Sunday, February 19, 2017

Perfect Deviled Eggs

6 eggs
3 tablespoons ranch dressing
1/2 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
1/8 teaspoon salt

In 2-quart saucepan, place eggs in single layer; add enough water to cover eggs by 1 inch. Heat to boiling. Immediately remove from heat; cover and let stand 15 minutes.

Drain water from eggs; rinse eggs with cold water. Place eggs in bowl of ice water; let stand 10 minutes. Peel eggs; cut in half lengthwise. Carefully remove yolks; place in small bowl. Mash yolks with fork until smooth. Stir in remaining ingredients except paprika until well blended.

Spoon yolk mixture into egg white halves. Sprinkle with paprika.  Chill until ready to serve. 

I skipped the celery because I'm not a fan but I was pleasantly surprised by replacing the traditional mayo in a deviled egg with ranch. I also added a dash of pepper and garlic powder.  Yum! 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Bacon Jalapeno Cheese Log

2 pkgs cream cheese softened
3 cups shredded Mexican style cheese
8 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
4 jalapenos diced
1 onion diced
2-3 green onions chopped, optional
Olive oil
crackers for serving

In a sauté pan, heat 2 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and jalapenos and cook for 4-5 minutes until softened and beginning to brown.  Spread jalapeno-onion mixture onto a piece of parchment or waxed paper to cool.

Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat cream cheese till soft and smooth. Add Mexican style cheese and beat to mix. Add cooled jalapeno-onion mixture and 3/4 of the bacon crumbles. Briefly beat to combine.

Spoon mixture into a rough log shape onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Sprinkle remaining bacon crumbles and green onions, if using, over the top of the cheese log. As tightly as possible, wrap plastic wrap around the cheese log and press into shape.  Refrigerate until ready to eat. Serve with your favorite crackers.

Rather than doing this as a cheese log I did it as a dip in a bowl. It made a large batch and I found this dip is great on scrambled eggs or chicken breast as well! 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Jalapeno Kettle Chip Crusted Chicken with Jalapeno Ranch

For the Jalapeno Ranch Dipping Sauce:
1/4 cup mayo
1/4 cup lowfat sour cream
1/4 cup (plus 2 tablespoons) lowfat buttermilk
1 tablespoon Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing (the powder)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
dash of cayenne
5-6 hot pickles jalapeno slices, finely chopped

For the Chicken:
4 chicken breasts (about 1 3/4 - 2 pounds total)
1 bag Jalapeno Kettle Chips, crushed
1 cup low fat buttermilk
1 teaspoon salt
dash cayenne

For the Jalapeno Ranch Dipping Sauce:
Mix ingredients together (adding additional buttermilk until desired consistency). Refrigerate until ready to use.

For the Chicken:
Preheat oven to 375º. Place an oven safe cooling rack in a large jelly roll pan and spray with non-cooking spray. In a bowl, whisk together buttermilk, salt, and cayenne. Pound out chicken breasts to roughly 1/2" thickness and add to buttermilk mixture (toss to coat well).

Place crushed Kettle chips in a shallow baking dish. Pull one piece of chicken at a time out of the buttermilk and gently shake to remove some of the excess. Dip into the chips and coat thoroughly on both sides. Place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all chicken breast are thoroughly coated.

Place into oven and bake for 25-35 minutes, until cooked through (cooking times vary based on chicken thickness and actual oven temperature). Serve hot with jalapeno ranch dipping sauce.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Cheesy Stuffed Garlic Bread Sliders

When there is an ice storm pummeling your state what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than with great friends, a crockpot of chili and these amazing stuffed garlic bread sliders? Simple to make and were the hit of the party.

1 pkg slider buns, like Kings Hawaiian
1 (10 ct.) pkg sliced mozzarella
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp garlic salt (I used garlic powder instead of garlic salt)
2 tsp Italian seasoning

4 Tbsp butter, melted
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2-1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350.  Slice slider buns in half lengthwise. In bowl mix together your butter, garlic, garlic salt and Italian seasoning. Spread butter mixture on both cut sides of buns. Layer bottom of sliders with cheese and top with upper layer. In another small bowl mix together your topping mixture and pour over tops of buns, spread over tops with a spatula. Cover with tin foil and bake for about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let cool a bit, cut and serve.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Baked million dollar spaghetti…with a twist

I’ve seen this recipe all over Pinterest and decided to try it but I switched it up a bit. I used a sausage and ground beef mix and added alfredo, red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning. It did not disappoint!

1 lb. spaghetti, cooked two minutes shy of directions and drained
½ lb. ground beef
½ lb. Italian sausage
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 can spaghetti sauce (I used Hunts)
1 jar alfredo sauce (I used Bertolli)
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tbsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tbsp. parmesan cheese 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet add the beef, onions, garlic, salt and pepper into the pan and cook on high. Once browned, turn off the heat, drain the liquid left in the pan and mix in half a cup of spaghetti sauce and half a cup of alfredo. Add the cooked spaghetti to the remaining 5 cups of the spaghetti sauce and alfredo, toss to combine. Mix the cream cheese, red pepper flakes, parmesan, Italian seasoning and 2 cups of mozzarella cheese in a bowl. Add half the pasta/sauce to the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Add the cream cheese mixture and top with the remaining pasta/sauce mixture. Add the meat sauce mixture on top of the pasta and top with remaining cup of mozzarella cheese. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. Let set for a few minutes before cutting like a lasagna and serving. 

Original Recipe

1 pound spaghetti, cooked two minutes shy of directions and drained
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
Kosher salt and pepper to taste (I used ½ teaspoon Kosher salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper)
6 cups Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

parsley, chopped (optional as a garnish) 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Easy enchilada dip

This is one of our family favorite throw together meals when we’re enjoying a quite night at home watching movies or football.

2 pounds ground beef
1 can enchilada sauce
½ block of velveeta (give or take to taste)
1 small jar salsa
Tortilla chips

Brown ground beef and drain.  Add enchilada sauce and let cook for a few minutes.  Add salsa and velveeta until melted and warmed through.  Serve with tortilla chips.

If you want to give it a little more kick, use rotel instead of salsa and add a few dashes of hot sauce.  

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Cold day casserole

I could call this “what I had on hand” casserole but that doesn’t seem to have the same ring to it.  Seeing how its -10 degrees here today, I wanted to bake something warm to in the oven.  The pictures do not do it justice! It’s like a sloppy joe loaded mashed potato explosion.

1 pound ground beef
1 can cream of mushroom
1/3 cup bbq sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray’s sweet and spicy)
Diced onions
Minced garlic
1 packet Idahoan butter homestyle mashed potatoes (large size)
½ stick of butter
1 block cream cheese
Shredded cheese
Bacon crumbles
Green onion

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Brown ground beef with some diced onion and a heaping scoop of minced garlic.  Drain and mix in cream of mushroom soup and bbq sauce. Salt and pepper to taste. Prepare potatoes as directed (basically mine was boil four cups of water). Whip potatoes with a fork.  Add butter and cream cheese to potatoes.

Spread meat mixture on the bottom of a greased 9x13 pan.  Then layer the potatoes over the top.  Sprinkle with bacon bits and shredded cheese. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until cheese is starting to brown.  Garnish with green onion and serve.