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Hot Bean Dip

The first time I had bean dip I was blown away. It was in my 1oth grade Spanish class. We had to do a presentation for class and one of my classmates had brought a bean dip for extra credit. I think he was just trying to kiss up to the teacher. Such a Show-off. Making us all look bad with his fabulous, oh so good bean dip.. Anywho, it was a big hit and everyone loved it. The only regret I have about it was I wish I got the recipe. Even though I have not found an exact replica, I have discovered this concoction that is Easy. Peasy. Hot and Cheesy. Just absolutely delicious. Try this hot cheesy delicious dip at your next gathering! Your friends will thank you!

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans refried beans
  • 1/2 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
  • 5 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 (8 ounce) block Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 (8 ounce) block Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. In a medium bowl, blend the cream cheese and sour cream. Mix in the refried beans, taco seasoning, hot pepper sauce, parsley, green onions, 1/2 the Cheddar cheese and 1/2 the Monterey Jack cheese.

3. Transfer the mixture to an 8×12 inch baking dish. Top with remaining Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses.

4. Bake in the preheated oven 20 to 30 minutes, until cheese is slightly browned.

Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

Tired of the same of chicken dish for dinner? Then give this casserole a try. A savory one dish meal made up of sautéed vegetables, spaghetti and chicken. While baked in a creamy cheese sauce. Talk about  rib-sticking, heart and soul comfort food to the max. YUM-O!

INGREDIENTS

7 ounces thin spaghetti
1 tablespoon salted butter
1 (6 ounce) jar sliced mushrooms, drained
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green bell peppers
1/2 cup chopped red bell peppers
Two (10.75-ounce) cans Cream of Chicken & Mushroom soup
1 cup milk
2 cups sharp yellow cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups cooked, chopped chicken
salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 2-quart casserole dish with nonstick spray.

2. Cook 1 cut up chicken fryer. Pick out meat to make two cups. Chop and set aside.

3. Cook spaghetti in same chicken broth. Cook pasta according to package directions, but only cook it until it’s al dente (you still want a little bite to it). Drain the pasta and set it aside.

4. Melt butter in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add onion, celery and bell peppers. Cook until the vegetables have softened, about 4 to 5 minutes. In a medium bowl, mix together milk and soup until smooth. Add this mixture to the vegetables in the pan. Stir in mushrooms and 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese. Continue to heat the mixture until the cheese has melted and the sauce is smooth. Add in cooked chicken, pasta and season to taste with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.

5. Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle remaining cheddar cheese on top.

6. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the casserole is hot and bubbly and golden brown. Serve & Enjoy!

*CHEF’S TIP – Turn this casserole into a day-after-Thanksgiving meal by adding leftover turkey instead of chicken.

Spaghetti Pie

This recipe was giving to me from a friend, from a friend. It gives a whole new spin on just ordinary spaghetti. Warning: This is a dish I label as “A FEEL GOOD MEAL”. In the sense that it takes a lot of steps to complete. Save this for those special occasions or simply Just Because. Happy Chefing!

Ingredients

1 – 16 oz jar of spaghetti sauce
1 lb ground beef or turkey
1 – 14 oz package of spaghetti noodles, cooked and drained
1 – 4 oz can of sliced mushrooms, drained
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 – 8 oz sour cream
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
2 cups fresh mozzarella cheese, grated
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
2 cups parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Season meat with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.  Brown ground beef or turkey and cook until done; Drain liquid. When the meat has finished draining, place it back into the dry skillet and add jar of spaghetti sauce and mushrooms. Let meat sauce simmer over low heat. Cook noodles according to box directions and drain. Mix 1 cup of mozzarella, 1 cup of cheddar cheese and 1 cup of parmesan cheese with the noodles; set aside. Now chop 1/2 of a large onion and mix with sour cream in a small bowl.
In a greased 13 x 9 baking dish layer spaghetti noodles on the bottom. Next, layer the sour cream mixture. Then layer the meat sauce mixture. Now it is time to top the pie with the remaining mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese.
Bake at 350 for about 30-35 minutes or until cheese is melted and everything is hot and bubbly. Eat & Enjoy!
*Chef’s Note: This dish goes great with a salad and some garlic bread!