Saturday, December 27, 2008

Easy Parmesan Rolls

I have family in town staying at my house, and that makes me want to do EASY meals. These rolls are about as easy as they get. They are incredible with a slow cooked beef stew or pot roast. In fact...I've served them with just about anything. The great thing about them is that I always have everything on hand to make them. I really like freshly grated Parmesan cheese on most things, but on these, I actually prefer the Kraft type Parmesan powdered cheese. SO easy. My brother will eat 3 or 4 of these right off the pan before I can even get them into a basket. They really are that good.

1 dozen frozen bread dough rolls, like Rhodes
1 cube butter, melted
1 C Parmesan cheese, powdered or freshly grated

Roll each frozen roll in butter, and then in cheese. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let raise 3-4 hours. Cook according to package directions. Serve hot!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Chile Eggs

My mother-in-law served these eggs on Christmas morning the year that my husband and I got married. I've been serving them for Christmas morning breakfast ever since. I haven't ever met anyone who doesn't LOVE them. They are super easy to put together, and you can even throw them together the night before and then pop them in the oven while you are opening some gifts the next morning. They are really good, and you can top them with whatever suits your fancy. Sometimes if I'm serving them to a small group, I half the recipe and cook it in a 8x8 square pan.

10 Eggs, beaten
½ C Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
½ tsp. Salt
1 Pt. Cottage Cheese
12-16 oz Shredded Medium Cheddar or Sharp Cheddar Cheese
½ C Melted Butter
2 (4 oz) cans diced Green Chiles

Mix all ingredients thoroughly, and pour into a buttered 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 for 45-50 min, or until set. Serve with salsa, sour cream and guacamole.

Seriously, if that doesn't say "Merry Christmas"...what does?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Eggnog Fudge's been forever. Sorry! I've been really busy with Christmas cooking and family in town. Hopefully this recipe will make up for it! This Eggnog Fudge is to DIE FOR. If you like Eggnog, definitely try this.

2 C Sugar
½ C Butter
¾ C Eggnog
11 oz White Chocolate chips, or other white chocolate
½ tsp. nutmeg
2 1/4 C mini Marshmallows
2 tsp. light corn syrup
1 C Chopped Pecans (optional)
1 tsp. Rum Extract

Line an 8x8 square pan with parchment paper or wax paper, cut to fit the pan, and overlap the sides. I usually use two pieces, one overlapping the other. Combine sugar, butter and eggnog in a heavy 2 ½ to 3 quart sauce pan. Bring to a full boil, stirring constantly. Continue boiling 8-10 minutes over medium heat, or until a candy thermometer reaches soft ball stage (234 degrees), stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Remove from heat. Let mixture sit for a few minutes to let the temperature drop a bit. Stir in white chocolate and nutmeg. Stir until all chocolate is melted. Melt marshmallows and corn syrup together in a large microwave safe bowl (large, because the marshmallows explode!) for about 30-40 seconds. Stir until marshmallows are smooth. Add marshmallow mixture to fudge, along with the nuts and rum extract. Beat until well blended. Pour into parchment lined pan, and let cool at room temperature for several hours or over night. Cut into small squares. Small…this is seriously rich stuff!