Category: Main Dishes

Top 5 Recipes of 2016

From Meatball Baked Ziti to Strawberry Fluff Salad, these are the top 5 most clicked on recipes from 2016. Since 2016 just came to a close, I am thrilled to share the top 5 Cooking Up Cottage recipes of last year.  Now It seems you all enjoy a good main dish for a weeknight along with some goodies for dessert so I’ll be sure to include more of those recipes in 2017!  

1. Baked Ziti with Meatballs – This recipe features homemade meatballs, a delightful amount of gooey cheeses all mixed together with a hearty ziti pasta. [GET THE RECIPE HERE]

2. Cream Cheese and Chive Stuffed Chicken – This chicken recipe stays so moist when cooked to perfection, because it is baked in butter and its crispy coating holds in the juices. [GET THE RECIPE HERE]

3. Chicken Pot Pie – This recipe is so simple that your kids can help make it on those busy weeknights. And, it’s healthy since it’s packed full of vegetables so you can feel good about getting the kids to eat their corn, beans, carrots, peas, and green beans. The best part of this dish is the flakey, buttery crescent roll topping that is woven over the filling.  [GET THE RECIPE HERE]

4. Strawberry Fluff Salad – This is a fun, light, and fluffy salad. It will satisfy your party guests with its sweet flavor and heavenly fresh strawberries. [GET THE RECIPE HERE]

5. Blueberry Bars – This bar will make your taste buds dance. It has a blueberry topping on a wonderfully buttery cake. [GET THE RECIPE HERE] 

Happy New Year!

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops

pork-chops-1Today I am featuring the last recipe in my series of back to school meals. Previous school night delights were Baked Ziti with Meatballs and BBQ Meat Loaf. Now let’s try my recipe for Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops. Everyone in your house is going to love this pork chop meal! With a wonderful garlic, parmesan cheese coating, that is baked in butter, these pork chops are going to make the members of your family ask for more. The coating is one of the reasons this meal is so good, the pork stays juicy with an incredible amount of flavor. And, it get’s better!  Since they bake for 35-40 minutes it gives you time to do your evening chores. Then once you are ready to eat, voila! The perfect meal is ready to enjoy. So say goodbye to your old dry and bland tasting pork chops and try this amazing recipe today.  

The ingredients you will need are 6 pork chops, 1 cup plain bread crumbs, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese,1/2 cup of butter, and 1 teaspoon garlic powder.

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In a bowl combine 1 cup of plain bread crumbs, 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder.

parmbread-crumbsgarlic-saltNow in a separate shallow dish melt 1/2 cup of butter.

butter Dip the pork chops in the butter and then into the bread crumbs mixture coating each side.

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breadingPlace pork chops in a single layer in a 9″x13″ baking dish then drizzle remaining melted butter.pork-chops-in-panBake uncovered for 35-40 minutes in a 350 degree oven or until the pork chops reach an internal temperature of 145-160 degrees. And then let the pork chops rest in the pan for 3 minutes before serving.

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Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops
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Ingredients
  1. 6 pork chops
  2. 1 cup of plain bread crumbs
  3. 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
  4. 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  5. 1/2 cup of melted butter
Instructions
  1. In a bowl combine 1 cup of plain bread crumbs, 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder.
  2. Now in a separate shallow dish melt 1/2 cup of butter.
  3. Dip the pork chops in the butter and then into the bread crumbs mixture coating each side.
  4. Place pork chops in a single layer in a 9"x13" baking dish then drizzle remaining melted butter.
  5. Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes in a 350 degree oven or until the pork chops reach an internal temperature of 145-160 degrees. And then let the pork chops rest in the pan for 3 minutes before serving.
Cooking Up Cottage http://www.cookingupcottage.com/
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BBQ Meatloaf

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Today I am featuring the second recipe in my series of back to school meals. The first delicious and hearty meal I featured was Baked Ziti with Meatballs. This week I have a great recipe for you that was created by my mother-in-law Nancy. It’s her famous BBQ Meatloaf. She loves to serve it with baked potatoes and a vegetable and it is delightful! Nancy has made this meatloaf many times and it pleases all of the picky eaters in my family! This comforting meatloaf is highlighted with savory onions and a delicious bbq topping. You can conveniently whip all of the ingredients together in one bowl and then shape it in a 9″x 13″ pan. So you won’t have to dig out your loaf pan from the dark depths of your cupboards. And don’t forget that the leftovers make the best meatloaf sandwiches. So let’s get to mixing.

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Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.  Then put 20 saltines crackers (about 1/2 of a sleeve) in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling-pin.

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Now chop 1/2 cup of onions into fine pieces.

onionsNow in a bowl mix the 2 pounds of ground beef with the 20 saltine crackers that you crushed, the 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1/2 cup ketchup, 2 eggs that you have beaten in a bowl, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

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Mix this together and form in into a loaf in your 9″x13′ pan.

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loafBake the meatloaf for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Then add 1/2 cup of your favorite bbq sauce to the top of the meatloaf and then bake it for an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until the meatloaf reaches a temperature of 165 degrees on a meat thermometer. 

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Now you are ready to enjoy this weeknight favorite with your family.

BBQ Meatloaf
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Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds of ground beef
  2. 20 saltine crackers (about 1/2 of a sleeve of crackers)
  3. 1/2 cup chopped onion
  4. 1/2 cup ketchup
  5. 2 eggs that you have beaten in a bowl
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  8. 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce for the top of the meatloaf
Instructions
  1. Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Then put 20 saltines crackers (about 1/2 of a sleeve) in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling-pin.
  2. Now chop 1/2 cup of onions into fine pieces.
  3. Now in a bowl mix the 2 pounds of ground beef with the 20 saltine crackers that you crushed, the 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1/2 cup ketchup, 2 eggs that you have beaten in a bowl, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  4. Mix this together and form in into a loaf in your 9"x13' pan.
  5. Bake the meatloaf for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Then add 1/2 cup of your favorite bbq sauce to the top of the meatloaf and then bake it for an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until the meatloaf reaches a temperature of 165 degrees on a meat thermometer.
  6. Now you are ready to enjoy this weeknight favorite with your family.
Cooking Up Cottage http://www.cookingupcottage.com/
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Baked Ziti with Meatballs

Baked-Ziti-with-MeatballsIt’s that season again, it may not be here officially…but fall is in the air…I hear it, I smell it, I feel it!  We’re trying to get back in the swing of things, back into the school routine, and we again, need to find meals to make on those busy weeknights. This month I’m focusing on back to school meals and today I am featuring my first recipe in this series. This recipe features homemade meatballs, a delightful amount of gooey cheeses all mixed together with a hearty ziti pasta that will fill up even the hungriest kids on a school night. So let’s get started.
Baked-Ziti-2We will start by mixing up the homemade meatballs.  Mix together 1 pound of ground beef, 2 slices of white bread that have been chopped into small pieces, 1/4 cup of milk, 1/4 cup of finely chopped onion, 1 egg, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a bowl.

meatballsNext shape into around 25 meatballs about 1 inch in diameter. Place the meatballs on baking sheets lined with foil. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until the meatballs reach 160 degrees on a meat thermometer. 

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While the meatballs are cooking, you can boil 2 1/2 cups of ziti pasta (about 1/2 of a 16 oz. package) according to the package directions.  

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When your meatballs and pasta are finished cooking you can combine them with the large jar of Prego Traditional sauce and a 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder in a bowl.

cooked meatballs

pasta mixed with sauceAfter you have that mixed together, you can start layering the casserole in a 9″x13″ baking dish.  Layer half of the sauce mixture in the baking dish.

1st layerNow in a bowl mix together a 15 oz. package of ricotta cheese with 2 cups of mozzarella cheese and then spread this layer on the sauce layer in your baking dish.

cheese mixed with mozarella 

2nd layerNow top this layer with the remaining sauce layer.

top layerThen cover the top with 2 cups of mozzarella cheese.

top cheese layerCover the pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. And then uncover the pan and bake them for an additional 15 minutes.

covering zitiNow you are ready to serve this dish with your favorite garlic bread.  Your family will cheer for this new weeknight favorite. 

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Baked Ziti with Meatballs
A delicious baked pasta dish
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Ingredients
  1. Meatballs
  2. 1 pound of ground beef
  3. 2 slices of white bread that have been chopped into small pieces
  4. 1/4 cup of milk
  5. 1/4 cup of finely chopped onion
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
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  9. 2 1/2 cups of ziti pasta (about 1/2 of a 16 oz. package)
  10. 1 large jar of Prego Traditional pasta sauce (2lb. 13 oz. jar that is the bigger jar)
  11. 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  12. 15 oz. container of Ricotta cheese
  13. 4 cups of mozzarella cheese (2 cups for the middle layer and 2 cups for the top)
Instructions
  1. We will start by mixing up the homemade meatballs. Mix together 1 pound of ground beef, 2 slices of white bread that have been chopped into small pieces, 1/4 cup of milk, 1/4 cup of finely chopped onion, 1 egg, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a bowl.
  2. Next shape into around 25 meatballs about 1 inch in diameter. Place the meatballs on baking sheets lined with foil. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until the meatballs reach 160 degrees on a meat thermometer.
  3. While the meatballs are cooking, you can boil 2 1/2 cups of ziti pasta (about 1/2 of a 16 oz. package) according to the package directions.
  4. When your meatballs and pasta are finished cooking you can combine them with the large jar of Prego Traditional sauce and a 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder in a bowl.
  5. After you have that mixed together, you can start layering the casserole in a 9"x13" baking dish. Layer half of the sauce mixture in the baking dish.
  6. Now in a bowl mix together a 15 oz. package of ricotta cheese with 2 cups of mozzarella cheese and then spread this layer on the sauce layer in your baking dish.
  7. Now top this layer with the remaining sauce layer.
  8. Then cover the top with 2 cups of mozzarella cheese.
  9. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. And then uncover the pan and bake them for an additional 15 minutes.
Cooking Up Cottage http://www.cookingupcottage.com/

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