Posts Tagged ‘cheddar’

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Hot and Cheesy Corn Dip

June 15, 2017

This is a fun twist on gooey, cheesy dips that reminds me of summer with all the sweet corn inside. It goes wonderfully with crispy tortilla chips (we had a mix of blue corn and sweet potato chips on hand). If you have fresh summer corn at home, feel free to cut the kernels off a cob or two and mix it in before baking for extra crunch and the deliciousness of long sunny days.

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You will need:

 

  • 16 oz (2 sticks) low fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 T hot sauce
  • 2 limes, zested and juices
  • 2 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • ~30 oz canned corn, drained and rinsed
  • 4 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • 4.5 oz chopped green chiles (mild to spicy, depending on your taste)
  • 1 bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • 3 T red onion, chopped
  • 1/3 c fresh cilantro, chopped

 

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a pie plate with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Use a food processor to mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, garlic, hot sauce, lime juice, and 1 cup of the shredded cheddar.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese mixture with 1 cup of the cheddar, lime zest, corn, feta, green chiles with their liquid, red onion, scallion and cilantro.
  4. Pour mixture into a prepared pie plate.
  5. Sprinkle with the remaining cheddar.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly and delicious.
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Slow Cooker Chili Mac

April 19, 2017

Slow cooked dinners are magical. You add everything to the crock pot and turn it on. Hours later….BAM! Dinner is done! D loves chili and noodles. This combines the best of both. We used ground turkey, but you could substitute lean ground beef. You can also check out this alternative that we tried right after R was born.

You will need:

 

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (30 oz) chili beans in chili sauce
  • 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 2 c low sodium beef broth
  • 2 T chili powder
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 t cumin
  • 2 T of pickling spices in a tea ball
  • Salt and pepper ,to taste
  • 8 oz favorite shaped pasta, uncooked (e.g., elbows, cavatappi)
  • 2 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • Small bunch of scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • Sour cream for serving (optional)

 

Then you will…

  1. Put the ground turkey in the bottom of your slow cooker and break into smaller pieces. (Optional: if you wanted, you could brown it lightly in a skillet with a few tablespoons of olive oil first).
  2. Add in the onion, garlic, beans, tomatoes, beef broth, chili powder, garlic powder, and cumin.
  3. Stir together.
  4. Add the tea ball of pickling spices.
  5. Cover and cook for 8-10 hours on LOW.
  6. Fifteen minutes before serving, taste test.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Stir in the pasta and shredded cheese. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Turn slow cooker off.
  9. Top with scallions and serve with sour cream, if desired.
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Chili Mac n Cheese

April 28, 2016
We’ve had a bunch of family helping out since Baby R was born. It’s been incredibly helpful. My mom helped me put together this crockpot dish in preparation for my husband’s parents coming into town. It was easy and a great way to have dinner ready when they arrived. Time to dust off your slow cooker!
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You will need:
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 lb hamburger
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 T chili powder
  • 2 T cumin
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 t cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 4 c stock (use your favorite: beef, chicken, vegetable)
  • 1 bottle beer (optional)
  • 1 can (28 oz) fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 10 oz uncooked elbows pasta
  • 1 1/2 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Then you will:

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the hamburger and begin to brown, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and cayenne. Cook another 5 minutes or so, until the hamburger is browned and the onion slightly softened.
  4. Transfer the mixture to your crockpot.
  5. Add the stock, beer, tomatoes, and beans to the crockpot.
  6. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.
  7. Stir in the pasta 30 minutes before you want to serve the meal.
  8. Stir after 15 minutes elapse. If it looks like there is very little liquid left, add up to 1 cup of additional hot water.
  9. Just prior to serving, stir in the shredded cheddar cheese and allow to melt.
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Cheddar Twice-Baked Potatoes

February 25, 2016

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We are always looking for new ways to make a potato. D hadn’t had twice-baked potatoes before, and I have fond memories of them making a regular appearance on my family’s dinner table growing up. They are a fun way to combine baked potatoes with the deliciousness of mashed potatoes.

You will need:

  • 2 large russet potatoes
  • 4 T olive oil
  • 2 T butter
  • 1/3 c sour cream
  • 1/4 c milk
  • 1/2 c cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Scrub the potatoes. Place on the lined baking sheet.
  3. Lightly coat the potatoes with the olive oil and some salt and pepper on all sides.
  4. Bake for 60 minutes, flipping every 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven.
  6. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise to create two long halves.
  7. Scoop the middle of the potatoes into a medium mixing bowl. Leave enough in the shell so that you can still move the shell without tearing it. Transfer the shells bake to the baking sheet.
  8. Add the butter, sour cream and milk to the potato and mash together until smooth, light and fluffy.
  9. Stir in the cheese and season with salt and pepper.
  10. Add the filling into the shells.
  11. Bake another 20-25 minutes, or until the tops are golden.
  12. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

 

 

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Prosciutto and Rosemary Potato au Gratin

February 10, 2016

This is a treat of a side dish: cheesy potatoes au gratin mixed in with caramelized onions, rosemary and crispy prosciutto will warm you up from the inside out.

You will need:

  • 8 red-skinned potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 3 T unsalted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 T fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 4 oz prosciutto, roughly chopped
  • 1 c cheddar, shredded
  • 1 c mozzarella, shredded
  • 3/4 c Parmesan, shredded
  • 1 c heavy cream
  • 1/2 c milk
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

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Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt the butter in a cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add the onion and rosemary and lower the heat to medium-low. Allow the onions to caramelize, stirring occasionally for the next 10-15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  4. Saute the prosciutto in the same skillet until crispy. Turn off the heat.
  5. Remove the prosciutto from skillet and set aside.
  6. Layer about half of the potatoes along the skillet bottom.
  7. Top with half of the onions, prosciutto and cheese.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Create another layer with the remaining potatoes.
  10. Top with the remaining onions and prosciutto.
  11. Season with salt and pepper.
  12. Pour the cream and milk over the top.
  13. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
  14. Season with salt and pepper.
  15. Cover the skillet with aluminum foil.
  16. Bake for about 75-90 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender to a fork.
  17. Remove from the oven and let cool at least 10 minutes before serving.
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Cheesy Broccoli and Mushroom Casserole

November 25, 2015

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I made this as a side dish for our Friendsgiving feast this year. I loved that you could make it ahead of time and pop it back into the oven while the turkey rests. This meant less fuss, mess and stress when our friends were all here. Plus, who doesn’t like broccoli and cheese?

You will need:

  • 11 T unsalted butter (or olive oil), divided
  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms, washed and sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1.5 lb broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 c panko bread crumbs
  • 1 T + 1 1/2 t garlic powder, divided
  • 1 T + 2 t oregano, divided
  • 3 t paprika, divided
  • 4 c shredded cheese, divided (I used a cheddar and jack blend)5 T flour
  • 4 c milk
  • 2 T Dijon mustard
  • 1 t dried thyme
  • 1/2 t cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter (or use olive oil) over medium heat.
  3. Add the mushrooms and onion, and saute 3-5 minutes until the onions start to soften.
  4. Stir in the broccoli. Saute for another 4 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. In a small mixing bowl, combine the panko with 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder, 2 teaspoons oregano, and 1 teaspoon paprika.
  6. Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter (or use olive oil). Stir into the crumb mixture.
  7. Stir in 1/2 cup of the cheese to the crumb mixture. Set aside.
  8. In a large sauce pan, melt the remaining 5 tablespoons of butter (or use olive oil) over medium heat.
  9. Stir in the flour and cook 2 minutes.
  10. Slowly whisk in the milk until combined and smooth.
  11. Whisk in the mustard, 1 T garlic powder, 1 T oregano, 2 teaspoons paprika, 1 t dried thyme and the cayenne pepper.
  12. Allow to thicken until sauce clings to the back of a spoon, whisking frequently.
  13. Whisk in the remaining 3 1/2 cups of cheese until melted and smooth.
  14. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  15. In a large mixing bowl, combine the vegetables with the cheese sauce.
  16. Spread the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  17. Sprinkle with the crumb mixture.
  18. Bake 30-40 minutes or until the crumbs are golden and the dish is hot and bubbly.

NOTE: if preparing in advance, you can partially cook it or just wait until the day of your meal to cook it all the way. Whatever is easiest for your planning!

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