January 30, 2013

Pizza Balls

Superbowl is coming up this weekend!!! And if you want to make something fun and easy let me suggest the recipe below. I made these for New Years and they were pretty yummy.

3 cans Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits (10 per can)
56 pepperoni slices
block of Colby cheese
1 beaten egg
Italian seasoning
Garlic powder
1 jar pizza sauce
Cut the block of cheese into 28 squares.
Flatten a biscuit out and stack pepperoni and cheese on top.
Gather up the edges of the biscuit.
Line up the rolls in a greased 9x13 pan.
Brush with beaten egg.
Sprinkle with parmesan, Italian seasoning and garlic powder.
Bake at 425°F for 18-20 minutes.

Microwave Score: 4-Just as good microwaved!
Freezer Score: Haven't tried them...
Overall Score: 4-simple and yummy, but no anything super special. Best when hot-but still good cool. The guys at our Superbowl party absolutely loved them! I got many compliments of the "amazingness" of them.


Nutella & Cheese Danish

So if you haven't figured it out already then i worry about you. Larissa and I both love cream cheese. I also love Nutella, so seeing this recipe made me very happy. I literally thought about it for a month after that. When would I be able to make it? Would it be too much to make it just because? Should I wait to premiere it for a big dinner or celebration?
Well after 5 trips to the store and every time starring at the Nutella trying to figure out if I should just buy it or not, I did it. I bought the ingredients, went home and made it. No special reason at all, and I think that made it all the more special. After it was finished I quickly sliced a piece and enjoyed while reading one of my favorite books The Host. Life was good. I did end up sharing it with friends and roomies, and I got a resounding "Yes!" when I asked if they liked it, though it wasn't like I would expecting to hear any other answer.

1 (8 ounce) can croissant dough (crescent rolls)

1 (8 ounce) block of cream cheese, softened
2/3 C powdered sugar
3 Tbs. Nutella
some extra Nutella, melted
a little powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees; grease a cookie sheet.
Cream together the cream cheese and powdered sugar.
Mix in Nutella until combined; set aside.
Unroll croissant dough and arrange it into a circle onto the cookie sheet.
Spread the filling along the inside of the dough.
Take the dough and flip it over the filling; press to seal the edges.
Cut the excess edges off and place them over the rest of the openings.
Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes; until golden brown.
Drizzle on the melted nutella and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Slice, serve and enjoy!
Microwave Score: TBD-never reheated it cause it was good cool
Freezer Score: TBD-not enough left over to freeze it
Overall Score: 5-see above comments as to why it gets a 5...


Lasagna Soup

So we had a Relief Society activity and we were supposed to bring a soup to share. I had just made my cheesy veg chowder, so I wanted to try something different. I came across this gem here and decided to make it. Pretty risky considering I had never tried it yet I was serving it to other people. Luckily for me it was so amazingly fantastic! Everyone who tried it said they loved it and my roomie told me she had 3 bowls (I don't blame her). It's a good hearty soup that tastes delicious.

Takes about 1 hour from start to finish.
2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 lb. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 32 oz. container chicken broth
1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes (undrained)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
8 lasagna noodles, broken into small pieces
*Optional: 1 tbsp. corn starch mixed with 1 tbsp. water

For topping:
3 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
1/2 mozzarella cheese (can use reduced fat)
In a medium to large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook until onions are slightly translucent (2-3 minutes). Add in ground beef and cook until meat is browned.
Once meat has browned, drain the fat and then pour in broth, tomato sauce, petite diced tomatoes, salt & cayenne pepper. Bring mixture to a boil. Once mixture is boiling, reduce heat and simmer for approximately 20 minutes. Add in the broken lasagna noodles and bring soup back up to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally until soup thickens and noodles are soft, approximately 10-15 minutes.
If sauce is not thick enough, mix together 1 tbsp. corn starch with 1 tbsp. water in a small bowl and add into the soup. Stir until thickened. I haven't had a problem with the thickness of the soup. I put a lid on it after I add the noodles.
Spoon soup into bowls and top with mozzarella and parmesan.

Pictured with croutons for extra crunch, though i found that it wasn't needed.

Microwave Score: TBD-will finish the last bit for dinner
Freezer Score: TBD-not enough left over to freeze it
Overall Score: 5-I love lasagna so it's not really fair to rate it...