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Loaded Nachos

Loaded nachos are a great treat!  It’s also a great way to use up fiesta left overs!

 

Warm up the ground beef in the microwave (or cook fresh ground beef with the taco seasoning).  Spread tortilla chips over a plate and sprinkle with shredded cheese and microwave until the cheese is almost melted.  Spread the ground beef over the cheese and microwave for a few more seconds until the cheese is completely melted.  Use any ingredients you have in the house to load up the nachos.  I used fresh tomatoes, green chillies, red onion, guacamole, sour cream and finely diced jalapenos.

 

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Mini Scrambled Egg Muffins

This was a really great dish to entertain with, it was easy to put together and was easy to put in the oven and forget about while I got other things ready.  You can customize this very easily, and just throw in whatever you like!  These also tastes great the next day after about 20 seconds in the microwave.  I think these would also freeze well.  I will probably be making a batch of these to freeze, soon and will confirm this theory!

This made 20 mini muffins.

8 eggs

1 TBS heavy whipping cream (I just had a little bit of this on hand, you could definitely substitute milk)

2 TBS mayonnaise

1/2 pound of sausage

1/2 can fire roasted tomatoes

1/4 cup cheddar cheese

Brown the sausage in a skillet.

Crack eggs into a large bowl and add the cream or milk.  Scramble gently.  Add in the mayonnaise (it helps give the eggs a nice puff while baking) and mix again.  Add in the sausage, cheese and tomatoes (I used fire roasted tomatoes with green chilies).  Make sure it is combined well, but don’t over mix it.  Line your muffin tin with only the foil cupcake liners.  Spoon in the egg mixture into the each opening, filling about 2/3 full.

Bake at 350 until they have risen a bit and are don’t give any wiggle in the middle when you jiggle the pan, about 20-25 minutes.

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Stuffed Banana Peppers

Apparently this summer is all about stuffing peppers for me!  I saw locally grown, beautiful, and fresh banana peppers at the farmers market recently and I had to have them.  And stuff them haha.  They varied in color which directly resulted in slightly different heat in each of them (I read somewhere that the deeper or oranger/ redder they are the more mild they taste).  They were all delicious!  I had been talking to my co worker about stuffed banana peppers, and knew the basic jist of what went in them, but didn’t do my usual research to find things I liked about 5 recipes and then come up with my own spin.  So, I just went for it.  While I was stuffing the browned sausage into them I realized people probably make a meat ball (or tube would be more relevant, I guess) and cook the meat in the oven.  I didn’t do that and it crumbled like crazy all over the peppers.  But, I must tell you, I think I enjoyed the extra texture that the crumbly browned sausage gave over the regular baked only filling.  And it really wasn’t difficult to stuff them even if it was a little crumblier.

6-8 Fresh whole banana peppers, cut n half length wise and seeded

1 package ground hot sausage

1/4 cup or so of Panko breadcrumbs

1/2 cup cheddar cheese

1/2 medium white onion, chopped

A few shakes of Worcestershire Sauce

a pinch of salt (I used Tastefully Simple’s seasoning salt)

I also used a sprinkle of Garlic! Garlic! from Tastefully Simple

 

Pre heat the oven to 350.

Saute the onion in some butter over medium heat.  While they are getting beautifully transparent and making your kitchen smell amazing, slice the peppers in half long ways and get all of the seeds out.

Place the peppers on a baking sheet and drizzle with just a tad of extra virgin olive oil.  If you are browning the meat first, like I did, bake the peppers for just the amount of time it takes you to brown the sausage.  If you are doing a meat tube (that phrase is cracking me up!) and baking it all together, you could skip this step.  You don’t want the peppers to be an overcooked mushy mess.

Once the onions are nice and sauteed, add the hot sausage to the pan.  You may need to add a slight amount of butter or oil here.  Break up the meat with your spoon as it cooks.  Once the sausage is browned, add a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce, the spices (seasoning salt and Garlic! Garlic! in my case), the bread crumbs and the cheese.  Once you have that combined, take the peppers out of the oven and spoon into the pepper boats.  Spoon it in as best you can and just know that it will be delicious!  Sprinkle a little more cheese over the top and place the pan in the oven for 15-20 minutes (until the cheese is nice and melted and everything feels nice and warm).

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Stuffed Jalapenos

If you love jalapeno poppers, you will love this recipe!  This was the other selection for our recent apps for dinner, and turned out very well!  It gives you all of the great flavors of a jalapeno, but I think it would have to be a little healthier for you, because it’s not completely in-cased in breading like they are.  Oh and they are baked and I’m sure the ones you get at restaurants are probably fried.

If you love the flavor, but want a pretty mild pepper, prep the peppers and roast them in the oven while you make the filling.  The longer you roast them, the milder they will become.

If you love the heat, leave the seeds in them or mix them into the filling for lots of forehead sweat inducing extra heat!

1-2 jalapeno pepper per person

1/2 block cream cheese

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 sour cream

1/4 – 1/2 cup cheddar cheese

1 1/2 tsp Liquid Smoke

Panko breadcrumbs

(This ratio will stuff about 6 or 7 peppers, adjust accordingly to serve more!)

Heat the oven to 350.

Split each jalapeno in half length wise and remove the seeds and veins.  (Again if you want them very spicy, leave some seeds)  To reduce the heat, roast the peppers in the over for anywhere 10-30 minutes to make the pepper more mild.

While those are roasting, combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, and Liquid Smoke with an electric mixer.  Stir in the shredded cheddar and mix by hand.

If you roasted the peppers, remove them (you may have to wait til they are cool enough to handle) and fill with the stuffing mixture.  Return to the pan or dish and sprinkle with the Panko breadcrumbs.  Place in the oven for about 15-20 minutes.

To get the breadcrumbs nice and golden brown, place the pan under the broiler for just a minute or 2.  This will give the perfect golden crunch to the “popper”!

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Cheddar Cheese, Bacon and Chive Dip

We had a little reunion of sorts a couple of weeks ago with some friends from college, so I made a dip to take over to munch on before we went out for the night.  It was really simple, and though I used light where I could, this can not be classified in any way shape or form as figure friendly.  But hey, isn’t that what Friday nights are for?!

1 block 1/3 less fat cream cheese

1/2 cup light sour cream

1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 TBS Onion Onion! seasoning from Tastefully Simple

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

4 slices cooked bacon

1/2 TBS fresh chives

Cook the bacon, then chop.  Mix the ingredients all together and chill.  The longer the dip has to chill the better it will be, because all of the flavors will really meld.  Would be great served with Tastefully Simple’s beer bread (which I also made), tortilla chips, chips, crackers…  really limitless!

Corn Bread Mini Muffins

I wanted to plan the menu with a bit of a southern flair, so corn bread muffins were an obvious decision!  I kept it pretty simple by using a package of just about ready to go corn bread from Trader Joe’s

1 package Trader Joe’s corn bread (prepared according to instructions on the box)

3 slices cooked bacon

1/2 – 3/4 cup cheddar cheese

1/2 TBS fresh chives

2 TBS canned corn

I prepared the corn bread according to the package directions then added about 2 TBS of canned corn (which I crushed a bit with the back of a ladle), a handful of shredded cheddar cheese, 3 slices of bacon, crumbled, and about 1/2 TBS of fresh sliced chives.

I used mini muffin pans, and scooped each opening about half full.  If you are going to use the mini muffin pans, reduce the cooking time down to about 15 minutes.

Very yummy!

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

I adapted a recipe a little from one I found on http://www.allrecipes.com and it turned out to be very yummy!

1/2 cup butter

1 small or 1/2 large onion, chopped

about 1 pound fresh broccoli florets, chopped

1 1/2 big containers of chicken broth

1 pound cheese (I used1/2 mild Wisconsin cheddar and 1/2 sharp Wisconsin cheddar)

1 cup 2% milk

1 cup whole milk

Garlic Powder to taste

2/3 cup corn starch

1 cup water

  1. In a stockpot, melt butter over medium heat. Cook onion in butter until softened. Stir in broccoli, and cover with chicken broth. Simmer until broccoli is tender, about 20  minutes. (You could use frozen broccoli, if you do that, it won’t need to cook for quite as long)
  2. Reduce heat, and stir in cheese cubes until melted. Mix in milk and garlic powder.
  3. In a small bowl, stir cornstarch into water until dissolved. Stir into soup; cook, stirring frequently, until thick.