Monday, April 5, 2010

Derby Pie

This is another family favorite.  I think my sister's boyfriend would go on strike if I didn't make this every year.  My grandmother always told me that when you make a pecan (pe-CAN) pie the nuts should make up the majority of the pie, not goo.  I think she's right.

Tony’s Chocolate Pecan Pie (AKA- Derby Pie):

The Neelys- Food Network

3 tablespoons butter, melted
3 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup dark corn syrup
3 tablespoons bourbon liquor
2 cups pecan halves
1/2 cup mini milk chocolate morsels
1 (9-inch) unbaked pie shell


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt butter in a small saucepan. While butter is melting, add beaten eggs to a medium sized bowl. Stir in brown sugar, flour, vanilla extract, corn syrup and bourbon until combined. Add butter when just melted.

Mix in the pecans and chocolate morsels. Mix all together. Pour mixture into pie shell.  Take some of the better looking pecans and make a nice design on top.

Place on a sheet tray and bake for 50 to 60 minutes.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Easy Garlic Bread Sticks

We did a pizza night a few weeks ago for my Grandma's birthday.  I love to have bread sticks when I eat pizza.  I tried these out because I wanted something that I could make quickly and have on the table when people started to arrive.  They were a big hit.

Easy Garlic Breadsticks:
1 can of breadsticks (found in the same asile as the canned biscuits)
1/4 cup of melted butter
2 chopped garlic cloves
1/4-1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon of garlic powder if desired.

Preheat oven based on package directions. 
Unroll the breadsticks.  Lay them out on a baking sheet. 
In a saucepan melt the butter, add the garlic cloves and powder to the melting butter.
Brush the sticks with the garlic butter mixture
Sprinkle on the cheese.
Bake until golden.

Please excuse the poor quality cell phone picture.