Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Cheeseburger Pie

I started making this recipe a few months ago and I've actually made it several times.  Everyone in my family seems to have their own taste so it's very hard to find something we all like.  This dish seems to fit the bill where that is concerned so it has become a regular recipe in my menu rotation.  It's easy to make and so delicious.  I almost always seem to have all the ingredients on hand as well!  Serve with fresh fruit or a veggie and dinner is served! 

Note:  I found this in a Bisquick cookbook.  I use the reduced fat version of Bisquick and also use the frozen onion seasoning blend (rather than chopping onion) that you see in many of my recipes.  That makes this recipe even easier to make!

Cheeseburger Pie
Source:  Bisquick Cookbook
1 lb. ground beef
1 cup chopped onion (I use the frozen onion seasoning blend.)
1/2 t. salt
1 cup shredded Cheddar
1/2 cup Bisquick baking mix (I use the reduced fat version.)
1 cup milk
2 eggs
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Cook ground beef and onion over medium heat until meat is browned.  Drain and stir in salt.  Pour meat mixture into a greased pie plate.  Sprinkle cheese over meat mixture.  Mix remaining ingredients and spread evenly over all.  Bake for 25 minutes or until knife inserted into center comes out clean.  Let pie sit for about 5 minutes before slicing.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

M&M Pretzel Bark

I picked up some bags of those pretty Valentine M&Ms a few weeks ago and have been wanting to make something with them.  I decided a chocolate bark would be delish and I was right.  I added pretzels for a little crunch and some sprinkles for some extra bling.  This bark is so good and will be perfect for your Valentine!!

 You will need about 20 oz. of chocolate melting caps (I used about 4 cups), 1 1/2 cups of pretzel twists, 1 cup of M&Ms, divided, and some sprinkles for a little bling!

 Break the pretzels slightly to get smaller pieces.  I broke them in half.  Lay out a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.  Notice I forgot to do this.  Get the cookie sheet under there.  You will need to be able to carry this to the fridge.  Fortunately, I was able to get the cookie sheet under later without messing up my finished bark.   Lay all the pretzels and 1/2 cup of the M&Ms (save the other 1/2 cup to sprinkle on top) on parchment in a rectangle.  My rectangle was about the size of a sheet of paper (8 1/2x11). 

Melt chocolate in the microwave for 25 second intervals until chocolate is completely melted.  Stir in between times.  Spread chocolate evenly over pretzel and candy mixture.  I drizzled the chocolate around the edges first to sort of hold everything in place.  Do this slowly so the pretzels and candy don't move around too much.  Spread chocolate evenly over all.  I wish I had spread mine just a tad thinner through the middle.  It was a little too thick but still delicious!!  :)

While the chocolate is still melted, sprinkle on the remainder of the M&Ms and some sprinkles!

Chill in the refrigerator until set and break into pieces!

M&M Pretzel Bark

20 oz. of melting chocolate ( I used melting caps and added a couple of cubes of chocolate bark because I didn't have enough of the caps)

1 cup M&Ms, divided

1 1/2 cups pretzel twists, crushed

decorative sprinkles

Spread broken pretzels and half the M&Ms on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Melt chocolate in microwave for 25 second intervals until melted.  Spread melted chocolate evenly over pretzel and M&M mixture.  Then sprinkle with remainder of M&Ms and some decorative sprinkles.  Chill in refrigerator until set and break into pieces.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

Apparently, bananas aren't so popular around my house at the moment.  This week I had four brown bananas sitting on my kitchen counter.  The first two went into a loaf of my chocolate chip banana bread and you can find that recipe HERE.  The other two sat another day on my counter before I found this recipe in an old cookbook.  It was a cookbook that was written by a ladies group in my nearby hometown (many years ago).  You know the kind of cookbook - the ones where a familiar person's name (maybe even a relative) is under each recipe.  Those are my favorite cookbooks!!  When I found this recipe, I knew I had a way to use those bananas.  The original recipe called for the bars to be baked in a jelly roll pan, but as I was mixing the batter I knew that might be a problem.  It just didn't seem like enough batter for such a large pan.  I decided to bake them in my trusty 9x9 brownie pan.  They turned out to be the texture of a snack cake and were so scrumptious!!  So moist!!  You've gotta try this one!

Cream butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, 1 egg, and 2 mashed bananas.  Add in dry ingredients.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.

 See how they are golden brown and pulling away from the edge of the pan??  Perfection!  I did the toothpick test too!  These are so good and my 2 year old loved them!

Banana Chocolate Chip Bars
3/4 c. butter
3/4c. sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 t. vanilla
1 egg
2 mashed bananas (overripe bananas will work well for this recipe)
2 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 cup chocolate chips ( I used Ghiradelli Bittersweet chocolate chips - just because I like them!!)
Cream first six ingredients.  In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt.  Gradually incorporate dry ingredients into wet mixture.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Spread batter evenly into greased 9x9 pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool completely and cut into bars.
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