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Friday, January 30, 2015

SAUSAGE PATTY PANCAKES

SAUSAGE PATTY PANCAKES : Butter With A Side of Bread


Breakfast is easily my favorite meal of the day. I've never been one to pour a bowl of cold cereal and call it good. (Unless I'm pregnant. What IS it with cold cereal and pregnancy?!) My kids adore it, but I'm usually the one making an omelette with hash browns and fruit. Or waffles. Or, in this case, fluffy pancakes. These aren't just any pancakes though, they have sausage inside! Now you don't have to feel bad about pouring syrup on your sausage. (am I the only one who does that??)

Sausage Patty Pancakes
adapted from Allrecipes
yields 5 filling pancakes, that serve 2-3 people

  • 1 1/4 cup flour (I use 3/4 cups whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup all-purpose)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 TBSP melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 TBSP baking powder
  • 1-2 TBSP brown sugar
  • 5 sausage patties 


Whisk the egg and 1 cup of milk in a medium sized bowl. Add in melted butter. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl and mix into wet ingredients. Whisk until combined and most lumps are gone. Set aside for at least 10 minutes. (Letting your pancake batter sit before cooking yields more fluffy pancakes!If you're in a rush, you can skip this part of course.)

Preheat your griddle to about 325 degrees F.

Spray the griddle lightly with cooking spray. Set sausage patties on griddle and let them warm up for a couple minutes on each side.

Ladle about 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle 5 times, spacing them out as best as you can. Let the batter cook for about 1 minute, then set a sausage patty in the center. Ladle a bit less than 1/4 cup of batter on top of the sausage, using a spoon to cover it. Let cook for another 3-4 minutes, until the edges look dry and bubbly. Flip and cook an additional 3-4 minutes.

Remove from griddle. Layer with butter and syrup and ENJOY!

Side Note: I used Zaycon Chicken Maple Sausage Patties. You've got to see if Zaycon offers these in your area because they are incredible! Oh heavens- they're easily the best breakfast sausage I've ever eaten. Not familiar with Zaycon Foods? They offer high quality, all natural foods at a discount! Read more info here!

SAUSAGE PATTY PANCAKES : Butter With A Side of Bread

SAUSAGE PATTY PANCAKES : Butter With A Side of Bread

SAUSAGE PATTY PANCAKES : Butter With A Side of Bread

SAUSAGE PATTY PANCAKES : Butter With A Side of Bread

SAUSAGE PATTY PANCAKES : Butter With A Side of Bread

SAUSAGE PATTY PANCAKES : Butter With A Side of Bread

SAUSAGE PATTY PANCAKES : Butter With A Side of Bread

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

RANCH CHICKEN BACON KABOBS

RANCH CHICKEN BACON KABOBS: Butter With A Side of Bread
I saw this recipe and KNEW I had to try it. Honestly everyone- it's one of the best things I've ever eaten! I mean, I've had smoked salmon in Paris. Fish & Chips in London. Fresh pineapple in Hawaii. But I ate these chicken skewers fresh off the grill in my ole backyard and let me tell you, my taste buds sang. I think they'd be a fantastic appetizer or main dish. Game Day food, people- this would be perfect! Enjoy. 

Ranch Chicken Bacon Kabobs
adapted from Allrecipes {shout-out to Chef John!}


  • 1/3 cup ranch dressing {1 packet ranch dressing mix- 3 TBSP+ 1/3 cup sour cream}
  • 2+ tsp Frank's Red Hot Wing Sauce
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts** - cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 red onion, cut into quarter-sized pieces
  • 12 slices thick cut bacon, cut into 1.5-2" squares
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 5 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 2 hours


Mix ranch dressing and Frank's sauce. Add more than 2 tsp Frank's sauce if you like things spicy! Pour into a quart sized ziplock bag. Add chicken pieces. Marinate in the fridge for 2+ hours. I left mine overnight and it was incredible. 

When you're ready to grill...

Microwave the bacon on a plate for about 1.5 minutes. With chicken pieces so small, I was worried the chicken would cook before the bacon and I didn't want slimy bacon. It worked out beautifully. 

Assemble your chicken kabobs, making sure that the bacon and chicken go next to each other. I threaded a piece of onion, then chicken, then a chunk of bacon, skewering the bacon folded in half if necessary. I ended up with 5 12" long kabobs. 

Preheat the grill and lay the kabobs out. If you close the grill, be sure you stay close by- bacon makes things sizzle and flambe and you don't want to make charcoal out of these tasty kabobs. 

Check the temp of the chicken if you have a meat thermometer. I like to take the kabobs off when the temp gets to just over 160 degrees F. The chicken is tender and delicious and the bacon is crispy on out the outside and soft and flavorful in the middle. 

ENJOY. 

**I used Zaycon chicken because it's the best! Super fresh, all-natural chicken at a discount price. If you haven't heard about Zaycon, read all about them here. They also offer BACON. How perfect is that?!

RANCH CHICKEN BACON KABOBS: Butter With A Side of Bread

RANCH CHICKEN BACON KABOBS: Butter With A Side of Bread

RANCH CHICKEN BACON KABOBS: Butter With A Side of Bread



RANCH CHICKEN BACON KABOBS: Butter With A Side of Bread
RANCH CHICKEN BACON KABOBS: Butter With A Side of Bread

Monday, January 26, 2015

MARSHMALLOW SWIRL OREO COOKIE BALLS #OREOCookieBalls #CollectiveBias

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MARSHMALLOW SWIRL OREO COOKIE BALLS   #OREOCookieBalls #CollectiveBias Butter With A Side of Bread


When you're gearing up for the big game, don't forget to balance out the savory sides with some sweet treats like these OREO Cookie Balls! These tasty little truffle-like desserts are so easy to whip up- and if you've never made them, no worries- I include step-by-step photos to below to help you out. The added marshmallow swirl makes these extra special as well. Enjoy!

Marshmallow Swirl OREO Cookie Balls

  • 1 pkg (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened 
  • 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (1 whole package- about 3 cups crushed) 
  • 1 package semi-sweet baking chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/3 cup marshmallow creme {optional ingredient to make OREO Cookie Balls but it's TASTY- try it!}

Directions:

BLEND the OREO cookies until they resemble fine crumbs. I just pulsed half the cookies a few times in my blender, using a fork to give it a quick stir between pulses. Repeat with the other half of the cookies. 

MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until combined. Pipe marshmallow cream onto the "dough" using a small snack bag. Mix gently in between marshmallow cream additions. I piped in a line, then mixed it once or twice with a rubber scraper, then repeated the process 2-3 times. You don't want the marshmallow cream to be completely mixed in, rather you want to see swirls of it throughout. 

SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip cookie balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan. {I added about 1 TBSP of coconut oil to my chocolate to thin it out a bit. It makes dipping easier. Just add it to the bowl of chocolate chips, then microwave about 1 minute, until melted. Stir gently to bend.}

CUSTOMIZE it with your own ingredient additions or decorative skills. I added white chocolate drizzle and game day sprinkles! Have fun with it! 

REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm. 

Share and enjoy!

MARSHMALLOW SWIRL OREO COOKIE BALLS   #OREOCookieBalls #CollectiveBias Butter With A Side of Bread

Assemble your ingredients. Make sure your cream cheese is soft. If you don't have time to let it sit out, just put it in the microwave for about 20 seconds. 

MARSHMALLOW SWIRL OREO COOKIE BALLS   #OREOCookieBalls #CollectiveBias Butter With A Side of Bread
Blend the OREO cookies half at a time. 

MARSHMALLOW SWIRL OREO COOKIE BALLS   #OREOCookieBalls #CollectiveBias Butter With A Side of Bread
Then add in the softened cream cheese and mix well, until it's completely combined. 

MARSHMALLOW SWIRL OREO COOKIE BALLS   #OREOCookieBalls #CollectiveBias Butter With A Side of Bread
Transfer about 1/3 cup marshmallow creme to a small baggie. I used a small cup to hold the baggie and make this step easier. Snip the corner of the bag and pipe 1 or 2 lines across the "dough." Gently fold dough over a couple times, then repeat this process. 

MARSHMALLOW SWIRL OREO COOKIE BALLS   #OREOCookieBalls #CollectiveBias Butter With A Side of Bread
You don't want all the marshmallow creme to be mixed in, rather you want to see the swirls throughout. 

MARSHMALLOW SWIRL OREO COOKIE BALLS   #OREOCookieBalls #CollectiveBias Butter With A Side of Bread
Shape into 1" balls. I used my TBSP cookie scoop and that yielded 27.

MARSHMALLOW SWIRL OREO COOKIE BALLS   #OREOCookieBalls #CollectiveBias Butter With A Side of Bread
After letting the cookie balls cool in the freezer for 10-15 minutes, I melted some chocolate chips (with about 1 TBSP of coconut oil added in to make it more smooth & easier to dip) and dipped each cookie ball in the chocolate. I used 2 forks to help me coat each ball. 

MARSHMALLOW SWIRL OREO COOKIE BALLS   #OREOCookieBalls #CollectiveBias Butter With A Side of Bread
Customize the cookie balls to fit your style & tastes. 
I drizzled white chocolate then added football sprinkles. 

MARSHMALLOW SWIRL OREO COOKIE BALLS   #OREOCookieBalls #CollectiveBias Butter With A Side of Bread
Put the tray in the fridge for an additional 10-20 minutes, then serve! 

MARSHMALLOW SWIRL OREO COOKIE BALLS   #OREOCookieBalls #CollectiveBias Butter With A Side of Bread

MARSHMALLOW SWIRL OREO COOKIE BALLS   #OREOCookieBalls #CollectiveBias Butter With A Side of Bread
I love the swirl of marshmallow! It adds a nice creaminess and sweetness too. 

MARSHMALLOW SWIRL OREO COOKIE BALLS   #OREOCookieBalls #CollectiveBias Butter With A Side of Bread


There you have it! 
So add OREO Cookies and cream cheese to your grocery list
and head over to Walmart...

MARSHMALLOW SWIRL OREO COOKIE BALLS   #OREOCookieBalls #CollectiveBias Butter With A Side of Bread

I had one of those weeks where I tried to go shopping 3 or 4 times by myself and it never worked out. The only time I managed to make it to Walmart, I had all 5 kids in tow of course. When they heard we were getting OREO Cookies, well the requests began pouring in...

MARSHMALLOW SWIRL OREO COOKIE BALLS   #OREOCookieBalls #CollectiveBias Butter With A Side of Bread

I mean, seriously- look at all the choices?! 
Lemon is one of my favorites! Followed closely by mint. Yum.
You can make OREO Cookie Balls with any variety- be creative! 

MARSHMALLOW SWIRL OREO COOKIE BALLS   #OREOCookieBalls #CollectiveBias Butter With A Side of Bread
This is when I knew it was time to check out and go home, ha! 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER DIP + MORE GREAT PEANUT BUTTER RECIPES

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER DIP: Butter With A Side of Bread


January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day and to celebrate, I'm sharing a fantastic {easy!} recipe with you all. This dip comes together quickly and is light, creamy and a huge crowd pleaser. My kids and I devoured it for lunch, but I think it's a perfect snack or after dinner treat too. Enjoy!

Also- I've partnered with several other food bloggers to celebrate national food holidays together! Scroll down to see several other fantastic recipes that include peanut butter!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Dip


  • 1-6oz container Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips*
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • apple slices, graham crackers, pretzels, strawberries, banana, etc. for dipping


Pour the semi sweet chocolate chips in a small bowl and microwave on high 1 1/2 minutes or so, until melted and smooth. {I put mine in for 1 minute, stirred gently, then added 30 seconds and it was perfect.}

Gently stir in peanut butter. Let sit for about 10 minutes, so that it has a chance to cool off. (Or not! If you don't let it sit, your dip will just be a little less thick. The texture is still fantastic though.)

Stir in the yogurt and serve.

Enjoy with apple slices, strawberries, pear slices, banana, pretzels, graham crackers- or anything else you'd like to dip!

*The more chocolate chips you add, the more firm the dip will get upon setting. As it sits out, if you want to soften it up a bit, just pop it in the microwave for 5-10 seconds. I added 1/2 cup because I wanted a strong chocolate flavor. Feel free to adjust to your tastes!

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER DIP: Butter With A Side of Bread

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER DIP: Butter With A Side of Bread

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER DIP: Butter With A Side of Bread

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER DIP: Butter With A Side of Bread

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Love Peanut Butter? You're not alone! 
Here are 9 other fantastic peanut butter recipe for you to enjoy, all featured in the photo above!
Don't they look incredible?! YUM. 




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