For the second week in a row, I have a dessert for you in Cooking With Stanley. I wish I could say it was as easy as last time but there was no love in these cookies as my Zia Tia put it after seeing a picture. We were all laughing at my cookies compared to the ones in the photo of Stanley's cookbook. It's pretty hilarious. This week's meal though is delicious and super simple. It was the dessert that was the pain in the petunia.
MENU Appetizer: White Bean Antipasto Main: Linguine with Desperate Sauce Dessert: Fried Cookies
We started with a very simple but tasty appetizer, White Bean Antipasto. There's not much to this particular recipe other than chopping some onion and herbs. Other than that, you toss all the ingredients together in a bowl. No cooking required, perfect for summertime. We ate this as is but it would go great with some entertaining crackers or toasted bread if you're serving a more formal dinner party. This would also be a great addition to some kale for a healthy lunch and the dressing is built in so it's low in calories too. The Linguine with Desperate Sauce was fantastic as well. The sauce was really simple and didn't take much effort to make. I would double this recipe if you decide to make it. It served three people rather than six like I normally do. I used red pepper flakes instead of jalapeno for the spice because I have a thing about jalapenos in my pasta. It just doesn't seem right. Serve this up with some crusty bread and you're good to go! Super tasty, super easy and pretty healthy too.
The Fried Cookies were a hot mess. They tasted good but the presentation was lacking. My first mistake, I'm pretty sure I didn't roll the dough out enough. He said that it needed to be paper thin and mine was not. I got really fed up with the dough. You then take a pastry cutter, or in my case, a pizza cutter and slice the dough into 3/4 inch strips, pinch one side of the ends together and braid it. This is the most tedious task there ever was. Whoever invented these cookies must have had a lot of time on their hands. I want to try and perfect these cookies but it's got to be when it's cold out and I have nothing to do. The day I made these was not that day.
Other than the agonizing task of making the Fried Cookies, this was a pretty darn good meal! Everything was tasty and most everything was easy to make. What do you think? Would you have liked this dinner?