Salted Chocolate Chunk Congo Bars

Easy Salted Chocolate Chunk Congo Bars loaded with chunks of dark chocolate and topped with fleur de sel or sea salt.  These are truly irresistible!

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I have a thing for Congo Bars that goes back, wayyyy back.

Growing up I always remember laid back summer picnics enjoying Macaroni Salad, Pinky Winky, and Salt Potatoes. To this day I still have cravings for those foods.  The funny thing is, I only want them in the summer. I guess you could say it’s a summer thing, because surely Pinky Winky just wouldn’t be the same in the fall (enter sarcasm.) If you are wondering what Pinky Winky is and I’m sure you are, it is a family recipe that combines cottage cheese, cool whip, mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple and raspberry jello mix. I have no clue how it got its name, but that is what we have always called it. The recipe is actually in my Summer Thyme cookbook. Summer just wouldn’t be the same without it.

What reminds me most of summer picnics as a kid is a tray of Congo Bars made by yours truly. Congo Bars are actually cookie bars which make these perfect for a crowd. Serve them with a little scoop of vanilla ice cream for an instant crowd pleaser. I don’t make these often, but when I do it reminds me of making these when I was a wee little Mother Thyme. They taste just like I always remember them.

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I couldn’t resist sharing this picture!  How funny is this?  I should have saved this picture for #TBT. This is me circa 1982 with my Congo Bars.  They look just as good back then as they do now!  What I can’t wait for is for my kids to do this.  They already have a interest and passion for cooking.  They love to help me in the kitchen.  In the mornings they are right there with me at the counter stirring pancake batter or prepping fruit to make smoothies.  I love that my kids are having fun cooking as much as I do!

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Recently I was thinking about these since I haven’t made them this summer.  I thought I would put a spin on my classic recipe given to me from my mom that I have held onto for years. I added roughly chopped Dove® Dark Chocolate and topped it off with a sprinkle of fleur de sel. Oh my goodness! These are good, really good!  You get chunks of smooth Dove® Dark Chocolate in each bite. Not only are they delicious, they are easy to make. Just be warned, once you make these they’ll be gone before you know it. You may secretly want to hide a few so you can enjoy them yourself with a tall glass of cold milk!

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Salted Chocolate Chunk Congo Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 16 bars

Salted Chocolate Chunk Congo Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 2/3 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 bars (3/4 cup) butter, melted
  • 2 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 9.5 ounce bag Dove® Dark Chocolates, unwrapped and roughly chopped
  • 1-2 teaspoons fleur de sel or sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large bowl mix butter, brown sugar, eggs, milk and vanilla until blended.
  4. Stir flour mixture into wet ingredients until combined.
  5. Fold in chopped chocolate.
  6. Pour into prepared baking pan.
  7. Sprinkle with a little salt.
  8. Bake for about 30-35 minutes until cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Cool pan on a wire rack.
  10. Cut into squares and sprinkle with a little more salt if desired. Serve or store in an airtight container.
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Pesto Lasagna Rolls

What’s for dinner tonight?  Try these tasty Pesto Lasagna Rolls made with a simple homemade marinara sauce and fresh basil pesto.  You can also double the recipe and freeze one dish for an easy meal to enjoy later.

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I love lasagna rolls.  I have to admit they are kind of fun to make and everyone always enjoys them.

Recently I was literally rolling these Pesto Lasagna Rolls for dinner filled with basil pesto made with fresh basil from my herb garden.  They were delish!  Even though I enjoy pesto year round, there is something about this dish that is just perfect for summer.  I love the combination of basil pesto paired with a simple marinara.

You can save a few steps and use store bought pesto and marinara, but I definitely suggest making your own.  I have included the recipe for my easy basil pesto and marinara that you can whip up in no time.  If you have a can of crushed tomatoes, a clove of garlic and a few spices on hand you are good to go.  If you can spare a few extra minutes and make your own crushed tomato sauce, even better!

This is the first year we haven’t planted a vegetable garden in a long time.  I have been so bummed about it all summer.  I did plant my herb garden, but we usually have a huge garden full of tomatoes, zucchini, lettuce and even pumpkins.  Mr. Mother Thyme and I have had so much going on that we skipped the garden this year.  We both realized how much we enjoy our yearly summer garden, so no matter what next year we will be planting it again.

Our garden is normally full of tomatoes.  We usually grow so much, I can’t keep up with it.  One of my favorite things to do with the abundance of tomatoes we have is to make sauce.  I will make homemade pasta sauce for spaghetti night, and jars of whole and crushed tomatoes to use in soups and stews throughout the fall and winter.

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If you don’t have time to do some canning, you can easily make crushed tomato sauce with just a few pounds of fresh tomatoes you can grab at the farmer’s market or grocery store.

About 2-3 pounds whole fresh tomatoes equals one 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes.
- Simply submerge tomatoes in boiling water for about 45 seconds.
- Carefully remove tomatoes and place in an ice bath to easily cut the stems, core and remove skins.
- Give them a good squeeze with your hands to remove excess seeds.
- Cut tomato in half and place in a blender or a food processor and pulse a few times until desired consistency.
- Add tomatoes in a saucepan and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, then continue making the marinara sauce as directed.

Whether you use fresh or canned crushed tomatoes, or if you just use your favorite store bought marinara, this will be a meal everyone will love.  Go ahead and double the recipe to freeze and enjoy in the colder months too!

To freeze, follow the recipe as directed without baking, then cover and freeze in a freezer safe dish for up to 3 months.  When ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight.  Cover with foil and cook in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes.   Uncover and bake for about 10-15 minutes longer until hot and bubbly.

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Pesto Lasagna Rolls

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Pesto Lasagna Rolls

Ingredients

  • 9 lasagna noodles, cooked al dente
  • 28 ounce store bought or homemade marinara sauce (easy homemade marinara sauce recipe below)
  • 9 tablespoons store bought or homemade basil pesto (easy basil pesto recipe below)
  • 15 ounce ricotta
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella, divided
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Easy Homemade Marinara
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Easy Basil Pesto
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a medium bowl mix ricotta, egg yolk, 1/2 cup mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, parsley, and garlic.
  3. Spread 1/3 cup marinara sauce on the bottom of a 9-inch baking or pie dish.
  4. Lay lasagna noodles on a large clean surface (wax paper works great) and spread each noodle with 1 tablespoon pesto. Top each noodle with 3 tablespoons ricotta mixture.
  5. Roll lasagna noodles and place seam side down in baking dish.
  6. Pour remaining marinara sauce evenly on top of rolls. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes until hot and bubbly.
  8. Serve immediately.
  9. Easy Homemade Marinara
  10. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a low boil then reduce heat to low and let simmer for at least 10-20 minutes. Remove bay leaf.
  11. Easy Basil Pesto
  12. Place all ingredients except olive oil in a food processor or blender. Start blending, then stream in olive oil until blended. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired.

To freeze, follow the recipe as directed without baking, then cover and freeze in a freezer safe dish for up to 3 months. When ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Cover with foil and cook in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for about 10-15 minutes longer until hot and bubbly.

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Meatball Pizza

Make tonight pizza night with this yummy Meatball Pizza!

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Move over pepperoni, there is a new pizza in town.

This Meatball Pizza is crazy good!  It is not your average slice of pizza.  You just have to try it to see for yourself.

Friday nights is pizza night at casa de Dempsey.  Recently I was whipping up my favorite pizza dough and sauce to make a simple pepperoni pizza for dinner when this idea for a Meatball Pizza came into my head.  With leftover meatballs on hand from my Meatball Sub Casserole, I couldn’t resist trying this out.  I took all the yumminess from the Meatball Sub Casserole and added it to this Meatball Pizza.  This is not your typical Meatball Pizza with just sauce, meatballs and cheese.  Underneath the meatballs, cheese and sauce is a layer of creamy deliciousness made of cream cheese, mayo and Italian seasoning.

Mr. Mother Thyme can’t get enough of this pizza, and for good reason.  It is so tasty!

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What makes the ultimate homemade pizza?  For me it’s good dough, sauce and cheese.

The Dough
Grabbing store bought pizza dough is convenient, but you can easily make your own.  I have used the same pizza dough recipe for years.  It always turns out perfect.  I recently tweaked my go-to recipe slightly.  I now use a dough hook on my electric mixer.  It makes it even easier!

If you are busy during the week, whip up some pizza dough over the weekend and wrap it in plastic wrap then pop it in a freezer bag.  When ready to whip up a pizza, let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight or on the kitchen counter for a few hours.

The Sauce
Unless you have a favorite store bought pizza sauce or you can purchase sauce from your favorite pizza shop, making pizza sauce is super easy, and cheaper too!  If you have a can of tomato sauce and a few key spices on hand, you can whip up a tasty pizza sauce in no time.  Tomato sauce is something I always have on hand for a variety of recipes.  When I make sauce,  I will often double the batch and freeze the rest so I always have some on hand for an impromptu pizza night.

The Cheese
Sure it’s convenient to grab a bag of shredded mozzarella cheese, but it is worth the few minutes to shred it yourself. Freshly shredded cheese no matter it is for pizza, or any other recipe is worth the time it take to shred it. Not only does it melt better, it tastes better too.

Once you have these three key pizza ingredients on hand, you will want to make every night pizza night!  No wonder why pizza is one of the most popular recipes.  What’s not to love about it?

Love pizza?  Be sure to check out my Buffalo Chicken Ranch Pizza too!

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Meatball Pizza

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 33 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Meatball Pizza

Ingredients

    For the dough
  • 1 cup warm water (make sure it is not hot.)
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil plus additional for coating the bowl
  • 3 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon teaspoon salt
  • For the Pizza
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup pizza sauce (homemade or your favorite store bought brand)
  • 4 cups freshly shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 pound store bought frozen beef or turkey meatballs thawed or homemade, sliced in half
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped basil (optional)

Instructions

    Preparing the dough
  1. In a large mixing bowl combine warm water, yeast and sugar. Let sit for about 5-10 minutes until yeast proofs (it will be nice and bubbly).
  2. Add oil, flour,and salt. Using a dough hook attachment, mix ingredients on medium speed for about 5 or 6 minutes until dough comes together and forms a ball.
  3. Lightly oil a large bowl. Add the dough and coat with olive oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let dough rise (double in size) for an hour.
  4. After dough has doubled in size either freeze ball or if ready to use, punch dough down and roll out.
  5. Making the pizza
  6. Preheat oven at 400 degrees.
  7. Roll dough out on a clean surface using a rolling pin until dough is even. Spray 16-inch pizza pan with cooking spray. Place on pan.
  8. In a small bowl mix cream cheese, mayonnaise and Italian seasoning. Spread on top of crust. Top with pizza sauce, cheese and meatballs.
  9. Bake in preheated oven for 18 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown.
  10. Sprinkle with basil and let sit for 4 minutes and serve.

If you don't have an electric mixer with a dough hook, you can still make this dough. Instead of mixing it in a mixer, stir ingredients until mixture is stiff, then use hands to mix until dough is formed. Dust a large clean surface with flour, and knead dough for about 4 minutes. Use more flour if necessary. Once dough is formed, continue to follow directions above.

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Bread Pudding with Vanilla Bean Sauce (+ $100.00 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway)

Simple and delicious Bread Pudding topped with a sweet Vanilla Bean Sauce.  The perfect dessert to serve at any occasion. Bread Pudding with Vanilla Bean Sauce | Mother Thyme

Syllabub, Blackberry and Apple Crumble, Banoffee Pie or one of my favorites, Sticky Toffee Pudding are just some of the delicious British desserts that have been around for generations. I love British culture.  From the style, the traditions and of course the food, I love all things British.

Years ago I traveled to London.  I fell in love with the city and the culture.  I traveled there from Paris on the Chunnel.  I wandered the city, past Big Ben and Hyde Park.  Of course a trip to London wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Buckingham Palace.  I loved dining at little restaurants around town. It’s a beautiful city that I hope travel to again someday.

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Bread Pudding with Vanilla Bean Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 8 servings

Bread Pudding with Vanilla Bean Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of day old French bread cut into large bite size cubes (about 8 cups)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup Tate+Lyle® Organic Pure Cane Sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Vanilla Bean Sauce
  • 1 cup Tate+Lyle® Organic Pure Cane Sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 vanilla bean split lengthwise and beans removed.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter or spray with cooking spray a 9-inch springform pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl toss cubed bread, cranberries and nuts.
  3. In another large bowl mix milk, cream, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. In a small bowl whisk eggs with sugar and vanilla until blended then stir into milk mixture.
  5. Add bread, cranberries and pecans and gently stir until it has almost absorbed all of the milk mixture.
  6. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes until top is golden brown and center of pudding comes out clean with a tester.
  7. Place pan on a cooling rack and allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes.
  8. Vanilla Bean Sauce
  9. While pudding is cooling, add sugar, butter, cream, vanilla beans and pod to a small saucepan and bring to a low boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  10. Reduce heat to a simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
  11. Remove from heat, discard vanilla bean pod and allow to cool slightly.
  12. Pour over bread pudding or serve on the side.
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Mint Cookies and Cream Popcorn

Have a craving for popcorn?  Pop up a bowl of this Mint Cookies and Cream Popcorn tossed in a minty marshmallow sauce and loads of mint Oreo cookies.

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No it isn’t St. Patrick’s Day already.

It’s the release of the Muppets Most Wanted available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD August 12th at Disney.com.

We love family movie night!  Cuddling up on the couch, making some munchies and watching a good movie.  It’s so much fun to enjoy a good movie right in the comfort of your own home.  I love making little snacks to munch on during the movie. Our favorite?  Popcorn!  What’s movie night without a big bowl of popcorn?  

Our latest movie night was watching Muppets Most Wanted.  I love the Muppets!  I remember watching The Muppets Show on TV (yes, TV) when I was young.  Now I love bringing back those memories and watching it with my kids.  

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Mint Cookies and Cream Popcorn | Mother Thyme To keep with a green theme for this movie night, I popped up some yummy green(ish) Mint Cookies and Cream Popcorn to go with my buddy Kermit.  It’s the perfect sweet and salty snack all in one bowl.  Even my popcorn loving kid’s couldn’t keep their hands out of the bowl.  

Muppets Most Wanted stars the hilarious Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Ty Burrell and Ty Burrell.  There are a lot of cameos that you just have to wait and see!  

“Two Frogs! One Pig! Intrigue! Music! Mayhem! Muppets!

There’s plenty of fun for the whole family as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Animal and the entire Muppets gang head out on a world tour. But mayhem follows the Muppets, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper. Now Kermit is behind bars at the mercy of prison warden Nadya (Tina Fey), and the World’s Number One Criminal, Constantine—a dead ringer for Kermit—has taken his place.

As Constantine and his dastardly sidekick Dominic (Ricky Gervais) plot the robbery of the century, they are pursued by Sam Eagle and Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell). Will Constantine get away with his nefarious scheme? Will Kermit escape in time to save the day? Packed with dozens of guest cameos, new songs and the most extended, most exclusive scenes not in theaters, Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted is the most hilarious, most wanted Muppet movie ever!

I hate to keep you in suspense, but you will just have to check out the movie to see what happens!

So get your bowl of popcorn ready, sit back, relax and enjoy Muppets Most Wanted.  It is a funny movie the whole family will love!  

Stay connected with the latest news and updates about the Muppets on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!  

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Mint Cookies and Cream Popcorn

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3 quarts

Mint Cookies and Cream Popcorn

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup unpopped popcorn (or about 3 quarts popped)
  • 20 Mint Oreo Cookies, crushed
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • A few drops green food coloring (optional)

Instructions

  1. Pop popcorn and place in a large bowl. Toss crushed Oreos with popcorn and set bowl aside.
  2. Melt butter and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, add marshmallows and cook, stirring frequently until marshmallows have melted.
  3. Remove from heat, stir in extract and a few drops of green food coloring.
  4. Pour mixture over popcorn and gently toss using a large spatula to coat.

Easily crush Oreo's placing them in a large resealable bag. Use your hands, rolling pin or mallet to crush them. Crush to desired consistency.

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Sweet and Salty Brownie Cake Pops

Craving something sweet and salty?  Try these easy Sweet and Salty Brownie Cake Pops for a yummy treat everyone will love!

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I have always had a weakness for sweet and salty snacks.

A little sprinkle of sea salt or fleur de sel on ice cream, apple crisp or even on these chocolatey brownie cake pops can make something ordinary, extraordinary.  The combination of sea salt and Dove® Dark Chocolate is one of my favorites.  It’s a match made in heaven.

Cake pops are a fun and easy treat.  My kids love these.  As much as kids love them, adults love them too.  It can actually be a fun little baking project with the kiddos.   They are quick to make thanks to a box of your favorite brownie mix and Dove® Dark Chocolate.  They are a fun little treat for your next weekend barbecue.  Who can resist cake or in this case a brownie on a stick?  Great for portion control as well.  Now if I could only restrain myself to eating just one.

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Speaking of which, these store great in the freezer.  If you only need or want to make a few, you can store the rest of the balls in a freezer safe container or bag until you are ready to make the rest.  Once you have a craving for more, simply pop a few out of the freezer and let them thaw slightly.  They defrost fast.  Add a lollipop stick then roll them in the creamy melted Dove® Dark Chocolate and crushed pretzels.  Sprinkle them with a little sea salt for the final touch.

Just talking about these makes me crave one.  Thankfully I have a few in my freezer!

If you don’t have lollipop sticks you can simply roll these in the Dove® Dark Chocolate, top with the pretzel and salt and make them into little brownie bites, or truffles.  How cute is that?

Instead of taking a batch of brownies to your next gathering with friends or family, gives these little bites of Dove® Dark Chocolate sweet and salty brownie cake pops a try!  They make a yummy treat everyone will love!

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Sweet and Salty Brownie Cake Pops

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 32 brownie cake pops

Sweet and Salty Brownie Cake Pops

Ingredients

  • 1 family size box brownie mix (for a 9x13 pan)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 bag Dove Dark Chocolate, unwrapped
  • 2 cup pretzels, crushed
  • 1-2 teaspoons fleur de sel or sea salt
  • Lollipop sticks

Instructions

  1. Prepare brownies per packages instructions. Cool completely.
  2. Remove brownies from pan and place brownies in a food processor and pulse a few times until crumbly.
  3. Place crumbled brownies and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, mix until well combined. Chill mixture in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  4. Make tablespoon size balls and place on a large wax or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Freeze balls for about 45 minutes.
  5. Melt chocolates using a double boiler or microwave in 30 seconds intervals. Let melted chocolate cool slightly.
  6. Insert lollipop sticks into balls. Dip in chocolate, letting excess drip off, then roll in crushed pretzels. Sprinkle with fleur de sel or sea salt. Set back on baking sheet.
  7. Repeat until all balls are done then place in the refrigerator until chocolate hardens.
  8. Store in air tight containers until ready to serve.
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Meatball Sub Casserole

If you never had Meatball Sub Casserole before, you definitely want to add this to your dinner menu soon.  It’s delicious!

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Meatball Sub Casserole is probably one of Mr. Mother Thyme favorite casseroles I make.

I originally found the recipe on Pinterest a few years ago.  The first time I made it I was like WOW!  It was love at first bite.  It seriously taste just like a meatball sub, maybe even better.

I haven’t made it in awhile and recently I had all the ingredients on hand so I whipped it up for dinner, so good!  Mr. Mother Thyme asked me if this recipe was on MT.  I never planned on posting it, but it is too good not to share.  Of course I had to put my spin on this already tasty recipe.

I have been so busy lately that I haven’t had much time in the kitchen to develop new recipes.  I have enjoyed digging through some of my oldie but goodie recipes to create simple and delicious dinners.  This is definitely one of them.  Serve with a nice tossed salad, and dinner is served!  This makes a 9×13 casserole, so it is great to take to potlucks or to have leftovers for the next day!

If you never had Meatball Sub Casserole before, I definitely suggest you add this to your dinner menu for a delicious dinner your entire family  will love!

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Meatball Sub Casserole

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Meatball Sub Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf Italian bread, cut into large bite size cubes (about 1 inch each)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups freshly shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 pound frozen meatballs or turkey meatballs, thawed
  • 24 ounce jar marinara sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl mix mayonnaise, cream cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and Italian seasoning until blended.
  3. Add in Italian bread cubes and gently toss until to coat.
  4. Pour bread cubes evenly in the bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish.
  5. Add meatballs then top with sauce.
  6. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  7. Cook for about 25-30 minutes until hot and bubbly.

Adapted from My Recipes

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Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 21 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 box (4 patties) MorningStar Farms Chickpea Burgers
  • 1/2 cup Spring lettuce mix or your favorite green mix
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 4 ciabatta rolls
  • Garlic and Dill Aioli
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Prepare burgers as desired based on package instructions.
  2. Spread ciabatta roll with aioli. Add burger and top with spring mix, sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese.
  3. Garlic and Dill Aioli
  4. In a small bowl mix, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic, dill and salt and pepper until blended. While stirring, stream in olive oil until combined.
  5. Cover until ready to serve.
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