February 18, 2010

Test Recipes: Week 1

One of my new year's resolutions for 2010 is to try at least one new recipe each week.  I didn't think to start blogging the recipes right away, or to take pictures, so now I am playing catch up.

SHREDDED TURKEY SANDWICHES (Recipe courtesy of my sister Karen.  Not sure where she got it.)

1/2 C. finely chopped onion
1 T butter
1/3 C. ketchup
3 T brown sugar

4 tsp white vinegar
2 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp prepared mustard
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 C. shredded cooked turkey (or chicken, or pork, or whatever you want)
2 Kaiser rolls, split

In a small saucepan, saute the onion in butter. Stir in the ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and fold in turkey. Cover and cook for 5-10 minutes or until heated through. Serve warm on rolls.

So simple, so easy, and so good!  I rated this recipe EXCELLENT.


1 roll refrigerated pizza dough (or make your own)
marinara/pizza sauce
2 T grated Parmesan cheese
1 T olive oil or melted butter
1/2 t garlic powder
1 t dried Italian seasoning
mozzerella cheese
Pizza toppings of your choice: ie, ham and pineapple, pepperoni slices, sausage, etc.

Preheat oven to heat specified on pizza dough package. Unroll pizza dough onto a lightly floured surface. Pat or roll the dough so it's about 12" by 8". Use a pizza cutter to slice the dough into 24 squares.  Place cheese and desired toppings on each square. Carefully lift up each square and wrap the dough around the toppings. Pinch to make sure each ball is sealed shut and then place them seam side down in a lightly sprayed pie pan (or similar sized dish).  Brush the tops of the dough balls with olive oil or melted butter and then sprinkle with the garlic and Italian seasoning and top with Parmesan cheese. Cook them in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown on top, checking after 10 minutes.  Serve warm with warmed marinara sauce on the side for dipping.

I'm not sure what it was about this recipe, but it just was disappointing to me.  Maybe it was the refrigerated pizza dough I used (I'm spoiled - raised on homemade pizza dough).  Maybe it was the marinara sauce I used (canned....).  I'm not sure.  I thought they were a little dry.  Maybe I should have cut only 18 to make them a little bigger, so as to put more filling in each one.  Who knows, but I rated this recipe BLUE (might not make again).

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