melissassouthernstylekitchen.com homemade family-style meals 2017-03-29T10:30:12Z http://feeds.feedburner.com/melissassouthernstylekitchen Melissa <![CDATA[Pull Apart Pepperoni Bread Sticks]]> http://www.melissassouthernstylekitchen.com/?p=13982 2017-03-27T23:21:51Z 2017-03-29T10:30:12Z Frozen bread dough provides the most incredible base for these Pull Apart Pepperoni Bread Sticks.  The dough is slathered with butter, sprinkled generously with cheese, topped with pepperoni slices, then twisted into glorious twists of cheesy pepperoni goodness.  Serve them hot straight from the oven with a side of warm pizza sauce for dipping and it turns...

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Frozen bread dough provides the most incredible base for these Pull Apart Pepperoni Bread Sticks.  The dough is slathered with butter, sprinkled generously with cheese, topped with pepperoni slices, then twisted into glorious twists of cheesy pepperoni goodness.  Serve them hot straight from the oven with a side of warm pizza sauce for dipping and it turns snack time into party time.

Pull Apart Pepperoni Bread Sticks

I truly love making sweet and savory baked goods from scratch.  It’s therapeutic in many ways and allows me me to focus on the task at hand and the satisfaction of creating something delicious from the ground up.  Some days, life just doesn’t allow the luxury of having the time and patience to do so. Frozen pizza dough is a fantastic alternative as it allows you to get on with the preparation and in turn satisfy your hungry eaters more quickly.  While these bread sticks require some assembly, just follow the step-by-step pictures and you’ll have it down in no-time.

Pull Apart Pepperoni Bread Sticks

Don’t dare serve them without plenty of  warm pizza sauce on the side for dipping and any leftovers will reheat beautifully, as well.  It’s one of those “shareable” treats that always gets the party started.

Pull Apart Pepperoni Bread Sticks

 

 

Pull Apart Pepperoni Bread Sticks
 
Author:
Serves: 30
Ingredients
  • 2 (8) inch loaves frozen bread dough, thawed but still cold (i.e. Rhodes)
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted and divided
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • ¾ tsp garlic salt, divided
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 30 slices pepperoni (May use more if desired)
  • ¼ tsp dry Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups warm pizza sauce for dipping
Instructions
  1. Thaw the bread in the refrigerator covered per the package instructions. Cut each loaf into 9 pieces.
  2. Lay the pieces side by side and press together to form roughly [2 ] 10 x 16 inch rectangles.
  3. Brush the entire surface of each rectangle with melted butter. Sprinkle each side with 1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, and ¼ tsp garlic salt..
  4. Sprinkle one piece with ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese. Arrange pepperoni slices over the cheese then sprinkle with another ½ cup mozzarella cheese.
  5. Cover with the second piece of dough to form the top. Press the edges to seal.
  6. Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut from top to bottom through the middle.
  7. Next, cut the dough crosswise into approximate 1-inches thick strips.. Separate the pieces and twist. Tuck any loose pieces of cheese into the dough.
  8. Arrange the twists side by side in a buttered 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Brush the tops with remaining butter.
  9. Sprinkle with ¼ tsp garlic salt, dry Italian seasoning and remaining 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour.
  10. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove the plastic wrap, then bake the bread twists for 25-35 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
  11. Pull apart and serve with warm pizza sauce for dipping.

Pull Apart Pepperoni Bread Sticks

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Melissa <![CDATA[Slow Cooked Pineapple Brown Sugar Glazed Ham]]> http://www.melissassouthernstylekitchen.com/?p=14694 2017-03-25T23:06:45Z 2017-03-26T10:30:41Z This glorious Slow Cooked Pineapple Brown Sugar Glazed Ham is a must-have on your holiday table. It begins with a spiral ham glazed with pineapple, brown sugar, mustard and a hint of spice to balance the sweetness. Pour apple cider over the ham, then brush it liberally with the sweet and sticky glaze and let...

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This glorious Slow Cooked Pineapple Brown Sugar Glazed Ham is a must-have on your holiday table. It begins with a spiral ham glazed with pineapple, brown sugar, mustard and a hint of spice to balance the sweetness. Pour apple cider over the ham, then brush it liberally with the sweet and sticky glaze and let the slow cooker do the rest.  It not only frees the oven space on a busy cooking day but, it also does a fabulous job of not drying out the ham.  Make plenty of homemade no knead yeast rolls for the ham roll snacking that’s sure to happen later in the day.

When I was  a girl, I always thought of baked ham as a “special” meal.  Both of my Grandpa’s had a good bit of land and while one focused his efforts more on gardening, the other raised livestock as well.  On his farm was an old fashioned smokehouse where he smoked his very own Virginia hams from livestock he himself had raised.  I actually thought this was normal, and only as an adult realized the treasure that was hanging in that smokehouse and how fortunate we were to regularly enjoy such deliciousness.

Slow Cooked Pineapple Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

These days with life as busy as can be, it’s nice to have an alternative to an oven method when making a special occasion ham.  This ham turns out beautifully and has become my favorite way to make a spiral ham that’s already fully cooked but, needs glazing and gentle warming.  Serve this beauty for a special occasion or any time you need a gorgeous centerpiece for your meal.

Slow Cooked Pineapple Brown Sugar Glazed HamGot leftover ham?  Try one of these:  Southern Ham SaladCrock Pot Ham and Bean Soup, Iron Skillet Ham and Cheddar Cornbread, Broccoli Ham and Cheese Muffin Cups, or Ham and Cheese Waffles.

Slow Cooked Pineapple Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 (6-8-lb) fully cooked spiral ham
  • ½ cup pineapple preserves
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1½ cup apple cider or apple juice, divided
  • ¼ cup Dijon or brown mustard
  • ½ tsp allspice or ¼ tsp ground cloves
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat cook together the preserves, brown sugar, ½ cup apple cider, Dijon and allspice. Bring to a boil then cook for 3 minutes or until the sugar has melted.
  2. Spray the inside of a 6 quart oval slow cooker with cooking spray.
  3. Place the spiral ham in the slow cooker on it's side. (Make sure the ham you purchase fits into your slow cooker with the lid on)
  4. Pour the remaining apple cider over the ham. Brush liberally with glaze between each slice and on the exterior. reserving about ¼ cup to brush on at the end.
  5. Turn the ham cut side down after glazing.
  6. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or until it reaches 140°F internal temperature. (Adjust the time based on the size of the ham)
  7. Remove to a platter and brush with remaining glaze or to a baking pan to broil in the oven to char the glaze, if desired.
Notes
At the end of slow cooking you can char further by placing onto a baking sheet and broiling in the oven to char the glaze, if desired.

Slow Cooked Pineapple Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

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Melissa <![CDATA[15 All-Star Ground Beef Dishes]]> http://www.melissassouthernstylekitchen.com/?p=14927 2017-03-23T23:02:14Z 2017-03-23T10:30:53Z Today On Parade 15 All-Star Ground Beef Dishes – Ground beef is incredibly versatile and budget friendly, too.  Whether serving it for a quick weekday meal or special weekend entertaining there are a million ways to transform it into a feast to feed your hungry eaters.  These 15 all-star dishes using ground beef will surely...

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15 All-Star Ground Beef Dishes – Ground beef is incredibly versatile and budget friendly, too.  Whether serving it for a quick weekday meal or special weekend entertaining there are a million ways to transform it into a feast to feed your hungry eaters.  These 15 all-star dishes using ground beef will surely elevate it’s importance on your dinner menu and turn it into a must-have ingredient ready in your freezer for quick affordable meals.  This collection features skillet casseroles and slow cooker dishes that are freezer friendly, too.  Satisfy your hunger with tasty Italian meatballs, beef enchiladas, a tasty Korean beef bowl, chili and rice casserole, barbecue shepherd’s pie, sloppy joes or a gooey cheese stuffed taco meatloaf just to name just a few. Launch the gallery here on Parade and add these all-star dishes to your recipe file today.

15 All-Star Ground Beef Dishes

(Easy Korean Bowl here)

(Incredible Italian Meatballs here)

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Melissa <![CDATA[Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Yogurt Bread]]> http://www.melissassouthernstylekitchen.com/?p=14462 2017-03-24T20:07:21Z 2017-03-19T10:30:02Z In late winter and early spring when Meyer lemons start hitting the produce shelves it’s the perfect time to start dreaming of warmer weather and citrus laced Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Yogurt Bread.  It’s the perfect size for those moments you’re in the mood for a small batch sweet treat and the glaze makes it...

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In late winter and early spring when Meyer lemons start hitting the produce shelves it’s the perfect time to start dreaming of warmer weather and citrus laced Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Yogurt Bread.  It’s the perfect size for those moments you’re in the mood for a small batch sweet treat and the glaze makes it almost cake-like.  Serve this bite of sunshine with a cup of hot tea or coffee and sit back and savor the small things that mean the most in life.

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Yogurt Bread

The difference between regular and Meyer lemons is generally associated with size, appearance and color. Meyer lemons are a late winter fruit, more round than their counterparts with a taste that is reminiscent of a cross between a mandarin orange and a lemon. The pulp of a Meyer lemon is also slightly darker in color. Meyer  lemons and regular lemons can of course, be used interchangeably in recipes like this yogurt bread so, don’t sweat it if you can’t find them.

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Yogurt Bread

If you’d like to make this lemon poppy seed bread in advance, it freezes beautifully.  When doing so, I recommend you wait to glaze the bread just before serving.  It’s ideal for serving at breakfast, brunch, at tea or any time of day when a small batch sweet treat will do.  So, brew some coffee, bake this bread and enjoy some lively chatter with a friend.  You’ll be so glad you did.

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Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Yogurt Bread
 
Author:
Serves: 1 loaf
Ingredients
  • Bread:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 8 oz unflavored Greek yogurt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 lemons, zested
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • Additional lemon zest (Optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan or spray with baking spray. Set aside.
  2. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, butter, yogurt, eggs, zest, juice and poppy seeds.
  4. Add the wet to the dry ingredients and mix by hand until fully combined.
  5. Pour the batter evenly into the loaf pan.
  6. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes back clean.
  7. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  8. Once cooled, mix together the powdered sugar and lemon juice. Drizzle over the loaf.
  9. Garnish with additional lemon zest, if desired.

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Yogurt Bread

 

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Melissa <![CDATA[Smothered Philly Cheese Cubed Steak]]> http://www.melissassouthernstylekitchen.com/?p=14422 2017-03-17T15:36:13Z 2017-03-16T10:30:36Z On busy days a pan filled with mouthwatering  Smothered Philly Cheese Cubed Steak will hit the proverbial spot.  They’re succulent, tender and packed with flavor with the bonus of taking mere minutes to prepare.  Cubed steak is usually made using sirloin or top round that the butcher has processed using a meat tenderizer which gives it...

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On busy days a pan filled with mouthwatering  Smothered Philly Cheese Cubed Steak will hit the proverbial spot.  They’re succulent, tender and packed with flavor with the bonus of taking mere minutes to prepare.  Cubed steak is usually made using sirloin or top round that the butcher has processed using a meat tenderizer which gives it a fierce pounding, The process leaves tiny indentations in the steak pieces shaped like “cubes” hence the name.  I chose it to make this smothered Philly-style cubed steak for the tender texture and quick cooking time.  Serve these smothered steaks stacked on a toasted garlic-butter hoagie roll and you’ve prepared a homemade meal that’s better than take-out.

Smothered Philly Cheese Cubed Steak

My life is crazy busy just like yours.  I have 2 sons to and they both have voracious appetites that I struggle to satisfy some days. I love dishes you can personalize, and that’s one more reason to love this easy dish as they can each be changed to suit everyone’s taste.  Top them with any variety of peppers you enjoy or your favorite type of mushrooms.  If you’re feeling sassy try making them with a different kind of cheese.  My sons eat these smothered steaks on hoagie rolls but, most often I eat them without the bread and it’s a fantastic meal either way.  It’s meal-time in no-time, it doesn’t get any better than that.

Smothered Philly Cheese Cubed Steak

You may also like:

Three Cheesesteak Dip

Mozzarella Cheesesteak Stromboli 

Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes

Philly Cheesesteak Baked Egg Rolls

Philly Cheese Steak Potato Skins 

Smothered Philly Cheese Cubed Steak

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Smothered Philly Cheese Cubed Steak
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 lb cubed sirloin steak
  • 2-3 tsp Montreal or Chicago steak seasoning
  • Teriyaki sauce
  • Olive oil
  • 1 large green bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 jumbo sweet onion, sliced into thin wedges
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes or black pepper
  • 12 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 6 toasted garlic-butter hoagie rolls
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to broil. Have nearby a large sheet pan lightly spritzed with cooking spray.
  2. Season the cubed steak on both sides with steak seasoning. Adjust the amount to your taste. Sprinkle each piece on both sides with a few dashes of Teriyaki sauce.
  3. Heat a few drizzles of olive oil in a large grill pan or skillet. Add the seasoned steak to the skillet.
  4. Brown on both sides, cooking for around 2 minutes each side, depending on thickness then remove to the baking sheet.
  5. Add the green pepper and onion to the skillet. Season with garlic salt and red pepper flakes. Adjust the amount to your taste. Cook until beginning to soften and brown leaving crisp tender.
  6. Top the steaks evenly with the green pepper and onion then cover each steak with 2 pieces of mozzarella cheese.
  7. Place into the oven under the broiler until the cheese is bubbly, melted and browned.
  8. Rest for 5 minutes then serve on toasted garlic butter hoagie rolls.

 

 

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Melissa <![CDATA[Easy Cherry Pie Crumb Bars]]> http://www.melissassouthernstylekitchen.com/?p=14745 2017-03-13T14:34:58Z 2017-03-12T10:30:18Z These Easy Cherry Pie Crumb Bars are a simple-to-make bite size treat and require just a few pantry ingredients to pull together.  They begin with a cake mix, tossed with melted butter, an egg and oats then topped with cherry pie filling.  Serve them at room temperature or while they’re still warm topped with a...

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These Easy Cherry Pie Crumb Bars are a simple-to-make bite size treat and require just a few pantry ingredients to pull together.  They begin with a cake mix, tossed with melted butter, an egg and oats then topped with cherry pie filling.  Serve them at room temperature or while they’re still warm topped with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.  They’re so very simple they’re bound to become a baking success story for bakers of all skill levels.

Easy Cherry Pie Crumb Bars

I’m always thinking and dreaming about the recipes to share with you here on my website.  I recalled a conversation I had recently with a friend saying she had made raspberry crumb bars using cake mix.  I’ve doctored cookie mix in the past to make cookie bars but, not cake mix.   I can see why using this technique would be appealing as it truly comes together in minutes with little measuring and no special equipment.  I chose to make these with cherry pie filling but, you could fill them with apple, blueberry or strawberry as well depending on the occasion.

Easy Cherry Pie Crumb Bars

Check out more easy Cherry Pie recipes like these 

Cherry Pie Fluff 

Cherry Pie Thumbprint Cookies 

Cherry Pie Cupcakes

Cinnamon Clover Fresh Cherry Pie

Skillet Cherry Pie Biscuits

Easy Cherry Pie Crumb Bars

Easy Cherry Pie Crumb Bars
 
Author:
Serves: 16 squares or 32 triangles
Ingredients
  • 1 (15-oz) box white or yellow cake mix
  • ¾ cup quick cooking oats, divided
  • ½ cup chopped pecans or almonds
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 (21-oz) can premium cherry pie filling
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly spritz the bottom and 1-inch up the side of a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl using a fork sift together the cake mix, ½ cup oats and chopped nuts.
  3. Add the melted butter and egg. Mix until fully moistened. Remove 1 cup mixture to a separate bowl.
  4. Press the remaining dough onto the bottom of the dish. Bake for 15 minutes.
  5. While the bottom crust is baking add the remaining ¼ cup oats to the reserved dough. Mix just until incorporated and crumbly.
  6. After 15 minutes remove from the oven and spread the pie filling over the crust. Sprinkle with the crumb topping.
  7. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden.
  8. Cut into 16 squares or 32 triangles and serve warm with ice cream or at room temperature.
  9. Store tightly sealed chilled or at room temperature.

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Melissa <![CDATA[Enjoy a Taste of Ireland with 22 St. Patrick’s Day Dishes]]> http://www.melissassouthernstylekitchen.com/?p=14696 2017-03-09T00:37:34Z 2017-03-09T10:30:12Z Today on Parade Enjoy a Taste of Ireland with 22 St. Patrick’s Day Dishes – St Patrick’s Day marking the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on March 17th.  It observes the traditional date of the foremost patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick’s passing.  It’s a day filled with honor,...

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Enjoy a Taste of Ireland with 22 St. Patrick’s Day Dishes – St Patrick’s Day marking the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on March 17th.  It observes the traditional date of the foremost patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick’s passing.  It’s a day filled with honor, festivities and celebration.  Apart from frosty glasses of Guinness and dancing leprechauns there are many rich and hearty Irish-inspired dishes giving us all a reason to celebrate.  Scroll through the gallery and Enjoy a Taste of Ireland with one of  22 St. Patrick’s Day Dishes ideal for your St Paddy’s day party here on Parade.

Enjoy a Taste of Ireland with 22 St. Patrick's Day Dishes

(Irish Lamb Stew Downshiftology)

See the full gallery here on Parade

https://communitytable.parade.com/570743/melissasperka/enjoy-a-taste-of-ireland-with-22-st-patricks-day-dishes/

(Life, Love & Sugar Guinness Chocolate Mousse Cake)

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Melissa <![CDATA[Brown Sugar Pound Cake]]> http://www.melissassouthernstylekitchen.com/?p=14276 2017-03-10T22:19:44Z 2017-03-05T10:30:50Z Sponsored – This Brown Sugar Pound Cake is one of my all-time favorite recipes from my good friends at Martha White.  Pound cakes are a quintessential Southern delicacy and this rich brown sugar variation gives me one more reason to fall in love with them all over again.  It’s no secret that Martha White has been...

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Sponsored – This Brown Sugar Pound Cake is one of my all-time favorite recipes from my good friends at Martha White.  Pound cakes are a quintessential Southern delicacy and this rich brown sugar variation gives me one more reason to fall in love with them all over again.  It’s no secret that Martha White has been in the baking business for decades providing quality products from cornbread to biscuits.  They’re a trusted brand that I grew-up with and one my pantry is never without.  I also wanted to let you in on an exciting opportunity.  Martha White is hosting a a fun trip giveaway to attend the Country Music Festival to be held June 8-11th 2017 in Nashville Tennessee with a guest.

Brown Sugar Pound Cake

Martha White, a long-time partner of the CMA’s is celebrating the upcoming CMA Festival by giving 4 people the opportunity to win a trip for two to attend the CMA Festival to be held this summer in Nashville.  The giveaway runs through March 17th, 2017 so don’t wait hop over to their Facebook page to find out more information and enter here.   Then, whip-up this delicious brown sugar pound cake and you’re guaranteed to be a winner either way!

Brown Sugar Pound Cake

Recipe and images used by permission see the original here

Enter for a chance to win a trip for 2 to the CMA Music Festival here

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Martha White.  Thank you for being supportive and allowing me to share the brands with you that I care about and enjoy.

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Brown Sugar Pound Cake
 
Author:
Serves: 1 cake
Ingredients
  • Cake:
  • 2¼ cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs
  • 3 cups Martha White® All-Purpose Flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • Glaze:
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup chopped pecans, toasted
Instructions
  1. HEAT oven to 350°F. Spray a 10-inch tube pan with flour no-stick baking spray. Set aside.
  2. Spread the pecans for the cake and garnish in a single layer on a sheet pan. Toast for 6-8 minutes. Cool completely.
  3. Combine 2¼ cups brown sugar, sugar, 1 cup butter, shortening and 2 teaspoons vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. COMBINE flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; mix well.
  6. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Stir in pecans. Spread batter in prepared pan.
  7. BAKE 1¼ hours or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool 1 hour or until completely cooled.
  8. GLAZE Melt ¼ cup butter in small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add ½ cup brown sugar; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  9. Add ¼ cup milk; bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  10. REMOVE saucepan from heat. Stir in vanilla. Gradually stir in powdered sugar; blend until smooth. Drizzle over cooled cake.
  11. Garnish with additional toasted pecans.

Brown Sugar Pound Cake

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Melissa <![CDATA[Loaded Baked Potato Salad]]> http://melissassouthernstylekitchen.com/?p=534 2017-03-03T13:10:29Z 2017-03-02T10:30:31Z Some days it’s all about the sides at our house and dishes like this Loaded Baked Potato Salad top the list of fan favorites.  Tender new potatoes, smoky bacon and green onions are tossed with a tangy Ranch seasoned homemade dressing.  Complete the flavor palate by throwing in a heaping helping of sharp cheddar cheese that...

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Some days it’s all about the sides at our house and dishes like this Loaded Baked Potato Salad top the list of fan favorites.  Tender new potatoes, smoky bacon and green onions are tossed with a tangy Ranch seasoned homemade dressing.  Complete the flavor palate by throwing in a heaping helping of sharp cheddar cheese that practically turns this salad into a meal all on it’s own.  Serve it warm or chilled as the featured side dish with your next grilled steak, chicken or pork then sit back and prepare for the “oohs” and “aahs.”

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

It’s not surprising how much we all love potatoes. Much like rice, they’re a blank slate that can be transformed in so many ways.  Checkout these fun facts about potatoes from the North Carolina Potato Association:

  • The average American eats 142 pounds of potatoes a year or almost 365 potatoes per person–that’s an average of a potato a day.
  • Potatoes are grown commercially in every state from Florida to Alaska, yielding over 30 billion pounds of potatoes each year.
  • One serving of potatoes provides 45% of the recommended Daily Value of vitamin C.
  • The potato is the second most consumed food in the U.S.–trailing only after milk products.
  • Contrary to the common misconception, potatoes are not high in calories. One medium sized potato contains 110 calories, while a one-cup serving of rice has 225 calories and a cup of pasta has 155.
  • Many doctors recommend bananas to patients who require a good source of potassium. One potato supplies 610 mg. of potassium while a banana contains 450 mg.
  • Eat your potatoes with their peels on–a wealth of vitamins; minerals and fiber are found in the peel. The peel also contains the flavonoid, quercitin, and chlorogenic acid–antioxidants that may protect the body against certain types of cancers and heart disease.
  • One medium potato with skin contains three grams, or twelve percent of the recommended daily intake for fiber.

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

This scrumptious loaded baked potato salad gives us one more amazing way to celebrate our love of this awesome tuber. Whether you enjoy them baked smashed, mashed, or fried they’re always a happy sight to see on the dinner table.

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Loaded Baked Potato Salad
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 3 lb small red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup real mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream or unflavored Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 (0.4-oz) package dry buttermilk Ranch dressing mix (i.e. Hidden Valley)
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper
  • ½ tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • 10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Place the quartered new potatoes in a medium-size saucepan and cover with water. Add 1 tsp salt. Bring to a boil and cook for 15 minutes or until fork tender.
  2. Drain in a colander and allow to cool for 5 minutes while you make the dressing.
  3. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, dry Ranch salad dressing mix, lemon pepper and black pepper.
  4. Add the potatoes, bacon and green onion. Toss to coat. (Reserve 2 Tbsp each of bacon and green onion for garnishing)
  5. Chill for about 20-30 minutes then add 1¼ cup shredded cheese. Mix well.
  6. Serve warm or chilled garnished with reserved bacon, green onion and shredded cheese.

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

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Melissa <![CDATA[Banana Pudding Dip]]> http://www.melissassouthernstylekitchen.com/?p=14428 2017-02-28T14:58:34Z 2017-02-26T12:06:59Z This oh-so-easy Banana Pudding Dip is a twist on one of my all-time favorite quintessential Southern desserts.  It’s one more way for me to explore my obsession with banana pudding and bite-size desserts all in one.  It’s a recipe that’s meant to be easy by design so it begins with pudding mixes, made with half and...

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This oh-so-easy Banana Pudding Dip is a twist on one of my all-time favorite quintessential Southern desserts.  It’s one more way for me to explore my obsession with banana pudding and bite-size desserts all in one.  It’s a recipe that’s meant to be easy by design so it begins with pudding mixes, made with half and half for extra creaminess, then whipped with cream cheese, fluffy whipped topping to gild the lily and a heaping helping of  mini marshmallows.  Serve it with vanilla wafers and watch your family and friends gobble it up in one sitting.

Banana Pudding Dip

This dessert is so easy it takes fruit dips to a whole new level.  Banana pudding and pound cakes are two of my earliest dessert memories as a little girl. My Mom and Granma’s made them both with absolute excellence and just as I have several versions here on my website, so did they depending on the occasion.  Perhaps you’re familiar with meringue topped old fashioned banana pudding, or my fusion dessert banana pudding cream cheese pound cake.  Always a favorite at tailgating and picnics are my banana pudding cupcakes.  If you’re looking to really “wow” your family and friends my mile high banana pudding layer cake is a show stopper.   I recommend that this dessert, like all others that use fresh bananas, should be made the day you plan on serving it for the best results due to the oxidation of the bananas.  It’s fantastic to add to your menu when you plan on serving several desserts making it easier for sweets fans to enjoy a bite of each one or for game day eats alongside cookies and brownies.

Banana Pudding Dip

 

 

Banana Pudding Dip

Banana Pudding Dip
 
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Serves: 25
Ingredients
  • 1 (3.4-oz) instant banana pudding
  • 1 (3.4-oz) instant vanilla pudding
  • 3 cups half & half
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 (8-oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 4 medium bananas, cubed
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 (8-oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • ½ cup roughly crushed vanilla wafers
  • Whole vanilla wafers for dipping
Instructions
  1. Using a stand or hand mixer whip together both pudding mixes with the half and half and vanilla until thickened but still pourable.
  2. Add the softened cream cheese and continue to whip until completely smooth.
  3. By hand, mix in the banana clunks, marshmallows, ⅔ whipped topping and crushed vanilla wafers. Reserve 1 Tbsp crushed vanilla wafers to sprinkle on top.
  4. Pour into a serving dish and frost the top with the remaining whipped topping.
  5. Garnish with vanilla wafer crumbs.
  6. Refrigerate covered for 2-4 hours before serving with whole vanilla wafers for dipping.

Banana Pudding Dip

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