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Frankie’s Shrimp & Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

1 pound large cooked shrimp (16 to 20 shrimp per pound)

1 cup of light mayonnaise

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard or dry mustard

2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice

½ teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon of minced fresh dill

1 tablespoon of celery seed

1 cup minced red onion (1 onion)

1 cup minced celery (6 stalks)

½ box of Ronzoni #32 rings

Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Method:

Cook the pasta, and peel & remove veins from the shrimp.  Chop the shrimp into pieces.  Whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire, dill, & celery seed.  Combine with the peeled shrimp. Mix in the onion, celery & cooked pasta.  Serve or cover and refrigerate for a few hours.

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Homemade Mozzarella Cheese

Ingredients:

1 Gallon of Milk (Not Ultra Pasteurized)

1 1/2 tsp Citric Acid

1/4 Rennet Tablet or 1/4 tsp Single Strength Liquid Rennet

1 teaspoon kosher Salt

Purified or Distilled Water (Make sure water is not tap water.  Cannot use water that has any chlorine in it)

Equipment

Food Thermometer

Knife to Cut Curds

Spoon or Ladle to Stir Curds

5 quart Stainless Steel Pot

Large Stainless steel Colander

Large Glass bowl

Food grade, heat resistant gloves for stretching the curds

Method:

Prepare the Citric Acid and Rennet: Measure out 1 cup of water. Stir in the citric acid until dissolved. Measure out 1/4 cup of water in a separate bowl. Stir in the rennet until dissolved (mix the rennet just before you use it – potency expires in 20 minutes).

Warm the Milk: Pour the milk into the pot. Stir in the citric acid solution. Set the pot over medium-high heat and warm to 90°F, stirring gently.

Add the Rennet: Remove the pot from heat and gently stir in the rennet solution. Count to 30. Stop stirring, cover the pot, and let it sit undisturbed for 5 minutes.

Cut the Curds: After five minutes, the milk should have set, and it should look and feel like soft silken tofu. If it is still liquidy, re-cover the pot and let it sit for another five minutes. Once the milk has set, cut it into uniform curds: make several parallel cuts vertically through the curds and then several parallel cuts horizontally, creating a grid-like pattern. Make sure your knife reaches all the way to the bottom of the pan.

Cook the Curds: Place the pot back on the stove over medium heat and warm the curds to 105°F. Stir slowly as the curds warm, but try not to break them up too much. The curds will eventually clump together and separate more completely from the yellow whey.

Remove the Curds from Heat and Stir: Remove the pan from the heat and continue stirring gently for another 5 minutes.

Separate the Curds from the Whey: Ladle the curds into a microwave-safe bowl with the slotted spoon.

Microwave the Curds:  Microwave the curds for one minute. Drain off the whey. Put on your rubber gloves and fold the curds over on themselves a few times. At this point, the curds will still be very loose and cottage-cheese-like.

Microwave the Curds to 135°F: Microwave the curds for another 30 seconds and check their internal temperature. If the temperature has reached 135°F, continue with stretching the curds. If not, continue microwaving in 30-second bursts until they reach temperature. The curds need to reach this temperature in order to stretch properly.

Stretch and Shape the Mozzarella: Sprinkle the salt over the cheese and squish it with your fingers to incorporate. Using both hands, stretch and fold the curds repeatedly. It will start to tighten, become firm, and take on a glossy sheen. When this happens, you are ready to shape the mozzarella. Make one large ball, two smaller balls, or several bite-sized bocconcini. Try not to over-work the mozzarella.

The mozzarella can be used immediately or kept refrigerated for a week. To refrigerate, place the mozzarella in a small container. Mix a teaspoon of salt with a cup of cool whey and pour this over the mozzarella. Cover and refrigerate.

 

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Clam Dip

1  8 oz. block of cream cheese
1 can 6 1/4 oz. minced clams (reserve 1/4 cup liquid)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 Tbs. Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tbs. Fresh lemon juice
2 Tbs. dry minced onions
salt & pepper to taste
Mix clams, reserved liquid and remaining ingredients until well blended; cover. Refrigerate several hours or until chilled.
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Zesty Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 limes, juice of
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt, black pepper to taste
  • 1 lb jumbo cooked, peeled shrimp, chopped*
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 medium hass avocado, diced (about 5 oz)
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed, diced fine
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl combine red onion, lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Let them marinate at least 5 minutes to mellow the flavor of the onion.
  2. In a large bowl combine chopped shrimp, avocado, tomato, jalapeño.
  3. Combine all the ingredients together, add cilantro and gently toss. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

Read more at http://www.skinnytaste.com/zesty-lime-shrimp-and-avocado-salad/#AcO2hcAYjYBO04pS.99

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Cheese Stuffed Breadsticks

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Ingredients:

1 1 (10 5/8 ounce) package pillsbury refrigerated garlic breadsticks

5 ounces mozzarella string cheese ( 1 ounce pieces)

Parmesan cheese

Marinara sauce (optional)

Method:

Separate breadstick dough.

Open each package of string cheese.

Divide string cheese pieces in half.

Take 1 piece of cheese and wrap breadstick dough around it taking care to seal it completely.

Place each breadstick on a cookie sheet sprayed with Pam.

Spread garlic seasoning that is provided in the package on breadsticks.

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Bake at 375 for 11-12 minutes.

Do not overcook.

Serve immediately…..dip in marinara.

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Pepperoni and Cheese Crescents

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Ingredients:

11(8-oz.) can Refrigerated Crescent Dinner Rolls

24 slices (about 5 oz.) pepperoni (or other meat)

2oz. (1/2 cup) shredded mozzarella cheese

1cup tomato pasta or pizza sauce, heated

Method:

Heat oven to 375°F. Separate dough into 8 triangles; pat out each triangle slightly.

Place 3 slices pepperoni, slightly overlapping, on center of each triangle. Top each with about 1 tablespoon cheese.

Roll up, starting at shortest side of triangle and rolling to opposite point. Place rolls, point side down, on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 375°F. for 10 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm crescents with warm pasta sauce for dipping.

Shape these crescents up to 2 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate them. Bake them just before they’ll be served.

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Cheese Dip

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Ingredients:

1 8 oz. package cream cheese
2 cups grated cheddar cheese OR grated jalapeño jack
1 cup mayonnaise
1 small purple onion, diced (you can use chopped green onions as well or omit onions if you don’t like them)

Method:

Place all ingredients in a shallow baking dish (a 9″ square pan or round quiche pan will be perfect!)

Microwave on high for about 2 minutes or until the ingredients are melted enough to stir together.

Stir until combined.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Serve with Wheat Thins or Frito’s Scoops or veggie’s for dipping.

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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

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Ingredients:

2 lbs ground chicken
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs 1/4 cup finely minced onion 2 tablespoons minced parsley
2 cloves garlic, minced
zest of 1 small lemon, about 1 teaspoon
2 eggs
3/4 cup shredded Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 quart Marinara Sauce
4-6 ounces mozzarella, freshly sliced

Method:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, setting the rack in the upper third of the oven. In a large bowl, combine everything except the marinara and the mozzarella. Lightly mix together, using your hands or a large spoon. Scoop and shape into small meatballs and place on a foil lined baking sheet. Place the meatballs fairly close together on the tray to make them fit. Spoon about a half tablespoon of sauce over each meatball. Bake for 15 minutes.

Remove meatballs from the oven and increase the oven temperature to broil. Spoon an additional half tablespoon of sauce over each meatball and top with a small square of mozzarella. Broil an additional 3 minutes, until the cheese has melted and turned golden. Serve with additional sauce

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Baked Cheese Olives

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Ingredients:

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 24 pimento-stuffed green olives

Method:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a small mixing bowl, combine cheese and butter or margarine. Stir flour and cayenne pepper into the cheese and butter mixture. Blend well. Wrap a tablespoon of dough around each green olive. Arrange the wrapped olives on a cookie sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

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Garden Bacon Monkey Bread

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Ingredients:

4 Pack of Biscuits (7.5 oz)- Cut into thirds

1/4 Cup Melted Butter

1/4 Cup Red Bell Pepper-Chopped

1/4 Cup Green Bell Pepper- Chopped

5 Slices Crisp Bacon Crumbled

1/2 Cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Method:

Combine ingredients in a bowl.

Pour into greased 12 cup Bundt Pan

Bake at 350 degrees until slightly golden brown (30-35 minutes)

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