Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Petticoat Saloon

{Round Up At Petticoat Saloon}
March 2010

Emily & Jill

{The Invitation}
The gals were asked to wear a Petticoat Sisterhood Clip somewhere on their attire for the evening.

{Saloon Decor}

{The Place Settings}

{Fresh Brewed Sarsaparilla}
5 lbs. Sugar
4 Gallons Cold Water
4.25 oz. Big H Root Beer Extract
1/8 Tsp. Cream Soda Extract (Optional)

5 Lbs. Dry Ice
Mix water, sugar, and extract in large plastic container. Add 5 Lbs. Broken Up Dry Ice and stir periodically for 1 hour. Do not cover tightly or it will explode.

{Avocado Egg Rolls}
(Makes 6)
2 Large Avocados, peeled, pitted, and diced
4 Tbs. Sun-Dried Tomatoes packed in oil, finely chopped
2 Tbs. minced red onion
1 Tsp. Fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 Tsp. salt
6 Egg Roll Wraps
1. Gently stir together avocado, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, salt. Distribute filling evenly onto center of each egg toll wrapper. Position a wrapper so a corner is pointing toward you; fold the bottom corner up over the filling.
2. Fold side corners in and roll toward the top corner. Wet the edges of the top corner with a little water. Then fold top corner over and press to seal. Repeat with remaining wraps.
3. Continue by deep-frying egg rolls in 375 degree oil for 3-4 minutes, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Slice egg tolls diagonally across middle and serve with cilantro sauce.

{Honey Cilantro Sauce}

3-4 Tsp. white vinegar
1 tsp. Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 C. Honey
1/2 C. chopped cashews
2/3 C. fresh cilantro
2 garlic cloves
2 green onions
1 Tbs. granulated sugar
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 C. Olive Oil
1. Put all ingredients except olive oil into a blender or food processor.
2. Blend until well pureed. Stream in olive oil. Refrigerate until ready to use.

{Mac N CHeese Stuffed Tomatoes}
(serves 8)
1/4 lb. elbow macaroni
Salt & Pepper
4 pieces center cut bacon, chopped
2 leeks, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced and washed
2 Tbs. Flour
1 C. Chicken Stock
1/2 C. Milk
2 C. aged sharp cheddar cheese, grated
8 large Roma Tomatoes, halved lengthwise and seeded and scooped clean
1/2 C. breadcrumbs
1. Preheat oven to 400. Place pot of water over high heat and bring to boil to cook pasta. Add salt and pasta and cook just shy of al dente.
2. Heat Skillet over medium heat and add bacon and cook until crispy, about 5 minutes. Add leeks and cook 2 minutes until tender. Add Flour and stir 1 minute. Whisk in stock, milk, s&p, and brink to bubble.
3. Stir in cheese in a figure eight motion, reserving half cup for garnish.
4. Drain pasta and combine with sauce. Spoon into tomato shells and garnish with cheese and breadcrumbs.
5. Place on baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown on top.

{Baked Chili Pepper Fries}
(Serves 6)
6 Large Jalapeno Peppers
4 Large Poblano Peppers
1 C. Flour, plus 2 Tbs.
3 Large Eggs
1/4 C. Milk
2 Tbs. Spicy Brown Mustard
1 C. Bread Crumbs
1/2 C. Grated Parmesan
Salt & Ground Pepper
1. Preheat oven to 400. Remove seeds from all peppers and cut into 1/2 inch lengthwise strips.
2. Set up breading station: 1 pan of 1 C. flour, 1 pan of eggs beaten with milk, 2 T. flour and mustard, and 1 pan of breadcrumbs seasoned with cheese and S&P.
3. Coat peppers in flour, then in eggs, then crumbs.
4. Arrange fries on cooling rack set onto baking sheet and roast for 18 min.

{Creamy Texas Ranch}
2 1/2 C. Brown Sugar
1/3 C. Frank’s Hot Sauce (it has to be frank’s)
1/2 C. Apple Cider Vinegar
1 packet hidden valley buttermilk ranch
1 C. mayo
1 C. Buttermilk
1. Combine brown sugar, hot sauce, and vinegar in pan. Stir constantly on med-high heat, then boil for one minute (if you cook longer, it will turn into candy). This is a replica of winger’s sticky sauce.
2. Mix together a packet to hidden valley buttermilk ranch recipe with Mayo and Buttermilk. Let chill in fridge for 20 minutes. Mix with cooled sauce. Serve with any meat or as a dipping sauce.
{Deep Dish Pot Pie}
(Makes 1 10in. Pie or 4-6 Individual Pies)
1 lb. chicken breast, cubed
1/4 C. Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing
4 oz. Cream Cheese
2 Tbs. Flour
1/2 C. Chicken Broth
1/2 small sweet onion chopped
2 Carrots, chopped
4-6 oz. Peas
4-6 oz. corn
4-6 Oz. green beans, chopped(or you can use 10 oz. bag frozen mixed veggies)
1 pie crust (below) or store bought crust
1. Heat oven to 375. Cook chicken in Dressing in large skillet on medium heat for 2-5 minutes.
2. Add cream cheese, cook until melted. Add flour and mix well for 2 minutes.
3. Add broth and veggies, simmer 5-7 minutes. (add less veggies and chicken if you like it saucier).
4. Pour into 10 in. pie plate or small ramekins. Arrange crust over filling, fluting the edge. Cut 4 slits or an ‘X’ in crust. Bake 30 minutes or until crust is golden.

{Grans Perfect Pie Crust}
(Serves 3 regular Pies or 9 Individual pies)
1 1/2 C. Crisco
3 C. All-Purpose Flour
1 Whole Egg
5 TBS. Cold Water
1 TBS. White Vinegar
1 tsp. Salt
1. In large bowl, with pastry cutter, gradually work Crisco into flour until it resembles a course meal.
2. In small bowl, beat egg with fork and pour into mix. Add water, vinegar, and salt. Stir together until all ingredients are incorporated. Take out and mix and smooth with hands into large ball.
3. Form 3 evenly sized balls of dough and place each into a freezer storage bag. Using a rolling pin, flatten each ball into about 1/2 inch thick to make rolling easier later.
4. Seal bags and place in freezer. (if using immediately, it’s a good idea to chill for about 15 minutes in freezer).
5. Remove from freezer when needed and let thaw for 15 minutes. On floured surface, roll out dough starting in middle and working outwards. If too sticky, sprinkle flour on top. Roll until it is 1/2 inch larger than the diameter of pan.
6. With spatula, lift dough carefully from surface into bottom of pan or on top of your mix, or both. Pinch and tuck crust in a pretty fashion. Cook according to pot pie directions.

{Pistachio Raspberry Salad}
Spring Salad Mix
Red Seedless Grapes, halved
Read Pears, Cubed
Shelled Pistachios
Bleu Cheese Crumbles
Mix salad together according to preference.

{Raspberry Vinaigrette}
(Makes 1 1/4 C.)
1/2 C. Canola Oil
2 Tbs. honey
1 Tbs. Grainy Dijon Mustard
3 Tbs. Red Wine Vinegar
1 Tsp. fresh lime juice
1 Heaping Tbs. raspberry jam
Whisk together and refrigerate until ready to use.
{Marinated Grilled Flank Steak}
(Serves 4-6)
6 cloves of fresh garlic, finely chopped or grated
3 Tbs. Grill Seasoning Blend (Montreal Steak)
1 tbs. smoked Paprika
2 tsp. Ground chipotle powder
4-5 tsp. hot sauce
3 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
4-5 Tbs. Red Wine Vinegar
2/3 – 1 C. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Lb. Flank Steak (tenderize with pointy side of meat mallet when meat is chilled)
1. Mix all ingredients together. Slowly stream in Olive oil and incorporate with whisk.
2. Place meat in shallow dish or storage bag and let sit on counter for 10-15 minutes, or leave in fridge up to 8 hours. Olive oil can stiffen up in the fridge, pull out periodically and add a little more oil and turn meat. This marinade is just as wonderful a few minutes before grill time as sitting for a long time.
3. Heat indoor or outdoor grill to high heat. Grill steak on each side 5-6 minutes for a nice pink center.
4. Remove from grill and let sit for 3-5 minutes for inside juices to redistribute in meat. Thinly slice meat on an angle, cutting against the grain.

{Onion Straws}
(Serves 2-4)
1 whole Large Sweet Onion
2 C. Buttermilk
2 C. all-purpose Flour
1 Tbs. Salt
1/2 Tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 Qt. – 2 Qt. Canola or Vegetable Oil
Black Pepper to taste
1. Slice onion very thin. Place in baking dish and cover with buttermilk and let soak at least one hour. You can soak up to 8 hours.
2. Combine dry ingredients and set aside.
3. Heat Oil to 375 degrees in large pan or Dutch oven.
4. Grab a small handful of onions and place into flour mixture. Tap to shake of the excess and plunge them into hot oil with tongs.
5. Fry for a few minutes while turning them once until golden brown. Serve on top of meat or as a side to any meal.

{Green Bean Bundles}
(Serves 6-8)
1 lb. fresh green beans
Olive Oil
1 Clove Garlic, chopped finely (optional)
6-8 Slices of Center Cut Bacon
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Blanch green beans for 3 minutes. Toss them in olive oil, S&P, and garlic.
3. Bundle about 5-6 green beans and wrap piece of bacon around the bundle. You can secure with a toothpick. (You can place bacon in microwave for a minute or two before wrapping to speed up cooking time).
4. Place on cooling rack placed in baking sheet and roast for about 10-15 minutes until bacon is cooked.

{Maple Sweet Potatoes}
(Serves 4-6)
2 Large Garnet Yams
2 Tbs. Butter
1 yellow onion, chopped fine
1/3 C. finely chopped pecans
1/3 C. Maple Syrup
1/2 Tsp. cinnamon
Salt to taste
1. Bake Yams on 400 degrees until tender. Cool completely and peel and chop into bite-sized cubes.
2. Melt butter in skillet and add onions and pecans. Saute until golden brown.
3. Add yams, syrup, and cinnamon. Saute 3-5 minutes. Add salt to taste. Serve warm.

{Cornbread Cake}
(Serves 9-12)
1 C. Sugar
1 C. Butter or margarine
1 1/2 C. Flour
1/2 C. whole Wheat Flour
1 C. Cornmeal
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. salt
2 beaten eggs
1 1/2 C. Milk
1. Cream sugar and butter. Add rest of ingredients and blend well.
2. Put in greased 9x9 pan. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes until lightly golden and toothpick comes out clean. (recipe can be doubled and baked in a 9x13 for 1 hour).
3. Serve plain or with honey butter.
{Molten Chocolate Cake}
(Serves 4)
4 squares Semi-Sweet baking chocolate
1/2 C. Butter
1 C. powdered sugar
2 Whole Eggs
2 Whole Egg Yolks
6 Tbs. Flour
1. Preheat oven to 425.
2. Spray 4 custard cups with pam and place on cookie sheet.
3. Microwave Chocolate and butter in large bowl on high for 1 minute, until butter is melted, then whisk until chocolate is melted.
4. Stir in sugar until well blended. Whisk in eggs and egg yolks. Stir in Flour. Divide between cups.
5. Bake 13-14 minutes until sides are firm and center is soft. Let stand one minute. Invert cakes on serving dish and top with desired topping.

{Almond Ice Cream}
4 eggs (can use egg substitute)
2 Cans evaporated Milk
2 C. Sugar
1 can sweetened condensed milk
4 tsp. Almond extract
2 Tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. Whole Milk
1 C. heavy Cream
1. Beat eggs and sugar together with electric mixer.
2. Add rest of ingredients and beat together until well incorporated.Pour into ice cream maker and freeze according to machine’s specifications. Freeze leftovers.

{The Entertainment}
The Gals were pleasantly surprised to have Nate (Emily's Brother) visit the Saloon and sing a few songs! Nate has his own band, LokalGrown, and is fabulous! The Gals joined in for a little "Achey Breaky Heart" and hootin' and hollerin'!
A big ole' Texas Whoop to Nate for serenading the ladies! Thanks!

{The Gifts}
The Gals were given a mini monogrammed cutting board, a dish towel with a hand sewn cowboy boot decal, a loaf of bread, blueberry preserves, and cinnamon butter.
Yee-Haw! The gals were also given the Saloon's House Recipes!

{Farmhouse Butter}
(Makes 5 regular Loaves or 8-10 small loaves)
4 C. Hot water
1/2 C. sugar or Honey
2/3 C. Vegetable Oil
2 Tbs. Salt
3 Tbs. Dry Yeast
10-12 C. White Bread Flour (Store Bought or Ground From Winter White Wheat, or a mixture of both)
1. In stand mixer, place hot water, sugar or honey, oil, salt, and 4 C. flour. Mix for 1 minute.
2. Add yeast, and flour 1 C. at a time while mixing. You will know you have enough flour when the sides of mixer are scraped clean.
3. Once you have enough flour, mix for 8 minutes on high.
4. Let dough rest in bowl for 5 minutes.
5. Divide the dough in 5 pieces and place in sprayed bread pans.
6. Take each piece and spank it to get any bubbles out.
7. Round the dough into a bowl and place in center of pan.
8. Place the pans in oven at 170 degrees, and let rise for 25 minutes, or until the bread has risen 1 inch above the pan.
9. Turn oven up to 350 and bake for 25 minutes. Don’t take the pans out while the oven heats up. Just let the bread keep rising while it heats. Remove from oven and enjoy! Bread can be freezed and keeps up to one week in pantry.

{Roadhouse Cinnamon Butter}
1/2 C. Butter
1/2 C. Powdered Sugar
1/2 C. Honey
1 tsp. cinnamon
1. Blend all ingredients at room temperature by hand or in food processor. Store in refrigerator.

{Blueberry Preserves}
3 C. Crushed Blueberries
5 1/4 C. Sugar
1 Box Pectin
1. Wash berries (stem if needed) and mash, do not puree.
2. Mix with sugar. Let sit for 10 minutes.
3. Stir pectin with 3/4 C. water and boil on stove for 1 minute. Add to blueberries. Stir constantly for 3 minutes.
4. Put in clean containers leaving 1/2 inch space at the top.
5. Refrigerate or freeze.

{The Hostesses}
From poker hands with bullet holes, fake cigars, and carmel roasted marshmellows to a singing cowboy, we are pleased we all had such a wonderful time.
Delicious food, a Saloon atmosphere, comfy conversation, and the best of galfriends!
Y'all come back, now!
{The Cowfolk}
A special thanks to our help! A shout out to Logan, Annabelle, and Paige. You made the night so smooth and relaxed. Thanks for your help!
Also, to the handsome Cowboys in our lives!
Scott and Colton, we truly could not have done this without you.
xoxoxo from your Saloon Gals!
{The Gals}

1 comment:

Kimberlee said... looks super cute! Love it... You guys did an awesome job.