Friday, October 1, 2010

Cheesy Garlic Bread

This is the easiest way to make bread and the cheapest! Don't buy anymore of that frozen Texas Toast! It is good, but this is better! :)

1 loaf French Bread
Garlic Powder
Shredded Cheese

**Preheat oven to 375 degrees!

I always have a loaf of French bread in my freezer. Whenever, I want to add some bread to a meal I just cut 1/3 of the loaf into slices. Then, I butter one side of the bread, and shake some Garlic Powder, Basil, and Parsley on each piece. Then, I add some shredded cheese on top! Pop in the oven until it looks crunchy and take it out! YOU ARE DONE! One loaf costs less than a $1.50, so you are adding about 8 yummy bread slices to your meal for 50 cents. :) I also like to make a little plate of seasonings, olive oil, and Balsamic Vinegar for dipping! It is an Italian restaurant people! :)

Stuffed Pasta Shells

Alright! This is such a fun recipe to make because you get to use your hands and stuff things. :)

I package Jumbo Pasta Shells
I container (15 oz) Ricotta cheese (you will find this by the cottage cheese)
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
1 onion
Spinach (1/2 a bag of baby spinach)
Shredded Mozzarella
Ground Beef (one small package)
1 Jar of Spaghetti Sauce

The first thing you need to do is boil your shells, so they are nice and soft. Then you need to brown your ground beef. Add whatever spices you normally add when doing this. I like to add salt, basil, Italian seasoning, Parsley, etc. The more spices the prettier it will look! Never forget this! In the mean time, sauté some onions and cook your baby spinach in a skillet. You want your onions to be soft and you want your spinach to be cooked. This does not take too long. Once the beef is done, and the onion/spinach mixture, mix them together in a large bowl. Add the entire container of Ricotta cheese. Once, the shells are done, let them cool. The only reason behind this is so that you do not burn your hand while you are stuffing them! Then, stuff the mixture into the pasta shells. Once they are all stuffed, dip them in sauce. Use the remaining sauce to drizzle over all the shells. Then put them in the oven for about 25 minutes. Take them out and sprinkle mozzarella cheese over all of them. Put the shells back into the oven until all the cheese is melted. :) Shake some more spices on top, if you like! ENJOY! Have some bread or salad to eat with it!

Loaded Potato Skins

Alright! Here they are! They are simple and they are spectacular! Loaded Potato Skins! I kind of think these are better than the ones at TGI Fridays, but I am not going to guarantee it!

4 Red Potatoes
3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1 Tablespoon Parmesan Cheese
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Paprika
Sour Cream
Green Onions
Real Bacon Bits

The first thing you will do is preheat your oven to 475 degrees. Then you will cut your potatoes. I just cut two potato skins out of each potato. This means I took the red potato and cut two sides off. I kept the insides to make oven baked potatoes later and just cut them in cubes. Then you will mix the spices, parmesan cheese, and vegetable oil in a bowl. Then I brushed it onto the potato skin. I did not have a special kitchen brush, so I just used a clean paint brush! Remember, these are collage courses. :) Then I put them in the oven until the potatoes start to get a little brown. This should only be like 15 minutes or so. Then, remove the potatoes and add shredded cheese and bacon bits. Then put it back in the oven until the cheese is completely melted! Then you can remove the potato skins and top with sour cream and green onions! ENJOY! :)