Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Cheesy Garlic Monkey Bread


We eat quite a bit of pasta around here, and yes I know that's not always the healthiest, but it is the cheapest to make, it stretches, it feeds a lot and with prices going up and up lately, it's easy on the budget.

One of our favorite side dishes when eating pasta, is the ever popular garlic bread.

But I don't always want to eat the same, and sometimes I crave something a little different.  This recipe came about when I was trying to figure out what to make with our ravioli last week.  I started by making my usual pizza dough, and thought about making a focaccia but wasn't in the mood for that.

I sat around for a bit and then thought, well why not just make some sort of monkey bread but garlic cheese and that way people can just rip off pieces.  It will be fun and tasty.  So that is what I did.

The result was this really yummy fun garlic cheese monkey bread.  The hubby and kids loved it and it's now a favorite around here.


Cheesy Garlic Monkey Bread
Mozzarella cheese, cubed
Melted Butter
Parmesan Cheese
Italian Seasoning
Make the pizza dough, then break off small balls of dough, flatten slightly, add some cubed mozzarella cheese and close, making sure to pinch the seams.
In a small bowl, melt the butter, and add italian seasoning and some parmesan cheese.  Mix well.
Roll the dough balls in the melted butter, and then add to a greased bundt pan.
Bake at 375 for 25 minutes or until browned and the dough is cooked all the way through.  Invert onto a plate, and serve immediately.

German Pizza - Flammkuchen

The first time I heard of German pizza was a couple years ago.  I intended to make it and then never got around to it, and actually completely forgot, until I was scrolling through my blog a couple weeks ago, and there it was.  

Me, mentioning wanting to make it, but yeah....never got around to it.

So a few days ago, when I was trying to figure out what to make for lunch for myself and the kids, I remembered the German pizza and quickly threw it together.

I will say, when I first saw the recipe I was a bit apprehensive, only because it's not the traditional pizza dough and the sauce is not pizza sauce either, it is yogurt and nutmeg.  Strange, not something I am used to, but I just went with it anyway.

Wow, am I glad I did.  What a delicious and easy pizza to make.  I wasn't sure the kids would like it, but they loved it too, so that's always a plus.

So, what exactly is Flammkuchen?

The dish was created by Germanic farmers from Alsace, Baden and the Palatinate who used to bake bread once a week. The Flammekueche was originally a homemade dish which did not make its urban restaurant debut until the "pizza craze" of the 1960s. A Flammekueche would be used to test the heat of their wood-fired ovens. - Wikipedia 

Do give this pizza a try, I know it's not the traditional tomato based sauce, but it's so good, you won't even miss it. 


German Pizza (Flammkuchen) 
For the Dough 
2 c unbleached all-purpose flour 
1/2 tsp salt 
1/2 cup of water 
2 Tbsp olive oil 
For the Toppings 
1 c crème fraîche, or 1 c Greek yogurt, or slightly over 1 c plain yogurt, strained (I used greek yogurt) 1/4 tsp nutmeg 
1/4 lb bacon, diced 
2 onions, halved and sliced thin 
ground black pepper 
Preheat your oven to 500F. 
 In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, water, and oil. Mix until a dough begins to form, the turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until it is soft and smooth, 3-5 min. Set the dough aside and cover it with a towel. 
 In a small bowl, mix together crème fraîche and nutmeg. Set aside. In a large sauté pan, sauté bacon over medium high heat, until it is cooked about halfway to crisp, 2-4 minutes. Remove the bacon (keeping the grease in the pan) to a paper towel lined plate. Set aside. 
Place the sliced onions into the hot bacon grease and sauté over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until caramelized, 10 min. Remove the pan from the heat. Roll and stretch the dough out into a rectangle, roughly 11x16 inches. 
Place the dough onto a large baking sheet that has been generously dusted with cornmeal. Layering bacon, caramelized onions, and creme fraiche on a thin crust for a classic German Flammkuchen recipe. Spread the crème fraîche mixture over the crust, leaving just a little bare crust border. 
Distribute the caramelized onions over the crème fraîche, and sprinkle the bacon over the onions. Finish everything off with a dusting of black pepper. 
Place the baking sheet with the pizza into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the pizza is crisp and the edges are starting to darken. Remove from the oven, cut, and serve immediately. 

Monday, September 06, 2021

Instant Pot Oatmeal

Instant Pot Oatmeal

Quick, creamy, delicious and perfect any time of year.  With this basic recipe you have a starting point to any variation, favorite flavors or all time favorites like brown sugar and cinnamon.
It's no secret that I love my Instant Pot and use it at least once a day.  If I can make it in there,  you better believe it's going in.  

When I learned how to make oatmeal for breakfast, it was like hitting the jackpot.  See, I don't like the oatmeal that comes in the little packets, to me it has to be homemade and creamy, and it's something I could never quite achieve with ready made.
Instant Pot Oatmeal

This instant pot oatmeal is so creamy and so delicious, you'll want to have it every morning.

Just a quick note.  You need to use old fashioned oats, but if all you have are quick oats, which is what I mostly have on hand, then you will need to cook it for just a minute and what I even do, is the minute it comes to pressure, I cancel it and do a quick release. 
If I don't, then I'll usually get the burn notice because the bottom will start to stick, not that it's a big deal, I still eat it just being careful not to scrape the burning parts on the bottom.

Instant Pot Oatmeal

Instant Pot Oatmeal 
1 and 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 and 3/4 cups of water
2 and 1/4 cups of milk
4 tablespoons brown sugar
Optional: you can add in dates, sliced bananas, blueberries, chopped apple.  Whatever you wish.  
Add the oats, water, milk and brown sugar to the instant pot.  Stir to combine.  Make sure it is set to seal, and then click the porridge button and set it at 6 minutes, then do a quick release.  You can also let it do a slow release, but don't let it go too long.
Serve immediately.