RECIPE

Zucchini Sausage Squares

Ingredients:

1 lb. zucchini (about 2 large)
12 oz bulk pork or turkey sausage
1/2 c chopped onion
4 large eggs
1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese
18 Ritz crackers, crushed (about 1 1/2 cup crumbs)
1 tsp dried basil, crumbled
1/2 tsp dried oregano, crumbled
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 c shredded sharp regular or low-fat cheddar cheese (about 4oz)

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Wash the zucchini, trim off the stems, and shred zucchini; set it aside. Sauté the sausage and onion in a medium skillet, stirring to break up the sausage, until all the pink is gone; drain off all fat. 
Whisk the eggs in a large mixing bowl until frothy. Stir in the parmesan cheese, cracker crumbs, basil, oregano, pepper, garlic, sausage, and zucchini. Spoon the mixture into a 7 x 11" shallow glass baking dish ...

Tuna Fish Rillettes with Cornichons

Ingredients:

2 cans of tuna
6 anchovies
Lemon zest of 1 lemon
5 to 6 oz of butter
salt and pepper

Drain tuna fish and tear into little pieces.
Use a fork to mash the anchovies. 
Mix tuna fish, anchovies, and lemon zest and knead all together. 
Don’t use a blender and season with salt and pepper. 
Be careful with the salt since we are using anchovies.
If you like to preserve it for a few days poor some melted butter over it and refrigerate.. 

Serve with bread and Cornichons.

 

 

 

 

 

Bunuelos with Glazed Bacon and Heirloom Tomatoes

 

Ingredients:

Preheat oven to 425º

¼ cup butter 
Good pinch of salt
1 cup water
1 cup plain flour
2 eggs and 1 yoke
½ tsp. Dijon mustard
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
½ cup Manchego cheese (fine grate)
1 T finely chopped thyme leaves (can substitute any herb to compliment meat if using for sandwich)

Bring butter, salt and water to a boil. Quickly add flour and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until mixture forms a ball and falls away from side of the pan. Gradually add eggs, mustard, spices, herbs and cheese until combined. Use piping bag or 2 spoons to form and place on baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes and reduce heat to 350º and bake 12-15 minutes until browned. Serve hot or cold.

Bacon:
Place bacon on sheet pan and sprinkle with brown sugar (can use maple). Bake until crispy at 400-450º. Slice f ...

Tomato Goat Cheese Appetizer

Ingredients:

Sauté: 3 T olive oil 
1 green onion, chopped into green
1clove garlic, chopped

Add:
1 large can diced tomatoes…28 oz. (May add tomato paste)
1 T finely chopped parsley
1 T chopped basil
salt & pepper

Cook 20 mins. or until reduced to medium thick sauce.
Crumble 1 log (4”) goat cheese into baking dish.
Cut 4-8 sundried tomatoes into strips.
Place on top of cheese.
Sprinkle chopped fresh tarragon and julienned basil on cheese.
Sprinkle with Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese…generous amount
Pour sauce over mixture, cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

Serve with toast rounds rubbed with garlic and drizzled with olive oil.

 

 

Smoked Salmon Pate

Ingredients:

Makes one rolled loaf 

3 packages (8oz. each) cream cheese
1 T. horseradish
11/2 t. dried dill
1T lemon juice
1t. all purpose seasoning such as Emeril or Natures
1T. Worcestershire
2 pounds smoked salmon, diced
Garnish: fresh dill and lemon slices
Condiments: chopped red onion, capers, chopped cucumbers, caviar (optional) pumpernickel bread

Soften cream cheese and add horseradish, dried dill, lemon juice, all purpose seasoning, and Worcestershire. Line cookie sheet with parchment or waxed paper. Spread mixture evenly into rectangle approximately 1/4 inch thick. Chill. Layer the smoked salmon, roll jelly roll fashion. Place on serving tray and garnish. Serve with condiments and pumpernickel bread.

Sage Cheese

Ingredients:

This savory combination of sage, garlic and cheese makes an easy and delicious appetizer. It can be rolled into a log or made into a ball or dome and covered with toasted pecans or sliced pimento olives.  Tightly covered, it will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks.

Makes about 2 cups

8 ounces finely grated sharp cheddar cheese
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 large clove garlic
12 fresh sage leaves cut into chiffonade (scant 1/4 cup)
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon sherry, port, brandy, or cream
Toasted pecans or sliced pimento olives, optional

In the bowl of a food processor or in a mixing bowl combine the cheddar and cream cheeses and blend well. Squeeze the garlic through a garlic press into the cheese or mince it ver ...

Rosemary Flatbread Crisp

Ingredients:

Think of it as a cracker version of rosemary-flecked flatbread. But these are the easiest crackers you’ll ever make; rather than cutting the dough into small pieces, you bake three large pieces, then break them into smaller ones to serve. The jagged edges invite nibbling.

1 ¾ c unbleached all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp chopped rosemary plus 2 (6-inch) sprigs
1 tsp baking powder
¾ tsp salt
½ c water
1/3 c olive oil plus more for brushing
Flaky sea salt such as Maldon

Preheat oven to 450ºF with a heavy baking sheet on rack in middle.
Stir together flour, chopped rosemary, baking powder, and salt n a medium bowl. Make a well in center, then add water and oil and gradually stir into flour with a wooden spoon until a dough forms. Knead dough gently on a work surface 4 or 5 times.
Divide dough into 3 pieces and roll o ...

Rosemary Pecans

Ingredients:

Preheat oven to 350º

2 Tbsp melted butter
⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
1½ Tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary or 1½ tsp dried rosemary
2 C pecan halves
Salt to taste

Mix together butter, pepper and rosemary. Add pecans and toss well. Spread pecans in baking pan and bake at 350º for 8-10 minutes, stirring once or twice while baking.
Cool and sprinkle with salt if desired.

Pepper Bruschetta

Ingredients:

4 bell peppers – mix 3 colors
¾ C balsamic vinegar (or more)
Salt and pepper to taste

Seed and slice 4 peppers thinly and cook slowly in ¾ C balsamic vinegar until very soft, about an hour. Stir occasionally. Season with salt and pepper. Add more vinegar if they look dry.
Serve over toasted bread rounds or hard cheese, such as Parmesan.

 

Roasted Red Pepper Humus

Ingredients:

1/3 C tahini (sesame paste)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp Greek seasoning
3 (15½ oz.) cans garbanzo beans, drained
1 (12 oz.) jar roasted red peppers, drained
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ tsp ground red pepper

In a food processor, combine beans, peppers, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and pepper. Process until smooth. Serve with pita chips.

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