Easy Pan Cheeseburger Sliders

Unfortunately, polar vortex temperatures are not conducive to outdoor grilling. Unless you are into deep frozen cheeseburgers. I, for one, am not. I recently tried this incredibly easy way to cook up a burger inside with little mess and lots of flavor. By baking the ground beef patty in a rimmed baking pan, you end up spending less time at a grill and more time with your guests.

This is the perfect addition to a Super Bowl spread. I’ve listed the recipe for the most classic of cheeseburgers, but the possibilities with these are endless. Next time I’m thinking BBQ Cheddar or Mushroom Swiss.

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Makes 10-12 servings

2 lbs ground beef
1/4 C diced yellow onion
2 TBSP worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
1/2 cracked black pepper
6 slices, sharp cheddar cheese
small pretzel buns, or other small dinner rolls
Lettuce, ketchup, mustard or other desired condiments

Preheat oven to 400. In a large mixing bowl, mix ground beef, onion, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper together. Press beef mixture evenly into a rimmed 9×13 baking pan. Using the end of a wooden spoon or other similar utensil, press down, making indents randomly across the meat (as shown in the picture).

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Place in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. About halfway through, remove from oven and empty grease. Repeat after 25 minutes. Place cheese slices across the top and place in the oven for 2-3 more minutes to melt cheese.

Using a pizza cutter, cut patty into squares of desired size. Place on buns and serve!

Check out these other Super Bowl friendly sliders!

Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Gluten-Free Maryland Crab Cake Sliders
The Heritage Cook: Italian Sliders with Fried Polenta and Marinara Sauce
Feed Me Phoebe: Thai Chicken Sliders with Sriracha Mayo
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Shredded Beef Sliders
Devour: Pick Your Slider Stuffing for Super Bowl
Dishin & Dishes: Philly Cheesesteak Sliders
Blue Apron Blog: 5 Tricks to a Great Slider
Weelicious: Mexican Chicken Sliders
Taste With The Eyes: Classic Chicago-Style Polish Sausage Sliders
Virtually Homemade: Meatball Sliders
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Buffalo Sliders with Bacon & Cheddar
Red or Green: Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Bacon & Celery
The Sensitive Epicure: Arepas — The Ultimate Gluten-Free Slider with South American Flair
Domesticate Me: Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sliders
Daily*Dishin: Italian Roast Beef-Smoked Almond Creamy Cheesy Sliders
FN Dish: Super Sliders

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Wisconsin Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

With the new year comes resolutions and many of those lean toward healthy eating. Now we love a good thick, cheesy, creamy and caloric macaroni and cheese just as much as the next guy, but sometimes, lets face it, we need to lighten it up. So we are kicking off the new year with a guest post from Carrie over at Diet Deep Dish who is bringing us a delicious recipe for Cauliflower Mac & Cheese…Wisconsin Style.

Hello! I’m Carrie from the blog, Diet Deep Dish, and I am so honored to provide a guest post for Haute Apple Pie! I share the HAP ladies’ passion for creating simple, delicious recipes with a Midwestern flair. My goal is to lighten-up your favorite comfort foods, so what better way than to start with Mac and Cheese?

This recipe ups the nutrients with whole grains, cauliflower and broccoli, but is just as creamy and satisfying as the original. I brought this to our family Christmas, and adults and kids alike went for second helpings. I hope you enjoy!

Craving more mac and cheese? Check out these past HAP recipes!
Southwestern Pepper Jack Mac
Buffalo Mac ‘n Cheese
Smoky “Wintervera” Mac ‘n Cheese
Rosemary White Cheddar Mac ‘n Cheese

Wisconsin Cauliflower Mac n Cheese

Wisconsin Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Yields 8 servings

Adapted from Rachel Ray

Ingredients
1 head cauliflower, chopped into florets
12 oz whole wheat pasta
2 cups broccoli slaw
2 tbsp butter substitute, like Earth Balance natural buttery spread (or butter)
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup skim milk
½ cup vegetable broth
1 tsp chili powder
2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
2 cups reduced-fat cheddar cheese
4 oz reduced-fat cream cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

For the topping

2 slices whole grain bread, torn into pieces (or 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs)
2 oz goat cheese
½ tbsp. butter

Preparation
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the cauliflower. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
2. Remove the cauliflower with a slotted spoon and add the pasta and broccoli slaw to the same boiling water. Cook until tender. Drain the water and add the cooked cauliflower to the pasta and broccoli slaw and set aside.
3. Meanwhile, melt the butter or butter substitute in a skillet. Whisk in the flour until combined. Slowly whisk in the milk, broth and seasonings and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes.
4. Stir in the shredded and cream cheeses. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour the sauce over the pasta mixture and toss to coat. Pour into a greased 9×13 in baking dish.
5. To prepare the topping, place the bread (or bread crumbs) and goat cheese in a food processor and pulse until combined. Melt the butter in a saucepan and cook the bread crumb mixture until lightly toasted, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle mixture over the mac and cheese.
6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese

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From the newest piece of the pie..

This Christmas season has been filled with many great joys. Wishing you the happiest of holidays and blessings in the new year from Stef’s newest piece of the pie…

Xavier Stephen
December 10, 2013
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White Chocolate Peanut Butter Reindeer Fudge

If you are looking for an easy treat to get crafty with this Christmas, try this simple white chocolate peanut butter fudge recipe and wrap it in Rudolph! I have a small obsession for Rudolph crafts and treats as seen in my posts of Christmas’ past: Rudolph the Reindeer Treat Bags and Reindeer Peanut Butter Cookies. This year, we were asked to bring something to a cookie exchange for a kid’s holiday party and I thought these would be the perfect addition. They take about ten minutes of prep and cooking, 2 hours of cooling and a little extra time for decorating (which can be done with or without a little one).

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White Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
2 C sugar
1/2 2% milk
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 C creamy peanut butter
1/2 C white chocolate chips

Line a 9 inch glass pie pan with non-stick foil or wax paper. Spray with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar and milk. Heat and whisk until dissolved. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for 2-3 minutes, or until mixture becomes thickened. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla until incorporated. Using a rubber spatula, spread mixture into pie pan. Sprinkle white chocolate chips generously over the top, patting down with the spatula. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for two hours.

When chilled, remove foil from pie pan and cut into triangles. One pie pan will make approximately 10-12 triangles, depending on the size.

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To decorate, you will need:
Cellophane bags
Brown pipe cleaners
Self-stick google eyes
Red construction paper
Scissors
Glue

Place triangle fudge into bags. Fit bag tightly over fudge and pull together at the top. Secure with pipe cleaner, twisting to create a seal (you could always place a small rubber band to secure the bag first if you’d like). Fashion pipe cleaners into antlers, bending to your liking. Cut small circle with construction paper. Glue at tip of bag. Stick eyes above. Repeat until complete.

You can also use your favorite brownie or blondie recipe with this wrapping to create the same effect.

Happy Holiday baking!

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{Gift Guide} Emerald & Pine

Anne’s Picks

Give a gift that will be an instant conversation starter.  The book The Art of Manliness tries to revive the lost art of manliness with equal parts solid and humorous advice.  And if your daughter is anything like mine, she could spend the day twirling around in this adorable, tiered tutu.  The best part?  It strays from the traditional girly pink tutus that you normally see.

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1. The Art of Manliness ($15) 2. Rewind candle ($25) 3. Turquoise statement necklace ($110) 4. Plush-a-saur ($24.95)  5. Girls Blended Tutu ($34)

Katie’s Picks

My clothing picks on this one feel exactly like what my husband and I will be wearing as we go into 2014 – an easy-chic, work dress in a rich color for me to kick off all those business meetings and a stylish yet practical merino hoodie to accommodate his outdoor fanaticism.

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1. Quantum Plus merino hoodie ($219.99) 2. Emerald studs ($38) 3. Silk cinema dress ($160) 4. Organic Green Tea ($14) & Infuser tumbler ($19.99) 5. Nail polish in Laughin’ to the Bank ($17)

Stef’s Picks

My little man loves Pete the Cat and I have to say I do not blame him. I’m all about gifting books at Christmas time and you can’t go wrong with this one. If you are looking for something for a tech-saavy, stylish female, try the Taylor iPad Case from 1154 Lill Studio. You can purchase pre-made items or create your own in store or online.

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1. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas ($13) 2. Broken-in Chino Urban Slim Fit ($75) 3. Taylor iPad Case – Pea Pods ($69)  4. Lincoln Logs Classic Edition ($28) 5. Hand Knit Boot Cuffs ($19)

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{Gift Guide} Snow & Ice

Anne’s Picks

My all time favorite candle from Anthropologie comes in the beautiful (and reusable!) jar this time of year.  Pick this up for your hostess and grab one for yourself while you’re at it.  If you have any new little ones that have joined your family this year, think about getting them this adorable owl hat.  It is equal parts adorable and functional.

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1. Capri Blue candle ($25) 2. Owl hat ($16.75) 3. Cable knit knee socks ($16.50) 4. Fleece bear robe ($23.97) 5. Bird cup & saucer ($13.96)

Katie’s Picks

Who says you can’t wear white in winter? This chic, minimalist leather skirt from Topshop (via Nordstrom) feels like a fresh twist on a winter skirt and would elevate your look from work to cocktail hour in that I-didn’t-even-try kind of way.
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1. Sequined table runner ($24.95), 2. Trimmed Mazurka gloves ($32), 3. Leather skirt ($180), 4. Mercury glass flask (from $26), 5. Ceramic sugar jar ($12.95), 6. Silk tie ($150)

Stef’s Picks

It may be cold out, but the little ones can always warm our hearts. Consider giving the grandparent in your life the My Quotable Grandkid Journal. Here they can chronicle the darndest things their grandkids say. This is also available for parents. If you want to give a little extra to your whiskey-getter, try the sphere ice mold set. These slow melting molds won’t dilute your whiskey, plus they look like a snowball in a glass.

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1. My Quotable Grandkid Journal ($13) 2. A Chilly Treat Sweater ($60) 3. Mini Boden ‘Cozy’ Teddy Bear Texture Gilet ($38) 4. Philosophy Giving Grace Fragrance Spray ($44) 5. Sphere Ice Mold Set ($12) 6. Vintage Stamped Serving Spoons ($28)

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{Gift Guide} Neon & Neutral

Anne’s Picks

Consider giving a small clutch that can turn an outfit into something special.  This pop-of-color clutch from the gap is on trend, practical and reasonably price.  And for the kid in your life, give a shoe that makes an outfit!  These neon baby vans are too adorable to pass up.

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1. Let’s Do This pillow ($69) 2. Lippy Marker ($10) 3. Orange skinny belt ($49.50) 4. Pink leather clutch ($39.95) 5. Neon baby Vans ($30) 6. Knot & Bot tag set ($10)

Katie’s Picks

Your favorite home cook needs an Emile Henry salt pig in their life. Ok, they probably don’t need it but it will certainly keep all that kosher salt contained (as opposed to spilling on the bottom of their spice cupboard like mine is) and make them feel like the culinarian they are as they grab liberal pinches and toss them into their favorite dish.

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1. Summit fleece track jacket ($128), 2. Chevron fingerless gloves ($35), 3. Cable knit sweater ($59), 4. Salt pig ($29.95), 5. Embossed leather wallet ($120), 6. Herringbone throw ($74)

Stef’s Picks

If you are looking for a fun gift that as Uncle Eddie says, “keeps on giving the whole year through” gift your man or woman with a Birchbox subscription. I receive one of these little kraft boxes every month and love testing out all the home and beauty products. A little pampering can go a long way! You can choose how many months you’d like to give, offering a good range of price points.

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1. Minnetonka Leopard Kilty Moccasin ($40) 2. Baby 7 A.M. Enfant Duodoune ($90) 3. Flared Trench ($225) 4. Nike Free TR III ($100) 5. Birchbox Subscription ($10/month)

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