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Feta Cheese Rolls

Feta Cheese Roll

An aunt of mine found a similar recipe for feta cheese rolls years ago in the Atlanta Journal. I’ve always been afraid to work with egg roll wrappers because I thought it was difficult. If I had known how easy it was, I would have made this years ago!! 

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 20 min; Cook Time – 5 min.

Ingredients:

1 egg plus one egg yolk

1 egg white

1 1/2 c. Feta cheese, crumbled

1/4 c. flat leaf parsley (if desired)

10 egg roll wrappers, cut into triangles

fresh herbs, if desired

Olive oil for frying

Preparing Feta Cheese Rolls:

Using a fork, beat together the egg and egg yolk. Mix in the crumbled feta and parsley. 

In a separate bowl, place the egg white. Beat gently. Get out a pastry brush (OXO Good Grips Silicone Basting & Pastry Brush – Small
).
Watch this quick how to video on easy feta cheese rolls.

Place a triangle of the egg roll wrapper on your work surface with the long part toward you. Place about 1 T. of the cheese mixture on the wrapper toward the edge. 

Feta Cheese Roll

Gently roll the wrapper in a log form until the cheese is covered. Gently tuck the left side under, followed by the right side.

Feta Cheese Roll

Feta Cheese Roll

Once both sides are tucked in, there should be a bit of a triangle left. Brush that with the egg white and finish rolling the wrapper.

Feta Cheese Roll

Feta Cheese Roll

Set aside and finish the rest of the wrappers. 

In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Using a pair of tongs, add the feta cheese rolls.

Feta Cheese Roll

Turn after about 2-3 minutes. Remove from pan when all sides are golden brown and drain. Serve immediately with a sprinkle of fresh herbs as desired.

Feta Cheese Roll

 

McNacks Mystery Challenge: Basket Number 1

Braised short ribs with puff pastry and blackberries

Last week we told you about a new concept that will be doing about once a month called “McNacks Mystery Challenge.” If you missed that post, click here for the details, or better yet, just watch this little video for the background and the unveiling of the first basket!

McNacks 1st Mystery Challenge is now complete!!! We had our good friend and loyal supporter, Kayla Taylor, bring over an amazing basket. We really had no idea what to expect, but she came through with a killer basket!

The first mystery challenge included the following five ingredients:

  • Blue cheese from Point Reyes
  • Puff pasty
  • Blackberries
  • Rutabaga
  • Short ribs

Denise felt like she was in good shape until saw the short ribs and heard Melissa going on about how she was so glad we didn’t have to cook these in just 30 minutes and all the amazing things she could do with the short ribs. (Denise has never cooked short ribs…the main ingredient..nice one)!

Melissa was trying to remember what that giant round thing was in the middle of the basket but tried to cover up her lack of knowledge by deflecting it onto Denise (as you will see when you watch the video,  Denise had no problem showcasing her ignorance).

After five short minutes of research (Melissa was done in about 3 and Denise needed 10, but rules are rules), this is what we decided we were going to make:

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Denise:

Chipotle Beer Braised Short Ribs with Puff Pastry and Blackberry Sauce and a side of Roasted Rutabaga and Brussels Sprouts

Melissa:

Blackberry and Red Wine Braised Short Rib Pie with Blue Cheese and Roasted Rutabaga Puree. Melissa made a green vegetable too but hated it. She attempted a simple garlic sautéed broccoli rabe (rappini) but it was uber bitter and she hated it. Have to figure out a better way to cook that next time but luckily, it wasn’t part of the basket!!

Humane way to kill a lobster

Have you ever wondered how to kill a lobster before you cook it? Should you kill it before you cook a lobster or should you just boil it? Is there even such a thing as a humane way to kill a lobster?

Well, we think there is a humane way. But the best part of this little how to video is watching someone who completely freaks out at the sight of a lobster and the smell of seafood take part in this little act. We think this is an absolutely hilariously funny video on the humane way to kill a lobster. We hope you think so too. If you do, share it!!

Now, before you watch this video, please no comments about how we are cruel people for killing one of God’s creatures. If you are a vegan or a member of PETA, you need not watch this or make us feel guilty for enjoying eating meat.

So, without further ado, here is how to kill a lobster…humanely!!

For more great videos, go here!

We also cover :

  • How long do you steam a lobster
  • What should you put in the water when you steam or boil a lobster
  • How to take apart a lobster

Melissa and Denise’s TV Debut for Flip the Field

We know this is a cooking website, but there is food at this party. We wanted to share with you our excitement for our other website, Flip the Field.

We hope you enjoy this and perhaps you’ll see just a little more about why we started Flip the Field.

You may have noticed a slight variation on our names, and no, we have not changed bodies.

To get the recipes for any of the awesome food you see in the video, you can order your own copy of The Ultimate Football Party Planning Guide.

How to Roast Garlic

Roasted GarlicHave you ever been to a restaurant that served delicious roasted garlic and just wished you knew how they did it? Well, wish no further. It really is very easy. But in case you doubt us, we made a fun video on just how to do it. Check it out here.

Here is a step by step, no fail way to roast garlic to perfection every time.

1) Cut off the end, peel away the outer layers and place in ovenproof dish

2) Pour olive oil over the head of garlic and cover with foil

3) Cook for 45 minutes in a 325 Degree oven

4) Squeeze or scoop the garlic out of the cloves

Roasted garlic is good just like it is and served with crostini or French bread. It is also used as a great addition to many everyday recipes such as mashed potatoes, soups, and salad dressings.

How to take the pit out of a peach or other stone fruit

removing the stone from a peach

In 1989, my host-mother in France was making a dessert requiring a lot of apricots. Even then I loved to cook, so I was helping her in the kitchen. She asked me to take the pits out of a bunch of apricots and then proceeded to laugh at me on my technique (or lack thereof). She quickly showed me how to do it and I could not believe how simple it was.

Knowing tricks like these will dramatically reduce your prep time in the kitchen. Check out this video on how to remove the pit from a peach and other stone fruits.

Also, McNack’s is changing how we do our videos. No more overly boring ‘talking hands’. We hope you like this more creative and fun video!! Let us know what you think with a comment or a share on your facebook timeline.

How to take the pit out of a peach – Video here

1. Find the natural seem that goes around the peach, nectarine, plum or apricot.

2. Take your knife and run it around that seem all the way around the fruit.

3. Twist the peach and open it up into two halves.

4. Use your index finger and pop out the pit starting under the stem side of the fruit.

That’s it! Enjoy.

Ok, so in proofreading my post, I noticed I wrote ‘stoned fruit’ instead of stone fruit. That’s some kind of fruit! – Melissa

 

Red Wine Sangria with Rum – not for the faint at heart!

sangria recipe

Red Wine Sangria – mmmmm! This is good, really good and a bit on the strong side. Make this for your next Mexican/Spanish themed gathering. Cinco de Mayo is coming up!

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 30min; “Cook” Time – 3 hours

Ingredients:

1 lemon
1 lime
1 orange
1 1/2 cup of white rum
1/2 cu sugar
1 bottle cabernet or merlot
1 cu OJ

Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:

Pitcher

Preparing the Red Wine Sangria:

Check out our video:

Slice the fruit into round slices.
Put sliced fruit. rum and sugar in the pitcher.
Place in fridge for 2-3 hours.

red wine sangria with rum

Mottle the fruit, rum and sugar together.

sangria recipe
Add the wine and OJ.

good red wine sangria recipe
Taste – add sugar if you want it sweeter.

This makes probably about 45 ozs of beverage so depending on glass size and other bevs provided, multiply accordingly.

sangria recipe

Important Tips:

The key is to serve it cold and let the fruit, rum and sugar hang out together for at least 2 hours.

Variations:

There are a ton of sangria recipes on the web but since I’m a red wine kind of girl and I like a drink that is a bit strong, this is my favorite.