Have Yourself A Healthy Little Christmas

Real Fresh, Real Delicious: Roast Chicken

 
Looking for a Christmas dinner that’s a little different from the traditional fare but just as special and delicious? Try a variation of one of my go-to nutritious dishes—roast chicken and potatoes! This meal is even better when it’s prepped a day ahead, which can ease some of your stress with all the holiday hustle and bustle. When it’s chow time, all you have to do is throw the feast in the oven and spend some time with the ones you love. The instructions are the same for each recipe, so pick the variation that suits your holiday mood, fix up the marinade, prep the chicken (up to a day in advance), and let the oven do all the hard work. Easy, healthy, and satisfying!
 
Roast chicken with vegetables and sauce on a festive plate setting. 
For a bigger crowd, this recipe can be easily doubled with the chickens placed side by side on the same large sheet pan. While the chicken is resting after coming out of the oven, I like to work on a family-favorite all-purpose side dish: roasted cauliflower. Quick and simple, all this takes is fresh or frozen cauliflower pieces plus a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. I put the veggies in the oven to roast at 475℉ for 20-25 minutes until the tips are caramelized and golden brown. And that’s it! Dinner is served.
 
Cheers to real fresh, real delicious food with the ones you love! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
 
A shot looking down on a plate of roast chicken with vegetables and a green sauce, plated in a festive way.
 
DIRECTIONS FOR ALL VARIATIONS
  1. Combine all ingredients except chicken and potatoes in a food processor or blender and blend, scraping down sides as needed, until a thin paste forms, about 30 seconds.  
  2. Cut out chicken's backbone with a sharp knife or kitchen shears and open the chicken out flat with skin side up. With your palm, firmly press down the breast area to flatten (you should hear a snap when the breast bone breaks).  Stuff most of the herb paste under skin (separate skin from meat gently with a spoon if needed), and spread remaining marinade all over the rest of the chicken (the easiest way to do this is in a casserole dish). Cover casserole dish and place in the refrigerator to marinate until ready to cook, up to 24 hours. The longer marinade time will make a more flavorful dish.
  3. When ready to begin cooking, adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 400F. Scatter potatoes evenly on a sheet pan. Sprinkle potatoes evenly with salt pepper to taste. Place chicken, skin side up, on top of potatoes.  Pour any excess marinade from chicken over potatoes. Roast 70-90 minutes until the thigh meat reaches 175℉ on an instant read thermometer and the juices run clear.  Check potatoes about halfway through cooking; if pan is dry, add 1/2 cup of water.  
  4. Allow chicken to rest for at least 10 minutes before carving. Serve with potatoes and pan juices on the side.  
 

Mediterranean Roast Chicken with Green Olives, Fennel Seeds, and Thyme

 
A pan of roasting potatoes next to a bowl of mixed ingredients.
Adapted from The Perfectly Roasted Chicken by Mindy Fox
 
INGREDIENTS
1 3½ to 4 pound chicken
3 lbs red or gold potatoes, washed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
 
For the marinade:
1 cup pitted green olives
2 Tbs dried thyme
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
3 garlic cloves, peeled
2 tsp lemon zest
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbs kosher salt (or 1 Tbs table salt)
 
Follow directions above.
 
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Peruvian Roast Chicken with Cilantro and Jalapeno Sauce

A roast chicken fresh out of oven, surrounded by potatoes and marinade  
INGREDIENTS
1 3½ to 4 pound chicken
3 lbs red or gold potatoes, washed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
 
For the marinade:
3 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves
6 garlic cloves, peeled
1 Tbs ground black pepper
1 Tbs sugar
2 Tbs ground cumin
3 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika
1 Tbs dried oregano
2 ½ tsp fresh lime zest
¼ cup fresh lime juice
1 habanero chile, seeds and ribs removed (use gloves when handling)
1 red bell pepper, seeds and ribs removed and chopped coarse
2 Tbs kosher salt (or 1 Tbs table salt)
 
Follow directions above.
 
 

Cilantro and Jalapeno Sauce

A food blender full of a green sauce.
 
Ingredients
¾ cup mayonnaise
¼ sour cream
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 Tbs fresh lime juice
½ cup jarred pickled jalapenos (mild variety is best)
2 tsp pickled jalapeno juice
1 medium bunch cilantro leaves and tender stems (use entire bunch)
1 garlic clove, peeled
2 tsp yellow mustard
1 teaspoon kosher salt (or ½ teaspoon of kosher salt)
 
Instructions for sauce:

Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender for about 1 minute until all ingredients are smooth and well blended. Taste to adjust seasoning. Serve with Peruvian chicken.

  


Balsamic Roast Chicken and Potatoes

A seasoned roasting chicken with a pan of roasting potatoes in the background 
Adapted from The Italian Country Table by Lynne Rossetto Kasper
 
INGREDIENTS
1 3½ to 4 pound chicken
3 lbs red or gold potatoes, washed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
For the marinade:
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped coarse
6 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 tightly packed cup of fresh basil leaves
3/4 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
6 slices of bacon or pancetta, chopped
1/2 cup high quality balsamic vinegar (thicker, well-aged varieties are best)
2 Tbs kosher salt (or 1 Tbs table salt)
 
Follow directions above.
 
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers for all holiday needs! 
 

 
Angela Larson
Angela Larson is a registered dietitian (RD) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods and nutrition education to the community. She is also a clinical dietitian representing Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin where she does outreach education on food and nutrition. Food is her passion, so Angela loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of nutrition. Angela loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors. In addition to the Brookshire Brothers blog, look for Angela's monthly articles in Charm East Texas. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Real Fresh, Real Delicious: Harvest Muffins
Looking for the perfect homemade gift that is sure to make the season merry, bright, AND delicious? Try gifting scrumptious and moist muffins that are freezer friendly for a quick breakfast or a perfect pairing with a cup of coffee for chilly mornings. Muffins are the perfectly portable crowd-pleasing present.
 
Banana nut muffins are one of my favorite varieties, but for something a little extra special, try this recipe for Harvest Muffins that have a delicious and nutritious secret—they are sweetened with sweet potato instead of any added sugars! Sweet potato adds natural sweetness and extra nutrition in every bite. I hope you make a double batch for you and as a gift to a loved one this holiday season! Merry Christmas!!
 
Need more ideas? Give the gift of food with these five fun and easy suggestions featured last Christmas! 
 

Harvest Muffins

(Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen)

Several delicious looking muffins cooling on a rack
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INGREDIENTS
    • 1¼ cups dried cranberries or cherries
    • ¾ cup pecans, toasted and chopped fine
    • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • ¾ cup apple cider
    • 2/3 cup buttermilk
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • ¼ teaspoon grated orange zest
    • 2 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
    • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
    • 1½ teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
    • ½ teaspoon table salt
    • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 ¼ cups peeled and shredded sweet potato (about 1 small potato)
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INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Line 12-cup muffin tin with parchment liners or grease well. Finely chop ¼ cup cranberries and combine with ¼ cup toasted pecans. Set aside for topping.
  2. Melt butter in a 10-inch stainless skillet over medium-high heat until it begins to turn golden brown, about 2 minutes.Cook, stirring pan constantly until has a nutty aroma and is dark golden brown, another 1 minute or so.Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Whisk apple cider, buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, and orange zest into the browned butter until smooth. In a separate large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and cloves together. Using rubber spatula, stir the butter mixture until combined.Fold in sweet potato and remaining 1 cup cranberries and remaining ½ cup pecans.
  4. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups and sprinkle with reserved topping mixture.Bake 18-20 minutes until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out with a few moist crumbs attached but no wet batter.Rotate muffin tin halfway through baking.
  5. Let muffins cool for 10 minutes before turning them out of muffin tin and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.Serve.
 
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers for all holiday needs! 
 

 
Angela Larson
Angela Larson is a registered dietitian (RD) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods and nutrition education to the community. She is also a clinical dietitian representing Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin where she does outreach education on food and nutrition. Food is her passion, so Angela loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of nutrition. Angela loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors. In addition to the Brookshire Brothers blog, look for Angela's monthly articles in Charm East Texas. 
 
 
 
Oven Baked Chili Cheese Dogs

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 • November 28 through December 11, 2018 • 
 
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A classic crowdpleaser, chili dogs are an easy fix for almost any occasion—football watch parties, family dinners, friendly potlucks, and more. Go for the win-win with hot & ready savings on this delicious dish, now through December 11! 
 
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1 - Food Club Squeeze Mustard (8 oz)
1 - Shasta Soda (2 liter bottles)
1 - Fresh Harvest Hot Dog Buns (11 oz)
1 - Food Club Shredded Cheese (8 oz)
 
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Oven-Baked Chili Cheese Dogs

 Prep: 15 min | Total: 1 hr
 

Ingredients

7-8 Ball Park Franks (depending on how many you can fit into your pan)
7-8 Fresh Harvest Hot Dog Buns
1 cup Food Club mayonnaise
1/2 cup Food Club Relish
1 can Wolf Brand Chili (19 oz)
1 cup Food Club Shredded Cheese
1 onion, diced
Optional: Mustard, to taste
 
Serve with chips, soda, and any other sides you enjoy! 
 

Directions 

    • Preheat your oven to 350*F. 
    • Spread 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise and 1 tablespoon of relish into each hot dog bun (mustard optional)
    • Add a hot dog (uncooked) to each bun, then place in a 9×13 baking dish.
    • Evenly top each with chili, followed by shredded cheese and diced onion. 
    • Cover with foil, place in preheated oven, and bake for 45 minutes.
    • Enjoy!  
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers for all your chili dog bake needs!

 

No-Fuss Side Dishes (Plus a Fun Dessert!)
I love Thanksgiving-style sides so much that I cook them year-round. Why not? Everyone needs healthy, delicious, no-fuss side dishes that can please the whole family. As you’ll soon see, oven roasting is my absolute favorite way to prepare any vegetable. It can bring out their magical qualities enough to lure even the wariest eaters to the table. Even better, roasting veggies means I can toss them in a hot oven while I’m working on something else. A giant piece of foil on the sheet pan makes clean-up a cinch too.
 
So, here’s the run-down on my family’s go-to Thanksgiving sides (plus a special dessert).
 

Roasted Veggies

Roast your green beans instead of casserolizing them this year (“casserolizing” is my new word contribution to English language—you’re welcome). If you prefer another veggie over green beans (Brussels sprouts, asparagus, etc.), this roasting recipe will still do the trick; your choice greens will come out of the oven spotty brown with a few crisp edges. Yum. Top the roasted vegetables with a little chopped bacon (cooked) or a sprinkle of cheese, and you’ll be in side dish heaven. 
This is more of a method than an exact recipe, so have fun with it and enjoy!
 
A bowl of roasted Brussels sprouts
 
INGREDIENTS
    • Brussels sprouts, fresh green beans, or asparagus—trimmed and washed (amount can vary based on needs but it should still be able to fit in a single layer on a large sheet pan)
    • Extra virgin olive oil
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • Optional toppings: chopped pecans or walnuts, parmesan cheese, chopped cooked bacon
DIRECTIONS
    • Preheat oven to 425F degrees. Cover a large sheet pan with heavy-duty foil. 
    • Take prepped veggies and place them on the sheet pan with a good drizzle of olive oil for a light coating. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add other seasonings and spices as desired.
    • Place veggies in the oven and roast for about 20-25 minutes. 
    • Optional (if you’d like them to be even more browned): Before removing from the oven, turn the broiler on high and place on top rack for a minute or two. Watch closely as they turn even more spotty brown and caramelized. 
    • Top with any other optional toppings and serve immediately. 
Pro Tip: Sometimes it works best to place veggies on very bottom rack for first 10 minutes of cooking time and then move to very top rack of oven for last 10 minutes of cooking to help brown both top and bottom, but this is optional. Check on veggies toward the end of cooking time and look for them to have little brown spots.
 

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Any time I get sweet potato duty for Thanksgiving, roasted sweet potatoes are my go-to recipe. The prep is a breeze, and they come out caramelized on the outside while still creamy on the inside. Moreover, they’re perfectly delicious left as is, or you can jazz them up even further with a drizzle of maple syrup, fresh herbs, or chopped pecans. You can also easily substitute with butternut squash for another spin on this delicious recipe.
 
Several sweet potatoes on a cutting board with some slices and a knife
 
INGREDIENTS
    • 5 pounds of sweet potatoes (about 8 medium potatoes)
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
    • 1 ¾ teaspoon salt
    • Pepper, to taste
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DIRECTIONS
This recipe starts in a cold oven.
    • Peel potatoes (or scrub well) and trim ends. Cut into ¾ inch thick rounds. 
    • Toss potatoes in a large bowl with olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste until evenly coated. Line an 18- by 13-inch heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat with nonstick cooking spray (my favorite is coconut oil spray). Arrange potatoes in a single layer on two baking sheets, dotting evenly with pieces of butter, and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Adjust oven racks to upper and lower middle positions and place potatoes in cold oven. Turn oven to 425 degrees and cook potatoes 30 minutes.
    • Remove baking sheets from oven and carefully remove top layer of foil. Return potatoes to oven and cook until bottom edges of potatoes are golden brown (reversing and rotating pans halfway through cooking time), 15 to 25 minutes. 
    • Remove baking sheets from oven and, using a thin metal spatula, flip slices over. Continue to roast until the bottom edges of the potatoes are golden brown, 18 to 22 minutes longer. Remove from oven and let potatoes cool 5 to 10 minutes, then transfer to platter and serve.
    • Optional toppings: If desired, drizzle lightly with real maple syrup, chopped toasted pecans, or fresh/dried thyme leaves, to taste.

Five Cup Fruit Salad

This super simple fruit salad is a family favorite recipe. Everyone is always fighting for the last serving, and the best part is it’s portable, healthy, and oh-so-easy to make. We always double (or triple) the recipe to make it go a little further and help settle any fights over who gets the last spoonful.
 
A young girl enjoying fruit salad at the table
 
INGREDIENTS
    • 1 cup drained pineapple chunks
    • 1 cup grapes (any variety)
    • 1 cup mandarin orange segments, canned or fresh
    • 1 cup shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened
    • 1 cup sour cream (regular or light) 
Read more: Check out this Honey Lime Fruit Salad recipe too (as featured in a recent Cooking with Kate post).
 
DIRECTIONS
    • Mix together all ingredients and serve.

Pecan Pie with Maple Syrup and Brown Sugar

Dessert is always a highly anticipated part of any Thanksgiving celebration. This dietitian isn’t going to tell you to skip the dessert table because that’s just cruel. Instead, what I recommend is to contribute a delicious dessert made of real fresh, real delicious ingredients from your neighborhood Brookshire Brothers. Above all, enjoy your dessert fully without any guilt. There’s a time and a place for restraint and Thanksgiving ain’t it. 
 
My favorite recipe is a pecan pie that skips corn syrup in favor of brown sugar and maple syrup. The flavors are out of this world.
 
A delicious homemade pecan pie in a glass dish. 

Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen “Old-Fashioned Pecan Pie”

 
INGREDIENTS
    • 1 cup maple syrup
    • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
    • ½ cup heavy cream
    • 1 tablespoon regular molasses
    • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch pieces
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 6 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
    • 2 cups toasted and chopped pecans
    • One 9-inch unbaked pie shell, chilled in the pie plate for 30 minutes
Read more: What to do with Thanksgiving leftovers? Try these tricks from Catering Coordinator Kate Rudasill.
 
DIRECTIONS
    • Make Filling: Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 450 degrees. Heat sugar, syrup, cream, and molasses in saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves (about 3 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes. Whisk butter and salt into syrup mixture until combined. Whisk in egg yolks until incorporated.
    • Bake Pie: Scatter pecans in pie shell. Carefully pour filling over. Place pie in hot oven (on a sheet pan covered with foil in case of spills) and immediately reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake until filling is set and the center jiggles slightly when pie is gently shaken (45 to 60 minutes). Cool pie on rack for 1 hour, then refrigerate until set (about 3 hours and up to 1 day). Bring to room temperature before serving.
    • Serve: Serve with homemade whipped cream and go to dessert heaven.
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers for all your Thanksgiving needs!
 

 
Angela Larson
Angela Larson is a registered dietitian (RD) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods and nutrition education to the community. She is also a clinical dietitian representing Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin where she does outreach education on food and nutrition. Food is her passion, so Angela loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of nutrition. Angela loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors. In addition to the Brookshire Brothers blog, look for Angela's monthly articles in Charm East Texas. 
 
 
 
Cooking With Kate: Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the long and important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in North America – beginning with the Spanish colonial settlement of St. Augustine, Florida in 1565 and continuing through the 1600s, 1700s, and 1800s with the Spanish colonization of Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, and the founding of San Francisco in California. As a result, Hispanic and Latino cuisine has heavily influenced American dishes for hundreds of years. This is especially true in the southwest region where tortillas and salsa are as common as sliced bread and peanut butter. Tex-Mex and more traditional Mexican dishes are incredibly popular here in Texas, but many Spanish and South American specialties are virtually unknown. To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I am sharing with you two recipes that you might not know, but you should definitely try!
 
More to celebrate: October is also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we have 5 recipes perfectly pink for supporting the cause!
 
Cropped shot of a young Hispanic woman cooking in the kitchen at home
 

Spanish Chorizo-Filled Dates Wrapped in Bacon

Spanish chorizo differs from Mexican chorizo. The Spanish variety is a smoked, hard sausage similar to hard salami and the Mexican variety is often ground meat and spicier.  
 
Ingredients
2-3 ounces Spanish chorizo, casing removed
24 Medjool dates, pitted
12 slices raw bacon, cut in half crosswise
 
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Directions
    • Cut the chorizo into 24 small sticks. Tuck 1 piece of chorizo into each date. Wrap each stuffed date with a half slice of bacon. Secure with a toothpick. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add stuffed dates to the hot skillet and cook, turning often, until bacon is browned and cooked through. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.
Homemade Stuffed Chicken Empanadas on a background
 In case you missed it: We covered six dishes, four countries, and one kitchen in last year's Celebrating Hispanic Heritage 2017 blog.
 

Salteῆas Bolivianas (Bolivian-Style Empanadas)

I was fortunate to get to try these from a street vendor in El Alto, Bolivia during a trip last year. There are many different variations of salteῆas with beef, chicken, and pork, but my favorite was similar to this recipe—a rich chicken stew with potatoes, peas, and raisins encased in a slightly sweet, flaky pastry. 
 
Ingredients
For the dough:
4 cups all purpose flour
½ cup white sugar
½ teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup warm water
 
For the filling:
1 russet potato, cut into ½” cubes                                                
¼ cup butter                                                                                      
2 tablespoons yellow pepper paste                                            
½ teaspoon cumin                                                                           
½ teaspoon oregano                                                                       
¼ teaspoon salt                                                                               
½ teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
1 green onion, sliced
½ yellow onion, small diced
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
¼ cup green peas, frozen
¼ cup plain or golden raisins
1 tablespoon sugar
¼ teaspoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
4 cups chicken stock
1 packet unflavored gelatin
 
Sweet tooth? Try Kate's recipe for traditional Argentine tarts with quince jam.
 
Directions 
Make the dough:
    • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, and salt. Add the beaten eggs and melted butter. Add a little less than 1 cup warm water, mixing until a soft dough forms. Cover the bowl with a clean towel, and let the dough rest on the counter for 20-30 minutes while you start the filling.
Make the filling:
    • Add the diced potato to a small pot of boiling water and cook for 5 minutes (potatoes will not be fully cooked). Drain the potatoes and set aside.
    • Melt the butter with the yellow pepper in a large saucepan over medium heat for about 4 minutes. Turn the temperature to low and add the spices (cumin, oregano, salt and pepper) and let everything cook together for 10 minutes. Add the diced green and yellow onion and cook until onions soften, about 3-4 minutes. Add the shredded chicken, partially cooked potatoes, green peas, raisins, sugar, vinegar, parsley, and chicken broth. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes until the mixture is heated throughout. Stir in the packet of gelatin to the mixture and then transfer to a large bowl and cool completely in the refrigerator before filling pastry. The gelatin will partially set the broth mixture as it cools in the fridge.
To assemble:
    • Divide dough into 18 equal portions. Roll each portion into a 7-8” circle, about 1/8” thick. Add a generous scoop of the chilled and gelatinous filling to the center of each circle of dough. To seal the salteῆas, lightly dampen the dough along the edges. Bring the edges of the dough together over the top of the filling. Starting at one side, pinch and twist the dough together to ensure a strong seal. Freeze the sealed salteῆas until ready to bake.
    • Preheat oven to 500°F. Line a cookie sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Transfer the frozen salteῆas to the foil-lined sheet and brush the salteῆas with a little beaten egg. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-18 minutes or until dough is golden brown and the filling is heated through. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers for all your Hispanic Heritage Month needs!
 

View other recipes from Kate Rudasill, Coordinator for 1921 Catering by Brookshire Brothers.
Kate knows food. She grew up with the Southern tradition of good food with the hospitality to match.  A graduate of Texas A & M University, a student of The Texas Culinary Academy, and a Nacogdoches, Texas native, Kate’s greatest joy is bringing people together over a scrumptious meal.

 

 
Cooking With Kate: Slow Cooker Saves
Cooking trends reveal that parents want less prep time and less cleanup because time is short and convenience is best. We hear you! Save your valuable time during this busy season with these slow cooker shortcuts from Kate Rudasill, our 1921 Catering Coordinator.
 
Cooking With Kate: Slow Cooker Saves
 
September is National Family Meals Month—a nationwide movement to raise awareness about the benefits of eating meals together as a family. Brookshire Brothers believes that FAMILY MEALS MATTER, and so do I. To celebrate, I’m sharing three of my own family’s favorite recipes for this month’s “Cooking With Kate” blog. These recipes are delicious and affordable, plus they’re all prepared in a slow cooker—the ultimate time-saver! 
 
As an added bonus, these recipes are easy enough that the kids can join you in the kitchen! Whether it is breakfast, lunch, or dinner, I hope these recipes inspire you to gather around the table and share one more meal with your family!
 

Slow Cooker Overnight Steel Cut Oats

 Rustic handmade pottery bowl filled with oatmeal made from steel cut oats. Garnished with apples, honey, and cinnamon.
INGREDIENTS
Oatmeal Base Recipe
2 cups milk or almond milk 
1 ½ cups water
1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
3 tablespoons Food Club brown sugar
2 tablespoons Food Club butter 
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
¼ teaspoon Food Club salt
 
Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats
1 tablespoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon apple pie spice
2 apples, peeled, cored, cut into ½-inch pieces (2 ½ to 3 cups chopped)
 
Cherry Almond Steel Cut Oats
½ cup Food Club unsweetened applesauce
¾ cup dried cherries
1 teaspoon almond extract
 
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DIRECTIONS
  • Generously coat the inside of slow cooker with cooking spray. Add all ingredients for the oatmeal base recipe to slow cooker. Stir to combine. Add additional ingredients depending on which flavor of oatmeal you are making (Apple Pie, Cherry Almond, etc). Stir to mix, cover, and cook on low for approximately 6-7 hours (slow cooker times can vary).
  • Serve with additional milk, brown sugar, maple syrup, and/or toasted nuts.
  • Cooked oatmeal stores great in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave with a splash of milk.
  • Recipe can easily be doubled in 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Increase cooking time by 1 hour.

Beef Stroganoff Meatballs

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INGREDIENTS
4 tablespoons salted butter, melted
1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 cans beef broth or consommé
1 can golden mushroom condensed soup
1 can sliced mushrooms, drained
½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Kitchen Bouquet
1 packet dry Lipton onion soup mix
1 large bag frozen meatballs (original flavored, not Italian)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
¼ cup water
8 ozs sour cream
 
DIRECTIONS
  • In a large slow cooker, add the melted butter and sliced onions. Cover with the lid, and cook on high for 15-20 minutes or until onions begin to soften. Add the broth/consommé, golden mushroom soup, sliced mushrooms, Worcestershire sauce, Kitchen Bouquet, and onion soup mix. Mix well. Add frozen meatballs and toss to coat in the sauce. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water to make a thin paste. Add cornstarch mixture to slow cooker and stir well. Continue to cook, covered, for 45 minutes - 1 hour or until sauce is thick and glossy. Stir in sour cream just before serving.
  • Spoon over mashed potatoes or buttered egg noodles.

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

 Happy mother talking to her small son while cooking meal in the kitchen. Focus is on boy.
INGREDIENTS
1 pound uncooked (dry) red kidney beans OR 6 cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (12 ounce) package Andouille (or other smoked) sausage, sliced
5 garlic cloves, minced
4 celery stalks, diced
1 large white onion, peeled and diced
1 bell pepper, cored and diced
2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
1 teaspoon hot sauce, more/less to taste
½ teaspoon dried thyme
2 bay leaves
7 cups chicken or vegetable stock* 
*NOTE: If using canned beans, reduce to 2 cups chicken stock
Kosher salt and freshly-cracked black pepper
cooked white or brown rice
thinly-sliced green onions blades
 
DIRECTIONS
  • For dry or canned beans, rinse the kidney beans thoroughly under water.
  • Add the kidney beans, sausage, garlic, celery, onion, bell pepper, Creole seasoning, hot sauce, dried thyme, bay leaves, and chicken stock to a large slow cooker, sprayed with non-stick spray. Stir to combine. Cook on high for 6-8 hours*, or until the kidney beans are soft and cooked through. *NOTE: If using canned beans, reduce cooking time to 3-4 hours. 
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper. For additional spice, add in more hot sauce. Remove and discard the bay leaves before serving. Serve over cooked rice, garnished with green onions.
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers for all your slow cooker needs!
 

View other recipes from Kate Rudasill, Coordinator for 1921 Catering by Brookshire Brothers.
Kate knows food. She grew up with the Southern tradition of good food with the hospitality to match.  A graduate of Texas A & M University, a student of The Texas Culinary Academy, and a Nacogdoches, Texas native, Kate’s greatest joy is bringing people together over a scrumptious meal.
 
 
 
Cooking with Kate: Take the Labor Out of Labor Day, PART II
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND—recipes you can make ahead for your Labor Day get together! Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbeque with family or enjoying a day at the lake with friends, your local Brookshire Brothers has everything you need for some fun, make-ahead recipes that are sure to please any crowd! 
 
Labor Day Weekend Make-Ahead Recipes
Don’t forget to check out last year’s recipes for Ultimate Baked Potato Salad and Honey Lime Fruit Salad!
 

Cobb Salad Dip

Makes 8-12 servings
This quick, layered dip incorporates all of the flavorful ingredients of the traditional Cobb salad!
 
Ingredients
2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese 
16 oz sour cream 
2 packets dry ranch dressing mix 
1 (8 oz) package shredded lettuce 
1 (8 oz) shredded cheddar cheese 
1 (6 oz) cup crumbled blue cheese 
1 (9 oz) package crumbled bacon pieces 
1 carton grape tomatoes, halved 
1 can grilled corn, drained well 
 
Directions
    • In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, sour cream, and ranch dressing mix until smooth.
    • Spread evenly into the bottom of a medium-large serving dish.
    • Layer on top – shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, blue cheese crumbles, bacon pieces, tomatoes, and corn.  
    • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until ready to serve. Serve dip with assorted chips and crackers.
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Quick Grilled Asian Chicken

Makes 4 servings
This succulent grilled chicken is delicious paired with fried rice and stir-fried vegetables or chilled and shredded for Asian chopped salad.
 

Buckley Farms Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

Ingredients
¼ cup regular or low sodium soy sauce
1 ½ tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon fresh ginger root, grated
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
 
Directions
    • In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine all ingredients except the chicken breasts. Cook for 1 minute in the microwave; stir well.
    • Heat for an additional 30 seconds, watching closely so that the mixture does not boil over. Let marinade cool for 5 minutes.
    • Add chicken breasts and cooled marinade to a gallon zipper bag. Seal tightly and shake bag to ensure that all the chicken is coated in the mixture.
    • Marinate the chicken for 15-20 minutes. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat or heat a skillet or griddle pan on your stove over medium-high heat.
    • Remove chicken from marinade and cook chicken on preheated grill or skillet for 6-8 minutes on each side or until chicken is cooked through and browned. Chicken should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F.
Sweet tooth? Check out the cheesecake recipes in "Cooking with Kate: National Cheesecake Day" — a perfect make-ahead dessert!
 

Crunchy Asian Chopped Salad

Makes 8-12 servings
 
Ingredients
1 recipe Quick Grilled Asian Chicken, cooked and chilled, small diced or shredded
4 cups shredded coleslaw or romaine lettuce or a combination of both
4 green onions, thinly sliced
2 cups shredded carrots
½ bunch fresh cilantro, stems removed and roughly chopped
2 cups cooked, shelled edamame
1 cup slivered almonds, toasted
2 cups crunchy chow mein noodles
 
Sesame Dressing:
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup seasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons regular or low sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2-3 tablespoons honey, to taste
1-2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
 
Directions
    • In a small bowl or Mason jar, combine all the dressing ingredients. If using a jar, screw lid on tightly. Whisk or shake dressing until combined. Set aside.
    • In a large bowl, mix chopped/shredded chicken, coleslaw, lettuce, green onions, carrots, cilantro, edamame, and almonds. Add enough of the sesame dressing to lightly coat all ingredients. (Leftover dressing can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.)
    • Serve immediately with crunchy chow mein noodles sprinkled on top.
To make salad in advance – Mix and chill all ingredients – waiting to add the dressing and chow mein noodles until right before serving.
 
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View other recipes from Kate Rudasill, Coordinator for 1921 Catering by Brookshire Brothers.
Kate knows food. She grew up with the Southern tradition of good food with the hospitality to match.  A graduate of Texas A & M University, a student of The Texas Culinary Academy, and a Nacogdoches, Texas native, Kate’s greatest joy is bringing people together over a scrumptious meal. 
 
 
Real Fresh, Real Brilliant Breakfast Ideas

• 11 Kid-Friendly Healthy Options for the Morning Menu • 

 
As summer winds down and schedules start filling up again, a fresh rotation of healthy breakfast ideas can make a great start to everybody’s day. Here are some of my favorite choices for keeping energy levels up and spirits high with the early mornings and busy days ahead.
 
Back to school items laid out flat in a ring around a banana.
 

Cereal

If you’re a fan of breakfast cereal, look for options that are low in sugar. You can always sweeten it with healthier alternatives, such as honey and fresh fruit mixed with plain Cheerios. Granola-style cereals are another filling and nutritious option with plenty of flavor combinations to mix it up.  
 

Bacon, Sausage, and Biscuits

Need a little down-home southern style breakfast to lift your spirits?  There’s a great selection of bacon, sausage, and biscuits at your neighborhood Brookshire Brothers to help you create a breakfast feast that is sure to please. I like to make little breakfast sandwiches with bacon, egg, cheese, and a biscuit; they're portable and delicious!
 

Breakfast Tacos 

Everybody loves breakfast tacos. With so many different options for fillings, you’re sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. Refried beans, cooked potatoes, shredded cheese, tomatoes, salsa, chorizo, sausage, or bacon—there’s no shortage of fillings (or happy feelings).
 
Banana muffins on a cooling rack
 

Eggs

Eggs are the quintessential breakfast superstar—and for good reason! Whether scrambled, fried, poached, boiled, or even baked, they are packed with protein, heaps of vitamins and minerals, and healthy fats to keep your energy levels steady throughout the day. Not to mention, they’re carb-free! Even better, eating eggs provides a great opportunity to get some greens into your morning routine; eggs pair well with a wide range of veggies including chiles, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, avocados, and more. In particular, one of the easiest way to add veggies to your eggs is to keep some salsa hand for a flavorful combination on the ready! Lastly, if there's only time for a grab-and-go breakfast, boiled eggs are a great option.
 

Easy Oatmeal

Oatmeal is another filling and nutritious breakfast option! I cook mine with milk for more rib-sticking power. Try this basic recipe:
 
Use twice the amount of milk as oatmeal (for example, ½ cup oatmeal and 1 cup milk), a pinch of salt, a sprinkle of cinnamon, a handful of raisins, and a a drizzle of real maple syrup to sweeten. Put on the stove over medium heat until it simmers, turn it off for a minute or two, and eat!  For a decadent finish, try a splash of heavy cream for some healthy fat to help fill tummies for long busy days.  
 

Grits

For a savory hot breakfast cereal, try some delicious cooked grits with a pat of butter, salt, pepper, and a sprinkle of shredded cheese. That’s as real fresh, real simple, and real delicious as it gets! 
 

Muffins

If you’re in need of more portable breakfast options, a big batch of muffins can be just the ticket. Muffins freeze well too, so make extra and keep a stash in the freezer for busy days ahead. Try my favorite banana nut muffin recipe for the ultimate portable breakfast.
 

A green smoothie in a mason jarSmoothies

Smoothies are one of the most versatile breakfast options since so many different things can work in a smoothie. Keep a variety of frozen and fresh fruit on hand. Freeze overripe bananas for an ever-ready smoothie ingredient. For the liquid component, I like options with protein such as milk, nut milk, yogurt, and even kefir (a dairy-based probiotic drink). Extra flourishes can be added like coconut oil, coconut flakes, chia or flax seeds. For more veggie power, check out this green smoothie recipe
 

Toast

If you enjoy toast, focus on fun combinations like peanut butter with banana, butter with cinnamon, or avocado with egg.
 

Waffles

I always keep a stock of frozen waffles on hand as a quick option that can be popped in the toaster and ready in minutes. My neighborhood Brookshire Brothers has a great selection of frozen waffles to make shopping easy. Some of my family’s favorites are Nature’s Path Organic and Van’s gluten-free waffles. You can also prepare an extra batch of homemade waffles (and pancakes!) to freeze and reheat another morning. Keep real maple syrup and butter on hand for wholesome and delicious finishing touches!
 

Yogurt

Yogurt is a fantastic all-in-one food that has a healthy balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fat to keep energy levels stable, not to mention the healthy probiotic bacteria that's wonderful for digestion as well! Keep big tubs of plain yogurt and toppings on hand such as fresh or dried fruit, nuts and seeds (like pumpkin or sunflower seeds), dried coconut, granola, muesli, chia or flax seeds for healthy omega-3 fats, and honey to sweeten it up.  
 
And to celebrate both breakfast and the arrival of Hatch Chile season, try this family favorite recipe for ooey-gooey cheesy baked egg goodness with a little Hatch Chile flair.
 

Hatch Chile Baked EggsA serving of breakfast casserole on a plate

 
Ingredients
6 eggs
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons powdered mustard
¾ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup cottage cheese
½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened and cut into small pieces
1 Hatch or poblano chile, peeled, stemmed, seeded, and diced
 
Toppings as desired: salsa, avocado, sour cream
 
 
Don't forget to check your weekly ad or the latest digital coupons for extra savings on the ingredients!
 
 
Directions
    • Preheat oven to 350F.  Lightly grease an 8-inch square casserole dish.  
    • In a large bowl, beat the eggs.  Stir in the flour, mustard, baking powder, and salt.  Stir in all the cheese, butter, and diced chile and mix until incorporated.  
    • Pour the egg mixture into the casserole dish and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until top is lightly browned and the center is firm.  Serve warm with toppings as desired.
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Angela Larson
Angela Larson is a registered dietitian (RD) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods and nutrition education to the community. She is also a clinical dietitian representing Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin where she does outreach education on food and nutrition. Food is her passion, so Angela loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of nutrition. Angela loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors. In addition to the Brookshire Brothers blog, look for Angela's monthly articles in Charm East Texas. 
 
Back to the Hatch

New Season, New Recipes

It’s that hot time of the year again! Hatch chile peppers have come into their summer season, and we have a few refreshers as well as a whole batch of new recipes to celebrate! Think: Roasted Hatch Chile Mac ‘N’ Cheese, Bleu Cheese Stuffed Hatch Chile Burgers, and Quick Hatch Chile Salsa Fresca—all courtesy of our vendor-friends at Melissa's Produce.
 
Hatch Chile Grilled Quesadilla
 
But first, a quick nutrition and how-to recap from last year’s "Cooking with Kate: All About Hatch."
 

Fun Hatch Facts: 

  • One fresh medium-sized green chile has as much Vitamin C as six oranges.
  • Green chiles are also a great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, and fiber.
  • Capsaicinoids—the chemical that make chile peppers spicy—are used in muscle patches for sore and aching muscles, as well as pepper spray!
  • You might think that green and red chiles are different types of peppers, but they are in fact fruit of the same plant picked at different times. The red chile is the fully ripened version of the green chile.
  • These spicy peppers are finding their way into everything—sauces, breads, cheeses, even ice cream! Check your local store for all the available Hatch chile products.
For a brief refresher on the nutritional merits of other summer produce, check out the blog post “Summer Fruit: A Delicious Problem” by our local registered dietitian, Angela Larson!
 

How To: Roasted Hatch Chiles

Roast green chiles using one of the methods below:
  • Broiler: Preheat broiler on high. Place chiles on a baking sheet and place under the broiler for 6-10 minutes, turning often, until chile skins blacken and blister.
  • Charcoal or Gas Grill: Preheat grill and place chiles 4-6 inches from heat. Cook, turning often, until chile skins blacken and blister.
  • Gas Stove: Turn stove to high. Using tongs, hold chiles over flames, turning often, until skins blacken and blister.
Once chiles are roasted, place in a plastic or paper bag for about 10 minutes to steam. Wearing gloves, take the chiles out of the bag and remove the skins by rubbing gently. Use a sharp knife to cut pepper open and remove the stems, membranes, and seeds. Use chiles immediately or let cool completely, package in airtight freezer bags and place in the freezer until ready to use.
 
You can find other tips on storing produce and groceries in your fridge with these “Keepin’ it fresh” guidelines!
 
And now, the spicy fun part: easy Hatch Chile recipes you can put together quickly to spice up your next dinner! Recipes courtesy of vendor partner Melissa's Produce.
 

Roasted Hatch Chile Mac ‘N’ Cheese

by Chef Tom Fraker

Roasted Hatch Chile Mac 'N' Cheese
 Prep Time: 25 min. / Total Time: 1 hr. 15 min. / Serves: 12 (1¼ cups) 
 
Ingredients
One 16-ounce box cavatappi or macaroni pasta
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (½ cup)
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1 cup crema or crème fraîche
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 cups preshredded cheddar-Jack cheese (about 8 ounces) 
2 cups preshredded Gouda cheese (about 8 ounces)
1½ teaspoons smoked paprika, divided
Salt
Freshly ground white pepper
4 fresh Hatch Chile peppers, charred, peeled, stems and seeds removed, finely diced
¾ cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) 
 
Don't forget to check your weekly ad or the latest digital coupons for extra savings on the ingredients!
 
Directions
Special note: If you don’t have foil loaf pans, use other small baking dishes
    • Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain. Drizzle with about 1 tablespoon oil to keep pasta from sticking.
    • Preheat oven to 350°F. 
    • Coat insides of 6 (6x2-inch) foil loaf pans with cooking spray. 
    • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; whisk in flour until a smooth paste is formed, about 3 minutes. Whisk in milk, crema, and nutmeg until smooth; whisk in cheeses until completely melted. Whisk in 1 teaspoon paprika; whisk in salt and white pepper to taste. Remove from heat. 
    • Add pasta and Hatch Chile to cheese mixture; toss together. Pour evenly into prepared pans. 
    • In a bowl, combine remaining 2 tablespoons oil, remaining ½ teaspoon paprika, and breadcrumbs; stir in salt to taste. 
    • Sprinkle evenly over pasta mixture. 
    • Bake at 350°F until bubbly and lightly browned, about 25 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes. Serve.

Bleu Cheese Stuffed Hatch Chile Burgers

By Chef Tom Fraker
 
Bleu Cheese Stuffed Hatch Chile Burgers
Makes 4 burgers
 
Ingredients 
1 pound Lean Ground Beef
1 cup Crumbled Bleu Cheese to taste
Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
4 slices Cheddar Cheese
2 Hatch Chiles — roasted, peeled, seeded, halved 
4 Hamburger Buns
 
Directions
Special note: These burgers can also be done on the grill.
    • In a bowl, combine the beef, bleu cheese and salt and pepper until well mixed.
    • Form the mixture into 4 patties.
    • Place the patties onto a wire rack and place it onto a sheet pan.
    • Place 1 piece of cheddar cheese onto each burger and then top each with one half of a Hatch chile.
    • Place under the broiler and cook to your desired doneness.
    • Add your favorite condiments and enjoy.

Quick Hatch Chile Salsa Fresca

By Chef Tom Fraker
 
Quick Hatch Chile Salsa Fresca
 
Ingredients
2 cups Organic Roma Tomatoes diced
½ Red Onion, diced
1½ Hatch Chiles — roasted, skinned, seeded, and diced
½ bunch Cilantro chopped
6 Key Limes, juice freshly squeezed
Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste
 
For some fruity fun, check out Kate's Roasted Hatch Chile and Peach Salsa recipe as well!
 
Directions
    • Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper according to your desired taste. Chill and serve with chips or as desired.
    • Keep in refrigerator up to 2 days.

 

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Cooking with Kate: National Cheesecake Day
From bacon to baking soda, there seems to be a national day celebrating some food or other every day, including National Cheesecake Day coming up on July 30! I don’t always observe National Days, but this one deserves a celebratory slice (or two). Want to join me in the festivities? Here are two of my favorite recipes! All the ingredients you need to whip up this classic treat can be found at your local Brookshire Brothers.
 
Small Girl Baking Cheesecake With Her Grandmother
 

Quick Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Parfaits

An easy, no-bake cheesecake “pudding” that comes together in minutes!
 
Ingredients
4 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
5 ounces (about half a box) vanilla wafers
20 ounces cream cheese, softened
¼ cup heavy whipping cream
6 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or ½ teaspoon good quality vanilla + the inner scrapings of a vanilla bean pod)
 
No time? No worries! Pick up a slice (or a whole cheesecake) at a bakery near you!
 
Directions
    • Crush vanilla wafers by hand or in a food processor.
    • Add melted butter or margarine and mix until it looks like damp sand.
    • Spoon the buttery cookies into the bottom of 4-6 serving dishes.
    • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla bean paste with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
    • Divide the cheesecake mixture evenly into the serving dishes.
    • Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving.
 
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Slices of margarine on a kitchen counter with a woman in the background getting an item out of the fridge.
 

Amaretto Mascarpone Cheesecake with Almond Crust 

This is hands-down my favorite cheesecake recipe. I love the creaminess of the filling, the crunch of the crust, and the lingering sweet almond flavor from the topping! Baked cheesecake is a bit of a hassle and fairly time consuming… but oh so worth it!
 
Ingredients:
Crust:
1 cup slivered almonds, lightly toasted
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter or margarine, melted
 
Filling:
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
2 (8 ounce) containers mascarpone cheese, room temperature 
1¼ cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
4 large eggs, room temperature
 
Topping:
2 cups sour cream
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons amaretto liquor
½ cup sliced almonds
 
Don't forget to check your weekly ad or the latest digital coupons for extra savings on the ingredients!
 
Directions
For the crust: 
    • Preheat oven to 350°F.
    • Tightly wrap the outside of a 9-inch diameter springform pan with 2 3/4-inch-high sides with 3 layers of heavy-duty foil.
    • Finely grind the almonds, graham cracker crumbs, and sugar in a food processor.
    • Add the butter and process until moist crumbs form.
    • Press the almond mixture onto the bottom and ½” up the sides of the prepared pan.
    • Bake the crust until it is set and beginning to brown, about 12 minutes. Cool completely.
    • Decrease the oven temperature to 325°F.
    • Add a roasting pan or baking dish of hot water to the bottom rack of the oven. The steam from this pan of water will help prevent the cheesecake from cracking when baked.
For the filling: 
    • Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, mascarpone cheese, and sugar in a large bowl until smooth, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
    • Beat in the vanilla and almond extracts. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.
    • Pour the cheese mixture over the crust in the pan, spreading evenly with the back of a spoon or spatula.
    • Bake in the preheated oven until the center of the cheesecake moves slightly when the pan is gently shaken, about 1 hour 5 minutes (the cake will become firm when it is cold). Transfer the cake to a rack; cool for 15 minutes. Increase the oven temperature to 450°F.
    • While the cheesecake is cooling, whisk the sour cream, sugar and amaretto together until smooth.
    • Once the cheesecake has cooled for approximately 15 minutes, pour the sour cream topping over top. Using a rubber spatula or spoon, smooth out the surface. Sprinkle the outside edge with the sliced almonds.
    • Place cheesecake back into the oven (remember the heat should have been increased to 450° F) and bake for 8-10 minutes, watching closely so that the almonds do not burn.
    • Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack to let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until the cheesecake is cold, at least 8 hours, before serving.
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View other recipes from Kate Rudasill, Coordinator for 1921 Catering by Brookshire Brothers.
Kate knows food. She grew up with the Southern tradition of good food with the hospitality to match.  A graduate of Texas A & M University, a student of The Texas Culinary Academy, and a Nacogdoches, Texas native, Kate’s greatest joy is bringing people together over a scrumptious meal.
 

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