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!
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


  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!

One Day At A Time


  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!

  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. :)

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

  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!

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

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

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

  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

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

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


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


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