Mushroom Crepe Lasagna

January 12th, 2005

This recipe comes from one of my favorite client, Nicole.

1 7-ounce jar roasted red sweet peppers, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup half-and-half or light cream
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons fresh parsley
1 teaspoon bottled minced roasted garlic
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 cups sliced crimini, button, and/or shiitake mushrooms
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons margarine or butter
4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto or ham, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
5 purchased crepes

the procedure
1. For sweet pepper sauce, in a blender container or food processor bowl combine roasted peppers, half-and-half or light cream, and vinegar. Cover; blend or process until smooth. Pour into a small bowl. Cover; set aside.
2. In another small bowl stir together cream cheese, parsley, garlic, and black pepper; set aside. In a large skillet cook mushrooms and onion in hot margarine or butter over medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and most of the liquid evaporates. Remove from heat; stir in prosciutto or ham.
3. Place one crepe in the bottom of a lightly greased 9-inch pie plate. Spread about one-fifth of the cream cheese mixture over crepe; sprinkle with about one-fifth of the mushroom mixture. Add a second crepe (if using square crepes, set second crepe at a slight angle to the first crepe so points are staggered). Add another one-fifth of the cream cheese and mushroom mixtures as before. Repeat with the remaining crepes, cream cheese mixture, and mushroom mixture, ending with mushroom mixture. Cover loosely with foil.
4. Bake in a 350 degree F oven about 20 minutes or until heated through. Cut into wedges to serve. Pass sweet pepper sauce. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Fried Pickles

January 8th, 2005

Yes, it's fried pickles! They're easy to make and suprisingly delicious! Feel free to add a dipping sauce of your choice, maybe 1000 Island dressing or horseradish if like a little kick. Personally I think they're great as there are, accompanied by a frosty mug of cold beer of course.

Fried Pickles

Fried Pickles Ingredients

1 cup flour
1 cup of yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon barbecue seasoning
1/2 cup prepared mustard
1/8 cup beer
20 to 30 dill pickle slices

Fried Pickles Recipe

1. Combine flour, corn meal, and barbecue seasoning in a medium bowl.
2. Make slurry of mustard and beer in a separate bowl.
3. Dip the pickle slices in the mustard mixture, followed by the flour-cornmeal mix.
4. Fry at 325 degrees in peanut or canola oil until the batter is browned and pickles float to the top.