Chef Creations

QUICK AND EASY SPINACH PIE

Serves 4-6 2 10-ounce packages chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry3 -4 green onions, chopped4 eggs, lightly beaten1/2 cup cottage cheese 1 4-ounce container crumbled feta cheese 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon dill 10 sheets phyllo dough, thawed CRISCO Butter Flavor* No-Stick Cooking Spray Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8×8 baking dish with Crisco No Stick Cooking Spray. In a medium bowl, stir together first 9 ingredients. Lay one sheet of phyllo in the baking dish, allowing edges to hang over. Spray completely with Crisco Butter Flavor No-stick Cooking Spray. Repeat with 4 more sheets of phyllo, spraying and alternating the direction of each sheet. Transfer spinach mixture to phyllo lined dish. Spray and layer remaining sheets as directed for bottom layer. Turn in edges to form a rim. Spray rim and top layer. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 15 minutes before slicing into 4-6...

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MISSISSIPPI MUD CAKE

Serves 14-16Prep time: 25 minutesBake time: 40 minutes 1 cup CRISCO Butter Flavor Shortening 2 cups granulated sugar 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 4 large eggs, beaten with the vanilla extract1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup cocoa powder1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup chopped pecans CRISCO No-Stick Cooking Spray 1 cup miniature marshmallows Frosting:3/4 cup CRISCO Butter Flavor Shortening 1 pound confectioners sugar 1/3 cup cocoa powder1/3 cup evaporated milk 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup chopped pecans Heat the oven to 350Ôæ∫ F.In a large bowl, cream together 1 cup Crisco Butter Flavor Shortening and sugar until it is light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla mixture and beat well to combine. In a medium bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder, and salt; stir with a fork to combine well. Stir into the creamed mixture to combine well. Fold in the pecans.Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with the Crisco Cooking Spray. Pour in the batter and bake for about 30 minutes. Remove the cake from the oven and sprinkle the marshmallows evenly over the hot cake. Return to the oven and bake for about 10 more minutes, until the marshmallows are melted. Remove the cake from the oven and place on a wire cooling rack.To make the frosting:In a 2-quart saucepan, heat 3/4 cup Crisco Butter Flavor Shortening over medium heat. Add the sugar and cocoa; stir constantly until smooth. Stir in the evaporated milk, vanilla, and pecans. Stir until well combined. Pour the mixture over the cake and allow to cool completely before serving, about 3 hours. Can be made a day ahead....

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QUICK AND EASY RED BEANS AND RICE

Serves 4-6Prep time: 10 minutesCook time: 30 minutes 2 tablespoons Crisco Pure Canola Oil 1 cup chopped onions 1/2 cup chopped bell peppers 1/4 cup chopped celery 3-4 cloves garlic, minced1/2 pound ham, cut into 1/2-inch cubes1/4 pound smoked sausage, sliced thin1 bay leaf 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1 cup chicken or beef stock 2 15-ounce cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon cayenne, more or less to taste1/4 teaspoon black pepper Cooked rice Chopped onions Hot sauce Heat the Crisco Pure Canola Oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add the onions, bell peppers, celery, and garlic.Cook about 5 minutes, stirring often, until the vegetables are soft. Add the ham, sausage, bay leaf, and thyme. Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring often.Add the stock, beans, salt, cayenne and black pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.Serve over cooked rice with chopped onions and your favorite hot sauce on the...

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STEAK WITH BALSAMIC VINEGAR

Serves 4Prep time: 10 minutesCook time: 8-10 minutes 2 strip steaks, 2 inches or more thick3 tablespoons Crisco Pure Canola Oil 10 peeled garlic cloves, left whole and crushed3 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar Salt and pepper to taste 4 sprigs rosemary Heat a large, heavy skillet until very hot. Brush the steaks on all sides with a little Crisco Pure Canola Oil; season with salt and pepper on all sides.Sear the meat quickly on all sides; do not cook beyond rare. Remove to a plate, let cool, and refrigerate. Reserve skillet. When ready to serve, slice the steaks width-wise at an angle into about 1/2-inch slices.Heat 3 tablespoons Crisco Pure Canola Oil over medium heat in the same skillet, and add the garlic cloves.Cook until the garlic is golden; do not allow to brown. Raise the heat to medium-high. Add the sliced steak and the Balsamic vinegar.Cook for about 1 minute or until done to your liking, turning frequently. Season with salt and pepper to taste.Serve topped with the pan sauce and garnished with rosemary...

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NAPLES-STYLE PASTA SALAD

1/2 cup Crisco Pure Canola Oil 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 3-4 cloves minced garlic 1/2 cup chopped onions 2 cups chopped ripe tomatoes 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil Salt and pepper1 pound uncooked pasta, your choice In a nonreactive bowl, whisk together the Crisco Pure Canola Oil, red wine vinegar, sugar, and oregano, and blend well. Add the garlic, onions, tomatoes, and basil; gently stir to mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste and gently mix. Let stand at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours. Cook the pasta and drain well. Place the cooked pasta in a large bowl; add the sauce and mix well. Serve with grated Romano...

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RALPH'S CHICKEN CACCIATORE

By Chef Jimmy Rubino Jr. (Ralph’s Italian Restaurant, PA)Makes 4 to 6 servings 1 (3 pound) chicken 3 cups Crisco Pure Canola Oil 4 cups marinara sauce 1/4 cup sauterne wine 1/4 cup sherry wine 1/2 cup water 3 large sliced green bell peppers 6 large sliced white mushrooms 1 large sliced Spanish onion 1 teaspoon rosemary A pinch of salt A pinch of black pepper 1/8 cup chopped fresh basil **If fresh basil isn’t available, use 1/8 cup dry chopped parsley. Wash chicken thoroughly and slice in half. Quarter each half (separate wing, leg, thigh, and breast). Pan fry chicken with Crisco Pure Canola Oil in large frying pan for 6 minutes, until skin is crispy. Place chicken in 4-quart pot with remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower flame and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring...

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