Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Easy- Peezy and oh so delish!

With the holidays literally around the corner, I thought I might share some of my favorite easy dishes that are great to take along as your contribution to a holiday meal or party. These are also great to make if you are the hostess (or host!) at said party....

1) The easiest fake cobbler you can make!
- This is my go-to dessert, and it has only 3 (yes 3!) ingredients!
  • Yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick of butter (melted)
  • 2 cans of your favorite pie filling
  1. Spread pie filling along the bottom of a rectangular or square baking dish.
  2. Take the DRY cake mix and cover the pie filling (you may not need the entire package of cake mix).
  3. Drizzle the melted butter all over the top of the dry mix. Using a fork, spread the butter so the entire top is moist.
  4. Bake the concoction at 375 for about 30 minutes or until the topping is a golden brown color. Let cool, and serve! This is beyond delish with vanilla ice cream!

2) Cranberry-Barbecue Meatballs

- Again, another 3 ingredient recipe! These will be devoured, so you might need to double up!

  • 1 can of jellied cranberry sauce
  • 2 bottles of original flavor barbecue sauce
  • 1 bag of frozen meatballs (of course, you can make your own if you so choose, but that takes the easy-peezyness out of it!)
  1. Combine the BBQ sauce and the cranberry sauce in a crockpot. Heat on high for about 20 mins.
  2. Once the sauce is mostly melted, throw in the meatballs. Cook in the crockpot for about 4 hours on high. Enjoy!

3) Spinach and Artichoke Dip

- Notoriously addictive, you can make this with little to no fat depending on your crowd!

  • 2 packages of softened cream cheese (I go with fat free)
  • 1 package of frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and drained of all water.
  • 1 can of artichokes (forgo the ones that are sitting in oil and save some calories)
  • 2-3 large spoonfulls of sour cream (again, I go with fat free)
  • 2-3 large spoonfulls of Duke's mayo (I go full fat with this baby!)
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese (part skim will melt pleasantly)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  1. Put the cream cheese, the sour cream, and the mayo in the crockpot.
  2. Chop up the artichokes. I prefer a food processor, but if you don't have one, just chop them messily! Throw them into the crock pot with the stuff in step 1.
  3. Throw in the spinach. Stir everything up.
  4. Salt and pepper your concoction, top with the mozz cheese, and cook on high for about 2 hours; make sure you stir occassionally so you avoid burnage!
  5. Serve hot with pita chips or crackers!

4) The infamous sausage dip

- This is not a recipe I've created, nor do I make it. Ryan always makes this, and he got it from someone else! This will be completely devoured about 10 minutes after you serve it, so make an extra!

  • 2 packages of softened cream cheese (go fat free!)
  • 1 can of Rotell tomato stuff
  • 1 package of hot/spicy pork sausage, cooked
  1. Combine above ingredients in a crockpot and cook on high for about 2 hours, or until creamy.
  2. Serve with tortilla chips, or Ryan's way with Fritos!

I hope everyone has a tasty and restful Thanksgiving!! Gobble Gobble!

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