Southern Bite http://southernbite.com Stacey Little's Southern Food & Recipe Blog Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:30:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mama’s Sweet Potato Cake with Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting http://southernbite.com/2015/08/18/mamas-sweet-potato-cake-with-marshmallow-buttercream-frosting/ http://southernbite.com/2015/08/18/mamas-sweet-potato-cake-with-marshmallow-buttercream-frosting/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:30:11 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=7568 A few weeks ago, I had the great privilege of being a participant at the Southern Baking Retreat in Nashville hosted by Martha White and White Lily.  You know them both as amazing Southern brands…read more »

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This Sweet Potato Cake has a delicious icing made with marshmallow fluff!  It's a true taste of home!  No one will know it started with a simple muffin mix!

A few weeks ago, I had the great privilege of being a participant at the Southern Baking Retreat in Nashville hosted by Martha White and White Lily.  You know them both as amazing Southern brands that are staples in many homes, so it’s always an honor to be involved with them.  It was a truly amazing experience all the way around.  It’s so great to learn all about the brands and stay on top of new products they are launching.

Southern Baking Retreat

As part of the event, they paired us up and had us create a recipe using Martha White Muffin mixes based on popular country songs.  Well, low and behold, who do they pair me up with?  None other than my buddy Brandie from over at The Country Cook!  Our song was Tim McGraw’s “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s.”  Brainstorming immediately brought us to the comfort foods that just taste like home.  Sweet Potato Casserole is one of those things for both of us and we thought that it would be perfect starting point and a great way to use Martha White’s new Sweet Potato Muffin Mix.  Brandie took the lead and we dreamed up this Mama’s Sweet Potato Cake with Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting.  And y’all, that frosting is AMAZING!  Seriously.

This Sweet Potato Cake has a delicious icing made with marshmallow fluff!  It's a true taste of home!  No one will know it started with a simple muffin mix!

This new Sweet Potato Muffin mix has to be one of my favorite Martha White mixes.  It’s just so good!

This Sweet Potato Cake has a delicious icing made with marshmallow fluff!  It's a true taste of home!  No one will know it started with a simple muffin mix!

We also took advantage of another great Smucker’s product – their Simple Delight Salted Caramel Topping – to give us that caramely flavor that sweet potato casserole is known for.

This Sweet Potato Cake has a delicious icing made with marshmallow fluff!  It's a true taste of home!  No one will know it started with a simple muffin mix!

So here it is…  Delicious, moist sweet potato cake with pecans, topped with the most amazing marshmallow cream butter cream icing, drizzled with salted caramel and topped with more chopped pecans!  Each bite is a true taste of home.  But seriously… that icing… whew.  Brandie and I have been daydreaming of all the other things to put it on.  Something tells me that this is not the last time you’ll see icing like that on SouthernBite.com.  :)  Y’all enjoy!

This Sweet Potato Cake has a delicious icing made with marshmallow fluff!  It's a true taste of home!  No one will know it started with a simple muffin mix!

Mama's Sweet Potato Cake with Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting
 
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Serves: 9 to 12
Ingredients
For Cake
  • 2 packets Martha White Sweet Potato Muffin Mix
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
For Frosting
  • 1 cup butter (salted or unsalted), softened to room temp.
  • 1 (7.5 oz.) jar marshmallow creme (Marshmallow Fluff)
  • 1 cup powdered (confectioners) sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chopped pecans, for topping
  • ⅓ cup Smucker’s Salted Caramel Topping
Instructions
For Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray a 9x9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine two packets sweet potato muffin mix with ground cinnamon and salt. Stir well.
  3. Then stir in milk and sour cream. Once combined, gently stir in chopped pecans.
  4. Pour batter into prepared baking dish.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Allow cake to cool completely before making frosting.
For Frosting:
  1. Using an electric mixer, beat butter in a medium bowl on high speed until creamy.
  2. Add in marshmallow creme and mix well.
  3. Reduce mixing speed to low and beat in confectioners sugar and vanilla.
  4. Increase mixing speed to high and beat until fluffy.
  5. Spread frosting onto cooled cake. Sprinkle top with chopped pecans. Then, using a spoon, drizzle salted caramel over the finished cake. Depnding on how large the slices, you should be able to get 9-12 slices of ckae from this recipe.
Notes
Once cake is cooled, you may invert cake onto a large plate and then frost. This makes it a bit easier to slice and serve the cake. For a thinner cake, use a 9x13 pan and adjust baking time accordingly.

 I’m proud to be a Martha White Ambassador.  While the folks from J.M.  Smucker’s sponsored this event, the opinions here are all my own… as always.  :) 

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Grilling Tips with Ball Park Park’s Finest http://southernbite.com/2015/08/12/grilling-tips-with-ball-park-parks-finest/ http://southernbite.com/2015/08/12/grilling-tips-with-ball-park-parks-finest/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 21:08:43 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=7552 “This is a sponsored conversation written by me of behalf of Ball Park® brand. The opinions and text are all mine.” A few weeks back I told you about the Ball Park Park’s Finest attempt…read more »

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Ball Park Park's Finest

A few weeks back I told you about the Ball Park Park’s Finest attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record for Longest Barbecue Marathon.  You can actually watch the contest winners live right now as they cook for more than 38 hours!  One of the participants, Susie, has her own blog at HeyGrillHey.com.

Ball Park Park's Finest

Speaking of grilling, cooking hot dogs over an open flame has always been my favorite way to prepare them.

Here are some other great tips from Ball Park when preparing your hot dogs…

Spray It Before You Lay It: Before you turn on the grill and lay your hot dogs down, spray the grill with vegetable oil or cooking spray to ensure the food doesn’t stick to the grates as it’s cooked. Sticky grates are your enemy.

Dress the Dog, Not the Bun: Put hot dog toppings on top of the hot dog. This one’s pretty simple, right?

Gimme That Smoky Flavor: If you prefer your grilled meats to have a smoky taste, keep the grill covered while cooking.Don’t Let the Juice Loose: Use tongs rather than a fork to gently turn the franks so you lose minimal juice.

Ball Park Park's Finest

And when it comes to sides, I love the classics like potato salad and baked beans.  What do you like with your hot dogs?  Here are a few of my favorite Southern Bite Recipes that go perfectly with Ball Park Park’s Finest Hot Dogs!

Bacon Ranch Potato SaladBacon Ranch Potato Salad

Better Baked BeansBetter Baked Beans

Greek Pasta SaladGreek Pasta Salad

Cornbread SaladCornbread Salad

Asian Slaw | SouthernBite.comAsian Slaw

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Chicken Tamale Pie http://southernbite.com/2015/08/11/chicken-tamale-pie/ http://southernbite.com/2015/08/11/chicken-tamale-pie/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 15:35:50 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=7545 Believe it or not, school is starting back for lots of folks, and that means the search for quick and easy weeknight meals intensifies – or at least at does at our house.  With school,…read more »

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This one-pot Chicken Tamale Pie is an instant family favorite and it's SO easy!

Believe it or not, school is starting back for lots of folks, and that means the search for quick and easy weeknight meals intensifies – or at least at does at our house.  With school, homework, ball practice and more, we’re challenged to fit an ever growing list of tasks and activities into less and less time.  I’m always searching for recipes that require little prep and are done quickly.   Here’s one to add to your list…

This one-pot Chicken Tamale Pie is an instant family favorite and it's SO easy!

This Chicken Tamale Pie is variation of the classic Tamale Pie.  My recipe calls for chicken and I love to use a rotisserie chicken for added flavor, plus it makes it so easy.  I also like to use the sweet cornbread mix for the topping; I like the flavor contrast, but you are welcome to use unsweetened if you’re totally against the sweet.

Chicken Tamale Pie
 
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Serves: 5 to 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small bell pepper, seeded an chopped
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken (I used rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 (10-ounce) can enchilada sauce
  • ½ teaspoon cumin (optional)
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 1 (about 7-ounce) packet sweet cornbread mix (I used Martha White Sweet Yellow)
  • + Ingredients to make the cornbread per the package
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F. Heat a 10-inch oven safe skillet (I use cast iron) on the stove-top over medium heat. Add the vegetable oil. Once hot, add the chopped bell pepper and onion. Cook 6 to 8 minutes or until the onions are translucent and just starting to brown. Stir in the chicken, enchilada sauce, cumin - if desired, and salsa. I found that the enchilada sauce that I used needed a little additional flavor, so I added the cumin, but you don't have to. Add additional salt if necessary. Heat through. Remove from heat.
  2. In another bowl, mix the cornbread mix according to the package instructions. Pour the cornbread batter over the chicken mixture in the skillet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cornbread is set and golden brown. Serve with additional salsa and sour cream if desired.

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Easy Back-to-School Breakfasts http://southernbite.com/2015/08/05/easy-back-to-school-breakfasts/ http://southernbite.com/2015/08/05/easy-back-to-school-breakfasts/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 15:02:31 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=7523 Kids in these parts are getting ready to head back to school and that means the struggle begins again to find quick and easy weekday breakfasts that w.  It’s always been a challenge at our…read more »

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Great ideas for easy back-to-school breakfasts!Kids in these parts are getting ready to head back to school and that means the struggle begins again to find quick and easy weekday breakfasts that w.  It’s always been a challenge at our house.  So, I’ve collected some of my favorite recipes from Southern Bite as well as from some of my favorite bloggers to help give your school morning breakfasts a kick-start!

Back to School Breakfast PizzaBack-to-School Breakfast Pizza

Freezer Breakfast Burritos

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

Baked Ham & Pimento Cheese Egg CupsBaked Ham and Pimento Cheese Egg Cups

Bacon and Cheese Muffins

Anytime, Any Kind Muffins

No-Cutter Buttermilk BiscuitsNo-Cutter Buttermilk Biscuits

Sausage and Pancake a Corndog Muffins

Apple Cinnamon Crockpot Oatmeal

Easy Chocolate TurnoversEasy Chocolate Turnovers

Baked Ham and Egg Cups

Blueberry Pull-Apart BiscuitsBlueberry Pull-Apart Biscuits

Easy Homemade Instant Oatmeal (And Homemade Pancake Mix)

Easy Glazed DoughnutsEasy Glazed Doughnuts with Cream Filled Doughnut Holes

Chunky Monkey Muffins

Easy Almond Cream Cheese DanishEasy Almond Cream Cheese Danish

3 Easy Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas

Sticky Pecan Cinnamon BunsSticky Pecan Cinnamon Buns

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Easy Pickled Onions http://southernbite.com/2015/07/28/easy-pickled-onions/ http://southernbite.com/2015/07/28/easy-pickled-onions/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:20:59 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=7503 Last school year, I helped the parent/teacher organization do several luncheons for the teachers at Jack’s school.  They were a little way to show our appreciation for all they did for our kids.  And having…read more »

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These Easy Pickled Onions don't require any cooking and are great on just about everything!

Last school year, I helped the parent/teacher organization do several luncheons for the teachers at Jack’s school.  They were a little way to show our appreciation for all they did for our kids.  And having seen all they do first-hand… those folks NEED to be appreciated!  LOL!  At the end-of-the-year party, we hosted a barbecue for them and I served these pickled onions alongside.  Everyone enjoyed them so much, they asked me to share the recipe.  So, here they are!  Super simple, but super delicious!  These are great served with barbecue and on a barbecue sandwich.  They’re great on burgers and hot dogs, even on tacos!  They’re great by themselves.  You get the idea… lots of uses for them!  Y’all enjoy!

Easy Pickled Onions
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 medium red onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1½ tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
Instructions
  1. Place the onions in a quart jar with a tight fitting lid. It might be necessary to pack them down pretty hard to get them in there.
  2. In a small bowl. combine the hot water, cider vinegar, sugar, and salt. Stir until the sugar and salt have dissolved. Pour the liquid over the onions - enough to cover them fully. Place the lid on and refrigerate overnight, at least. Keep refrigerated. The red color on the onions will fade and the onions will turn a light pink. Serve on burgers, hotdogs, bbq sandwiches, by themselves, you name it! They're even great on tacos!

 

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Ball Park Park’s Finest Grillathon – Win a Trip to NYC http://southernbite.com/2015/07/23/ball-park-parks-finest-grillathon-win-a-trip-to-nyc/ http://southernbite.com/2015/07/23/ball-park-parks-finest-grillathon-win-a-trip-to-nyc/#respond Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:25:38 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=7490 “This is a sponsored conversation written by me of behalf of Ball Park® brand. The opinions and text are all mine.”  We’re celebrating National Hotdog Day here on Southern Bite but sharing some of my…read more »

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“This is a sponsored conversation written by me of behalf of Ball Park® brand. The opinions and text are all mine.” Ball Park

We’re celebrating National Hotdog Day here on Southern Bite but sharing some of my family’s fun twists on hotdogs and by telling you how you can win a trip to New York City to take part in the Park’s Finest Grillathon to break a world record!  That’s right, you and a friend can join Ball Park‘s grilling team on August 13th in NYC to break the Guinness World Record for Longest Barbecue Marathon!  If you’re an avid griller and love a great dog, you need to click over to their site to see how to enter.  It’s as simple as shooting a short video of you and showing your grill master prowess.

Ball Park

Now, speaking of hot dogs… Have y’all tried the new Ball Park Park’s Finest premium hot dogs?  These things as ridiculously good!  They’re made with 100 percent beef and contain no artificial preservatives, no artificial flavors, colors or fillers, and no nitrates or nitrites added.

I figured it was going to be just another hot dog, but with flavors like Jalapeno Cheddar,  Slow Cooked Chili, Signature Seasoned, Slow Smoked Hickory, and Cracked Dijon Mustard… I was wrong.  We tried the Signature Seasoned and the Slow Smoked Hickory and they both were fantastic and so much more flavorful than your regular ol’ hot dog.  I mean, you can see the spices and seasonings right in them!

Ball Park

We had our own little grillathon last weekend and played around with fun and different toppings.  I’ll admit that with the great flavor of Ball Park Park’s Finest, I liked them simply with mustard and relish, but the family got a little creative.  Jack topped his hot dog with one of his favorite things… mac and cheese!  And it was surprisingly delicious.  I was also a big fan of the one topped with chili and sour cream.  I’ve never thought about putting sour cream on a chili dog, but it was great!

Ball Park

If you’re a hot dog fan or have some in your family, you should definitely check out the Ball Park Park’s Finest.  They are seriously delicious!  And don’t forget to enter to be part of the Park’s Finest Grillathon!  Spending a few days in NYC grilling and breaking a world record sounds like a blast to me!

Ball Park

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ball Park. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy http://southernbite.com/2015/07/21/slow-cooker-chicken-and-gravy/ http://southernbite.com/2015/07/21/slow-cooker-chicken-and-gravy/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:11:07 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=7484 With the temperatures here flirting dangerously close to the triple digits and humidity that you can cut with a knife, I love being able to use my slow cooker to get a home-cooked meal on…read more »

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This Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy couldn't get any easier and it's SO good!  Plus, this recipe only calls for 4 ingredients!!

With the temperatures here flirting dangerously close to the triple digits and humidity that you can cut with a knife, I love being able to use my slow cooker to get a home-cooked meal on the table without having to heat up the kitchen too much.  This Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy is just that.  It’s a slow cooker adaptation of my Mom’s Chicken and Gravy and only calls for 4 ingredients!

I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts – because that’s what I had on hand – but you can use any chicken pieces you wish.  Serve this tender chicken and rich savory gravy with mashed potatoes or rice, add a simple veggie, and dinner is ready!  And leftovers are fantastic when you shred them up and make a French Dip style sandwich!  Y’all enjoy!  This Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy couldn't get any easier and it's SO good!  Plus, this recipe only calls for 4 ingredients!!

Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 pounds chicken pieces - I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (1-ounce) packet dried onion soup mix
  • 2 (.75 to 1-ounce) packets brown gravy mix
  • 3 cups water
Instructions
  1. Mix the onion soup mix, gravy mixes and water together in the crock of the slow cooker. Add the chicken, ensuring the chicken is covered with liquid, and cover. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

 

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Secret Ingredient Meatloaf http://southernbite.com/2015/07/14/secret-ingredient-meatloaf/ http://southernbite.com/2015/07/14/secret-ingredient-meatloaf/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:53:33 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=7476 I just love meatloaf.  I’m not sure exactly why, but I do.  It probably has a lot to do with the leftovers.  There’s nothing more comforting and therapeutic than a meatloaf sandwich on gooey white…read more »

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The secret ingredient in this Secret Ingredient meatloaf makes this one of the most flavorful meatloaves you'll eat!

I just love meatloaf.  I’m not sure exactly why, but I do.  It probably has a lot to do with the leftovers.  There’s nothing more comforting and therapeutic than a meatloaf sandwich on gooey white bread with some Duke’s mayo… but I digress.  Did I mentioned I love meatloaf?  The end piece is my favorite!  :)

Anyway, I’ve got a delicious twist on meatloaf for you today.  You know how a recipe combines the most basic ingredients in the most perfect ratios and the end result is just phenomenal?  Well, for me, this is one of those recipes.  This is my new favorite meatloaf.  And honestly, I really have two secrets.  The first is a method.  I don’t cook my meatloaf in a loaf pan.  I prefer to form my meatloaf in the center of a prepared 9×13 pan.  It allows all the grease to drain away and you get that golden brownness on 3 sides rather than just the top with a loaf pan.

The secret ingredient in this Secret Ingredient meatloaf makes this one of the most flavorful meatloaves you'll eat!

My other secret is blood mary mix. It adds the perfect flavor and tang to meatloaf.  I like to use a really tangy and zesty one like Zing Zang – it’s my favorite.  And I saw the other day that many stores now sell individual 12-ounce cans of bloody mary mix in the mixer sections, so that is perfect for this.

The secret ingredient in this Secret Ingredient meatloaf makes this one of the most flavorful meatloaves you'll eat!

Now, y’all go make this and be sure not to eat it all.  You’ll want that meatloaf sandwich for lunch tomorrow.  Y’all enjoy!!  :)

Secret Ingredient Meatloaf
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • ½ cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon zesty bloody mary mix ( I use Zing Zang)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 small bell pepper, minced
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup ketchup
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Combine the bread crumbs and the cup of bloody mary mix in a small bowl and mix well, set aside until the bread crumbs have absorbed the liquid (3 to 5 minutes).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the meat, moistened bread crumbs, egg, onion, bell pepper, garlic powder, pepper and salt. Mix until the ingredients are well incorporated. Pour the mixture into the baking dish and form into a loaf in the center of the dish.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup and remaining 1 tablespoon of bloody mary mix and spread on top of the meatloaf. Bake uncovered for 50 to 60 minutes, or until cooked through.

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Slow Cooker Boiled Peanuts http://southernbite.com/2015/07/08/slow-cooker-boiled-peanuts/ http://southernbite.com/2015/07/08/slow-cooker-boiled-peanuts/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 15:25:23 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=7466 Yesterday I had to have an electrician come out to do some work for a kitchen upgrade I hope to tell you about soon.  In that awkwardness where he’s working and sweating and I’m sitting…read more »

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Using a slow cooker makes these boiled peanuts even easier!

Yesterday I had to have an electrician come out to do some work for a kitchen upgrade I hope to tell you about soon.  In that awkwardness where he’s working and sweating and I’m sitting on the couch watching television, I found myself trying to find something productive to do.  I grabbed a rag and went through the house wiping smudgey fingerprints off of walls and door facings.  Right outside of Jack’s bedroom I was scrubbing away when it hit me… the years of me cleaning his fingerprints off of things are numbered.  The thought brought me to my knees.   The past nearly 7 years seem nothing short of a whirlwind and I know the next 11 or so will seem even faster – a literal “blink of the eye.”  I felt the tears well up and I continued to rub those fingerprints.  I heard the electrician call for me, and I stood up and tried my best to gain my composure – you know so he didn’t see a 33 year old man in the floor crying and all :) – and went off to answer his question.  Later that day, I realized why God put that on my heart.  We’ve been toying with the idea of allowing Jack to play baseball in one of the bigger more competitive leagues here in town.  It’s something I’ve been vehemently against, but something that he and my wife have both been pushing for.  He’s an amazing little ball player – which baffles me.  I have yet to find the humor in the fact that God gave an incredibly athletic child to someone who’s athletic skill is so pathetic that he is afraid to throw the football in the front yard with his son for fear the neighbors might see him.  (Neighbors, if you’re reading this, I’m just kidding.  Not really.)  These leagues can be so competitive and put so much pressure on these little guys, it just overwhelms me.  I want to keep him in the little cocoon that is t-ball and coach pitch where I know the coach won’t yell at him if he screws up and where it really isn’t all about winning.  But, I realized that if he’s passionate about this and he’s good at it, I’ve got to let him try to be his best.  It’s just scary for this daddy.  And Lord help the first person that yells at my kid… and that’s all I’m going to say about that.  :)

Using a slow cooker makes these boiled peanuts even easier!

I have such fond memories of boiled peanuts.  I loved them as kid and still do.  I remember my Dad bringing home boiled peanuts when a guy would come to his shop selling them.  It didn’t happen too often, but I loved peeking the fridge to see that bag of peanuts sitting there.

These Slow Cooker Boiled Peanuts are so simple and easy.  The slow cooker does all the work and you don’t have to watch over them for hours upon hours.  And don’t worry, these aren’t spicy at all.  The hot sauce and creole seasoning give them flavor, not heat.  If you do like them spicy, I recommend adding in 3 or 4 tablespoons of crushed red pepper flakes.  Be sure to check out my note about using raw peanuts versus raw GREEN peanuts.  The green peanuts are usually labelled as such and are also usually heavier and a bit damp.  Raw dried peanuts will work too, you’ll just need to prep them a bit the night before.

Slow Cooker Boiled Peanuts
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 lbs raw green peanuts
  • ½ cup salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • ⅓ cup hot sauce
  • ¼ cup creole seasoning (I use Zatarain's)
  • 10 cups water
Instructions
  1. Rinse the peanuts in cool water and place them into the crock of the slow cooker. Add the other ingredients and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 20 to 24 hours. Discard liquid and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Notes
I prefer raw green peanuts in this recipe, but raw dried peanuts will work as well. When using raw dried peanuts, I recommend soaking them in cool water overnight before placing them in the slow cooker.

A note about the creole seasoning: Most creole seasonings have salt in them. If you use one that doesn't, I suggest adding an additional ¼ cup salt.

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Roasted Garlic Ranch Chicken Bake http://southernbite.com/2015/07/02/roasted-garlic-ranch-chicken-bake/ http://southernbite.com/2015/07/02/roasted-garlic-ranch-chicken-bake/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:37:40 +0000 http://southernbite.com/?p=7445 With our busy summer schedule, I’m always looking for quick and easy meal ideas.  I love just being able to throw ingredients in a dish and let it cook.  This is one of those dishes. …read more »

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This Roasted Garlic Ranch Chicken Bake is a quick and easy way to get a complete meal on the table!

With our busy summer schedule, I’m always looking for quick and easy meal ideas.  I love just being able to throw ingredients in a dish and let it cook.  This is one of those dishes.  You just kinda throw it all in a 9×13 and bake it – and it turns out amazing!

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The folks at Hidden Valley have launched a host of great new flavors like Avocado Ranch, Cucumber Ranch, Sweet Chili Ranch, and Roasted Garlic Ranch.  So I ventured to my local Walmart to check them out.  I knew the Roasted Garlic would be my favorite and of course it was.  Having seen the success of similar meals that all bake together in the oven, I wondered what might happen if I used the Roasted Garlic Ranch as the seasoning and sauce for a one pan meal.  The result… quite tasty!  The chicken turned out flavorful and juicy and of course the beans and potatoes were fantastic with the Roasted Garlic Ranch flavor!  I can imagine the Sweet Chili being really good used this way, too!

Get $1.00 off any 1 Hidden Valley Flavored Ranch Dressing at Walmart! 

This Roasted Garlic Ranch Chicken Bake is a quick and easy way to get a complete meal on the table!

The prep is super simple! Wash, peel, and slice 4 medium russet potatoes no more than 1/4 inch thick.  Then place them in a greased 9×13 pan.  Season with salt and pepper.

This Roasted Garlic Ranch Chicken Bake is a quick and easy way to get a complete meal on the table!

The top with 3 or 4 large chicken breasts and season with salt and pepper.

This Roasted Garlic Ranch Chicken Bake is a quick and easy way to get a complete meal on the table!

Add the fresh green beans around the chicken.

This Roasted Garlic Ranch Chicken Bake is a quick and easy way to get a complete meal on the table!

Top with the Roasted Garlic Ranch dressing and wrap tightly with foil.  Bake at 350°F for 40 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for 20 to 30 minutes more, or until the chicken is cooked through and the potatoes are tender.  See how simple that is?

This Roasted Garlic Ranch Chicken Bake is a quick and easy way to get a complete meal on the table!  Get $1.00 off any 1 Hidden Valley Flavored Ranch Dressing at Walmart! 

Roasted Garlic Ranch Chicken Bake
 
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Serves: About 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 medium Russet potatoes
  • 3 to 4 large skinless chicken breasts
  • 12 to 16 ounces (1 lb) fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
  • salt and pepper
  • ¾ cup Roasted Garlic Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Wash, peel, and slice the potatoes in half lengthwise, then slice them into slices no wider than ¼ inch. Place them int eh bottom of the dish and add salt and pepper.
  3. Place the chicken breasts on top of the potatoes and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Place the green beans around the chicken and drizzle ranch dressing over the entire dish. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for 20 to 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the potatoes are tender.

This post is sponsored by Hidden Valley Ranch and DataRank, but the opinions herein are my own.

 

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