Bacon Puffs - Football Friday

Friday, December 6, 2019

Bacon Puffs

Bacon Puffs - CRAZY good!!! SO simple to make and they taste amazing!!! Only 5 ingredients - butter, cheddar cheese, bacon, Worcestershire and flour. These things fly off the plate at parties. You will want to double the recipe! A great alternative to our usual sausage balls. SO GOOD!!! #bacon #tailgating #appetizer #partyfood #gameday
bacon bites on a plate

Easy Appetizer Recipe

These Bacon Puffs are great for a quick breakfast and party appetizer. Heck, I ate them for lunch the day I tested the recipe. SO good!! Cheesy bacon bites - I mean how could they be bad?!? I took these to a football party last weekend and these things flew off the plate. Thankfully, I doubled the recipe. I should have tripled it! LOL!

bacon bites on a plate

How to Make Bacon Puffs

These Bacon Puffs are super easy to make. Start with cooking some bacon. Once the bacon is cooked the puffs come together in no time. Combine the cooked bacon with butter, flour, cheese, and a splash of Worcestershire sauce. Make sure to really mix the dough well. You want to make sure that everything gets incorporated into the dough.

I like to make small half-inch balls. They are the perfect bite-size, in my opinion. If you want bigger puffs, make them bigger. It is up to you! Just check the cooking time. Bigger puffs might take a minute or two longer to bake.

You can substitute precooked bacon for the freshly cooked bacon in this recipe. You will need about 3/4 cup of chopped cooked bacon. Feel free to add more bacon! I don't think you can ever have too much bacon. I buy giant bags of pre-cooked bacon pieces at Sam's Club and Costco. Saves SOOOO much time! You can also substitute turkey bacon in this recipe.

bacon bites on a plate

Bacon Puffs are Great for a Crowd

These Bacon Puffs never last long in our house. I love to make these for tailgates, holiday parties, and Christmas morning! The recipe makes about 3 dozen puffs. I usually double the recipe for a tailgate or party. These taste great hot out of the oven or at room temperature, so they are perfect for parties!

Here are a few recipes from the blog to complete your party spread:

Million Dollar Lasagna

Thursday, December 5, 2019
This Million Dollar Lasagna is seriously THE BEST lasagna we've ever eaten!!! SO easy to make and tastes like a million bucks. Lasagna noodles, cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, Italian sausage, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and parmesan. Serve with some garlic bread and a salad. It can be made in advance and refrigerated. Freeze leftovers for later. We LOVE this lasagna casserole recipe!!!
lasagna on a plate

Easy Lasagna Recipe

Lasagna is a holiday tradition at our house. Growing up I didn't enjoy the traditional holiday turkey and dressing dinners. My Mom would make lasagna the night before the holiday so I could eat leftover lasagna for my holiday meal. Nowadays I eat the turkey holiday meal but we still have lasagna the night before. This Million Dollar Lasagna recipe is a favorite. Loaded with meat sauce and four kinds of ooey gooey cheese!

lasagna in baking dish

How to Make Million Dollar Lasagna

This Million Dollar Lasagna is very simple to make. Start with boiling the noodles. While the noodles are cooking, brown the Italian sausage. Add a jar of spaghetti sauce and some tomato sauce to the cooked sausage and let that simmer for 5 or 10 minutes. This will thicken the sauce so your lasagna isn't watery.

While the sauce is simmering mix up the cheese filling. The filling is a combination of cream cheese, sour cream, and cottage cheese. 

To assemble the lasagna, you are going to layer 1/2 of the noodles, 1/2 of the cheese mixture, 1/3 of the mozzarella cheese, 1/2 of the meat sauce, and 1/2 of the parmesan cheese. Repeat the layers and top the casserole with a layer of mozzarella cheese slices.

Can Lasagna Be Made in Advance?

This Million Dollar Lasagna is a great make-ahead meal. You can assemble the lasagna the night before and refrigerate it until ready to bake. You can also freeze the casserole unbaked for a quick meal later. You can also freeze any leftovers. I like to cut the leftovers into individual slices before freezing. I wrap the slices in plastic wrap and place them in freezer bags. Perfect for when you only need one or two slices for dinner.

lasagna on a plate

Million Dollar Lasagna Is Great For A Crowd

This Million Dollar Lasagna is great for a crowd. You can serve at least 8 to 10 people with one pan. All you need is a salad and some garlic bread and you are set! Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this delicious Million Dollar Lasagna:

Peppermint Chocolate Cake Mix Bars

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Peppermint Chocolate Cake Mix Bars

Peppermint Chocolate Cake Mix Bars - only 7 ingredients!! Cake mix, eggs, butter, oil, chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and crushed candy canes. I took these to a party and they were gone in minutes! I always double the recipe now because everyone goes crazy over this easy dessert!! These are best if you make them the day before and refrigerate overnight. Great for parties, tailgating, and your holiday cookie tray. YUM! #dessert #fudge #cakemix
chocolate cake bars on a tray

Easy Chocolate Cake Mix Bars

Need an easy and super delicious holiday treat? Look no further! These Peppermint Chocolate Cake Mix Bars are super easy to make and take AH-MAZ-ING! Cake mix bars with a yummy fudge layer and topped with crushed candy canes. Hello! Get in my belly! I'm not a big chocolate fan, but I could not stop eating these Peppermint Chocolate Cake Mix Bars. Seriously delicious! They are a must for your holiday cookie tray.

4 chocolate cake bars stacked

How to Make Peppermint Chocolate Cake Mix Bars

These Peppermint Chocolate Cake Mix Bars are super easy to make. They start with a box of cake mix. Combine the cake mix with some oil and eggs. Press 2/3 of the cake mix dough into a 9x13-inch baking dish. Next, melt chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. Pour the fudge over the cake mix layer. Finally, take the remaining cake mix dough and drop it on top of the fudge layer. Pop the bars in the oven and bake. Remove the cake mix bars from the oven and top with crushed candy canes.

Tips for Making Peppermint Chocolate Cake Mix Bars

  • You are going to only use the dry cake mix. DO NOT make the cake! 
  • I like to flatten the dough before dropping it on top of the fudge layer. This isn't necessary, but I like the way it looks. 
  • Line the baking dish with non-stick aluminum foil to easily remove the baked bars.
  • The bars are better if you refrigerate them for several hours before cutting. This allows the fudge layer to set.
  • Can use any flavor of chocolate chips- semi-sweet, bitter-sweet, milk chocolate. I used Baileys Irish Cream chips. Andes mint chocolate chips would also be good.

chocolate candy cane bars

Peppermint Chocolate Cake Mix Bars are Great for the Holidays

These Peppermint Chocolate Cake Mix Bars are dangerously delicious. I had ZERO self-control around these cake mix bars. That fudge layer is everything! These Peppermint Chocolate Cake Mix Bars are a MUST for your holiday baking. They make a great homemade gift too!

We all know that you can't have only one sweet treat at the holidays. Here are a few of our favorite desserts for the holiday season: