Friday, September 20, 2013


It's Friday!  That means something different for everyone.  For some people it's the last day of school, for some the last of work, for some the first of work.  Today...for me it means David comes home from a week of pediatric board review in Ann Arbor.  YAY!  For many people, especially here in the south it means Friday Night Football.  Then comes Saturday and Sunday...which for many people means tailgating...and tailgating means food!  Add food to football and friends...then a win...PAYDAY (oh, by the way...that's what Friday means to some people too!).  I haven't really been part of a family that tailgates but if I was, I think I'd make this dessert for tailgating.
It's called Payday Bars because it is similar to the Payday candy bars.  YUM!  This isn't really a dessert that David would go for (I just made him one that I'll tell you about's actually good...and chocolate!) but he would probably want to take beef rotel to tailgating anyway.
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Payday Bars
1 yellow cake mix
1 egg
1 stick melted butter
3 cups mini-marshmallows
1 bag peanut butter chips
1/2 stick butter (1/4 cup)
3 cups rice krispies
3 cups (could totally use less) salted peanuts

Preheat oven to 350.  Mix cake mix, egg, and melted butter.  Press into 13x9 pan, put pan in oven and bake for 15 minutes.  Press the marshmallows on top of the hot cake.  Melt peanut butter chips and butter.  Then stir in the rice krispies.  Press on top of the marshmallows.  Then top with peanuts and press into the krispie mixture.  Allow to cool.  Enjoy!

For beef rotel, simply brown 1 pound ground beef (or turkey or chicken or sausage).  Meanwhile, make a batch of regular rotel (1 pound velveeta and a can of rotel tomatoes melted and stirred together).  Drain meat and stir into cheese mixture.

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