This is a hit every time! And it’s a quick make! Comfort food to the max!
1 (2 sheets) frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed (Pepperidge Farms is wonderful!)
2.5 lbs cooking apples, peeled (if desired), cored, and thinly sliced (about 7 cups) OR canned apples.
2 TBSP butter
1 C. sugar
2 TBSP flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 pkg Philly cream cheese(8oz softened)
1 tsp vanilla
Milk (to brush on crust)
3 TBSP sugar
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet. On a lightly floured surface, unfold one (thawed) pastry sheet and roll out into a rectangle. Lay it onto the greased baking pan, pushing pastry dough to edges of the pan. Bake in the preheated oven about 10 minutes or until golden brown (pastry will puff and shrink from sides of pan). Let cool.
2. In an extra-large Dutch oven, cook apples in hot butter over medium heat about 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Separately, combine 1/2 cup of the sugar, flour, 1 tsp of the cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix into apple. Cook and stir over medium-low heat for a couple minutes. Set aside to cool. (If using canned apples, I add cinnamon, and 2 TBSP melted butter)
3. Combine cream cheese and the remaining 1/2 cup sugar. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Spread cream cheese mixture smoothly over the baked pastry. Spoon apple onto cream cheese mixture.
4. On a lightly floured surface, unfold the remaining pastry sheet and roll it out to make sure pastry is large enough to completely cover apple mixture. Place on top of apple mixture. Press the edges of top pastry to edges of bottom pastry. Brush pastry with milk. Using a sharp knife, cut a few slits in pastry. Next, combine coarse sugar and the remaining cinnamon and sprinkle over pastry.
5. Bake for 35 minutes or until the pastry is slightly puffed and golden brown. Cool and serve warm!
Cornish Game Hen. Delicious, right? It’s the perfect option for hosting a few people, or if you don’t want to bake a 18lb turkey for 16 hours. So much work! Hens are extremely moist and juicy, and the meat falls off the bones. Plus, hens display an amazing presentation if you want to impress guests. My husband and I love them, and they’re easy to prepare!
Cornish game hen (1 hen feeds 1-2 people depending on appetite)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Grandma’s stuffing (recipe is in my previous blog, and trust me, you want to make it)
Preheat oven to 350. If your hens are not cleaned and gutted, do so. Season the inside and outside liberally. Stuff the hens with Grandma’s Stuffing until full. Place on greased baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour, or 1 hour and 15 minutes if stuffed. Temperature should read 180 when complete, and the juice should be clear.
I love to add mixed potatoes to the pan as an easy add on, and the flavor is phenomenal!
Don’t forget to make gravy out of the drippings. Remove the hens, and potatoes. In the baking pan or in a frying pan, drain the drippings. Whisk flour in with a fork until the mixture is clumpy. At this time, add chicken stock. I use about 1-1/2 cups, or until the gravy is the desired thickness! I also ALWAYS keep bacon grease on hand to add flavor to my sauces. This is optional.
Let’s be honest, homemade stuffing kicks the box stuff in the butt! Plus, this has an Italian flare. And it’s easy too!
Loaf of french bread (cubed and dried for 1 hour).
1 stick of butter (or margarine, but butter gives the best flavor)
4 stalks of celery
1 small onion
1 C. chicken stock
1 TBSP italian seasoning (basil and oregano works)
2 gloves of garlic (or TBSP of minced garlic)
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large pan or dutch oven, saute onions, celery, salt and pepper on medium heat in butter until soft. Pour in bread cubes and stir. Add chicken stock to moisten. mix, mix, mix!
Chill. Use in a stuffed chicken or turkey. If preferred to cook separately, bake on 350 for 35 minutes in greased casserole dish.
I have a large collection of my nonna’s recipes, dating back over one hundred years! This recipe is very simple.
2 1/2 C. Flour
2 3/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 TBSP. Olive Oil
1 C. lukewarm water
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp granulated garlic
Mix and sift dry ingredients in bowl. Stir in oil. Slowly add in water, and mix. Flour your counter, and knead dough for 5 minutes. Let sit covered for 10 minutes in bowl (I place a towel over the bowl). Roll out, and brush with melted butter (I like to add minced garlic).
Bake on 400 for 15-20 minutes (or until golden brown).
June 29th, 2013. Love was in the air.