Friday, May 10, 2013

Breakfast Grilled Cheese

So I have been meaning to try this recipe for awhile. I have delayed it for awhile. I just didn't know how I felt about the combination of ingredients. And then I finally tried it... and I wondered why it had taken me so long! They were so delicious! They tasted like funnel cake stuffed with fruit. I want to try a billion different variations on these! Here is the original recipe:

Breakfast Grilled Cheese
1/3 cup whipped cream cheese
1/4 cup small-curd cottage cheese
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, plus more for topping
4 frozen waffles (untoasted)
1 to 2 tablespooons jam (any flavor)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus more if needed
Ground cinnamon, for topping

1. Mix cream cheese, cottage cheese and confectioners' sugar in a medium bowl. Spread 2 waffles with the jam, then top with the cream cheese mixture; cover with the remaining 2 waffles.

2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sandwiches and cook until golden and crisp, about 3 minutes per side, adding more butter to the pan if needed. (Adjust the heat if the waffles are browning too quickly.)

3. Let the sandwiches rest 1 minute before serving. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and cinnamon.

So when I made these I used frozen Strawberry EGGO Waffles and strawberry jam. I dusted them with confectioners' sugar but passed on the cinnamon. I can't wait to try cinnamon waffles with apple butter or chocolate chip waffles with hot fudge and marshmallow creme! Possibilities are endless!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Strawberry Sweet Rolls

My daughter is on an endless Poptart ritual for breakfast. Every morning that I get to spend with her I ask what she is thinking for breakfast and she asks very politely for a Poptart. Which leaves me to fend for myself. I usually always eat a granola bar for breakfast when I am rushing out the door for work so the thought of having to eat them on the days I get to stay home with my daughter is less than desirable. This has to stop. Enter Strawberry Sweet Rolls.

Pretty simple concept. Make a cinnamon bun style breakfast treat but replace the cinnamon and sugar with strawberry jam. I can do this. Of course the whole chilling for an hour thing threw us for a loop. But in the end it was worth it. Lana exclaimed their deliciousness as we ate them. She asked to eat them again for lunch (even though Mommy rejected that idea). It was even the first thing she told her Daddy about when we passed each other on our way out to dance class and his way in from work. Success. I tried these with store bought jam this time. I think that I would like them better with homemade jam. Next time...

Strawberry Sweet Rolls
1 can crescent dough
3-4 Tablespoons strawberry jelly or jam
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1-2 teaspoons milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place a sheet of plastic wrap over your work surface. Lightly dust it with flour. Unroll crescent dough onto plastic wrap. Spread jelly over entire dough leaving 1/2-inch along one side. Roll dough starting on the long edge with the jelly. Use the plastic wrap to help roll and roll tightly. Seal roll in your plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. An empty paper towel roll will help maintain the shape in the refrigerator if you have one handy. Just cut the paper towel roll down the center and then place the dough inside.

Remove from refrigerator, unwrap dough log and slice into sections about 3/4-inch thick. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 375° oven for about 12 minutes, just until golden brown. Remove from oven and drizzle with glaze. Serve warm. 

Glaze: Combine sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Chicken Roll-Ups

So it's been forever since I posted! I have been wrapped up in trying to get through some cookbooks instead of my Pinterest boards. I have been cooking more and more at home recently to try to save money. I am trying to coupon and I have saved a lot of money but it really limits cooking new recipes! I had to sneak one or two in there though! This was the first one that I tried. They baked up so pretty! The family thought they were pretty tasty as well. I think next time I will play around with some more seasonings. I thought they were a little on the bland side. Try them out and see what you think!

Chicken Roll-Ups
1 pkg. cream cheese (8 oz.)
1 pkg. large crescent rolls (6 ct.)
2 shredded, cooked chicken breasts
1-1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
bread crumbs
2 Tbsp. butter, melted

1. Boil your chicken breasts and shred them up. After cooking my chicken, I actually popped them into my KitchenAid mixer with the paddle attachment and it shredded them up quite nicely for me. Amazing!

2. Combine chicken, cheeses, salt and pepper. Spoon onto crescents. Form the crescents around the chicken and cheese mixture, making sure the chicken mixture is fully enclosed in the dough.

3. Brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle bread crumbs on top.

4. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes.

Note: To reheat, just place in a 325° oven for 15 minutes.