Monday, November 25, 2013

Orange Rolls

There is just something about having good rolls at Thanksgiving or any meal for that matter. This is a recipe that once you try you won't look any further and will continue to go back and back to this recipe. I remember as a little girl having these at many family gatherings. My Aunt Karen originally started making these rolls and they have gone from generation to generation! My mom makes these rolls and these knotted rolls atleast once a month for our family Sunday dinners. Yes, I know we are very very spoiled! And now I consider myself a HUGE roll snob and I think all my brothers and sisters and the in-laws in our family would say the same thing!

So next time you are in charge of the rolls at your thanksgiving, family dinner, party, or just want to spoil and refine your loved ones tastes....make these or these and they will love you forever!

The Best Orange Rolls

1/4 cup warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 Tablespoon yeast
3/4 cup butter
3 cups milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon salt
1 cup instant potato flakes
4 eggs, room temperature
8 cups flour

Combine warm water, yeast, and sugar in a bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes. Make sure that the yeast bubbles so that you know the yeast is good and is activated. While the yeast mixture is sitting, in a saucepan melt the butter and then add the milk. Heat until milk is warm. In a bread mixer add the warm milk mixture, then the yeast mixture and then while mixer is going add the sugar,salt,potato flakes, and 2 cups flour. Then add the eggs one at a time while it continues to mix. After those ingredients are all combined add the remaining 6 cups of flour. Mix for about 5 minutes. Dough will be sticky but will be off of the sides of the bowl. Cover and let rise for 1 hour.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
Orange peel (for 2 oranges)

Roll out in a 36 inch by 12 inch rectangle. Spread softened butter all over and then evenly pour sugar over the butter and sprinkle orange peel evenly. Fold into a tri fold or letter fold and then cut into 1 inch strips (it will look and feel short but it will work out in the end) tie in a knot. and put onto cookie sheet (12 rolls per sheet) and let rise for 3 hours. Bake at 400 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes or until very lightly browned.

4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Orange juice (until glaze is a thin consistency)

Combined powdered sugar and vanilla. Slowly add the orange juice until glaze is thin. Pour over the rolls while they are still warm.

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Hot and Spicy Jalapeño Spinach Dip

Today I am going to share with you one of my very favorite appetizers! And with the holiday season well under way what better time of year to have a new delicious appetizer to try! If you are a fan of spinach dip like me and love a little spice this recipe will soon become one of your favorites!

Hot & Spicy Jalapeño Spinach Dip

1 box frozen chopped spinach (thaw and squeeze juice)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 cup half and half
1 (4 oz) can chopped jalapeños 
1 (8oz) cream cheese, softened
2 cups montery jack cheese, shredded
2 roma tomatoes, diced
salt and pepper

Combine cream cheese and half and half and mix until smooth. Add the red wine vinegar. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, and pour into a round casserole dish or a 9x9 pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes uncovered. Serve with tortilla chips.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

The BEST Cheese Ball

I feel like every holiday party needs a cheese ball! It is a staple in my book. One of my favorite things to munch on! They can be made a head of time, only have 5 ingredients, and is always a crowd pleaser!

The Best Cheese Ball

1 large block cream cheese (3 or 5 lb. block; can be found at Coscto)
6 teaspoons Bon Appetit seasoning
3 teaspoons mustard
9 chopped green onions
pecans, chopped

Mix cream cheese, seasoning, mustard, and green onions until smooth. Form into a ball. Roll in pecans. Serve with crackers. (store in refridgerator)

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Crockpot Pork Chops

A few years ago my brother and sister in law had our family over for dinner. She made these pork chops and mashed potatoes and boy were they good. I have made them countless times for dinner since then. I tend to find pork chops on sale a lot and with this recipe not having many ingredients it seems to be my go-to recipe for pork chops.

Crockpot Pork Chops
6 pork chops, boneless
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
3 cans cream of mushroom soup
salt and pepper
olive oil

Sprinkle salt and pepper generously on each side of the pork chops and sear in olive oil. Place seared pork chops in crockpot and pour the cans of soup and worcestershire sauce over them. Cook the pork chops in a crockpot on low for 6-8 hours. Serve with mashed potatoes!

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Ritz Chicken

I don't know what is better...having a meal that only has 4 ingredients or having a meal that my husband AND kids devoured! This meal is my little sister Sophie's favorite meal and considering that growing up my mom cooked almost every single night and has published 2 cookbooks that says alot. This meal isn't the healthiest, but its easy and yummy!

Ritz Chicken

4 chicken breasts
1 sleeve Ritz crackers
1/2 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large ziploc bag, crush Ritz crackers and then add dry mix packet. Shake. Take chicken and pound it down. Put melted butter in a bowl. Dip chicken into the melted butter and then place in the ziploc, shake it until chicken is covered everywhere. Grab a 9x13 pan and lightly spray with pam spray. Place the breaded chicken breasts in the pan and cook for 30-45 minutes. (The amount of time with depend on how thick your chicken is)

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Cheesy Havarti Steak Sandwich

I am not gunna lie...I am a sucker for anything with havarti cheese on it. And this sandwich did not disappoint! In our home we always have loafs of french style bread. Garlic bread is a staple in our home. My husband loves it, my kids love it, and I love it too. So when I had some steak that I was cooking up that night I decided to make these sandwhiches with grilled onions on them. 

Cheesy Havarti Steak Sandwich

loaf of sourdough french bread, sliced in 2 
1 pound sirloin steak
1 large onion, thinly sliced
4-6 slices havarti cheese
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 Tablespoons garlic, minced

Grab a cooking skillet and pour a little oil in the bottom. Heat up a little and then add steak. Cook steak to however you like it cooked. (I chose medium so that the steak wasn't too rough). Once cooked remove and slice thinly. Add sliced onions to the cooking grease and cook until almost transparent. Set aside once cooked. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F or Broil. On a cookie sheet place both sides of french bread. Spread butter on both sides evenly and then spread minced garlic evenly on both sides. On one side place sliced steak, onions, and then havarti cheese. Place in oven and cook until cheese is melted. Remove from oven place top of bread on and slice and serve. 

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