1 box devil's food cake mix
1 can vanilla frosting
1/2 can chocolate frosting
1/2 tsp cocoa powder
3 drops yellow food coloring
3/4 cup strawberry jam
grated white chocolate (optional)
Mix cake mix according to package directions. Bake at 350 degrees in two 8x8 square pans for 20-25 minutes. Cool for 5-10 minutes, then take one of the cakes and crumble it in a large mixing bowl. Add 1/4 to 1/2 can of chocolate frosting and mix until well blended (using your hands is the most effective mixing method for this). Form doughy mixture into 1-inch balls (should make about 12-15 depending on the size of the balls). Place cake balls into the refrigerator. Allow the other cake to cool completely in the pan.
Mix cocoa and food coloring with the tub of vanilla frosting. Apply a thin layer of frosting to the cooled cake. Spoon remaining frosting into a gallon size heavy duty Ziploc freezer bag. Snip a small corner off the bag (be sure not to cut the hole too large). Pipe frosting over the cake in random swirly patterns to create the pile of noodles, covering as much as the surface as possible. Coat cake balls in the strawberry jam and place on the frosting "noodles". Spoon remaining jam over the cake. Top with grated white chocolate if desired (I ran out of time, so I didn't do this part, but it would have been a nice "Parmesan cheese"-looking touch!).
1 1/2 lbs extra lean ground beef
1/2 cup crushed buttery round crackers
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 pkg onion soup mix
1/4 cup ketchup
2 T steak sauce
15 foil cupcake liners
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour onion soup mix through a strainer to sift out most of the powdery part (otherwise the meatloaf will be on the salty side) Stir the ground beef, crushed crackers, cheddar cheese and onion soup mix until well combined. Whisk the eggs, ketchup and steak sauce in a separate bowl until smooth. Mix the eggs into the meat until evenly combined. Fill cupcake liners about 3/4 full. Bake for 30 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. Do not overcook.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
5 lb potatoes, peeled, diced & boiled
1 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
1 large clove of garlic finely diced
1/2 cup Monterrey Jack cheese
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup butter
milk (as needed)
salt & pepper to taste
In a large bowl, combine everything EXCEPT milk. Mix with a hand mixer until smooth. Add a little milk (don't overdo it--mixture needs to be thicker than normal to hold it's shape) to create a creamy "frosting" like consistency. Spoon potatoes into a large gallon-size heavy duty plastic Ziploc bag. Cut off one corner and pipe potatoes on top of the meatloaves. Top with finely chopped red pepper "sprinkles" if desired.
1 14 oz jar pizza sauce
1/2 lb bulk Italian sausage, cooked and crumbled
1 pkg (3.5 oz) sliced pepperoni
3 cups biscuit baking mix
3/4 cup milk
2 T butter, melted
1 tsp garlic salt 5-6 slices mozzarella cheese
In a bowl, combine the pizza sauce, sausage and pepperoni; set aside. In another bowl, combine the biscuit mix, milk, eggs, butter and garlic salt. Spread half of the batter on the bottom and up the sides of a greased 10-in bundt cake pan. Spoon meat mixture over batter. Cover with remaining batter. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes, or until browned and a toothpick comes out clean. Invert onto a baking sheet. Arrange cheese over cake. Return to the oven for 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Transfer cake to a serving platter and serve immediately.
Red Jello made in clear cups with straws went nicely with the dinner. It didn't take the older kids long to catch on, but the quints were hilarious to watch---they could not figure out why they couldn't drink the "punch"!