Sunday, February 17, 2008

Some recipes from last week.

I wasn't totally up to snuff for this week, so I didn't blog much, sorry.

I ended up not making garlic shrimp, instead I made Salt-And-Pepper Shrimp for Valentines Day. But first I'm going to post the Crepes recipe I used for Breakfast. I actually woke up in time to make breakfast for hubby. Normally it's not a problem for me to wake up in time, but this week it was. When my liver acts up, one of the problems it causes is that it makes me really tired. Anyway - This recipes is from a cookbook I grew up with in my mom's house, the "McCalls Cookbook" a big yellow cookbook I think from the magazine. Mom wouldn't give me hers but I was lucky enough to find one of my own in a used bookstore. I tried this recipe years ago on a whim and it's actually the only recipe I've ever used to make crepes. And I've never used a crepe pan to make it, just a small 8" nonstick skillet. We ate them with some lemon juice and Confectioners' Sugar that day and I had the leftovers filled with some Splenda sweetened ricotta and sliced fruit later (hubby did the lemon juice and sugar)

Sunday-Morning Crepes (2 pts per crepe)
Makes 12 crepes

1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs,beaten
2 cups milk
2 Tbsp butter or margarine

Sift flour with sugar, baking powder and salt into medium bowl.

Combine eggs and milk; beat with rotary beater, until well mixed. [I use my hand mixer.] Pour into dry ingredients; beat until smooth.

Preheat oven to 300 F.

For each pancake, melt 1/2 teaspoon butter in 8-inch skillet.

Pour in 1/4 cup batter, rotating pan quickly to spread batter completely over bottom of pan.

Cook over high heat 1 minute; turn; cook 1 minute longer. Fold into quarters. Keep hot in oven while cooking remaining pancakes.

For dinner I decided to do Salt-and-Pepper Shrimp. I had already decided to do shrimp, just not what kind. I decided to wait on doing the garlic, and I might do a tapas type garlic shrimp for our anniversary (on Feb 28th - our 10th!) and do a Tapas style meal. This recipe isn't a Chinese style S&P shrimp. It was very good. I served it with a roasted garlic bread that I get at the POG (Plain Ole Grocery - one of my other lists calls it that) that has whole cloves of garlic in it that we love). It was very easy to make - which was good since I fell asleep before hubby came home and he had to wake me up so I could make dinner. :( Instead of preheating the oven - I just broiled the shrimp. Just make sure to watch it closely- don't overcook it!

Salt-and-Pepper Shrimp
Makes 4 Serving
From: Weight Watchers Take 5: 150 Five-ingredient Recipes
This simple technique of cooking the shrimp in their shells adds flavor and helps keep the shrimp moist. It also makes this an interesting and ideal party food to offer at your next buffet. Serve with prepared cocktail sauce, if desired.

1 1/2 pounds extra-large shrimp
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

Adjust the racks to divide the oven into thirds; preheat the oven to 450 F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray; set aside.

With a sharp pairing knife or small scissors, cut through the back of each shrimp just deeply enough to expose the vein; remove the vein, leaving the shell intact.

Combine the shrimp, oil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl; toss well to coat. Arrange the shrimp in a single layer on the baking sheet. Roast on the top oven rack until just opaque in the center 5-7 minutes. Let stand 2 minutes before serving.

Per serving (about 7 shrimp): 133 cal, 5 g fat, 1 g sat fat, 202 mg chol, 1,072 mg sod, 0 g carb, 0 g fib, 22 g prot, 42 mg calc, POINTS: 3

TIP: Kosher salt is preferred by many gourmet cooks because it has a softer flavor than table salt and its coarse grains better adhere to meat, poultry, and fish. Leftovers? Peel and halve the cooked shrimp, then toss with some reduced-fat mayonnaise mixed with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and some chopped red onion, celery, and fennel. Serve on multigrain bread or over Boston lettuce leaves.

I tried a new recipe for pizza dough. It's the same points as my other one - the bialy one that is posted here ( ) and we like both. This one makes enough for 2 12" pizzas, and is a bit easier for my breadmachine/mixer/food processor to handle. I made the whole wheat version. If you want extra-chewy dough, use bread flour which is higher in gluten and if you want extra crispy use the semolina one.

Basic Pizza Dough
Makes 2 (12 inch) pizza crusts (6 servings each)
From Weight Watchers Pizza,Pizza: 150 deliciously dazzling ways to make everyone's favorite pie

This dough makes enough for two pizzas, so you can freeze half the dough for another day. If you freeze it, thaw it in the refrigerator over night or on the counter for 1 1/2 hours. Unlike other bread dough, pizza dough only needs to rise only once. After rising, simply punch it down, then let it rest for 15 minutes before rolling or stretching to the desired shape. If you like you can let the dough rest in a floured zip-close freezer bag in the refrigerator overnight. You'll find it easiest to roll out or stretch bread dough when it's at room temperature.

1 1/2 cups warm water (105-115 F)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 pkg active dry yeast (2 1/2 tsp)
1 Tbsp olive oil
4 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp salt

Combine the water and sugar in a 2-cup measuring just. Sprinkle in the yeast and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Stir in the oil.

Combine the flour and salt in a food processor. With the machine running, scrape the yeast mixture through the feed tube; pulse until the dough forms a ball, about 1 minute. If necessary, turn the dough onto a lightly flour surface and knead briefly until smooth and elastic.

Spray a large bowl with nonstick spray; put the dough in the bowl. Cover the bowl lightly with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm spot until it doubles in size, about 1 hour.

Punch down the dough, then cut in half. Refrigerate or freeze in floured zip-close [I have better luck with a bit of oil in the bag instead of flour- about a tsp and spread around the bag] freezer bags at this point or use as directed in the recipe.

Per serving (1/12 of dough): 174 cal, 2 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg chol, 292 mg sod, 34 g carb, 1 g fib, 5 g prot, 7 mg calc, POINTS: 3

TIP: if mixing by hand: To make bread by hand, combine the water, sugar and yeast in a large bowl; set aside until foamy. Stir in the oil, flour and salt until the dough starts to gather around the spoon. Turn the dough on to a lightly floured surface; knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.

Cornmeal Pizza Dough: Pizzas with a Mexican influence are terrific made on a cornmeal crust. Substitute 1 cup cornmeal for 1 cup of the all-purpose flour.

Per serving: (1/12 of the dough): 178 cal, 2 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg chol. 292 mg sod, 35 g carb, 2 g fib, 5 g prot, 5 mg calc, POINTS: 3

Semolina Pizza Dough: Using part semolina flour makes a crispier-crusted pizza. If you can't find semolina flour, use farina cereal. Substitute 1 1/2 cups semolina flour for 1 1/2 cups of the all-purpose flour.

Per serving (1/12 of the dough): 192 calories, 2 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg chol, 292 mg sod, 38 g carb, 2 g fib, 6 g prot, 8 mg calc, POINTS 4

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough: Whole-wheat flour makes a higher-fiber, more nutritious crust. Substitute 1 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour for 1 1/4 cups of the all-purpose flour.

Per serving (1/12 of the dough): 177 cal, 2 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg chol, 292 mg sod, 34 g carb, 3 g fib, 6 g pro, 5 mg calc, POINTS 3

And because I don't think I've posted my sauce before. This is a mixture of some sauces I've made before. It's mostly a mixture of a Cooking Light Marinara sauce for the freezer and one on the web that is supposed to be like Papa John's Sauce. I call it Chez JJ's Sauce now. :) This makes a little more than enough sauce for 2 pizzas depending on how much sauce you like on your pizzas. We like about 1/2 cup of sauce per 12" pizza.

Chez JJ Sauce

15 oz crushed tomatoes
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp crushed fennel [gives a bit of a sausage-like flavor]
1 tsp red pepper flakes

Combine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes until thickened. Let cool. You can freeze. You can also double/triple as needed.

To make a pizza:

Preheat oven to 450. Roll dough into a 12" circle. Prick with a fork and place onto oven stone. Par-bake for 4 minutes. If you don't have a stone, place on pan and par-bake on bottom rack of oven instead. Remove from oven - and if it has bubbled up a bit, I usually press down with a towel or my pizza peel and let cool a bit before topping on a wire rack. For each pizza top with 1/2 cup of sauce (if not using homemade I will just use jarred spaghetti sauce), 3/4 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese (or 3 oz Italian cheese blend) and then with 17 turkey pepperoni slices and any other toppings (thin sliced onions, mushrooms, peppers, etc). Don't put a whole lot of toppings on because too many will make the pizza soggy. The sprinkle about 2 Tbsp of shredded Parmesan on top. Bake for about 9 minutes until the cheese is melted and starting to brown and the edges are browning (it's going to be 12-15 minutes total including the par-baking). Take out and let cool for about 3-5 minutes so the cheese won't slide off when you go to cut it. Eat and enjoy. It's going to be about 5 points per slice depending on if you add any more pointy things to the pizza when you top it. Now, if you eat two pieces, it's not 10 points for both, it's going to be 11, just to warn you, and it's going to be 16.5 points for 3. So watch what how many you eat. :)

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