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Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole

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Here is another thing to do with leftover mashed or smashed potatoes. I know like that’s a thing it usually is in my house only because I tend to make way too many; pretty much all the time. The great thing about this is you don’t actually to have to wait for leftovers. You can buy mashed potatoes already made from the store, which I will confess they are actually really good or make a batch just for this, Here is what I did.  I had some leftover smashed potatoes, some shredded cheese that needed to be used and literally 4 eggs left in the carton. Which is how it all came together.
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I am not complaining at all but I buy waaaayyy too much food, my fridge and freezers are generally full at all times. I actually get a lot of satisfaction by using up what I have on hand, I try to plan meals around what’s in there and I am trying to have my daughter do the same. She likes to go through cookbooks and make something that catches her eye; which is great but not always what we have on hand.  She is trying more we have a TON of cucumbers so her lunches have been using quite a few of them.

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Sauteing or sweating my onions

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Draining my bacon

OK back to this easy but delicious casserole dish that we had for dinner on Thursday night. I can see this for Sunday brunch for a crowd, who am I kidding I would eat this any day of the week.

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who wouldn’t love this?

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More eggs would fit but I didn’t have anymore!

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OK the site to my recipe isn’t working grrrrrrr.

Ingredients
leftover mashed or smashed potatoes
2 cups shredded cheese
4-6 eggs
1 small onion diced
butter
milk
4 slices bacon
scallions or chives

Directions
If your potatoes need a little more love to make them creamy add some butter and milk while re-heating them.
in a saute pan that can go in your oven heat up a tablespoon of butter and the diced onion; just till translucent
add the creamy potatoes and mix till combined
cover with 3/4 of the cheese
make 4-6 wells with the back of a spoon; one for each egg
crack the eggs into the wells. sprinkle with a little salt and pepper to your liking
cover with the remaining cheese
bake for 12-14 minutes, you want the whites cooked and the yolks a little runny
while in the oven cook your bacon till crisp. I diced mine before cooking so the pieces were more uniformed
once out of the oven sprinkle with bacon and scallions or chives and serve.

 

 

Scalloped Potatoes

My daughter Abbi and I were recently looking through the freezer trying to figure out meals for the week. I listed off all the proteins that I had in there. It quickly donned on me that as recent as 5 years ago some of what I listed would have NEVER been in my house let alone in my freezer waiting for me to cook.  Lamb chops – they are for the guys. Salmon I really want to like it, it just hasn’t happened yet. Some Bangers from a local pig farm that just need a little mash to go along the side, and even some pork belly just screaming at me to make pork belly steamed buns.

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There are also some things that used to be in my cupboard that I haven’t purchased in many years. I love scalloped potatoes and since my husband thinks he is a potato farmer we have a lot of potatoes on hand. Thankfully when stored properly his harvest lasts many months and we don’t have to eat them every day.

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While there are many ways to prepare potatoes I feel we sometimes get into a little potato rut on occasion, one of my daughters favorite comfort food is mashed potato and when she arrived home recently from her 2 year stint in Japan she wanted mashed potatoes with every meal and I am pretty sure we had them 3 or 4 times in the first week she was home. I do know that scalloped can take a little more effort than mashed, there cheesy goodness cannot be denied. If you are looking for something a little different tonight I don’t think you will be disappointed and will find it pretty easy to make. And if there are any leftovers, they are amazing!

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A mandolin does help but not necessary

4 cups thinly sliced potatoes

3 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons flour

1 1/2 cups milk

1 teaspoon salt

1 dash cayenne pepper

1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

1/2 cup grated cheese

In a small sauce pan, melt butter and whisk in the flour. Let it bubble for a couple of minutes to cook out the flour taste. Add all of cold milk at once stirring with a whisk; season with salt and cayenne. Cook sauce on low until smooth and boiling, stirring occasionally with a whisk and it thickens a bit. Reduce heat and stir in cheese.

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Place a half of the sliced potatoes in a lightly greased one quart casserole dish. Pour half of cheese sauce over potatoes.

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Repeat with second layer of potatoes and cheese sauce. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.

Bake uncovered for an hour at 350°F

Huevos Rancheros and 7 Layer Mexican Dip

I always make a corned beef and cabbage for a St Patrick’s Day dinner, come May I always make something to celebrate Cinco De Mayo and 4th of July requires something red white and blue for dessert. You get the picture, I’m pretty sure I just enjoy making something a little different and I know we like to eat everything so we’ll just about celebrate every holiday no matter who’s it is.

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I have been trying to come up with a few things to make for this year’s Cinco De Mayo. It being on a Tuesday it needs to be a few things I can either prepare ahead of time or something I can throw together fairly quickly. You might even have the ingredients on hand.

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A couple of months ago I made some Huevos Rancheros for breakfast, the version I made went together pretty fast and tasted delicious, you could definitely throw this together and have it on the table within 15-20 minutes max. Maybe not for everyone but I am all over this for this Tuesday.

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Huevos Rancheros

Flour or Corn tortilla

Refried Beans

Eggs

Sour Cream

Fresh Cilantro

Chives or Green Onions (opt)

Salsa

Cheddar Cheese

Olive oil

Heat up the refried beans in a small sauce pan and set aside.

In a small fry pan add the oil and fry the tortilla till crispy on both sides, remove to a plate. If needed add a little oil or butter to the same fry pan, pan fry your eggs, we like over easy, and you can make them anyway you like them.

Layer tortilla, beans, cheese, egg, salsa, sour cream, chives or onions = Enjoy!!!!

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Mexican 7 Layer Dip

Here is a bonus that you must make if you are having or going to a party. I will confess I made this just for us, it took us a few days to eat it but it was damn good!!!

Refried beans

Sour cream

Taco seasoning mix

Prepared salsa

Lettuce shredded

Shredded cheddar cheese

Chopped tomatoes – seeded will help with how wet the dip gets – I always seed mine

Green onions

Mix the taco seasoning into the sour cream, set aside.

Layer refried beans, sour cream mix, salsa, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes top with green onions

Happy Cinco De Mayo!!!!!