Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving Weekend Menu

Thursday - Thanksgiving!
Breakfast: 2 Omelet Rolls (for our extended family of 35 potluck breakfast)
Dinner for 9:
Relish Tray and Ranch Dip
Smoked Turkey
Cranberry/Sprite Cocktail
5 Layered Jello Salad
Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole
Homemade Rolls
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Mashed Red Potatoes (my brother Dave made these)
Pumpkin, Apple, and Oreo Pie (Courtesy of Costco)

Crepes with Assorted Berries and Cream
Tyson Chicken Tenders with honey
Caramel Brownies

Raspberry Cream Croissant French Toast
Stouffer's Lasagna

Chicken Salad Croissants
Relish Tray and Ranch Dip
Creamy Cinnamon Rice Pudding

Can you believe it? It's Sunday night, and I feel like cooking some more...but I ran out of eggs and I've spent enough money on groceries!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Kelley's Dinner Rolls

The Best Rolls!

SERVINGS: 8-12 Makes: 1-2 dozen
TIME: Prep: 15 min Rise: 2+ hours Bake: 15 min.

2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons dry yeast
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
2/3 cup nonfat dry milk
1 egg
7-8 cups all-purpose flour

In large bowl of electric mixer, combine water and yeast, let sit for 5 minutes. Add sugar, butter, salt, milk, egg and two cups flour, mix until very smooth. Add about 1/2 cup flour at a time and mix again until dough is soft, not overly sticky, and not stiff. (It is not necessary to use the entire amount of flour. Kneed dough till smooth on floured surface.
Scrape dough off sides of bowl and spray bowl with oil.
Place dough in bowl and let rise till triple size - 2 hours or so.
Sprinkle counter with flour and place dough on floured surface. Roll out and cut rolls in desired shape and size. Place on greased pans.
Spread some melted butter generously on rolls; Let rise in warm place until rolls are double in size (about 1 to 1 ½ hours). Bake at 375 for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned.
This recipe is similar to The Lion House's rolls, Very Good!
I use this dough for cinnamon rolls, orange rolls, bread bowls, dinner rolls, and scones.

Suprise Monkey Bread

TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min.
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, cubed
2 tubes (12 ounces each) refrigerated flaky buttermilk biscuits
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
3T Maple Syrup
Add a suprise?
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cut into 20 cubes
1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)


In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat brown sugar and butter on high for 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved; set aside. Flatten each biscuit into a 3-in. circle. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon in the center of each biscuit. Top with a cream cheese cube. Fold dough over filling; pinch edges to seal tightly. Layer with half of the biscuits, cinnamon-sugar and butter mixture and 1/2 cup walnuts. Repeat layers. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately invert onto a serving platter. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers.

Simpler version:

This morning I used no nuts and 1/2 a recipe (with just one can of large biscuits) I cut the biscuits in half and followed the above directions but I used a pie plate instead. I used 3/4 the amount of butter/brown sugar and spread the mixture over the top of the rolls. and Baked for 18-20 minutes instead. See below....

You can eliminate the cream cheese and just roll balled dough in melted butter and then in cinnamon sugar mixture, then top with butter and brown sugar and Maple syrup instead. That's "traditional" Monkey Bread. Bake it for 30 min instead.