Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tasty Tuesday: Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese

Mac & cheese + slow cooker = DELISH! Give this recipe a try for your next dinner...

The Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (8 oz) elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 4 tbsp butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 can cheddar cheese condensed soup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

The Directions:

Boil macaroni until tender. Drain. In medium saucepan, mix butter & cheese. Stir until cheese melts. 

In slow cooker, combine cheese mixture, eggs, sour cream, soup, salt, milk, mustard & pepper. Stir well. Add drained macaroni & stir again. 

Turn slow cooker on "low" setting & cook for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tasty Tuesday: Buffalo Bites

These buffalo bites work as an appetizer, snack or pair with a side for dinner!

The Ingredients:

  • 2 (8 oz) blocks cream cheese, softened
  • 2 (4 oz) cans chopped green chilies
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 10 flour tortillas

The Directions:

Mix cream cheese, chopped green chilies & taco seasoning together. Microwave tortillas for 30 seconds to make them easier to work with.

Spread mixture on tortillas. Roll tortillas & cut into bite-size pieces.

**Tip: it's sometimes easier to cut the rolls if you put them in the fridge to chill first

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tasty Tuesday: Green Bean Bundles

This is a favorite side dish at our house... hope y'all enjoy!

The Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs of fresh green beans or 3 cans (14.5oz) cans of whole green beans, drained
  • 1 lb thick-cut bacon
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • a dash of Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • black pepper or Montreal steak seasoning
  • toothpicks

The Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.

If you're using fresh green beans, steam or boil under crisp-tender. If you're using canned green beans, drain them thoroughly. Once your green beans are prepared, dump them into a dish where you can spread them out a little.

Open your bacon & using kitchen scissors or a knife, cut all the slices in half. Lay a 1/2 bacon slice on a cutting board or plate & gather a bundle of approximately 6-7 green beans. Canned green beans are sometimes in pieces, so just estimate. Place the beans on the bacon & roll, wrapping the bacon tightly around the beans. Secure with a toothpick. Place in your baking dish.

Repeat until all bacon & beans are used... you may have to adjust your bundle sizes to make sure you finish without something left over.

In a medium bowl, melt butter. Add garlic powder & Worcestershire sauce (if desired), then add brown sugar gradually, tasting until it's perfect. You may not want to use the entire cup of brown sugar... it's totally up to you. Spoon the glaze over each green bean bundle, making sure the bacon is coated. Sprinkle lightly with black pepper or steak seasoning (skip this step to make less peppery).

Bake for 20-25 minutes until bacon is cooked. Yum!