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2 pounds yellow fleshed potatoes, like Yukon Gold, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
8 garlic cloves, peeled
Salt and Pepper to taste
¼ cup of your favorite flavored or unflavored Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add potatoes, garlic and 2 teaspoons salt and cook at a brisk simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.
Drain potatoes and garlic, reserving 1 cup of cooking liquid. Mash potatoes and garlic. Beat in olive oil and then thin to desired consistency with reserved cooking liquid. Check seasoning and serve.
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1 1/2 pounds organic Yukon Gold potatoes, unpeeled, washed, cut into 1" pieces
2 cups fresh asparagus spears, woody parts trimmed, cut into 1" pieces (spinach works too)
1 bunch green onions finely chopped - you could also opt for shallots or onion here instead
1 cup Canadian bacon or smoked ham cut into 1" pieces - or go meatless with sauteed mushrooms
1 cup grated Gruyère cheese or substitute for any cheese you like, or simply leave it out, it's all good
8 large eggs, whisked
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
fresh ground pepper
1/4 cup UP EVOO or any infused olive oil of your choice.
Preheat the oven to 375 F.
Place the cut potatoes in a medium pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 5 minutes, drain, and reserve.
In a large, heavy, oven-proof skillet (a 12" cast iron is ideal here) heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the potatoes and cook until golden brown, turning once. Add the green onions, asparagus, and saute over medium heat for another 2 minutes.
Whisk together the eggs, salt, cheese, and pepper. Pour over the potatoes directly into the pan, shake the pan a couple times gently to distribute the egg, and pop the pan in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the egg is set and the top is golden brown.
Remove from the oven, and run a knife along the inside perimeter to loosen from the pan. Allow to cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes,before inverting onto a serving plate. Cut in slices and serve with a lovely salad of baby spinach or arugula dressed with Milanese Gremolata whisked with Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic for a light, healthy meal.
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Spring veggies, rotisserie chicken, fluffy buttermilk biscuits... does it get any better? Yes, yes it does. When you make a creamy, luxurious mushroom-sage béchamel to blanket all of that tasty goodness, it gets a whole lot better.
Ingredients for the Pot Pie
2 cups sliced carrots, diced
1 cup chopped celery
1 large yellow onion, diced
1/2 cup peas
1 cup yellow potatoes, diced and microwaved for 3 minutes
2 cups cooked diced skinless chicken
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup mushroom-sage olive oil
3 cups chicken stock or broth
1 cup heavy cream or milk
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
salt and pepper to taste
Grease a 13" x 9" baking pan or casserole
Heat a large, heavy bottom pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil, celery, onions, and carrots. Saute for 5 minutes until carrots are just tender. Add the flour and stir thoroughly so no dry spots remain. Whisking constantly, add the chicken stock to the flour and vegetables. Bring to a simmer stirring constantly until thickened. Add the cream and continue simmering and stirring for a couple of minutes. Check and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Add the potatoes, cooked chicken, peas, and thyme. Scrape the filling into the casserole or baking pan and set aside to cool slightly while you make the biscuits.
Ingredients for the Buttermilk Biscuits
3 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 stick chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1 cup buttermilk1/4 cup butter olive oil
In the bowl of a food processor add all of the dry ingredients and pulse. Add the chilled butter and pulse a few times to incorporate and create small pea sized lumps of butter. Add the butter olive oil to the buttermilk and pour over the dry ingredients. Pulse a few more times until a loose, moist dough forms.
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Roll out the dough to 1" thickness and cut out biscuits 2" in diameter. Place the biscuits on top of the pot pie filling about 1" apart. Brush with additional buttermilk and bake for 25 minutes until biscuits are fluffy and golden.
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Yup, I put potatoes in my waffle maker. What!? You don't put potatoes in your waffle maker? Heresy!! These golden crisp-on-the-outside and creamy-cheesy on the inside savory snacks are absolutely mind blowing!
2 cups cold or room temperature mashed potatoes (preferably unseasoned)
1 cup bleached all purpose flour
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
2 large scallions thinly sliced
1/3 cup garlic olive oil
1 large egg, beaten
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons salt (less for pre-seasoned mashed potatoes)
fresh ground pepper to taste
Sour cream and hot sauce (optional for serving)
Heat the waffle maker. Meanwhile add all the ingredients to a large bowl including 1/2 of the scallions, and whisk thoroughly.
Grease the hot waffle iron well. Add 1/3 cup for each waffle. Cook until golden brown on the inside, about 5 minutes per waffle. Serve with a dollop of sour cream, additional scallions, and hot sauce, if desired.