Star Wars Mini Pizzas!

Star Wars Mini Pizzas!

Servings: 8                    Prep Time: 5 minutes                         Cook Time: 10 minutes

 

If you or your loved ones are Star Wars fans, you can make this super-dee-duper easy pizza recipe using mini pitas, pizza sauce, and some well placed cut toppings. It’s really that simple! You won’t even need the force to make these, although…that would be pretty awesome.

 

Ingredients

  • 8 mini pitas
  • Pizza sauce
  • Salami slices
  • Pepperoni
  • Black & Green olive slices
  • Mozzarella cheese

Equipment

  • Baking Sheet
  • Shaped cookie cutters (don’t have these? find the outline shapes online and use a knife to trace!).

Method

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • On a parchment lined baking sheet, place your pitas down. Take a tablespoon of pizza sauce to the tops of each one, and spread out to the edges.
  • Top each pizza with mozzarella cheese.
  • Then, using cookie cutters or a sharp knife, cut out your characters and place on the center of each.
  • Use olives for eyes, pepperonis for death stars, etc. GET CREATIVE!
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and lightly browned.
  • Let cool for a few minutes before serving!

 

 

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Shrimp Scampi Cheese Dip – Delicious!

Shrimp Scampi Cheese Dip – Delicious!

This Shrimp Scampi Cheese Dip made it’s debut on our Thanksgiving Menu last year, the family loved it so much it’s now one of our faves.  We make it all the time for our Sunday night barbecues and even when we entertain.  Our guests love it just as much as we do!

It’s really simple to make and so yummy!  We used crostini for dipping,  we like the crunch, but you can use fresh baguettes or  whatever you like.  I’d avoid salted crackers though, the butter and cheeses have enough salt and dipping salted crackers may get too salty.

If you’re looking for something different to add to your holiday meal this Scampi Dip fits the spot.

But do keep extra ingredients on hand, you may have to make a second bowl when you have company!

Ingredients:

8 oz. medium shrimp – peeled and roughly chopped

4 tbls. salted butter

1 tbls. minced garlic

1/2 cup white wine (if you prefer non-alcoholic you can substitute chicken broth for the wine)

1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

4 oz. cream cheese softened

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup grated fresh parmasean cheese

1 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese

Directions:

1.  Melt butter in pan.

2.  Saute garlic in butter until it turns slightly brown.

3.  Add shrimp and saute until shrimp starts to turn pink.

4.  Add wine.  Stir well and continue cooking until shrimp is cooked.

5.  Remove from heat and squeeze on lemon juice.  Stir.

6. Stir in cream cheese, sour cream, parmasean, and 1 cup of the mozzarella.  Reserve the 1/2 mozzarella for topping.  Mix very well.

7.   Pour into oven safe baking dish – you will be serving it in this dish.  I ran out of pretty oven safe dishes so I ended up using an aluminum pie tin.

8.  Sprinkle remaining mozzarella on top.

9.  Bake in 375 degree oven for 20 minutes or until cheese melts and starts turning brown.

10.  Serve warm with dipping bread or chips.

Shrimp Scampi
Shrimp Scampi Cheese Dip
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An awesome dip you and your friends will love! It's cheesey, garlicy, flavor goes great with crusty baguette slices.
Servings Prep Time
6 People 15 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 People 15 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Shrimp Scampi
Shrimp Scampi Cheese Dip
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An awesome dip you and your friends will love! It's cheesey, garlicy, flavor goes great with crusty baguette slices.
Servings Prep Time
6 People 15 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 People 15 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in pan. 5. Remove from heat and squeeze on lemon juice. Stir.
  2. Saute garlic in butter until it turns slightly brown.
  3. Add shrimp and saute until shrimp starts to turn pink
  4. Add wine. Stir well and continue cooking until shrimp is cooked.
  5. Remove from heat and squeeze on lemon juice. Stir.
  6. Stir in cream cheese, sour cream, parmasean, and 1 cup of the mozzarella. Reserve the 1/2 mozzarella for topping. Mix very well.
  7. Pour into oven safe baking dish - you will be serving it in this dish. I ran out of pretty oven safe dishes so I ended up using an
    Shrimp Scampi
  8. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella on top.
    Scampi
  9. Bake in 375 degree oven for 20 minutes or until cheese melts and starts turning brown.
  10. Serve warm with dipping bread.
Recipe Notes

You can substitute chicken stock for the white wine for a non-alcoholic version.

Be sure you use FRESH Parmesan Cheese, not the dried grated one that comes in a round shaker box.

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Yummy Spinach & Cheese Pasta Rolls

Yummy Spinach & Cheese Pasta Rolls

Spinach & Cheese Pasta Rolls

I’m always looking for new meatless recipes, I like to make at least one or two meatless dinners a week, specially now with this pandemic and “Meatless Mondays”.

This week I decided to try a new pasta recipe, sort of like a lasagna without meat. I served it with Garlic Bread and everyone loved it!  It will surely be added to our family favorites, I hope your family will love it too!

Ingredients:
8 Lasagne noodles
24 oz. frozen chopped spinach – thawed and drained
2 cups small curd cottage cheese
2 cups shredded lowfat mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 tbls. garlic powder
1 tbls. crushed red pepper (the kind you sprinkle on pizza)
1 bottle pasta sauce garlic and onion flavor (I like to use Betolli brand)
Directions:
Cook lasagne noodles as directed on the box.
Drain, rinse with cool water to keep noodles from sticking together.
Separate noodles and set aside.
Drain and squeeze all the water from the spinach; place in large bowl.
Add to spinach: cottage cheese, 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, crushed red pepper
Mix well.
Spinach & Cheese Pasta Rolls
Separate spinach mixture into 8 equal parts.
Place 1 lasagne noodle on to a clean surface and spread 1 portion spinach mixture along the length of the noodle.
Spinach & Cheese Pasta Rolls
Roll the noodle in jelly roll fashion.
Spinach & Cheese Pasta Rolls
Place rolled noodle in a deep baking dish seam side down.  Do the same with the remaining noodles.
Place rolls in dish close to each other to keep them from unrolling.
Spinach & Cheese Pasta Rolls
Cover the rolls with the pasta sauce.  Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella over sauce.
Spinach & Cheese Pasta Rolls
Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until the cheese melts and starts to brown.
Spinach & Cheese Pasta Rolls
Remove from oven and serve.  It goes great with fresh baked garlic bread.  Enjoy!
Yummy Spinach & Cheese Pasta Rolls
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Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 25 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 25 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Yummy Spinach & Cheese Pasta Rolls
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Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 25 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 25 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. Cook lasagne noodles as directed on the box.
  2. Drain, rinse with cool water to keep noodles from sticking together.
  3. Separate noodles and set aside.
  4. Drain and squeeze all the water from the spinach; place in large bowl.
  5. Add to spinach: cottage cheese, 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, crushed red pepper Mix well.
  6. Separate spinach mixture into 8 equal parts.
  7. Place 1 lasagne noodle on to a clean surface and spread 1 portion spinach mixture along the length of the noodle.
  8. Roll the noodle in jelly roll fashion.
  9. Place rolled noodle in a deep baking dish seam side down. Do the same with the remaining noodles. Place rolls in dish close to each other to keep them from unrolling.
  10. Cover the rolls with the pasta sauce. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella over sauce.
  11. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until the cheese melts and starts to brown.
  12. Remove from oven and serve. It goes great with fresh baked garlic bread. Enjoy!
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Spinach & Artichoke Bites

Spinach & Artichoke Bites

Spinach bites

Photo by Savvy Nana

Spinach & Artichoke Bites was a new addition to last year’s Thanksgiving Menu.  My family loved them!  They will be making a repeat appearance this year.

These Spinach & Artichoke Bites are super easy to make and they freeze well so you can make them in advance for large parties.  Just pop them in the oven to re-heat before serving.

In this recipe I used refrigerated crescent dough that I pressed into mini muffin tins.  An easier way would be to use frozen filo cups.  You can buy them at your local grocery store.  You’ll find them in the frozen section next to the frozen pie crusts.   That’s what we did for my mom’s 80th. Birthday Party!

If you’re going to be using filo cups you can make the filling ahead of time and store in the fridge until you’re ready to fill the cups.  I don’t recommend freezing the filling as it will get too watery.

Makes 24

Ingredients:

1 can refrigerated crescent dough – any brand will do

1 box frozen chopped spinach – thawed

2 large pieces marinated artichoke hearts – chopped

4 oz. cream cheese – softened

1 cup sour cream

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

cooking spray

Directions:

Coat mini muffin tins with cooking spray.

Roll out 1 section of crescent dough on a lightly floured surface.  Pinch seams together to make one large rectangular piece.

Cut dough into 12 squares using a pizza cutter.  They don’t have to be neat and perfect.

Press a dough square into the muffin tin.  Arrange it so that it covers at least a bit of the sides.  Don’t let the dough overflow out of the cup.  It doesn’t need to look perfect, but you should pinch any holes closed.

Drain the spinach and squeeze all the liquid out.  You can use a clean dish towel to squeeze liquid out.  Dump the thawed spinach onto a dish towel and twist the towel until no more liquid comes out.

Place into mixing bowl.

Add chopped artichoke hearts, cream cheese, sour cream, and mozzarella cheese to the spinach.  Mix very well.

Drop about a teaspoon of spinach mixture into the crescent dough shells.

Bake in 375 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until crust turns golden brown.

Serve hot or cold.

To freeze place them in freezer bags.  Use parchment paper between layers.  Wrap sealed freezer bag in foil and place the whole thing in another freezer bag.  You can store this for about 3 months in the freezer.

Reheat frozen bites in 375 degree oven for 12-15 minutes.  I would not recommend reheating in the microwave, the crust will get soggy and the filling rubbery.

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A new twist on Spinach & Artichoke Dip. These tasty little bites are perfect for every event. They're just as yummy as the dip, but with out the mess. They look great on a buffet table too!
Servings Prep Time
24 Bites 30 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 Bites 30 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Spinach & Artichoke Bites
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A new twist on Spinach & Artichoke Dip. These tasty little bites are perfect for every event. They're just as yummy as the dip, but with out the mess. They look great on a buffet table too!
Servings Prep Time
24 Bites 30 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 Bites 30 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Bites
Instructions
Crescent Cups
  1. Coat mini muffin tins with cooking spray.
  2. Roll out 1 section of crescent dough on a lightly floured surface. Pinch seams together to make one large rectangular piece.
    dough
  3. Cut dough into 12 squares using a pizza cutter.
    dough
  4. They don't have to be neat and perfect.
    dough
  5. Press a dough square into the muffin tin. Arrange it so that it covers at least a bit of the sides. Don't let the dough overflow out of the cup. It doesn't need to look perfect, but you should pinch any holes closed.
    dough cups
Filling
  1. Drain the spinach and squeeze all the liquid out. You can use a clean dish towel to squeeze liquid out. Dump the thawed spinach onto a dish towel and twist the towel until no more liquid comes out. Place into mixing bowl.
  2. Add chopped artichoke hearts, cream cheese, sour cream, and mozzarella cheese to the spinach. Mix very well.
    Filling
  3. Drop about a teaspoon of spinach mixture into the crescent dough shells.
    Filled cup
  4. Bake in 375 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until crust turns golden brown. Serve hot or cold.
Recipe Notes

To freeze place them in freezer bags.  Use parchment paper between layers.  Wrap sealed freezer bag in foil and place the whole thing in another freezer bag.  You can store this for about 3 months in the freezer.

Reheat frozen bites in 375 degree oven for 12-15 minutes.  I would not recommend reheating in the microwave, the crust will get soggy and the filling rubbery.

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Easy Meatball Sub

Easy Meatball Sub

Meatball

The holiday season is upon us.  At my house that means cooking, baking, cleaning, shopping, and all the other chores to get ready for holiday entertaining.  Things can get pretty hectic, at times I don’t have a lot of time to cook dinner!  To make holiday preparations a bit easier I keep several ready made meal items in my freezer, things that can be heated up or tossed together quickly.

One of my favorite things are homemade meatballs.  I like meatballs because I can use them to quickly prepare several different meals including Swedish meatballs, Meatball Soup, and of course Spaghetti and Meatballs.

Another family favorite are Meatball Subs.  They’re so easy to make and are very filling.  I serve this with a tossed salad and a side of chips, so simple!  You can of course use frozen meatballs available from any grocery store, I’m not a big fan and like to make my own to freeze.  Here’s my recipe for Homemade Meatballs.

Here’s how to make it, enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 large loaf French Bread – Cut to the size you want then halved lengthwise to get 2 pieces

1/4 CupButter

12 Cooked meatballs

1 Jar Pasta Sauce

3/4 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Directions:

Meatball1.  Place frozen meatballs in a heavy saucepan (or you can make them ahead and place them in a crockpot on low for about 4 hours).

2.  Cover meatballs with pasta sauce.  Simmer on low for about 1 hour or if you need it faster increase the heat and heat until the sauce is bubbling and meat is heated thru.

Meatball3.  Butter bread and toast in a frying pan until browned.

Meatball

4.  Scoop meatball mixture on one side of the bread and sprinkle with shredded cheese.  Sprinkle other side with cheese.  Bake in 350 degree oven until cheese melts, about 8 minutes.

Meatball

5.  Remove from oven, place second slice of bread on top to make a sandwich and serve.

It makes a hearty meal with a green salad and if you want some chips.

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Servings Prep Time
2 Subs 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
68 Minutes 1 Hour
Servings Prep Time
2 Subs 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
68 Minutes 1 Hour
Easy Meatball Sub
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Servings Prep Time
2 Subs 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
68 Minutes 1 Hour
Servings Prep Time
2 Subs 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
68 Minutes 1 Hour
Ingredients
Servings: Subs
Instructions
  1. Place frozen meatballs in a heavy saucepan (or you can make them ahead and place them in a crockpot on low for about 4 hours).
    Meatball
  2. Cover meatballs with pasta sauce. Simmer on low for about 1 hour or if you need it faster increase the heat and heat until the sauce is bubbling and meat is heated thru.
  3. Butter bread and toast in a frying pan until browned.
    Meatball
  4. Scoop meatball mixture on one side of the bread and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Sprinkle other side with cheese. Bake in 350 degree oven until cheese melts, about 8 minutes.
    Meatball
  5. Remove from oven, place second slice of bread on top to make a sandwich and serve.
    Meatball
  6. It makes a hearty meal with a green salad and if you want some chips.
Recipe Notes

You can cook meatballs in a crockpot on low for 4 hours instead of on the stovetop if you prefer.

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