Friday, July 22, 2011

Cookie Sheet Apple Pie

This is so yummy! When you are looking for a dessert for a large group this is always a hit.Took this to a birthday party recently and everyone really enjoyed it. I made an Amish "perfect pie crust recipe" for it and it really was perfectly tender and just the right size for my 15 inch long jelly roll sheet pan.

3 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
Cut in;
1+1/4 cups Crisco
1 beaten egg
1/3 cup cold water
1 Tbs. vinegar
Mix well and form into a ball.
Divide in two and chill .

6 lbs. Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced thin
2+1/4 cups sugar
6 Tbs. small tapioca
2 tsp cinnamon
Mix filling and set aside to soften the tapioca.

You will also need some
butter for dotting apples

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Roll out bottom crust to completely fit rectangle pan.
Spread apples evenly over bottom crust.
Dot apples with butter here and there.
Roll out top crust and place over top.
Seal and crimp edges and bake 1 hour .
Cool and cut in squares.

* This recipe will make 5 single crusts.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Chicken Spinach Salad with Orange Balsalmic Dressing

This summer has proved to be a very busy one so whenever I can throw a salad together as a meal I'm all for that. I decided to try adding orange marmalade to white balsamic vinegar and I liked the results a lot. As I always say play with this if you like a sweeter or more tangier dressing before you serve it. I also used frozen chicken tenderloin strips but any chicken will work.

Cook in a non-stick fry pan about 7 Min's on both
sides till lightly browned :
5 frozen tenderloin strips
1 tsp oil
Sprinkle 1 Tbs. white balsamic vinegar over chicken and
cook a couple more minutes to glaze.
Cut chicken in large chunks to toss in the
salad before adding dressing.

Make salad with;
1 bag fresh spinach,which can be cut if desired
1 small sweet onion chopped
1 chopped tomato
2/3 cup dried craisins(cranberries)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 Lge. drained can of mandarin oranges

In salad cruet shaker blend well;
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 dashes of soy sauce
2/3 cup orange marmalade
1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp sugar
2 drops orange extract flavoring
Add 1 cup canola oil and blend well.
drizzle over salad with chicken and toss at serving time.