Snack Like a Southerner: Red Velvet No Bake Cheesecake

Red Velvet No Bake Cheesecake


16 double stuffed Oreos
3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
2  8oz pkgs cream cheese
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
8 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 tbsp red food color
1  8oz container whipped topping
Step One:
Crush Oreos into crumbs. You can put them in a large Ziploc baggie and crush them with a rolling pin, or even your foot.
Step Two:

"In a small bowl, mix together cookie crumbs and melted butter. Spoon cookie mixture evenly into small jars or dishes and press to form a crust. Set aside."

Step Three:
"In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together cream cheese and confectioners sugar until light and blended. Add melted chocolate, pure vanilla extract and red food color and beat until evenly blended. Fold in whipped topping."

Step Four:
"Spoon cheesecake mixture into prepared cups. Alternately, transfer cheesecake mixture into piping bag and pipe into cups. Serve immediately or refrigerate cheesecakes until ready to serve. Top with vanilla whipped topping (see notes) and chocolate shavings."


Snack Like a Southerner: Broccoli Casserole from Scratch

Broccoli Casserole from Scratch


2 ½ lbs. broccoli florets, cut into bite-size pieces (about 8 cups)
6 tbsp. butter, divided
1 cup finely chopped button mushrooms
¼ cup flour
1 cup whole milk
½ cup half-n-half
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
½ cup Greek yogurt
1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
1 egg
1 ½ cups grated cheddar cheese
1 ¼ cups whole-wheat breadcrumbs 

Step One:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step Two:
"Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add broccoli and boil for 4 minutes. Transfer to a colander, rinse with cold water, and drain. Place broccoli in a large bowl."
Step Three:
"Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until soft, about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer mushrooms to the bowl with the broccoli."
Step Four:
"In the same saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour until smooth; cook, whisking constantly, 30 seconds. Whisk in the milk and half-n-half. Bring to a low simmer and continue to whisk constantly until thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in the salt, pepper, and Greek yogurt."
Step Five:
"Pour sauce into the bowl with the broccoli and mushrooms. Add the onion, egg, 1 cup of the cheddar cheese, and ½ cup of the breadcrumbs. Stir to combine. Transfer to the prepared baking dish."
Step Six:
"Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter and stir into the remaining ¾ cup breadcrumbs. Stir in the remaining ½ cup cheddar. Sprinkle breadcrumb topping over the casserole.
Bake for 45 minutes, until filling is hot and bubbly. Check after 30 minutes and cover with foil if topping is browning too quickly. Let stand 10 minutes before serving."