Posts Tagged ‘pepperjack’

Sausage and Cheese Wonton Cups

As many of you may already know, Audra of The Baker Chick is bringing a little boy into the world soon. To celebrate, Lauren of Keep it Sweet Desserts organized a surprise virtual baby shower for her! SURPRISE!!! Check out the awesome lineup.


Small Bites:



Don’t you just love that picture of her??

When I think of of baby shower food, bite-sized items comes to mind. Little food to celebrate a little person! Super creative I know, but these wonton cups are the perfect size by using a mini muffin pan. And they are flipping delicious.

The recipe came from my friend Brandi. The first time she made them, if I had known there were olives and mushrooms involved I may have never tried them but am so very glad that I did! It’s surprising how much I enjoy these wonton cups being that they contain two things I normally put forth a large effort to avoid. I blame it on all the cheesy sausage goodness and crispy exterior.

These wonton cups are best when served immediately. If you somehow have some leftover, do not reheat in the microwave as the wontons will not be crispy. I recommend a toaster oven or regular oven.

Sausage and Cheese Wonton Cups

One year ago: White Chocolate Peppermint Covered Pretzels
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Fiesta Alfredo Pasta Bake

The other day I was looking through my disseration to double-check on some information and I found a silly typo. There is a “he” where it should have been “the”. Oh well too late now, it was sent off for printing two weeks ago! I have a feeling I will find more than just one minor typo in there as time progresses. It’s difficult to find every little thing when you are staring at 187 pages of glorious information. Blinded by the light!

While we are on the subject of errors, I specifically bought scallions to garnish this dish and totally forgot. Apparently I was so hungry while taking photos that I didn’t stop to notice or care because all I wanted to to was devour it! With its beautiful colors, creaminess and crunchy topping staring at me, you could hardly blame me. There was also plenty of kick. Mild-taste buds beware: you may way to omit the chipotle and use a mild salsa.

Fiesta Alfredo Pasta Bake

One year ago: Applesauce-Sweet Potato Pancakes

Two years ago: Crème Brulee

Three years ago: Big, Fat, Chewy Multichip Cookies
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Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas

Whenever I go to a Mexican restaurant, I tend to gravitate towards certain items every time. One particular thing I enjoy ordering is a cheesy spinach and chicken dish (usually called Pollo Adobe). Inspired by a craving I decided to make single serving enchiladas stuffed with a similar blend of ingredients.

Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas 1

I made them slightly healthier by using whole wheat tortillas and Laughing cow cheese instead of queso and they hit the spot. I actually wish I had made a full-sized batch to have leftovers to enjoy, but thankfully it’s easy enough to make for the next time the craving strikes!

Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas 2

One year ago: Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake
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Pass the Cook Book Club: Sunny Anderson’s Spicy Macaroni and Cheese

Choosing from the recipes this month proved to be just as difficult as usual for Pass the Cook Book Club. I almost made the Loaded Puff Pastry Sticky Buns but when push came to shove an entrée was more in demand than a breakfast pastry. I had already made ribs for a previous month so I went with the Spicy Macaroni and Cheese.


After Kita mentioned that she thought there was an uneven proportion of cheese to pasta, I decided to double the pasta instead of reducing the cheese. Because when is there ever too much mac and cheese? Also, the recipe originally called for cayenne pepper and sour cream but I did not have cayenne (apparently forgot to add it to my grocery list after finishing it off), so I used chipotle chile pepper and you all know how much I love substituting things like sour cream with Greek yogurt.

Spicy Macaroni and Cheese 1

In the end, it was much better than the spicy mac and cheese I’ve made before but it wasn’t quite as creamy as some others. However, the flavors definitely outweighed the slightly less creamy nature. I especially enjoyed the textural addition of croutons on top. I will definitely reheat the leftovers in my toaster-oven to ensure those crunch-factors don’t get chewy!

Spicy Macaroni and Cheese 2

One year ago: Chicken in Basil Cream Sauce

Two years ago: Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes
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Ghost Chili with Cornbread Topping and Chipotle Creama

It’s finally cooling down here in Memphis, which means it’s chili time! Normally when I crave chili I gravitate towards the beef version, but sometimes I like a little variety with chicken, known as white chili or in this case ghost chili for the upcoming spooky holiday.

Ghost Chili 1

I have shared a white chicken chili before and this recipe today is an adaptation from that. The updates included hominy, red bell pepper, Greek yogurt instead of sour cream,  a cornbread topping and served with a chioptle creama. It’s also prepared in a large cast iron skillet so you can throw it in the oven in order to bake the cornbread right on top. Less dishes!

Ghost Chili 2

This chili was already a favorite of mine, but the addition of the cornbread topping won me over all over again. The sweetness from the cornbread perfectly balanced out the spiciness of the chili. I chose a boxed mix in order to cut down on prep time but you can use a boxed mix or your favorite cornbread recipe. Just make sure to not overfill the skillet when adding the raw batter, otherwise it will overflow as it bakes and expands.

Ghost Chili 3

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Chicken Taco Stack

Did you really think I was going to forget to post on Single Serving Sunday? Actually, I am quite surprised I managed to pull together a recipe to post today. My time management skills must be ridiculously awesome this week despite the mayhem. So today while I am off enjoying Shiva’s post-wedding brunch, followed by a long haul back to Memphis, enjoy this taco stack!

Chicken Taco Stacks

One year ago: Buckeye “Cheese Ball”

Two years ago: Fluffernutter Blondies
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Breakfast Stromboli

Every now and then one of my friends will come to me for help finding a certain item online for cheaper than they saw in stores. I have a certain talent with Google searches apparently. The other day Kita asked me to find her a pair of pants. All she had was the picture, no designer, no store, just a picture of black pants that zip off to become capris (this is why when you pin something on Pinterest you should make sure the source exists). I told her I would do my best despite having little hope but after only a few minutes on Google, not only did I find pants that looks like the picture I found the exact pair for sale. Same exact picture – go me! Is superior key word Google searching a skill I should add to my CV? It does help me locate relevant research papers quite efficiently.

But anywho, that is not an invitation for everyone to start sending me all your online shopping needs. Instead I am going to distract you with food. Oh look over here I made you breakfast! Ever since posting the recipe for stromboli, it’s been pretty popular so I decided it was time for another version – breakfast stromboli! This recipe uses the same techniques for rolling up and sealing the dough, but with a different filling. I used breakfast sausage, eggs, cheese and a little bit of chopped pepper, but it’s easy to modify based on what you like most mixed in with your eggs in the morning. Or at night if you are like me and enjoy breakfast for dinner.

Breakfast Stromboli

Two years ago: Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Cookies
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Baked Chicken Bacon Ranch Taquitos with Avocado Ranch

After the quesadillas I posted earlier this week, I had to make something else with the avocado ranch. Judging from your responses I don’t think you’ll have any complaints about it’s reappearance today. This time you get to dip taquitos in it! I made these for my friend’s house-warming party and they were a huge hit. Guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise since they contain cream cheese, bacon, and ranch. They can do no wrong!

In case another recipe featuring this avocado ranch wasn’t exciting enough, I am also off to NYC for some serious food blogger action tomorrow! I’ll be teaming up with Tara (Chip Chip Hooray), Tracey (Tracey’s Culinary Adventures), Joanne (Eats Well With Others), Lauren (Keep It Sweet Desserts), Kayle (The Cooking Actress), and Jennifer (Bake or Break) starting with brunch and then we are following our bellies from there!

P.S. Kita (Pass the Sushi), Carolyn (All Day I Dream About Food), Audra (The Baker Chick), Miriam (Overtime Cook), Samara (Deconstruct the Girl) – you will be missed!

Baked Chicken Bacon Ranch Taquitos

One year ago: Funfetti-Peanut Butter Layer Pie

Two years ago: Apple Maple Turkey Burgers with Maple-Dijon Sauce
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Cheesy Double Bean Quesadillas with Avocado Ranch

It just occurred to me that I’ve been craving avocado and Mexican-inspired dishes a lot lately. Most recently I have made Chicken-Quinoa Burgers with an Avocado-Yogurt Sauce, Cheesy Chicken Quesadilla Pie, Guiltless Avocado Alfredo Pasta with Spicy Chicken, and now of course these quesadillas. There’s another avocado in my kitchen waiting for be turned into something else magical, but I might cave and just make guacamole out of it because it’s yummy.

In addition to an abundance of avocados, I’ve seen more sunrises than usual since daylight savings. I am one of those people that is up when the sun it up, so the fact that my alarm now goes off before the sunrises is most upsetting to me and it is therefore difficult to get myself moving and out of bed. But at least I get to appreciate a pretty sight in the sky.

Cheesy Double Bean Quesadillas

One year ago: Irish Car Bomb Mini Cheesecake Bites
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Spicy Chicken and Pepper Jack Pizza with Whole Wheat Crust

Rotisserie chickens are my new favorite convenience food item. The first time I had ever purchased one, was when I prepared a recipe from “Just Tell Me What to Eat!”. Immediately I thought to myself, why haven’t I been doing this all along? It makes life so much easier, because I’m not one to have leftover chicken in my fridge just waiting for a purpose (although I do at the moment after making this pizza, since I only used half of the chicken). And my grocery store carries three different types: Savory (which I used here), BBQ, and Lemon-Pepper. The possibilities are endless!

Pizza is one of my favorite foods because no matter what I’m craving, it can be put on top of a pizza crust. This time around I just wanted something with a little kick. With the help of a rotisserie chicken and some leftover homemade salsa, this pizza turned out perfect. (There’s no shame is using jarred salsa, but you should really try the homemade stuff sometime, especially since it’s takes minimal effort.)


1 Tbsp canola or olive oil

1/2 cup chopped sweet onion

One small red bell pepper, sliced into 1/8″ rings

One small green bell pepper, sliced into 1/8″ rings

1 recipe whole wheat pizza dough

1/2 cup salsa (I used homemade)

1-1/2 cups cooked and shredded chicken (about half a Rotisserie chicken)

2 cups shredded Pepper Jack cheese

Chopped cilantro (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees, with a pizza stone* on the middle rack.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; sauté 2 minutes. Add bell peppers; sauté 5 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  3. Meanwhile, roll pizza dough onto a corn meal dusted pizza peel*.
  4. Stir salsa into cooked vegetables; spread over crust. Top with chicken and cheese.
  5. Shimmy the pizza from the pizza peel onto the pre-heated pizza stone and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until it the crust turns golden brown and the cheese starts to bubble. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, garnish with cilantro if desired then cut into slices.

*If you do not have a pizza stone or peel, roll dough out on a corn meal dusted baking sheet/pizza pan.

Source: Adapted from My Baking Addiction

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