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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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Mashed Potatoes

This is a funny recipe because who doesn’t know how to make mashed potatoes? We all do, but then again every single time they turn out a little bit different and I can never remember do I use milk or cream or sour cream or didn’t that other recipe say yogurt?? Anyway, here is a recipe to make consistent, yummy mashed potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 5 lbs Russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted (maybe a little less like 1 3/4 of a stick)
  • 1 cup Half and Half (3/4-1 cup will work depending on the mixture and consistency
  • salt
  • pepper

 

 

Banana Nut Muffins

We made these the other day. They came out really well. I had smaller bananas so I used 3 1/2. Also think I only used a little more than a half a cup of walnuts plus what I added on top and that was good for us.

https://www.craftycookingmama.com/banana-nut-muffins/

 

Pressure Cooker Thai Chicken Thighs

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon freeze dried cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts

Method

  1. Turn Instant Pot to saute. Addbroth, peanut butter, soy sauce, cilantro, lime juice, red pepper flakes, and ginger. Stir until peanut butter dissolves.
  2. Add chicken thighs, pressure cook for 15-20 minutes. Quick release pressure.
  3. Remove chicken with slotted spoon and shred. Turn Instant Pot to saute, bring to a boil, add cornstarch mixture to thicken.
  4. Serve over rice.

Baked Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chunky pasta
  • 1 bundle broccoli rabe, cut into 1″ segments
  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup and 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 9 ounces mozzarella (cubed or shredded)
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Ground black peper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Dash nutmeg

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Cook pasta in large pot. 5 minutes before completion, add broccoli rabe. Drain together and set aside in large bowl.
  3. Brown sausage, put in bowl.
  4. In same pan, make bechamel sauce:
    1. Melt butter, add flour and whisk smooth.
    2. Drizzle in milk.
    3. Add salt, garlic, nutmeg, black pepper.
    4. Simmer 10 minutes.
  5. Add sausage and sauce to bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Add 1/2 cup Parmesan and mozzarella, mix thoroughly.
  7. Put in 11″x13″ baking dish, top with remaining cheese.
  8. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until edges are bronzed.

Beef and Broccoli Ramen

  • Peanut oil
  • 1 lb steak, sliced thinly
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice win vinegar
  • 3 cups broccoli
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 packets ramen noodles, seasoning packet discarded (3 ounces each)

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup low sodium beef broth (low sodium important)
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 6 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice win vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Hot sauce

Method

  1. Add steak, 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar to a medium bowl. Marinate minimum of one hour.
  2. Mix all sauce ingredients in a medium bowl.
  3. Cook ramen and set aside
  4. Saute beef, onion, and garlic in wok.
  5. Add broccoli and sauce. Stir and simmer until broccoli is cooked and sauce is thickened.
  6. Toss in noodles and stir to coat.

French Bread Pizzas

Well, there isn’t much to this recipe, since you can pretty much use whatever sounds good for making these little pizzas, but I figure it helps to keep track of how to cook them anyway.

Ingredients:

The Basics:

  • Sub Rolls
  • Pizza sauce
  • Fresh Mozzarella
  • Shredded Mozzarella

Possible toppings:

  • Fresh Basil
  • Pepperoni
  • Plum tomato
  • Black olives
  • Sausage
  • Bacon
  • Spinach

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a cookie sheet with foil
  2. Cut sub rolls in half and put them on the pan
  3. Top with sauce
  4. Top with everything else
  5. Put the pan in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Then, increase the temperature to 425 F and move the pizzas to the top of the oven. Continue baking until cheese is bubbly and turning golden.