Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Creamy Cheese and Onion Grits

These were awesome. If you like grits, give this recipe a try! :) This is only for one person since I was having dinner alone.

Creamy Cheese and Onion Grits:

1 cup of milk (I used fat free)
salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon of butter
3 Tablespoons of uncooked grits
2 Tablespoons of grated cheddar cheese
2 Tablespoons of chopped green onion

1) Bring the milk, salt, and butter to a simmer SLOWLY, being careful not to scald the milk.
2) Stir in the grits and gently simmer on low for 10-15 minutes or until thickened and cooked.
3) Stir in the green onions and turn off heat. Add cheese and stir to combine.

I served it with scrambled eggs. My son kept asking for bites. It was very good and simple to make. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Biscuits with Apple Topping

I wanted to make a dessert that wasn't too heavy or sweet, so I thought this recipe worked perfectly! It ended up being AWESOME and the apples could even be used as Apple Pie filling. The whole family loved this one! I didn't even have a chance to take a picture of it before it was half-devoured! :)

Biscuits with Apple Topping:

3 cups of thinly spiced apples, peeled
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon flour
1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
splash of Almond extract
1 can Biscuits
1) In a saucepan (no heat), stir together all ingredients except biscuits. Let sit for 15 minutes.

2) Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes until apples are tender.
3) Transfer apple mixture to a 9-inch pie plate, spread out evenly. Top with biscuits and bake in a 375-degree oven for about 20 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown on top.

4) Turn them upside down onto a serving dish and serve warm.

Monday, February 9, 2009

French Onion Salisbury Steak

No longer merely a nasty TV dinner, this adapted Salisbury Steak recipe was an instant hit at our house and will definitely make its way into our usual meal rotation. Enjoy!

(This recipe has been made Muslim-friendly with the omission (with substitution) of pork and alcohol... Enjoy! :))

French Onion Salisbury Steak:

1 pound of ground beef
1/4 cup fresh minced parsley
2 Tablespoons minced white onion (or chopped scallions)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 cups sliced onions
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
2 cups beef broth
2 Tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cheese Toasts (recipe to follow)

1) Combine ground beef, parsley, onions, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix well with hands. Shape into balls and flatten into patties (as many or as few as you prefer).
2) Place 2 Tablespoons of flour in a shallow dish and dredge patties. (Reserve the other tablespoon of flour for later).
3) Heat oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add patties and cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until browned. Remove from pan.
4) Add the onions and sugar to the pan and saute for 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and tomato paste. Saute for 1 minute. Sprinkle remaining flour over the onions and then cook 1 minute. Stir in broth and vinegar and then add salt to taste (about half a teaspoon).
5) Return the meat to the pan and bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover, simmering for 10 minutes.
6) Serve on Cheese toasts with soup ladled over the meat. Garnish with cheese and parsley if desired.

Cheese Toasts:

6-10 slices of a baguette, sliced diagonally, about 1/2 inch thick.
Butter or margarine
garlic powder
1/4 cup Swiss cheese, grated
2 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1) Preheat oven to 400 (F) (200 C).
2) Lightly butter bread slices on one side and place butter-side up on a baking sheet. Lightly sprinkle each slice with garlic powder and top with cheese.
3) Bake until toasts are crisp, about 8-10 minutes.