Thursday, May 25, 2006

Pineapple Cream Cake, Seafood Caesar Salad, Honey Cream Filled Crescents, Southern Chicken Fried Steak

No Bake Pineapple Cream Cake

2 8-oz. cans crushed pineapple, drained
3 Tbsp. butter, melted
One third cup walnuts, chopped
One third cup sugar
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
4 cups vanilla wafer cookie crumbs
Whipped cream

Sprinkle one third of the cookie crumbs on the bottom of a 1-quart dish. Combine pineapple, butter, walnuts, sugar, cream cheese and vanilla and mix well. Place one half of this mixture over cookie crumbs followed by one third crumb mixture then the other one half of pineapple mixture and top with remaining crumbs. Place in the refrigerator for several hours before serving. Top with whipped cream when serving.

The Skinny: Use your favorite sugar substitute, light cream cheese and cookies and fat free whipped topping.
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Seafood Caesar Salad

Get a great dinner salad with just four fresh ingredients and 10 minutes of prep! That's fast and fabulous.

1 bag (7 1/2 ounces) Caesar salad kit
1 package (8 ounces) frozen flake-style imitation crabmeat, thawed
4 medium green onions, sliced (1/4 cup)
1 ripe avocado, pitted, peeled and cubed


1 Among 4 plates, divide lettuce from salad kit.
2 Mix crabmeat, onions, avocado and salad dressing from salad kit. Spoon over lettuce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and croutons from salad kit.
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Honey Cream Filled Crescents

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
3 tbsp. honey, divided
1/4 c. sliced almonds
1 pkg. refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
dash of ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix cream cheese and 2 tbsp. of the honey.
Stir in almonds.
Unroll crescent roll dough; seperate into 8 triangles. Spread 1 rounded
tbsp cream cheeese mixture onto each triangle; roll up each loosely;
starting at shortests side of triangle, rolling to opposite point. Place
rolls on ungreased baking sheet; curve each into crescent shape.
Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Serve
rolls warm,
drizzled with remaining honey. Makes 8 servings, 1 crescent roll each.
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Southern Chicken Fried Steak with Cream Gravy

2 lbs. round steak
2 eggs
1/2 c. milk
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Vegetable oil for frying
Cream Gravy (recipe follows)

Cut steak in serving pieces and pound flat with a tenderizer mallet.
Beat eggs with milk. Mix flour with salt and pepper. Dip steak in egg
mixture, then in seasoned flour. Fry in 1/2 inch of hot oil in a large
skillet until brown on both sides. Serve with gravy. 4 to 6 servings.

CREAM GRAVY
1 tbsp. butter or drippings
1 to 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 c. milk or half and half, warmed
Salt and pepper

If using butter, melt in skillet. Stir in flour. Remove from heat;
whisk in milk. Return to heat and stir until thickened. Season to
taste with salt and pepper.

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