Monday, November 22, 2010

Pretzel-Topped Sweet Potatoes

So I really loathe this picture, but I just always feel the need to have a picture with the recipe regardless of how bad it looks...Anyway, don't let the picture fool you, this is such a delicious recipe! I love sweet and salty, which is why I love the combo of these sweet potatoes and pretzels. I didn't mash the potatoes I just put them in whole(after I drained them)and added the topping. Amazing!

* 2 cups chopped pretzel rods (about 13)
* 1 cup chopped pecans
* 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
* 1 cup packed brown sugar
* 1 cup butter, melted, divided
* 1 can (2-1/2 pounds) sweet potatoes, drained
* 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


* In a large bowl, combine the pretzels, pecans, cranberries, brown sugar and 1/2 cup butter; set aside.
* In a large bowl, beat the sweet potatoes until smooth. Add the milk, sugar, vanilla and remaining butter; beat until well blended.
* Spoon into a greased shallow 2-qt. baking dish; sprinkle with pretzel mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until the edges are bubbly.

Recipe courtesy of Taste of Home
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

I've always loved Chicken and Dumplings. My daughter, however, does not love the big kind of dumplings that I usually make. She loves the little ones, like the kind you find in the canned chicken and dumplings. Tonight I decided to try a new recipe that would be similar to that. I found a recipe at that was exactly what I was looking for. It was really easy and we all liked it. Next time I'll use bone in chicken. I just think it has a much better flavor, especially for Chicken and Dumplings. I'll also throw in some celery and 2 or 3 chicken bouillon cubes.


  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 2 tablespoons butter(I did not add butter)
  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 onion, finely diced(I did not add onion, but I did add baby carrots)
  • 2 (10 ounce) packages refrigerated biscuit dough, torn into pieces(I used 1 can of biscuits)


  1. Place the chicken, butter, soup, and onion in a slow cooker, and fill with enough water to cover.
  2. Cover, and cook for 5 to 6 hours on High. About 30 minutes before serving, place the torn biscuit dough in the slow cooker. Cook until the dough is no longer raw in the center. 
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Cranberry Macadamia Pretzel Bars

I put this recipe off for a year because I wasn't sure that I was crazy about the combination but the idea of each ingredient sounded so good. Wow! I shouldn't have waited. These are amazing. They are buttery, slightly tart with the perfect mix of rich chocolate and salty and sweetness. You will love them. The only change I made was to pipe frosting on top instead of white chocolate because we are not white chocolate fans. Please let me know if you love them as much as my family did.

Recipe courtesy of

Servings: 36 bars

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 26 minutes

Total time: 56 minutes


Crust Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups finely crushed pretzels
3 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter, melted
1 egg white, beaten

Filling Ingredients:
1 cup orange-flavored sweetened dried cranberries
1 cup coarsely chopped roasted macadamia nuts
2/3 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

Topping Ingredients: (I piped vanilla frosting from the jar)
1/2 cup real semi-sweet chocolate chips or white baking chips
1 teaspoon shortening


Heat oven to 325°F. Line 13x9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, extending foil over edges.

Combine pretzels and brown sugar in medium bowl; stir in 1/2 cup melted butter until well mixed. Stir in beaten egg white. Press onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 8 minutes; sprinkle cranberries and nuts over hot, partially baked crust.

Combine 2/3 cup butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Pour evenly over cranberries and nuts in pan. Continue baking for 18 to 20 minutes or until caramel layer is bubbly and golden.

Place chocolate chips and shortening in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH (100% power), stirring occasionally, until chips are melted and smooth (45 to 60 seconds). Drizzle over bars. Cool completely. Lift bars out of pan using foil ends; cut into bars.

Store at room temperature in container with tight-fitting lid.

VARIATION: Cranberry Pretzel Cashew Bars:
Substitute coarsely chopped cashews for macadamia nuts.

Recipe Tip
To cool bars quickly; refrigerate bars 30 minutes.

Recipe Tip
To crush pretzels; use a food processor or place pretzels in heavy-duty resealable food bag. Use a rolling pin to crush pretzels.

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