Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Italian Sausage Tortellini


This Italian Sausage Tortellini is a MUST make!! The tomato sauce is so rich and creamy and the Italian sausage is fabulous!! Plus it all cooks in one pot so you only have one dish to wash!! Love it!!
 
 
This Italian Sausage Tortellini is a MUST make!! The tomato sauce is so rich and creamy and the Italian sausage is fabulous!! Plus it all cooks in one pot so you only have one dish to wash!! Love it!! This Italian Sausage Tortellini is bursting with rich, fresh flavors. A decadent, creamy tomato sauce surrounds soft, cheesy tortellini and bold, seasoned Italian sausage. It’s like something everyone would rave over at a restaurant, but you made it at home. And my favorite thing about this recipe? It’s so easy to make, and everything cooks in one pan so you only have one dish to wash at the end of the night.

 
 
 
Here’s all you need: Italian sausage, tomatoes, chicken broth, diced onions, tortellini, cream, garlic, and fresh baby spinach.   Harter House Italian Sausage is on Sale this week, Aug 17 - 23, 2016.
Try our home made Hot Italian Sausage if you like it a little spicy!
 
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups diced onions
1 lb. Harter House Sweet Italian Sausage
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
1/2 cup regular or heavy cream
9 ounces tortellini (fresh or frozen)
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups fresh baby spinach, loosely packed

DIRECTIONS
Heat olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. When the oil is very hot, add the onions. Squeeze the sausage from the end of the link to remove it from its casing and add directly into the pan. Use a spatula to break up the sausage into bite-sized pieces. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sausage is browned. Reduce heat to low, then add the garlic and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Add broth, tomatoes, cream, and tortellini to the skillet. Stir to combine. Increase heat and bring to a boil.
Cover, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes until tortellini are tender and heated through. Taste the sauce and add plenty of salt and pepper to taste. I used 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Add spinach and stir until softened and wilted. Remove from heat.

Serve with a delicious crusty Italian bread.

SEE THE PROCESS HERE.
 
This Italian Sausage Tortellini is a MUST make!! The tomato sauce is so rich and creamy and the Italian sausage is fabulous!! Plus it all cooks in one pot so you only have one dish to wash!! Love it!!
This Italian Sausage Tortellini is a MUST make!! The tomato sauce is so rich and creamy and the Italian sausage is fabulous!! Plus it all cooks in one pot so you only have one dish to wash!! Love it!!
Start by heating a bit of olive oil in a very large (at least 12-inch) skillet. You could also use a Dutch oven.

When the oil is very hot, add the diced onions.

 
 
 
Remove the sausage from the casing or just purchase our Italian Sausage in Bulk.
To remove from casing, Just start near the end and squeeze.  It comes right out. So easy. You can squeeze it directly into the pan. No muss, no fuss.
Add the Italian sausage.This Italian Sausage Tortellini is a MUST make!! The tomato sauce is so rich and creamy and the Italian sausage is fabulous!! Plus it all cooks in one pot so you only have one dish to wash!! Love it!!
 
 
This Italian Sausage Tortellini is a MUST make!! The tomato sauce is so rich and creamy and the Italian sausage is fabulous!! Plus it all cooks in one pot so you only have one dish to wash!! Love it!!
Use a spatula to break up the sausage into bite-sized pieces. I made mine about meatball size here, but you can them chop them up to any size you want, even crumbles.

Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sausages are browned.
This Italian Sausage Tortellini is a MUST make!! The tomato sauce is so rich and creamy and the Italian sausage is fabulous!! Plus it all cooks in one pot so you only have one dish to wash!! Love it!!
 
 
 
 
Add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds until fragrant.
 
 
 
 
 
This Italian Sausage Tortellini is a MUST make!! The tomato sauce is so rich and creamy and the Italian sausage is fabulous!! Plus it all cooks in one pot so you only have one dish to wash!! Love it!!
 
 
Next add the broth, tomatoes, cream, and tortellini. Sometimes I just use regular uncooked pasta instead of the tortellini if that’s what I have on hand. Penne is fabulous here!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This Italian Sausage Tortellini is a MUST make!! The tomato sauce is so rich and creamy and the Italian sausage is fabulous!! Plus it all cooks in one pot so you only have one dish to wash!! Love it!!
 
Bring it all to a boil, then cover, reduce heat,
and simmer for 15 minutes.

This Italian Sausage Tortellini is a MUST make!! The tomato sauce is so rich and creamy and the Italian sausage is fabulous!! Plus it all cooks in one pot so you only have one dish to wash!! Love it!!
 
 
 
 
 
After 15 minutes, the tortellini should be soft and plump, and the sauce slightly thickened. Taste the sauce and add plenty of salt and pepper as desired. I used 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.
This Italian Sausage Tortellini is a MUST make!! The tomato sauce is so rich and creamy and the Italian sausage is fabulous!! Plus it all cooks in one pot so you only have one dish to wash!! Love it!!
 
 
 
Finally, add a couple big handfuls of fresh baby spinach. If you’re skeptical about the spinach, it’s totally optional, but gives the dish a nice bright green color. I promise you won’t be able to taste it at all.

Gently stir just until the spinach is softened and wilted.  Serve it up and enjoy!! 

This Italian Sausage Tortellini is a MUST make!! The tomato sauce is so rich and creamy and the Italian sausage is fabulous!! Plus it all cooks in one pot so you only have one dish to wash!! Love it!!
 
 
 
 
This Italian Sausage Tortellini is a MUST make!! The tomato sauce is so rich and creamy and the Italian sausage is fabulous!! Plus it all cooks in one pot so you only have one dish to wash!! Love it!!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Crab-Filled Crescent Wontons








I've been looking for new appetizer recipes and this one is amazing.


Just mix together some chopped crab meat (I used the imitation stuff), cream cheese, mayonnaise, green onion, and cayenne pepper in a bowl.

1-8 oz. tube crescent roll dough
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup mayonnaise
3/4 cup cooked crabmeat, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
1/8- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper, to taste
Heat oven to 375°F.
Unroll a refrigerated tube of crescent roll dough on your work surface. Pinch the seams and roll it out a bit to make an even rectangle.  Cut the dough into 24 squares (6 rows by 4 rows).





In small bowl, mix cream cheese, mayo, crabmeat, onion, and red pepper. Salt and pepper to taste. Divide crab mixture evenly among the squares, dropping it by spoonfulls that are 1/2 inch from 1 corner of each square.

Starting with same corner, fold dough over filling, and tuck end tightly underneath filling; continue rolling to within 1/2 inch of opposite corner.


Roll opposite corner of dough over roll; press to seal. Place on cookie sheet. Brush with egg white, if desired.  Then, bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
adapted from Pillsbury.com found on Krist'a Kitchen Blog.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Saltine Toffee Candy with Pecans

Saltine Toffee Candy with Pecans - An easy and delicious candy recipe! | browneyedbaker.com














This recipe comes from The Brown Eyed Baker.  Sweet.Savory.Sinful


This was an incredibly easy recipe and I imagine it would be very simple to scale it up and make multiple pans at once if you are baking for the holidays.
First a baking pan is lined with saltine crackers, then butter and brown sugar are melted together and boiled. That gets poured over top of the saltines in an even layer and then baked in the oven until bubbly. Out of the oven, chocolate chips are sprinkled on top and left to soften, then spread evenly over top. Finally, chopped pecans are added as the finishing touch before it gets shipped off to the refrigerator for an hour to set.
Saltine Toffee Candy with Pecans - An easy and delicious candy recipe! | browneyedbaker.com
I love how the saltine crackers add a salty kick to counter the sweetness of the toffee and chocolate. I’m a huge sucker for the sweet and salty combo and this candy absolutely delivers. If you’re new to candy making or intimidated by using a thermometer, this is a great beginner recipe.
I just may have to start a new toffee tradition of my own come holiday time!

Saltine Toffee Candy with Pecans - An easy and delicious candy recipe! | browneyedbaker.com
ENJOY!

Ingredients:

30 to 34 saltine crackers
1 cup salted butter, cut into small cubes
1 cup light brown sugar
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted


Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with foil. Spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Arrange the saltine crackers in a single layer on the bottom of the prepared pan. Break the crackers in half if necessary to fit around the edges.
3. Place the butter in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan and melt over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the brown sugar and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and immediately pour evenly over the saltine crackers. Use an offset spatula to spread it, ensuring that all of the crackers are coated.
4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until bubbling. Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the mixture. Allow the chocolate chips to soften for 3 to 5 minutes, then use an offset spatula to spread the chocolate into an even layer. Sprinkle with the chopped pecans.
5. Cool at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes, or until the pan is able to be handled easily, then refrigerate for 1 hour, or until the chocolate is set. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

(Recipe adapted from Taste of Home)

Ruth’s Chris Sweet Potato Casserole

Let Harter House Supermarkets help you with everything you need for a wonderful Holiday Meal.



If you have ever been to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, you may have experienced their signature Sweet Potato Casserole. It is awesome. When you want something really special and maybe to impress your guests at Thanksgiving, this is the recipe!

Serves 4
CRUST MIXTURE

3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup chopped nuts (pecans preferred)
1/4 cup melted butter

SWEET POTATO MIXTURE
2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 eggs -- well beaten
¼ cup melted butter

Combine brown sugar, flour, nuts and butter in mixing bowl. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine sweet potatoes, sugar, salt, vanilla, eggs and butter in a mixing bowl
in the order listed. Mix thoroughly.
Pour sweet potato mixture into buttered baking dish.
Sprinkle the surface of the sweet potato mixture evenly with the crust mixture.
Bake for 30 minutes. Allow to set at least 30 minutes before serving.


Of course, my very good friends Maureen Hays, offered this alternative recipe for a healthier choice!

Sweet Potato Soufflé
5-6 Sweet Potatoes baked & peeled
1 stick butter
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 Cup shredded Coconut (Raw & unsweetened)

Whip all the ingredients above on high and place in a buttered baking dish.
TOPPING:
2 Tbls Maple Syrup or Molasses
1½ Cup pecans chopped
½ stick of butter

Combine above and pour over top of sweet potatoes.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes.
Tastes like a dessert and a favorite for just anytime.





Monday, November 21, 2016

Classic Yeast Rolls Recipe


I absolutely LOVE yeast rolls.
This classic yeast rolls recipe really hits the spot. Find everything you need to make these delicious rolls at Harter House and Harter House World Flavors.



This recipe is adapted originally from the Farm Journal's Homemade Bread book (copyright 1969!). This is a very good, reliable recipe and really didn’t need much tweaking.

While these are totally delicious, another version can be stuffed with ground beef, pepperoni and cheddar cheese.  It is mind-blowing.  


Technique-wise, this recipe is really pretty easy.  It's been adapted from a hand-mixed version to a stand mixer version thus making it even more easy to have delicious homemade yeast rolls.  Over 2/3 of the three hours listed as prep time below is inactive time – time that the yeast spends rising.  So while this does take some time from start to finish, it leaves plenty of time for doing things in between like relaxing… or cleaning the bathroom.  Ha.

Since this is a yeast roll recipe, the yeast is a very important component. The yeast is bloomed very simply in warm water. As you can see below in the course of five minutes, the yeast is fed by the water and starts to get bubbly and activated. This reaction is the yeast coming back to life, ready to work on rising the bread dough it’s about to go into.


Something else I like about this recipe is that it uses all purpose flour. No need for bread flour. Which is good because this roll remains a little more tender than breads with bread flour. I also use shortening in this recipe, staying true to the old-school 1960′s bread-making style. If you don’t wish to use shortening, you can use butter instead.

As I said before, this recipe takes a while because the yeast needs to rise twice, for a total of about two hours and fifteen minutes. Below you can see the bread after the first rise and how it looks after it’s been kneaded (step #9 in the recipe). Like many roll recipes, this one calls for the bread to be portioned into rolls before it goes into it’s second proof (yeast rising).



I’m a big fan of butter on bread so I like to butter these rolls both before they go into the oven and after they come out of the oven. The application of melted butter prior to baking helps the roll produce a brown and crisp crust on the outside.  The buttering after baking gives the roll a long-lasting soft, tender crumb.



While this bread can be used as a savory dish accompaniment, my favorite way to have it is slathered with yet more butter on the inside and topped with some homemade marmalade. If you don’t have any on hand, fear not – these rolls taste great with just about any type of jam you can find. If you’re keeping these more than one day, simply pop them into the fridge in an air-tight container and reheat in the microwave for 45 seconds while covered with a damp paper towel. The butter on the outside helps to keep the bread soft and moist, and the rolls actually taste very good reheated that way.


Now that you’re pining for some fresh baked bread, on to the recipe!
Yield: 12 rolls

Classic Yeast Rolls Recipe  This classic yeast rolls recipe produces tender, tasty rolls. These are versatile enough to serve alongside dinner or to eat alone with butter and jam for a light breakfast. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 1-3/4 ounce package of yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons melted salted butter

Method:

  1. Combine milk, sugar, kosher salt and shortening in a small sauce pan and just barely heat, until shortening melts. Set aside for the moment.
  2. Sprinkle yeast on the warm water and stir. Allow to sit for 5 minutes so yeast can bloom.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the milk mixture and one cup of flour. With the paddle attachment, stir on medium for one minute. Add the yeast/water and egg and stir again on medium until just smooth.
  4. Continue with the paddle attachment on medium speed and add two cups of flour. Mix well and then switch to the dough hook.
  5. Using the dough hook, add two more cups of flour and mix until dough is smooth. It will still be rather sticky.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a clean surface and manually knead in the last half cup of flour. The dough will still be a little sticky but will be workable with your hands. Add more flour if you feel dough is still too sticky. It shouldn't stick to your hands when you're kneading.
  7. Spray a bowl with nonstick spray and place dough in bowl. Flip dough once and cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
  8. Allow to rise in a warm place until doubled, about an hour and a half.
  9. Turn out on a lightly floured surface and toss to coat with flour. Knead about 15 strokes until bread is smooth.
  10. Shape into 2" balls and place evenly spaced apart in a greased pan.
  11. Brush with melted butter then cover again and let rise another 45 minutes.
  12. About 15 minutes before the rolls are ready to go into the oven, preheat to 375 ºF.
  13. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. Run a cold stick of butter over the rolls to coat with butter after coming out of the oven.
  14. Turn rolls out onto wire rack and serve hot.


Store leftover rolls in the fridge in an air tight container. Reheat rolls in microwave for 45 seconds covered with a damp paper towel.
Prep: 3 hours  Cook: 30 minutes
Total:
3 hours, 30 minutes

Monday, November 14, 2016

Whole Turkey Know-How

At Harter House Supermarkets, we're gearing up for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We're ready to assist you in any way we possibly can!


How did turkey become part of Thanksgiving?Availability probably dictated menu choice. At the time the Pilgrims first celebrated Thanksgiving, turkey was a dietary mainstay. In fact, they ate so much turkey that it probably wasn’t much of a treat. Turkey meat from wild and domesticated birds was also a staple in the diet of many Indian tribes.


Fresh or Frozen?
First things first: You need to know what to buy. If you’re shopping just a few days prior to your dinner, Harter House Supermarket recommends buying a FRESH TURKEY. Fresh always tastes best! We advise cooking a fresh bird within three days of purchase. Also, ordering ahead guarantees availability.

If you buy a frozen bird remember that thawing it in the refrigerator will take a few days. If you’re entertaining a small group, consider serving a turkey breast instead of a whole bird.

Buying the Right Size Whole Turkey
The general rule of thumb is to plan on at least one pound (uncooked) per person; however it is often recommended buying 2 pounds or more per person. That may sound excessive, but everyone loves turkey. This way, you’re assured of generous second helpings all around, plus enough left over for savory second-day dishes.
2-4 People - 8-12 lb.
5-7 People - 12-16 lb.
8-10 People - 16-20 lb.
11-13 People - 20-24 lb.

Thawing a Frozen Bird
Leave the turkey in its original wrapping and place it on a tray in your refrigerator. Allow five hours of defrosting time per pound. For example, a 14–19 lb. turkey will need 3–4 days to thoroughly defrost. If your turkey hasn’t completely thawed by the time you’re ready to cook it, place it under cold, running water to accelerate the thawing process.

Suggested Refrigerator Thawing Times for Whole, Frozen Turkey
8-12 lb. - 1-2 Days
12-16 lb. - 2-3 Days
16-20 lb. - 3-4 Days
20-24 lb. - 4-5 Days

If you need to quick-thaw your turkey, leave it in its original wrapping and place it in COLD water. The water must be changed every 30 minutes. Allow approximately 30 minutes per pound using this method.
Suggested Cold-Water Thawing Times for Whole, Frozen Turkey
8-12 lb. - 4-6 Hours
12-16 lb. - 6-8 Hours
16-20 lb. - 8-10 Hours
20-24 lb. - 10-12 Hours

Foolproof Cooking
Check the roasting guide below and preheat your oven to 325° F. Release the legs from the metal clamp. The neck and giblets should be removed from the body and neck cavities. Rinse the turkey both inside and out with cool water and pat it dry with paper towels.

Now you’re ready to season or stuff your bird. When you’re finished, put the legs back into the hock lock and tuck the tips of the wings under the back of the turkey.
Place the turkey, breast side up, in a shallow (2-inch-deep) roasting pan. Brush the turkey with vegetable oil, melted butter or margarine to prevent drying of skin. Some turkeys are self-basting, so you don’t need to worry about that task.

Before placing your turkey in the oven, loosely shield the breast with a tent-shaped piece of aluminum foil to prevent over-browning. You’ll want to remove the shield 1 1/2 hours before the bird is done so it can turn a golden brown. Roast the turkey until the timer pops up or your meat thermometer registers 185° F in the thigh or 170° F in the breast.

When a whole turkey is done, the leg joint moves freely when the drumstick is rotated, and the juices run clear when a knife is inserted into the deepest part of the leg joint. The turkey needs to cook longer if you see any tinge of pink in the juices.

When your turkey is done, move it to a warmed platter, cover it loosely and let it stand for 15–20 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to settle and makes slicing easier. Use the following timetable to approximate the roasting time for your fresh or thawed whole turkey.

Roasting Time Chart
Recommended Whole-turkey Roasting Times - (Fresh or Thawed) at 325° F

Weight---------Unstuffed------Stuffed
8-12 lb......2¾-3 Hours......3–3½ Hours
12-14 lb.....3-3¾ Hours......3½-4 Hours
14-18 lb.....3¾-4¼ Hours.....4–4½ Hours
18-20 lb.....4¼- 4½ Hours....4¼-4¾ Hours
20-24 lb.....4½-5 Hours......4¾-5¼ Hours
Cook stuffing to an internal (center of stuffing) temperature of 165°F.



Enjoy!
Harter House Supermarkets wishes you and yours a safe and Happy Holiday.

Carving The Turkey


Turkey is the main attraction of the Thanksgiving Table. While you may serve a whole roasted turkey as a centerpiece of the table, sliced meat and carved turkey are easier to serve. Here are some tips on how to carve your Harter House turkey for Thanksgiving:



Equipments You May Need:

Warm serving platter
Pair of kitchen scissors
Flexible and sharp 10-inch slicing knife
Carving fork for arranging and serving the meat

Method:
Let the turkey cool for about 20 to 30 minutes at room temperature.
Put the turkey on a carving board using paper towels.
Cut through the trussing with scissors and remove all the string.

Remove the drumsticks by placing the knife against the thigh and cut down to the leg's second joint, where you apply the pressure with the knifepoint and twist it to sever the drumstick.
Make an oval incision in the neck cavity and remove the stuffing, taking care to leave the skin intact.
Transfer the scooped out stuffing into a serving bowl using a long-handled spoon.
Slice the thigh meat from the bone.
Cut carefully while placing the knife horizontally at the bottom curve of the bird's breast and slice in towards the rib cage from the top down.
Cut vertically through the breast meat while carefully preserving some of the skin on each slice.
Severe the wings from the first wing joint.
Arrange the carved turkey on the serving platter by placing the breast-meat slices in rows along both sides of the platter, the slices of thigh meat in the center, the drumsticks crossed at one end and the wings on top, facing each other with the skin side up.

Thanksgiving Trivia
Here are some interesting facts about Thanksgiving that each of us should know about:

The first Thanksgiving celebration can be traced back to the Plymouth Pilgrims in the fall of 1621.

The first Thanksgiving feast was held to thank the Lord for sparing the lives of the survivors of the Mayflower, who landed at Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620. The survivors included four adult women and almost forty percent children.

The Wampanoag chief Massasoit and ninety of his tribesmen were also invited to the first thanksgiving feast. Governor William Bradford invited them for helping the Pilgrims surviving and teaching them the skills of cultivating the land.
The celebration in 1621 lasted for three days and included games and food.

The president to proclaim the first 'National Day of Thanksgiving' in 1789 was George Washington.

Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor, campaigned to make Thanksgiving a National Holiday in 1827 and succeeded.

Abraham Lincoln announced Thanksgiving to be a national holiday in his proclamation on October 3, 1863.

The 'wishbone' of the turkey is used in a good luck ritual on Thanksgiving Day.

Puritans of Mayflower used to drink Beer. (My husband liked this fact!)