Category Archives for Appetizers & Side Dishes

Crockpot Mac and Cheese

Crockpot Mac and Cheese

mac and cheese

The story behind this recipe is one young mac who loves Mac and Cheese. You see my son just loves it. He also wants to learn to cook. I decided the safest way for him to cook is using the crockpot. What I didn’t know is you could easily freeze this meal so making multiple and placing them in the freezer makes this a great crockpot freezer meal. The other thing that is great about this recipe is it is simple and requires very little time. The best part is my son made it and all the kids eat it. It is a great side and a super main course. This could be your party staple this summer or the comfort meal you crave in the fall.

Crockpot Mac and Cheese

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Ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups sharp or extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • cream cheese (optional)
  • 1 cup extra cheese for top (optional)

Place in the crockpot for 3.5 hrs

Crockpot Mac and Cheese

 

healthy stuffed bell peppers

healthy stuffed bell peppers

I love  healthy stuffed peppers. The story behind this recipe is I was hired on my site www.madamedeals.com to come up with a recipe using Jimmy Dean sausage crumbles. I did. It is called healthy stuffed peppers . You can click on the blue link to see!  It was so good I headed back into the kitchen and created another easy to follow recipe.

This is what you will need to create this recipe:

Healthy Stuffed Bell Peppers

healthy stuffed bell peppers

Salsa

garlic

rice and beans I used caribbean flavor

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Several peppers

Cilantro

Jimmy Dean Sausage Crumbles

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You will need to cut the pepper and remove the seeds.

Then you will need to place the rice and bean in the bottom. I gave it several healthy scoops for my healthy stuffed bell peppers

stuff 2 rice beans

 

Then you will add in some of the Salsa

 

 

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A tiny bit of garlic. Then I cooked them in the oven at 400 for 20-25 minutes. I put water in the dish around 1/2 up the dish and placed them in the oven .

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Finally I added the cheese and let that melt it took around 5 minutes. Then you eat them and they sure are awesome!

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Easy Appetizer with Dates and Bacon

easy goat cheese recipe

Easy Appetizer

I love appetizers. This is the story behind this recipe. I went on a date with my husband to a tapas bar. I ordered these and then I had to order another plate. They were so good I couldn’t believe that they were so easy to make. These easy goat cheese appetizers can be made with turkey bacon or with normal bacon. I made mine with turkey bacon because that is what my son likes.

easy appetizer recipe

Ingredients for easy goat cheese appetizer:

Goat cheese

Turkey bacon

Dates

and Brandy if you wish. This is optional but wonderful!

easy goat cheese appetizer

You will need to remove the pits from the dates.

ingredients spoon date (1 of 1)

This is how I do it. I put the spoon in the date and then I pull it out.

easy goat cheese appetizer

Then stuff the dates with the goat cheese

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I wrapped the bacon around the date and then I cut the bacon

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Then you place a toothpick through the date.

easy bacon recipe

Then you should place the dates on a tray.

easy bacon recipe

Then I brush the bacon wrapped dates with brandy. I place them in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes or until the bacon is crisp. You may have to turn them over.

Easy Bacon Recipes

easy bacon recipes

Easy Appetizer with Dates and Bacon
Recipe Type: Appetiser
Cuisine: Spanish
Author: amee
Prep time:
Cook time:
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Serves: 4 dates per
Bacon Wrapped dates with a brandy glaze
Ingredients
  • brandy
  • turkey bacon or “real” bacon
  • dates
  • goat cheese
Instructions
  1. Wash the dates and pat them dry. Then you will need to take out the pit. Once the pit is out stuff them with goat cheese. Then wrap a piece of bacon around the date. I cut off the extra turkey bacon. You will secure the bacon with a toothpick. Then glaze the bacon with brandy.[url href=”https://cookinginbliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/veertical-final-1-of-1.jpg”][img src=”https://cookinginbliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/veertical-final-1-of-1-682×1024.jpg” alt=”” width=”470″ height=”705″ class=”alignnone size-large wp-image-2560″][/url] Finally, put them in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 you may have to turn the date over to make sure the bacon has cooked.

easy appetizer dates

Pepperoni Pizza Bread Recipe

Pepperoni Pizza Bread Recipe

Pepperoni Pizza Bread Recipe

I needed a recipe that was easy to prepare and kid friendly. This recipe has to be one that I could take with me to parties and not have to worry about a big spill. I also wanted something that looked pretty. This recipe is inexpensive and pretty. I love nothing more than a good “Monkey Bread” in fact my favorite recipe is for  Raspberry monkey bread.  <– check it out right there.

pizza bread recipes

Ingredients:

Pepperoni

3 tins of 8 count jumbo biscuits

1 8 0z package of cheese

Cooking spray

Directions:

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1) Spray the Pan

2) Open up the biscuits

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3) Push them flat

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4) Put 3-5 slice of pepperoni in the center

Pepperoni Pizza Bread Recipe

5) Place Cheese on top of the pepperoni

Pepperoni Pizza Bread Recipe

Pepperoni Pizza Bread Recipe

6) Fold in half

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7) Layer the folded biscuits in the pan

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8) Place them in the over at 350 degrees for 30 minutes

9) Serve warm

10) You can bring pasta sauce for dipping if you wish. If you want to make some of this Easy marinara or my famous gravvy  spaghetti sauce recipe

pizza bread

Pepperoni Pizza Bread Recipe
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Amee
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4-6
Three ingredient Appetizer
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • Pepperoni
  • 3 tins of 8 count jumbo biscuits
  • 1 8 0z package of cheese
  • Cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. ) Spray the Pan
  3. ) Open up the biscuits
  4. ) Push them flat
  5. ) Put 3-5 slice of pepperoni in the center
  6. ) Place Cheese on top of the pepperoni
  7. ) Fold in half
  8. ) Layer the folded biscuits in the pan
  9. ) Place them in the over at 350 degrees for 30 minutes
  10. ) Serve warm
  11. ) You can bring pasta sauce for dipping if you wish. If you want to make some of this marina or my famous gravvy.

 

 

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pepperoni pizza bread recipe

Pepperoni Pizza Bread Recipe

Acorn Squash

 

 

 

 

 

acorn squash

 Acorn Squash

I had no idea how easy it was to cook an Acorn Squash. I mean it looks so fancy. I decided it can’t be that hard and I was right. It takes just 5 minutes to prepare and about one hour to back. Then you place it on the plate and people think. Wow! She is a marvelous cook. The site is called cooking in bliss and our tag line is every recipe has a story.

This is the story of the :

Acorn Squash

  I once went to a very fancy dining establishment with my Father it was the Dupont hotel in Delaware. I ordered a grand dish and the side was Acorn Squash. I ordered it feeling very fancy but I couldn’t image how they were going to cook acorns. I really didn’t put together that an acorn squash wasn’t the same thing that a squirrel ate. I assumed they were on in the same. I just thought it was a type of acorn. I mean we were in a fancy place and who knows they douse everything in truffle oil there. I wasn’t sure that that meant either. I was baffled when my fillet arrived with this huge thing on my plate. I kept looking for the acorn. I finally asked where the acorn squash was which resulted in a huge point to this object on my plate. I have to say from then on it has been a favorite of mine. I always have ordered it when we go out. I always assumed it must be hard to prepare but I was wrong. It is so easy.

This is how it is done:

1) Preheat oven to 400°F.

2)  Take out a cookie sheet with a lip.

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3) Fill the cookie sheet with 1 cup of water. This will help the skin of the acorn to not become dry.

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4) Using a strong chef’s knife to cut the acorn squash in half, lengthwise, from stem to end.

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5) Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff in the center of each half. 6)Score the insides of each half several times with a sharp knife or a fork will also work.

acorn squash

6) Then you will need to coat the inside of each half acorn half with the 1/2 a Tbsp of butter. Add a Tbsp of brown sugar to the cavity of each half. Dribble on a teaspoon of maple syrup to each half.

7) Bake in the oven for 1 hour .
8) You will know you are done when the squash is very soft and the tops are browned.

 

Acorn Squash
Recipe Type: side
Author: Amee
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 2
Acorn corn Squash is healthy and Easy to make
Ingredients
  • 1 per 2 people Acorn Squash
  • 1 TBSP of Butter
  • 1 TBSP of Brown Sugar
  • 1 TSP of maple Syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. ) Take out a cookie sheet with a lip.
  3. ) Fill the cookie sheet with 1 cup of water. This will help the skin of the acorn to not become dry.
  4. ) Using a strong chef’s knife to cut the acorn squash in half, lengthwise, from stem to end.
  5. ) Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff in the center of each half. 6)Score the insides of each half several times with a sharp knife or a fork will also work.
  6. ) Then you will need to coat the inside of each half acorn half with the 1/2 a Tbsp of butter. Add a Tbsp of brown sugar to the cavity of each half. Dribble on a teaspoon of maple syrup to each half.
  7. ) Bake in the oven for 1 hour .
  8. ) You will know you are done when the squash is very soft and the tops are browned.