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This American Heritage Chocolate Tart is beautifully delicious! A chocolate lovers dream!

American Heritage Chocolate Tart

Thrilled to be partnering with American Heritage Chocolate today to bring you a gorgeous recipe plus all kinds of fun news going on with them. Have you had their chocolate before? It is fantastic!

First off, let’s talk about this gorgeous tart. See recipe below.

Chocolate Tart 575Prep time: 20 min | Cook time: 40-45 min | Total time: 60-65 min, plus refrigeration time

Ingredients

  • 6 ounce American Heritage Chocolate Block
  • 1 tablespoon rice flour
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar (or to taste)
  • 5 medium egg yolks or 4 large
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 1 prepared, frozen 9” pie shell
  • pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Grate the chocolate into a bowl and set aside.
    Combine salt, egg yolks, rice flour and milk in a separate bowl and set aside.
  2. Pour all the cream and the chocolate into a sauce pan and heat to a boil, stirring constantly. Add the sugar and cook until both the sugar and the chocolate are melted.
    Take a quarter of a cup of the hot mixture and slowly add to the egg yolk and rice flour mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk, to prevent scrambling.
  3. Stir the warmed egg yolk mixture into the sauce pan and bring all the ingredients to a boil for about a minute. Set aside and allow it to cool to room temperature. While the mixture is cooling, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Pour the chocolate mixture into the frozen pie shell, set it upon a cookie sheet to prevent spillage and bake for 40-45 minutes, until set. Remove from oven and let it cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours, or overnight.

Makes Eight 6 ounce Servings

American Heritage Chocolate Tart

How gorgeous is this American Heritage Chocolate Drink?!  Oh my goodness, thick, creamy and fabulous.

American Heritage Chocolate Tart

Chocolate is American History.  It is more than just a food or confection.  Chocolate reflects different groups of people, cultures and historical events throughout the ages, and allows us to share a common connection through time.

Mars Chocolate North America is dedicated to sharing chocolate’s fascinating journey through time–how chocolate was made, how it was used, where it came from, and what it tasted like throughout history.

Made with all-natural ingredients and no preservatives, American Heritage Chocolate is an artisan dark chocolate containing 63% cacao.  Mildly spicy, and slightly sweet, American Heritage Chocolate is flavored with a blend of spices and ingredients available during colonial times, including cinnamon, nutmeg, chili pepper, orange, anise and vanilla.

They offer Chocolate Sticks, Chocolate Bites, Chocolate Blocks and Finely Grated Chocolate Drink.  They are sold at over 150 fine gift shops at historic sites and museums in the US and Canada.

For more information visit American Heritage Chocolate.

American Heritage Chocolate Tart

(April 16, 2015) Mars Chocolate North America is pleased to announce that American Heritage™ Chocolate—the company’s authentic historic chocolate brand—is expanding west and will now be available at the company’s iconic M&M’S World® store in Las Vegas. This is following the brand’s recent launch in the M&M’S World® store in New York City in November 2014. Chocolate lovers and entertainment enthusiasts from around the world will get to learn more about chocolate’s rich history and heritage as part of their M&M’S World® experience with American Heritage™ Chocolate’s permanent display on the fourth floor. A team of Mars Chocolate History Ambassadors will share hands-on historic chocolate making demonstrations complete with a sampling of American Heritage™ Chocolate today, April 16, from 9am-3pm PST.

This post is in partnership with American Heritage Chocolate, however opinions are my own.  


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Dinner

You are going to love these Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges! A fun dinner recipe the whole family will go nuts for!

Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges

So many fun memories writing this post today.  I was contacted by Martha White to feature my 2007 winning Cornbread Cook-off recipe for their Virtual Cornbread Potluck 2015!  Be sure to scroll down past the recipe and see the other bloggers who joined in the fun.

Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges

Many of you probably don’t know that quite a few years ago I started my cooking career as a competitive cook!  It’s funny even saying that because I am not really a competitive person!  I really enjoyed writing recipes and just kind of fell into this fun world of competing.  One of my favorite cook-off’s was definitely the Martha White Cornbread Cook-Off in 2007.  Here I am preparing my dish for the judges.  Talk about being a nervous wreck! I remember getting all of my cute food props at World Market.  My father-in-law flew with us and the boys and we got to play in TN for a few days.  The Cornbread Festival was so much fun.  So much good food to try.

So…..did I win the cook-off? …..

Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges

That’s me, I won!  I got the famous skillet champion hat plus $5000 to take home.  What a fun weekend that was.

I ended up competing from 2004-about 2007.  So many great memories and friends made.  I’ll never forget it.  When I was done competing, I started Picky Palate and here I am still creating recipes.  It’s the perfect job for me :)

Hope you enjoy my winning cornbread recipe, give it a try, you’ll be glad you did!!

Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges

Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges

Chicken Taco Cornbread WedgesPrep time: 20 min | Cook time: 20 min | Total time: 40 min

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup Ranch Dressing
  • 1/2 cup salsa verde
  • 1 cup packed cilantro leaves

Filling

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (14 1/2 oz.) can diced tomatoes with green chilies

Crust

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 (7 oz.) pkg. Martha White® Sweet Yellow Cornbread Mix
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup crushed corn tortilla chips

Toppings

  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups shredded romaine
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes

Directions

  1. HEAT oven to 400°F. Combine ranch dressing, salsa and 1 cup cilantro leaves in a small food processor or blender. Process until well blended. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. HEAT olive oil in 10-inch Lodge cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper and jalapeno pepper; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring frequently. Stir in chicken, 3 tablespoons cilantro, salt, cumin, pepper and tomatoes with green chilies; cook 5 minutes. Remove from skillet. Wipe out skillet with paper towel; grease.
  3. BEAT egg in large bowl. Add cornbread mix and milk; mix well. Place tortilla chips in greased skillet. Pour cornbread mixture over chips. Spoon chicken mixture over cornbread mixture; sprinkle with cheeses. BAKE 16 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into wedges. Top with romaine and tomatoes; drizzle with dressing.

Makes 6 Servings

Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges

Be sure to check out my blogging friends for more Cornbread recipes!

This post is in partnership with Martha White, however thoughts and recipes are my own.  All photos via Martha White/National Cornbread Cookoff 2007.


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Desserts

My Peanut Butter S’mores Style Panini could not be more delicious and simple to prepare!  Dessert just got a bit sweeter!
Peanut Butter S'mores Style Panini

What a fun day in the kitchen it was making these outrageous sweet grilled sandwiches!! Packed with creamy peanut butter, marshmallows and melty chocolate…you are in for a treat!

Fun recipe to make with the kids, be prepared for messy sweet hands.

Hope you enjoy!

Peanut Butter S'mores Style Panini

I used Thomas Bagel Thins for the bread.  I love the thin layers!  Perfect for sandwiches, cream cheese and so much more.

Peanut Butter S'mores Style Panini

A closer look at the bagel slices.  Mmm!

Peanut Butter S'mores Style Panini

I used a chocolate chunk bar for the chocolate layer.  Trader Joe’s has an awesome bloc.

Peanut Butter S'mores Style Panini

Chop a few squares of chocolate.

Peanut Butter S'mores Style Panini

Spread bottom bagels with a thin layer of peanut butter.

Peanut Butter S'mores Style Panini

Top with chocolate chunks.

Peanut Butter S'mores Style Panini

Mini marshmallows….or cut up large marshmallows.

Peanut Butter S'mores Style Panini

Butter a grill pan and place little sandwiches in!

Peanut Butter S'mores Style Panini

Seriously!!!

Peanut Butter S'mores Style Panini

Look at tha ooey gooey fabulousness!

Peanut Butter S'mores Style Panini

Peanut Butter S’mores Style Panini

Peanut Butter S'mores Style PaniniPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 5 min | Total time: 15 min

Ingredients

  • 4 Thomas Bagel Thins, split
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup milk chocolate chunks
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • 4 tablespoons butter, unsalted

Directions

  1. Heat a grill pan over medium heat.
  2. Place bagels cut side up onto counter, one half of the bagels spread evenly with peanut butter and top with chocolate chunks and marshmallows. Close with top bagels.
  3. Place butter into skillet to melt. Add bagel sandwiches, let cook and melt until chocolate and marshmallows begin to melt. Carefully flip and cook until both sides are toasted. Remove and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 4 Servings

This post is in partnership with Thomas Breads, however thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Appetizers and Sides

The Ultimate Queso Bean Dip is going to knock your socks off. Perfect for your upcoming parties. Careful, it goes quick!
The Ultimate Queso Bean Dip

Party food is so much fun to develop….and even more fun to eat.  My family enjoys Mexican food on so many times during the week, it’s hands down some of our favorite food to enjoy as a family.

I put together two of our favorite things…homemade queso dip and bean dip.  Wait until they are combined and baked to perfection.  It’s a match made in bean dip heaven.  Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any party with hungry guests.  This one does not disappoint.

Hope you enjoy!

The Ultimate Queso Bean Dip

 

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Old El Paso to bring you new recipes.  I used their refried beans to help create my Ultimate dip today.

The Ultimate Queso Bean Dip

 

To make homemade queso, you’ll start with a simple roux.  Melt butter and whisk in flour, salt and pepper.  Next, you’ll whisk in some heavy cream until thickened then stir in the cheese.

The Ultimate Queso Bean Dip

 

Stir in a 10 ounce can of diced tomatoes with green chile to your cheese sauce.

The Ultimate Queso Bean Dip

 

Stir in your queso sauce right to the beans.  Magic is about to take place :)

The Ultimate Queso Bean Dip

 

I transferred the dip to individual baking dishes, but you can use a 9×13 inch baking dish just as well.

The Ultimate Queso Bean Dip

 

Top with additional cheese!

The Ultimate Queso Bean Dip

 

Perfect.  Now bake until melty and hot.

The Ultimate Queso Bean Dip

 

There’s the ticket.  Now go grab some great tortilla chips and dig in!

The Ultimate Queso Bean Dip

 

Yah, that’s pretty much what heaven looks like.  Enjoy!

The Ultimate Queso Bean Dip

The Ultimate Queso Bean Dip

The Ultimate Queso Bean DipPrep time: 15 min | Cook time: 25 min | Total time: 40 min

Ingredients

  • Two 16 ounce cans Old El Paso Refried Beans
  • 4 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 10 ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilies, mild

Directions

  1. Place beans into large mixing bowl, stirring and mashing to combine.
  2. Place butter into a small saucepan over medium heat to melt. Whisk in flour, salt and pepper, stirring for about 60 seconds. Slowly stir in heavy cream, whisking continuously until thickened. Once thickened, reduce heat to low and stir in 1 1/2 cups of cheese until melted smooth and thick. Stir in can of tomatoes, stirring to combined. Pour queso over beans, stir to combine. Transfer bean mixture to individual baking dishes or a 9×13 inch baking dish. Top with remaining cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes, until cheese is melted. Remove and serve warm with tortilla chips.

Makes 8-10 Servings

This post is in partnership with Old El Paso however thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Breakfast and Brunch

This Caramelized Roasted Banana Bread with Oat Streusel is sweet, rich and absolutely a must for banana bread lovers!
Caramelized Roasted Banana Bread with Oat Streuse

Banana bread is one of my favorite things to bake for my family.  I get a little excited every time I see bananas that have gotten dark because I know I’ll be making banana bread!

Have you tried roasting your bananas before adding them to your batter?  They become caramelized from the butter and brown sugar…literally a dream.  Sweet and rich.  So excited for you to try this new recipe!

Caramelized Roasted Banana Bread with Oat Streuse

It’s such a pleasure partnering with Quaker’s 3 Minute Steel Cut Oats today.  We love oatmeal for breakfast at our house and I LOVE baking with oatmeal so this was a great partnership.  I had such a blast creating this recipe with their oats in the streusel.  Crunchy sweet topping in every bite.

Their Steel Cut Oats are made with 100% whole grain oats that are expertly cut to preserve the hearty texture of the whole oat, new Quaker® Quick 3-Minute Steel Cut Oats cooks in minutes to make breakfast both convenient and tasty.

Quaker® Quick 3-Minute Steel Cut Oats delivers the same hearty texture and nutty flavor that has made steel cut oats popular, but are now ready in minutes.

Caramelized Roasted Banana Bread with Oat Streuse

Slice 2 large ripe bananas into 1/2 inch slices.

Caramelized Roasted Banana Bread with Oat Streuse

Place into ramekin or other small baking dish of choice.  Top with cubed cold butter and brown sugar.  Bake then remove and let cool for 10 minutes.

Caramelized Roasted Banana Bread with Oat Streusel Caramelized Roasted Banana Bread with Oat Streusel

Prepare your banana bread batter…wet ingredients then dry.

Caramelized Roasted Banana Bread with Oat Streuse

Transfer batter into small loaf pan lightly sprayed with cooking spray.

Caramelized Roasted Banana Bread with Oat Streuse

Prepare the oat streusel using the Quaker 3-Minute Steel Cut Oats.

Caramelized Roasted Banana Bread with Oat Streusel

Place all of the streusel ingredients into a food processor.  Pulse until crumbly dough starts to form.

Caramelized Roasted Banana Bread with Oat Streuse

Place streusel pieces on top of banana bread batter and bake!

Caramelized Roasted Banana Bread with Oat Streuse

Let your bread cool completely before slicing.  It will be worth the wait, trust me!

Caramelized Roasted Banana Bread with Oat Streuse

Crunchy sweet oat streusel in every bite.  Mmm!

Caramelized Roasted Banana Bread with Oat Streuse

Caramelized Roasted Banana Bread with Oat Streusel

Caramelized Roasted Banana Bread with Oat StreusePrep time: 25 min | Cook time: 60 min | Total time: 1 hour 25 min

Ingredients

Caramelized Roasted Bananas

  • 2 large bananas
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed

Banana Bread

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Oat Streusel

  • 4 tablespoons cold butter, unsalted and cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup Quaker 3 Minute Steel Cut Oats
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place sliced bananas into a baking dish. Place butter evenly over bananas and sprinkle brown sugar on top. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Remove and let cool for 10 minutes.
  2. To prepare banana bread, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Cream butter and sugar in large bowl until well combined. Stir in egg and vanilla then roasted bananas. Add flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Stir until combined then transfer to lightly greased small loaf pan.
  3. To prepare oat streusel place cold butter cubes, flour, brown sugar, oats and cinnamon in food processor. Pulse until mixture becomes a crumbly dough. Remove and place crumbles evenly over banana bread. Bake for 55-65 minutes, until baked through. Let cool completely then slice.

Makes 8 Servings

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A one-pocket apron ideal for cooking and baking everything from a simple breakfast to an elaborate dish
A set of four red ceramic measuring cups for measuring oats and other ingredients
An all-purpose wooden spoon for preparing your next homemade bowl of oats
A retro kitchen timer for timing the Quick 3-Minute Steel Cut Oats preparation
A $25 Visa gift card to purchase ingredients for your very own steel cut oat creation
A spacious wicker basket to house all of your favorite dry breakfast ingredients
Quaker Quick 3-Minute Steel Cut Oats Canister and the Quaker Quick 3-Minute Steel Cut Oatmeal flavored varieties, including both the Blueberries & Cranberries and Brown Sugar & Cinnamon flavors
Total giveaway value is approximately $130

How to Enter
Enter giveaway by simply leaving a comment telling us your favorite way to enjoy your oatmeal!

For an extra entry, post your own steel cut oat recipe online {using Twitter or Instagram} using Quaker 3-Minute Steel Cut Oats Original flavor using the hashtags #QuakerUp and #SweepsEntry. Be sure to tag me @pickypalate so I can track your entries!

Good luck!

This post is in partnership with Quaker Oats however thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Desserts

My Apple Pie Style Chocolate Taco is the perfect sweet treat to enjoy for any occasion! Fun and chocolatey!
Apple Pie Style Chocolate Taco

Some days are so much fun in the kitchen….today was definitely one of them :)  Putting together this chocolate taco deliciousness was such a treat.  My boys could hardly believe their eyes when they saw me painting chocolate on taco shells, ha!

Not only is this fun taco incredibly delicious, it literally takes about 20 minutes from start to finish.

If you are looking to impress your guests on Mexican food night, this dessert taco is your ticket!

Hope you enjoy.

Apple Pie Style Chocolate Taco

Here’s an idea of the ingredients you’ll need to get started.  Nice and easy.  I used Ghirardelli’s chocolate melts for my chocolate, but use whatever chocolate you’d like.  These melt so nicely.  Love them.

Apple Pie Style Chocolate Taco

Old El Paso Stand n’ Stuff Taco Shells are our favorite.  No more tacos that fall over.  Such a brilliant shell.

Apple Pie Style Chocolate Taco

Melt your chocolate and find your favorite pastry brush.

Apple Pie Style Chocolate Taco

Just like art class, paint your chocolate over the inside and outside of your shells.

Apple Pie Style Chocolate Taco

The chocolate hardens pretty quick.  Let them sit while you prepare the apple filling.

Apple Pie Style Chocolate Taco

Be sure to get your whipped cream whipped so it’s ready to go :)

Apple Pie Style Chocolate Taco

Peel and chop 4 large apples.  I used Gala, but just about any variety will work great.

Apple Pie Style Chocolate Taco

Pour your apple chunks into a hot skillet with melted butter.

Apple Pie Style Chocolate Taco

Add some brown sugar.

Apple Pie Style Chocolate Taco

Add ground cinnamon and stir to combine.  Let cook for about 5 minutes.

Apple Pie Style Chocolate Taco

Spoon that gorgeous apple filling into your chocolate tacos.

Apple Pie Style Chocolate Taco

Top each taco with a nice dollop of whipped cream and some chocolate shavings.  Enjoy!

Apple Pie Style Chocolate Taco

Apple Pie Style Chocolate Taco

Apple Pie Style Chocolate TacoPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 10 min | Total time: 20 min

Ingredients

  • 4 Old El Paso Stand n’Stuff Taco Shells
  • 1 cup melted chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 4 large chopped peeled gala apples
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated chocolate, optional

Directions

  1. Place taco shells onto a parchment lined baking sheet. With a pastry brush, brush melted chocolate inside and half way up outside of taco shell. Place on baking sheet to let chocolate dry.
  2. Place butter into large skillet over medium heat to melt. Add apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt, stirring to combine. Let cook for 5 minutes then reduce heat to low.
  3. To prepare whipped cream, place cream and sugar into a medium mixing bowl. Whisk until whipped cream forms. When chocolate has dried, spoon apple filing into taco shells. Top each taco warm, with a dollop of whipped cream and grated chocolate.

Makes 4 Servings

This post is in partnership with Old El Paso, however thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Breakfast and Brunch


My Pecan Chocolate Chip Maple French Toast Bake makes the perfect breakfast or brunch treat for your family and friends!

Pecan Chocolate Chip Maple French Toast Bake

It’s such a pleasure partnering with Thomas Breads this year to bring you some fun creative recipes using their delicious bagels and English muffins!  I developed the most delicious French toast bake with Thomas’s Maple French Toast Bagels.  They are soft, cinnamon-y and maple delicious.  So excited for you to try this!

Pecan Chocolate Chip Maple French Toast Bake

These bagels.  Can’t even begin to say how much we love these!!

Pecan Chocolate Chip Maple French Toast Bake

I split the bagels and cut each of the halves in 8 triangles.

Pecan Chocolate Chip Maple French Toast Bake

Time to get the egg mixture ready!

Pecan Chocolate Chip Maple French Toast Bake

A nice splash of vanilla.

Pecan Chocolate Chip Maple French Toast Bake

Brown sugar up next.

Pecan Chocolate Chip Maple French Toast Bake

Lots of cinnamon :)

Pecan Chocolate Chip Maple French Toast Bake

Give a good whisk then pour over bagels in casserole dish.

Pecan Chocolate Chip Maple French Toast Bake

Perfect, just a couple other sweet toppings.

Pecan Chocolate Chip Maple French Toast Bake

Top with mini chocolate chips and chopped pecans.  Time to bake!

Pecan Chocolate Chip Maple French Toast Bake

Whisk up a sweet drizzle and pour over a nice bowl of French toast bake!  Enjoy!

Pecan Chocolate Chip Maple French Toast Bake

Pecan Chocolate Chip Maple French Toast Bake

Pecan Chocolate Chip Maple French Toast BakePrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 35 min | Total time: 45min

Ingredients

  • 3 Thomas Maple French Toast Bagels, split
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream (you can use milk if needed)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Sweet Icing Drizzle

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cut bagels into eighths and place into baking dish. Place eggs, cream, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and salt into a large mixing bowl. Whisk to combined then pour evenly over cut bagels. With spoon, press bagels into egg base. Top with pecans and chocolate chips. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until eggs are set. Remove and let cool for 10 minutes.
  3. To prepare sweet icing, whisk powdered sugar and cream until smooth, drizzle over warm bake. Cut into squares and serve.

Makes 8-10 Servings

This post in in partnership with Thomas Breads however thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Dinner

My Mexi-Style Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Bacon Pasta Bake is a simple weeknight dinner idea the whole family is going to love!
Mexi-Style Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Bacon Pasta

There’s nothing I love more than a new simple to prepare weeknight dinner recipe!  I had a blast creating this new recipe in partnership with Imagine Foods.  Their line of creamy soups are amazing.  So many delicious varieties.  Visit Imaginefoods.com to check out all 20 creamy and delicious flavors, as well as a $1 off coupon.

Mexi-Style Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Bacon Pasta

For my recipe today I used this delicious Creamy Tomato Soup.

Kroger shoppers be sure to visit Kroger.com to download a $1 off coupon on Imagine® Creamy Soups to your Kroger Plus Card

Mexi-Style Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Bacon Pasta

To start, cook your pasta according to package directions.

Mexi-Style Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Bacon Pasta

Melt butter in a large skillet.

Mexi-Style Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Bacon Pasta

Add your cooked drained pasta.

Mexi-Style Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Bacon Pasta

A little salt and pepper.

Mexi-Style Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Bacon Pasta Bake

A little garlic salt and bacon pieces stirred into the pasta.

Mexi-Style Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Bacon Pasta

You’ll need 2 cups of the Creamy Tomato Soup.

Mexi-Style Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Bacon Pasta Bake

A little cumin, paprika and some diced tomatoes with peppers.

Mexi-Style Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Bacon Pasta-14

Transfer soup to a large skillet and top with fresh cilantro leaves.  Pour pasta right on top.

Mexi-Style Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Bacon Pasta

Top with cheese please!

Mexi-Style Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Bacon Pasta

Time to bake!

Mexi-Style Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Bacon Pasta

Oodles of melted cheese.  I just died.

Mexi-Style Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Bacon Pasta

Wait until you get your hands on this dish.  You are going to love it!  Enjoy :)

Mexi-Style Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Bacon Pasta

Mexi-Style Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Bacon Pasta Bake

Mexi-Style Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese PastaPrep time: 15 min | Cook time: 20min | Total time: 35 min

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound dry/uncooked penne pasta, I used mini
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup cooked crumbled bacon
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Cups Imagine Creamy Tomato Soup
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes with peppers
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Place butter into a large skillet over medium heat to melt. When melted add pasta, bacon pieces, garlic salt and pepper. Stir to combine them remove from heat.
  2. Place Imagine Creamy Tomato Soup into a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in cumin and paprika to combine. Pour soup into bottom of a 10 inch cast iron skillet. Sprinkle with cilantro leaves then top with pasta. Top with cheese and bake for 20 minutes, until cheese is melted. Remove and serve warm.

Makes 4-6 Servings

This post in in partnership with Imagine Foods however thoughts and opinions are my own.


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