Birthday Fritters and Stroganoff

I started a birthday tradition for everyone in my family many years ago.  When someones birthday comes along, the birthday girl/boy can choose whatever they wanted for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At first it was just dinner, but eventually this evolved into a whole day of favorite food choices. There are no limitations to the choices, including going out to a restaurant if the birthday person so chooses.

When they were little, the kids would choose things like spaghetti, pizza, tacos or my personal favorite hot dogs on the grill. As the kids have gotten older, however, their choices have become a bit more sophisticated. Breakfast could be Belgium waffles, country boy omelets, or crepes. Lunch might be something as simple as fried chicken or as elaborate as shrimp alfredo. Dinners range from chicken scampi to an entire Mexican smorgasbord to roast turkey with all the fixings.

Yesterday for Grace’s 18th Birthday she had to be at work at 7:30, still she requested homemade apple fritters. I didn’t mind getting up a little earlier than usual to make them, but next year I doubt Grace will be so quick to ask for a special breakfast. She too had to get up earlier in order to have time enough to enjoy them and a morning person she is not.

Apple Fritters

Apple Fritters

Apple Fritters

1 Cup Flour
3/4 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 Egg
1/3 Cup Milk
2 Large Granny Smith Apples, chopped
4 tsps. Butter, melted
1 tbsp. Sugar
1 tbsp. Orange Juice
1/4 tsp. Vanilla
Oil for frying
Cinnamon/Sugar for dusting

In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Combine dry ingredients.

Combine dry ingredients.

In another bowl, beat egg and milk.

Combine milk and egg.

Combine milk and egg.

Add the apple, butter, sugar, orange juice, and vanilla; mix well.

Add apple and remaining ingredients to milk mixture.

Add apple and remaining ingredients to milk mixture.

Stir into dry ingredients until moistened.

Mix apple mixture into dry ingredients.

Mix apple mixture into dry ingredients.

In an electric skillet heat 1/4 inch oil to 375° F. Drop batter by rounded tablespoons into oil.

 

Deep fry until golden brown.

Deep fry until golden brown.

Fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Dust with cinnamon and sugar. Serve warm.

Drain on paper towel and dust with cinnamon and sugar.

Drain on paper towel and dust with cinnamon and sugar.

We had an early dinner on Grace’s birthday because she had to get to her second job of coaching adaptive softball in the evening. She couldn’t decide what she wanted, but because we were so busy getting her permit and doing other birthday-type things, I decided to make one of her favorite meals, Beef Stroganoff. Grace was happy with this, and I was too, it’s a quick fix and hearty meal.

Serve hot over noodles.

Serve hot over noodles.

Beef Stroganoff

2 lbs. Chuck or Round Steak, cut into thin slices
2 lbs. Fresh Mushrooms, sliced
1 Onion, chopped
6 tbsp. Butter
1 tsp. Salt
6 tbsp. Flour
3 1/2 Cups Milk
1 tbsp. Beef Bouillon
1 Cup Greek Yogurt
Egg Noodles

Brown steak in fry pan till cooked.

Brown beef.

Brown beef.

In electric fry pan, melt butter and cook mushrooms and onions till tender.

Cook mushrooms and onion till tender.

Cook mushrooms and onion till tender.

Add salt and flour to make a roux.

Add flour and salt to make a roux.

Add flour and salt to make a roux.

Slowly add milk and stir to combine.

Add milk and cook till thick and bubbly.

Add milk and cook till thick and bubbly.

When thick add bouillon and steak, including any juice from the meat. Cook for 30 minutes till warm and bubbly.

Add beef to mushroom gravy.

Add beef to mushroom gravy.

Cook egg noodles. Just before serving, stir in yogurt. Serve over noodles.

I love making my family’s birthdays special and one way to do this is to spoil them with the foods they love. What’s the saying? The way to a man’s heart…Well I think that goes for the entire family, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.

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8 responses

    • Grace chose these after debating between fritters and funnel cakes with apple, blueberry and cherry topping. I’m glad she went with the fritters for that early of a morning breakfast call. I’d have had to start cooking the night before with the funnel cakes. Besides, fritters are always good and there are never any leftovers.

  1. you are a good mama! And so generous to share your recipes! We have a similar tradition. I have gotten up really early for all my littles (some not so little any more) to make them breakfast of their choice, even on a school day. I take it as my honor being their mom.

    • You are so right about it being an honor. All too soon they are going to be grown and out of the house and then these little things may be lost forever. Getting up a little earlier to make a special memory is worth it, by far.

  2. Pingback: A New Spin on Beef Stroganoff Using Shaved Beef | Simply Grateful Cooking

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