Monday, October 5, 2015

Macaroni and Cheese Chowder

1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
1 cup chopped sliced cooked ham
6 ounces (3/4 cups) mild cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup milk

In a large saucepan, bring chicken broth and water to a boil.
Add macaroni and reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 12 minutes or until macaroni is tender, stirring occasionally.
Stir in corn, ham, cheese and milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until cheese melts.
Ladle into bowls. If desired, top with additional cheddar cheese.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Southern Cheeseburger Pizza

1 refrigerated pizza crust
1 lb. ground beef
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 cup ketchup
¼ cup mustard
½ cup pickle relish
4 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
2 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup prepared slaw

Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray. Unroll dough on cookie sheet, starting at center and shape into a large rectangle.
Brown beef and onion in a large skillet until beef is cooked thoroughly. Drain off grease and pat dry. While beef is cooking, mix together ketchup, mustard and pickle relish.
Spread ketchup mixture over dough and top with beef mixture. Sprinkle with bacon and cheese.
Bake for about 15-17 minutes until crust is browned and cheese is melted.
Cut into 2 inch squares and top with slaw.
Serve immediately.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Breakfast Pizza

Ingredients for Pancakes:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sugar
Pinch salt
2 eggs
2 cups milk
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (for griddle)

Ingredients for sauce:
1 can diced tomatoes
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
Pinch of hot sauce (optional)
Ingredients for scrambled eggs:
5 large eggs
1 tablespoon sour cream
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon butter (for skillet)
1 cup cooked ham, chopped or sausage, crumbled
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Maple syrup

Heat a non-stick griddle over medium heat.
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk eggs and milk together in another bowl until combined.
Whisk the dry ingredients into the egg mixture and gently mix until incorporated.
Add the oil to the griddle and spread evenly to coat the bottom of the pan. Ladle about 1/3 cup of batter onto the griddle and cook for about 2 minutes. Flip and cook until brown on the other side, about a minute.
Repeat with remaining pancakes and set aside on a plate for assembly.
For the sauce, combine tomatoes and cream cheese in a medium bowl.
For the eggs, whisk together eggs, sour cream, salt and pepper. Melt butter in a medium non-stick skillet.
Add egg mixture and cook until desired doneness. Stir in ham or sausage.
To assemble, heat oven to 400 and put pancakes on a large cookie sheet.
Spread sauce on each pancake and top with egg mixture and cheese.
Bake just long enough for cheese to melt about 2-3 minutes.
Remove and drizzle with maple syrup if desired.

Monday, September 28, 2015

BLT Pizza

1 refrigerated pizza crust or prepared crust
1 cup mayonnaise
12 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 cups shredded lettuce
Salt and pepper

Cook crust according to package directions.
Spread mayonnaise on cooked crust. Sprinkle with bacon, tomatoes and lettuce.
Season with salt and pepper.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Mashed Potato Topped Meat Loaf

1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup minced onion
2Tablespoons minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds extra-lean ground beef
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 1/2 tablespoons sour cream
3 Tablespoons of BBQ sauce
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce, divided
3 tablespoons ketchup
2 cups prepared mashed potatoes
1 cup cheddar cheese (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat, and cook the onion and garlic 5 minutes, until onion is tender. Remove from heat, and season with salt and pepper.
In a large bowl, mix the onion and garlic, beef, bread crumbs, egg, sour cream, BBQ sauce and 1/2 can tomato sauce. Transfer the mixture to a 5x9 inch loaf pan. Press mixture down into loaf pan well.
Bake uncovered in the preheated oven 40 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees and continue baking 15 minutes, making sure meat loaf is cooked well in the middle.
In a small bowl, mix the remaining tomato sauce and ketchup. Pour over the top of the meatloaf, and continue baking 10 minutes.
When meat loaf is done, spread hot mashed potatoes on top and sprinkle with cheese.
Slice and serve.