Next week is Christmas and T.W.O. has the perfect appetizer for you to serve! It’s a festive, light and flavorful spin on your traditional baked brie. Check out how to make this cranberry, brie & caramelized onion tart that will be a crowd pleaser. (Adapted from Stella Artois)
-1 sheet puff pastry, defrosted
-2 tablespoons unsalted butter
-1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
-1 large yellow onion, diced
-¼ cup brown sugar
-¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
-⅓ cup water
-1 cup fresh cranberries
-1 teaspoon oregano
-2 ounces Brie, sliced into ¼-inch-thick pieces
-Freshly ground pepper
In a large, heavy-bottomed skillet set over low heat, melt the butter. Once the butter starts to foam, add olive oil, brown sugar and ground pepper. Cook the onions over medium heat for about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Preheat oven to 425ºF.
In a small saucepan set over medium heat, combine sugar and 1/3 cup water. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then add cranberries. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Drain and set cranberries aside.
While the onions are cooking, take the defrosted puff pastry and lay on a greased cookie sheet. Using a small butter knife score a ½-inch border around the end of the square. This will make a “crust” for the tart.
Once the onions are done, spread the evenly across the puff pastry. Sprinkle oregano and cheese and cranberries on top.
Cook the tart for 15-20 minutes. Once done, remove the tart from the oven and let it sit for 5minutes prior to cutting.
It’s Friday Night Pizza Night with T.W.O.!! This time, it wasn’t just us cooking in the kitchen – it was some of the most important women in our lives that helped us prepare this meal. Thank you to our Mom, Aunt and Sister In-Law who made this one of the best pizza making nights for the books!!! Soo – what was on the menu? Well, we had six different pizzas all made with what we had in the refrigerator. Yep, that’s right – there was no last minute rush to the market to get the ingredients. Today we are featuring the Fig & Brie Pizza with Caramelized Onions and Spinach. Check out how to make this mouth-watering, savory pizza.
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– Pizza Dough*
– ¾ cup fig jam**
– ¾ cup caramelized onions
– 6 slices brie cheese
– 2 cups spinach salad tossed in THIS dressing
*T.W.O. used pizza dough from Lucci’s Deli.
** The fig jam was homemade and jarred by our Aunt.
Preheat oven to 425ᴼF. Roll out the pizza dough on a floured/ cornmeal surface. Once the dough is evenly rolled out, transfer the dough to a greased cookie sheet. Next take the fig jam and spread it on the dough, making sure you reach all the edges. Sprinkle caramelized onions evenly on top of the fig jam.
Next add the slices of brie cheese to the top of the pizza. If you want your pizza to have more cheese, T.W.O. isn’t stopping you –go ahead!
Let the pizza rise for about 15 minutes. Note – you don’t want to put the pizza in a cold oven, so make sure your oven reaches 425ᴼF.Once the oven is ready, place the pizza in the oven and watch closely. Do not open the oven door, as you want to keep the heat in. The pizza will take 15-20 minutes. Once done, take the pizza out of the oven and let it sit for 5 minutes prior to cutting.
Add the salad to the top of your pizza and you our friend have the perfect pizza!
Happy Friday Night Pizza!
Is there a way to make noodles that didn’t involve flour, egg and oil? Pshhh – Of course there is a way! T.W.O. will show you how to create noodles out of vegetables and bring some color into your cooking!
– 1 yam
– 2 large carrots, whole
– 2 zucchini
– Krazy Salt
Peel and wash the yam and carrots. Cut the ends off all the vegetables. With the julienne peeler, “peel” each vegetable lengthwise. The longer the “noodles” are, the better! Place all the vegetable noodles in a bowl and add Krazy Salt and pepper to taste. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Once the noodles marinate, lightly squeeze the noodles to eliminate any excess water.
The creative part….what to do with the noodles? Here are a couple ideas:
T.W.O. sautéed the yam noodles for 6 minutes added the carrots and the zucchini for the last 2 minutes. We added mushrooms and grilled chicken to create a noodle stir-fry!
Add your favorite dressing, some slivered pistachios and you have your self a great lunch!
Bed of Noodles
Place a grilled piece of meat, chicken or fish over a vegetable medley bed! It’s a great al dente noodle that compliments your protein.
Fall is in full swing at T.W.O.’s house and that means cornbread and chili are on the menu. Learn how to make a chili-cornbread that is a great addition to your chili supper.
– 2 boxes Jiffy Cornbread Mix
– 2 eggs
– 2/3 cup milk (T.W.O. used almond milk)
– 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
– 1 can cream of corn, 14.75 oz can
– 1 can diced Ortega chili, 7 oz can
Preheat oven to 400°. In a bowl, mix cornbread mix, egg and milk until creamy. Slowly add in ¾ cup cheese, cream of corn and Ortega chili. Once mixed, pour batter into a greased 8.5 x 11 pyrex dish. Sprinkle ¼ cup of cheese on top of the cornbread before putting in the oven.
Batter is Ready!
Cooking in the oven
Cook for 20-25 minutes. Once done, take the cornbread out and serve immediately. Add some honey if desired and your chili night will be complete! Later this week, T.W.O. will be featuring their chili recipe, so stay tuned!