Friday, December 19, 2014

Meatball Mozzarella Mini Pizzas

Refrigerated rolls make the perfect crust for these miniature pizzas! Marinara sauce, chopped meatballs, lots of mozzarella, and topped with fresh spinach and a garlic butter drizzle!





We are pretty much pizza addicts in this house. We have some sort of pizza, or variation of a pizza, at least once a week in this house. Crunchy crust, tangy tomato sauce, and lots and lots of cheese. Everyone gets fed. Everyone is filled. And most importantly, everyone is happy. 

I have to say though, just the plain sauce cheese and crust can get a little boring after a while. Don't get me wrong - I LOVE a good, classic cheese pizza. Really, who doesn't?

When we're eating out, I'm often inspired by the new creative pizzas I've been seeing at our favorite restaurants. Paul and I usually go for something a little different, unusual, or even a bit gourmet - while the boys opt for maybe one extra topping on their favorite classic pizza. 





When we're home, it's easy to switch up a regular pizza. I try to look for things hanging out in the fridge that need to get used up: taco meat, grilled chicken, different cheeses, and chopped veggies usually top the list for me. Anything to make dinner that night just a bit different. 

One of my favorite things to keep in the fridge for a quick pizza night are canned refrigerated jumbo biscuits. Separate them, flatten them out, and you have the perfect pizza crust. If you're feeling extra adventurous, you can spread out different sauces, toppings, and cheeses and have everyone customize their own! At 3 and 5, I think you know how my boys would deal with that much freedom... haha. 



Meatball Mozzarella Mini Pizzas

Recipe by Kelly Miller
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 13 minutes
Total time: 28 minutes

Ingredients
  • 16 oz can refrigerated jumbo rolls (8 rolls)
  • 2 cups marinara pizza sauce
  • 12 frozen meatballs
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach, sliced in strips
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
Cooking Directions
  1. Separate rolls and press each roll out into a 5 inch circle. Place each flattened roll on greased and lined cookie sheets. Spread marinara evenly on each pizza.
  2. Cook meatballs as directed on package and slice each into quarters. Divide chopped meatballs evenly among pizzas. Top with mozzarella.
  3. Bake at 350 for 13 minutes, or until crust is lightly browned.
  4. In a small bowl, combine melted butter, garlic powder, and oregano. Top each pizza with some spinach strips and a drizzle of garlic butter. Serve immediately.



Oh MAN these pizzas were SO incredible! The drizzle at the end gives it just an extra punch of flavor. There's nothing like an easy dinner that the whole family raves about to make you feel like a supermom! :)


Here are some more of my favorite easy dinners:


Homemade Taco Helper




Biscuit Topped Italian Casserole








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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Chocolate Almond Marbled Sugar Cookies

These buttery sugar cookies have a swirl of melted chocolate through the dough and topped with sparkly sugar for a magical touch - this is a wonderful Christmas cookie!





So this year I participated in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. It was SO much fun! Freshly made boxed cookies arriving at my house while Christmas music is playing and I'm decorating the house? Merry Christmas to me, I say!


The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014


This year I made these amazingly easy Chocolate Almond Marbled Sugar Cookies. I'm actually not an overall huge fan of sugar cookies, mainly because if you bake them .17 seconds too long, they have that weird burnt taste to them, even though they're just slightly browned on the edges. You know what I mean, that weird aftertaste. Definitely not what you want in a cookie, or a dessert of any kind for that matter!

I love that the melted chocolate swirled throughout the dough and the extra almond extract give these cookies a little extra special touch. As for baking it for the correct time, you'll have to experiment with your own kitchen. As a rule of thumb, I usually set my timer for 2 minutes UNDER what the recipe says, and always ALWAYS use parchment paper for sugar cookies. 

Not the dollar store parchment paper. The grease soaks through and they turn almost black at the edges, causing you to change out the paper after every batch. Ask me how I know. :/



Chocolate Almond Marbled Sugar Cookies

Recipe by Kelly Miller
These buttery sugar cookies have a swirl of melted chocolate through the dough and topped with sparkly sugar for a magical touch - this is a wonderful Christmas cookie!
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Yield: 3 dozen

Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 oz square semi sweet baking chocolate, melted
  • 3/4 cup sanding (or regular) sugar
Cooking Directions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add in extracts and egg.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cream of tartar.
  3. Gradually add dry mixture into wet mixture while mixer is on low. Continue mixing until dough is fully incorporated.
  4. Melt chocolate according to package directions. Drizzle over dough in bowl. Drag a knife through the dough to create a marble effect - do not stir.
  5. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough onto parchment lined cookie sheets. Flatten slightly with the palm of your hand and sprinkle with sanding sugar.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 6 - 8 minutes, just before edges turn brown. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.




Oh, these are just SO amazing dipped in coffee! I feel like I type the phrase "dipped in coffee" really REALLY often on here. Hmmm... :)

If you're a food blogger, be sure and sign up for the cookie swap next year - it's SO much fun!

Here are some more of my favorite cookie recipes:


Smores Cookies




Eggnog Cookies




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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Oreo Fudge

White chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, Christmas Oreos, and salt. Only 4 ingredients for this decadent fudge, perfect for a quick holiday gift!





I think the food marketers know me the second I walk into the grocery store during the Christmas season. Christmas themed Oreos, candy, ice cream... I feel like I want need to try them all!! I'm a HUGE sucker for the seasonal treats. Lucky for my waistline I have two kiddos who could level a bag of M&M's in about 5 minutes, so I rarely wind up getting them through the checkout.

Christmas Oreos? Ok, no, seriously - they were coming home with me! Oreos are one of my favorite store bough cookie and I know there are lots of copycat recipes on some of my favorite food blogs, but sometimes I just want the crinkle of that plastic try. Is that odd? I sure hope not, haha!





I really love making yummy treats that are perfectly giftable, just like this easy fudge. I made a batch and then just stacked pieces in a regular mason jar that I picked up at the dollar store. Tie it with a few pieces of curly ribbon, and you have a present anyone would love to receive!


Christmas Oreo Fudge

Ingredients
  • 18 oz white chocolate chips (1 1/2 packages)
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups Christmas Oreo cookies, crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Cooking Directions
  1. Line an 8 x 8 square baking dish with foil or wax paper, leaving long pieces to hang over the edge of the dish, and spray with nonstick spray; set aside.
  2. Combine white chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and salt in a saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring until completely melted and smooth.
  3. Gently stir in cookies, just enough to spread cookie pieces throughout fudge - if you over stir the red filling will marble the white fudge.
  4. Spread fudge into prepared baking dish, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
  5. Gently lift entire square of fudge out of the dish using the long pieces of wax paper. Cut into small squares and package for gift giving or store in a plastic container with a lid.





I really love that you could use any holiday themed Oreo as well. So fun and easy, you gotta love that!


Here are some more of my favorite giftable treats:


Easy Cheesecake Truffles




Reese's Spreads Snack Mix




Chocolate Pudding Fudge




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