Sunday, August 21, 2011

Extremely Haram Hamfest for Sunday, August 21

My dear sweet sister-in-law and my beautiful, all grown-up niece and her boyfriend  are coming for dinner. Turns out, his name is James, and he's a baker! Win all around, I say. Choices, choices. I either go with Paula Deen or Meatloaf:

Looks like it's going to be Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes with Duxelles, Sesame Green Beans and Banana Cream Trifle.

6 strips of bacon, cut into p'tit lardons, fried til crisp, removed from pan and set aside
1 diced onion or three shallots, diced
1 8 oz container of button mushrooms, diced
salt, pepper, tarragon, thyme
a splosh of brandy or Cognac

Sauté onions and mushrooms in bacon fat 'til caramelized. Add seasonings and herbs. Add liquor and set it on fire. Add the bacon pieces back into the duxelles.  Serve over mashed potatoes. Thank me in the comment section below. This is much, much better than gravy. Really. Trust me.

Mashed Potatoes
Also, the secret to making the best tasting mashed potatoes: Yukon golds, German or French butter, heavy cream, and heavily salt the water you boil the potatoes in. Chives or  parsley: Optional. 

Sesame Green Beans 
1 lb or more of fresh green beans, steamed, drizzled with toasted sesame oil, salted and sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Jewel's Banana Cream Trifle
2 small boxes of Jell-O Cook 'n' Serve Vanilla Pudding, cooked
6 Bananas, sliced into rounds
1 large tub of Cool Whip
1 package of Oreos, crushed into small pieces.

In a glass trifle dish or large, clear, glass bowl, layer pudding, bananas, Cool whip and cookies 'til you run out of stuff. Like a lasagna, but with bananas, cookies, pudding and whipped topping.

As for the meatloaf recipe, I change mine all the time. It is never the same, twice. I  haven't decided how I'm going to make mine.

Hat tip to Ann Barnhardt for the video.

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