Smooth, creamy and the perfect accompaniment to Beef Bourguignon
CATEGORY: Frame it SERVES: 8 LEVEL: Presto, easy!
INGREDIENTS: 4 lbs. russet potatoes, peeled and quartered 2 large eggs 4 T melted butter 1 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp black pepper Fresh ground nutmeg to taste (or just a pinch of Pummull Spice) 1/2 C milk/cream 1/2 C melted butter 1-2 dashes paprika (optional) 2-4 T goat cheese or sharp cheddar cheese 2 tsp finely chopped chives
DIRECTIONS: Cook the potatoes in boiling water until fork-tender (about 25 minutes) drain and place in a large mixing bowl. Cool the potatoes for about 20 minutes at room temperature. Add in eggs and 4 Tbsp. melted butter, pinch salt, pepper and cheese if desired; add in 4-5 Tbsp. cream adding in more to achieve desired consistency. Season with more salt and pepper if needed to taste, add chives at this stage. You may spoon the potato mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip or simply mound on plate to create a little bowl for a rich Beef Bourguignon mixture. (If piping, pipe the mixture in 12 mounds onto a large greased baking sheet/s. Melt the 1/3-1/2 cup butter and drizzle over the potatoes. Sprinkle a very small amount of paprika or Amazing Heat over each mound.)
Set oven to 400 degrees F. Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Ruby Red Grapefruit Salad with *Sweet n Spiced Poppyseed Dressing Garnished with Candied Grapefruit Peel
This delightful salad is filled with taste! The Grapefruit sections, the chilled avocado and the tangy Poppyseed Dressing are such a great way to kick off a dinner…or just become the “meal”. Here’s the simple way to delicious…the garnishes are almost all optional, but I do like layers of taste.
Category: Salads Serves: 4+ Level: Easy Presto
SALAD INGREDIENTS 6-8 C. Mixed Greens 1 Ruby Red Grapefruit, peeled and sectioned (save peels) 4 TBLS Pomegranate seeds 1 Avocado sliced thin ¼ C sliced toasted almonds Shaved White Cheddar Red Onion ½ sliced very thin Candied Grapefruit peels Salt n Pepper
Plate base of mixed greens, arrange grapefruit segments, pomegranate seeds and avocado slices on salad…the delicious options to add are sliced almonds, shaved cheddar, red onion and grapefruit peel.
Dress salads when completely plated….and here is where you do need a sprinkle of salt n pepper.
*Sweet n Spicy Poppyseed Dressing INGREDIENTS 1 T Champagne Vinegar 1 T Honey 1 tsp Dijon mustard 6 T Olive Oil Pinch of Blazing Belle (or cayenne pepper) ½ tsp Poppyseeds Salt n pepper to taste Add a little bit of white wine for desired consistency (or water if needed)
**Candied Grapefruit Peels DIRECTIONS: Take reserved Grapefruit peels and lay flat and remove some pith, and then slice in skinny ¼” strips.
Place is a small pot of cold water, bring to a boil…off burner and drain, with cold water, boil, drain.
Now ready to candy with: 1 C white sugar ½ C water and bring to boil, then low simmer 15-20 minutes.
Drain completely and dry on a baking (cake/cookie) rack for 2-4 hours.Sprinkle with white sugar as desired…a great garnish on salads or use forDecorating cakes, dipped in chocolate for desserts…enjoy!
SERVES: 12-16; makes 2 pies LEVEL: Intermediate—you got this!
INGREDIENTS Base: Pie dough for 2 complete pies, bottoms and tops Purchase Pie Dough pre made for a snap or see our house recipe (link)
For the Filling: 2 tsp. oil 1 cup celery finely chopped 1 cup carrot finely chopped 3 cloves finely minced garlic 1 Pound finely ground pork 1 Pound finely ground beef 1 Tbsp. Amazing Rub 2 Large teaspoons poultry seasonings (Love Bell’s) Fresh minced rosemary/sage/parsley is optional if available ½ tsp Pummull Spice (our house mulling blend spice) 5 potatoes, boiled/roughly mashed with a little butter and cream Salt and pepper to taste
DIRECTIONS In a large frying pan or Dutch oven start oil with onion, celery, carrots and garlic. Cook to wilt and push veggies to side and add meats sprinkled with the Amazing Rub to the center of the pan. Cook until meat is lightly browned and drain most of the fat (but not all – your call!). Add poultry seasoning and Pummull Spice, here is where you could add optional herbs if desired.
Boil potatoes in large, salted pot of water – as you would for mashed potatoes. When done, drain, roughly mash – add a little butter and cream for thick mashed with a little salt and pepper to taste. Add the mashed to meat mixture. Taste and season more per your desire.
This mixture can be served as is, or in meat pies, or to stuff cored and seeded vegetables (I.E.Pumpkins).
For meat pie (our favorite) prepare standard pie crust, top and bottom, Roll, fill, cover and seal. Brush pie top with egg wash, sprinkle with a little pepper, salt and Bake one hour at 350 degrees. Best to set aside for 30 minutes before cutting and serving. Keeps, saves and reheats beautifully!
The walnuts are falling along with the leaves…let celebrate with a fall flavored salad.
From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman
Hilltops Black Walnut Salad
SERVES: 6 LEVEL: Presto!
INGREDIENTS Apple Balsamic Dressing: 1/2 cup Olive Oil ¼ cup Apple Cider ¼ Balsamic Vinegar 2 Tbs pure maple syrup ¼ tsp Pummull Spice Salt/Pepper to taste Salad Mix: 10 cups of torn red oak lettuce 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into matchstick-size strips 6 Stilton or Goat cheese rounds/slices 1 Tbls Amazing Rub (for Black Walnuts) ½ c *Spicy Candied Black Walnuts, broken (to candy*dip in egg white wash, roll lightly in Amazing Rub and baked in hot oven for 5-7 minutes
DIRECTIONS FOR DRESSING: Whisk apple cider, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar in medium bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in oil until mixture thickens. Season to taste with Pummull Spice, salt and pepper. (Dressing can be prepared 3 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Re-whisk before using.)
FOR SALAD:Toss greens, apples, walnuts in large bowl to combine. Toss with enough dressing to coat. Divide salad equally among plates. Garnish with Stilton or goat cheese round, a few walnuts.
Inspiration is the Bounty of Fall, glorious purple eggplants!
You pick you favorite vegetable; our favorites are Eggplant, Cauliflower, Zucchini and Butternut Squash! For a meatless meal that is loaded with goodness and delicious taste, the Amazing Rub makes it easy to bring the best taste to the table with “Roasted Veggie Parmesans”.
From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman
The Amazing Eggplant Parmesans
INGREDIENTS 1 Large Eggplant 1 Tbls Balsamic Vinegar 2 tsp of The Amazing Rub Olive Oil 1 cup Pizza or Marinara Sauce 1 Tbsp Amazing Herbes 1 cup Mozzarella cheese +/- Brie Slices ½ cup Parmesan cheese Basil leaves (optional) Roasted Red/Yellow Peppers and Mushrooms, optional
DIRECTIONS Prepare by rinsing the Eggplant (we don’t peel), and slicing into 6- 8 ¾” thick slices. Line a cookie sheet with Parchment Paper or spray with a oil spray (we do both). Place Eggplant slices on sheet and brush each side with balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle the eggplant on both sides with the 2 full teaspoons of The Amazing Rub Seasoning – set aside and let rest for *30- 60 minutes. (*if you have the time this will enhance flavor, but can be prepared right away) THE RUB CARMELIZES AND ENRICHES TASTE!
Bake in 400 degrees oven for 15 minutes, then remove and turn slices…bake another 10-15 for a golden browned vegetable slice. AddThe Amazing Herbes to the one cup of sauce divided equally on all eggplant slices, top with mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
If you have roasted peppers and mushrooms these are a great additional topper (prepared the same way, balsamic vinegar, Amazing Rub, and a little Olive Oil)
Bake topped eggplant slices 5-7 additional minutes in oven, remove. Optional if in season – garnish with fresh Basil leaves if desired. Enjoy!
The “Big Red” salad is named with a nod to the best peaches that it has been my pleasure to eat, enjoy and cook with….big juicy freestone peaches. This salad is delicious and surprisingly light tasting….and it’s the perfect kickoff to a summertime dinner. Fabulous with anything off the grill.
From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman
“BIG RED” SALAD
INGREDIENTS Maple Dressing 1 cup mayonnaise 1 Tbls. Maple Syrup ¼ cup apple cider vinegar 1 tsp. Amazing Heat crushed coarse black pepper Sea Salt to taste
Salad 8-10 cups fancy lettuce / half green/half red preferred 4 full green onions, sliced thin diagonally ¼ cup toasted pecan pieces (can be sugared lightly) ¼ cup raisins 1 Large *peach…firm, ripe and julienned into thin matchstick pieces Shaved Parmesan Cheese to finish (the peach from heaven is the “Big Red” from Mac’s Pride, *McLeod’s Farms, McBee, SC)
DIRECTIONS Toss all of the above ingredients together and coat with Maple dressing (below). Finish with shaved parmesan cheese and crushed black pepper. A light finish of sea salt is delicious – go lightly!