Posts Tagged dinner
Its getting nippy down here (lows in the 20s) in Texas so it’s time for chilis, stews, soups, & comfort food.
Next week I’ll post my chunky Texasy chili, but this week is question time:
What is your go to winter liquid meal fix?
This wasn’t the funnest Mother’s Day, not with every family member sickened with upper respiratories. But as the good & healthy child I set forth to make something they could eat. I thought of warm potato soup & searched the interwebs for just the right one; bacon, cheese, creamy goodness as required. I stumbled upon (pun!) Chunky Cheesy Potato Soup on Food network. I had to edit, but here’s the dish:
1/2 lb Bacon (no precooked junk)
1/2 large white onion diced
4 potatoes unblemished, chopped
1/2 head garlic diced
1 Qt heavy cream
2 c grated cheddar (I like sharp)
1 Tsp flour
2 green onions chopped
Salt & pepper
Cook bacon in a large pot or Dutch oven until crispy, do not drain drippings, but remove bacon to cool; crumble pieces.
I semi peeled my potatoes; I like a little skin for flavor. I also soaked them in 1 clove garlic diced & water while the bacon cooked.
Drain potatoes, add potatoes,onions, & garlic to drippings. Cook on med-hi for about 15 minutes, until onion is transparent, stir consistently.
Add cream, salt pepper to taste.
Dredge (add flour to cheese & toss for good coating) cheese.
Add slowly to the pot, stirring to melt. Add a few green onions.
Add bacon,stir and simmer until thoroughly heated. Serve with a garnish of green onions.
Today I’m just posting a few ideas on how to use your leftover Easter fare, because honestly, even I get tired of the same thing day in & day out. Here’s a few ways to hide the leftovers in new clothes.
Or if all else fails, get a freezable container & store for a later month when you start craving your fancy Easter favorites! Just check here for the lifespan of those delectable leftovers.
A recipe I tried this weekend from BHG (better homes & gardens) that was delicious & has room for variability.
A simple yet filling pasta dish that allows for additions or substitions. Those will be listed with (optional) next to the ingredient.
5 strips sun dried tomatoes julienne
1 Tbsp minced garlic
Parmesan cheese coarsely grated
Bacon precooked crumbles (optional)
Fresh basil (optional) diced
Fresh baby spinach (optional)
Diced precooked chicken (optional)
White wine (optional)
Cooked pasta your choice, but shaped pasta holds the topping better.
With a small saucepan (1 egg pan), pour enough oil to lightly coat the bottom.
Slice tomatoes in half width-wise. Place cut ends into oiled pan. Fill bottom of pan with tomato halves.
Dice sun dried tomato strips add to pan as well as minced garlic (jarred is fine). Add bacon, chicken & basil if warranted. Place over med-low burner for 1 to 2 minutes. Cover for 2 minutes & let steam. If adding spinach, do so now.
If with spinach, cook until slightly wilted. Otherwise uncover on med another few minutes. If low on liquid add a shot of wine or pesto. Stir throughly & let simmer until warmed.
Serve toassed with pasta in a family style bowl for table feeding.