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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Potato Skins



I have always loved potato skins but I thought they were just too much work to make at home. 
WRONG!!
These are so worth the wait, the labor is minimal.
With Football season starting back up, this is one of my favorite go-to recipes and a must here on the Ranch.   Potato skins makes any game day feel like a  Super Bowl party!  Bake them ahead of time and right before the game starts, fill the shells and pop them in the oven and then enjoy the game!  

Potato Skins


Ingredients
  • 4 baking potatos
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese
  • sour cream
  • 4 green onions, sliced
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Scrub Potatoes well and rub with olive oil. Place on cookie sheet or baking pan. Sprinkle with kosher salt
4. Bake for about 1 hour until potatoes are soft
5. Meanwhile fry bacon until crisp.
6. When the potatoes are done, remove from the oven and slice in half lengthwise.
7. Allow to cool enough to handle and using a spoon, scoop out the meat of the potato leaving about 1/4 inch of potato.
8. Brush both sides with olive oil and turn upside down on cookie sheet.
9. Bake for 8 minutes then flip, salt and pepper the potato halves and bake for 8-9 minutes.
10. Place cheese in each potato halve and add chopped bacon.
11. Return to oven and bake just long enough for cheese to melt.
12. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of sliced green onions.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Italian Sausage in Herbed Bread


This is an easy way to have a fun, flavorful finger food for all your parties!
Its especially popular at Super Bowl parties!!  
Store bought dough, spicy mustard and marinara sauce makes this fast and the grilled sausages add so much flavor!!


Italian Sausage in Herbed Bread

Ingredients
  • 5 Sweet Italian Sausages
  • 1 13.8 oz tube of Pizza Dough
  • 3 teaspoons of Italian seasoning
  • 3 Tablespoons of Parmesan cheese
Instructions
1. Grill the sausages until throughly cooked
2. Combine the Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese and kneed into the pizza dough.
3. Roll dough out into a large circle and cut into 1 inch x 4 inch strips.
4. Cut the sausages into thirds.
5. Place one of the pieces of sausages onto the bread strip. Wrap the dough around the sausage and tie into a knot
6. Place the knotted bread sausages on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven 475 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until brown
7. Serve with spicy mustard and/or marinara sauce:)
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Monday, January 28, 2013

Seven Layer Dip


I love football!!   I didn't grow up watching football. 
 My sweet hubby did, he's been a Dallas Cowboy Fan all his life. 
 But I love throwing parties and entertaining and since Super Bowl is just the perfect excuse for a party, I have thrown numerous Super Bowl parties. 
During the 90's Dallas was in the Super Bowl 3 times 1993, 1994 and 1996 and I threw Super Bowl parties every time and somewhere in the party atmosphere, I discovered football and loved it and became a huge Dallas Cowboy Fan (who could not enjoy those silver pants!!)  Of course it helped because Dallas won all three games.  
 So Super Bowl is a special time for me and it's almost a holiday in our house (maybe I will live long enough for Dallas to be in another one:).  
 I have almost an entire recipe box just for Super Bowl and I thought for this week I would share a few with you! 

 First Up DIP! 
  There is always a Dip for Super Bowl (and sometimes we invited him to our house, Lol).  Seriously the king of Dips is the Seven Layer Dip. It's so yummy and so pretty and there is always plenty for everyone.

Seven Layer Dip


Ingredients
  • 1 large can of refried beans
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 16oz container of sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonaise
  • 1 package Taco seasoning
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 small can of sliced black olives
  • 2-3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
Instructions
1. Spread beans in a 13 X 9 inch glass pan or dish
2. Peel and smash avocados in a small bowl, add juice from one lime, and just a sprinkle of salt and spread mixture evenly over beans
3. Mix sour cream, mayonnaise and taco seasoning in a mixing bowl, blend well, spread sour cream mixture evenly over avocados.
4. Sprinkle on sliced black olives, chopped tomatoes, grated cheese and sliced green onions.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Best Homemade Caramel Pear and Pecan Glaze over Cheesecake



This Caramel Pear and Pecan Glaze over the best homemade cheesecake is sure to rock your taste buds.  


It is a sure winner for your family or guests. Its not just for a special occasion but will make any day of the week special. 




 Most of the preparation can be done a day ahead and the glaze made just before serving.





 It's not that hard to serve one of the best Cheesecakes with a homemade Caramel Pear and Pecan Glaze at your next dinner party or family gathering. 


Caramel Pear and Pecan Glaze over Cheesecake


Ingredients
    Crust
    • 3 cups of Graham Crackers (2 1/2 little packages)
    • 1 1/2 sticks of Butter, melted
    • 1/2 cup of Pecans
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup white sugar
    Filling
    • 4- 8oz packages of Cream Cheese
    • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
    • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
    • 1-16 oz container of sour cream
    • 1/2 cup orange juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
    • 5 eggs
    Topping
    • 1 stick of butter
    • 1 cup of sugar
    • 1 cup of chopped pecans
    • 2 lbs of Pears (about 4)
    • 1/2 cup of whipping cream
    • 1/4 cup of Creme de Cassis (black currant liqueur)
    Instructions
    Crust Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Wrap the bottom and sides of a 12 inch springform pan with foil to prevent water seepage when baking in the water bath
    3. Break up graham crackers and place in a food processor (may be done in two batches, depending on the size of your food processor), add pecans and finely grate them along with the graham crackers.
    4. Place the crumb mixture in a bowl and add sugars, mix thoroughly and began adding the melted butter and stir to combine
    5. Press the crumb mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan and up the sides of the springform pan
    6. Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes, remove to a cooling rack.



    Filling Instructions
    1. In a mixing bowl using an electric mixer add cream cheese, sugar and cornstarch and mix until smooth.
    2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix very well until no lumps remain.
    3. Pour the mixture into the prepared crust in the springform pan
    4. Place in a roasting pan and fill the roasting pan about halfway up the side of the cake pan with water.
    5. Carefully place in center of oven and bake for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
    6. Remove cake from water bath and place on wire rack. Let cool and refrigerate overnight.

    Topping Instructions
    1. Peel and pit pears then chop into 1/2 inch pieces.
    2. Melt butter in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat.
    3. Add pear pieces and pecans, stirring constantly, cook for about 2 minutes. 4. Add sugar and continue to stir until sugar is melted and mixture comes to a boil.
    5. Remove pears and pecans with a slotted spoon and save in a small bowl
    6. Keep the butter and sugar boiling at a slow boil, stirring constantly until it turns a pretty amber.
    7. Remove from heat and add cream and liqueur, place back on heat and bring to a boil, whisking constantly.
    8. Remove from heat, return the pears and pecans to the mixture and allow to cool.

    To Assemble
    1. Meanwhile remove cheesecake from refrigerator and carefully remove the sides of the springform pan. Place on cake plate
    2. When the topping is cool, carefully spread it over the cheesecake. Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.
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    Monday, January 14, 2013

    Mexican Breakfast Casserole



    We totally love one dish meals for breakfast and since we love Tex Mex recipes we decided to bring those two loves together in this Mexican Breakfast Casserole. 



    This Mexican Breakfast Casserole is not an overnight casserole, it is a quick casserole that can be assembled easily. 



    It is delicious and great for company or just for a yummy breakfast with those south of the Border flavors that we all enjoy here on the Ranch.  


    Mexican Breakfast Casserole

    Ingredients
    • 1 can (14 oz) Refried Beans
    • 6 Corn Tortillas, cut into quarters
    • 1 can (7oz) chopped Green Chiles
    • 6 eggs
    • 6 strips of bacon, fried crisp and chopped
    • 1 cup Pepper Jack Cheese, shredded
    • 1 avocado, sliced or chopped
    • 1 tomato, chopped
    • sour cream
    Instructions
    1. Spray a 8 X 8 baking dish with cooking spray
    2. Lay the tortilla pieces on the bottom of the pan covering it completely
    3. Spread the beans on the tortillas
    4. Scramble the eggs in a bowl, add a dash of salt and a sprinkle of pepper, pour over the beans.
    5. Spread the green chile and sprinkle bacon pieces on top of eggs
    6. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes
    7. Remove foil and bake for 15 minutes longer, adding the cheese at the last 5 minutes.
    8. Serve with toppings of the avocado, tomato and sour cream.
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    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

    How to make a Perfect Prime Rib every time

    Have you been a little intiminated about cooking a Prime Rib?  We are here to help you out with a few secrets so that you can have a Perfect Prime Rib every time.  

    Perfect Prime Rib

    Do you have anxiety over buying a prime rib and preparing it for your family or guests?

    Well, I'm here today to give you an easy trick that makes cooking a Prime Rib perfect each and every time.


    I found this Prime Rib recipe years ago and I have used it more times than I can count and it always comes out perfect every time. 
     It's easy, so what more can you ask?


     My sweet Hubby loves Prime Rib, so this is my go-to meal for his birthday.

    And it's great for all of your favorite holidays like Christmas, Valentines Day, New Years or for a dinner party with your favorite friends.



    Perfect Prime Rib


    At your local market, picking a well-marbled rib is not that hard, most cuts of prime rib are well marbled and if seasoned and prepared properly they will turn out delicious.   


    I always ask my butcher to cut the bone off the rib roast and then tie it back on.  This way I get all the flavor of the bone-in rib roast but it makes carving so simple.



    Perfect Prime Rib

    Seasonings are key and following these easy steps will take the anxiety out of preparing this gorgeous cut of meat. 

    Perfect Prime Rib


    Ingredients
    • 3 cloves garlic,minced
    • 3 Tablespoons cracked Black Pepper (see below)
    • 3 Tablespoons season salt
    • 2 Tablespoons kosher salt
    • a pinch of brown sugar
    • 1 standing Rib Roast (1/2 lb per person)
    Instructions
    1. Combine dry seasonings with the garlic in a small bowl. Blend well
    2. Rinse meat and pat dry
    3. Rub seasons into and all over meat generously
    4. Place in the large roaster with a rack. Do not cover or add water
    5. 3-5 hours before serving, place rib roast in a preheated 375-degree oven and bake for 1 hour (for medium rare) or 1 1/2 hours (for medium)
    6. Turn oven OFF but do NOT open the oven door. Roast may be in oven up to 4 hours and  DO Not open oven door
    7. About 40 minutes before serving turn oven to 300 degrees, cook for 40 minutes
    8. Remove from oven and let rest prior to carving.
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