Main Dish

Bacon Cheeseburger Ring

I love looking at Pinterest, there are great pictures of food and great ideas.  There is a recipe from Taste of Home for Cinnamon Wreath Bread, which looks amazing.  I decided to use the idea but make it a main dish for dinner, so Bacon Cheeseburger Ring was born.  I should have put it on a nice serving platter but my husband and sons were ready to dig in, I barely got a picture snapped before it was pulled apart.  We used barbeque sauce for dipping, yum!

2 pkt (4½ tsp) dry yeast
1½ cups warm milk (110° to 115°)
2 Tbl sugar
6 Tbl butter, softened
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp salt
1 tsp season salt
4½ to 5 cups flour

1 lb lean ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 tsp season salt
1 (3oz) bag real bacon bits, divided
4 Tbl barbecue sauce
1 egg, beaten
3 cups grated cheddar cheese, divided
barbecue sauce or ketchup

In large bowl of mixer, dissolve yeast in warm milk.  Sprinkle sugar over yeast, let sit until foamy.  Add butter, egg, salt, season salt, and 3 cups flour.  Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form soft dough (dough will be sticky).  Knead.  Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top, cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, make filling by browning ground beef with onion, remove from heat, and drain.  Mix in season salt, bacon bits (reserve small amount to sprinkle on top), barbeque sauce and egg.

Roll out dough as for cinnamon rolls to approx. 20″x12″.  Sprinkle with about 1¼ cups cheese, then filling then sprinkle another 1¼ cups cheese (save about 1/2 cup cheese for top).  Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side, pinch seam to seal.

Place seam side down on a silpat or sprayed baking sheet, pinch ends together to form a ring.  With kitchen scissors, cut from outside edge to two-thirds toward center of ring at about 1″ intervals. Separate strips slightly, twist to allow filling to show.  Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.  Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.  Sprinkle remaining cheese and some bacon bits on top for last 5 minutes of baking if desired.  Serve with barbeque sauce, ketchup, or other dipping sauce.  Pull apart, dip, and enjoy!

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Breads, Main Dish, Yeast Breads

Hamwiches on Homemade Buns

This is a family favorite for dinner.  It combines lots of great flavors in a bun all warm and melted together!


1¾ cup warm water (approx. 110°)
3 tsp yeast
3 Tbl sugar
3 Tbl oil
4 2/3 cup flour
1 tsp salt

In large bowl for mixer, sprinkle yeast over warm water, and sprinkle sugar over yeast.  Let proof until foamy.  Mix in oil, flour, and salt.  Knead.  Place in sprayed bowl, cover and let rise until double, about 1 hour.  Roll out and cut out buns (Makes about 16 4″ buns), place on baking sheets and cover to let rise about 1/2 hour.  Bake in a preheated 375° oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool.

Hamwich Filling:
1 (14 oz) turkey kielbasa, beef kielbasa, or ham, your favorite precooked meat, cubed
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 (3.8 oz) can sliced olives, drained
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup chili sauce
1/2 tsp celery salt

Mix together turkey, cheese, onion, olives and eggs.  In separate small bowl mix mayo, chili sauce and celery salt, stir into turkey mixture.  Spread on sliced buns.  Wrap in foil, individually or in a group on a baking sheet and bake in preheated 400° oven for 15 minutes.

Main Dish

Italian Meatballs

This is my favorite meatloaf recipe that I have made into meatballs because I am craving spaghetti and meatballs.  Bake this recipe in a 9″ round or square pan with the delicious topping or if you have time, form into approx. 54 (1½” diameter) meatballs.  If you’re not feeding a crowd, freeze some to use later for meatball subs.  Substitute ground turkey or chicken and turkey or chicken sausage if desired, it is nice to have options for different flavors.

Spaghetti & Meatballs

1 lb lean ground beef
1 lb Italian seasoned pork sausage
1½ tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
2 eggs, lightly beaten
8 oz can Italian style diced tomatoes with juice
1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs (can use plain crumbs, add basil, oregano, garlic salt, you decide)

Combine all ingredients, mix well.  Shape into about 54 (1½”) meatballs.  Place on broiler pan coated with cooking spray and bake at 400° for 15 minutes.  I bake them in two batches.  Add to your favorite sauce and serve over pasta.

Mix as directed above, mold in a 9″ pan and top with topping.

1/3 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
balsamic vinegar

Mix all ingredients together and spread over meat mixture.  Bake at 375° for about 1 hour until done inside, about 170° internal temperature.