Spinach Artichoke Pepper Jack Stromboli

If anyone knows me, they know that I love, love, love pizza…and any sort of thing resembling pizza. We are big pizza eaters in this house. And stromboli is another family favorite. I wanted to try and do something a … Continue reading

Homemade Hamburger Buns

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I’ve always wanted to find a good homemade hamburger bun recipe. I think the ones that we buy from the store get dry way too fast and are very lightweight. I’ve had whole wheat ones that are pretty good, but I was still searching for that certain hamburger bun. After messing with a few different recipes, I finally found the right recipe!

They remind me of the buns you get your meat on at Famous Dave’s. They are dense and sweet, almost like a Hawaiian roll. It was the perfect bun for the bbq pulled pork we had for dinner the other night. Here’s how you make them. Like every other bread I make, they are super easy!

Ingredients

2 Tbsp yeast
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp warm water
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup oil
1 egg
1 tsp salt
3 – 3 1/2 cups flour

In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar and yeast in the warm water. Let stand for 5 minutes. Add the oil, egg, salt and enough flour to form a soft dough.

Knead until smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes. Divide into 8 pieces and roll each piece into a smooth ball. Place 3 in. apart on greased baking sheets.

Cover and let rest for 40 minutes. Bake at 425° for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

Yield: 8 buns

Doritos Chicken and Twice Baked Mashed Potatoes

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We sure do love Doritos in this house, and we love baked “fried” chicken.  So any recipe combing those two is sure to be a big hit.

DORITOS chicken

5 chicken breasts cut into strips

2 cups Flour

2 Eggs

1 bag Doritos, crushed

Once the chicken is cut into strips, you dredge in flour, dunk in egg, cover in crushed Doritos, then place on baking sheet.  Bake at 400 for 35 minutes.

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Twice Baked Mashed Potatoes

8 med size potatoes

1 cup (2 sticks) butter

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

2 cups grated cheese

4 green onions diced

1 jar Hormel bacon slices

Cut potatoes, boil, and mash them with the milk and butter.  Add rest of ingredients, saving some cheese for the top, and place in baking dish.  Bake at 400 for 30 min and devour.  So much easier and just as tasty as twice baked potatoes.

Spicy Bacon Chicken Alfredo

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It’s been a while since I experimented with pasta. I’ve been quite lazy lately, just a meat, sauce and noodles kind of gal. But the other day I threw this together, and not only was in just as easy, but it was 100 times more delicious.

Spicy Bacon Chicken Alfredo

1 box fettuccine noodles

1 jar Ragu Alfredo sauce (or make your own)

1 jar bacon pieces

1 jalapeno diced

1 tsp red pepper flakes

2 chicken breasts, shredded

I boiled chicken for about 40 minutes until it was shred-ready.  Then I boiled the noodles in the leftover chicken broth.  I like to think it made a difference 🙂  I shredded the chicken while the noodles were boiling and added the bacon, jalapeno, red pepper flakes and sauce.  When the noodles were done and drained, I mixed it all together.  Seriously one of our new family favorites!

Breadsticks

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In seems like I am always searching for my favorite recipe of some thing or another, and breadsticks have been no exception. I have tried numerous recipes over the last few years, and haven’t found something that every person in my family will eat. Until now.

My friend gave me this recipe a couple of months ago and we’ve made them almost ten times! We love them! They are light, fluffy, and tasty!

Breadsticks

2 cups of warm water

1 TB yeast

1 1/2 TB sugar

1 tsp salt

5 cups of flour

Stir the sugar into the water and then sprinkle the yeast on top.  Wait five mintues.  When the yeast has proofed, add flour and salt.  Knead gently until it’s not sticky, adding flour if needed.  Grease a large cookie sheet and roll your dough out onto it.  Spread with 3 TB melted butter and sprinkle with garlic salt and parmesan cheese.  (Sometimes we do shredded mozzerella too!)  Cut into slices and then let rise until double the size(30-60 min).  Bake in oven at 350 for 10-15 minutes.