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Superbowl Extravaganza: Seasoned Potato Wedges

5 Feb

I’ve been making fries, like the ones in this post, for about 1 year and 1/2 now. Like other times in my life, I’ve come across a better way to make them. And this is a case of learning on the job. These potato wedges make my french fries look so average! And you won’t believe the trick I learned to make them crispy outside and soft inside without frying them!

*Note: Due to a photo editing error, these pictures are smaller than usual, sorry!*

First, pre-heat your oven to 425 and then fill a medium sized pot with water and  bring it to a boil.

Next you’ll need to peel your potatoes. For two of us, I used four small-medium russet potatoes.

After peeling them slice them in half, then again, and then again. So you’ll have 8 pieces for each potato.

Once you have cut all your potatoes, add your potatoes to the pot. By boiling them first, we are allowing them to cook so that the inside will be soft and the outside will remain crispy from the oven.

While the potatoes boil, its a great time to get your other ingredients ready. I like to blend all my seasonings together and then add them at once to the potatoes. For this seasoning mixture, you’ll need 1 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic salt 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp pepper, and 1 1/2 tsp chili powder. Yes, chili powder is the great and secret ingredient to these potato wedges!

After about 5-7 minutes in the pot, drain your potatoes and let cool slightly. For the next step, you’ll be putting them into a plastic bag, so you won’t want them boiling hot for that!

Grab a bowl and a gallon sized plastic bag. Roll over the edges so its easy to add to the bag.

Then carefully add the hot potatoes to the bag. Make sure they aren’t too hot, otherwise they will melt the plastic. Whoops!

Then grab your olive oil and add around 2-3 tablespoons. I eyeballed it and just added it straight from the bottle. Don’t do this unless you are familiar with the speed that the oil comes out of the bottle.

First, shake up the potatoes with the oil. The bag will be hot to the touch, so use caution when handling it. After the potatoes are evenly covered with oil, place the bag back in the bowl, open it back up, and roll the edges again.

Now add the dry seasoning mixture from earlier.

And then shake it, shake it, shake it. (Once again, carefully…that is!)

The potato wedges should look like this once they are fully and evenly covered with oil and seasoning.

Open the bag and then wiggle the bag across a cookie sheet to get all the wedges out in the most mess free, and fastest way possible.

And then separate them before they go into the oven.

Put them in the oven for 20 minutes. If you’re not too busy, get them a flip half way through. Another trick for crispier skin is to put them under the broiler for about 2 minutes before you take them out. I left them in about 10 seconds too long, but my husband loves burnt things (go figure – he loves it when I burn stuff??).

These are so good, you can eat them without ketchup! They’d also be great with a chipolte ranch or BBQ sauce.

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Superbowl Extravagaza: Simply Potato Skins

4 Feb

So I wanted to make potato skins as one of my appetizers. I had them at a restaurant about two weeks ago and thought, “how simple is this recipe?” I decided to re-create potato skins for the Superbowl in the most effortless way possible. There are ways to make this recipe more gourmet, and take longer, but I honestly was going for quick and simple in this easy appetizer. Did I mention that this version has fewer calories than your restaurant favorite, too?

You’ll yield two potato skins for each potato. For two of us, I made 8 skins, and we devoured them all, as part of a dinner.

First, bake the potatoes using either the oven or microwave. Either way, scrub them beforehand. Unlike other recipes with potatoes, you’ll actually eat that skin, so make sure its nice and clean (without soap, of course!). Then rub them with olive oil. They’ll need about five minutes in the microwave, or about an hour in the oven, at 400 degrees. Don’t forget to poke them with a fork before you use either method.

When the potatoes are finished baking, slice them in half. Let them cool a bit before you start digging out the insides.

Using a pot holder, I carefully removed the insides of each half, leaving about 1/4 – 1/2 inch in every skin.

Then place your potatoes on a cookie sheet, or in my case, a piece of my favorite stoneware.

In a normal recipe, you would stick these back in the oven with additional oil and salt too. But to avoid the extra time and fat, I went straight for the cheese.

I didn’t want to have a heaping mound of cheddar on the skins, I first added some sour cream to the skins, so they wouldn’t come out too dry. I use fat-free sour cream – definitely one of my favorite fat-free foods!

Then on top I added a sprinkling of cheddar cheese.

At some point while making this, I discovered that I didn’t have bacon. So I substituted with some finely diced ham. I first gave it a quick fry in the pan before adding it to the potatoes.

And then into the oven they went for about 15 minutes at 350.

These potato skins are best served immediately. I also topped them with green onions and served them with a side of sour cream.

Superbowl Food Extravaganza!

1 Feb

Let’s be real for a moment here, I’m not a huge sports lover, but I am married to one! And for this reason, I have learned to make events like the Superbowl more of a social and fun gathering that just happens to involve the TV. And what a better way to do that then devour in making and eating yummy food?

I also have to admit, I love competition and commercials too. And don’t forget hearing people talk smack about another person’s team, like they coach or own it; that always makes me laugh.

But you’re here for the food. So what has Dish Dash Dime selected to make this weekend? Well, for Superbowl food this year, I thought about three things:

  1. Fast and Easy – This isn’t a gourmet feast
  2. Don’t wanna break the bank over appetizers
  3. Quality in quantity – Feeding the masses as you’d feed just your family

Now those three things seem like they don’t really go together. Rarely do you find quality with quantity at an inexpensive price. Or something that is fast and easy, but also has a quality aspect as well. On another note, since I’m not hosting, but rather attending a party this year, I wanted to make sure that Mr. Dash and myself would have some healthy go-to eats while still enjoying the comfort foods sure to tempt us all night long. I also know some friends that enjoy healthier takes on what should be fatty foods. So on the Superbowl menu this year, we have a selection of seven appetizers, some healthier than others, made for easy snacking and grazing.

  1. Sweet BBQ Chicken Bites
  2. Potato Skins
  3. Guacamole
  4. Turkey Pigs in a Blanket
  5. Potato Wedges
  6. Turkey Bacon Sliders

Now off the bat, those all just sound, well, like good old-fashion bar food/comfort food, filled with all kinds of hidden calories and fat. But you already loose about 20% of those hidden ingredients by cooking up these simple and easy appetizers yourself.

To help with preparation, the guacamole, chicken for the bites, turkey burgers, bacon, and chicken for the nachos can be made the night before. Potato Skins, Wedges and the Pigs in the Blanket are best served fresh they can become soggy in the refrigerator.

Throughout the next few days, we’ll talk about each of these appetizers, sure to make you’re Superbowl party a food extravaganza!

Pierogie Casserole – A Unique Take on Meat & Potatoes

21 Jan

Ever have one of those shopping trips where you pick something up because it looks good and/or is such a great deal you can’t pass it up? Well that’s where this box of Mrs. T’s Pierogies came from – upon which my husband gave me a look that pretty much said he would never eat them. HA! Oh yes you will, you just won’t know it!

Now handmade pierogies sound pretty good and are a holiday tradition in some families. Each family has their own special filling of ingredients. But something frozen in a box, not so much. I had no idea what the texture would be like, or flavor for that matter. Also, in a suggestion recipe on the back, you added them to a recipe completely frozen. Eekk!

There were 12 in the package and I immediately thought of a casserole. Even though casseroles aren’t my favorite, they are simple and easy. Because pierogies are really just potato dumplings, I thought of layering them with a marinara, ground turkey and cheese.

First, I grabbed my favorite go-to dinner ingredient, extra lean ground turkey.

Season with salt and pepper and the tiniest bit of oil (unless you use a non-stick pan).

Once turkey is almost fully cooked, add to your marinara sauce to complete the cooking.

I used my recipe for quick marinara in this recipe. After adding the meat, you’re reading to assemble your dish. First, place your pierogies on a lightly oiled (to prevent sticking) 9×13 pan. Then carefully pour your meat marinara over the dish. Try your best to keep the pierogies in place and saucing the entire dish evenly.

Next, add 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese.

Place your dish in the oven for 30-40 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted and bubbling.

And while this dish doesn’t plate so well, it tastes delicious. It’s a hearty meal, definitely made for a man who loves meat and potatoes!

My husband devoured this dish without questioning what he was eating. It tasted similar to a filled pasta dish, except with a potato filling instead of a cheese filling. And like most dishes with marinara, the flavor was even better the next day! And now he also knows that he likes a new food – handmade pierogies might make an appearance in our house soon!

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