Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Reubens and blueberry bars
Not usually two things that go together...and that's ok..b/c I didn't even make them the same day! But I'm happy to give you guys something savory AND something sweet in one post! Reubens are at least a once a month thing at our house. There isn't any special trick to them-but they are sure yummy! Rye bread pastrami or corned beef (from the deli) big eye swiss thousand island dressing bavarian kraut-I used bavarian instead of traditional b/c it's sweeter..and I like it better. When I do my reubens I use alot of foil....a foil lined baking dish to keep the finished sandwiches warm in a 200 degree oven. And a foil lined bottom of a just smaller pan to squish my working sandwiches. I don't have a panini maker..but this way works too! I put them together like a grilled cheese... butter the bread then add the meat then cheese then dressing then kraut then the other buttered bread. You just use however much of the fillings that you want. I usually use one piece of cheese, about 1-2 T of the dressing, maybe 3 T of the kraut, and eh...3-4 slices of the deli meat. If you don't like pastrami or corned beef...sub turkey...turkey reubens are really good too! Oh blueberry bars..how do I love thee, let me count the ways. -I love how you aren't that sweet -I love how after two days you are better than on the first day b/c you are softer -I love how crumbly you can be -I love how since I tossed in whole wheat flour it makes you in my mind-a health food. I think the thing I love most about blogging is I've tried more recipes than I ever would have having NOT been in the blogging world. I love how you see a recipe on a blog (I saw this one on Can you stay for dinner?) and they got it from somewhere else (smittenkitchen) who got it from somewhere else (allrecipes.com)it's like blogwide sharing..and that's the point isn't it? Well I had some blueberries that needed to be used. You guys know that Little Miss is a fruit bat and my parents willingly load her up with fruit. What you don't know is that even though they buy her a wide array of lovely fruit..she really just eats the grapes. And I wanted to bake. But I'm also trying to lose weight...so of course I decide to make something with fruit in it b/c that automatically makes it more healthy, right? Sure it does! Blueberry Bars Oven at 375 Line a 9x13 baking pan with foil, then spray the foil with cooking spray The crumbly part- 1 cup sugar 2 cups AP flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 t cinnamon 1/4 salt 1 egg-beaten 1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter Zest of one lemon Toss the flours, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl, then cut in the butter with a pastry cutter, then mix in the egg and the zest. Press 1/2 of this mix into the bottom of your prepared pan, and set the other half aside the berry part- 4 cups of blueberries 4 t of cornstarch 1/2 cup sugar the juice of the lemon you zested Put that on top of the pressed part, then top it with the other 1/2 of the crumbly. Then bake it for about 45-55 minutes or until the top is a nice golden color. Stand and salivate until they cool. Devour one immediately. Then stash the rest, b/c really they are better when they are a couple days old. In fact I might have had one, ok fine 3, with my morning coffee. I think you'll love them too!