Thursday, December 10, 2009

Carol's Breakfast Casserole

This is my mom's breakfast casserole that she makes anytime a lot of people are coming over. Sometimes she makes two if she knows Blake will be there (he's kind of a fan).

Breakfast Casserole
Box of Croutons (I use garlic/herb)
2 Cups Grated mild cheddar cheese
1 pound sausage
4 eggs
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
2 cups milk.

Spray large casserole dish, spread croutons all along the bottom. Brown sausage, drain, and spread over croutons, then spread cheese over sausage. Seperately, combine eggs, Cream of Chicken soup, dry mustard and milk. Pour mixture over sausage/ cheese. Bake for 60 minutes at 350 degrees.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Clam Dip

Sounds yucky if you're not a fan of shellfish...or allergic, which could pose a problem...if might as well quit while you're ahead. 
My little brother brought this to family Thanksgiving and told me to try it.  He got the recipe from his friend Kasey's grandmother.  I'll admit I was hesitant, but this stuff is stinkin' good!  I almost couldn't stop...well not almost...let's face it, I couldn't stop.  And to top it all off it's SUPER easy!

1 pkg cream cheese
1 can minced clams (save the juice, you'll need that later)
equal parts clam juice and lemon juice (this is where you decide how strong you want the dip to be)
A dollop of mayo
Sprinkle with chopped chives (I think he used green onions, which I prefer)

Mix all ingredients except the green onions in a bowl with a small hand mixer or food processor so there aren't any clam chunks...sorry that just sounds gross...Stir in the green onions at the end if you use a food processor, if not just blend them right in.  Chill and serve with corn chips.  Ps. Frito Scoops are the shiz...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Apple Crumb Pie

This was my first try at an apple pie.  I did some thinking and changed the recipe a little, (1) so I could call it my own, and (2) because I hate a soggy crust and I figured that was inevitable.  I will say that it got rave reviews...Someone even said that it was the "best apple pie they had ever had..." :)

1 (9 inch) deep dish pie crust - if you want to make your own...fine...I just haven't perfected the art of pie crust yet...
5 cups apples - peeled and thinly sliced
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon (I add a touch extra)

1/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
6 tablespoons cold butter

Preheat oven to 400.  Toss the apple slices in the 1/4 cup of flour.  In a small separate bowl, mix the 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon.  Arrange half of the apple slices in unbaked pie shell (this is personal preference, I thought maybe I would need to bake the pie crust by itself for 5 minutes or so but the crust didn't come out soggy at all!)  Sprinkle about 1/3 of the cinnamon/sugar mixture over the apples.  Layer the rest of the apples and sprinkle the rest of the sugar mixture over the top.  (Don't worry if your pie looks super tall...the apples will bake down).  Use two knives or a small food processor to cut in the butter/sugar/flour.  Cover the top of your pie with this mixture.  Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until apples are soft and the top of the crust is a little browned.