Friday, July 3, 2015

Caprese Skewers

LOVE IT - what a great, yummy, healthy summer appetizer!  I love how it looks!  I especially love how easy it is to make.  All you need.... cherry tomatoes (cut in half), fresh basil leaves and fresh Mozzarella cheese.  Layer these on a toothpick - with the cherry tomato on bottom so they stand up and drizzle with a yummy balsamic glaze.  Also, think about making these during the holidays - perfect red/green appetizer!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sausage Bread

I have had this recipe for years.  Jennifer was my roommate at Baylor and this recipe is from her sweet mom, Terry!  This Sausage Bread is easy, yummy and savory - I love the flavor!  Also try my Sausage Pinwheels - a family favorite.

It calls for Bisquick and I would normally use Bisquick.  We had a large bag of Krustaez Pancake mix from Costco.  I compared the ingredients and just used it.  The bread turned out great!

Sausage Bread

1 lb breakfast sausage
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese
1 egg beaten
2 Tbsp chopped parsley ( I used dried)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 cups Bisquick
2/3 cup milk

In a large skillet, cook sausage and onion til brown, drain.  Pour into a large mixing bowl, and mix in cheeses, beaten egg and parsley.  In another small bowl, make a biscuit dough by mixing Bisquick with milk and mayonnaise.  Add to the sausage mixture and fold and stir until all mixed together.  Pat mixture into greased square baking dish.  Bake at 400 for about 20-25 minutes or until lightly brown. About 16 squares

Monday, June 29, 2015

Bananas Foster Dip

My friend Donna shared this yummy Pampered Chef recipe with me.  I think this recipe has been around for years.   My girls loved it.  I served it with sliced apples and graham sticks.  Enjoy!!

Bananas Foster Dip (adapted from Pampered Chef)

1/2 cup pecan pieces
1 medium banana, coarsely chopped
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 jar (12 oz) hot caramel ice cream topping
extra chopped pecans for topping
apple slices, graham sticks or butter cookies

Preheat oven to 350.  In a large mixing bowl, mix banana, lemon juice, cinnamon and ice cream topping.  Spray a pie pan or small baking dish with cooking spray.  Pour in mixture and sprinkle with chopped pecans.  Bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until bubbly and heated through.  Serve with apple slices and/or graham sticks.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Family Favorite - Yummy Thin Pizza!

I love, love pizza!  My family loves pizza!  I found this package of three really thin crusts at our local Hy-Vee Grocery Store.  I am sure you can find something similar.  They have a regular and a wheat.

We keep the crusts and most of the ingredients... all of the time.  We make a Chicken/Pesto pizza that is probably everyone's favorite.  We make a Buffalo Chicken Pizza and a Barbecue Chicken Pizza, a Caprese Pizza, a Thai Pizza and a Greek Pizza.  We have been keeping grilled chicken tenders in the fridge so we are ready for any pizza!  We are just creative and try just about anything.

I bake them all at 425 for about 8 minutes - directly on the rack!  You can really load on the toppings.... and the flavor will be amazing but the pizza might not be as crisp in the middle as you like.  We don't like "floppy" pizza.  I recommend lots of toppings but don't go overboard.

I will give you a few ideas and details but enjoy being creative!

Chicken Pesto - Spread a generous amount of pesto over entire crust, top with grilled chicken, purple onion, feta cheese, shredded Parmesan cheese and bake

Buffalo Chicken - Melt a TBSP or two of butter and mix with a little garlic salt and onion salt - brush over crust.  Top with shredded buffalo chicken, purple onion, blue cheese (or another cheese), drizzle with ranch dressing and bake.(please see Buffalo chicken - we like to cook a whole bag of frozen chicken to have on hand - freeze what you don't eat - for later)

Barbque Chicken - spread your favorite sauce over entire crust, top with grilled chicken, mozzarella cheese and purple onion rings, bake

Caprese - love this new try!  Spread a thin layer of light chive and onion cream cheese over crust, top with cherry tomato halves, strips of fresh basil, and small chunks of fresh mozzarella cheese.  Drizzle with a balsamic glaze (sweet and yummy).  I also added grilled chicken and possibly strips of sundried tomatos...... but the pizza is yummy w/o both.

Greek Pizza - spread favorite hummus over the bottom, top with favorite ingredients such a feta cheese, grilled chicken, maybe artichoke hearts, greek olives,  bake - then drizzle with a little Tzatziki sauce or a little greek salad dressing

Thai Pizza - we make a Thai Lahvosh using these ingredients so I knew it would yummy on these thin crusts too.  Spread Thai sweet chili sauce over crust, top with grilled chicken, mozzarella cheese, pieces of chopped cashews, cherry tomatoes, green onion ( can bake with the cherry tomatoes and green onion or add them on top after you bake) Drizzle with more sweet Thai chili sauce.  Love the sweet/salty!

Have fun being creative!