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Cheese Stuffed Dinner Rolls

Cheese Stuffed Dinner Rolls

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Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip is such an easy recipe. All you need to do is put everything together bake and serve. It is a perfect treat to quickly make especially if you have unannounced guests.

Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip

I don’t know about you, but for me, even a simple dip is enough to satisfy my hungry belly.

I wanted to share this one for a while now but never really got a chance to do it.

Just the other day, I made it for my family and swear we could smear it over cooked pasta or dip potatoes wedges in this yummy dip.

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It is such an easy way to create an incredible dish with a limited amount of ingredients.

Now, this is not just perfect for entertaining, but for movie nights, sporting parties, or potlucks. I made it many times just when I want a quick snack.

Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip

My daughter and I usually prep this one when we are catching up on our favourite shows.

Well, we serve a bunch of other things but this one is most certainly in the centre of our table. We just love munching on snacks and dips while enjoying our time together.

I really do hope you guys like this classic dip as much as my family and I love.

Hey, if you get inspired and make this quick and easy Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip, please tag me on Instagram.

@sandraseasycooking with hashtag #sandraseasycooking. I would love to see all your tasty creations. Thank you so much in advance!

Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip

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Recipe
Yield: Serves 6

Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (8-oz.) block cream cheese, softened at room temp.
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yoghurt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar, plus more for topping
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 (10-oz.) package frozen spinach, defrosted and chopped, squeeze out any additional liquid
  • 1 (14-oz.) can or a jar artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic (or 2 cloves minced garlic)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

Topping:

  • Everything bagel seasoning

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until everything is combined and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Transfer to a baking dish and smooth top with a spatula. Then, top the mixture with more shredded cheddar.
  4. Bake until bubbly and slightly golden, about 20 to 25 minute. Turn your oven to broil for 1 minute to make this dip into a deeper golden brown.
  5. Top with everything bagel seasoning, if desired.
  6. Serve with bread slices or crackers.

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Pepperoni and Burrata Pizza with Pesto

Pepperoni and Burrata Pizza with Pesto

Pepperoni and Burrata Pizza with Pesto makes an amazing dinner idea as well as party food. It is simple, tasty and so easy.

Pepperoni and Burrata Pizza with Pesto

Pizza is my life-saviour, literally and figurately. It is such a fantastic, cheap and satisfying way to feed your whole family.

I just love it when nobody complains at the table, and everyone gets a slice of pizza with the toppings that they want.

Usually, I double the amount of dough to make a smaller, maybe 10-inch pizza, with toppings of their choice.

Also, it does not feel bad at all when they praise you with the line “you’re the queen, mom”… Well, I am the queen in my castle anyways.

Pepperoni and Burrata Pizza with Pesto

Jokes to the side, this pizza was amazing. I loved everything about it. Although the next time, I will probably add bacon since I am not the biggest fan of pepperoni.

Don’t get me wrong, I like pepperoni pizza. However, I would rather use thick carved slices of ham or perhaps some sausage, like breakfast sausage on the pizza because it is not as strong as pepperoni.

With that being said, my kids’ love pepperoni. So, I had to add these fun and cute minis. I think they look so beautiful on the pizza. Don’t you think so?

Pepperoni and Burrata Pizza with Pesto

Anyhow, I tried to carefully write a detailed recipe in the recipe card.

If you see any possible mistakes, which unfortunately happens from time to time, do not hesitate to contact me or leave me a comment.

I try my best to read it through a couple of times, but typos do happen.

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I adore Murray’s Burrata. They do not pay me to say that, but I just love the quality of their product.

As I said, you can add whatever you want; with pepperoni or without it, a mixture of provolone and mozzarella cheese or perhaps more meat.

Additionally, basil pesto is such an amazing addition to this pizza. It literally gives you absolutely incredible flavour.

You can and you should personalize your pizza however you want.

Happy Baking!

Recipe for easy pizza

Hey, if you get inspired and make this tasty Pepperoni and Burrata Pizza with Pesto, please tag me on Instagram.

@sandraseasycooking with hashtag #sandraseasycooking. Thank you so much in advance!

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VEGETABLE HUMMUS PIZZA

Recipe for pizza
Yield: 2 Pizzas

Pepperoni and Burrata Pizza with Pesto

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Wait Time: 10 hours
Total Time: 10 hours 30 minutes

Pepperoni and Burrata Pizza with Pesto; flavorful and delicious pizza that you will love.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of warm water (240ml), a splash more if needed
  • 1 envelope active dry yeast (1/4 oz/21g)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (8g)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (13.3g)+ for greasing bowl
  • 4 cups bread flour (480g), all-purpose works well too
  • 3 teaspoons salt (17g)

Pizza Toppings for 1 pizza

  • 1/2 pack Mini pepperoni or regular size
  • 4 ounces Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 burrata cheese, about 4 ouses (I used Murray's burrata 8 oz container pack)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons basil pesto

Garnish

  • Fresh cherry tomatoes split in half
  • Fresh basil

Instructions

Pizza Dough Prep:

  1. Measure water then adds to dry yeast and sugar. Mix it. When you are using active dry yeast or yeast for pizza you do not have to activate it, but I like to dissolve it in the cup of water anyway.
  2. Measure the flour and add salt then mix it together. Place all the dry ingredients in the work bowl of your stand mixer.
  3. Pour water with yeast and sugar in the flour.
  4. Add the bowl on the mixer and attach the dough hook and turn the mixer to do the job of kneading.
  5. Mix until the dough just comes together, forming a ball and pulling away from the sides of the bowl. Increase the mixer speed to medium and knead for about 5 minutes.
  6. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and allow it to rise once. Knead with hand then refrigerate for at least 6 hours to up to 24 hours.
  7. Remove dough to counter and punch down into a rough rectangle shape then tightly roll into a log 10 to 12 inches in length. You can use 1 extra-large pizza or two regular size pizzas. If you are making two then separate into two. Measure and cover.
  8. Flatten dough into a disk, then shape it into a smooth ball by folding the edges of the round in toward the centre several times and rolling it between your hands on the counter.
  9. Cover (each) dough ball with a clean cotton towel and allow to rest for about 30 minutes.

Baking time:

  1. Heat oven (pizza stone inside on lower rack) to 450 degrees Fahrenheit or use your regular pizza baking pan, no pan pre-heating required. Give the oven about 20 to heat up.
  2. When you’re ready to build the pizzas, sprinkle a couple of teaspoons of flour on a board or your countertop and place the dough right in the middle.
  3. Pound the dough into a disk with your hands, then pick it up and pull it through your fingers to create the outer lip.
  4. At this point, you need to start stretching the dough. The most-efficient way to do this is to spin the dough so that the weight of the outer lip stretches the dough by moving dough away from a centre with a bit of force.
  5. You can also stretch the dough on the board by turning and pulling it, and turning and pulling. Shake the peel from time to time to make sure the dough doesn’t stick.
  6. Brush the lip with oil, then dress the pizza with olive oil and tomato sauce.

Topping:

  1. Shred your own mozzarella block, and add pepperoni.
  2. Stretch pizza over your baking pan or slide OR the hot pizza stone if you are using it.
  3. Bake pizza for the first 10 minutes, depending on your oven. If you are baking it on the pizza stone bake for about 7 minutes. Keep an eye on the pizza.
  4. Rip apart burrata with your hands, then pull the pizza out for a few seconds.
  5. Evenly add burrata all over the pizza, then add a few tablespoons of basil pesto. You can add more or less just spread a bit everywhere.
  6. Place pizza back in the oven and bake for an additional 3 to 4 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly. We should not add burrata right away on the pizza because it will produce too much moisture while baking so we going to add on the end.
  7. Slide pizza your cutting board. Let it rest for a couple of minutes before slicing with a pizza cutter.
  8. While the pizza is cooling, slice cheery tomatoes and add on the pizza just before serving with a drizzle of olive oil and some fresh basil if desired.

Notes

I really love this combination, however, you can always costume make and build your pizza with toppings that you like.

When you know how to make this classic easy dough, then you really make anything with it such as pizza rolls, stromboli, calzoni, etc.

You can use store-bought pizza dough which is located usually in the DELI section of your grocery store. It is sold by the pound and you can make 1 pizza.

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Easy Shrimp and Grits

Easy Shrimp and Grits

Quick recipe for easy shrimp and grits. It is the best and one of my favourite comfort food. It also makes an amazing family dinner idea.

Easy Shrimp and Grits

When I want to make a quick meal for my family this recipe always comes to the rescue.

Well, there is always pasta, but I am trying really hard not to make pasta every other night.

I am being creative, like making breakfast for dinner. It is nothing original but it works for us.

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Since we are talking about quick and easy meals, shrimp goes well with rice, pasta or potatoes.

On the other hand, chicken, pork or beef goes very well with grits. There is always a solution when it comes to creating an amazingly delicious quick and easy dinner.

To be honest, this makes an incredible brunch food or lunch.

All you need to cut the meat into smaller pieces to cook fast. It tastes absolutely amazing with lemon and butter.

Easy Shrimp and Grits

From time to time my family gets picky around food; no runny yolks, problems with chunky pasta sauce as well as floating onions in the stew or soup, etc.

There is so much more than they do not like, but I just wanted to name a few to tell you that we just like any other family. I cook all the time and experiment so my kids would eat what I make.

I am sure that you have at least one picky eater in your house, so if there are no allergies this meal is a winner. They will lick a bowl and ask for more.

Easy Shrimp and Grits

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EASY FISHERMAN PIE

So traditionally grits are gluten-free, however, make sure to check because some brands like Quaker does not consider them to be gluten-free due to the possibility of cross-contamination. I am just sharing what everyone is saying.

There are other brands that are gluten-free and instant. I just wanted to put that out there if you did not know.

If you get inspired and make my recipe for Easy Shrimp and Grits, please tag me on Instagram. @sandraseasycooking using hashtag #sandraseasycooking. Thank you so much!

Recipe
Yield: Serves 4

Easy Shrimp and Grits

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Quick and Easy Shrimp and Grits recipe; a perfect family dinner.

Ingredients

Grits

  • 1 cup instant grits
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 cup chicken stock
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste (always taste food)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Shrimp

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 to 1 ½ shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Old Bay Seasoning to taste
  • Freshly chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley

Instructions

How to make grits:

  1. Cook grits according to package instructions using half and half or heavy whipped
    cream (or milk) and chicken stock in place of water.
  2. Generously season your grits with ½ teaspoon of salt and about ¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper,
    or to please your taste. Always add less and taste it. You can always add more. Stir and cook grits at the low temperature until liquid is absorbed and becomes creamy and smooth.
  3. Stir in 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter and set aside and keep warm. It takes usually around 5-7 minutes to finish instant grits at a lower temperature or about 20 to 25 minutes if you going to make stone-ground grits. Read instructions on the back of the package as it could be very helpful.

How to prep shrimp:

  1. Peel and devein shrimp if they are not already. Wash well under cold water.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and cook, stirring often, for a couple of minutes.
  3. Stir in garlic, and shrimp and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Cook at medium temperature, stirring occasionally, until pink and cooked through about 3 minutes to up to 5 minutes. Do not overcook. As soon as it is pink all throughout it is cooked.
  5. Stir in chopped parsley and lemon juice. Serve immediately with grits, garnished with chopped parsley.

Notes

The ratio you need to remember for stone-ground grits is 4:1. It's 4 cups of liquid to 1 cup of stone-ground grits. You can use just water, or a combination of stock, water, and milk/cream.

If you do not have old bay seasoning you may use just celery salt, ground black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, and paprika.

You could use cubed chicken breast instead of shrimp to make this dish. Cooking time might take a few minutes longer but it tastes amazing. That is just in case of allergies or if you dislike shrimp. Also, some of you were asking if you could use pork. Yes, pork tenderloin is perfectly fine, just slice it into smaller pieces.

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