Monday, March 6, 2017

Sausage Rolls

Photos courtesy of the Cooking Corner.
     I was looking for an appetizer idea to bring to a party in March, so an Irish-themed item came to mind. But what? After some thought, I remembered that years ago I had made sausage rolls over the holidays.
     Sausage rolls are standard fare throughout Scotland, Ireland and England. They're filled with very basic ingredients (sausage and onion) and wrapped in a light dough. The rolls bake just until the light crust is a golden brown. They're perfect little hand-held snacks.
    At our house, we like them with a spicy mustard or mayonnaise based dip. The girls that came over for cards the other night liked them just fine, too, and asked me to share.

Sausage Rolls
1 lb. ground sausage
1/8 cup onions, diced fine
1/8 cup bread crumbs
1 pkg. puff pastry (thawed but chilled)
Dijon mustard
2 eggs
1 tsp. parsley
salt and pepper to taste (not much)

Preheat oven to 400.

Mix sausage, onion, 1 egg, parsley, bread crumbs and a little salt and pepper in medium bowl.

Layout pastry on baking sheet.
(Do not spray pan.)

Cut into 6 pieces along fold. Spread a little Dijon on pastry.

Make 6 large balls out of sausage, almost baseball size.

Roll each into a log and place on pastry.

Fold pastry over sausage, tucking edges together.

Turn so that seam is on bottom of pan.
Filled pastries.

With sharp knife cut to desired length. (about 1-1/2 inches for appetizers)

Brush lightly with 1 beaten egg.

Rolls brushed with egg for oven.

Bake 15-20 minutes until golden.

Makes 24 snacks.

Just out of oven

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Cheeseball

Photos courtesy of The Cooking Corner.
     Recently we poker girls got together for our annual birthday card party. Everyone brings a dish and their beverage of choice, along with a birthday card and lottery ticket. We have a grand time and snacks are always a priority. 
     This time I brought an easy cheeseball that I'd been wanting to try for awhile. It was a simple, tasty treat that would be perfect for any upcoming sports events or party.

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Cheeseball
2 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (1 oz.) packet Ranch dressing mix (dry)
1/4 cup onion, fine diced
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup chives, freeze-dried
6 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled

Combine all ingredients in medium bowl, mixing well. Form into a ball. 

Wrap in plastic wrap, put in a bowl and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Turn onto plate surrounded by choice of crackers.

Serves 10-12.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Homemade Cocktail Sauce

     Making your own sauces and dressings is much easier than you think. It's also cheaper. Many restaurants make their own salad dressings, but I tried my hand at cocktail sauce. Of course it's the perfect dipper for shrimp, but can used with other dishes as well. I'm not a big fan of ketchup, but any dish using ketchup can be zipped up with cocktail sauce. Yes, even French fries.

Homemade Cocktail Sauce
1 cup ketchup
2 T. (heaping) horseradish
2 T. lemon juice

In a small bow with a lid, combine all ingredients, mixing until well blended.

Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.

This can easily be done in advance and is good served with cooked, chilled shrimp or as a dipping sauce.

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