Saturday, January 31, 2015

Don't Be So Crabby Cakes™

This is perfect for a light lunch or for a party. 

1 lb lump crab meat ( 3 cans approx drained)
1 - 2 eggs beaten (adjust amount as needed)
1/8 - 1-4 c each diced onions, crushed kettle style potato chips
1/8 - 1/4 tsp each: salt, pepper, lemon juice, parsley
1 clove garlic, crushed
lemon zest
pinch red pepper flakes

2 - 3 T olive oil

Drain cans of crab meat though a sieve, if needed.  With clean hands,  squeeze excess liquid from crab meat  and place into a mixing bowl. 

Place potato chips in sandwich baggie and crush with clean hands. You can also crush the chips with a rolling pin. 

Crack egg in bowl and beat slightly with a fork. 

Peel and chop onion, peel crush and chop garlic.

Combine crushed chips, salt, pepper, onions, garlic, parsley, pepper flakes, lemon zest, lemon juice into the bowl with crab. add egg and mix well. 

Form mixture into 4 - 6 patties. If making these for a party. form mixture into 16 patties.

Heat skillet to medium high heat. lower heat to medium and add oil. Place patties in pan and cook for 2 - 4 minutes on 1 side. flip patties over and cook on other side for 2 - 4 min. or until done. Remove patties from pan and drain on a paper towel lined plate. 

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Serves 2 - 4.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hildys' Easy Bread Pudding

This is a great recipe for winter or anytime. It's also a great way to use leftover bread. 

12 slices bread
1/2 c. seedless raisins
1/4 c melted unsalted butter
6 large eggs (slightly beaten)
3/4 c sugar ( regular or dietetic)
3 c milk ( low fat)
1/2 tsp vanilla
Dash each: cinnamon,  nutmeg
non stick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375 ' F

Spray a 2 q. casserole dish with cooking spray.

Cut bread slices in half. Layer bread into  casserole dish, overlapping slices. Sprinkle each layer of bread with raisins.  Pour melted butter over bread.

Beat eggs, add sugar and blend until sugar is dissolved. Stir in milk, vanilla. cinnamon and nutmeg.

Pour mixture over bread  and sprinkle with more nutmeg if desired. 

Place casserole dish into a shallow pan with hot water. This will make a hot water bath so the pudding doesn't burn. You can also make this in a slow cooker as well. Omit hot  water if making it in the slow cooker. 

Place pan in oven and bake for 1 hr. or until golden brown and pudding is set.  Remove pan from oven when done. Let cool. You can serve this warm or chilled, topped with whipped cream.

Makes 4 - 8 servings. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

King Of Rock Peanut Butter And Banana Sandwich™

You don't have to be the king of rock and roll to enjoy this sandwich.

 I've used healthy bacon, but you can also make this vegan too. 

12 slices bacon
8 slices white bread
2 - 4 T. unsalted butter 
1 - 2 bananas sliced
4 - 6 T. peanut butter
1 tsp. sugar

Preheat skillet to medium high heat.

 Lower heat to medium. 

Add bacon to pan and cook bacon to desired crispness. 

Remove bacon from pan when cooked and drain and paper towel lined plate. 

While bacon is cooking, toast bread slices in toaster. 

Remove toast from toaster and butter toast with some of the butter.

Spread peanut butter on one side of the bread.

Cut banana into slices,  arrange on 4 slices of the bread. Sprinkle some sugar over banana slices.

Arrange bacon on top of banana slices and cover with rest of bread slices. 

Heat skillet over medium heat. lower heat to medium low and add rest of butter.  

Cook sandwich on each side 3 - 5 min or until brown

Serves 4. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

I'll Only Be A Minute Steak Sandwich™

This is great for watching the big game or anytime. I've used minute steak. But you can also ask your butcher to slice round or sirloin steak thinly. This is also great for leftovers.

Sandwich filling

1  lb minute steak
1/8 - 1/4 tsp each: worchestershire suace, granulated garlic, salt, pepper
4 submarine sandwich rolls
1/2 each: small onion, small pepper sliced
1- 2 T olive oil
Shredded lettuce


1/8 - 1/4 c  +  1- 2 T olive oil
1/4 tsp lemon juice
1 small clove garlic (crushed, chopped)
1/8 - 1/4 tsp each: pepper, salt, dried parsley, dried basil, dried oregano

Cut rolls in half and warm in microwave for a few seconds. You can also cut roll in half, drizzle with olive oil and place roll face down in a saute pan to toast for a couple of minutes if desired.

Rinse, peel and slice onions. rinse, seed and slice peppers, set aside. 

In a small bowl combine ingredients for dressing, set aside.

Slice minute steak if desired.

Heat a saute pan over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium low. Add half of the oil. Add 
meat, sauce and seasonings to pan and cook meat for 3 -5 minutes or until done.

Remove meat from pan and place into a plate.

In the same pan add remaining oil. Cook onions and peppers for 3-5 min. Return meat to pan and heat for 1 - 2 min more or until warm.

Remove mixture from pan and with a slotted spoon, spoon mixture over on one side of sub roll. 
Top sandwiches with the shredded lettuce and drizzle dressing over sandwiches and remaining slices of rolls. 

Cover sandwiches with remaining slices of rolls and enjoy.

Serves 4.