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Recipe Exploration: Crocker Family Macaroni and Cheese

April 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Name: Crocker Macaroni and Cheese

By: Cynthia Crocker

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 35 to 40 min

Servings: 4 to 5

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of elbow macaroni
  • ¼ box of Velveeta (2 lb box)
  • 4 oz mild cheddar
  • 1 ½ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons margarine or butter
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400° Fahrenheit.
  2. Prepare elbow macaroni according to package directions in salted water.  Drain.
  3. In a glass baking dish, combine prepared elbow macaroni, Velveeta, and cheddar cheese.
  4. Beat egg in a small bowl and add to elbow macaroni.
  5. Add the salt and pepper and stir thoroughly.  It will be a little watery.
  6. Bake at 400° 35 to 40 minutes or until brown.


Notes:

  • This is a great family dish so make sure to double the recipe for family!
  • For some extra spice, add red pepper flakes
  • For extra cheese, you can add some on top ten minutes before baking until it melts.
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Recipe Exploration: Cheesy Bacon, Chicken, and Avocado Quesadillas

January 19, 2012 Leave a comment
Name: Cheesy Bacon, Chicken, and Avocado Quesadillas
By:Renee (from kevinandamanda.com)

Prep Time: 10
Cook Time: 10

Servings: 8 (half a quesadilla is a serving)

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium-sized flour tortilla shells
  • 1 lb chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup scallions, diced
  • 8 strips of bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 3 cups mild cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tbsp butter

Directions:

  1. Arrange bacon on a cooling rack (like for cookies) and set it on top of sheet pan. If you don’t have a cooling rack, you can just put the bacon straight on the sheet pan. Or in a 9×13 baking dish. Either way will work. Place bacon in a cold oven, turn heat to 400, and cook 15 mins per side.
  2. Add 1/2 tbsp bacon drippings to a skillet over medium heat. Add the scallions and saute about 2-3 mins until softened. Add the chicken in a single layer, season with salt and pepper, and cook for about 5 mins or until chicken is golden and cooked through, flipping just once during cooking. Remove the chicken and scallions to a plate and rinse out the skillet.
  3. Add about 1/2 tbsp butter to the skillet over medium heat. When foamy, add a tortilla and swirl it around to get it nice and buttery. Layer one side of the tortilla with chicken, bacon, avocado, and a little cheese. Use tongs to flip the other half of the tortilla over and press down. Cook the tortilla for about 1-2 mins on each side or until golden brown and crispy.
  4. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas, adding a little more butter for each tortilla as needed. Eat & enjoy!

Notes:

  • I used the bacon pieces used for salads and made them crispy in the microwave.  Was a lot easier.  But if you don’t have extra bacon grease handy, it’s good to make the bacon yourself.

Shepherd Pie

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment
Name:  Shepherd Pie
By: Renee (adapted from allrecipes.com)

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min

Servings: 6

Ingredients:

  • ½ onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tsp of oil (for sauteing)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper (to taste)
  • 10 oz of mixed vegetables(14.5 ounce)
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 4 cups mashed potatoes
  • 4 oz sour cream

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Heat the oil and saute the garlic and onions in a medium saucepan until tender, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the ground beef and cook over medium-high heat until beef is browned, about 10 minutes. Drain fat.
  4. Add salt and pepper.  Optional: Add in the cayenne pepper to taste.
  5. Mix in mixed vegetables and cream of mushroom soup.
  6. Pour beef mixture into a 2 quart casserole dish and top with 2 cups of cheddar cheese.
  7. Add sour cream and one cup of cheddar cheese to mashed potatoes.  Add whatever spices to mashed potatoes you would like (garlic powder, cayenne pepper, butter, salt, pepper, etc.)
  8. Spread mashed potatoes on top.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven until the pie is hot, and the mashed potatoes are golden brown, about 30 minutes.

Notes:

Only add the cayenne pepper if you want a little bit of spice.

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