Pan Fried Cajun Chickpeas You seriously must try these. Over the weekend I was introduced to these little gems. I was at a birthday party where a mom friend mentioned her addiction to “fried chickpeas”…hmmm…sounded good to me. When she told me how she made them I was instantly intrigued. Why haven’t I thought to do this myself? It’s so simple people…and these babies make the best snack, appetizer or even better, topping for a salad (which I experienced for lunch today – holy yum!). To prepare the chickpeas you lightly dust them in seasoned flour then saute them in a little bit of olive oil in a hot pan till they get nice and crispy. Thank you so much for sharing Juliet! Pan Fried Cajun Chickpeas A fun way to serve up chickpeas as a snack or salad topping! Ingredients 1 can chickpeas (I like to use Bush's Garbanzo Beans) 2-3 tsp flour 2-3 tsp Cajun seasoning 2-3 TB olive oil sea salt, to taste Instructions Rinse and dry chickpease on paper towel.
cobbler baked in jars I made these for the Seattle Bake Sale for Share Our Strength organized by Frantic Foodie (thanks Keren!). I had so much fun making pies in jars that I figured this was the perfect opportunity to bake something else in jars. This time I used half-pint wide mouth jars, a nice size for a bake sale. (Half pint jars washed and drying.) I used the blueberry cobbler recipe from Baking Illustrated. (Look! These are great for bake sales because the packing is an eye catcher. The recipe, with notes on actually making it in jars, is below. Seriously, the cornmeal added to the biscuit batter makes all the difference here. I call this mise en jars, I used the washed jars from the overflowing and sticky (but sooo worth it) test batch. For each batch I used a 10-ounce package of frozen wild blueberries and, for the sake of economy, filled out the rest with locally grown (and gorgeous) frozen blueberries that are sold in 48-ounce bags. The scent of these baked goods right here is amazing. 1. 2. 3. 4.
Garlic and Rosemary Rub for Steaks This makes enough for two New York Strip steaks and comes from Weber's Real Grilling: Over 200 Original Recipes . The full recipe included a barbecue sauce as well but I never use a barbecue sauce on good steak! 3 garlic cloves 1/2 tsp kosher salt 3 Tbs olive oil 1 Tbs chopped fresh rosemary 2 tsp pepper Chop garlic, then add the salt and rub and chop, using the flat of the knife to make a paste. Cook 6-8 minutes for medium rare, turning once, then letting sit for 3-5 minutes before serving. You could try out this chimichurri sauce as well! Guacamummus or Hummamole (Avocado Hummus) Recipe So…what’s a girl to do when gorgeous, big, ripe avocados are on sale during “Hip Hip for Hummus Week”? Make guacamumus! Or hummamole! Whatever you want to call it, this fantastic marriage of my two favorite dips — hummus and guacamole — is definitely a winner. Hooray for dips that are fun to say, and to eat! You’ll love this Guacamummus or Hummamole (Avocado Hummus) Recipe! Ingredients: 1 avocado, peeled and pitted1 (15 oz.) can of chickpeas, drained1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped1/4 cup chopped red onion3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed2 Tbsp. tahini (optional)1 Tbsp. olive oil1 lime, juiced1 tsp. cumin1/4 tsp. salt (more or less to taste) Directions: Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. All images and text ©Gimme Some Oven If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. Ali’s Tip: Feel free to add in the chopped red onion at the end (instead of blending it in the food processor) if you’d like a less strong onion flavor!
Hasselback Potatoes These Hasselback potatoes looks beautiful, don't' they? Here, I also added several cloves of garlic to these Swedish version of baked potatoes to enhance the flavor. It turned out great, they were very delicious, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.. Updated: November 26th 2013 This is an updated post with a new video guide on How To Slice Hasselback Potatoes Hasselback Potatoes (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 6 Medium Size Potatoes 2 - 3 Cloves Garlic, thinly sliced 2 Tbsp Olive Oil 30 g Butter Maldon Sea Salt Freshly Ground Black Pepper Method Preheat the oven to 220˚C (425˚F). Arrange the potatoes in a baking tray and insert the garlic in between the slits. Bake the potatoes for about 40 minutes or until the potatoes turn crispy and the flesh is soft.
Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites On Fridays, I teach cooking classes to two kids in our neighborhood. They are pretty knowledgeable-so my job is easy:) I think it is fantastic that they want to learn how to cook at such a young age-they are in the 3rd and 4th grade. On Friday we made homemade soft pretzels,the traditional salty ones and cinnamon and sugar pretzels. For fun, we also made pretzel bites. everyone loved these. Is everyone ready for the big game? Buffalo Hot Wings-these are Josh’s all time favorite. My good friend Gaby, from What’s Gaby Cooking, made Pulled Pork Sliders for the big game. Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites Yield: A lot!
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Melt-in-your-mouth Homemade Cheese Crackers! « In the kitchen with Kath By Kath Dedon a Cheese crackers! Who doesn’t love them? I had some Tillamook Extra Sharp Cheddar and decided I’d try to make my own. I adapted Smitten Kitchen’s recipe for Cheese Straws (which Deb adapted from The Lee Bros. Well, I now have a new favorite homemade cheese snack! This recipe is super-simple if you have a food processor. Deb advises that these will keep in the refrigerator in a sealed container for 2 days. I had fun staging the photo with the martinis , but we’re not eating the crackers tonight. (Adapted from a recipe on smittenkitchen.com, which was credited to a recipe in The Lee Bros. (print the recipe) Makes about 70 1-inch square crackers 1½ cups (6 oz) grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened and cut into pieces ¾ cup (90 g) flour, plus more for dusting ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1 tablespoon milk A little over 6 ounces of cheese – close enough! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
Pudding Cups Wicked Good Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cups. They’re from the book, Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids by Jill O’Connor and just as good as their name states. Jill sent me and my niece a copy of her book as a little thank you for a post I did inspired by her Cheesecake Pops. We had a hard time deciding which recipe to try first, but we kept coming back to these pudding cups. They were really fun to make and even more fun to eat. You’ll see what I mean in a minute. From separating the egg yolks, to the measuring and mixing. She cooked the pudding. And mixed in the peanut butter… (thank you, Jill) … and the extra chocolate chips … Oh my! Let the pudding chill for at least four hours before eating. Here’s a link to the Pudding Recipe so you can print it out. Now, here’s the best part. It involves balloons to make bowls. Okay, I did help a little bit here. After you blow up the balloons, wash them off and let them dry. Okay, here’s what you do. And repeat. Repeat. It’s as easy as one…