Friday, September 25, 2015

Meatball Subs

"My husband loves meatball subs and he orders them often at our local sandwich shop so I decided to make them for him at home.  Oh, he loved them by the way!"

2 pounds hamburger
1/2 cup bread crumbs, Italian style
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes or if desired you may use 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped finely
Mix all ingredients together and form into meatballs that are about 2-inches in diameter.  In a large sauté pan, brown meatballs in about 2 Tablespoons of olive or canola oil on all sides.  Stir in:
1-(28 ounce) can of crushed tomatoes
1-(24 ounce) jar pasta sauce
Let meatballs simmer in sauce for 30 minutes. 
To prepare sandwiches:
Crusty Hoagie or Sub Rolls
Slices of Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
Slice hoagie rolls lengthwise (leaving one edge un-cut so that you can spoon meatballs into hoagie like a pocket).  Spoon meatballs and sauce onto roll and layer on slices of mozzarella cheese.  Place sandwiches on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.  ENJOY!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Revisited

"When I was looking through recipes and trying to decide what I should make for my sweet Hubby's Birthday this year, I came across my post from three years ago for Caramel Apple Cheesecake.  I knew that it would be a great surprise if I made it for him and I was right, He loved it!  It was so yummy that I decided that I would share the recipe again.  If you need a delicious dessert recipe this Fall, this one is it."    

1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 9 graham crackers from 14.4 ounce package)
3 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
4 Tablespoons butter, melted
1- (21 ounce) can apple pie filling

Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, cinnamon and butter. Press onto the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven.  Spoon a single layer of apple pie filling on top of the crust and spread to within 1-inch of the edge of the pan.  

Turn oven temperature up to 450 degrees.  Prepare cheesecake layer.     

Cheesecake Layer
4- (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons flour
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 Tablespoon vanilla

Combine cream cheese, sugar and flour. Mix with an electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each one. Blend in sour cream and vanilla. Pour over apple pie filling.

Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Lower the oven to 250 degrees and continue baking for 1 hour.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before removing rim of springform pan.

1- (12 ounce) jar caramel ice cream topping (We like to use Hershey's or Smucker's Hot Caramel.)
1- (4 ounce) package or 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted*

When ready to serve, top slices of cheesecake with heated caramel topping and toasted pecans.  

*To see how to toast pecans, please visit my Kitchen Know-hows page:

Visit my MooseCreek CheeseCakes page for more delicious cheesecake recipes.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Pizza Pasta Salad

"This is my Husband's very favorite salad.  I love to make it for him and my family.  It's a delicious salad to serve any time of the year, whether you make it for Summertime barbecues, Back-To-School Sack Lunches or Football Season Tailgating parties!"

1-(19 ounce) package frozen cheese tortellini, prepared
1 medium green pepper, diced
3 medium carrots, diced
3 green onions, sliced
1-(6 ounce) package sliced pepperoni, chopped
1-(6 ounce) can pitted black olives, drained
1-(8 ounce) package Italian-blend shredded cheese
1-(14-1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic & oregano (un-drained)
1-(8 ounce) bottle Roasted Red Pepper Italian salad dressing or your favorite Italian dressing
Prepare cheese tortellini according to package directions;  Drain and Rinse with cold water.  In a large bowl, combine green pepper, carrots, green onions, chopped pepperoni, olives, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes and Italian dressing.  Add tortellini and toss to coat.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.  ENJOY!