Posts Tagged ‘snack food’


spinhamswisThese little pies are perfect for a light lunch with a small salad or cup of soup. If you prefer, feel free to substitute broccoli for the spinach.

Difficulty: Medium
Hands-on: 25 minutes

Total: 2 hours 25 minutes
Serves: 4
Ingredients

4 oz. frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and drained well
8 oz. sliced ham, roughly chopped
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese (4 oz.)
2 eggs, divided
¼ tsp. ground cayenne pepper
⅛ tsp. ground nutmeg
1 large egg, beaten
2½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
12 Tbsp. butter, cubed and chilled
¼ cup vegetable shortening, chilled

Directions

Step 1

In a medium bowl, combine the spinach, ham, cheese, 1 egg, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg. Cover and chill for 1 hour.

Step 2

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, and salt. With your fingers, rub the chilled butter and shortening into the flour mixture until 30 percent of the fat is between pea-sized and hazelnut-sized, while the rest is blended well. Add ¼ cup ice water and mix until the dough forms a ball. Add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed.

Step 3

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 4 even balls. Form each ball into a disc. Wrap in plastic and chill for at least 30 minutes.

Step 4

Heat the oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly beat remaining egg in a small bowl.

Step 5

Remove dough from the refrigerator and let sit for 10 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll each disc of dough into an 8" round. Place about ⅓ cup filling onto the pastry slightly off center, brush the edges of the pastry with beaten egg, and fold the dough over the filling. Pinch or crimp with a fork to seal. Place the pies on the prepared baking sheet and brush with beaten egg. With scissors or a sharp paring knife, cut vents in pastry so that steam can escape.

Step 6

Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350°F and bake for an additional 25 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and juices are bubbling. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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Candy Coated Popcorn

Posted: March 9, 2017 in Recipes
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candy_coated_popcornIngredients
4 quarts popped corn
1 1⁄2 cups granulated sugar
1⁄2 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons butter
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon gourmet flavoring (any flavor, flavor amount can be increased as desired)
liquid food coloring (as desired)

Directions
Keep freshly-popped corn warm in large baking pan in 200°F oven.
Combine sugar, corn syrup, butter, salt and cream of tartar in medium saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Cook to 250°F without stirring.
Remove from heat. After boiling action ceases, add flavoring and color. Add soda and stir in quickly but thoroughly. Pour at once while foamy over warm popcorn; mix gently to coat corn. Shape into balls or spread onto cookie sheet and break into pieces when cool.