Tuesday, August 4, 2009

new recipes to try

I love to try new recipes especially when I have an awesome kitchen with awesome appliances. So here is the first of many new favorite recipes I found and loved making and eating. Please tell me if you tried it, they are both great for a casual get together. Both are pampered chef recipes, but I have made it so anyone can use what they have in the kitchen.

Pepperoni Pizza Twist
Great for an appetizer or for supper.

1 pkg. (3.5oz) pepperoni slices diced
2Tb. fresh parsley or dried parsley
3/4 cup mozzarella cheese
2Tb. flour
1 garlic clove pressed
2 pkg. (11 oz) refrigerated french bread dough
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
2 Tbl. fresh grated Parmesan(1/4 cup if it's not fresh
1 can pizza sauce

Pre heat oven to 375 dice up pepperoni. snip parsley. In a mixing bowl combine pepperoni, parsley, mozzarella cheese, flour and garlic, mix well.
place bread dough seam side up on smooth side of a cutting board. Slice each loaf lengthwise, end to end, cutting halfway through the cent of loaf. Spread open flat. Lightly sprinkle additional flour evenly over dough using a flour/sugar shaker. Roll dough cross wise creating a 4-inch width well down the center of each loaf.
Spoon half the pepperoni mixture down down center of each loaf. Gather up edges over filling, pinching firmly to deal. Place loaves seam side down in an "X" pattern on a large square bar pan.Cris cross ends of dough to form a figure "8" keeping ends of the dough 1 inch from edge of the pan and leaving two 1 1/2 -inch opening in the center of the twist.
Separate egg white. discard yolk. Beat egg white and Italian seasoning mix. Lightly brush over dough using a pastry brush. Using a bread knife cut a 3-inch slit in each of the top sections of the twist to reveal filling.
sprinkle/ grate Parmesan cheese over loaf. Bake for 30-32 minutes, or until deep golden brown.
Serve with pizza sauce.

Cheesy Chicken Tortellini Bake
Cube Cooked chicken and refrigerated tortellini makes a quick comforting casserole.

Pasta Mixture
1(16 oz.) jar Alfredo sauce
1 pkg. Refrigerated cheese filled regular tortellini (use 2 Pkg. if you need to serve more than 3 entries.)
2 chicken breast (about 1 1/2 cups) cubed chicken
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1 can of green beans (use fresh peas or broccoli if wanted)
2 Tbs. snipped fresh basil or 1 teas. of dried basil.
Crumb topping
1/4 fresh Parmesan cheese
2 Tbl butter, melted
1 cup fresh bread crumbs

Per heat oven to 400. For pasta mixture in a medium/large sauce pan mix all ingredients to a boil. Meanwhile, for crumb topping grate parmesan in a microwave safe bowl, mix in bread crumbs and add butter. Microwave until butter is melted. Spoon Pasta mixture into a oven safe casserole dish. spinkle crumb mixture on top. bake for 15-20 minutes or until the sides are bubbly and topping is golden brown.
Yield 3-6 servings.

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