(77) Goat Cheese & Chive Mashed Potatoes

I needed to use up the end of the goat cheese and I found this recipe in my stack of ‘to try’ recipes. I have to say, these were pretty darn tasty!! I only made half the original (Cooking Light) recipe and accidentally used too much butter (ha, like this is really a problem?!) and a little too much milk, but they were great!!

Goat Cheese & Chive Mashed Potatoes

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)
Source: Adapted from Cooking Light Magazine

1.5 pounds baking potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces (peel them if your heart desires! I’m too lazy!)
3/4 teaspoons salt, divided
2 tablespoons butter
3 ounces goat cheese
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives

1. Place potatoes in a saucepan, and cover with cold water to 2 inches above. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until tender; drain. Return the potatoes to pan over low heat; add remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and butter to pan. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher to desired consistency.

2. Add cheese and pepper to potato mixture; stir until cheese melts. Stir in milk; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in chives.


(58) Potato and Sun-Dried Tomato au Gratin

I must say that I love a good potato gratin!! If you make this (or any gratin, really), make sure not to slice the potatoes too thin because they will crumble if you do! The key is to boil until firm but not flimsy, so you have to watch them! This dish needed a touch more salt out of the oven, but otherwise it was perfect! A great accompaniment to roasted chicken!

Potato and Sun-Dried Tomato au Gratin

This can be assembled and refrigerated up to 24 hours ahead of time. Let stand 30 minutes at room temperature and bake as directed. You can substitute any sharp Italian cheese (such as Romano, provolone, or Asiago) for the Parmesan.

Yield: 10 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)
Source: Cooking Light, DECEMBER 2000

1 cup boiling water
3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, packed without oil (about 2 ounces)
3 pounds peeled baking potato, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
Cooking spray
1 tablespoon butter or stick margarine
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/4 cups fat-free milk
2 cups (8 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Combine water and sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl; cover and let stand 30 minutes or until soft. Drain and coarsely chop; set aside.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Place the potato in a large saucepan, and cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain well. Arrange potato in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

Melt butter in pan over medium heat. Add onion; cook 3 minutes or until tender. Add sun-dried tomatoes, oregano, salt, and pepper, and cook 2 minutes. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Sprinkle tomato mixture with flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Remove from heat; add cheese, stirring until cheese melts. Pour the sauce over the potatoes, tossing gently to coat. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until bubbly and golden.

CALORIES 279 (25% from fat); FAT 7.6g (sat 4.6g,mono 2.1g,poly 0.4g); IRON 1.2mg; CHOLESTEROL 19mg; CALCIUM 353mg; CARBOHYDRATE 38g; SODIUM 558mg; PROTEIN 13.7g; FIBER 2.9g

(55) Hearty Beef and Tomato Stew

Brace face strikes again! I thought this would be soft enough, but I underestimated the joy of new braces! Soooooooooo, I didnt really eat this, which makes me sad! But my husband and daughter both sucked it down, so I’d say it was a hit. Not hard to make, just a little time consuming to get everything chopped. I’d make this again! (And sorry, no picture on this one…)

Hearty Beef and Tomato Stew

Source: Cooking Light, October 2006
Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups stew and 1 tablespoon parsley)

The ingredient list may look lengthy, but this recipe involves mostly measuring and adding ingredients to the pot to simmer. To trim prep time, look for prechopped onions in the produce aisle. Serve with crusty slices of a baguette. A double-dose of lycopene comes with tomato paste and canned tomatoes.

2 teaspoons olive oil
2 pounds sirloin steak, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 cup finely chopped onion (about 1 medium)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium beef broth
4 cups cubed red potato (1 1/2 pounds)
2 cups sliced carrot
3/4 cup pinot noir or other spicy dry red wine
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 (16-ounce) package frozen pearl onions
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, undrained
1 rosemary sprig
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently. Remove beef from pan, reserving 1 tablespoon of drippings in pan. Add onion and garlic to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until onion begins to brown. Add tomato paste; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add broth; bring to a boil. Return meat to pan. Add potato and next 7 ingredients (through bay leaf); bring to a simmer. Cover and cook 1 hour and 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Discard rosemary and bay leaf. Stir in salt and pepper. Top with parsley.

CALORIES 329 (21% from fat); FAT 7.5g (sat 2.6g,mono 3.3g,poly 0.4g); IRON 4.3mg; CHOLESTEROL 51mg; CALCIUM 93mg; CARBOHYDRATE 33.3g; SODIUM 630mg; PROTEIN 31.1g; FIBER 4.1g

(50) Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner

I have never in my life cooked corned beef, but my husband requested it specifically, so how could I say no?! (Just so you know, my husband NEVER requests food. When I ask what he wants for dinner this week, he says ‘whatever!’… SO not helpful! LOL I always tell him they don’t sell packages of “whatever” at Publix!)

But I digress… This recipe was kind of a pain in the fact that there were too many pots and pans for my liking, but I really enjoyed the meal. The topping on the corned beef = awesome! The cabbage was really mild and the potatoes were nice and tangy – the perfect offset to the salty flavors! Once a year, I’ll suffer the dishes! Happy St. Patty’s Day a little early!

PS: I know I said I was making soda bread, but that just didn’t happen. Boo!

Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner

Source: Cooking Light, MARCH 2003
Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 3 ounces beef, about 1 1/2 cups cabbage, and about 1 1/3 cups potatoes)

1 (4-pound) cured corned beef brisket, trimmed
16 cups water
2 cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrot
1 1/2 teaspoons pickling spice
3 garlic cloves, peeled
Cooking spray
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
1 (2 1/2-pound) head green cabbage, cored and cut into 1-inch strips
4 pounds small red potatoes, quartered
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons butter
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 (5-ounce) jar prepared horseradish, drained and squeezed dry
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Place brisket in a large stockpot; add water and next 5 ingredients (water through garlic). Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 3 hours. Remove brisket from pot.

Place brisket on the rack of a broiler pan or roasting pan coated with cooking spray; place rack in pan. Strain cooking liquid through a colander into 2 large bowls; discard solids. Return liquid to pot. Add caraway seeds and cabbage; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 20 minutes. Drain.

While cabbage is cooking, place potatoes in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water. Bring to a boil; cook 20 minutes or until tender. Drain. Return potatoes to pan. Stir in parsley, butter, rind, juice, and pepper; toss to coat.

Preheat broiler.

Combine breadcrumbs and horseradish. Spread mustard over one side of brisket. Press breadcrumb mixture onto mustard. Broil 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve brisket with cabbage and potatoes.

CALORIES 321 (41% from fat); FAT 14.5g (sat 4.6g,mono 6.5g,poly 0.8g); IRON 4.3mg; CHOLESTEROL 86mg; CALCIUM 11mg; CARBOHYDRATE 27.6g; SODIUM 927mg; PROTEIN 22.8g; FIBER 10g

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(14) Roasted Potato Wedges with Rosemary Butter

I have a bad track record with oven fries. They seem so simple. They should not be hard, right!? But alas, I have screwed up more oven fries than I can remember (same with rice, but that’s another story for another day!).

Anyway, this recipe IS IT. I did not measure the oil I put in the pan, I just made sure there was enough on the pan. You want to use a pan with sides… Like this one… (see how pretty my fries are!?!)

High, high heat, metal pan, metal spatula, greased pan = oven fries success!! I would never put butter on fries – I love butter, but on fries?! NO. But this was so right, so so right!! I did not feel the need to dirty a pot, so I melted the butter in a little bowl in the microwave, added the chopped rosemary, and let it sit for a few minutes. Delish delish delish!!

Roasted Potato Wedges with Rosemary Butter

Yield: Makes 4 servings
Source: Gourmet Magazine, November 2005

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 lb russet (baking) potatoes (about 4 medium)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary

Put oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 500°F. Oil bottom of a shallow baking pan (15 by 10 by 1 inch) with 1/2 tablespoon oil.

Cut each potato lengthwise into 8 wedges and toss with salt, pepper, and remaining tablespoon oil in a large bowl. Arrange potato wedges, flat sides down, in baking pan, then cover pan tightly with foil and roast 10 minutes. Remove foil and roast 10 minutes more. Loosen potatoes with a metal spatula, then turn over onto other flat sides and roast until tender and golden, about 10 minutes.

While potatoes roast, melt butter with rosemary in a small saucepan over moderately low heat. Loosen potatoes with spatula, then transfer to a serving dish or plates and spoon rosemary butter over them.

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