Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Pave Normandy

My friend Kim gave me this recipe and I LOVE it! Not only is it delicious, it's easy. Can't beat that!

Puffed Pastry Sheet
Sliced ham
Sliced Swiss Cheese
Sour Cream

Thaw the puffed pastry sheet a little bit. Just enough that you can break it into the three sections that are already cut. Take one of the sections and spread sour cream on it. Layer ham and cheese on top of the sour cream. Place another section of the pastry on top. Repeat sour cream, ham, and cheese once more. Place the final section of puffed pastry on top. Spread sour cream. Bake according to package directions or until the pastry is puffy and golden.


Monday, December 7, 2009

Strada (Breakfast Casserole)

This is a dish we used to have every Christmas morning growing up. You prepare it the night before and put it in the oven the next morning. By the time all the presents are unwrapped, it's ready!

8 cubed bread slices (or 1 box croutons)
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
2 lbs. browned sausage, cut in quarters
4 eggs
2 1/2 cups milk
3/4 tsp. dry mustard

1/2 cup milk
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Toss together bread cubes, cheese, and sausage. Place in a greased 9x13 baking dish. Mix together eggs, milk, and mustard. Pour over the first mixture. Let stand in refrigerator overnight. Before cooking, mix milk and soup and pour over the fondue. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 300 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.

- Jensa

Loraine's Spaghetti

This is a family favorite and we all beg grandma to send us home with the leftovers. I think what makes this special is the green pepper. A very sneaky way to get some veggies in.

1 lb. lean hamburger
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 cans (16 oz. each) tomato sauce
1/2 cup V-8 vegetable drink
2 peeled baby carrots
1/2 green pepper
1 tsp. beef bouillon granules
1/8 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 can tomato paste
1 TB water

In a large stock pot, brown the ground beef with chopped onion. Get rid of lumps by crumbling with clean hands or use a pastry cutter. In a blender, puree 8 oz. of the tomato sauce, carrots, and green pepper. Pour this mixture into the pot with the ground beef. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a quick boil; lower heat and simmer a minimum of 1 hour. The longer the better. Serve over angel hair spaghetti.

- Jensa