One of America’s Favorites – Cornbread

February 10, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Cornbread is a generic name for any number of quick breads containing cornmeal and leavened by baking powder.

Skillet cornbread

Native Americans were using ground corn (maize) for food thousands of years before European explorers arrived in the New World. European settlers, especially those who resided in the southern English colonies, learned the original recipes and processes for corn dishes from the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creek, and soon they devised recipes for using cornmeal in breads similar to those made of grains available in Europe. Cornbread has been called a “cornerstone” of Southern United States cuisine. Cornmeal is produced by grinding dry raw corn grains. A coarser meal (compare flour) made from corn is grits. Grits are produced by soaking raw corn grains in hot water containing calcium hydroxide (the alkaline salt), which loosens the grain hulls (bran) and increases the nutritional value of the product (by increasing available niacin and available amino acids). These are separated by washing and flotation in water, and the now softened slightly swelled grains are called hominy. Hominy, posole in Spanish, also is ground into masa harina for tamales and tortillas). This ancient Native American technology has been named nixtamalization. Besides cornbread, Native Americans used corn to make numerous other dishes from the familiar hominy grits to alcoholic beverages (such as Andean chicha). Cornbread was popular during the American Civil War because it was very cheap and could be made in many different forms—high-rising, fluffy loaves or simply fried (as unleavened pone, corn fritters, hoecakes, etc.)
“ To a far greater degree than anyone realizes, several of the most important food dishes that the Southeastern Indians live on today is the “soul food” eaten by both black and white Southerners. Hominy, for example, is still eaten … Sofkee live on as grits … cornbread is used by Southern cooks … Indian fritters … variously known as “hoe cake”, … or “Johnny cake“. … Indian boiled cornbread is present in Southern cuisine as “corn meal dumplings”, … and as “hush puppies”, … Southerners cook their beans and field peas by boiling them, as did the Indians … like the Indians they cure their meat and smoke it over hickory coals. ”
—- Charles Hudson, The Southeastern Indians.

Types of cornbread

Home baked cornbread made with blue cornmeal

Cornbread is a popular item in soul food enjoyed by many people for its texture and aroma. Cornbread can be baked, fried or, rarely, steamed. Steamed cornbread is mushy, chewier and more like cornmeal pudding than what most consider to be traditional cornbread. Cornbread can also be baked into corn cakes.

* Baked cornbread – Cornbread is a common bread in United States cuisine, particularly associated with the South and Southwest, as well as being a traditional staple for populations where wheat flour was more expensive. In some parts of the South it is crumbled into a glass of cold milk or buttermilk and eaten with a spoon, and it is also widely eaten with barbecue and chili con carne. In rural areas of the southern United States in the mid 20th century cornbread, accompanied by pinto beans (often called soup beans in this context) or honey, was a common lunch for poor children. It is still a common side dish, often served with homemade butter, chunks of onion or scallions. Cornbread crumbs are also used in some poultry stuffings; cornbread stuffing is particularly associated with Thanksgiving turkeys.

In the United States, Northern and Southern cornbread are different because they generally use different types of corn meal and varying degrees of sugar and eggs. A preference for sweetness and adding sugar or molasses can be found in both regions, but salty or savory tastes are sometimes more common in the South, and thus favor using buttermilk in the batter or such additions as cracklins. Cornbread is occasionally crumbled and served with cold milk similar to cold cereal. In Texas, the Mexican influence has spawned a hearty cornbread made with fresh or creamed corn kernels, jalapeño peppers and topped with shredded cheese.

* Skillet-fried or skillet-baked cornbread (often simply called skillet bread or hoecake depending on the container in which it is cooked) is a traditional staple in the rural United States, especially in the South. This involves heating bacon drippings, lard or other oil in a heavy, well-seasoned cast iron skillet in an oven, and then pouring a batter made from cornmeal, egg, and milk directly into the hot grease. The mixture is returned to the oven to bake into a large, crumbly and sometimes very moist cake with a crunchy crust. This bread tends to be dense and usually served as an accompaniment rather than as a bread served as a regular course. In addition to the skillet method, such cornbread also may be made in sticks, muffins, or loaves.
A slightly different variety, cooked in a simple baking dish, is associated with northern US cuisine; it tends to be sweeter and lighter than southern-style cornbread; the batter for northern-style cornbread is very similar to and sometimes interchangeable with that of a corn muffin. A typical contemporary northern U.S. cornbread recipe contains half wheat flour, half cornmeal, milk or buttermilk, eggs, leavening agent, salt, and usually sugar, resulting in a bread that is somewhat lighter and sweeter than the traditional southern version. In the border states and parts of the Upper South, a cross between the two traditions is known as “light cornbread.”
Unlike fried variants of cornbread, baked cornbread is a quick bread that is dependent on an egg-based protein matrix for its structure (though the addition of wheat flour adds gluten to increase its cohesiveness). The baking process gelatinizes the starch in the cornmeal, but still often leaves some hard starch to give the finished product a distinctive sandiness not typical of breads made

Cornbread, prepared as a muffin

from other grains.

* Corn pone – Corn pone (sometimes referred to as “Indian pone“) is a type of cornbread made from a thick, malleable cornmeal dough (which is usually egg-less and milk-less) and baked in a specific type of iron pan over an open fire (such as a frontiersman would use), using butter, margarine, or cooking oil. Corn pones have been a staple of Southern U.S. cuisine, and have been discussed by many American writers, including Mark Twain.
In the Appalachian Mountains, cornbread baked in a round iron skillet or in a cake pan of any shape is still referred to as a “pone” of cornbread (as opposed to “hoe cakes,” the term for cornbread fried in pancake style), and when biscuit dough (i.e., “biscuits” in the American sense of the word) is occasionally baked in one large cake rather than as separate biscuits this is called a “biscuit pone.”
The term “corn pone” is sometimes used derogatively to refer to one who possesses certain rural, unsophisticated peculiarities (“he’s a corn pone”), or as an adjective to describe particular rural, folksy or “hick” characteristics (e.g., “corn pone” humor). This pejorative term often is directed at persons from rural areas of the southern and midwestern U.S. President John F. Kennedy‘s staffers, who despised Texan Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson, used to refer to him behind his back as ‘Uncle Cornpone’ or ‘Rufus Cornpone’.

* Hot water cornbread – Cooked on a rangetop, one frying method involves pouring a small amount of liquid batter made with boiling water and self-rising cornmeal (cornmeal with soda or some other chemical leavener added) into a skillet of hot oil, and allowing the crust to turn golden and crunchy while the center of the batter cooks into a crumbly, mushy bread. These small (3-4″ diameter) fried breads are soft and very rich. Sometimes, to ensure the consistency of the bread, a small amount of wheat flour is added to the batter. This type of cornbread is often known as “hot water” or “scald meal” cornbread and is unique to the American South.

Johnnycakes on a plate

* Johnnycakes – Pouring a batter similar to that of skillet-fried cornbread, but slightly thinner, into hot grease atop a griddle or a skillet produces a pancake-like bread called a johnnycake. This type of cornbread is prevalent in New England, particularly in Rhode Island, and also in the American Midwest and the American South. It is reminiscent of the term hoecake, used in the American South for fried cornbread pancakes, which may date back to stories about some people on the frontier making cornbread patties on the blade of a hoe.

* Hushpuppies – A thicker buttermilk-based batter which is deep-fried rather than pan-fried, forms the hushpuppy, a common accompaniment to fried fish and other seafood in the South. Hushpuppy recipes vary from state to state, some including onion seasoning, chopped onions, beer, or jalapeños. Fried properly, the hushpuppy will be moist and yellow or white on the inside, while crunchy and light to medium-dark golden brown on the outside.

 

Sunday’s Chicken Dinner Recipe – Louisiana Fried Chicken

October 13, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Sunday's Chicken Dinner | Leave a comment
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This week’s Sunday’s Chicken Dinner Recipe is – Louisiana Fried Chicken. What’s better than Fried Chicken for the Family Sunday Dinner! Kick up that Fried Chicken dinner with this week’s recipe of Louisiana Fried Chicken! Along with the Chicken Parts some of the ingredients you’ll be needing are; Buttermilk, Low Sodium Chicken Broth, Cornmeal, Peppers, Onion, and a variety of Spices. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website which has one of the largest selections of recipes to please all tastes! Be sure to check it out soon! Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Louisiana Fried Chicken
Brining chicken in buttermilk tenderizes the chicken, enhances the flavor and reacts with the seasoned flour-cornmeal coating for an exceptionally crispy breading.

Recipe Ingredients:
2 1/2 pounds chicken parts, rinsed and patted dry
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
4 cups vegetable oil, for frying
Pepper Sauce: (optional)
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/4 cups no-salt or low-sodium chicken broth
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 green pepper, finely chopped
1/2 red pepper, finely chopped
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cooking Directions:
1 – Place chicken in large, glass bowl or dish; pour buttermilk over it. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2 – In medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, salt, celery salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne. Dredge chicken pieces in flour, two at a time, turning to coat all sides thoroughly. Set chicken on a rack and let sit for 30 minutes.
3 – In medium saucepan over medium heat, warm butter. Stir in onion, red pepper and green pepper. Stew peppers until soft, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in flour and cayenne. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring often. Gradually stir in chicken broth. Bring sauce to simmer; reduce heat to low and let cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add salt; remove from heat and set aside until needed.
4 – In large, cast iron skillet add oil to fill 3/4-inch deep. Over medium-high heat, warm oil to 350°F ( 175°C) using kitchen thermometer to test oil temperature. Carefully place chicken, skin-side-down in oil. Reduce heat to medium and cook chicken for 15 minutes until nicely browned. Turn chicken and cook for additional 10 minutes, until internal temperature registers 180°F (85°C) on thermometer. Remove chicken and drain on paper towels. Cook remaining chicken in same manner until done.
5 – Before serving, reheat sauce and pass separately.

s 4 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/chicken/louisiana_fried_chicken_recipe.html

Diabetic Cornbread Recipe

September 21, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management | Leave a comment
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For me Cornbread is perfect to go with Chili. Having Diabetes I have to watch my carbs though. So here’s a Diabetic Cornbread Recipe to help those with Diabetes to still enjoy Cornbread. It’s from the Diabetes Self Management website which has a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes along with Diabetes News and Diabetes Management Tips. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Diabetic Cornbread Recipe
Preparation time: 10 minutes. Baking time: 20–25 minutes.

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups white cornmeal
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup liquid egg substitute
1 teaspoon corn oil
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/3 cup water
Cooking spray

Directions
Preheat oven to 400°F. Place an 8-inch cast-iron skillet in the oven to preheat. In a large bowl, stir together cornmeal, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add egg substitute, oil, buttermilk, and water, stirring until just moistened. Using oven mitts, remove skillet from oven and coat liberally with cooking spray. (Alternatively, an 8″ x 8″ baking pan at room temperature, coated with cooking spray, can be used). Pour batter into skillet and bake for 20–25 minutes or until cornbread is golden and cooked through.

Yield: 9 servings.

Serving size: 1/9 of recipe.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 138 calories, Carbohydrates: 25 g, Protein: 5 g, Fat: 2 g, Saturated Fat: <1 g, Cholesterol: 2 mg, Sodium: 251 mg, Fiber: 2 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/sides/buttermilk-cornbread/

Kitchen Hint of the Day

August 27, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Clam up……………………..

The most effective way to get rid of sand and grit from clams is to soak them in water with a bit of cornmeal stirred in. It irritates the clams, and they expel the sand while trying to eliminate the cornmeal.

Sunday’s Chicken Dinner Recipe – Grilled Buffalo Chicken Tenders

August 11, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Diabetes Self Management, Sunday's Chicken Dinner | Leave a comment
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This week’s Sunday’s Chicken Dinner Recipe is – Grilled Buffalo Chicken Tenders. Gather the family and friends for this week’s recipe for Grilled Buffalo Chicken Tenders along with a side of Mini Cornbread Muffins! Chicken Breast Cutlets in a Marinade of Walden Farms Calorie Free Thick ‘N Spicy BBQ Sauce and served with a side of Walden Farms Calorie Free Bleu Cheese Salad Dressing for dipping. Also included is a recipe for Mini Cornbread Muffins. You can both these recipes at the Diabetes Self Management website. At the Diabetes Self Management website you’ll find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management tips, and more so check it out today! Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Tenders
Ingredients
2 skinless chicken breast cutlets (about 4 ounces each)
6 tablespoons Walden Farms Calorie Free Thick ‘N Spicy BBQ Sauce, divided
1/4 cup Walden Farms Calorie Free Bleu Cheese Salad Dressing
1 dash hot sauce (optional)

Directions
1 – Cut chicken into “tender” size pieces. Marinate chicken in Walden Farms Calorie Free Thick ‘N Spicy BBQ sauce for at least 30 minutes.

2 – Prepare grill for direct grilling. Brush off excess BBQ Sauce, then place chicken on grill.

3 -Stir dash hot sauce, if using, into remaining Walden Farms Calorie Free Thick ‘N Spicy BBQ Sauce and baste chicken as it grills. Grill chicken until cooked through and juices run clear.

Serve with Walden Farms Calorie Free Bleu Cheese Salad Dressing for dipping.

Yield: 1 serving.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 160 calories, Carbohydrates: 0 g, Protein: 36 g, Fat: 4 g, Saturated Fat: 1.5 g, Cholesterol: 65 mg, Sodium: 490 mg, Fiber: 0 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/snacks-appetizers/grilled-buffalo-chicken-tenders/

 

Mini Cornbread Muffins
Ingredients
1 cup stone ground cornmeal*
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons cholesterol-free egg substitute
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 cup low-fat buttermilk

Directions
1 – Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 2 mini-muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray.

2 – Mix together cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar in large mixing bowl.

3 – Mix egg substitute, oil, and milk in medium bowl. Add to flour mixture; stir until just blended.

4 – Spoon batter into mini-muffin tins. Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned, and wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

*Note: Stone ground cornmeal makes muffins with a rustic, authentic taste, and is found in grocery stores and health food stores.

Note: Freeze extra muffins in well-sealed freezer bag.

Yield: 9 servings.

Serving size: 2 muffins.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 160 calories, Carbohydrates: 23 g, Protein: 4 g, Fat: 6 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 420 mg, Fiber: 3 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/sides/mini-corn-bread-muffins/

Cast Iron Skillet Pizza – Turkey Pepperoni and Turkey Sausage

July 20, 2019 at 6:38 PM | Posted in Hormel, Jennie-O Turkey Products, pizza | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Cast Iron Skillet Pizza – Turkey Pepperoni and Turkey Sausage

 

 

 


I Had a Poached Egg on a Thomas Light Multi Grain English Muffin and my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea for Breakfast. 97 degrees and humid outside today. We have an excessive heat warning out for the next few days. Highs in and around 100 degrees with the heat index up around 110 degrees and more! Say hello to my air conditioner! I found out through Facebook that a friend of mine lives a few streets over from me. It was so good seeing him and his wife. I had not seen them since I quit a printing place in Springdale, Ohio back in 1987. So good catching up with them. They had lived there for 7 years and we did’t know the other was living so close by! Good to have a good friend living close by! For dinner tonight Cast Iron Skillet Pizza – Turkey Pepperoni and Turkey Sausage.

 

 

 


Seen this recipe sometime back in an email update from one of my favorite blog sites, The Chunky Chef (https://www.thechunkychef.com/). I had not made this in quite some time and a Pizza sounded good for tonight! Cast Iron Skillet Pizza, it uses my favorite piece of cookware, the Cast Iron Skillet, and it’s making one of my favorite foods, Pizza. In her recipe she made her own dough for the Pizza Pie. I do not have a very good baking history using yeast, I’m down right terrible! So I just always use Pillsbury Classic Pizza Crust when making my own Pizza. For my toppings I’m using; Hormel Turkey Pepperoni, Jennie – O Turkey Ground Sausage, Sliced Mushrooms, Sliced Black Olives, Sliced Green Olives, Sargento Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, and Ragu Original Pizza Sauce. Using a medium size Skillet, I fried the Jennie – O Turkey Ground Breakfast Sausage ahead of time. When that was done I drained what little grease there was and put the Sausage in a small bowl, and set aside.

 

 


I preheated the oven at 425 degrees. I then took out a large Cast Iron Skillet, spraying it with Pam Cooking Spray w/ Olive Oil and added a tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil. Got the tube of Pillsbury Pizza Crust from the fridge and removed it from the packaging. I then got a flour board out and added a little bit of flour and Cornmeal to it. I then took the Pizza Dough on it and formed a ball with it. Sprinkled on some Cornmeal and rolled it out and shaped it by hand I love that crunch texture Corn Meal gives the bottom of the Pizza Crust.

 

 

 

 

Ready for the oven…

I added it to the Cast Iron Skillet and worked it out by hand, fully covering the bottom of the Skillet. I flipped the Dough Crust one time, that way I had a light coating of the Olive Oil on both sides. I then added my toppings; Hormel Turkey Pepperoni, Jennie – O Turkey Ground Breakfast Sausage, Sliced Mushrooms, Sliced Black Olives, Sliced Green Olives, Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, and Ragu Original Pizza Sauce. Slid that baby into the oven and waited for it to get done! Baked it a total of about 11 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

…and done!

It came bubbling hot and just flat out delicious! All the toppings and Sauce work great together, this makes on delicious Pizza. As all Pizzas you decide what toppings you want to use. It’s my family’s favorite Pizza Recipe, thanks to Amanda of My Adventures in Dinner Time! I’ve left the link and original recipe below. When you get a chance check out her blog, full of tips and recipes. For dessert later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Sprite Zero to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAST IRON SKILLET PIZZA:

INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 cups bread flour
1/2 tsp dry active yeast
1 cup + 3 Tbsp warm water
2 tsp olive oil, plus more to coat pan
Pizza sauce
Cheese
Toppings
Fresh basil, minced (optional garnish)

DIRECTIONS

* Combine flour, yeast, salt, oil, and warm water in a large bowl. Using a wooden spoon, mix until no dry flour remains. Make sure the bowl is nice and large to accommodate for rising.
* Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let sit on a counter for 8-24 hours. Dough will rise quite a bit.
* Once fully rested, sprinkle top of dough with flour and turn out onto a well floured surface.
* Divide dough into 2 portions, shape each into a ball/disk… tucking dough under itself to form a tight ball.
* If desired, place one of the balls in a Ziploc bag for freezing.
* Pour some oil (a couple of tablespoons) in the bottom of the cast iron pan, place ball of dough in pan, turning to coat in the oil.
* Using your hand, push the dough around to spread the oil in the pan.
* Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let rest for 2 hours.
* Preheat oven to 550 degrees (or as high as your oven goes)
* Once dough has rested, it should have settled and puffed to fill the pan. Use your fingers to push the dough into all edges of the pan and remove large air bubbles.
* Lift up edges of the dough to eliminate any air pockets on the bottom of the dough.
* Top the dough with your pizza sauce, cheese and any desired toppings or seasonings. Drizzle with olive oil.
* Place skillet in oven and bake for 12-15 minutes. The top should be bubbly and golden brown.
* Use a spatula to lift the edge of the pizza and check to see if the bottom is nice and golden brown and crisp. If you’d like it crispier, place on a stove top burner over medium heat for a couple of minutes.
* Sprinkle pizza with grated Parmesan cheese and/or fresh basil. Slice into pieces and serve hot.

 

https://www.thechunkychef.com/cast-iron-skillet-pizza/

 

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Hearty Corn Cakes

February 5, 2018 at 7:30 AM | Posted in Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Hearty Corn Cakes. Made using Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener. There’s several versions of this recipe across web, I’m going with one from the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site has a huge selection of delicious and healthy recipes! So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

Hearty Corn Cakes
These corn cakes are a terrific way to start your morning, or an accompaniment to any meal as a replacement for bread. Great with Vegetarian Chili.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
7 tablespoons Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
3/4 cup stone ground yellow cornmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup canola oil
2 large egg whites

Cooking Directions:
1 – Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C). Grease muffin cups with non-stick cooking spray butter flavor.
2 – In large bowl, combine dry ingredients and make well. In small bowl, mix milk, honey, oil, and egg whites.
3 – Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and stir just until combined.
4 – Pour 1/4 cup batter into greased cups.
5 – Lightly spray (one spray) tops of batter with non-stick cooking spray.
6 – Bake until wooden pick comes out clean, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Makes 12 servings.

Variation Suggestions: Add 1 cup frozen corn kernels to batter, or add 1 (4-ounce) can diced mild green chiles, drained.

Nutritional Information Per Serving: Calories: 140; Calories from Fat: 45; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 160 mg; Total Carbs: 19g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugars: 3g; Protein: 3g.

https://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/hearty_corn_cakes_recipe.html

Cast Iron Skillet Pizza – Turkey Pepperoni and Turkey Sausage

November 10, 2017 at 5:50 PM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products, pizza | 7 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Cast Iron Skillet Pizza – Turkey Pepperoni and Turkey Sausage

 

 

I Had a Poached Egg on a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin, fried 2 Jennie – O Turkey Breakfast Sausage Links, and my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea for Breakfast. Finished up some laundry for mom and some light house cleaning around the house. The weather out is a chilly day. 19 degrees this morning, wind chill made it 15 degrees) and a high of 35 degrees. Later on I went to Kroger for Mom, she needed a few items. For dinner tonight Cast Iron Skillet Pizza – Turkey Pepperoni and Turkey Sausage.

 

 

Seen this recipe sometime back in an email update from one of my favorite blog sites, The Chunky Chef (https://www.thechunkychef.com/). I had not made this in quite some time and a Pizza sounded good for tonight! Cast Iron Skillet Pizza, it uses my favorite piece of cookware, the Cast Iron Skillet, and it’s making one of my favorite foods, Pizza. In her recipe she made her own dough for the Pizza Pie. I do not have a very good baking history using yeast, I’m down right terrible! So I just always use Pillsbury Classic Pizza Crust when making my own Pizza. For my toppings I’m using; Hormel Turkey Pepperoni, Jennie – O Turkey Ground Sausage, Sliced Mushrooms, Sliced Black Olives, Sliced Green Olives, Sargento Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, and Ragu Original Pizza Sauce. Using a medium size Skillet, I fried the Jennie – O Turkey Ground Breakfast Sausage ahead of time. When that was done I drained what little grease there was and put the Sausage in a small bowl, and set aside.

 

I preheated the oven at 425 degrees. I then took out a large Cast Iron Skillet, spraying it with Pam Cooking Spray w/ Olive Oil and added a tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil. Got the tube of Pillsbury Pizza Crust from the fridge and removed it from the packaging. I then got a flour board out and added a little bit of flour and Cornmeal to it. I then took the Pizza Dough on it and formed a ball with it. Sprinkled on some Cornmeal, not a lot, and rolled it half way out. I love that crunch texture Corn Meal gives the bottom of the Pizza Crust.

 

 

Ready for the oven….

I didn’t fully roll it out because I wanted to add it to Cast Iron Skillet and work it out by hand, fully covering the bottom of the Skillet. I flipped the Dough Crust one time, that way I had a light coating of the Olive Oil on both sides. I then added my toppings; Hormel Turkey Pepperoni, Jennie – O Turkey Ground Breakfast Sausage, Sliced Mushrooms, Sliced Black Olives, Sliced Green Olives, Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, and Ragu Original Pizza Sauce. Slid that baby into the oven and waited for it to get done! Baked it a total of about 11 minutes.

 

 

…and done!

It came bubbling hot and just flat out delicious! All the toppings and Sauce work great together, this makes on delicious Pizza. As all Pizzas you decide what toppings you want to use. It’s my family’s favorite Pizza Recipe, thanks to Amanda of My Adventures in Dinner Time! I’ve left the link and original recipe below. When you get a chance check out her blog, full of tips and recipes. For dessert later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and Diet Peach Snapple to drink.

 

 

 

 

CAST IRON SKILLET PIZZA:

INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 cups bread flour
1/2 tsp dry active yeast
1 cup + 3 Tbsp warm water
2 tsp olive oil, plus more to coat pan
Pizza sauce
Cheese
Toppings
Fresh basil, minced (optional garnish)

DIRECTIONS

* Combine flour, yeast, salt, oil, and warm water in a large bowl. Using a wooden spoon, mix until no dry flour remains. Make sure the bowl is nice and large to accommodate for rising.
* Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let sit on a counter for 8-24 hours. Dough will rise quite a bit.
* Once fully rested, sprinkle top of dough with flour and turn out onto a well floured surface.
* Divide dough into 2 portions, shape each into a ball/disk… tucking dough under itself to form a tight ball.
* If desired, place one of the balls in a Ziploc bag for freezing.
* Pour some oil (a couple of tablespoons) in the bottom of the cast iron pan, place ball of dough in pan, turning to coat in the oil.
* Using your hand, push the dough around to spread the oil in the pan.
* Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let rest for 2 hours.
* Preheat oven to 550 degrees (or as high as your oven goes)
* Once dough has rested, it should have settled and puffed to fill the pan. Use your fingers to push the dough into all edges of the pan and remove large air bubbles.
* Lift up edges of the dough to eliminate any air pockets on the bottom of the dough.
* Top the dough with your pizza sauce, cheese and any desired toppings or seasonings. Drizzle with olive oil.
* Place skillet in oven and bake for 12-15 minutes. The top should be bubbly and golden brown.
* Use a spatula to lift the edge of the pizza and check to see if the bottom is nice and golden brown and crisp. If you’d like it crispier, place on a stove top burner over medium heat for a couple of minutes.
* Sprinkle pizza with grated Parmesan cheese and/or fresh basil. Slice into pieces and serve hot.

https://www.thechunkychef.com/cast-iron-skillet-pizza/

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Tamale Pie

January 23, 2017 at 6:45 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is Tamale Pie. As most recipes you can find this recipe on many sites with different versions, I went with one on the CooksRecipes website. Check the Cooks site out and all their great recipes! Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 
Tamale Pie

This great tasting vegetarian tamale pie is sure to become a family favorite for meatless entrées.Cooksrecipes 2

Recipe Ingredients:

Filling:
3 cups cooked cranberry or dark or light red kidney beans, drained, rinsed, and mashed
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon corn oil
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 heaping teaspoon chili powder
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup green olives, sliced
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Crust:
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons green chiles, chopped

Topping:
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Cooking Directions:

1 – In a large skillet, sauté onions, garlic, and green pepper in oil. Stir in tomato paste and chili powder. Then add water, beans, olives, parsley, salt and black pepper. Simmer mixture, stirring, until heated through.
2 – Spread bean mixture evenly in a greased 8-inch baking dish or shallow casserole.
3 – In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, salt, and baking powder. Add egg, milk, oil, and green chiles. Stir mixture until ingredients are moist.
4 – Spread batter over bean mixture and top with cheese.
5 – Bake, uncovered, at 400°F (205°C) for 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
Makes 4 to 6 servings
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One of America’s Favorites – Johnnycake

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A Johnnycake in a cast iron fry pan

A Johnnycake in a cast iron fry pan

Johnnycake—also called jonnycake, johnny cake, journey cake, shawnee cake, or johnny bread—is a cornmeal flatbread. An early American staple food, it is prepared on the Atlantic coast from Newfoundland to Jamaica. The food originates from the native inhabitants of North America. It is often eaten in the West Indies, Dominican Republic, Saint Croix, Bahamas, Colombia, and Bermuda as well as in the United States.

The modern johnnycake is found in the cuisine of New England, and often claimed as originating in Rhode Island. A modern johnnycake is fried cornmeal gruel, which is made from yellow or white cornmeal mixed with salt and hot water or milk, and sometimes sweetened. In the Southern United States, the word used is hoecake.

 
The earliest attestation of the term “johnny cake” is from 1739 (in South Carolina); the spelling “journey cake” is only attested from 1775 (on the Gulf coast), but may be the earlier form.

The word is likely based on the word “Jonakin,” recorded in New England in 1765, itself derived from the word “jannock,” recorded in Northern England in the sixteenth century. According to Edward Ellis Morris, the term was the name given “…by the [American] negroes to a cake made of Indian corn (maize).”

 

 

Another suggested derivation is that it comes from Shawnee cake although some writers disagree.

 

 

Johnnycakes on a plate

Johnnycakes on a plate

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term hoecake first occurs in 1745, and the term is used by American writers such as Joel Barlow and Washington Irving. The origin of the name is the method of preparation: they were cooked on a type of iron pan called a hoe. There is conflicting evidence regarding the common belief that they were cooked on the blades of gardening hoes.
Native Americans were using ground corn for cooking long before European explorers arrived in the New World. The johnnycake originates with the native inhabitants of Northern America; the Algonquians of the Atlantic seaboard are credited with teaching Europeans how to make the food.

Southern Native American culture (Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek) is the cornerstone of Southern cuisine. From this culture came one of the main staples of the Southern diet: corn (maize). Corn was used to make all kinds of dishes from the familiar cornbread and grits to liquors such as whiskey and moonshine, which were important trade items. Cornbread was popular during the American Civil War because it was very cheap and could be made in many different sizes and forms. It could be fashioned into high-rising, fluffy loaves or simply fried for a fast meal.

To a far greater degree than anyone realizes, several of the most important food dishes that the Southeastern Indians live on today is the “soul food” eaten by both black and white Southerners. Hominy, for example, is still eaten … Sofkee live on as grits … cornbread is used by Southern cooks … Indian fritters … variously known as “hoe cake”, … or “Johnny cake.” … Indian boiled cornbread is present in Southern cuisine as “corn meal dumplings”, … and as “hush puppies”, … Southerners cook their beans and field peas by boiling them, as did the Indians … like the Indians they cure their meat and smoke it over hickory coals.

 
Johnnycakes are an unleavened cornbread made of cornmeal (but see the Australian version below), salt, and water. Early cooks set thick corn dough on a wooden board or barrel stave, which they leaned on a piece of wood or a rock in front of an open fire to bake. Hoecake was traditionally cooked on a hoe: “Hoe-Cake: A cake of Indian meal, baked before the fire. In the interior parts of the country, where kitchen utensils do not abound, they are baked on a hoe; hence the name.”

In the American south during the 18th century versions were made with rice or hominy flour and perhaps cassava. A 1905 cookbook includes a recipe for “Alabama Johnny Cake” made with rice and ‘meal’.

The difference between johnnycake and hoecake originally lay in the method of preparation, though today both are often cooked on a griddle or in a skillet. Some recipes call for baking johnnycakes in an oven, similar to corn pones, which are still baked in the oven as they were traditionally.

Johnnycakes may also be made using leavening, with or without other ingredients more commonly associated with American pancakes, such as eggs or solid fats like butter. Like pancakes, they are often served with maple syrup, honey, or other sweet toppings.

According to the manuscript of America Eats, a WPA guide to American food culture in the beginning decades of the twentieth century, Rhode Island “jonny cakes” were made in the 1930s as follows:

In preparation, [white corn] meal may or may not be scalded with hot water or hot milk in accordance to preference. After mixing meal with water or milk it is dropped on a smoking hot spider pan set atop a stove into cakes about 3″x3″x1/2″ in size. The secret of cooking johnny cakes is to watch them closely and keep them supplied with enough sausage or bacon fat so they will become crisp, and not burn. Cook slowly for half an hour, turn occasionally, and when done serve with plenty of butter.

 

 

Johnnycakes

Johnnycakes

The modern johnnycake is a staple in the cuisine of New England and New Englanders claim it originated in Rhode Island. A modern johnnycake is fried gruel made from yellow or white cornmeal that is mixed with salt and hot water or milk, and sometimes sweetened. In the Southern United States, the same food is referred to as hoecake.

 

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