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Leftover Prime Rib Soup

I hope you made the most of whatever kind of Christmas you had – I am sure it was different in someway from years past. Mine was a little quieter and I think maybe a little less stressful. It usually takes me a few days to make the Christmas explosion in the house; that’s what I call it.  I take down pretty much all of my usual decor and replace it with holiday decorations including three trees; the main tree is real the others are artificial. So the trees were up and two of the main rooms had decor plus the porch. It was understated but still festive.

Hope you have a safe happy healthy and prosperous New Year!

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I will be making this soup again this year. I first made this soup back in 2016 and I know I am reposting this for a third time but it had 245 recent views so I am hoping someone else is making this soup today.

I did cook my roast a little differently this year. I seasoned it with kosher salt and pepper the day before and left it uncovered in the fridge overnight. Placed it on the counter for a couple of hours before putting it in a 250’F oven for 3+ hours internal temp was 210’F. removed it for 30 minutes to let it rest on top of the stove and then raised the heat to 500’F and placed it back in the oven for 10 minutes. It came out perfect!

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The only downfall to cooking it this way was there were no pan drippings to make a gravy or an aujus. I knew this would happen so instead of mashed potatoes we had twice baked which were super delicious.

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This years 3 rib roast

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a couple of years ago 2 rib roast

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Leftover Prime Rib Roast

Donna Clark - Cooking at Clark Towers
A delicious use for a piece or two of your prime rib roast

Ingredients
  

  • 1 small to medium onion diced
  • 1 or 2 stalks of celery diced
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary chopped – or use whatever herb you flavored your roast with
  • 3 potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1 or 2 pieces of beef chopped
  • Beef Broth – homemade or use your favorite
  • leftover gravy – add so much flavor if you have any use it
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Sauté the onion, celery and carrots till translucent. Add rosemary and cook for another minute or two. Add gravy, broth and potatoes. Once the potatoes are soft add the beef and let simmer to let everything meld together. Serve with bread to sop up the wonderful broth

homemade cinnamon rolls warm from the oven in under an hour

Sitting here enjoying a cup of tea with the Tree lit trying to figure out what I want to share with you. Firstly have a wonderful holiday however you choose or have to celebrate it. Hopefully next year will be how you want to celebrate it!

The timing for this post I would normally share how I make my prime rib roast for Christmas but I have shared that a few times now so I here is a link to how I do mine Christmas Garlic Herb Ribeye Roast I thought I would look through some of my older posts and share some of the rolls I have made over the years but I seem to have not posted any of them. I know I think that’s odd too. I don’t always make fresh rolls for holidays but I make them more then I buy them so I wonder why I haven’t posted about any of them. The only thing I can come up with is it would be hard to take pictures while my hands have flour water and yeast all over them. So if I make any this week I will be sure to have my daughter take the photos so I can share. 


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In our house Christmas breakfast is just as important as Christmas dinner. It might even be more important to some of us. I always make some egg dish, usually a strata since I assemble it the night before and just throw it in the oven and it cooks while we open presents. There is always something sweet like these cinnamon rolls or monkey bread. And the last several years fresh out of the oven croissants. I totally take the easy route on those and order them from Williams Sonoma. They sit out all night thawing and rising on the counter and in the morning we pop them into the hot oven and are never disappointed. 


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This recipe is so easy and quick; if you are a cinnamon roll lover there is no reason not to try making them. I can tell you honestly I will be making them as soon as I finish writing this blog.
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homemade cinnamon rolls warm from the oven in under an hour

dclarkabal
Easy Fast Homemade cinnamon rolls
Course Breakfast

Ingredients
  

  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon yeast or 1 packet
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

filing

  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter softened/room temperature
  • 2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk

Instructions
 

Dough

  • Pre-heat your oven to 200’ and just before you place the rolls in the oven; turn it off.
  • in a large bowl add the flour, sugar, salt and yeast; mix well. In a microwave safe bowl heat the milk, water and butter till the butter melts 30-40 seconds. Once melted stir into the flour mixture and the egg and knead until the the dough is no longer sticky roughly 3-4 minutes. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl to rest for 5 or 6 minutes.

Filling

  • Mix together the cinnamon and sugar for the filing. Roll out the dough after it is done resting; into a 15"x 9" rectangle. Spread the softened butter on top and then sprinkle the sugar cinnamon mixture over the butter. Roll the dough on the 15” side tightly and cut into 9 large even pieces
  • Place them in a 9"x 9" slightly greased pan. (I place parchment in the pan so I can remove them easier) Cover with plastic wrap and place in the; turned off oven for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes remove the plastic wrap and turn the oven up to 375’F. Bake for 15-20 minutes until they are lightly browned.

Glaze

  • Make the glaze while the rolls are in the oven. Mix the powdered sugar, vanilla and use enough milk to make the glaze light enough for you to drizzle over the hot rolls when they come out of the oven.
  • Best served right out of the oven. They are OK re-heated but they do lose a little of their deliciousness. But I have never had any re-heated cinnamon roll that I truly loved

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recipe adapted from: the recipe critic

Brussels sprouts apple and pomegranate salad

I hope the name does not stop you from wanting to make this delicious salad. My daughter made it last year for a work potluck and it was a huge hit so she wanted to share it with the family this Thanksgiving and we are all very happy she did. Even my husband who is not a big fan of the mini green cabbages.

Some people like my husband can be funny about certain vegetables and brussl spouts are definitly on the list of questionable veggied.  However this salad has so much going on that even if you are on the fence about brussel sprouts you will truly enjoy this salad; my husband certaintly did. I also think it will be perfect for your Christmas table being the colors of green with red pomegranites dotted throughlout; it looks super festive and you should check it out; I don’t think you will be disappointed.

there are many ways to make this salad so you can substitute to your liking  such as the apple, the nuts; you can add regular nuts; I would toast them for more depth of flavor. You can use kale instead of brussel sprouts, cabbage would be great.

I am sure I am not alone in disliking buying an ingredient for one recipe and then it sits on the shelf. I cleaned out my pantry and came across a tub of spices and one was dated back to 2007 – oops must have forgot about that one; into the trash it went. You might not be able to find sumac at your local grocery store, we had to order it online but please be assured It can be used to flavor meats, fish, salads and even hummus. It is a tangy lemony spice often used in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cooking. I think you will really like it.

Brussels sprouts apple and pomegranate salad

dclarkabal
a great crunchy salad you can make your own - a real crowd pleaser

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 large red onion diced
  • 2 tablespoon s red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon ground sumac
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups brussel sprouts, shredded subs. kale
  • 1 large pomegranate seeded
  • 1 large Granny smith apple peeled, cored, chopped - subs. honey crisp, pink lady
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup candied pecans chopped - subs toasted walnuts, plain pecans

Instructions
 

Dressing - make ahead and set aside about 15 minutes

  • Combine red onion, wine vinegar, sumac and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt in a small dish

Salad

  • combine the remaining ingredients and toss well. season with salt and pepper as needed
  • This salad can be prepped ahead, but keep the dressing off of it until at most an hour before serving so it doesn’t discolor the sprouts.

butternut squash soup

Butternut squash has become a staple around here for a few years now. Probably because we have been growing it in the garden and they really produce so we have a least a dozen to go through before it goes bad.

My favorite way is to peel and chop it with a little olive oil salt and pepper and roast it in the oven. When it gets all browned the flavor just pops and gets so sweet. I have tried a couple of times to make butternut squash soup and I have never found one that I liked. Despite me liking the sweetness of the carmelized roasted squash I really am not a fan of sweet soups. To me they need to be more savory and thanks to Chrissy Teigens recipe in her Cravings cookbook this will be a staple at our home to use up some of the butternut squash from the garden.

In all fairness this recipe calls for crsipy procuitto which will make just about anything taste just a little bit better. I made this soup for Thanksgiving and everyone sitting at the table raved about it. So if you have been seraching for a savory very tasty butternut squash soup recipe. this one is a must try!

butternut squash soup - savory not sweet

dclarkabal
an easy savory butternut squash soup; a real crowd pleaser
Prep Time 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Soup

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large butternut squash peeled, seeded and cubed into 1 inch cubes
  • 5 tablespoon olive oil extra-virgin. plus more for frying sage
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth homemade even better
  • 16 sage leaves
  • 1 medium onion peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream plus a little more for serving
  • 6 slices proscuitto crisped

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl or sheet pan place the cubed squash and drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil, the salt and pepper and toss.
  • In a large stock pot or dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoon olive oil and in batches add the butternut squash, You want to brown them on all side so add them to the pot and leave them for 5-6 minutes. then turn them over and leave them again for 5-6 minutes. The goal is to make them as brown as you can; this is what will give you a deep carmelized flavor. Remove the pieces of browed squash to a bowl. Depending on how browned your pan got, you can add a little of the broth and scrape up any bits; add this to the bowl. Continue with the rest of the squash. Once all pieces are browned, you can leave the last batch in the pot.
  • finely chop 4 of the sage leaves and add them to the pot. Add the diced onion and garlic and cook, scraping up any bits from the bottom of the pan. continue cooking until the onion is translucent and just starting to get lightly browned around 9-10 minutes. Add the set aside squash back into the pot. add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the squash is tender and starting to fall apart. about 20 minutes.
  • While the soup is simmering. in a small saute pan add some olive oil, enough to cover the bottom. bring the oil over medum heat to shimmering hot temperature. In batches your going to fry the sage leaves just till crisp; only like 10-15 seconds. Drain on a papertowel.
  • Either use an immersion blender or a blender and blend until smooth. I don't mind leaving some chunks but you do you. Return the soup to the pot if you used a blender. Add the cream and simmer for about 5 minutes till it is warmed through.
  • Place some proscuitto pieces into the bottom of your bowl, add the soup and top with a little heavy cream, another piece of proscuitto and a fried sage leaf.

Prosciutto crisps

  • preheat your oven to 400'F
  • line a baking sheet with parchment paper, arrange in single layer onto the baking sheet.
  • bake for 10-13 minutes - it will crisp up while it cools.
Keyword butternut squash, butternut squash soup