Blog copyright Janet Groene 2021.
SERIOUS FOOD FOR SERIOUS CRUISING
Galley Recipe of the Week
For a change, swap out grits for pasta and Creole seasoning for Italian.
2 pounds lean ground beef, turkey, pork or a mixture
½ cup dry bread crumbs
1 ½ cups mixed, chopped onion, celery and green pepper
1 tablespoon Creole or Cajun seasoning
2 tablespoons olive oil
28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
14-ounce can seasoned tomatoes such as Rotel
1/4 cup water (optional)
1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch (optional)
Grits, rice, polenta or cheese grits
Mix meat, vegetables, eggs, crumbs and seasoning well and form into small balls or patties. Brown in hot oil in a large skillet. Add tomatoes, cover, and simmer until with meatballs are done through. To thicken sauce if desired, whisk cornstarch and water and stir into sauce. Adjust seasoning in sauce . Serve sauce and meatballs over a starch. Serves 8 to 10. Leftovers freeze well.
Pantry Recipe of the Week
Each week we present a recipe made entirely from shelf-stable ingredients. This one is so easy you’ll find yourself making it time and again to spoon over coffee cake, bread or rice pudding, canned or fresh fruit and plain cakes and pies. If you can find it, butter-rum flavoring is very versatile. Some markets also carry a vanilla-butter-rum blend. Brands vary, so add it to taste.
World’s Easiest Rum Sauce
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon plus 1/4 teaspoon butter-rum flavoring
Whisk everything together and serve hot, warm or at room temperature.
Cook’s note: This is also good with brandy flavoring.
Serving suggestion: Spoon over plain cake, pudding, ice cream, baked apple . Stir into hot coffee, tea or cider with or without a shot of rum. Whisk into plain yogurt. Use to sweeten eggnog, smoothies, shakes.
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Tips for the Galley Cook
* Too much fresh fruit on hand? Pack diced, firm, peeled pieces of fruit in glass or other non-reactive containers. Boil 1 cup white balsamic vinegar, 2 cups water, ½ cup sugar and 1 tablespoon pickling salt. (Do not use iodized salt.) Pour over fruit to cover. Lid tightly and refrigerate at least 8 hours and no more than 4 days. Use as a condiment.
* Toss 2 cups of cauliflower “rice” with 2 tablespoons flour and ½ t. salt. Add 1 beaten egg. Fry as for pancakes. Serve with gravy or cheese sauce.
* No oven? Make giant cookies. Bring 1 cup each sugar and light corn syrup to a full boil. Remove from heat, stir in 1 ½ cups peanut butter, then fold in 10 cups cornflakes. Drop by the half cup on waxed paper to cool.
* Make crumbs ahead of time at home from vanilla wafers, graham crackers, chocolate cookies, gingersnaps, pretzels, etc. Bag in two-cup portions with 1/4 cup brown sugar. To make pie crust mash in 3/4 stick of butter, melted. Press into a 9 X 13-inch dish or pan. Chill. Add filling such as pudding, pie filling, lemon curd. Chill. Best served on the same day.
SKILLET MEAL OF THE WEEK
Poppy Seed Chicken
1 rotisserie chicken about 4 pounds
2 tablespoons butter
Small can mushroom slices, well drained
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
½ cup whole milk or half and half
8-ounce carton “lite” sour cream
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
½ teaspoon each celery seed and ground pepper
1 sleeve round crackers (e.g. Ritz)
½ stick butter, melted
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
In a large skillet, brown diced chicken in butter, gradually adding mushrooms. Add soup, milk and sour cream. Mix well, cover and heat through. In a small skillet, brown cracker crumbs in butter. Stir in remaining tablespoon of poppy seeds. Just before serving, sprinkle over chicken mixture. Serves 6.
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