December 22, 2008

More Recipes!

Spinach Lasagna - I made this for the CGO party DH and I finally hosted Saturday night. It's really good. I used a little more spinach than it called for. I think next time I might use Ricotta cheese (as is more traditional) than the cottage cheese. While it tasted fine, I think Ricotta would have been a bit better. 

Sausage Balls        


·      1 pound hot sausage

·      2 cups Bisquick

·      1 ½ cups of sharp cheddar cheese

·     Directions

      Sit sausage on the counter for several minutes to let to warm closer to room temperature.

       In a mixing bowl, mix the sausage, cheese, and Bisquick together using your hands. This will take several minutes.

       Roll into 1 inch or smaller balls. Place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip        

Taken from Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook, 12
th edition. Does not look like the dip you’d get from a restaurant – it’s much better


·      ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

·      ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided

·      ½ cup sour cream

·      ½ cup mayonnaise or salad dressing

·      1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard

·      Dash white pepper

·      1 14oz can artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped (non-marinated)

·      1 cup loosely packed, coarsely chopped spinach leaves

·      ½ cup finely chopped red onion (1 medium)


1.     In a large bowl combine mozzarella cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, ¼ cup of the Parmesan cheese, the mustard, and pepper. Stir in artichoke hearts, spinach and onion. Spread mixture evenly into a 9-inch pie plate. Sprinkle with the remaining ¼ cup Parmesan cheese.

2.   Bake, uncovered, in a 350*oven about 15 minutes or until heated through. Serve with pita wedges, French bread, and/or crackers. Also really good with tortilla chips.

Make ahead directions: Prepare as above through step 1. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours. Uncover and bake about 25 minutes or until heated through.

Cookie Dough Cheesecake


·      2 (18 ounce) packages refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough (Tollhouse rolls – not precut - recommended)

·      2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened

·      ½ cup sugar

·      2 large eggs

·      1 teaspoon vanilla 


       Cut 1 roll of cookie dough into 24 slices; arrange slices in bottom of a pie plate. Press slices together with fingers, covering bottom of plate to edges. Set aside.

Beat cream cheese at medium speed until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla; beat well. Pour mixture into prepared pie plate.

Cut remaining roll of cookie dough into 24 slices; arrange slices over cream cheese mixture. Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes. Cool and then refrigerate.

Breakfast Pizza    

Great meal to serve when company is over.


·      1 cup cheddar cheese, grated

·      6 slices white bread

·      1 ½ cups milk

·      4 eggs

·      1 tablespoon mustard

·      1 pound sausage and/or bacon

·      Salt and pepper to taste 


       Fry meat. Grease 9x13 pan. Place bread in pan. Pour milk, egg, mustard, salt, and pepper over bread.

       Sprinkle meat over bread and add cheese. Bake at 350* for 25-30 minutes.

 Just a note: DH claims he's going to cook his mother's spaghetti sauce Friday since I have to work and he doesn't. He's tried this once before, when we were first dating, and it didn't go so well. Please send vibes. I have no idea how to make this WONDERFUL sauce (well, wonderful when my MIL makes it), but DH says that his mom sent him the ingredient list and will be just a phone call away come Friday. All I do know about this sauce is that it's thick and uses hot Italian sausage links and homemade meatballs. Yum! 

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