Sunday, April 22, 2012

Quick and Easy Biscuits and Gravy

Quick and Easy Biscuits and Gravy

1 bag Grand's Buttery Tastin' Biscuits (in the freezer section) or your favorite biscuits
2 Tablespoons Oil
1 lb. Jimmy Dean Sausage (in the tube)
1/4 cup Wondra (quick mixing flour for sauces and gravies)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Milk (enough to cover meat)

Bake biscuits, while baking put oil in saucepan, add sausage and brown; break into small pieces, when cooked add salt and pepper and sprinkle Wondra; mix (Wondra will clump around meat and absorb liquid, add milk (cover meat entirely) and stir constantly on medium until it boils. If gravy is too thick add more milk; if too thin add more Wondra and for a kick add some red pepper flakes.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bacon Carbonara

This dish was a step up from your regular ol' spagetti or alfredo from a jar pasta dish. But it totally a good week day meal. The sauce is creamy and extra delicious! I didn't add any chicken to mine, but I am sure it would be great with it too!

Bacon Carbonara

4 eggs
1/2 cup cream
2/3 cup parmesan (plus extra to sprinkle on top!)
1 teaspoon died parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper flakes (be very careful with this one! I added too much my first time and it was almost unedible! If serving kids I would only do a little sprinkle of it in there)

1/2 pound bacon
1 small onion, diced
4 mushrooms sliced
1/2 pound pasta

Cook pasta as directed on back of box. Combine sauce in a bowl and whisk until combined. Fry the bacon, crumble and set aside. Leave a little bacon grease left in the pan. Saute the onions and mushrooms until onions are golden brown. Drain pasta and add to the mushrooms and onions. Poor in sauce and cook on LOW for 1-2 minutes. Continue to stir. If cooked too long the eggs with begin to scramble.

Top with parmesan cheese and bacon crumbles. Enjoy!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Baked Beans

This is my absolutely favorite thing to bring (and eat) at a BBQ, I can honestly eat a whole plate of these. And I do sometimes instead of eating a hamburger or steak. They are that good! Try them for your next BBQ!

Baked Beans

1 large can pork and beans (up to 52 ounces if you are feeding a crowd)
1 can kidney beans, drained (15 ounces)
1 can butter beans, drained (15 ounces)
1/2 lb bacon, cooked and diced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 lb hamburger or smoked sausage (13 ounces)
1/2 lb. brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons vinegar

Brown hamburger or smoked sausage then add the onions, then drain. Put everything in a greased casserole 9x13 dish. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Over-The-Rainbow Macaroni & Cheese

There is just something about Homeade Macaroni and Cheese! First of all, this recipe pleases both children and adults! Which in my book is worth twice as much as just a good recipe that only adults enjoy! My 2 little boys eat a full plate of this in a matter of minutes! We love it around here and I am sure you will too!

**This recipe can be made ahead of time and then cooked. And it can also be used as a freezer meal! Just cover with Siran wrap and then tin foil. Thaw out then cook same as directions below.




Over the Rainbow Macaroni and Cheese
By: Patti LaBelle

1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
8 Tablespoons, plus another 1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup shredded mild chedder cheese
1/2 cup shredded Montery Jack cheese
1 cup velveeta cut into small cubes
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 lb elbow macaroni
1/2 cup shredded Muenster cheese
1/2 cup shredded sharp chedder cheese
2 cups half and half
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/8 teaspoon ground pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly butter dish (1 9x13 or 2-9x9).

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. add oil then macaroni, and cook until just tender about 7 minutes. (if freezing it cook pasta a little less time) drain well.

In a large pan melt 8 T butter. stir in pasta. in a large bowl mix the muenster, mild and sharp chedder, and montery cheesese. to the macaroni add the half and half, 1 1/2 cups of the mixed cheese, the velveeta, and the eggs. sprinkle with seasoned salt and pepper. transfer to buttered dishes. sprinkle with remaining cheese and dot with the last tablespoon of butter. bake until its bubbling around the edges, about 35 minutes.

serves 4-6 people as a main dish and 8-10 as a side dish.

***Sometimes I cant find muenster cheese shredded or in a block (only in slices) so i cut it in small pieces.