melissassouthernstylekitchen.com homemade family-style meals 2017-06-27T12:00:11Z http://feeds.feedburner.com/melissassouthernstylekitchen WordPress Melissa <![CDATA[Chicken Taco Green Chile Cornbread]]> https://www.melissassouthernstylekitchen.com/?p=16066 2017-06-24T05:24:11Z 2017-06-24T10:30:55Z This stuffed Chicken Taco Green Chile Cornbread is one of those versatile dishes that can be served as a main dish or a side dish with a bowl of pinto beans, your favorite soup or a salad.  The quick cornbread is kicked-up with green chiles and creamed corn and the seasoned chicken and cheese layer...

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This stuffed Chicken Taco Green Chile Cornbread is one of those versatile dishes that can be served as a main dish or a side dish with a bowl of pinto beans, your favorite soup or a salad.  The quick cornbread is kicked-up with green chiles and creamed corn and the seasoned chicken and cheese layer requires no cooking at all. Serve it straight from the oven topped with pico de gallo, a dollop of sour cream and additional taco sauce for drizzling on top, if you’re feeling festive.

Chicken Taco Green Chile Cornbread

Dishes like this stuffed cornbread are not only easy but, make for a quick homemade fiesta in a pinch.  I like using leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken picked-up at my local Costco for the filling making the prep a cinch.  I recommend Martha White cornmeal mix for this recipe as it’s not quite as sweet as some of it’s counterparts.

Chicken Taco Green Chile Cornbread

Drizzle with additional taco sauce and the flavor reminds me a bit of a tamale, which is one of my favorite Mexican dishes. It’s one of those quick and easy dishes that eats like a homemade fiesta at your own kitchen table.

Chicken Taco Green Chile CornbreadYou may also like:  Skillet Honey Cornbread, Chili Chorizo Cornbread, Cornbread and Sausage Quiche, Honey Cornbread Muffins,  Buttermilk Sour Cream Cornbread, Buttermilk Cornbread

Chicken Taco Green Chile Cornbread
 
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Serves: 8 wedges
Ingredients
  • Cornbread:
  • 2 (7.5-oz) boxes Yellow Corn Muffin mix (i.e. Martha White)
  • 1 cup cream style corn
  • 1 (4-oz) can green chilies, drained
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 green onion, finely diced
  • 4 Tbsp butter, divided
  • Filling:
  • 1 cup chopped rotisserie chicken
  • 1 cup medium taco sauce, plus additional for drizzling
  • 2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese, divided
  • 1 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place 2 Tbsp butter into a 10-inch cast iron skillet and into the oven to warm the skillet and melt the butter while the oven preheats.
  2. In a medium-size mixing bowl whisk together the corn muffin mix, cream style corn, green chilies, milk, and green onion. Melt the remaining 2 Tbsp butter in the microwave and add to the bowl.
  3. Whisk until fully combined. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the chicken, taco sauce, 1 cup cheese, taco seasoning, ground cumin and garlic salt. Mix until the ingredients are coated with the sauce.
  5. Remove the skillet from the oven and swirl the butter to coat the bottom and sides.
  6. Pour ½ of the cornbread batter into the skillet. Arrange the chicken mixture over the batter keeping it within ½-inch from the edge.
  7. Pour the remaining batter on top. Spread evenly.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes, then sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup cheese.
  9. Lower the oven to 350°F and continue to bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cornbread comes back clean.
  10. Rest for 5 minutes then cut into wedges and top with pico de gallo sour cream and taco sauce, if desired.

Chicken Taco Green Chile Cornbread

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Melissa <![CDATA[No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Refrigerator Cake]]> https://www.melissassouthernstylekitchen.com/?p=16107 2017-06-21T02:21:40Z 2017-06-21T10:30:45Z No fuss desserts like this No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Refrigerator Cake are quick, easy and magically delicious.  Perhaps it’s the ease of preparation that makes them taste even better. This refrigerator cake has layers of peanut butter stuffed Oreo cookies and a fluffy peanut butter filling with crushed Butterfinger candy bar pieces for a little...

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No fuss desserts like this No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Refrigerator Cake are quick, easy and magically delicious.  Perhaps it’s the ease of preparation that makes them taste even better. This refrigerator cake has layers of peanut butter stuffed Oreo cookies and a fluffy peanut butter filling with crushed Butterfinger candy bar pieces for a little extra crunch.  It’s perfect for so many reasons not the least of which is the fact it actually needs to be made in advance so it has time to set-up to perfection.  Cut it into wedges and serve just as is or with a dollop of whipped cream. It’s spectacular.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Refrigerator Cake

Refrigerator cakes have many faces.  Some are made in a 9 x 13-inch dish using crushed cookie crumbs as the “cake”or sometimes they’re square.  This particular version I love to make using a round springform pan.  It cuts into wedges like a pie and is perfect when you have a smaller group of people to serve. Leftover dessert can be such a temptation, I actually love having something smaller for an intimate occasion with friends. That’s why I started making this particular cake using peanut butter filled Oreo cookies to form the “cake” layer.  Refrigerator cakes are often considered warm weather desserts but, in my kitchen they’re truly a year-round confection.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Refrigerator Cake

Easy and delicious this make-ahead delight is versatile and can be adapted and made in a square pan or doubled and made in a 9 x 13-inch dish for a larger gathering or potluck party.  A dollop of whipped cream is a nice touch but, completely optional. Make it and share it, without turning on the oven, it doesn’t get any better than that.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Refrigerator CakeYou may also like: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Lasagna, No Bake Fluffy Cherry Cheesecake, Tropical Cheesecake Dip, Funfetti Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Box Cake,   No Bake Pink Lemonade Pie,  Red, White and Blue Cheesecake Salad.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Refrigerator Cake
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 (10-oz) package peanut butter baking chips
  • 3 cups heavy cream, divided
  • 1 (15.25-oz) package Oreo Peanut Butter Cream
  • 1 (8-oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (7-oz) marshmallow fluff
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 full size Butterfinger candy bars, crushed
Instructions
  1. In a microwave safe bowl melt together the peanut butter chips with ½ cup cream. Melt in 20 second increments stopping to stir each time. Repeat until completely smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. In a medium size mixing bowl using an electric mixer whip together 2½ cups cream, cream cheese, marshmallow fluff and vanilla. Beat at medium speed until combined and beginning to thicken to soft peaks. Lower the speed of the mixer and whip in the melted peanut butter chips. Continue to whip until stiff peaks form.
  3. To assemble: Arrange ½ of the cookies side by side on the bottom of an 8-inch springform pan. There will be gaps.
  4. Spread ½ of the filling evenly over the cookies. Sprinkle with ½ of the crushed Butterfinger candy. Repeat.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight.
  6. Slice into wedges using a sharp knife. Store leftovers chilled.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Refrigerator Cake

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Melissa <![CDATA[Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce]]> https://www.melissassouthernstylekitchen.com/?p=16118 2017-06-18T02:44:18Z 2017-06-18T10:00:08Z Making your own Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce is so simple once you try it yourself you’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing it long before now. It literally takes minutes to toss everything into a stand blender to puree until smooth and the flavor is so fresh.  Make one batch and you’ll have plenty of...

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Making your own Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce is so simple once you try it yourself you’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing it long before now. It literally takes minutes to toss everything into a stand blender to puree until smooth and the flavor is so fresh.  Make one batch and you’ll have plenty of pizza sauce to pop into the freezer making future meals a snap to create. I use this sauce for the dipping sauce for my  Pull Apart Pepperoni Bread Sticks or when my sons request a pizza feast using my go-to pizza dough.

Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce

Like you, my life gets crazy at times.  Being the chief chauffeur and bottle washer I’m always busy toting my sons between their activities. On buy days it seems super simple to skip cooking and just order a pizza for dinner. I’m just keepin’ it real here, y’all.  With a little pre-planning  and preparation you can have the pizza dough ready and slow-rising in the fridge and this pizza sauce ready in minutes. The only thing let to do is load-up your pizzas with plenty of gooey cheese and all of your favorite toppings.

 

Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce

The different styles of tomatoes and the Italian seasoned tomato paste, gives a thicker texture to this tomato sauce that makes it rich and satisfying. After making your pizzas, separate any remaining sauce into 1 cup portions and store in freezer safe plastic bags. That makes today’s effort work for your future busy self.  You’ll be so glad that you did.

 

Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce

 

Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce
 
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Serves: 5-5½ cups
Ingredients
  • 1 (28-oz) can peeled whole tomatoes
  • 1 (15-oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (5-oz) basil, garlic and oregano seasoned tomato paste
  • 2 tsp dry Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp granulated sugar
Instructions
  1. Pour all of the ingredients into a stand blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
  2. Uncover, taste and adjust the salt to your taste, if needed.
  3. Use immediately or separate into 1 cup portions and freeze in freezer safe plastic bags for future use.

Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce

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Melissa <![CDATA[Layered Southwestern Cheese Tortellini Salad]]> http://www.melissassouthernstylekitchen.com/?p=14805 2017-06-15T01:47:20Z 2017-06-15T10:30:14Z This Layered Southwestern Cheese Tortellini Salad is summer fresh and filled with vibrant colors and lots of crunch. It’s filled with layers of crisp lettuce, red onion, black beans, Mexican corn, peppers, olives, freshly grated colby-jack cheese and cheese tortellini pasta. Topped with a generous drizzle of my Homemade Avocado-Lime Dressing    and it’s ready...

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This Layered Southwestern Cheese Tortellini Salad is summer fresh and filled with vibrant colors and lots of crunch. It’s filled with layers of crisp lettuce, red onion, black beans, Mexican corn, peppers, olives, freshly grated colby-jack cheese and cheese tortellini pasta. Topped with a generous drizzle of my Homemade Avocado-Lime Dressing    and it’s ready to chill to perfection.  Garnish with bright red cherry tomatoes and it’s a feast for the eyes and the senses.

Layered Southwestern Cheese Tortellini Salad

Big salads like this cheese tortellini salad is a meal all on it’s own and can be a lifesaver on warm days.  You know the days I’m talking about, after a hard day at work or the kids sporting events, you want a light meal but, you have no interest in cooking  Have this salad chilling in the fridge and it’s ready to go when you’re ready to eat. It also makes a pretty centerpiece and tasty addition to your backyard picnic menu pairing with a variety of entrees such as hot dogs, burgers, steak, chicken or pork.  The element of pasta and it gets a thumbs up from the kids, too.  Dress this salad lightly and serve the rest on the side and each person can finish it off to their liking. I highly recommend making your own avocado-lime ranch dressing for the ideal flavor combination.

 

Layered Southwestern Cheese Tortellini SaladYou may also like: Chicken Bacon Ranch Layer Salad, BLT Penne Pasta Layer Salad, Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad, Italian Spaghetti Pasta Salad. Jalapeno Popper Pasta Salad

Layered Southwestern Cheese Tortellini Salad
 
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 8 cups green leaf or romaine lettuce, roughly chopped and divided
  • 1 cup Mexican corn with peppers
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 large red bell pepper seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 (14.5-oz) can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 large poblano pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved and divided
  • 1 (4-oz) can sliced black olives, drained
  • 2½ cups shredded colby-jack or sharp cheddar, divided
  • 1 lb cheese tortellini, cooked and cooled
  • Avocado-Lime Ranch Dressing or prepared Ranch dressing
Instructions
  1. Cook the tortellini per the package directions in salted water until al dente. Drain well and cool.
  2. In a medium-size mixing bowl, toss with ½ cup dressing and mix to coat.. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl or trifle bowl layer in this order: 6 cups lettuce, corn, onion, red bell pepper, ½ cup dressing,1 cup shredded cheese, black beans, poblano pepper, ⅔ cherry tomatoes, black olives, 1 cup shredded cheese, and tortellini.
  4. Drizzle the tortellini with a small amount of dressing (eye ball the amount) then garnish with reserved ½ cup cheese, ⅓ cherry tomatoes and 2 cups lettuce.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and chill.
  6. Serve chilled or at room temperature with additional dressing on the side.

Layered Southwestern Cheese Tortellini Salad

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Melissa <![CDATA[15 Spectacular Recipes For Your Next Brunch]]> https://www.melissassouthernstylekitchen.com/?p=16088 2017-06-14T01:37:04Z 2017-06-11T13:32:20Z Whether you’re making a special brunch for your kids or hosting a large holiday brunch celebration with friends these 15 Spectacular Recipes For Your Next Brunch will make your  event a huge success. Make mornings extra special with sweet and savory dishes easy to make turning everyday pantry ingredients into something spectacular. Thrill the kids with...

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Whether you’re making a special brunch for your kids or hosting a large holiday brunch celebration with friends these 15 Spectacular Recipes For Your Next Brunch will make your  event a huge success. Make mornings extra special with sweet and savory dishes easy to make turning everyday pantry ingredients into something spectacular. Thrill the kids with sausage and egg breakfast pizza or serve a sweeter brunch treat like caramel apple turnovers that will pair perfectly with a cup of hot tea or coffee for the adults.  Don’t overlook simple classic dishes like old fashioned buttermilk biscuits and sausage gravy or for a true sweet treat serve a dessert biscuit like my skillet apple pie biscuits.  There’s something special about starting your day with a delicious meal and lively conversation with the people you care about. Show them you care by sharing the love in each and every bite.

15 Spectacular Recipes For Your Next Brunch

 

Sausage and Egg Breakfast Pizza

Skillet Apple Pie Biscuits

Skillet Apple Pie Biscuits

Crumb Topped Four Cheese Tomato Pie

Crumb Topped Four-Cheese Tomato Pie

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk Biscuits and Sausage Gravy 

Buttermilk Biscuits And Sausage Gravy

Cranberry Orange Yogurt Bread 

Cranberry Orange Yogurt Bread

 

Canadian Bacon Egg Cups

Canadian Bacon Egg Cups

Glazed Caramel Apple Turnovers

Glazed Caramel Apple Turnovers

Sausage Egg & Hash Brown Biscuit Bake

Sausage Egg And Hash Brown Biscuit Bake

Easy Caramel Pecan Sticky Rolls

Easy Caramel Pecan Sticky Rolls

Easy Sheet Pan Breakfast Stacks

Easy Sheet Pan Breakfast Stacks

Punch Bowl Fruit Salad Trifle

Punch Bowl Fruit Salad Trifle

Twice Baked Potatoes with Spinach Bacon & Egg

Twice Baked Potatoes With Spinach Bacon And Eggs

Ham and Hash Brown Casserole

Ham & Hash Brown Casserole

 

 

Pull-Apart Sausage Egg & Cheese Rolls

Pull Apart Sausage Egg And Cheese Rolls

 

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Melissa <![CDATA[Toffee Pecan Brown Sugar Shortbread]]> http://www.melissassouthernstylekitchen.com/?p=14703 2017-06-08T11:50:30Z 2017-06-08T11:48:10Z This buttery Toffee Pecan Brown Sugar Shortbread is an absolute delight to make and enjoy.  The brown sugar dough naturally caramelizes while baking and the toffee bits melt to add a praline flavor to the pecan laced crumbs.  It’s a sweet treat you would expect to pay top dollar for in a sweet shoppe but,...

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This buttery Toffee Pecan Brown Sugar Shortbread is an absolute delight to make and enjoy.  The brown sugar dough naturally caramelizes while baking and the toffee bits melt to add a praline flavor to the pecan laced crumbs.  It’s a sweet treat you would expect to pay top dollar for in a sweet shoppe but, quite easily made at home using a fluted tart pan. Enjoy it with a cup of iced coffee, cappuccino, frappe or a steamy cup of hot tea.  It’s a moment meant to be savored.  Sharing is optional.

Toffee Pecan Brown Sugar Shortbread

While it’s no secret we love pecans in the South, it’s not a fleeting feeling, it’s a bonefide love affair. Pecan trees are revered and grown in Georgia the leading state in the nation for pecans, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.  Pecans are also grown in many other states such as California, Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Hawaii, Tennessee, South Carolina and even here in my home state of North Carolina. One thing is for certain, we’ll take’em anyway we can get ’em.  The debate is never how much we love them but, rather how to pronounce the name.  Is it Pee-khon or Puh-khan? Then there’s  Pee-can, which always raises eyebrows and starts lively debates about why that is or isn’t an acceptable way to refer to such a beloved nut.   It always makes me laugh out loud.

Toffee Pecan Brown Sugar Shortbread

For me, I just love to eat them and in this delightful shortbread they are simply divine.  For this shortbread, I use a fluted tart pan with a removable bottom which makes them pretty, too.  I recommend scoring the dough prior to baking for perfect placement of the whole pecans but, the lines will disappear while baking.  It’s a sweet treat that’s an absolute favorite of mine, sure to become one of yours, too.

Toffee Pecan Brown Sugar Shortbread

Toffee Pecan Brown Sugar Shortbread
 
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 1½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup plus 2 Tbsp cold butter, cubed
  • ½ cup finely chopped pecans
  • 16 whole pecans
  • ¼ cup bits-o-brickle English toffee bits
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Lightly spritz the bottom of a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom or regular metal pie pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-size mixing bowl mix together the flour and brown sugar.
  3. Using a pastry blender or 2 forks, cut the cold butter into the flour until it resembles peas.
  4. Mix-in the chopped pecans, toffee bits and vanilla.
  5. Press firmly and evenly into the pan.
  6. Using a sharp knife or pastry wheel score the top into 16 wedges. (This helps with pecan placement)
  7. Gent;y press one whole pecan onto the outer end of each wedge.
  8. Bake for 28-30 minutes until lightly golden.
  9. Remove from the oven and rest on a cooling rack. Allow to cool and set for 30 minutes.
  10. Remove the outer ring and use a long sharp knife to carefully cut into wedges while still warm.
  11. Cool completely.
  12. Store in a container tightly sealed at room temperature.

Toffee Pecan Brown Sugar Shortbread

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Melissa <![CDATA[Grilled Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken]]> https://www.melissassouthernstylekitchen.com/?p=16027 2017-06-04T11:32:53Z 2017-06-04T11:35:27Z Sponsored ~ This kicked-up Grilled Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken is a feast for the eyes and the senses. Tender filet of boneless chicken breasts slathered with a cream cheese, buttermilk dressing and jalapeno laced filling that’s packed with Borden® Cheese.  To gild the lily, this beautiful cheese-filled package is wrapped in thick cut bacon.  It’s bound...

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Sponsored ~ This kicked-up Grilled Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken is a feast for the eyes and the senses. Tender filet of boneless chicken breasts slathered with a cream cheese, buttermilk dressing and jalapeno laced filling that’s packed with Borden® Cheese.  To gild the lily, this beautiful cheese-filled package is wrapped in thick cut bacon.  It’s bound to become a year-round grilling favorite with your family and friends and with such simple easy-to-find ingredients you’ll be delighted to prepare it over and over again.  Kick-start your grilling season with this bacon wrapped cheesy chicken filled with Borden® Cheese.

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken

Special occasions, just like Borden® Cheese, bring families together in the kitchen and around the dinner table to transform meals into memorable moments. Summertime is upon us and chocked-full of special moments to celebrate with friends, family, neighbors and, of course, delicious food! Summer-time turns many grilling aficionados into backyard chefs.  What better way to impress than serving a bacon wrapped cheese stuffed sensation like these jalapeno popper chicken breasts?  While I chose jalapenos for this dish, feel free to omit the jalapenos or use green chilies in their place for those who may be a bit shy of too much heat or adjust the amount of jalapeno to your taste.

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken

For generations, creamy, delicious Borden® Cheese has been crafted with high-quality, wholesome ingredients and the same genuine love and care you find on American, family-owned dairy farms.  Borden® Cheese is brought to you by a cooperative of more than 8,000 family-owned dairy farms across the United States  Every chunk, slice and shred of Borden® Cheese is pure, creamy goodness that transforms your family recipes into something memorable, because with Borden®Cheese, love is always an ingredient.  Whether it’s baking a hearty cheese casserole in the winter, grilling up a cheeseburger in the summer, or sharing snacks after school, Borden® Cheese makes every meal and every moment with loved ones better.

 Grilled Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken

 Grilled Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper ChickenBorden® Cheese has a wide range of offerings to satisfy every taste, including Mild Cheddar, Mozzarella, Mexican, Swiss, Sharp Cheddar, American, Colby Jack and more, which are available as singles, shreds, chunks, slices, strings and snacks.. Borden® Cheese is available at major grocery stores and independent retailers across the country.

For more information about products and where to purchase Borden® Cheese, visit BordenCheese.com, Facebook.com/BordenCheeseUSA or Instagram.com/borden_cheese

Disclosure – This post is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Borden® Cheese a licensed brand of Borden Dairy®.  

You may also like: Crab Macaroni and Cheese, Kickin’ Cowboy Queso Dip, Cheese Lovers Mac and Cheese with Broccoli, Bacon Egg and Cheese Brunch Bread, Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup, Cheesesteak Sliders.

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 (8 oz) boneless skinless chicken breasts, butterflied
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1 (8 oz) Chive and Onion cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup prepared buttermilk Ranch salad dressing
  • ¼ cup chopped pickled jalapeno (See Cook's note)
  • 2 cups Borden® Cheese Cheddar and Monterey Jack Cheese shreds
  • 8 slices thick cut bacon
  • 8 toothpicks soaked in water
Instructions
  1. Using a sharp knife butterfly the chicken pieces through the middle being careful not to cut all the way through. Using a meat mallet pound to approximately ⅓-inch thickness.
  2. Season the chicken pieces on both sides with garlic salt and lemon pepper.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the cream cheese and salad dressing until fully combined.
  4. By hand fold in the chopped jalapeno and 1 cup Borden® Cheese Cheddar and Monterey Jack Cheese shreds. Mix well.
  5. Divide the creamed mixture between the chicken pieces and spread to ½-inch of the edge of each piece. Sprinkle with the remaining Borden® Cheese Cheddar and Monterey Jack Cheese shreds.
  6. Roll each piece starting with the widest edge, ending seam side down.
  7. Wrap each piece with 2 slices of bacon. Secure with water soaked toothpicks, if needed.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours or overnight.
  9. To grill on a gas grill, preheat the grill to medium. Grill each piece around 10-12 minutes per side, or until the bacon is crisp and the chicken has cooked through and, the juices are no longer pink or to 165°F. (Cook on foil, for easy clean-up)
  10. Rest for 5 minutes remove toothpicks and serve.
Notes
If preferred mild chopped green chilies may be used in place of the jalapeno.
Grilling tip: Use aluminum foil or a grill pan for the best results and easy clean-up.

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken

 

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Melissa <![CDATA[Almond Joy Earthquake Cake]]> http://www.melissassouthernstylekitchen.com/?p=14728 2017-06-01T11:38:48Z 2017-06-01T10:30:38Z This Almond Joy Earthquake Cake is so fun to make!  Earthquake cakes earned their name because they crack and rise randomly due to the rich cream cheese dollops placed throughout the cake batter. This version starts with flaked coconut and almonds, that’s smothered with a fudgy cake batter then swirled with dollops of a sweet...

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This Almond Joy Earthquake Cake is so fun to make!  Earthquake cakes earned their name because they crack and rise randomly due to the rich cream cheese dollops placed throughout the cake batter. This version starts with flaked coconut and almonds, that’s smothered with a fudgy cake batter then swirled with dollops of a sweet cream cheese filling.  I’m all for gilding the lily with more chocolate and this cake is no exception. Earthquake cakes are so rich there’s no need to add frosting simply cut just the way it is and serve with a cup of coffee or hot tea. Heavenly.

Almond Joy Earthquake Cake

Earthquake cakes are one of those fun desserts much like poke cakes and eclair cakes.  They’re versatile, aren’t too fussy to make and bakers of all skill levels can become a baking success. Each cake is unique and bakes differently every single time I make one, so expect yours to do the same.  Serve this cake while still warm and gooey or chilled, either way it’s a sweet treat that’s fun to make and eat.

Almond Joy Earthquake CakeYou may also like: Rocky Road Fudge Poke Cake, Death By Chocolate Eclair Cake, Chocolate Earthquake Cake, Earthquake Cake.

Almond Joy Earthquake Cake

Adapted from Duncan Hines Earthquake Cake here

Almond Joy Earthquake Cake
 
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 1½ cup sweetened flaked coconut, divided
  • ½-1 cup roughly chopped almonds (Adjust amount to your taste)
  • 1 (15.25- oz) box Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix plus oil, water and eggs to prepare
  • 1 (8-oz) cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ tsp pure almond extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1½ cups milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Sprinkle the coconut on the bottom of the pan followed y the almonds.
  3. Prepare the cake mix batter per the instructions on the box using the amounts called for of water, oil and eggs. (Tip: For a richer cake substitute buttermilk for the water)
  4. Pour the batter evenly over the coconut and almonds in the pan. Don't stir.
  5. Using a hand mixer cream together the cream cheese, softened butter and almond extract.
  6. Gradually add the powdered sugar. Beat until creamy about 1-2 minutes.
  7. Fold ½ cup coconut by hand.
  8. Drop the creamed mixture using a teaspoon randomly over the batter. Use a knife to lightly swirl through the batter don't mix-in fully.
  9. Sprinkle the top of the cake batter with chocolate chips.
  10. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake portion comes back clean.
  11. Cool to room temperature, cut into squares and serve.

 

Almond Joy Earthquake Cake

 

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Melissa <![CDATA[10 Lip Smacking Ground Beef Meals]]> https://www.melissassouthernstylekitchen.com/?p=15978 2017-05-28T13:21:11Z 2017-05-28T10:30:41Z Quick and easy meal solutions are the challenge of every cook.  So, I dug through the recipe index here on MSSK and pulled these 10 Lip Smacking Ground Beef  Meals to share with you. This collection features a variety of mouthwatering casseroles, one cooked on the stove top, others that are oven-baked and a slow cooked...

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Quick and easy meal solutions are the challenge of every cook.  So, I dug through the recipe index here on MSSK and pulled these 10 Lip Smacking Ground Beef  Meals to share with you. This collection features a variety of mouthwatering casseroles, one cooked on the stove top, others that are oven-baked and a slow cooked cowboy casserole for those crazy days packed with activities. There’s a Shepherd’s pie topped with creamy mashed potatoes, baked spaghetti smothered with a pizza-inspired sauce, one-pot beef goulash loaded with veggies, chili macaroni perfect for game day and Salisbury steak ready in under 30 minutes.

10 Lip Smacking Ground Beef Meals

I’m an avid penny pincher at heart and when I’m fortunate enough to catch bulk ground beef on sale, I stock my freezer with pre-measured 1 pound packages that are recipe ready.   When separated into 1 pound packages, I know at a glance how many to pull out to create a budget-friendly feast fit for a king.  Most of these dishes can be assembled in advance, covered with plastic wrap then chilled.  It makes meal-time a snap when you take the time to prepare dinner in advance and have these drool worthy dishes ready to cook when you’re ready to eat.

Salisbury Steak with Onion and Mushroom Gravy 

Salisbury Steak with Onion and Mushroom Gravy

Chili Macaroni

Chili Macaroni

Southwestern Casserole with a Sweet Corn Crust

Southwestern Casserole With A Sweet Corn Crust

Beef Goulash 

Beef Goulash

Slow Cooked Kickin’ Cowboy Casserole

Slow Cooked Kickin' Cowboy Casserole

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd's Pie

Barbecue Beef Tater Tot Casserole

Barbecue Beef Tater Tot Casserole

Chili Cheese Frito Pie

Chili Cheese Frito Pie

Beef Pot Pie with Cheddar Onion Biscuits

Beef Pot Pie With Cheddar Onion Biscuits

Baked Pizza Spaghetti

Baked Pizza Spaghetti

You may also like: 15 All-Star Ground Beef Dinners, Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes, Cheesy Ground Beef and Rice Casserole, Crockpot Lasagna Soup, Skinny Beef Enchiladas.

10 Lip Smacking Ground Beef Meals

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Melissa <![CDATA[No-Bake Banana Pudding Pie]]> http://www.melissassouthernstylekitchen.com/?p=14425 2017-05-25T13:01:26Z 2017-05-25T12:57:00Z This dreamy No-Bake Banana Pudding Pie is just what you need on a day when you’re in the mood for a sweet fix that’s not fussy with the bonus of needing absolutely no oven time. It’s designed to keep things low-stress so the simple ingredients reflect that making preparation a cinch.  The creamy banana pudding...

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This dreamy No-Bake Banana Pudding Pie is just what you need on a day when you’re in the mood for a sweet fix that’s not fussy with the bonus of needing absolutely no oven time. It’s designed to keep things low-stress so the simple ingredients reflect that making preparation a cinch.  The creamy banana pudding filling, fresh banana slices, vanilla wafers and whipped cream are a classic flavor combination that’s on point and it makes enough for 2 pies. Keep one and give the other to someone special, and they’re guaranteed to be your friend for life.

No-Bake Banana Pudding Pie

I’ve been obsessed with banana pudding since I was a little girl.  I was first introduced to it by my Southern Momma and Granma’s who made it the old fashioned way with a meringue topping.   I’ve found through the years each and every Southern cook has their own little twist on making it and I’m here to say I think we should embrace them all.  I’ve even turned my love of banana pudding into a spectacular 3-layer banana pudding cake. I’ve noted on my life-long banana pudding quest, when attending church and family potlucks, other banana pudding variations started to surface through the years, using a combination of convenience items like instant puddings, sour cream, cream cheese and even different cookies other than vanilla wafers.  It was always the belle of the ball no matter what version was served.

No-Bake Banana Pudding Pie

This particular recipe makes enough filling for 2 pies making it perfect for entertaining or sharing with a friend or loved one.  Though I tried, there’s just no way to halve the ingredients in this particular instance and why would you want to?  Go big or go home y’all.  These pies will become a staple any-time dessert your family will request over and over again.  It’s the classic combination of creamy pudding, bananas and whipped cream that keeps us all coming back for more.

No-Bake Banana Pudding PieYou may also like: Old Fashioned Banana Pudding, Banana Pudding Gooey Butter Cake,Frozen Banana Pudding Bombe,  Banana Pudding Layer Cake, TSLC Old Fashioned Banana Pudding, Homemade Southern Banana Pudding

No-Bake Banana Pudding Pie
 
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Serves: 2 pies
Ingredients
  • 2 (9-oz) prepared graham cracker crusts
  • 1 (3.4-oz) instant banana pudding
  • 1 (3.4-oz) instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 cups half & half
  • 1 (8-oz) neufchatel cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4 medium bananas, sliced,
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 40 whole vanilla wafers, divided
  • 4 Tbsp crushed vanilla wafers
  • 12 oz whipped topping or 3 cups fresh whipped cream
Instructions
  1. Using a stand or hand mixer, whip together both packages pudding mix with half & half until thickened but still pourable.
  2. Add the softened neufchatel cheese and 1 tsp vanilla. Whip on medium-high until completely smooth.
  3. Toss the banana slices with lemon juice. Fold into the pudding with ⅓ of the whipped topping by hand until fully combined.
  4. Spoon into the graham cracker crusts. Spread evenly.
  5. Line the edge of each pie with whole vanilla wafers using about 20 per pie. Add more if desired.
  6. Frost with the remaining whipped topping and sprinkle each pie with 2 Tbsp crushed vanilla wafers.
Notes
The filling will make enough for 2 pies.

No-Bake Banana Pudding Pie

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