- 5 lb russet potatoes
- 10 slices bacon (I just used a small package of real bacon pieces-because I'm lazy like that)
- 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/2 c unsalted butter, melted
- 1 c sour cream
- 1/4 c chives, minced
- 2 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
And what you'll do is:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel potatoes, and cut into 1-inch chunks. Place in a large saucepan, and add enough cold water to cover by about 2 inches. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and reduce to a simmer. Cook until tender and easily pierced with a paring knife, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a colander to drain; return to pan, cover, and set aside.
2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon, and cook until crisp and browned, turning once. Transfer to paper towels to drain; let cool, and crumble into pieces.
3. Using a fork, mash the potatoes in pan until light and fluffy. Add the cream cheese, butter, and sour cream, and stir until combined and smooth. Add the chives, 2 cups cheddar cheese, half the bacon, salt, and pepper. Stir until well combined.
4. Transfer to a buttered 3-quart baking dish. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese. Bake until top is slightly golden and potatoes are heated through, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven; garnish with remaining bacon. And finally, serve immediately.
It's all thank to this delicious "broccoli cheddar chicken bake".........again, thank you Pinterest!
As a matter of fact, my FIL, who "doesn't like cheese" gobbled this up and asked for more (and by this time it was just left overs)! If it's a good "left over" you KNOW it's good!
So, basically this is super simple and also inexpensive and all you need is:
- 2 cans Pillsbury Original Crescent Rolls
- 2 cups chicken chunks, cooked
- 2 cups cheddar cheese
- 2 cups broccoli, frozen, steamed and chopped
- 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
- 1 egg yolk
- fresh rosemary
And all you do is:
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
- On a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, spread both cans of crescents length wise to form a long rectangle.
- Press each of the seams to form a single layer of dough.
- In a large bowl, combine chicken, cheese, broccoli and mayonnaise
- Spread mixture over the center of the croissant dough evenly to create a log.
- Using a sharp knife, cut horizontal strips 1 inch apart down each side of the crescent dough.
- Fold the dough strips over the top of the chicken mixture, alternating left and right to create a braid.
- Brush the top of the braid with a beaten egg yolk and sprinkle fresh rosemary on top.
- Bake for 28 – 30 minutes until golden brown.
The only adjustments I made were a few seasonings. I put garlic and Lea and Perrin's for chicken on the chicken as I cooked it. And then sprinkled a little more garlic and some Tony Chachere's over the mixture before wrapping it with the crescents. O.M.G. I promise you'll love it!MY meatloaf could get any better, but I proved myself wrong last night!
Though DH and I both are pretty fond of the recipe above (check out the link), my 3 year old identical twins weren't crazy about it. I mean, they would eat it, but it wasn't something that they would just get exctied about.
While milling around on Pinterest I ran across "meatloaf cupcakes". I had seen fellow mommy bloggers post their "muffin tin" recipes but honestly thought it was just kind of a waste of time......IDK, I just didn't think my kids would eat something JUST because it was shaped like a cupcake. But, I thought "what the heck, I'll give it a shot".
I used my own recipe, let the girls "help", dished it out into my cupcake pan, popped it into the oven, and crossed my fingers.
Much to my amazement the girls just couldn't wait for the "cupcakes" to get done! They even requested that I turn on the oven light so they could "check on them".
When they were done I served mashed potatoes on top just like it showed in the Pinterest picture and do you know what?!
My stinkers gobbled them up and announced that tonight's supper was "a party"! I'm still in shock! The simple novelty of dinner being in the shape of cupcakes made a huge impact on their opinion of the meal. Ridiculous! But amazing.
There were a couple of "cupcakes" left over and K asked for one for breakfast this morning! LOL, true story!
I can't wait to see what other "muffin tin" meals I can find.......and don't worry, I'll share ;)