Monday, November 9, 2009

Apple Crisp

I have recently canned a MILLION apples. Everything from applesauce to apple rings and apple pie filling. My favorite had to be the apple pie filling because I use it to make apple crisp. I'll give the recipe for the pie filling and you can "jar" it or you might be able to figure out how to just make enough for one apple crisp.

7 qts peeled, cored, and sliced apples
4 1/2 c sugar OR 3 1/2 c white sugar 1c brown sugar (we used the option with the brown sugar)
1 c cornstarch
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
10 c water
3 Tbs lemon juice

Make syrup, combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and water, add lemon juice. Cook syrup until thick. Pour a little syrup int eh bottom of the jars. Fill jars with apples and really smoosh them in, leaving 1 in head space. Fill remaining space with syrup taking care to get all the bubbles out. Place lids and rings on. Process for 40 minutes in hot water. Let the jars sit in the bath for a while before you move them so they can seal properly.
*Note: Processing time is for 5000 ft. Please adjust to your altitude.

Apple Crisp

1 jar apple pie filling
8 graham crackers crushed (the squares, not the big ones)
3/4 c brown sugar
1/2 c oats (not instant)
1/2 c flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 stick butter

Place apples in a baking dish. Combine all remaining ingredients until coarse in texture and butter is evenly distributed. Sprinkle over the apples and bake at 350 for 30 mins.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Dutch Oven Lasagna

Dutch ovens are among the greatest inventions ever created. They are so versatile and make food so yummy. I took a dutch oven cooking class awhile back and learned a lot. FYI NEVER use foil when cooking with your dutch oven.

1 lb ground beef
1 onion
lasagna noodles UNCOOKED
2 cups Mozzarella cheese
1 large jar spaghetti sauce
1 container Ricotta cheese
1 soda can size of V8

Preheat your oven to 350. Cook ground beef and onion in the dutch oven on the stove. Remove meat mixture and set aside. Break your lasagna noodles to form a layer. Pour about half of the vegetable juice on top, then dollop the ricotta, half the meat and half the cheese, then pour sauce on top of that. then you will layer more noodles and more juice, ricotta, meat, cheese, sauce. Then put the dutch oven in the oven and let cook for about an hour. You can test it to see if it's done by poking a knife through the center. If the noodles give lots of resistance, you know it's not done.

*I love lasagna this way, it's different and super good. You could also make this on a campfire, super easy. Just remember to add about 12 coals to the top of your oven.