Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Stuff This!

I just made up a new stuffing recipe.  And I did it just in time to be too late for anyone else to try it for their Thanksgiving bird.  But, Christmas is coming up so there is a second chance.  This stuffing is one that will be loved by those pepper heads out there.  It is full of black pepper!  Not just a sprinkling or a pinch or a teaspoon, but a whole tablespoon of the peppery goodness.  Then, to make it even more of a peppery delight, add a bit of Penzey's Bicentennial rub to the mix.  This will send your tastebuds into orbit!  All this pepper is finally calmed with the addition of a touch of sweet in the form of dried currants.  Give it a try.

Currant Cornbread Stuffing

1/4 lb sausage of choice

1/2 onion, chopped

1/4 stick butter

1/4 cp coconut oil

1 1/4 cp water

1/2 14 oz bag cornbread stuffing

1/2 cp dried currents

1/2 cp pine nuts

1 tbs black pepper, or less to taste

1 tsp Pensey’s Bicentennial Rub

1 tsp poultry seasoning

1 tsp marjoram

Saute sausage and onions with butter and coconut oil until saugsage is cooked through. Add water and bring to boil. Remove from heat and add cornbread. Toss until evenly moist. Add remaining ingredients and toss until well blended. Stuff your bird or bake as is!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sour Cream & Chive Potatoes

Sometimes the diet wagon needs to move on down the road. Sometimes we just need to say "NO!" to that little voice that tells us that what we desire is "bad, bad, bad." Sometimes we must coddle our inner child and partake of what we love.

When those time strike around here, at least for me, I prepare my favorite dish...Potatoes. Russet, red, purple or gold, this humble tuber just sets my heart a quiver and my mouth watering.

Last nigh was one of those nights. A great steak seared to perfection, a pound or so of green beans cooked in garlic and broth and the object of my culinary dersire - Yukon Gold potatoes with sour cream and chives. This dish isn't for the faint of heart when it comes to calories and fats. Of course you could use low fat substitutes, but it just wouldn't be the same. If you are going to do it - dive right in to the deep end and do it! So here we go...

Sour Cream and Chive Potatoes

4 medium Yukon Gold Potatoes (or any type you have on hand)
1 chicken bouillion cube
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tbs butter
1 tbs dried chives
1/4 tsp white pepper
Kosher salt to taste
1 tbs bacon cooked and crumbled (optional)

Scrub potatoes and cut into bite sized pieces (do not peel!). Place in pot and cover with water. Add bouillion cube and bring to boil. Cook until potatoes are tender. Drain. In same pot, melt butter. Return potatoes to pot and stir to coat with the melted butter. Add sour cream, chives, pepper and bacon if desired. Stir until potatoes are creamy and resemble chunky mashed potatoes.

Now, sit back and enjoy one of lifes little pleasures.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Spinach & Mushrooms

Last night was a left over night. But even leftovers deserve a fresh vegie to accompany their second appearance. The night before, our pasta was accompanied by a spinach and mushroom salad. The second appearance of the pasta was in the form of a baked casserole. The remainder of the spinach became something with an interesting flavor that is worth repeating.

Spinach & Mushroom Saute
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1/2 medium onion, diced
6 t0 8 mushrooms, wiped clean and chopped
1 bag fresh spinach washed and de-stemmed
2 tbls brandy
1 tbls balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste.
Heat olive oil in large heavy pan until hot, add onions and saute until golden. Lower heat and add mushrooms, sauteing until all liquid is evaporated. Add spinach and cover. Cook, stirring occassionally until spinach is tender.
Remove lid, add brandy and cook, stirring constantly until all liquid is once again evaporated.
Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and serve.