Thursday, June 30, 2011

Open-Faced Tomato Grilled Cheese

I tore this recipe out of a food network magazine a few weeks ago because it looked simple, and I already had all the ingredients at home...minus the bread. This picture doesn't do this grown up sandwhich justice, it was so good. And this picture is only a 1/4 of what was made. It was way too big for just Kevin and I, so I may not use all of the bread next time. It would be great for a large crowd too if you wanted to serve small sections of it.

You will need:

-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano (I used more)

-1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

-kosher salt

-1 baguette (I used an italian baguette bread found in the bakery)

-1 large clove garlic, halved

-2 medium tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick

-1 package sliced provolone cheese

*Preheat grill to medium high heat...Kevin did this for me b/c I still don't know how to turn on the grill

*Combine olive oil, oregano, red pepper flakes and a pinch of salt into a small bowl.

*Brush cut sides of the baguette with some of the oil

*Grill baguette, cut side down, until toasted about 3-4 it so it doesn't burn!

*Take baguette off and rub the grilled sides with the garlic. Top with the tomato slices, season with salt and cover with provolone slices.

*Grill, COVERED, until the cheese melts, 3-5 minutes. Drizzle with remaining oil and cut into pieces.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells

I made these yummy stuffed shells recently and they were a hit. These were very easy to make, the hardest part was cooking the shells and cooling them without breaking them. I figured the kids may not be into the spinach stuffing, so I saved a few plain pasta shells for them to eat on the side.....they thought it was hilarious because they looked like big sea shells and ate everything. As I was getting ready to take a pic of all the ingredients Hunter jumped behind everything and said cheese! I guess Hannah didn't want to be left out because she insisted I take one of her too. So here's a double shot of the two cute helpers.

You will need:

-1 box jumbo pasta shells


-15 oz container ricotta cheese (I used part-skim)

-1/2 grated parmesan/romano cheese ( I used Kraft)

-1 egg, lightly beaten

-2 cups mozarella

-10 oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry of liquid

-1 tsp italian seasoning

-pinch of nutmeg

-26 oz jar of spaghetti sauce

-1 can diced tomatoes ( I used italian style)

*Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease a 13x9 inch dish with cooking spray

*Cook shells according to directions. Carefully drain and set aside (spread out on a sheet pan) to cool

*In a bowl mix ricotta, 1 cup mozarella, parmesan/romano, spinach, egg, salt/pepper, italian seasoning, and nutmeg

*In a separate bowl mix spaghetti sauce and diced tomatoes

*Pour 3/4 cup of spaghetti sauce mixture on bottom of baking dish

*Stuff shells with cheese and spinach mixture and place in baking dish

*Pour remaining spaghetti sauce mixture over shells and top with remaining cup of mozarella

*Cover dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes

*Uncover and bake for 10 more minutes or until cheese is melted

Monday, June 6, 2011

Orange Sugar Donut Holes

I was watching food network a few weeks ago and saw this recipe on Sunny Anderson's Cooking for Real show......she made these things sound so good I had to try them. I promise we don't eat stuff like this all the time, or we would be diabetic. But....I've got a sweet tooth. The recipe says they are best served warm, but I saved the leftovers and I had them for breakfast the next morning with my coffee. I think they were almost better the next day! Use a brown paper bag to shake the donut holes in, it absorbs the oil from the fryer. (Remember to ask the bagger for one next time you grocery shop). I opted to use my deep fryer and they were ready in just a few easy.

You will need:

-1 orange, zested

-2 cups sugar, you could easily use a little less

-1/4 tsp cinnamon

-1 container (8 count) buttermilk biscuits (I used Grand's)

-VEGETABLE oil for frying

*Place orange zest, sugar, and cinnamon in brown paper bag and shake to combine

*Place oil in deep pan until it comes about halfway up the side. Heat to 350. Or, you can just use your deep fryer if you have one

*Slice biscuit dough into quarters and roll into balls

*Working in batches, place balls into hot oil and fry until golden brown about 6-8 minutes. If you are using a deep fryer, they will be done in about 4 minutes

*Transfer hot donuts to paper bag and shake to coat with orange sugar. Serve warm...or cold!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Baked Penne Pasta

I'm sitting here watching The Next Food Network Star and it's inspired me to get caught up on a few recipes. I love the new Philadelphia Cooking Creme, and had a sweet friend send me a booklet with all their different recipes. I made this pasta dish and it was awesome....super easy too. We must have been really hungry that night, because I forgot to get a picture before we devoured it. The recipe says to add the remaining 1/4 of the cooking creme to the top.. I added it all in at once and it turned out great!

You will need:
-1 lb ground beef
-1/2 cup each chopped onions and green peppers
-1 jar spaghetti sauce ( I used classico)
-1 tub philadelphia italian cheese and herb cooking creme
-1 cup shredded mozarella cheese
-3 cups cooked penne pasta

*preheat oven to 350
*brown meat with vegetables in large skillet
*Stir in spaghetti sauce, cooking creme and 1/2 cup mozarella
*cook and stir 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted
*add cooked pasta and mix lightly
*spoon into a 13x9 inch casserole dish and top with remaining mozarella
*bake COVERED 15 minutes, UNCOVER and cook for 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted