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Cheese stuffed potato cottage pie

This popped up as one of those .gif recipes. Love them or hate them, you do occasionally find a gem in there. The original recipe is from this reddit post,  so check out the post and the original recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 5 lbs Russet potatoes
  • 1 stick + 6 TBSP butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup Half and Half
  • 8 oz Vermont Sharp cheddar, cubed
  • 1 TBSP Vegetable oil
  • 2.5 lbs Sirloin tips, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 TBSP Butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 3 TBSP flour
  • 2 cups red cooking win
  • 1 1/2 cups Beef stock
  • 2-3 sprigs Thyme
  • 1 TBSP strained tomatoes
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions:

  • Make mashed potatoes ahead of time
    • Peel and chop potatoes. Cover with at least 1 inch of water and boil until soft (about 30 minutes). Drain.
    • Add in melted butter, stir well
    • Add in Half and Half, stir well
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Set aside and allow to cool, can refrigerate if needed

To make the Cottage Pie

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F, grease a 9×11 baking dish
  • In a skillet, heat up Vegetable oil. Add beef and brown on all sides. Remove beef and set aside.
  • Melt 1 TBSP Butter in the skillet. Add Onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add Garlic and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in the Flour and mix well. Add the beef back in.
  • Then add Red Wine, Beef Stock, and Strained Tomatoes, Thyme, Salt and Pepper. Stir to mix.
  • Place the lid back on, and bring to a gentle boil. Cook until meat becomes tender.
  • Meanwhile, create potato balls: Scoop Mashed Potatoes into your hand and form a disk. Place a cube of cheddar in the middle and form a ball around it. Make 15 potato balls stuffed with cheese.
  • Pour beef mixture into prepared baking dish, then top with stuffed potato balls. Bake for 30-40 minutes until potatoes are crisped up and golden brown on top.
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Thai Satay Chicken

This is a nice easy recipe. It didn’t take long to cook at all. I was skeptical during the cooking process, but when it was done it was awesome! Recipe courtesy of Cafe Delites.

Marinating time – 1hr+
Total cooking time 45 mins

 

Ingredients – shopping list:

  • 400ml can Coconut milk (beware of separation stir well and or gently heat up to reincorporate full prior to using)
  • ~1/3 cup Natural creamy peanut butter
  • 2 1/4 TBSP brown sugar
  • 2 1/4 TBSP Thai red curry paste
  • 2 TBSP Kecap Manis (sweet soy sauce – had to order ours from Amazon. You can substitute regular soy sauce too)
  • 2 TBSP Fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp Tamarind concentrate
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • salt
  • rice for serving

To cook:

For The Chicken Marinade:
  • 4 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 TBSP creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/4 TBSP packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 TBSP Thai red curry paste
  • 1 TBSP Kecap Manis
  • 1 TBSP fish sauce
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tsp Peanut oil for frying
For the Peanut Sauce:
  • 1 1/3 cup coconut milk (all remaining milk from the can)
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 TBSPfish sauce
  • 1 TBSP Kecap manis
  • 1 TBSPpacked brown sugar
  • 1 TBSPThai red curry paste
  • 1 1/2 tsp Tamarind concentrate
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 TBSP freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Rice for serving

Directions:

Marinate the chicken

  1. Make the marinade: in a bowl mix together marinade ingredients (except chicken and peanut oil).
  2. Add the chicken to the marinade and stir to coat it completely. Cover and put in the refrigerator for at least 30 mins or until ready to cook.

Cook everything

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F
  2. In an oven safe skillet, heat up the peanut oil on medium high heat.
  3. Add the chicken and sear until browned on both sides – around 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer pan directly into the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.
  5. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan add all sauce ingredients EXCEPT the lime juice.
  6. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until well mixed and thickened. About 5-6 minutes.
  7. Once thick, take off the heat and add lime juice.
  8. Serve with rice.

Chicken Pot Pie

Well, this one won’t be for Rob, but sometimes I need to make something for just little man and myself. Or something that has leftovers. So Chicken Pot Pie!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs, cubed
  • 2 Carrots, sliced
  • 2 Celery stalks, sliced
  • 3/4 cup Frozen Peas
  • 3/4 cup Frozen Corn
  • 1/2 Onion, finely chopped
  • 6 TBSP Butter
  • 1/3 cup Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Poultry Seasoning
  • 32 oz Chicken Broth (split off 2 1/4 cup and set aside)
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 9 in round Pie Crusts (top and bottom)
  • 1 Egg white

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 375 F.

  1. In a large pan, combine Chicken, Carrots, Celery, Peas, and Corn.
  2. Cover with Chicken broth (add a little water if needed to cover fully), and bring to a boil for 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, melt butter, then saute onions until translucent.
  4. Add in the Flour and Spices, then slowly stir in the reserved (2 1/4 cup) Chicken Broth, and Milk
  5. Heat sauce until thickened.
  6. Meanwhile, Place the bottom pie crust in pie pan, and brush with egg white. Place in the preheated oven for 6 minutes
  7. Pour the Chicken and Vegetable mixture into the Sauce mixture and mix together
  8. Pour the entire mixture into your pre-warmed pie pan.
  9. Cover with the top pie crust and cut several slits in the top. Brush the top with egg whites.
  10. Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes, until the top is golden, and the mixture is bubbly .

Pressure Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

These tasty sandwiches are perfect for a low key dinner. Paired with french fries, or chips. Takes a bit longer than some other pressure cooker recipes, but is worth it! Recipe

Total cooking time: 2.5 hrs

Ingredients:

  • 2- 2.5 lb chuck roast
  • 1 TBSP of vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp of kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 14 oz can beef broth
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 6 hoagie rolls
  • 3 TBSP butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • kosher salt
  • 6 slices provolone cheese

Directions:

  1. Allow the roast rest at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before searing.
  2. Add vegetable oil to the Instant Pot and hit the sauté button.
  3. Season chuck roast with 2 teaspoon of kosher salt, freshly ground pepper to taste and 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder on all side.
  4. Using a pair on long heat-proof kitchen tongs, brown the roast on all sides in Instant Pot, then remove and set aside.
  5. Add onions to pot and sauté just until they start to soften.
  6. Add red wine to pot and let simmer until reduced by half.
  7. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up seared bits from the bottom of the pot as it simmers.
  8. Once wine has reduced, add beef broth and bay leaf.
  9. Return roast to Instant Pot, close lid and make pressure release valve is set to sealing.
  10. Hit Meat/Stew function and increase time to 100 minutes.
  11. When done, turn to off then let Instant Pot natural release for 25 minutes, then turn valve to venting to release any excess pressure.
  12. Remove lid and transfer roast to a serving plate and shred.
  13. Strain liquid through a fat strainer and serve warm for dipping sandwiches.

Meanwhile….

  1. Set oven to broil and place sandwich rolls on a baking sheet.
  2. Combine melted butter and pinch of kosher salt in a small bowl.
  3. Brush over rolls and toast about 2 minutes, just until gold brown.
  4. Pile meat onto rolls and top with cheese. Return to broiler and heat just until cheese has started to melt about 30 sec -1 min

Thai Red Curry

On a recent trip to Vermont, we found an amazing hole in the wall Thai restaurant. Rob got some crispy chicken Pad Thai, while I had to go with Thai Red Curry. This of course set us on a mission to find a good curry recipe that we could make at home!

Thai Red Curry

Ingredients:

  • 1 TBSP Red Curry Paste
  • 15 oz can Coconut Milk
  • 0.75 oz Fresh Basil, chopped
  • 8 oz can Bamboo Shoots, drained   -OR-
  • 8 oz can Water Chestnuts, drained (if you don’t have Bamboo Shoots)
  • 3 Tsp Fish Sauce
  • 1/3 cup Chicken Stock
  • 2 oz (1/2 cup) Mushrooms
  • 1 TBSP Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1/2 Green Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1/2 Yellow Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion, diced
  • 1 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Thigh, cut up
  • White Rice

Directions:

  • In a saucepan, combine Red Curry Paste and Coconut Milk. Simmer for 5 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add in Basil, Bamboo Shoots or Water Chestnuts, Fish Sauce, Chicken Stock, and mushrooms. Simmer for 10- 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat Vegetable Oil in a wok. Saute the peppers, onions, and Chicken until cooked through.
  • Spoon rice into a bowl, add Chicken mixture, top with sauce.

Shredded Barbecue Chicken

This is a really easy and very tasty recipe. It’s a great way to enjoy some barbecued meat on a summer weeknight since the crockpot will do the hard work for you. This recipe comes from our favorite Slow Cooker Book

Total cook time: 4-6 hours
Hands on time: 15 minutes pre slow cooker, 20 minutes after slow cooked

Ingredients:

2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp sweet paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt and Pepper
1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce, divided into 1/2 cup and 1 cup  (we like Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory Brown Sugar)

Directions:

  • Mix Chili powder, Paprika, Cayenne, Salt, and Pepper together.
  • Rub the mixture over all the chicken. Add the chicken to the slow cooker.
  • Pour 1/2 cup BBQ sauce over chicken, then toss the chicken to coat it evenly.
  • Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours.
  • Transfer the chicken to a large bowl then shred. Cover it to keep warm.
  • Skim the fat off the crock pot liquid.
  • In small saucepan, heat and reduce the barbecue sauce at a simmer for about twenty minutes.
  • Toss the shredded chicken with the reduced barbecue sauce and 1 cup of the crock pot liquid. Add more crock pot liquid as needed to keep moist.
  • Serve on a bun.

Reheating

  • Thoroughly mix some chicken broth with barbecue sauce. Pour over chicken and either microwave or bake.

Skillet Cheeseburger casserole

Ingredients

  • 1lb ground beef
  • 2.5 cups skim milk
  • 1.5 cups hot water
  • 150g elbow macaroni
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 tsp paprika
  • Dash cayenne
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Bacon

Method

  • Brown ground beef and drain.
  • Add pasta, milk, water and spices. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer on low.
  • Cook 10-12 minutes or until pasta is al dente.
  • Stir in cheese. Serve immediately.