One of my favorite appetizers in the entire world, besides stuffed mushrooms, would have to be mozzarella cheese sticks. I absolutely LOVE anything with cheese. In fact, the more cheese, the better. I found a recipe a little while ago on Pinterest that had simple directions on how to make them. The recipe DID NOT WORK so please don’t try it. But just so you know which recipe it was, it pretty much said cut cheese sticks in half, dip them in milk and then in the bread crumbs and then bake them for 15 minutes. All that did for me was give me a baking sheet covered in melted cheese mixed with breadcrumbs. It was a huge disaster and a big mess to clean, not to mention the fact that I couldn’t even eat the stuff! It was such a waste. Well this time, I found a better recipe using an ingredient that made a little more sense for me to use, egg roll wraps. They turned out DELICIOUS. Even though they weren’t breaded, it was still a tasteful replacement. Here’s the recipe:
12 Wonton or Egg-Roll Wraps, at room temperature
12 Mozzarella String Cheese
Marinara Sauce for Dipping
Small bowl with water, optional
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Take one of your room-temperature wraps (less likely to break and ooze cheese all over if room-temp and slightly wet) and lay on flat surface in front of you, like a diamond. Put cheese stick in middle, corner to corner (or slightly below).
Take the bottom corner and fold it up over the cheese stick and stick to other side of wrap tightly. You can add a few drops of the water here to make the wrap stick better.
Carefully (here is the part where the wrap can break), fold over the right and left corners of the wrap onto the cheese stick to completely cover the cheese.
Roll up the wrap.
Bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes, turning once, until golden brown.
“Fried” Directions: Alternatively, you can make this on the stovetop.
Wrap cheese as described above.
Heat 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat.
Working in batches, add in half of the cheese sticks. Roll/stir sticks around for about 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown, and remove from heat.
Serve with Marinara (seasoned with oregano/basil/garlic for more flavor) and Enjoy!
This recipe was borrowed from a fellow blogger who’s link is in the opening paragraph. I didn’t bake my cheese sticks, I fried them because I felt that frying them would cook the wrap on the inside better than if I would bake them.
As tasteful as fast food can be at times, I really REALLY dislike it for several reasons of which I don’t have too much time time to explain. But every now and then I do crave something, fast, fattening and cheap! I’m a huge fan of Mexican food so my first pick is always Taco Bell. They have a delicious menu item called the crunchwrap supreme and it is literally heaven in your mouth-seriously, it’s that good. Well I always prefer to learn how to make my own dishes from scratch so that I know what is actually being put into my food and make sure nothing is dropped on the floor and then put back on my sandwich/taco (I have witnessed this when I worked at Wendy’s, by a manager at that!). Anyways, I found the perfect recipe to make an exact replica of the delicious meal! I even added my own favorable ingredient to make it even more uniquely delicious. Here’s the recipe for you to try: Ingredients:
Large Flour Tortillas burrito style
1 lb ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
shredded cheese or nacho cheese
tortilla chips (you could use use a corn tortilla)
Brown ground beef in a skillet, add the packet of taco seasoning and stir until mixed well. Cook for another minute or so. For those of you who would like to add corn, boil the corn for ten minutes, let cool, cut kernels off cob with knife, separate kernels using a fork and mix with your ground beef.
Microwave the tortillas for a few seconds just to warm them up, it will make the wrapping easier.
Take a tortilla, spread some sour cream in the center.Top with ground beef.
Top with shredded cheese or a few scoops of nacho cheese.
Next add a layer of tortilla chips or at this point you would add a small corn tortilla like a tostada size.
Top with lettuce and tomato and then starting on the bottom, fold up the tortilla toward the center, continue all the way around until it is all folded over, it WON’T cover it completely.
Carefully lift it up and set it fold side down on a non stick pan. Press with a spatula and cook until nice and brown, flip it over and cook the other side. It won’t take long at all.
Serve with extra sour cream and guac if you rock! ;D
Looking for a quick snack that’s both delicious and quick to make? Here’s the perfect recipe for you! These pigs in a blanket are AMAZING and they go well with my homemade caramel frapp that I chose to accompany this delicious snack.
Pigs In A Blanket Recipe Ingredients:
1 Package of Little Smokies (You can also use cut up hotdogs to improvise!)
1 Can of Crescent Rolls
Parmesan Cheese (Optional)
1 tbsp. Butter
1 tbsp. Flour
Large Baking Pan
Preheat oven to 350F.
Boil Little Smokies & drain to cool.
Grease Baking Pan with butter and Flour, Any flour left over put back in container or empty in the sink.
Cut the crescent roll dough into little strips, as many as the number of little smokies you have.
Wrap the smokies with the strips of dough and line them on your baking pan. You can sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top for extra flavor if you like.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve Warm
Caramel Frappe Recipe Ingredients:
6 oz Cold Coffee
1 cup Milk
2-3 tbsp Caramel
2-3 tbsp Sugar
1 cup Ice
Whip Cream to Top (Optional)
Blend all Ingredients except the whip cream in a blender until its to your desired consistency.
Pour in a glass and your ready to go! Add whip cream and drizzled caramel on top if desired. (:
Simple huh?! Easy to make and very, VERY tasty. Enjoy! ❤
Right before I delivered Natalia, Me & the baby daddy made these DELICIOUS Lasagna Roll Ups that I pinned on Pinterest. Actually let me correct myself: IIIIIII made them, Jacob watched ans taste tested lol. Well he did help me roll half of them up, but I did the rest (:
Also, I made enough to have plenty of left overs so I wouldn’t have to cook for a few nights in case Natalia decided to come.
Here is the recipe that I followed, although it doesn’t include ground beef, I took initiative to add that in there for extra protein!
This soup is the perfect recipe for lunch, dinner, for when
you’re sick or are just in the mood for comfort food.
4 tbsp butter
4 tbsp flour
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 large russet potatoes (peeled & diced)
8-10 slices cooked bacon
1 tbsp salt to taste
2 tbsp parmesan cheese
At least 2½ cups milk
1 tbsp shredded cheese (for your bowl)
1 tbsp sour cream (optional)
Boil a pot of salted water. Cook peeled and diced potatoes for no more than 10 minutes. Make sure you can stick a fork all the way through but don’t cook longer than needed or your soup will be potato mush!
Cook bacon and chop it up.
In a large sauce pan, melt butter and flour on medium high heat. Make sure to stir consistently until flour and butter is well blended. When it starts to sizzle, pour in milk GRADUALLY (a little at a time) and stir until well mixed to make it thick (At this time you may want to reduce heat to medium-low). Add salt, parmesan cheese and cilantro. Stir until sauce thickens. You will be able to see it thicken by how it falls on the sides of the pot. When it is thick enough to your liking, add remaining ingredients. Let cool and serve with remaining shredded cheese and sour cream if you like.
This BBQ Chicken Sandwich really is the definition of Traditional Southern Cooking. It was so delicious I felt like I ordered it from a BBQ restaurant or something! The side served with this delicious sandwich was my own special homemade potato salad. Here’s how I made it:
BBQ Chicken Sandwich Ingredients:
Package of thawed chicken (however much you want to make)
BBQ Sauce (Your favorite and however much will satisfy your BBQ taste buds)
1 can chicken broth
In a slow cooker, pour the chicken broth and cook the chicken in it on the 8 hour low setting. It will not take an entire 8 hours to cook, but probably 5 or 6.
Once cooked, Remove any skin and bone if you did not use skinless and boneless chicken.
Shred chicken using 2 forks.
In a large bowl mix chicken with however much BBQ sauce you like. I will let you be the judge.
Put a generous amount on your hamburger buns and eat away! I personally like to toast my bread and add pickles. But you make it however you like!
Potato Salad Ingredients:
4 large russet potatoes
Handful dill pickle chips
6-8 hard-boiled eggs
Salt & pepper to taste
Peel and dice the potatoes. The smaller the potato pieces the shorter time it takes for them to cook.
Cook them in a pot of boiling salted water for about 10 minutes no longer. You want the potatoes to be soft but not too soft otherwise they will turn to mush.
Boil eggs in pot of water for ten minutes after the water starts to boil.
Drain potatoes and cool eggs before peeling.
Chop the onion and pickles in a food processor. Then chop up the hard boiled eggs. You can remove the yolk if you like.
Throw all ingredients in a large bowl. Add enough mustard and mayo to your liking and there you have it: homemade potato salad!
Delicious BBQ Chicken Sandwich Lunch Served with Homemade Potato Salad & Sweet Tea ❤
I’ve had this mean craving for chicken enchiladas lately, so I made some for dinner last night! I would go on and on about how freakin’ delicious it was, but I will leave you readers with the recipe so you can just try them yourself! ;D
NOTE: If you plan to make this for dinner, you have to prep the day before by taking the chicken out if it’s frozen so you can start cooking it when you wake up in the morning. Also, this recipe is enough to serve 3 people twice, or 6, depending on how much everyone will eat. It only makes 3 extra-large enchiladas that you can cut in half, which is what I did.
One more thing! You could just cook the chicken in the pan with the sauce, but I recommend putting it in the crock pot because it makes the chicken so tender, it falls right off the bone. This makes it easier to shred. (:
10” Flour Tortillas
Pack of 4 chicken breasts (Sorry, idk the weight just the package I bought. I recommend boneless&skinless, unless you want to spend extra time pulling that stuff off!)
1 10oz. can Enchilada Sauce
Handful of Black Olives (optional)
1½ cup shredded cheese of your choice (I used Mexican Blend)
2 tbsp. Sour Cream
2 tbsp. Softened/Whipped Cream Cheese
1 tbsp. Cilantro
2 Garlic Cloves
½ Large Onion
Cook the chicken in a crock pot filled with the entire can of enchilada sauce, sautéed garlic, onion and cilantro. Cook on the low setting that says 8 hours. (It will not take an entire 8 hours to cook)
About 6 hours later, take the chicken out leaving the juices in the crock-pot, and put your chicken in a large plate where you will have plenty of room to pull it apart using 2 forks. Before you start shredding, preheat your oven to 350°F.
After your chicken is shredded, get a separate bowl and mix together the sour cream, cream cheese, and ½ cup of shredded cheese. I also added diced black olives but you can leave them out or replace them with jalapeños if you like your enchiladas spicy. Once mixed add your chicken.
In a 10” by 12” baking dish, pour a ¼ cup of the enchilada sauce from the crock-pot, just enough to cover the bottom so your tortillas don’t burn.
On a flour tortilla, fill it with a generous amount of your cheesy chicken mixture, roll it up, and place it flap side down into your baking dish. Repeat until mixture is finished.
Pour the rest of the enchilada sauce on top of your enchiladas. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and top with remaining cup of shredded cheese. Bake for 5 more minutes to melt the cheese. Remove from oven, let cool, and serve.
You can add anything you like on top: sour cream, guacamole, pieces of cilantro for looks and zesty taste, tomatoes, chiles, more olives, whatever you like! Serve with a side of rice and beans to have the full authentic Mexican Enchilada dinner! My mom made her special made Brazilian style white rice that I stove-top steamed. I made homemade re-fried beans using a can of Goya black beans with a tbsp of butter and 2 tsp of flour to make it thick.
BTW this is my own personal recipe that I made up using bits and pieces of other peoples recipe, souped it up to my liking! I hope you enjoy it. (: