Baked Mini-Burgers

I saw this post on Facebook (I think it was on Tip Hero) and tried it last night. I loved it!! Everyone else said they were okay but I LOVED them! Did I mention I loved them? Moving on...


1 package Hawaiian rolls
1 pound ground hamburger meat
1 diced onion
sliced cheese of your choosing

The pictures kind of say it all, but the steps are simple enough...Brown the hamburger and saute the onions.

Cut the rolls in half and lay the bottoms in a 9x9-ish baking dish. Evenly crumble the hamburger on top of the buns.

Evenly distribute the cooked onions on top of the meat. Two of my clonies do not like onion so I made half and half.

Throw some cheese slices on top!

Crown them with the bun tops.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Mine got just a touch overdone. Not burnt or crisp but darker than I would have liked. Next time I will check on them at 20 minutes!



One Pot Creamy Spaghetti

A big favorite around Chaosville is Spaghetti. Plain and simple, store bought sauce or homemade doesn't seem to make much difference to the crew here. So I don't really take note of spaghetti recipes when I see them. This one caught my eye when I saw it in an e-mail from Pillsbury, because it said one pot. So glad I kept it and made it! It's delicious, easy and always a big hit around here!


1 pound ground beef or Italian sausage or turkey
3/4 pound uncooked spaghetti
1 (28 oz) can of crushed tomatoes with basil, undrained
32 ounces chicken broth or stock
1/2 cup heavy cream

Brown meat in a large pot and drain any grease. Add remaining ingredients to pot and stir to combine. I like to break up the noodles just a bit.

Heat to a boil and cook for 15-20 minutes or until noodles are done to your liking. Turn the noodles a few times to prevent them from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Top with Parmesan cheese, fresh basil or whatever you like. If you like things on the spicy side you can add crushed red pepper flakes with the other ingredients.

I forgot to take a picture when it was done so this one is after we had all gotten our servings. It makes plenty for my family of 5 but we usually do not have leftovers.


Not Yo Mama's Banana Pudding (Paula Deen)

WARNING!! This will be the most delicious, highly addictive banana pudding you ever eat. Once you have it, you will not want any other! Don't say I didn't warn you! Paula Deen gets the credit for this one; you will not be sorry if you give it a try.


2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessman cookies
6-8 bananas, sliced
2 cups milk
1 (5 oz) pkg French vanilla flavor instant pudding mix
8 oz package of whipped cream cheese (or softened regular)
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
12 oz container of frozen whipped topping, thawed

I had trouble finding French vanilla pudding mix this time! I finally found two small boxes so I measured out the amount needed.

In a small bowl, combine milk and pudding mix until well blended and smooth. A hand mixer or stand mixer works well. Use the cookies to line the bottom of a 13x9 casserole dish. We were headed to a family dinner so I went for the throwaway aluminum pan.

Add a layer of banana slices to the top of the cookies. Try to slice the bananas in the same thickness. I only used about 4 of my bananas and usually slice them one at a time and place them so I don't end up with too much.

In another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk. Fold in the whipped topping and add in the pudding mixture. Stir until everything is blended together.

Pour evenly onto the banana layer.

Cover with another layer of cookies. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Be ready to fall in love!

Loaded Gnocchi

Looking for a side dish that will wow everyone? Here it is! Once again from the amazing team at Two Peas and Their Pod.


1 package mini potato gnocchi
2 Tbsp butter
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cups sour cream
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese, divided
salt and pepper, to taste
3 strips cooked bacon, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x9 baking dish with non-stick spray and set aside. Boil a pot of water and cook gnocchi according to package instructions. When cooked, drain and spread in a single layer in the prepared dish.

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for about a minute.

Add flour to make a roux. Whisk and cook until thickened.

Add the milk and continue to whisk. Wait until this thickens as well. About 3 minutes.

Whisk in one cup of cheese and keep whisking until smooth, then remove from heat.

Add sour cream.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour over the gnocchi in the pan.

Add remaining cheese and all the bacon.

Bake for 25 minutes or until bubbly and melty. When you take it out of the oven, let it sit for about 5 minutes.

You can serve this with just about anything. We went SUPER FANCY and had it with grilled cheese sandwiches!!

Look at that perfection!

Not sure if the family liked it though...

Salisbury Steak 2

This is my second Salisbury Steak recipe to post. I love the other one but it is full of salt due to the canned gravy it calls for. I have been looking for another one and I really love this one. I cannot remember where I found it, but I am very glad I did. 


1 can condensed French onion soup
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 egg
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 cup ketchup
1-3 tsp Worchestershire sauce (to taste)
1/2 tsp ground mustard
1/4 cup water

In a large mixing bowl, add together 1/3 cup of the soup, the beef, breadcrumbs, egg, salt and pepper.

Get to work with your hands and thoroughly mix together.

Shape into 8 patties. I like to press down in the center to make it thinner there. I feel like it gets done a little quicker that way when cooking.

In a large skillet over medium high heat, brown the patties on both sides and pour off any fat. I do it in two batches.

In a small bowl, blend flour and remaining soup until smooth.

Add ketchup, water. Worchestershire and mustard.

Pour over patties in skillet.

Cover and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve with mashed potatoes and enjoy immensely!

30 Minute Mini Meatloaves

Seriously? Meatloaf? In 30 minutes? YES!!!!! That's 30 minutes start to finish, not 30 minutes cooking time! This recipe came from Betty Crocker and it is really quick and really good! I don't have pictures of the ingredients and steps, just one I took as it was ready for the oven. I will update them when I make it again! I always double the recipe so I can use the whole pound of ground pork. I also only put the ketchup topping on half of them as I love it but Jayme does not.


1/2 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp packed brown sugar
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 lb ground pork
1/2 cup Bisquick mix
1/4 tsp pepper
1 small onion, chopped
1 egg

Heat oven to 450 degrees. In a small bowl, mix together the ketchup and brown sugar. Save 1/4 cup for the topping.

In a large bowl, mix together all the other ingredients along with the bulk of the ketchup mix. Use your hands!!

Spray a 9x13 dish with cooking spray. Place the meat mixture into the pan and pat it out into a 12x4 rectangle. Using your hand, cut it down the middle into two long sections. Then cut across 4-6 time to make several smaller sections. Separate so no sides are touching. Brush top with remaining ketchup mixture.

Bake 18-20 minutes until loaves are cooked through. If you have a meat thermometer, the center should read 160 or above.

Gooey Oreo Cookie Bars

Oh! My! Heavens! These were a fabulous find!! I saw them posted on Facebook somewhere and the link took me to Crazy For Crust.


1/3 cup Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder (regular works too but go ahead for the full flavor)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 large egg
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
6 Oreo cookies, chopped
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x9 square pan with parchment paper or foil and cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the cocoa, baking soda, salt and flour. Set aside.

In a mixer, cream together butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth.

Add in dry ingredients a little at a time.

Mix until combined.

Press half the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.

Sprinkle with chips.

Sprinkle with chopped Oreos.

Drizzle sweetened condensed milk evenly over top.

Drop remaining dough by spoonfuls over the top and spread with your fingers. Some filling may leak through but that's okay! Try to seal the edges as much as you can.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until the top looks dry instead of shiny. Consider moving away instead of cleaning up the mess you made. Realize that it would mean you would not get to eat any of these cookie bars and decide to stay after all.

Cool completely before cutting into bars. Try to not eat them all...go ahead, I dare you!