Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Philly Steak Appetizer / #FootballFoods

It is time for "The Big Game" and where you have the game, you have lots of tasty food! You will want these Philly Steak Appetizers on your menu, and your guests will love you for it! They are full of flavor, and so easy to make. Plus you can make them ahead of the festivities, put them in the crock pot and you are ready for the game!


Philly Steak Appetizer
(Serves 4)
(recipe at end of page)

1 pound Steak
Garlic Powder
Black Pepper
1-2 Yellow and Red Peppers
1 small Onion
1/4-1/2 pound Provolone
1/4-1/2 pound Brie
Small bread slices



I used bottom round steak for this recipe, but top round would be a great choice also. I only needed one of the steaks shown above. Sprinkle the black pepper and garlic powder over both sides of the meat.
Chop and thinly slice a small red pepper and a small orange pepper. You could also use green if you prefer.
Thinly slice a small onion. 
Cut cheeses into small thin pieces for easy melting.
Start shaving the raw meat very thinly, into small little pieces. It should look like you are chipping away little pieces of meat from the big piece.
Start frying the peppers and onions in a large frying pan using pan spray or butter. Sprinkle with pepper.
As the peppers and onions begin to soften just a little, add the steak. Cook on medium high heat, stirring often, to keep from burning.
Turn the heat down to medium, and add cheese. Stir all together as the cheese melts, incorporating it into the meat and vegetable mix.
Once the cheese has melted, add the mix to the crock pot. It can sit there for several hours on low, stirring it often. 
Serve with little mini breads or crackers!


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Philly Steak Appetizer

ingredients:

1 pound Steak
Garlic Powder
Black Pepper
1-2 Yellow and Red Peppers
1 small Onion
1/4-1/2 pound Provolone
1/4-1/2 pound Brie
Small bread slices

instructions:


  1. I used bottom round steak for this recipe, but top round would be a great choice also. I only needed one of the steaks shown above. Sprinkle the black pepper and garlic powder over both sides of the meat.
  2. Chop and thinly slice a small red pepper and a small orange pepper. You could also use green if you prefer.
  3. Thinly slice a small onion. 
  4. Cut cheeses into small thin pieces for easy melting.
  5. Start shaving the raw meat very thinly, into small little pieces. It should look like you are chipping away little pieces of meat from the big piece.
  6. Start frying the peppers and onions in a large frying pan using pan spray or butter. Sprinkle with pepper.
  7. As the peppers and onions begin to soften just a little, add the steak. Cook on medium high heat, stirring often, to keep from burning.
  8. Turn the heat down to medium, and add cheese. Stir all together as the cheese melts, incorporating it into the meat and vegetable mix.
  9. Once the cheese has melted, add the mix to the crock pot. It can sit there for several hours on low, stirring it often. 
  10. Serve with little mini breads or crackers!
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Pork Fingers / #Sunday Supper

Welcome to The Freshman Cook, 2018 and the first recipe of the year! I am so happy you are here!! 
Sitting down and enjoying a meal with family is one of the greatest pleasures of life, and something I love to do whenever possible. Today I am sharing one of our favorite meals to share together, Pork Fingers with homemade French Fries! This meal comes together quickly, can be made ahead of time, when there's a time crunch, and you won't believe how many pork fingers you can eat! They are addicting!

 Pork Fingers w/ Homemade Fries
(feeds 2-3 children or 2 adults)
(printable recipe at end of page)

2-3 pound Pork Loin
1/2 -1 cup Flour
3-4 Eggs
1 sleeve Saltines (4 oz)
1 teaspoon Black Pepper
1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
Potatoes
Dipping Sauces




Cut off any fat that is on the pork loin when you unwrap it. Cut 2-3 slices from the loin, depending on how many you want to make. Cut strips starting along the edge that is the longest.

Gather 2 bowls and a plate. Put a half cup of flour on the plate. In one of the bowls, use a mixer to beat 3-4 eggs. In the other bowl mix together 4 ounces of crushed saltine crackers, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper and 1 tablespoon of garlic powder.


Set up an assembly line with the flour, egg and cracker mix. Dredge the pork fingers through the flour, covering completely, then pull them through the egg, and then into the cracker mix, and roll them around for total coverage.

The fingers can be made ahead of time, and placed on a tray. Keep refrigerated or frozen until you are ready to use them.

While the chicken is in the refrigeration, cut your potatoes. I like all the french fries to be as close to the same size as possible. It helps tremendously with the frying, because they all get done at the same time, and they look much prettier on your plate. This is how I get them to be as close in size as I can: Peel the potatoes. Cut each potato in half. Then cut each half in half. So you have four quarter potatoes. Slice the first one, like above in the third picture. Then slice the other three quarters exactly the same. All four quarters will look like the first one you sliced.

Place the cut potatoes in to a bowl of cold water. Let the water run until the water is clear. Dry potatoes in a couple paper towels, rolling them around until dry. 

Fry the chicken first, and then the fries. The chicken will stay hot longer. Fry at 350 degrees. 

Let the pork fingers drain on a paper towel while the french fries are frying. Take out fries and allow them to drain.

Serve with ranch, sirracha, BBQ sauce, or whatever your favorite dipping sauce is!

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Pork Fingers w/ homemade Fries

ingredients:

2-3 pound Pork Loin
1/2 -1 cup Flour
3-4 Eggs
1 sleeve Saltines
1 teaspoon Black Pepper
1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
Potatoes
Dipping Sauces

instructions:


  1. Cut off any fat that is on the pork loin when you unwrap it. Cut 2-3 slices from the loin, depending on how many you want to make. Cut strips starting along the edge that is the longest.
  2. Gather 2 bowls and a plate. Put a half cup of flour on the plate. In one of the bowls, use a mixer to beat 3-4 eggs. In the other bowl mix together 4 ounces of crushed saltine crackers, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper and 1 tablespoon of garlic powder.
  3. Set up an assembly line with the flour, egg and cracker mix. Dredge the pork fingers through the flour, covering completely, then pull them through the egg, and then into the cracker mix, and roll them around for total coverage.
  4. The fingers can be made ahead of time, and placed on a tray. Keep refrigerated or frozen until you are ready to use them.
  5. While the chicken is in the refrigeration, cut your potatoes. I like all the french fries to be as close to the same size as possible. It helps tremendously with the frying, because they all get done at the same time, and they look much prettier on your plate. This is how I get them to be as close in size as I can: Peel the potatoes. Cut each potato in half. Then cut each half in half. So you have four quarter potatoes. Slice the first one, like above in the third picture. Then slice the other three quarters exactly the same. All four quarters will look like the first one you sliced.
  6. Place the cut potatoes in to a bowl of cold water. Let the water run until the water is clear. Dry potatoes in a couple paper towels, rolling them around until dry.
  7. Fry the chicken first, and then the fries. The chicken will stay hot longer. Fry at 350 degrees.
  8. Let the pork fingers drain on a paper towel while the french fries are frying. Take out fries and allow them to drain.
  9. Serve with ranch, sirracha, BBQ sauce, or whatever your favorite dipping sauce is!
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Thursday, January 4, 2018

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Champagne Cake Pops


It's almost New Year's Eve, and what better way to celebrate than with these tasty, festive Champagne Cake Pops! There is champagne in the cake, the frosting and the white chocolate coating! That makes these Champagne Cake Pops perfect for celebrating the biggest party day of the year!
These cake pops take some time to make, but if you need to spread out the work, they can be made in stages, making it an easy recipe!


Champagne Cake Pops

Cake Balls
1 box White Cake Mix
8 ounces Butter, melted
2 Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 cup Spumanti Champagne

Frosting
16 ounces Butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon Salt
4 cups Confectioner's Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/4 cup Spumanti Champagne

Cake Ball Frosting
2 bags (11.5 oz each) White Chocolate Chips
4-6 tablespoons Spumanti Champagne
Gold and Silver Straws
Gold and Silver Sugars or Sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl mix together the cake mix, melted butter, eggs and vanilla. Blend together with mixer. Add champagne and blend with mixer again.
Prepare a 9x11" dish to cook the cake. Butter or spray the pan  and then flour it. Add cake mix batter to pan.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until done when checked with a toothpick. Let cool on a rack.
Cut the cake into small pieces. Place pieces into a large ziplock bag. Smush around in the bag, breaking the cake pieces even farther apart.
Mix together the butter, salt, confectioner's sugar and vanilla. Add the champagne and continue to mix on low speed.
Add frosting to the bag of smushed cake pieces a couple tablespoons at a time. Continue to smush the frosting and cake together. When you think it is needed, add more frosting and smush together again. You will have leftover frosting. 
Use a 1 tablespoon scoop to make balls with the cake mix/frosting combo. Scoop the mix and roll between your hands to make them smooth. If you have vinyl gloves that are food safe, they are great to use because they help in obtaining a smooth cake ball. Place in a container with a cover and refrigerate after they are rolled. 
Melt white chocolate chips over low heat in a double boiler on top of the stove. Once chips are melted and smooth add champagne. It is important that the champagne be heated in the microwave or on the stove before adding it to the chips. I found the microwave works great. If the champagne is not heated, the chocolate will seize up, and become almost impossible to work with. The champagne has to be close to the temperature of the chips. Add the champagne a tablespoon at a time, until you find your desired taste. Mix together until well incorporated.
Use straws or sticks, or whatever you would like as a way to pick up the champagne cake balls. I used some gold and silver straws that I cut in half. 
Dip each cake ball into the white chocolate champagne coating. Allow the coating to drip off the bottom of the cake ball, so as to not have too much build up on the bottom. Place ball on wax paper. I dipped two of the balls, then I sprinkled the gold and silver sprinkles on, and put them back in the refrigerator.  Then I dipped two more and did it again until they were all finished. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.



Serve to your guests and have a Happy New Year! Welcome 2018!



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Champagne Cake Pops

ingredients:

Cake Balls
1 box White Cake Mix
8 ounces Butter, melted
2 Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 cup Spumanti Champagne

Frosting
16 ounces Butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon Salt
4 cups Confectioner's Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/4 cup Spumanti Champagne

Cake Ball Frosting
2 bags (11.5 oz each) White Chocolate Chips
4-6 tablespoons Spumanti Champagne
Gold and Silver Straws
Gold and Silver Sugars or Sprinkles

instructions:


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the cake mix, melted butter, eggs and vanilla. Blend together with mixer. Add champagne and blend with mixer again.
  3. Prepare a 9x11" dish to cook the cake. Butter or spray the pan  and then flour it. Add cake mix batter to pan.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until done when checked with a toothpick. Let cool on a rack.
  5. Cut the cake into small pieces. Place pieces into a large ziplock bag. Smush around in the bag, breaking the cake pieces even farther apart.
  6. Mix together the butter, salt, confectioner's sugar and vanilla. Add the champagne and continue to mix on low speed.
  7. Add frosting to the bag of smushed cake pieces a couple tablespoons at a time. Continue to smush the frosting and cake together. When you think it is needed, add more frosting and smush together again. You will have leftover frosting.
  8. Use a 1 tablespoon scoop to make balls with the cake mix/frosting combo. Scoop the mix and roll between your hands to make them smooth. If you have vinyl gloves that are food safe, they are great to use because they help in obtaining a smooth cake ball. Place in a container with a cover and refrigerate after they are rolled.
  9. Melt white chocolate chips over low heat in a double boiler on top of the stove. Once chips are melted and smooth add champagne. It is important that the champagne be heated in the microwave or on the stove before adding it to the chips. I found the microwave works great. If the champagne is not heated, the chocolate will seize up, and become almost impossible to work with. The champagne has to be close to the temperature of the chips. Add the champagne a tablespoon at a time, until you find your desired taste. Mix together until well incorporated.
  10. Use straws or sticks, or whatever you would like as a way to pick up the champagne cake balls. I used some gold and silver straws that I cut in half.
  11. Dip each cake ball into the white chocolate champagne coating. Allow the coating to drip off the bottom of the cake ball, so as to not have too much build up on the bottom. Place ball on wax paper. I dipped two of the balls, then I sprinkled the gold and silver sprinkles on, and put them back in the refrigerator.  Then I dipped two more and did it again until they were all finished. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
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