Thursday, December 23, 2010

Cheesy Onion Bread

I've had this bread several times at baby showers and finally had to make it myself. It so fabulous! Just when you thought bread couldn't get any better...

1 round loaf sourdough bread
1 pound monterey jack cheese (I used a combination of cheddar, mozzarella and parmesan)
1 cube butter, melted
1/2 cup finely diced green onions, including the white part
2 teaspoons poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 350. Cut the bread going both directions, but do not cut through all the way to the bottom crust. Place slices of cheese between cuts (or if your cheese is shredded, sprinkle on top and make sure some gets in all the cracks.

Melt butter and spread evenly over bread. Sprinkle onions and poppyseeds evenly over bread, getting into the cracks. Wrap the top with tin foil and bake for 15 minutes. Unwrap and bake for 10 more minutes or until cheese is melted.

And in case you were wondering...if you get this craving (like I do almost every day!) and don't have any yummy crusty bread around, you can use a tortilla, dinner roll or any other bread like substance. It tastes amazing on just about anything!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Cranberry Cream Cheese Salad

This is my new favorite fruit salad. I'd never had it until last Thanksgiving when we ate with Anthony's relatives here in Kentucky. I don't know how I have been deprived of this for so many years, I think I enjoyed it more than the pie! I really recommend you use real cranberries here, your kids with thank you for not torturing them with the jelled kind. Also, the first time I made this I wasn't brave enough to try sour cream, so I used cool whip instead. It tasted good, but after trying both I prefer the sour cream (if you're going low-fat for everyday eating then you can use cool whip, for Thanksgiving or Christmas use the sour cream).

Salad:
1 package whole cranberries
1 1/2 cups boiling water
2 small packages raspberry jello (can also use strawberry)
1 20oz can crushed pineapple with juice
1/2 cup sugar

Topping:
1 cup pecans
2 8oz packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups sour cream (you could also use cool whip)

Cook cranberries according to package directions (boil water and sugar until cranberries pop). Drain. Boil water for jello. Stir water and jello in large bowl and mix until dissolved. Stir in cooked cranberries, pineaple (with juice) and 1/2 cup sugar. Pour into large 9x13 dish.

In a small bowl beat cream cheese and powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Stir in sour cream. Spread over cranberry salad and top with pecans. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour. YUM!
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