Twice Baked Potatoes

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This is a great side dish that can easily be prepared up to one day in advance!  It’s perfect for a crowd and always a big hit!

I love to use buttermilk in this recipe for extra flavor but you can use regular milk if you don’t have buttermilk.  Depending on the variety of potato you use, you may need a little bit more or less buttermilk/milk to get a nice creamy texture for your filling.

These are perfect served along side a steak or grilled chicken!

Twice Baked Potatoes

Rating: 51

Twice Baked Potatoes

Ingredients

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  • 2.5 lbs. potatoes (I used a yellow skinned potato)
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup buttermilk (or milk)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon sliced chives (or green onions)
  • 4 pieces of bacon cooked crisp and chopped or 3 tablespoons bacon bits
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Wash potatoes and poke with a fork a few times.
  2. Bake potatoes in oven 1 hour or microwave until soft. Allow to cool slighty. Slice each potato in 1/2 length wise. Scoop out the pulp of the potato leaving a 1/8" shell.
  3. In a bowl, mash potatoes, buttermilk, sour cream, butter, garlic powder, salt and pepper until smooth. Stir in chives, bacon and 3/4 cup cheddar cheese.
  4. Fill each skin with the mashed potato filling and top with remaining cheese.
  5. Bake 15-20 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.
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Oven Baked Bacon Cheese Bites! Ahhhh-mazing!

bacon cheese bites so AMAZINGLY delish

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This could quite possibly be one of the yummiest things ever!  I mean EVER!

It is a delicious and simple appetizer or snack.. and I literally could’ve eaten the whole entire pan myself!  I am not kidding you!

Raw bacon would take way too long to cook for this recipe so I used pre cooked bacon.  If you have raw bacon that you’d like to use, pre-cook it most of the way in the microwave before preparing this.

Bacon Cheese Bites! Ahhhh-mazing!

Rating: 51

Yield: 16 Bacon Cheese Bites

Bacon Cheese Bites!  Ahhhh-mazing!

Ingredients

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  • 1 Can of Crescent rolls
  • 8 1" cubes of fresh Mozzarella cheese
  • 6 slices of pre-cooked bacon (or regular bacon mostly cooked in the microwave)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Unroll the crescents and cut each triangle into 2 pieces. Wrap each triangle around a piece of cheese. Pinch all of the seams closed very well and gently roll the dough to create a round shape.
  3. Cut the slices of bacon to just fit around the dough and secure with a toothpick. I used the "scraps" of bacon to wrap around the last few. You can use full pieces if you prefer.
  4. Place on a parchment paper lined pan. Bake 15 minutes or until dough is browned. You can expect some bits of cheese to leak out.
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These were inspired by Oh Bite It’s Cheesy Bacon Bombs… wow!  Heavenly… but I wanted to come up with a baked version!  Be sure pop over there and check out her version as well as her other recipes because she is seriously awesome!

bacon cheese bites so AMAZINGLY delish


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Pepperoni & Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts

pepperoni and cheese stuffed chicken

Crispy Pepperoni & Cheese Stuffed Chicken

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I loved this dish… the chicken turns out so juicy and crispy!  I didn’t add extra salt to the breading but if you like salt, feel free to add some in!  My kids loved dipping this in a side of warm tomato sauce but I prefer it just as it is!

Add a few crumbs to the oil to ensure it’s hot before you put the chicken into the skillet.  Once added they should bubble!  If the oil isn’t hot enough, the chicken will soak it up and be greasy.

Crispy Pepperoni & Cheese Stuffed Chicken

Crispy Pepperoni & Cheese Stuffed Chicken

Ingredients

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  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 oz. mozzarella cheese, finely diced
  • 8-12 thin slices of pepperoni
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp each oregano & pepper
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Using a sharp knife, cut a slit in each chicken breast and move the knife around to create a pocket. You do not want to cut through the chicken, just to make a pocket.
  3. Stuff 1/4 of the cheese and the pepperoni slices into the pocket of each chicken breast. I tore some of the slices to make them fit better. Secure with a toothpick.
  4. Set up 3 bowls, one with flour, one with egg and one with breadcrumbs & oregano/pepper. Dip each chicken breast in the flour, then the egg and finally the breadcrumb mixture.
  5. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Ensure the oil is hot before placing the chicken or the result will be greasy. Fry the chicken breast for about 2 minutes per side or until brown and crispy. Transfer chicken to a baking sheet and continue baking about 25 minutes or until cooked through.
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Hot Bacon Cheddar Dip

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Hot Bacon Cheddar Dip

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This creamy cheesy Cheddar Bacon Dip is easy to make and delicious!  This is great for crackers, bread or veggies…

If you’re looking for something different, you can use this dip to fill bread bowls and wrap them in foil.  Bake at 325 for about 40 minutes or until hot!

Hot Bacon Cheddar Dip

Hot Bacon Cheddar Dip

Ingredients

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  • 16 oz sour cream
  • 10 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 5 green onions slivered
  • 1-2 dashes hot sauce
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Combine all ingredients. Place into a (2 quart) casserole dish or pan.
  3. Bake 25-30 minutes or until hot & bubbly.
  4. Serve warm with crackers or vegetable sticks.
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Pepperoni Roll Up

Pepperoni roll up

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This is so  delicious and was definitely loved by all of us!  It’s actually pretty simple as it starts with frozen bread dough!  I defrosted my dough in the microwave… be sure to do this on  a low temperature so you don’t kill the yeast.

This doesn’t need to rise but I did put it on top of the oven while it preheated to give it a few minutes of rest!  Enjoy!  My kids like to dip it in warm pizza sauce or marinara sauce!

Pepperoni Roll Up

Rating: 51

Pepperoni Roll Up

Ingredients

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  • 1 loaf of frozen bread dough
  • 16 slices of thin pepperoni (I bought mine at the deli counter and had them slice it thinly)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded italian cheese mix (more or less to taste)
  • 1 tsp. italian seasoning
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter

Instructions

  1. Defrost bread dough per package directions (I did mine in the microwave under the "defrost fish" setting). Roll dough out into a 12x12 square.
  2. Lay pepperoni out slightly overlapping to cover the dough. Sprinkle with italian seasoning.
  3. Top with shredded cheese. Roll up and brush the top with melted butter. Place on a pan and sprinkle with a pinch of italian seasoning, garlic powder and parmesan cheese.
  4. Place the pan on the stove (which is OFF) while you preheat the oven to 375 degrees (about 15 minutes). Bake 17-20 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.
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Creamy Broccoli Chicken Roll-Ups

Broccoli Chicken Roll-Ups

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Here’s an awesome dish that the whole family LOVES (especially me!).  I’ve been making this for years and it’s definitely a favortie around here!

Chicken, broccoli & cauliflower with cheese is the perfect combination in this creamy pasta dish!  Serve with a salad and some crusty bread for a complete meal!

Broccoli Chicken Roll-Ups

Rating: 51

Broccoli Chicken Roll-Ups

Ingredients

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  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup (condensed)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 4 cups broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 cups cauliflower, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 cups cooked chopped chicken
  • 1/2 cup carrots, coarsely grated
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 12 lasagna noodles

Instructions

  1. Cook lasagna noodles al dente according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
  2. Cook broccoli & cauliflower pieces in boiling water for about 1 minute. Do not overcook, you still want them crisp.
  3. In a large bowl, combine soup, seasonings, 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella, cottage cheese and parmesan cheese. Remove 1 1/2 cups of this mixture and set aside. Add chicken, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and egg to the remaining soup mixture. Stir until combined.
  4. Add 1/4 cup of milk to the reserved soup mix (without the broccoli) and stir. Place 1/2 cup of this mixture in the bottom of a lasagna pan.
  5. Lay out noodles and place about 1/2 cup of the chicken mixture on each noodle. Roll each noodle. Top with remaining reserved soup mixture.
  6. Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 15 minutes before serving!
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Creamy Broccoli Chicken Roll-Ups

Ingredients

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  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup (condensed)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 4 cups broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 cups cauliflower, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 cups cooked chopped chicken
  • 1/2 cup carrots, coarsely grated
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 12 lasagna noodles

Instructions

    1. Cook lasagna noodles al dente according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
    2. Cook broccoli & cauliflower pieces in boiling water for about 1 minute.  You still want them crisp.
    3. In a large bowl, combine soup, seasonings, 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella, cottage cheese and parmesan cheese. Remove 1 1/2 cups of this mixture and set aside.Add chicken, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and egg to the remaining soup mixture. Stir until combined.
    4. Add 1/4 cup of milk to the reserved soup mix and stir. Place 1/2 cup of this mixture in the bottom of a lasagna pan.
    5. Lay out noodles and place about 1/2 cup of the chicken mixture on each noodle. Roll each noodle. Top with remaining reserved soup mixture.
    6. Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 15 minutes before serving!

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Bacon Cheddar Fries

Bacon Cheddar Fries

Bacon Cheddar Fries

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Wow!  I can’t even tell you how good these are… they taste like little bitty loaded potatoes..  I think I could’ve eaten the whole batch myself!  They really a quite simple to make and then you just pop ‘em in the oven until they are crispy!

I served them up with sour cream and my family devoured them with in just a few minutes!  They make a great side or appetizer and will be loved by adults and kids alike… don’t count on leftovers, because I can assure you there will be none!

This recipe was inspired by Bacon Fries by Oh Bite it which are amazing!  Be sure to check them out!

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Bacon Cheddar Fries

Rating: 51

Bacon Cheddar Fries

Ingredients

  • 3 large russet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into fries (or 4 cups frozen french fries)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 12 slices pre-cooked bacon (or you can cook up your own and crumble)
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon each paprika and garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Coarsely chop bacon and place in a food processor for a about 20-30 seconds (see note if you don't have a food processor). You want small crumbs but not powder. Pour into a bowl and add Panko bread crumbs and seasonings. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together egg, flour and milk. Place fries in a large bowl and pour egg/milk mixture over top. Toss until coated.
  4. Dip each fry into the bacon/Panko mixture and gently press into each fry. Place on a parchment lined pan and bake 30-40 minutes or until crisp. Remove from oven, cool slightly and transfer to a serving plate. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and serve with sour cream if desired.

Notes

If you don't have a food processor, you can put a little at a time in the blender and "pulse". Keep an eye on the size because you don't want them too fine. The other option is use a good ol' knife and just keep chopping.

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Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

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This is a great change from every day pizza!  I made these up for the kids the other night and they loved them… and so did I!  They’re super easy to make and come out so light and airy!  The texture was definitely not what I expected, they were so much fluffier!

I added red pepper and pepperoni but you can definitely add in your favorite toppings.  If you decide to add in veggies (such as mushrooms) with a high water content, be sure to cook them first.

Be sure to grease your pan VERY well, or they will stick!  To release them from the pan, run a butter knife around the edges of each puff and gently lift them out!

Pepperoni pizza puffs 2

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

Ingredients

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  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, (mozza or cheddar, I used a mix)
  • 3/4 cup pepperoni, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon each basil & garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 cup store-bought pizza sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a regular sized muffin pan very well.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder and spices in a bowl. Add in milk and egg and stir until combined.
  3. Stir in cheese, red pepper and pepperoni. Allow mixture to stand for 10 minutes.
  4. Divide among the muffin wells. Bake until lightly browned and puffed, about 20 minutes.
  5. Heat pizza sauce and serve with pizza puffs!
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