Sunday, March 20, 2011

Cheddar and Herb Biscuits

When I was kid I used to love going to red lobster for their cheddar biscuits. 
Back then I could eat as many as I wanted and wouldn't have to worry about it. 
A few games of volleyball would have worked those biscuits off:)
The recipe I used is from Down Home with the Neelys
It's so cute to watch them cook together in the kitchen. It's one of my top 3 favorite shows!
If you get a chance check them out on the Food network channel.

Gina's Cheddar and Herb Biscuits


2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoon freshly chopped chives
1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley leaves
3/4 cup grated sharp yellow cheddar
1 cup buttermilk
4 tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cayenne together using a whisk. Add the herbs, cheese and buttermilk. Stir together until dough forms. Once dough has formed, using an ice cream scooper, scoop out dough onto baking tray. With a brush, lightly butter tops. Bake for 15 minutes.


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ruth's Chris Sweet Potato Casserole

Who doesn't love Ruth's Chris Steakhouse??
We had dinner there a few months ago for Uncle Pat's birthday. 
Whenever we go 2 orders of au gratin potatoes will be ordered. It's NOT an option.
We decided to try something else on the menu this time. 
I'm not a HUGE sweet potato fan on Thanksgiving but my mom convinced me to share an order with her and try them out.
Ruth's Chris sweet potatoes are more like a dessert. 
The perfect amount of sweetness in a bowl:)
The recipe is from Mrs. Jami.

Ruth's Chris Sweet Potato Casserole


1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup of flour
1 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup butter (melted)

Sweet Potato Mixture

3 cups mashed sweet potatoes (you can use can to save time, drain)
1 cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs (well beaten)
1/2 cup of butter (melted)

Combine brown sugar, nuts and butter in a mixing bowl. Set aside
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Combine sweet potato, salt, sugar, vanilla, eggs and butter in the order listed. Mix thoroughly.
Pour mixture into buttered baking dish.
Sprinkle the surface of the sweet potato mixture evenly with the crust mixture.
Bake for 30 minutes. Allow to set for about 30 minutes before serving.

I'm definitely making this for Thanksgiving this year:)

Happy Birthday Uncle Pat!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

We went to the OC swap meet a few weeks ago and I grabbed a few bags of jalepeno's..
My grandpa likes to tease me into biting into one whenever we have them around. I only fell for it once. He convinced me it "wasn't that hot"...  He thinks he is SOOO funny!
Now he tries to trick my boyfriend.
As you know I have a deep connection with bacon and anytime I can put it in a recipe I will!
These jalepeno poppers were easy appetizers and a lot of fun making.

Whoever tells you to use half a slice of bacon is NOT your friend.
I repeat, NOT your friend.

Bacon Wrapped Jalepeno Poppers


25 fresh jalepenos
14-16 ounces of cream cheese
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 (16 ounce packages) of bacon

Cut stems of the peppers and cut them long way. Remove seeds from peppers
fill each pepper with cream cheese and sprinkle cheddar cheese on top
Wrap a piece of bacon around each pepper half.  
Place on baking sheet in a 450 degree oven for 10 15 minutes or until bacon is cooked
Remove and serve when cooled.


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