Sunday, June 9, 2019

Strawberry Cream Cheese Crepes

Strawberry's always about this time of the year that I decide to make crepes for them.  Plus a cold front came through so it's not 90 degrees outside and I can open the windows and enjoy cooking.

Crepes ~  make ahead and let sit for at least a half hour.  Perfect for getting the rest of your ingredients together

1 cup flour
1 cup milk - I used 2%
2/3 cup Perrier
2 tbsp butter, melted
2 large eggs
1 dash salt

Whisk all the ingredients in a medium bowl and let sit until you are ready to cook.  Heat a 10" non-stick frying pan.  I sprayed a coating of cooking spray as it was heating.  Add in 1/4 cup of crepe mixture and tilt the pan until the batter is evenly spread.  Cook of medium heat until the edges start to turn brown.  Use a spatula to gently flip the crepe over.  Cook for another minute or two until the 2nd side is done.  Place on a plate.  Insert a piece of wax paper between all the crepes so they do not stick.

Cream cheese stuffing ~

8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix together in a small bowl and use to fill the crepes.  

Assemble crepes by spreading some cream cheese mixture down the center and rolling up burrito style.  Top with macerated strawberries and whipped cream (optional).

Makes 8-9 crepes  

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Air Fryer Parmesan Pork Chops

My latest kitchen toy is an air fryer.  I have been wavering on buying one and my mother said she wants one so I thought if she's going to ask me questions on what to make and how, maybe I should have one myself.  Lets just say it didn't hurt when my arm was twisted to buy it.  So for my first meal, I went for recipes that I converted from my regular recipes and made in the air fryer.  The sweet potato fries were frozen from the grocery store but the recipe for the marshmallow dip is under dips here on the site.  The pork chops turned out great and cooked really fast.  I decided to cut the pork chops in half since I bought thick pork chops (these were even thicker than I thought they would be).  The air fryer gives them a nice crust on all sides that you aren't able to get by frying or baking.

Air Fryer Parmesan Pork Chops

2 thick cut pork chops, cut in half
1 large egg
1 tbsp water
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup grated Parmesan  cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

Grab 2 soup bowls for dredging.  In the first, mix together the egg and water.  In the second, mix the Panko, Parmesan cheese and spices.  Dip the pork chops in the egg wash and then into the Panko mixture.  Place on a plate so all of the chops can go into the air fryer at once.  Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees.  Place the pork chops in and since these are thick, cook for 8 minutes on each side.  Make sure the inside temperature gets to 145 degrees on the pork chops.