Thursday, November 21, 2013

11/21/13 ChefElla's Sage "Dressing" Biscuits


With Thanksgiving coming up I know that everyone wants to make something special.  But making something special can be hard.  Not all of us cook special things everyday and so it makes us nervous when a special event comes up.  Lucky for you and me I have a special recipe.  Everyone will think that you really worked hard on these biscuits, but we will know that they just look that way.  These biscuits taste just like the dressing you serve with your turkey.  The fun part is that if you make enough biscuits to have leftovers after Thanksgiving, you can use them to make turkey biscuit sandwiches the next day.

For this recipe you will need to use the oven.  If you are not allowed to use the oven by yourself you can have a grown up help.
1. Wash your hands.
2. For this recipe you will need measuring spoons and cups, a fork, a 2 inch round cutter, a knife, a cutting board, a large mixing bowl and small mixing bowl, cookie sheet and a whisk.

ChefElla's Sage "Dressing" Biscuits (This recipe will make 10-12 biscuits)
2 Cups.         All Purpose Flour
2 1/2 tsp       Baking Powder
2 tsp             Sugar
1 1/4 tsp       Poultry Seasoning     
1 Tbl.            Celery Salt
2 tsp             Dried Parsley
1 tsp             Onion Powder
1/8 tsp         Garlic Powder
1/8 tsp          Black Pepper
1 tsp             Boullion Base, Turkey, Chicken, or Poultry Flavor
                      -I chose base over powder because I do not like to use products with MSG, and dried
                       boullion usually has MSG in it.
1 3/4 Cups.   Heavy Cream

3. Pre-heat your oven to 425F.
4. In your large mixing bowl add all of your ingredients except the Base and Heavy Cream.
5. Whisk slowly to blend all of the ingredients.
6. In your small bowl whisk your heavy cream and bouillon.
7. Make a well in the bottom of your flour mixture and pour in your liquid mixture.
8. Blend the mixture slowly with a fork until it turns into a ball and all of the flour is incorporated.  The
    mixture will look a little wet.
9. First clean and dry your countertop.  Dust countertop with flour.  Put biscuit mix on the flour.  Kneed
    the mixture one to two times and then flatten out into a 1 inch disc.  If the mixture sticks you can
    spread a little more flour.
10. Cut out out 2 inch rounds.  Spray cookie sheet with pan spray.  Place biscuits on your cookie sheet.
11. Take remaining dough and form into a disc again.  Cut out more biscuits.  Continue this process
      until all of the dough is gone.
      -Note: If you want to use a different shape cutter you can, but it might change the cooking time if
       the biscuits are larger or smaller.
12. Bake biscuit for 10 -12 minutes or until they just look golden on top.

Serve warm with butter.  The day after Thanksgiving break biscuits in half and top with your favorite sandwich ingredients.

- ChefElla

Saturday, November 9, 2013

11/7/13 ChefElla's No-Cream Cream of Potato Soup


It's cold!  It is so cold where I live that I even had to wear my snow pants at recess the other day.  It is cold when I get up, and cold when I go to school, and cold when I get home.  I wondered what could make me warmer, and lucky for me I had just the recipe.  I would make my no-cream cream of potato soup.  This way I could take something healthy with me for lunch, and I could keep warm too.  This is also a great recipe for anyone with allergies.  So keep warm and enjoy the soup.

For this recipe you will need to use a knife, the mixer, and the stove.  If you are not allowed to use a knife, mixer or the stove by yourself you can have a grown up help.
1. Wash your hands.
2. For this recipe you will need measuring spoons and cups, , a wooden spoon, a knife, a cutting board, a potato peeler, a small stock pot, a saute pan, a colander, and a whisk.

ChefElla's No-Cream Cream of Potato Soup(This recipe will make 4-6 servings)
2 lbs.     Baking Potatoes
8 oz.      Cauliflower
              -You can use fresh or frozen Cauliflower.  If you use frozen you will need to pre-heat it in the
              microwave for 3-4 minutes.
1 ea.      Leek, Medium Sized (If you do not want to use leeks use 1/2 a cup of diced yellow onion.)
              -Directions for cutting the leek are in step 5.
3 Cups.  Vegetable Stock or Broth     
2 Tbl.     Olive Oil
1/4 tsp  Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp  Black Pepper
2 tsp     Kosher Salt

3. With your potato peeler, peel your potatoes.  Take your time.  Keep the hand holding the potato away
     from the peeler.  Rinse your potatoes and put them on your cutting board.  Throw the peels away in the
4. Cut your potatoes into quarters and then into 1 inch chunks.  Put your potatoes in your pot.  Fill the pot
    with water until the potatoes are covered.  Put the pot on the stove and turn on high heat.  While the water     is getting hot prep your leek following the directions in step 5.  When the water begins to boil set your
    timer for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes add your cauliflower.  Bring to a boil again and Cook the potatoes
    and cauliflower for another 5 minutes.  When done strain your potatoes and cauliflower through your
    colander in the sink.
5. While the potatoes are cooking cut up your leek.  Cut the leek one inch above the white part where the
    leek begins to turn green.  Throw the tough green end away.  Then cut off the root end.  Leeks can be
    very dirty so it is important to wash them.  Wash your leek and return to the cutting board.  Cut the leek in
    half lengthwise (the long way).  Take one half of the leek and cut lenghwise again.  Holding the quartered
    leek together, flat side down, cut into thin half moon strips (The strips will actually be quarter moon strips.)
    When done cut the other leek in half and cut into strips.
6.  Pre-heat your saute pan on high.  Add your olive oil and leeks.  Turn the pan down to low and cook for
     5 minutes stir occasionally so that the leek gets soft but does not burn.
7. Add your potatoes, cooked leeks, kosher salt, pepper, and garlic powder to your mixing bowl.  Add one
   cup of vegetable stock and turn the mixer on speed 1.  Mix until all of the lumps are gone.
  -NOTE:  If you quit now the mixture in the bowl will be wonderful mashed potatoes, and you are done.
   To finish the soup follow the rest of the directions.
8. Return the mixture to the stock pot, return it to the stove and heat on medium heat.
9. Add the remaining vegetable stock and mix with your whisk until smooth. When the soup comes to a
    simmer it is done. 

Top your soup with cheese, croutons, crackers, or toasted bacon and enjoy.

- ChefElla