Saturday, December 9, 2017
Hamburger Potato Cheese Casserole 5 large russet potatoes, peeled and sliced about 1/4-1/2 inch thick 2 -3 tablespoons chopped onions 1 lb ground beef ( really lean is preferable) salt and pepper Cheese sauce (the same one I use for macaroni and cheese) 2 cups milk ( I use skim) 3 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese ketchup ( optional condiment) I use a 2 1/2 quart covered casserole dish for this. This will stick unless you have a great non-stick baking dish. Preheat oven to 350. Brown hamburger and onion. Place a layer of sliced potatoes in casserole dish, top with half of hamburger/onion mixture. Salt and pepper to taste (kind of depends on how salty your cheese sauce is – you can always salt it later if it needs it). Repeat layering of potato slices and hamburger mixture (and salt and pepper if desired). Make Cheese sauce:. Melt 3 T butter in saucepan over med-high heat. Add 3 T flour, and the salt and pepper. Stir quickly to blend. Add 2 cups milk; stir with whisk to incorporate butter/flour mixture. Reduce heat, stir till thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat and add shredded cheddar. Stir until cheese melts. Pour cheese sauce over hamburger and potatoes in baking dish. Push potatoes around to let cheese sauce into all of the crevices so it’s well coated. Cover and place in oven. Bake for about 1 1/2 hours, till potatoes are tender and top is browned. I like to take off the lid for the last 20 minutes or so to brown the top a bit. Even with the leanest ground beef, this can get little pools of grease on top – I just spoon these off. It doesn’t mean the whole thing is greasy – just cheesy.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
WHITE CHOCOLATE CINNAMON SUGAR PRETZELS 1 lb bag of pretzels ⅔ cup of oil (I used canola oil) ¼ cup of brown sugar ¼ cup of white sugar 2 tablespoons of cinnamon In a large mixing bowl, combine oil, sugars, and cinnamon and mix until blended together. Once mixed, stir in the pretzels until throughly coated. Spread out onto a baking sheet. Baked at 200 degrees for 10 minutes. Gently stir around and then back another 5-10 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Meanwhile, slowly melt some white chocolate chips in a small bowl in the microwave. Drizzle the chocolate with a fork over the pretzels. Allow to cool and then store in an airtight container.
EASY GRINCH PUNCH Serves: 10 1 half gallon of lime sherbet 1 2-liter of sprite 1 gallon of Green Hawaiian fruit punch red sanding sugar (optional) In a large punch bowl, spoon in the lime sherbet. Pour half of the sprite and half of the Hawaiian punch over the sherbet. Stir to combine. Completely optional but completely adorable, take a glass and dip the rim in a plate of water. Then dip the rim in red sanding sugar. It will look beautiful and will taste even better! Spoon in your grinch punch and serve!
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
NO BAKE OREO CHEESECAKE 2 cups of Oreo crumbs 10-15 Oreos chopped coarsley 2 TBSP melted butter 2 packages (8oz each) cream cheese softened 3/4 Cups Granulated Sugar 1 8 oz. tub cool whip 1 TSP vanilla Mix Oreo crumbs with melted butter and press into a 9 inch pie dish, and up the sides to form crust, set aside. Mix cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla on low speed w/mixer til well blended, slowly add crumbled oreos, then gently fold in 8oz coolwhip. Once mixed together, gently spoon into pie crust, smooth out top. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Right before serving insert 1 oreo into each slice.
PULL-APART GARLIC BREAD 1 roll (or 2) of Grand sized biscuits 1/2 stick of REAL butter Garlic powder Parsley Cut each biscuit into quarters. Place quartered biscuits in a large bowl. In another small bowl melt butter in the microwave. Add enough garlic and parsley to taste great. Stir seasoned butter mixture. Pour butter over biscuit quarters. Toss until well coated. Place butter coated biscuit quarters in a Bundt pan, piece by piece. Drizzle any left over seasoned butter over the top for all of that buttery goodness to soak in. YUM! Bake at 350 degrees until well browned... About 25 minutes. Place a plate over the Bundt pan and flip. That's all there is to it
Quick And Easy Sticky Buns (makes 1 dozen) 1 (10 ounce) can refrigerated biscuit dough 2 tablespoons margarine, melted 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 tablespoons dark corn syrup 1/4 cup chopped pecans Cut each biscuit in half and form each piece into a ball. Combine sugar, cinnamon and pecans in small bowl. Dip each biscuit half into margarine, then into sugar mixture. Place in greased 8-inch cake pan. Mix remaining margarine and sugar and spoon over biscuits balls. Drizzle corn syrup over all . Bake at 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for 10-12 minutes. Serve warm.