A mild summer has given way to fall, and so it's time to start planning meals better suited to warm you from the inside out.
Of course, we are still in Oklahoma so that means 90-degree weather might not be totally done with us, but you can rest assured 2013 will yield more cool weather than hot as it plays out.
So, the good folks at the Made in Oklahoma Coalition has some fall-friendly recipes to recommend. Many of these products can be bought in advance and stored in either the pantry or freezer until you're ready to prepare them for the family.
On behalf of the Made in Oklahoma Coalition, enjoy!
Sausage Tortellini Soup
1 pound Mountain View Meat Co. Smoked Sausage
1 medium onion, diced
1 (32-ounce) carton beef broth
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 cup dry red Oklahoma-made wine
1 teaspoon Daddy Hinkle's Original Instant Meat Marinade
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
2 (14.5-ounce) cans Italian-style tomatoes
1 (16-ounce) bag frozen cut green beans
1 (8-ounce) package sliced fresh mushrooms
3 carrots, sliced
3 medium zucchini, halved and sliced
1 (20-ounce) package refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini
Parmesan cheese for topping
• Slice sausage into rounds.
• In a Dutch oven or soup pot, saute sausage with onion, cooking on medium heat for about 10 minutes.
• Add beef broth, tomato sauce, wine, Daddy Hinkle's seasoning, Italian seasoning, tomatoes, green beans, mushrooms, carrots and zucchini.
• Add 5 to 6 cups of water, depending on how much broth you want for your soup.
• Bring to a boil. Cover, and then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes until carrots are tender.
• In a large saucepan, cook tortellini according to package directions. Set aside.
• When soup is done, ladle soup into bowls then add tortellini to each bowl. Top with Parmesan cheese.
One-Dish Spaghetti and Meatballs
This fabulous spaghetti and meatballs entree is baked with cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese for a delicious one-dish dinner.
8 ounces spaghetti
1 pound JC Potter Italian Style Sausage
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (28-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
1 cup Hiland Small Curd Cottage Cheese
¼ cup Hiland Sour Cream
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ package frozen Fast Fixin' Italian Style Meatballs
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
• Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain, and set aside.
• Saute Italian sausage, adding chopped garlic when sausage begins to brown. When fully cooked, drain grease and return sausage to pan.
• Add spaghetti sauce, stirring and heating through. Remove from heat, and set aside.
• In a large bowl, combine cottage cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, parsley flakes and garlic powder.
• Heat 12 meatballs according to package directions.
• Place half of the spaghetti in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Spread cream cheese mixture over pasta. Place meatballs on top of cream cheese mixture. Top with remaining spaghetti. Pour sauce over spaghetti. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
• Bake, uncovered, in a preheated 350-degree oven for 45 minutes. Serve hot.
Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Maple Glaze
Make this treat as a coffee cake for breakfast or brunch, or serve it after dinner with coffee and freshly whipped cream with a dash of cinnamon.
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
1/3 cup Hiland Sour Cream
1 tablespoon Griffin's vanilla
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 box yellow cake mix
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons Hiland Unsalted Butter, melted
½ cup Shawnee Mills All-Purpose Flour
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup chopped pecans
½ cup Griffin's Original Syrup
1/3 cup Hiland Heavy Whipping Cream
• In a mixing bowl, combine pumpkin, sour cream, vanilla, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, cake mix and baking soda. Mix with an electric mixer until thoroughly combined. Pour into a 9-by-13-inch cake pan.
• In a small bowl, combine butter, flour, brown sugar and pecans. Sprinkle on top of cake batter. Bake cake in a 350-degree oven for about 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
• While cake is baking, make the glaze by combining the syrup and cream in a small saucepan. Heat until it comes to a simmer, and then remove it from heat.
• When cake is done, poke a few holes in the top and pour on the glaze.
• Let cool slightly before cutting into pieces.
• Delicious served with freshly whipped Hiland Heavy Whipping Cream and a dash of cinnamon.
Made in Oklahoma Coalition (MIO)
The Made in Oklahoma Coalition promotes brand awareness and consumer loyalty for Oklahoma food and agricultural products through collective marketing for the purpose of increasing sales, maintaining business retention and expanding Oklahoma's food and agricultural processing sector. MIO represents more than 40 Oklahoma food and agricultural manufacturers that employ over 20,000 Oklahomans statewide. The coalition is supported by both private and public funds.
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