Swiss Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Sausage

Need a little weeknight comfort food?  This one’s for you then.

This recipe came about when I looked up from my computer and realized it was already 5:30 and I hadn’t started dinner.  (And no, the irony that I’m a food blogger and still have this problem is not lost on me.)

I had a smoked sausage in the fridge and a daughter begging for mac & cheese.  But I didn’t want to make the usual kind.  A rummage through the cheese drawer yielded a block of Swiss and a new recipe came into being.

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Creamy Cheesy Veggie Puffs & a giveaway!

My youngest daughter and I made these for lunch one day.  They’re quick to make and a scrumptious way to eat veggies.

They’re out of this world.  No really, they are.  See the martian below.

Isn’t it cute?  And surprisingly tasty for an extraterrestrial.

I will be making these again sometime.  The cheese along with the biscuit dough reminded me of a warm version of veggie pizza.  Only puff shaped.

The short cut ingredient in this recipe is Birds Eye Steamfresh veggies.  They cook in their own bag in the microwave.  No chopping or extra dish washing required.  This makes it perfect for cooking with kids.

(Keep reading for the giveaway info!)

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Hawaiian BBQ Sandwiches (inspired by Earl of Sandwich)

When we were in Disney World a few weeks ago, we had dinner one night at the Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney.  My oldest son and I shared a Hawaiian BBQ Sandwich.

It’s stacked with thinly sliced ham, grilled chicken, Swiss cheese, pineapple and barbeque sauce.  Amazing!

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Ham and Swiss Scalloped Potatoes

Yesterday, we talked about how to make white sauce.  That is the basis for this dish too.  The simple white sauce poured over layers of potato, ham ans shredded Swiss cheese makes for a wonderful dinner.

In order to keep the baking time to a minimum and ensure the potatoes get cooked all the way through, I boiled the whole potatoes and then sliced them.  Since everything is hot going into the oven, it only needs about 20 minutes to melt the cheese and finish off the dish.

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Reuben Sliders on Pretzel Rolls

Reuben sandwiches are a combination of a lot of strong flavors:

  • Corned beef or pastrami
  • Sauerkraut
  • Swiss cheese
  • Rye Bread
  • Thousand Island dressing

I happen to like all but one of those tastes, but I made several variations to come up with these sliders.

These are a tiny take on the original Reuben sandwich.  As soon as I saw Sister Schubert’s Soft Pretzel Rolls, I knew they would make perfect little Reubens.  I didn’t miss the rye bread at all.

We ate these as part of lunch after church.   They’re super quick to put together.  The pretzel rolls are frozen, but only take a few minutes in the oven and they are warm and soft.  We love all kinds of bread and I really like being able to keep these rolls on hand in the freezer and still be able to have them on the table quickly.

I do admit that my kids opted out of having sauerkraut on theirs.  That’s okay.  It’s easy to alter sandwiches for each person’s tastes.

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Potatoes and Ham ala Julia Child

I’ve been reading Julia Child’s book My Life in France. That led me to order “The French Chef”, her cooking show on PBS, from Netflix.  What fun!

I have to say that I’m surprised how many of the recipes she shares are accessible for the average cook at home.  I’m not sure why it surprised me, because that is who she wrote for.  She aimed to bring French cooking to American kitchens.

This dish is based on one that Julia Child shared on her TV program.  She used smoked sausage in hers, but I substituted cubed ham.  I don’t remember what kind of cheese she used.  I admit that I have some more tweaking and trying to do on this recipe.  The sauce didn’t thicken like I’d hoped.  I’m pretty sure I did it like she said, but something didn’t work.  It may have been that I used milk along with the half & half.  Julia Child said that would work, but I only have 1% milk instead of whole.

However, the taste was wonderful!  I could really taste the potatoes.  You know how sometimes they are just there and you don’t really notice them?  Not so with this dish.  The ham was a nice complement and it was all underscored with Swiss cheese, garlic and onion.

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Baked Ham and Broccoli Rolls with Swiss Cheese Sauce

I had the idea for this dish, bought the ingredients and then almost didn’t follow through with making them.  I’m glad I did though.  The kids all loved them and so did Jim and I.  They were easy and something a little different.  You can’t go wrong with the combination of ham, broccoli and Swiss cheese. [Read more…]

Croque Monsieur – “Fancy” Toasted Ham and Cheese

I found this recipe in a Rachel Ray cookbook.  She talks about eating these sandwiches in Paris.  That sounds nice.  I just ate mine in the kitchen.

I adapted her recipe a little bit.  She says to use Gruyere cheese, but I couldn’t find any so I used Swiss.  My kids called these “inside out sandwiches”, because the cheese is on the outside of the bread.  When you grill them, it toasts to a flavorful crust. [Read more…]

Swiss and Bacon Quiche

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The smoky taste of bacon and swiss cheese makes this quiche perfect for dinner or breakfast.  It also heats up well in the microwave, so grab a leftover slice for lunch.  I adapted the recipe from an old Southern Living recipe I found.  I added a few shortcuts to make it faster.

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