Snack Recipes

Baklavash (Baklava Recipe) Recipe

Baklavash (Baklava Recipe)

09.30.11 by Jackie

After receiving flatbread from California Lavash, I've experimented with a lot of savory dishes, making pinwheel appetizers, sandwich wraps, chicken soup and a goat cheese tart. I decided it was time to also satisfy my family's sweet tooth. I made a baklava-style dessert using lavash bread, hence the name "baklavash"! The preparation is similar to making baklava (also spelled baclava or baklawa), except phyllo dough is replaced with the lavash, which makes the task a lot easier. When working with phyllo, you have to be sure to assemble the dessert pretty fast and keep the unused portion covered with a wet towel at all times as phyllo tends to dry out quickly. With lavash, you can take your time and not worry about this problem.

I filled the layers of lavash with ghee (Indian-style clarified butter), ground cinnamon, blossom honey, walnuts and pistachios (my favorite nut). It’s a stress-free, easy dessert, and I love the convenience of it!

 


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Potato Cutlet Recipe (Indian Snack) Recipe

Potato Cutlet Recipe (Indian Snack)

09.14.11 by Jackie

Aloo cutlets are pancake-shaped snacks made of potato (aloo means "potato" in Urdu). Indian cooking rarely uses eggs as a binder so to make sure the patties don't break, soaked bread is added to the potato mixture. It's an easy vegetarian snack that satisfies my family's cravings. To make the cutlets a more complete meal, I added protein-packed chana dal (garbanzo lentils). I flavored these appetizers with a little ginger, turmeric and amchur (mango powder) to balance the flavor of the cutlets.

We often make a huge batch of cutlets on Saturday mornings with the girls. They’ve gotten so good that they pretty much do it on their own. Once they’re done cooking, we usually just serve them with a bowl of sour cream. Yum!


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Granola Parfait Recipe (with Jackfruit and Mangosteen) Recipe

Granola Parfait Recipe (with Jackfruit and Mangosteen)

09.08.11 by Jackie

Granola parfaits are usually made of layers of fruit, a dairy product and granola. The key is to balance the different textures of the various elements. As is true of almost any recipe, the quality of the ingredients plays a huge role in the end product. I got a bag of “Plain Jane” granola from Sarah over at Nuts About Granola (www.nutsaboutgranola.com), and it's incredible, so that part of equation was taken care of.

To contrast the peanut and cinnamon flavored granola, I gave the recipe a tropical Asian twist by using fresh mangosteens and jackfruit. They were naturally sweet so no additional sugar was necessary. Canned fruit would also work fine. I also decided to use fromage blanc in place of the more common yogurt. Fromage blanc literally translates to "white cheese". It's widely available in France and I'm lucky to be able to buy it at my local market. The consistency is similar to soft, healthier cream cheese. I sweetened it with a little stevia and honey.

Whether you want to serve it for breakfast or as a snack, this delicious treat will satisfy your sweet tooth! And if you’re curious to try Plain Jane granola for yourself, Sarah and Pham Fatale have put together a giveaway this week. Just click the like button below and you’re entered in the contest! We’ll pick the winner at random Saturday morning.

 


The first Nuts About Granola Giveaway has already ended and I will announce the winner later on today. Now you can participate in the second giveaway, ending Thursday, September 8th. It takes a few seconds and you could win two packs of Granola!

Nuts About Granola Giveaway Entry Form:

Pham Fatale Giveaway Terms and Conditions: No purchase necessary. All prizes are generously donated by the company featured. Winners will be chosen at random, and odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Pham Fatale is not responsible for late, lost, stolen, illegible or incomplete entries which will be disqualified. US Residents only please. Only one entry per person per giveaway. Prizes are not refundable or returnable. Giveaway terms subject to change.


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Granola Marshmallow Treat Recipe (+ Giveaway) Recipe

Granola Marshmallow Treat Recipe (+ Giveaway)

09.06.11 by Jackie

I think I've said it on numerous occasions; our family has a sweet tooth (can an entire family share one tooth?). We always have sugary snacks available on the kitchen counter. One of the girls’ favorites are Rice Krispies treats, but today since I had a bag of granola on hand, I decided to substitute the granola in place of the puffed rice. The granola is called “College Staple”, and I got it from Sarah at Nuts About Granola. It’s similar to her “Plain Jane” product, but with dried cranberries. It’s almost like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in granola form. The texture is not crunchy and rather tastes similar to a chewy cookie, which is perfect for the consistency of the marshmallow treats.

The best part of these sweet treats is that they're one of the easiest treats to make. It took me less than 10 minutes to make them. I also added chocolate-covered sunflower seeds; they paired wonderfully with the dried cranberries in the College Staple granola.  Don't forget to enter our giveaway!

 

Nuts About Granola Giveaway Entry Form:

Pham Fatale Giveaway Terms and Conditions: No purchase necessary. All prizes are generously donated by the company featured. Winners will be chosen at random, and odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Pham Fatale is not responsible for late, lost, stolen, illegible or incomplete entries which will be disqualified. US Residents only please. Only one entry per person per giveaway. Prizes are not refundable or returnable. Giveaway terms subject to change.


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Balsamic Caramel Popcorn Recipe  Recipe

Balsamic Caramel Popcorn Recipe

09.02.11 by Jackie

Friday night is movie night at our home. The little ones are in charge of popping the popcorn in the microwave. Occasionally, we make caramel popcorn. I felt like having a bit more grownup treat, so I decided to put a twist on our movie snack by flavoring it with balsamic vinegar.

After deciding to use balsamic vinegar, it seemed like an obvious choice to pair it with olive oil. I usually make caramel with butter, so it was an easy substitution. I reduced the amount of oil compared to the amount of butter I would normally use, though. The California Ranch extra virgin oil has a nice aroma and fruity flavor which combined nicely with the balsamic reduction and sugar. I threw in some toffee peanuts at the end to give it a little crunch. The final product had a very distinct taste that reminded me of flan.

For those of you following along, the winner of the first giveaway was Suzette DeRosia and Linda Black was randomly selected as the winner of the second giveaway. Congratulations to both of you! If you haven’t entered yet, it's not too late! You can still participate in the third (and last) giveaway, ending Sunday, September 4th. And just like Suzette and Linda, you could win a bottle of delicious EVOO from California Olive Ranch. You can join their fan page on Facebook to get daily updates, special offers and deals.

California Olive Ranch Giveaway Entry Form:

And for those of you who can't wait to try California Olive Ranch olive oil, head over to their online store, enter coupon code BLOGFRIENDS, and enjoy a 10% discount (for Pham Fatale readers)!

Pham Fatale Giveaway Terms and Conditions: No purchase necessary. All prizes are generously donated by the company featured. Pham Fatale does not accept money or gifts in exchange for these items. The companies featured in Pham Fatale Giveaways did not pay to participate in the Giveaways. Winners will be chosen at random, and odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Pham Fatale is not responsible for late, lost, stolen, illegible or incomplete entries which will be disqualified. Pham Fatale will not give your  information to the prize-giving company for future marketing. US Residents only please. Only one entry per person per giveaway. Prizes are not refundable or returnable. Giveaway terms subject to change.


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