Saturday, April 27, 2013

Crock Pot Lasagna

Notes: I used a large crock pot (6 cup), so I had to double the original recipe.

1 pound Ground Beef (I used ground Italian Sausage instead)
Lasagna noodles          1 small jar spaghetti sauce
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese (I used half cottage cheese & half ricotta cheese)
1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
2 T grated Parmesan cheese

Brown ground beef & drain. Spoon 1 cup of the spaghetti sauce in bottom of 4 quart crock pot.  Mix remaining sauce with beef. Place 2 uncooked lasagna noodles on sauce (three if using larger crock pot). Spread 1/3 meat mixture on top of noodles. Spread 3/4 C. cottage cheese over meat. Sprinkle 1/2 C. mozzarella cheese over cottage cheese. Add another layer of uncooked noodles, 1/3 meat mixture, the remaining cottage cheese and 1/2 C. mozzarella cheese. Place another layer of uncooked noodles, meat mixture, and mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top. Cook on low for 4 hours. If it cooks much longer, it gets a bit well done.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Best Peanut Brittle recipe by Melody Grambling

2 cups sugar    2 1/2 c raw peanuts     3/4 c white corn syrup
1/4 c water   1/4 tsp. salt   3 tsp baking soda.

You will need 4 greased pie tins or a well greased cookie sheet, big pot, & candy thermometer

Premeasure the baking soda & set aside, have it ready to put in the mixture.  Also have your pans/cookie sheet ready to for the peanut brittle to pour in.

In a heavy gauge pot, mix the sugar, peanuts, syrup, water & salt, cook on medium heat, stirring at all times until you reach 300 degrees (hard crack stage) on a candy thermometer.  Remove from heat, add baking soda (will make brittle rise/foam a little) stirring quickly & then quickly pour into pans/cookie sheets. 
Makes 2 pounds - if using 4 pie pans & poured evenly each pie pan will be a 1/2 pound.
Hint: pour quickly when putting into pans/cookie sheets as brittle with start to harden.

Peanut Butter Cake in Coffee Mug

Take a BIG mug like this one in the picture.  I tried using one that holds two cups but it was too small.
Put the following in the mug:
1/4 cup sugar; 1/4 cup flour; 1 tsp baking powder
3 Tbsp Oil, 3 Tbsp Peanut Butter (Crunchy or Creamy), 3 Tbsp Milk, 1 egg
Whisk together in mug until smooth & mixed well.
Place in a microwave on high for 1 1/2 min.  Check, should be bouncy like a cake, may have a little moisture on the sides.  If not done microwave for 30 second intervals until done. Do not over cook or it gets rubbery

Finished product, very hot & yummy.  Also very filling.