Monday, January 31, 2011

Stuffed Manicotti

Step 1: Boil your manicotti noodles until they are almost cooked thru, but still a little stiff. This way they'll be easier to stuff and won't collapse on you.
Step 2: start with sauce. I use a homemade meat sauce, but any jarred sauce will work. add meat if you like.

Step 3: stir in ricotta cheese

Step 4: drain your noodles

Step 5: Put your sauce/ricotta cheese mixture into a bag and cut the tip off.

Step 6: Slice up a block of mozzarella, or you can use string cheese and slice them in half length-wise. Block cheese was on sale and string cheese can be pricey if it's not on sale.

Step 7: Stuff a piece of cheese into each noodle and then fill with the sauce mixture. Whatever is leftover I just squeeze out on top of the noodles.

Step 8: Top with the rest of your sauce and some mozzarella cheese.

step 9: Bake at 375 for 45 mins or until your noodles are cooked thru and sauce is bubbly.

Step 10: EAT IT

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Potatoes & Sausage

I didn't put any actual amounts of ingredients. Depending on what size pan you use, you can decide as you go how many potatoes, sausage, and cheese you will use. So make as little or as much as you want.

Step 1: Peel and thinly slice potatoes. Use a mandoline to slice them if you have one. Step 2: slice some smoked sausage
Step 3: In a greased baking dish, layer potatoes and sprinkle with seasoning salt and pepper. add some sausage and sprinkle with sharp cheddar cheese. Continue layering.

Step 4: On your second to last layer of potatoes, mix some milk with a tablespoon or 2 of flour and pour over top. Then continue your layering.

Step 5: On the very top cover with sausage and cheese

Step 6: Cover with foil and place in a 400 degree oven. Cook for an hour and a half, or until your potatoes are cooked thru. Remove the foil for the last 10-15 mins of cooking to brown the top up.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Pepperjack Chicken over Rice

Finally, a recipe created by my own brain :)
There are no measurements for this recipe, use as much or as little of each ingredient as you like/need.

Step 1: Cut chicken breasts into bite sized pieces. Heat a teaspoon of vegetable oil in an oven safe pan. Add chicken to hot pan and sprinkle with packaged taco seasoning.
Step 2: In your rice cooker make some white rice cooked in chicken broth. You can also do this on the stovetop in a pan if you don't have a rice cooker.

Step 3: Once your chicken is cooked, top with pepperjack cheese. Or in our case, part of it with pepperjack and the other part with a mexican cheese mixture. Cause the kids don't like spicy stuff so much.

Step 4: Place the pan in the oven preheated to 350 degrees and cook until cheese is melted.

Step 5: Serve your chicken over the rice and add some more cheese to the top. It makes it a little more healthy & tasty if you add some butter, salt & pepper to your rice also.

Makes great leftovers for work the next day. see the healthy globs of butter? :)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Pepperoni Bread

Pepperoni Bread

step 1: Use frozen bread dough that you have allowed to thaw in the fridge overnite. let it sit out an hour or 2 before you start cooking, so it will be easier to work with. Stretch the dough out as best you can and lay it on a greased pan.
step 2: Top with sliced pepperoni

Step 3: Top with sausage that you have cooked and sliced

step 4: sprinkle a little garlic salt over top of the whole thing

Step 5: sprinkle with a little parmesan cheese and then put as much mozzerela or provolone on as you can fit without making a huge mess

Step 6: stuff all your filling in good, so you can seal up the sides.

Step 7: bring sides together and pinch to seal. Sometimes the dough can be difficult to work with, but do the best you can.

step 8: once you have it sealed, flip it seam side down on the pan

Step 9: brush with an egg wash( just an egg beaten with a splash of water)

step 10: sprinkle with some seasoning if you like.

Step 11: put in the oven at 350 and cook for 20-30 mins

When you take it out of the oven it should be well browned. There's nothing worse than biting into doughy pepperoni bread!