Friday, September 15, 2006

Thrifty & Tasty Gifting!

I have been wanting to meet and get to know some of my neighbors better and when a friend who is a Pampered Chef consultant called me and asked me to host a show - this seemed like a great way!

My second reason for wanting to host the show was that I could earn free products which could be given for Christmas gifts! (Is this terrible or what?!)

Anyway, the party was lots of fun and I earned free things! Several neighbors came - which was great, and the food was so delicious!

So, I share the recipes with all of you! Both of these were so delicious - I will definitely be making them again!

Garden Ranch Pizza

1 pkg (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza crust
1/2 c. mayo
1/2 package (1 ounce) ranch seasoning and salad dressing mix (2 Tbsp.)
1 garlic clove, pressed
2 c. (8 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 c. coarsely chopped broccoli
1/2 c. diced red bell pepper
1 medium carrot, sliced or chopped
1/2 c. pitted ripe olives, sliced (we left these off)
1/4 c. (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 425. Lightly sprinkle pizza stone with flour. Unroll pizza dough and shape into a circle. Combine mayo, dressing mix and garlic and spread over crust. Top with 1 c. shredded mozzarella. Sprinkle broccoli, pepper, carrot and olives over the cheese. Top with remaining 1 c. mozzarella and grated parmesan. Bake for 18-22 minutes.

Profiterole Puffs

3/4 c. water
1/4 c. butter or margarine
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 c. flour
3 eggs, lightly beaten

Filling and Topping
1 container (8 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. prepared chocolate frosting, melted (we used melted choc chips with a little milk instead)
2 Tbsp. chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 375. In a saucepan, combine water, butter, and salt; bring to a boil over high heat. Add flour all at once. Stir mixture vigorously about one minute or until mixture leaves sides of pan and forms into a ball. Remove from heat; place dough into a mixing bowl. Add eggs and whisk until smooth and very thick. Lightly spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray and scoop batter into cups. Bake 22-25 minutes or until deep golden brown. Remove from oven. Make a small cut into side of each puff to release excess steam. Remove puffs from muffin pan and let cool on cooling rack. For filling, combine whipped topping, powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix gently until well blended. Fill puffs with PC's Easy Accent Decorator or other icing tool. For topping, drizzle melted frosting over puffs and sprinkle with chopped nuts. Yield: 24 puffs.


Angie said...

Yummy! I love PC recipes!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Monica:

Thanks for sharing these recipes -- I still have a mini-muffin pan, so I might try the puffs!

Love you,

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to leave a comment and say that I stumbled upon your blog here and saw the pizza recipe and it looked yummy so I copied down the recipe and made it the other day..It was as delicious as it looks! Friends and family that I had a piece all absolutly loved it. My dad wanted me to make it again and my friend copied down the recipe for herself :)

Monica Wilkinson said...

Thanks, Crystal, for letting me know you also enjoyed this yummy pizza!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing the PC Profiterole Puffs recipe. You are a lifesaver. I am having a show tonight and cant remember what I did with the recipe.