Sunday, March 21, 2021

KFC Coleslaw Copycat recipe


We just love Kentucky Fried Chicken coleslaw and have enjoyed it many, many times over the years. We also have a family coleslaw recipe from my mother-in-law called
Grandma Joan's Coleslaw we also enjoy, but there's just something about the Colonel's coleslaw that's special.

KFC was founded by Colonel Harland Sanders, an entrepreneur who began selling fried chicken from his roadside restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky, during the Great Depression. Sanders identified the potential of the restaurant franchising concept, and the first "Kentucky Fried Chicken" franchise opened in Utah in 1952. 


KFC popularized chicken in the fast-food industry, diversifying the market by challenging the established dominance of the hamburger. By branding himself as "Colonel Sanders"Harland became a prominent figure of American cultural history, and his image remains widely used in KFC advertising to this day. KFC's original signature product is pressure-fried chicken pieces, seasoned with Sanders' recipe of 11 herbs and spices, and his coleslaw recipe was a close runner-up. (source: Wikipedia)


On a quest to recreate his sweet yet tangy coleslaw I searched and searched the "interwebs" for the best copycat recipes and believe me there are a bunch of them out there ... shocker! Hahaha of course there are because people love it, so off I set to the test kitchen to make up a few and see what I could come up with and this is my result.


You'll quickly see this coleslaw gets its kick from 2 acids, both lemon juice and vinegar, then throw in a nice amount of sugar, buttermilk, mayonnaise, and salt and pepper to round out the dressing.

What do you need to make KFC Coleslaw?

  • Mayonnaise
  • Buttermilk
  • Lemon juice concentrate
  • White vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Onion


RECIPE

Ingredients

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup buttermilk (add 1 tsp lemon juice to regular milk to make your own buttermilk)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 and 1/2 tbsp white or apple cider vinegar
2 and 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
4 cups shredded then diced cabbage (about 1/2 of a medium head)
1 medium carrot, diced
1/4 medium onion, diced

Method
Shred the cabbage, carrot, and onion and dice finely; mix all veggies in a large mixing bowl.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Pour over the veggies and stir all with a spoon to fully incorporate.

Cover the bowl with a saran wrap and place in the fridge for at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight. The flavors need a chance to blend and develop for the best tasting coleslaw.

Stir again before serving.

Enjoy,
Mary

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Sunday, March 7, 2021

Crusty Sourdough Rolls



These sourdough rolls are crusty and chewy using just a small amount of yeast and some steam in your oven. They are great as dinner rolls and a simple way to use your sourdough starter.


They are easy to make, and even better, my husband continues to tell me they're awesome, and I'm sure your family will think so as well.

If you are used to baking artisan sourdough, the dough will probably seem very dry to you. Since it is being formed into rolls, and needs to keep its shape, the texture is more like a traditional bread dough.


RECIPE
Ingredients
1 1/4 cups thick liquid pourable sourdough starter
2 1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour (I used 3 cups)
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon yeast

Method
Combine the starter, flour, water, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine. The mixture should be a very slightly sticky dough. Cover and allow to rest for about 30-40 minutes. 

(pro tip - turn on oven to 400 degrees for 1 minute and turn off - set dough inside oven to rise).

Add the salt and yeast on top of the dough, and using the dough hook on your stand mixer, set it on low and run it about 5 minutes. If kneading by hand, knead for about 10 minutes (with a 5 minute rest halfway) without adding any additional flour. The dough should not be sticky, should not cling to the sides of the bowl and form easily into a ball. If it seems too sticky add more flour a few tablespoons at a time.

When the dough is kneaded, cover it with some cling wrap or a clean kitchen towel and put in in a warm place to rise for about 90 minutes or until dough has nearly doubled in size. 

When the dough has completed its first rise, remove the dough from the bowl and place it onto a lightly floured counter or a cutting board. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or oil and flour. Dust the top of the parchment with cornmeal and divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. 

Shape the pieces into rolls by rolling into balls and pinching the bottoms together. Place on the cornmeal dusted parchment and rub the tops with flour. Slash, if desired, using a lame or sharp knife. Cover with clean dish cloth and allow to rise again at room temperature for 30-45 minutes.

Towards the end of the rising time, preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Place one rack in the center, and one in the lower middle area. Place a roasting pan with water in it on the bottom rack.

When the oven has heated and the rolls are risen, place the rolls inside and bake for 17-21 minutes, until browned outside. Cool rolls on wire rack.

Cooks notes -

  • To reheat rolls preheat oven to 350 and heat rolls for 5 minutes. 
  • Rolls freeze very well. Place room temperature rolls into a zip-top bag and freeze for up to 2 months. Defrost 1 minute per roll on the defrost setting in the microwave.

Recipe adapted from Heart's Content Farmhouse

Enjoy,
Mary

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Muffuletta Olive Salad


So what is a muffuletta and olive salad?

The muffuletta sandwich is said to have been created in 1906 at Central Grocery Co. on Decatur Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, by its delicatessen owner Salvatore Lupo, a Sicilian immigrant. Another Italian-style New Orleans delicatessen, Progress Grocery Co., originally opened in 1924 by the Perrone family, claims the origin of the muffuletta is uncertain.

The traditional-style muffuletta sandwich consists of a muffuletta loaf split horizontally and covered with layers of marinated muffuletta-style olive salad, salami, ham, Swiss cheese, provolone, and mortadella. Quarter, half, and full-sized muffulettas are sold.

The signature olive salad consists of olives diced with the celery, cauliflower and carrot found in a jar of giardiniera, seasoned with oregano and garlic, covered in olive oil, and allowed to combine for at least 24 hours. (source: Wikipedia)


Because I really wanted to process the 
olive salad for shelf stability I didn't use olive oil, but you can add it when you use it if desired.


Add 
olive salad to a Greek salad, pasta salad, to cream cheese for a dip, topped on crostini, flavor up a beef roast or slow cooked chicken and more.


RECIPE

Ingredients
2 cups cauliflower, diced small
1 cup celery, diced small
1 cup carrots, diced small
2 - 15 oz. cans drained pitted medium black olives
2 1/2 cups drained pitted Kalamata olives
2 1/2 cups drained pimiento-stuffed green olives

Seasonings (added to each of 6 pint jars)
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp oregano leaves
1 tsp Italian parsley
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

Brine
4 cups red wine vinegar (5%)
2 cups water
2 tbsp pickling salt

Method
Dice small the cauliflower, carrots and celery and mix together in a bowl; set aside.

Drain and rough chop all the olives placing each variety in separate bowls.

Using 6 pint jars, add the seasonings to each jar. Now evenly divide the cauliflower, carrots and celery mix to each jar, and top with each variety of olives evenly distributing them and leaving a 1/2-inch headspace.

Combine all the brine ingredients in a saucepan and heat to dissolve the salt. Remove from heat and pour evenly into each jar leaving 1/2-inch headspace; run a plastic knife around the inside of the jars to remove any air bubbles and adjust headspace as needed, top jars with lids and bands.

Process jars in a water bath or steam canner 20 minutes. Remove jars and let sit 24 hours undisturbed on a towel or rack on your countertop. Jars are sealed when button on top is fully depressed and won't flex up and down.

Store jars in pantry up to one year. Open jars must be refrigerated.

Yield: 6 pint jars

Enjoy,
Mary

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Limoncello Jelly




After a recent family trip to Italy, my daughter asked me to try to replicate some Limoncello Jelly she bought while enjoying her time there. Well, I knew it couldn't be that hard so I agreed, but before I knew it, a few months had gone by, and it was December already. Yikes! I needed to get busy so she could have some for the holidays.

What Is Limoncello?

Limoncello is an Italian liqueur made from lemon zest. It’s mainly produced in Southern Italy, particularly in Sorrento, Capri, and along the Amalfi Coast. Traditionally, limoncello is made with Femminello St. Teresa lemons, a vibrant lemon variety native to the Sorrento Peninsula of Italy.

The liqueur is served chilled in small ceramic glasses as an apéritif or digestif (a drink served before or after a meal) to aid in digestion.

Limoncello is made by steeping lemon zest (peels) in highly concentrated ethanol or vodka until oil is released, then mixing the resulting yellow liquid with simple syrup. Its alcohol content varies, especially among homemade varieties, but is usually measured somewhere in the 25-30% range. (source: myrecipes.com)


This sweet, lemony jelly is fantastic as a filling or glaze for baked goods. It can also be used on chicken or fish then baked to form a lovely lemony caramelized coating. 

Serve it alongside your cheese and crackers on a spread or even with mascarpone or goat cheese on a crostini. Eat it with fresh berries with or without whipped cream. It's bright, sunny and so cheerful! It brings amazing flavor to most anything you serve it with.


RECIPE
Ingredients

1/4 cup water
1/2 cup lemon juice (bottled or fresh)
1 box powdered fruit pectin (I used Sure Jell)
1 3/4 cups limoncello 
3 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon butter (optional to reduce foaming)

Method
Place water and lemon juice in 6-quart kettle (or pot). Add Sure Jell and stir well to dissolve.

Heat to boiling, add limoncello and return to a boil. Add sugar all at once and bring back to a full, rolling boil (a boil that cannot be stirred down). Add the butter and boil hard for exactly 1 minute.

Remove from heat, skim any foam.

Ladle hot jelly into jars leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Cover with lids and rings and process in boiling water bath or steam canner 5 minutes. Remove jars and allow to cool undisturbed 24 hours on your countertop. Jars are sealed when button on top of lid is fully depressed and won't flex up or down.

Store in pantry up to 1 year.

Yield: 4 1/2 cups

Enjoy,
Mary

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Monday, November 16, 2020

Hot Pickle Mix Vegetables


These Hot Pickle Mix Vegetables came about at the request of a friends father, who used to purchase them from a well-known pickle company. Unfortunately, that company recently discontinued them, and I was asked to try to recreate them. After a little bit of research, this is what I came up with.


Hot P
ickle Mix Vegetables are mild to medium hot, so if you want more heat, I would recommend adding a few small red chili peppers or perhaps some dried red pepper flakes. Another option would be to swap out the banana peppers with some habanero or ghost peppers if you really want to amp up the heat.


No matter what you do, remember the heat tends to intensify while the finished jars sit in the pantry, so be careful how much heat you add. 

What do you need to make Hot Pickle Mix Vegetables?

  • pickling cucumbers
  • cauliflower florets
  • carrots
  • pearl onions
  • banana peppers
  • red or mad hatter peppers
  • jalapeno peppers
  • garlic
  • white vinegar (5% acidity)
  • sugar
  • horseradish


Serve Hot Pickle Mix Vegetables on a cheeseboard/charcuterie platter, alongside your favorite deli meat sandwich or with a hot Italian beef sandwich.

RECIPE
Ingredients

4 cups (approx. 1 pound) pickling cucumbers, trimmed and sliced into 1/4 -inch slices
2 cups cauliflower florets
1 cup carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal
1 cup peeled pearl or pickling onions (cut larger onions in 1/2)
2/3 cup pickling or canning salt
3 cups sliced seeded hot yellow banana peppers (about 6 peppers)
3 diced Mad Hatter peppers or 1 diced red bell pepper
1 garlic clove, or 1 tsp minced garlic
8 1/2 cups white vinegar
1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
3 to 9 jalapeno peppers, halved and seeded

Method
In a large glass or stainless steel bowl, combine the cucumbers, cauliflower, red peppers, carrots and onions.

In another large glass or stainless steel bowl, dissolve the pickling salt in 7 cups water. Pour it over the vegetables. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

In a colander placed over a sink, drain the vegetables. Rinse with cold running water and drain thoroughly. Add the hot yellow peppers and mix well.

In a large stainless steel saucepan, combine the garlic, 1 1/2 cups water, vinegar, sugar and horseradish. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat and boil gently for 15 minutes, until the liquid is infused with garlic flavor; strain liquid through a mesh strainer over a bowl retaining the liquid but discarding horseradish and garlic.

Pack the vegetables and 1 to 3 jalapeno pepper halves into hot jars to within a generous one-half inch of the top of the jar. Ladle hot pickling liquid into the jar to cover the vegetables, leaving one-half inch of headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust the headspace, if necessary, by adding hot pickling liquid. Wipe the rim and cover with lids and bands tightening until just fingertip-tight.

Process jars in a boiling water bath or steam canner for 15 minutes. Remove the jars, and allow to sit undisturbed on your countertop 24 hours. Lid is sealed when button on top is fully depressed and won't flex up or down. Store in pantry up to one year; open jars need to be refrigerated.

Yield: 6 pint jars

Cooks note - wait for 4 to 6 weeks before serving to allow the flavors to develop.

Enjoy,
Mary

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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Boozy Holiday Cherries

 


Whether you are a novice with a cocktail shaker or an expert in mixology, a really good boozy holiday cherry is your home bar’s best friend. 


So many classic drinks call for a red cherry garnish – Old Fashioned, Whiskey Sour, Manhattan, Pina Colada, Mai Tai, and even the non-alcoholic staple, the Shirley Temple. 

Additionally, these boozy holiday cherries are delicious topped on pound cake with whipped cream, used on top of vanilla ice cream, or with pineapple upside down cake instead of maraschino cherries.


Fresh cherries are best, but I have used cherries I bought fresh in the summer and put in my freezer, so go with whatever you have available. Simply thaw the frozen cherries first.

What do you need to make Boozy Holiday Cherries?
  • 6 cups sweet cherries, stemmed and pitted 
  • sugar
  • water
  • lemon juice 
  • cinnamon sticks
  • maple syrup
  • quality whiskey
  • half-pint canning jars

RECIPE
Ingredients
6 cups sweet cherries, stemmed and pitted
1 3/4 cups sugar
3 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup maple syrup
1-2 sticks cinnamon
1 tbsp whiskey per half-pint jar

Method
Pack stemmed and pitted cherries into the half-pint canning jars until jars are about 3/4 full.

Add sugar, water, lemon juice, maple syrup and stick cinnamon to a heavy bottomed pan and bring to a low boil to dissolve sugar. Allow to simmer softly 10 minutes. Remove from heat; remove stick cinnamon and discard.

Top each jar with the hot liquid leaving 3/4-inch headspace. Add 1 tbsp whiskey or slightly more to each jar, until each jar has 1/2-inch headspace.

Cover jars with lids and bands and process in boiling water bath or steam canner 15 minutes. 

Remove jars and allow to sit undisturbed on your countertop 24 hours. Jars are sealed when button on top is fully depressed an won't flex up and down. 

Store sealed jars in a cool dark space, letting the cocktail cherries cure in the sugar-liqueur mixture for at least 3 weeks before using. Once opened, store jars in the fridge and use within 3-4 weeks.


Enjoy,
Mary

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Sunday, November 8, 2020

Orange Basting and Grilling Sauce



This Orange Basting and Grilling Sauce came about because my daughters were coming to visit and we had planned to do a small amount of canning while they were here. What? Doesn't everyone plan to do some canning while they're visiting? Hahahaha maybe not, but this is not at all unusual for us since we all enjoy it and especially enjoy sampling the results ... which were delicious.

Fresh sweet onions and chicken tenderloin basted with Orange Basting and Grilling Sauce.
Photo courtesy of Darren Jones.


If you are looking for something new to try, this homemade grilling sauce is perfect. It uses simple ingredients to create a rich and flavorful sauce that will enhance anything you grill or roast.


It's perfect for pork, ham, chicken, or shrimp and is so delicious everyone will be coming back for more. It's also very easy to make and perfect for holiday gift giving.

What do you need to make Orange Basting and Grilling Sauce?

  • Orange Marmalade
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Brown Sugar
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Brown Mustard
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Rosemary
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chili Flakes



RECIPE

Ingredients
2 cups orange marmalade
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1 cup brown sugar
4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
4 tbsp spicy brown mustard
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
pinch fresh minced rosemary* (or omit)
2 tsp granulated garlic
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp dried red pepper flakes

Method
Add orange marmalade, pineapple juice, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, brown mustard and Worcestershire sauce to a heavy saucepan. Place over medium-high heat.

Whisk in fresh rosemary, garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.

Bring mixture to a rolling boil, whisking often; reduce heat and cook until slightly reduced and thickened.

Ladle sauce into prepared half-pint canning jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Top with bands and lids and process in a boiling water bath or steam canner 10 minutes.

If not canning, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks.

*Note - Rosemary is a very strong herb, especially when used fresh. A small pinch of minced rosemary is all this needs. It can easily be omitted, but I like the flavor the small amount of rosemary imparts.

Yield: 6 four-ounce jars or 3 eight-ounce jars. Recipe can be easily doubled.

Original recipe adapted from outgrilling.com

Enjoy,
Mary

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