Sunday, July 31, 2011

Recipe for Family Night

This week's family night was all about firsts: hushpuppies, shrimp po'boys, and pound cake, all from scratch (except for a couple seasoning mixes and store-bought bread for the sammies).

Littles were at their dad's, so we had the Bigs plus the next door neighbor girls. When we went to the store for all our ingredients, we picked up a couple Redboxes: Diary of a Wimpy Kid II and Little Fockers. We had intended to watch Diary of a Wimpy Kid after dinner, but once we got home from our trip we were all so pooped from the heat that we all piled up and had a mid-afternoon family movie. No pics because I was firmly planted on the couch with Marc's feet on my lap and a glass of chilled white wine in my hand - sorry!

As the movie came to an end, we got to cooking. Marc was in charge of the hush puppies, and I handled the pound cake. We had a bit of team work on the Po'Boys, but I have to admit he did most of the work!

Hush puppy batter.

A few of the ingredients for the hush puppies.

Hot oil - we made due with a sauce pan since we don't have a deep fryer!
You can see the Tony's Creole seasoning over there on the side -
that was for the shrimp!

Beautiful, golden, finished hush puppies!

TWO sticks of butter going into the pound cake. I did the
sour cream version. Original version called for THREE!

Meanwhile, Marc prepared the shrimpies.

Sauteed chopped onions in butter and oil and added raw shrimp,

while the kiddos played Wii.

In goes the pound cake batter into the bundt pan - first one I've
ever bought!

Omigoodness, the finished shrimp! The house smelled amazing
at this point. Bacon, hushpuppies, shrimp, cake baking...

Sourdough for the sammies!

There's the completed plate. It took all of me to pause to take
the picture instead of digging in!!

Happy campers as we say at our place!

And here's everyone in their forced excited-about-Missy's-homemade-cake pose!

Here's the Daddy plate. Marc got a double decker cake piece,
and yes, we went on overload with Braum's Chocolate Chip
Cookie Dough Ice Cream! It was insane!!

Minus one child having to take a time out from the table for making sour faces and audible protests to tomatoes on his sandwich and sour dough bread, and multiple reprimands from adults to children being outrageously too loud while playing video games, it was a super fun night. And since we'd already watched our movie, the kids just went back to playing Wii after dinner. The highlight was the girls singing their rendition of "Beat It" to apparently get their "mojo" (their words, seriously) going for their tennis matches. And I distinctly remember Corrinne saying at one point that it was time for her to, "go gangster all up on this t.v." No joke.

Yeah, that's awesome.

Here are the recipes - enjoy!

Marc's Hush Puppies
modified from this recipe

2 cups yellow corn meal
1 cup self rising flour
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 teaspoon seasoned salt.
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground cracked pepper blend
1/8 cup bacon grease, plus 2-3 strips chopped bacon
approx. 1/2 cup grated sweet onion

Fry up the bacon, and save the bacon grease for batter. Don't fry until crisp, as the bacon will cook more when hush puppies are deep fried. Mix all ingredients, and add choppped bacon. Drop into piping hot oil deep enough that when you drop in by tablespoonful, they can float. If you have a deep fryer I'm sure that is best, but all we had was a deep saucepan. Also, Marc used vegetable oil, but mentioned he should have used something with a higher fat content. Maybe peanut oil would have been better, but honestly, these turned out AMAZING, so I wouldn't change a thing! Let them fry until they're a golden brown, and transfer to a plate covered in paper towels to drain.

Shrimp Po'Boys a la Marc and Missy
(this recipe is approximate, as we were making it up on the fly)

1lb. shelled, deveined fresh shrimp
1/4-1/2 coarsely chopped onion
1/4 stick butter or magerine (we like vegan butter because it doesn't burn easily)
Sourdough loaves
Roma Tomatoes, sliced
Tony's Creole Seasoning (Amount is up to you. It's just a bit spicy, just enough to give a good flavor, but not too hot)
Salt (not much)/Pepper to taste
Romaine Lettuce, torn (Marc prefers iceberg lettuce on po'boys, but romaine is what we had on hand)

Once you've chopped your onions, sautee them in a frying pan, in butter, until they start to get a little soft. Add shrimp and seasonings, and cook just until shrimp turns pink. Remove from heat. Prepare bread by slicing and spreading with mayonnaise. Add lettuce and tomato, then shrimp on top. Voila!

Grandmother Paula's Sour Cream Pound Cake

1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter
3 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups all-purpose flour
6 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. Add the sour cream and mix until incorporated. Sift the baking soda and flour together. Add to the creamed mixture alternating with eggs, beating each egg 1 at a time. Add the vanilla and pour the mixture into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan. Bake for 1 hour 20 minutes.

Basic Cake Glaze

1.Melt 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) of butter in a saucepan or microwave.

2.Sift 2 cups of powdered sugar into a medium size bowl.
3.Add the melted butter to the powdered sugar.
4.Add 2 tablespoons of milk. (I used soy, so Aidie can enjoy later!)
5.If desired, add 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract or 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla for flavor. (I used vanilla)
6.Beat until smooth and creamy, adding a little more milk if necessary.
7.Drizzle over a cooled cake.
Oh, and we did have some canned corn on the side, but I think you can figure out how to fix that on your own!
And there you have it, kids, one recipe for a fantastic Family Night. Now, go make some honey!


Sarah Marshall said...

Love the website, love the recipes!
Sarah Marshall

Erin said...

That all looks delicious!! I have never even thought of making homemade hush puppies. I love your plates, too...they look very much like ours that have been in storage for over a year. I miss them. and the kitchen...and the stove...yes. Your posts make me jealous in so many ways.

Super dinner!!

Missy Rose said...

thanks sarah, i'm glad you stopped by! and erin, don't be jealous! trust me, everything is pretty haphazard behind the scenes. the dishes are very simple and durable ones from bed bath and beyond. in fact, we registered for duplicates as wedding gifts for when we break them! and the hush puppies were so much easier than you would think and yuuuuuumy! they were a first for both of us. love you!

Crosby said...

How have I never read this before! Love your blog - it's inspirational to say the least. Might just dust my abandoned blog off and see if i can make some magic of my own. Love it!!

Missy Rose said...

thanks, cros! can i call you cros?? anyway, glad you found me :).


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