Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Apricot Pull-Aparts

Diced dried apricots, simmered in orange juice, honey, corn syrup. Seasoned with cinnamon and allspice. Layer in a loaf pan with fruit sauce, quartered biscuits dipped in melted butter (yep.).
Bake. Top will brown before center cooks, so lower the heat to finish. Can also make them in a muffin tin, but cut the biscuits into 6ths.

Braised Beef with Mac-n-Cheese

I quick-thawed a porterhouse, browned it in a pan. Set it aside, added diced onion, carrots, green pepper, minced garlic. After vegetables got some color, added a bit of tomato paste, let it color some, then added a can of crushed tomatoes, quartered pepperoni slices. Returned meat to the pan, covered and baked low for hours.
Mac-n-Cheese: Bechamel with some ancho chili powder, dry mustard. Add grated cheese. I used leftovers: Mozzarella, asiago, Mexican blend, Italian blend. Combine with cooked macaroni. Bake until top is golden.