Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Baked Potato Chips

Tyson has been playing with ways to use potatoes since we have a lot. Well, this morning we tried something new and it turned out great. It is a great snack and very low in calories so I love it.Ingredients:
1 potato
2 tsp. coarse salt
Pam spray

Slice your potato very thinly. I use a mandolin and it works great. Spray your baking sheet well. Spread your potatoes slices over the baking sheet, try not to overlap too much. Spray the potatoes with the Pam spray and then sprinkle the salt over the top. Bake in a very hot over, 500 degrees, for about 10-12 minutes.
Serves 1
Points: 3

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pizza Bianca

I'm stealing this recipe from America's Test Kitchen. I saw it on their show a few weeks ago and finally got around to trying it today. OH MY GOODNESS, it is the best pizza dough recipe ever! It is a much wetter dough than the other recipe that I usually use and takes much more time, but it is worth it. The dough ends up crisp and chewy and oh so good!Ingredients:
3 c. flour
1-2/3 c. water
1-1/4 tsp. salt
1-1/2 tsp. yeast
1-1/4 tsp. sugar
5 T. olive oil

1-1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
sauce of your choice

Place towel or shelf liner beneath stand mixer to prevent wobbling. Mix flour, water, and table salt in bowl of stand mixer fitted with dough hook on low speed until no patches of dry flour remain, 3 to 4 minutes, occasionally scraping sides and bottom of bowl. Turn off mixer and let dough rest 20 minutes.

Sprinkle yeast and sugar over dough. Knead on low speed until fully combined, 1 to 2 minutes, occasionally scraping sides and bottom of bowl. Increase mixer speed to high and knead until dough is glossy, smooth, and pulls away from sides of bowl, 6 to 10 minutes. (Dough will only pull away from sides while mixer is on. When mixer is off, dough will fall back to sides.)

Using fingers, coat large bowl with 1 tablespoon oil, rubbing excess oil from fingers onto blade of rubber spatula. Using oiled spatula, transfer dough to bowl and pour 1 tablespoon oil over top. Flip dough over once so it is well coated with oil; cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let dough rise at room temperature until nearly tripled in volume and large bubbles have formed, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

One hour before baking pizza, adjust oven rack to middle position, place pizza stone on rack, and heat oven to 450 degrees.

Coat rimmed baking sheet with 2 tablespoons oil. Using rubber spatula, turn dough out onto baking sheet along with any oil in bowl. Using fingertips, press dough out toward edges of pan, taking care not to tear it. (Dough will not fit snugly into corners. If dough resists stretching, let it relax for 5 to 10 minutes before trying to stretch again.) Let dough rest in pan until slightly bubbly, 5 to 10 minutes. Using dinner fork, poke surface of dough 30 to 40 times and sprinkle with kosher salt.

Bake until spotty brown, 15 to 17 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking. Remove pizza from oven, spread sauce evenly over surface, and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella. Return pizza to oven and continue to bake until cheese begins to brown in spots, 5 to 10 minutes longer.
Serves 6
Points: 4

Monday, November 16, 2009

Broccoli Stir fry

This is my own very Americanized stir fry. Feel free to play with it however you would like and add whatever vegetables appeal to you. I'm not a huge fan of rice so I use noodles.Ingredients:
1 lb. sirloin steak cut into 1/4in strips
Teriyaki marinade
1 c. snow peas
2 c. broccoli
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
3 pkg. raman noodles (feel free to use to packaged stir fry noodles instead, these are just less expensive)

Marinade your beef in the teriyaki marinade in advance.

Cook the raman in boiling water for 1 minute only. Drain noodles and set aside.

Toss steak and marinade into wok and cook through on high heat. Add broccoli, peas and pepper and allow to cook for 3-5 minutes. Finally add the noodles and cook for another 2 minutes.
Serves 4-6

Teriyaki Marinade

This is my basic teriyaki marinade. I use it for everything, steak, chicken, stir fry, etc.

1/2 c. soy sauce
1/4 c. canola oil
2 T. molasses
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dry mustard powder

Mix all ingredients together and pour over the meat of your choice. Allow it to marinade in the fridge for at least 4 hours, but for best results over-night.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Corn Bread

My aunt Jenny gave me this recipe at my bridal shower and it is the best that I have found anywhere. It is just so moist. I haven't found any reason to mess with it.Ingredients:
1-1/4 c. flour
3/4 c. corn meal
2 tsp. baking powder
1/3 c. sugar
1-1/4 c. buttermilk
3/4 c. butter, melted
1 egg

Combine dry ingredients and set aside. Mix together wet ingredients. Fold wet mixture into dry. Do not over mix.

Pout into a greased 9x9 pan and bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Macaroni and Cheese

Tyson loves macaroni and cheese and frankly I got jealous of how excited he would get when I would pull out that stupid blue box. I mean, I'm by no means a gourmet, but I make some good food and he would get more excited about that box of mac and cheese than anything. So, I determined to defeat the box, and this is what I came up with. I used 4 different recipes plus some tips that I picked up from one of my favorite shows (America's Test Kitchen) to end up with this. And just so you all know, I WON!!!Ingredients:
1-1/2 c. uncooked macaroni noodles
5 T. butter, divided
1/4 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1-1/2 c. milk
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese (the sharper the better in my opinion)
2 oz. Velveeta
2 T. dry bread crumbs

Cook macaroni according to the packaging directions. Be careful not to overcook as this will also be baked so cook al dente.

In a saucepan melt 4 T. of the butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt, pepper and paprika. Allow to cook for about 15 seconds until it is well mixed and bubbly. Slowly stir in milk. Bring to a boil and stir for 2 minutes. Reduce heat and add the cheeses slowly. Keep stirring until the cheese is fully melted and incorporated.

Drain the macaroni and place it into a greased 1-1/2 qt. baking dish. Pour cheese sauce over the macaroni and mix. Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter and combine with bread crumbs. Sprinkle over the top.

Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
Serves 6
Points: 8