Tuesday, March 13

Smoked Cheddar Pretzel Dip

This is one of my families favorite and easy to make pretzel dips. Made in under ten minutes with only seven ingredients this will have you coming back for more!

Full time: 10 minutes
Yields approximately 1 cup

The needs:

2 cups finely shredded cheddar cheese
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

The know-

In a small bowl place cream cheese and stir to cream.

Add in sour cream and mayonnaise, stirring until lump free and well combined.

Add in garlic, paprika, and cayenne.

Add in cheddar and stir until full incorporated.

If desired you can sprinkle additional cayenne pepper across the top as a garnish or serve as is.

Serve with warm pretzels at room temperature for the best combination. Can be made up to two days ahead of time. If prepping early remove from refrigerator one hour before serving for best flavor!


Thursday, February 1

Cheese Roasted Cauilflower

Roasting a whole cauliflower is one of my favorite things to do. You can keep it simple and just top with butter, salt, and pepper. Or you can go for my favorite which is steamed and then roasted covered in cheese. It creates a fun side which is very enjoyable to the eyes as well.

This will serve 4-6
Full time 1 hour

The needs:

I large head cauliflower, approximately 8" across
1 cup shredded cheese, I am using blended cheddar and white cheddar
1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

The know:

Preheat your oven to 350' and put the butter pieces in a small glass baking dish, set aside.

Place cauliflower in a pot and fill with 2 inches of water. Boil over high heat for 30 minutes to steam the cauliflower. Occasionally check to make sure water has not dissipated.

While it steams. In a small bowl combine mayonnaise and cheese.

Once steamed. Carefully remove cauliflower from pot and dry on a kitchen towel to remove excess water.

Place in center of baking dish.

Cover with cheese mixture and bake in oven for 30 minutes or until golden.

Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.


Saturday, January 27

Easy Meatball Parmesan Sliders

 Simple, easy, and a party please meatball parmesan sliders are a great way to feed hungry crowds with little to no fuss.

Full time 30-40 minutes
Serves 8 to 15

The needs:

15 dinner or slider rolls, unsliced
15 frozen or homemade meatballs
1 cup marinara sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp. dried oregano
1 tbsp. garlic power
1 tbsp. onion powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper

The know:

Preheat oven to 350' and lightly spray the bottom of a 9X13 baking pan with cooking spray.

push thumb into the top center of each roll and create a hole roughly 1" wide. Place roll into prepared baking dish, continue until all rolls are done.

 Drizzle olive oil across the surface of the rolls and brush into the rolls to fully coat.

In a small bowl combine oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle 2/3 of the mixture across the rolls. Place in oven and bake 10 minutes

Combine meatballs and marinara in a large bowl, fully coating meatballs. You will heat in microwave for 5 minutes if using frozen or if using homemade 2-3 minutes to ensure they are warm, but not hot.

Carefully remove rolls from oven.

Place one meatball into each roll.

Top with any leftover sauce.

Top with cheese.

Top with remaining herb mixture.

Return to oven and bake 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden.

Serve immediately. Cheers!