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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Easy French Bread Pizza: Pizza in a Hurry

Easy French Bread Pizza: Pizza in a Hurry

Hi everybody :)
I'm still helping my daughter recover after her ankle surgery, so I will make this simple, without many pictures. This is one of the easiest way to have the great taste of homemade pizza without having to make and bake the dough yourself. Using store-bought French loaves can really be a time-saver for pizza in a hurry.   

Easy French Bread Pizza
1 French bread loaf
Olive oil
Garlic powder or Garlic Salt 
1 pound ground Italian sausage, beef, or chicken
1/2 cup pizza sauce
Pepperoni slices  
Diced Ham, if desired
Bell Peppers & Onions, sliced and saute, 
1 to 1 1/2 cups  Shredded Italian Cheese 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Crumble and cook sausage in medium skillet until brown. Set aside. Slice French bread in half lengthwise, coat each halve with olive oil. Place halves on a baking sheet bake until lightly toasted. Spread each slice evenly with sauce. Top with cheese, sausage, pepperoni, ham, bell peppers & onions, if using . Bake for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut and served.
What I Think:
This pizza can be made with whatever topping you may like, this is just a base recipe, so have fun and experiment. 

The Taste: Great! My daughter really enjoyed it. I'm sure your family will too :)  
  ENJOY! Come again...
Linked to:
Finding the Pretty Delicious Linky Party 9  
Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sister's Stuff
Show and Tell Saturday: Be Different...Act Normal

Melt In Your Mouth Monday @ Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms 
Flour Me With Love: Mix it up Monday! 
Recipe Sharing Monday @ Jam Hands 

Watch Out Martha 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Sweet Barbecued Pork: Posting News

Sweet Barbecued Pork: Posting News

Hi everybody :)
Before we get to the recipe, I will not be posting as much for the next few months. My daughter fell and broke her ankle Sunday,  so I'm going to have my hands full helping her recover from surgery while she's finishing college. I will try to post at least once or twice a week, so please bare with me.

Now on  to the recipe...

Looking for a great dish that helps make meal planning easier? I may had the solution for you. Not only is it easy to prepare, it's a great recipe to make-ahead too, because it can be frozen and reheated for later. These pork chops are simmered in a sweet sauce to perfection in minutes.  The sauce is similar to a sweet sauce I make to do oven BBQ chicken, only without the heat. I love the sweet-n-spicy combination. Let's get it started...
Sweet Barbecued Pork
8 boneless pork loin chops (3/4 inch thick and 8 ounces each) (I used 4 {1/2 inch} chops)
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
1/2 cup each ketchup, barbecue sauce, French salad dressing and honey

In a large skillet, brown pork chops in oil in batches for 2-3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. 

Return all to the pan. 
Combine the remaining ingredients; pour over chops. 
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 4-5 minutes or until a thermometer reads 145°. (I simmered my chops for 20 minutes)
 Let stand 5 minutes before serving, or cool before placing in a freezer container. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months. 
To use frozen pork chops: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Place in a skillet; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 4-6 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 8 servings.
Source: Taste of Home 2008 Quick Cooking Annual Recipes or  here.
What I Did and/or Think:
I did cooked my chops longer then the recipe suggested, be sure to check with a meat thermometer. (I got to get one.)
To give this a little heat I used Wish Bone Light Sweet & Spicy French for the salad dressing and Sweet Baby Ray's Sweet n' Spicy BBQ Sauce for the barbecue sauce.  I divided the recipe in half; using 4 pork chops. I also seasoned the chops with pepper and Lawry's perfect Blend SWEET BASIL, CITRUS & GARLIC RUB.

The Taste: I LOVE LOVE LOVE the sauce. The pork chop was nice and tender too. I'm sure this would would work for bone-in pork chops also. The sauce would be great for chicken too :) It's an A.G.R. ladies;  (Another Great REPEAT).
 ENJOY! Come again...
Linked to:
Show Case Your Talent  @What's Cooking Love 
Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage  
The Mandatory Mooch Tasty Thursday
Food-Tastic Fridays @ Not Your Ordinary Recipes
The Country Cook:: Weekend Potluck 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Jumbo Sour Cream Cinnamon Buns: Breakfast Is Served

Jumbo Sour Cream Cinnamon Buns: Breakfast Is Served

Hi everybody :) 
"Welcome to another Breakfast Is Served Sunday!" If you're just tuning  in to my post, every Sunday I try to post a Breakfast Is Served. Cheesy Ham & Tots Casserole was last week post. 

Today I'm doing cinnamon buns. These buns have a soft, velvety texture of the Sour Cream Pocketbook Rolls, because they too, are made using sour cream. They're rolled up jellyroll-styled and place in muffin tins after cutting. I decided to make them jumbo because I like big buns :) no pun intended. Let's get it started... 
 Sour Cream Cinnamon Buns
1 8-ounce carton sour cream
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 package active dry yeast
3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup firmly parked brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk

Heat sour cream in a small saucepan over medium-low heat to 105° to 115°. 

In a large mixing bowl, combine warm sour cream, 2 tablespoons butter, and next 3 ingredients. 
 Add egg and yeast; blend well. 
Add 1 1/2 cups flour; beat at medium speed of an electric mixer until well blended. 
Gradually stir in enough remaining 1 1/2 cups flour to make a soft dough.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead lightly 4 or 5 times.
Cover and let rest 5 minutes.
Roll dough into an 18- x 6-inch rectangle; (I roll out to about 14-x 8-inch) 

spread 2 tablespoons softened butter over dough. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon over dough. 
Roll up dough, starting at long side, pressing  firmly to eliminate air pockets; pinch seam to seal.

Slice roll into 12 (1 1/2-inch) slices. (I did 7 slices {about 2-inch})  Place slices, cut side down, in greased muffin pans. 
Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk. 
Bake at 375° for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove buns from pan immediately; let cool on a wire rack. 
Combine powdered sugar and milk: drizzle over buns. Yield: 1 dozen.
Source: Christmas with Southern Living Cookbook: Volume 3

 What I did  and/or Think: 
    The changes I made was making these jumbo size and using a sour cream glaze, recipe below.
    The taste: If you loved the Sour Cream Pocketbook Rolls, then you're going to really love these buns. They have the same texture; fluffy, soft, velvety deliciousness swirled with cinnamon and brown sugar. 
    I wanted a thick glaze with a tangy sweet flavor so I made one this for the topping:
Sour Cream-Cheese Glaze:
1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened

1 tablespoon sour cream 
1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 - 2 tablespoons milk or cream, enough to make it drizzle Whisk together cream cheese, sour cream and powdered sugar. Add enough milk or cream to make it drizzle. Drizzle over buns. Sprinkle with sliced almonds, if desired.
ENJOY! Come again... 
Linked to:
YeastSpotting! @ wildyeast  
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Everyday Moms Meals 

Mop Up Mondays - I Should be Mopping the Floor  
Scrumptious Sunday Recipe Link Party  @ Addicted Recipes

Melt In Your Mouth Monday @ Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms  
Flour Me With Love: Mix it up Monday!  
The Chicken Chick: Clever Chicks Blog Hop 
Watch Out Martha
Tried and  True Recipe Party 3 
The Country Cook:: Weekend Potluck 
Roxana's Home Baking: March Bake Your Own Bread