Chipotle Garlic Cheese Bread

Until 15 minutes ago, our gotta-have-it-garlic bread was our favorite garlic bread. This chipotle garlic cheese bread is similar in that, boy, is it ever packed with flavor, but oh does it ever bring the cheese. It reminds me of the garlic cheese bread Pizza Hut used to have on the menu but with ten times the flavor and cheese. It’s seriously over the top, but really, when you make garlic cheese bread are you thinking ‘healthy’? It’s an indulgence. And then some.
You can make this chipotle garlic cheese bread ahead of time. Just wrap it in foil (loosely, so that the cheese doesn’t stick to the foil) and keep it in the fridge. When you’re ready to reheat it just toss it in a 350 F oven for 10-15 minutes until hot. Let it cool slightly before slicing or the ooey gooey cheese will run all over the place.

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Chipotle Garlic Cheese Bread
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons (or more) chipotle chili powder
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 large loaf French bread, halved horizontally
Instructions
  1. Combine the butter and chipotle chili powder in a large bowl. Add more seasoning if you want it spicier.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients except for the bread (and parsley garnish). Gently fold to combine.
  3. Place bread halves onto a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
  4. Spread the cheese mixture onto the bread. Don't be shy. If you have leftover mixture consider yourself lucky (not all loaves are the same size, so it happens!).
  5. Place bread under the broiler until starting to brown, 3-5 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before garnishing with parsley and slicing for serving.

4-Cheese Meatball Pizza

It was meatball week here. I made a monster batch of my homemade meatballs with plans of using them in all sorts of dishes, from spaghetti and meatballs to meatball sandwiches and meatball soup to, of course, 4-cheese meatball pizza. I love the texture of meatballs on a pizza. They add a nice meatiness to each and every bite, plus they add even more wonderful Italian flavor.

The combination of four different cheeses made for a delightful pizza feast. There weren’t any leftovers. That happens with pizza around here. Roasted cauliflower? Probably gonna have some leftover. Pizza? Nope.

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4-Cheese Meatball Pizza
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Cuisine: American
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Serves: 1 pizza
 
Ingredients
  • 1 large pizza dough (I used my bread machine pizza dough)
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce (I used my homemade sauce)
  • 8 Italian cooked meatballs, cut in half (I used my homemade meatballs. See the note below)
  • Any other desired toppings (I added mushrooms and black olives... plus a few pinches of dried red pepper flake)
  • 1 cup shredded provolone cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Note: I used my homemade meatballs. Normally I make them at least 2 ounces each. For the pizza I made 1 ounce meatballs instead. You can still use large meatballs, but instead of halving them you will probably want to quarter them.
  2. Preheat oven to 420 F
  3. If using store-bought pizza dough or crust, prepare per the package instructions.
  4. Ladle sauce onto the pizza and spread out edge-to-edge.
  5. Distribute the meatballs around the pizza.
  6. Add any other toppings that you desire.
  7. Sprinkle with the cheeses.
  8. Transfer to a pizza stone or pan and bake 10-12 minutes or until the dough is crispy and the cheeses are melted.

Nacho Hot Dogs

This is exactly what little hot dogs hope they’ll grow up to be. Smothered in chili. Covered in cheese sauce. Sprinkled with crumbled Nacho tortilla chips and jalapenos. And of course, some nice cool sour cream. These nacho hot dogs are the stuff dreams are made of!
Nacho Hot Dogs Version 2.0With every bite you get crunch, heat, cool and cheese! Perfect! And of course you can kick your Nacho hot dogs up even more by using a really spicy chili. I use the zesty cheese sauce from La Preferida for this and other dogs that call for cheese. It’s smooth and creamy and has a little bit of a spiciness to it.

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Nacho Hot Dogs
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Cuisine: American
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Ingredients
  • All-beef hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
  • Bean chili, warmed
  • Nacho cheese sauce, warmed
  • Nacho tortilla chips, lightly crushed
  • Diced pickled jalapenos (I prefer fire-roasted jalapenos)
  • Sour cream
Instructions
  1. Cook dogs and toast buns as desired.
  2. Place dogs on buns.
  3. Top with chili and cheese sauce.
  4. Sprinkle with crushed chips and jalapenos.
  5. Add sour cream, a bit more of the crumbled chips, and serve.

Copycat Quarter Pounders with Cheese

After making a copycat of the Arch Deluxe burger from McDonald’s, I could not stop jonesin’ for a good version of my all-time favorite fast-food burger, the Quarter Pounder with cheese. Simple but tasty. Sure, I might have cheated a bit and actually made a Third Pounder cheese burger, but hey, that just means I had more yumminess!
copycat-quarter-pounders-with-cheeseIt wasn’t until after my teen years that I also became a fan of the Big Mac, which I’ve made at home several times. And now that I think about them, I’m going to have to make them again, and soon. Want an even bigger Big Mac? Try my Big Mac hoagies. Yep, that’s right, all the great flavors of a Big Mac on a big ole hoagie bun. Not into big Big Macs? My Big Mac sliders are perfect for a party.

Copycat Quarter Pounders with Cheese
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Ingredients
For the burgers
  • 2 1/4 pound burger patties (to keep it authentic use pre-made patties from your grocery store)
  • 2 sesame seed burger patties
  • 4 slices American cheese (get the deli style, it's a bit thicker and tastier)
  • Prepared yellow mustard
  • Ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons white onion, finely chopped
  • 4 dill pickle slices
For the burger seasoning (makes enough for several burgers)
  • 4 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons Accent
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Instructions
  1. Combine the seasoning ingredients.
  2. Season both sides of the patties.
  3. Cook your patties in a hot skillet or on a griddle.
  4. Top each patty with a slice of cheese.
  5. Toast the buns.
  6. Add the patties to the bun bottoms.
  7. Squirt 5 little dots of mustard around the patties.
  8. Do the same with the ketchup.
  9. Add 1 tablespoon of onion and 2 pickle slices to each patty.
  10. Top each patty with another slice of cheese.
  11. Add bun top and serve.

Southwestern Macaroni-and-Cheese

Does macaroni-and-cheese with tomatoes and black beans in it make it healthier? I’m not sure. I am sure that this Southwestern macaroni-and-cheese was fantastic. You take your pretty favorite standard recipe and add a few things. That’s it. Something totally different than the usual. Still creamy. Still cheesy.
Southwestern Macaroni-and-CheeseI use Cholula hot sauce in recipes like this because I find it to be a great, fairly mellow, hot sauce. It’s not in-your-face hot and it has a great peppery flavor. It’s perfect on just about anything.

Southwestern Macaroni-and-Cheese
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Serves: 6-8 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 6-8 servings macaroni-and-cheese (I doubled our great 20-minute mac-and-cheese recipe), prepared
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 large tomato, seeded, chopped
  • Cajun seasoning or hot sauce, to taste (optional)
  • Fresh parsley or cilantro, chopped, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Prepare the macaroni and cheese as directed. Keep warm.
  2. Stir in the beans and tomato along with the Cajun seasoning or hot sauce, if using.
  3. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

Wiz Dogs

I have a habit of copying recipes from restaurants or food trucks I hear about or see on TV. Here lately I’ve been on a major campaign to copy some of the crazy great dogs from Duke’s Gourmet Dogs in Minster, Ohio, which closed recently. These Wiz dogs are just packed with everything good about a hot dog. Warm chili. Crunchy potato straws (an ingredient I haven’t had in years). And my favorite, ooey gooey cheese sauce. Like I’ve said before, if it’s going to be messy to eat, it’s going to taste great and Wiz dogs are definitely messy and great!

Wiz DogsI was tempted to add a few chopped jalapenos to these Wiz dogs. I like some kick so my dogs. I went another route and used spicy cheese sauce instead.

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Wiz Dogs
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Ingredients
  • All-beef hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
  • No-bean chili, warmed
  • Potato straws
  • Cheese sauce, warmed (I prefer the zesty cheese sauce from La Preferida when not making my own)
  • Sliced pickled jalapenos (optional)
Instructions
  1. Fire up your grill and cook the dogs and warm the buns.
  2. Assemble hot dogs by adding weiners to the buns. Top with plenty of chili, potato straws and plenty of cheese sauce.
  3. Top with jalapeno slices, if desired.
  4. Serve with plenty of paper towels.

Chorizo-Stuffed Fritos on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Very few things are as addicting as chorizo-stuffed Fritos. These little bite-sized snacks disappear in no time. As an added bonus, they are incredibly easy to make. I made a batch on my Char-Broil Big Easy. You can fit a whole bunch of stuffed Fritos on the Big Easy, making it perfect for cooking for a crowd, if you have the available cooking rack.
Chorizo-Stuffed Fritos on the Char-Broil Big EasyJust about anything you put in the Fritos is going to taste great. I used Mexican chorizo because I love the spiciness that is brings to dishes, but ground breakfast sausage would also be fantastic.

Be careful when pulling these chorizo-stuffed Fritos off your Big Easy. In no time the chips get mighty hot, so use tongs or let them cool a bit first before handling and eating.

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Chorizo-Stuffed Fritos on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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You'll need the 6-level cooking rack from Char-Broil to heat up a bunch of these treats at once.
Ingredients
  • Fritos Scoops chips (grab 2 bags in case it's hard to find the perfectly-shaped chips)
  • Cooked Mexican chorizo, finely crumbled (Note: If you cannot crumble the sausage well enough, toss the slightly-cooled cooked chorizo into a food processor and pulse a few times)
  • Shredded cheese (extra sharp cheddar or pepperjack work great!)
  • 1 cup Ranch salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons (or more, to taste) chopped chipotle peppers along with some of the adobo sauce
  • Green onions, sliced thin, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Fire up your Big Easy.
  2. Open the bag of chips and place in a large bowl. Go through them and grab the biggest, best scooping chips you can find.
  3. Combine the crumbled chorizo and cheese. Press lightly into the chips and transfer to the cooking rack.
  4. Lower rack into the Big Easy and cook until the cheese is melted on all levels, about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the rack and let cool slightly.
  6. While the chips are cooling whisk together the dressing and chipotle with adobo.
  7. Serve chips drizzled with the sauce and garnished with green onions.

Trailer Park Dog

This is my take on another great dog from the Dougie Dog food truck from Vancouver, Canada. I’ve been watching the show Eat Street on the Cooking Channel. They recently had an episode where they visited Dougie Dog and after seeing all the great dogs they have, I decided to make my own versions. Of course, if they had a truck here in Indianapolis, I’d be camped outside their door right now.

Trailer Park DogIs there an easier hot dog recipe? Probably, but not a good one. Don’t laugh at the simplicity of these hot dogs. They’re actually quite tasty. You get a crunch from the chips and a nice creamy cheesiness from… well, the cheese.

I was going to serve these trailer park dogs on some fru-fru fancy hot dog rolls I picked up from Taylor’s Bakery, but that just didn’t seem right. Grab yourself a pack of the cheapest buns you can find and enjoy some good dogs.

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Trailer Park Dog
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Cuisine: American
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Ingredients
  • Hot dogs
  • Buns
  • Plain potato chips, crumbled
  • Cheese sauce, warmed (or American cheese slices. I used nacho cheese sauce)
  • Pickled jalapeno slices, optional
Instructions
  1. Just cook up the dogs and warm the buns.
  2. Top with cheese sauce and crumbled potato chips.
  3. Add jalapenos if you like.