Tuesday, December 20, 2011
I've always loved these little melt in your mouth holiday treats, especially with hot cocoa!
2 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 + powdered sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup butter - softened
2 TBSP honey
1 tsp bourbon or orange juice
In a medium bowl sift together flour, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and salt - whisk in pecans. In a separate large bowl, beat butter and honey with an electric mixer until light and fluffy - about 3 minutes. Mix in bourbon or orange juice just until combined. Add flour mixture and beat just until combined. Form dough into a ball and wrap tightly with plastic - chill for 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Roll dough into 1 - 1 1/2 inch balls and place on cooking sheets 2 inches apart. Bake until lightly brown around the edges, about 20-25 minutes, rotating baking sheets about half way through.
Transfer cookies to a plate or wire rack and let cool completely. Roll in powdered sugar or sift over the top.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
I've heard so many stories of horrible meatloaf that I just never bothered making it. Then I got a request and decided it was time to face another food fear.
It turned out awesome! Not dry at all and so flavorful. And the leftover sandwiches are fantastic!
2 lbs ground beef
3 eggs - beaten
2 TBSP + olive oil
1 medium onion - diced
1/2 red bell pepper - chopped
2 cloves garlic - minced
2 tsp sage
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
3 + tsp italian seasoning
2 tsp parsley
1 cup breadcrumbs - i used italian
6-10 small red potatoes cup into quarters
1/3 cup ketchup
1 TBSP brown sugar
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Preheat oven to 350.
Line a sided baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray. Mix potatoes with a drizzle of olive oil and some Italian seasoning. Set aside.
In a large bowl combine beef, olive oil and eggs. Saute onion, garlic and red pepper over medium heat just until tender. When cooled, add to meat mixture. In a separate bowl combine bread crumbs and dry seasonings - add to meat. Form into a slightly flattened loaf and place on lined baking sheet, arranging potatoes around it.
Whisk together ketchup, brown sugar, dry mustard and Worcestershire and use to top loaf.
Bake 50-70 minutes. Cut into middle of loaf to make sure it is done.
Breadcrumbs - EnerG breadcrumbs or homemade GF breadcrumbs
Eggs - 3 heaping TBSP ground chia/flax mixed with 9 TBSP water
Garlic - omit
I used venison but you can use any sort of pork or beef tenderloin also.
1-2 fresh tenderloins
6-10 slices fatty pepper bacon - sliced in half
*Sliced pickled Jalapenos (optional)
Turn oven on to broil. Drizzle a non stick, sided baking sheet with olive oil.
Cut tenderloins into 1 inch slices, season with salt, pepper and steak seasoning. Wrap each piece with a half slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.*Top with Jalapeno. Arrange on baking sheet and lightly drizzle again with olive oil.
Broil for 8-10 minutes or until ends of tenderloin pieces are cooked.