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Cheese-Stuffed Meatball Sliders

Cheese-Stuffed Meatball Sliders

Ingredients
1-1/2 pounds bulk Italian sausage
16 cubes part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 jar (24 ounces) Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional
1 jar (8.1 ounces) prepared pesto
16 dinner rolls, split and toasted

Directions
Divide sausage into 16 portions. Shape each portion around a cube of cheese. Place on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Remove to paper towels to drain.

In a large saucepan, combine spaghetti sauce and pesto; bring just to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Add meatballs; heat through, stirring gently. Serve on rolls. Yield: 16 servings.

Recipe found here: Cheese-Stuffed Meatball Sliders

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Zesty Sausage Cheese Balls

Zesty Sausage Cheese Balls

Ingredients
1 package Jimmy Dean® Premium Pork Hot Roll Sausage
3/4 cup all-purpose baking mix
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup seeded, finely chopped fresh jalapeno peppers
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Directions
Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix all ingredients in large bowl just until blended. Shape into 36 (1-inch) balls.
Place in 2 lightly greased baking pans.

Bake 12-14 minutes or until done (160°F).

Serve with toothpicks, if desired. Yield: 18 servings (2 balls each).

Cook’s Tip: Stove-top variation: Do not preheat oven. Mix ingredients and shape into balls as directed. Cook half the sausage balls in large skillet over medium heat 15-17 minutes or until done (160°F), turning frequently. Remove from skillet; place in single layer in shallow pan to keep warm. Repeat with remaining sausage balls.

Recipe found here: Zesty Sausage Cheese Balls

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Ultimate Chocolate Cake

Ultimate Chocolate Cake

Ingredients
1 package devil’s food cake mix (regular size)
1 package (1.4 ounces) sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup (8 ounces) fat-free sour cream
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup water
2 eggs
1/2 cup egg substitute
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1-1/2 teaspoons confectioners’ sugar

Directions
In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients; mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Coat a 10-in. fluted tube pan with cooking spray and dust with flour; add batter.

Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners’ sugar. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe found here: Ultimate Chocolate Cake

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Chunky Peanut Brittle

Chunky Peanut Brittle

Ingredients
1-1/2 teaspoons plus 1-1/2 cups butter, divided
2 cups peanut butter chips, divided
1-3/4 cups sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
3 tablespoons water
1-1/2 cups salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions
Butter the bottom and sides of a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan with 1-1/2 teaspoons of butter. Sprinkle with 1 cup peanut butter chips; set aside.

In a heavy saucepan, bring sugar, corn syrup, water and remaining butter to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until butter is melted. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-cracked stage).

Remove from the heat; stir in peanuts. Quickly pour onto prepared pan; sprinkle with chocolate chips and remaining peanut butter chips. With a knife, gently swirl softened chips over top of brittle. Cool before breaking into pieces. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2-1/2 pounds.

Editor’s Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.

Recipe found here: Chunky Peanut Brittle

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Italian Grilled Cheese

Recipe of the Day

Ingredients
4 slices Italian bread (1 inch thick)
4 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese or provolone cheese
3 eggs
1/2 cup 2% milk
3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
2/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs

Directions
Cut a 3-in. pocket in each slice of bread; place a slice of cheese in each pocket. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, Italian seasoning and garlic salt. Soak bread for 2 minutes on each side. Coat with bread crumbs.

Cook on a hot greased griddle until golden brown on both side and cooked through. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Italian Grilled Cheese

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Granny's Old-Fashioned Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

Granny’s Old-Fashioned Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

• 4 cups (8 slices) cubed white bread
• 1/2 cup raisins
• 2 cups milk
• 1/4 cup butter
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 2 eggs, slightly beaten
• 1 tablespoon vanilla
• 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Sauce Ingredients:
• 1/2 cup butter
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
• 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
• 1 tablespoon vanilla

Directions for Pudding:
Heat oven to 350°F. Combine bread and raisins in large bowl. Combine milk and 1/4 cup butter in 1-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat until butter is melted (4 to 7 minutes). Pour milk mixture over bread; let stand 10 minutes.

Stir in all remaining pudding ingredients. Pour into greased 1 1/2-quart casserole. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until set in center.

Directions for Sauce:
Combine all sauce ingredients except vanilla in 1-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens and comes to a full boil (5 to 8 minutes). Stir in vanilla.

To serve, spoon warm pudding into individual dessert dishes; serve with sauce. Store refrigerated -Fashioned Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

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Italian Mini Frittatas

Italian Mini Frittatas

Ingredients
2 tablespoons chopped sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
1/2 cup boiling water
2 thin slices prosciutto, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped shallots
1 teaspoon butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups fat-free milk
4 egg whites
2 eggs
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup shredded Asiago cheese
1/2 cup canned water-packed artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained and chopped
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper

Directions
Place tomatoes in a small bowl; add boiling water. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
In a small nonstick skillet, saute prosciutto and shallots in butter until shallots are tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat; set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk flour and milk until smooth; whisk in the egg whites and eggs until blended. Stir in the cheeses, artichokes, basil, salt, pepper, and reserved tomatoes and prosciutto mixture.

Coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray; fill with egg mixture. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Carefully run a knife around edges to loosen; remove from pan. Serve warm. Yield: 1 dozen.

Recipe found here: Italian Mini Frittatas

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