Wednesday, May 1, 2013

John Wayne Casserole

You'll never believe it, but this casserole originated in a hospital cafeteria. It's definitely the best cafeteria food I've ever eaten. It's full of great flavors and ingredients--cheese, ground beef, biscuits-- a bit of everything! My family prefers it without the onion, peppers, and tomatoes, so I make it without them, but I'm sure it's just as delicious with them added in. Tell me how you like it!

John Wayne Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds ground beef, cooked and drained
  • 1 (1.25-ounce) packet taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup (or more--add as much as you want!) cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 cups biscuit mix
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 (4-ounce) can sliced jalapeno pepper

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 325 degrees.

2. Brown ground beef and add taco seasoning and water, according to packet instructions, and set aside.

3. In a separate bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, 4 ounces of cheddar cheese, and half of onions, and set aside.

4. Stir biscuit mix and water (directions on box) to form soft dough. Pat dough on bottom and one-half-inch up the sides of an 11x17-inch greased casserole dish

5. Saute remaining onions and bell peppers until slightly tender

6. On top of biscuit mix, evenly distribute ingredients in the following order: ground beef, tomato slices, green peppers, onions, jalapeno peppers, sour cream mixture and end with remaining shredded cheese.

7. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until edges of dough are lightly browned.


Enjoy!
Stacey

Monday, January 28, 2013

Smashed Potatoes


Not quite mashed, but definitely not whole, these potatoes are crispy and flavorful.

Smashed Potatoes

Ingredients:

New or other small round potatoes (one potato = one serving)
Olive oil
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Rosemary, parsley, or other herb of choice to taste

Directions:

1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add in the potatoes and cook until they are fork-tender, about 20-25 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

3. On a cookie sheet, drizzle a generous amount of olive oil. Place potatoes onto cookie sheet, leaving space between each one.

4. Use a potato masher (or bottom of a glass) to smash each potato gently. Rotate potato masher 90 degrees and smash again.

5. Brush each smashed potato with a generous amount of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and your herb(s) of choice.

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.



Enjoy!
Stacey

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Chocolate Overload Brownies


I'm going to share a secret. Ready? I have never made homemade brownies until now. The only brownies I make are from a mix. I realized that it was time to change this sad fact, so I searched online for a quick and delicious homemade brownie recipe. This is the first recipe I have tried, and it completely changed my views on brownies. Although many mix brownies are delicious, the ones that this recipe makes are super easy and packed with loads of intense chocolate flavor. Be warned, these brownies are only for true chocolate lovers!

Chocolate Overload Brownies

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder.
1/2 cup melted butter
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup confectioner's sugar (for decoration, optional)

Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. 

2. Line one 9x13 inch pan with greased parchment paper.

3. Combine cocoa, melted butter, sugar, eggs, salt, flour and vanilla. Mix until well combined. It should be very thick and sticky.

4. Spread mixture into the prepared pan. Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool.


Enjoy!
Stacey