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Shop the Sale: Turkey Wellington


Turkey WellingtonChristmas can be exhausting.

It can also be exhilarating.

It’s usually more of the latter than the former.

One of my FAVORITE things about Christmas (well, after Christmas Eve, seeing the boys’ faces Christmas morning, making Christmas brunch, going to church, thanking God at the manger scene, opening gifts and basking in the glow of a happy day) is making Christmas dinner.

Christmas dinner is a chance to be magnificent.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, the presents were nestled all snug in their beds (oh wait, that was the children) and all was right with the world on Christmas morning.

Then, there’s that air of expectation that creeps into midday on Dec. 25. Presents are opened, brunch is consumed and all that’s left is the Christmas beast. I mean, feast (sorry, “The Grinch” slip).

Why not go all out on Christmas night? Give your family one more gift of magnificence. (And, make them help!)

Honeysuckle White® Fresh Turkey is on sale at Brookshire’s this week, and you can ask the butcher to cut slices for you. Then, you have all the rest of the bird for use in soups and such!

Turkey Wellington

Ingredients:
1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
1 Tbs butter
1 shallot, chopped
1/2 lb button mushrooms and stems, chopped
salt and pepper
2 Tbs dry cooking sherry
4 slices turkey breast or assorted cuts (about 4 cups)
8 oz chicken paté (if you don’t want to use chicken paté, puree 6 ounces turkey breast in the food processor with 4 tablespoons cream)
1 sheet frozen prepared puff pastry, defrosted
1 egg, beaten with a splash of water

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 425˚ F.

Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil (one turn of the pan), butter, shallots and chopped mushrooms. Sauté for 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Add the sherry to the pan and let the liquid evaporate. Remove from the heat.

In a nonstick skillet over high heat, sear the turkey for 2 minutes on each side in a drizzle of olive oil. Remove from the heat, and season the meat with salt and pepper.

Cut the paté (or prepared turkey puree formed into a loaf) into four pieces horizontally. Unfold the puff pastry sheet onto a cutting board, and cut into quarters with a sharp knife. Roll each piece of dough into a 10 x 6-inch rectangle.

On each rectangle of dough, place a quarter of the cooked mushrooms. Top with a slice of paté and one slice of turkey. Wrap the dough up and over the meat, then pinch and seal the dough with egg wash and trim any excess. Turn the wrapped Wellingtons over, seam-side down, and brush all over with egg wash. Use the egg wash as “glue” to affix dough garnishes.

Bake the Wellingtons on a baking sheet for 30-35 minutes until golden. Let stand for 5 minutes then serve.

Serves 6

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 439, Calories from Fat: 287, Fat: 32 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 141 mg, Sodium: 684 mg, Potassium: 305 mg, Carbohydrates: 22 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 2 g, Protein: 15 g.

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Shop the Sale: Honey Mustard Bacon Chicken Tenders


Honey Mustard Bacon Chicken TendersAre you finished with your holiday shopping?

I am.

Pretty much.

Except for the fact that my 11-year-old refused to tell me what he wanted for Christmas, because Santa “KNOWS.”

Then, of course, as soon as the big, brown box from Amazon was tucked safely into my secret spot, he says, “I think I’ll make my list now.”

Uh. Wait.

You told me you didn’t WANT anything SPECIFIC.

Liar, liar, pants on fire.

Oh my jolly-man-in-red.

Luckily, I managed to “guess” pretty accurately. I’d say about 75 percent of the items on his list are already wrapped and ready to go. The remaining 25 percent? Well, about 20 percent of that is “Not no way, no how.” Sorry, but “gaming laptop” isn’t happening this year. “Minecraft gift card,” on the other hand, is.

Do you need extra time this holiday season for unplanned shopping?

Try this quick and very delicious dish for a weeknight meal that will leave you lots of extra time for holiday shopping! Tyson boneless, skinless chicken tenders are on sale at Brookshire’s this week, leaving you extra change in the jar as well as in the wallet for this holiday season!

Honey Mustard Bacon Chicken Tenders

Ingredients
1 lb. of chicken tenders
1 lb. of bacon
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp spicy mustard powder or 1/4 cup prepared mustard
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp  red wine vinegar
salt and fresh cracked pepper

Directions
Whisk together the honey, mustard, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and rice wine vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Marinade the chicken tenders in half of the honey mustard for 30 minutes.

Remove chicken from marinade and wrap each piece with bacon. Place on a jelly roll sheet. Brush with the honey mustard marinade, crack pepper over each piece and bake for 10-12 minutes on 375.

After 10-12 minutes, flip each chicken over and brush again with the honey mustard. Bake another 10-12 minutes, until bacon is brown and crisp.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 963, Calories from Fat: 502, Fat: 56 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (18 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 226 mg, Sodium: 2760 mg, Potassium: 945 mg, Carbohydrates: 38 g, Sugar: 36 g, Protein: 75 g

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Shop the Sale: Angus Beef Poppers


Jalapeño Beef Poppers“I made the best dinner on Sunday,” my friend, Jen, exclaimed at work on Monday morning.

“What was it,” I demanded, determined to find out so I could make it myself.

“Um…these ball things….with ground meat….” she stammered.

I think she was trying to keep the recipe a secret.

When I finally pried it out of her, it sounded a lot like these, from the Certified Angus Beef board.

Angus beef is from an Angus cow and evaluated using the brand’s 10 specifications for marbling, size and uniformity. Angus ground chuck is on sale at Brookshire’s this week, so take advantage of the sale on this premium grade of beef to go ahead and stock up.

Jen said she stuffed her meat mixture INTO jalapeno peppers, but this sounds a lot easier (and faster).

The honey lime crème fraiche sounds delicious, but you could dip them in almost anything – ranch, honey mustard, buffalo, barbecue or hot mustard sauces.

Jalapeño Beef Poppers

2 lbs angus beef ground chuck
12 oz shredded cheddar cheese
6 jalapeños, seeded and minced
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp whole mustard seeds
12 eggs
1 cup plain bread crumbs
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
Frying oil as needed
Dipping sauce — see Honey Lime Crème Fraiche

Directions:
Combine ground beef, cheese, jalapeños, salt, pepper and mustard seeds in a large mixing bowl. Portion by hand into 42 “popper” shape balls, approximately 1-ounce each.

Crack and whisk eggs; put in a shallow dish. Combine bread crumbs and put in a second shallow dish.

Prepare a pot with frying oil; heat to 325° F. Roll poppers in egg mix, 6-8 at a time, roll in bread crumbs; repeat. Deep fry 4 minutes in batches. Allow to dry on paper towels; serve warm with Honey Lime Crème Fraiche for dipping.

Honey Lime Crème Fraiche

8 oz sour cream
Juice and zest of 1 lime
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp minced cilantro

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Serve with Jalapeño Beef Poppers.

Yields 42

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 128, Calories from Fat: 76, Fat: 9 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 71 mg, Sodium: 287 mg, Potassium: 37 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Sugar: 0.6 g, Protein: 8 g

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SHOP THE SALE: Hormel Spiral Sliced Ham


Sweet Wine and Mustard HamThe spiral-sliced ham has become synonymous with the holidays, whether it be the centerpiece of your Christmas or Easter table, or a delicious accompaniment to the Thanksgiving turkey.

The spiral-sliced ham came into being three generations ago by the mind of Harry J. Hoenselaar, founder of the Honey Baked Ham Co.

When the patent expired on the cut of meat in 1981, other forward-thinking companies, like Hormel, got in on the spiral-sliced sensation.

This year, you can have a spiral-sliced ham on your table along with the turkey. Spiral-slicing allows the meat to be coated with a sweet and savory sauce, so each bite is rich and flavorful. Because Hormel hams are precooked, this recipe won’t take up a lot of real estate in your oven this holiday season.

Hormel Spiral Sliced Hams are on sale this week at Brookshire’s. You have time to get one for all upcoming holidays!

Sweet Wine and Mustard Ham

Ingredients:
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup onions, finely chopped
1 (750 ml) bottle sweet white wine, divided
1/4 cup honey
1 Tbs thyme leaves
2 tsp crushed red pepper
3/4 cup whole-grain mustard
1 (16 lb) Hormel Spiral Sliced Ham

Directions:
In a small skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions; cook 5 minutes or until softened.

Add 1 cup wine, honey, thyme and crushed red pepper. Simmer 8 to 10 minutes or until reduced by half. Remove from heat. Stir in mustard. Divide mixture in half.

Heat ham according to package directions. Use remaining wine instead of water in pan. Baste ham with one half of mustard mixture and wine from pan during cooking.

Serve ham with remaining mustard mixture.

Serves 12

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 1031, Calories from Fat: 486, Fat: 54 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (24 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 366 mg, Sodium: 5930 mg, Potassium: 20 mg, Carbohydrates: 17 g, Sugar: 13 g, Protein: 114 g.

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Shop the Sale: Roasted Apple Chicken


Roasted ChickenNothing is easier than roasting a whole chicken, so it should be just as easy to add some fabulous fall flavors to a whole fryer.
With a few seasonal apples and some onions, you can transform this humble meal into a dish fit for company – or the ones you love most, your family.

You can use almost any kind of apple that you’d use for baking in this recipe. I like the tart flavors of a Granny Smith, but a Fuji, Pink Lady or Cameo would be sweeter and would hold up well during roasting. If you were getting adventurous, you could substitute pears for the apples or use a blend of both.

Whole fryers are on sale this week at Brookshire’s, so take advantage of the sale to try this delicious fall dish.

Roasted Apple Chicken
Ingredients:
1 whole fryer/roasting chicken, thawed and cleaned
1 onion, cut in quarters
3 apples, cut in quarters
salt (optional)
pepper
1 Tbs olive oil or butter

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325° F. Place chicken in roasting pan, breast-side up.

Mix onion pieces and apple pieces in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper, if you like. Place apple-onion mixture inside chicken.

Rub outside of chicken with olive oil or butter. Sprinkle outside of the chicken with salt and pepper, if you like.

Place foil tent on top of chicken and place in oven. Cook for 1 hour and then remove foil tent; continue cooking for 30 to 45 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before carving.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 582, Calories from Fat: 301, Fat: 33 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 256 mg, Sodium: 702 mg, Potassium: 130 mg, Carbohydrates: 14 g, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 10 g, Protein: 57 g.

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Shop the Sale: Asian Marinated Pork Chops


Asian Marinated Pork ChopsI’ve been on this Asian food kick ever since yet another one of my friends took a trip overseas.

One of my friends, Jon, retired early so he could sell everything and travel, and that’s exactly what he did. He’s over in Thailand right now, posting pictures and writing blogs about the amazing experiences and the even more marvelous-looking food.

Another set of friends is traveling through Vietnam right now. She is also posting pictures of interesting cultural differences and of all the delicious dishes they are eating.

I love Asian flavors, especially anything with ginger which is also a digestive aide. If you want, swap out the ground ginger for fresh minced ginger in this recipe for a bolder flavor.

I decided to take my own trip to the Orient while boneless pork chops were on sale this week at Brookshire’s. I love pork with Asian flavors and this recipe did not disappoint.

Asian Marinated Pork Chops

Ingredients:
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp ground ginger
1 Tbs ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
6 boneless pork chops

Directions:
Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, cumin and chili powder in a large plastic zipper bag or bowl with a lid until sugar is dissolved. Place pork chops in the marinade and seal securely. Let marinate in the fridge for at least 4 hours. After marinating, preheat a grill or skillet to medium-high heat. Place pork chops onto preheated grill or skillet, and cook for 5-7 minutes per side until the meat is no longer pink inside (or reaches an internal temperature of 145° F).

Serves 6
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 552, Calories from Fat: 108, Fat: 12 g, Trans Fat: 0.1 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 243 mg, Sodium: 2595 mg, Potassium: 1544 mg, Carbohydrates: 16 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 12 g, Protein: 90 g.

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Shop the Sale: Hobo Dinner


Hobo DinnerI was talking to my friend Paul today, gleaning inspiration for blogs. We like to talk food; he always has something that sounds delicious he’s cooking for dinner.

So, I asked him, “I need something new to do with ground beef.”

He responded instantly, “My mom used to make this meal she called a ‘Hobo Dinner.’ Super simple but much tastier than you’d think.”

Of course, I Googled it. “Hobo” dinners got their name from transients who would package all their food in aluminum foil and grill it on an open flame. No mess, no clean up, no cookware needed. When I Googled it, a lot of the hits came back for camping recipes, which excited me. Not only could I make this meal in my oven but also on my grill or at my campsite WITHOUT MESS! Did you READ that part?

There are several variations of the Hobo Dinner. My friend said his mom made it in one big pan, but most of the recipes I’ve seen call for individual servings. You can add or subtract ingredients to suit your tastes.

Ground Angus chuck is on sale this week at Brookshire’s and would be perfect for any variation of this meal.

Hobo Dinner

Ingredients (per individual dinner):
1/4 lb ground beef
1 potato, sliced
1 carrot, sliced
2 Tbs onions, chopped
1 sheet heavy-duty aluminum foil (18 inches x 13 inches)
salt and pepper to taste, optional

Directions:
Shape beef into a patty; place in the center of foil with potatoes, carrots and onions. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired. Bake at 350° F for 45 minutes. Open foil carefully.

Serves 1

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 371, Fat: 16 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 82 mg, Sodium: 81 mg, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 28 g.

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Shop the Sale: Extra-Crispy, Spicy Fried Chicken


Extra-Crispy, Spicy Fried ChickenI won’t lie: there’s been a national chain fast-food chicken restaurant commercial on lately that has me drooling.

I don’t eat fried food. I really don’t, but oh my goodness, this fried chicken looks good.

It’s a good thing that Brookshire’s has leg quarters on sale this week because they’re the perfect piece for frying up some nice, juicy chicken this week.

Every time I’ve had really outstanding fried chicken, the secret has been buttermilk. Soak the chicken pieces in buttermilk, and you’re almost guaranteed a beautiful finished product. It makes the chicken meat melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

The peanut oil is the key for frying. It gets hot enough to get a nice, crisp skin on the chicken without burning, while imparting an important part of the flavor profile.

Extra-Crispy, Spicy Fried Chicken

Ingredients:
3 eggs
1/3 cup water
1 cup hot red pepper sauce
4 cups flour
2 tsp pepper
2 tsp paprika
3 tsp cayenne pepper
1 quart buttermilk
salt, pepper and garlic powder, to taste
1 to 2 1/2 lb chicken leg quarters
peanut oil, for frying

Directions:
Place cut-up chicken in a large bowl, and cover with buttermilk. Cover and chill for two hours or overnight.

In a large bowl, add eggs, water and red pepper sauce. Whisk until combined.

In a large gallon freezer bag, mix flour, pepper, paprika and cayenne.

Remove chicken from buttermilk and sprinkle lightly with salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Place all chicken pieces in freezer bag with flour mixture. Shake until all pieces are evenly coated.

Remove chicken pieces one at a time, shaking off excess flour. Dip each piece in the egg mixture and return to bag of flour. After all pieces of chicken have been dipped in the egg mixture and put back in the bag, give it a second shake to coat chicken pieces again.

Heat oil in deep fryer or deep pan to 350° F. Working in batches, drop each piece of chicken into the hot oil. Fry for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown, turning occasionally if oil does not completely cover chicken.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 701, Calories from Fat: 236, Fat: 26 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 229 mg, Sodium: 2066 mg, Potassium: 409 mg, Carbohydrates: 74 g, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 8 g, Protein: 41 g.

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Shop the Sale: Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls


Philly Cheesesteak Egg RollsOnce upon a time, there was a kiosk in downtown Killeen, Texas, that served the very best Philly Cheesesteaks this side of the Mississippi.

The rolls were richly buttered and toasted.

The steak was thick and juicy.

The veggies were grilled to perfection and the cheese was melted perfectly. They were phenomenal.

A Philly Cheesesteak from that kiosk was the last meal I had before moving away from Killeen in 2001. They were that good.

Fast forward to today. There’s an inconspicuous Chinese food place down the street from my house. I hadn’t eaten there in all the years I’ve lived here until about a year ago. Now, I have an addiction to their hot and sour soup, and egg rolls. They are divine. Crisp on the outside, warm and flavorful on the inside.

I’d never put two and two together until I saw a recipe on Pinterest for Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls.

A marriage made in heaven, I thought.

This week, boneless sirloin strips are on sale at Brookshire’s. There is only one basic way to grill a steak, but you might want to try something different this week when they are on sale!

Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls

Ingredients:
10 egg roll wrappers
2 cups cooked sirloin steak strips
1/2 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 purple onion, thinly sliced
3 Tbs butter
1/2 tsp garlic powder
5 slices provolone cheese, halved
canola oil, for frying
1 egg, lightly beaten

For the sauce:
1/2 cup light mayo
1 Tbs milk
1 tsp horseradish
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp fresh cracked pepper

Directions:
Fill your fryer or pot with at least 1 inch deep of canola oil. Heat to 375° F.

In a sauté pan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add the pepper strips and onions, and cook until soft and tender (about 5 minutes). Then, toss in the steak and garlic powder; stir to combine. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

Once cool, place an egg roll wrapper on a clean, dry surface and brush all the edges with the lightly beaten egg. Place a couple strips of the steak, peppers and onions at an angle in the center of the wrapper, and top with half of a slice of provolone cheese. Fold the bottom corner of the wrapper over the filling then fold in the right side and left side. Roll toward the remaining corner and seal closed.

Repeat with remaining egg roll wrappers and filling.

Place two to three egg rolls in the hot oil at a time. Cook and turn for 3 to 5 minutes or until all sides are golden-brown. Drain on paper towel-lined plate.

For the sauce:
Combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until combined. Add more horseradish if you want it with more of a kick. Serve egg rolls hot with a side of sauce.

Makes 10

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 436, Calories from Fat: 149, Fat: 16 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 160 mg, Sodium: 426 mg, Potassium: 622 mg, Carbohydrates: 20 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 49 g.

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Shop the Sale: Apple Bacon Pork Roast


Apple Bacon Pork RoastThis week at Brookshire’s, boneless pork roast is on sale, and do you know what that means? Well, besides getting a great deal on the other white meat that is a healthy and easy choice for your family, it means that you can celebrate fall with recipes that celebrate the pork roast!

Pork naturally lends itself to fall flavors such as fruit and succulent spices. Pork can be dry, so fruit adds natural juices while ramping up the flavor.

This recipe actually does double duty. Apples, slipped between succulent slices of pork, keep the roast moist, while bacon placed on top adds a little fat and a lot of flavor to the meat, infusing it with the taste of Americans’ favorite guilty pleasure.

I like Granny Smith apples in this recipe because they don’t break all the way down, and the tartness of the apples plays well against the sweetness of the glaze. Fuji apples work well, too, or whatever suits your taste!

Apple Bacon Pork Roast

Ingredients:

3-4 lb boneless pork loin roast

2 large Granny Smith apples, sliced

6 slices bacon (halfway cooked)

1/3 cup brown sugar

Glaze:

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup apple juice

1 Tbs Dijon or grainy mustard

dash of cinnamon

Directions:Slice your pork loin into 1-inch slices about 3/4 of the way through. That way the roast is still connected in one piece. Place roast in a large slow cooker and place the apple slices in the slits. Lay the bacon slices over the top of the roast and sprinkle with brown sugar. Place lid on the slow cooker, and allow the roast to cook for 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low. Slice and serve with the glaze below.

Glaze:

Blend glaze ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until the mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat and set aside.

Serves 4-6

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 516, Calories from Fat: 116, Fat: 13 g, Trans Fat: 0.1 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 207 mg, Sodium: 349 mg, Potassium: 1270 mg, Carbohydrates: 22 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 20 g, Protein: 74 g.

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