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Philly Cheese Steak Fries

Philly Cheese Steak Fries

Gah, I totally feel like I just said goodbye to my diet for this one. Soooo good though. It really started as I was having a hankering for a Philly Cheese Steak. And while I did buy bread, for some reason I didn’t really want it on bread. And then I remembered going for poutine the other day with one of my girlfriends (fries topped with gravy and cheese curds). Even more sinful than what I made.

So I pulled some French fries out of the freezer and went to work. The results? A very fabulous, cheesy, dinner. You’ll need a fork for this one.

Philly Cheese Steak Fries

Gather
1/2 medium-sized sweet onion, diced
3/4 green pepper, diced
1 pound of flank steak, sliced thinly
1/2 bag of frozen french fries
Garlic powder
Black pepper
Sea salt
Cheddar cheese, sliced thinly

Red the instructions to your frozen french fries and cook them until slightly crispy.

In a frying pan, cook onions and green peppers. Use a dash of olive oil if you do not have a non-stick pan. Cook on medium heat until onions are slightly browned, almost carmelized. Add steak and a dash of garlic powder, black pepper, and salt to taste. Cook on medium-high heat until meat is cooked through and browned.

Spread meat mixture over cooked French fries. Top with cheddar cheese and put back into the oven at 375 for about 8 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted.

Remove, let cool, and serve. Enjoy with a fork!

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Bacon Wrapped Cheddar Jalapeños

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The way to a man’s heart, is through bacon. That, I am sure of. Particularly bacon wrapped cheddar jalapeños. Nothing more attractive than that, right?

Bacon Wrapped Cheddar Jalapeños

Gather:
1 8 oz container of low fat cream cheese
1/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1/2 tablespoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon black pepper

6 jalapenos, cut in half and deseeded
6 pieces of bacon

Set oven to low broil. Cook back strips for five to seven minutes, until bacon is heated and has lost some fat. Cut bacon strips in half and set aside.

In a bowl mix cream cheese, cheddar, and spices. Spoon mixture into the halved jalapenos. Wrap each jalapeno with a strip of bacon. Spear with a toothpick so that the bacon stays on. Place on a cookie sheet and bake on the lowest rack for 20 minutes or until bacon is crispy and jalapenos have been roasted.

Let cool and enjoy.

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Pumpkin Cheeseball

I like to play with my food. Ok, I said it. Admitting you have a problem is the first step. So when I saw this pumpkin shaped cheeseball on Pinterest, I HAD to make it for the party. (No pumpkins were harmed in the making of this appetizer.)

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Gather the above plus some shredded cheddar, taco seasoning, and Saran Wrap. So in total, you should have:

16 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup shredded cheddar
2 tablespoons taco seasoning
Quarter of a jalepeno, diced
Doritos
Quarter (or a little less) of an onion, diced
The top of a pepper, set aside
Saran Wrap

Mix all but the top of the pepper and the Saran Wrap. Once mixed, place in Saran Wrap and form a ball.

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Place in fridge unless cream cheese is hard and won’t lose shape. Begin mashing of Doritos.

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Roll unwrapped ball into Doritos. Set on plate, insert pepper top to cheeseball. Ta-dah!! Awesome fall appetizer in less than 10 minutes!

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Bread-Free Garlic Bread

Delicious and cheesy!

Yup, you read that right. Bread-free garlic bread. Not going to lie, got this from a Pinterest pin, and had to try this out. Looks like bread, right? It’s all cheese and cauliflower. It all started with a head of cauliflower:

From this to garlic bread. Ready for the magic to happen.

Needed:
1 head of cauliflower
3/4 c. shredded mozzarella
3/4 c. shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oregano

Preheat the oven to 450 F.

So, in average you’ll get about three cups of cauliflower to one head. Cut it up, place in boiling water, and cook cauliflower until it’s soft. Then I took to mashing it with a potato masher until it was all broken up, added the oregano, garlic powder, 1/2 c of the mozzarella, and 1/2 c of the Parmesan cheese.

Spread that over the cookie sheet into what looks like a pizza crust. Bake that for 15 minutes.

Ready for the oven.

Almost ready… just more cheese and back into the oven

Added the rest of the cheese and popped it back into the oven until the cheese was melted. This is the time you start your cheesy bread dance and await amazing goodness.

Ready to eat!

I sliced it up and took to eating it. Best done with a fork, though. Such a great alternative to garlic bread!!!