Working Mom to Homemaker

Embracing The Change

Mini Corn Dog Muffins

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup melted butter (or 1/4 cup butter + 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce)
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
8-10 all-beef hot dogs, cut into 1″ bites

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine butter and sugar in a bowl, and whisk to combine. Add eggs and whisk to incorporate. Add buttermilk and whisk to incorporate.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine baking soda, cornmeal, flour, and salt, and stir to combine. Whisk into wet ingredients in two batches.
  3. Spray a mini muffin tin with non-stick spray, and spoon 1 Tablespoon of batter into each mini muffin cup. Place one hot dog bite into the middle of each cup.
  4. Bake for 8-12 minutes (oven temperatures vary), or until cornbread is golden brown. Cool in mini muffin tin for 5 minutes before serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator, and re-heat for 20-30 seconds before serving.
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September 15, 2013 Posted by | Snacks & Drinks | Leave a comment

Oven Baked Meatball Sandwiches

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INGREDIENTS:

1. Meatballs (home-made or frozen)

2. Pasta sauce

3. Mozzarella cheese

4. Sandwich rolls.

 

DIRECTIONS:

1. Lay out your Sandwich rolls

2. Place meatballs in a pot and cover them with pasta sauce. Heat on low-medium, until heated through

3. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray

4. Fill each Sandwich with as many meatballs as it will hold

5. Top them off with a little bit of the pasta sauce and place them on the baking sheet

6. Once all sandwiches are on the baking sheet, top them each off with Mozzarella cheese

7. Bake in the oven at 400′ until cheese is melted, hot and bubbly

September 15, 2013 Posted by | Main Dishes | Leave a comment

Parmesan Truffle Tater Tots

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Ok, here’s the deal with this recipe. I found it on Pinterest and thought it sounded perfect because we like tater tots around here, and if there’s a way to spice them up, I’m all for it. The only issue I had with this original recipe was that I couldn’t find Truffle oil in my local grocery store. We do have other higher end stores around town that I didn’t check out, because I was crunched for time, so I did with out it. I thought good old EVOO would work just fine, until doing a little research and realizing Truffle oil has a special unique taste to it.

I hopped on Google to see if there was a substitute for Truffle oil. Everything I came across, I either didn’t have all the ingredients for, or stated that you just can’t “remake” truffle oil. But I did stumble upon one post that listed a close substitute and included ingredients I had. TRUFFLE OIL SUBSTITUTE. I have to admit, It turned out amazing!!! I still don’t know what actual Truffle Oil tastes like, but I may just use this “substitute” recipe from now on.

How I made the substitute:

 I did this before I baked the tater tots so the ingredients had time to infuse (I don’t know how necessary that is, or if it even made a difference, to be honest)

1. Recipe calls for 4tsp truffle oil, so I poured 3tsp olive oil in a small bowl

2. Pour 1 – 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce into the small bowl

3. Add several whole cloves to the mixture and whisk until blended well (I mixed it several times while waiting on the tater tots)

4. I strained out the whole cloves and gave the mixture another good whisk, then went on with the original directions

INGREDIENTS:

1. 4 cups tater tots, frozen
2. 4 tsp truffle oil
3. 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
4. 3 tsp dried parsley
5. Pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS:

1. Place tater tots on a large baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and bake according to package directions.

2. While still hot, combine the cooked tater tots with the truffle oil, Parmesan cheese and dried parsley in a large bowl.

3. Gently toss to evenly coat the tater tots. Add salt to taste and serve immediately.

September 15, 2013 Posted by | Soups, Salads & Sides | Leave a comment

Taco Bake

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Another fantastic find! This one is very easy and customize-able. My family is picky so we just do meat and cheese and top off our individual pieces with our own desired toppings, but you could add whatever else to this recipe to make it more than just meat and cheese.

INGREDIENTS:

1. 1lb ground beef

2. 1 packet taco seasoning

3. Water, as called for on back of seasoning packet

4. 3 Large flour tortillas (8″ size)

5. 1/2 Cup salsa con queso

6. 1 1/2 – 2 Cups shredded Mexican cheese blend

DIRECTIONS: (the original post has step by step photos)

1. Brown and crumble ground beef. Drain excess grease.

2. Add in taco seasoning (follow directions on season packet)

3. Once ground beef is ready, add in 1/2 cup salsa con queso and mix well

4. Pre-heat oven to 350′ and spray an 8″ round baking dish with cooking spray

5. Layer the bottom of pan with 1 tortilla

6. Add about 1/3 ground beef mixture for the first layer

7. Add a 1/3 of the shredded cheese mixture

8. Place the 2nd tortilla shell on top

9. repeat steps 6 & 7 until all layers are complete

10. Bake at 350′ for 15 – 20 minutes, until cheese is melted and edges are slightly golden brown

September 15, 2013 Posted by | Main Dishes | Leave a comment

Parmesan Broiled Tilapia

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This is a good one for my family because we like fish, and Tilapia is one of the cheapest. It’s always nice to find other variations to prepare a kind of fish, and this one was really easy and really good!

INGREDIENTS: 

1. 4 Tilapia fillets, thawed

2. 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese

3. 1/8 Cup Butter

4. 1 1/2 TBSP Mayo/dressing

5. 1 TBSP fresh lemon juice

6. 1/2 TSP fresh Dill

7. Pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

1. Turn broiler on high and adjust oven rack to top

2. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients except the tilapia. Set aside

3. Place tilapia fillets on a foil lined pan

4. Broil for 3 minutes

5. Remove from the oven, flip over and divide the Parmesan mixture over the uncooked sides of tilapia

6. Return to the oven and broil and additional 3-4 minutes, making sure not to over-cook the fish

September 15, 2013 Posted by | Main Dishes | 2 Comments

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