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Sausage & Ricotta Caserecce

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Sausage & Ricotta Caserecce

Rich from ricotta, delicious from sausage and spinach to make you feel good. 

Really good.


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Baked Brie with Shiitakes

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Baked Brie with Shiitakes

The holidays are in full swing with parties galore, and this little gem with melty brie and shiitakes hiding under crispy puff pastry is perfect for a group. Or just for yourself :)

This is one delicious appetizer.


Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 6 Shitake mushrooms, stems removed & thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • Pinch Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch garlic powder
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, removed from freezer about 30 minutes before using
  • Flour
  • One 8 ounce wheel of brie, with top rind removed
  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Put non-stick pan on high/medium heat, add oil, butter and mushrooms - cook about 5 minutes until nicely softened, add thyme, salt, pepper and garlic powder - stir well to combine then remove from heat and set aside
  3. Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry to make it a little thinner
  4. Place cooked mushrooms in the center of the pastry - spread out to approximately the same diameter as the cheese
  5. Spoon mustard on top of brie, then place mustard-side down onto the mushrooms
  6. Fold the pastry up over the cheese to cover and turn over - trim the excess - and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet and press down to seal. Reserve the pastry scraps for decoration (if you want)
  7. Beat the egg and milk to combine in a small bowl with a fork or whisk. Place seam-side down onto a lined (parchment paper) baking sheet. Decorate with the pastry scraps, if desired - brush with the egg wash
  8. Bake for 25 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown - serve with thinly sliced baguettes or crackers.

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Baked Chipotle Chicken Taquitos

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Baked Chipotle Chicken Taquitos

Crispy, a little spicy and a lot delicious. Oh, and with only five ingredients - pretty darn simple too.


INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/3 cup salsa verde (green salsa)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese - Monterey Jack, cheddar or even a mix…it’s up to you
  • 1-2 tablespoons finely minced chipotle peppers
  • 10 flour tortillas, approximately 6 inches in diameter

Toppings for serving

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 425
  • Combine chicken, salsa, cheese and chipotles in a bowl - mix well to combine
  • Heat tortillas slightly to make them pliable, add some filling and roll up tightly
  • Place seem-side down on a greased baking sheet and brush or spray with neutral oil
  • Bake approximately 25 minutes or until golden and crispy
  • Plate, add toppings and serve - yum.

 

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Hawaiian Pizza

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Hawaiian Pizza

Or at least my version - 'cuz after all I am a Canadian and it was invented by a Canadian. 

But really who cares - just make it.


Ingredients

  • 2 ready-made flatbreads - I used ones that were approximately 10” x 6”
  • ½ cup tomato sauce, see recipe or use jarred (if you don’t care about food)
  • ½ - 3/4 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • ¼-½  teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3-4 slices deli black forest ham, cut into thin strips
  • Approximately ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Spread sauce evenly over the flatbreads and then add the pineapple
  3. Sprinkle red pepper flakes over all and top with ham and then the cheese
  4. Place flatbreads on baking sheet and bake 10-12 minutes or until cheese melts and flatbreads get crispy
  5. Garnish with cilantro, slice and enjoy
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Cheesy Pull Apart Bread

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Cheesy Pull Apart Bread

What do you say about bread - sliced & stuffed with cheese, bacon and onion - then drizzled with garlic mustard butter and baked? I say “Oh holy xxxx".


Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 round bread loaf, sourdough is ideal for this
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 green onions, white & light green parts only, diced
  • 8 pieces of bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon each oregano and garlic powder
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 350
  2. Score the loaf crosswise and lengthwise into 1 inch squares, cutting almost through to the bottom, but leaving it intact
  3. In a small bowl put both cheeses, garlic, green onions and bacon – mix well and stuff mixture in between all of the cuts (some of it coming out of the top is just fine)
  4. Melt butter in the microwave or a small pot – and add Dijon, sriracha, seasonings and salt & pepper – mix really well and drizzle evenly over the bread, especially over the cuts
  5. Wrap loaf in a couple layers of aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes
  6. Remove from the oven and remove foil to expose the top of the bread
  7. Turn oven to broil and put back in the oven and cook until lightly brown, and the cheese is bubbly
  8. Remove, maybe wait a minute to let it cool and then go nuts eating it
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