Thursday, February 25, 2010

Vegetarian Meatloaf

Really Good Vegetarian Meatloaf
From Recipe #33921
1½ hours | 10 min prep

2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup lentils (or canned lentils)
1 small onion, diced
1 cup quick-cooking oat
3/4 cup grated cheese (cheddar, swiss, jack or american)
1 egg, beaten
4 1/2 ounces spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder**** i used fresh garlic appx 1 teaspoon**
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1.Add salt to water and boil in a saucepan.
2.Add lentils and simmer covered 25-30 minutes, until lentils are soft and most of water is evaporated.
3.Remove from fire.
4.Drain and partially mash lentils.
5.Scrape into mixing bowl and allow to cool slightly.
6.Stir in onion, oats and cheese until mixed.
7.Add egg, tomato sauce, garlic, basil, parsley, seasoning salt and pepper.
8.Mix well.
9.Spoon into loaf pan that has been generously sprayed with Pam (non-stick cooking spray) or well-greased.
10.Smooth top with back of spoon.
11.Bake at 350 degrees for 30- 45 minutes until top of loaf is dry, firm and golden brown.
12.Cool in pan on rack for about 10 minutes.
13.Run a sharp knife around edges of pan then turn out loaf onto serving platter.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Chocolate-Raspberry Truffles

Chocolate-Raspberry Truffles

SOOOOOO good and so easy!!!
Recipe from
40 truffles
1/2 cup heavy cream
12 ounces best-quality semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter, cut into bits and softened
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
2 tablespoons Chambord raspberry liquor (raspberry liqueur)
1/2 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa
In a saucepan bring to the cream just to a boil over moderate heat and remove from heat.
Add chocolate, stirring, until smooth.
Let cool slightly and add butter, bit by bit, stirring until smooth.
Stir in jam, Chambord and a pinch of salt and transfer to a bowl.
Chill, covered, for 4 hours, or until firm.
Form mixture by heaping teaspoons into balls and roll in cocoa powder.
Chill on a baking sheet lined with wax paper for 1 hour, or until firm.
Keep in an airtight container, chilled, for up to 2 weeks.

Caramel-Dark Chocolate Truffles with Fleur De Sel

Caramel-Dark Chocolate Truffles with Fleur De Sel
Recipe courtesy of

Salt and caramel are longstanding companions, but many chefs are playing with the balance to heighten intensity. Begin making these treats one day ahead to allow time for chilling.

Yield: Makes about 32

20 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped, divided
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
2/3 cup whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon fleur de sel

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Additional fleur de sel

Place 8 ounces chocolate in metal bowl over saucepan of barely simmering water (do not allow bottom of bowl to touch water); stir until chocolate is smooth. Remove chocolate from over water.

Combine sugar and 2 tablespoons water in small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves, occasionally brushing sides of pan with wet pastry brush. Increase heat; boil until syrup is deep amber color, brushing down sides and swirling pan occasionally, about 4 minutes. Add cream (mixture will bubble). Stir over very low heat until caramel is smooth. Mix caramel and 1/4 teaspoon fleur de sel into melted chocolate. Chill until truffle filling is firm, at least 3 hours.

Place cocoa in bowl. Using 1 tablespoon truffle filling for each truffle, roll into balls, then roll in cocoa. Arrange on baking sheet. Cover; chill overnight.

Line 13x9x2-inch baking sheet with foil. Place remaining 12 ounces chocolate in medium metal bowl over saucepan of barely simmering water (do not allow bottom of bowl to touch water); stir until chocolate is melted and smooth and thermometer inserted into chocolate registers 115°F. Remove bowl from over water. Working quickly, submerge 1 truffle in melted chocolate. Using fork, lift out truffle and tap fork against side of bowl to allow excess coating to drip off. Transfer truffle to prepared sheet. Repeat with remaining truffles. Sprinkle truffles lightly with additional fleur de sel. Let stand until coating sets, at least 1 hour. (Can be made 1 week ahead. Cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before serving.)

Test-kitchen tip:
Submerge the bulb of a candy thermometer or the sensor on the stem of an instant-read thermometer in the chocolate for an accurate reading.

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