Friday, February 4, 2011

Super Bowl Snack 2: Homemade Pizza Rolls

Everyone loves Pizza Rolls from the freezer section, so think of how big of a hit homemade pizza rolls will be! Combine that with the fact that the ingredients you use will instantly be better for you, and you can add any other ingredients you want to the equation!
What You Need: 
1 15 oz package Tomato Herb Parmesan Sauce, (I recommend Buttoni)

1/2 pound ground beef, cooked and drained, grill that beef up good and brown

1/4 cup diced pepperoni 
1 Cup of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, use your cheese grater!

 2 8 oz. packages refrigerated crescent rolls, keep simple and trust the dough boy
Any number of veggies you want to add in, just make sure they are diced!
How to Make Em': 
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F  and lightly apply grease or butter to a baking sheet. 
  2. Grill the ground beef up like you would any other time, make sure the meat is all cooked through at a medium brown color. Make sure to drain it!
  3. Toss the sauce, grilled beef, pepperoni, cheese, and veggies into a medium bowl and give it a good couple stirs.
  4. Open the crescent roll dough and separate it out into approximately 12 rectangles. Make sure to press the seams together. 
  5. Put roughly 2 tablespoons of sauce/meat/veggie filling onto each dough rectangle along the long side. 
  6. Roll the dough lengthwise just like a jelly roll and cut each one into 3 pieces. Then place them seam-side-down on prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until they are glistening golden brown.
This should make around 36 appetizer pizza rolls, depending on how many rectangles you shaped up! Total preparation time here will be under 40 minutes, and requires only beginners level cooking skill.  

Let me know if you enjoy these! Have fun at your Super Bowl Party! 

Cheers! Chef Mike 


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Go Cheesy for the SUPER BOWL!

If you want to have a rockin' Super Bowl party you need to have great snacks. Have no fear, I will be providing you some instant classics over the course of the week that will allow you to walk away with the MVP trophy.

Nothing is more necessary at a Super Bowl party, besides a working HD TV, then a good cheese dip. Many people get too complicated with their dip game and that is why it fails. All you need is 3 simple ingredients: brick of cheese, can of chili, and a pound of ground(beef that is!). Obviously it is always good to add your own personal touches to these kind of things, so for mine I am throwing in a Cajun Twist.


McCormick Cajun Spices
1.5-2 lbs. of Ground Beef
1 8oz. brick of Velveeta Cheese
1 can of Chili, I prefer Stagg!

1 Bag of Tostitos Scoops


1. Open the package of beef and lightly season it with the Cajun Seasonings. Cook the Beef over the stove on Med-High Heat until lightly brown, then drain the excess grease from pan. Mix in a fair amount of Cajun Seasonings(as much as you want!) into a 3 oz. cup of water and pour it into the pan. Let it cook into the meat.

2. Cube up the 8 oz. brick of Velveeta and start melting it down in another pot. Make sure to stir the cheese so it doesn't stick tot he bottom(this is a critical!)

3. While the cheese is melting heat up the chili.

4. Once the cheese is done melting add the beef and chili to the mix so you can stir it all in!

5. Enjoy this delicious dip with a sturdy scoop chip, like Tostitos Scoops!

Again this is not a tough recipe to make, and to be honest it probably isn't the healthiest either ;), but wow is it delicious during a big football game. To make it even better you can make this for under $8 and its sure to be a fan favorite!

Cheers! Chef Mike