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Appetizers & Sides 07 March 2016

Comfort Foods With A Twist

(Family Features) If you’re looking for a new take on home-style cooking, then George Duran has the recipe for you. Duran is a popular Food Network host and chef who likes to take favorite American dishes and give them a delightful twist. PBJ Bread Pudding, Cheeseburger Frittata and Tex-Mex Lasagna are just a few of the dishes he’s twisted.

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 “Comfort food is something that brings Americans together,” said Duran, “but I noticed that I was going to be limited with the number and originality of recipes I could introduce. (After all, how many ways can you make a PBJ sandwich?) That’s when I decided to take classic American flavors and twist them into a gourmet dish.”

Duran says that keeping these 10 must-have ingredients in the pantry makes it easy to turn a midnight snack into a work of art: curry paste, nonstick cooking spray, bacon, ground cumin, coconut milk, red wine, chipotle hot sauce, pine nuts, fresh cilantro, and vanilla ice cream.

In his new book, “Take This Dish And Twist It: Comfort Food with New & Unexpected Flavors” (Meredith Books; November 2008), Duran re-imagines familiar foods and makes them fantastic in over 100 recipes.

Break out of the ordinary by adding fun along with flavor to your favorite comfort foods. Your taste buds will be glad you did.

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Pepperoni Pizza Soup

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 6 minutes
Broil: 3 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

  • 2 (10.75-ounce) cans condensed tomato soup
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 11⁄2 cups dried elbow macaroni (or other short dried pasta such as ditalini or alphabets)
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano, crushed
  • 1⁄3 cup diced pepperoni
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
  • dried oregano
  1. Preheat broiler.
    In large pan put soup, water, and garlic; bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in macaroni, green onion, oregano, and pepperoni; cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until macaroni is almost done.
  2. Pour soup into 4 oven-proof bowls. Top each with 1⁄4 cup mozzarella cheese, 1⁄4 cup cheddar cheese, and some oregano. Broil for 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and lightly browned.
  3. Or serve soup in a small round, crusty loaf of bread. Cut top off bread and scoop out insides. Fill with soup, top with cheeses, and broil as directed above. Try different “toppings” as well, such as mushrooms, onions, and sausage.

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Granny Smith Guacamole

Prep: 10 minutes
Yield: 8 to 10 servings

  • 3 ripe avocados, halved and pitted
  • ½ cup finely chopped Vidalia onion
  • ½ cup snipped fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Bottled hot pepper sauce, to taste
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and finely chopped
  • Kosher salt or table salt, to taste
  • Assorted dippers (baked fruit crisps, apple chips, and/or tortilla chips)
  1. Scoop avocado flesh into bowl; add onion, cilantro, lime juice, and hot pepper sauce. Mash with fork until it reaches the desired consistency. Stir in apple and season with salt to taste.
  2. Serve with dippers.

Source: Meredith Corporation

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Grilling-Tailgating 16 December 2016

A Starting Lineup

Apps and starters perfect for game day

(Family Features) Rules may vary from one event to the next, but whether your favorite team kicks it, runs it or dunks it, sports fans and food always provide a winning combo. Gather your friends for the next big game with a menu that gets everyone revved up for a win.

A lineup filled with starters is just the ticket for a game day watch party or tailgate. Offering a series of finger foods and lighter fare lets your fellow fans grab a quick bite before the game or during a commercial break and continue snacking through the game.

Make no mistake, serving up a lighter menu doesn’t mean you need to skimp on quality – just the opposite, in fact. Make every bite count by using exceptional ingredients and introducing unexpected flavors such as the distinctive taste of Jarlsberg Brand Cheese, which has a rich, 60-year Norwegian heritage. Best known as a classic wedge, this mild, mellow and nutty cheese can also be served sliced, shredded and cubed.

Quesadillas are always a hit, and this version combines the best of gooey, melted cheese with bacon and a deliciously tangy salsa for a lively burst of fresh flavor. Then keep the mouthwatering cheese and bacon combos coming with a whole new take on grilled kebabs.

No game day is complete without pizza, and this one scores big with its unexpected blend of flavors for a pie that is smoky and tangy, sweet and savory, and briny and creamy all at once. Then round out your menu with these easy sliders that are big on flavor and small on prep time.

Find more ideas to liven up your game day menu at jarlsberg.com.

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Hawaiian Sliders with Cheese, Ham and Pork

Servings: 3

  • 3 Hawaiian bread slider buns
  • 1 cup pulled pork
  • 3 slices ham
  • 3 slices Jarlsberg cheese
  • sliced pickles
  • Dijon mustard, to taste
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Separate buns and layer pulled pork, sliced ham and cheese. Place sliders on oven-safe tray and bake about 10 minutes, or until cheese melts. Remove from oven and gently remove top bun. Add pickles and mustard before serving.

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Cheese and Bacon Kebabs

Servings: 4

  • 18 slices bacon
  • 2 1/2 cups Jarlsberg cheese, cubed
  • 18 pearl onions
  • 12 long skewers

Relish:

  • 1/4 cup roasted bell peppers
  • 1 1/3 tablespoons capers
  • 2 2/3 tablespoons olives
  • 1/4 cup cucumber
  • 3 1/3 ounces olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice and grated zest
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Cut bacon slices in half and wrap around cheese cubes. Place cheese cubes and pearl onions on each skewer, alternating ingredients. Roast in pan or on grill 2-3 minutes on each side.
  2. To make relish, chop peppers, capers, olives and cucumber, and mix with olive oil, lemon juice and zest. Season with salt and pepper.

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Grilled Pizza with Cheese, Prosciutto and Figs

Servings: 4

  • 2 cups pizza or tomato sauce
  • 4 1/2 cups pizza dough
  • flour, for rolling
  • 3 1/2 cups Jarlsberg cheese, coarsely grated
  • 2 1/2 cups thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 8 dried figs, each cut into six wedges
  • dried red pepper flakes
  • black pepper
  1. Heat grill and warm pizza sauce.
  2. Divide dough into desired number of pizzas. On floured surface, roll dough into long, thin ovals and spread with sauce. Sprinkle light layer of cheese over sauce. Add layer of prosciutto and a second layer of cheese. Dot with fig pieces then season with red pepper flakes and pepper.
  3. Reduce grill heat, slide pizzas onto grill and close lid. Cook 3-5 minutes, or until crust is lightly charred and cheese is melted.

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Cheese Quesadillas

Servings: 4

  • 4 slices thick slab bacon
  • 1 small chili pepper
  • 4 medium tomatoes
  • 1 small shallot
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon coriander or cumin
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 small lime (juice and zest)
  • 6 slices Jarlsberg Original or Hickory Smoked cheese
  • 2 large tortillas
  1. Fry bacon, drain and chop.
  2. To make salsa, remove seeds from chili pepper and finely dice. Chop tomatoes then dice shallot and garlic clove. Combine pepper, tomatoes, shallot and garlic with lime juice, coriander, salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Divide cheese slices and bacon on one half of each tortilla, top with 1/4 cup salsa and fold tortilla over, pressing down to close. In medium-hot, lightly oiled pan, toast tortillas about 1 minute on each side.
  4. Cut each tortilla in half and serve with remaining salsa on the side, or combine salsa with black beans and fresh chopped cilantro to make a side salad.

Source: Jarlsberg Cheese

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Soups 10 August 2015

Pepperoni Pizza Soup

Ingredients
  • 2 (10.75-ounce) cans condensed tomato soup
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 11/2 cups dried elbow macaroni (or other short dried pasta such as ditalini or alphabets)
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/3 cup diced pepperoni
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
  • dried oregano
Preparation
  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. In large pan put soup, water, and garlic; bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in macaroni, green onion, oregano, and pepperoni; cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until macaroni is almost done.
  3. Pour soup into 4 oven-proof bowls. Top each with 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, and some oregano. Broil for 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and lightly browned.
  4. Or serve soup in a small round, crusty loaf of bread. Cut top off bread and scoop out insides. Fill with soup, top with cheeses, and broil as directed above. Try different "toppings" as well, such as mushrooms, onions, and sausage.
Preparation Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

6 minutes Broil: 3 minutes

Serves

Makes 4 servings

Source Meredith Corporation

Dessert 07 August 2015

Banana Split Dessert Pizza

Ingredients
  • 1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened and divided
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts
  • 3 medium bananas, sliced and divided
  • 1 (8-ounce) can sliced pineapple, drained and cut in half
  • 10 to 12 maraschino cherries, drained and patted dry
  • Additional chopped nuts for garnish
  • 1 (1-ounce) square semi-sweet chocolate
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, sour cream, 4 tablespoons lemon juice and vanilla; mix well. Chill.
  2. In large bowl, beat 1/2 cup butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add flour and nuts; mix well.
  3. On lightly greased pizza pan or baking sheet, press dough into 12-inch circle, forming rim around edge. Prick with fork. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool.
  4. Arrange 2 sliced bananas on cooled crust. Spoon filling evenly over bananas. Dip remaining banana slices in remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice; arrange on top along with pineapple, cherries and additional nuts.
  5. In small saucepan, over low heat, melt chocolate with remaining 1 tablespoon butter; drizzle over pie. Chill thoroughly. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.
Preparation Time

10 minutes

Serves

Makes one (12-inch) pizza

Notes, Tips & Suggestions

Tip: Crust and filling can be made in advance and held until ready to assemble. Cover crust and store at room temperature; store filling in refrigerator. Best if eaten same day as assembled.

Source

Eagle® Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
National Sweet Cherry Foundation

Breakfast & Brunch 07 August 2015

Sausage Breakfast Pizza

Ingredients
  • 1 package Regular Flavor Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage
  • 1 (8.5-ounce) can refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 cup frozen hash brown potato cubes, thawed
  • 1/8 cup each diced green, red and yellow bell pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions (optional)
  • 4 ounces (1 cup) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/8 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. In large skillet, cook sausage over medium- high heat, stirring frequently until thoroughly cooked and no longer pink.
  2. Separate crescent rolls into 8 triangles. Place in ungreased 12-inch rimmed pizza pan with points toward center. Press rolls together, seal perforations and form circle 1 inch larger in diameter than bottom of pan. Turn edges under to make slight rim.
  3. Sprinkle cooked sausage evenly over crust. Top with potatoes; add peppers and/or green onions if desired. Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese.
  4. Combine eggs, milk, salt and pepper in small bowl; stir well. Pour egg mixture evenly over pizza. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until eggs are set and crusts are golden brown.
Serves

Makes 1 pizza

Source

Jimmy Dean Foods
United Egg Producers

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