Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Baked Pigs in a Blanket

I have a confession. Hotdogs are my go-to meal with the kids. They are easy, ready quickly, and cheap. Nutritious? eh... probably not so much.

Still, even hotdogs need spruced up every once in a while. This recipe takes about 25 minutes, start to finish, and the end result is yummy enough for even the adults to enjoy.

Baked Pigs In A Blanket

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
2 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 tablespoons unsalted cold butter cut into small pieces
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
3/4 cup buttermilk
8 long hot dogs

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degree F and grease a large baking sheet.
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a bowl.
  3. Add the butter and and rub it in until the dough becomes crumbly.
  4. Stir the cheese in the dough and make sure it is evenly distributed.
  5. Create a crater in the dough and add the buttermilk. Using a wooden spoon, stir well and let it stay for around 3 minutes.
  6. Turn the dough on floured surface.
  7. Pat the dough in a rectangle that is about 15 inches by 7 inches.
  8. Using a pizza cutter, slice the dough into 8 rectangles.
  9. Roll the rectangles around the hotdogs and seal edges. Place seam-side down on baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, until golden brown.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Crockpot Breakfast Casserole

For years, I have looked for a breakfast that I could put in the crock pot the night before. It had to be something the kids would eat but not too loaded with sugar. And, I didn't want bread pudding. After many failed attempts, I found this one. It's simple and tasty.

Breakfast Casserole

12 eggs, beaten
14 slices bread
2 1/4 cups milk
2 1/2 cups Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1 pound sausage, cooked and drained
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard
  1. Grease the sides of the crock pot with butter.
  2. Spread mustard on one side of the bread and cut bread into fourths.
  3. Make layers in the crock pot of bread, followed by sausage, followed by cheese, ending with a cheese layer.
  4. Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper together. Pour over crock pot mixture.
  5. Cover and cook on LOW heat setting for 8 to 12 hours.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tortilla Roll-Ups

Easy Roll-Ups

The girls wanted roll-ups for supper tonight, so I made my usual pickle roll-ups. Knowing Natalie doesn’t like things too spicy, I made a second kind of roll-up with turkey meat. While I love the pickle ones, the turkey roll-ups were delicious!

Corned beef lunchmeat
Deli turkey, extra thin
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup miracle whip
2 tablespoons Ranch dip mix
shredded cheddar cheese
7 tortilla wraps

  1. Mix together the cream cheese, miracle whip, and ranch dressing.
  2. Spread cream cheese mix over tortillas.
  3. For pickle roll-ups, place corned beef on cream cheese mix and spread pickle relish on corned beef.
  4. For turkey roll-ups, place turkey on cream cheese mix and sprinkle shredded cheese on turkey.
  5. Roll tortillas, jelly-roll style.
  6. Place in refrigerator for at least one hour.
  7. After an hour, cut tortilla roll-ups into 1-inch pieces. Serve cold.