Cheddar Cheese Soup

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It’s been so cold here over the past few days like it has been in many places.  Soup seemed like a logical choice for dinner so off I went to search out a recipe in my cookbooks.

This recipe has a lot of ingredients but they all work together to make a wonderful, flavorful soup.  This recipe is not hard to make and it helps to get all the ingredients ready before you start since it cooks up quickly.

The croutons are from my recipe that I posted yesterday and they are great in this soup!  Here’s the link ~ Make Your Own Croutons

Cheddar Cheese Soup

Cheddar Cheese Soup

6 tbsps butter
3/4 cup minced onion
3/4 cup minced carrot
1/2 cup minced celery
4 tbsps flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
pinch cayenne pepper
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
2 tbsps dry sherry
3 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 chopped parsley for garnish
Croutons, optional

In a large pot, melt the butter and saute the onion, carrots, and celery for about 8 minutes. Sprinkle in the flour and all the seasonings and blend. Gradually add the chicken broth, stirring constantly until thickened. Reduce the heat to a simmer and add the cream and sherry, stirring. Add the cheese in cupfuls, stirring each until melted into the soup.

Garnish with parsley and croutons, if desired, and serve at once.

Cheddar Cheese Soup 2

Makes 4-6 servings.

Source:  Lagniappe

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The Best Grilled Cheese Ever!

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I found the recipe for this sandwich on Pinterest (I think) and it came from a blog called She Wears Many Hats which is a great blog which I hope you visit. This is now my favorite sandwich so thank you!!

Back to the sandwich.  First of all, I am NOT a fan of grilled cheese and what compelled me to make this sandwich, I have no idea.  However, I DO love roasted onions and mushrooms and that is what probably spurred me on.  The combination of ingredients is perfect.  It is very easy to make so it meets my criteria but it does take a bit of time to roast the vegetables. I am going to make another today for lunch but I am using Dubliner cheddar instead of the gouda for a change.

Grilled Cheese 1

The Best Grilled Cheese Ever!

8 ounces mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
2 tbsps olive oil
salt and pepper
4 tbsps butter
4 slices of bread, your choice as to type of bread
1 cup gouda, shredded

Preheat oven to 400º.

On a baking sheet, mix the sliced mushrooms and onions with the olive oil. Season with a little salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes or until done to your liking. Just don’t let them burn. When finished, remove from oven and set aside.

On the stovetop in a large skillet, melt the 4 tbsps of butter over medium heat being careful not to burn.

While the butter is melting assemble sandwiches. On one slice of bread, layer the gouda, some onions and mushrooms, another layer of gouda. Top with another slice of bread. Repeat for second sandwich.

Carefully place sandwiches in skllet and let toast, being careful not to burn the bread. Flip and repeat for other side of bread. Cook until cheese has melted and bread is toasted.

Makes 2 sandwiches.

Recipe from: She Wears Many Hats

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Looking for Cinco de Mayo Recipes?

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Cinco de Mayo pics 2

Top Row, Left to Right:

Guacamole Nachos

Easy Mexican Rice

Stacked Chicken Quesadillas

Middle Row, Left to Right:

Cheese Stuffed Chipotle Burgers

Chicken Enchiladas (and a sangria recipe)

Grilled Nachos

Bottom Row, Left to Right:

Huevos Rancheros from Simply Recipes

Mix-Your-Own Taco Spice

Fiesta Chicken Tacos

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Baked Mozzarella Sticks

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First of all, I love the deep fried mozzarella sticks and while the baked sticks don’t come anywhere close to tasting like the fried sticks, they are a wonderful substitute.  Especially if you are counting calories or, like me, are too lazy to get the deep fryer out and mess with all that oil.

This recipe is easy but plan for all the freezing involved.  These sticks MUST be watched in the oven or they will melt.  I watched mine and couple melted very quickly so please keep an eye on them.

I found the recipe on Pinterest and it comes from a site called The Comfort of Cooking.

Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Baked Mozzarella Sticks

12 mozzarella sticks, cut in half to make 24 pieces
1 egg
1/4 cup flour
1/4 Italian-style bread crumbs
1/4 cup panko
2 tsps grated Parmesan
1 tbsp dried parsley

Freeze the 24 pieces of mozzarella until hard ~ about 30 minutes.

Place the egg in a shallow dish and whisk. Place the flour in a separate dish. Place the breadcrumbs, panko, Parmesan, and parsley ~mixed~ in a third shallow dish.

Line a baking sheet with foil and spray foil with cooking spray.

Working quickly, dip frozen mozzarella halves into the flour, then egg, then breadcrumb mixture and place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all pieces are coated. Freeze on the cookie sheet for 15-20 minutes until frozen.

While the coated cheese is freezing, preheat the oven to 400º.

When the coated cheese is ready, place in oven and bake 4-5 minutes. Remove from oven and turn pieces over. Return to oven for an additional 4-5 minutes.

WATCH STICKS CLOSELY because they will melt quickly.

Serve immediately with warm marinara sauce.

Makes 24 mozzarella sticks.

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Cremini, Bacon and Shallot Crustless Quiche

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This quiche was the most popular dish at the couples shower.   I only got a smidge for a taste but I must agree ~ one of the most delicious breakfast foods I have had in a long time.  I found the recipe on the Food Network site and it’s from the Food Network Kitchens.

Gruyere cheese is really expensive but is worth it in this recipe.  I don’t know enough about cheese to suggest a substitute but if someone has a good sub, please comment!  I made the quiche just like the recipe said to (I know, shocking!) EXCEPT I put it in a 9×9 baking dish because I didn’t think it would fit in my deep dish pie pan.

Please forgive the really lousy picture.  As you can see, I was following around behind people to try and get pictures.

VIEW PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE!

Cremini, Bacon and Shallot Crustless Quiche

8 slices bacon, chopped
4 tbsps unsalted butter
1 lb cremini mushrooms, cleaned, trimmed, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp kosher salt
6 medium shallots, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsps minced fresh Italian parsley
2 tbsps minced Parmesan cheese
2 cups half and half
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
freshly ground black pepper
generous pinch of nutmeg
4 ozs grated gruyere cheese
2 tbsps snipped fresh chives

Preheat oven to 350º.

Cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels.

Discard all fat except 2 tbsps. Add 2 tbsps of butter to the fat and melt. Add the mushrooms and salt. Over medium heat, cook until mushroom juices evaporate ~ about 7 to 10 minutes. Add the shallots and cook until tender and mushrooms are golden. Add the garlic and parsley and remove from heat, cooling slightly.

Butter a baking dish ~ either a 9 inch deep dish pie pan or a 9×9 dish ~ and sprinkle with grated Parmesan. Place the pan on a baking sheet for ease in getting in and out of the oven.

Sprinkle the half the Gruyere in the pan and the all of the bacon on top. Add 3/4 of the mushroom mixture over the bacon and then scatter the rest of the cheese over the mushrooms.

Whisk the half and half, eggs, egg yolks in a large glass measuring cup. Season this mixture with salt and pepper and a pinch of nutmeg. Pour over the the fillings in the baking dish. Top with the remaining mushrooms and sprinkle with chives.

Bake until the center of the quiche is set ~ about 40-50 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.

Makes about 8 or 9 servings depending on the type of pan you use.

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Green Chilie Frittata

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When I first saw this recipe I was a little weirded out by the addition of the cottage cheese but it was perfect in this recipe.  This is a very easy recipe and is not spicy at all.  I used a can of fire roasted chilies and a can of regular chilies.    Any kind of cheese would be great ~ especially Monterey Jack with peppers.  I found the recipe online but not sure where since I’ve had it forever.

Green Chilie Frittata

10 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 pinch of salt
1 (7 ounce) can chopped green chilies, drained (I use 2 (4 oz) cans, drained)
1 (16 ounce) container 2% cottage cheese
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup melted butter (I never add this)

Preheat oven to 400º and grease a 9×13 baking dish.

In a large bowl mix the eggs, flour, baking powder and salt. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Pour into prepared dish.

Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce heat to 325º and bake for another 35-40 minutes.

Cool slightly and cut into squares.

Makes 8-10 servings.

VIEW PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE!

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Cheater’s Chicken Cordon Bleu

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On Saturday, during the hurricane, we still had power at lunchtime so I decided I would make our big meal and we would have one good meal.  Mr. Meat Eater thought I was nuts but was very happy with the results.

This is a really easy recipe that takes all the great flavor of chicken cordon bleu without all the work.  Time was of the essence since I had no idea when the power would go.  With the chicken we had mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, and garlic bread.

I put the leftovers in the fridge until the power went out and then I put them in the cooler.  The next day I heated one side of the grill and put the chicken (wrapped in foil) on the unlit side and let it warm up.  Very good leftovers!

Cheater’s Chicken Cordon Bleu

salt and pepper to taste
6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 (5.5 oz) box or bag of seasoned croutons, crushed
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 eggs, lightly beaten and mixed with 2 tbsps water
6 thinly sliced ham slices (I used Virgina Ham)
6 Swiss cheese slices

Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper on both sides and set aside.

Mix crushed croutons and Parmesan cheese in a large ziplock bag.

Dip chicken in egg mixture and then place chicken in the ziplock and shake to coat. Remove to a lightly greased aluminum foil lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken.

Bake at 450º for 20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Top each breast half with a slice of cheese and a slice of ham. Bake for 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted.

Makes 6 servings.

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