Pimento Cheese Spread

I made a big batch of super-tasty roasted tomato soup the other day. I think it’s pretty much law that you must have a grilled cheese sandwich with a bowl of tomato soup. But, if you know me, I had to do things just a bit different. So, I decided to make pimento cheese. I’ve made pimento cheese grilled cheese sandwiches before, and I loved them, so to change things up I made pimento cheese bread sticks. I just took a great creamy pimento cheese mixture and spread it over toasted ciabatta bread. Under the broiler for a bit and then… fantasticness!
Pimento Cheese SpreadOn the off-chance that you have some leftover pimento cheese spread, I cannot recommend enough just how great it can be on grilled burgers or hot dogs.

Also try my easy pimento cheese.

Pimento Cheese Spread

Creamy pimento cheese mixture, spread over toasted ciabatta bread. Under the broiler for a bit and then… fantasticness!
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 467kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup Asiago cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 4 ounce jar pimentos drained, reserve liquid
  • 2 pinches red pepper flake optional

Instructions

  • Combine the cheddar, Asiago and mayonnaise in a bowl.
  • Empty the jar of pimentos into a small food processor and pulse a few times.
  • Stir the pimentos into the cheese mixture. Add the pimento juice a little at a time, stirring. Add more juice until you get the consistency you desire.
  • Stir in the red pepper flake, if using.
  • Spread on crunchy bread.

Nutrition

Calories: 467kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 730mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 703IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 558mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Grilled Garlic Parsley Cheese Bread

When I made a big ole batch of smoked NOLA shrimp the other day I knew I needed something for sopping up that delicious, spicy, rich sauce left at the bottom of the plate. Grilled garlic parsley cheese bread to the rescue! The bread gets delightfully crunchy on the grill. The cheesy topping has hints of garlic with fresh parsley. On both sides of the bread! Yes! Double the flavor! I love garlic bread. But garlic bread with the topping on both sides? Crazy good!
Grilled Garlic Parsley Cheese Bread

You do have to keep an eye on your grilled garlic parsley cheese bread. Well, at least while you’re grilling it. Maybe after, too, in case someone wants to steal one of your pieces. As the butter melts, it may drip down into your grill and case a little flame up. If that happens (and it probably will), just temporarily move the bread away from the flame using some tongs. Wait for the fire to die back down, then move the bread back over the direct heat. No problem.

Also try my easy grilled chimichurri bread.

Grilled Garlic Parsley Cheese Bread

When I made a big ole batch of smoked NOLA shrimp the other day I knew I needed something for sopping up that delicious, spicy, rich sauce left at the bottom of the plate. Grilled garlic parsley cheese bread to the rescue! 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 249kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French bread
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter softened
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley finely chopped
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Fire up your grill for direct and indirect cooking.
  • Cut the bread into 1/2" thick slices.
  • Place softened butter, garlic, cheese, parsley and salt in a bowl and mash with a fork to combine.
  • Slather the butter mixture onto both sides of the bread and transfer to the grill over direct heat. Grill 1-3 minutes per side until lightly toasted and crispy. Watch out for flare-ups as the butter melts. If you get a flare-up, move the bread to indirect heat until the fire dies down.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 248mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 544IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Boy, talk about something that flew off the table so fast that I was starting to wonder if we’d been robbed. We all thought that this copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuits was even better than the restaurant favorite. They aren’t quite as crumbly. They held up to dunking in pot roast gravy, and that’s saying something. Granted, you probably can’t find pot roast gravy at Red Lobster.
Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

I admit that when I made these copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuits that I used a bit more parsley than the recipe below calls for. The biscuits are a little sweet (I’m not saying that in a bad way). The parsley gave a nice little herby contrast to that.

Next time I might try cutting back on the parsley, but increase the cayenne. I do like a little heat!

These biscuits are great for soppin’ up the broth from my NOLA smoked shrimp.

Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

 We all thought that this copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuits was even better than the restaurant favorite. They aren’t quite as crumbly.
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 213kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted, cooled

For the topping

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh parsley minced

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 475 F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silpat.
  • In a large bowl,whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt, garlic powder and cayenne. Fold in the cheddar cheese.
  • In a separate bowl stir together the buttermilk and melted butter until the butter forms clumps.
  • Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture and mix gently with a spatula just until a dough forms and there are no dry ingredients remaining.
  • Lightly spray a 1/4 cup measuring cup with non-stick spray. Scoop out 1/4 cup of dough at a time and place on the prepared baking sheet, 1" apart.
  • Bake 12-15 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and brush with melted butter parsley mixture.

Nutrition

Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 308mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 453IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Garlic-Cheese Crescent Rolls

I was ‘fridge diving’ when I came across a tube of crescent roll dough. I had already forgotten why I had originally purchased it. Well, didn’t matter because I knew then that with just a few more ingredients I could spruce them up to go with that night’s spaghetti. These garlic-cheese crescent rolls are proof that it doesn’t take much to make plain into … well, not plain!
Garlic-Cheese Crescent Rolls

You can use any spices and cheese you desire. You don’t have to make garlic-cheese crescent rolls exactly like the recipe. I like to substitute smoky chipotle powder for the spices for a nice southwestern, lightly spicy, variation. Creole seasoning and Old Bay make for a totally interesting twist that pair well with jambalaya or shrimp dishes. Go crazy with it!

Also try my chipotle garlic cheese bread.

Garlic-Cheese Crescent Rolls

These garlic-cheese crescent rolls are proof that it doesn’t take much to make plain into … well, not plain!
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 221kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 ounce crescent roll dough
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Open dough and separate and shape per package instructions. Bake for half the time indicated on the tube (6 minutes).
  • Combine butter, garlic powder and oregano; brush over rolls. Sprinkle with cheese.
  • Return the rolls to the oven and bake another 6 minutes or until golden brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 496mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 49IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Chipotle Cornbread

I made a big ole pot of chili. I needed some cornbread. But not any ordinary cornbread. No, I wanted something different, with a bit of a kick to stand up to the definitely-kickin’ chili. This chipotle cornbread stepped up to the challenge in a big way. A hint of heat and a heat of smokiness. And the perfect texture to boot. Perfect for crumbling into my chili.
Chipotle Cornbread

Make sure that your buttermilk is super cold and that the melted butter has cooled before adding it to the buttermilk. The two will form an curd-looking mixture. Do not over mix it. You want a little texture to your chipotle cornbread.

For even more of a spicy kick add a fire-roasted diced jalapeno or two to the batter. For a bit more smokey flavor, use a shredded smoked cheddar cheese (I smoke my own cheese. It’s awesome!).

Also try my grilled jalapeno honey butter cornbread.

Chipotle Cornbread

A hint of heat and a heat of smokiness. And the perfect texture to boot. Perfect for crumbling into my chili.
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 332kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 chipotle pepper minced
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a round pie pan or 8" x 8" baking dish with non-stick spray.
  • In a large bowl combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In another bowl combine the buttermilk, adobo, honey, eggs, chipotle pepper and butter. Add to the dry ingredients and stir until smooth and combined.
  • Fold in the cheese.
  • Pour batter into the pan and bake for 25 minutes or until done. Let rest 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 1310mg | Potassium: 224mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 368IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 329mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Cinnamon French Toast Bake

I could’ve just opened a few tubes of cinnamon rolls and baked them for Anita to take into the office to treat her co-workers. But that’s just not me. Nothing wrong with a tube of cinnamon rolls (as I’m about to prove). They just need a little help to be even more awesome and this cinnamon French toast bake is definitely more awesome. Fluffy rolls in a cinnamon egg maple French toast batter, covered with chopped pecans, maple syrup and icing. It’s enough to make the other cinnamon rolls sitting in tubes jealous.
Cinnamon French Toast Bake

There’s nothing I would change about this recipe. Sure this cinnamon French toast bake isn’t light. It’s not low on calories. But it’s mighty good. And since the rolls are cut into small pieces before you bake them you can easily cut and serve smaller portions. If you want to that is.

Also try my brioche French toast.

Cinnamon French Toast Bake

Fluffy rolls in a cinnamon egg maple French toast batter, covered with chopped pecans, maple syrup and icing. It’s enough to make the other cinnamon rolls sitting in tubes jealous.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 451kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 2 tubes cinnamon rolls with icing
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup maple syrup divided

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375° F.
  • Pour melted butter into a 13" x 9" baking dish.
  • Open both cans of rolls. Separate the rolls and cut each into four pieces. Place pieces into the baking dish.
  • Beat the eggs in a medium bowl. Whisk in the cream, cinnamon and vanilla. Pour over the tops of the cinnamon rolls.
  • Sprinkle nuts over tops of rolls and drizzle with 1 cup of the syrup.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 15 minutes.
  • Drizzle remaining syrup over rolls.
  • Microwave the icing containers on half power for 10-15 seconds. Drizzle over rolls.

Nutrition

Calories: 451kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 484mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 278IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.