Friday, February 6, 2009

Chicken Wrapwich

Party sized: 40 servings

1 cup Hellmann’s Mayonnaise
1 pkg Parmesan Cheese, shredded
1 bottle Caesar Dressing (or Ranch)
5 lbs Grilled Chicken, thin strips or small cubes
1 pkg bacon, cooked & crumbled
1 ½ Lettuce heads, shredded
40 soft Herb Tortillas (eg. sundried tomato)

Mix ahead of time in a large bowl: Mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese, then slowly add Caesar dressing until a thick creamy dressing mix and refrigerate. Grill and cube chicken, then cool.

Just before ready to serve, mix chicken, bacon and shredded lettuce into dressing. Stir until well coated. Lay open tortilla. Spread tomato sliced onto each tortilla. Spoon mix on top in center. Wrap in both sides, than bottom. Can also wrap outside with a pocket made from festive wrapping paper.


Amish Friendship Bread - start to finish

For a very nice printout of all this I created, click here.
Please comment with any bread recipes you have to go with this starter.


*Amish Friendship Bread Starter*

This is a living gift, almost a pet you have to feed and care for, and the best part is you have to give some away. Making the starter is easy but it does involve a commitment to the schedule. Use this recipe if you need to make more starter batter right away, if something went wrong, or if it’s been awhile since you last received a starter bag.

Don't use metal containers or utensils - a covered crock or large glass bottle is ideal, but a plastic bag with a zipping closure will work. Be sure the container is large enough, as the starter will rise and froth when stirred. If you use a jar, leave the lid loose so gases can escape. If you use a bag, you can squeeze rather than stir the starter; let the air out periodically.

Amish Friendship Bread In A Bag - Starter Recipe

Day 1 Ingredients Needed¼ cup Water, warm to 110*F/45*C
1 pkg Active Dry Yeast (.25 oz)
1 cup All purpose flour
1 cup White Sugar
1 cup Milk

Days 6 & 10 Ingredients2 cups All purpose flour, divided
2 cups White Sugar, divided
2 cups Milk, divided

1. Warm water in glass bowl/measuring cup. Dissolve yeast into water, stirring with a plastic spoon. Set aside for 10 minutes to proof.

2. In a Ziploc bag (or non-metal container/bowl), combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly, then slowly stir in 1 cup milk and yeast mixture.

3. Let stand until bubbly (must be covered loosely in bowl). Leave at room temperature. Consider this day 1 of the 10 day cycle.

4. Mush the bag on days 2-5. On day 6 add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk. Then mush the bag on days 7-9. Finally mix and divide on day 10.

5. On day 10, stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk.
Remove: 1 cup to make your first bread loaves.
Share: 1 cup with each of two friends.
Save: 1 cup in the fridge to repeat cycle. Or store in the freezer until ready.
Frozen starter will thaw at room temperature for 3 hours.



*Amish Friendship Bread*
{click here to print this out for your friends}


From my kitchen to yours, this is my way of saying “Thank you for being my friend.” The Amish created this batch of bread that yields enough batter to share. As I tended to this batter through the past ten days, I thought of you, prayed for you, and couldn’t wait to share this delicious recipe with you. I hope you enjoy our Friendship Bread and pass some on to your good friends too!
Your Starter Bag Directions

Day 1 Do Nothing! (Start day written on bag.)
Day 2 Mush the bag.
Day 3 Mush the bag.
Day 4 Mush the bag.
Day 5 Mush the bag.

Day 6 Add 1 cup all purpose flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk.
Mush the bag to mix the ingredients.

Day 7 Mush the bag.
Day 8 Mush the bag.
Day 9 Mush the bag.

Day 10 Mix and divide the batter as directed below.

Tips:
~Do not use any metal bowls or utensils. Ziploc bags are easiest.
~Do not refrigerate. Leave at room temperature.
~Cover loosely if in a bowl for gases to escape.

Mix & Divide:

~Pour the entire bag into a glass or plastic mixing bowl.
~Add 1 ½ cups of milk, 1 ½ cups of sugar, and 1 ½ cups of flour. Mix together.
~Keep one cup for yourself to bake now. Recipe (below).
~Measure out 3 one-cup portions into 3 separate one-gallon Ziploc bags to share with 3 friends. Attach this recipe sheet to the bags and date these bags with today’s date (day 10 is now day 1).
~You may keep one of the three bags to begin the process again.


*Baking Friendship Bread*
Yields 2 loaves.

1 cup Starter
1 cup Vegetable Oil (or ½ c oil + ½ c applesauce)
3 Eggs
½ cup Milk
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 box Vanilla Instant Pudding
1 ½ tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp Baking Soda
½ tsp Salt

1 cup Sugar
1-2 tsp Ground Cinnamon

Optional: Chopped nuts, raisins, chocolate chips, dried fruit, apples, etc...

Use these optional ingredients to taste. Total measurement should not exceed 3 cups, which produces a dense, fruit-cake-like texture; 1/2 to 1 cup makes a cake-like texture and 2 cups produces a coffee-cake density. If there is a lot of sugar in the optional ingredients, you may have to cover pan with foil during the last 10 minutes to avoid excessive browning.

~Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
~In a medium bowl, mix starter, oil, eggs, milk, and vanilla extract.
~In a larger bowl, mix flour, pudding, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
~In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
~Pour wet starter mixture into the large bowl of dry mixture. Stir batter together. Add optional ingredients now.
~Grease well, two *9x5 loaf pans, then dust with half of the cinnamon/sugar. Pour batter evenly into the two loaf pans. Dust the top with the remaining cinnamon/sugar.
~Bake in oven at 350 degrees for *45-50 minutes. Bread will sound hollow when tapped if done. Let cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.

*5 Mini Loaves bake only 30-35 min.
*Bundt pan or 9x13 is baked for 40-50 min.


Enjoy your Amish Friendship Bread!

Taco Noodle Casserole

Great for picky kids and it tastes better than it looks...
[Makes about 8 servings]
1 lbs Ground Beef or Turkey, browned
1 pkt Taco Seasoning
Mix as directed on seasoning packet.
2 boxes, or 1 pot of Macaroni and Cheese
1 c. corn, steamed or canned
Make Macaroni and Cheese either from a box or homemade to fill medium pot. Add corn and taco seasoned beef. Stir together, and serve warm.


TIP OF THE DAY:
When you have a lid that is hot and steamy, do not place it flat on your counter or stove top. The darn thing creates a suction so strong you could lift your oven with it! [Picture an Oreck Commercial with the bowling ball test.] And if you got a high quality lid like we do, the seal will be so perfect, you will freak out to your mother on the phone - how on earth will you remove the darn thing before your hubby comes home?!
If this happens, risk scratching your surface by taking a sharp knife and wedging it underneath enough to let in any kind of air to break the suction. It literally took a microscopic hole and a few minutes to release.
To avoid feeling like an idiot infront of your family, set your hot lid upside down or angled over something so air can travel under it.
Pot lid still stuck to the stove/countertop or the pot itself? Yahoo also has an answer for this one. Basically heat it up somehow, since the seal is made from the steam cooling.

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