Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pizza Dough FLIPPED Mini Cupcake Pizzas

I love pizza dough! A. There are so many things you can do with it, sweet or savory (see archive for mini cupcake Pigs in a Blanket) and B. It comes pre-made either at your local pizzeria or Trader Joes, so it's easy to grab out of the fridge and make a meal for the family in minutes!

Pizza dough
Tomato Sauce (OK, this NJCHICK won't wince if you buy jarred sauce. I know we're keeping it easy).
Mozzarella (PS: Trader Joe's even sells those mini mozzarella balls in a plastic tub).

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Crack out your cupcake tin (I'm using the mini cupcake tin above) and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
Using a knife, cut the pizza dough into squares (again depending if you are using the regular cupcake tin or the mini cupcake tin ... AND whether you like Chicago-style dough or NY thin crust) and sprinkle with flour.
Take each square and roll into a little ball (you can flour your hands to make this easier).
Place in each cupcake circle.
Add a bit of tomato sauce to each (You can even sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, if desired)
Then add either a sliced small mozzarella ball to each (or for the mini's, I just added one ball per circle).
Bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on your oven.
Cool a bit, then pop out of the cupcake tin and serve.

This recipe is GREAT for a Pot Luck, holiday, birthday or to keep handy for when the kids are STARVING after school! Get creative, add olives, mushrooms, pepperoni, left-over meatballs, etc.

Live - Love - Laugh - Eat
xo Food Flip Diva, NJCHICK Connie Byrnes

Boxed Cake on Sale FLIPPED Strawberry Glazed Chocolate Cake

If you read my prior post, you know that I'm a stockpiler ... and that cake mix was on sale for $1 at my local grocery store. So far, I used the lemon cake for Lemon Crinkle Cookies (see archive), and now I'm sharing how I magically changed boring boxed chocolate cake into a decadent birthday cake for my hubby!

1 box of chocolate cake (see boxed directions for extra ingredients like eggs, oil, etc.)
Fresh or frozen strawberries (if you guess that I had fresh strawberries that I had frozen, you get a star)
3 tbs Cornstarch
1/2 cup White Sugar
1 cup Water

Make cake as directed on box. (I used two, round 8 inch pans for my cake).
Make room in your freezer and cool each of the two round cakes. (This makes it easier to frost/layer).
While cooling, make the strawberry filling/topping.

Strawberry Filling/Topping
1 cup water
3 tbs cornstarch
2-1/2 cups frozen strawberries, slightly thawed and cut into pieces
1/2 cup sugar

Whisk water and cornstarch together in a large saucepan. Be sure there are no cornstarch lumps.
Then, stir in strawberries and sugar into the water. 
Cook and stir over medium heat until thick, 10-15 minutes.
Cool completely. (I poured this into a bowl and placed it in the freezer).

Place one of the frozen cake rounds onto a large plate.
Top with cooled strawberries and place back in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
Place the second cake round on top of the original strawberried (my new word) layer and top that with cooled strawberries.
Place in freezer for 10-15 minutes.
When you are ready to serve, sprinkle with powdered sugar (if you want) or slice as is.

Live - Love - Laugh - Eat
xo Food Flip Diva, NJCHICK Connie Byrnes xo

Plain Popcorn FLIPPED Flavored Popcorn

Found this on Pinterest, altered it a bit, but had to share!

3 bags of microwave popcorn
1 small can sweetened condensed milk
1 box of flavored JELL-O

Pop all bags of microwave popcorn and place in a large bowl to cool.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
In a saucepan, mix sweetened condensed milk and flavored JELL-O.
Continually stir on low to medium heat till bubbling. Remember, this is still milk and milk burns quickly!
Take two cookie sheets and line with foil. Spray each foil sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
Divide the bowl of popcorn onto the two cookie sheets.
Pour half of the JELL-O mixture onto each of the cookie sheets, then (using a wooden spoon sprayed with non-stick cooking spray), gently mix the popcorn and JELL-O mixture.
Bake for 5-10 minutes. Check to be sure it doesn't burn.
Take out of the oven and mix.
Bake for 5-7 minutes. Check to be sure it doesn't burn.
Take out of the oven and mix.
Cool, then break apart for a yummy treat!

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xo Food Flip Diva, NJCHICK Connie Byrnes xo

Pillsbury Biscuits FLIPPED Waffles with Banana Syrup

Did you read my prior post about Pillsbury Biscuits? What? You haven't? Well, at least you admit it. Admitting things IS the first step. Just kidding. Go, RUN, now! Then come back for this breakfast treat!

Pillsbury Biscuits
Waffle Iron
Maple Syrup

Spray waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray.
Gently dip each biscuit in a bowl of cinnamon and sugar.
Place 4 biscuits on waffle iron. (Some waffle irons may differ).
Cook as directed. (PS: If the sides stick out of the iron and are not cooked completely, place biscuits on a cookie sheet in a heated oven for a few minutes).

For the Banana Syrup:
In a small saucepan, add 1 tbs butter till melted.
Then, cut 2-3 bananas into slices and cook on low heat till mushy.
Add a few swirls of maple syrup, mix and warm.

Drizzle over waffles for a warm and wonderful (did I mention easy) breakfast treat!

Live - Love - Laugh - Eat
xo Food Flip Diva, NJCHICK, Connie Byrnes xo

Boxed Cake on Sale FLIPPED Lemon Crinkle Cookies

I'm beginning to think that I'm a stockpiler! I guess it's from living with my Grandmother who had a basement filled with goods ... "just in case, honey."

Recently, my local grocery store had boxed cake mix on sale for $1 each! Woo Hoo! I picked up chocolate, vanilla, carrot and lemon! Now, what to do with all of this? Hmmm?

I have to come clean and tell you that this recipe is from a friend, M. Hunner. She made these recently, and I've been bugging her for the recipe. She's a trickster, so she was divulging one ingredient per day! OK, she finally gave in and wrote it all out nicely on a fancy recipe card. Thank you M ... you are my sweet lemon crinkle angel!

1 box lemon cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp lemon extract or lemon juice 
lemon zest, optional
1/3 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together cake, oil, lemon extract/juice, and zest until blended.
Pour into a bowl and set in fridge until dough is firm (about 15-20 minutes).
Roll a teaspoon of dough into a ball and gently toss in powdered sugar until covered.
Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 6-9 minutes (or when bottoms are lightly brown and middle is chewy).

OMG ... your tastebuds are going to SCREAM ... and your friends are going to want the recipe. Keep the game going ... only divulge one ingredient at a time ... M would want it that way!

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xo Food Flip Diva, NJCHICK, Connie Byrnes xo

Whole Chicken FLIPPED Shredded BBQ Sliders

Yes, we use whole chickens a lot in our house! They are cheap and handy to use in many recipes. The trick is knowing how to use them ... Good thing you're here!

After cooking a whole chicken, separate meat from the bone. Save some for another recipe (see archived recipes here for reference) and use some for this delicious, easy (did I mention easy) recipe.

Crock pot (or large pot)
BBQ Sauce
Sweet rolls

Spray the inside of your crock pot with non-stick spray.
Add chicken and bottle of BBQ sauce.
Stir to coat.
Cook for a few hours until you notice the meat shredding easily.
(For those using a large pot, do the same ... spray with non-stick spray, add chicken and BBQ sauce, heat on low till meat shreds).
Add BBQ chicken to sweet rolls and serve with a fresh slaw and cornbread. (PS: Left-over cornbread makes great breadcrumbs)!

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xo Food Flip Diva, NJCHICK, Connie Byrnes xo

Pillsbury Biscuits FLIPPED Quick Donut Holes

Went to the Dollar Store recently and saw Pillsbury Biscuits (yes, $1). So, I picked up a few. After the first night of biscuits with dinner, the kids said ... "Wish these were donuts." CLICK - LIGHTBULB ... Time to make the donuts!!!

Pillsbury Biscuits

In a skillet, heat 2 tbs oil on medium-high heat.
Take each biscuit and cut into 1/4.
Roll into a ball.
Then gently toss in a bowl of cinnamon and sugar. (Get creative ... use powdered sugar, regular sugar, sugar in the raw, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, etc.).
Drop into the hot oil and cook on all sides.
Drain on paper towel and enjoy!

Live - Love - Laugh - Eat
xo Food Flip Diva, NJCHICK, Connie Byrnes xo