Friday, February 17, 2012

Homemade Hamburger Buns

  I found them here.

3/4 c. hot water
2 T. oil
2 T. sugar
2 t. instant yeast 
1 t. salt
1 egg
1 tsp onion powder (optional)
2 3/4- 3 cups flour

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all the ingredients with about 1 1/2 cups of the flour in a large bowl (I used my Bosch).  Beat till smooth. Add enough flour to make a dough that is slightly sticky, but doesn’t stick to your finger. Knead for about 5 minutes.  Let dough rest for a couple of minutes, then divide into 8 portions. Roll each portion into a ball. Place on well greased cookie sheet and press down with the palm of you hand to flatten slightly. Let raise till doubled. (Mine took about 30 minutes, but it depends on the temperature of your kitchen.) Bake for 15-18 minutes.

-If you want sesame seeds on top, take them out of the oven after 10 minutes of baking. Brush with beaten egg white and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Then return them to the oven for the remaining 5-8 minutes.

Balsalmic Roasted Broccoli

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1 pound broccoli
1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp peanut butter
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

1. Preheat your oven to 425°F.  Wash your broccoli and cut off the big stems. Spray a large cookie sheet with cookie spray and place the broccoli on it. Spray the top of the broccoli with cooking spray.

2. Roast the broccoli for about 10 minutes, or until a fork can be easily inserted.

3. While the broccoli is roasting, put soy sauce, olive oil, balsamic vinegar,  honey and peanut butter into a small sauce pan. Heat the sauce over medium high heat. When it boils, remove it from the heat.

4. When the broccoli is done, put it in a medium sized mixing bowl and pour the sauce over the top. Stir it all around, making sure each broccoli piece has sauce on it.  Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds over the broccoli and serve.  Enjoy!

Parmesan Roasted Green Beans

 The point of roasting is to cook the vegetables at a high temperature so that the sugars will caramelize and the flavor becomes even more intense, but it makes them a little crispy instead of soft and mushy.  I've heard it said that barbecuing is to summer what roasting is to fall and winter. 

2 c. fresh green beans
2 T. olive oil
1 T. Kosher salt
1 t. Pepper
1 t. garlic, minced
Grated Parmesan cheese

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the green beans in a large bowl. Drizzle olive oil over the green beans.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic. Toss the green beans to coat them evenly. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over the green beans. Toss again to coat the beans evenly with the Parmesan cheese.

2.  Lay the green beans in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes (mine took closer to 25 minutes, so watch carefully) or until the cheese melts and the beans turn a light golden brown  Enjoy!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Parmesan Casserole Bread

1 (1/4 ounce) package dry yeast
1/4 cup warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, divided use
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup milk, at room temperature
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons fresh-chopped parsley


Grease an 8 x 1 1/2-inch round baking pan. Set aside.

In a measuring cup, mix yeast with warm water and let sit until softened.

Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar and salt. With a pastry blender cut 1/3 of butter into dry ingredients until it resembles coarse meal. Add egg, softened yeast and milk; beat well with an electric mixer on medium speed. Stir in cheese and parsley. Turn into prepared baking pan and cover with oiled plastic wrap. Let rise about 40 minutes or until about doubled in bulk.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Dot top of bread with the remaining 2 tablespoons butter cut into pieces and bake in center of oven 20 to 25 minutes, or until nicely browned. Cut into wedges while still warm.

Makes 8 servings

Source: Better Homes and Gardens Bread Cook Book