Sunday, January 11, 2015

Versatile... well the sauce is at least.

     Hey guys, you remember that creamy Italian sauce I showed? Well tonight at the store I had this flurry of thoughts and decided to use it another way. Thicken the sauce a bit (a tad more flour and more solid (more spinach) and use it as a stuffing for bell peppers. Hint: put the peppers in the oven at the beginning to soften them up a bit about 1/2 hour, then steam them while putting the sauce together... think the name of that post has "cream sauce is a bonus" in the title. When the peppers are "pliable" fill them with the sauce and bake for about an hour. Don't forget the cheddar cheese last 10 minutes of baking. I do like the versatility of the sauces I create.
I know, I need to get on the video team, think they are smoking pot on the job.

You may or maynot have noticed, I don't write out recipes like this is the only way it can be done. Leaves a little to the imagination. Change this replace that and so on.

     In mean time "back at the Bat Cave"... I am trying a new recipe tonight a unique way of using cauliflower.

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Cheesy Cauliflower Patties = YUM YUM!

1 head cauliflower
2 large eggs
1/2 c cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 c panko (found in the bread crumb aisle, healthier option)
1/2 t cayenne pepper (more of less to taste)
olive oil

Cut cauliflower into florets & cook in boiling water until tender about 10 minutes. Drain. Mash the cauliflower while still warm. Stir cheese, eggs, panko, cayenne & salt to taste.

Coat the bottom of a griddle or skillet with olive oil over medium-high heat. Form the cauliflower mixture into patties about 3 inches across. Cook until golden brown & set, about 3 minutes per side. Keep each batch warm in the oven while you cook the rest.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Comfort Gone Awry... or Easy on the Cayenne

     Pay attention, yes; this could happen to you. Making soup tonight. Would be best to make my favorite, so the decision was not that hard. Potato Soup. Its real easy; boil potatoes, once soft start adding the potato soup stuff. Onions, carrots, celery, thyme,salt, pepper; 2 cubes of chicken bouillon; you know what it all takes. I did consider putting cayenne pepper in, but thought twice about it and decided not.  Now to thicken the broth I use heavy whipping cream, equal amount of milk and 2 Tbls of all purpose flour (or is that all porpoise flower) whisk till blended then add to the soup. I also found removing about 1-2 potatoes worth after cooking and mashing them helps. Well all was going great; that is till I did my first taste test and the carrots were still a bit crunchy. As more time was needed I decided to get creative and chopped up a handful of spinach and added that to the mix. Not meaning to be commercialized but McCormick has seasonings with crushed peppercorns, I used the Montreal Steak Seasoning... instead of just black pepper. Second taste test, of course use shredded cheddar... but just seemed something was still missing. Had that lack of or should I just say? It was bland. Thought for a bit, ah... it was the cayenne pepper. Gives it a bit of a kick. Well not being one to measure out and the container had a handy sprinkle top, one might say it had more of a horse kick than a people kick. It all worked out though, I was just cooking for me and a little shot of wine (in my mouth, not the soup) helped out a bit also.
     I will say in closing, this potato soup is not only easy to make, it is my favorite "comfort" food. You know, the one food that picks you up when you are feeling a little down. Potato soup and a Skyline Chili 3 Way... and a UDF chocolate malt and Lasagna and...