Monday, November 5, 2007

recipes: broccoli casserole and homemade pizza

Here are a couple of the recipes on this week's menu.

Broccoli Casserole (I have to double this for my family of 6)

10 oz. pkg frozen broccoli thawed and chopped. (It is easier to chop when slightly frozen … thaw by running warm water over the broccoli in a strainer, then squeeze out excess water.

1 containers (8 oz) cottage cheese

3 eggs, slightly beaten

4 tsp flour

¼ cup margarine (I just put pats of butter in the mix … It can be too greasy if you use the full amount)

optional: grated cheese

Chop broccoli. Place in large casserole dish. Add cottage cheese, eggs, flour and butter. Stir well to combine ingredients.

Bake at 350 (180 C) for one hour. Top with grated cheese, if desired, and return to oven for 5 minutes or until cheese melts.

Homemade pizza dough (thanks again to my friend Karen who shared this with me many years ago)

2 to 2.5 cups flour
1 pkg rapid rise yeast
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 cup warm water (approx 120 degrees F)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon honey

Mix together 2 cups flour, yeast and salt in large mixing bowl. Add oil and honey to warm water in measuring cup and stir well. Add to flour mixture and mix well. (Or if using regular yeast, sprinkle yeast over water and let stand 5 minutes. Then add oil and honey and add to the flour.)
Mix and knead on lightly floured board until elastic.
Wash, dry and oil bowl. Let dough rise in bowl until doubled in size (40-60 minutes depending on what kind of yeast you use.)
Shape and bake with your favorite toppings. 10 to 15 minutes at 450 degrees.