Thursday, March 26, 2009

Bacon Brunch Bites

I like breakfast, but I never seem to have time to make anything to interesting during the week, so on the weekend sometimes I experiment. This was a recipe I found here, and turned out pretty good, but beware your house will smell like bacon and onions for quite a while after.

Bacon Brunch Bites
From: My Wooden Spoon

1 Can of Pillsbury Recipe Creations
1/2 cup bacon (about 10 slices) - chopped
1/3 cup Shredded Cheese
1/2 an onion, chopped
1 egg
1/4 cup of whipping cream

1. Fry chopped bacon with onion in frying pan

2. While cooking, unroll dough and cut into 12 squares. Place squares into ungreased muffin tin (I might try spraying it with a bit of PAM next time - or I might use my silicone muffin cups)

3. Spoon in cheese then top with bacon and onion mixture on top of that.

4. In a bowl, beat your egg and cream together and pour about 1 tblsp of the cream mixture into each cup.

5. Back at 375 for 12-15 minutes (I burnt the bottom of mine a bit so next time I might start with 10 min) Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Spicy Macaroni & Cheese

As you probably can tell I really enjoy the recipes at The Pioneer Woman Cooks. This is another one of hers you can see here (with much better pictures). I liked the flavor, but it seemed a little soupy and the cheesy sauce didn't stick to the pasta, maybe I didn't drain the pasta enough.

I think next time (and believe me there will be a next time) I would add more cheese (because everything is better with more cheese)... maybe mix the pepper jack with a different kind of cheese, and maybe try it with macaroni pasta instead of Cavatappi. I would also probably cut the amount in half, because it made enough for a family of 4 or even 6, but way to much for 2 people!

Spicy Macaroni and Cheese
From: The Pioneer Woman

4 cups cooked Macaroni or cavatappi
1 Tbs Olive Oil
1/2 finely diced red onion
1/2 diced red bell pepper
1 finely diced jalapeno (if you like more heat, include some seeds)
1 4oz can chopped green chilies
1 cup frozen corn
2 cloves chopped garlic
1 cup cream
1 cup grated pepper jack cheese
2 Tbs butter

1. Boil pasta until Al dente.
2. In a large skillet, add olive oil and saute garlic and veggies over medium heat for a few minutes
3. Add in canned chilies and stir around
4. Drain Pasta and add to skillet
5. Pour on cream, add Cheese, then add salt and pepper to taste
6. Stir gently, add butter and stir again, and serve

Monday, March 16, 2009

Pickle Wraps

At our house growing up, Pickle Wraps were a favorite appetizer. Even though we are grown and out of the house, they are still the most requested appetizer when we go home. They sound like an odd combination if you haven't ever had them, but every time I serve them to guests, they are pleasantly surprised at how much they like them! As an added bonus they are really easy and only have 3 ingredients!

Pickle Wraps
From: My Mom
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: None

8oz Cream Cheese (softened) (For South Beach Diet Phase 1 use fat free or low fat)
1 Jar of pickle spears
2 pkgs of thin cut beef

1. Cut pickle spears in half
2. Lay 1 piece of beef out
3. Spread generous layer of cream cheese on beef (try to spread out to all the edges)
4. Place pickle on one corner and roll beef around the pickle. Use the cream cheese to secure the corner at the end of the roll.


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