Friday, September 26, 2014

If you are looking for a full-proof pot roast recipe, this is it! I like my roast tender, but not stringy or falling apart. I also highly reccommend roasting veggies in an iron skillet...they are beautiful and SO delicious!


MELISSA’S POT ROAST

1 (3 to 4 lb.) chuck roast

1 (12-ounce) can beer

1 envelope Lipton onion soup

Salt, pepper, garlic powder & onion powder

1 tablespoon Olive oil

½ cup water & 1 heaping teaspoon cornstarch (this is to thicken the gravy after the roast is cooked)

Pat the roast dry with paper towels.  Season both sides of the roast generously with the salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder.  Heat the olive oil in a large oven-proof Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid.  Place the roast into the Dutch oven with the heated oil.  Sear the roast for 2 to 3 minutes and flip it on the other side and sear another 2 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Sprinkle the onion soup mix evenly over the roast then carefully pour the beer all around the roast and a little on top of the roast.  Cover and place in a 300 oven for 3 hours.  Remove from the oven and carefully remove the roast onto a cutting board.  I use 2 big spatulas to lift it out.  Let it rest for 10 minutes.  While the roast is resting, Heat the drippings from the roast on the stove until it comes to a boil.  Stir cornstarch into the water and pour into the drippings.  You may want to taste it and add more seasonings if you like.  Next, slice the roast (I like to use my electric knife).  Place the slices of roast back into the gravy, cover and place in the oven for 30 more minutes.  It will be delicious and tender!   This roast is wonderful with roasted veggies.  Serves 6.  See recipe below.

ROASTED VEGGIES IN A CAST-IRON SKILLET

4 carrots, cleaned and cut into 1” pieces

8 red new potatoes, cleaned and quartered

1 small onion, cut into large pieces

1 lb. clean whole mushroom

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon pepper

2 teaspoons sugar

Place all the veggies into a large bowl and add seasonings and olive oil and toss well, making sure all veggies are coated with the oil.  Place veggies in a large black cast-iron skillet and bake at 400 for 50 minutes or until veggies are tender.  I love the flavor of these vegetables so much better than just cooking them in the same pot as the roast.  Serves 6.  Enjoy!

 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New Orlean's Style Pralines...one of my favorites! I was born and raised in Louisiana and this has always been one of my favorite candies! Now, I must tell you: they are VERY sweet and rich! I hope you love them as much as I do! Enjoy :)


PRALINES                

1 ½ cups sugar

¾ cup dark brown sugar

½ cup whole milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 tablespoons real butter

1 ½ cup pecans, rough chopped

Lay out wax paper and a tablespoon on your countertop before getting started on the pralines.  Next, combine all the ingredients in a 4 quart saucepan.  Heat over low heat, stirring often until butter is melted and sugars are dissolved.  Bring to a boil then turn the heat down to medium high –letting the mixture continue to boil for exactly 3 minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.  It will bubble up pretty high, so never leave it even just for a second.  After 3 minutes of boiling and stirring, remove the pot from the heat and stir constantly for 2 minutes.  It will start to thicken.  Now (using a tablespoon that you would eat soup with) drop onto the wax paper, working quickly.  Let them sit for 10 to 15 minutes.  Store in an airtight container.  This recipe makes 12-14 pralines.  These are delicious by themselves or broken over vanilla ice cream J  Caution:  Be very careful when making these as the candy mixture becomes scalding hot and be mindful of the weather.   Really humid days can make these difficult to set. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

If you love Buffalo Chicken Wings, you are going to LOVE this pasta salad! It makes for a great tailgaiting dish :) Enjoy!


BUFFALO CHICKEN PASTA SALAD

1 cup of your favorite Ranch dressing

½ cup Frank’s buffalo wing sauce

2 cups cooked, chopped chicken

1 teaspoon each of salt, onion powder & pepper

½ cup each of chopped celery, red pepper & carrots

8-ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes

16-ounces rotini (or your favorite shaped pasta) cooked and drained

Mix the Ranch and wing sauce together in a large bowl, stirring well.  Next add remaining ingredients in the above order and stir very well.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.   Overnight is best.  Be sure to stir well before serving.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Recipes from today's show...Ham, Bean & Turnip Green Soup, Cornbread, Creamy Mac & Cheese & Brownie Brittle Parfaits...enjoy :)


TURNIP GREEN SOUP WITH WHITE BEANS & HAM

CREAMY MAC & CHEESE

OLD-FASHIONED CORNBREAD

BROWNIE BRITTLE PARFAITS

 

 

TURNIP GREEN SOUP WITH WHITE BEANS & HAM

Melissa Friday

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons butter

1 small onion, chopped

1 (1 ½ lb.) center-cut ham steak, cubed

1 (32-ounce) box chicken broth

1 cup water

2 cans great northern beans, drained and rinsed well

1 (27-ounce) can turnip greens ( I use the Glory brand)

1 tablespoon each of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and Cajun seasoning

    (Use more seasonings if you like)

Heat oil and butter in a soup pot and add onions.  Cook onions for about 7 minutes, stirring often, then add the ham and cook for 2 more minutes.  Add remaining ingredients, cover and simmer on low for 1 hour.  It’s great with hot sauce and cornbread on the side. J

 

 

 

MELISSA’S CREAMY BAKED MAC AND CHEESE

1 (16-ounce) box elbow macaroni

2 pounds Velveeta cheese, cubed

Salt and pepper to taste

4 tablespoons butter

½ cup whole milk

3 cups of the macaroni water

8 ounces sharp cheddar, grated

Heat oven to 375 and grease a 13x9x2 baking dish.  Cook the macaroni according to package.  Before draining, take out 3 cups of the macaroni water and set aside.  Drain macaroni and place back in large pot.   Now add the Velveeta cheese, macaroni water, butter, milk and seasonings and cook over low heat just until cheese is melted.  It will be watery, but no worries because the macaroni will soak up the water as it bakes.  Place macaroni mixture in a 13x9x2 baking dish.   Bake at 375 for 30 minutes and then add sharp cheddar cheese and bake 5 more minutes  or just until cheese is melted.    If desired you can mix ½ cup bread crumbs with 3 tablespoons of melted butter and sprinkle on top the last 8-10 minutes of baking time.  This is so good!

 

OLD-FASHIONED CORNBREAD

A black skillet is a must for this recipe J

2 cups self rising cornmeal

2 tablespoons vegetable oil + 1 ½ tablespoons more

3 tablespoons sugar

1 ½ cups whole milk or buttermilk

1 egg, beaten

Place the 1 ½ tablespoons vegetable oil in a black skillet and heat on a burner for 2 to 3 minutes.  Meanwhile, mix cornmeal, 2 tablespoons of oil and the remaining ingredients together well.  Turn the heat off the skillet and carefully pour the cornmeal mixture over the hot oil.  Place in a 425 oven for 25 minutes.  Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

 

BROWNIE BRITTLE PARFAITS

½ package brownie brittle, broken into small pieces

1 small box white chocolate pudding

2 cups whole milk

Heath Bar toffee bites

Redi-Whip

Mix the pudding mix and milk together and refrigerate for 10 minutes.  Take 4 martini glasses and place about a tablespoon of brownie brittle pieces in the bottom of the glass.  Next add 2 tablespoons of pudding to each glass, then sprinkle toffee bites over pudding.  Add a little more brownie brittle to each glass and top with Redi-Whip or Cool Whip just before serving. 

 

 

 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Red Beans & Rice with Sausage & Ham...so delicious and satifying! Enjoy :)


RED BEANS & RICE WITH SMOKED SAUSAGE & HAM

1 (16-ounce) bag dry light or dark red kidney beans

1 (16-ounce) package smoked turkey or beef sausage, sliced or quartered (I use Conecuh)

1 ham steak, cubed

1 tablespoon olive oil plus 1 tablespoon butter

1 onion, chopped

1 bell pepper, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons each of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder (taste and add more if needed)

2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning (add more if needed)

Water

Hot cooked rice

Pour red beans into a large pot and cover with water.  Place the lid on the pot and let them soak overnight or at least 8 hours.  Pour the soaked beans out into a colander and rinse and drain well, picking any bad beans out.  Set to the side.  In the large pot, heat olive oil and butter and add sausage and ham.  Sauté over medium heat or until sausage is browned.  Watch closely J  Remove the sausage and ham with a slotted spoon and set aside.  Sauté the veggies in the leftover oil from the sausage and ham until they are very brown and soft.  Next, add the sausage, ham and beans to the veggie mix.  Add enough water just to cover the beans-about 3 to 4 cups.  Add all seasonings and bring to a boil.  Once it comes to a boil, turn the heat to very low or simmer mode and cover.  Cook for 1 ½ hours or until beans are soft.  It’s very important that you taste this as you make it so you can add more seasonings if you desire J  The Friday Fam likes it spicy!  If you prefer a thicker sauce, add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to ½ cup cold water.  Stir well and stir into the bean mixture.  Serve over hot rice and a slice of cornbread.  Pepper sauce sprinkled over the beans and rice is oh, so delicious, too!

 

 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Recipes from today's show :)


PARMESAN-PANKO CRUSTED PORK CHOPS

BUTTERNUT SQUASH RAVIOLI

LEMON-ROASTED ASPARAGUS

CHOCOLATE-CHIP BUNDT CAKE

 

PARMESAN-PANKO CRUSTED PORK CHOPS

4 thick-cut pork chops, bone-in

Salt, pepper, garlic powder & onion powder

1 cup flour

1 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs

1 cup panko breadcrumbs

2 eggs

½ cup whole milk

Oil

Season pork chops on each side with the above seasoning.  Line 3 pans on the counter.  Place flour in the first one, eggs and milk in the second one and breadcrumbs in the 3rd one.   Dip each pork chop on each side in the flour, then the egg wash, then the breadcrumbs.  Place enough oil in a black skillet just to cover the bottom.  Brown chops for just 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until browned.  Brown 2 at a time and remove from skillet to a wire rack.  Wipe out excess oil, place chops back into the black skillet or oven-proof skillet, and bake at 375 for 25 minutes or until pork chops are cooked through.

LEMON-ROASTED ASPARAGUS

1 lb. fresh asparagus washed and trimmed

1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Salt and pepper to taste

Olive oil

Place asparagus in a single layer on a cookie sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper and lemon juice.  Bake at 400 for 12 to 14 minutes.

 

BUTTERNUT SQUASH RAVIOLI WITH PECAN BROWN BUTTER

1 lb. fresh or frozen butternut squash ravioli

5 tablespoons real butter

½ cup finely chopped pecans

Salt and pepper to taste

Cook ravioli according to package directions.  In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.  Stir in the pecans and stir constantly for 1 minute.  Add the salt and pepper and cook another minute or just until pecans are browned.  Be careful not to burn them J  Add the cooked ravioli to this butter mixture and carefully toss together until ravioli is coated well with butter pecan mixture.  This is wonderful with steak or pork chops.

 

Chocolate-Chip Bundt Cake

1 box Devil’s food cake mix

1 (3 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding

2 cups sour cream

1 cup melted butter

5 eggs

1 t. almond extract

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease a 10-inch Bundt Pan.  In a large bowl, mix first 5 ingredients together for about 2-3 minutes.  Then fold in the almond extract and chocolate chips with a spatula.  Pour into pan and bake for 55 minutes.  Let it cool about 20 minutes and turn out on rack to cool completely.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

My Mexican Pizza...this is a fantastic pizza! Enjoy :)


Mexican Pizza

1 large ready-made pizza crust (wheat tastes great)!

½ to 1 cup of your favorite salsa

1 (1lb. roll) mild country sausage or turkey sausage, cooked and drained very well

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained well

½ cup each of chopped yellow bell pepper, red bell pepper and onion

Shredded Cheddar-Jack cheese

Sauté’ the veggies in 1 tablespoon of olive oil for 6 to 8 minutes and set aside.   Place crust on a pizza pan and spread salsa evenly over crust.  Now spread cooked sausage, veggies and black beans over salsa.  Top with a generous amount of shredded cheese and bake at 450 for 10-12 minutes.  Serve with sour cream, guacamole and extra salsa if desired.