Monthly Archives: January 2012

Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac n Cheese

Oooooh boy!!! I’m a HUGE mac n cheese fan. But mac n cheese with two of my other favs…bacon and ranch?! Yes please. I was salivating the whole time I was making this ๐Ÿ™‚

The original can be found here: http://firstlookthencook.com/2010/02/26/bacon-ranch-and-chicken-mac-and-cheese/

What You Need:

1 cup (8 oz) elbow macaroni

3 slices bacon (original called for only one slice. ha. puh-lease. ONE slice?!)

1 cup (8 oz) chicken breast, cut into small cubes

1 tbls butter

1 tbls powdered ranch mix (original called for flour – I’ll explain more about this later)

1 1/2 cups milk

1 can cream of mushroom soup (original called for 1/3 cup)

1 1/2 cups shredded cheese, I used a colby jack and mozzarella

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 onion powder

1/2 tsp salt

(original called for 1/2 tsp fresh dill, I didn’t use it)

Cook pasta, drain, and set aside. Cook bacon until crisp, remove from the pan, finely chop. Then cook the chicken in the bacon drippings, until browned. I didn’t do this, only because I had the bacon cooked from the day before. Otherwise I would have cooked the chicken in the bacon drippings.

Melt butter and ranch mix in a large sauce pan for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. So above in the ingredients you can see that I used ranch mix instead of flour. When I read through the original recipe I was like “Where is the ranch? I thought this was a ranch mac n cheese?!” Totally bugged. Apparently the flavors are supposed to mix together and taste like ranch. Well, I wasn’t taking any chances! So in with the ranch mix…

Add the milk and soup to the butter mixture, stirring with a whisk until well combined. Bring to a boil. Cook until it thickens.

Remove from heat and add in almost all of the cheese, saving just enough to sprinkle over the top once it’s in the baking dish. Add in the pasta, chicken, bacon, and seasonings. Mix until well combined.

Pour the mixture into a baking dish, sprayed with Pam or otherwise greased. Place in the broiler for a few minutes, watching until the top begins to bubble and slightly brown.

It doesn’t look too pretty, but let me tell you…YUM. It was SO GOOD. So good in fact that I went back for seconds (which I never do!). My hubby took one bite and refused to eat any more, he thought it was gross. Something about the bacon…he’s crazy. My little brother ate some leftover the next day and he said it delicious!

I will definitely be making this again! Although, it will probably be in a smaller amount since I’m the only one eating it LOL I give it 5 out of 5 stars for sure! I want some more right now…

Have you made the Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac n Cheese? Tell me what you thought!

Crockpot Chicken and Gravy

This recipe here just seemed really simple and traditional- chicken and gravy! Even better, this one was for the crockpot. If you make this recipe just as it was from the pin, it would be pretty bland. I added a few things, and next time I would add even more. I’ll show you how I made it this time…

What You Need:

2 chicken breasts

1 can cream of mushroom soup (original called for cream of chicken)

1 packet brown gravy mix (original called for chicken gravy mix)

1 cup of water (original did not call for any water)

Salt, pepper, minced onion (original did not call for any spices)

steamed rice

Combine all the ingredients in the crockpot, except the rice, and cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours.

I had set my crockpot on high for 3 1/2 hours, but after about 2 hours I realized I didn’t need to cook it for that long. So for the remaining time I set it on low. After it’s done cooking I pulled the chicken out and shredded it in my Kitchen Aid mixer (another fantastic Pinterest idea!). Then put it back in and mixed it all together. At this point you could either mix the rice into the chicken and gravy mixture, or you can serve the chicken and gravy on top of the rice.

I served it on top of the rice, that’s how my hubby likes it. We had some broccoli and cheese with it.

Okay, so this was pretty good. Like I said, traditional! Me, my hubby, and my brother Lucas would rate this 4 out of 5 stars. Next time though, we would add a few more things to the chicken and gravy: garlic powder, minced garlic, and additional minced onion. You will also want to have a good amount of pepper in there. With all that, we think this would be great! My hubbs asked for me to make it again, so I guess that means it was good ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you made the Crockpot Chicken and Gravy? Tell me what you thought!

The Best Cornbread

I’m a born-and-raised Southern California girl…but sometimes I really think that I simply belong in the South. Southern food just makes me so happy! Cornbread is one of my all-time favorites, so when I found this Pin that claimed to be “The BEST cornbread ever!” I was all over it. Even the most novice of cooks could make this easy recipe. The original can be found here: http://thepearsonfamilee.blogspot.com/search/label/breads

Here’s what you need:

2 cups Bisquick

6 tbls cornmeal

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter

2 eggs

1 cup milk

Start by mixing together the Bisquick, cornmeal, and sugar.

Next you will melt the butter, then add the milk and eggs to the butter. Mix it all together and then add it into the bowl with the cornmeal mix.

Stir until well combined. Make you you get it all! It’s really easy to have a pocket of dry mix still left at the bottom. Now, pour it into a greased 8×8 baking dish! At this point you are free to lick the bowl. I looove rawย  cornbread mix!

Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until it starts to turn golden brown on the top. Don’t over-bake!

This really was some delicious cornbread! My husband, my little brother, and myself had it with our crispy cheddar chicken for dinner. It went quick!

This is certainly a 5 out of 5 star recipe that I can’t wait to make agin! Quick, easy, and cheap. Love it!

Have you made the Best Cornbread recipe? How did you like it?