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Irish Stew

ncIrishStew2nm With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I thought it would be the perfect time to make some Irish Stew. I don’t make stew very often, but I love a bowl of good, thick, chunky stew, and that’s exactly what this is! You might be wondering where those chunks of stew meat are–well, I improvised a little and used ground beef instead, since that’s what I had on hand. But you can use either–ground beef or chunks of beef. There are plenty of other chunky ingredients in this recipe too–onions, potatoes, and carrots. And it’s seasoned with a little dried thyme and basil. Comfort food in a bowl–that’s what this is!

IRISH STEW by NancyC, adapted from Midwest Living Makes 6 servings

  • 1 pound boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 3/4″ pieces, or 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 medium onions, cut into wedges
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 medium potatoes (1 1/2 lbs.), peeled and cut into bite-size chunks (about 4 1/2 cups)
  • 3 cups sliced carrots (about 6 medium, sliced 1/2″ thick)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, plus a little more for garnish if desired
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose unbleached flour

In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, combine beef, beef broth, onions, and pepper. bring to boiling, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Skim off the fat. Add the potatoes, carrots, thyme, and basil. Bring to boiling, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 30 to 35 minutes more or until vegetables are tender. Stir the cold water and flour together, blending well. Stir this mixture into the stew and cook and stir until stew is thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute more, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with additional dried thyme, if desired, and serve.

If St. Patrick’s Day will be chilly where you live, this would be the perfect thing to make to warm everyone up! Are you planning on making any special Irish dishes that day?

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Lemon-Thyme-Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

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Roasted vegetables are so good, especially roasted potatoes! I had the opportunity to try a new kind of potato recently, compliments of Albert Bartlett–the Rooster Potato, grown by farmers in the U.S. The rooster potato has RoosterPotatoesa nutty, buttery taste, and I discovered when making these Lemon-Thyme-Rosemary Roasted Potatoes that it also roasts really nicely. The outer skin is pink, but when baked turns golden brown, and the inside is light yellow with a nice fluffy texture. It somehow keeps its fluffy texture inside even when it’s roasted! The Rooster Potato is a great-tasting potato and works wonderfully in recipes like this one.

These Lemon-Thyme-Rosemary Roasted Potatoes have a great lemony taste that really makes them different from your typical roasted potatoes. I love the tanginess of the lemon and the savory flavor of the herbs in this recipe. I found it at Southern Living and made a few changes…I added extra lemon juice, along with some rosemary, onion powder, and garlic powder for a little extra savory flavor. I never would have thought of flavoring potatoes with lemon, but I thought they were really good. And it’s easy to make, which is always a plus!

LEMON-THYME-ROSEMARY ROASTED POTATOES by NancyCreative, adapted from Southern Living

Makes 4 to 6 servings

  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 pounds Rooster Potatoes peeled or unpeeled, and cut into chunks (or substitute red potatoes)
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons each of finely chopped fresh thyme and rosemary (or 1 teaspoon of each, dried; or you can use 4 teaspoons of just fresh thyme or 4 teaspoons of just fresh rosemary)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Preheat oven to 400˚F. Line a 15 x 10″ baking pan with aluminum foil; set aside.

Cook olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, for about 3 to 4 minutes, until butter begins to turn golden brown. Remove butter mixture from heat and add in the chunks of potatoes, tossing gently until potatoes are all coated (the olive oil/butter mixture may splatter a little when you add the potatoes to it, so add them carefully!).

Spread the coated potato chunks in a single layer in a 15 x 10″ baking pan. (I lined my pan with aluminum foil so the pan would be easy to clean up).

Bake at 400˚F  for 40-45 minutes or until potatoes are golden brown and tender, stirring twice during the baking time so the potatoes bake evenly (I baked my potatoes for 45 minutes). When done, transfer the potatoes to a large serving bowl and toss with the lemon juice, thyme and/or rosemary, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder, until well coated. Serve immediately.

I hope you get a chance to try this recipe, because it’s soooo good! It’s a great side dish for a special meal any time of year!

What’s your favorite way of making potatoes?

Kris’ Sausage Potato Bake

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One day at work, Matt was telling me about a great dinner his wife Kris had made. He described all the good, healthy things that were in this dish…red potatoes, sweet potatoes, bell pepper, onion, turkey sausage…it really sounded good! He and Kris gave me the recipe, and it took me awhile to get around to making it, but I loved it! In this Sausage Potato Bake, all the ingredients are coated in a seasoned chicken broth-olive oil mixture and baked until everything is tender. It’s soooo good, and it’s great for lunch or dinner. It’s a perfect way to use some of your garden veggies, too, this summer!

KRIS’ SAUSAGE POTATO BAKE

Makes about 6 servings

  • 1 (14-ounce) package Turkey Smoked Sausage
  • 4 cups red new potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 cups peeled small sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper (or yellow or orange bell pepper), cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 large sweet yellow onion, cut into thin slices or 1-inch chunks
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons olive oil (I used 2 Tablespoons)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400˚F. Cut sausage into 1/4-inch slices.

In a very large bowl, combine sausage, potatoes, bell peppers, onion, and garlic.

ncSausPotBk2In small bowl, mix chicken broth, olive oil, and seasonings; pour over sausage/vegetable mixture and toss everything to coat. Put this mixture in a 9×13″ or 12×8″ baking dish.

Bake at 400˚F for 35 to 45 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Let cool a few minutes (your baking dish or pan will be very hot), then serve.

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I love all the different veggies in this, and the smoked Turkey Sausage is really good, too! This is the kind of dish you can enjoy year-round, and it’s so easy to make! Thanks for sharing your recipe, Kris!

What kinds of meals have you been making with your garden vegetables?

Roasted Italian Potatoes

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If you’re looking for a new way to fix potatoes, this is a good recipe to try! I found this at Kraftrecipes.com and happened to have just the right amount of potatoes to make it. This particular potato side dish calls for both white and sweet potatoes, but if you only have white potatoes on hand, you can make it with just those. The potatoes are cut into spears (you can also cut them into chunks if you prefer) and coated with Italian dressing, which helps keep them moist as they are roasting. The Italian dressing flavor is pretty mild in these potatoes, so if you want a stronger flavor, you can add a teaspoon of Italian seasoning. I changed the recipe a little by using more dressing to coat the potatoes and topping the potatoes with freshly grated Parmesan cheese…a great finishing touch!

ROASTED ITALIAN POTATOES by NancyC, adapted from Kraftrecipes.com

Makes 8 servings

  • 1 1/2 lbs. sweet potatoes (about 3 medium), cut into thin spears (Note: the sweet potatoes can be a little hard to cut into spears; you may want to microwave them a minute or two to soften them…then you can cut them into spears or small chunks)
  • 1 1/2 lbs. white baking potatoes (about 3 medium), cut into thin spears (or small chunks)
  • 2/3 cup Italian dressing (regular or lite)
  • dash or two of salt (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (optional)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (or you can substitute 2 teaspoons of dried parsley)

Preheat oven to 375˚F. Spray or grease a 10 x 15″ rimmed baking sheet; set aside.

In a large bowl, toss cut potatoes with Italian dressing (and salt and Italian seasoning, if desired), evenly coating the wedges or chunks. Spread potatoes onto the baking sheet and bake at 375˚F for 60 to 70 minutes, or until potatoes are tender when tested with a fork –Note: after the first 30 minutes of baking, turn potatoes over in pan so they bake evenly.

The last five minutes of baking, top potatoes with the Parmesan cheese. Then remove potatoes from oven and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serve immediately.

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I have a pot of parsley growing on my patio area–it’s so convenient to have fresh parsley to snip whenever I need it! Do you grow your own herbs to use in your cooking?

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Easy Cheesy Salsa Potatoes

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I had some extra salsa after making Salsa Roll-Ups, so I decided to look for another recipe using salsa, and found these Easy Cheesy Salsa Potatoes from the Pillsbury website. I made a few simple changes, using green onion instead of regular onion, shredded Fiesta/Mexican blend cheese instead of cheddar, and a little more bread crumbs in my topping to make it more crumbly. If you don’t have bread crumbs, you could substitute crushed corn flakes or crushed French Fried Onions.

If you like potato casseroles, I’m sure you’ll like this. The potatoes are cheesy and creamy, with a little salsa spiciness that’s hard to resist! It’s comfort food, Fiesta-style! 🙂

EASY CHEESY SALSA POTATOES by NancyC, adapted from Pillsbury.com

Makes a 9 x 13″ pan

  • 8 ounces (2 cups) shredded Fiesta/Mexican Blend (or use sharp cheddar cheese)
  • 1 cup of your favorite salsa
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped green onion (or use regular onion)
  • 1/2 cup light or regular sour cream
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed Fiesta Nacho Cheese soup (or Cheddar Cheese soup)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (24 to 26-ounce) package (about 8 cups) frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 3/4 cup plain bread crumbs (or substitute crushed cornflakes or French Fried onions)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease a 13×9″ (or 3-quart) baking dish or pan; set aside.

In large bowl, combine cheese, salsa, green onion, sour cream, condensed soup, and pepper; mix well. Add thawed hash browns and mix well. Spread evenly in greased baking dish or pan.

In small bowl, combine bread crumbs and butter; mix well and sprinkle over potatoes.

Bake at 350˚F for 45 to 55 minutes or until cheese is melted and potatoes are tender. Cut into squares and serve.

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I  love cheesy potato side dishes like this, especially in the winter months! What’s your favorite potato side dish?

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