Thanks to La Duchesse D’erat and her list prompt of our best culinary delicacies.
For Perogies: I’m one-quarter Ukrainian and we always have perogies at Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and every now and then. The secret is to boil the perogies, fry up some bacon and onions, let the perogies warm in the crock pot on low with some becel, and toss in the bacon and onions. The perogies are extremely soft and delicious using this method. Make sure you allow the perogies to warm a good half hour to an hour in the crock pot. Or, you can visit a local restaurant near us in Edmonton, AB, called Uncle Ed’s, which is a genuine Ukrainian restaurant that has all the Ukrainian food you could ever desire at a reasonable price, with a too reasonable amount of food on each plate.
2. Pizza – I learned to make this from my Mom, it’s fantastic pizza and much better than take-out. The most important part is the dough:
To make yummy homemade pizza for a treat:
– 2 to 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
– 2 tsp sugar
– 1 tsp salt
– 1 tbsp fast-acting active yeast
– 1 cup hot water
– 1/4 cup olive oil
- Mix 1 cup flour with the sugar, salt, and yeast in a large bowl.
- Combine hot water and oil. Add to dry ingredients and beat diligently until smooth.
- Gradually stir in more flour to make a soft dough.
- Put out onto a floured counter and knead four to five minutes.
- Form dough into a ball, place into a bowl with a bit of olive oil in the bottom, so the dough doesn’t stick.
- Cover with plastic wrap and let stand on your ‘warming’ burner on your stove, for 45 minutes or until the dough is double the size.
- Punch dough down. Recipe makes two – 12″ (30 cm) pizzas or one large one.
Next, you get to make your pizza!
-We usually make one big round pizza and spray the pan with cooking oil lightly, before spreading the dough out onto the pan pushing it up to make a small rim.
– spread 1/4 cup or desired amount of Tomato Sauce on pizza dough, except at the rim. Sprinkle with oregano, this step is so vital for good flavour!
– cover pizza with grated mozzarella cheese about 1 and 1/2 cups or, however, much you like.
– add your toppings: – I like diced pineapple, thinly cut ham sausage, diced mushrooms, and diced red pepper.
– Sprinkle entire pizza with Parmesan cheese (2 tbsp or more).
- Bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for about 20 minutes. You may want to put your broiler on the last few minutes to brown the cheese a little.
- Let pizza stand for 20 minutes. Cut into desired size of slices with a pizza cutter. This pizza is excellent and simple!
3. Spinach Dip
I chose all low calorie options for food, obviously. Here’s my family’s Spinach Dip recipe. It’s amazing!
– mayonnaise 1/2 cup
– cream cheese softened – 2 – 8 oz blocks (preferably light cream cheese)
– grated cheddar cheese – 1 cup
– frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry – 10 oz. (300 g)
– chopped fried bacon- 6 slices chopped into small pieces
– finely chopped onion – 1/4 cup
– Dill Weed – 2 tsp
– Garlic Powder – 1/4 tsp or one clove minced.
– sour dough round loaf and additional baguette.
- Beat mayonnaise and cream cheese together in small bowl until smooth.
- Stir in next six ingredients.
- Cut top off of round bread loaf. Hollow out loaf with knife leaving a shell 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick. Put spinach dip inside loaf.
- Wrap loaf in foil and heat in oven at 325 degrees F (160 degrees C) for 2 hours.
- Cut up inside of road loaf and pieces of baguette as needed to use as dippers. As dippers disappear, break off sides of loaf for more dippers. Enjoy, this is heavenly and a tasty treat!
4. French Toast
Easy French Toast – healthy and yummy!
– 2/3 cup 1 percent milk.
– 2 eggs
– 2 tsp vanilla extract
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 1/8 tsp nutmeg
– 4 slices whole grain bread
– cooking spray
– berries or apple slices
– 2 tbsp each maple syrup (per two slices)
- Combine ingredients in a bowl large enough to dip your bread into but don’t add all your spices at once, distribute with every two slices of bread as the spices have a tendency to end up on the first two slices alone if added all at once.
- Dip a bread slice into the batter and let it stand 30 seconds on each side.
- Spray a frying pan with cooking spray and cook your first two slices of battered bread at a low temperature, flipping your battered bread slices when the first side is browned to your liking.
- Continue with your other two slices of bread, spraying the pan with cooking spray again before adding your next two battered bread slices to your frying pan.
- Divide French Toast onto 2 plates and add fruit or apple slices. Fry up some bacon if you’re ambitious, as an add-on. Add 2 tbsp of syrup to each plate of French Toast. Voila!
5. Pineapple Beans
A health(ish) combination of ingredients for Pineapple Beans, wonderful for a potluck, a party, game day, (etc.)
– Bacon Slices – 6
– Chopped Onion – 1 and 1/2 cups
– Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce – 2 – 14 oz. (398 ml) tins
– Chili Sauce – 1 tbsp
– Mustard – 1 tsp
– Crushed Pineapple, drained – 1 tin (14 oz. or 398 ml)
– pepper – 1/8 tsp
- In a large sauce pan, sauté bacon and onions together until cooked. Drain and discard fat.
- Add remaining ingredients and bring mixture to a boil.
- Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or more. You can do this on a stove alone, or on the stove then set on the edge of a BBQ grill, or if you are skilled with the BBQ you can cook the entire mixture on the BBQ.
- Serves 8 people.
Thank you for reading my easy list of cooking delicacies. I hope you found a recipe you can use! And to note, I’m not eating any of this right now I’m on a diet 🙂
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