Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Pizza Spaghetti Casserole

1 lb ground meat
1 16 oz box uncooked spaghetti noodles
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 C milk
1 egg
2 oz sliced pepperoni (can use turkey)
1 26 oz jar pasta sauce
1 16oz can diced italian style tomatoes
1/4 C grated parmesan cheese
1 8z package shredded italian cheese blend
Any other pizza toppings you like: black olives, sausage, onions, green peppers, etc.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 deg F.
  2. Boil water and salt for spaghetti noodles. Once it starts boiling add noodles.
  3. Brown meat in a separate pan.
  4. Put cooked noodles into a casserole dish.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine milk & egg, whisk. Pour over pasta and add jar of sauce, canned tomatoes, garlic powder and oregano. Mix all together well.
  6. On top of pasta mixture, layer ground meat, then add a layer of pepperoni. Sprinkle parmesan cheese and italian cheese. Add a layer of pepperoni.
  7. Bake in the oven for 30 mins.

Pecan Pie Balls

2 1/2 C pecans, toasted and chopped
1 C graham crackers, crushed
1 C brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1/4 C burbon, brandy or spiced rum
1 tsp vanilla
7 oz dark chocolate bark
1 tsp coarse sea salt (optional)

  1. Combine first four ingredients in a large bowl. Add the maple syrup, bourbon and vanilla. Use your hands to make sure all the ingredients are mixed throughly.
  2. Form balls by scooping a tablespoon size amount of mixture and rolling in hands to form balls. Place balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Tip: After the balls are made, roll the balls again with slightly water damped hands. This will make the balls smooth before dipping in chocolate.
  4. Place balls on cookie sheet in freezer for 2 hours.
  5. Melt chocolate bark in a double boiler or microwave per directions on package.
  6. Dip frozen balls into chocolate, then place on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  7. Optional: sprinkle a few grains of coarse sea salt on balls before the chocolate sets.
  8. These freeze well. Take out of the freezer and let sit for 15 minutes.