Sicilian Goulash

Sicily has long been known for its delicious foods and bountiful crops. Prized for its wines, sun-ripened tomatoes, oils, seafood, and dishes, Sicily holds a culture that appreciates delicious food and fine cooking.

The island is considered an important piece of Mediterranean culture and this influence can be seen within its food as well. Pasta, basil, tomatoes — all inspire thoughts of Italy and the island that rests off its coast.

This pasta dish will burst with flavor and give your dinner a Mediterranean flair. We’ve included two recipe options below, one made in a slow cooker and the other on the stove! Delizioso!

Sicilian Goulash: Stove Top Recipe

Ingredients:

1 lb. Hamburger

1 (28 oz.) can of Canned Tomatoes

1 packet Simply Savory Taste of Sicily Dip Mix, unprepared

1 (24 oz.) jar of Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce

1 cup Sour Cream (optional)

1 lb. Pasta of your choice, prepared

Directions:

  1. Brown hamburger, then drain the grease. 
  2. Stir in tomatoes, marinara, and Taste of Sicily Mix. 
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring until spices are softened (about 10 to 15 minutes.) 
  4. Mix in the hot,  prepared pasta just before serving. 
  5. Serve sour cream on the side, to be added if desired.

Sicilian Goulash: Slow Cooker Recipe

Sicily has long been known for its delicious foods and bountiful crops. Prized for its wines, sun-ripened tomatoes, oils, seafood, and dishes, Sicily holds a culture that appreciates delicious food and fine cooking.

The island is considered an important piece of Mediterranean culture and this influence can be seen within its food as well. Pasta, basil, tomatoes — all inspire thoughts of Italy and the island that rests off its coast.

This slow-cooked pasta dish will burst with flavor and give your dinner a Mediterranean flair. Delizioso!

Ingredients:

2 lbs. Round Steak, cut into ½ inch cubes

2 tbs. Flour

1 (28 oz.) can of Canned Tomatoes

1 package Simply Savory Taste of Sicily Dip Mix, unprepared

1 (24 oz.) jar of Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce

1 cup Sour Cream

1 lb. Pasta of your choice, prepared

Directions:

  1. Place steak cubes in a crock pot, add flour and mix until the cubes are coated.
  2. Stir in canned tomatoes and dip mix.
  3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-6 hours.
  4. 30 minutes before serving, stir in marinara sauce and sour cream.
  5. Mix in hot, prepared pasta just before serving.

Sweet Pepper & Tomato Chicken Salad

Chicken salad is a dish that works for almost anyone. Once you have its simple base, you can customize it to meet the tastes of those eating it. Add celery, apples, or nuts for a nice crunch. Sliced fruits, such as grapes, give this food a burst of sweetness. Most importantly, use enough seasoning to bring your elements together in every flavorful bite.

But the versatility doesn’t stop there. Once you’ve made your chicken salad, you can also choose how you serve it. For a lighter option, serve it on a bed of greens. If you want to get fancy, you can make sandwiches with fresh croissants or gourmet bread. Or, make it easy to share with crackers to scoop individual bites. No matter the occasion, you can find the right way to make your chicken salad a hit!

Sweet Pepper & Tomato Chicken Salad

 Ingredients:

1 package Simply Savory Sweet Pepper & Tomato

12 oz. Mayonnaise

3 cups cooked Chicken, shredded

1/2 cup Celery, diced

 Directions:

  1. Thoroughly mix together the Sweet Pepper & Tomato dip mix with the mayonnaise.
  2. Stir in the chicken and celery, until everything is well coated.
  3. Refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.

Mini Coconut Cream Pies

Summer can’t be complete without a bit of coconut. And we’re not talking about hula dancer shells or towering palm trees. We mean the delicious, creamy flavors of coconut cream pie.

This popular dessert is the perfect, refreshing treat for the end of a hot summer’s day. With our recipe for these Mini Coconut Cream Pies, you can add this dish to your casual poolside gathering or your classy dinner party.

Adults and children alike will love these yummy, bite-sized desserts!

Mini Coconut Cream Pies

Ingredients

1 package Simply Savory Coconut Cream Pie Dip Mix

1 (8 oz) package Cream Cheese

1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip, defrosted

Baked Frozen Mini Phyllo Cups

Whipped Cream

Toasted Coconut, to top

Directions

  1. Use an electric mixer to blend together 1 pkg Simply Savory Coconut Cream Pie with 8 ounces softened cream cheese.
  2. Gently stir in 1 tub of defrosted Cool Whip.
  3. Refrigerate at least two hours to ensure blending of flavors.
  4. Spoon about 1 Tablespoon of the prepared coconut cream pie into the phyllo cups.
  5. Top with whipped cream topping or Reddi-Whip.
  6. Sprinkle with toasted coconut.
  7. Best served immediately.

Italian Tomato and Basil Mini Pizza

Mamma mia! What do you do when you want to enjoy a tasty homemade pizza, but you don’t have the time or ingredients for the typical pie?

You try our quick and easy recipe for mini pizzas!

As you’ll see below, our version of mini pizzas require minimal ingredients and fuss. You can assemble them in just a few minutes so you don’t have to keep your hungry mouths waiting for long. Make them for lunch or dinner or as a snack. With this fresh alternative to pizza rolls and bites, you can soothe hangry kids and keep everyone happy!

Italian Tomato & Basil Mini Pizza 

Ingredients:

1 packet Italian Tomato Basil Dip Mix

1 (10-count) package Refrigerated Biscuits

2 (8 oz. ea.) packages Cream Cheese, softened

1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Parmesan Cheese for garnish

 Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place biscuits in pockets of a greased muffin tin (larger size). Press biscuits flat.
  3. Mix softened cream cheese, Italian Tomato Basil Dip Mix and mozzarella cheese until well blended.
  4. Spoon* approximately 2 tablespoons of cream cheese mixture on top of each pressed down biscuit.
  5. Sprinkle parmesan cheese evenly over biscuits for garnish. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until done.

 * If mixture is too stiff, add 1 to 2 Tbsp. milk

Greek Isle Pasta Salad

There are many reasons to love pasta salad. It leaves you feeling full and satisfied, important qualities for picnics and potlucks. With so many different kinds of pasta available, you can enjoy a variety of textures and shapes. This is especially important if you have picky eaters.

Above all, pasta salads offer an endless number of flavor options. You can pack it full of veggies and meat, or keep it simple with just a flavorful seasoning. You choose what fits your mood and the occasion!

For our recipe this week, we’ve created a Greek-inspired pasta salad that is loaded with Mediterranean flavors. Pepperoni, feta cheese, veggies – all pulled together with our Greek Isle dip mix. Yum!

Greek Isle Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

1 Greek Isle Dip Mix

12 Cherry Tomatoes, sliced in half

1 cup Red and Green Bell Pepper, diced

1/2 cup Red Onion, chopped

1/2 cup Black Olives

3/4 cup crumbled Feta Cheese

1 cup Pepperoni, sliced in thin strips

3 cups cooked Rotini Pasta or Bow Tie Pasta

1/2 cup Olive Oil

1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar

1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar

Directions:

  1. Mix package of Greek Isle with 3 tbsp of water & let sit 5 min.
  2. Combine all veggies, feta cheese, pepperoni, and pasta.
  3. Mix in olive oil.
  4. Add balsamic and red wine vinegar and mix well.
  5. Pour oil mixture over pasta and toss well.
  6. Cover and refrigerate overnight for flavors to combine.

Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Filling

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Trying new recipes is good, but there are some that just take us back to when life was simple. Back home.

Banana bread is one of those foods that automatically brings comfort and a sense of “Mmmm, good.” Eat it for breakfast, as a snack, or with your evening cup of coffee — whenever you need a little slice of comfort.

We’ve added an extra twist to our banana bread with a banana cream pie cream cheese filling! Give it a try and see if this banana bread will hit the spot!

Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Filling

Ingredients:

Bread

1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 cup Butter, softened
1 Large Egg
1/4 cup Sour Cream
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Ripe Bananas, mashed
1 cup All-Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
Pinch of Salt

Cream Cheese Filling

1 Large Egg
1 (4 oz.) package Cream Cheese, softened
1 package Simply Savory Banana Cream Pie Dip Mix
3 tbsp All-Purpose Flour

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Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Spray a 9×5 inch pan with cooking spray.

Bread

  1. In a large bowl, cream together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and butter. 
  2. Mix in the egg, sour cream, vanilla, and bananas. 
  3. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, then mix into the wet ingredients. Set aside.

Cream Cheese Filling

  1. Mix together egg, cream cheese, Simply Savory Banana Cream Pie, and flour.
  2. Pour half of the bread batter into the prepared 9×5 inch pan, evenly spoon in the cream cheese filling, then top with remaining batter.
  3. Bake at 350°F for about 50 mins. Baking times may vary, so watch for the center to start looking dry.

Buffalo Chicken Crescent Rolls

Have you ever wondered how “buffalo” became associated with chicken wings and spicy sauce? If not, I’m sure you’re thinking about it now!

Buffalo chicken wings debuted at a family-owned bar, the Anchor Bar, in Buffalo, NY. In the 1960s, owner and cook Teressa Bellissimo decided to cook chicken wings with a spicy sauce and serve them with a side of celery and blue cheese dressing.

They became a hit, but didn’t reach national fame until the city of Buffalo declared that July 29 was Chicken Wing Day in 1977. Over the next few decades, buffalo sauce grew in popularity. Today, it remains a chicken wing favorite and has become a staple for football parties. Like our recipe below, buffalo chicken wings are a great dish to offer at fun events.

Our recipe this week captures the delicious flavors of buffalo chicken without all the mess. Give these flaky, buttery, and spicy rolls a try!

Buffalo Chicken Crescent Rolls

Ingredients:

8 Big & Flaky Crescent Dinner Rolls (one 12 oz. tube)

8 oz. softened Cream Cheese

1 pkg. Simply Savory Big Blue Buffalo Dip Mix

2 cups cooked, shredded Chicken

2 tablespoons melted Butter

Blue Cheese Dressing or Ranch Dressing, optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F and line baking sheet with parchment paper or non-stick foil.
  2. In a bowl mix thoroughly mix together softened cream cheese and Big Blue Buffalo. Add shredded chicken and stir again to combine everything evenly.
  3. Unroll crescent rolls, separate them into triangles, and place them onto the baking sheet. 
  4. Divide the filling between 8 big crescent rolls.  Roll them up tightly and seal well.
  5. Brush the rolls with melted butter, then bake 15-18 minutes until golden brown.
  6. If desired, drizzle the blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing over each roll before serving, or serve the dressing on the side for dipping.

Vidalia Onion Meatloaf

Meatloaf often gets a bad rap. If you don’t have a good recipe, this dish may come out too dry, too greasy, or too bland. With the right ingredients, however, meatloaf can become a family favorite.

First, it’s important to choose the right meat. Using a fatty meat, such as cheaper ground beef cuts, will leave your meatloaf greasy and flavorless. Instead, choose a lean cut with a lower fat content.

Next, your meatloaf should use a combination of eggs and liquid, such as sauces, to keep it moist. As you’ll see in the recipe below, it’s important to evaluate your mixture before cooking. If it seems too dry, it’s a good idea to add a bit of milk until it reaches the right consistency.

Lastly, make sure your meatloaf is rich in flavor. In our recipe, we use our Vidalia Onion dip mix, ketchup, and steak sauce to flavor the meat mixture. We also add a tasty sauce to add an extra punch.

With these tips and the recipe below, you can discover a new love for this delicious dish!

Vidalia Onion Meatloaf

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs. Lean Ground Beef

1/2 cup Buttery Round Crackers, crushed

3/4 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

1 pkg. Simply Savory Vidalia Onion Dip Mix

2 Eggs, beaten

1/4 cup Ketchup

2 Tbsp. Steak Sauce

Glaze Ingredients:

1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar

1/2 cup Ketchup

1/2 tsp. Chili Powder

1 tsp. Salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Stir the ground beef, crushed crackers, cheddar cheese, and Vidalia Onion dip mix in a large bowl until well combined.
  3. Whisk the eggs, 1/4 cup ketchup, and steak sauce in a separate bowl until smooth.
  4. Blend the egg mixture into the meat until well combined. If the mixture seems too dry, add a little water.
  5. Press the meat mixture into a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  6. Mix together all the glaze ingredients, then spread over top of the meatloaf.
  7. Bake in preheated oven until the meatloaf reaches 160° F and is no longer pink in the center, about 45 to 60 minutes.

Sea Salt Caramel Mini Dessert Cups

Did you know that salt can help bring out the flavor in sweet dishes? Along with this undercover work, salt is often used to add the perfect touch to desserts, including sea salt caramel! The combination of a sweet taste, which our taste buds love, and salt, which our body needs, tells our brains that these dishes are exactly what we need.

First developed in the late 1970s by a French chocolatier, salted caramel has become increasingly popular over the last decade or so. We added this flavor to our line of dessert dips because we love it ourselves. To no one’s surprise, it has become our #1 dessert flavor!

For our recipe this week, we’ve put together a dessert that you can make in minutes and enjoy with little fuss! Are you ready to try this sea salt caramel goodness?

Sea Salt Caramel Mini Dessert Cups

 Ingredients:

1 package Simply Savory Sea Salt Caramel Dessert Dip Mix

8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened

1 (8oz.) container Cool Whip

24 Mini Phyllo Cups or Shells

Whipped Topping, optional

Caramel Sauce, optional

  Directions:

  1. Combine Sea Salt Caramel with the softened cream cheese. 
  2. Fold in the Cool Whip. 
  3. Use a spoon or a piping bag to fill each shell. 
  4. Optional, top each mini dessert with whipped topping then with caramel sauce.

Slow Cooker Spicy Garlic Beef

Slow cooker meals are perfect for busy schedules. Throw your meal in before you leave for the day and have it ready to go by the time you get home. Many slow cooker meals can be used in a variety of ways, which can help when your pantry is bare.

This week’s recipe is a Slow Cooker Spicy Garlic Beef, which can be used for several meal options, including:

  • You can use the beef as a filling for tacos, burritos, fajitas, enchiladas, chimichangas, quesadillas, or as a nacho topping;
  • You can serve the beef on a bun, and add barbeque sauce, if desired;
  • You can serve the beef on a hoagie bun with sautéed onions & peppers, then top with cheese and broil the sandwich slightly to melt cheese; or
  • You can use the beef in your chili or stew. 

However you decide to use it, you’re sure to love it!

Slow Cooker Spicy Garlic Beef

Ingredients: 

2 1/2 to 3 lb Boneless Beef Chuck Roast

1/2 tbsp Kosher Salt 

2 tbsp Olive Oil

1 pkg Simply Savory Spicy Garlic Dip Mix

1/2 cup Water

Instructions: 

  1. Trim the fat from the beef roast. Rub all sides of the roast with the kosher salt.  Mix the Spicy Garlic with 2 tbsp. olive oil, then rub all over the roast. 
  2. Place the roast in the slow cooker. Add the 1/2 cup water to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours. The meat should be very tender when done. 
  3. Remove from the slow cooker, let cool slightly, then shred the beef using two forks, or slice the beef as desired.  Skim off the fat from the juices remaining in the slow cooker, discard the fat, and pour the juices over the shredded beef.