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Off the Box: Sweet & Spicy Baked Shrimp Tacos — May 24, 2013

Off the Box: Sweet & Spicy Baked Shrimp Tacos

Brought to you by Land O Lakes Unsalted Butter

Prep time 15 min; Total time 20 min

Makes 8 tacos

Ingredients

Spice Mixture

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 TBS firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 TBS all-purpose flour
  • 3 TBS plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 TSP ground allspice
  • 1/2 TSP course ground black pepper
  • 1/2 TSP ground red pepper
  • 1/4 TSP garlic powder
  • 1/4 TSP ground ginger

Shrimp

  • 1/4 cup Land O Lakes Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 1 package (16-oz) thawed, uncooked medium shrimp

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 TBS lime juice
  • 2 TSP chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 TSP chili powder

Tacos

  • 16 (6-inch) corn tortillas, warmed
  • 2 cups coleslaw mix

Directions

1. Heat oven to 500 degrees F. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.

2. Combine all spice mixture ingredients in small bowl. Dip shrimp in melted butter and then in spice mixture. Place onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 5-6 minutes or until shrimp are pink and coating is bubbly.

3. Meanwhile, combine all sauce ingredients in small bowl.

4. To assemble tacos, stack 2 warmed tortillas onto each individual serving place. Top each with 1/8 of total baked shrimp and 1/4 cup of coleslaw mix. Drizzle with Sauce

 

 

 

 

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Off the Box: Sugar Dipped Butter Cookies — May 17, 2013

Off the Box: Sugar Dipped Butter Cookies

butter cookies cover

Brought to you by Land O Lakes Unsalted Butter

Prep time 25 min; Total time 1 hour

Makes 5 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar, divided use
  • 3/4 cup Land O Lakes Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 TSP baking powder
  • 1/4 TSP salt
  • Water

Directions

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine 1 cup sugar and 3/4 cup butter in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy.

2. Add egg to sugar and butter mixture. Continue beating until well mixed.

3. Reduce speed to low and add flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat until well-mixed.

4. Place remaining 1 cup sugar in small bowl.

I added some food coloring to make the sugar pretty.
I added some food coloring to make the sugar pretty.

5. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Dip top of each ball in water, then in sugar. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

6. Bake for 8-14 minutes or until edges are very lightly browned.

They were pretty cute pre-baking!
Off the Box: Bacon, Tomato, and Avocado Quesadilla — May 10, 2013

Off the Box: Bacon, Tomato, and Avocado Quesadilla

Brought to you by Land O Lakes Butter

Prep time 30 min; Total time 30 min

Ingredients

  • 4 10-inch flour tortillas
  • 2 TBS Land O Lakes Butter, softened, divided use
  • 8 (3/4 ounce) slices Land O Lakes Deli American Cheese
  • 8 slices (3/4 cup) bacon, crisply cooked and chopped
  • 1 large (1 cup) tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium avocado, pitted, peeled, and sliced

Directions

1. Spread 1 side of each tortilla with 1.5 TSP softened butter.

2. Place tortillas, buttered side down, onto large cutting board. Place 2 slices cheese onto half of each tortilla. Top evenly with bacon, tomato, and avocado. Fold each tortilla in half over the filling.

3. Heat 12-inch skilled over medium heat. Place 2 quesadillas into skillet. Cook, turning once, until golden brown on each side and cheese is melted (5-6 minutes). Repeat with remaining quesadillas, then cut each into 4 wedges.

Off the Box: Apple Puff Pancake — May 3, 2013

Off the Box: Apple Puff Pancake

Does anyone else get annoyed with clipping recipes off packages and boxes, only to leave them sitting around or misplace them? I tried tucking them into the front cover of one of my cookbooks, but they inevitably just spill everywhere when I try to use the cookbook because I forget they’re in the cover. And, frankly, I’m starting to feel a little annoyed with having empty Land O Lakes butter packages lying around (my favorite brownie recipes calls for a lot of butter. So I go through quite a bit of LOL). So I’m going to be cataloging those recipes here so I can get rid of all of the scraps of packages sitting in the kitchen cabinet. As I actually make them, I’ll update these posts, too.

Today’s Recipe: Apple Puff Pancake from Land O Lakes Butter

Prep Time 15 min; Total Time 30 min

Ingredients

  • 4 TBS Land O Lakes Butter, divided use
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup maple-flavored syrup
  • 1 medium (1 cup) apple, peeled, quartered, and sliced
  • 2 TBS firmly-packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 TSP ground cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar

Directions

1. Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Melt 2 TBS butter in 9-inch glass pie pan in oven (about 4-5 minutes). Brush melted butter over bottom of pan.

2. Meanwhile, combine flour, milk and eggs in medium bowl. Beat with whisk until well mixed. Carefully pour batter into hot pie pan. Bake for 14 to 17 minutes or until puffed and lightly golden.

3. Meanwhile, melt remaining 2 TBS butter in 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add maple syrup, apple slices, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cook until apple is tender (about 4-5 minutes). Keep warm.

4. Spoon apple mixture over puffed pancake. Spring with powdered sugar and serve immediately.