Thursday, December 20, 2007

On the Eighth Day of Christmas...

my loved ones gave to me...
8 great recipes!
these are some of my very favorites... new and old... enjoy!
1 chocolate cake mix in a box
1 pkg instant chocolate pudding mix
1 12oz pkg chocolate chips
2 cups milk
~Set oven @ 350 degrees. Whisk milk and pudding together. Add in chocolate cake mix (if you don't have a mega mixer like mine & are using a reg. whisk you may need to switch to a spoon as you continue to add cake) and stir until no lumps/clumps. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour into a greased sheet cake pan (15x10x1) and bake for 30 mins or until top springs back. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with ice cream (if you want to gild the lily, so to speak).

Russian Tea Cakes I

Prep Time: 20 MinutesCook Time: 12 Minutes
Ready In: 35 MinutesYields: 36 servings
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar for decoration
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a medium bowl, cream butter and vanilla until smooth. Combine the 6 tablespoons confectioners' sugar and flour; stir into the butter mixture until just blended. Mix in the chopped walnuts. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, and place them 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
3. Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven. When cool, roll in remaining confectioners' sugar. I also like to roll mine in the sugar a second time.

Creamed Chipped Beef On Toast
this is one of my new fav's... great white sauce!
Prep Time: 10 MinutesCook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 20 MinutesYields: 4 servings

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups warm milk
1 (8 ounce) jar dried beef
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour all at once to form a roux. Whisk in milk, a little at a time, increase heat to medium-high, and cook, stirring, until thickened. Bring to a boil, stir in beef and cayenne, heat through and serve over toast.

Sausage Crescent Rolls

Prep Time: 25 MinutesCook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 50 MinutesYields: 20 servings
1 pound fresh, ground spicy pork sausage
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
2 (8 ounce) packages refrigerated crescent rolls
1 egg white, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a medium skillet, lightly brown sausage and drain. While sausage is still hot, add cream cheese and stir until cheese is melted and mixture is creamy. Cool completely.
3. Separate crescent rolls and arrange into two rectangles. Form log of sausage mixture lengthwise down center of each rectangle. Fold over the long sides of pastry to cover sausage log. Place on ungreased cookie sheet, seam down. Brush with egg white and sprinkle with poppy seeds.
4. Bake 20 minutes until crust is golden. When completely cooled, slice into one and one-half inch slices.

Fruit Dip

Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Ready In: 1 Hour 5 MinutesYields: 16 servings
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. In a medium bowl, blend the cream cheese, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Chill in the refrigerator 1 hour before serving.

Polish Mistakes
a friend of mine introduced these to me... yummy! i think she used 2 kinds of sausage instead of ground beef...

Prep Time: 10 MinutesCook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 20 MinutesYields: 15 servings

1 pound lean ground beef
1 pound sausage
1 teaspoon minced onion
1 pound processed cheese food, cubed
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 (1 pound) loaf cocktail rye bread
1. Preheat the broiler.
2. Place ground beef, sausage and onion in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until meat is evenly brown and onions are soft. Drain liquid.
3. Mix in the processed cheese food, oregano and Worcestershire sauce. Stir continuously until the cheese is melted.
4. If the bread is not sliced, cut it into thin slices. Spoon approximately 1 tablespoon of the mixture onto each slice. Place the slices in a single layer on a baking pan.
5. Broil the slices 10 minutes, or until the cheese is slightly browned and the bread is toasted.
Yields: 7 servings

3 pounds potatoes, thinly sliced
salt to taste
9 tablespoons all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons butter, diced
1 quart milk

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
2. Arrange one layer of potatoes in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the potatoes with salt, 3 tablespoons flour and 2 tablespoons butter. Repeat layering 2 more times, until all of potatoes have been used. Slowly pour milk over the potatoes until the dish is 3/4 full of milk.
3. Bake until the milk comes to a boil (check after 5 minutes), then reduce heat to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for another 45 to 60 minutes.
Yields: 24 servings
3/4 cup butter
3 cups white sugar
3 eggs, beaten
6 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 1/4 cups orange juice
3 tablespoons orange zest
3 cups chopped cranberries
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease three 8x4 inch loaf pans.
2. Blend together butter, sugar and eggs.
3. Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add to wet ingredients, alternating with orange juice.
4. Mix in the orange rind, cranberries and walnuts. Stir until just combined and pour into prepared pans.
5. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
happy 8th day! and happy baking/cooking!!!


Dawn said...

Oh I am DEFINITELY trying out that sausage crescent roll recipe! That sounds delicious!

JaNae said...

You are so cute! I'm loving your days of Christmas. Thanks for sharing some recipes. Very fun idea!

Eric & Emily said...

My mouth is seriously watering right now....mmmmmm...

Playful Professional said...

Joy made the cranberry walnut bread while I was visiting over the Christmas break and I fell in love with them. She made mini loaves and I think I ate half of them so thanks!

Makaila said...

Well said.