Roasted Bruschetta

I’m not a big fan of uncooked tomatoes so I came up with a delicious roasted tomato¬†recipe for bruschetta. It’s so simple to make and the perfect appetizer. My sister and her family came over for dinner this week and I made it with my chicken piccata. Ending with the most delectable cheesecake (my sis brought and left for me to stuff my face for days), I think everyone went home with happy tummies and my dinner party was a success ūüôā

Ingredients:

  • 10.5 oz.¬†carton of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • olive oil
  • .66 oz.¬†carton of fresh basil or a handful
  • Salt & pepper
  • French bread baguette
  • cup of¬†shredded¬†mozzarella cheese

Directions:

Set your oven to broil. Rinse tomatoes and place in a shallow pan. Mince 1 clove of garlic and toss into pan with tomatoes. Drizzle tomatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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Broil for 15 minutes or until tomatoes blister and start to burst. While to tomatoes are roasting, rinse and chop up basil julienned style (cut into long thin strips) and place in a large serving bowl.

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Remove tomatoes ¬†from oven and set aside until cooled slightly. Be careful of bursting tomatoes! I’ve been popped a few times! Smash tomatoes up with a fork and add to the basil and mix to combine.

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Set oven to 450 degrees. Slice up baguette and drizzle with olive oil. bake until slightly toasted. about 5 minutes.

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Top the bread with tomatoes and a sprinkle of cheese and enjoy!

**another fun way to serve these is to build them and bake the cheese on top. Either way is really delicious!

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Oreo chocolate cake

My husband recently had a birthday and he asked for an Oreo cake so I decided I would try to make one.

I am guilty of using boxed cake but to my defense no one can tell the difference. I just make sure I pull them out of the oven just before they are about done so they are nice and moist.

The trick to getting them to be flat and even is to refrigerate the layers over night and then cut the rounded top off with a cake knife or I used a large bread knife. I also used a round spring board pan to insure that my cake came out in one piece. Being refrigerated will also keeps the crumbs away when you are frosting.

I used 2 boxes of chocolate fudge cake from Betty Crocker and my own recipe of butter cream frosting. I smashed up about 10 Oreos and added it to the frosting while mixing.

Oreo Butter cream frosting:

  • 3¬†cups powdered sugar
  • 1¬†cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup smashed Oreos

Directions

With a hand mixer , mix together sugar and butter until smooth. Mix on low speed then increase speed to medium and mix for another 3 minutes. Add vanilla and cream. Add more cream if needed. Then add Oreos and mix until blended.

*note-I doubled this recipe

Now time to build your cake!

I made 3 layers of cake and put a generous amount of frosting between each layer. Then the trick to get the top layer to look perfect is to flip it upside down. Then I smoothed on the rest of the frosting and piped some swirls on top for the Oreos to stand on and then crushed up a few Oreos and sprinkled them over the top of the cake and pressed them on the sides.

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I was so happy with how the cake turned out and it taste so yummy! My husband was a very happy birthday boy!

Bbq chicken pizza

I’m all about the simple meals I can throw together fast and that my family really enjoys. My husband really likes bbq chicken pizza so I thought I would try to whip one up at home. I’m pretty sure this recipe will be on repeat for a while.

The trick is using a few store bought items but if you got the time and skill to make dough from scratch then go for it! I picked up some pre made pizza dough from the store (Stone Fire brand thin crust), my favorite bbq sauce (sweet baby rays), smoked gouda cheese, mozerella cheese, boneless skinless chicken breast and cilantro.

I baked 1 chicken breast smothered in  bbq sauce for 25 mins on 350 degrees. Covered the pizza dough with desired amount of bbq sauce, chopped up chicken, then covered with desired amount of mozzarella, and about a handful of shredded smoked gouda. I baked the pizza on the rack for the time needed for that type of dough and then added cilantro and we stuffed our faces. I really think the type of bbq sauce and the smoked gouda made all the difference!

This recipe is really so easy, took me about 30 mins including chicken cooking time. If you have left over chicken it could take less than 15 mins! imagine that!

List of ingredients:

  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • pizza dough (stone fire thin crust dough)
  • 1 cup bbq sauce (sweet baby rays)
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup smoked gouda
  • pinch of cilantro