This Country-Fried Burger Is A Perfect Taste Of The South

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By Cooking Panda

What’s better than a classic cheeseburger? A country-fried cheeseburger, that’s what!

It might sound crazy, but this amazing burger is a perfect combination of a traditional cheeseburger and a southern favorite — country-fried steak.

Perhaps the best thing about this delicious burger is the sweet tea barbecue sauce, which brings the whole thing together to create a flavor combination that will make you think you’re in the great American south.

Check out the recipe below.

Source: Tasted / Photo credit: Screenshot/YouTube

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Make Your Own Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme

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Taco Bell’s Crunchwrap Supreme is a favorite of the Mexican fast food chain, and now you can make your own in just a few easy steps!

The Crunchwrap Supreme is a brilliant combination of a taco and burrito — mixing beef, cheese and traditional burrito and taco toppings within a tortilla and tostada shell.

Check out the recipe below, courtesy of POPSUGAR, and try this amazing dish for yourself.

Source: POPSUGAR / Photo credit: Screenshot/YouTube

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These Burger Pancakes Take Breakfast Burgers To A Whole New Level!

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By Cooking Panda

If you think you love cheeseburgers now, wait till you try these cheeseburger pancakes. These amazingly creative pancakes are made from simple ingredients, and of course include a base of ground beef and cheddar cheese — just like any good cheeseburger would!

To top it all off, this savory twist on the normal pancake is finished with a yummy avocado and ranch cream sauce.

Try these pancakes for a breakfast unlike any you’ve had before.

Source: Food Deconstructed / Photo credit: YouTube

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These Cherry Coke Cupcakes Are Unique And Delicious

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Get ready for an out of this world flavor combination with these Cherry Coke Cupcakes. 

These truly unique cupcakes are made from very simple ingredients that include devils food cake mix, maraschino cherry liquid and — yep, you guessed it — Coca Cola.

Not only is the cake portion made with the classic cola drink, but so is the cherry frosting! Two delicious cola-infused parts of this incredible cupcake.

Ingredients:

Cake:

1 box Devils Food Cake Mix + box ingredients

1 cup Coke

1/3 cup Maraschino Cherry liquid

24 Maraschino Cherries

Frosting:

1 1/4 cup softened Butter

5 cup Powdered Sugar

2 tbsp Coke

1 tbsp Maraschino Cherry liquid

Red Food Coloring

24 Maraschino Cherries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Line muffin pan with paper liners.

Make batter according to box direction EXCEPT substitute 1 cup Coke and 1/3 cup cherry liquid for water.

Fill liners 2/3 full and add 1 cherry to the middle of each.

Bake according to box directions and allow to cool completely.

Whip butter, coke and cherry liquid and gradually add powdered sugar.

You can optionally add red food coloring to get desired color.

Transfer frosting to piping bag and frost each cupcake.

Top each with another cherry.

Source: Cincy Shopper / Photo credit: Cincy Shopper

Tags: better, cherry, Coke, cupcakes, recipe
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Dessert Just Got A Makeover With These Fudgy Strawberry Brownie Nachos!

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By Cooking Panda

Everyone loves nachos, and everyone also loves brownies. Why not combine the two? You won’t know what hit you with these deliciously fudgy strawberry brownie nachos.

The key with this sweet treat is the baked sugar-coated tortillas, which are covered in fudge brownies and strawberries. 

Hot fudge is drizzled on top, and finished with whipped cream to create a truly unique and irresistible dessert.

Ingredients:

1 box fudge brownie mix (8 x 8-inch or 9 x 9-inch pan size)*

Eggs, water and oil called for on brownie mix

6 soft taco size flour tortillas

1/3 cup sugar

2 cups finely chopped fresh strawberries

1/4 cup hot fudge topping

Aerosol whipped cream

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix and bake brownies as instructed on box in 8 x 8-inch or 9 x 9-inch pan. Cool completely.

Keep oven heated at 350 degrees F. Spray large jelly roll pan with cooking spray. Place sugar in round 8-inch cake pan. Spray both sides of each tortilla with cooking spray. Place tortillas in pan, one at a time, and coat with sugar on both sides. Cut each sugar coated tortilla into 4 equal pie-shaped wedges. Place wedges on sprayed pan in a single layer (some edges may slightly overlap). Bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until edges turn light golden brown. Cool completely.

To assemble nachos, arrange baked tortilla wedges on a large serving plate or platter (some edges may overlap). Crumble brownies evenly over top of tortilla wedges. Spoon strawberries evenly on top of crumbled brownies.

Place hot fudge topping in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High for 25 to 35 seconds until melted and drizzling consistency. Drizzle over top of strawberries.

Top nachos with whipped cream. Serve immediately.

Source: Simply Southern Baking / Photo credit: Simply Southern Baking

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Jalapeno Popper Tater Tot Casserole – The Hit Of Your Next Party

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By Cooking Panda

Want a great side dish to make for any party or event? jalapeno popper tater tot casserole is the best choice for a party. Look no further than this delicious jalapeno tater tot casserole!

This delicious casserole is prepared by layering tater tots in a  casserole dish and bake them.

Next, add a delicious jalapeño popper dip (ingredients below) and sprinkle cheese on top.

Then top with bacon and green onions, and bake.

This tasty casserole is sure to be a hit with friends and family, and will leave them wanting more. Make sure to follow the below mentioned ingredeints and directions to make tater tot casserole with jalapenos.

Ingredients:

2 – 8 oz packages of cream cheese, softened at room temperature.

1 cup sour cream

2 cups Mexican Cheddar Jack Shredded Cheese, divided

1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled

6 Jalapeno Peppers, deseeded, and diced

1 – 2 lb. bag of tater tots

6 green onions, thinly sliced

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Line a casserole dish with tater tots. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.

While the tater tots are baking, cook bacon, blot fat away, and crumble into small pieces. And the dice peppers and slice the onions..

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, 1½ cups of Cheddar jack cheese, bacon (save a little bit for the topping), diced Jalapeno peppers, and most of the sliced onions (save a few for the top). Stir to thoroughly combine ingredients.

Spread the jalapeno mixture over the top of the tater tots

Top with remaining ½ cup of cheese. Sprinkle the extra bacon pieces and onion slices over the top.

Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.

Now enjoy tater tot jalapeno popper casserole!

Source: Premeditated Leftovers / Photo credit: Premeditated LeftoversTags: better, casserole, frozen tater tots, jalapeno popper, jalapeno popper casserole, jalapeno tater tot, tater tot
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These Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes Will Brighten Your Morning

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By Cooking Panda

Lemon poppyseed is a wonderful flavor combination used with muffins, but would you ever think to create a pancake with these two ingredients? 

Get ready for an unexpected treat, and your new favorite breakfast, with these delicious lemon poppyseed pancakes!

This batter doesn’t use lemon juice or poppyseeds conservatively, so be advised that there’s a ton of flavor here. Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

Ingredients:

dry ingredients

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/3 cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

wet ingredients

1 cup buttermilk

zest of two lemons

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)

3 Tbsp butter, melted

1 egg

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup poppy seeds

Directions:

Whisk together the dry ingredients.

In a separate bowl, blend the wet ingredients together and fold in the poppy seeds.

Add the wet to the dry and mix just until combined, don’t over mix, you want your pancakes to be fluffy! Lumps are fine.

Cook on a lightly greased griddle until lightly golden on both sides.

Serve hot with maple syrup.

Source: The View From Great Island / Photo credit: The View From Great Island 

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These Skinny Chicken Enchiladas Are Delicious And Guilt Free!

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Sometimes it’s hard to imagine eating healthy food without sacrificing taste. With these Skinny Chicken Enchiladas, you don’t have to!

The enchiladas are made with healthy components like low fat Mexican cheese, whole wheat flour tortillas and low fat sour cream — perfect for anyone looking to diet or live a nutrient-rich lifestyle. 

These flavorful enchiladas will be the hit of your next family dinner without anyone knowing that they’re full of good, healthy ingredients! 

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

1 cup water

¼ teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon onion powder

3 cups chicken, cooked and chopped (rotisserie works great)

8 (7-inch) whole wheat flour tortillas

1 cup shredded low fat Mexican cheese

Optional Toppings:

Avocados, diced

Tomatoes, diced

Low fat sour cream

Cilantro

Directions:

In a medium skillet add vegetable oil, flour, and chili powder. Gradually stir in the tomato sauce, water, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and into the flour mixture. Reduce heat to low and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Reserve one cup of the enchilada sauce. Add the chicken to the sauce and assemble the enchiladas by adding ⅓ cup of the mixture in the center and roll the enchilada up and place seam down in a 9×13 inch pan. Top with reserved enchilada sauce and cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until heated through and the cheese has melted.

Source: The Recipe Critic / Photo credit: The Recipe Critic 

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This Cannoli Cheeseball Is A Fun New Way To Eat A Classic Dessert

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By Cooking Panda

Get ready to take cannoli’s to a whole new level with this delicious cannoli cheeseball.

This creamy, chocolatey dip is made with ricotta cheese, cinnamon, powdered sugar and chocolate chips. All you need to do is combine the ingredients, form a ball, cover it in chocolate chips and let it set for an hour. 

Once it’s set, serve with vanilla wafers or graham crackers and enjoy this fun take on an Italian classic.

Ingredients:

1 (8 ounce) cream cheese, softened

½ cup ricotta

½ cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

⅛ teaspoon allspice

2½ cups mini chocolate chips, divided

Vanilla wafers, graham crackers, for serving

Directions:

In a medium sized mixing bowl combine cream cheese, ricotta, powdered sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and 1 cup mini chocolate chips. Form the cheese mixture into a ball and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for an hour until set.

Roll the cheeseball in remaining chocolate chips. Serve with vanilla wafers and graham crackers.

Source: The Recipe Critic / Photo credit: The Recipe Critic 

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Fried Peanut Butter Crescent Rolls Will Make You Rethink Breakfast Forever!

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By Cooking Panda

Everyone loves a good crescent roll — flakey, buttery, and delicious. What could possibly make it better? Peanut butter, that’s what.

These fried peanut butter crescent rolls are bound to become your new favorite breakfast, and they’re so sweet you can even have them for dessert!

All you need is Pillsbury Crescent Rounds or crescent dough, 15 tablespoons of peanut butter (frozen) and powdered sugar for garnishing. 

When you’ve gone through all the steps to prepare the peanut butter rounds for frying, just drop them into some oil until they’re golden brown and dust them with the powdered sugar.

Then enjoy as the peanut butter oozes out of the middle, and savor this decadent treat for as long as you can before they’re all gone.

Ingredients:

One container of Pillsbury Crescent Rounds . . . OR one container of the Crescent Dough Sheet.

Approximately 15 tablespoons of peanut butter . . . frozen.

Powdered sugar for dusting.

Directions:

You must start this process a few hours before you plan on making these so the PB can freeze!

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place individual rounded tablespoons of peanut butter onto it. Place it into the freezer and leave it there until the PB is frozen.

When you’re ready, roll out the dough and cut out as many 2-inch circles as you can get out of it! I got 15-ish!

When it’s time to assemble the balls, take the frozen PB balls out of the freezer, but leave them there until you’re totally ready to work with them!

Now, gently place one frozen PB ball into the center of a dough circle and . . .

SEAL IT UP GOOD!!!!

Place the wrapped PB balls back onto the baking sheet and put them back into the freezer until your oil is ready (350°F).

Place one or two frozen and wrapped PB balls gently into the oil and fry them until they’re golden on both sides. 

Let cool and dust with powdered sugar.

Source: PopSugar / Photo credit: PopSugar

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You Won’t Believe What’s In This Chocolate Covered Oreo Cake!

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By Cooking Panda

How does a giant Oreo cake covered in chocolate ganache sound? Pretty amazing, right? Well, here’s your chance to bring this dream dessert to life.

All it takes is a two layer devil’s food cake, prepared as instructed, plus some Oreo cookies to be dispersed throughout the recipe. For the delicious Oreo filling, just get some Cool Whip, cream cheese, sugar, and cookies. 

The ganache is done with semi-sweet chocolate chips, butter and heavy cream. It’s poured over top of the final product, after the Oreo filling has been sandwiched between the two cakes. 

What you’ll have in the end is a cake like you’ve never tasted before. So sweet and chocolatey, you’ll never want to eat Oreos on their own again. 

Ingredients:

1 (16.25 to 18 oz.) package devil’s food chocolate cake mix + ingredients to prepare cake

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened

1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip non-dairy whipped topping

12 Oreo cookies, coarsely crushed

1/2 c. granulated sugar

3/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 T. unsalted butter

1 T. heavy cream

Directions:

BAKE CAKE: Prepare and bake cake as directed on package, preparing in two 9-inch round cake pans. Cool cakes in pan for 10 minutes; remove from pans and cool completely on a wire rack.

PREPARE FILLING: Beat cream cheese and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gently stir in Cool Whip and then crushed Oreos.

Place one cake layer on a cake plate; spread with cream cheese mixture {it will be a thick layer}. Top with remaining cake layer.

PREPARE CHOCOLATE GLAZE: Place chocolate chips, butter, and heavy cream in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring very frequently, until melted and blended together. Remove from heat and cool in pan for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Spoon chocolate glaze onto the center of the top of the cake; gently spread toward the edge of the cake {a little at a time}, just barely getting it to the edge of the cake ~  it will start to spill over the edge on its own and gravity will do the work of creating ‘spills’ over the edge of the cake. Store cake in the refrigerator.

Source: The Kitchen Is My Playground / Photo credit: The Kitchen Is My Playground

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Reuben Sandwiches Just Got A Pizza Makeover

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Reuben sandwiches are an absolute classic — a flavorful sandwich loved worldwide. And pizza needs no introduction. That’s why the combination of these two is simply out of this world!

Once you prepare a pizza dough, all you need to do is slather it in Thousand Island dressing, then add some swiss cheese slices.

Top the cheese with sauerkraut, and make sure it’s drained. Then, chop some pastrami and layer it on top of the kraut. Corned beef is just as good if pastrami isn’t your cup of tea. 

Finally, sprinkle some mozzarella cheese on top to truly make it a pizza, then bake and enjoy! This is sure to become your new favorite pizza, and it’s so easy to make. 

Ingredients:

Pizza dough (homemade or store-bought dough ball; click here to read more about pizza dough)

About 1/2 c. Thousand Island dressing

6 slices Swiss cheese 

About 2 c. sauerkraut, well-drained

1/2 lb. deli pastrami or corned beef, roughly chopped

2 tsp. caraway seeds (optional)

Shredded mozzarella

Directions:

Roll pizza dough out to desired size; place on preheated pizza stone or baking sheet. Spread a layer of Thousand Island dressing over the crust for sauce. Lay Swiss cheese slices over dressing, then top evenly with sauerkraut and pastrami.

Sprinkle with caraway seeds (optional).  Top with shredded mozzarella.  Bake at 425 degrees for about 20-25 minutes, or until crust is cooked through and the cheese is bubbly and beginning to get golden brown.

Source: The Kitchen Is My Playground / Photo credit: The Kitchen Is My Playground

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Nutella French Toast That’s Too Sweet To Pass Up!

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By Cooking Panda

French toast is a breakfast favorite, and Nutella is a chocolatey spread beloved by millions. Putting them together? A match made in heaven. 

All you need to do is make traditional french toast, and then slather the pieces in Nutella. Next, put the pieces together into a stack — not unlike a layer cake.

To make it even better, lather the decadent french toast in maple syrup and enjoy with strawberries and bananas. You’ll never want to do breakfast any other way!

Ingredients:

4 (1/2″-thick) slices French bread

2 eggs, beaten

1/4 c. milk

1 T. butter, to coat pan

Nutella (about 1/4 c.)

Maple syrup (preferably pure Vermont maple syrup!)

1 banana, sliced

4 strawberries, sliced

Directions:

Combine beaten eggs and milk in a wide shallow dish.  Dip a bread slice in the egg mixture; turn and dip the other side, coating well.  Repeat with remaining bread slices.

Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add butter to the pan, and coat the skillet surface with the melted butter.  Place coated bread slices in the pan and cook each side until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes per side.

Remove bread slices from the pan and place on a plate.  Spread two of the slices generously with Nutella; place the remaining two slices on top to form sandwiches.  Top with maple syrup, sliced bananas, and sliced strawberries.

Sources: The Kitchen Is My Playground / Photo credit: The Kitchen Is My Playground

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These Pizza Quesadillas Are A Brilliantly Delicious Combo

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By Cooking Panda

The combination of pizza and quesadillas is both brilliant and absolutely delicious. This recipe is so simple and tasty, you’ll want to make it every day.

The basic concept for this amazing fusion dish is to make a quesadilla and stuff it with pizza ingredients like cheese, sauce, pepperoni or whatever you desire. 

You then have the option to top the quesadilla with more pizza ingredients and then bake it to melt the cheese.

If you’d rather not go that far, just make it like a traditional quesadilla and enjoy an Italian take on a Mexican classic.

Ingredients:

2 (10 inch) tortilla

1 cup mozzarella, shredded

3 tablespoons pizza sauce

16 slices pepperoni

1 tablespoon sliced black olives

3 tablespoons pizza sauce

1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded

3 slices pepperoni

1 tablespoon sliced black olives

directions

Heat a large pan over medium heat.

Place one tortilla in the pan, sprinkle half of the cheese over it, followed by the pizza sauce, pepperoni, olives, the remaining cheese and finally the remaining tortilla.

Cook until the quesadilla is golden brown on both sides and the cheese is melted, about 2-4 minutes per side.

Spread the pizza sauce over the top of the quesadilla followed by the mozzarella, pepperoni and olives.

Bake in a preheated 400F/200C oven until the cheese has melted, about 5-10 minutes.

Source: Closet Cooking / Photo credit: Closet Cooking

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Pecan Pie Just Got A Cookie Makeover!

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By Cooking Panda

Pecan pie is a classic dessert loved the world over, and it just got better. 

The delicious Southern delicacy is not always easy to make, but turning them into a tasty cookie is remarkably simple. All you need for the pecan filling is brown sugar, salt, vanilla and cream. For the cookie? Just a few essential cookie ingredients will do.

All you need to do is shape the dough and make an indentation in each cookie, then fill the well of each one with the pecan filling. 

Bake and enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 cups (10 ounces) all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

Kosher salt

1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) firmly packed dark brown sugar, divided

12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 large egg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided

1/4 cup heavy cream

1 cup finely chopped pecans

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two half-sheet pans with parchment paper.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together 1 cup brown sugar with the butter on medium-high, until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then add the egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla, and beat until smooth. Add the dry ingredients in three additions, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula between additions. Mix together until just combined.

Shape dough into roughly 1 1/4-inch balls using a #50 disher. Place 2 inches apart onto the parchment-lined pans. Make an indentation in each cookie with your thumb, rotating your thumb to hollow it out into a round well.

Whisk together 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and cream in a small mixing bowl until smooth. Fold in the pecans. Fill the well of each cookie with a scant teaspoon of the pecan filling. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Cool for 2-3 minutes, then carefully transfer the cookies to a cooling rack.

Source: PopSugar / Photo credit: PopSugar 

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