Sunday, July 28, 2013

Party Time - Sausage Sauce Pauper's Pasta Sauce, Franks and Beans, Brussels Sprouts, Sauerkraut, Salad!!!

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It's party time!  I love cooking for a lot of people.  I made several dishes for a gathering of ladies (about 24 of us) this afternoon.  Mom also made several dishes.

Dish No. 1 - Sausage Sauce - Peasant Pasta Sauce

olive oil
sweet sausage
hot sausage (optional)  You can mix them, I don't as I don't like hot sausage
garlic cloves - chopped small
chicken broth
crushed tomatoes
heavy cream
red pepper (black pepper optional)  I don't like it.
pasta or rice of your choice

Heat a large, deep skillet or pot over medium heat.  Add olive oil.  Add sausage meat (take out of casing) Crumble sausage meat as it browns.  Add chopped garlic. When all crumbles have browned, deglaze pan drippings with chicken broth.  Stir in crushed tomatoes and bring to bubble.  Add basil and salt and pepper to taste.  Reduce heat to simmer, cover. Add in heavy cream.  Cover partially stirring often.  Add peas and simmer until peas are cooked al dente.  Serve over pasta or rice of your choice.

Dish No. 2 - Franks and Beans

Bush's Original Baked Beans
Sabrett Skinless Beef Franks
Turkey Bacon

Place beans in aluminum pan or baking pan.  Cook turkey bacon fairly crisp and break into small pieces.  Scatter over beans.  Place frankfurters on top of beans.  Cook in over, covered, at 350 degrees until hot dogs brown a bit and beans bubble.  Uncover the last 5 minutes.

Dish No. 3 - Brussels Sprouts in Oil and Garlic

Brussels Sprouts
olive oil
garlic cloves
garlic powder

Rinse sprouts thoroughly, clean and chop (as shown in video).  Par boil until you can stick a fork through them.  Chop garlic small.  Heat olive oil on medium heat, add garlic and garlic powder, stirring often.  Add brussels sprouts, stir and cover.  Let simmer until sprouts are cooked to your liking.  I don't like very soft vegetables, so mine are firmer.  Stir often so they don't burn.

Dish No. 4 - Sauerkraut

Olive Oil
onions (chopped fairly small)

Heat oil and some water over low heat in small pot.  Add onions, stir and add a small amount of more water if necessary.  Cover and simmer and stir frequently.  Add sauerkraut once onions are soft.  Simmer until kraut is steaming.

Dish No. 5 - Layered Salad

Romaine Lettuce
Iceberg Lettuce
peppers (red, yellow, orange)
red onion
pink beans
various dressings of your choice

Layer lettuce and all other ingredients in a clear salad bowl, being aware of color.  You want the salad to look pretty.  You can basically put absolutely anything you choose in the salad and serve with any kind of dressings you like.

Well, my salad didn't look as pretty as in some of the pictures I've seen.  I gave it my best shot.  It tasted great though.  Everyone enjoyed.

The gathering turned out wonderful.  We had a ball; lots of laughter, fun and of course food!  I forgot my camera home so I didn't get pictures of the whole display or the awesome desserts.  I was so mad.  Oh well, no use crying over spilt milk.

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Reene Pisi

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