Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Snack Mix Bars

Another no-bake recipe. Gotta love recipes like this. They were all gone at a recent party. I'd definetely make these again.

Snack Mix Bar
Source: Inn Cuisine.Com

3 cups pretzel sticks (snapped into thirds)
2 & 1/3 cups Wheat Chex
2 cups plain M&M’s (feel free to experiment with the peanut, almond, or dark chocolate varieties too)
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (I prefer Jif Natural)
5 & 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

In a large mixing bowl, combine pretzels, Wheat Chex and M&M’s. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and peanut butter; add mini marshmallows, cooking and stirring until the marshmallows are melted and the mixture is smooth. Pour over pretzel mixture; stirring and tossing gently to coat. Press mixture into a greased 13″x9″x2″ baking dish. Cool until firm (away from hot kitchen lights), cut into squares and serve.
Yield: approximately 2 dozen (more or less depending on the size squares you cut)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Emeril's Turkey Meatloaf

We haven't had meatloaf in such a long time!! I've been craving meatloaf. This is one of those recipes I cut out & have had sitting around. I finally got around to it. It's a winner! Even Ben ~ who was making faces at turkey meat, turkey bacon, etc etc ~~ really liked it! I am thinking leftovers will be great as well.

Emeril's Turkey Meatloaf
Source: Emeril

1 tsp vegetable oil
4 oz. turkey bacon, chopped
1/2 yellow onion, chopped - about 1 cup
1 small green pepper, chopped - about 3/4 cup
course salt & pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
3/4 rolled oats, not instant
1 cup evaporated milk
1 1/2 lbs ground turkey (85% lean)
1 1/4 cups chili sauce

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook bacon stirring until almost crisp, about 4 minutes. Add onion & pepper, season to taste with salt & pepper and cook until vegetables are soft, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and add oats and evaporated milk. Let cool.

Add turkey, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper and 2 TBSP chili sauce. Stir well to combine. Transfer mixture to a 5X9 loaf pan and smooth top - spray the pan with Pam. Spread remaining chili sauce over the top. Bake until meatloaf is cooked through (an meat thermometer should read 165 in the center) about 1 hour 10 minutes. Let cool in the pan 20 minutes before slicing.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Butterscotch Cornflake Cookies

My mom used to make these for us. I had forgotten about them until I found a bag of butterscotch chips in the closet. As easy as these cookies are - they are good. Rich but good! This is another good recipe to add to a simplified baking strategy! Try 'em out!

Butterscotch Cornflake Cookies

1 11oz bag butterscotch chips
1 c. peanut butter
5 c. corn flakes ~ crushed a little bit

Melt morsels and peanut butter over low heat. Stir in corn flakes; mix until flakes are well coated. Drop by rounded serving spoons onto a parchment or wax paper covered cookie sheet. Place in refrigerator until solid.