Betty’s Colorful Cracked Easter Eggs with Chelsea & Carter — EASTER
Betty’s daughter, Chelsea, and grandson, Carter, demonstrate how to decorate Easter eggs. These colorful eggs are made by cracking the shells before coloring to give a “marbled” effect.
6 large eggs
water to cover eggs, with 1/2-inch water above eggs
assorted gel paste food colors
plastic Ziploc sandwich bags
1 teaspoon water per color used
To make these colorful Easter eggs, bring eggs to a boil over medium to high heat. Reduce heat and boil for 7 minutes. Remove from heat, place on lid that fits, and let eggs sit in the hot water for 5 minutes. Use a skimmer to transfer eggs from hot water to a rimmed dish. Let cool for 30 minutes. For each egg, roll on counter and lightly crack the egg as much as desired. Prepare a Ziploc bag by adding about 4 drops of food coloring and 1 teaspoon water, mixing well. Place cracked egg in bag with food color and water.
Using your fingers on the outside of the bag, gently roll cracked egg in color mixture. Set aside and prepare remaining eggs, using a new bag each time and a different color. When all eggs have been colored in their plastic bags, wait 30 minutes for the colors to soak in.
To finish each egg, transfer from plastic bag to strainer over a bowl or pot, pressing from the outside, in order to keep hands clean. Pour water over the egg to rinse off excess color. Dry with paper toweling and then peel egg, revealing a colorful, marbled-designed peeled egg.
Place all eggs on a nice plate to display. These eggs are not appropriate for an Easter egg hunt, since they do not have shells. They are, however, edible, so you may cut them in any desired fashion and serve them with your Easter meal! This is a great project to do with children, although you may want to control the use of the colors, so that hands and clothing do not get stained. We hope you enjoy this Easter treat! –Betty, Chelsea, & Carter ♥
Betty’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts — EASTER
Apr 14, 2014
Betty demonstrates how to make Roasted Brussels Sprouts to accompany Easter dinner. This method of preparing Brussels sprouts is delicious and very healthy.
1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts, rinsed, dried, and trimmed
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black peppercorns
Line an appropriately-sized baking pan with aluminum foil. In a large bowl, stir together olive oil, kosher salt, and ground black peppercorns. Place Brussels sprouts in bowl and stir to coat. Place coated Brussels Sprouts evenly on foil in one layer. Place another piece of aluminum foil over top of pan and seal edges with bottom piece of aluminum foil to make a packet. Bake at 400 degrees (F) for 20 minutes. Remove top piece of foil (temporarily) to stir Brussels sprouts and adjust seasoning and oil, as desired. Replace top piece of foil. Continue to bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until fork-tender. During the last 2 minutes of baking, remove the top piece of foil completely and turn oven to BROIL. When Brussels sprout are at desired brownness, remove from oven and transfer to a nice serving plate. Serve immediately. I hope you enjoy these Roasted Brussels Sprouts on your Easter table! –Betty ♥
Betty’s Jackson-Style Broccoli Casserole — EASTER
Betty demonstrates how to make Jackson-Style Broccoli Casserole as a side dish for Easter dinner. This recipe was in my local newspaper, and it came from Sean Jackson, the owner of Jackson’s, a popular restaurant here in Richmond, Kentucky.
10 ounce package frozen chopped broccoli (If you want to emphasize the broccoli, you may add an additional half-package or whole package of frozen chopped broccoli.)
10.75-ounce can cream of mushroom soup
salt and pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Velveeta cheese
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup milk
1 inner pack of Club crackers, crushed
additional ½ cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
Cook broccoli in boiling water according to package directions, about 5 minutes. Drain thoroughly and place in a 2-quart casserole dish. Stir in cream of mushroom soup, salt and pepper, and garlic powder. In a medium-sized pot, place 1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese, shredded Velveeta cheese, heavy cream, and milk. Heat over low to medium heat, stirring constantly until cheese melts. Stir into broccoli mixture in casserole dish. Sprinkle crushed Club crackers evenly over top.
Sprinkle ½ cup finely shredded cheddar cheese over top of cracker crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees (F) for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until casserole is bubbly and cracker crumbs and cheese are beginning to brown on the top. Transfer from oven to cooling rack. Let rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve as a side dish with your Easter dinner. I hope you love this casserole! Thanks to Jackson’s Restaurant for the recipe! –Betty ♥
Betty’s Raisin Sauce for Ham — EASTER
Betty demonstrates how to make Raisin Sauce. This tart and sweet sauce is served alongside sliced ham, and it goes perfectly with any kind of pork!
1 ½ cups golden raisins (You may use dark raisins.)
1 ½ cups water to cover raisins in pot (Be prepared to add up to 1 cup additional water as sauce cooks.)
2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard
½ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
additional water to mix with cornstarch
Place raisins in medium-sized pot and add 1 ½ cups water, or enough to cover raisins. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer raisins in water for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Add additional water, as needed, so that there will be enough liquid to make a sauce after the hour of cooking is over. Remove cooked raisins and sauce from heat. Stir in mustard, brown sugar, salt, and vinegar. In a small dish, combine cornstarch with a small amount of water to form a slurry for thickening the sauce. Add about half of the cornstarch mixture to the raisin sauce, reserving the rest for additional thickening, if needed.
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook just a couple of minutes until sauce thickens. Add more of the cornstarch mixture if sauce is not as thick as desired, and cook to desired thickness. Pour Raisin Sauce into serving bowl and serve immediately, while hot. (This sauce may be made ahead of time and reheated later.) I will be serving this Raisin Sauce with my Baked Picnic Ham for Easter—a winning combination! I hope you love it! –Betty ♥