Posts Tagged ‘Sides’

Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

November 18, 2009

We had our first real cold-font sweep in yesterday, the perfect excuse to finally make that Cheesy Vegetable & Chicken Noodle Soup I’ve been meaning to cook up for the past week.  I made the soup earlier in the afternoon so it would be ready whenever we decided we were hungry for dinner…only I completely forgot to start the bread machine, and realised as I was setting the table I didn’t have anything to go with the soup.  Ack!

Pioneer Biscuit Mix to the rescue!  These delicious and hearty dinner biscuits are a quick and easy compliment to soup or salad.  They whip up in minutes and presto…fresh bread with dinner.

Cheddar Cheese Biscuits (these are similar to the ones from Red Lobster)

Prep time: 5 min / Cook Time: 10-15 minutes

  1. In a large bowl mix 3 cups biscuit mix, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2  cup water, 1 cup grated cheddar cheese, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp oregano
  2. Stir just until dough forms
  3. Drop large spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet or in a 9×13 baking dish, leaving a few inches between; brush with melted butter.
  4. Bake at 425°F for 10-15 minutes (or until golden)

Tip:  instead of pepper and oregano, try seasoning with rosemary or dill (in addition to the cheese)


Oven Baked French Fries

November 10, 2009
First of all, let me say “yes, yes, I know…baked fries is an oxymoron!”  But quite a tasty one ;-)
Hamburger IMG_4320

Skillet Hamburger and Oven Baked Fries

Last night was supposed to be Cheesy Chicken and Veggie soup with fresh bread; however, as the afternoon came and went and the sky turned a pretty pink, I had absolutely zero initiative to pull out the cutting board and invest the necessary 20 minutes prep-time needed for the meal.  Besides, it’s been hot and sticky and warm soup just didn’t sound good any more!  So quick change of plans…Hamburger Night!

There are some grill aficionados who would just gag at the idea of pan frying hamburger patties, but to them I say “So what!”  On a Monday night when you just aren’t quite ready to let go of the weekend, there is nothing tastier than a hamburger and fries…go ahead and use your skillet to cook up those patties; it’s a very low-mess, healthy, and fast way to have a juicy hamburger and fries.

While traditional oven fries can be too time intensive for a quick dinner, if you microwave your potatoes first you can cut your baking time in half and have crispy oven potato fries ready in a snap!

Oven Baked French Fries (the fast way!)

Prep Time: 5 minutes / Cook Time: 20-30 minutes

  1. Scrub potatoes and thinly slice into rounds, wedges, or strips (the thinner the slices the faster and crispier they will cook up.)
  2. Place slices into a microwave safe bowl and cook for about 10-15 minutes, stirring half way through.
  3. Remove from microwave just a few minutes before potatoes are completely done; toss with a little butter or olive oil, salt, pepper, and paprika.
  4. Bake at 450°F in a single layer on a large cookie sheet for another 10-15 minutes, stirring once, until they are golden and as crispy as you would like them.

    French Fries IMG_4310

    Homemade Oven Fries