Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats: 2021

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Hot Sloppy Joe Dip

This Hot Sloppy Joe Dip is a great tailgating appetizer!
Like a sloppy joe, but as a dip. Great for the whole crowd to enjoy.

This post is sponsored by the Iowa Beef Council.

Hot Sloppy Joe Dip

We are nearing the "official" start date of Fall.

Do you know what that means? To me it means comfort food. After a Summer of enjoying fresh, cold foods, once the weather starts to change a bit I start to crave warmth.

Bowls of chili, cheesy casseroles, warm, brothy soups. Basically anything that fills up our bellies and leaves us feeling satisfied.

Hot Sloppy Joe Dip

This month the Iowa Beef Council and I wanted to feature the convenience of ground beef. We all have it in our deep freeze and on the ready. How many times in my life have I set a pound of ground beef out to thaw in the morning knowing I'll come up with "something" easy for dinner later?

So many times.

Remember my 25 Ground Beef Dinner Recipes post from last year? That one went over like hot cakes. Sometimes we know how easy ground beef is to use, but we just need help from a blogger {me} to show you the way.

Hot Sloppy Joe Dip

Today we are featuring my new Hot Sloppy Joe Dip!

You guys, this hot dip is INCREDIBLE. After I took photos I just ate the darn stuff for my lunch. Why not, you know? It tastes very similar to a traditional sloppy joe. It's slightly sweet, with hints of red pepper and onion and a tang of mustard and worcestershire sauce to round it out.

Topped with shredded cheddar cheese and broiled to perfection....absolutely, it's just the best.

Hot Sloppy Joe Dip

To mimic a traditional sloppy joe sandwich which is eaten on a soft hamburger bun, I opted to serve this dip with slices of fresh, soft French bread slices. A traditional French baguette works great too! The soft bread soaks up all the juicy dip and creates the perfect bite.

It's saucy and fun and can be eaten right out of the skillet!

I used an oven proof skillet to place this dip right under the broiler {please make sure your skillet is oven safe!}, but if you don't have one you can pour it into any baking dish before placing under the broiler to melt the cheese.

Oh, and if you want to use a slow cooker? That works too. Directions for both are found in the recipe card below.

Hot Sloppy Joe Dip

Look at that bite!

I'm going to be frank here - you'll want this at your next tailgating event! We are smack dab in the middle of football season. No matter who you cheer for, good food is needed to watch the big game. Does anyone even watch a game without yummy food along side?

Not me.

The Iowa Beef Council has a great list of many more tailgating recipes found HERE. Be sure to browse that list.

Hot Sloppy Joe Dip

Here are a few other tailgating appetizers that have been popular over the years.


I mean I could probably list a 100 more, but these are some of the fan favorites. I have no doubt this Hot Sloppy Joe Dip will be on the list soon.

Hot Sloppy Joe Dip

When you make this dip, I'd love for you to rate the recipe on the printable card below. It helps my fans see more recipes on Google! And I for sure do not want people to miss out on this one.

A big thank you to the Iowa Beef Council for sponsoring this post. They continue to be dear friends and partners of mine. Please visit them for all your tailgating needs.

This post is sponsored by the Iowa Beef Council.

Hot Sloppy Joe Dip

Hot Sloppy Joe Dip
Yield: 12
Author: Ally
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 3 MinTotal time: 23 Min
Your favorite sloppy joe mixture turned into a dip! This fun appetizer is a tailgating must-make. Your guests will love this hot dip.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 red pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 white onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 T flour
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup yellow mustard
  • 1 T worcestershire sauce
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t pepper
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. In an oven proof skillet saute the diced red pepper and onion until translucent or just soft.
  2. Add in the ground beef and start breaking it apart, mixing it together with the sauteed peppers and onions.
  3. Continue cooking the ground beef. Add in the garlic, brown sugar, salt, pepper, cayenne and flour. Stir together until combined.
  4. Add in the beef broth, ketchup, mustard and worcestershire sauce. Bring the mixture up to a rolling simmer and allow to thicken. Continue stirring off and one for about 10 minutes until thick.
  5. Stir in 1/2 of the shredded cheddar cheese. to melt. Set the oven to broil and top the sloppy joe mixture with the remaining cheese.
  6. Place the skillet (make sure it's oven proof) under the broiler for just a few minutes until golden brown and melted. Do not step away - it goes quickly!
  7. Remove from the oven and eat with sliced fresh bread (baguettes work great).

Notes:

This dip can also be made in the slow cooker. You will add the cooked sloppy joe mixture to a slow cooker and top with the cheddar cheese and set to warm. Once the cheese has melted it's ready. You won't get the crunchy cheese from the broiler, but it's still just as good!


Leftovers can also be reheated and eaten on hamburger buns as sandwiches.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

192.84

Fat (grams)

11.60

Sat. Fat (grams)

5.19

Carbs (grams)

7.75

Fiber (grams)

0.57

Net carbs

7.18

Sugar (grams)

4.80

Protein (grams)

14.32

Sodium (milligrams)

575.98

Cholesterol (grams)

47.63
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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Cake Mix Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

Here is a great easy Fall muffin that everyone can make!
My Cake Mix Pumpkin Streusel Muffins are a big hit.

Cake Mix Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

It's pumpkin spice season!

I know, I have a lot of you that dislike it or think it's overplayed or do not want to hear about it until November 1st. 

Sorry, I'm just not one of those people.

I love the flavor of pumpkin spice in my coffee, in cream cheese on my bagel, in sweet breakfast casseroles, in the smell of candles on a chilly Fall day.....and in my muffins! I loved it all long before it became a fad.

Cake Mix Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

Way, way back in the day - well before kids and quite possibly well before I was married I remember making a muffin with a chocolate cake mix and a can of pumpkin. At the time there were some gals where I worked always bringing treats into work on Fridays and we were always trying to "one up" each other with unique baked goods.

I thought I was pretty clever with these!

The one I made, made a delicious chocolate muffin {I remember also adding chocolate chips} without having to use oil and eggs like most cake mixes suggest. Who knew a can of pumpkin could replace those and turn a cake into a muffin?

Cake Mix Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

You all love my cake mix cookies, so when a reader asked for that recipe last week, I got to remembering these muffins. And since it's now very close to Fall, my mind turned to pumpkin. Why not make a tasty pumpkin spice version?

So out to buy a cake mix I went and Ingot to work.

And guess what? It worked!

Brilliantly I might add. These muffins are so easy and so tender and have just the right amount of pumpkin spice.

Cake Mix Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

I didn't want these muffins to be "too boring" so I added a crumbly streusel as well. The perfect topping. It gives them a slight crunch and sweetness that they normally wouldn't have.

And because people will ask - you can leave the streusel topping off! A few calories will be saved.

It will not hurt my feelings at all - but I do recommend trying them with it. It gives them a bakery style feeling and taste. Throw on a slab of soft butter and your breakfast is MADE.

Cake Mix Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

These muffins are fluffy and tender and I just cannot wait for people to see them. How can anyone find any easier muffin?

Cake mix + can of pumpkin + seasonings.

That's it!

I served these alongside my Amish Breakfast Casserole for dinner and the kids dip back flips {not really, but if they could they probably would have}, and immediately asked me to bake them up again soon.

Cake Mix Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

Let me know if you bake these up soon. We are just in start of pumpkin season, so if you like this recipe, no need to worry I have a few more up my sleeve in the coming months.

Here are a few other pumpkin desserts that people have loved in the past.



Cake Mix Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

When you get a chance to bake these, please make sure to come back and "rate this recipe". You'll find the star ratings right at the top of the recipe card below. The more ratings my recipe receives {good or bad} tells Google to show it to more people!

As always any feedback is welcome.

Enjoy these Cake Mix Pumpkin Streusel Muffins soon!

Cake Mix Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

Cake Mix Pumpkin Streusel Muffins
Yield: 12 muffins
Author: Ally
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 25 Min
A simple & easy pumpkin muffin recipe - with over the top flavor! With a yellow cake mix as the base, just a few extra ingredients make these some of the best pumpkin muffins you'll ever have.

Ingredients

For the Muffins
  • 1 15 oz box yellow cake mix
  • 15 oz can pumpkin
  • 1 t pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 t cinnamon
For the Streusel Topping
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 t pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a bowl combine the cake mix, canned pumpkin and spices. It will form a thick batter.
  3. In another bowl combine the streusel ingredients - flour, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and cold cubed butter. Using a fork blend it all together until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Fill each muffin tin with the batter, then generously top each muffin with streusel topping.
  5. Bake the muffins for 20 minutes or until slightly golden.

Notes:

The streusel topping is optional if you'd like a "healthier" muffin.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

340.37

Fat (grams)

5.54

Sat. Fat (grams)

3.10

Carbs (grams)

66.44

Fiber (grams)

1.97

Net carbs

64.47

Sugar (grams)

19.90

Protein (grams)

5.93

Sodium (milligrams)

290.76

Cholesterol (grams)

10.17
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Thursday, September 2, 2021

20 Apple Desserts (all from Iowa food bloggers)

It's September so that means apple season!
Here are 20 fun desserts from Iowa food bloggers.

20 Apple Desserts (all from Iowa food bloggers)

I love apple season. Here in the Midwest it starts in mid-August and ends in late October, usually just before we get dumped on by an early snow.

Some of my best memories of when the kids were little was tagging along on their annual preschool field trip to our local apple orchard. We picked {and sweated} and swatted at bugs, then went inside to their lodge to down a cold apple cider slushy and take some apple turnover or cider donuts home for treats later in the week. If you've never been to an apple orchard I highly recommend it!

A couple weeks back I asked some of my great Iowa {friends} and food bloggers to send me their favorite and most popular apple dessert recipes. They were happy to entertain me. This list is so fun and so tasty!

Take some time to browse through this fun list and pick one to try! I can't wait to hear which one it is....the pancakes? The monkey bread? The dumplings? The pie? There are so many to choose from.


20 Apple Desserts (all from Iowa food bloggers)




20 Apple Desserts (all from Iowa food bloggers)




20 Apple Desserts (all from Iowa food bloggers)




20 Apple Desserts (all from Iowa food bloggers)




20 Apple Desserts (all from Iowa food bloggers)




20 Apple Desserts (all from Iowa food bloggers)





20 Apple Desserts (all from Iowa food bloggers)


20 Apple Desserts (all from Iowa food bloggers)

How about THAT list?

It's a great variety of sweet, fresh apple desserts. Whether you want pie or cookies or cake, it's here! Even a fun iced tea and a couple homemade {healthy} applesauces to round it all out.

Please share this apple recipe round-up with anyone in your life that loves Autumn as much as I do. Let's all bake together.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

One Pot Stroganoff Meatballs

One Pot Stroganoff Meatballs are a great family dinner - made quick & loved by all.
This one pot meal is great one to put on your meal plan!

This post is sponsored by the Iowa Beef Council.

One Pot Stroganoff Meatballs

It's back to school time and because of that the Iowa Beef Council and I wanted to give you an easy, family friendly, one pot dinner.

We succeeded!

One pot dinners are a Mom's best friend really. By the time the kids get home from school and you get home from work - everyone is famished and there is little patience on long, complicated dinners. They want to eat fast and now!

These meatballs fit the bill.

One Pot Stroganoff Meatballs

The Iowa Beef Council and I have worked together for over a year now. Finding partnerships that "just fit" is always such a welcome in the food blog venue. Growing up my family loved eating beef and that has continued with our family today.

As you probably remember, we purchase half of a beef {cow} once a year {or however long it lasts} so we always have it readily on hand in our freezer.  All cuts - ground beef, roasts, steaks, stew meat and more.

And ground beef is the STAR of this dish.

One Pot Stroganoff Meatballs

We all know that ground beef is incredibly great to have on hand and at the ready for easy dinners. It thaws quickly and can be made into a million different dishes.

But every now and then - we need a new favorite, right? My family loves ground beef on pizzas and in tacos, layered in lasagna and in my famous Crockpot Iowa Maid-rites - but now and then it's fun to bring a new dish to the table.

Now traditional stroganoff is made with cuts of beef {not ground beef}, but we wanted to change it up a bit and take those same flavors and put them into a meatball.

One Pot Stroganoff Meatballs

And wow oh wow, did this one pot stroganoff meatball turn out!

I used my Lodge dutch oven to cook these in but any stockpot or high rimmed skillet on your stovetop will do. Once the ground beef gets mixed with the egg, breadcrumbs, onion and seasonings they are easily rolled into meatballs, dusted with flour and sauteed until golden.

After that, they simmer and bubble in a cream of mushroom and sour cream sauce {with a pinch of one seasoning that MAKES the sauce} and finish cooking with the dutch oven lid on.

While finishing, I completely, 100% recommend cooking some egg noodles to eat these delicious meatballs with - either on the side or topped with the extra cream sauce. They accompany each other greatly!

One Pot Stroganoff Meatballs

I served these meatballs to my kids after their first day of school - which turned out to be a grand idea because they were hungry!

They gobbled them up.

And then promptly asked when we'd be having them again. Which will be soon! For many reasons. 1) they required minimal ingredients 2) they were super easy to make and 3) they are delicious!

In case you need more kid friendly recipes {what Mom doesn't?} be sure to visit HERE to see a fantastic list of easy dinners. The beef jerky trail mix looks super fun.

One Pot Stroganoff Meatballs

I cannot wait to see you guys make these meatballs. Once you do I'd love for you to rate this recipe on the recipe card below {simply give it a star rating}. It helps more people see my recipes online and gives them a little "push" to make them!

A big thank you again to the Iowa Beef Council for supporting me this past year. It does not go unnoticed! I cannot wait to share other recipes with my readers later this year on behalf of you guys.

This post is sponsored by the Iowa Beef Council.

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One Pot Stroganoff Meatballs

One Pot Stroganoff Meatballs
Yield: 18 meatballs
Author: Ally
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 40 MinTotal time: 50 Min
Tasting just like traditional stroganoff, these meatballs are fun and easy! Clean up is also a breeze as just one pot is needed. Your family will love these.

Ingredients

For the Meatballs
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 t garlic salt
  • 1 t pepper
  • 1/2 t celery salt
  • 1/2 cup flour, for dusting
For the Sauce
  • 1 10 oz can cream of mushroom soup
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl gently combine the ground beef, beaten egg, breadcrumbs, onion and seasonings.
  2. In another bowl place in the flour.
  3. Heat a large stockpot or dutch oven to medium high heat and coat with cooking spray. When hot, gently form the ground beef mixture into 18 one-inch meatballs, roll them lightly in flour and place into the hot pot.
  4. Let the meatballs cook on all sides to a golden brown. This will take about 15 minutes. They will not be cooked all the way through. Remove the meatballs from the pot, set aside and drain off any grease.
  5. Add the cream of mushroom soup, water and seasonings to the pot, whisking together.  Gently fold in the sour cream. Add the meatballs back to the pot and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, set to LOW, cover and let simmer for 25 minutes.
  6. While simmering cook egg noodles to serve along side the meatballs (this is optional), but the meatballs pair well with them and the extra sauce is great with noodles!

Nutrition Facts

Calories

118.59

Fat (grams)

6.66

Sat. Fat (grams)

2.62

Carbs (grams)

5.76

Fiber (grams)

0.34

Net carbs

5.43

Sugar (grams)

0.92

Protein (grams)

8.41

Sodium (milligrams)

313.71

Cholesterol (grams)

37.23
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