Blue Cheese Bacon Puffs
Makes 48 puffs
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
8 pieces bacon, crumbled
8 ounces crumbled blue cheese
4 green onions, chopped
Bring water and butter to a boil over medium heat.
Stir in flour, salt and both peppers with a wooden spoon until mixture leaves the sides of pan and forms a soft ball.
Remove from heat.
Beat in eggs, one at a time.
Add cheese, onion and bacon.
Dip by teaspoonful onto a lightly-greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 400 F for 20 to 25 minutes.
Source: Southern Living
Makes 8 servings
1 24-ounce package frozen breaded cut okra
3 5-ounce packages salad greens
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 to 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1 (15-ounce) bottle spinach salad dressing
Bake breaded okra at 425 F in a single layer on a lightly-greased baking sheet for 20 minutes or until golden brown, or fry okra according to package directions.
Toss together okra, salad greens, sliced onion, and walnuts in a large serving bowl.
Heat dressing according to package directions. Serve warm with salad.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used T. Marzetti's Spinach Salad Dressing.
I'd make the puffs again, but I'd add a little garlic as an accent flavor. Everybody really liked them and went for seconds, but interestingly, men seemed to like them noticeably more than women. I can't recall quite such a gender split on a food item before.
The salad was okay (I used pecans instead of walnuts), but I doubt I'd make it again. It was easy, but I didn't find it very interesting, although others seemed to like it a little more than I did. I'll admit that I'm a little surprised by that, because Southern Living's recipes usually exceed my expectations.