Loaded Scallop Potatoes

Loaded Scallop Potatoes

I grew up eating loaded bake potatoes and loved them! We also had our fair share of cheesy scalloped potatoes, you know, the ones from the box, and I loved those too. Now that I have a home of my own and a sweet husband to cook for I’ve tried to recreate two delicious meals from my past by putting them into one dish. So here you have loaded scallop potatoes! They are creamy and cheesy and have delicious green onions and bacon in them. Could you ask for anything more?! The first step in making the best scalloped potatoes ever is to cook bacon! I love to bake bacon in the oven. It saves space on the stove top and all the grease doesn’t splatter everywhere! The best way I’ve found is to line a baking sheet with parchment paper, lay the bacon in a line, some crowding is okay, the bacon just might stick together, and put in the oven. Then preheat the oven to 400°F. Yes, put the bacon in the cold oven and let it heat up as the oven heats. It will cook nice and slowly. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until it’s cooked to your preferred state of doneness. Don’t forget to save the bacon grease! It is nice and rendered and can be used for cooking everything! Set the bacon aside and try not to snack on too many pieces. This will be hard because it’s bacon! Use a little of the grease to sauté the onion and garlic then add butter to the mixture. Yum! Once the butter is melted down...
Best Turkey Gravy

Best Turkey Gravy

This turkey gravy recipe is not only easy, but also THE best and most creamy, savory turkey gravy! I grew up making gravy for my family’s weekly Sunday dinner.  As a kid, I took this responsibility very seriously!  Every Sunday, my mom would make Slow Cooker Roast Beef, Potatoes, and Carrots.  I would make the gravy from all the remaining drippings and juices.  It was the final step before dinner was ready to be served and felt a sense of pride once completing. Whether you’re making beef gravy or turkey gravy, it’s the same, simple process.  Gravy is relatively simple, however it can also quickly become lumpy or too thick.  The trick is to bring the liquid to a rolling boil and start stirring with a whisk prior to pouring the cornstarch mixture.  I pour the cornstarch mixture directly over where I’m stirring with my whisk.  Also, I watch the texture closely.  Once I start noticing any thickening, I stop pouring my cornstarch mixture BUT continue consistently stirring.  After about 10 seconds, you’ll be able to determine whether or not you need to add additional cornstarch mixture. If you’re making the gravy from my Smoked Whole Turkey Recipe, the juices and broth will already be full of flavor.  However, if you test taste your gravy and feel it still needs more flavor, I would try adding salt and pepper 1/4 tsp at a time.  You should quickly reach the flavor you’re looking for. Happy Thanksgiving and Turkey Gravy making! Print Best Turkey Gravy This turkey gravy recipe is full of flavor, simple, and will perfectly compliment your turkey or any...
Classic Bread Stuffing Recipe

Classic Bread Stuffing Recipe

This savory classic stuffing recipe will be the perfect compliment to your Thanksgiving Turkey.  The combination of just a few seasonings creates a flavorful, easy to prepare bread stuffing recipe. Full disclosure here:  I have not always been the biggest fan of stuffing at Thanksgiving.  It’s a staple though.  Stuffing must accompany turkey at Thanksgiving.  It’s a tradition! SO after several years of experimenting with stuffing, I discovered I like mine a little more crispy rather than moist and soft.  In order to create more of a crunchy texture, I bake my stuffing instead of stuffing the turkey with my bread stuffing.  Also, it’s pretty simple to adjust the texture of this recipe by adjusting how long you bake the stuffing uncovered.  For softer more moist stuffing, bake uncovered for a shorter amount of time.  For more crisp, crunchy stuffing, bake uncovered for a little longer time.  No worries… I provide exact times and instructions in the recipe. When I was hunting for fresh bread crumbs, I asked one of the bakery employees at my local grocery store for help with my search.  She was so kind to walk me directly over to the bakery and instruct the lady behind the counter to slice a fresh loaf of bread two ways!  I had my choice of whole wheat, white, sour dough, and asiago loaves.  The kind lady grabbed my whole wheat loaf, sliced that baby two ways, and made my fresh bread cubes!  I’m excited to try the sour dough and asiago bread next. Most traditional stuffing recipes instruct you to use stale bread or to dry or lightly...
Easy Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Easy Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Creamy garlic mashed potatoes made the easy way- no boil, in the crockpot!     There is nothing I love more than creamy garlic mashed potatoes as a side dish. They are so comforting and they go with so many main dishes! But, during the holidays we get so hectic we just don’t have time to watch yet another pot on the stove. No worries, I got you covered with this slow cooker garlic mashed potato recipe! What I really love about slow cooker recipes is you can just throw everything in the pot and the hard part is over. That’s the same with this recipe, the hardest part is peeling the potatoes beforehand.     What potatoes can I use? For this recipe, I used russet potatoes. I just peeled them, cut them into a large dice and threw them in the pot. You can also use a tender skin potato like red potatoes and leave the skin on, it’s really up to you. Keep in mind though that russet potatoes mash up super fluffy and other varieties can get a little gummy. Easy Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes Directions: If using russet potatoes, peel them and cut them into a large dice. Throw them into a slow cooker with stock, minced garlic, herbs, and salt. I recommend cooking them on low for 6-7 hours but if you need them faster, on high for 3-4 hours will do. Keep in mind, the potatoes might get browned around the edges on the high setting. When the potatoes are tender, add butter, sour cream, half and half, and seasonings. Mash until...
Healthy Simple Sweet Potato Casserole

Healthy Simple Sweet Potato Casserole

This is a super yummy and easy sweet potato casserole recipe! It contains no refined sugar and can easily be made dairy free if you substitute the butter for coconut oil. It harkens back to a traditional sweet potato casserole but with a few alterations and without the marshmallows.   Some traditional casseroles include flour in the topping, but not mine, so this is gluten free too! This recipe is allergy friendly and perfect to bring to family gatherings! I really like to use coconut sugar in place of refined sugar. It has a slight brown sugar taste (doesn’t taste like coconut at all!) and doesn’t affect your blood sugar like refined sugar does. It’s still sugar but a better alternative.   Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time! I love getting to be around family and this year I get to experience Thanksgiving with my husband’s side of the family. They have a tradition of always eating shrimp cocktail at the start of the meal. My family has certain food we eat too- like my mom’s cranberry sauce and her delicious deviled eggs. With both sides of the family I always look forward to trying new dishes. This year my dad is smoking the turkey! Talk about a turkey like I’ve never had! Anyways, this healthy sweet potato casserole fits the new dish category for me! Both my husband and I really enjoy the creamy texture and the delicious sweet potato flavor! Scrumptious for sure!   What types of dishes are family traditions for you? Let me know in a comment below! With Thanksgiving right around the corner this...
Butternut Squash Salad

Butternut Squash Salad

Butternut squash, juicy apples, and mustard vinaigrette make the perfect roasted butternut squash salad. It’s officially the holiday season!!!  Let the delicious food start raining down.  My most favorite holiday traditions are created around food.  From my earliest memory down to present time, Thanksgiving always includes an extravagant amount of food with endless snacking throughout the day.  Stretchy pants are a must on Turkey Day. Along with traditional juicy turkey and cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and classical stuffing, a variety of delicious sides need to accompany those classical main dishes.  If you want a guaranteed win, look no farther than this butternut squash salad. To make preparation a little quicker, check out the produce section for butternut squash already chopped and packaged.  Also, you don’t have to roast the apples.  You can keep the apples fresh and crunchy instead of roasting and add them to the salad per the instructions. I hope you enjoy the anticipation leading up to Thanksgiving as much as I do!  I also can’t wait for you to indulge on this Roasted Butternut Squash Salad!   Print Butternut Squash Salad Roasted butternut squash with tart apples combined with a tangy mustard dressing makes a perfect salad for any occasion. Prepare your tastebuds for pure deliciousness! Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Total Time 35 minutes Servings 6 people Ingredients 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup 1 small butternut squash peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 3 Granny Smith apples peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces 10 cups organic spring...

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