Sausage balls are something my college roommate's mother made for us. They are totally bad for you and delicious as things that are totally bad for you can be. The thing is, I never made them until today. Every gathering I attend that I think sausage balls should be there, they are there. But I wanted some today and they were not there.
So I googled some recipes to make them myself. And they all called for Bisquick. But see, I do not buy Bisquick. So I looked up what is in Bisquick, and improvised. By improvised, I added scallions.
Minjenah's Sausage balls
1 pound of sausage (I used Jimmy Dean Sage), at room temperature 4 cups shredded cheese ( I used a mixture of Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack and White Cheddar), at room temperature 1/2 cup finely diced scallions 2 cups of flour 1 tablespoon of baking powder 1 teaspoon of salt 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Combine the sausage and cheese with your hands until it is a uniform pink globby mess. Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl until well mixed. Add the floury stuff to the globby stuff until it is a uniform color of lighter pink glob with spots of green.
Roll into one inch balls.
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until they look like the picture above.
The original recipe I linked to says it makes 5 dozen but when I made it I got three dozen. Maybe my inch is off....
I went to a dirty Santa party. I brought creamed spinach.
Creamed Spinach, adapted from the Barefoot Contessa INGREDIENTS 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter 4 cups chopped yellow onions (2 large) 1/4 cup flour 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg 3 cups half and half 3 pounds frozen chopped spinach, defrosted (5 10-ounce) packages) 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese
METHOD Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the onions and saute until translucent, about 15 minutes. Add the flour and nutmeg and cook, stirring, for 2 more minutes. Add the half and half and cook until thickened. Squeeze as much liquid as possible from the spinach and add the spinach to the sauce. Add 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese and mix well. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
Transfer the spinach to a baking dish and sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan and the Gruyere on top. Bake for 45 minutes until hot and bubbly. Serve hot.
So if you have a foodie love: Menu for Hope has it for you. The great Pim has started a great project for those interested. It is a raffle with all sorts of fancy goodies from the world of food blogger.
I do not own a candy thermometer. I should, but I don't. Yet I can make this toffee:
quite easily. I was afraid of candy making and hard crack or soft crack or whatever. But I can do this and so should you!
Toffee 1 stick of butter 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup chocolate chips 1/2 cup slivered almonds
Before you start, line a cookie sheet with foil and brush lightly with melted butter.
Take the butter and sugar and melt it in a pot. Stir it until it makes a syrup. Keep stirring it until there are wisps of smoke coming out. This takes about seven minutes. You can tell it is ready by the wisps of smoke and it will get a shade darker.
Pour immediately onto the greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle the chocolate over it and cover with an inverted cookie sheet to keep the heat in. This stuff is HOT so I do not recommend doing this around children. Even though children want to flock around because you are making candy. When the choclate chips get shiny, spread them to make a smooth layer of chocolate. Sprinkle on the almonds and press down slightly so that they stick.
Let cool completely and break into yummy chunks.
Note: you can double this recipe but it seems to add two more minutes for the stirring.
So every year, I make a baked tin of goodies. I thought I would share with the internet what I do. Not to show off, but to show you internet that it does not take superhuman effort to make a nice baked tin of goodies. I start with a recipe that is, ironically, not a baked good. It is spiced nuts.
These are very easy to make. As in I made four batches of this (16 cups of spiced nuts) in 45 minutes.
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 4 cups unsalted mixed nuts (I use pecans, almonds and walnuts) 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 6 tablespoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon salt
Mix spices and reserve. Heat the nuts in a dry skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until they begin to toast, about 4 minutes. Add the butter and cook, stirring, until the nuts begin to darken, about 1 minute. Add the spices, the sugar, 1 tablespoon water, and the salt and cook, stirring, until the sauce thickens and the nuts are glazed, about 5 minutes. (Your house will smell AMAZING!)
Remove the nuts from the heat and transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, separating them with a fork. Let the nuts stand until cooled and the sugar has hardened, about 10 minutes. Store in an airtight container.
Split Pea Soup One glug olive oil 1 onion chopped 1 carrot chopped 1 rib of celery chopped 2 spoonfuls of garlic puree
6 cups ham broth 16 ounce split peas 2 cups chopped ham
Saute the first five ingredients until everything gets mushy. Add the broth and the split peas. Bring to a boil then let simmer until the peas get mushy (do you sense a theme here?). This takes about 30 minutes. Add the ham and let it get warmed through.
I remember watching 60 minutes do a story about Domino's Pizza when I was a child. This story went about how important it was to have the exact same pizza in Michigan as in Toledo. One thing that was lambasted was the pizza bubble. There should NOT be pizza bubbles.
What is a pizza bubble?
Yohboh loves a pizza bubble. I have no idea how to control a pizza bubble but he was very happy by this one:
I am a tiny Asian woman trying to navigate the Deep South. I have a profound love of all things deep fried.
I married a man seven years my junior (WHO IS THE ROCK STAR! JAYUUH!)
I have a well developed sense of humor and a poorly developed sense of spacial relations.
I share too much, which is why I need to blog to edit before I over share with people how often I poop and how I saw my first gray hair at 24 AND IT WAS NOT ON MY HEAD.
I had a child on February 2007 I had another child in October of 2011. My life has not been the same. It has gotten a lot better.
If you wish to contact me email me at minjenah at gmail dot com. I will respond, eventually.