Monday, June 24, 2013

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

We made these tonight for Sarah to take to bible study with the youth. I snuck one before she left and I think they'd be a fun eat for a snack or appetizer or they'd make a great lunch with a salad. They're also quick and easy, bonus! We found this on Pinterest.

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs
makes 24

3/4 c flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
pinch of salt
pinch of red pepper
3/4 c milk
1 egg
1 c shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 c grated Parmesan cheese
1 c cubed pepperoni (I cut sliced pepperoni into quarters)
1/2 c pizza sauce

Preheaet the oven to 375*. Grease a 24-cup mini-muffin pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, Italian seasoning, salt and red pepper flakes; whisk in the milk and egg. Stir in the mozzarella, Parmesan, and pepperoni; let stand for 10 minutes.

Stir the batter and put into the pan. Bake until puffed and golden, 20-25 minutes. Meanwhile, microwave the pizza sauce until warmed through. Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping.

Note: we had extra batter and made one in a regular size muffin pan. You could make these regular size; if you do, you'll need to bake them for 5-8 minutes longer.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Taco Pasta Bake

I'll apologize up front for no picture today. Whitney made this for Bible study last night, I got some before she walked out the door with it and it was gone when she got home...hungry teens and all. It was really good though and super easy to make. Another alternative for Taco Tuesday.

Taco Pasta Bake
serves 6

1/2 box of large pasta (ziti or rigatoni are good)
1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 package of taco seasoning (or the equivalent amount of homemade)
1 c water
4 oz. cream cheese
1 1/2 c shredded cheddar or Mexican blend shredded cheese

Cook pasta until just done, drain, and quickly rinse. Meanwhile, brown ground beef and onion. Mix together the taco seasoning and water and pour over the cooked meat. Let simmer about 5 minutes. Add the cream cheese, stir until melted and combined. Put the pasta into a 9x13 dish and stir in 1 cup of cheese. Top with the meat mixture and stir carefully until the pasta is coated. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese. Bake at 350* for about 30 minutes. You may want to cover it in the beginning to prevent drying out.

I found this recipe on Pinterest, from this blog.