Friday, November 7, 2014

Cheesy Garlic Crescents

I needed a side dish to go with pasta and had a can of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls kicking around the fridge.    I knew that I wanted to stuff them with cheese, and have seen lots of recipes around using a cheese stick.   I didn't have any on hand, so I used shredded mozzarella (part skim).    For the topping, I combined Penzey's Brady Street Cheese Sprinkle and melted butter.      They came together quickly, baked up quickly and were delicious.    I did have some cheese oozing issues, so next time I may give the cheese sticks a try.   

Cheesy Garlic Crescents

Cooking spray
1 tube refrigerated Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
Shredded mozzarella or string cheese 
1 to 1 1/2t Penzey's Brady Street Cheese Sprinkle*
3T melted butter

Preheat oven to 375º.   Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.   

Unroll the crescents and separate into triangles.   Place a string cheese stick or a large pinch of shredded mozzarella on each triangle and roll from the wide end.     Place on prepared sheet.

Stir together Brady Street Cheese Sprinkle and melted butter and brush over the top of the rolls.    Bake for 10 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.    

*Brady Street Cheese Sprinkle is a combination of romano cheese, garlic, green peppercorns, basil, salt and Parsley

I find it to be a little salty, so I go light and add more to taste.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Jack O 'Lantern Cheeseburger Pie

This was Jake's first year not Trick Or Treating, but I still wanted to make him something special.   I spent a week or so browsing Pinterest, and this recipe from Southern Living caught my eye.    Cheesy beef in a pie crust?  I'm in  :) 

I swapped the onion for dried onion and jarred garlic instead of fresh.   I also decided to add the mustard in with the beef mixture.  He's not a huge fan and if it was visible he might have balked.    I used a sharp shredded cheddar for my cheese.   Easy, fun and the grownups enjoyed it too! 

* Exported from MasterCook *

                     Jack O' Lantern Cheeseburger Pie

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
  1              pound  ground beef
  2T             dried minced Onion
  2t               minced jarred garlic
     3/4      teaspoon  salt
     1/2      teaspoon  pepper
     1/4           cup  ketchup
  1           teaspoon  Worcestershire sauce
  1            package  refrigerated piecrusts -- (15-ounce)
  1         tablespoon  yellow mustard
  3               cups  shredded sharp cheddar cheese --  divided
  2        tablespoons  water
  1              large  egg
                        Red and yellow liquid food coloring

Heat oven to 425º.   

Brown the ground beef, dried onion, garlic, salt and pepper over medium heat.   Break it up and cook until no longer pink.   Drain off excess grease.   Stir in mustard, Worcestershire and Ketchup.  Stir in 2 1/2c cheese.   Set aside to cool slightly.

Unroll the first crust onto a parchment or foil lined baking sheet.   Top with the beef mixture, leaving a 2" border.    Unroll out the second crust onto a cutting board, and "carve" your features.   I removed the whole mouth and then added back teeth with small triangles.   Carefully lift crust and place over the beef mixture, and crimp the edges.  

Combine water, egg and food coloring.   Brush over the face of the Jack O' Lantern.    spoon onto center of crust, leaving a 2-inch border.Unfold remaining piecrust, and cut out a jack-o'-lantern face, reserving pastry cutouts to use as a stem. Place crust over meat mixture; crimp edges of crust, and fold under.

Bake for 15-20 minutes.   Remove, and fill the eyes, nose and mouth with remaining cheese.  Brush with the egg mixture.    Bake another 5 to 10 mins or until desired color.