Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Upside Down Pizza

My children loved this growing up and many of their friends also enjoyed it when visiting at our home. One of the "foodie" groups that I belong to names a different ingredient or type of food each week...this week is pizza, so I decided to make Upside Down Pizza. When asked at Retrobics tonight, what was for dinner? I replied, and they wanted to know what time!

Recipe can be varied in many ways to suit your or your family's tastes.

Preparing Filling!

Upside Down Pizza

1 lb. ground chuck (seasoned with salt & pepper), browned and drained
1 onion, cut in small strips
Mixture of Sweet Bell Peppers, cut in strips ( I used red, yellow, orange)
1/2 lb. sliced mushrooms
2 cans/jars prepared Pizza sauce ( I used Dei Fratelli)
1 pkg. sliced pepperoni
2 cups shredded mozarella
2 cups baking mix (tonight, I used Bisquick's Garlic/Cheddar)
1 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1 cup shredded Parmesan

In medium skillet, brown beef and drain, Add peppers, onions, mushrooms or other veggies of choice and saute for 5 minutes. Place in 13x9 baking dish. Top with pizza sauce. Layer pepperoni over ground beef mixture. Sprinkle with Mozzarella cheese. Mix baking mix, milk and egg. Pour over casserole. Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese. Bake in 350 preheated oven for 35-45 minutes until top is golden. Let stand 5 minutes. Cut in squares and serve.

                                              Baking in the Oven

                                               Finished Product Resting

                                                     Time to eat!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Scotch Eggs!!!

Some of my employees were goofing around and making bets about deep frying a raw egg earlier in the week. Must to their dismay, it exploded in the fryer!

I asked if they had ever had Scotch Eggs and no one knew what I was referring to so I proceeded to make a few and a Cheddar/Dijon Sauce to spoon over them.

Those that are egg lovers...loved the Scotch Eggs; one employee even wanted to know if we were adding them to the menu! Although, I prefer them as an Appetizer or Brunch item.

Find the recipe here also:

Southern Plate Easter Round Up
Scotch Eggs

6 Hard-Boiled Eggs, chilled
1 lb. Bulk Sausage
Panko Bread Crumbs

Wrap boiled eggs in Sausage...Roll in Panko Bread Crumbs. Heat oil in fryer or Dutch oven (3" oil) to 325 degrees. Drop eggs into hot oil and cook until golden brown and sausage is cooked through. Drain on paper towels.

Cheddar/Dijon Sauce

2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. flour
1 cup milk
1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard

In saucepan, melt butter, stir in flour until smooth and cook for 1 minute. Do not brown. Whisk in milk. Cook until thickened. Reduce heat and add cheese and Dijon mustard. Whisk until smooth and cheese is melted.

Plate a cut Scotch Egg on bed of Spring Mix. Drizzle with Hot Cheese Sauce. Serve immediately.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Chicken-Avocado-Egg Caesar Salad

As a lifetime member of Cooking Club of America, I occasionally submit recipes. This is the latest and it was chosen for publication in the Spring issue.

This is the pic and recipe that was recently published.

'As a managing chef at a restaurant, Paula loves to introduce new recipes to her customers. In this hearty entree salad, which she makes for family and friends, Paula included two of her favorite salad add-ins, avocados & hard-cooked eggs. And she altered the traditional Caesar dressing. "I experimented to create one that didn't contain raw eggs," she says. '

Chicken-Avocado-Egg Caesar Salad
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
4 teaspoons lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 anchovies
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1.4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup canola oil
8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
2 cups shredded deli rotisserie chicken or grilled chicken
4 hard-cooked eggs, coarsely chopped
2 avocadoes, diced
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup homestyle croutons
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1. Pulse all dressing ingredients except oil in food processor until combined. Add oil; pulse until blended.
2. Combine all salad ingredients except croutons and cheese in large bowl. Toss with half of the dressing (about 6 Tablespoons). Top with croutons and 1 cup cheese; pass remaining dressing separately.

Hope you enjoy!