Special Delivery Sweet Potato Packages
What you'll need:
-about 1/2 package of Melissa's all-natural won ton wrappers
-1 large sweet potato, cleaned, peeled, cubed, and boiled to fork-tender, drained, and mashed
-2-3 breakfast links (I use Morningstar Farms veggie-protein sausages), pan-fried with 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, paper-towel drained and cut into slices
-1 teaspoon of hot curry
-1/2 teaspoon of ground chipotle pepper
-freshly ground black pepper
-1/2 teaspoon of poultry seasoning
-dash of Saigon cinnamon
-small dish of water
This is a two step process but very easy. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil; keep at a boil while you prepare the filling: Incorporate cooked and sliced sausage, as directed, into mashed sweet potatoes using fork. Add all the spices above and mix well. Set aside. This will be your filling for your "packages." Next, on half of a damp kitchen towel, place 10-15 won ton squares, brushing the outside edges of each square with water using pastry brush. Place a teaspoon of filling in the middle of each square. Fold square in half on the diagonal--this should now look like a triangle. press edges with a fork . Use pastry brush along outside edges, folding corners and front onto "package," pressing new edges again with fork. Boil 4-5 "packages" at a time, making sure they do not stick to the bottom of pan with boiling water. The "packages" should be cooked within 3-5 minutes. Drain. Continue cooking other "packages." Incorporate 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in skillet using 1/2 the amount of same spices listed above. This will look almost like a loose paste. Cook 5 "packages" at a time for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Plate 3-4 "packages" on a bed of argula and/or baby spinach. Garnish with a sprinkling of toasted pine nuts, parmiaggiano-reggiano, and pecorino-romano cheeses...and enjoy! Three of these will fill you up, unless you're a 21-year old male.... Save the rest for another lunch or dinner or snack--or, serve to a family of four for a light, bright healthy weeknight meal. You can also refrigerate any remaining "packages" for up to five days.
Hug in a Mug
What you'll need:
-2 cups organic skim milk
-7-10 tablespoons of shaved guittard or valrhona chocolate (you can do this by taking a large room-temperature bar of guittard or valrhona chocolate and using a vegetable-peeler, shave entire bar of chocolate. Place unused shavings into ziploc bag and store in freezer for up to a year).
-mini-marshmallows for garnish
-optional: 2 tablespoons of your favorite chocolate liqueur (Godiva white chocolate lightens the existing chocolate flavor while choosing a milk or dark chocolate liqueur will intensify the chocolate)
Scald milk in small saucepan--do not boil (small bubbles should form along sides of pan). Whisk in chocolate shavings (and optional liqueur). Once shavings are fully incorporated, remove from heat and using cooking funnel, split liquid between two mugs (if making Hug in a Mug for one, simply halve all ingredients above). Top with mini-marshmallows and garnish with extra chocolate shavings as desired. When you drink this home-made cocoa, you will feel safe, warm and loved--even if you're not. It's like a hug in a mug, hence the name....
As you enjoy the latest Pop Culture Cooking offerings, remember to stay tuned for next time...right around St. Patrick's Day. Hmmmm...what do you think we'll be using in those recipes???? ;)