There’s nothing like a properly made cannoli. Above and beyond the fact that people love eating tube-shaped food, there’s something very special about that contrast between the crispy, fried pastry shell, and soft, rich, sweet cheese filling. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to find a great cannoli. Authentic Italian pastry shops are few and far between, even in large cities, and those whipped cream-stuffed impostors you find at the… to read the rest of Chef John’s article about Unholy Cannoli, please follow this link to become a member.)
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Saltless, yet it is never bland! This Tuscan bread is more substantial than the French bread, and although it hasn’t the airy lightness of a French baguette, it is not heavy like some German bread either. Fresh tomatoes and basil layered on a large slice of Tuscan loaf would make a perfect snack or like what I did, spread the bread with cheese Toscana angiesrecipes. One explanation of the saltless bread is that the Tuscans, well known for being tightfisted couldn’t bear to pay the government salt tax and chose instead to make bread without it. Perhaps, but gastronomes point out that the Tuscan bread is perfectly suited to their cuisine, which is full of strong flavors.
350 g German #550 flour (AP or bread flour)
110 g Water at 20C/68F
1 package / 7 g Instant dry yeast
30 g Olive oil
Pour the boiling water over the 250 grams flour in a bowl. Stir until you have a smooth thick paste. Cool and and let rest covered with a plastic wrap overnight in the fridge. The next day, take the dough out of the fridge and let rest for an hour to bring the paste to room temperature.
Place the paste and the rest of the ingredients in the bowl of your stand mixer and stir on low speed until combined. Increase the speed to medium and continue mixing until the dough is smooth and leave from sides of mixing bowl. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl. Cover and let rise until double in bulk, about one hour. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and divide it in half. Round each dough up and let the dough balls rest, covered, for 15-20 minutes.
After resting, shape the dough into batards. Proof the shaped batards, covered,on a piece of parchment paper or in moulds or pans for about one hour. Meanwhile, preheat the oven and the bricks to 220C/450F. Once the dough has doubled in size, sift flour on the surface of the batards to create a rustic appearance. Score the bread and carefully transfer them on the bricks in the oven. Bake the bread for 50 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
The BIG GAME coming and is considered the second most important “food holiday” after Thanksgiving. Food is an essential part of any watch party, so it’s time to fire up with my annual watch party recipe roundup.
Most of us are looking forward to the big game this week. God knows we need a distraction. I almost always enjoy the game. But even if you don’t enjoy the game, there is no reason not to have great food and a party.
While I will admit to liking college football more than pro, I do enjoy professional sports during their playoffs. They seem actually to try harder. Personally, I’m a reformed Lions fan, which means I don’t watch regular-season games. It is so nice not to waste that 3 hours every Sunday.
And is 7 hours of pregame programming really needed? We will be enjoying the puppy bowl part of that time. OK, I’m off task, back to the food.
Let’s divide the recommendations into four classes, finger foods, chili, main courses, and sweets.
🖐️Finger Food Recipes
If you are hosting a party, finger foods are great for watching the game and munching. Here are some of my best.
Crispy Baked Chicken Wings
Easy to follow step by step photo instructions for crispy oven baked chicken wings. No need to fry to get the great crispy skin. Add a Buffalo coating, and you have an American favorite. Now you can do it at home. Plus it is healthier.
All great wings deserve a great dipping sauce. You can whip this up in a few minutes for everybody to enjoy.
Quick French Bread Pizza
Great tasting pizza perfect for that quick evening meal or a party. And at 20 minutes it’s faster than a speeding pizza dude.
Sweet and Spicy Chicken Bacon Wraps
What could go wrong with bacon, sugar, and spices? Cubes of chicken wrapped in bacon and coated with brown sugar, chili powder, and cumin? Great finger food for that “bring a dish” party. A skill level of 3/10 (easy). Plus it is easy to double or triple if needed.
Mango Pineapple Salsa
Mango salsa is so simple to whip up. Wonderfully tasty and a great compliment to spicy Mexican foods. Just a little slicing and dicing and you’re there. Perfect for a party and friends.
A quick and easy guacamole recipe that is healthy, creamy, a bit spicy, and delectable. Using only fresh ingredients and about 10 minutes, you will have one of the best guacamole you can make at home.
To me, the watch party must have a chili or two. You can check all my chili recipes in my chili category. But here are some of my favorites.
Crock Pot Chili
Who says everyday crock pot chili needs to be blah? A wonderful tasty red ground beef chili recipe made crock pot easy. A great hardy meal but good enough for that Superbowl party.
Ultra Simple Crock Pot White Chicken Chili
This is the easiest and best crock pot white chicken chili recipe you will ever taste. Dump, dump, dump, then cook for 4 hours. You are rewarded for your laziness with a great chili, and all your friends will demand the recipe.
Crock Pot Stew Meat Chili
Super easy dump and go chunky stew meat chili. This wonderfully tasty chili brings multiple levels of taste with the optional use of different types of chili peppers. Tender chunks of beef will make this chili a favorite.
Salsa Verde White Chicken Chili a la Crock Pot
A little spice and lots of taste. This Salsa Verde White Chicken Chili takes chicken chili up a few notches.
Low Fat High Taste Crock Pot White Chicken Chili
Great tasting healthy crock pot white chicken chili with only about 250 calories and 2 gram of fat per serving. Just follow these easy step by step photo instructions. No pre-cooking the chicken here.
Crock Pot Three Bean Turkey Chili
One of my best chili recipe ever. A wonderful crock pot three bean turkey chili that the whole family will love. Plus it’s healthy. Now you can have it all.
🥘Main Course Recipes
Maybe you are having more of a dinner. Here are some classics in all three food groups: beef, pork, and chicken.
Spicy Taco Meat
Great Mexican for all. The best taco meat you will ever eat for tacos and nachos. You will never open an envelope of taco mix again.
Oven Pulled Pork from Pork Butt
Outrageously good pulled pork without a smoker. Low and slow is how you do it with these easy step by step photo instructions with only a few minutes of active time.
Crock Pot Pulled Pork the Right Way
Great melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork is now an easy economical dinner recipe. Cooked all day low and slow in your crock pot, pork butt becomes pull-apart tender for the family or a crowd.
Crock Pot French Dip
An easy recipe for crock pot French dip sandwiches that are melt in your mouth tender and bursting with wonderful taste. Easy to follow step by step photo instructions.
Kansas City Oven Baked BBQ Beef Brisket
Great BBQ for everybody. The ultimate KISS recipe with only two ingredients and only about 5 minutes of total work time, what could be better? A never failed recipe we have used for 40 years.
Oven Baked Chicken Legs
Oven baked chicken legs are a simple dinner the whole family will love. Just trim, pat dry, simple spices, and bake them in the oven. You will have perfect crispy, juicy chicken legs every time with these easy step by step photo instructions.
Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Thighs
Deliciously crispy skin and juicy inside, oven baked chicken thighs have it all. They are quick, economical, tasty, and require almost no skill — a great recipe for two or a crowd. Just one pan and a bit of seasoning will get you some of the best baked chicken you will ever taste.
No party or dinner is complete without something sweet. Give them something great to talk about that you can make ahead.
Crock Pot White Chocolate Almond Clusters
Great white chocolate almond clusters are an easy crock pot candy with these step by step photo instruction for the perfect white chocolate candy.
Outstanding Oreo fudge that will practically melt in your mouth. Only 4 ingredients and ultra-simple. Great for the holiday office party or a gift.
New York cheesecake bars will impress your friends and family. Creamy delectable cheesecake, great for that special brunch with friends or family gatherings.
Crock Pot Chocolate Peanut Clusters
Just 5 minutes, 4 ingredients and 2 hours in the crock pot will get you some of the best candy.
Easy Lemon Bars
Six-ingredients are all you need for these easy lemon bars. Bursting with great sweet-tart lemon taste and a buttery shortbread base, they are everything a lemon bar should be. Perfect for every day or a special occasion.
Homemade Candied Nuts
Don’t you just love the smell of the candied nuts at the mall or a fair? You can do it at home with these easy to follow step by step photo instructions.
My Pine Cone
Have a great watch party.
Editor note: Originally Published . This post will be refreshed yearly with my current recommendations.