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Crash Hot Potatoes

25 Mar

Smashed potatoes

I’ve never been a huge fan of red potatoes. Especially when quartered and boiled and served as a side at restaurants. No thanks. But, over the years I’ve come to find several variations of red potatoes which I actually enjoy. These Crash Hot Potatoes are my latest and most tasty find. I’ve made these babies probably 4 times in the last month or so. While they do take a bit of time to make, they really aren’t much work. Most of the time involved is waiting for them to cook. Using smaller potatoes will obviously cut way down on the cooking time. I’ve taken to using my pressure cooker for the first part of the process as it’s quicker and more fool-proof to get tender potatoes. This works especially well when I only have larger potatoes to work with.

One really great thing about this recipe is you can pretty much use whatever herb you like. The first time I made these I only had dried thyme available but they still turned out great. I’ve since made them with fresh thyme and fresh rosemary, both of which were awesome. This is now my go-to side whenever potatoes are needed. Give them a shot!

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Glazed Easter Ham

5 Apr

glazed ham 2

This was my first attempt at making a non-spiral sliced ham and I’m happy to report it a success! I swear this was one of the most beautiful meat dishes I’ve ever made. The results were very satisfying to my inner Martha Stewart. Good news is, this was very simple to make which means it’d be perfect to impress dinner party guests! I highly suggest using Pioneer Woman’s cooking time instead of the one on the ham tag. This was perfect at about 2 1/2 hours total. Had I done a full 3 1/2 hours (or 20-25 min. per pound) I think it would have dried out the poor thing. Oh and I finally got to use that electric knife I’ve had hanging around for the last 10 years. Well worth it!

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Fast or Slow Baked French Toast

16 Oct

I had been wanting to make a baked French toast for years and this weekend I finally did it! Part of the problem with baked French toast is that most recipes require the unbaked mixture to sit in the fridge overnight. This recipe is very flexible and allows you to either cook it right away, or put it in the fridge overnight. You don’t need to be a genius to figure out I took the first option. I’m not much good at planning ahead for meals, especially breakfast.

Now to the important part: taste. Holy crap this stuff was seriously so good! I was worried it would be dry from cooking it right away, but it was far from it! It had a delicious bread pudding texture and the outside was deliciously crunchy from the baked brown sugar topping. The recipe said to top this with syrup, but I thought it was perfect as is. I’m definitely going to be making this one again!

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Spinach Artichoke Pasta

15 Oct

I was looking for a special vegetarian meal to serve my wonderful friend, Heidi during her Salt Lake visit this weekend and came upon this gem from the Pioneer Woman. It was really simple to do and got a big thumbs up. I would suggest prepping your artichoke hearts a little better than I did by removing any greenish looking outer leaves as I came across a couple tough pieces. Oh and don’t forget the garlic bread!

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Shrimp Scampi

12 May

This was my quick meal for the week… only 15 minutes! And it was delicious! This was the first time in a long time that I’ve used angel hair pasta. I avoided it for years because my experience was that it always got overcooked and/or stuck together. Not this time! I made sure to watch it carefully and it turned out great. I think the butter/olive oil sauce really helps with keeping it from sticking together. So give this one a try on one of your busy nights!

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The MM Sandwich PW Style

3 Feb

Oh man, this was good! I’m a sucker for a good Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich, so this was right up my alley. I like that it uses a cheap cut of meat, the cube steak. I used just plain old green peppers instead of the red ones, I mean, have you seen how much those things cost? I don’t think the flavor of this sandwich was compromised at all by the substitution. And I know Wally World is evil and all, but they’ve got some damn good rolls over there in the bakery. I used some Italian-style rolls for these sandwiches and they were awesome! Definitely a winner, especially because it was FAST!

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Chicken Cacciatore

5 Jan

I’m going to be upfront and honest here. This was not a fast meal. It took probably an hour and a half to make. However, most of that was cooking time, not active “doing stuff” time. Also, this made a ton. I actually used 10 chicken thighs so we’ll probably be eating this stuff for the next week. Which is fine. Because it was delicious!

Seth especially loved this. He raved and raved the whole time he was eating it about how good it was and how it had all his favorite ingredients and how it was just perfect. I believe he may have said he wanted to marry it but I may have imagined that. Which, I mean, that would be totally fine with me. If I’m going to be in a polygamous marriage, I want my competition to be a chicken dish.

This totally reminded me of an Italian version of my Jambalaya recipe. Maybe because I made it in a huge skillet and there’s chicken thighs and bell peppers involved. But I think this recipe would appeal to a wider audience than the jambalaya just for the fact that the ingredients are more “normal” and it’s not spicy (unless you add a lot of crushed red pepper). If you’re looking to feed a large crowd or just want a lot of leftovers, this is a great, tasty option.

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