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Pretzel Turtles

Pretzel Turtles

by Pam on December 19, 2013

When I saw the pretzel turtles on The Pioneer Woman’s[1] site I knew I had to make them! Who can resist salty pretzels with caramel and milk chocolate? My kids were having a couple pals over for a play date after school so I surprised them with these tasty and fun snacks. Needless to say, they all loved them! I think they thought I was pretty cool for a few minutes… maybe.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat.

Place the pretzels evenly on the silpat mat lined baking sheet. Top each pretzel with a piece of unwrapped caramel.

Place into the oven and bake for 4-5 minutes, or until the caramel is just starting to melt. Watch carefully! Side Note: See what the caramel should look like in the picture below before you add the pecans). Remove from the oven and carefully place a pecan on the center of each caramel, pushing lightly.

Place into the refrigerator to set. While they are in the refrigerator, place the milk chocolate chips in a glass bowl and place into a pan of water over medium low heat. Stir often until melted. Turn the stove off.

Remove the tray from the refrigerator then remove the pretzels from the tray to a plate. Spoon 1/2 tablespoon of the melted milk chocolate onto the silpat mat then place the pretzel on top and push lightly. Repeat.

Once they are all done, place the rest of the melted milk chocolate in a small ziplock bag. Cut a super small hole in the corner of the bag and drizzle the chocolate back and forth over each turtle.

Place the tray back into the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes to set. Remove from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes. Side Note: If you try to eat them right out of the refrigerator the caramel will be really hard and it will be difficult/painful to eat. Trust me. Enjoy!



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Pretzel Turtles




Yield: 20+



Ingredients:

Mini pretzels
Caramels, unwrapped
Pecan halves
1 bag of milk chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat.

Place the pretzels evenly on the silpat mat lined baking sheet. Top each pretzel with a piece of unwrapped caramel.

Place into the oven and bake for 4-5 minutes, or until the caramel is just starting to melt. Watch carefully! Side Note: See what the caramel should look like in the picture below before you add the pecans). Remove from the oven and carefully place a pecan on the center of each caramel, pushing lightly.

Place into the refrigerator to set. While they are in the refrigerator, place the milk chocolate chips in a glass bowl and place into a pan of water over medium low heat. Stir often until melted. Turn the stove off.

Remove the tray from the refrigerator then remove the pretzels from the tray to a plate. Spoon 1/2 tablespoon of the melted milk chocolate onto the silpat mat then place the pretzel on top and push lightly. Repeat.

Once they are all done, place the rest of the melted milk chocolate in a small ziplock bag. Cut a super small hole in the corner of the bag and drizzle the chocolate back and forth over each turtle.

Place the tray back into the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes to set. Remove from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes. Side Note: If you try to eat them right out of the refrigerator the caramel will be really hard and it will be difficult/painful to eat. Trust me. Enjoy!



References

  1. ^ The Pioneer Woman’s (thepioneerwoman.com)
  2. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Orzo with Garlicky Roasted Tomatoes and Parmesan

Orzo with Garlicky Roasted Tomatoes and Parmesan

by Pam on December 17, 2013

I wanted a simple and tasty side dish to serve with the chicken I was making for dinner. I was craving roasted tomatoes so I decided to serve them tossed in orzo. I poured the cooked and drained orzo directly in the pan I roasted the tomatoes in so it would get flavored by all the garlic and tomato juices. I tossed the orzo and garlicky roasted tomatoes with some fresh parsley and topped it with shredded Parmesan and simply seasoned it with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. It was such a simple and perfect side dish that we all loved.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Add the grape tomatoes, minced garlic, olive oil, sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste, in a baking dish. Toss to coat evenly.

Roast in the oven for 10 minutes, stirring them occasionally,  until plump and ready to about to burst. Remove from the oven.

While the tomatoes are roasting, prepare the orzo in boiling water, per instructions. Drain the orzo then pour the pasta directly into the baking dish.  Add the fresh parsley then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Toss to coat the orzo evenly with the tomatoes, their juices, and the minced garlic. Taste and re-season if needed. Pour into a serving bowl and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



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Orzo with Garlicky Roasted Tomatoes and Parmesan




Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 10 – 15 min.



Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of grape tomatoes
2-3 tsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
3/4 cup of dried orzo, cooked per instructions
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
Parmesan cheese, shredded, to taste

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Add the grape tomatoes, minced garlic, olive oil, sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste, in a baking dish. Toss to coat evenly.

Roast in the oven for 10 minutes, stirring them occasionally, until plump and ready to about to burst. Remove from the oven.

While the tomatoes are roasting, prepare the orzo in boiling water, per instructions. Drain the orzo then pour the pasta directly into the baking dish. Add the fresh parsley then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Toss to coat the orzo evenly with the tomatoes, their juices, and the minced garlic. Taste and re-season if needed. Pour into a serving bowl and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

References

  1. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Turkey, Extra Sharp Cheddar, Tomato, and Avocado Panini with Basil Mayonnaise

Turkey, Extra Sharp Cheddar, Tomato, and Avocado Panini with Basil Mayonnaise

by Pam on December 16, 2013

My friend Simon recently made us sandwiches while visiting his home and he used this amazing basil mayonnaise on them that he made. I was instantly hooked and couldn’t wait to re-create it at home. I made paninis this weekend and added some homemade basil mayonnaise to them. They turned out INCREDIBLE! I seriously could eat these sandwiches everyday!

Combine the mayonnaise, basil, minced garlic, sea salt, to taste, dash of white pepper, and dash of cayenne pepper, together in a small bowl. Mix until well combined. Set aside.

Preheat your panini grill or a grill pan over medium heat.

Spread some of the basil mayonnaise on both slices of bread then layer it with a little cheese, turkey, tomato, avocado, and a little more cheese. Place the other slice of bread on top.

Place into your panini pan (or grill pan).  Cook for 5 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy!

Side Note:  I always cook my paninis dry.  I find that using oil or butter on the bread makes the sandwich too greasy.  Try it – I bet you will like it and it’s way better for you!



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Turkey, Extra Sharp Cheddar, Tomato, and Avocado Panini with Basil Mayonnaise




Yield: 2

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 5 min.

Total Time: 15 min.



Ingredients:

Basil Mayonnaise:

1/4 cup olive oil mayonnaise
2 tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
Sea salt, to taste
Dash of white pepper
Dash of cayenne pepper

Sandwich:

4 slices of French bread
Basil mayonnaise
Extra sharp white cheddar
Turkey, sliced
Tomato, sliced
Avocado, sliced

Directions:

Preheat your panini grill or a grill pan over medium heat.

Combine the mayonnaise, basil, minced garlic, sea salt, to taste, dash of white pepper, and dash of cayenne pepper, together in a small bowl. Mix until well combined. Set aside.

Spread some of the basil mayonnaise on both slices of bread then layer it with a little cheese, turkey, tomato, avocado, and a little more cheese. Place the other slice of bread on top.

Place into your panini pan (or grill pan). Cook for 5 minutes or until crispy and golden brown. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Side Note: I always cook my paninis dry. I find that using oil or butter on the bread makes the sandwich too greasy. Try it – I bet you will like it and it’s way better for you!



References

  1. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

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