Thursday, April 25, 2013

Zesty Cheddar Bacon Spaghetti Salad Recipe


I love me some spaghetti salad, and I whipped this one up about a week ago when we thought it was almost spring... sike.  Pasta salads make me think of summer, and barbeques, and picnics, and like the rest of us I think I was having withdrawals and craving that feeling.  Here's the recipe for this frickin' masterpiece!

Note:  The noodles shown are long twirly spaghetti noodles, I have no idea what they are but I knew I had to use them, and that's what inspired me to make this fun, witty recipe. 

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 lb. spaghetti noodles
3/4 cup Italian dressing
1/2 cup diced cucumber (more or less to your liking- hell, throw some carrots in there if you wanna)
5 tsp. salad supreme seasoning
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (plus more for topping when serving)
1/4 cup bacon bits (plus more for topping when serving)
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. parsley
1/2 tbsp. crushed red pepper

DIRECTIONS:

-Cook noodles as directed; drain and rinse with cold water.
-Combine the noodles and all the other ingredients in a large bowl.  Chill until ready to serve (the longer the better!)
-Top each serving with more cheddar & bacon heaven.

ENJOY!!


Monday, April 22, 2013

Pabst Blue Ribbon Buttery Honey Beer Bread Recipe


I've always tried to make bread and I've always had trouble working with yeast.  I was soooo excited when I found out that you can use my most favorite ingredient in place of yeast... BEER!  And I decided to use the best beer ever... PBR, duh!

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups flour
1 cup bread flour
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1-12 oz. can or bottle PBR (or whatever kind you prefer)
3 tbsp. honey or agave nectar
4 tbsp. butter, melted

DIRECTIONS:

-Preheat oven to 350.
-In large bowl, whisk both flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Add beer and honey and stir until thoroughly combined.
-Spread batter evenly in a greased 9"x5" loaf pan.  Drizzle melted butter evenly over top.
-Bake about 60 minutes or until top is golden brown and a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean.

ENJOY!!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders Recipe



Chicken tenders are my absolute favorite food... if I'm at a restaurant and I can't seem to decide what I want, chicken tenders it is!  What's better than chicken tenders coated with bacony cheesy goodness!?  Soooo simple to make, and a great twist on our favorite comfort food.

INGREDIENTS:

1 egg
1 cup Italian panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1-3 oz. package bacon bits
1 lb. chicken tenders (or breasts cut into tenders)

DIRECTIONS:

-Preheat oven to 400.
-In a shallow dish, beat egg.
-In another shallow, mix together the panko, cheese, and bacon bits.
-Dip each tender into the egg, then in the bread crumb mixture.
-Place tenders on a greased baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, flipping over halfway through.

ENJOY!!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Chicken Parmesan Muffins Recipe


I can't even begin to tell you how f@#%king delicious these things are... they have the same concept as meatloaf muffins, just ground chicken instead of beef and topped with sketti sauce!  

INGREDIENTS:

Tomato Sauce:
15 oz. can tomato sauce
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1/4 cup Italian dressing
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. minced onion
1/2 tsp. parsley
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp. oregano

Muffins:
1 lb. ground chicken
1 egg
4 tbsp. Italian bread crumbs
1/4 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. parsley
1/4 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Shredded mozzarella cheese and parmesan for topping

DIRECTIONS:

-Preheat oven to 375.
-Combine all the sauce ingredients in a medium saucepan and cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes to let all the flavors come together. 
-In a big bowl, mix together the muffin ingredients until just combined.
-Evenly divide the muffin mixture in a greased muffin pan.  Top each muffin with about 1 1/2 tbsp. of the tomato sauce.
-Bake for about 20 minutes, then add mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese on each muffin and bake for 5 more minutes until cheese is melted and muffins are cooked thoroughly.

ENJOY!!




Tuesday, April 16, 2013

French Onion Orzo Recipe


I realllyyyy love me some orzo, its tiny pasta, kinda like rice but more... pasta-ey?  If that makes sense.  Anywho, this recipe works really well with my french dip burgers or chicken fried steak.  It's super flavorful, and even better, super easy!!

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 lb. orzo
2 cups beef broth
1-10.5 oz. can condensed french onion soup
pinch of garlic salt

DIRECTIONS:

-Combine all ingredients in a large skillet and cook over medium-low heat until pasta is tender.

Yeah, it's that easy.

ENJOY!!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Chicken Fried Steak Recipe


I've only had chicken fried steak once in my life when I made it a couple years ago, and a couple years ago I didn't really know what I was doing when I cooked... So I decided to try to make it again, and it was muy delicioso!

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. cube steak
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
salt
pepper
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
canola oil for frying

Gravy:
3 tbsp. flour
1 3/4 cup milk
salt 
pepper
onion powder
garlic powder
cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS:

-Beat the egg and 1/2 cup milk in a shallow dish and flour mixed with some salt, pepper, the cayenne, onion powder, and garlic powder in another shallow dish.
-Season each side of the cube steaks with salt and pepper.  Coating both sides, dip each meat in the egg/milk mixutre, dip in the flour mixture, then repeat one more time.  (So each piece of meat, dip in the egg/milk then flour twice)
-Heat oil in a large skillet (enough to line the pan about 1/4 inch deep).  Once heated fully (you can test it by sprinkling flour to see if it fries), add the steaks only cooking 2 at a time.  Cook until edges start to turn golden brown, about 3 minutes each side.  Once steaks are done, let cool on a paper towel lined plate.
-Once meat is fried, pour out the grease reserving 1/4 cup for gravy (and do not clean out the pan).  Return the pan to stove over medium heat and add the 1/4 cup grease.  Allow grease to heat back up.
-Sprinkle in the flour one tablespoon at a time.  Using a whisk, mix together until it turns golden brown.  If it seems more oily than thick and pasty, add another tablespoon of flour.  
-Whisking constantly, add in the milk.  Cook until gravy is thick.  Add more milk if its too thick.  
-Stir in LOTS of black pepper, some salt, cayenne, garlic powder, and onion powder.  The spices you need to add to taste, the gravy is very bland at first and each batch turns out differently. 
-Cook for about 5 minutes until the flavors are cooked in, and the gravy is thick and smooth.  
-Serve over the chicken fried steak, and ENJOY!!



Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cheesy Smoked Sausage & Baked Tater Casserole Recipe


This cheesy, creamy, rich, delicious casserole is my new favorite comfort food.  With this cold, wintery weather I just want to curl up in a big ball of blankets with a big ol' bowl of this amazingness.

INGREDIENTS:

4 large potatoes- peeled, diced, and cooked
4 tbsp. butter
4 tbsp. flour
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
8 oz. velveeta cheese, diced
1 cup mild cheddar cheese, shredded
1 lb. smoked sausage, cut into "half moon" pieces
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. paprika

DIRECTIONS:

-Preheat oven to 375.  
-Cook smoked sausage in skillet with 1 tbsp. olive oil, turning frequently until slightly brown.
-In a 9x11 casserole dish, put potatoes on the bottom.  Add smoked sausage to potatoes once they are done cooking.
-Mi together the rest of the ingredients (all but mild cheddar cheese and paprika) in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Stir until melted and smooth using a whisk.  If sauce does not get thick enough, add another tbsp. of flour (I ended up adding it and the sauce was SUPER thick and creamy).
-Pour sauce over the potatoes in the casserole dish.  Sprinkle evenly with the mild cheddar cheese and sprinkle the paprika over the top.  
-Bake for about 15 minutes or until cheese is melted on top and slightly browned.

ENJOY!!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Eggroll Wrapper Mozzarella Sticks Recipe


Ok, so we all LOVE mozzarella sticks... but I guarantee you've never had one like these!  Not only are they super crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside, they're HEALTHIER!!  Double whammy, bitches!  Quick and easy too, so I guess that makes it a TRIPLE WHAMMY!!

INGREDIENTS:

20 eggroll wrappers (they usually comes in pack of 20)
20 mozzarella string cheese sticks

DIRECTIONS:

-Preheat oven to 375.
-Roll the cheese sticks up in the eggroll wrappers by tucking the outside edges in and rolling.
-Bake for 12-13 minutes.  Serve with ranch dressing, marinara, whatever the hell you want.

ENJOY!!


Monday, April 8, 2013

Smoked Sausage Spaghetti Pie


This recipe is sorta like my smoked sausage sketti recipe, but in pie form.  I loveeeee spaghetti pie.  So easy to make and soooo delicious, and since I make my smoked sausage sketti, I love the flavor of smoked sausage with tomato sauce.

INGREDIENTS:

For pie filling:
1 lb. smoked sausage, cut into "half moon" shapes
15 oz. can tomato sauce
14.5 oz can Italian diced tomatoes
1/4 cup Italian dressing
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. minced onion (or onion powder)
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. parsley
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. sugar

For Crust:
1/2 lb. spaghetti noodles, cooked
1 tbsp. butter, melted
1 egg
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Italian dressing
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. parsley

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, for top of pie
1/4 cup parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:

-Preheat oven to 375.
-In a large saucepan, combine all of the pie filling ingredients listed above.  Heat over medium heat for about 10 minutes.
-In a large bowl, mix together the crust ingredients.  Pour noodles into a greased pie pan, forming into a crust shape by pressing the middle down and making edges.  
-Pour the sauce mixture into the pie crust and sprinkle the top with the mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.
-Bake for 25-30 minutes until top is melted and slightly golden brown.

ENJOY!!


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Chicken Cordon Bleu Burgers Recipe


I'm sooo excited to share this recipe, I came up with it all by myself!  They were kind of crazy to make, but it was well worth it in the end, I pinky promise!

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. ground chicken
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 egg + 1 tsp. water, beaten
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. parsley
1/4 tsp. black pepper
salt
olive oil
thin sliced ham- 3 or 4 slices per burger (recipe makes 4 burgers)
4 slices swiss cheese
burger buns

DIRECTIONS:

-In a small bowl, combine the ground chicken and Italian bread crumbs.  Form into burger patties.
-Put the flour, egg, and panko bread crumbs each into seperate shallow dishes.  In the panko bread crumbs, mix in the garlic powder, parsley, black pepper, and a pinch of salt.  
-Cover a burger patty in flour, dip in the egg mixture, and cover fully in panko bread crumbs.  Repeat with remaining patties.
-Cook burgers in a large skillet with olive oil until cooked thoroughly until juices run clear, about 5 minutes each side.
-Meanwhile, broil the burger buns in the oven until just toasted.  
-Once burgers are done, put the burger on the bottom bun, top with ham and swiss cheese, and broil just until the cheese is melted.

ENJOY!!
And I'll keep brewing up these clever ideas ;)





Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Italian Sub Lasagna Recipe


This is quite the twist on lasagna... I originally wanted to make an Italian sub bake (which I still plan to!) then I decided to make an Italian sub lasagna because thats pretty much unheard of! Muy delicioso!

INGREDIENTS:

15 oz. can tomato sauce
0.6 oz packet Italian dressing mix
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded cheddar & monterey jack cheese
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
9 lasagna noodles, cooked
9 oz. package honey ham lunchmeat
9 oz. package smoked turkey lunchmeat
9 oz. package salami lunchmeat
3/4 cup Kraft Tuscan Italian dressing, divided into 1/4 cup portions
Parmesan cheese for sprinkling

DIRECTIONS:

-Preheat oven to 375.
-In a small saucepan, mix the tomato sauce and italian dressing mix together over low heat for about 5 minutes.
-In a greased baking pan, spread 1/4 cup of the Tuscan Italian dressing on the bottom.
-Start your layers with 3 noodles, a layer of ham, turkey, & salami, then top with a layer of the tomato sauce and a mixture of the shredded cheeses.  Add another 3 noodles, top with 1/4 cup of the Tuscan Italian dressing, and begin to layer the meat, cheese & tomato sauce.  Repeat this one more time, then top the lasagna with the remaining cheese, and sprinkle with a bit of parmesan. 
-Bake for 25-30 minutes until the top is melted and golden brown.

ENJOY!!