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Bagels revisited! (Grrrrrr)

So I have a love affair with the bagel  that is probably not healthy! I love almost any kind of bagel. Except the everything bagel… ew.  My fav is jalapeño cheddar bagel. I used to get them from safeway but they never had enough jalapeños for me. Plus the boys love bagels too but i wanted to be SURE I knew what was going in to them. They Love cinnamon raisin bagel so i thought. hmm how cant i beef up the goodness? hmmmm here is my simple bagel recipe with a couple of my favorite variations.

1 cup plus one TBS of warm water

1 1/2 TBS honey

3 cups of bread flour ( Sub: I exchanged 3/4 cup of bread flour for whole wheat  in the cinnamon raisin bagels and the kids didn’t notice anything)

1 1/4 tsp of salt

1 1/2 tsp bread machine or active dry yeast

toppings: instant minced onion, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, old fashioned oats or for me some shredded cheddar and a jar of jalapeños.

*For cinnamon raisin bagels add 1/2 cup of raisins and add 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon in when you add salt.  You can make other berry bagels buy switching the raisin for dried cranberries or dried goji berries or dried dingle berries.. i dunno… you get the picture.  what ever floats your boat. Oh and get rid of the cinnamon.

You will also need

2quarts of water

1/3 cup of baking soda or 3 tbs of sugar

One egg white mixed with one tbs of water.

1) measure all your stuff and hit the dough cycle on your bread machine.  Dont put the toppings in!!! Pull the dough out after 50 in the cycle with lightly floured hands.

2)  grease a cookie sheet and cut the dough in to 10 pieces.  shape each piece into a 3 inch circle poke a one inch hole in the center using thumbs. smooth into a bagel shape using your fingers. do it to all 10 an dpu them on a cookie sheet. cover and let rise for 20 min in a warm place.

3) Heat your oven to 450. Heat 2 quarts of water  to boiling add 1/3 cup of baking soda or 3 tbs of sugar.  I like the baking soda. Lower 2-3 bagels in tot the water for 30 seconds, turning once after 15 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon.

4) use a pastry brush to brush the egg white and water on the bagels.  Then put your toppings on. Bake on a greased cookie sheet for 8 min or until yummy looking.  LET THEM COOL!  But as soon as you can, Toast that baby Up and mac down. it is so good.  Yummm I think i will go have another one.

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Pelmeni a.k.a. yummy meat stuffed dough.

So I always have a storage of ground beef in my freezer. I wanted to make something new for dinner. Something other then tacos or burritos or meatloaf ya know? so I googled “ground beef filled….” then i got this.  They are Russian yummies.  I am rambling.  I am not Russian in heritage ( that i know of) but my husband is. they eat a dish called veraniki  in his house  growing up. So he wanted  to try pelmeni. After much research on pelmeni i came up with this combo.

Dough

2cups of flour (start with 2 you might need more depending)

2 eggs

1/2 cup of water or milk

1/2 tsp of  salt

Mix the flour, eggs, water or milk and the salt. Let the dough rest 30 min to 1 hour and make the filling.

Filling

1lb of ground meat ( I used all beef but most of the recipes i saw used 1/3 ground pork and 2/3 ground beef)

1 carrot diced very very fine you could even shred it

1 medium onion diced.

2 cloves of minced garlic

1 tsp of black pepper

2 tsp salt

I cooked the carrot with the onion and salt and pepper. Then I added the garlic at the last minute. Let that cool a little then mix it with the uncooked meat. Add more 1tsp of salt and pepper to the meat mix too.

Roll out the dough thin ( no not paper but thin) You will need more flour it will try to stick to your table or counter. then cut out as many circle as you can ( I used an empty green bean can they say it is the perfect size). fill each little circle with a tsp of meat filling. Lightly touch the edge of the dough circle with a finger dipped in water and seal the whole baby up. Make sure you do it good so they dont pop open in the broth.

Broth

1 box of beef stock and an equal portion of water

2 bay leaves

a handful of peppercorns

Bring this mix to a low boil and add 6-7  pelmeni let em boil for 8 min. take em out with a slotted spoon. and place them in a very low oven while you finish the others.

You can eat these with their broth or with sour cream. Some people say soy sauce or mustard or vinegar but… thats not for me.  Also shots of Vodka are good with these.  🙂

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cluck cluck yum

So in my kitchen there are usually 2 main meats, boneless skin less chicken breasts and beef of one form or another. usually ground. We also like pork but it is maybe once a week.  so being that we are between paychecks again i am working on making meals again with what we have here at home. scrounging thru the freezer i found some ground chicken… ” hmm what can i do with this? not enough for burgers for the family it is only a pound… hmmm.” then it clicked I saw rachel ray do a recipe with ground chicken on a rerun the other day. chicken parm meatballs mmmmm. So here it is.

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1 lb of ground chicken

1 box of frozen spinach thawed and well drained. ( really well drained. Wring it out in a towel)

1/2 cup of bread crumbs ( I used panko because that is what I had.)

1/4 cup of milk

1/2cup shredded parm cheese

1 egg

1 clove of garlic minced

1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg

1 onion ( for grating)

3Tbs tomato paste divided

Salt and pepper to taste

preheat your oven to 400 and like a cookie sheet/ baking sheet with parchment paper.

“Place chicken and spinach in bowl. Grate 1 clove of garlic into bowl or finely chop and add garlic. Grate 3-4 tablespoons of onion directly into bowl. Combine 1/2 cup of cheese and breadcrumbs with nutmeg and barely moisten with milk, no more than 1/4 cup. Sprinkle the bread-cheese mixture into chicken then add egg, parsley, salt and pepper and 2 tablespoons tomato paste.

Combine 1 tablespoon of tomato paste with 1 tablespoon EVOO in small bowl. Mix and combine the chicken with breadcrumbs and section the meatball mix into quarters. Then roll 3 large balls from each section. Arrange balls on baking sheet as you work. Using a pastry brush, brush meatballs with tomato paste and oil mixture and roast for 18-20 minutes”

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We ate ours with jarred sauce and whole wheat noodles. This is the full recipe if you want it. (http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/recipes/chicken-parm-meatballs-and-spaghetti/) It was delicious. I am serious. My son had fun mixing the meat and he ate like 4 meatballs.  YOWZA!!!

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