Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats: December 2016

Friday, December 30, 2016

Top Recipes of 2016 + Honorable Mentions

Want to see the recipes that people LOVED this year?
Read on!

Top Recipes of 2016...these recipes took the cake this year!  All of my fans favorites. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I just wrapped up my 7th year of food blogging.  It's a bit mind-boggling.  I started when I was 28 and had a 3 month old baby boy at home.  Now I'm 35, with three babies at home.  A lot has happened in those seven years and I'm guessing a lot more will happen in the next seven years.

Will I still be food blogging?

I'm not sure, but I hope so.

Each year I take a look back at which recipes did well, which ones flopped and which ones circulated the web with me watching along the sidelines.  It always surprises me when I take a look at the stats. Recipes that I feel will take off don't and others that I throw together in a pinch without much thought take off.  You just never know!

Here are my Top 10, with a handful of honorable mentions.  Thank you so, so, so much for reading and sharing my work with others.  Cheers to another year!

1.  3-Step Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes - these simple, easy crock pot mashed potatoes took off like wildfire right before the Thanksgiving holiday.  Because, everyone needs tasty mashed potatoes for the big meal!

2.  The Best Garlic Alfredo Sauce - making your own homemade alfredo sauce is not difficult and this garlicky version comes together in 30 minutes!

3.  Junk in the Trunk Banana Bread - the recipe that all my friends ask for, this is the ONLY banana bread I make.  Adding in nuts, chocolate chips and caramel bits certainly help too.

4.  Garlic Knot Pizza Casserole - this is my go-to casserole for new mamas, it's like pizza on steroids.

5.  Iowa Ham Balls - this Midwest classic is super popular to feed a crowd.  If you've never heard of them or made them, here is your chance!

6.  Cheesy Fried Chicken with Spicy Honey Butter - one day last year I coated chicken in crushed up Goldfish crackers then coated them in a spicy honey butter that I wanted to drink straight up.  Best sandwich ever.

7.  Healthy Hidden Veggie Meatloaf - this hearty dish sneaks in a variety of veggies that your kids won't even notice are there!

8.  10 Healthy Dinners - All Items Purchased at ALDI - meal plans go over like gangbusters on my blog and this one was no different.  Ten healthy dinners, budget friendly!

9.  22 Christmas Cookies - holiday baking with my thang and this round-up gives you the best of the best in holiday cookies.

10. Baked Cheesy Chipotle Dip with Jumbo Shrimp Dippers - this is a great New Year's Eve appetizer!  The creamy dip is perfect with the crunchy jumbo shrimp.

Honorable Mentions

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup

Comfort in a bowl that's what this soup is!
Cheesy, hearty, full of carrots, potatoes and ham, it's delicious.

Cheesy Ham & Potato Soup...a warm, hearty bowl of comfort food!  Loaded with ham, potatoes, carrots and of course CHEESE! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Would you believe me if I said that I first made this delicious, hearty soup over 10 years ago and that I haven't made it since? Up until two weeks ago?

Yep, that's me folks. The queen of forgetting great meals and then quickly moving on to others. My good friend Lori, whom I worked with way back in the day, first introduced me to this soup. Because I'm a bit of a dork I had organized a Soup Cook-off in our department every Spring. I'm fairly certain I was the only participant who got excited about it, but my faithful department took part and this soup I do believe was a winner.

We invited other departments to taste test and vote and for whatever reason this soup always stuck in my mind. I've tweaked it a bit over the years to my likes and what we've had on hand, but I'm pretty sure if Lori {or her mom Julie} is reading this she'll remember the soup too.

Cheesy Ham & Potato Soup...a warm, hearty bowl of comfort food!  Loaded with ham, potatoes, carrots and of course CHEESE! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

You know the other reason I love this soup? It reminds me of college. Don't ever judge cafeteria food at colleges, they are nothing like high school cafeterias. Those cooks know we are hungry, poor and broke and filling up our bellies is their main duty.

I remember great food. I remember homemade pie and never-ending ice cream flowing from the machines and I remember this soup. When it was cheesy potato soup day we showed up in droves, grabbed extra bags of oyster saltine crackers and dove in.

That stuff was stick-to-your-ribs good and I have no doubt my version is too.

Cheesy Ham & Potato Soup...a warm, hearty bowl of comfort food!  Loaded with ham, potatoes, carrots and of course CHEESE! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

You know how some soups are just adult friendly? Like full of big chunks of peppers or spicy spices and your kids turn their nose as soon as they see it? Well, praise the Lord, this soup isn't one of them.  Instead it's full of potatoes and carrots and ham and CHEESE. Pretty much everything that kids love.

And adults too. It's makes a great big pot and will easily stretch into two or three meals depending on how many you are feeding.

Make this and watch everyone drool!

But do me a favor and serve it with extra saltine crackers. Crunch them up and enjoy!

Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup
Print this Recipe!

3 medium to large baking potatoes, peeled and diced into small bites
1 onion, finely diced
2 carrots, diced
4 c. water
2 T. butter
2 chicken bouillon cubes
14 oz. can evaporated milk
2 c. diced ham
¾ lb. Velveeta, cubed
1 t. pepper

1. In a large stock pot or dutch oven heat the butter over medium heat and cook the onions and carrots for 3-4 minutes or until slightly tender.
2. Add in the potatoes, water, bouillon cubes and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.

3. Add in the ham, evaporated milk, cubed cheese and pepper and heat slowly, but do not boil. Continue to stir until the cheese is melted. Serve warm with saltine crackers.

Cheesy Ham & Potato Soup...a warm, hearty bowl of comfort food!  Loaded with ham, potatoes, carrots and of course CHEESE! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Want a few other hearty favorites we love when the weather turns cold? Here you go!


Friday, December 23, 2016

Cocoa Shortbread Bites

This shortbread is easy, rich and full of chocolate flavor!
Give a plate, share a plate and keep a plate.

Cocoa Shortbread Bites...just 6 ingredients and this will be the hit of your holiday platter! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

One of my fondest memories from growing up is baking with my mom during the holidays. Although she won't admit it, she is one of the best. Her specialties include her famous Sour Cream Sugar Cookies, the classic Peanut Blossom and this incredible sandwich cookie that I've attempted multiple times, yet still have not mastered.

Beyond baking, I'm also gearing up for the big holiday this weekend.  I've been done with my shopping since December 2nd and although I still have gifts to wrap for Sunday, I've been doing my best to relish the month of December.

Cocoa Shortbread Bites...just 6 ingredients and this will be the hit of your holiday platter! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I first made these cookies back in early November {yes, I'm a bit like a magazine working months ahead}, but again, since I run a food blog, I tend to work on recipes prior to when the rest of the world is thinking about them.

But hey, my family loves it! When my kids saw I was dipping cookies in chocolate they thought something special was happening because “Mommy never dips cookies in chocolate”.

Oh but I do, when it comes to holiday cookies!

Cocoa Shortbread Bites...just 6 ingredients and this will be the hit of your holiday platter! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Now, I love an easy drop cookie that only requires mixing the dough, chilling the dough, baking the dough and eating the dough. But sometimes I get all crazy and tackle a different type of cookie that requires a bit more time.

This version has the dough come together one day, then chills for a WHOLE DAY, then bakes the following day. It does sound like a process, but let me tell you, these short spurts helped me tremendously. By breaking up the steps I didn't have to allocate a whole afternoon to cookies. I simply worked on them over the course of the weekend.

Hello, I have three kids under the age of 7. Anything I do tends to get interrupted.

Put these Cocoa Shortbread Bites on your holiday baking to-do list this week. Please. Don't make me come and haunt you down.

Cocoa Shortbread Bites

Print this Recipe!

1 c. unsalted butter, cut into cubes
2 c. flour
6 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
¾ c. sugar
2 regular sized Hershey chocolate bars
2 t. coconut oil

1. In a medium stainless steel sauce pan melt the butter over medium heat, stirring until the butter turns golden and small brown bits start to form in the bottom of the pan, will take about 5 minutes. Pour the butter into a bowl and place in the fridge for 30 minutes or until semi-firm.

2. Meanwhile grease an 8x8 glass baking dish with cooking spray.

3. Remove the butter from the fridge and place in a stand mixer beating for 1-2 minutes or until creamy. Sift in the dry ingredients {flour, sugar, cocoa}. Combine until the dough starts to come together. Press it together and form it into the greased dish, pressing down until flat. With a sharp knife cut the dough {only ¼ down} into 24 pieces. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours.

4. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Cut cookies along the already scoured lines. Place on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool completely.


5. In a small bowl combine the broken up Hershey bars and coconut oil. Microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth. Take cooled cookies and dip halfway into the melted chocolate. Place back on the baking sheet to firm up. If the chocolate has trouble setting up, place back in the fridge. Store in an airtight container for up to a week, or the freezer for up to one month.

Cocoa Shortbread Bites...just 6 ingredients and this will be the hit of your holiday platter! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

If you are stuck inside this weekend or even next {because frankly, Christmas extends through New Year's Day in my opinion}, try out some of these other holiday goodies!


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Chocolate Cranberry Scones

Bursting with flavor, these scones are at the top of my breakfast list!
Make and eat fresh or freeze and eat later.

Chocolate Cranberry Scones...tender, flaky and bursting with flavor! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.

It's just a bit less than a week until Christmas and this is quite possibly my favorite week of the year. Right in front of our annual summer vacation and somewhere hovering around our upcoming February tropical vacation {yes, the passports have arrived!}.

So yes, this week, I love it!  I love how our kids are so excited.  They rush to eat their little mini piece of chocolate after breakfast each morning from their Advent calendar and they ate their weight in sugar cookies this past weekend while dowsing them in sprinkles.  

I vote to have Christmas music on 24/7 and everyone rolls their eyes.  I've already made up our Christmas lasagna and stuck it in the freezer.  Needless to say, I'm excited.

I also love how this year on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day we are at home.  All day. With no where to be or to go.

Chocolate Cranberry Scones...tender, flaky and bursting with flavor! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I'm debating on baking up these scones again for Christmas morning.  The kids LOVED them the first time around and they just seem Christmas-ey to me.  They are bursting with fresh, juicy cranberries and are studded with mini chocolate chips.

And did I mention the butter?  All scones are good because of the butter in every bite.  Plus, I topped them with an amazing almond glaze.  Because every scone needs a glaze.

These are soft, yet a bit crunchy on the edges, a bit salty, a bit sweet and all around delicious. I limited myself to one half of one.  It was hard.  Incredibly hard.  In fact, I'm still thinking about them.

Chocolate Cranberry Scones...tender, flaky and bursting with flavor! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

And can I just say scones are the perfect gift?

I wrapped a few of these up, packaged them in wax paper and a cute little Santa gift bag and delivered them to two of my great local friends.  They've been supportive of this little food blog for many years, sharing my recipes, telling their friends about it, so I felt it was fitting to give them a little token of gratification.

Maybe I delivered them right smack dab in the middle of their diet...one being on a 10-day cleanse. Needless to say, she cheated.

Ha.

Chocolate Cranberry Scones...tender, flaky and bursting with flavor! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Chocolate Cranberry Scones


1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. oatmeal
1 T. baking powder
1 t. salt
1 T. lemon zest
1/2 c. cold unsalted butter, cubed
1 c. fresh, chopped cranberries {or 1/2 c. dried}
1/2 c. mini chocolate chips
1 egg
1/2 c. heavy cream or 2% milk
1 t. vanilla

Icing:
1 c. powdered sugar
juice of one lemon
1 t. almond extract
splash of milk, if needed

1.  In a bowl combine the dry ingredients; flour, oatmeal, baking powder, salt and lemon zest.
2.  Cube the cold butter into small pieces and put into the flour mixture.  Using a pastry blender or fork, combine until the butter is the size of small peas.
3.  Add in the chopped cranberries and chocolate chips.
4.  Pour in the beaten egg, vanilla and cream/milk and gently stir together until just combined.
5.  Using a bit extra flour, turn the dough on the counter and knead just four times, no more, no less. Pat the dough into a flat circle, about 1 in thick.
6.  Cut into 8 slices and lay on a greased cookie sheet or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
7.  Bake for 16-18 minutes at 400 degrees and allow to cool.
8.  In a bowl combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice, extract and milk {if too think}.  Put a small Ziploc bag into a cup and pour the icing into the baggie.  Seal and cut a small slit on the corner. Drizzle the icing back and forth over the scones.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Mini Cheese Ball Appetizers

Cheese balls fill every holiday platter, yet sometimes that darn cracker breaks off mid-dip!
Don't worry, I've solved all your problems.  Read on.

Mini Cheese Ball Appetizers...the perfect holiday appetizer! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.

We're smack dab in the middle of December which means holiday parties and social gatherings. It means bringing something along to those parties that is an easy finger food. One that won't slop all over that new dress and one that doesn't leave you in tears after it spilled in transit all over the mini van floor.

Well, I've got just the appetizer you are looking for...

Meanwhile I'm not attending too many holiday parties this year, rather I'm knee deep in potty training {shoot me}, extreme cold temperatures already and it's not technically even winter {I want these house slippers for my freezing feet} and binge watching Parenthood in the afternoons while the two year old naps {why did it take me this long to watch this show?}.

So that my friends is the month of December in a nutshell for me.  Oh, and did I forget to mention I have been humbled to the core with the response I received from my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways series that just ended?

You guys are stellar.  I love ya.  Thank you.

Mini Cheese Ball Appetizers...the perfect holiday appetizer! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

So back to these cheese balls.

They are not just a thing of the 70's anymore.  They are back!  I took these to my holiday MOPS meeting this week and people snatched them up quickly.

I debated whether to stick the pretzel in the middle or to let people do that themselves, but in the end I did and it made a nice edible toothpick.  Do yourself a favor and place an extra bowl of pretzels next to this dish as the hungry trolls will want more for extra dipping.  As each cheese ball is probably a good three-biter.

I went back into the archives and used my Bacon Ranch Cheddar Cheese Ball recipe, but feel free to use any old goodie you have tucked away.  The key is to just roll these puppies small.

Mini Cheese Ball Appetizers


16 oz. softened cream cheese
1 pkt. ranch seasoning
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion powder
1 c. chopped bacon
1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
pretzel sticks

1.  In a mixing bowl combine the softened cream cheese, seasonings, bacon and cheese until fully incorporated.  Refrigerate for 1 hour.
2.  Using a melon baller or small spoon scoop out some of the mixture, roll it into a ball and place on the serving platter.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
3.  Stick each cheese ball with a pretzel right before serving.

Mini Cheese Ball Appetizers...the perfect holiday appetizer! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Need any other fun holiday appetizers?


Monday, December 12, 2016

12 Days of Holiday Giveaways Recap + Amazon, Starbucks & Chick-fil-A Giveaway

Can you believe it's Day 12?
It's been a fun ride, with another great prize today!

12 Days of Holiday Giveaways Recap + Amazon, Starbucks and Chick-fil-A Giveaway (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Y'all, I've had so much fun with my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways!  Was it a lot of work? YES.  Some of that work started back in September, but it was all worth it.  During the past 12 days I've have hundreds of comments and emails, many from people that I had thought had long been gone from reading my blog.

I guess free stuff brings them back!

Now, with Christmas just a mere two weeks away it seems like people are in full-on holiday mode and I love that!  I'm done shopping, but I still need to wrap the slew of presents hidden in my laundry room.  We are not to the point of setting them out early in this family yet {hello, two year old} so they basically stay hidden until Christmas Eve.

Besides presents I do have a few things planned during the leading weeks up to the holiday:

12 Days of Holiday Giveaways Recap + Amazon, Starbucks and Chick-fil-A Giveaway (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

But there is more!

Today, to send off the final giveaway I went and hand picked a few gift cards to giveaway to one lucky reader.  These are places I love and frequent.  Starbucks {any cappuccino is my favorite}, Amazon {do I really need a reason?} and Chick-fil-A {because their chicken sandwiches are killer}.

You have many ways to enter just follow the simple directions below.  Enter from today until December 15th.  One random winner will be chosen shortly after that.  Good luck!

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

How to Turn a Frozen Pizza...Into a Breakfast Pizza + Win Pizza for a Year!

Hey pizza fanatics this one is for you!
It's Day 11 of my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways get ready...

How to Turn a Frozen Pizza...Into a Breakfast Pizza...a few add-on's and this plain cheese pizza turns into a breakfast pizza! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This post contains affiliate links for your convenience and is in partnership with Home Run Inn Pizza.

We are nearing the end of my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways, but not before we head out with a bang!  There is still time to enter my Cabot Cheese Holiday Pack Giveaway {close to 10 lbs of cheese!} and my Cuisinart Waffler Maker Giveaway {and a lovely waffle recipe with caramel pecan topping}.

Today, my friends might be the one giveaway I've been looking forward to the most.  I'm a geek about pizza.  Total fanatic.  Love it like I love my children.  I could eat it every single day and never get tired of it.  It annoys people {the husband}, yet excites others {the children}.


How to Turn a Frozen Pizza...Into a Breakfast Pizza...a few add-on's and this plain cheese pizza turns into a breakfast pizza! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I first tried Home Run Inn frozen pizzas a few years back and I was completely, utterly thrilled when I found them at our favorite grocery store ALDI.  I make homemade pizzas at home often, but gosh it's so nice to have some quality frozen ones in the freezer for those busy weeknights when we are out of the house more than we are in.

Home Run Pizza jumped on board with me as soon as they heard about this series.  Located in Chicago, their original family recipe was created in 1947.  They take great pride in the highest quality ingredients using all-natural ingredients with no preservatives.

You can taste the freshness, it really is unlike any other frozen pizza.  There pizzas are now found in 35 states and come in their classic, signature, thin and deep dish varieties.  


How to Turn a Frozen Pizza...Into a Breakfast Pizza...a few add-on's and this plain cheese pizza turns into a breakfast pizza! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Have you ever thought about jazzing up a frozen pizza?  Probably not.  I hadn't until a couple years back when I was pulling off a ton of green peppers {not my favorite} from an awful cardboard tasting-like frozen pizza.  I thought to myself, "if I can take stuff OFF a pizza, then why can't I put extra stuff on"?

We love breakfast pizza around here.  Do you?  I mean, why wouldn't anyone want to eat pizza for breakfast?  It's awesome.

So here's the thing.  You really can turn any frozen pizza into a new creation.  For instance this cheese version.  I made little wells of chopped ham, dropped in a cracked egg, salt, pepper and lots of extra shredded Parmesan.

Wow.  Game changer.


How to Turn a Frozen Pizza...Into a Breakfast Pizza...a few add-on's and this plain cheese pizza turns into a breakfast pizza! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

The irony of this pizza is that I made it for lunch this week for the 2 year old and I, yet I call it breakfast pizza, yet you can eat it at any time of the day.  She gobbled done a whole slice and I gobbled down two.

How to Turn a Frozen Pizza...Into a Breakfast Pizza


1 Home Run Inn Cheese Pizza
4 eggs
2 c. chopped ham
1 c. freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
salt
pepper

1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Lay a pizza stone in the oven while it preheats.
2.  Remove the frozen pizza from the box and wrapper, then lay on the hot pizza stone.
3.  Take the chopped ham and make four circle "wells".  Crack the eggs inside the wells. Generously sprinkle with salt, pepper and the Parmesan cheese.
4.  Bake for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown around the edges and the eggs are set.  Cut into slices and serve warm.


How to Turn a Frozen Pizza...Into a Breakfast Pizza...a few add-on's and this plain cheese pizza turns into a breakfast pizza! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

And now for the awesome news!  Home Run Inn Pizza wants to give one lucky winner PIZZA FOR A YEAR!  Whichever lucky reader wins they will be sent 12 coupons for free Home Run Inn pizzas. That is one free pizza a month!

I don't know about you, but we have Friday night pizza nights at least once a month and if you are American or have ever taken a breath I'm guessing you do too.

You have many ways to enter just follow the simple directions below.  Enter from today until December 14th.  One random winner will be chosen shortly after that.  Good luck!

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Sweet Potato Waffles with Caramel Pecan Topping + Cuisinart Waffle Maker Giveaway

A delectable waffle recipe that whips up the night before, plus one person is going to win a Cuisinart state-of-the-art waffle maker, it's Day 10 of my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways!

Sweet Potato Waffles with Caramel Pecan Topping...Crispy, rich, sweet and a topping that is over the top! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This post contains affiliate links for your convenience and is in partnership with Cuisinart.

The morning I made these waffles I was feeling extra saucy.  Look at these!  It is like one giant stack of pecan caramel rolls in waffle form.  Dessert on a plate.  The indulgent breakfast of your dreams. More on these in a moment.

It's Day 10 of my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways!  There is still time to enter my Rigoni de Asiago Giveaway {which features the BEST baked oatmeal recipe in history} and my Cabot Cheese Giveaway {where you'll see a tantalizing mac-n-cheese recipe along with the Super Bowl dip of your dreams}.

Sweet Potato Waffles with Caramel Pecan Topping...Crispy, rich, sweet and a topping that is over the top! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I'm sure by now you're thinking, golly all she has lately on this blog are rich desserts, fancy breakfasts and creamy, cheesy dinners.

Well, you are "kind of" right.  I do showcase a lot of those, but I don't eat like that all the time.  My breakfasts usually consist of an egg, or slice of peanut butter toast or oatmeal. Lunches are a half of a sandwich, veggies, a salad or a wrap.  Dinners?  Fairly healthy.

Hence, where the sweet potato in this waffle recipe came from.  I baked one too many the night before and with one sitting in our fridge completely lonely and forgotten, I decided to use it in this waffle batter.

Sweet Potato Waffles with Caramel Pecan Topping...Crispy, rich, sweet and a topping that is over the top! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This batter was PERFECT and I knew it would work well with my friends at Cuisinart.  They gladly jumped on board with my holiday series and are giving away one of their state-of-the-art waffle makers {which also turns into a pancake griller....holla!}.

How many Cuisinart appliances are in my kitchen?  Ha.  Too many to probably count.  But here is a good starter list.  Every one of which I love.


I use them all weekly, some of them daily, but I'm a bit of a kitchen freek {hello, food blogger}, so I completely understand if it's normal for you to only drag them out every few months or so.

Did you know Julia Child held a major part in making Cuisinart a household name?  Her and James Beard were one of the first culinary experts to tell the world about food processors back in 1973, but the company is much more than food processors today featuring bake ware, espresso makers, hand mixers, flatware, toaster ovens and slow cookers.

Sweet Potato Waffles with Caramel Pecan Topping...Crispy, rich, sweet and a topping that is over the top! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

The morning I made these, like I told you, I was feeling saucy.  I didn't just want to make any old boring waffle.  So I jazzed up the batter with a healthy sweet potato and made a caramel pecan topping that literally drips with envy.

They taste like caramel pecan rolls, but better.  The waffle gets crispy, is rich and all that topping soaks into those deep holes.  You serve these and you'll have everyone coming back the following Saturday morning.

Sweet Potato Waffles with Caramel Pecan Topping


2 1/4 c. flour
2 T. sugar
1 package active dry yeast {or 2 1/4 t.}
1/2 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
2 eggs
1 mashed sweet potato
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1 3/4 c. milk
1 t. vanilla

Caramel Topping:
2 T. butter
1 c. chopped pecans
1/4 c. brown sugar
2 T. water
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
1 t. salt

1.  In a bowl whisk together the eggs, mashed sweet potato, oil, milk and vanilla.  Sift together the dry ingredients and gently stir into the wet.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.
2.  Preheat your waffle maker.
3.  In a saucepan melt the butter and add in the pecans, stirring over gentle heat for a couple minutes. Add in the brown sugar, water and spices cooking until the sugar is dissolved.  Keep warm until the waffles are ready.
4.  When your waffle maker is hot, spray with cooking spray and ladel the batter into a the well, cooking to your desired doneness {crispy or soft}
5.  Serve the warm waffles with the warm caramel pecan syrup.

Sweet Potato Waffles with Caramel Pecan Topping...Crispy, rich, sweet and a topping that is over the top! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I'm super stoked for this giveaway as I know personally that this waffle maker is stellar.  And guess what?  The plates are removeable {making them very easy to clean} and you flip them over and they are pancake plates! Two for the price of one my friends.

You should be excited for this one!

One winner will receive this Cuisinart Belgain Waffle Maker with Pancake Plates.  You have many ways to enter just follow the simple directions below.  Enter from today until December 13th.  One random winner will be picked shortly after that.  Good luck!

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Sweet Potato Waffles with Caramel Pecan Topping...Crispy, rich, sweet and a topping that is over the top! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)