Applebee's® Oriental Chicken Salad Applebee's 60-item menu is revised twice a year. That means about 40 percent of the entire menu changes on a regular basis. The other 60 percent are items that are found on menus in all of the Applebee's restaurants, and seldom ever change. One item that has been on the menu for some time now is this Oriental Chicken salad, which is considered one of the restaurant's signature items. The recipe makes one dinner-size salad and can be easily doubled or quadrupled for additional servings. This recipe comes from the third book, "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes," but the dressing has been improved to more closely match the current dressing served at the restaurant. Oriental Dressing 3 tablespoons honey 1 1/2 tablespoons rice winevinegar 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1 teaspoon Grey Poupon Dijon mustard 1/8 teaspoon sesame oil Salad 1 egg 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup flour 1/2 cup corn flake crumbs 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast half 2-4 cups vegetable oil (for frying) 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce 1 cup red cabbage 1 cup Napa cabbage 1/2 carrot, julienned or shredded 1 green onion, chopped 1 tablespoon sliced almonds 1/3 cup chow mein noodles 1. Preheat oil in deep fryer or deep pan over medium heat. You want the temperature of the oil to be around 350 degrees. 2. Blend together all ingredients for dressing in a small bowl with an electric mixer. Put dressing in refrigerator to chill while you prepare the salad. 3. In a small, shallow bowl beat egg, add milk, and mix well. 4. In another bowl, combine flour with corn flake crumbs, salt and pepper. 5. Cut chicken breast into 4 or 5 long strips. Dip each strip of chicken first into egg mixture then into the flour mixture, coating each piece completely. 6. Fry each chicken finger for 5 minutes or until coating has darkened to brown. 7. Prepare salad by tossing the chopped romaine with the chopped red cabbage, Napa cabbage, and carrots. 8. Sprinkle sliced green onion on top of the lettuce. 9. Sprinkle almonds over the salad, then the chow mein noodles. 10. Cut the chicken into small bite-size chunks. Place the chicken onto the salad forming a pile in the middle. Serve with salad dressing on the side. Makes 1 dinner-size salad.
CHOCOLATE COCONUT CRUNCH COOKIES Categories: Cookies Yield: 4 dozen 2 c Flour 1 ts Baking soda 1/4 ts Salt 1 c Butter; unsalted, softened 3/4 c Brown sugar 2 Eggs; lightly beaten 2 ts Vanilla 1 ts Almond extract 2 c Coconut; shredded 12 oz Chocolate chips 1 1/2 c Almonds; lightly salted -dry roasted, finely chopped Preheat the oven to 300. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. In a medium bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars. Beat in the eggs, vanilla and almond extract. Mix on low speed until blended. Add the flour mixture and mix just until blended; do not overmix. add the coconut, chocolate chips, and almonds and stir just until blended. Drop the dough by rounded tbsp 2" apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes.
Fiddle Faddle® & Screaming Yellow Zonkers® I know the most popular candy corn out there is Cracker Jack, but my favorite has always been Screaming Yellow Zonkers and Fiddle Fiddle from Lincoln Snacks Company. Fiddle Faddle is butter toffee-coated popcorn with almonds thrown in. Screaming Yellow Zonkers (you gotta love the name) is similar, but without the almonds. The secret to the yellow coloring of the Zonkers: buttered popcorn. Fiddle Faddle (butter toffee with almonds) 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter 1/2 cup corn syrup 1/2 cup water 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/3 bags plain or natural-flavored microwave popcorn 1/2 cup roasted almonds Zonkers 1 cup granulated sugar 4 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup corn syrup 1/2 cup water 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/3 bags butter-flavored microwave popcorn 1. For either recipe, combine sugar, butter, corn syrup, water and salt in a large saucepan over medium heat. You're going to bring the candy to 265-275 degrees, or what is known as the hard ball stage. For this it's best to use a candy thermometer. If you don't have one, don't worry. Drip the candy into a small glass of cold water. If the candy forms a very hard, yet slightly pliable ball, bingo, you're there. Watch your mixture closely so that it doesn't boil over. 2. While candy cooks, pop both bags of popcorn and spread about 2 quarts or 1 1/3 bags of popcorn (plus almonds for Fiddle Faddle) on one large or two small cookie sheets. Put the popcorn in your oven set on its lowest temperature. This will keep the popcorn hot so that the candy will coat better. 3. When your candy has reached the hard ball stage, add the vanilla. 4. Pull the popcorn from the oven and, working quickly, pour the candy over the popcorn in thin streams. Mix the popcorn so that each kernel is coated with candy, put the popcorn back into the oven for five more minutes, then stir once again. This will help to coat each kernel. You can repeat this step once more if necessary to get all of the popcorn coated. Pour popcorn onto a large sheet of wax paper to cool. Spread the popcorn out, but be careful...it's hot. 5. When popcorn is cool, break it up and immediately put it into a tightly sealed container, such as Tupperware. This will ensure that it stays fresh. This stuff gets stale very quickly in moist climates if left out. Makes about 4 quarts.
Mrs Fields Linzer Cookies Categories: Cookies Yield: 24 servings Cookies 1 1/2 c Flour 1/2 c Ground almonds 1/2 ts Baking powder 1/4 ts Salt 1/2 ts Cinnamon 3/4 c Butter; softened 3/4 c Sugar 2 Egg yolks 1 ts Vanilla 1 ts Almond extract Filling: 1/2 c Raspberry jam 1 ts Grated lemon peel Topping 1/4 c Confectioners' sugar 1/2 c Sliced almonds (2 oz) Preheat oven to 300d F. In medium bowl combine flour, almonds, baking powder, salt and cinnamon with wire whisk. In large bowl with an electric mixer cream butter and sugar. Add egg yolks, the vanilla and almond extracts, and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the flour mixture and blend at low speed until just combined. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. With index finger press an indentation in center of each ball to hold filling. Bake 22-24 minutes or until just golden brown on bottom. Transfer cookies to a cool,, flat surface. In a small bowl combine jam and grated lemon peel. Place 1/2 teaspoon of filling mixture in center of cooled cookie. If you wish to add an extra decorative touch, sift confectioners' sugar over cookies and place sliced almonds in the jam filling.
Mrs Fields Party Time Cookies Categories: Cookies Yield: 36 servings 3/4 c Salted butter; soft 1/3 c Sugar 1 ts Vanilla 1/3 ts Almond extract 1 c Flour 1 c Semisweet chocolate chips 1 c Slivered almonds Preheat oven to 350 F. Cream butter and sugar together in a medium bowl using an electric mixer set at medium speed. Add extracts and beat well. Scrape bowl. Add flour, chocolate chips and almonds, and blend on low speed until just combined. Do Not Overmix. Shape rounded tablespoonsful into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on ungreased baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Press balls with palm of hands or bottom of drinking glass into 1/2 inch thick rounds. Bakes 15-17 minutes or until cookies just begin to brown. Transfer cookies to a cool, flat surface.
Sweet and Sour Pork Pockets 1/4 cup apricot preserves 1 tablespoon white vinegar 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder 1 cup pork or chicken, diced 1 tablespoon green pepper, chopped 2 teaspoons pimiento, chopped 1 (5 ounce) can refrigerated buttermilk biscuits Apricot preserves Sliced almonds Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup preserves, vinegar, cornstarch, soy sauce and garlic powder. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and starts to boil. Remove from heat. Stir in pork, green pepper and pimiento. Set aside. Separate dough into five biscuits. Separate each biscuit into two layers. On ungreased cookie sheet, press five biscuit pieces into 4-inch circles. Spoon pork mixture evenly over biscuit pieces. Press remaining five biscuit pieces into 4-inch circles. Place on top of pork mixture, stretching tightly to fit. Press edges with fork to seal. Bake 13 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Brush tops with apricot preserves: sprinkle with sliced almonds. Makes 5 sandwiches.
Tea Sandwiches Use day-old, thinly-sliced, square white loaves. Cut off the crusts and butter the bread sparingly, using soft butter so the slices don’t break. Add a modest amount of filling, and no more; two tablespoons per slice of any of the fillings below is sufficient. Spread the filling, add any garnish, and place another slice on top. Using a long, sharp knife, make an X-cut to get four smaller triangular sandwiches. Add a couple of long toothpicks to help stabilize while you are cutting. Place the cut sandwiches on a serving platter, and cover with a damp napkin. Refrigerate for at least four hours. FILLINGS: Mix up a small batch of three of four of your favorite sandwich fillings. You can use a curried egg salad (the usual mayo and eggs but add 1/2 teaspoon of curry powder,) tuna salad with lots of celery, deviled ham with some extra mayo, scrimp salad, etc. Try to pick out flavors that will taste well together. Some popular combos are: Anchovy butter and Greek olives: combine 1 ounce of anchovy fillets, 2 tablespoons of butter, and a pinch of black pepper in a small food-processor. Spread very thinly on the bread, and add a layer of finely-sliced pitted Greek olives on top. Boiled chicken and ham: Thinly sliced, with mustard. Avocado slices: with Dijon mustard dressing and chives. Tomato slices with basil. And, of course.cucumber. When making such sandwiches keep in mind that the bread should be sliced thinly and served without crusts. The sandwich should be large enough for only two bites and, even though many people serve sandwiches cut in the shape of stars, crescents and other odd shapes, it is far more elegant for sandwiches to be cut in thin rectangular, triangular, round or square shapes. As to the choice of bread, white bread, challah, light rye bread, Danish pumpernickel and dark Russian bread make the best tea sandwiches. As to fillings for sandwiches, the choices are virtually infinite. Consider some of the following: White meat of chicken or turkey with mayonnaise or butter White meat of chicken with chutney butter Chopped chicken with chopped almonds Chopped chicken with sweet pickles Baked ham with chutney on pumpernickel Chopped ham with English mustard, fresh horseradish and sweet cream Chopped ham with chopped black olives and grated cheese Thinly sliced tongue with French mustard and chopped chives Thin slices of roast beef with English mustard or horse- radish and sweet cream Thin slices of roast lamb with garlic butter Thin slices of roast veal with anchovy butter Sliced salami with herbed mayonnaise Finely chopped shrimp with seasoned mayonnaise Finely shredded crab meat with herbed or garlic butter Finely shredded crab meat mixed with chopped chives and mayonnaise Smoked salmon and butter Smoked salmon with horseradish Thinly sliced onion and cucumber Chopped green olives and mayonnaise Chopped green olives and nuts mixed with cream cheese. Chopped green olives and chopped eggs with mayonnaise. Thinly sliced avocado with garlic butter Cream cheese and chives with cucumber Watercress with butter or butter and mayonnaise High quality Roquefort, Bleu Cheese or Gruyere with butter Thinly sliced cheddar cheese and cucumber. Smoked salmon with cream cheese Thinly sliced cucumbers and mushrooms with butter Thinly sliced hard boiled smoked turkey eggs with butter or mayonnaise Thinly sliced avocado with mustard flavored mayonnaise Roquefort cheese that has been blended with butter and cream cheese Anchovy fillets that have been chopped very finely and blended with cream cheese and chopped pickled onion. Red caviar (salmon eggs) mixed together with lemon juice and cream cheese Anchovy filets with chopped hard boiled egg Chopped green olives and nuts blended with cream cheese Thin slices of fresh salmon and cucumber Finely chopped green pepper bound with mayonnaise Cream cheese* blended with fresh horse-radish Cream cheese* and chives with cucumber Cream cheese* that has been blended with chopped chives, French mustard and black pepper Cream cheese* that has been blended with Indian chutney and butter Cream cheese* blended with chopped chives, French mustard, salt and pistachio nuts * Note: Cream cheese used in tea sandwiches should have a minimum fat content of 16%. Start with dense high quality breads like pumpernickel, rye, whole wheat sliced thinly. Assemble your tea sandwiches and then store in the refrigerator. Arrange on a serving platter when ready to eat, use flowers or cut herbs to garnish. Cranberry fingers Mix some Dijon mustard in whole cranberry sauce, flavor to taste. spread on the bread on then add a small slice of smoked turkey, add top layer of bread. Salmon and Dill Spread buttered bread with softened cream cheese which has dried dill added to it. Lay a very thin piece of salmon or lox on the cream cheese. Garnish with a fresh tiny sprig of dill. Lavender Egg Salad chop 4 hard boiled eggs, mix in 1 ounce of mayonnaise and 1 ounce of plain yogurt. Mix in 1 teaspoon of curry powder and 1 tablespoon dried lavender buds. Spread on your bread and top with a green olive. Celery-Nut: Whip a soft block of cream cheese with 1/4 cup of milk; add 1/2 cup of celery and 1/2 chopped walnuts and spread on your whole wheat bread. Pineapple Cream: Thin a block of cream cheese with 1/4 cup of milk, and then add 1 cup of finely chopped pineapple and spread on Boston Brown Bread. Apricot Ham Finger Sandwich: Mix 3 parts of cream cheese with 1 part of apricot preserves. Spread on your bread and then top with thinly sliced ham. Garnish with a 1/4 sliver of dried apricot. You can also use cherry preserves in place of the apricot Spring Radish: Butter slices of pumpernickel bread and add thinly sliced radishes, a slice of bread and then some more radishes. Cucumber Sandwiches: Mix seasoned salt into your butter then butter your bread of choice. Add thinly sliced cucumbers that have been dried by paper towels. Top with small sprig of parsley. And last but not least ideas about the food which work well not just with the English teas but with our shower parties: The food served at teas should be easy to eat and require neither forks nor knives. Tea sandwiches, canapes and foods that may be picked up and eaten with toothpicks are ideal for tea parties as are cookies, petits fours and miniature pastries such as eclairs and cream puffs. Instead of serving food on large platters, it is wise to use small or medium serving plates because they are easier to keep filled and looking neat.
Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Smoked Almonds 3 cups cooked chicken, shredded 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/3 cup minced green onion 1 teaspoon minced fresh tarragon leaves Freshly ground pepper to taste 1/2 cup finely chopped smoked almonds 6 lettuce leaves, washed and dried 12 slices fresh bread, your choice In a bowl stir together chicken, 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, green onion, tarragon, smoked almonds and pepper. Mound mixture evenly on 6 slices of bread, top lettuce and remaining 6 slices. Cut diagonally and serve. Makes 6 sandwiches.