Chili Cheese Dog Chili

A hearty meal that cooks right in your crockpot, this Chili Cheese Dog Chili takes a classic chili and stirs in the much beloved ball park hot dog flavors right in. Every bite tastes just like the iconic hot dog making it a meal that has the whole family counting down the hours until supper time.

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Cheeseburger Mason Jar Salad

Are you on the lookout for an easier take and go lunch idea, but tired of the traditional brown bag options? This Cheeseburger Mason Jar Salad is hearty, healthier, and let’s face it tastier than many alternatives. Stacked full of fresh ingredients it delivers 100% on the flavor you’re craving, minus all the grease, carbs, and calories.

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Cheeseburger Quesadillas

Love cheeseburgers? Love quesadillas? Then you’re going to love their beautiful, yummy union in this quick and easy recipe. That juicy, cheesy burger you’ve been craving is now sandwiched in between two layers of crisp, golden tortillas. Cheeseburger Quesadillas are delectable, dip-able hybrid you’re going to want again and again.

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Cheeseburger Stuffed French Bread

 Looking for a recipe to feed a crowd? One that’s equally hearty and frugal to boot? Cheeseburger Stuffed French Bread sandwiches are the perfect thing. To give a fun new twist to an old classic party staple, we’ve deconstructed and reassembled the bacon cheeseburger. I never thought a cheeseburger could really be improved upon using traditional toppings and ingredients, but one bite of this will blow anyone away. 

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‘Knock Your Socks Off’ Tailgate Burgers

Get ready for game day with the best ever grilled burger recipe, these ‘Knock Your Socks Off’ Tailgate Burgers. Trust me, they’re gonna completely bowl you over with how amazing they are- appetizer, lunch, dinner- they’ll be the main event wherever they’re served.

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Ooey, Gooey Cheesy Meatballs

So you wanna know how we know school’s almost out for summer around these parts? When Mom makes two batches of Jello pudding pops for you to have for breakfast, that’s how! In my defense though, they do have milk in them (an essential part of any breakfast. am I right??) and they are sugar free (because I both like and pity their teachers). I’ll currently be accepting ‘Mom of the Year’ award nominations. Breakfast isn’t the only thing we slack at when the school year draws to a close. There’s too much to do, and too many hours in the day to waste slaving away in the kitchen every night.  Helllooo snack suppers!

Ooey, Gooey Cheesy Meatballs

Usually these involve several plates on the table featuring various crackers, nuts, cheeses, veggies, and some oh-so-yummy dips. BUT … There are nights when snack suppers mean totally yummy, not necessarily good for you, we just needed an excuse to eat this and call it a meal, things. I’m pretty sure these meatballs speak for themselves. They’re ooey. They’re gooey. They’re cheesy. And they are friggin delicious!!

Ooey, Gooey Cheesy Meatballs

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Ooey, Gooey Cheesy Meatballs

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 178kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 slice bread
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion grated
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with foil; then lightly coat the foil with nonstick spray. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the bread until they resemble crumbs.
  • Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add the bread crumbs and toast until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine the toasted bread crumbs and milk; let stand until all of the milk is absorbed.
  • In a large bowl, add the breadcrumb mixture, ground beef, grated onion, sour cream, egg, salt and pepper. Using a wooden spoon or clean hands, stir until well combined.
  • Roll the mixture into 1 1/4-to-1 1/2-inch meatballs and place on onto prepared baking sheet.
  • Drizzle a small amount of mayonnaise on each meatball. (A squeeze bottle or Ziploc bag is perfect for this.)
  • In a small bowl, combine the mozzarella and Parmesan. Sprinkle each meatball with 1 tablespoon cheese mixture.
  • Bake at 400 degrees until the cheese has melted and is slightly golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Broil for an additional 2-5 minutes, or until the cheese has crisped up.

Nutrition

Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 248mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1mg

recipe originally from Damn Delicious

Sous Chef Sunday: Big Mac Pizza

A delicious dinner the kids will love and that will call to the kid in all of us is this big mac pizza recipe. It’s fun and it’s easy, and it brings all the flavors of your favorite fast food burger to the table served on a crisp pizza crust.

Big Mac Pizza

Wanna add some ‘wow’ into your family’s next pizza night? Our Big Mac Pizza is sure to do the trick.

The sons could not gt over the fact that it tasted just. like. the sandwich. It’s pretty epic. The whole concept combines two of their most favorite things: fast food & pizza.

And Mom’s actually letting them have both? IN THE SAME NIGHT??

They were on cloud 9, and I’m pretty sure if they’d floated any higher they would’ve floated away.

You don’t have to go super fancy just to change things up a bit. This big mac pizza is a fun twist, but it’s still family friendly, and easy to assemble.

And I’ll let you in on a little secret I discovered during the making of this dish. You wanna get the kids in the kitchen fast?

Want them to actually want to help you fix dinner? WITHOUT complaining?

Put the words ‘big mac’ in the name of whatever you’re having. Problem solved 🙂

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Big Mac Pizza

This fun homemade pizza has all the flavors of the classic fast food burger that you love. It's delicious and sure to be a hit with parents & kids alike!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 231kcal

Ingredients

  • pizza dough homemade, store-bought, or pre made will all work
  • Olive oil if you’re using fresh dough
  • Thousand Island salad dressing
  • 6-8 slices of yellow American cheese
  • 1/2 – 3/4 lb. ground beef
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Shredded lettuce
  • grape tomatoes thinly sliced (optional)

Instructions

  • In a medium sized skillet, brown the ground beef. Season the meat with salt and pepper, to taste. Drain the cooked beef and set aside.
  • For pizza dough, lightly grease a pizza pan or large cookie sheet. Pat or roll the dough out into pan and lightly drizzle some olive oil over the top of the crust and then bake the crust for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven.
  • Top the pizza crust with Thousand Island salad dressing and just like you would with sauce, use a lade or the back of a spoon to evenly spread the dressing out over the crust all the way up to the crusts edges. Top the spread dressing with the American cheese slices, and don’t worry if they don’t completely cover the entire pizza. Top the cheese with the ground beef. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese evenly over top of the beef.
  • Bake the pizza at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
  • Remove from the oven and allow the pizza to cool slightly, about 2-3 minutes, before cutting it into slices.
  • To serve, top the cooled pizza with shredded lettuce, tomato and additional Thousand Island, if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

recipe adapted from Love Bakes Good Cakes

Nutrition

Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 702mg | Potassium: 69mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 581IU | Calcium: 533mg | Iron: 1mg

 

French Onion Soup Stuffed Au Gratin Meatloaf

In our home, meatloaf is and has always been a stand-out family fav. Usually, I just make my Grandma’s meatloaf. It’s simple, no-fuss, no-frills, but it’s the best meatloaf I’ve ever tasted. It’s a relatively short list of ingredients, and it’s fairly simple to throw together, but whenever I’m asked for the recipe I have to explain that there actually isn’t one.

Do you have any idea how long it took for me to learn how to make my Grandma’s meatloaf?! There was no. recipe. This meant that any time I wanted to make meatloaf, or she was making up a batch for the freezer, I would pack up my Costco-sized packages of ground beef, and the other ingredients I needed, and go over to her house and stand in the kitchen for hours watching her ‘eyeball’ ingredients as she casually threw everything together into a giant bowl. The only part I was allowed to partici[pate in was getting my hands dirty and smooshing ans squishing everything together. I was an excellent meatloaf masher 😉

After several months of ‘eyeballing’ she must have seen something that told her I was ready for the next step. The next meatloaf day I showed up energized, packing my lean ground beef, and ready to finally give it a go. This lasted through like two ingredients before she ended up taking over and just doing it herself. She said it was easier. This happened every time. Every. time. Do you have any idea how frustrating this was? Yes, I’d end up taking home several great meatloafs, but I couldn’t make them at my own house or by myself. It was beyond me (and totally out of my comfort zone at the time) to experiment by throwing various amounts of food stuffs into a bowl full of hamburger meat and hoping for the best, or knowing when to add more liquidy stuffs and when you needed more dry crap. I thought it was hopeless, and resigned myself to my Grandma making, or taking over making, my meatloaves for the rest of my life. But, Grandma’s been gone for almost 6 years now and it turns out, that unbeknownst to me, she knew what she was doing. Even without a recipe, I can whip up a kick ass meatloaf, and I cherish all those memories of us in her kitchen that I might not have had as an adult without all our meatloaf days. Somewhere along the way, I observed enough to interpret and absorb her secret meatloaf makin’ ways 🙂

While Grandma’s meatloaf will always be our  ‘put-up-on-a-pedestal’ favorite, we do enjoy trying other versions, especially ones that incorporate some of our favorite flavor combos. I like to think Grandma would be proud of our ingenuity and of pushing the recipe boundaries– something that would have been way out of her much more traditional kitchen comfort zone 😉 We’ve enjoyed bacon cheeseburger meatloaf, Mexican meatloaf, and even several Chicken versions. This recipe here though, is one of our most often enjoyed variations.

 French Onion Soup Stuffed Au Gratin Meatloaf

Think of your favorite meatloaf, then imagine that stuffed with your favorite french onion soup. And cheese. CHEESE! In our defense we usually stuff ours with mozzarella, but here Swiss is the perfect companion to the tender caramelized onions tucked up in our savory, prepared ground beef. This gourmet version is sure to wow the socks off of the family, and is a perfect option for those night’s when company’s coming.

French Onion Soup Au Gratin Stuffed Meatloaf

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Ingredients

For the onions:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 medium-large onions halved & thinly sliced
  • ½ tbsp fresh thyme or ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ cup beef broth
  • ¼ cup red wine or red cooking wine

For the meatloaf:

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • ½ cup bread crumbs or quick cooking ground oats
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 cups mozzarella or Swiss, cheese, shredded, divided

For the sauce:

  • cups beef broth
  • ½ cup red wine or red cooking wine
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

For the onions:

  • Heat the oil in a skillet over medium. When the oil’s hot add in the onions, salt, and pepper and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently until they’ve caramelized.
  • Next, add the thyme and sauté for a minute or two, then add in the wine and beef broth.
  • Give everything a stir, and allow to continue cooking while the liquid reduces, until very little liquid remains in the skillet. Remove from heat and set aside.

For the meatloaf:

  • In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, bread crumbs or oats, parsley, pepper, salt, and eggs. Using your hands (you can wear latex gloves if you’re squeamish) squish everything together until evenly incorporated.
  • Lay the meat mixture out onto a piece of wax paper and press it out into a roughly 10×12-inch rectangle.
  • Set aside ½ cup of the cheese and ½ cup of the onions. Sprinkle the remaining 1½ cups cheese and onions evenly over the ground beef. Roll up like a jelly roll, starting from the short end, lifting the wax paper or plastic wrap as you roll. Seal the end completely, and place the loaf seam-side down into a 9×13-inch baking pan.
  • Place the meatloaf in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. While the meatloaf is baking, prepare the sauce. For the sauce: Whisk together the sauce ingredients in a small pot, bring the mixture to a boil, and simmer until thickened. Remove from heat and set aside
  • Remove the pan from the oven, pour the prepared sauce over the meatloaf, and sprinkle the top with the reserved onions and cheese.
  • Return the meatloaf to the oven for another 15-20 minutes, or until the meat is no longer pink on the inside. Place under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese on top is browned and bubbly.Remove from oven and allow to stand 10 minutes. Slice and serve. Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.

recipe adapted from Cupcakes & Kalechips

 

Poor Man’s Beef Wellington

While a classic beef wellington makes for a delicious dinner, filet mignon tends to be out of my budget. We’ve swapped the high price steak for a delicious ground beef and vegetable filling, still wrapped & baked in a buttery puff pastry crust. This poor man’s beef wellington makes a gourmet, hearty meal but on a more reasonable every day budget & time frame.

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