The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Spicy corn fritters

I got this recipe off of the Betty Crocker website. I do a lot of cooking with biscuit mix and it just appealed to me. These fritters are delicious! The cost section that I always add to the bottom of my recipes has been figured with generic products (My apologies to Betty Crocker; I just can’t taste a difference). I’ve posted the recipe as it appeared originally though. Just know that you can use the generic products and get the same great taste.

What you’ll need:

Vegetable oil
4 cups Original Bisquick® mix
1 cup cold water
2 eggs
2 cans (15.25 ounces each) Green Giant® whole kernel corn, drained
2 cans (4.5 ounces each) Old El Paso® chopped green chilies, well drained
Old El Paso® salsa (any variety), if desired

Directions:

1. Heat oil (2 to 3 inches) in deep fryer to 375°F.

2. Stir Bisquick mix, cold water and eggs in large bowl with spoon until smooth. Stir in corn and chilies.

3. Drop batter by small spoonfuls into hot oil. Turn and fry until evenly golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve with salsa.

Makes 4 dozen fritters.

Variation: If you’re not up for spicy, check this. Skip the chilies and salsa, and serve the fritters with butter and maple syrup. Yum!

Success: Use a thermometer to make sure the oil temperature is 375ºF. Keep fritters crispy by placing them in an uncovered pan in a 300°F oven.

How to…

Test oil without a thermometer: If no thermometer is available, test the oil using a small cube of bread. As soon as you think the oil is hot enough, drop in the bread cube and count slowly to sixty. If the cube browns by this time, the oil is ready.

Cost:
biscuit mix – $3.00
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
whole kernel corn – $0.40
chilies – $1.19/can
salsa – $1.59
Total – $5.45

January 31, 2009 Posted by | -how to..., -party ideas, -vegetables, SIDE DISHES, TIPS | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Football Fondue


Who doesn’t love chocolate? I know I do!

What you’ll need:

1 c heavy cream
2 c chocolate chips

Bring cream to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips. Stir once and allow to sit for 3 minutes. Whisk together until smooth. Serve with cookies, squares of cake or fruit. Makes about 3 cups of fondue.

Suggestion: For a cute touch, cut chocolate cake into football shapes for dipping.

Cost:
cream – $1.99
chocolate chips – $2.50
Total – $4.49

January 30, 2009 Posted by | -chocolate, -party ideas, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | | 2 Comments

Spinach cheese balls

These are delicious and a great way to get kids to eat their spinach!

What you’ll need:

2 (10 oz) pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
2 c herb stuffing mix, crushed
1 c parmesan cheese
1 c (1 stick) butter, melted
4 scallions, finely chopped
3 eggs, lightly beaten
Dash of nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine all the ingredients and mix well. Shape into 1-inch balls. If it sticks to your hands, dampen then with water. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for 20 – 30 minutes or until golden. Serves 10 – 12.

Note: You can freeze the balls after they are shaped and use them on a different day. Just be sure that they are covered in some way.

Cost:
frozen spinach – $1.89
stuffing mix – $1.09
parmesan cheese – $1.99
butter – $1.75/pound
scallions – $2.50
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
Total – $5.82

January 30, 2009 Posted by | -party ideas, -super snacks, -vegetables | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Hot bacon, tomato and cheese dip

This is a great HOT dip. I mean the temperature; not the spiciness. I think you’ll love it!

What you’ll need:

1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, cut into squares
1 (10.75 oz) can condensed tomato soup
6 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
½ tsp oregano

In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stir together the soup and squares of cream cheese. Cook, stirring constantly, until the cream cheese has melted. Stir in the bacon and oregano. Serve hot with bread, crackers and/or chips. Makes about 2 cups of dip.

Cost:
cream cheese – $2.06
condensed tomato soup – $0.89
bacon – $2.29/ 1 pound package
Total – $3.44

January 29, 2009 Posted by | -bacon, -party ideas, -vegetables | , , , | 1 Comment

Kielbasa snackers

With the Superbowl right around the corner, I thought for the next few days I’d post some great party recipes. These snackers are DELICIOUS!!

What you’ll need:
1 c sweet and sour sauce or 1 (8-ounce) jar prepared sweet and sour sauce
2 cups ketchup
1 lb bacon
2 c brown sugar, packed
2 (1 lb) pkg kielbasa

Cut sausage into 1 ¼ inch slices. Cut bacon strips in half. Wrap each sausage slice with a strip of bacon and spear closed with a toothpick. Place in a 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. In a bowl, stir together sweet and sour sauce, ketchup and brown sugar. Pour over the top of the snackers. Bake for an additional hour, uncovered, or until the sauce has caramelized on the meat. Makes about 30 individual snackers.

Cost:
sweet & sour sauce – $1.09
ketchup – $1.89/big bottle
bacon – $2.29/ 1 pound package
brown sugar – $1.89/ 2 pound bag
polska kielbasa – $1.69
Total – $6.30

January 28, 2009 Posted by | -bacon, -party ideas, -sausage, -super snacks | , , , , | Leave a comment