Saturday, July 30, 2016

How to have a Happy 93rd Birthday

One of our card players, Val, is celebrating her 93rd birthday! So we threw together some finger foods for a party. Now Val may have problems reading the cards, don't feel sorry for her, she vicious! She beat me twice last night. Even though we have to watch her, no one has been able to catch her cheating yet ! Happy Birthday you blonde bombshell!

Here are a couple of finger foods to put together for any party. They are easy to do, and not expensive. Just slightly more elegant than what you find at most get togethers

Yummy Sausage Cups


½ lbs maple-flavored ground pork sausage
1 8-oz. pkg. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 8-oz. container sour cream
¼ cup ranch salad dressing
frozen phyllo cups


Pre heat oven to 350 degrees for first sheet tray.
Brown sausage in a skillet over medium heat; drain well on paper towels. 

In a large bowl Stir in cheese, sour cream and dressing. If you wish a bit of pepper can be added now. If your group likes hotter flavors, try some roasted red pepper flakes.

Fill each phyllo cup with a scoop of sausage mixture. Arrange cups on ungreased baking sheets. (slave used parchment paper because there were many things for the oven and only have 2 baking trays. Load up the paper and slide them on as needed)
Bake for 15 minutes, or until heated through and cups are golden.
Caramelized Onion-Apple Bites




2 tablespoons butter
½ red onion cut into wedges
1 Granny Smith or other cooking tart apple
slices of Harvarti cheese
1 tube of croissant rolls
1 egg beaten for egg wash

Raise oven to 375°.


Melt butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions start to caramelize about 30 minutes. Set aside on paper towels to drain & cool, about 10 minutes.

Peel the apple, cut down the center and with a mellon-baller, scoop out the core. Lay the half's cut side down and slice. (Note slave should have made thinner slices for this.) Cover with a damp pappertowel so the apples don't start to turn brown. Cut the cheese into strips the size of the apple slices.

Lay down wax paper on the counter for a work space. Open the croissants and unroll. With a table knife run down the perforations to separate them.

Starting at the wide end: lay a slice of apple, a little of the onions and a slice of cheese. Wrap this up by rolling to the point. Arrange on a parchment paper for the oven.

Whip up the egg and brush on each before placing in oven. Bake for about 15 – 18 minutes. Watch these so they don't turn too dark.
Serve hot.

Chicken Sausage Rolls


1 tube croissant rolls
2 fully cooked chicken-apple sausages – cut in half then cut down the center.
¼ cup shredded colby-jack cheese

Oven stays at 375.
Lay out wax paper work place.
Unroll tube of croissant rolls, cut perforations with a table knife.

On the wide end, place a teaspoon of the shredded cheese and place the sausage on top, cut side down.
Roll up toward the point. Arrange on parchment paper and brush with eggwash.
Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
--This can be served with a dipping sauce made of:
2 tablespoons Dijon or favorite mustard
½ cup sour cream

Sausage Balls


1 ½ cups all-purpose baking mix (like Bisquick)
½ lbs ground pork sausage
8oz sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded 


Raise oven temperature to 400 degrees


Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, pressing mixture together with hands. Almost kneading, it so the dry baking mix absorbs the moisture. Let it sit covered for 10 – 15 minutes to completely combine so the mix is not powdery.
Shape into ¾-inch balls, and place on parchment paper.

Bake at 400ยบ for 15 to 18 minutes or until lightly browned.
NOTE: For a great dipping sauce, fix a standard white sauce with a bit extra black pepper.
Heat 2 tbs butter in medium sauce pan over medium heat.
Stir in 1 tbs cake flour. Continue to stir and cook for about 2 minutes.
Add 1 cup of heated whole milk as you stir until the mixture thickens. Taste and adjust with pepper accordingly.

By preparation on the parchments and managing the temps in the oven, the cooking goes fairly quickly and you can serve these while still warm.

We had a great time together even if Val did refuse her birthday spanking!

Try any of these for your next get together and serve with happiness and lots of smiles.
Since the party goers spaned several years in age, for our music:

So happy to be serving my Master Indy anyway I can.

To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

Please buy slave's cookbook:

The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes 


Dan White


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