Spinach Rice Balls (Leftover Rice Recipe)

I really love this recipe. I hate having left over rice because it’s such a waste, and I always make too much. I normally freeze it and find something else to do with it. Normally I use it to speed up cooking time by just pulling it out of the freezer instead of making more. In the last Woman’s Day magazine I got in the mail, they had an article with this recipe in it. It sounded so good I had to try it. It has a very delicate flavor. The spinach is very mild for all of you spinach haters (yep that includes me) and the parmesan cheese is not as overwhelming as I figured it would be. I am going to find a nice parmesan-mozzarella cheese dip to go with this recipe next time. I think it would add a nice touch.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 cup thawed frozen cut-leaf spinach
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup rice (3 cups cooked)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/8 tsp pepper

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Line baking sheet with nonstick foil. Heat 2 tsp oil in skillet over medium heat. Add 1 cup thawed frozen cut-leaf spinach, 1/2 small onion, diced, and 1/2 tsp minced garlic; cook 2 minutes until spinach is tender. 
  2. Stir into spinach mixture 1 cup cooked rice, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, 1 large egg and 1/8 tsp pepper.
  3. Drop rounded tbsp. onto prepared baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes or until firm. Serve with marinara. Makes about 10.

Cinnamon Apple Cranberries Orange Relish

 
 
 
This recipe is incredible. I can’t even begin to tell you how fantastic it is. The flavor is amazing with just enough sweet and just enough tart. This is truly the best cranberry relish recipe I have ever had.
 
I can’t wait to make it again. I want to make it again for Christmas. Everyone loved it at our Thanksgiving table. No one could believe that the cranberries were dried. I bet it would taste just as good with fresh cranberries, although you just might have to add a bit more sugar.
 
 
Ingredients 
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 1 (6-ounce) bag sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large Orange peeled, seeds removed, and diced
  • 2 Gala apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch

Directions  

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the cranberry juice, orange, cranberries, cinnamon and sugar. Bring to a boil and let cook for 5 minutes. Add the apples and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries have softened and apples are tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove 8 ounces of the liquid to a small bowl and whisk in the cornstarch. Slowly add the cornstarch-juice mixture (slurry) to the cranberry mixture, stirring constantly. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and pour into a serving bowl. Refrigerate until thickened, about 30 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks and serve.

Cheater… Cheater… Stuffing!

 

I absolutely loved this recipe!  It’s simple fantastic! Don’t get me wrong it’s nothing fancy, but that’s what I like about it. I already like Stovetop Stuffing, but this takes Stovetop and fancy’s it up!  After it was made no one had a clue that the majority of the recipe came out of a box! Frugal, easy, and fantastic… what more could you ask for?
Ingredients: 
  • 1 medium onions, minced
  • 2 -3 stalks celery, chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1-2 cups chicken broth (or any broth)
  • Hot water
  • 1 (6 ounce) packages Stove Top-style stuffing mix

Directions:

  1. Sauté onions and celery in butter.
  2. Sprinkle with poultry seasoning.
  3. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Toss this mixture into your favorite dry stuffing mix.
  5. Heat broth and set aside.
  6. Read directions on your favorite stuffing mix box.
  7. Add enough hot water to the broth to make up the required liquid needed.
  8. (Omit butter the recipe calls for as it was already used to sauté vegetables.)
  9. Pour over stuffing/vegetables mixture and mix well.
  10. Stuff your chicken or turkey. For a side dish place stuffing in a baking dish; cover and bake for 15 to 25 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Cranberry Jell-O Mold

 
This recipe was a huge hit in our house. Not only was it fun to make, but it was fun to eat too, and it puts a different spin on Jell-O. We have made several different versions since discovering this recipe. It doesn’t matter the flavor of the Jell-O or the fruit you put inside because this recipe will be a hit! I suggest making it up several days before you need it because it takes a bit of time to set.
 
I love making it for Thanksgiving. Cranberry juice with cranberries, apples, and pineapple. Not that is a delicious recipe for fun food!
Ingredients:
·         2 small packages of Raspberry Jell-O (I used black cherry)
·         2 cups boiling water
·         8 oz. can of crushed pineapple
·         1 can of whole cranberry sauce
·         1/2 cup red wine (I guess you could substitute grape juice)
·         1/3 cup chopped walnuts
Directions: 
  1. Mix it all (except for the nuts) together and pour into a mold.
  2. Refrigerate.
  3. Sprinkle with the walnuts when Jell-O starts to set, but isn’t firm (after an hour or two, so they don’t sink to the bottom
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Moist Roasted Turkey ….. Turkey Perfection!

 

After Christmas I found a great deal on turkey’s … .10 cents per pound. I got a 20 pound turkey for $2. I knew I couldn’t pass up that deal. I decided to look for a new turkey roasting recipe when I came upon this one.
 
I must admit this was the best turkey we had ever had. I think the key is to start cooking the turkey with broth already in the roaster. It really helped to steam the turkey. Not only was it full of flavor but it was almost incredibly moist. I don’t think I have ever eaten a turkey so moist.
 
I will be honest you when I say I am not a big turkey fan, but this turkey was exceptional! I have never had one better!
 
 
Ingredients: 
  •  1 (18-20 pound) whole turkey
  •  1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  •  Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  •  1 1/2 quarts turkey or chicken stock 
Directions: 
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Place rack in the lowest position of the oven.
  2. Remove the turkey neck and giblets, rinse the turkey, and pat dry with paper towels. Place the turkey, breast side up, on a rack in the roasting pan. Rub the skin with the softened butter, and season with salt and pepper. Position an aluminum foil tent over the turkey.
  3. Place turkey in the oven, and pour 2 cups turkey or chicken stock into the bottom of the roasting pan. Baste all over every 30 minutes with the juices on the bottom of the pan. Whenever the drippings evaporate, add stock to moisten them, about 1 to 2 cups at a time. Remove aluminum foil after 2 1/2 hours. Roast until a meat thermometer inserted in the meaty part of the thigh reads 180 degrees F (80 degrees C), about 4 hours.
  4. Transfer the turkey to a large serving platter, and let it stand for at least 20 to 30 minutes before carving.

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Herbed Sausage Stuffing

 
 
This recipe is really great! I didn’t have a lot of expectations because I have never had sausage dressing. I thought it was great. I didn’t think anyone one else in my house would like it but everyone gobbled it down. The next time I make this I am going to use hot sausage instead of mild I think the hot would be amazing.
 
It’s a very hearty recipe. I didn’t really follow the original recipe and this is actually a half recipe. It’s really good and easy. I would make it again that’s for sure!
 
Ingredients: 
  • 1 (16 ounce) packages Regular Flavor Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage
  • 4 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 3/4 cup diced onions
  • 3/4 cup diced celery
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (8 ounce) package herbed dry bread cubes
  • 1 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 egg, lightly beaten

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. In a large saucepan or stockpot, cook sausage over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until thoroughly cooked and no longer pink. 
  3. Add mushrooms, onion, celery and garlic; cook 10-12 minutes or until onion is translucent, stirring frequently. 
  4. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; add remaining ingredients and stir well. 
  5. Pour into a buttered 2-quart casserole.
  6. Bake covered for 60 minutes.

Beer Batter Onion Rings


These are divine!! I love them. They are well worth making over and over again! I can swear to that!! The flavor is amazing, they are crunchy, and hold their crunch! I haven’t made them in forever but they are certain going back in the rotation!!

 

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup beer (I used Leinenkugel Summer Wheat)
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 large onions (I used white because they were on sale)
  • vegetable oil for frying
Directions:
  1. Combine all ingredients (except for the oil) in a bowl and mix all together.
  2. Refrigerate for at least one hour. (I have done it without refrigerating and it works fine too if you don’t have time to wait)
  3. Peel onions and cut crosswise 1/3 inch thick and separate into rings.
  4. Dust the onion rings with the some additional flour, shaking off the excess, and coat them with the batter.
  5. Working in batches, fry the onion rings in 2 inches of preheated 370 degrees, oil until they are golden.
  6. Transfer them with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain and sprinkle them with salt to taste.

Parmesan Meatloaf Muffins

This recipe was very good. I was actually very surprised how moist and tender the  mini meatloaves turned out. Mine actually came out of the oven looking like big meatballs but they were good just the same. The original recipe calls for ground chicken, but I actually used ground beef because I didn’t have ground chicken. These are very easy and would be a great meal to freeze for later.

Ingredients:  
  • 1/3 cup plus 1/2 cup panko
  • 1/3 cup plus 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (about 2 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup minced yellow onion (from about 1/2 medium onion)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 ounces whole-milk mozzarella cheese, medium dice
  • 3 cups Basic Tomato Sauce or marinara sauce
Directions: 
  1. Heat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place a 12-well muffin pan on the baking sheet and coat the wells and the top of the pan with cooking spray (alternatively you can use olive oil to coat the pan); set aside.
  2. Using your fingers, combine 1/3 cup of the panko, 1/3 cup of the Parmesan, and the measured olive oil in a small bowl until evenly moistened; set aside.
  3. Place the egg in a large bowl and beat it with a fork to break it up. Add the remaining 1/2 cup panko and 1/2 cup Parmesan, the chicken, onion, basil, garlic, salt, oregano, and pepper. Using clean hands, mix everything until combined (don’t squeeze or overwork the mixture).
  4. Divide the mixture among the wells of the muffin pan. Evenly divide the mozzarella pieces among the wells, nestling them into the center of the chicken mixture and making sure to enclose them. Smooth out the tops of the “muffins.”
  5. Sprinkle the reserved panko-Parmesan mixture evenly over the tops of the meatloaf muffins and gently press to adhere.
  6. Place the baking sheet with the muffin pan on it in the oven and bake until the meatloaf muffins are cooked through, about 20-25 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the tomato or marinara sauce and keep it warm.
  7. When the meatloaf muffins are done cooking, set the oven to broil and broil until the panko topping is golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the baking sheet to a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes. Run a small knife around the perimeter of each well to loosen and remove the meatloaf muffins. Serve immediately with the tomato or marinara sauce.

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Pepper Steak


This is honestly one of the best recipes I have made in a long time. Tops on my list that’s for sure. The flavor is fantastic! It’s super simple to make and makes a beautiful presentation, certainly restaurant quality and more than anything you get a lot of bang for your buck!!
 
I really didn’t know if my family would enjoy this recipe. My aunt makes a killer pepper steak which my husband adores so I wasn’t sure he would be too happy with this recipe. You know it’s one of those things when you love something it’s hard to be excepting of something similar.
 
He was over the moon for this recipe and actually had seconds because he loved it so much. The worst part of making this recipe was taking the time to cut the meat nice and thin. The original recipe calls for round steak. I actually ended up using roast meat because I got it on sale and planned on using the other half of the roast for something different so it worked out well for us. 
 
Ingredients: 
  • 16 oz. round steak or roast
  • 4 tsp. plus 3 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. rice wine
  • 3 tsp. cornstarch
  • 5 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

Directions: 

  1. Slice meat into thin slices with the grain. Cut each strip across the grain about 1″ long so you have small thin slices. Place in a bowl and add 4 tsp. of soy sauce, 1 tbsp. of rice wine, 1 tsp. cornstarch and black pepper.
  2. In a small bowl, mix 3 tbsp. soy sauce, 1 tbsp. water and 2 tsp. cornstarch. Set aside.
  3. Heat the skillet on medium high heat. Swirl in 1 tbsp. oil and add the beef spreading evenly. Cook undisturbed for 20 seconds letting the beef brown. Using a spatula, stir meat, cooking another 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Add remaining 2 tsp. of oil to the skillet, add peppers and onions and cook about 2 minutes. Return beef to the skillet, add the sauce and stir fry about 30 seconds until slightly thickened.

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Chicken Fried Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 3 Chicken boneless Breast
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 3-4 Cups Cooking Oil

Directions:

  • Pre heat cooking oil in skillet
  • With a meat cleaver pound each chicken breast until it’s thined out evenly
  • Scramble eggs until they are fluffy
  • Combine flour and Italian seasoned bread crumbs and mix well
  • Take each breast and dredge through the egg mixture then through bread crumb mixture
  • Each chicken breast will need to be cook by it’self unless you have an extra large skillet
  • When the oil is ready add a battered chicken breast to the oil let cook half way then flip and cook the other half of the chicken breast
  • Repeat until all breast are done