Saturday, November 5, 2011

Chili Cheese Dip

This dip is great for parties or for when you're feeling lazy and want chili.

Chili Cheese Dip
You will need:

  • 1 8oz block of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can no bean chili
  • 1 to 2 cups shredded cheese
  • nacho cheese doritos for serving
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In an 8x8 or 9x9 pan spread cream cheese all over the bottom. Layer the chili on top of the cream cheese. Sprinkle on desired amount of cheese. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and chili is bubbling. Serve hot with Doritos.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Grandma's Egg Noodles

Just in time for Thanksgiving! One of the greatest foods I remember growing up is my Grandma Mather's noodles. They were always one of the things I most looked forward to eating.

Grandma's Egg Noodles
You will need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp water
  • 2 cans chicken broth or chicken stock
  • dash of salt
In a large pot, start broth boiling. Whisk eggs, water and salt together. Mix in the flour. Roll flat on a lightly floured surface, about 1/4 of an inch to 1/8. Let rest (very important!). Roll flat again. Loosely roll dough up (like sushi or a cinnamon roll) and cut desired width of noodles. Add noodles to to boiling broth for 10 minutes or until noodles are tender. Season to taste with pepper. Enjoy!

Nacho Spuds

A potato take on the always delicious nachos.

Nacho Spuds
Serves 4
You will need:

  • 2 large baking potatoes, sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 can of black beans, drained
  • 2 T taco seasoning
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 2 or 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
  • sour cream for serving
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the potato slices with the olive oil. Sprinkle with pepper and a little salt. Arrange potatoes in a single layer and bake until golden brown, around 20 to 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a skillet brown the ground beef. Once cooked through, add the black beans, taco seasoning and 2 Tablespoons of water. Stir well. Simmer until heated through, about 10 minutes.

Transfer the potatoes to an oven safe baking dish. Sprinkle half of the cheese on top. Then spoon on the meat and bean mixture. Top with the remaining cheese, green onions and tomatoes. Return to the oven and turn off the heat. Let stand 3 or 4o minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with sour cream. If desired you can also serve with tortilla chips to scoop up the extra goodness.