Monday, April 17

SLOW COOKER: Easy Cocktail Meatballs

Sweet and tangy cocktail meatballs are a common sight at gathering and get together. Made from three simple ingredients, these little mouth watering bites are crowd pleasing. I often get asked how to make them and every time I give someone the recipe they are shocked. The hard part about making these little bites of happiness is deciding how savory you want to make them.

Full time 6 hours
Serves 16-20

The needs-

4-5 lbs. frozen cocktail size meatballs
16 oz bottle BBQ sauce (any type)
12 oz jar grape jelly

The know-

In a mixing bowl combine BBQ sauce and jelly, whisking until even in texture.

Pour approximetly 1/3 of the mixture into your slow cooker and coat bottom.

Add in half of the meatballs.
Pour approximetly 1/2 the remaining mixture over the meatballs.

Add in remaining meatballs.

Pour in remaining sauce.

Cover with lid and cook six hours on low. If possible stir occasionally to evenly distibute sauce.


Monday, April 10

French Apple Clafoutis

A traditional French pastry, the clafoutis is part custard and part cake. Taking advantage of seasonal berries and fruits, the clafoutis is extremely simple to make. Serve dusted with a little confectionery sugar for great desserts, brunches, or breakfast!

Full time 1 1/2 hours (includes cooling time)
Serves 8

The needs-

3 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
2 apples, any variety
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt

For serving-
1/2 cup confectionery sugar
1/2 tbsp cinnamon 

The know- 

Preheat oven to 350' and lightly spray a pie pan with cooking spray or lightly butter it.

Core apples and slice into 16 thin slices each.

Arrange apples in the bottom of the pie pan, you will end up with two layers.

In a large mixing bowl whisk eggs and egg yolk until fluffy and airy.

Add in sugar and whisk until thickened.

Add in milk, salt and vanilla giving it a quick whisk.

Add in flour and whisk until well blended.

Gently pour batter into pie pan, apples will move around a bit, this is okay.

Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes or until the center feels set when gently poked with a finger.

You will notice the sides has raised above the center, it will become a lightly golden crust.

Allow to rest on a wire rack for 30 minutes before serving, the outside edge will deflate slightly during this time.

To serve just slice, dust with confectionery sugar and cinnamon.


Monday, April 3

English Banoffe

Banoffe is a traditional English pie. Rich and creamy, this pie has three major parts: toffee, bananas, and whipped cream. The pie itself is very easy to make and is full of traditional English flavors.

Full time 1 1/2 hours (unless you need to make toffee)
Makes 1 9" pie

The needs-

For Crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup fine sugar

For Pie:
2 bananas, sliced
14 oz. toffee filling (store bought or homemade, see bottom for link to toffee recipe)
1 cup whipping cream

The know-

In a large bowl combine all crust ingredients and mix until well blended.

Pour mixture into a 9" pie shell and pat down, up edges, until you have a nice even crust.

Allow crust to rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Pour toffee into crust and allow it to rest in refrigerator for 20 minutes.

Top with sliced bananas.

Top with whipped cream and smooth out evenly.

Chill in refrigerator 30 minutes prior to serving. For best texture allow pie to chill longer.


*How To Make Toffee: