Thursday, April 14, 2011

Pecan Cheesecake Pie

I have made this two times already because it is SO good and SO easy! I mean if you like pecan pie AND cheesecake you can't go wrong with this one. I did cheat and use a pre-made pie crust so that definitely contributed to the easy part. That (homemade pie crust) is still on my bucket list of things I want to make but I'm a little nervous to try it! Anyways another Southern Living recipe that is fantastic!!

Pecan Cheesecake Pie
Adapted from Southern Living
1/2 package refrigerated pie crust
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
4 large eggs, divided
3/4 cup sugar, divided
2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups chopped pecans
1 cup light corn syrup

1. Fit piecrust into a 9 inch pie plate according to package directions. Fold edges under, and crimp.
2. Beat cream cheese, 1 egg, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp vanilla and salt at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour cream cheese mixture into piecrust and sprinkle evenly with the pecans.
3. Whisk together light corn syrup and remaining 3 eggs, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla; pour mixture over pecans. Place pie on a baking sheet
4. Bake at 350 degrees on lowest rack 50 to 55 minutes until pie is set. Cool on wire rack one hour or until completely cool. Serve immediately, or cover and cool up to 2 days (although ours lasted a week and we were fine!)

Things I learned:
- don't freak out when the pecans start to float when you pour the corn syrup mixture over them...apparently that is normal
- life is so much easier with an electric mixer...I love my Kitchen Aid


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mississippi Sin

We have some great friends from Mississippi who shared this recipe with us. The first time I tried it, I literally ate half of the dip by myself...I couldn't stop! It is a great appetizer for any occasion and is so easy to make! You can't go wrong with cheese and Hawaiian bread!!

Mississippi Sin
from the kitchen of Lauren Arnold

2 cups shredded cheese (I used cheddar)
8 oz sour cream
1 small can of green chiles, drained
1 small jar of dried beef, chopped up
1 loaf Hawaiian bread

1. Cut off the top of the Hawaiian bread loaf and set aside. Hollow out the loaf, saving the inside.
2. Combine the cheese, sour cream, green chiles and the chopped up dried beef.
3. Fill the loaf with the mixture and put the top of the loaf on. 
4. Wrap the loaf completely in foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. 
5.  Serve with chips and the leftover bread.