Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lemon Brownies

This is a good treat for someone that 
doesn't like chocolate.
I can't believe I just typed that sentence )
In a large bowl combine the sugar, flour
and salt. Add the softened butter.
tip:You can soften a stick if butter in the 
microwave for 25 seconds on 30% power
 Whisk the eggs in another bowl and add the lemon juice,
and zest.
Combine the two and beat until smooth.
I always use the butter wrapper to grease the pan.
Pour in the batter.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
Mix the powdered sugar, lemon juice and zest.
 Spread on the cooled lemon brownies.
It will make a nice thin glaze.
Cut into squares.
These have a light yet dense texture, 
similar to brownies. I'll give them their own
new name......Lemonies!

Lemon Brownies
3/4 C flour
3/4 C sugar
1/4 t salt
1 stick butter, soft
2 eggs
juice from 1/2 lemon (about 1T)
zest from 1/2 lemon (about 1t)
Combine the flour, sugar and salt
 in a large bowl.
 Mix in the softened butter.
In another bowl whisk the eggs with 
the lemon juice and zest.
Add to the larger bowl and mix well.
 Pour into prepared 8X8 brownie pan.
 Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
You can double the recipe and bake in a
 9X13 pan for 30 minutes.
Remove and let cool, then glaze.
1/2C powdered sugar
1 T lemon juice
additional lemon zest
stir together
note: 1 stick of butter is = to 1/2 C or 1/4 pound.
I use unsalted butter.

Check out my Lemon Lover's Bundt Cake too.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Joe's Grilled Tomatoes

I hope you saved 1/2 C of the garlic creamed spinach from the previous post.
This is a fast easy side that goes great
with grilled steak. It's also a good lunch
or a great afternoon snack.  
 Combine the leftover 1/2 C creamed spinach with
2 T melted butter and 2 T bread crumbs.
 Divide the mixture on top of four 1/2" thick slices of beefsteak tomatoes.
 Cover the top with 3 slices of American cheese.
 Real cheese works best (not cheese product)
Broil for 2-3 minutes until cheese is bubbly
 and slightly browned.

Grilled Tomatoes
1 beefsteak tomato
1/2 C garlic creamed spinach
2 T melted butter
2 T seasoned breadcrumbs
3 thick slices American cheese

Slice the tomato into 1/2" slices.
Combine spinach, butter, and breadcrumbs.
Divide on top of the tomato.
Dice the cheese and add to top.
Broil 2-3  minutes
(watch carefully)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Joe's Garlic Creamed Spinach

Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant on South Beach
 is world famous. They have been a Florida 
landmark for almost 100 years.
 Everybody goes for the amazing stone crab, 
but their sides dishes and key lime pies 
are also very popular.
Here's the recipe for the garlic creamed spinach, 
one of the house specialities.
 Have the ingredients ready because it doesn't take long to prepare.
 Saute the garlic in the hot butter.
 Add the flour and whisk to cook for one minute.
 Add the half and half and cook until thickened.
 Stir in the spinach and seasonings.
 Let simmer for about 10 minutes. 
You can cover it and keep it warm for longer.
Garlic Creamed Spinach
2 boxes frozen chopped spinach,  thawed
3 T butter
1 T minced garlic
1 T flour
3/4 C half and half
3/4 t salt
1/2 t nutmeg
1/4 t pepper
Squeeze all the water out of the spinach and set aside.
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan and cook the 
chopped garlic about 1 minute until fragrant.
Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
Gradually whisk in the half and half and cook until thickened.
Stir in the spinach and seasonings. 
Cook on low for about 10 minutes. 
Save any leftover spinach for Joe's Broiled Tomatoes.
I'll post that next.    


Links: Stone Gable