This is exactly what friends are for - banana pudding. There's no dessert that gets Annie as excited as Nat's banana pudding. If you don't have a friend making it for you, the good news is it's easy to make yourself! We also love how it gives you all the feelings of comfort with classic vanilla wafer cookies. We like to keep it on the rustic side and throw all of the ingredients in a glass dish in no particular order (we eat it way too fast to spend too much time making it pretty!). Grab a spoon, grab a friend, and dig in!
Makes 6 individual servings
30 vanilla wafer cookies
*2 large bananas, sliced
For the pudding:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 heavy cream
1/4 cup cornstarch
pinch of salt
5 egg yolks
2 cups whole milk
2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
For the whipped cream:
1 cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
For the pudding:
Whisk together sugar, cream, cornstarch and salt in a medium saucepan. In a separate bowl, combine egg yolks and milk, and whisk together. Over medium heat, gradually whisk the milk and egg mixture into the cornstarch mixture. Continue to cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until thickens (about 7-10 minutes). Mixture will become very thick quickly. You want the texture to be similar to pudding. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla and butter. Strain through a fine mesh strainer to get rid of any lumps, if desired. Allow to cool.
For the whipped cream:
Add heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla to the bowl of an electric mixer. Turn mixer on to medium for one minute, then increase speed to high. Whip cream until stiff peaks form, about 2-3 minutes.
In 6 glass individual serving dishes, alternate layers of pudding, banana slices, whipped cream, and 4 vanilla wafer cookies. Crumble up the remaining vanilla wafter cookies and sprinkle on top with a dollop of whipped cream. Place in the refrigerator prior to serving.
*If you aren't serving these right away squeeze lemon juice over bananas to prevent browning.
We are officially obsessed with these little pockets of buttery, cheesy, biscuits laced with sweet caramelized onions. Everyone in our families go crazy for these scones! Perfect for a weekend cookout, but equally satisfying for a breakfast-for-dinner meal through the week. Or just for breakfast. Or a snack. And a snack? Ok, all of the above.
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp corse or kosher salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup (1 stick) very cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
4 oz gruyere cheese, cut into small cubes
leaves from 1 thyme sprig
*1/2 cup buttermilk, plus 2 Tbsp
caramelized onions, recipe below
*If you don't have buttermilk you can substitute regular milk (1/2 cup whole milk + 1/2 Tbsp vinegar or lemon juice). The fat content matters here, so use whole milk, or even heavy cream opposed to low-fat milk.
2 small sweet onions
2 Tbsp butter
pinch of kosher salt
Trim the tip and root from the onions, cut in half and remove the skins. Slice the onion from root to stem into a thin slice. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add the onions, and a generous pinch of salt, and reduce heat to low. Continue to cook the onions on low, stirring occasionally, until they’re deep brown. This will take about 30-40 minutes. You don't want the onions to get too dark too quick, so splash a spoonful of water into the pan to prevent burning, if they begin to get dark brown. You want a deep golden brown color at the end. Times vary depending on the pan and stove you're using, but real caramelized onions typically take at least 30 minutes and most of the time up to 45 minutes.
For the scones:
Place flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and baking soda in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine. Add butter into flour mixture and pulse, about 5 or 6 times, or until butter becomes the size of peas.
Add the cheese, thyme, and buttermilk and pulse just until the mixture combines. Add caramelized onions and give one or two additional pulses. Mixture should be a little shaggy, but will come together when you press with your fingers. Add 1 Tbsp buttermilk at a time if mixture is too dry.
Turn mixture over onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Pat dough into 1 inch thick rectangle, and transfer to the freezer. Allow to chill for at least 30 minutes. Cut the dough lengthwise into 1 inch strips, then 1 inch crosswise to create squares. Cut each shape diagonally to make triangles. Pull triangles apart just slightly and place tray back into freezer. Chill for at least 30 minutes or until ready to bake.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place baking tray in middle or top rack of oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm slathered with butter, if desired!
We know Easter will be a little different this year, but that won't keep us from doing what we do best - celebrating with a table full of our favorite comfort foods. Of course not to exclude the most satisfying comfort food of all - Mac and Cheese! This year we're taking it to the next level
with the addition of @hatfieldmeats sweet Italian sausage, and whoa - this
gets us excited! We teamed up with @hatfieldmeats and @thefeedfeed to bring
you a ridiculously creamy recipe, so rich and flavorful with the sausage -
the whole family is going to love it. And the best part of all? Hatfield is
committed to sustaining American family farms. No hormones or steroids are
ever added, and the animals are raised without growth promotants. We can't
wait for you to try this one!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
1 lb medium shells, cooked al dente
1 lb Hatfield Sweet Italian Sausage
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
4 Tbsp flour
4 cups whole milk
16 oz fontina, shredded
8 oz sharp provolone, shredded
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and set aside. Meanwhile, add Hatfield Sweet Italian Sausage to a large pan and cook over medium-high heat until golden brown, about 5-7 minutes.
Prepare the sauce by melting butter over med-low in a large saucepan. Whisk in flour and cook for 2-3 minutes. Slowly add milk while whisking continuously until the mixture is completely smooth. Bring milk mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally until the sauce begins to thicken (careful not to boil sauce), about 7-10 minutes. Remove from heat and slowly whisk in the cheeses, one handful at a time. Whisk in the grated parmesan, and season with kosher salt and pepper.
Stir in the cooked Hatfield Sweet Italian Sausage, sprinkle with more grated parmesan, and serve immediately.
Confession: this is a saucy pasta. We like our noodles with extra sauce and lots of flavor! Grab a crusty baguette to soak up all the goodness left in the bowl - no better way to indulge.
The sauce comes together so easily using jarred marinara, so it's perfect for a quick weeknight dinner - plus, it's super kid-friendly. Win-win!
1/2 lb short pasta (we used Campanelle)
3 Tbsp butter
2 large garlic cloves, minced
24 oz jarred marinara
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan, plus more for serving
1/2 cup heavy cream
8 fresh basil leaves, torn
6oz burrata cheese
Kosher salt and pepper
Optional: bread for scraping up the extra sauce
Cook pasta according to package instructions and reserve 1 cup of cooking liquid.
Meanwhile melt butter in a large pot over medium low heat. Add minced garlic and cook for 1 minute or until the garlic becomes fragrant. Add the marinara sauce. Continue to cook for about 7-10 minutes. Once sauce is hot turn heat off and whisk in parmesan cheese. Stir in heavy cream. Season with salt and pepper. If the sauce is too thick add a couple spoonfuls of the reserved cooking liquid from pasta.
Stir in the pasta, serve in bowls and top with burrata cheese and torn basil. Season the burrata with additional salt and pepper.