Friday, June 17, 2011

Momma in Focus Friday - My Sous-Chef

Last night I tried out another new recipe I found on Betty Crocker - Cheesy Italian Beef Bake. I have to say it was another winner!! Turned out very good - so it's going in the recipe file for later!
INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 jar (26 ounces) tomato pasta sauce (any variety)
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sour cream
2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 cups Original Bisquick® mix
1 1/2 cups milk

DIRECTIONS:

  1. 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Spray rectangular baking dish, 13x9x2 inches, with cooking spray. Cook beef in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until brown; drain. Stir in pasta sauce.
  2. 2 Mix cream cheese, sour cream, 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese and 1/4 teaspoon of the Italian seasoning in small bowl until smooth and creamy.
  3. 3 Spoon half of the beef mixture (about 2 cups) into baking dish. Drop spoonfuls of cream cheese mixture evenly onto beef mixture. Spoon remaining beef mixture over cream cheese mixture.
  4. 4 Stir 1 cup of the Parmesan cheese, the Bisquick mix and milk in medium bowl until blended. Pour over beef mixture.
  5. 5 Bake uncovered 30 to 35 minutes or until light golden brown. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning. Bake 5 minutes longer. Let stand at least 10 minutes before cutting.


So, while cooking I enlisted the help of my smallest sous-chef, but my biggest helper to put it all together! She told me first we had to put on our aprons - we couldn't cook without them!! Isn't her's so cute - my mom made this one for her - and after she got it on she told me she needed something to put in the pocket, too! Of course!
See Aaron trying to help, too?? Honestly, I think he was just looking for a bite! Ha ha!
Oh - and notice my new cabinet doors!!! I have better pics of them to share in a remodel post, but this is another sneak peak I guess! :-)
Michael even had to go back for seconds last night! I used a wheat biscuit mix for the top of this one - I didn't know how it would taste, but I have to say it was pretty delicious! I think the wheat even made it better!


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11 comments:

  1. Great PICTURES! You know you'll appreciate them so much as time goes by. And I love this recipe -- especially because there is a gluten free Bisquick that I can use for Samuel.

    Have a great Friday!

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  2. Looks like you have a great kitchen and a great little helper. I'll come over any time you'd like to make me dinner. :)

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  3. That looks so yummy and your kitchen looks amazing! Love those doors.

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  4. Definitely going to try this one, looks delish! I'm so glad you get your little ones to cook with you too, it's such a great tool as a parent to do that!

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  5. This looks delicious! I LOVE that you have a little helper :)

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  6. That looks absolutely delicious! Love the pictures too. :)

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  7. Awwww- I love that she's helping you.

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  8. I love seeing your kiddos helping you in the kitchen!!! That is something I really look forward to that someday and the dinner looks sooooooooooooooooooo good!! And love love your cabinet doors!!! I want some like that too!! Hope you have a great weekend friend. xo

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  9. It looks delicious! The action shots of y'all are cute.

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  10. New follower from the hop! Great post, great pictures. I cant wait till my boys are old enough to help in the kitchen!

    Paula

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  11. I love your kitchen!! Cute little helper you have!!

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