Monday, December 14, 2009

Missing food from Saturday

After we took family pictures on Saturday, Mark's extended family had their yearly Christmas party. The theme was Danish foods. We knew about a month in advance that we would need to take some thing. Mark had found a chicken ball recipe that he really wanted to make. So this past week I bought everything for him to make them, and for me to try a new recipe of caramel chocolate shortbread cookies. What I didn't pan on was Grant getting sick Friday night. The poor guy threw up on my 3 times, and like a good mom, I let him.

Saturday morning was busy and we had no time to cook, and ended up going to Costco for a meat tray and cookies. On Sunday, Mark & I cooked up our recipes and they actually turned out pretty awesome. I must say that I was impressed with the chicken balls, and we might even cook them again. I am attaching the pictures and recipes, for those daring to make them!!

Chicken Balls
Serves 24

1 cup chicken -- chopped, cooked
½ cup dill relish
½ cup thick White Sauce
1 egg
salt and pepper
¾ cup cracker crumbs
4 tablespoons parmesan cheese -- grated
fat for deep frying
Mix chicken and pickle and blend with white sauce. Add beaten egg. Season and make into small balls. Roll in crumbs and cheese and deep fry.

NOTE: Serve hot as garnish for cold smoked meats, cooked fowl/meat.

White Sauce
Makes 1 cup

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1 cup milk
Cook 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Once thickened, cover pan, turn off heat, and let stand 10 minutes.

NOTE:This is thin white sauce. Double butter and flour for medium white sauce. Triple for thick white sauce.

Finished product. We got the recipe from

Caramel Shortbread Squares
2/3 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup white sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 1/4 cups milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C).
In a medium bowl, mix together 2/3 cup butter, white sugar, and flour until evenly crumbly. Press into a 9 inch square baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Let them cool down.

In a 2 quart saucepan, combine 1/2 cup butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and sweetened condensed milk. Bring to a boil. Continue to boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and beat vigorously with a wooden spoon for about 3 minutes. Pour over baked crust (warm or cool). Cool until it begins to firm.

Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute, then stir and continue to heat and stir at 20 second intervals until chocolate is melted and smooth. Pour chocolate over the caramel layer and spread evenly to cover completely. Chill. Cut into 1 inch squares.

We got this recipe from:

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