Saturday, January 10, 2009

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

This is a traditional side dish at the Cook family Thanksgiving dinner table.

3 cups broken pretzels
1/4 cup melted butter
1 Tbs. sugar

Mix together and press into a 9x13 pan. Bake at 400* for 6 minutes. Let it cool.

1 cup sugar
8 oz. cream cheese
8 oz. Cool Whip
1 6-oz. strawberry jello
1 1/2 c boiling water
1 16-oz. pkg. strawberries, thawed and slightly smashed

Cream 1 cup sugar and cream cheese, fold in cool whip and spread on cooled down crust. Mix Jello and water, add strawberries. Cool and pour over cream cheese mixture. Chill before serving. Top with more Cool whip and strawberries when serving.

Chocolate chip oatmeal raisin Cookies

2 cups sugar
6 cups oatmeal
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
4 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice
2 cups raisins
2 cups chocolate chips

Mix together the following and then add to the dry ingredients:
1 1/2 cup oil
4 eggs
1 cup milk

Stir well. Chill several hours or overnight. (Can skip this part and it still turns out great) Spoon onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375*F for 12-15 minutes.

Yield: 8 dozen
If you don't have time to bake them all, the dough can keep in the fridge for several days and you can make cookies on demand.

Tangy Meatball Subs

I made this one up as I had thawed some hamburger and wanted to try something new. Enjoy!!
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1 pound ground meat
1 cup Italian bread crumbs/or crackers mashed with Italian seasoning
1 tsp. black ground pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 small onion, chopped fine
Mix all ingredients together with your hands and roll into 1-2 inch balls. Place on baking sheet covered with foil.(Helps with the clean up). Bake at 400*F for 15-20 minutes.

After the meatballs are baked place them all in a sauce pan with:

1 bottle of Heinz Chili Sauce

Let simmer for about 5 minutes. Then place on split hoagie buns. Top with:

1 cup grated mozzarella cheese, split between 6 subs.

Place in oven on broil for about 3 minutes. WATCH IT OR IT WILL BURN!!!

Enjoy. Goes great with Doritos Nacho flavored chips and root beer floats.