Well Dined

14Nov/164

SRC – Stuffed Shell Casserole from Making Miracles

Well Dined | Stuffed Shell Casserole

Remember when I thought that the fall SRC post was my last one?  Well, I had completely forgotten that I still had one more regular Secret Recipe Club post.  Oops!  Luckily I did remember in time and was able to look through my assigned blog - Making Miracles.

Rebekah is a mother of two who traveled extensively as a child, including living in Africa - wow!  Most of her meals are "quick, easy, and family friendly", but sometimes she has time for something more complicated.  She has also been a surrogate for many years resulting in 4 baby girls, 2 of whom are twins!  What an amazing gift!  I can't imagine how challenging and rewarding that must be.

On Rebekah's blog I saw lots of casseroles, and you KNOW I love casseroles.  I was particularly interested in this Crockpot Turkey and Rice Casserole, this Deconstructed Stuffed Cabbage Casserole, this Creamy Wild Rice and Chicken Casserole, this Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole with Doritos, and this Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole.

Other dishes that peaked my interest were Brown Sugar Meatloaf, Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Meatloaf, Sweet and Sour Meatballs, and Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Pork Roast.

Well Dined | Stuffed Shell Casserole

I let my husband look through all of my top choices (so generous of me *wink*).  He picked out these classic Stuffed Shells, and I was happy to oblige!  But then I ran into a problem - the store didn't have any jumbo pasta shells!  I thought I remembered having a box at home, so I bought the rest of the stuff and went back to check.  It turns out that what I had was actually large shells, not jumbo.  I was out of time and had already bought the other ingredients, so I decided to improvise.

23Aug/168

Food ‘n Flix – Hotel Transylvania 2 (Oozing Eyeball Pasta)

Well Dined | Spinach Dip Stuffed Meatballs

Holy miracle, Batman - I finally got my act together in time for Food 'n Flix again!  It's been almost a year, yikes.  This month, our film was Hotel Transylvania 2, hosted by Kimberly at Coffee and Casseroles.

Well Dined | Food 'n Flix

This film is a sequel, and though we didn't have to, I watched both films - I had been meaning to see them anyway, because my neighbor's kids are obsessed and quote them all the time.  These are really cute films about acceptance, diversity, fear mongering, and family.  Big topics for kids movies, I know.  They voice actors are big names, too - Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi.

Well Dined | Food 'n Flix

They also had all kinds of cute and creepy (but not too creepy) foods - like "scream cheese" and "monster-ball soup".  So there was lots of foodie inspiration.

Well Dined | Spinach Dip Stuffed Meatballs

I had seen a Buzzfeed video for Spinach Dip Stuffed Meatballs and thought how cute those would be as Oozing Eyeballs!

6Apr/161

Spam Mac and Cheese

Well Dined | Spam Mac and Cheese

I have talked about my growing obsession with spam in recent months.  I was looking for recipes to use it in, and found suggestions for Spam Mac and Cheese - of course!  That sounded awesome!  But the first recipe I tried didn't turn out great.  It was probably due to the fact that I used shredded Mexican cheese blend (because that's what I had on hand) to make the cheese sauce, and not the idea of a mornay type sauce itself, that caused it to fail.  But I was turned off to that method.

Then I made that really delicious Chicken, Bacon, and Ranch Macaroni and Cheese with Velveeta and realized this was the way to go.  Of course weird processed cheese product would go well with weird processed meat product (don't judge me)!

Well Dined | Spam Mac and Cheese

I was right!  It came out creamy and salty and just awesome in general.  Again - I wouldn't recommend making this a weekly thing, but as an occasional treat, it's delicious.

18Jun/151

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Well Dined | Cauliflower Crust Pizza

I give full credit to Melissa (Smells Like Brownies) for this idea.  I'd heard of cauliflower pizza crust before and thought I should try it, but I never got around to it.  So I was really glad when she brought it up and suggested we try it.

Well Dined | Cauliflower Crust Pizza

It turns out that cauliflower crust is really easy!  It doesn't taste or feel like traditional crust, but it is yummy and chewy - I liked it!  I was surprised that I could actually pick up a slice and it held together.  So whether you are gluten-free, looking for low-carb, or just like to try new things, I highly recommend this pizza crust!

Well Dined | Cauliflower Crust Pizza

The first step is to pulse the cauliflower in a food processor until very fine.  Then place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave to steam.  Carefully remove the plastic wrap and transfer to a cheesecloth lined colander to cool.  Once it is cool enough to handle, twist the cloth and squeeze to release as much moisture as possible.  Like really squeeze this thing to death, I'm not joking.  You may need to take turns with a cooking buddy like we did.

Well Dined | Cauliflower Crust Pizza

When you've removed as much moisture as you can, add mozzarella, Parmesan, oregano, garlic powder, red pepper, salt, and an egg.  Use your hands to combine into a dough.

21Mar/142

Classic Pot Roast

Well Dined | Classic Pot Roast

Pot roast is a pretty standard American meal.  Many folks have their own recipes that they love.  But just in case you don't, here's mine!  An herb crusted beef roast goes into a pot with potatoes, veggies, red wine, and beef stock until it is super tender - yum.

Well Dined | Classic Pot Roast

First step - rub that beef.  Combine kosher salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning to make a rub.  Sprinkle over and press into the meat.

Well Dined | Classic Pot Roast

The you are going to brown those veggies and sear that beef.  Heat olive oil in a heavy dutch oven until very hot.  Then add an onion and carrots and cook until really browned.  Remove the veggies temporarily, add more oil, and sear the beef on all sides.  Then take that out, too, because you need to deglaze.