{Sponsored Post} The Sleepy American Sandwich

The Sleepy American Sandwich| Licious Food

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It’s Grilled Cheese month, ya’ll!

I am honored to be participating in the Land O Lakes®  #CheeseChatter, 30 Days of Grilled Cheese, for the month of April!

What is it about grilled cheese that is a total comfort? It’s like PB &  J, it soothes the rough edges from my soul. It makes me hum in delight. It’s bread, cheese, and butter. The ooze of cheese as you take your first bite. I am dancing in my chair right now just thinking about it.

So it’s my turn to give my twist on the grilled cheese sandwich. I truly think it has been twisted in every way possible but I am all for giving it the ole college try. So I did.

FUN FACT: Land O Lakes® Deli American Cheese is smooth and delicious, with a melt-in-your-mouth creaminess that makes burgers, sandwiches and snacks irresistible. And of course, it’s a delicious cheese to have on hand when making a classic grilled cheese sandwich during National Grilled Cheese Month.

The Sleepy American?  Yes, the Sleepy American.  Turkey is known to cause sleepiness and since the cheese is American … the Sleepy American was born.

The Sleepy American is the combination of Land O Lakes American cheese, turkey, bacon, oven baked tomatoes drizzled with balsamic and sea salt sandwiched between the thick Texas Toast bread. My “butter” of choice is a honey butter spread to give just a hint of sweetness. As Fergie (of the Black Eye Peas, and not the Duchess) would say, “tasty Tasty!”    This is a great sandwich for when you have those left overs during the holidays.   Or you can simply go to the deli and while picking up Land O Lakes cheese why not get sliced turkey breast, too.

FUN FACT: Did you know Land O Lakes® Cheese is a fave among families? Well it is. You can find America’s favorite cheese is sliced fresh at the deli counter, just how you like it, at a wide variety of grocery retailers and independent delis, primarily on the East Coast. If you are in a rush be sure to look for the pre-sliced packages near your favorite grocers deli section.

So next time you are thinking about making the best dang grill cheese sandwich EVER or that AMAZING cheeseburger; try the top-quality Land O Lakes cheese products located at a deli near you. Land O Lakes® has been producing farm to table products for over 90 years. I totally sound like a commercial there yet it really is the truth – I own it.

Don’t forget if you are a pin-a-holic that if you pin this recipe or any other of the great recipes from 30 Days of Grilled Cheese on Kitchen Play that you will be helping to Feed America. Use that pinning for good and not evil.

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*Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Land O’Lakes as part of the Kitchen Play Sidecar series. All opinions given are my own.

The Sleepy American Sandwich 
“A Licious Food Original”
Yields: One delicious sandwich that you will not want to share.

Ingredients
2 slices of Texas toast bread
2 slices of Land O Lakes American Cheese
3 strips of bacon, cooked
2 ounces of turkey breast, sliced
4 slices of oven roasted tomatoes

Directions
Oven Roasted Tomatoes
Preheat oven to 250 F. On a parchment lined baking sheet place sliced tomatoes.  Drizzle tomatoes with balsamic vinegar and coarse sea salt.  Bake anywhere from 1-1/2 to 2 hours.  Tomatoes should look shriveled with caramelization on the balsamic vinegar.  Cool and set aside.  You can make the tomatoes a day ahead if you prefer.

Sandwich Assembly 
Heat frying pan/skillet to a medium heat. Butter one side of each slice of bread. On the unbuttered side of bread place one slice of Land O Lakes American Cheese; add bacon, turkey, oven roasted tomatoes, and finally another piece of American Cheese.   Top with an additional bread slice, buttered side up.

Cook each side until nicely browned (to your liking); approximately 3 to 5 minutes on each side.

Remove from the heat, plate, slice in half and serve with your favorite side dish.

“Hail Mary” Bacon Cheese Dip

Hail Mary Bacon Cheese Dip| Licious Food

Another day of blogging?! Holy Shnikes! It’s my favorite day coming up soon and I want to share some yums with you! Original “Licious Food” yums.

My favorite day (ok, one of my many fave days) – Superbowl Sunday, is a day that I will have to work but hopefully you won’t.

I love the Superbowl simply for the parties and usually the half time show. That’s right, I’m here for the food -whoop whoop!

Can you tell I was never sports oriented? I was that girl/kid that was always picked last for EVERYTHING. I excel better at solo types of sports, just a fact, although I was pretty bad ass at volleyball.

So let me tell you about this dip. It’s the jam. It’s like a loaded baked potato without the potato — that’s why potato chips were invented.

Why is sour cream, cream cheese, bacon, and cheese so magical? I guess it’s one of life’s mysteries.

To get the full impact be sure to make this dip at least a day ahead. The flavors need to meld together.

I bet you can’t have just one chip? ;)

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Looking for more dips? Check out these previous postings: 

BBQ Chicken Dip

BBQ Chicken Dip

Steak and Cheese Dip

Steak and Cheese Dip

“Hail Mary” Bacon Cheese Dip
“A Licious Food Original Recipe”

 Ingredients
4 oz cheese, extra sharp and crumbled
8 oz sour cream, light
3 oz Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 c bacon crumbles
1 t. bacon rendering (grease)
1/2 t. garlic powder
1t. dried parsley
1/2t. black pepper
1/2t. ranch powder
pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions
The great thing about this dip is that I used my food processor/Ninja to make this particular yum.

Slice bacon into pieces (About 4 to 5 slices) and cook/bake in the oven or atop your stove. Cook bacon to nice and crispy and let cool. Reserve 1 teaspoon of baking grease.

In your food processor/Ninja take the 4 ounces of cheese, cut them into 1/2 inch slices, insert into your processor. You will be using your blades to crumble the cheese. Should resemble crumbles, no one crumb will look the same. Remove the cheese crumbles from the processor into a large bowl.

Next add the sour cream, cream cheese, bacon rendering, and spices into the food processor. Pulse until incorporated, no cream cheese lumps. It might look soupy however when refrigerated it will firm up again.

Pour mixture into the large bowl that contains the cheese crumbles and add the cooled bacon pieces. Fold the cheese and bacon into the sour cream mixture. Cover and Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, however if you can prepare this dip a day ahead then all the better. Let those flavors meld!

Serve with your favorite potato chip (That would be Utz’s Kettle Classics Dark Russet Kettle Chips for me)!

Makes Approximately: 1 and 1/2 cups.

{Sponsored Post} Steak and Cheese Dip

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Today’s post is a sponsored post and it’s brought to you by Jarlsberg Cheese Dip. Thank you Kitchen Play for this opportunity, my first sponsored post!

If you reside in Virginia, like me, you can find it in your local Kroger. It can also be found at Safeway and Walmart, just verify with your favorite store before venturing out to them.

Have you ever tried this stuff?!

Try it.

Try it alone with some crackers or 29 other ways, by the way I’m number 29.

If Paula Deen is the Queen of Butter then I am the Court Jester of cream cheese. I can’t get enough of the stuff! A dip that entails cream cheese is a winner for me. This appetizer is an idea that has been in my head for a bit.

So I had kind of a thought, what if I added all the components of my favorite steak and cheese sandwich and mix with cream cheese, heat, and serve — what would that taste like?

It tastes AH-MAZE-ING! Nirvana in your mouth and utilizing the Jarlsberg Cheese dip simply takes it to another level, the penthouse of levels. I am so glad that the thought in my head turned into a true winner in reality. When I am invited to a potluck this will be the dish I bring.

The nutty sweetness of the Jarlsberg Cheese Dip pairs extremely well with the green peppers, onions, mushrooms, steak, and cream cheese. The Jarlsberg dip is comprised of cheese, red onion, and mayonnaise; like I said good all on it’s own.

Steak and Cheese dip can be served with toasted French bread rounds, tortilla chips, mini Phyllo Cups, slathered on a piece of wheat bread ( what? I was hungry), and I plan to try wrapping it up in a crescent roll and serve it a la pinwheel. Perfect appetizer food!

Before I get to the recipe, be sure to head on over to Jarlsberg’s for a chance to win in their giveaway! You have until midnight Eastern time tonight to enter!

The giveaway will include a tailgate tote stocked with:
Jarlsberg Lite Cheese
new Jarlsberg Cheese Dip
Snofrisk (a Norwegian style cream cheese)
crispbreads
honey crèmes
honey vinegar.

Until Next Time,

Jennifer

Steak and Cheese Dip

An Original Licious Food Recipe

INGREDIENTS
8 ounces Neufchâtel Cheese, cubed
1 cup Jarlsberg Cheese Dip
1/2 cup green pepper, diced
1/2 cup onion, diced
1/2 cup mushrooms, diced
2 Thinly Sliced Angus Beef Sirloin Philly Steak
1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
Salt and Pepper to season

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit.

In a casserole dish add cream cheese and Jarlsberg Cheese Dip, set aside.

In a heated skillet/pan saute the green pepper, onion, and mushroom. Remove from heat and add to casserole dish.

Cook Philly Steak in a heated skillet/pan with Worcestershire Sauce, salt, and pepper. Steak should be completely done and shredded.
Drain grease and add to casserole dish. Mix all the ingredients together and cover casserole dish with aluminum foil or lid and place in the oven.

Bake approximately 30-35 minutes until fully melted- no stringiness.

Serve with French Bread Rounds, Tortillas, or whatever you like.

Disclosure: I have been compensated for my time and groceries.

White Pizza Dip

White Pizza Dip

Pizza biancaHere it is my Superbowl recipe. Wait for it … White Pizza Dip. Thank me (or Lipton) now. It contains a lot o’cheese, I do eat healthy -I promise. This is a potluck taker, a party pleaser — it is the sheezy! Want to get fancy with it? Stick it in a fondue or bread bowl.

A friend turned me on to this recipe at a long ago work potluck, it was love at first taste. I decided to take the recipe and make it mine. It became my go to for work potlucks and by omitting pepperoni and adding chopped tomatoes, it became vegetarian. I like to make a dish all can appreciate however if you are lactose intolerant then this dish is so not for you – fair warning.

This was my breakfast, lunch, and almost dinner yesterday. P.S. Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. This is not the dish to partake of if you are planning to do some exercising. It makes it hard to hit that Reggaeton Stomp if this is in your belly.

Whita Pizza Dip is a socializing type food. A Superbowl Party is a perfect socializing event. It’s one of those days you don’t count calories. I turn into Fat Bastard, “Get in my BELLY!”  When I indulge in this dip, I like to compare it to a smoother version of the filling used in Lasagna. Three words to sum of this dish: Tangy, Cheesey, and Garlicky.

You can either be slow or fast with the making of this dip. I prefer to set it and forget it aka slow cooker. Make it ahead of time, it tastes even better the second day!

Until Next Time,

Jennifer

White Pizza Dip
Adapted from Lipton’s White Pizza Dip

Ingredients
1 envelope Lipton Recipe Secrets Savory Herb with Garlic Soup Mix

1 16 ounce container or reduced fat sour cream

1 cup of reduced fat ricotta cheese

4 ounces of cream cheese, cubed

1 cup mozzerella cheese

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

1 cup diced tomatoes, drained

Directions
In your slow cooker/crock pot add all ingredients. Set slow cooker/crock pot on HIGH and cook for approximately two hours; stirring occassionally.

Serve in a container of your choosing along with sliced Italian or French bread. In my case I used sliced toasted Garlic bread. Garnish with cheese and diced tomatoes (I would have garnished with diced tomatoes however I stuck the tomatoes in the freezer).