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Easy Artichoke Bread

Easy Artichoke Bread

Easy Artichoke Bread makes a great snack for game day, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday…or really any day for that matter. This crusty French bread is rich, creamy, and super cheesy or in other words everything you would want an indulgent snack to be! It can be […]

No Bake Key Lime Cream Pie

No Bake Key Lime Cream Pie

Raise your hand if you’re enjoying every last bit of summer! We sure are!! And that means getting our fill of all the wonderful summer flavors before the days start getting cooler. Key Lime Cream Pie is the most perfect dessert for June, July, and […]

Slow-Cooker Root Beer Brats

Slow-Cooker Root Beer Brats

Move over beer brats there’s a new kid in town! Root Beer Brats are not only delicious but they are so easy to prepare. And since they’re made with root beer rather than beer, they’re family friendly too. Slow-cooking in a sweet root beer marinade helps this tasty sausage really soak up tons of flavor. You can adjust the heat to your taste by adding a spicier chili sauce to the mix. And let’s not forget the best part, this summertime meal is made in the crockpot so you can get dinner on the table and still keep the house cool. Amazing, right?!?

Here’s all you’ll need : root beer, corn starch, ground mustard, caraway seeds, bratwurst links, onion, chili sauce, hoagie rolls, red onion and mustard for serving (optional).

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Let’s get started on that sweet and tasty marinade. In a large bowl, mix together one 12 oz can of root beer, corn starch, ground mustard, and caraway seeds. Whisk until the corn starch is fully combined into the soda pop mixture.

Root beer, corn starch, ground mustard, and caraway seeds are mixed together in a large bowl. #rootbeerbrats #rootbeerrecipes #rootbeermarinade #slowcookerrecipes #crockpotrecipes

Next brown the brats in batches in a large skillet over medium heat. Keep in mind that you don’t want to cook them all the way through. We’re just searing the outsides to help keep in all of that juicy and delicious flavor! Now just what exactly is bratwurst you might ask? Bratwurst is a specific type of sausage link that originated in Germany. Typically it’s made with pork, beef, or sometimes even veal. If you don’t have bratwurst available you can use a typical run of the mill sausage as a substitute.

Bratwurst sausages seared in a large skillet. #bratwurst #brats #beerbrats #family recipes #familydinner #summerdinnerideas

Add the Root Beer Brats to a 4-5 quart crockpot. Cover with chopped white or yellow onion, chili sauce and the root beer mixture. Cook covered, on low for 6-8 hours or until a meat thermometer reads at least 160 degrees. My crockpots always seem to cook on the hot side so 6 hours was plenty for me. I would recommend checking about 4 hours in so you can adjust the temperature as needed.

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Grab a bun and a brat and you’re ready to eat! Spoon with chili sauce just before serving. Then add the toppings of your choice, like thinly sliced red onions or go the traditional route by adding a little mustard. You really can’t go wrong on this one! Dinner doesn’t get much easier than Root Beer Brats. Serve with our Slow-Cooked German Potato Salad or our Sweet and Tangy Macaroni Salad and you’ve got yourself a meal!

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Slow-Cooker Root Beer Brats

June 9, 2020
: 10 servings
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 can (12 ounces) root beer
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 3 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 10 uncooked bratwurst links
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) chili sauce
  • 10 hoagie buns
  • Thinly sliced red onion, for serving
  • Prepared mustard, for serving
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, mix together one 12 oz can of root beer, corn starch, ground mustard, and caraway seeds. Whisk until the corn starch is fully combined into the soda pop mixture.
  • Step 2 Brown the brats in batches in a large skillet over medium heat. Do not cook all the way through.
  • Step 3 Add the bratwurst to a 4-5 quart crockpot. Cover with chopped white or yellow onion, chili sauce and the root beer mixture. Cook covered, on low for 6-8 hours or until a meat thermometer reads at least 160 degrees.
  • Step 4 Spoon with chili sauce just before serving. Add the toppings of your choice, like thinly sliced red onions or mustard. Enjoy!

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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 […]

Meatball Sub Casserole

Meatball Sub Casserole

Looking for the ultimate party food to feed a hungry crowd? Or maybe you just need a new and exciting weeknight family dinner recipe? Well Meatball Sub Casserole is kinda both! This easy oven meal is savory and SO delicious. If you’re a meatball sub lover, you’re gonna be hooked on this one. I promise. All the best parts of meatball subs join forces to create this one of a kind, tasty dinner. The best part? You can even make the meatballs ahead of time to cut down on the prep work. Get ready to be the hero of dinner tonight!

Here’s all you’ll need: green onions, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, ground beef, French bread, cream cheese, mayonnaise, Italian seasoning, pepper, mozzarella, spaghetti sauce, garlic, and parsley.

Meatball Sub Casserole ingredients list

Let’s get started on those mini meatballs! In a medium sized bowl, combine the green onions, bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Green onions lend a nice, mild flavor to these tasty lil meatballs.

Green onions, bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese mixed together in a medium sized bowl.

Add the beef and mix well. Go ahead and roll up those sleeves. Everybody knows the best tool for mixing meatballs is your two. bare. hands!

Ground beef is added to the green onions, bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese and then mixed well.

Next shape the meat mixture into 1-inch balls. A cookie scoop with help to keep the batch nice and uniform, but you’re more than welcome to freestyle it. Isn’t it crazy how even meatballs are cuter when they’re mini sized!?! Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lightly spray with cooking spray and place the meatballs on top. Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes.

Looking to save a little time? Swap out for frozen pre cooked meatballs. Or you can even make our mini version ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze until you’re ready to assemble the Meatball Sub Casserole.

!-inch mini meatballs placed on a baking tray lined with aluminum foil.

While the meatballs are baking, we can get rolling on the rest of this casserole. Chop the French bread into 1-inch cubes. Place them in the bottom of a 13X9″ baking dish. Day old French Bread works best for Meatball Sub Casserole. It’ll keep the casserole from getting too soggy.

1-inch French bread cubes placed on the bottom of a 13X9" casserole dish.

Mix together the softened cream cheese, mayo, Italian seasoning and pepper in a small bowl. We don’t want any cream cheese clumps. The mixture should be smooth and creamy.

Cream cheese, mayo, Italian seasoning, and pepper mixed together in a small bowl.

Spread the cream cheese mixture over top of the cubed bread. Then top with 1/2 a cup of mozzarella because who doesn’t love a hidden layer of cheese??? Seriously!!!

The cream cheese mixture is spread over the bread cubes, then topped with mozzarella cheese.

In a large bowl, add the spaghetti sauce (Chef’s is our local favorite!), water and garlic. Mix well to combine then add in the meatballs. Pour the sauce mixture over the bread. Yep! All of it. Try to spread out those meatballs if you can.

Meatballs and sauce spread over top of the bread cubes in a 13X9" dish.

And of course Meatball Sub Casserole wouldn’t be complete without a top layer of cheese!! Sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella to cover the casserole. Bake uncovered, in a 350 degree preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. The cheese should be melted and the casserole heated through.

Mozzarella layered on top of the meatballs in a 13X9" casserole dish.

Garnish with parsley and let’s dig in! Absolutely, positively, 100% delicious!!! Look at all that cheesy goodness!!  I feel a food coma coming on! If you’re digging this recipe, you’ll seriously love our Pizza Zucchini Casserole too.

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Meatball Sub Casserole

February 26, 2019
: 6-8
: Medium

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Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 loaf (1-lb)French bread
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 jar (20 oz) spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 garlic clove, minced
Directions
  • Step 1 In a medium sized bowl, combine the green onions, bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Add the beef and mix well.
  • Step 2 Shape the meat mixture into 1-inch balls. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lightly spray with cooking spray and place the meatballs on top. Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes.
  • Step 3 Chop the French bread into 1-inch cubes. Place them in the bottom of a 13X9″ baking dish.
  • Step 4 Mix together the softened cream cheese, mayo, Italian seasoning and pepper in a small bowl. Spread the cream cheese mixture over top of the bread cubes. Top with 1/2 a cup of mozzarella.
  • Step 5 In a large bowl, add the spaghetti sauce, water and garlic. Mix well to combine then add in the meatballs. Pour the sauce mixture over the bread.
  • Step 6 Sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella to cover the casserole. Bake uncovered, in a 350 degree preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Garnish with parsley if desired. Enjoy!

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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 […]

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 I had to start with an easy recipe. Like something that would be totally foolproof. This Pressure Cooker Cheddar Bacon Beer Dip is the perfect recipe to get your feet wet. This creamy, luscious, totally irresistible dip will be the life of your next party. It’s over the top cheesy, bacon-y, and loaded with lots of beer flavor of course. It pairs amazingly with our Beer Pretzels, but you could also use toasted bread, chips, veggies, or just about anything for dipping. I think I’ve found our new go to snack for Game Day!!!

Here’s all you’ll need: cream cheese, sour cream, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, beer, bacon, cheddar cheese, heavy whipping cream, green onions, and Beer Pretzels for dipping.

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First let’s cook and crumble the bacon. I love this No Mess Bacon method! It’s my go to every. dang. time. This recipe calls for ALOT of bacon but isn’t that how you know it’s going to be good?!? I mean what would Cheddar Bacon Beer Dip really be without the bacon? Oh and before I forget, you’re gonna wanna set aside about 2 tablespoons of that bacon to garnish.

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Then combine the cream cheese, sour cream, mustard and garlic in a greased pressure cooker. Beat with a hand blender until well combined. Yup! You can mix it all up right in the pot. That’s actually my favorite thing about pressure cooking so far, every recipe feels like a one pan wonder.

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Next stir in the beer and the bacon (but not the two tablespoons that we set aside). We always use Bud Light cause that’s how we roll, but any ale will work just fine. Just stay away from dark varieties. Secure and lock the lid to the pressure cooker ensuring that the steam vent is closed. Select the manual function, adjust the pressure to medium, and set the cook timer for 5 minutes. Seriously isn’t this so easy??? Meanwhile you might as well slice up those green onions because I mean there’s really nothing else to do!

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When cooking is finished, use the quick-release pressure valve and release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions. I always wear an oven mitt for this part. Safety first! Select the saute setting and adjust the temp to normal heat (about 250-275 degrees). Add the cheese and heavy cream. Mmm!! SO Cheesy!!!

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Cook and stir for about 5 minutes until the cheese is completely melted and the mixture has thickened slightly. I still can’t believe we’re doing all this in one pot. We literally have one pot, a spatula and some mixing beaters to clean. How is this even possible???

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Top with reserved bacon and sliced green onions. Serve warm and dig in already!! Those Beer Pretzels are calling my name!! If you’re hosting a party, you might wanna double this one!! Wanna try your hand at another pressure cooker recipe? Try our Pressure Cooker Beef Tips!

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Pressure Cooker Cheddar Bacon Beer Dip

October 20, 2018
: 4 cups
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 18 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • Beer Pretzels, toasted bread, chips, veggies, or something to dip!
Directions
  • Step 1 Cook and crumble the bacon. Reserve 2 tablespoons for garnish.
  • Step 2 Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, mustard and garlic in a greased pressure cooker. Beat with a hand blender until well combined.
  • Step 3 Next stir in the beer and the bacon (but not the two tablespoons that we set aside). Secure and lock the lid to the pressure cooker ensuring that the steam vent is closed. Select the manual function, adjust the pressure to medium, and set the cook timer for 5 minutes.
  • Step 4 When cooking is finished, use the quick-release pressure valve and release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions. Select the saute setting and adjust the temp to normal heat (about 250-275 degrees). Add the cheese and heavy cream.
  • Step 5 Cook and stir for about 5 minutes until the cheese is completely melted and the mixture has thickened slightly.
  • Step 6 Top with reserved bacon and sliced green onions. Serve warm and enjoy!!

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Roasted Tomato Salsa

Roasted Tomato Salsa

It’s that time of the year again! Our garden is bursting with fresh veggies and all of a sudden we’re like….how are we gonna eat all this??? Right now I’ve got boat loads of tomatoes on my hands. And you know I’ve already made batch […]