Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Paula Deen's Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

So this is one of those recipes we have all the time, we love it here, but for some reason it isn't on my blog.  I don't know how I have missed featuring it, but here it is :).  I found this a long time ago from Paula Deen, either in a cookbook or on, but it is great, and I have made very few changes to it.  The way I make it, each serving is 471 calories, and the meatloaf makes 8 servings.  We give this a perfect 10, like I said, it is a family favorite.

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf
Ingredients (8 servings—471/serving)
  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • 10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 (8-ounce) package sharp Cheddar, grated 
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs, toasted 
  • 1/8 cup mayonnaise 
  • 1/8 cup horseradish cream or dijon horseradish mayonnaise (I have used both, we like it both ways)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1-2 tablespoons prepared mustard 
  • 1 (3-ounce) can French fried onions (I use less than this)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine the ground chuck and next 8 ingredients, mixing well.
In a small bowl, combine the ketchup and mustard. Stir 1/4 cup ketchup mixture into meat mixture, reserving remaining ketchup mixture.

Press meat mixture into a 9 by 5 by 3-inch loaf pan, or shape into a loaf and place on a rack in a broiler pan. Spread remaining ketchup mixture over loaf. Bake 45 minutes. Top with French fried onions; bake another 10 to 15 minutes, or until meat is no longer pink. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Kristen Ashley's Apple Caramelumble

Kristen Ashley made us another winner again, I love me some crumble, and this is just the way I like it, with a good ratio of crumble to apple, not just super appley.  We all gave this a 9, and I made a basic creme anglaise to go with it.  Follow this link to this delicious recipe, and I will post the amounts I used here, it's pretty close to the same as the weighted ingredients.

2 c flour
pinch of salt
1 1/4 c brown sugar
18 T unsalted butter

3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
1/4 c brown sugar
1 T flour
pinch of salt
dash of cinnamon

Mix together the apples, 1/4 c brown sugar, 1 T flour, salt and cinnamon.  Pour into a greased pan.  Mix together the first list of ingredients, and then pour them over the top of the apples.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  Serve with custard, vanilla ice cream, or creme anglaise.

Each serving, we made 12 of them, with the cream sauce, was 403 calories.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Kevin and Amanda's Cheesy Chicken Bacon Broccoli and Rice

I found this recipe here, but I will be posting the recipe the way I made it, so it is a little different.  I was a little concerned about how the ingredients would fit together, but it seemed to be a popular recipe, so I thought I would try it.  I was right to be concerned, these ingredients didn't fit well together.

I didn't make the white sauce and add the cheese to it, I just made it with the cheese added to the rice mixture.  I also would suggest making this in a big pot or Dutch oven, it makes a lot of food.  I would next time not add the broccoli, and add some more Mexican flavors, some cumin, etc, because the broccoli was just so out of place in this.  Oh well, try it and see if you like it.  Each serving was 350 calories approximately, and we got 10-12 servings out of this recipe.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

JoAnn Fluke's Cherry Winks

These cookies are surprisingly delicious.  They sound a little weird, with the corn flakes on the outside, and the cherry juice, but they are pretty, and have a great texture, and I love the light cherry flavor with the almond and vanilla.  I found this recipe in one of JoAnn Fluke's books, and while I had to make some changes to make the recipe work for me, this was still a great addition.  Noah gave this an 8, and Owen and I gave it a 9.
Cherry Winks
Makes 24 cookies, 172 calories per cookie
Preheat oven to 375.
1 c butter, melted 
1 c white sugar 
2 beaten eggs
1/2  t vanilla 
1/2 t almond extract 
3 T maraschino cherry juice
1 t baking powder 
½ t baking soda
½ t salt
2 3/4 c flour
2 1/4  c corn flakes, crushed
1 small jar maraschino cherries for garnish 
Mix together sugar and butter.  Then add the eggs.  Stir in the vanilla, cherry juice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Add the flour and mix well.  Crush the corn flakes and put them in a small bowl.
Roll the dough into balls and put them in the corn flakes and place on a greased cookie sheet. Quarter the cherries and put them into the top of the cookies. 

Bake for 10-12 minutes, cool for 2 minutes on cookie sheet, then finish cooling.

I had to use more flour and corn flakes than the recipe called for, these are my amounts, but be prepared to use less, start with 2 c of both and see what happens :).  Also, if you prefer no almond extract, just use the vanilla.

After letting these set covered overnight, they became quite a bit less delicious.  The cornflakes weren't great after the first day, they were no longer crispy.  So, if you are going to make these, be sure to serve them the day of making them.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Latin American Street Food's Arepas with Chicken Avocado Salad

I didn't love the arepas for this recipe, but I did like the chicken salad, which is what I am featuring in this blog post.  Owen gave this a 6, I gave it a 7, and Aaron and Noah gave this an 8.  Each arepa with a HUGE amount of chicken salad was 715 calories.  The huge amount of chicken salad by itself without the arepa was 428 calories, but like I said this was a LOT of food :).  Anyway, here's what to do

6 c cooked and shredded chicken
2 avocados
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 c mayonnaise
6 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/4 c chopped green onions
1/4 c fresh lime juice

Mix all the ingredients together and mix well.  Serve.  Easy peasy :)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Flour's Brioche au Chocolat

I love brioche, and I love chocolate, and Flour's recipes are always amazing, so it's hard to go wrong here.  Aaron, Owen and Noah all gave this a 9, and I gave them an 8 because I felt like they were a tiny bit dry, my fault because I cooked them a little too long.

My picture isn't great, but these are some delicious pastries, each one 450 calories.  

The brioche is the same as Flour's Sticky Sticky buns that I made before, and you can find the recipe here for the sticky buns, and the brioche dough I used.  I made the full batch this time, and I made one loaf of brioche bread, then made these with the other half.  

1/2 recipe brioche dough
1-2 c pastry cream
4 oz bittersweet chocolate
1 egg beaten

Roll out the brioche dough into a large rectangle on a lightly floured surface.  Spread the pastry cream all over the dough, then scatter the chocolate over the bottom half.  Fold the top half over the bottom, then cut into 10 (I only got 9) pastries.  Lay on a parchment lined cookie sheet, and allow to rise for two hours in a warm place.  After 2 hours, preheat the oven to 350, and brush the tops of the pastries with the egg.  Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the pastries are golden brown.  Serve after cooling for a few minutes.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Latin American Street Food's Bean Stuffed Masa Cakes

This is an easy, fun finger food that has a really good flavor.  I served this with salsa and a slaw that was suggested by the author of Latin American Street Food, and it was really delicious.  We all gave this a 9, and each cake, or pupusa was 163 calories.

3 c masa harina
3 1/4-3 1/2 c warm water
1 1/2 c refried beans (I used canned)

Mix the masa harina and the water together.  Let rest for 10 minutes.  Heat a griddle to about 375 degrees, then wet your hands and divide the masa into 12 portions.  Place 1 heaping tablespoon of the beans in to the center of each masa portion, then form a circle around the beans.  Flatten the cake with your wet hands, being careful to not expose the beans.  Cook the cakes on the griddle, about 5 minutes per side.  Serve with the slaw and salsa, or whatever toppings you desire.