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TykeMart bloggers and members share easy budget friendly recipes to make for the whole family.  Recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

I am always in search of great tasting recipes that are easy to make.  I found awesome images of these garlic knots on Pinterest and decided to try them.  The recipe called for refrigerated bread stick dough, the Piillsbury cans found in the refrigerated section of your local supermarket.  Unfortunately I could not find any in our supermarkets, so I had to improvise and make it my own.   To make it pretty I added chopped parsley from my herb garden.

I made it for one of our Sunday evening barbeques and the family loved it!  I'm sure yours will too. 


1 can Pillsbury french bread dough

1 Stick butter

1 tbls. minced garlic or garlic powder

2 tbls. freshly shredded parmesean cheese

1 tbls. spoon fresh parsley


1.  Using a sharp knife cut french bread dough into 12 slices - you will end up with 12 round pieces

2.  Roll each round between your hands to form a "rope" about 6" long - "knot" each bow by wrapping it around two fingers to form a loop and gently pull one end thru.  Place knots on a parchment covered baking sheet.

3.  Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl - about 2 mins. depending on your microwave.

4.  Add remaining ingredients to the melted butter.

5.  Brush butter mixture on to each bread knot - making sure the entire knot is covered with the butter

6.  Bake in 375 degree oven for 10-12 mins.  or until golden brown. 

Serve warm

Every Sunday evening we get the family together by having a barbecue at our house.  It's a great time to share awesome food and catch up with the week's events.  My daughters who now live in different states take part in this tradition on Facetime, the marvels of technology!

This weekly dinner is great, but it does create a bit of a problem, what to cook!  I spend the day searching for something different or at the very least putting a new twist on our regular standards of steaks, kebobs, hot dogs, and burgers.

Last week I saw some yummy looking stuffed burgers on Pinterest.  I decided to put my own spin on the burger and my family loved it!

I used 80/20 ground chuck to make sure the thick patties hold together during grilling. I love garlic so I use a couple of teaspoons, and omit the salt because I feel the onion soup mix has enough salt in it.  Spices can be adjusted to taste. It's really simple, kids can help prepare it.  It goes great with oven baked crosscut seasoned potatoes found in the freezer section of the local supermarket. 

This recipe makes 8 good sized stuffed patties.


3 lbs. ground ground chuck

1 envelope onion soup mix

2 tsps. garlic powder

1 tbls. worchestershire sauce

8 slices pepper jack cheese - quartered

8 slices cheddar cheese


Mix first 4 ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.  Make sure soup mix, garlic powder, and worchestershire sauce are evenly mixed into the beef. 

Divide meat into 16 equal parts and roll each portion into a meatball.  Make the meatballs as equal in size as possible.

Quarter each slice of pepper jack cheese to make 8 stacks of quartered slices


Flatten meatballs into patties making it thinner in the center.  Press one stack of cheese into each of 8 patties.


Place the other patties over the patties with cheese and seal.  Pinch the seams together all the way around, make sure the patties are sealed well so that cheese doesn't seep out while grilling.


Wipe the grill with some oil to keep burgers from sticking.  Grill burgers about 10 minutes each side or until it's cooked the way you like.  Server on buns with desired condiments and sides.


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