Meal Ideas 28 May 2019

Effortless Summertime Entertaining

(Family Features) Summer means it’s time to stock up on fresh produce and light the grill for a season of outdoor gatherings with friends and family. Make entertaining easier with flavorful options that can make menu-planning a breeze all summer long.

A nutritious and versatile ingredient, American Pecans can be your secret weapon for a variety of entertaining occasions. Add one bag of pecans to your shopping list and transform standby recipes into wholesome and delicious meals and snacks for the whole crowd.

Enjoy the long summer nights on the back porch with a Spiced Pecan Grilled Peach Salad, packed with the essential flavors and textures of summertime. Or serve up Pecan-Crusted Asian Turkey Meatball Lettuce Wraps, a light and delicious appetizer or easy entree to keep guests satisfied.

Discover more summertime entertaining recipes and cooking tips at AmericanPecan.com.

Spiced Pecan Grilled Peach Salad with Goat Cheese

Spiced Pecans:

  • 1 egg white
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups pecan halves

Salad:

  • 1/4 cup, plus 2 teaspoons, extra-virgin olive oil or pecan oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 large peaches, halved and pitted
  • 6 cups mixed baby greens
  • 4 ounces soft goat cheese
  1. To make spiced pecans: Heat oven to 275° F. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In bowl, whisk egg white, brown sugar, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and salt until well combined. Fold in pecans and mix until evenly coated. Spread in single layer on baking sheet.
  3. Bake 45-50 minutes, stirring occasionally until pecans are fragrant and golden brown. Allow to cool completely.
  4. To make salad: In bowl, whisk 1/4 cup olive oil, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  5. Brush cut sides of peach halves with remaining olive oil; grill until grill lines appear and peaches become tender, about 3-5 minutes. Remove peaches and slice.
  6. Divide greens among four plates. Top with grilled peach slices and goat cheese. Divide 1 cup spiced pecans evenly among salads and reserve remaining for snack. Top each salad with drizzle of vinaigrette.

Pecan-Crusted Asian Turkey Meatball Lettuce Wraps

Meatballs:

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey thigh
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions (about 2 stalks)
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1 cup fresh pecans

Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 head butter lettuce leaves
  • 1/2 cup matchstick carrots
  • chopped scallions (optional)
  • cilantro leaves (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. To make meatballs: Using hands, combine ground turkey, green onions, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, garlic and powdered ginger.
  3. In food processor, pulse pecans until coarsely ground to similar consistency as panko bread crumbs.
  4. Scoop 1 tablespoon meat mixture at a time and roll into meatballs. Roll meatballs in ground pecans until evenly coated.
  5. Place pecan-crusted meatballs on parchment-lined baking sheet; bake approximately 20 minutes. Flip after 15 minutes.
  6. To make sauce: In small saucepan over medium heat, combine soy sauce, cornstarch, fish sauce and sesame oil. Stir until sauce thickens, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  7. Sprinkle lettuce cups with shredded carrots. Place meatballs on top and drizzle with sauce. Garnish with scallions and cilantro, if desired.

Source: American Pecan Council

Kids 21 March 2019

The Scoop on Sundaes

(Family Features) Sundaes are sweet, but maybe it's time for something sensational.

These recipes bring the simple sundae to a whole new level of goodness. From the kid-friendly Spaghetti and Meatballs Sundaes to the sophisticated Mini Coffee Ice Cream Sundaes, there's something to please everyone.

10 Tips for Sundae Making

1. Using store-bought ingredients makes sundae-making fast and easy. You can always doll things up, like dissolve some instant coffee in a little hot water and stir it into store-bought caramel sauce to make a coffee-caramel drizzle.
2. Using whole nuts and dried fruit for add-ins can give your sundae extra texture and a big crunch.
3. Roll scoops of ice cream in any kind of crumbs, crunched cereal or chocolate milk powder for an ice cream "truffle."
4. Use mini containers like egg cups, espresso cups and cordial glasses to make mini sundaes.
5. Make a quickie fresh-fruit topping by mashing your favorite berries with a little white or brown sugar.
6. To keep your ice cream from melting as fast, freeze your sundae bowls or dessert dishes overnight.
7. To make your scoops more perfect-looking, dip your ice cream scoop in hot water in between scoops.
8. Use two or more flavors of ice cream in a sundae to add extra flavor and flair.
9. Simply tucking a cookie next to a scoop of ice cream, standing up, can really dress it up.
10. Create an exotic-looking sundae by using a wooden skewer to thread fruit onto, and then stick it into a scoop of ice cream. Use things like berries, ripe peach wedges and banana slices.

For more tips and recipes, visit www.breyers.com or www.facebook.com/breyers.

Mini Coffee Ice Cream Sundaes

4 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes

  • 2 cups Breyers Coffee ice cream
  • salted caramel sauce*
  • almond whipped cream**
  • 1 shot espresso coffee
  • 4 amaretti cookies
  • chocolate-covered coffee beans
  1. Arrange 2 (1/4-cup) scoops ice cream in 4 demitasse coffee cups. Drizzle with salted caramel sauce, then top with almond whipped cream.
  2. Pour a little espresso into each cup, then garnish with cookies and coffee beans.
  3. *For salted caramel sauce, bring 3/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water to a boil over high heat in heavy-duty saucepan until caramel-colored. Remove from heat, then slowly stir in 1/2 cup whipping or heavy cream. Let cool, then stir in 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Let stand at room temperature until ready to use.
  4. **For almond whipped cream, whip 1/2 cup whipping or heavy cream, 1 teaspoon sugar and 2 drops almond extract in mixing bowl with electric mixer until soft peaks form. Chill until ready to serve.

Snow Ball Sundaes

4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Freeze Time: 30 minutes

  • 2 cups Breyers Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream
  • 8 slices (1-1/2 inches thick) store-bought angel food cake
  • 1/4 cup hot fudge topping, warmed
  • 1/2 cup marshmallow creme, melted*
  • chocolate sprinkles
  1. Freeze plate 30 minutes. Make 4 (1/2-cup) scoops ice cream and arrange on chilled plate.
  2. Place 1 ice cream ball on 1 cake slice, then top with second cake slice. Shape cake around ice cream to encase it, using your hands to completely cover ice cream. Return to freezer until ready to serve. Repeat with remaining ice cream and cake.
  3. To serve, arrange snow balls in 4 dessert bowls. Top with hot fudge topping, then marshmallow creme and sprinkles.

*TIP: Easily melt marshmallow creme in a glass measuring cup in the microwave.

Spaghetti and Meatball Sundaes

4 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Freeze Time: 30 minutes

  • 12 small scoops Breyers Rocky Road ice cream
  • 1 cup chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs
  • 2 cups strawberries, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup Breyers Natural Vanilla ice cream, divided
  • 2 store-bought shortbread cookies, crushed
  1. Freeze plate 30 minutes. For meatballs, arrange Rocky Road ice cream scoops on chilled plate. Place chocolate cookie crumbs on another plate. Roll scoops, one at a time, in cookie crumbs, then return to chilled plate until ready to serve.
  2. For sauce, mash strawberries with sugar in medium bowl using potato masher or fork to make chunky sauce. Stir in additional sugar if desired.
  3. To build sundaes, press vanilla ice cream through potato ricer* into 4 dessert bowls for spaghetti. Top each with 3 meatballs, then sauce. Top with crushed shortbread cookie cheese. Serve with a fork!
  4. *If a potato ricer is not available, simply scoop ice cream into bowls.

Ice Cream Lollipops

8 lollipops
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Freeze Time: 30 minutes

  • 2 cups Breyers Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream
  • chocolate-fudge flavor ice cream topping that freezes
  • pink or rainbow sprinkles
  1. Freeze plate 30 minutes. Scoop 8 balls ice cream and place on chilled plate. Insert a wooden stick into each ball and freeze at least 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, pour ice cream topping into bowl. Dip frozen balls into ice cream topping, twirling to coat. Quickly decorate with sprinkles. Keep frozen until ready to serve.

Source: Breyers

Appetizers & Sides 10 August 2015

Appetizer Meatballs Your Way

Choose from Tex-Mex, Swedish, Chinese, or Middle Eastern flavors

Ingredients

Basic Meatball Mixture

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground meat or poultry, or any combination (ground beef, veal, pork, lamb, chicken or turkey)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 9x13-inch baking sheet with non-stick spray or olive oil, or line pan with non-stick aluminum foil.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine ground meat, onion, bread crumbs, milk, parsley, salt and pepper.
  3. Add the seasoning for the flavor of meatball you want.
  4. Form 48 meatballs from mixture and place on prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake 15 minutes, or until meatballs reach 160°F (165°F if using ground poultry).
  6. If not serving immediately, keep warm in a 200°F oven or cool and refrigerate in shallow containers.
  7. Accompany the meatballs with dipping sauce listed for meatball variety.
  8. Tex-Mex Meatballs - Ground beef stands up to hearty flavors. Seasoning for meatball mixture: 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro plus 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder and 1 teaspoon ground cumin. Dipping sauce: purchased chunky salsa or green tomatillo salsa.
  9. Swedish Meatballs - Ground turkey or chicken gives a delicate flavor. Seasoning for meatball mixture: 1 teaspoon ground allspice, 1 teaspoon sweet paprika and 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg. Dipping sauce: 1 cup sour cream, 1/3 cup milk, 2 tablespoons (half of a 1-ounce packet) dry onion soup mix, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon dried dill weed. Mix together at least an hour before serving.
  10. Chinese Meatballs - Get best flavor by using some ground pork. Seasoning for meatball mixture: 1/4 cup chopped almonds, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic, 1/2 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes and 1 teaspoon ground ginger. Dipping sauce: purchased (10-ounce) jar sweet and sour sauce.
  11. Middle-Eastern Meatballs - Get best flavor by using ground lamb. Seasoning for meatball mixture: 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Sprinkle formed meatballs with 2 tablespoons sesame seeds; press into meat. Dipping sauce: 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/4 cup chopped green onions, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 1 teaspoon sugar.
Serves

Makes 48

Source

USDA

Appetizers & Sides 07 August 2015

Meatball Hors D'oeuvres

 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped stuffed olives
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
Tangy Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 cup strong coffee
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Preparation
  1. Place ground beef, egg yolks, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic salt, oregano, pepper and olives in bowl of electric stand mixer. Attach flat beater to mixer. Turn to low and mix for 1 minute.
  2. Form mixture into 30 (1-inch) balls and fry in olive oil until well browned. Drain on paper towels. Warm Tangy Barbecue Sauce and pour over meatballs. Serve warm from chafing dish.
  3. Tangy Barbecue Sauce (Makes 2 cups) - Combine all ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Mix well and cook over medium heat 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Cool sauce and store covered in refrigerator until needed.
Serves

Makes 30 meatballs

Source

KitchenAid

Holiday 04 August 2015

Add More Flavor to Your Holidays

Italian Sausage Lasagna
Holiday Breakfast Casserole
Old-Fashioned Italian Meatballs
Sausage Dippers

(Family Features) - When you want to bring the family together for a great meal this holiday season but don't have a lot of time to cook, stock up on flavorful ingredients to make your job easy and your whole family happy.

Whether you're serving a hearty breakfast, fun party appetizers or a casual dinner, using Johnsonville Sausage is a simple way to make your recipes taste more delicious than ever. With all the spices and seasonings you need included right in the sausage, you'll save time and have a flavorful meal sure to bring your family together this holiday season.

For more ways to add great taste to your holidays, visit www.johnsonville.com.

10271c

Italian Sausage Lasagna

Ingredients
  • 12 lasagna noodles, uncooked
  • 1 16-ounce package Johnsonville Italian All Natural Ground Sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 large container of chunky pasta sauce
  • 1 15-ounce container ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups chopped fresh spinach, packed
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Preparation
  1. Prepare noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside. Sauté Italian sausage, onion and garlic in a skillet until sausage is browned; drain. Add pasta sauce to sausage mixture and set aside.
  2. In medium bowl, blend ricotta cheese, egg and 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese and set aside.
  3. Coat a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray and spread 1 cup sauce mixture on the bottom. Top with 3 lasagna noodles. Spread 1/4 cup ricotta cheese mixture on noodles and layer on 1 cup sauce mixture. Sprinkle 1 cup spinach and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Repeat this whole process 3 more times starting with the noodles; top with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese to finish.
  4. Bake uncovered in a 350°F oven for 45 minutes until hot and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.
Serves

Yield 6 to 8 servings

10271a

Holiday Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients
  • 2 packages (12 ounces each) Johnsonville Original Breakfast Sausage Links
  • 6 English muffins cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red pepper, chopped
  • 12 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup bacon bits
Preparation
  1. Cook sausage according to package directions. Cool slightly; cut into 1/4-inch slices.
  2. In a greased 13 x 9-inch baking dish, layer half the English muffin cubes and half the cooked sausage. Repeat layers. Drizzle with butter and top with the cheese, onion and red pepper.
  3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Pour over casserole. Sprinkle with bacon. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Uncover and bake at 350°F for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes.
Serves

Yield 12 servings

10271d

Old-Fashioned Italian Meatballs

Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 16-ounce package Johnsonville Italian All Natural Ground Sausage
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
Preparation
  1. In large bowl, combine egg, milk and breadcrumbs. Let stand for 3 to 4 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Add sausage; mix well. Shape into meatballs.
  2. In a large skillet, sauté meatballs in olive oil until golden brown and no longer pink.
  3. Serve with your favorite pasta sauce and noodles.
Serves

Yield approximately 12 meatballs

10271b

Sausage Dippers

Ingredients
  • 3 packages Johnsonville Smoked Sausage, such as Beddar with Cheddar, BOLD Jalapeno & Cheddar or Chili Cheese, Smoked Turkey, Turkey with Cheddar or Polish sausage

Spicy Hot Buffalo Sauce

  • 2 cups Blue Cheese Dressing
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) hot sauce
  • 1 bottle (16 ounces) blue cheese salad dressing

Orange Bourbon Barbecue Dip

  • 1 cup bourbon or original barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade

Chinese Dipping Sauce

  • 1 jar (7 ounces) hoisin sauce
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) plum sauce

Creamy Mustard Dip

  • 1 cup spicy brown mustard
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish

Cajun Mustard Dip

  • 1 cup spicy brown mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • Hot pepper sauce, to taste
Preparation

Sausage Dippers:
Cut sausage links into 1-inch pieces. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat until lightly browned and heated through. Serve with toothpicks and dipping sauces.

Spicy Hot Buffalo Sauce:
In microwave-safe bowl, combine butter and hot sauce. Cover and microwave on high for about 2 minutes or until butter is melted. Stir until smooth. Serve buffalo sauce in one bowl and blue cheese dressing in another bowl. Yield: 2 cups Buffalo Sauce plus 2 cups Blue Cheese Dressing

Orange Bourbon Barbecue Dip:
In microwave-safe bowl, combine barbecue sauce and orange marmalade. Cover and microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 1 1/4 cups

Chinese Dipping Sauce:
In microwave-safe bowl, combine hoisin sauce and plum sauce. Cover and microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Creamy Mustard Dip:
In a bowl, combine the mustard, sour cream and horseradish. Yield: 1 1/3 cups

Cajun Mustard Dip:
In a bowl, combine the mustard, seasoning and hot pepper sauce. Yield: 1 cup

Serves

Yield 18 servings

Source

www.johnsonville.com

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