Monday, April 28, 2014

Buttery Breadsticks and Pizza Dough

Cheesy Parmesan Breadsticks from Pizza Dough.....
Homemade Pizza and breadsticks.....a great Monday night quickie dinner! 
I used this recipe to make some pizza tonight at home. I had some leftover Parmesan cheese from making chicken alfredo the other night. It is great on breadsticks too. So I used half of the recipe for a medium sized pizza for the hubs and I, and the other half I made some mini breadsticks that will will go great with some cream of broccoli soup tomorrow. (that's not sayin they will last till tomorrow!) tee hee....
Gather your ingredients, start with WARM water to sprinkle the packet of yeast into.  

These are the things I put on top of my cheesy-garlic Parmesan breadsticks! I keep Parmesan in the freezer in the baggie it comes in. I bring it out when needed and that way it is always fresh. It is GREAT on Italian green salads and also in pasta dishes of any sort! 

I just LOVE these little Skookie cast-iron pans I got for my birthday a few years back from my son Jeff and daughter-in-law Wendy. They are perfect for individual pan pizzas!  WOOT! Here is a link for the pans HERE.

Added the sauce and then topped with cheese.....easy peasy.....

Homemade Pizzas and breadsticks ......make it tonight! 
The Weekday Chef loves breads. It's sadly, my downfall. And Pizza and buttery breadsticks are kind of the devil. (stupid buttery morsels of delight....stupid things....) sounds of sniffing....

Here is the recipe. It is from Jamie Cooks it UP!  love her! 
30 minute Pizza Dough 
1 Cup of Warm Water
1 T sugar
1 T. Yeast (I use active dry yeast)
1 teaspoon salt 
3 T vegetable or canola oil 
2 1/2 to 3 cups of flour 

I just pour a cup of warm water in my mixer and then dump in the yeast and then sugar and leave them to bubble up for 5 minutes while I gathered the pizza ingredients. Then I added the teaspoon salt and 3 Tablespoons of oil. (Olive oil works great too) and added 2 cups of flour slowly and then about 2 3/4 when it was about done. Just add enough so it isn't sticky anymore and pulls away from the pan. 
Roll out the pizza dough onto a pizza stone brushed with oil. 
Breadsticks from Pizza Dough...I let them rise a little before baking.....then I painted melted butter on them with a silicone soft brush and topped them with Parmesan Cheese and Johnny's Garlic Salt Mixture.

 I used a little more than half of the dough on my pizza stone and rolled it out and then let it set while I grated the cheese. Then I used the other half, rolled it out in a short rectangle about 1/3 of an inch thick. Then I cut rectangles, twisted them and layed them in my little mini pizza pans. They rise while the pizza is cooking. 
I add PREGO spaghetti sauce for my pizzas and top with Mozzarella cheese and pineapple bits, bacon, tomato slices and green peppers and purple onion. Sometimes I add mushrooms and olives too if we have them on hand. It's yummyrific! 

Homemade Pizza  and Parmesan Breadsticks made from a really EASY PEASY Pizza Dough! 

Add favorite toppings to pizza and cook at 475 for 8 to 12 minutes depending on your oven. 
This is one of the easiest and quickest dinners around....homemade pizzas and breadsticks! 
Homemade Pizza dough breadsticks topped with butter and Parmesan cheese!
Maybe we'll start having pizza nights every Monday! mmmhmmm....

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Orange Bunny Buns

Budget Gourmet Mom had a cute bunny orange roll I wanted to try to make.  I love the recipe for orange rolls that I have used in the past but I have never done this cute shape for Easter before. What fun it will be for my grandkids!
That cute site had this cute bunny roll. I liked how they made the eyes with little lumps of dough. 

Orange Rolls
from Simply So Good

¼ cup warm water
1 tablespoon yeast
3 eggs
½ cut butter
¾ cup milk
½ cup sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
4 ½ - 5 cups flour

Dissolve yeast in warm water, set aside for 5 minutes.  In a large mixing bowl mix together eggs, sugar, and salt.  Set aside.  

In a small saucepan, melt butter then add milk.  Slowly pour into egg mixture mixing all the time.  Add yeast mixture and 2 cups flour.  Mix until dough is smooth.  Add remaining flour 1 cup at a time.  Only use needed amount of flour to form a smooth yet sticky dough.  DO NOT ADD MORE THAN 5 CUPS OF FLOUR. Cover dough with plastic wrap or aluminum foil.  Place in refrigerator overnight. 

Orange filling:
1/2 cup butter – melted
1 cup sugar
Juice from 1/2 orange
Zest from 1 orange

To make the orange filling:  Combine all ingredients in a medium size bowl and stir to blend. 

Butter or grease 2 muffin pans then set aside. Roll into a rectangle.  Spread half of the melted butter and orange mixture on the dough leaving ½-inch border around the sides.  Roll dough from the long end.  Cut roll into 24 slices and place in prepare muffin pans.  Allow to rise until double in size.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.  Immediate remove from oven and flip rolls out onto a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.  Allow all the orange glaze to drizzle over the rolls.
Easter Bunny Bread Recipe
Taste of Home   made this cute bunny from bread and added dip.  I like the face on the bunny. I'd like
to add that to my little bunny rolls if I can. 

Taste of Home had these cute rolled bunny rolls.  

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pomegranate Mango Salad with Almonds

Martha Stewart had a good looking recipe I thought I would try to go with our Lasagne for Sunday dinner today. Here is Martha Stewart's recipe. I wanted to doctor it up a little bit.
Pomegranate Almond Green Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette  
. It would be nice with a crumbly cheese too as an option. Or you could add grilled chicken pieces to it!!
 I sliced up some red onion, mango and threw some slivered almonds and the Pomegranates into a bed of greens for the Pomegranate Almond Salad. Then I drizzled a little bit of Kraft low calorie Raspberry Vinaigrette on top.

2 to 3 cups Salad Greens
1/4 cup Cut up mango 
1/4 cup slivered almonds
`1/4 of a pomegranate (just take seeds out and drop them on top of salad)
slices of red onion (optional) 
Red Raspberry Vinaigrette 

It was yummy.  It went very good with our Lasagne dinner. It would be great for a Christmas party too.
It would also be good with cut up pears or strawberries in place of the mango. And it would be great for a pretty holiday salad!


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