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Pizza Pockets!

Make perfect pizza pockets by wrapping mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, onions and mushrooms in pizza dough.

 

Ingredients:

-2 cups warm water

-2 tablespoons sugar

-2 packets dry yeast

-3 cups white flour

-3 cups whole wheat flour

-1/2 cup oil or butter

-2 eggs

-1 tablespoon salt

-2 cups tomato sauce

-2 cups cubed mozzarella cheese

-4 Portobello mushrooms diced

-2 medium size onions chopped

– salt and pepper

 

DIRECTIONS:

Put water, sugar and yeast in a large bowl.

Leave for several minutes until foamy.

Then add in oil, eggs, flour and salt.

Knead dough for several minutes then cover with a tea towel and let rise until double in bulk. (about 45 minutes)

Heat oven to 375 F

In a skillet saute onion until translucent then add in mushrooms and cook another 4 minutes.

 

Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut out 4×6 inch pieces.

On each rectangle of dough put 3 heaping tablespoons of sauted mushrooms and onions, a tablespoon of tomato sauce and 2-3 tablespoon of cheese.

Wrap the dough around the filling overlapping the edges.

Bake at 375 for 25 minutes.

Enjoy your delicious and inexpensive pizza pockets.

This is gmom sending out pizza love to all WP bloggers out there typing on late into the night.

We are cooking!

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Spicy Meat Empanadas

Empanadas are a meat or vegetable filling (or even chocolate or fruit) wrapped in pastry or bread dough.

You can find some variation of empanadas almost anywhere with the ingredients adjusted according to the country.

This recipe is the Portuguese empanadas.

It is made with ground beef, onions,peppers, paprika, cumin and cocoa thus connecting it to its province of origin,  San Juan and San Luis.

Empanadas’ are the go to food for the working folk as they are easily eaten out of hand and travel well much like the American sandwich (only better).

Here in Baltimore we make them occasionally because we love them.

They are a little labor intensive to make everyday so it’s a special when we have them.

Even little boy Hoo eats his share, jalapeno peppers and all.

I use eggroll wrappers and fry them,  but  pizza dough works fine as well.

If you choose to use pizza dough then wrap your filling and bake the empanada pockets in a

375 F oven for 20 minutes or until golden. 

So from gmom’s house to yours here is your international recipe for your X-mas party hor d’oeuvre.

Empanadas

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Ingredients:

– 2 onions roughly chopped

-2 green peppers chopped

-4 cloves of garlic minced

– 2 jalapeno peppers chopped (for a hotter dish leave the spines intact and some of the seeds)

Saute the onion, peppers and garlic for 5 minutes.

Add in:

-2 pounds of ground beef and continue cooking until beef is no longer pink.

Add in:

– 1 small can tomato sauce (10-12 ounces)

– 1 teaspoon oregano

-2 tablespoon cumin

-1 tablespoon cocoa

-1 tablespoon paprika

-1/4 cup flour

Mix thoroughly in to the meat and peppers and cook another 5 minutes.

Take off the heat and let cool completely.

Season with salt and pepper to your taste.

Now for the fun part!

Put a large skillet with a few tablespoons of oil on a medium heat.

Lay out your eggroll wrappers.

Put a large dollop of filling in the center of the wrapper.

Moisten the edges as you seal the wrapper around the filling.

Put several empanadas in to the hot skillet to fry.

After a minute turn to fry the other side.

Eggroll wrappers brown and crisp quickly.

Enjoy your delicious empanadas as hor d’oeuvres for a party or as a first course for a special international touch.

Enjoy WP friends.

Happy holidays from gmom and family to you!

Roasted Garlic Recipe

Cut the top off the garlic head to expose most of the cloves.

There is nothing better to spread on bread then roasted garlic.

Butter is good but garlic is outrageous!

It’s low in calories, is heart healthy and really packs a punch in flavor.

The aroma alone gets everyone’s mouth-watering,

and when your company sees the beautiful golden heads on your table they will be impressed with your culinary skills.

This dish is so impressive but ridiculously easy to make.

My kids eat it on bread, drop it into their soup and put it on vegetables.

Whatever is leftover I squeeze into mayonnaise to make aioli.

Enjoy this simple little treat.

Pour a teaspoon of oil over the top of the garlic and then sprinkle with italian seasoning or pepper. If sodium is not a problem a sprinkle of salt is good. Then wrap the aluminum foil around the garlic tightly. Put it into an oven safe baking dish and roast for 45 minutes.Unwrap when you are ready to serve. Can be eaten warm or cold.

Here is the easy way to make roasted garlic.

You eat it by using your butter knife to slide out the individual pieces (cloves) of garlic.

Baked Butternut Squash Recipe(Thanksgiving)

The tools to attack the butternut squash.

The big day is coming and cooking ahead makes life so much easier!

The Chef may or may not be frying the turkey ’cause it looks like rain here in B’more.

I may just slow roast it.

But I love nothing better than to sit with the kids and watch the Macy’s Day parade on TV, and then (I know this is so lame…) the International Dog Show.

I’m probably the only person without a competitor watching.

But me and Cujo we just loves it!

So I don’t want to be in kitchen the whole day.

I want my chocolate spoon in my good Ghiardelli hot cocoa and some french toast.

Maybe some caramel popcorn during the day.

But to get that free time and still have a meal for 15 people come late afternoon I have to cook today (and yesterday).

This side dish of baked butternut squash is another seasonal good one that goes nicely with the traditional foods of Thanksgiving.

Just be careful when you are cutting this hard squash up you don’t cut yourself.

You can soften it first by cooking it in the microwave for a few minutes first then proceeding with the recipe.

If you do that be sure to pierce the squash deeply so if pressure builds inside it doesn’t explode all over the place.

Directions:

Peel the butternut squash and cut it into cubes.

After the squash is peeled cut it into cubes. There will be seeds in a center pocket that you can discard.

Dice up 1/2 cup of an onion.

Put the butternut squash into a baking dish.

Toss with 1/2 cup of oil.

Put the onion over the squash pieces and sprinkle on salt, pepper and a teaspoon of sugar.

The squah and onions seasoned and ready to bake.

Cover tightly with aluminum foil.

Into the oven you go covered snugly with aluminum foil

Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.

Take foil off and continue baking until squash is fork tender, about 15 minutes.

If you are making this dish ahead of time don’t do the last 15 minutes of bake time.

When you reheat the dish on Thursday prior to the meal you will finish off the baking then.

That’s it another yum dish to serve on your Thanksgiving table.

The finished dish after baking uncovered the last 15 minutes will have browned edges and be so yummy.

Enjoy WP friends.

Happy Thanksgiving!

From gmom and Hoo and Cujo the dog.

Easy Pizza Recipe

This post goes out to Littlequeenjay who lives far far away and doesn’t get good results from her current pizza recipe.

Here ya go girl!
http://losingtheplotinnortherncyprus.wordpress.com/

Be sure to visit her blog she is awesome!!!!

This pizza recipe is so much tastier (and cheaper) then any take out pizza or frozen store bought.

It doesn’t require a lot of time and can be done in under 2 hours including dough rising.


Ingredients:

– 2 cups warm water

– 2 packet of yeast

– 2 tablespoons sugar

Put water, yeast and sugar into a mixing bowl.

When yeast begins to foam like this….

When yeast foams this is called proofing the yeast. You want to see this as it demonstrates that the yeast is active. If it doesn't foam after several minutes it may be old yeast or the water may have been hot and killed the yeast. Start over.

add in:

– 2 teaspoons salt

– 1 egg

– 1/2 stick of softened or melted margarine or butter

– 7 cups of flour

Mix all ingredients.

Knead briefly.

Cover dough with a tea towel and set aside to rise.

Dough has been kneaded and is ready to rise.Leave it for at least 30 minutes.

Prepare your favorite pizza sauce and toppings.

We used portabello mushrooms and garlic.

For sauce I used 1 can of tomato paste(16 oz) plus 1 can of water.

1/2 cup of sugar

1/4 cup olive oil

2 teaspoons kosher salt

2 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon oregano

After 1/2 an hour or up to an hour or more take your dough and punch it down as it will have risen.

Punch dough down after it has been left to rise and knead for a couple of minutes. Then spread it out in your greased cookie sheet or pizza pan.

Knead it for a couple of minutes.

Spread it on a cookie sheet or pizza pan.

Spread sauce and toppings on pizza dough.

After the dough has been pressed into the pizza pan. Spread the sauce and add the toppings and cheese.

Sprinkle on cheese.

I used cheddar.

Bake at 375 F for 20-30 minutes checking frequently for desired doneness.

Pizza with Portabello mushroom and minced garlic with cheddar cheese ready for the oven

We like ours a little burnt on the edges and very crisp.

Rose home just in time to take the pizza out. There is just a good feeling in a home when you come in after a day of school and work and someone has thought enough of you to make something good to eat. Little gal dug right in!


This is a very simple and delicious pizza recipe.

If you are short on time and don’t want to make your own dough check out Trader Joe’s pizza dough for .99 cents in the refrigerater case. It comes in herb flavour and whole wheat beside plain white dough.
It’s not bad and in a pinch makes a good pizza.

One slice left for any midnight snacker. Don't worry I squirreled away a big piece for my boy Bart. You know where he is. Out collecting oil. Won't be home till the wee hours. There will be pizza a cold beer and warm bed waiting for the boy.

Enjoy WP kids eat pizza today turkey day is coming!!!!

Our turkey is already brining in the fridge.

It’s the only way to make a turkey!

Put a cup of salt, a cup of sugar and a generous handful of spices into a big pot with some water. Bring to a boil. Let cool completely. Put your defrosted turkey in and add enough water so turkey is submerged. Put in fridge. It can sit for 3-4 days until you cook it. You won’t taste a better turkey where every bit is eaten. Will post recipe later.

Turkey sits in the brine in the refrigerater for several days before cooking.

This is gmom ,Hoo and Cujo sending love out there to all you good folks.

Peace out.

Hoo and Cujo

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