Archive | October 2013

Cheesy Brown Beef and Rice Casserole

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This is so good. I used reduced fat cheese and sour cream and still thought it was creamy and delicious.

original recipe

What you need:
1 lbs ground beef
2 onions, diced
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 small can tomato sauce
1 cup cooked rice
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
2 cups shredded cheese
salt, pepper, oregano
1 cup frozen peas

How you make it:
Preheat oven to 350° F
Spray a skillet with cooking spray and turn on the heat to high.
Roast the onions for a few minutes
Add ground beef and garlic, brown the ground beef completely, turn heat to medium.
Spice with salt, pepper and oregano how you like it.
Add rice, peas tomato sauce, 1 cup cheese and broth, and let simmer for 3 minutes.
Transfer everything into a casserole dish and bake for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile combine the rest of the cheese with the sour cream.
After 15 minutes put the cheese/sour cream mixture on top of your casserole and bake for another 15 minutes.

One Hour Cinnamon Rolls

These were pretty good, which is why I’m blogging about them. I halved this recipe because it makes so many. Just make it with 2 eggs instead of 3. Personally though, nix the glaze in this recipe and whip up a batch of cream cheese frosting. The glaze in this recipe didn’t taste great to me but the rolls themselves were fluffy and soft and wonderful. Hence it appears on my blog. Plus, I’m way overdue on blogging, but I’m going to blame my pregnancy on that one. Migraines and baking do not go together all that well.
Here are some pics of the process. I like seeing progress photos so I know if it looks right as compared to the original, I just rarely remember to do that while I’m baking.

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For dough:
3 and 1/2 cups warm water (about 115 degrees F)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
6 Tablespoons rapid rise/quick yeast
1 Tablespoon salt
3 eggs at room temperature
11 cups all-purpose flour
For filling
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
1-2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
For glaze:
4 cups powdered/confectioners sugar
1/2 cup half and half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS
For rolls:
Prepare two large cookie sheets (half-sheet size) with parchment paper or silpat mats. Set aside.
In a large bowl (I used my 6qt stand mixer), combine water, yeast, oil and sugar. Let sit for 10 minutes.
Add eggs, flour and salt, and mix for 10 minutes. I used the dough hook on my stand mixer. You can also do this by hand, with a wooden spoon until it all comes together, and then a kneading motion for the rest of the time.
Pour dough onto a floured surface, and knead until dough is soft, smooth and not too sticky. Only add additional flour if it’s unworkable and sticking to the surface and your hands.
Roll dough into a large rectangle, approximately 18×26 inches.
Filling and Assembly:
Spread melted butter over the top of the dough. Then, top with brown sugar, white sugar and cinnamon.
Roll the dough into a log. Cut into 24 1-inch pieces.
Place rolls on to prepared cookie sheets. Cover them with clean towels and set aside to rise for 20 minutes in a warm, draft-free spot.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees (F).
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
For glaze: (I didn’t add the syrup, too odd for my taste.)
Combine all ingredients (sugar, half and half, vanilla, maple syrup and butter) in a medium sized bowl. Stir or whisk until smooth.
Pour glaze over rolls as soon as they come out of the oven.

from the lemon sugar blog