Baked Eggs Picadillo Style

Baked Eggs Picadillo Style

I hope everyone had a wonderful July 4th! Over the holiday weekend, I made breakfast for us.  Our normal weekend breakfast usually consists of scrambled eggs, hash browns and Vermont maple sausages.  I know, we’re boring! Well, boring no more.

Today’s recipe is inspired from a meal I had a couple of months ago at a pub that Chris and I had brunch at.  They had an item called Lamb Ragu with Poached Eggs, which I ordered and it tasted delicious.  So I decided to use that idea to make it at home.  I took my Beef Empanadas with Olives and Raisins filling and added tomato sauce to it.  It was scrumptious! So if you’re trying to cure the breakfast blues, give this dish a try.  Have a great weekend!

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Beef Empanadas with Olives and Raisins

Beef Empanadas with Olives and Raisins

This past weekend was a nice and lazy weekend (there’s no other kind for us. :)).  Chris and I didn’t do a whole lot except eat, drink and relax.  We have some organizing we needed to do but never got around to it (we’re procrastinators).  We munched on some empanadas and crab dip (recipe to come this week) while sipping on wine and beer.  It was pure delight!

These empanadas were tasty for my first try.  I based the filling off of my picadillo recipe.  I am not a dough making person (yeast and kneading terrifies me!) so I used store bought pie crust instead.  These would be fabulous for entertaining.  And you can make these ahead of time too (you gotta love that!).  Have a stellar week!

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Chili Cheese Dip

Chili Cheese Dip

I came across this recipe on the back of my chili bottle.  It was a fairly easy recipe to make and with so little ingredients so I made it over the weekend.  Although I’m not a fan of processed cheese, this was quite tasty.  My family came by and we all snacked on this dip.  My nephew LOVED it! He’s a cheese lover so what’s not to like? This dip is perfect for those casual impromptu entertaining and great for when you’re watching a game.  Bust open a bottle of beer and it’s all good!

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Beef and Cheese Manicotti

Beef and Cheese Manicotti

This was my first stuffed pasta recipe I learned 5-6 years ago, and it has been a staple in my household whenever we wanted something hearty in the form of pasta.  I have to admit, this dish does take some time to make but it’s totally worth it! Plus, it can feed a lot of people if you are casually entertaining.  The trick to stuffing these tube pastas quickly and maximize the stuffing in each tube is with a demi spoon.  You can cram a lot in there and in a flash.  Add a simple salad and you have yourself a meal!

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