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Carrie’s Cookbook

Pineapple Crunch Dessert

1 cup crushed cornflakes

2 tablespoons sugar

1/3 cup butter, melted

2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 cans (8 ounces each) crushed pineapple, undrained

2 cups vanilla ice cream, softened

1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix

Whipped topping, optional

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a bowl, combine cornflake crumbs, sugar and butter. Press into a greased 9-in. square baking dish. Bake 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. In a saucepan, combine cornstarch and pineapple until blended. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Cool.
  3. In a bowl, beat ice cream and pudding mix on low speed 2 minutes or until blended and thickened. Spoon over crust. 

Top with pineapple mixture. 

Refrigerate until serving. If desired, serve with whipped topping.

Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole

1 loaf (16 ounces) French bread, cut into ¼-inch cubes, divided

½ pound turkey, cut into ¼-inch cubes, divided (approximately 1½ cups)

½ pound ham, cut into ¼-inch cubes, divided (approximately 1½ cups)

1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded, divided

1 cup mild cheddar cheese, shredded, divided

12 large eggs

2 cups whole milk

Toppings

confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

raspberry preserves

Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

To the bottom of the prepared baking dish, add about half of the bread cubes.

Top the bread with half the amount of turkey (about ¾ cup), half the ham (about ¾ cup), ½ cup of Swiss cheese, and ½ cup of cheddar cheese. Repeat the layers with the remaining bread, turkey, ham, and both kinds of cheese.

 

In a large bowl, combine the eggs and milk. Whisk until well combined.

 

Pour the egg mixture over the bread, meat, and cheese layers.

 

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate the casserole overnight.

 

When ready, preheat the oven to 350°F.

 

Remove the plastic wrap and bake 40 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the casserole doesn’t jiggle.

 

Let the casserole cool slightly. Then, top with confectioners’ sugar.

 

Serve warm with raspberry preserves.

Kentucky Derby Sliders

1 12-count package Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, sliced in half

1 lb. turkey breast, thinly sliced and divided

12 slices white sharp cheddar cheese

8 slices bacon, roughly chopped into 1-inch pieces and cooked until crisp

12 tomatoes slices, about 1/4-inch thick (I use Campari or Roma tomatoes

 

Mornay Sauce (make about 1 cup)

3 Tbsp. butter

3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups milk

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

dash nutmeg

1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

 

Butter Glaze

1/2 cup (one stick) butter, melted

1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 Tbsp. poppy seeds

2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

Mornay Sauce

In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour. Cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes, being careful not to brown. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly until thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add cheddar cheese. Remove from heat and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Keep warm and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.

Using a large knife, slice the rolls in half so you have a portion of tops and a portion of bottoms. You want both portions of the rolls to remain connected, so there are two slabs. Place the bottom portion in the prepared pan.

Evenly layer 1/2 of the turkey over the rolls. 

Evenly layer the cheddar cheese slices.

Sprinkle with the bacon.

Layer with the tomato slices. (try to place a slice on each roll)

Carefully spread the Mornay sauce over the tomatoes.

Evenly layer the remaining sliced turkey, then top with top portion of buns.

Butter Glaze:

In a small bowl, whisk together melted butter, Dijon mustard, poppy seeds, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper until well combined. Pour mixture evenly over top of rolls. 

Cover pan with aluminum foil and let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Bake covered for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove foil and continue to cook for 5 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Cut into individual sliders and serve immediately.

Doritos Chicken Casserole

3 cups cooked chicken chopped (I used a rotisserie chicken)

8 oz sour cream

1 (10.75-oz) can cream of mushroom soup

1 (10.75-oz) can cream of chicken soup

1½ cups salsa or 1 (10-oz) can diced tomatoes and green chiles

1 (11-oz) can of corn, drained (I used Mexican corn)

2 cups Mexican cheese shredded

1 (9.25-oz) bag of nacho cheese Doritos

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray.

Crush the entire bag of Doritos and cover the bottom of the dish.

Reserve one cup of cheese. Mix together remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Pour chicken mixture over the Doritos.

Bake uncovered for 20 min. Top casserole with the remaining cheese and bake 5 additional minutes or until melted.

Carrot Cake Cookies

FOR THE COOKIES:

1 c. salted butter, softened

1 c. light brown sugar

1/2 c. granulated sugar

2 large eggs, at room temperature

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

1 tbsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

3/4 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

2 1/2 c. finely grated fresh carrots (from about 6 medium carrots)

1 c. chopped toasted walnuts

FOR THE FROSTING:

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened

1 lb. powdered sugar

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

For the cookies: Preheat the oven to 350

Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. 

 

Beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer

fitted with the paddle attachment on medium speed until pale and creamy, about

3 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla extract. Beat until well combined, stopping

to scrape the sides of the bowl, as needed. 

 

Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, ground ginger, baking powder, baking soda,

and salt in a medium bowl. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture

with the mixer on low. Beat until well combined, about 1 minute. Stir in the

carrots and walnuts. 

 

Drop spoonfuls (about 2 tablespoons each) of the dough on the prepared baking

sheets using a 1 3/4-inch cookie scoop, spacing at least 2-inches apart. Bake two

pans at a time, rotating halfway through cooking, until the cookies are lightly

browned on the edges, 12 to 14 minutes. Cool the cookies on the pans for 3

minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, about 30 minutes. Repeat

with the remaining cookies.

 

For the frosting: Beat the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer

fitted with a paddle attachment on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes.

Add the powdered sugar and vanilla with the mixer on low, beating until

combined. Increase the speed to medium and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Dollop a spoonful of frosting on the top of each cookie and spread all over the

top. Sprinkle with orange jimmy sprinkles or chopped toasted walnuts.

Asparagus Tart

2 sheets frozen puff pastry

2 eggs, at room temperature

8 ounces herbed goat cheese, at room temperature

1 ounce (about 3/4 cup grated) Romano cheese

1 pound asparagus, trimmed and peeled as needed

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Zest of 1 lemon

Place a cookie sheet on a rack in the center of the oven. Heat oven to 400˚F or according to puff pastry package instructions. Remove puff pastry from freezer and let stand at room temperature while you make the filling.

Make the filling:

Zest the lemon into a small bowl and set the zest aside. You will use it later. In a medium bowl, beat 1 egg with the goat cheese, Romano cheese, and 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Create the tart shell:

When the pastry is pliable enough to work with, generally after 20 to 30 minutes, unfold both sheets on a sheet of parchment paper. Overlap ends by 1 inch, forming 1 long rectangle (about 17 inches x 9 inches); press together to seal.

Beat the remaining egg with 1 teaspoon water, then brush a 1-inch rim of egg wash around the pastry rectangle.

Fold edges inward and press to create a 1-inch border. This acts as a “glue” and creates a picture frame effect. Use additional egg wash to seal corners where they overlap. Brush top of folded rim with egg wash.

Top the tart: 

Spread the goat cheese mixture inside the pastry border. Toss the asparagus with the oil and salt, then arrange in a single layer on top of the cheese. If you want to get fancy, feel free to play with the arrangement of your asparagus.

Bake:

Remove the hot cookie sheet from the oven and add the parchment with the tart; return the cookie sheet to the oven. Bake the tart until golden brown and flaky, 30 to 35 minutes.

Serve:

Sprinkle the lemon zest over the asparagus and then cut the tart into triangles or squares. Serve immediately or let cool on a rack and serve at room temperature.

Stuffed Pepper Skillet Casserole

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup green bell pepper
1/2 cup red bell pepper
14.5 oz diced tomatoes
3/4 cups white rice, I use Jasmine
2 cups beef broth
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 cups cheese
1 tbsp parsley

Stuffed Pepper Skillet Casserole

Brown the ground beef with the onion and garlic in a skillet over medium heat until ground beef is fully cooked, crumbled, and no longer pink. Drain and discard any fat. Place the skillet back on the heat and add in the bell peppers, diced tomatoes, rice, beef broth, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Stir to combine and bring mixture to a boil.

Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and let cook for about 18 minutes, until rice is cooked through.

Fluff the rice with a fork and top with the shredded cheese. Cover again and let cheese melt over low heat. Garnish with fresh parsley and enjoy!

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

16 oz medium pasta noodles (cooked)

16 oz alfredo sauce

1 tsp salt (to taste)

1 oz Ranch Dressing Mix

3 cups cooked and shredded chicken

1 cup cheddar cheese (separated)

2 cups mozzarella cheese (separated)

8 slices bacon (cooked, and chopped)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

In a large bowl, add in your pasta, alfredo sauce, salt, ranch seasoning, chicken, 1 cup of your cheese, and half of your bacon pieces. Stir it all together. 

Pour pasta into a 9×13 baking dish. 

Sprinkle remaining cheese over the top of the pasta.

Sprinkle bacon pieces over the top of the cheese. 

Place in the oven and bake about 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the whole dish is bubbly and hot throughout.

Irish Soda Bread

4 cups all-purpose flour

4 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1½ teaspoons salt

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

1 3/4 cups cold buttermilk, shaken

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line dutch oven (or cast iron skillet) with parchment paper. You can also use a baking dish or cookie sheet.

Combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Place 2 tablespoons of flour mixture in a medium sized bowl. Add raisins and toss to coat raisins well in flour mixture (this well keep them from sinking to the bottom of the bread). Set aside the flour coated raisins.

Using a pastry blender, fork or food processor to cut in the cold butter into remaining flour mixture.

In a small bowl, beat buttermilk and egg, with a fork or whisk, until well combined. Using a wooden spoon (or rubber scraper) add buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Fold raisins into mixture.

On a heavily floured surface, knead dough. I like to work with half of the dough at a time, it’s just easier that way. You will want to add enough flour so it’s not sticky, but be careful to not add too much flour.

Form dough into a ball, and place in prepared pan. Using a serrated knife, cut a 1-inch deep X into the top of the bread.

Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, until perfectly golden brown. Serve warm and store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to a week.

Marry Me Chicken

2 tablespoons olive oil
3 large chicken breasts approximately 1 ½ to 2 pounds
salt to taste
pepper to taste
2 cloves garlic minced
¾ cup chicken broth see Notes
½ cup heavy cream
⅓ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese at room temperature
½ cup sun-dried tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
basil chiffonade, for garnish

Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit. Liberally season each chicken breast with salt and pepper on both sides.
Heat olive oil in cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add chicken to skillet. Sear 3 to 4 minutes, then flip and sear on other side 3 to 4 minutes.
Remove seared chicken from skillet and set aside. Add garlic to skillet and cook until fragrant, approximately 1 to 2 minutes.
Stir in broth and heavy cream, then slowly add grated parmesan, sun dried tomatoes, oregano, and red pepper flakes.
Bring mixture to simmer, then return chicken breasts to skillet. Quickly flip chicken a time or two to coat in sauce, then transfer entire skillet to oven.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until chicken reaches internal temperature of 165° Fahrenheit.
Remove chicken from skillet and plate with desired sides. Spoon additional sauce from skillet over chicken, garnish with chiffonade basil, and serve immediately.