don't have a picture but this is a great dish for a cold day and its not just your ordinary chicken :)

Apricot Chicken

3-6 Chicken breast, skinned
21 oz apricot pie filling
1 Tbs lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup pecan halves


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Arrange chicken in a 9x13 pan. Sprinkle w/ salt and pepper. In a mixing bowl combine remainder of ingredients. Pour over chicken. Cover and bake for 55-60 minutes. Serve over hot cooked rice.

Christmas Rollout Cookies

In the spirit of the holidays I thought I would share my favorite recipe for roll out sugar cookies. I got this recipe from my aunt Rhoda Weldy :)

Roll Out Christmas Sugar Cookies
3 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup margarine or butter (softened)
8 oz cream cheese (softened)
2 cups sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract ( make sure if anyone is allergic to use imitation
instead of pure)

Mix all together and refrigerate until chilled. Divide into thirds and roll out. Cut out desired shapes. Place on greased baking sheet, add sugar sprinkles if so desired, and put them into the oven for 8 - 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

These have great flavor on their own that you don't need frosting but they can be frosted as well. Makes a great way to entertain little ones when they get restless indoors!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

3 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp salt

2 cups shortening

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1 1/2 cups white sugar

4 eggs

2 Tbs Hot water

1 lb Chocolate chips (semi sweet)

4 cups Oatmeal (instant)

2 tsp vanilla

Cream shortening, sugar, and eggs. Add water and dry ingredients, mix well. Add oatmeal, chips, and vanilla. Drop by teaspoon on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 9-12 minutes.