Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Shrimp and Gnocchi in Parmesan Cream

























Looking for a wonderful dish to make when you feel like something comforting and delicious?  Try this recipe I put together last night.  So good!  Serve with some crusty Italian bread and a side salad!

Shrimp and Gnocchi in Parmesan Cream

 To make Gnocchi:

1 (16-ounce) package of Gnocchi
Salt for boiling water

Add the Gnocchi to a boiling pot of salted water and cook for 3-5 minutes. Once all the gnocchi has floated to the top of the pot, remove the gnocchi with a slotted spoon to a large bowl and cover with paper towel.






























To make shrimp:  

2 tablespoons butter, divided
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
6 oz. imitation crab meat
Salt and black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Once the butter has melted, add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes or until fragrant.   Add shrimp and salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until shrimp is pink, about 2-3 minutes; remove from heat and set aside.







 




















Parmesan Sauce

1/4 cup salted butter
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chicken broth, or more, as needed
3/4 cup half and half or ½ cup of heavy cream
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan Reggiano Cheese
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

To make the garlic Parmesan cream sauce, melt butter in the skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute.

 




























Gradually whisk in chicken broth and half and half (or cream) whisking constantly. Keep stirring until it is incorporated and begins to thicken. Add in thyme and basil and stir.  

Add in Parmesan cheese and stir until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. If the mixture is too thick, add more half and half as needed; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add more milk if you need to thin out the sauce at any point it gets too thick.
Stir in shrimp and gnocchi, and imitation crab and gently toss to combine.

 



























Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.








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Thursday, July 16, 2020

My Jumbo Lump Maryland Crab Cakes



For those of you who really know me out there, you know that I am from Maryland and I have a thing about crab cakes. I have a thing about seeing crab cakes on social media sites that bear the title of "Maryland Crab Cakes: when they are not even close. 

When I say I have a thing about it...I mean it drives me nuts! Typically the crab cakes you see out there are full of peppers and onions and tons of filler and the sweet succulent blue crab is totally lost.  A real Maryland Crab Cake "celebrates" the crab. We do not cover up the flavor of it! 

So today, I want to show you what a delicious, authentic, Maryland Crab Cake is and how to make them. You can thank me later.

My Jumbo Lump Maryland Crab Cakes

1 lb Jumbo Lump crab meat
1 large egg 
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon of  salt
1/2 cup fine breadcrumbs made from white bread
1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drain crab meat and put in a bowl and set aside.





















In a medium bowl, whisk the egg, mayo, mustard, Old Bay, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Gently stir in crab meat and breadcrumbs and mix with hands lightly without breaking up the lumps. Mixture will be somewhat wet. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour or more.





















Once chilled, shape the mixture into rounded mounds whatever size you'd like. Do not flatten or make into patties. Place on lightly sprayed baking sheet with sides. Spray the tops very lightly with non-stick spray for browning.   Just look at those big lumps of sweet succulent crab! 


























Just before putting crab cakes in the oven, drop two or three ice cubes onto the baking pan in between crab cakes. This will keep the high temperature from burning the bottoms.  Bake in hot 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes depending on the size you made your crab cakes.


In Maryland, the home of the most incredible crab cakes, we judge the perfect crab cake as one that has mostly sweet Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab and very little filler!  And NO PEPPERS or vegetables or any other nonsense that might take away the taste of that sweet wonderful crab!























Just enough filler to hold them together.  Look at that crab! 

























Can't you just taste them!  Oh My Goodness.  There is nothing like a Maryland Crab Cake!   This recipe makes 4-5 big jumbo lump crab cakes.


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Thursday, July 9, 2020

♥ Peanut Butter Chocolate-Hazelnut Cookie Sandwiches






















 










Yum!  What a combination.  I love these cookies! 

Peanut Butter Chocolate-Hazelnut Cookie Sandwiches

1/2 cup granulated sugar plus more for flattening
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 egg
1-1/4 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread

Blend sugars, peanut butter, butter and egg in an electric mixer. Stir in remaining ingredients until well incorporated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate about 1 hour.

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Shape dough into 1-1/4 inch balls. Place about 3 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten in a crisscross pattern with a fork that has been dipped in sugar.

Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown, rotating cookie sheet after 5 minutes. Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, about 15 minutes.

When cookies are cool, flip over and spread half of the cookie bottoms with about a tablespoon of chocolate-hazelnut spread each. Top with a similar size cookie. Makes 15.



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♥ Fried Green Tomatoes



  




















My Mom used to make these as soon as she saw her first tomato appear in the garden.  Who knew something not quite ripe would be so good!  Crispy and delicious! 

Fried Green Tomatoes

4 green tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch rings
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon garlic powder
4 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
Pinch cayenne pepper
Pinch paprika
Buttermilk Dipping Sauce, recipe follows

In a deep-fryer, preheat oil to 350 degrees F. Season tomatoes, on both sides, with salt and pepper. Place flour and garlic powder in a shallow dish. In another shallow dish, beat eggs with the milk. In another dish, mix bread crumbs with cayenne and paprika. Dredge tomatoes through the flour, then the eggs, and then through the bread crumbs. Add only a few pieces to the fryer at a time, so they can cook evenly, about 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels and serve with Buttermilk Dipping Sauce:

Buttermilk Dipping Sauce:

1 cup apple cider
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons your favorite BBQ sauce
1 lime, juiced
4 scallions, sliced thin
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the apple cider and brown sugar. Allow to reduce until thick and syrupy. Remove from heat and allow to cool. In a medium bowl, add buttermilk, mayonnaise, BBQ sauce and lime juice and whisk well. Add in the scallions and the apple cider mixture. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve with Fried Green Tomatoes.


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Waldorf Salad

























Tender chunks of chicken with granny smith apples, grapes, celery and walnuts to give it the perfect crunch.  Served on crisp buttery club crackers. So good this way but I made enough for later this week to serve on a nice soft buttery croissant or Kaiser roll. I love this salad and it's so easy to make.

Chicken Waldorf Salad

2 cups cooked rotisserie chicken breast, cubed
1 cup seedless red grapes, halved
1/2 Granny Smith apple, cored and cubed
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste




















Lightly toss chicken with grape halves, apple, celery and walnuts in a salad bowl. Whisk mayonnaise, vanilla yogurt, and lemon juice in a separate bowl. Pour dressing over salad and toss again to coat. Salt and pepper to taste.





















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