Thursday, October 10, 2013

Seize Her Salad and Fairy Tale Croutons


Bread chargers are a fun gourmet solution for creative presentation.
These fancy little bread plates are inexpensive, easy to make with your children and can hold your Seize Her Salad. 
  


 Topped with frog, fairy and wand fairy tale croutons made from sourdough bread cut out with cookie cutters from TJ Maxx or a gourmet kitchen store; it's the beginning of a magical meal



Save your home tip: old quilts make improvised slipcovers to protect furniture when hosting a large group for dinner or a potentially sticky group for Halloween.

French Bread Charger (or Trencher) Recipe
            Preheat oven to 400°. Place in a mixing bowl, stir and let  
            react until foam covers the surface

2 C very warm water, almost hot

2 TBSP dry active yeast

2 TBSP sugar

            Add

1 TBSP salt

2 C all-purpose flour

            Beat until smooth, add and beat again;

2 C flour

            Add and beat until a smooth elastic dough is formed

1 1/2 – 2 C whole wheat flour

            Let the dough rest for a few minutes, then roll it out 1/2" 
            thick and form it into flat pumpkin, sun or circle shapes (I   
            cut the edges with scissors to give it interest.) Preheat oven 
   to 400°. Bake at 400° until golden.Whisk together

2 egg whites

2 TBSP of water

            When bread is golden in color, use a pastry brush to glaze 
             the bread with the egg wash and return to oven until glaze
             is dried and shiny. Remove chargers from oven, place on 
             rack to cool. May be frozen for several weeks in airtight   
             containers.

Seize Her Salad  

We love this quick and easy version of the classic. Toss together

1 bag chopped romaine lettuce 

1 generous handful Caesar croutons

 bottled light Caesar dressing such as Ken's Steak House Lite ®

grated Parmesan cheese

Diced cooked and cooled chicken breasts (optional)

 For more magical recipes, download your 
A Harvest and Halloween Handbook
from Barnes and Noble.com and Amazon.com 

  


For more Halloween treats, please join host Kim Power Stilson and me for a Halloween chat on BYU Sirius Radio 143
October 31st at 3 p.m. Eastern.

Welcome Kerri Zane and 
 "Helping the Whole Single Mom, Inside and Out" 
See a 10 trick-or-treat alternatives article I helped with:  http://kerrizane.com/fun-alternatives-for-trick-or-treating/