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Potato Bake

This potato bake recipe is now my family’s favorite. It’s great for brunch on Sundays.

Ingredients

1 bag frozen fried potatoes ( store bought)

1 cup of milk

Deli Ham or deli turkey or pre cooked sausage or deli sausage

Mozzarella cheese

Parmesan cheese

Onion ( white or yellow onion, diced)

Sweet peppers

1 Tablespoon butter

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Set oven to 400F degrees. Place the potato fries on a baking dish. Set aside.

Add 1 TBSP butter to a pan at medium heat. When butter has melted add the deli Ham ( or turkey or sausage.) Let it cook until it starts to brown on the edges. Add onions and sweet peppers ( optional ) and continue to saute until all ingredients are mixed in and well cooked. Add the warm cup of milk and mix well. Let the mix continue to cook until the milk starts to simmer. Pour the mix over the potatoes on the baking dish. Top with mozzarella cheese ( lots !!)

Let it bake for 40 minutes. Check the cheese and if it has completely melted you may add some more or parmesan cheese.

Enjoy! 🙂

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Perfect Mashed Potatoes for Two

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Mashed Potatoes for Two

Every now and then I get the chance to make this mashed potatoes for two. Normally I make it for 8 or 10 people. When my kids get sick (as my 12-year-old did recently) this dish helps their spirits turn around quickly. This also happens to be my youngest’s favorite mashed potato recipe. In his case, this is my awesome way to say “kudos”, happy birthday, etc.

Store bought deli mashed potatoes make me angry. I wonder why they do not make something yummy from one of the most basic, natural ingredients: Potatoes. I get over my anger by elevating mashed potatoes at home every time. Why not? It is so simple. In the process, I spoil myself and my family. Here is how..

Recipe 

  • Ingredients: 1 potato per person, 1/2 cup of milk, 1 TBSP butter, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1/4 grated mozzarella cheese, 1 TBSP whipped cream cheese
  • Directions

1. Peel and cut the potatoes in rounds

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2. When ready, add them to the baking dish where you will be serving the mashed potatoes. Add butter, whipped cream cheese, milk and salt. Mash.

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mashedPotatoes43. Spread the mix evenly on the container and add Parmesan cheese, shredded Mozzarella cheese and pieces of butter around every corner of the mix. The butter pieces will help create the beautiful crust you saw in the first image of this blog post. 🙂

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4. Bake in a 325 F degree oven for 20 minutes. The following pics will show the transformation during the baking process…

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Note: When 20 minutes are done, set the oven to “Broil” and leave on for 3-5 minutes (depending on your oven.)

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Mashed Potatoes in the Broiler

Let it cool before setting on the table..

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Mashed Potatoes on a Cooling Rack

Enjoy! 🙂

Gourmet Organic Potato Fingerlings

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This post about gourmet organic potato fingerlings is as simple as the recipe. I decided to stop serving regular potatoes to my family and I tried their taste buds with these miniature delights.  Smaller in size, they’re flavorful and versatile. They’re very convenient as they bake quicker, due to their size. It was uncharted territory for my kids, but not for me. I had tried purple potato fingerlings before. They are fantastic! They come in a bag with purple and yellow miniature potatoes. They can be baked, sautéed, grilled or fried. They’re sweet and a great side for any beef or poultry dish (at least in my opinion.) So here is how I prepared them and we absolutely loved them.

Recipe:

Ingredients: A bag of gourmet organic potato fingerlings; Salt and pepper; Parsley flakes.

1. Cut them in small pieces and saute them on a TSP of canola oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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2. When brown on the edges serve them sprinkling some parsley flakes on top.

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Healthy, low-calorie, fat-free, cholesterol free and delicious! What else can I ask for? Simply stated, gourmet organic potato fingerlings are now a favorite at home too. 🙂