Cheeseburger Quesadillas!

As you all know, I love Mexican food!  My family likes it also, but because they are picky eaters in some ways, they like it to be sort of Americanized or scaled down in the spiciness and ingredients.

 I have even gotten Mr. Sweet Tea, who is my biggest challenge, when it comes to new things, to eat several recipes with a Mexican flair to them!   This makes me happy, because then I don't end up cooking two different meals as much!!!   

These "Cheeseburger Quesadillas" was an idea I had that I thought would please everyone and it did!!!    These are so easy and they are perfect for feeding picky husbands, teenagers, or kids of any age really!!!    I mean who doesn't love a cheeseburger??? 

 These are great served with soup or serve them with fries like you would a cheeseburger!  They are great for lunch or supper!   They are quick, easy and yummy!!! 

Here is what you will need:

2 lbs. ground beef or chuck, browned
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tsp. yellow mustard
1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
seasoned salt to taste
black pepper to taste
8  (8 inch) flour tortillas
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese or a cheddar jack blend
4 Tbs. butter, divided

In large skillet, brown the ground beef until completely browned.  Drain excess grease.  Add the ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt and black pepper!   Stir to combine and bring to a boil for just a few minutes.  Simmer until the mixture thickens.  Be sure to stir so it doesn''t stick. 

Melt one tablespoon of butter in a large flat skillet or on a griddle.  Place one flour tortilla on the pan.  Your heat should be on about medium. 

Sprinkle with 1/4 of the ground beef mixture and then top with 1 cup of cheese.
Lay another flour tortilla on top and press down with a spatula to help melt the cheese so they stick together and make turning easier.

When it's brown on one side, carefully flip it over with a wide spatula and brown on the other side.

When it's nice and brown, remove to a plate or cutting board and cut in fourths.  This is really easy if you use a pizza cutter!   Repeat with the rest of the ingredients until you have 16 wedges!!! If you are cooking for  two or three people, you could cut this recipe in half!

Top with dill pickles if you are a pickle lover!!!  These are really yummy with chili!!!  

Cheesy Ranch Monkey Bread!

When you think of 'Monkey Bread", you might think of the caramel, sweet yummy bread we sometimes make for breakfast or a sweet snack and it is wonderful, but this "Cheesy Ranch Monkey Bread" is a savory bread!    This follows the same concept, but this is for eating with pasta, soups, or even as a fun appetizer when served with pizza sauce for dipping!!!   We loved this!!!   It's so good served with spaghetti or lasagna!!!   

This is great when you want a semi homemade bread, but you don't have much time!!!  If you have a can of biscuits in the fridge, this is doable!!!   Here is what you will need:

1 can  (16.3 oz) large refrigerated biscuits, 8 count 
6 Tbs. butter, melted
2 Tbs. dry Ranch dressing mix
1  1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the biscuits in quarters and place in a mixing bowl.

Mix the melted butter and the ranch dressing mix and pour over the biscuits and toss.

Add  1 cup of the mozzarella  cheese and toss lightly.

Spray a deep 9" pie plate with nonstick spray.  Pour the biscuit mixture in and spread it out evenly in the pan.   Sprinkle the top with the Parmesan cheese and the other 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese!  Place in the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes!  

Serve right from the dish or you can turn it out on a plate!  I like to serve this with pizza sauce for dipping!!!   This just pulls apart in pieces for serving!    It's so buttery, cheesy and delicious! 

Banana Oatmeal Cookies!

My mother has been making these cookies for over 50 years and they have always been one of my favorites.  They are really easy to make and are festive for holidays or we like them for just any old time.  The mixture of banana, oatmeal and cinnamon is really delicious. 

Here is what you will need for these:

1  1/2 cups self rising flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup shortening
1 egg beaten
1 cup mashed banana (2 bananas)
1  3/4 cups quick cooking oats, uncooked (not instant)
1/2 finely chopped walnuts

 Preheat oven to 375 degrees.   In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugars, nutmeg and cinnamon.  Cut in the shortening.   Stir in the mashed banana, vanilla, oats, and walnuts.   Beat until well blended. 

Drop by teaspoonful 1  1/2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Press a maraschino cherry int the center of each cookie or you can use a pecan half.  It's best if you line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.   Bake on the center rack for 15 minutes.  Remove to cool.  Once cooled remove to a serving plate.

OPTIONAL BAKING TIP:   At Christmas we have placed a gumdrop in the center or for something very different you can use a Hershey's Kiss.