Sunday, January 9, 2011

Iconic Americana - January 2011

Diva:  Sara

Drinks:  Aven
Velvet Elvis

1 ½ shots Jack Daniels (*cola)
1 shot Chambord berry liqueur (*blackberry syrup)
½ shot lime juice
Lime wedge

*non-alcoholic substitution


Appetizer:  Mariah
Garlic Roasted Potato Skins

3 lb russet (baking) potatoes (6 to 8 medium; preferably organic)
1 small head garlic (2 inches in diameter)
¾ stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Prick each potato once or twice with a fork. Cut off and discard top fourth of garlic head, then wrap garlic tightly in foil. Bake garlic and potatoes on same rack in lower third of oven until potatoes are tender, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Remove potatoes from oven and cool on a metal rack 15 minutes. Continue to bake garlic until tender, about 15 minutes more, then cool in foil on rack. While garlic cools, halve potatoes lengthwise, then quarter each half (to form short wedges). Scoop out potato flesh (reserving it for another use), leaving 1/4-inch-thick potato skins. Increase oven temperature to 425°F. Squeeze garlic into a small bowl, discarding garlic skins, and mash to a paste with butter, salt, and pepper using a fork.
Divide garlic paste among potato skins (about 1/2 teaspoon each), spreading evenly, then roast skins in a large shallow baking pan (1 inch deep) until golden and crisp, 20 to 25 minutes.


Onion Spinach Dip

3 T extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped (1 3/4 cups)
½ lb shallots, chopped
½ lb baby spinach, coarsely chopped
3 ounce cream cheese, softened
1 (16-ounce) container sour cream
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper

Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then sauté onion and shallots, stirring, until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to moderate and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes more. Add spinach and cook, stirring, just until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Transfer spinach mixture to a bowl, then stir in cream cheese, sour cream, salt, and pepper until combined well. Chill, covered, at least 1 hour.


Potato Balls Rolled in Corn Flakes

1 egg, separated
½ tsp dried parsley flakes
1½ c seasoned, very stiff mashed potatoes
⅔ c Corn Flake Crumbs
2 T margarine or butter, melted

Combine egg yolk and parsley flakes in small mixing bowl. Add potatoes. Mix until thoroughly combined. Set aside.  In small shallow dish, beat egg white until foamy. Set aside.  Portion potato mixture by level measuring-tablespoon. Shape into balls. Dip balls in egg white. Coat evenly with crushed Corn Flakes. Place in well-greased or foil-lined shallow baking. Do not crowd. Drizzle with melted margarine.  Bake at 450° F about 10 minutes or until lightly browned


Honey Dijon Dipping Sauce

¼ cup Dijon Mustard
¼ cup Brown Mustard
2 tbsp Apple Cider or Rice Wine vinegar
2 tbsp honey

Mix Well

Salad:  Lovina
Cobb Salad

Cobb salad was the invention of restaurateur manager, Bob Cobb, who in 1926 at The Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles, California, found a way to use up leftovers. Cobb had been improvising with the salad for years."

 For the salad:

½ head of romaine, chopped

1 bunch watercress, stems removed
4 boiled eggs, sliced or diced

half roasted chicken, boned and chunked
2 avacados, peeled, pitted, and diced
4 roma tomatoes, diced

8 thick-cut bacon strips, crisped and chopped
1 wedge danish bleu cheese, crumbled
several chives for garnish, long lengths

Arrange the eggs, bacon, chicken, avocados, tomatoes, and the bleu cheese crumbles in neat rows atop the lettuce, covering the lettuce almost completely.

For the dressing:
¼ c red wine vinegar (I used white balsamic)

¼ tsp sugar

1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp salt

¾ tsp freshly ground black pepper

¾ tsp Worcestershire sauce
¼ tsp Dijon mustard

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

⅓ c olive oil

2 T water

In a small bowl, whisk together the wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper. While whisking, slowly drizzle in the olive oil to form a thick dressing. You can also add an ounce of bleu cheese crumbles to the dressing if you like.

Pour a little of the dressing over the salad and garnish with chive lengths. Serve immediately. Pass the remaining dressing at the table.

(Modified from

Soup: Colleen
Ocean Chowder

¼ c arame (seaweed)
2 T butter
2 medium yellow onions, diced
1 T garlic, minced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 large carrot, diced
2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, diced
2 bay leaves
4 c vegetable stock
2 c heavy cream
2 T fresh parsley, chopped
1 T fresh thyme, chopped
black pepper

Place arame in strainer and rinse well. Transfer to bowl, add cold water until barely covered, and let soak for 10 minutes. Drain, chop very coarsely, and set aside.

Meanwhile, melt butter over medium heat, add onion and ½ t salt, and sauté, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes, until soft and translucent. Add garlic and sauté another minute, then add celery and carrot. Cook 5 minutes, then stir in arame, potatoes, bay leaves, and stock, and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to low and let simmer about 20 minutes, until potatoes and carrots are just cooked.
Add cream and herbs, and simmer over low heat, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes. Remove bay leaves, season with salt and pepper, and serve.


Side Dish:  Tamara
Baked Potatoes with Broccoli and Cheese

Russet potatoes (1 per person)
Coarse sea salt
Olive oil

Preheat oven to 350.  Fork potatoes all over.  Rub with olive oil and salt.  Place the potatoes directly on the oven rack and bake for 90 minutes.  Cut up broccoli and steam till just cooked.  Plunge in cold ice water to stop cooking.  Slit potatoes down the middle and push in to open up.  Put a pat of butter on potato.  Stuff with broccoli and top with cheese.  Put potatoes back into the oven and warm through until cheese is melted. 

Entrée:  Stacey
Uncle Dennis’ Pineapple Glazed Baked Ham

1 7-10 lb good quality bone-in oven ham
1 20 oz can pineapple rings
2 c brown sugar
1 T mustard

Preheat oven to 350.  Score ham in diaganol pattern.  Roast in oven in roasting pan for about 2 hours.  Add a little water to the pan if it starts to burn.  Cover with foil half way into cooking time.

Make glaze – drain juice from the can of pineapple and mix with brown sugar and mustard.

Pull out ham and lay pineapple rings all over and around it.  Baste 3 times every 15 minutes. 

Remove from oven and let rest 15 minutes.  Then carve.  Spoon some juices over each slice before serving.

Buttermilk Biscuits

1 package yeast
½ c warm water
5 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1T baking powder
2 T sugar
34/ c Crisco shortening
2 c buttermilk

Preheat oven to 400.  Dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside.  Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.  Cut in shortening and add yeast and buttermilk.  Mix well.  Turn dough onto lightly flavored surface.  Pat out to about 1 ½ inches thick.  Cut with biscuit cuter andplae on greased cookie sheet.  Bake about 12 minutes, until golden brown.


Dessert:  Ashley

S’mores Cupcakes

1 ½ c graham cracker crumbs (about 15 whole crackers ground in processor)
½ c all purpose flour
2 ½ tsp baking powder
½ c (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
¾ c sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
¾ c whole milk
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (do not exceed 61% cacao), chopped
½ c (scant) heavy whipping cream
¾ c plus one 7-ounce jar marshmallow creme
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
12 1-inch pieces broken graham crackers (for garnish)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12 standard muffin cups with paper liners. Whisk graham crumbs, flour, baking powder, and pinch of salt in medium bowl. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating to blend between additions. Beat in vanilla. Add graham-cracker mixture in 3 additions alternately with milk in 2 additions, beginning and ending with graham-cracker mixture. Divide batter among muffin cups.

Bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center come out clean, about 22 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to rack; cool completely.

Place chocolate in medium bowl. Bring cream just to boil in small saucepan; pour over chocolate. Let stand 1 minute; stir until smooth. Cool ganache until lukewarm.

Push apple corer about 1 inch into top of each cupcake; remove cake, forming hole. Spoon 3/4 cup marshmallow creme into resealable plastic bag, pushing into 1 bottom corner. Cut 1/2 inch off corner. Pipe into holes in cupcakes. Spread 2 teaspoons ganache over each cupcake. (Can be made 8 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.)

Preheat broiler. Coar rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray. Spoon dollops of marshmallow creme on sheet. Broil until slightly charred, 1 to 2 minutes. Spoon dollop of charred cremem over each cupcake; garnish with piece of graham cracker.

(from Bon Appetit)

Lottery:  Erin

1 comment:

Kristin said...

YUM!! Stac- I am so glad you got Uncle Dennis' recipe. I asked him how to make it but I didn't write it down. That looks SO GOOD. I just might have to make it. How did it turn out? And I know your biscuits were fab. I love those.

I just might have to try the Velvet Elvis drinks too...non-alcoholic of course. :)