BACON RANCH CHICKEN CASSEROLE

BACON RANCH CHICKEN CASSEROLE
8 ounces pasta, prepared per package instructions
3 slices bacon, chopped
1 small shallot, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pound shredded rotisserie chicken pieces
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
12 ounces evaporated milk
1 Hidden Valley ranch dressing seasoning mix
1/3 cup Sweet Baby Ray’s hot sauce
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

  • Preheat oven 350°.
  • Spray 8×8 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

  • In a large skillet cook bacon until crisp. Remove and drain on paper toweling.
  • Add shallots and garlic, quickly sautéing.
  • Drain of excess grease.
  • Add chicken pieces and cook several minutes until golden and cooked through.
  • Whisk together the milk, ranch dressing mix and hot sauce. Pour over chicken and stir together.
  • Remove from heat and add the pasta, mixing well.
  • Top with 1 1/2 cups of the cheese and most of the bacon, stirring to combine.
  • Pour into prepared baking dish, top with remaining cheese and garnish with remaining bacon.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes, until cheese is melted and golden.
  • Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH HOT POTATO SALAD aka GERMAN POTATO SALAD

I LOVE adapting old historical recipes to a modern day scratch cook. Many times I already have a version of the recipe in my own stash.  But, using the older recipe as a guide I can pick and choose ALL of the best  ingredients to make an even better recipe.

This hot potato salad is another from my antique recipe box purchase. It is a pre-printed recipe glued to a recipe card labeled “Good Old Pennsylvania Dutch Recipes” that I can only assume is Amish and originally from the Good Old Pennsylvania Dutch Cook Book.

I had to “adjust” the recipe to include actual amounts and specified ingredients as the recipe card is vague.  I left the ingredients with approximate amounts to account for personal tastes.  My grams referred to it as a German potato salad, though I think this is more Amish in nature.  I highlighted my adaptations in blue so you can see the differences from the original recipe.

PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH HOT POTATO SALAD aka GERMAN POTATO SALAD

1 pound small baby red potatoes
1 cup chicken stock
2-3 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and sliced
4-6 slices bacon, diced
1/4-1/2 cup small chopped red onion
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste

  • In a large stock pot add potatoes with skins on, chicken stock and enough water to cover potatoes.
  • Cook until fork tender, drain, and cube while hot.
  • Fry bacon and onion until a delicate brown.
  • Add brown sugar and stir to dissolve.
  • Drain, reserving bacon fat.
  • Add onion and bacon to the potato mixture.
  • Add bacon fat slowly to beaten egg, beating well.
  • Add vinegar to the egg mixture and pour over potato mixture, gently to coat well.
  • Fold in sliced eggs.
  • Adjust seasoning.  This recipe really LOVES salt.

NOTE:  If you would like you can skip cubing the potatoes and do a rough chop leaving “LARGE” pieces instead.

ROASTED SALT & VINEGAR POTATOES

ROASTED SALT & VINEGAR POTATOES serves 4-6

2 pounds baby potato mix
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup sherry vinegar
1/3 cup avocado oil
1 large bunch green onions, thinly sliced, greens and whites separated
FRESH ground LARGE flake sea salt

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Scrub potatoes and place on baking sheet.
  • Bake 30-45 minutes or until easily pierced with a knife tip.
  • Allow potatoes to cool COMPLETELY!
  • Cut them in half.
  • Whisk together the mustard and vinegar.
  • Gradually add avocado oil in a steady stream to mustard mixture while continuously whisking.
  • Toss potatoes, onion whites with vinegar sauce in a large bowl.
  • Arrange in a single layer on baking sheet.
  • Roast 10-15 minutes more until edges begin to crisp.
  • Adjust seasoning.
  • Pour onto a platter.
  • Garnish with green onion tops.

IRISH CHEDDAR SHEPHERD’S PIE

IRISH CHEDDAR SHEPHERD’S PIE

FILLING
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 medium onion chopped
2 small stalks celery, chopped
3 ounces Guinness beer
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup beef broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
16 ounces combination of frozen peas and carrots

  • Brown ground beef with onion in large skillet for 5-10 minutes.
  • Add celery and continue cooking until meat is crumbly.
  • Add stout and scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to deglaze the pan.
  • Add butter and allow to melt, then sprinkle with flour and stir to blend. Allow the flour to cook for several minutes before adding beef broth.
Add beef broth and blend well.
  • Add tomato paste, Worcestershire, and salt, stirring well. Allow gravy to thicken while the mixture cooks, about 5 minutes.
  • Add frozen vegetables and allow to cook until the entire mixture is nice and hot.

POTATOES
2 pounds Yukon potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 large egg yolk
6 ounces Irish cheddar grated
FRESH ground salt and pepper, to taste

  • Boil the potatoes in water over high heat until very soft and tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Drain and mash well with butter, buttermilk, egg yolk, FRESH ground sea salt and pepper, to taste and half of the shredded Irish cheddar.

ASSEMBLY

  • Layer filling mixture in LIGHTLY greased baking dish.
  • Top with mashed potatoes in an even layer.
  • Top with remaining shredded cheddar.
Broil on low for about 10 minutes, until the top is golden brown.

SWEET & SOUR CABBAGE ROLLS

SWEET & SOUR CABBAGE ROLLS
8 WHOLE cabbage leaves
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 large Vidalia onion, diced
1 cup carrot sticks
1/2 cup sliced red pepper
1/3 pound ground sirloin
1/3 pound ground pork
1 tablespoon FRESH chopped thyme
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
3 tablespoons tomato paste
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons PURE maple syrup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 3/4 cups tomato sauce
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Stack leaves in a large dutch oven and cover with boiling water.
  • Cover and bring to a boil for 4-6 minutes until cabbage is JUST tender enough to be pliable.
  • DRAIN and cool leaves on towel.
  • In a large skillet heat oil.
  • Brown beef and pork JUST until crumbly.
  • Add onion and saute’ 5 minutes.
  • Add carrots and peppers, sauteing a couple minutes more.
  • Add tomato paste and stir to coat.
  • Add Worcestershire sauce, vinegar and syrup, stirring to mix well and stirring often.
  • Bring to a simmer.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Spoon 1/4-1/3 cup of mixture into each cabbage leaf rolling and tucking in the edges.
  • Arrange rolls in baking dish seam side down.
  • Top with tomato sauce, cover and bake 20 minutes.
  • Add mozzarella and return to oven uncovered until cheese melts and rolls are heated through.
  • Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

PEPPER PASTA SALAD

PEPPER PASTA SALAD
PREP & COOK time 20-30 minutes Serves 6-8 as a side dish

1/2 pound pasta shells (DO NOT USE GLUTEN FREE)
10-12 mini peppers (red, orange and yellow combo)
1 shallot, chopped
1 small bunch radishes, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1/4 cup chopped chives
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons QUALITY Italian dressing
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon Frank’s original hot sauce
FRESH ground Sea Salt and Black Pepper

  • Cook pasta per package directions. Drain and rinse WELL with cold water until completely cool.
  • While pasta is draining WELL slice or dice peppers, radishes, shallot and chives.
  • Toss pasta with peppers, radishes, shallots and chives.
  • Whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, apple cider vinegar, Italian dressing, hot sauce and garlic powder.
  • Pour mayonnaise mixture over pasta, tossing to coat well.
  • Season to taste.
  • Sprinkle with dill.
  • Chill 6-8 hours.

NOTE:

  • Hard boiled eggs are a nice optional addition. When I use these I also add a sprinkle of paprika instead of the dill.
  • You can also shredded rotisserie chicken and turn this into a meal which serves 4 instead.

CHICKEN BACON APPLE STRATA/BREAD PUDDING

This recipe is perfect for the FULL family weekend where you want to spend more time with the family than in the kitchen. This can be made well in advance and just be popped into the oven when needed. It’s the perfect recipe for either brunch OR supper! I adjusted the flavors from the original to our liking, but ALSO think that next time I will cut the bread into chucks and do it more like a bread pudding.

CHICKEN BACON APPLE STRATA
3/4 pound bacon, chopped
8 slices thick sandwich bread
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
1 1/2 cups whole milk
4 large eggs
FRESH ground salt and pepper
3/4 teaspoon creamy horseradish
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • Cook bacon until crispy. Drain on paper toweling.
  • Spray a 10 inch spring form pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Arrange 4 slices of bread in the baking dish, cutting bread as necessary to form a single layer.
  • Arrange half the apples over the bread layer followed by the bacon pieces and cheddar cheese.
  • Top with chicken pieces in an even layer.
  • Top with remaining apples followed by the remaining.
  • Top with remaining bread slices.
  • Whisk together the milk, eggs, horseradish, salt and pepper. Pour over bread tops, pressing to submerge the bread into the egg mixture.
  • Cover with saran and refrigerate at LEAST 8 hours.

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • When ready to bake, top with the melted butter.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake 45-60 minutes until strata is puffed and golden brown.

LOADED BUFFALO BAKED POTATO SALAD

This is SERIOUSLY not your grandma’s boring potato salad! This one has a rich and hearty flavor with a kick of spice mixed in! Top with the bacon and NO ONE can resist it AND they will be back for more! I made this for the potluck at our family reunion last Saturday and everyone loved it!

LOADED BAKED POTATO SALAD

5 pounds Russet baking potatoes
3/4 cup sour cream
½ cup mayo
1/4 cup Frank’s original hot sauce
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 pound bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
2 tablespoons finely sliced chives

  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Wash and poke holes in each potato.
  • Place on a baking sheet and bake for 1½ hours or until tender. Place in refrigerator to cool.
  • In a large bowl, mix the sour cream, mayo, hot sauce, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Once the potatoes are cooled, cut them into bite-sized pieces and add them to the mixture, tossing to coat.
  • Reserve about ¼ each of the cheese, bacon, and chives for topping and mix the rest in with the potatoes.
  • Spoon salad into serving bowl.
  • Top with the remaining cheese, bacon, and chives.
  • Cover and keep refrigerated until serving.

NOTE:

  • I make the potatoes 2 days before I want to serve it and then cool them overnight before assembling the salad the day before I want to serve it. The flavors are best if you make it at least a day in advance so the flavors can meld together.
  • I forgot to buy the sour cream and because we were at the camp out and not near a store I used Laura Scudder’s toasted onion dip and it was really GREAT.

GRANDMA DOLL’S POTATO SALAD

Hubby loved his grandmother’s potato salad and kept asking me to make some like it.  It took me quite awhile to perfect this potato salad for hubby, but I FINALLY got there a few years back.
GRANDMA DOLL’S POTATO SALAD
3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, baked and cooled
4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
2 large kosher dill pickles, chopped AND their juice
2 tablespoons dill relish
Lots of mustard
A little mayonnaise
salt and pepper to taste

  • Grate potatoes in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add eggs, onion, pickles, pickle juice and relish, mixing to blend well.
  • Add mustard and mayonnaise to taste and desired consistency.
  • Add seasonings to taste.

BUFFALO CHICKEN CASSEROLE

BUFFALO CHICKEN CASSEROLE
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 bunch green onions, sliced
1 stalk celery, sliced
1/4 cup Bleu cheese dressing
1/4 cup Frank’s original hot sauce
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 1/2 cups spiral pasta, cooked and drained

  • Melt the butter in heavy saucepan.
  • Blend in flour and salt. Cook until bubbly.
  • Remove from heat and gradually stir or whisk in liquid.
  • Return to heat and cook, constantly stirring until smooth and thickened.
  • Spray slow cooker insert with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Stir together the soup mixture, dressing, hot sauce and half of the cheese.
  • Fold in onions and celery.
  • Spread into slow cooker.
  • Top with chicken.
  • Cover and cook on low 4 hours until chicken is cooked through.
  • Shred chicken and fold into sauce.
  • Fold in prepared pasta and remaining cheese.

THYME ROASTED BABY YUKON POTATOES

THYME ROASTED BABY YUKON POTATOES
2 pounds baby Yukon Gold potatoes
2 tablespoons avocado oil
FRESH ground Himalayan Pink Sea Salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped FRESH thyme
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar

  • Heat oven to 400°.
  • In a large bowl, toss clean washed potatoes with the avocado oil, salt and pepper.
  • Transfer potato mixture to a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Roast potatoes, stirring a couple times, for 20 minutes or until JUST tender.
  • Sprinkle with thyme and roast another 10 minutes.
  • Transfer potatoes back to large bowl.
  • Sprinkle potatoes with vinegar, tossing to coat.
  • Serve.

BRAISED SHORT RIBS ala TAMY with Creamy Mashed Yukons & Sesame Snow Peas

BRAISED SHORT RIBS ala TAMY adapted from ANTON & MICHEL with CREAMY MASHED YUKONS & SESAME SNOW PEAS

RIBS
3 pounds beef short ribs, about 10 ribs
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 large shallot, sliced
10 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 inch piece ginger, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch slices
12 ounces Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar (or flavor of your choice)
1 cup hoisin sauce

  • Season the ribs generously with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the oil in a heavy Dutch oven over high heat.
  • Brown the ribs on all sides, in batches if necessary.
  • Remove the ribs and pour off all but a couple tablespoons of the rendered fat.
  • Return the pot to the stove, lower the heat to medium and saute the garlic and ginger for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the ribs back to the pot.
  • Add the beer and the vinegar.
  • Stir well, cover and simmer for 2 1/2 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 300°.
  • Pour the hoisin sauce over the ribs, move the pot to the oven, and cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  • Remove ribs and ginger from sauce.
  • Discard ginger.
  • Strain fat from the top of the pot so that you’re left with just the good stuff.
  • Serve with Creamy Mashed Yukons and Sesame Snow Peas – recipes below.

MASHED POTATOES
3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup half-and-half
FRESH ground salt and pepper, to taste
1 bunch chives, chopped

  • Boil potatoes until fork tender.
  • Heat the butter and half-and-half over medium heat until hot, but not boiling.
  • Drain the potatoes, return them to the pot and mash with a hand masher or use a ricer.
  • Add hot liquid to potatoes and whip with an electric hand mixer until smooth.
  • Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
  • Add chives and mix before serving.

SESAME SNOW PEAS
1 pound snow peas
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
Salt and pepper

  • Rinse the peas and trim off the ends.
  • In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add the oils and heat.
  • Add snow peas and saute until bright green, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and toss.