Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats

Friday, October 20, 2017

Creamy White Chicken Chili

Soup weather has finally arrived!
This soup comes together in 30 minutes and will take the chill out of your bones.

Creamy White Chicken Chili...a simple, one pot 30 minute soup that you're family will love!  Creamy, cheesy and comforting for the winter months. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Being a parent to three kids under the age of 8 is not for the faint of heart.  I mean, last week we had two separate kids lose teeth a day apart and the middle child's tooth got forgotten in the rush of life and she didn't even notice the tooth fairy didn't come.  Luckily she handles her role of the middle child well, as I'm sure these instances will occur again.  

A few weeks back the kids all starting changing what they wanted to be for Halloween {my least favorite holiday of all time} and they couldn't understand why it sent Mom into convulsions.

I can barely remember to pack their lunches every night for school the next day, let alone keep track of their daily costume changes.

"Didn't you want to be a football player?"

"No, I want to be a zombie."

"Do you even know what a zombie is?"

Long pause.

"It's settled then, you're dressing up as Anthony Rizzo {the popular Chicago Cubs 1st base player} because you already have his jersey, plus all the baseball hoop-la and Mom can't handle all these changes."

So let's just say after a few days of pulling teeth {including one tooth that fell out while her and I were playing volleyball in the front yard} and all this Halloween costume talk, I got out my soup pot and made dinner.

Creamy White Chicken Chili...a simple, one pot 30 minute soup that you're family will love!  Creamy, cheesy and comforting for the winter months. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Because when this Mom gets stressed or life turns chaotic, I run to the kitchen.  I have to feed these people anyway, so I might as well be productive about it.

For some reason they feel they need to eat three meals a day {plus snacks}, so they really should be thanking the Lord above that I enjoy feeding them.

Sometimes.

But here's the thing, I find soup incredibly easy to make.  It's more often than not a one pot meal.  A zillion pans aren't required and you can feed a crowd.  Or a family of five like me, which usually seems like a crowd.

Throw a crusty slice of bread on the side as a dipper or in the case of this soup, crunch up some tortilla chips and call it a meal.

Creamy White Chicken Chili...a simple, one pot 30 minute soup that you're family will love!  Creamy, cheesy and comforting for the winter months. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This Creamy White Chicken Chili is a bit smoky, incredibly smooth, a bit cheesy and simply delicious.  We like to swirl in sour cream, salsa and crunch up a lot of tortilla chips in ours.  If you really have some guts add in a few slices of jalapenos.

Start to finish this soup takes about 30 minutes.  I used the help of an already shredded rotisserie chicken {god bless the supermarkets who started selling these}, but feel free to cook and shred your own, it will just add some cooking time.

There aren't too many dinners that come together in 30 minutes, right?

You're welcome.  Feel free to send me a thank you check in the mail.

Creamy White Chicken Chili...a simple, one pot 30 minute soup that you're family will love!  Creamy, cheesy and comforting for the winter months. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This soup looks a bit fancy, but isn't in the least.  Feed your crazy family or make it for a friend.  Carry it right over to their house in the stock pot you made it in.  

Easy peasy.


Yield: 8-10 servings

Creamy White Chicken Chili

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 30 mins
This creamy, comforting chicken chili is perfect for chilly days and nights. Soups on!

INGREDIENTS:


  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 c. rotisserie or shredded chicken
  • 1 15 oz. can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 1/2 c. chicken stock
  • 2 c. half and half
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c. Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • juice of one lemon
  • 2 T. cornstarch
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1 T. cumin
  • 1 T. chili powder
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1 t. cayenne pepper
  • 1 t. pepper
  • 1 t. salt

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. In a large saucepan or stock pot heat the olive oil over medium heat. Saute the onion until tender. Add in the garlic and stir until fragrant.
  2. Stir in all seasonings {cumin, chili powder, cayenne, garlic powder, salt and pepper} to coat the onions/garlic.
  3. Place the shredded chicken, beans, juice of the lemon and cornstarch into the stock pot and stir until combined.
  4. Pour in the chicken stock and bring to a low boil, allowing the mixture to thicken.
  5. Bring the heat to LOW and stir in the half and half. Stir in the cheeses and continue to stir until melted and soap thickens.
  6. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
  7. Serve warm with tortilla chips, chopped jalapenos, sour cream and salsa.
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

If you love chocolate chip cookies AND you love cheesecake, then here's a treat for you!
I combined both and the angels started singing.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars...for those that love chocolate chip cookies AND love cheesecake!  Crispy on the cookie edges with a creamy middle cheesecake layer.  The perfect bar dessert! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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I'm sitting here in a completely dark house this morning working on my blog.  It is glorious.  A hot cup of coffee is at my side and our dog in laying on my feet keeping them warm.  The husband left super early to go hunting, one daughter is at a sleepover and the other two lovely darlings will hopefully sleep till noon.

That will never happen, but a Mother can dream.

I woke up early and couldn't get back to sleep so why not be productive?  That is my prerogative today.  Also, can I let you in on a little secret?

I'm super stoked, excited, practically wetting my pants over here getting ramped up for my 2nd annual 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways.  Do you remember it from last year?  I can't remember what I had for breakfast yesterday, so I'll forgive you if you don't.

Each day from December 1-12, I post {lord, bless me} and showcase a fantastic company and/or product and then turn around and giveaway that same product{s} to my readers!  I would love to shout from the roof-tops the UNBELIEVABLE companies that have jumped on board so far, but I can't.  I need to keep you in suspense.

Is it working?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars...for those that love chocolate chip cookies AND love cheesecake!  Crispy on the cookie edges with a creamy middle cheesecake layer.  The perfect bar dessert! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I will tell you this.  You will not be disappointed.  Again, I will have some great kitchen applicances to giveaway, some fabulous food products and back by popular demand a fun book bundle giveaway of which I've hand-picked, {plus, a recap of EVERY SINGLE BOOK I've read this year...there are a lot, you have been warned}.

Until then, you have less than two months to wait.  It's not that long!  Go grab your stretchy pants and make these bars.

We went over to a friend's house last night and I took these bars along.  Because when you order pizza for the clan and another friend is bringing the appetizer, then I am REQUIRED to bring dessert.

At least this is my rule.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars...for those that love chocolate chip cookies AND love cheesecake!  Crispy on the cookie edges with a creamy middle cheesecake layer.  The perfect bar dessert! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I love chocolate chip cookies and I love cheesecake.  So naturally I combined the two into a bar.  I'm so flipping dangerous.

And can we talk about easy?  Do not be intimidated.  Of course you are welcome to use your own homemade chocolate chip cookie dough, but I took the lazy route and used refrigerated store bought dough which is equally delicious and let's face it - saves time.

I scrubbed my 3 year's old hands and she helped to press down the first layer of dough.  Let them help in the kitchen!  Yes, it will give you grey hairs {ahem, me}, but they have fun and will remember it forever.  After much stress {again, grey hair} I took over on the cheesecake layer and finished them off.  But the point here is...I did let her help.

A little bit.

Golly, you guys, these bars are dreamy.  Easy, breezy, dreamy.  That should be these bar's motto.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars...for those that love chocolate chip cookies AND love cheesecake!  Crispy on the cookie edges with a creamy middle cheesecake layer.  The perfect bar dessert! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Oh, and because people ALWAYS ASK each time I take photos using these pans, I baked these in my Doughmakers 9x13 baking dish that comes with a super handy lid for easy traveling.

Remember I gave a set away last year during my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways?  They are super nice, commerical grade, quality bakeware.  I use it alot especially for baking desserts!

Now, can you do me a favor?

If you love this recipe - share it!  On Facebook, by pinning it on Pinterest {just click on any photo} or by going old school and emailing it to a friend.  My blog is only successful if word spreads.

Love to you all and have a great week!

Yield: 24 bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 40 MINStotal time: 55 mins
If you love chocolate chip cookies and love cheesecake, then these bars are for you!

INGREDIENTS:


  • 2 - 18 oz. pkgs refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 12 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T. vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 baking dish with cookiing spray.
  2. Unwrap the first roll of cookie dough and press down into the bottom of the 9x13 greased dish {you will have a little room left}. Unwrap the second roll of cookie dough taking 1/4 of the dough and finish pressing down the bottom layer.
  3. In a stand mixer or using a hand held mixer beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add in the sugar, egg and vanilla until combined and smooth. Pour this cheesecake mixture over the bottom layer of cookie dough and spread out with a spatula.
  4. Taking the remaining cookie dough, crumble with your fingers and drop onto the cheesecake layer.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes or until both the cookie dough and cheesecake is lightly golden and springy to the touch.
  6. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Apple Cider Pancakes

Apple cider is a Fall favorite for many...how can you not like it's sweet, tart taste?
I combined two of my favorites.  Pancakes + Apple Cider.

Apple Cider Pancakes...the ultimate Autumn breakfast!  Apple cider, nutmeg and cinnamon take a traditional buttermilk pancake mix up a notch to a new level.  Kid's love these pancakes! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I love mornings.

I really, really love mornings.

It's almost to the point that I will feel guilty if and when I ever do get the chance to sleep in, because then I miss that glorious time of day when the house is QUIET.  I've been known to set an alarm on Saturday, for the the love, at 6 a.m. just so I can get up, grab some coffee, my book and maybe some morning news before the chaos ensues.

The morning I made these pancakes I had wonderful intentions.  But here is what really happened.  The husband had to be at work super early {one extra person not in my way} so I set my alarm for 5:25 a.m.  I promptly did a yoga workout.  Then with a whining dog at my feet I let him out to potty, which turned into a 20-minute jaunt around the neighborhood.  I poured myself a cup of coffee and sat on the front step watching this dog visit each neighbor {in the dark}, because god forbid he actually come back when I call him.  When that canine finally trounced back looking at me like nothing was wrong I got to start on this pancake batter.  I sifted, shaked and stirred my little heart away until I smelled something....wrong.

Apparently using cumin instead of cinnamon in your Apple Cider Pancake batter makes them smell funny.  You know that little light we all have above our stoves?  As a mom, that is the ONLY light you have on in the house at 6:30 a.m. due to the fear of a child noticing light creeping through their sleeping eyelids and then sneaking out to see what Mom is doing.

Apparently I should have turned on an additional light.


Apple Cider Pancakes...the ultimate Autumn breakfast!  Apple cider, nutmeg and cinnamon take a traditional buttermilk pancake mix up a notch to a new level.  Kid's love these pancakes! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

After I dumped out my first batter I got to work on my second batter, which smelled much, much better.

Miracously, my kids slept in, I finished up making the pancakes and I had to pull them out of bed at 7:20 a.m.  No one fought me about which clothes to wear, whether or not they HAD to brush their teeth {really?} and we walked out the door on time.

I may have shoved two of these in their hands as we got into the van, but after the whirlwind {not relaxing morning that I was intending} I settled for the C+ effort.

THEY LOVED THESE.

They are out-of-this-world slathered with butter and maple syrup and eaten traditionally, but when warm and fresh off the griddle they are fantastic just alone.  With so much apple, nutmeg and cinnamon flavor you don't need to top them with anything!

Apple Cider Pancakes...the ultimate Autumn breakfast!  Apple cider, nutmeg and cinnamon take a traditional buttermilk pancake mix up a notch to a new level.  Kid's love these pancakes! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

We have yet to go apple picking, and who knows if we will get around to it....but anyone can pick up a jug of apple cider at the grocery store.  Do this...please.  We don't buy juice in our house, so when the kids see a gallon of apple cider in the fridge every Fall, you'd think we'd just won the lottery.

These pancakes are super fluffy {buy your favorite buttermilk pancake mix} and let this recipe help you to kick up your morning pancakes a notch.  Throw in a side of grilled sausages or fried bacon and oh my word, it'll be like heaven in your mouth.

Yield: 12-15, 4 inch pancakes

Apple Cider Pancakes

prep time: 5 MINScook time: 5 MINStotal time: 10 mins
All the flavors of Fall are in these fluffy, buttermilk pancakes. Make year around or save for the beautiful autumn months.

INGREDIENTS:


  • 3 c. dry buttermilk pancake mix
  • 1 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. nutmeg
  • 2 t. vanilla extract
  • 1 c. apple cider
  • 3/4 c. buttermilk or 2% milk

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Preheat a large griddle or skillet to medium heat.
  2. In a large bowl combine all ingredients: pancake mix, seasonings, vanilla, apple cider and buttermilk. Stir to combine, but not too much. Don't overmix.
  3. Grease your cooking surface with cooking spray or butter. Ladel on the pancake batter into 4 inch rounds. Allow the batter to bubble (about 1-2 minutes), then flip and allow the other side to cook (an additional minute).
  4. Serve the hot Apple Cider Pancakes with butter and maple syrup.
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

15 Coffee & Mocha Desserts

Tis the season for warm mocha drinks and desserts.
How about 15 of my favorites?

15 Coffee & Mocha Desserts...warm drinks, easy cakes, fun layered sweets and more!  15 fun and festive chocolate and coffee flavored desserts for Fall. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

It's October!

I'm not sure how it got here so fast, yet I'm so very thankful.  It, like many, is one of my most favorite times of the year.  Bring on all the football games, sweatshirts, apple cider, fall foilage, hayrack rides and crock pot soups that I can handle {which is a LOT}.

It is a season that gears us up for winter here in the Midwest.  It shoves a handful of still fairly warm days but then mixes in some cold snaps that have us rushing for the nearest blanket.  I mean last week I was freezing my bootie off at my son's flag football game, yet yesterday we had our air conditioning on.  Tis the season.

It's not a lie I've jumped on the coffee and mocha bandwagon this past year.  Lately my morning isn't complete or at least doesn't FEEL complete until I sit down {or stand or run - darn kids!} and have a hot cup of joe.  It warms the soul and gets my day off to a good start.

Ladies {and gents} I've hand picked a few of my favorite coffee and mocha desserts just for you.  Because you only live once.  Because chocolate and coffee go together like Donald Trump and bad hairstyles.  Because I don't want you to live out the rest of October without some deliciousness.

Enjoy my friends.


15 Coffee & Mocha Desserts...warm drinks, easy cakes, fun layered sweets and more!  15 fun and festive chocolate and coffee flavored desserts for Fall. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


15 Coffee & Mocha Desserts...warm drinks, easy cakes, fun layered sweets and more!  15 fun and festive chocolate and coffee flavored desserts for Fall. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


15 Coffee & Mocha Desserts...warm drinks, easy cakes, fun layered sweets and more!  15 fun and festive chocolate and coffee flavored desserts for Fall. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


15 Coffee & Mocha Desserts...warm drinks, easy cakes, fun layered sweets and more!  15 fun and festive chocolate and coffee flavored desserts for Fall. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


15 Coffee & Mocha Desserts...warm drinks, easy cakes, fun layered sweets and more!  15 fun and festive chocolate and coffee flavored desserts for Fall. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


15 Coffee & Mocha Desserts...warm drinks, easy cakes, fun layered sweets and more!  15 fun and festive chocolate and coffee flavored desserts for Fall. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


15 Coffee & Mocha Desserts...warm drinks, easy cakes, fun layered sweets and more!  15 fun and festive chocolate and coffee flavored desserts for Fall. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


15 Coffee & Mocha Desserts...warm drinks, easy cakes, fun layered sweets and more!  15 fun and festive chocolate and coffee flavored desserts for Fall. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


15 Coffee & Mocha Desserts...warm drinks, easy cakes, fun layered sweets and more!  15 fun and festive chocolate and coffee flavored desserts for Fall. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


15 Coffee & Mocha Desserts...warm drinks, easy cakes, fun layered sweets and more!  15 fun and festive chocolate and coffee flavored desserts for Fall. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


15 Coffee & Mocha Desserts...warm drinks, easy cakes, fun layered sweets and more!  15 fun and festive chocolate and coffee flavored desserts for Fall. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


15 Coffee & Mocha Desserts...warm drinks, easy cakes, fun layered sweets and more!  15 fun and festive chocolate and coffee flavored desserts for Fall. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


15 Coffee & Mocha Desserts...warm drinks, easy cakes, fun layered sweets and more!  15 fun and festive chocolate and coffee flavored desserts for Fall. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


15 Coffee & Mocha Desserts...warm drinks, easy cakes, fun layered sweets and more!  15 fun and festive chocolate and coffee flavored desserts for Fall. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


15 Coffee & Mocha Desserts...warm drinks, easy cakes, fun layered sweets and more!  15 fun and festive chocolate and coffee flavored desserts for Fall. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Which one do you want to dive head first in?

Enjoy the Fall weather and the month of October, I know I will!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Creamy Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles

I have discovered the easiest and tastiest way to make beef and noodles.
Grab your slow cooker!

Creamy Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles...an easy dinner that the whole family will love!  Creamy, hearty, FULL of beef flavor, this is one to save for all those cold winter nights. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

First up - Happy National Coffee Day!

I just made myself a cup of hazelnut coffee with some sweet vanilla creamer and I'm typing away in a very dark, quiet house.

Personally, the ONLY and BEST time to get anything done around here.

Have you tried my Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Coffee Creamer yet?  It has gotten some nice reviews and traction online, thanks readers!  I'm also giving away two super cute, fun fall-inspired mugs on my Facebook page today.  What can I say?  I'm happy that Fall has kinda arrived and I'm feeling generous.

Yesterday I declared dinner would be a cold weather meal as we finally turned off the air conditioning and opened up the windows in what seemed about a week.  Of course, it would also be the day that we scheduled to install a new water heater and water softener, therefore I had "company" in my house while trying to cook, take photos, etc.

It was fun.

Creamy Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles...an easy dinner that the whole family will love!  Creamy, hearty, FULL of beef flavor, this is one to save for all those cold winter nights. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

How do you explain to a 60+ year old repair man that you own and operate a food blog?  What does he think of you when you are standing high on a step stool shooting photos of Campbell's soup cans over your kitchen table with the door wide open for more natural light?

I'm fairly certain he thought I was crazy.

Hey, we all have our talents and mine isn't installing water heaters and by the looks of him, his certainly isn't taking food photos.

In the end our joint work spaces panned out.  He got my laundry room back in working order and I got dinner on the table.  A win-win.

Creamy Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles...an easy dinner that the whole family will love!  Creamy, hearty, FULL of beef flavor, this is one to save for all those cold winter nights. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I'm pretty sure I saw everyone's roll back into the head after their first bite of this meal.  I mean, I'll be honest, I think mine did as well.

The flavor is OUTSTANDING.

The roast cooks all day so the meat is fork tender and basically melts in your mouth and the combination of the three soup mixes and makes the most delicious gravy to dribble down those egg noodles and in our case mashed potatoes.

Yes, carbs over carbs.

Feel free to serve as is or even over homemade biscuits, whatever your family likes.  This recipe makes a nice hearty batch, it fed all of us {plus about 3 servings for the husband} and we still have leftovers for tonight.

I'm thinking it will help warm up our bones before we head to the chilly football game tonight.  It'd also be perfect to make when someone is a bit under the weather.  How can homemade beef and noodles not put a smile on your face?

Creamy Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles...an easy dinner that the whole family will love!  Creamy, hearty, FULL of beef flavor, this is one to save for all those cold winter nights. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

And because I'm sure I'll already get questions...yes, if you don't like mushrooms just leave them out.  

We have one little cherub who loathes them, but I still put them in since the rest of us enjoy them {mean mom here}.  And as for that fat free carton of half and half?  I bought that by mistake {as I'm usually a full-fat girl}, but it ended up working just fine.

So skinny milk or not, use what you like!

Yield: 12

Creamy Slow Cooker Beef & Noodles

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 7 hourtotal time: 7 hours and 10 mins
Let this simmer away while at work and come home to the most comforting, hearty meal around.

INGREDIENTS:


  • 2 lb. beef roast
  • 1 pkt. dry onion soup mix
  • 14 oz. can beef consomme
  • 14 oz. can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 lb. sliced mushrooms
  • 8 oz. egg noodles
  • 1 c. half & half or whole milk
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Heat a shallow skillet with olive oil to medium-high heat. Generously season the roast with salt and pepper. When the pan is hot sear the roast on both sides for 3-4 minutes. Remove the roast from the pan and place in 6 quart slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle on the onion soup mix and pour in the two soups. Lay on the sliced mushrooms. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours or HIGH for 4 hours.
  3. Remove the lid and shred the roast with two forks to seperate the meat. Add in the egg noodles, stirring to cover with the juice. Cook for an additional 1 hour on LOW.
  4. Remove the lid, stir and add in the half & half or milk, strring to combine.
  5. Serve warm over mashed potatoes, biscuits or just eat as is!
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Sunday, September 24, 2017

30-Minute Fried Maple Long Johns

Impress the kids {and husbands!} with this breakfast show stopper.
A creative short-cut makes them darn easy!

30-Minute Fried Maple Long Johns...a new short-cut makes these long johns easy and quick!  Buttery, flaky and soft with a delicious maple icing! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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Breakfasts around here, especially on school days, are quick and easy.  Often a bowl of cereal, possibly an egg, a bowl of yogurt topped with granola or perhaps a smoothie.  It seems we have about 3 seconds from start to finish to get everyone fed and out the door.

Tell me again why some of my kids want to sleep in on school days, yet for the life of them cannot do it on Saturdays?

I'm dumbfounded.

I mean, our mornings are so crazy that last week we were three steps out of the door, on our way to loading up in the van when my oldest announced, "Mom, it's Wednesday, don't we have a late start?"

Why yes, lovely son.  We do start late every-stinkin-Wednesday, for reasons I cannot explain other than to annoy every other mother in our school district.

We scooted our behinds back inside which only allowed my three to fight endlessly and to find myself twiddling my thumbs in the corner secrectly praying for that hour to pass quickly.

30-Minute Fried Maple Long Johns...a new short-cut makes these long johns easy and quick!  Buttery, flaky and soft with a delicious maple icing! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

On that day, I'm fairly certain it was a "let's see who can gulp this smoothie down the fastest" type of morning, only to find ourselves bored for the next hour waiting.

I should have made these fried maple long johns!  I would have had plenty of time!

Only I had yet to create them in my head.  That came a few days later while laying in bed, knowing I should be getting up to walk the dog while the house was still quiet.  Knowing I should have prepped their lunches the night before.  And fully knowing that no one was going to deliver my cup of joe to me in bed, so I had better get my butt up and moving.

Yep, I woke up dreaming of donuts.  What can I say I'm a food blogger.  Growing up I used to stay at a friend's house and her mom would use canned biscuits {cutting out the hole in the middle} to fry up donuts and then dust them in cinnamon an sugar.  They were heavenly. For reasons I cannot explain, some 25+ years later I'm finally remembering it.  Thankfully, for you my friends, I gloriously pulled out the memory from my brain.

I wonder if I'll remember the conversation I had with my 3 year old yesterday.  It went something like this.

"Mom, do you have make-up on?"

"Yes"

"Oh...{long dramatic pause}...I can see you soooooooo much better now!  You don't look so goofy."

I love her.  I love her.  I love her.

At least I keep telling myself that.  I should have hid these long johns from her.  Especially after I realized TWO DAYS AFTER THE FACT last week that she also cut a nice big hunk of hair out of the back of her head.

I have three kids under the age of 8.  I can't keep track of them all the time.

30-Minute Fried Maple Long Johns...a new short-cut makes these long johns easy and quick!  Buttery, flaky and soft with a delicious maple icing! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

But let's hop back to these long johns.

The short-cut of using refrigerated biscuit dough allows you to make these every darn Saturday if you'd like.  Your waist line will grow, but I'll leave that decision up to you.  Start to finish in under 30 minutes!

And we cannot forget that maple frosting.  It's a true THING around here in the Midwest. Donut shops all around will always have a maple version.  It is the one I reach for every single time.  I do know a few people who don't like the flavor {ahem, my brother}, but that's fine, let them have the chocolate ones.

You can find maple extract at most grocery stores, but if you can't or live in timbuktu you can purchase some HERE.  It will last awhile {unless you make these every single Saturday}, so the $4.22 price tag is worth it.

30-Minute Fried Maple Long Johns...a new short-cut makes these long johns easy and quick!  Buttery, flaky and soft with a delicious maple icing! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Get ready to bite into a flaky, buttery, crispy on the outside, super soft on the inside donut that will change your life forever.

Golly, they are so easy I've decided the next time I make them, I'll be delivering some to my friends. Because who doesn't LOVE homemade long johns delivered on their doorstep?


Yield: 8

30-Minute Fried Maple Long Johns

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 12 MINStotal time: 22 mins
Bakery style, yet no bakery fuss! These long john donuts are done in less than 30 minutes. Go ahead and lick up that extra maple icing that drips off. It's okay.

INGREDIENTS:


  • 1 16.3 oz can refrigerated biscuits (8 to a can)
  • Vegetable or Canola oil
Maple Icing
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 t. maple extract
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1 t. salt
  • 3 T. milk, plus additional to achieve the proper consistency

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Using a large rimmed skillet, fill the pan with oil, about 2 inches high. Turn on to medium heat, this should take about 5 minutes to heat up. To test, break off a very small piece of biscuit dough and drop it in. If it bubbles and floats to the top the oil is ready.
  2. Open up the canned biscuits and gently spread them apart with your fingers, pulling horizontally to about 5-6 inches long.
  3. Place 3 pieces of dough into the hot oil at a time, cooking 2 minutes a side until a deep golden brown. Once both sides are fried, remove and place on a paper towel lined plate to drain and cool.
  4. While the long johns are frying, mix together the maple icing. Stir together the powdered sugar, extracts, salt and milk. Add enough milk to bring the icing to a fairly thin consistency. Pour the icing into a shallow pan that will be easy for dipping.
  5. When the long johns have cooled down, dip the puffy side into the maple icing and place on a wire rack to set. Repeat this process twice.
  6. Eat immediately - as they are best fresh!
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