Sunday, November 18, 2012
Now that all the kids are grown and doing their own thing, it takes some serious rounds of texting to get everyone together even for a few hours. I'm thankful this year we will be together for a late evening dinner. That should give me plenty of time to get it all together. Below is what will be served at the Grisham household this year. All posted recipes can be selected and printed and any that aren't will be updated right after Thanksgiving.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Chicken Chef. Their fried chicken was actually pretty good. Not being a snob or anything, but fried chicken is a staple in the South. The Chicken Chef gravy was a little more on the brown side. I didn't have the fresh stock to make homemade gravy, so I cheated and bought a jar of Heinz Home Style Classic Chicken Gravy. My intention was to add 1/8 tsp. Kitchen Bouquet until I reached the right flavor/color. But straight out of the jar was pretty good so I let it be this time.
- 12 oz. jar of chicken gravy
- 20 oz. bag of skinny french fries
- Mozzarella cheese
In a large skillet, cover the bottom with 1/4" canola oil. Let it get hot (350 degrees)! Pour the whole bag of fries in the skillet and spread them out evenly. Let the oil come to a good sizzle again and set the timer for 8 minutes. Sprinkle a little salt on top. Let them be until the timer goes off. Turn all the fries and let them cook another 8 minutes. Move to paper-lined plates to drain well.
While the fries are doing their thing, in a small saucepan, heat up the gravy.
When everything is fried and/or hot: Put a pile of fries on your plate, spoon gravy over the top and sprinkle Mozzarella cheese on top. Pop into the microwave long enough to melt the cheese. Dig in!!
oven baked fries. Laugh as much as you want...it was pretty darn good!
Barely cover the bottom of a non-stick skillet with canola oil. Let it pre-heat as you "butterfly" the hot dogs. For the uninformed, that means slice the hot dogs almost in half and leave just enough uncut that it's still one piece. Place them cut side down in the hot oil.
Fry until the hot dogs start to slightly curl.At that point, flip them and cook the other side.
This is the color you are trying to achieve. For the folks who like their hot dogs charred on the grill, leave them on a little longer.
Ready to eat!
Don't forget to cook up a pan of onions to top your hot dogs with. chop 1 onion and season with salt, pepper and a little sugar. Cook in the left over oil but add about 3 tablespoons of butter. Stir and turn as needed until the onions are a light brown color.
Toast your bread and top the hot dogs with pickle relish, cooked onions and mustard. If you want to add a little "fancy" to your ketchup; cover it with black pepper and swirl your fries in it.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Are you tired of serving a plain ol' fruit tray when you are expecting guests? Well here's a great substitute. I was getting several finger food trays together for our company this weekend and I just wasn't feeling fruit slices. Paula Deen always has a fruit salad or two up her sleeve and I was feeling something light and refreshing. I'm telling you, the mixture of honey and lemon and that little tang of orange juice made this an immediate hit. The honey dressing is a keeper! I could drink it out of a cup! Paula's recipe called for avocado sliced up in it, but we had kids coming over and I figure that wouldn't go over very well. Make a double batch and serve it in a trifle dish for Thanksgiving and your family will think you really went all out! And easy? The hardest thing you'll have to do is cut up a banana and apple (or two)!
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, plus the juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tbsps.)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon prepared mustard
- 2 apples, cored and diced
- 1 banana, sliced
- 1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
- 2-1 oz. boxes raisins
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
Adapted from: Paula Deen
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Last week my sweet cousin Christine Jessen shared her Peanut Butter Pie recipe with me. This just looked too good to pass up sharing with you all. I asked her if she would mind sharing it in a Guest Post. She was kind enough to do so. Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, so I thought this was perfect timing!
- 25 Oreos
- 4 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese- softened
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 (8 ounce) container of Cool Whip, thawed
- 1 (11.75 ounce) Jar of hot fudge topping
- 15 Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (frozen, unwrapped)
- 1 (8 ounce) container of Cool Whip, thawed
Preheat oven 350. Crush Oreos in food processer until crumbs and you no longer can see the whites of the cookies. Mix in melted butter. Press the crumbs into the bottom and sides of a 9 inch pie pan. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from oven and let it cool completely!
Reserve 2 tablespoons of the hot fudge topping. Using a microwave, heat the hot fudge topping for 30 seconds, stir and heat for additional time no more than 30 more seconds. Topping should be thick and pourable but not to runny. Start in the center of the pie and pour the hot fudge topping over the filling. With your off center spatula, smooth topping to edge of pie. Refrigerate until set up.
With an off center spatula, spread the remaining Cool Whip over the entire pie. Smooth to edge of pie.