Sunday, September 21, 2008

Double-Delight PB Cookies

(Recipe thanks to Pillsbury 2008 Bake-Off Winner Carolyn Gurtz)
1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts, finely chopped
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 roll (16.5 oz) refrigerated peanut butter cookies, well chilled

Heat oven to 375°F. In small bowl, mix chopped peanuts, granulated sugar and cinnamon; set aside. In another small bowl, stir peanut butter and powdered sugar until completely blended.
Shape mixture into 24 (1-inch) balls.

Cut roll of cookie dough into 12 slices. Cut each slice in half crosswise to make 24 pieces; flatten slightly. Shape 1 cookie dough piece around 1 peanut butter ball, covering completely. Repeat with remaining dough and balls. Roll each covered ball in peanut mixture; gently pat mixture completely onto balls.

On ungreased large cookie sheets, place balls 2 inches apart. Spray bottom of drinking glass with cooking spray; press into remaining peanut mixture. Flatten each ball to 1/2-inch thickness with bottom of glass. Sprinkle any remaining peanut mixture evenly on tops of cookies; gently press into dough. Bake 7 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Store tightly covered.

Rating: B+
If you love peanut butter, you'll love this recipe!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sloppy Joe Biscuits

3/4 lb ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/3 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 can Grands buttermilk biscuits
1 egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon water
1/2 cup shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 375. Spray large cookie sheet w/ Pam. In skillet cook beef, onion, bell pepper over medium-high heat until beef is thoroughly cooked, drain. Stir in ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt & pepper.

Seperate dough into 8 biscuits. Place 2 1/2 inches apart on cookie sheet. With bottom of flat 2 inch diameter glass or fingers, press out each biscuit to 3 1/2 inch round with 1/4 inch rim around outside edge. In a small bowl, beat egg yolk, and water w/ fork. Brush over top and sides of each biscuit.

Spoon about 1/3 cup beef mixture into indentation in each biscuit. Sprinkle each biscuit w/ shredded cheese. Bake 12-17 mins or until biscuits are golden brown and cheese is melted.

Rating: A++
Our new favorite dish! Tim requests them every week, and several guests have asked for the recipe. I've also used just a can of sloppy joe if I'm in a rush.

Chunky Salsa

(Recipe thanks to Carrie H.)

4 medium tomatoes chopped
1 medium onion chopped
2 jalapenos chopped

Mix well and serve w/ tortilla chips.

Rating: A+
Super easy and so good:)

Chicken Enchiladas

(Recipe thanks to Carrie H.)
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup chopped garlic powder
1 (4 oz) can diced green chiles
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/2 sour cream
1 1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast meat
1 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
6 corn tortillas
1/4 cup milk

Preaheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a large baking dish. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and saute the green onion until tender (about 3-4 mins). Add the garlic powder, then stir in the green chiles, cream of mushroom soup and sour cream. Mix well. Reserve 3/4 of this sauce and set aside. To the remaining 1/4 of the sauce in the saucepan, add the chicken and 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. Stir together.

Fill each tortilla w/ the chicken mixture and roll up. Place seam side down in the prepared baking dish. In a small bowl combine the reserved 3/4 of the sauce w/ the milk. Spoon this mixture over the rolled tortillas and top w/ the remaining cup of shredded cheese. Bake for 30-35 mins or until cheese is bubbly.

Rating: A
I'd like to try flour tortillas next time.

Brown Sugar Meatloaf

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 packet onion soup seasoning
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 cup of bread crumbs
2 slices of bread

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 5x9 inch loaf pan & place two slices of bread at the bottom (will soak up grease.) Mix brown sugar, ketchup & Worcestershire in bowl & set aside. In another mixing bowl, mix thoroughly all remaining ingredients. Shape into a loaf, and place on top of sliced bread. Poke a few holes in loaf, and pour half of ketchup mixture on top. Bake for 45 minutes. Pour remaining ketchup mixture on top and bake for additional 15 mintues.

Rating: A-
Everyone enjoyed and extremely easy!