Steamy Kitchen Recipes | RSS Feed http://steamykitchen.com Steamy Kitchen Food Blog: fast recipes, simple recipes, with fresh ingredients to create delicious meals. Fri, 01 May 2015 15:39:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 Turtle Cheesecake Truffles http://steamykitchen.com/15207-turtle-cheesecake-truffles-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/15207-turtle-cheesecake-truffles-recipe.html#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2011 14:29:34 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=15207 My husband’s second favorite restaurant in the world is The Cheesecake Factory. We don’t go for the food, we go for the cheesecake. All of them. Okay, well maybe not all of them, unless we’re in a large group, but we always order at least 4 different cheesecakes to share between us. Two bites out of each and the rest ...

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My husband’s second favorite restaurant in the world is The Cheesecake Factory. We don’t go for the food, we go for the cheesecake. All of them. Okay, well maybe not all of them, unless we’re in a large group, but we always order at least 4 different cheesecakes to share between us.

Two bites out of each and the rest gets packed up for home to enjoy later.

Unless I’m in the front seat of the car with a plastic fork in hand and the to-go boxes on my lap.

Then we’re in trouble….big trouble.

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Especially if one of those cheesecakes is a chocolatey, caramel-y, nutty turtle.

At home, instead of making an entire Turtle cheesecake — because we all know what will happen if I’m alone with cheesecake – I make little cheesecake balls, bites and pops. Each one of these is about 3-bites big, and they are designed for SHARING, as in take-one-pass-it-along. Promise me, no hoarding.

Bites, balls, pops and turtles are the only types of desserts I’ll let myself make. Portion control is not my strong point.

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How to make Turtle Cheesecake Truffles

It all starts with Philadelphia Cream Cheese, I use the 1/3 Less Fat version. Make sure it’s softened to room temp.

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Mix in graham cracker crumbs – the come in a box and are pre-crumbed. Or you could take the crackers and pulse in your food processor.

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Use a melon baller to create evenly sized balls. Freeze for 10-15 minutes to harden.

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While the cheesecake balls are freezing, melt the chocolate squares. You can use candy melts as well.

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Until the chocolate is fully melted and smooth.

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For the rest of the topping, I use pecans and caramel sauce – the kind you buy to pour over ice cream sundaes.

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Chop the pecans.

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You’ll use a fork to dip the cheesecake balls into the melted chocolate. Let the excess chocolate drip through the tines of the fork.

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Top with a few pecan pieces.

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Dip your fork into the caramel.

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And drizzle the caramel over the cheesecake truffles.

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Then sit back, kick your feet up and enjoy just one (you’re supposed to share the rest).

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Turtle Cheesecake Truffle Recipe

Servings: Makes 15 truffles Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes plus 1 hour+ refrigeration time
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Ingredients:

1 package Philadelphia Cream Cheese 1/3 Less Fat
1 package (8 ounces) baking chocolate squares, semi-sweet (or candy melts)
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup chopped pecans, finely chopped
1/4 cup caramel sauce (or melted caramel squares)

Directions:

1. Combine the cream cheese with the graham cracker crumbs. Use a melon baller to scoop up 1 1/4" sized balls to a wax-paper lined baking sheet. Repeat until you've scooped up all of the cream cheese. You should have about 15 balls. Freeze for 10-15 minutes.

2. While the cheesecake balls are freezing, melt the chocolate according to package directions.

3. Using 1 or 2 forks, dip each cheesecake ball into the melted chocolate. Let the excess chocolate drip away between the tines. Place the chocolate covered balls back on the wax paper on the baking sheet. Repeat for all cheesecake balls.

4. Top each truffle with pecans. Drizzle caramel over each truffle. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving (up to overnight).

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Salted Caramel Covered Strawberries http://steamykitchen.com/7777-salted-caramel-covered-strawberries.html http://steamykitchen.com/7777-salted-caramel-covered-strawberries.html#comments Thu, 18 Mar 2010 13:17:42 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=7777 These Salted Caramel Covered Strawberries only take about 15 minutes to make and I bet 15 seconds to eat. Oh and I cheated. Instead of making my own caramel, I got a little help from a yellow bag and a microwave. Oh how I love modern convenience, especially when it comes to candy coated strawberries! If you want to be ...

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These Salted Caramel Covered Strawberries only take about 15 minutes to make and I bet 15 seconds to eat. Oh and I cheated.

Instead of making my own caramel, I got a little help from a yellow bag and a microwave.

Oh how I love modern convenience, especially when it comes to candy coated strawberries!

If you want to be real fancy, I suppose you could make your own salted caramel. But me? I’m just fine with these little nuggets. Melt them in the microwave with some sea salt.

Salted Caramel Covered Strawberries

One of the tricks to this recipe is to soak the strawberries briefly in ice water to perk up the green stem and improves the succulent texture of the strawberries.

Salted Caramel Covered Strawberries

Melt the caramel in the microwave, swirl the strawberry to coat, then into your choice of chopped nuts (quick, someone make them with pistachios!!).

Salted Caramel Covered Strawberries

I love messy caramel.

Salted Caramel Covered Strawberries

If you’re a video type of person, my good friend Eric of Gardenfork.tv made a quick video of the Salted Caramel Covered Strawberries (with cameos from his beautiful dogs!)

 

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This recipe came from a brand-new cookbook called Southern Living Farmer Market Cookbook, and I've try for the recipe so far, all a big hit. Lots of photos and recipes featuring the goods you'd find at your local farmers market.

Ingredients:

10 large fresh strawberries
20 caramels
1 1/2 tablespoons whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup coarsely chopped mixed nuts (peanuts and almond slivers)
Wax paper

Directions:

1. Soak strawberries in a ice bath for 5 minutes to restore their perky leaves
2. Pat strawberries completely dry with paper towels
3. Microwave caramels, whipping cream, and salt in a microwave-safe bowl at MEDIUM(50% power) 2 minutes or until smooth, stirring at 1-minute intervals.
4. Dip each strawberry halfway into caramel mixture. Roll in nuts, and place on lightly greased wax paper. Let stand 15 minutes. Serve immediately, or cover and chill up to 8 hours.

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