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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!

Pan-Fried Tilapia

Ingredients

6-8 Tilapia fillets, rinsed and patted dry
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Old Bay
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup olive oil
4 Tablespoons butter
Lemons

Instructions

1. Beat the egg with milk in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, Old Bay, black pepper, and sea salt.

2. Dip a tilapia fillet into the egg mixture, then press gently into the crumb mixture on both sides; set the coated fillet onto a sheet pan.

3. Repeat with remaining fillets; refrigerate the coated fillets for about 15 minutes to help set the crumbs.

4. Heat olive oil and butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot lay fillets in the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown on the pan side. Flip fillets and cook for another 2-3 minutes. When done remove fillets from oil and drain on paper towels or paper bag.  Sprinkle fillets with fresh squeezed lemon juice. Serve immediately with your favorite side dish & Enjoy!

* Chef’s Tip – Want a little smoke flavor? Cook these fillets on the grill. Delish!

Porter House Meatloaf

My husband LOVES himself some meatloaf. So when I was inspired to make him this retro classic I looked to no other than the Queen of Southern Cuisine – Paula Deen. Taking her advice as I always do, I made the recipe according to her precise measurements. We were in LOVE but when the second time came around to make this dish I had a few extra spices and seasonings in the house and I decided to add them to the mix. As if it wasn’t good already, it was even better. So from that point on I have been making it the re-mix way. Like the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup chopped Vidalia onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 package Lipton Onion Soup mix
  • Glaze Topping
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Honey Dijon mustard

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a skillet saute diced onion and bell pepper until they become tender.

Next in a large bowl, combine the ground beef, tomato paste, onions, green pepper, oats, egg, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and soup mix. Shape mixture and place in a loaf pan.

In a small bowl, whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard. Slather the glaze on top of the meat loaf and bake until the meat loaf is firm and cooked all the way through, about 1 hour. Serve hot with your favorite side dish & Enjoy!

* Chef’s Tip – Leftovers make a killer sandwich 🙂

Recipe was re-mixed from Paula Deen: Aunt Peggy’s Meatloaf @ http://www.foodnetwork.com