Monday, January 28, 2013

Cheesy Ranch Tater Tots

These are out of this world and just the right snack for any party (Superbowl). Hubby, Haylie and I spent our Saturday evening with friends; I made these and the were gone before we knew it. Not a crumb left in the pan. I beg you to make these. =)
I was not able to get a picutre of them they were gone before I could snap one but the pic below is from the website I got the recipe from (Thanks Christine). Yummy huh?
Cheesy Ranch Tater Tots
Adapted from Fantastic Family Favorites

1 bag frozen tater tots (or french fries) I used tots

Sour Cream Ranch Sauce
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup ranch dressing
1/4 cup milk

1 cup (or as much as you like) Shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup real bacon bits
1/4 cup green onions
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Cook frozen tater tots according to package directions.
2. Spread 3/4 of the sour cream ranch sauce onto an oven safe serving platter. (I used a cookie sheet)
3. Arrange tots on top of the sauce.
4. Drizzle remaining sauce on the top, and sprinkle on the toppings.
5. Place under broiler for a few seconds to melt the cheese.
Serve immediately

Friday, January 25, 2013

Thick and Chewy M&M Bars

These are fantastic! They are super easy! You can substitute chocolate chips to make chocolate chip cookie bars too or maybe even mint chips. =) 

Thick and Chewy M&M Cookie Bars
adapted from fantastic family favorites
2 1/8 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
12 TBSPs butter (1 1/2 sticks), melted and cooled slightly
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 tsps vanilla extract
1 12oz bag M&M's, divided

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Adjust the oven rack to lower-middle position. Line a 9X13-inch baking pan with foil, letting the excess hang over the edges of the pan by about 1 inch so you can grab those edges and pull the bars from the pan after they have baked. Spray the foil-lined pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Mix the flour, salt, and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside. Whisk the melted butter and sugars in a large bowl until combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix well. Using a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until just combined; do not overmix. Fold in 1 cup of M&M's and turn the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with the spatula. Sprinkle remaining M&M's on top and press in slightly.

3. Bake until the top of the bars is light golden brown, slightly firm to the touch, and edges start pulling away from sides of pan, 24-28 minutes. Cool on a wire rack to room temperature. Remove the bars from the pan by lifting the foil overhang and transfer them to a cutting board. Cut into squares and serve.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Cheeseburger Soup

So I've been on a soup kick lately, that's because it has been cold and/or rainy for what seems like a very long time. So enjoy yet another soup recipe. I got this recipe from a friend from school.
Thank you Amber

Cheeseburger Soup

1 1/2 cups water
2 Cups cubed peeled potatoes
2 small carrots grated
1 small onion chopped
1/4 cup green pepper chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon beef bouillon (I use chicken, because that's what I have on hand)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 lbs ground beef browned
2 1/2 cups milk, divided
3 tablespoons of flour
8 oz of Velveeta cheese, cubed
1/4-1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, optional-I did not add this.
1/2 lb sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled

In a large saucepan, combine the first nine ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15-20 minutes until potatoes are tender.
Stir in beef and 2 cups of milk; heat through. Combine flour and the rest of the milk together until smooth, gradually stir into soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; stir in
cheese until melted. Add cayenne pepper of desired. Top with bacon just before serving.

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

Sorry I don't have a picture of this but it was gone before I remembered to get a picture. You can visit LuLu The Baker's blog and check out some pics there.

But here is the recipe for this delicious soup!

2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup finely chopped carrot
1 celery stick, finely chopped (feel free to add more celery if you like celery; I don't, so I don't add much)
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
4 cups chicken broth (I usually use a mixture of low-sodium chicken broth and broth made with chicken soup base because it gives it such nice flavor)
2 large baking potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 Tablespoon flour
1/2 cup water
2/3 cup milk
2 cups chopped broccoli
Heaping cups shredded cheddar cheese

Melt the butter in a large soup pot. Add onions, carrots, and celery and saute over medium heat until tender. Add garlic and cook 1 or 2 additional minutes. Add chicken broth and potatoes, bring to a boil, and cook until potatoes are tender. Mix flour with water, add, and simmer until soup is slightly thickened. Add milk and broccoli and cook until broccoli is just tender and soup is heated through. Stir in cheese, allow to melt, and serve.