Saturday, December 26, 2015

Gorgonzola Beef Wellingtons

309.  Christmas Dinner, just the thought brings great joy, delight and all sorts of imaginable delicious memories.  Our Christmas Dinner will be very memorable this year. While searching for the perfect main dish, I came across a recipe for individual Beef Wellingtons.  It was in a specialty Christmas Edition of Taste of Home recipes.  The recipe can be found here

The individual steaks were perfect.
I made a change to the recipe and added bacon rendering to the pan instead of butter.  It added a depth of flavor.

The recipe was very easy to follow and ingredients easy to acquire.

I made sure the meat was chilled and the mushrooms room temperature so as not to melt the puff pastry.

Each package was a perfect size for an individual portion.

Simply delightful...

And decorating could be done any way you choose.

They were a show stopper.  And I garnished the platter with fresh thyme from my herb garden.

The 30 minutes was a bit too long and I pulled the wellington's out of the oven after 25 minutes.

Served with fresh brussel sprouts with crumbled bacon and garlic smashed potatoes with sour cream.
"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year long."~Charles Dickens

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Turkey Tasty Bites

308.  Leftovers can be useful when you have a clever and tasty use for them.   Take turkey for instance, always around after your Thanksgiving feast.  Oh, yes, some will live and die by the turkey sandwich; mayo, cranberry sauce, etc.  But I want to show you an easy and oh so delicious use for those leftovers.  And, this could go for chicken, beef or pork as well.

I use trusty Pillsbury Crescent Roll dough that is quick and easy to handle.

Separate each triangle of dough and place a scoop of stuffing, dot of gravy and several pieces of turkey pulled off the bone.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper then pull the large end over the meat once.  Seal the ends, then pull the long pointed end over the top and press gently to seal.

Poking a hole in the top will aid this morsel of goodness by allowing steam to escape from the top and the sides staying sealed while baking.  Then follow the recipe on the crescent packaging baking at 400for 8 to 10 minutes.  Just watch the Turkey Bites till they turn golden brown and flakey.
This is so delicious and could be used as an appetizer, tapas treat, lunch or brunch addition to a light salad and fresh fruit.

"We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown."
~Abraham Lincoln


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