Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Creamy Polenta with Sautéed Veggies!

  • Creamy Polenta
    Adapted by me...
    1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup polenta
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese, plus more to serve sea salt, to taste black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas, halved
  • 1/2 cup green onions, diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

    1. In a large sauté pan heat the garlic over low for one minute while stirring almost constantly. Add in the water and bring to a boil.
    2. Add in the polenta one 1/3 cup at a time, stirring constantly to avoid clumps. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook while stirring until water is absorbed and the polenta is softened. Add more water as needed.
    3. Remove from the heat and add in the butter and cheese, and stir to combine. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired. Scoop polenta into a bowl and cover.
    4. Wipe the pan clean and return to the stove. Heat the oil over medium heat and toss in the snap peas, onions, corn, tomatoes and basil. Season with salt and pepper and sauté for about 3 minutes or until vegetables are cooked al dente. Finish with a squeeze of lemon.
    5. Divide polenta into four bowls, top with vegetables and more cheese and black pepper.
    6. Eat warm! 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Easy breakfast Bakes

Easy Breakfast Bakes!
Sausage Crescent Bake

2 pkgs. refrigerated crescent dough
1 lb. country pork sausage
1- 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese (cubed)

Brown sausage in a skillet. Drain fat.

Stir in cream cheese and cook on low until melted. Mix well.

Spread 1 pkg. cresent roll in bottom of 13 x 9 pan. (Pinch seams together.)

Pour sausage mixture over and spread evenly.

Place the other pkg. crescent roll dough over top of sausage to form top crust.
Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Cut in squares to serve.


Egg & Sausage Casserole with Crescent Rolls


Ingredients:

■1 lb. pork sausage
■1 (8 oz.) package refrigerated crescent roll dough
■8 eggs, beaten
■2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
■2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
■1 t. dried oregano
Instructions:

1.Place sausage in large, deep skillet. Cook over med-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble, set aside.
2.Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease 9×13 pan.
3.Line pan with crescent roll dough and sprinkle with crumbled sausage.
4.In large bowl, mix beaten eggs with cheeses. Season with oregano. 
Pour over the sausage and crescent rolls.
5.Bake 30 min. or until knife in center 
comes out clean

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Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil

what an easy way to have a Shrimp Boil!!! Easy prep, easy clean up & SO tasty! ENJOY!


I will definitely be making this again. So much easier, cooking & clean up & SO tasty!


Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil
Adapted from recipe that I found online...
1 lb. Dutch yellow potatoes
4 ears of corn, cut in thirds
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
4 cloves of garlic, sliced
1 lb. andouille sausage, sliced
1-1/2 lbs. Shrimp, peeled & deveined, tail on
1 Tbsp. Old Bay Seasoning
1/3 cup melted butter
Fresh parsley for garnish

Cook potatoes in boiling salted water for about 13 minutes. Add corn last 5 minutes. Drain.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Place drained potatoes & corn, shrimp, sausage, onions, garlic on baking sheet. Sprinkle with Old Bay. Drizzle melted butter over. Toss to coat. Bake for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley & serve. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

JUNE 2017 NEWSLETTER

June 2017 Newsletter 

Food for Thought: 
June 3rd always reminds me of Momma's birthday...and of Momma no longer being here.
Unaware You’d Leave So Soon
By Paula George Smith
November 5, 1993
The years flew swiftly by, and we didn’t take the time to grasp them within…
Yet memories of days gone by, will always remain within my heart.
Unaware you’d leave so soon, we should have spent those days more wisely.
You held my hand, taking unsure steps; falling down, you’d pick me up again.
Rebellious days through childhood and youth, your love did not depart.
Unaware you’d leave so soon, I would have spent the days more wisely.
From Momma to Grandma, you knew the love in each one’s grin…
And cherished them, as Grandma’s should, you carried that love within your heart.
Unaware you’d leave so soon, we should spend the years ahead more wisely.
Addie Alberta Taylor George Richardson
June 3rd, 1920 - November 5th , 1988

Food for your tummy! 
Being from Pensacola, seafood has always been a favorite of mine! Fiesta Shrimp Dip has to be one of my absolute favorites! I always double or triple the recipe, it's that good!

Fiesta Shrimp Dip
"Some Like It South" Pensacola Junior League Cookbook
Fiesta Shrimp Dip
1 (3 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
2 tsp. lemon juice
1-5/8 oz. pkg. Italian dressing mix (like Good Seasons)
1-1/2 cups shrimp, cooked, peeled, deveined and chopped (I cook my shrimp in water with
onions, lemons and Old Bay seasoning)
Blend well cream cheese, sour cream, lemon juice and dressing mix. Fold in shrimp. Chill at least 1 hour before serving. Serve with crackers or chips.
Yields: 4 servings
p.s. you might want to double or triple the recipe!!! 


Another favorite is grilled fish or sauteed fish! Here's one of my favorites!

Spicy Grilled Fish
4 red snapper or orange roughy fillets (6 ounces each)
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
2 teaspoons Smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon each dried oregano, basil and thyme 
Optional Seasoning: Use 2 Tbsp. Caribbean Jerk seasoning.
Directions
Brush oil over fish. In a small bowl, combine the seasonings; 
sprinkle over fish and press into both sides. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. 
Coat grill rack with cooking spray before starting the grill. 
Grill fillets, covered, over medium heat for 3-5 minutes on each side 
or until fish flakes with a fork. 
I use my grill basket for ease in turning fish.
Yield: 4 servings. 

Not to forget...

> Jack Daniels Tipsy Grilled Salmon
> 1 lb. salmon fillets
> 1/3 cup Jack Daniels
> 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
> 2/3 cup brown sugar
> 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
> Mix last four ingredients. Pour over fish and 1-2 hours. Grill
over medium coals or broil for 4 minutes per side.




Paula's Caramelized Onion Dip
Paula George
3 large sweet onions, peeled and cut into strips
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. fresh ground pepper
16 oz. sour cream
4 oz. softened cream cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. hot sauce
1 Tbsp. worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp. horseradish
In large skillet, heat oil and butter over medium heat; add onions, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until onions are caramelized(about 45 minutes) and golden brown. Set aside and cool. Mix remaining ingredients in large mixing bowl until smooth, add onions, beat with electric mixer for 1 minute to combine and chop the onions. Cover and chill 1 hour before serving. 
Great served with tray of crudites, chips or crackers for dipping. 


Paula's Smoked Salmon Spread
Paula George
1 lb. flaked smoked salmon (Alaskan Smoked Salmon, preferred)
1 lb. cream cheese, room temp
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. fresh ground pepper
1 Tbsp. dried dill
1 tsp. hot sauce
1 tsp. worcestershire
2 Tbsp. prepared horseradish (or more)
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour before serving. Delish, served with flatbread or "good" crackers to spread on. 


Enjoy!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Strawberry Pecan Cake

Recipe: Strawberry Coconut Pecan Cake
Prep time: 15 min |Cook time: 40 min | Yield: About 12 servings
Ingredients
Cake:
1 box white cake mix
1 (3 ounce) box strawberry gelatin
1 cup toasted coconut
1 cup chopped toasted pecan
1 (16 ounce) container of frozen strawberries, thawed, mashed and divided
4 large eggs
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
Icing:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1 (1 pound) box of powdered sugar, sifted
1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
1/4 cup toasted coconut
1/2 teaspoon of strawberry extract
About 1/4 cup of the remaining mashed strawberries, more or less
Extra toasted coconut, for garnish, optional
Fresh sliced strawberries, for garnish, optional
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with Baker's Joy or non-stick spray; set aside. Lightly toast 1-1/4 cups of chopped pecans in a dry skillet over medium high heat, stirring frequently, until fragrant. Remove, set aside to cool, and add 1-1/4 cups coconut; toast until very lightly browned and set aside to cool. You'll be using some of both of those in the cake and in the frosting, and if you'd like to garnish the top of the cake with coconut, do a little extra and reserve for garnish.
Add the cake mix, gelatin, 1 cup of the toasted coconut and 1 cup of the toasted pecans to a large mixing bowl; stir to combine. Add 1 cup of the mashed strawberries and the eggs, oil, and milk; beat at medium speed with an electric hand mixer until well blended. Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
For the icing, use a mixer to cream together the butter and sugar. Fold in the remaining 1/4 cup of the toasted pecans and coconut and the strawberry extract. Add only enough of the remaining mashed strawberries to make the icing spreadable. Spread over the cooled cake. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator.
Cook's Notes: I used Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Classic White cake mix, which is my favorite packaged cake brand. You can also make into a layer cake by using two 9-inch round cake pans, or three 8-inch pans. Spray pans generously with Bakers Secret and don't forget that tip about how to make your cake layers more even. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cakes rest in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack to completely cool. I make two or three 8-9 inch round layers most of the time.

This recipe has been around since the 60's, or that's how long I have had it! Hope you enjoy!



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

April 2017 Newsletter

APRIL 2017 NEWSLETTER

Food for Thought:

Morning Breaks

Morning breaks with a crispness of spring in the air...
A light breeze whispers gently to attend my every care.
Abundance of sunshine warms my face, my heart, my soul...
Knowing Spirit's Hand and Guidance is fully in control.
Looking out, I see Mother Earth unfolding a day of beauty fair...
A glimpse of things to come, blessings fo
r me to share.
My thoughts turn to family and friends, what their day will unfold...
I ask Spirit's Hand to Guide them, as each one He will Hold.
Whisper gently to their cares, Warm them deep within...
Fill their day with Nature's Beauty, as Morning Breaks again.

09/20/04...Paula 


PICADILLO


1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground beef
1/4 cup stuffed pimento olives, chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Crushed red pepper flakes
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce


In a large skillet over medium heat, saute onions, garlic, and pepper in olive oil until softened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add ground beef and olives and continue stirring to break up and brown the meat. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. When beef has browned, add tomato sauce gradually while stirring. Cook 1 to 2 minutes longer to incorporate sauce.


Zatarain's Yellow Rice, prepared according to directions.

Black Beans w/Piloncillo and Cumin

1 lb uncooked black beans
6 cups chicken or vegetable stock (low salt)
2 yellow onions, peeled and diced
3- 1-oz piloncillo cones (Or 4 oz of brown sugar mixed with 2 oz molasses)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon chile powder
1 small serrano or jalapeno chile seeded and diced
PREPARATION:
Rinse beans and discard any debris. Place beans in the bottom of the pot and cover with the stock. Bring beans to a boil, then reduce to a slow simmer and cover. Simmer on the lowest heat possible for about 3 hours.


Add additional water if stock simmers away too much. Add in additional ingredients and simmer for another hour, or until beans are soft and the liquid has simmered away. If there is still too much liquid, turn beans up to a slow boil until most of the liquid has evaporated.

Serve picadillo...
beans over bed of yellow rice (topped with a dollop of sour cream, shredded cheddar and diced green onions) ...
a piece of crusty bread and you have a very filling and tasty meal!!!

ETA: I serve the picadillo to the side of the beans over the rice!!!





Sarge's Brown Rice

I'm sure many of you have visited Sarge's Restaurant/Steak House in Frank Ewing, TN.
My first trip was in the early 90's and I have been making this side dish since that time.

My version of Sarge's Brown rice:
Sauce:
2 cups beef broth
1 Tbsp. Dale's seasoning
1 tsp. Kitchen bouquet
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
Whisk together.

Saute 1 bunch green onions, chopped in 2 Tbsp. butter.
Add: sauce
4 cups cooked white rice
Heat until heated through and sauce has thickened.

The recipe is from an Amish restaurant that sadly went out of business.  DH fiddles with the ingredients but it is always good no matter how he varies it  
CLAM CHOWDER

from an online friend

Ingredients:

1 can of clams (he uses 3 small or the big one from SAM's when we can find them)
2 cups potatoes (he uses red ones with skin left on
1/2 cup celery
1/2 cup carrots, shredded
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup real butter
1 Tlbs. chicken base or bouillon cube equivalent
1 tsp. salt (he uses some celery salt and seasoned salt)
1 tsp. pepper, freshly ground
1 12 oz. can chicken broth (he makes his own usually)
1 12 oz. can evaporated milk (he uses half&half sometimes)
4 cups of milk (or enough for desired thickness)


Instructions:

Cook potatoes and celery in the clam juice til almost soft.  
Add clams and carrots; cook for 5 minutes.
Saute onions in butter.
Stir in flour.
Combine with clams and veggies.
Add chicken base, salt, pepper and chicken broth.
Add canned milk or cream and milk.
Heat til very hot but not boiling.

Sometimes he throws in some white or blush wine if it's too thick...  it's a good basic recipe to play around with 
  

Enjoy !!! 
 
Creamy One Pot Chicken & Pasta
Adapted from an online recipe that I had seen previously. 

2 Tbsp. Butter
1 lb. b/s Chicken breast, cubed
1 Tbsp. EVOO
2 cloves minced garlic
8 oz. sliced Baby Bella's mushrooms
1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
1 Tbsp. Flour
1-1/2 cups chicken stock
1-1/4 cups half & half
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1/2 tsp. Fresh ground pepper
1/4-1/2 tsp. Crushed red pepper flakes 
1 Tbsp. Flour
6 oz. linguine, broken in half
3 cups spinach
1/3 cup Pecorino Romano, divided

Over med to medium high heat...

In large sauté pan, melt butter...add chicken and sauté until golden and no longer pink. 
Add EVOO, garlic, mushrooms & sun dried tomatoes. Sauté 3-5 minutes. Add flour, cook an additional minute. 
Slowly add broth, half & half...stir to combine thoroughly. 
Add linguine, stir to separate. 
Cover & reduce heat. Cook 15 minutes or until pasta is cooked through.
Remove from heat, stir in spinach & 1/4 cup of grated cheese. 
Serve immediately & garnish with remaining cheese. 

 Apple Dumplin's
adapted by Paula George
These remind me of the ones served by Wendy's YEARS ago!
2 to 2 1/2   cup plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup milk
6 Granny Smith or other cooking apples, cored, peeled
sugar, approximately 1/2 cup, for sprinkling apples
cinnamon
nutmeg
butter, cut in small pieces.
Syrup:2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups hot water
1/4 cup margarine melted
heavy cream or ice cream, optional
PREPARATION:Combine flour, baking powder and salt; cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse meal. Gradually add milk, stirring to make a soft dough. Roll dough into a 1/8" thick rectangle on a lightly floured surface; cut into 8-inch squares. Place 1 cored, peeled apple on each square. Sprinkle each with 2 teaspoons sugar and a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg to taste;dot with butter. Moisten edges of each dumpling with water; bring corners to center, pinching edges to seal. Place dumplings 1 inch apart in a lightly greased shallow baking dish. Combine 2 cups sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg,2 cups hot water and 1/4 cup butter or margarine; stir to dissolve sugar. Pour syrup over dumplings.Bake at 375° for 35 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown.Serve hot with cream or ice cream. Makes about 1/2 dozen apple dumplings.
p.s. I bake mine in a cast iron skillet


 

May 2017 Newsletter

May 2017 Newsletter 



   

Food for Thought:
You are the breath of spring...
You bring a smile to my heart and face.
You are the cool, gentle breeze;
That brightens my day.
You are the breath of spring...
You bring the sunshine to light my way.
You are the cool, gentle breeze;
That brightens my day. 
You are the breath of spring...
You bring happiness to my waking moments.
You are the cool, gentle breeze;
That brightens my day.
You are the breath of spring...
You bring love to my heart and soul.
You are the cool, gentle breeze;
That brightens my day.
You are My breath of Spring...
You bring Smiles, Sunshine, Happiness, Love.
You are the cool, gentle breeze;
That will always brighten my days.

Paula April 5, 2010


RECIPES:

French Onion Roast Chicken
Fine Cooking Feb/Mar 2017

Ingredients:

1 4-5-lb whole chicken, giblets removed, patted dry inside and out
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 medium yellow onions
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh herbs, such as thyme, rosemary, tarragon, or parsley (optional)

Instructions:

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat to 425.

Salt the inside and outside of the chicken with about 1 1/2 tablespoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. 

Slice the onions in half through the root, then thinly slice crosswise. Transfer to a roasting pan, toss with 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and spread evenly in the pan. 

Put the chicken, breast side up, on the onions. Roast, stirring the onions halfway through, until the meaty part of the thighs registers 165 on an instant-read thermometer, 45-60 minutes, depending on size. Transfer the chicken to a carving board and let rest for 10-15 minutes. Remove the onions from the roasting pan (they will range in color from light to dark brown) and toss with the herbs, if you like. Carve the chicken and serve with the onions. 

Serve with crusty bread and White Burgundy. 
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Turkey Taco Spaghetti Squash Boats



    • 3 small spaghetti squash (24 oz each)
    • olive oil spray
    • 1 lb 93% ground turkey
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • 1 tsp cumin
    • 1 tsp kosher salt
    • 1 tsp chili powder
    • 1 tsp paprika
    • 1 tsp oregano
    • 1/2 small onion, minced
    • 2 tbsp bell pepper, minced
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 4 oz can tomato sauce
    • 3/4 cup part-skim shredded Mexican cheese blend (omit for W30)

For the Pico De Gallo:
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 jalapeno, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or two if they don’t fit). Cut the squash in half lengthwise, and use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and soft yellow strands. Spray the inside of the squash with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Place the squash facedown on the baking sheet and bake for 50 minutes or until the flesh easily pierces with a fork.
  2. Meanwhile, brown turkey in a large skillet breaking it into smaller pieces as it cooks. When no longer pink add dry seasoning and mix well. Add the onion, pepper, water and tomato sauce and cover. Simmer on low for about 20 minutes.
  3. Combine the ingredients for the quick pico de gallo in a medium bowl. Set aside in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
  4. Once the squash is cool enough to handle, use a fork to scrape the inside so the strands appear. Spoon scant 1/2 cup meat inside each squash bowl. Top each with 2 tbsp cheese and transfer them to the oven and bake another 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven, top with pico de gallo and serve immediately!

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Yield: 6 servings, Serving Size: 1 boat
  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Smart Points: 4
  • Points +: 6
  • Calories: 218.5
  • Total Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: g
  • Cholesterol: 63.5mg
  • Sodium: 522mg
  • Carbohydrates: 16g

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Shrimp Lo Mein

1 lb. medium shrimp, thawed
1 large clove garlic, minced
1" piece of fresh ginger, minced
1/4 cup diced red onion
2 cups spinach/Swiss chard (or green of your choice, like bok  choy) This is just what I had on hand. 
2 cups broccoli florets
1/2 cup baby carrots sliced on the diagonal
1/2 red bell pepper, cut in strips
1 pkg. Hokkein stir fry noodles (use both packets in package)
1 tsp. Chicken base mixed with 1 cup water
1/2 cup TSang Classic Stir Fry Sauce
2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil, divided

Heat wok with 1 Tbsp. Vegetable oil, add onion, garlic & Ginger. Stir fry for 1 minute, add shrimp & cook 1-2 minutes longer. Remove shrimp & aromatics to plate. 
Add 1 Tbsp. Oil to wok. Add broccoli, carrots & bell pepper. Sauté 1-2 minutes. Add the chicken base & stir fry sauce & cook until vegetables are crisp tender, 3-4 minutes. Add greens. 
Stir in noodles & shrimp with aromatics, cook 2 minutes longer, tossing to coat noodles with sauce. 
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***See my notes/changes below 
Dodiyos' Connie Kanakis Snapper
 4) 7-ounce snapper fillets
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup fine breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ pound clarified butter
1 lemon
Preheat heavy metal pan with clarified butter until bubbling. Place snapper fillets skin side up into hot pan and cook until golden-brown. Preheat oven on broil. Turn over snapper fillets and sprinkle with Parmesan-breadcrumb mixture. Place in oven for 3 to 5 minutes (depending on thickness of fillet) or until breadcrumb mixture is brown. If fish is not done, heat oven to 350 degrees and return to oven until snapper is flaky and finished. Finish with a squeeze of lemon.
***Made this a couple of weeks ago. Delicious! Of course, I didn't have snapper...I used Flounder fillets...I also added the zest of the lemon to the Parmesan/breadcrumb mixture. I used Panko breadcrumbs. I think it would be great with Corvina, Mahi Mahi or Halibut also. Noticed theirs is served on some kind of sauce. I served mine with crab cakes and sauteed vegetables.

Dodiyos' Snapper




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Avocado brownies


1 cup chocolate, melted (I used 1/2 bittersweet & 1/2 semi-sweet)
2 Hass avocados or 1 lg. Florida avocado
1 cup organic sugar or coconut sugar
4 eggs
1 cup ground almonds
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. Vanilla extract (I always use my homemade extract using vodka)
1/4 tsp. Salt

Preheat oven to 350, or 325 convection. Line a 9" square pan with foil & spray with cooking spray.

Cream avocado & sugar in medium mixing bowl until fluffy. Add eggs, ground almonds, cocoa powder, extract, salt & cooled chocolate; mix until thoroughly combined. Spread into pan & bake until toothpick comes out almost clean. Cool in pan on wire rack, cut in squares when cool. Store covered in fridge. This will make 16 very moist & tasty brownies. Enjoy!

BTW, you will never know they have avocado in them & that they are healthier than traditional brownies. They definitely don't lack in flavor!