This soup is hearty and extremely flavorful and one that I have made many times in the past and even served to my guests with rave reviews all around! --- I make this soup using all chicken broth but if you are using the canned chicken broth, it is best to use only 4 cans and the rest water, also I suggest not to add any salt into this soup until the end of cooking --- if desired you may puree the soup after cooking and then return it to the saucepan and if you should decide to do so heat the soup again in the saucepan then ladle hot soup into serving dishes, and for a nice presentation drizzle about 1 tablespoon whipping cream in the soup but do not mix in --- you will love this soup!
This recipe is not EXACTLY like they have around here, but I am working on it. This will give you a really good idea of what we bring home from a donut shop in and around Houston. These breakfast treats come from the Czech immigrants who settled the Texas Hill Country (between Houston and Austin and around Austin), and frequently come in a fruit type (dimpled and filled, like a danish) that is also available up North, and meat (which apparently doesn't exist anywhere else but around here in Texas). Ham and cheese has always been one of my favorites. The amount of flour you use will greatly depend on whether you are making this in or around Houston right before or after a rainstorm, as I always seem to; or if you are making it someplace with a normal, low level of humidity. Start the sponge the night before.
My two versions of this classic French café/bistro sandwich - oven baked for large quantities and ease.......or, the traditional frying pan/skillet method! You can always rely upon the French to add a certain "je ne sais quoi" to even the simplest food ...including the humble cheese and ham sandwich. The croque-monsieur (which becomes a croque-madame if you top it with a fried egg) is a great favourite in French cafés & bistros, and there are as many methods of crafting it as there are cafés! This one works for me. But, please be warned ... it's not for calorie-counters, the Cholesterol Police or those of a nervous disposition!!
Here is another use for leftover ham and the other ingredients I always have on hand. I like this recipe because it has a hint of thyme in it. There are also directions here in the description if you wish to freeze it. If you want to bake it at 325 degrees instead of at 375 degrees notice my directions (you know how sometimes you want a certain oven temperature to orchestrate your menu-lol). If you want to freeze this start the recipe differently by cutting the potatoes in half and then parboiling them for 10 minutes. Drain, cover with cold water and allow potatoes to cool. Slice potatoes and assemble recipe as directed. Don't bake yet if freezing. Cover well with plastic wrap and foil. Label and freeze. Defrost in refrigerate, remove foil and plastic wrap, recover with the foil and then bake. Thank you Chef #128693 for helping me:)
A versatile, easy recipe for leftover mashed potatoes and ham. Serve with steamed green beans, cauliflower, corn on the cob, or broccoli. Concerning the seasonings, the exact cheese, the use of green onion, or maybe bacon instead of ham, feel free to experiment. I also think if you had ham and some sort of leftover potato casserole you could use the same technique. In any case, relax and have fun with your leftovers!
Use your blender. I serve ours with steamed broccoli and a salad. Try adding leftover cooked spaghetti, cut into 1 inch pieces, to each compartment after bread crumbs are sprinkled into each compartment.
Original recipe from the 9/17/08 News Sentinel; posted here for safekeeping with my "healthy" adjustments. Update: Just made these and my are they good! They puff up to become quite large, and they make for a hearty, filling breakfast with some fresh fruit or sliced tomatoes. I imagine you could use other cheeses, veggies, or meats (sausage, bacon?) to make your perfect muffin, too!
Another one of my savoury "cake" recipes from France. This recipe is slightly more substantial than my Recipe #316039, as this recipe contains ham with white wine and port! Serve this as alternative sandwich bread or as a light snack spread with cream cheese or butter. This cake recipe will also make fantastic little appetisers if the loaf is cut into small cubes and served with olives, cubes of cheese and savoury spreads. Please note that the texture of this savoury cake is NOT like a sweet dessert cake - it will be slightly holey with a robust and slightly chewy texture, almost like sourdough.