Happy Birthday !

Every Year I have the same question in my mind before my husband's b'day. What gift should I give him this year?
What gift is more precious than a food cooked with love and care for the likeness and choice of the person it has been cooked.
This is my gift for my husband on his Birthday.

Stuffed Shells

Large Pasta Shells-12 or as needed
2 tbsp EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
Pot of boiling water.

Cook shells in boiling salted water as per directed on the box. Once cooked, drain the water and add olive oil. Mix it well with light hands. It helps shells stay seprated without sticking with each other.

Pasta Sauce- Homemade or Ready made Ur call, I used Marinara Sauce.
1 1/2 cup- Low fat Cottage Cheese
2 cups- washed and chopped Spinach
1 tbsp- Ready to use Chopped Jalapenos
2 tbsp - grated Parmesan Cheese
Mozzarella Cheese to sprinkle on top
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
2 tbsp- Chopped Fresh Parsley (fresh makes lot of difference)
4- cloves garlic chopped
Salt and Pepper

Heat oil in a pan, add garlic, saute for few seconds and add chopped spinach. Cook 3-5 minutes, season it with salt and pepper. Cook on high flame for some more time until water from spinach evaporated. Keep it aside to cool down. Mix together cottage cheese, jalapenos, Italian seasoning, Parsley, Parmesan and cooked spinach. Taste it and season it according to taste. Spoon this mixture gently and carefully in to cooked shells.
Preheat the oven at 35o degrees F.
Grease baking dish and pour 1 cup of marinara sauce in to it. Spread it and prepare a bed for stuffed shells. Arrange stuffed shells in the baking dish. Spoon some of the sauce on the shells and sprinkle Mozzarella cheese. Cover tightly with aluminium foil and bake covered on the lower rack for 30-35 minutes.

Stuffed Bread

I read the recipe for Cherry-Go-Round in Taste Of Home's Holiday Celebrations. I liked the presentation of the bread. Its a sweat bread so I changed the stuffing and the recipe according to our palate. Thank U TOH's.

For the bread-
2 tsp Yeast
2 tsp Sugar
1/4 cup Lukewarm Water
Mix well yeast and sugar in a water. Keep it aside for 10 minutes for proofing. It should rise and foam up.

2 1/2 cups Bread flour
1/2 cup Yogurt (that day was tuesday, no egg day for us)
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp Oil
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 cup warm Milk

Mix oil, salt, yogurt and soda in to the flour. Now add risen yeast and mix it well. Knead it in to a soft and springy dough with warm milk as needed. (atleast 5 minutes) Cover and leave it in a warm place for 4-6 hours.

For the stuffing-
1 chopped onion
2 cloves chopped Garlic
1 cup crumbled Paneer
1 1/2 cup chopped Mushroom
2 tbsp Tomato Ketchup
pinch of sugar
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
2 tbsp oil

Heat oil in a pan add garlic and onion. Saute until brown in color. Add mushroom, salt, sugar, and IS. Stir it well and cook for 5 minutes till mushroom are soft and cooked. Now add paneer and tomato ketchup. Give it a stir, check the seasoning and cook another 2 minutes. Keep it aside to cool down.

Take out the dough and punch it down. Now roll it into a evenly flattened rectangle. (it should big enough to make a ring when u rolled the stuffing) Spread the stuffing within 1/2 inch of edges. Now roll up Jelly-Roll style, pinch seams and tuck ends under.

Line baking sheet with the parchment paper. Place the dough seam side down on baking sheet and pinch ends together to form a ring. This is a tricky part, with kitchen scissors cut from outside edge 2/3 of the way toward centre of the ring at 1 inch intervals. Seprate strips slightly and twist to allow filling to show. Cover and let rise until doubled atleast for an hour.

Bake at 350 degree F for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

This was my first time, probably next time I can give more accurate pictures. All I can say is it tastes wonderful.

Strawberry Bundt cake was the star of the evening though Birthday boy had a soft corner for stuffed bread. My son was happy with stuffed shells. (We also had Fruit Medley and Brown Rice Fried Rice. ) And I was happy looking at two happy faces in front of me.
Touch Wood.

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