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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Unique Barbecue Recipes

Barbecued Turkey on Scallion Toast

What you need:

  • 4 English muffins, split in half
  • 3 cups cooked, chopped turkey meat
  • 1/2 cup diced green onions, divided
  • 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mix together hoisin sauce, barbecue sauce, 1 tablespoon sesame oil and ginger root in a large saucepan. Stir in turkey, half of green onions, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Combine remaining onion and remaining olive oil in a small bowl. Brush cut sides of each muffin with the mixture and place on a baking sheet. Cook on a pre-heated broiler until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Top with turkey mixture and serve immediately.

Blue Cheese Grilled Pears

What you need:

  • 4 pears, sliced in half lengthwise and cored
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

In a small bowl, combine cheese and butter and scoop mixture into the cavity of each half of pear. In a separate bowl, mix together hot pepper sauce and olive oil and brush each pear half with the mixture. Cook pears on a pre-heated grill over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender.

Wine Pairings for Lamb

White Wines:

Pinot Gris – Pairs well with Lamb Goat Cheese Salad

Pinot Gris is a light-bodied wine celebrated for its citrusy flavors and crisp, clean finish. These light attributes makes it perfect for lighter lamb dishes.

Sauvignon Blanc – Pairs well with Lamb Roast and Root Vegetables

Sauvignon Blanc is a fresh-tasting, light to medium-bodied wine with a sharp, bold finish. These qualities allows it to pair well with both hearty and light lamb dishes.

Chardonnay – Pairs well with Lamb and Vegetable Stew

Chardonnay is a medium to full-bodied white wine that delivers rich oak and vanilla flavors. This makes it a good match for heartier lamb courses.

Red Wines:

Bordeaux – Pairs well with Leg of Lamb with Rosemary and Garlic

Bordeaux is a combination of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, making it a very easy-to-drink red wine. It pairs well with almost any simple lamb dish.

Pinot Noir – Pairs well with Roasted Rack of Lamb

Pinot Noir offers earthy, subtle flavors ranging from dried cherries, raspberries, and hints of vanilla. This makes it perfect for the most elegant of meals.

Syrah – Pairs well with Grilled Loin Chops

Syrah red wine offers deep, dark flavors. This intensity makes it perfect for a variety of lamb meals, including leg of lamb with rosemary and garlic.

Wine with Cheese Party

Basically, all you need are wine glasses, some small plates, cocktail napkins (paper is fine) and you’re good to go. You don’t need an assortment of wine glasses if you don’t already have ones for red and white wine. Likewise, you don’t need a collection of plates..just some small party plates will do. Napkins… go to your local party store and get some small cocktail napkins in colors/patterns to match the occasion or décor.

If you want to add some flair, use tea lights or small candles for atmosphere and mood setting. Light music adds to the entertaining atmosphere.

Now for the most important part… the wine and cheese!

In its simplest form, you can get your favorite dry red and white wines and a sweet red or white to complete the selection and cover everyone’s tastes and serve them with assorted cheeses like Swiss, brie, cheddar, bleu, Gouda and an Italian favorite. There are also a variety of cheese “spreads” and flavored cream cheeses that can add different flavors and textures. A bunch of fresh grapes adds some additional personality and flavor to the presentation Assorted crackers and crusty bread complete “the meal”. Another option is to add a selection of sliced meats to the cheese board. A small bowl of assorted olives is another nice touch.

Note… with a little careful shopping, you can easily get a nice quality bottle of wine for $10 or less. Also..from my experience… guests will offer to bring a bottle of their favorite wine to share with everyone which adds more variety and personality to the selection.

Easy Dessert Recipes for Dinner

You will need the following ingredients to make the Peanut Butter Pie:

  • 2 cups whipped topping
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 block cream cheese, very soft

Mix the whipped topping, powdered sugar, peanut butter and cream cheese together until very smooth and then pour into your pie crust. You can buy a pre made graham cracker crust or use the recipe below to make one of your own. When you have the pie in the crust cover and put in the fridge until firm and then serve.

To make the graham cracker pie crust you will need:

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar

Mix the graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar together and then mix into a pie pan and bake at 400 degree F. for 10 minutes. Let cool and the put the pie filling in the crust.

Tip for Making Peanut Butter Pie:

  • You can also use a regular pie crust instead of a graham cracker crust.
  • You can put whipped topping on top of the pie or wait and put it on each slice when served.
  • You can try crunchy peanut butter (I have only used creamy peanut butter in mine).
  • Can be made the day before and stored in the fridge until time to serve.

The next Easter dessert recipe is for Amber’s Apple Dessert and you will need the following:

  • 1 crust (I use refrigerated canned crescent rolls)
  • 1 can apple pie filling
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Put the crust in the pan and spread the apple pie filling over the crust. Mix the flour, brown sugar, oats and cinnamon together. Cut the butter into the mixture with a fork or pastry blender or you can even use your hands. Mix the butter in until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle the mixture over the apples and bake at 350 degree F. for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and pour the glaze on top of it.

To make the glaze you will need:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix the milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar together until very smooth.

Tips for Making Amber’s Apple Dessert

  • For the crust you can use crescent dough or pre-made pie dough that you roll out or you can make your own pie dough.
  • You can also use other pie fillings in the place of the apples such as peaches, strawberries or blueberries.