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Broccoli Cheese Spread

Broccoli Cheese Spread

Broccoli Cheese Spread is such a simple recipe but it’s so amazingly good. You absolutely need this quick and easy appetizer recipe in your arsenal. I mean could there be a more classic combination than broccoli and cheese? I don’t think so! Just try it […]

Chicken Wing Dip

Chicken Wing Dip

Alright let’s just cut to the chase here! This next recipe is called Chicken Wing Dip NOT “Buffalo” Chicken Wing Dip. You don’t call them “Buffalo” wings if you actually live in Buffalo. The Buffalo part is just assumed cause everyone knows that when it […]

Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches

Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches

Gimme a “B”…..Gimme an “L”…..Gimme a “T”. What’s that spell??? Well, the BEST sandwich of summer of course!!! I’ve gotta admit that Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches took me by surprise. Waffles and BLT’s might not seem like the obvious pair, but oh my goodness they most definitely are. Cheesy, golden delicious waffles make the absolute perfect vessel for crispy bacon, juicy tomatoes, and crunchy lettuce. This savory sandwich is great for a quick dinner, a hearty lunch, or even a game day tailgate brunch. You’ll love this unexpected twist on a true classic!

Here’s all you’ll need: all-purpose flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, salt, eggs, milk, butter, shredded cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, salt and pepper.

Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches ingredients list

First things first, like any BLT we’re going to need bacon, lettuce and tomato to make our Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches. Go ahead and prep that lettuce, slice those tomatoes into thick, hearty slices, and cook the bacon. I almost ALWAYS use this No Mess Bacon method! So easy!! Then let’s get those crispy, crunchy, golden delicious waffles started. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, and salt.

Flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, and salt mixed together in a large bowl.

Next we’ll want to separate the eggs. Crack open those eggs and carefully separate the egg yolks and place them in a small bowl. Set the egg whites aside for now. We’ll be using them in a minute. Add the milk and melted butter to the egg yolks and whisk to combine.

Egg yolks, milk, and melted butter whisked together in a small bowl.

Add the egg yolk mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir into the dry ingredients until everything is just moistened. No need to over mix! Now stir in that cheddar cheese. The more the merrier in my opinion!!! We cut it off at 1-1/2 cups but if that whole 2 cup bag just happens to fall in there I won’t be upset about it either.

The wet ingredients are added to the dry ingredients and mixed until just moistened. Cheddar cheese is then added to the bowl.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks begin to form. I’m usually not into recipes that dirty a lot of dishes but just stick with me on this one! Stiff peaks can be a little tricky but I’ve got ya covered. First off make sure there’s no shells or yolks in there cause that’ll really ruin our mojo. Room temperature eggs will work better than cold ones. Beat with a hand mixer, gradually increasing to the very highest speed. The higher the speed, the better!! Move the beaters in a back and forth motion to help the process along. You’ll also want to occasionally scrape the sides of the bowl.

You’ll know you have stiff peaks when you can remove the beaters from the bowl (while the mixer is turned off of course!) and the egg peaks stand straight up. Add the egg white mixture to our waffle batter and gently fold to combine. You’ll know it’s mixed well when you can’t see any more white foam in the batter.

Egg whites mixed in a mixing bowl with a hand mixer to form stiff peaks.

Spray a waffle iron with cooking spray and preheat. Pour a small amount of batter in the tray. This big guy takes close to half a cup of batter (for reference). Close the lid and bake. Most machines will have a timer or light to let you know when the waffle is done. Carefully remove the waffle with a spatula. A square waffle maker will work just as well, the only difference is that you’ll have a different shaped waffle.

Freshly cooked waffle sitting in a round waffle maker.

Got a little crazy with that waffle batter?!? No worries! Just trim the edges with a knife. I’ll never tell! You’ll also need to cut each round waffle into fourths. I mean unless you’re really, REALLY hungry and plan on making a giant Waffle BLT.

Oh and for the record those tomatoes are homegrown. I know…I’m so proud!!

Round waffle cut into fourths on a cutting board.

Spread a little bit mayo onto the top of a waffle, then stack with bacon slices, tomato, and lettuce. Spread more mayo on the underside of a waffle to top off the sandwich. How do you layer your BLT’s? Do you go bacon, tomato, lettuce or tomato, bacon, lettuce? Really there’s no wrong way…both roads lead to happiness!!

Cornbread waffle spread with mayo.

Nothing beats a Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwich hot off the press! I’ll race ya to the first bite. Looking for more great ideas to use up that tomato harvest? Try our Roasted Tomato Salsa or Slow Roasted Tomato Sauce next.

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Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches

August 30, 2019
: 8 sandwiches
: Medium

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Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 8 bacon strips, cooked and drained
  • 2 small tomatoes, sliced
  • 8 lettuce leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  • Step 1 Prep that lettuce, slice tomatoes, and cook bacon. Set aside.
  • Step 2 In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  • Step 3 Separate the eggs. Add the yolks to a small bowl and set the egg whites aside. Add the milk and melted butter to the egg yolks and whisk to combine.
  • Step 4 Add the egg yolk mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir into the dry ingredients until just moistened. Stir in the cheddar cheese.
  • Step 5 In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites for 3-5 minutes at a high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the waffle batter.
  • Step 6 Spray a waffle iron with cooking spray and preheat. Pour a small amount of batter in the tray. Close the lid and bake. Carefully remove the waffle with a spatula. Cut each waffle into fourths.
  • Step 7 Spread mayo onto the top of a waffle, then stack with bacon slices, tomato, and lettuce. Spread more mayo on the underside of a waffle to top off the sandwich. Enjoy!

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Tropical Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Tropical Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Raise your hand if you could use a little more fruit in your life. Well our Tropical Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips is here to help you with that. Fruit Salsa makes the perfect appetizer or snack for summer because it’s so light and refreshing. […]

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach Artichoke Dip

If Spinach Artichoke Dip is involved then you can count me in people! It’s pretty much one of my main weaknesses. I just can’t say no to this luscious, creamy, absolutely delicious dip. I’ve tried all the recipes, the restaurant knock offs, the crockpot versions, […]

Pizza Pinwheels

Pizza Pinwheels

If you’ve never made Pizza Pinwheels then you’re truly missing out! This bitesize, crowd pleasing appetizer is totally irresistible, super easy to make and tastes just like pizza. Loads of pepperoni and mozzarella are wrapped up inside a tender, flaky crescent dough crust. These mini pizzas are fun to eat, extremely dippable, and 100% kid approved. And did you notice there’s only 5 ingredients? I mean c’mon!! Perfect for game day, after school snacking and just about everything in between. You’ll be making this one again and again!

Here’s all you’ll need: pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, oregano, an egg, and crescent rolls.

Pizza Pinwheels ingredients list

Let’s get rolling! First we need to dice up that pepperoni into itty bitty pieces. Short on time? Try pepperoni minis instead! As if this recipe couldn’t get an easier.

Diced pepperoni on a cutting board.

In a small bowl, combine the diced pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, oregano, and the egg yolk. Only the yolk. Make sure to save the egg white! We’ll be using it a little later.

Pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, oregano, and an egg yolk mixed together in a small bowl.

Next pop the top on that crescent dough and try not to jump! I know, I know. It’s near impossible. Unroll the crescent roll dough and pinch the seams closed to form one big piece.

Crescent dough unrolled on the countertop. Seams are pinched together to form one large rectangular sheet of dough.

Then spread the cheese and pepperoni mixture over top to within 1/4″ of the edges. Because what’s a pizza without loads of pepperoni and cheese??? I love this recipe because it’s really versatile. Switching up the cheese and fillings can give it a fun twist. Diced ham and cheddar would be a perfect pair! The possibilities are really endless!! Mmm mmm.

Pepperoni and cheese spread over top of the crescent roll dough.

Time to get rollin’! Starting with the shortest side, roll up the dough jelly-roll style. This is how we get that amazing spiral. Pinch the seam closed to seal. Place the roll on a cutting board and cut into 12 equal sized slices. I start by cutting the roll in half. Then cut both of those halves in half. Then cut each one of those pieces into thirds. This helps to keep all my slices nice and uniform.

Dough rolled up jelly-roll style to form a log. The log is then cut into 12 equal pieces.

Place the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. The parchment paper is so clutch here!! You know I love it but in this case it’s seriously a MUST! The melty cheesy goodness on the inside will easily stick to the pan and no one wants that. Oh and remember that egg white we set aside earlier? Well now’s the time to use it. Lightly beat the egg white and then brush it over the tops of the pizza pinwheels.

Pizza Pinwheel dough slices place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden. Serve warm with marinara sauce or Ranch if you’re crazy like that and watch them disappear. No seriously, you better grab one for yourself!

Pizza Pinwheels on a baking sheet hot out of the oven.

Look at that spiral though! That bubbly, delicious cheese gets me ever time. It’s always a good time for Pizza Pinwheels!! And if you haven’t discovered our Cheesy Pizza Dip yet, you’re gonna wanna put that one on the list, like, ASAP.

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Pizza Pinwheels

January 28, 2019
: 12
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup diced pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 1 tube (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls
Directions
  • Step 1 In a small bowl, combine the diced pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, oregano, and the egg yolk. (Set the egg white aside for later)
  • Step 2 Unroll the crescent roll dough and pinch the seams closed to form one big piece. Spread the cheese and pepperoni mixture over top to within 1/4″ of the edges.
  • Step 3 Starting with the shortest side, roll up the dough jelly-roll style. Pinch the seam closed to seal. Cut the roll into 12 equal sized slices.
  • Step 4 Place the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Lightly beat the egg white and then brush it over the tops of the pizza pinwheels.
  • Step 5 Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden. Serve warm with marinara sauce. Enjoy!

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Pressure Cooker Cheddar Bacon Beer Dip

Pressure Cooker Cheddar Bacon Beer Dip

I know you’ve been waiting for this post all week! It’s my very FIRST recipe made in a pressure cooker!! Are you excited? I’m excited because it actually worked!! YAAAAYYYYY!!!!!! When Cosori asked me to test out their 6-Quart Premium Pressure Cooker I knew that […]

Quick and Easy Loaded Totchos

Quick and Easy Loaded Totchos

What happens when you combine tater tots and nachos??? You get Totchos!!! Our all new Quick and Easy Loaded Totchos recipe are the perfect way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. This delicious spinoff recipe swaps tater tots for tortilla chips and then smothers them with all […]

Speedy Kielbasa Dip

Speedy Kielbasa Dip

Typically March Madness means I’m outraged because I’m SO. Over. This. Snow!!! But this year’s a little different. We’re all about basketball right now here in Buffalo. Our hometown team, the University at Buffalo, pulled off a huge upset! If you know Buffalo sports, you know that we love ourselves a good underdog to root for. The 13th-seeded UB Bulls came up with a huge win against the 4th-seeded Arizona Cardinals in the NCAA tournament on Thursday night. The 89-68 point victory marks the very first NCAA tournament win in the school’s history!! Go Bulls!!! Talk about a bracket buster!! #sorrynotsorry We’ll be tuning in tonight to watch the Bulls face off against the Kentucky Wildcats. But what’s a basketball game without the party food?!? Our Speedy Kielbasa Dip is the perfect party snack! It’s great for game day or really any day for that matter. This thick and creamy dip is a family favorite. And it’s my favorite too because it’s so quick and easy to make! How easy you ask??? Well…let’s put it this way…you won’t even have to turn your oven on! It’s 100% completely microwavable!! That’s why Speedy Kielbasa Dip is my go to recipe when I’m in a pinch and need to whip up party snacks in a hurry. You’ll be so happy to have this one in your recipe arsenal.

Here’s all you’ll need: cream cheese, sour cream, milk, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, fully cooked kielbasa sausage, green onions, Parmesan cheese, and Tostitos or crackers for dipping.

Speedy Kielbasa Dip

Start with a microwave safe bowl. Heat the cream cheese uncovered for 1 minute. Stir it up. Boom! You just handled step one like a boss!

Heat cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute.

Next mix in the sour cream, milk, mayo, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine. I know it’s hard to believe but we’re like halfway done with this recipe. A few more steps and it’s going to be AMAZING!!!

Mix in the sour cream, milk, mayo, and Worcestershire sauce.

Slice up the green onions. And dice up the Kielbasa while you’re at it too! If you really want to be on top of your game, you can have this stuff prepped ahead of time. A lot of times I prep the ingredients and take them with me to the party and then make the dip right there on the spot! After the prep work it literally takes less than 5 minutes in the microwave. Speedy Kielbasa Dip for the win!

Slice up the green onions. Then dice up the Kielbasa.

Now toss in the kielbasa, 1/4 cup of green onions, and Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine. Microwave for 1 and a half to 2 minutes. Stir. Then microwave for another 1 and a half to 2 minutes or until heated through.

Toss in the kielbasa, 1/4 cup of green onions, and Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine. Microwave for 3-4 minutes, stirring once.

Top with the remaining 1/4 cup of green onions to pretty it up a bit. Serve with chips or crackers for dipping. Really though, can you believe how easy that was?!? She shoots…she scores!! SWISH!!

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Speedy Kielbasa Dip

March 17, 2018
: 24

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Ingredients
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 ounces fully cooked kielbasa or Polish sausage, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions, divided
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Tostitos or crackers for dipping
Directions
  • Step 1 In a microwave safe bowl, heat the cream cheese, uncovered, for 1 minute.
  • Step 2 Mix in the sour cream, milk, mayo, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine.
  • Step 3 Add the kielbasa, 1/4 cup of green onions, and Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine.
  • Step 4 Microwave for 3-4 minutes stirring once, halfway through.
  • Step 5 Top with the remaining 1/4 cup of green onions. Serve with chips or crackers. Enjoy!!

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Creamy Bacon Ranch Dip

Creamy Bacon Ranch Dip

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL????????? College Football, that is! We’re so amped up for the Penn State home opener that even the doggies have their own jerseys!! WE ARE!! PENN STATE!! Tell me they aren’t the most precious little PSU fans you ever did […]