A twice baked potato is a great side dish for majority of meals. The replacement of the sweet potato for the standard russet potato is a change that works great with the addition of the bread crumb topping that gives a great brown top and crisp to the sweet potatoes. The soft texture of the sweet potatoes go great with the creaminess of the parmesan cheese that your family will love. The key for this recipe is to find small evenly sized sweet potatoes for even cooking. If you are in a hurry, the sweet potatoes can be cooked quickly in a microwave for about 10 minutes, turning them every few minutes so they cook evenly. Check out the recipe below in this post.
Baked beans over time have had less and less meat added to the beans. These meaty baked beans are loaded with tender pork that is pulled and combined with the beans can be a hearty meal in itself or a great side dish. Homemade baked beans are a very easy dish to make and tastes better then the pre-made ones you can get in the store. With the addition of the brown sugar adds a sweet flavor that is balanced out the the tangy spice of the dijon mustard. Check out the recipe below in post.
Zucchini fritters are very similar to the style of a potato pancake. They are very vibrant in color and are a great choice to make once you garden is overflowing with zucchini's in the late summer. These zucchini fritters come out tender and light with a crispy exterior. The creaminess of the feta adds a great boost in the flavor and goes great with the zucchini and herbs within the fritters. The fritters go great with marinara sauce or the more tradition yogurt style dipping sauce that most recipes include. Check out the recipe below in post.
JoJo potatoes are seasoned potato wedges that a coated in a seasoning and breaded. JoJo potatoes are a grocery store deli classic here in the Midwest and the rest of the western US and Canada and is tend to be cooked along side of fried chicken. This recipe is done in a oven vs the traditional frying method or broster, but still come out soft and tender inside with a crisp flavorful coating on the outside. They make a great snack or side for lunch or dinner. Check out the recipe below in post.
Broccoli salad is one of the most common potluck and picnic salads. The broccoli has a great crunch and goes great with the raisins, walnuts, cheese and onion. The salad is topped with a classic mayonnaise and vinegar sauce that covers the ingredients, but doesn't pool on the bottom that needs consistent stirring. This broccoli salad is very easy to make and only has a few steps that can be done within minutes. Check out the recipe below in the post.
In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, and salt and pepper. Mix until combine. The recipe I use does not have any sugar added like typical dressing. It still has a great flavor with the addition of salt and pepper that the sugar is not missed.
In a large bowl, add the broccoli, raisins, shallot, bacon, walnuts and cheddar cheese.
Pour the mayonnaise sauce on top and toss until evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper if needed. The dressing should be just be enough to cover everything without a lot of excess.
In the summer, some of the best foods are the ones that are light and bright. This asparagus, potato and corn salad is full of colorful vegetables that are tossed in a lemon olive oil dressing. The salad is topped with a parmigiano cheese that gives it a bit of richness and flavor. The salad is perfect for a large dinner since the salad remains the same consistency through as people are digging in. The dressing is very light which is perfect for a hot summer night. Check out the recipe below in the post.
Crab rangoons are basically crab and cream cheese wontons. They are popular appetizer in Chinese restaurants all across the country and are one of the easiest things to make. Crab rangoons are packed with fresh crab taste and super creamy cheese oozes out as you bite into them. You can substitute the rangoons with imitation crab to get more of the fast food chinese restaurant flavor, but in opinion the real crab is so much better. These are really fun to make with the whole family, just don’t let the little kids around the oil! The crab rangoons can be made a ahead and even frozen for dinners or snacks down the road. Check out the recipe below in post.
For a game day snack and appetizer, the classic chicken wing is still an all time winner for fun and creative flavors you can make with them. These spicy bourbon wings have the flavor of the bourbon, plus the slight heat of the hot sauce give you a bit of a kick at the end. The skin gets really crispy but the chicken on the inside is still nice and juicy. The main factor is you need to find a great flavor bourbon that has great flavor but don't feel bad about poring it down the sink at the end. I use medium blend Kentucky bourbon that is around 10 dollars a bottle and turns out good, but use whatever quality you enjoy since it is a factor in the flavor.
The weekend's to me are the only days I will sit down and actually have a breakfast. Hash browns are a classic favorite as part of a full breakfast. The downside for good hash browns is that you need a lot of oil to get a great crispy crust. For these potato waffles, the waffle iron gives a great golden brown crust while still having a tender and moist interior. The second good part is that you don't need to load the waffle pan with tons of oil so you don't have greasy potatoes like you will normally have with traditional hash browns. Check out the recipe below.
If you are looking for something a bit different them your normal stuffing for the holiday season, this Rosemary Mushroom Bread Pudding is a perfect fit. It is a great flavorful the is savory and goes great with any meat option you like to serve on your holiday table.
Hey everyone, I am Dan and Live in Minnesota. I am here to show you the wonderful world of cooking and baking. As being a young boy in the kitchen to being a chef for over 10 years, I will show you the great recipes I have used over the years and what I do next. Please stick around and Enjoy!!