Sunday, November 29, 2009

French Cream Mint Brownies

I got this recipe from my sister Cheri.  These brownies are easy to make and are so good!

French Cream Mint Brownies
1 pkg brownie mix
1/2 c. margarine softened
2 c. powdered sugar
1 T. milk
1 tsp. peppermint extract
1 drop green food coloring if wanted (I do use this and the filling is a light green, although it doesn't show in the picture)

1/2 c. margarine
6 oz. chocolate chips

Prepare brownie mix for a 9x13 pan as directed on package and bake.
For cream filling, mix together margarine and powdered sugar. Blend in milk, peppermint extract and green food coloring. Spread filling over cooled brownies. Refrigerate until firm.
For frosting, melt butter with chocolate chips and pour evenly over filling layer. Chill approximately 30 minutes. Cut into squares and return to refrigerator until firm. Serve chilled. Chocolate will crack if cut before it is chilled.

*I've made these for several gatherings and people always ask for the recipe, so I don't think you will be disappointed if you try them!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Chicken Enchiladas

This is a good recipe to use leftover chicken in, or with Thanksgiving coming, maybe you have some leftover turkey to substitute!  It works well with either.

Chicken Enchiladas
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
4 ounce can of diced green chilies, with juice
3/4 cup sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 cups cubed, cooked chicken
2 cups shredded, cheddar cheese, divided
10 large flour tortillas
1/3 cup milk

Melt butter; add onion and garlic and saute.  Stir in green chilies, sour cream and soup.  Remove 3/4 cup of sauce and set aside.  Add chicken and 1/2 cup of cheese.  Fill tortillas with chicken mix and roll up.  Place in greased 9X13 pan, seam side down.
Add milk and 1/2 cup cheese to remaining sauce.  Pour over enchiladas.  Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of cheese over top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
Serve with green onions, sour cream and salsa if desired.
*This is a long time family favorite.  Heather says it may be her favorite meal ever!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

M & M squares

This recipe is an old favorite. Kids love it, but adults do too.

M & M Squares
1 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup oleo
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/3 cup flour
1 cup quick oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups M & M's

Beat together peanut butter, oleo and sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Mix flour, oatmeal, soda and salt.  Add to oleo mixture.  Mix in 1 cup M & M's.  Press into jelly roll pan.  Sprinkle remaining M & M's over dough.  Bake 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Pizza Rolls

I tried out a new recipe that I got from my friend Betty, at A glimpse into midlife.  I changed it just a little, to fit our tastes and because she lives in Paraguay I switched the measurements from metric.  Anyway - they are good and in spite of using a yeast dough, they are surprisingly easy to make.  Hope you enjoy them too!
Pizza Rolls
1 tbsp. quick rising yeast
1 egg
1 cup warm milk
1/2 cup Oil
1 tbsp. Salt
3 - 4 cups flour, or until it makes a soft dough

Knead the dough thoroughly then put in a warm place and let rise for about an hour. This is not a very big recipe, so it´s not much dough.

While the dough is rising you can prepare the filling:
8 ounces mozzarella cheese
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
8 ounces ham, chopped finely
1 garlic clove
1 Tomato
1 jalapeƱa pepper
Oregano and any other spices you enjoy. 
* You may change the meat to other types, or add you own favorit pizza filling.
Mix this all together in a bowl.

After dough is risen, take about half the it (beware it´s pretty soft and sticky, use lots of flour), and roll it out into an oblong shape. Then you sprinkle the filling mixture onto the rolled out dough.
Then you roll it up till it resembles a log.
Slice pieces off the log and lay them filling side down on a baking sheet.
Let them rise for about 15 minutes.
Bake in a preheated oven, 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
*These rated a 9 on Bob's scale.