Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Kitchen Helps: Hot Pockets

This is a quick hot pocket-type snack that is easy to make.

Spread 1/4 Tbsp olive oil on a tortilla
Sprinkle 1 Tbsp parmesan cheese
Layer meat and veggies - I use one slice sandwich ham and one slice sandwich turkey slightly overlapping
Spread 1/4 cup mozarella cheese

Fold in sides; Roll up
Brush top with 1/4 Tbsp olive oil
Top with 1 Tbsp parmesan cheese

Bake 425 degrees F for 9-12 minutes until golden brown (I use our toaster oven)

Goes well with a side of fruit or raw veggies and cottage cheese for a light meal.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Kitchen Helps: Crockpot Granola

I've perfected my granola recipe since I first posted about it.

I have a 6-quart crockpot and modified my recipe from Alton Brown's.

6 cups rolled oats
1-1/2 cups shredded coconut
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup (I use Mrs. Butterworth)
1/4 molasses
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1-1/2 tsp salt

Mix and cook in crockpot on low with lid cracked. I stir every hour for the first 3 hours and then at 3-1/2 hours, 3-1/4 hours and then remove from crockpot for a total of 4 hours. My crockpot is not as hot as some of the newer ones.

You can add any other goodies you want to it.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Kitchen Helps: Homemade Yogurt

So I have FINALLY had success with making homemade yogurt. The consistency has even been the same as store bought without adding anything like unflavored gelatin. The two biggest things I think that have helped me are knowing the right temperature to use (110 degrees) and using LESS yogurt starter (only 1 Tbsp per quart).

1 quart milk heated to 180 degrees (scalded)
Cool to 110 degrees (not hotter)
Take 1/2 cup milk and add 1 tablespoon yogurt with active cultures
Add starter to remaining milk - Mix thoroughly
Keep at constant temperature for at least 4 hours or until firm
Refrigerate and enjoy (It does set up more in the fridge)
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