Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

Some things just go together perfectly.

Peas and carrots. Peanut butter and jelly. Eggs and bacon. French fries and a Wendy’s Frosty.

Anyone else tempted to find the closest Wendy’s?

If you want to save yourself a trip, we recommend making this week’s recipe instead. It features our fan-favorite Chocolate Mousse dip and another perfect combination: chocolate and peanut butter!

As if that wasn’t enough, this recipe combines these flavors into a rich and creamy cheesecake that rivals the Cheesecake Factory’s best. Ready to give it a try?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake 

Ingredients:

1 pkg. Simply Savory Chocolate Mousse Dip Mix

8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened

8 oz. container Cool Whip, defrosted

10 – 15 Mini Peanut Butter Cups, quartered

1 (9-inch) prepared Graham Cracker Pie Crust

6 – 8 Mini Peanut Butter Cups for garnish

 Directions:

  1. With a hand mixer, combine together the Chocolate Mousse dip mix with the softened cream cheese. 
  2. Fold in the Cool Whip. 
  3. Fold in the quartered peanut butter cups. 
  4. Spread the mixture into the graham cracker pie crust. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. 
  5. Garnish each slice with a mini peanut butter cup before serving, if desired.

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Carrot cake is often a controversial dessert. For many, the poorly made desserts of their childhood create an undeserved dislike of this delicious treat.

Our Carrot Cake dip is a great way to discover the yumminess of this dessert. Even better, we’ve developed an easy way to replicate the flavors of carrot cake without having to deal with the complications of a traditional recipe.

Use our Carrot Cake Cupcake recipe below to introduce your family to a new favorite – one you can’t help but adore!

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Ingredients:

1 pkg. Simply Savory Carrot Cake Dip Mix

1 pkg. Yellow Cake Mix

2 Eggs

1 cup Water

1/3 cup Oil

1 cup Sour Cream

Cream Cheese Frosting, optional

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Butter, softened

8 oz Cream Cheese, softened

4 cups Confectioners’ Sugar

2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 
  2. Place all of the cupcake ingredients into a large bowl. Blend the ingredients with an electric mixer for 1 – 2  minutes. 
  3. Place muffin liners into a standard size muffin tin. Pour batter into liners, filling only to 3/4 full. 
  4. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until done. Cupcakes are done when a toothpick is inserted into the middle and comes out clean. 
  5. While the cupcakes cool, make the cream cheese frosting. Beat butter and cream cheese together until well blended. 
  6. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla, and beat until creamy.
  7. Once the cupcakes are cooled, top them with the cream cheese frosting or enjoy them however you prefer!

Spicy Layered Mexican Dip

What’s better than dip? More dip!

Okay, we might be a little biased.

Even so, few things make a better snack or shareable party dish than chip dip. For our weekly recipe, we’re showing you how to make our The Three Amigos dip even more delicious – by giving it more layers!

This spicy dip is perfectly complemented by guacamole, salsa, refried beans, and more. With all of these delicious, Mexican-inspired flavors, you won’t be able to stop eating!

Spicy Layered Mexican Dip 

Ingredients:

1 (15 oz.) can Refried Beans

1 cup Guacamole

1 cup Simply Savory The Three Amigos Dip, prepared according to dip directions

1 cup Salsa

1 (4.25 oz.) can Black Olives, chopped or sliced, drained

1 (8 ounce) package Shredded Cheddar Cheese

1 Jalapeno Pepper, seeded and diced, optional 

Directions:

  1. In a clear pie pan, or similar dish, spread a layer of refried beans. Top the beans with the guacamole. Allow the layers to thicken in the refrigerator for approximately 20 minutes.  
  2. Spread The Three Amigos over the layer of guacamole. Cover The Three Amigos layer with salsa, then top with black olives and grated cheese. If desired, garnish the layers with the jalapenos.
  3. Serve with corn chips or tortilla chips for dipping.

Divine Dill Cedar Plank Salmon

The key to amazing salmon is the way you cook it. Our cedar plank salmon combines the fresh herb taste of our Divine Dill dip with moist, flaky salmon — you won’t be able to make it any other way again!

Before we get into our recipe, let’s go over some cedar plank tips. This is a fairly simple method, but it’s important to make sure you know what you’re doing to avoid problems.

Plank Preparation: Prior to using your plank on the grill, it should be soaked to increase moisture, resist burning, and extend the life of the plank.  The longer the plank is soaked, the better the results.  Soaking time can be shortened by using hot water.

 Soaking the Plank:

1. Begin by rinsing the plank.

2. Fill the kitchen sink, or a container large enough to fit the plank into with water. 

3. Submerge the entire plank in water, placing a weight on it to prevent it from floating to the top. 

4. Soak in water for at least two hours and up to 24 hours. 

Preheating the Plank: After the plank has been soaked it must be preheated to control warping, sterilize the wood surface, and enhance flavor.

1. Start by preheating your grill to a medium-high heat, approximately 425° F.

2. Place the plank on the grill, approximately 8 inches away from the flame, and close the lid.  If you do not have control over the plank height, closely monitor the grill during preheating and cooking.

3. After 3 to 5 minutes, the plank will be lightly charred on one side and possibly bowed.  Open the grill, flip the plank over, reclose the grill lid, and heat for 1 to 2 minutes.  Continue flipping the plank and grilling for 1 to 2 minutes, until the plank flattens out.

4. Use the plank immediately after preheating.

Cedar Plank Salmon

Ingredients:

4 – 6 lbs. of Salmon

6 oz Lemon Olive Oil

1 package Simply Savory Divine Dill Dip Mix

Cedar Planks, prepared for grilling

Lemon Wedges, optional

Directions:

  1. Mix the Divine Dill with the lemon olive oil and let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the skin from the salmon fillets, and remove any remaining bones. Rinse under cold running water and pat dry with paper towels. 
  3. Brush the tops of the planks with the olive oil mixture. 
  4. Lay the salmon (on what was the skin-side down) on the pre-heated cedar planks. 
  5. Baste the salmon with the olive oil mixture, and salt as desired. 
  6. Cover the grill and cook on medium until the internal temperature of the salmon reaches 135° F. Cooking time will vary between 15 and 30 minutes, depending on the thickness of the salmon. 
  7. During cooking, check periodically to make sure the planks are not on fire. Keep a spray bottle of water close by to extinguish any flames. 
  8. Remove the planks from the grill carefully, as the planks are very hot!
  9. If desired, serve the salmon right off the plank and garnish with lemon wedges.

Smoky Onion Burgers

Burgers are one of the best, most versatile foods you can find. They’re listed on the menus of the fanciest restaurants and available for cheap at any high school sports event. You can use a simple frozen patty or create your own patties from scratch.

For this week’s recipe, we’re giving you an easy way to make gourmet burgers in your own kitchen. Mixing our Smoky Onion dip mix into both the meat and a tasty sauce makes this recipe a flavor-packed hit. You can also add your favorite toppings to these burgers for the perfect finish. Like our favorite burger royalty says, “Have it your way.”

Smoky Onion Burgers

Ingredients:

1 cup Mayonnaise
1 pkg Simply Savory Smoky Onion Dip Mix, unprepared, divided
1 lb Ground Beef
4 Hamburger Buns

Directions:

  1. Stir together the mayonnaise with 1 1/2 Tbs. Simply Savory Smoky Onion to make Smoky Onion Mayonnaise.  Refrigerate until needed.
  2. In a medium, bowl, mix together the remaining Smoky Onion Dip Mix with the ground beef, until blended well.
  3. Form the mixture into 4 equal-sized patties.
  4. Grill patties over medium heat until cooked as desired.
  5. Serve the Smoky Onion Mayonnaise with the burgers to use as a condiment.

Kansas City BBQ Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Every country and region offers food that they make better than anyone else. For the U.S., and particularly the South, BBQ is one of these unique offerings.

Though every cook uses their own seasonings, rubs, and sauces, there’s something universally special about a meal of barbequed meat and your favorite sides. Best of all, anyone can man the grill (or the oven) to create their own tasty BBQ.

For this week’s recipe, we’ve combined the flavors of smoky BBQ with the indulgence of stuffed chicken breasts. This quick and tasty meal will quickly become a family favorite. Be sure to give it a try and then let us know how you liked it in the comments!

Kansas City BBQ Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Ingredients:

4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened

¼ cup Sour Cream

¼ cup Simply Savory Kansas City Rub

8 – 12 slices of Bacon (thin sliced)

1 cup Honey BBQ Sauce

Directions:

1.  Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2.  Butterfly the chicken breasts and place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.

3.  Mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, and Kansas City Rub

4.  Scoop 2 to 3 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture into the inside of each chicken breast.

5.  Close the chicken breasts and press down the edges.

6.  Wrap each breast with 2 to 3 pieces of bacon.

7.  Top each chicken breast with the honey BBQ sauce.

8.  Bake for 30 – 45 minutes. The cooking time depends on the size of the chicken breasts. 

9.  During the last few minutes, turn the oven to broil to help brown the bacon on the top of the chicken. Watch carefully, as the broiler works fast and can burn the chicken!

10. Remove from oven, turn over each chicken breast, and spoon the pan drippings over them.

11. Place back under the broiler to brown the bacon on the bottom of the chicken.

Taste of Sicily Shake & Bake Chicken Parmesan

Do you love cooking shows? Have you ever wished you could create the same gourmet meals…just maybe without all the time and work involved?

We developed our line of Shake & Bake Seasonings to give our customers the ability to do just that! As parents ourselves, we know that there’s not a whole lot of time and energy left for dinner at the end of a busy day. Rather than stressing about the million steps needed for a fancy meal, all you need is a few ingredients and a few minutes of your time.

Our Taste of Sicily Shake & Bake Seasoning, as you can see in the recipe below, can make many of your favorite Italian dishes simple, easy, and quick. If you want to get in touch with your inner MasterChef, give this recipe a try!

Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients:

1 lb. Chicken Breasts

1 jar of Marinara Sauce

3/4 Mozzarella Cheese, shredded

3 tbsp Parmesan Cheese, grated or powdered

1 pkg. Simply Savory Taste of Sicily Shake & Bake Seasoning

Olive oil, melted butter, or water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F
  2. Moisten the chicken breasts with melted butter, olive oil, or water.
  3. Use the Taste of Sicily Shake & Bake Seasoning to bread the moistened chicken.
  4. Place the breaded chicken on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  5. After 10 minutes, remove the chicken from oven. Top each breast with 1/3 cup of marinara sauce and 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of parmesan cheese on top of the mozzarella.
  6. Bake the chicken until the cheese is melted and the center is no longer pink. The chicken should reach 165°F before eating.
  7. Bon appetit!

Twice Baked Potatoes with Loaded Baked Potato Dip

Imagine, you’ve made the ultimate loaded baked potato. It’s piled high with cheese, sour cream, bacon, and chives. But, as you eat it, you can’t fully enjoy all of these flavors together. One bite will be full of sour cream, while the next is mostly potato and cheese.

Even worse, all of your toppings are gone by the time you reach the end of the potato. Talk about disappointment.

If you’ve experienced these same frustrations, you’re gonna love this week’s recipe. Twice Baked Potatoes uses all the same ingredients but mixes them together to ensure the same delicious flavor in every bite. With the additional flavor from our Loaded Baked Potato dip mix, we take this recipe to the next level. Plus, by placing the mixture back into the potato skin shell, you’ll never have too much potato at the end of your meal.

Twice Baked Potatoes

Ingredients:

4 large Baking Potatoes

1 tbsp Olive Oil

1 tbsp Kosher Salt

1 pkg. Simply Savory Loaded Baked Potato Dip Mix

1 ½ tbsp Milk

2 cups Sour Cream

1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese

3 slices Bacon, cooked and crumbled

¼ cup Green Onion, finely chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Wash the potatoes, then pierce them with a fork. Rub the potatoes with the olive oil and kosher salt. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet with a rim. 
  3. Bake the potatoes for 45 minutes to one hour, or until done.
  4. Remove the potatoes from the oven, then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  5. Cut off the top one-third to one-half of each potato and set aside. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, scoop out the inside flesh of the potatoes. Place the potato flesh in a bowl.
  6. Add the Loaded Baked Potato mix, milk and sour cream. Mix until creamy.
  7. Spoon the mixture back into the potato shells. Top each potato with shredded cheese. Return the potatoes to the oven for 15 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and garnish with bacon and green onion.

Florida Dreamsicle Tropical Fruit Pizza

After one of the coldest Christmases on record, we’re ready for some tropical weather. Though it looks like we’ll have to hang onto our jackets for a bit longer, there’s one place we can go for the perfect tropical experience: the kitchen!

Florida Dreamsicle calls bright summer days to mind, using Florida orange juice and creamy vanilla ice cream flavors to banish winter chills. No matter the time of year, it is always the perfect choice.

If you’re in the mood for a tropical treat, use this dessert dip to make a delicious Florida Dreamsicle Tropical Fruit Pizza. This recipe is super easy to make. It’s also a great chance to get your kids involved! Let them pick the toppings, roll out the dough, and mix the “sauce” for a fun activity with a tasty reward!

Florida Dreamsicle Tropical Fruit Pizza

Ingredients

8 oz Cream Cheese, softened

8 oz container Cool Whip, defrosted

20 oz can Crushed Pineapple, well drained

1 package Sugar Cookie Dough

Optional Topping Suggestions

Shredded Coconut

Maraschino Cherries, well drained

Mandarin Oranges, well drained

Blueberries

Strawberries

Kiwi, sliced

Banana, sliced

Directions

  1. Mix together the softened cream cheese with the Simply Savory Florida Dreamsicle Dip Mix.
  2. Stir in the well-drained pineapple. 
  3. Fold in the defrosted Cool Whip.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  5. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 12-inch pizza pan with cooking spray.
  6. Break up cookie dough in pan, pressing dough evenly in bottom of pan to within 1/2 inch of edge.
  7. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on cooling rack, about 30 minutes.
  8. Once the crust is cooled, spread the Florida Dreamsicle mixture over the crust and add whatever fruit toppings you desire.

Sicilian White Bread

Sicilian White BreadWe’re excited to share another recipe sent in from one of our fans! James sent us this recipe for Sicilian White Bread through the Facebook page for our store, Farmhouse Provisions! Thanks for the delicious new recipe, James!

We know that not everyone has a bread machine, so we’ve also included a set of instructions that we’ve adapted to offer a by-hand method. Whichever you use, you’ll soon be enjoying the delicious and unmistakable scent of fresh-baked bread!

This bread offers a scrumptious Italian flavor that can be enjoyed in slices with some butter or as a side for your next pasta dinner. Give it a try and let us know how you like it!

Sicilian White Bread

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups White Flour
2 tbsp. Sugar
1 tbsp. Dry Milk
1 tsp. Salt
1 tbsp. Butter, melted
7/8 cup Water
1 tsp. Yeast
1 tbsp. Simply Savory Taste of Sicily Dip Mix

Bread Machine Directions

  1. Add all dry ingredients to the bread maker.
  2. Add liquid ingredients and close the lid.
  3. Put yeast in the yeast dispenser and press start.
  4. Let your bread machine work its magic for 4 hours, then enjoy!

By Hand Directions

  1. Combine yeast, warmed water, and sugar in a large bowl. Let it sit until the mixture foams, about five minutes.
  2. Add the dry milk, butter, Taste of Sicily Dip Mix, and 1 3/4 cups of flour. Mix together until smooth, then add the remaining flour until dough is stiff. If you have a stand mixer, you can use a dough hook for this step.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until dough is smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Place dough into a lightly greased bowl and cover it with a clean dishtowel or plastic wrap. Place the bowl in a warm place and let the dough rise until it has doubled, about an hour.
  5. Punch the dough down to remove air bubbles and place in a greased loaf pan. Cover and allow it to rise until doubled, about an additional 30 minutes.
  6. While it rises, preheat your oven to 400°.
  7. Bake bread in preheated oven until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. If the loaf starts overbrowning, cover the top with foil.
  8. Enjoy!