Mashed Potatoes are my favorite food and these are one of my favorites. These would be a perfect side for Thanksgiving, an alternative to the traditional mashed potatoes, or a weeknight meal.
Cheesy Mashed Potatoes and Carrots
6 large Gold Potatoes peeled and quartered
1 1/2 c peeled baby carrots
1/2 c cream or milk
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper
4 T butter
1/2 t dried thyme
1/2 c sharp cheddar cheese
Add potatoes and carrots to a pot of boiling salted water, cook until fork tender ( your fork should be able to mash them easily). Drain and return to the pot, add cream/milk, salt, Pepper, butter, and thyme. Use and electric mixer or mash by hand until smooth. Stir in cheese and serve. These also make a great topping for Shepherds or Cottage Pie.
I used to eat Corned Beef on St. Patrick’s Day because I had to, it was tradition. Now I eat it because I love it all thanks to one on my good friends. We were making copious amounts of Corned Beef and cabbage for a St. Patrick’s Day Party and she showed me how to make a delicious glaze for the beef that her family had made for years. It is so easy and simple, just 2 ingredients, brown sugar and Dijon mustard.
Easy Mustard and Brown Sugar Glazed Corned Beef
1 package corned beef brisket flat cut
seasoning packet from beef
Cook beef with seasoning packet as directed, usually about 3 hours on simmer (or all day in a slowcooker). Remove beef and place on cutting board, let cool slightly. Preheat oven to 375. coat meat on all sides with dijon mustard, then press brown sugar into meat. I used about 1/4 cup mustard and 3/4 c brown sugar.
Place in oven and cook until a golden crust forms on the beef, about 20 minutes.
Slice and serve. We had it this year with roasted cabbage and Bailey’s Mashed Potatoes
What is a more classic combination than pork and apples? This is an updated version of pork chop and applesauce night. It’s made in a slow cooker and has a beautiful, savory ,and delicate flavor of apples and ginger.
Apple Ginger Pork Roast
1 1/2 lb pork loin roast
2 T coarsely chopped fresh ginger
1 large onion quartered
3 large or 4 small apples peeled and sliced into 1 inch wedges (use a firm variety)
3 cloves of garlic peeled and chopped
2T soy sauce
2 C chicken broth
2 T apple cider vinegar
1/2 t ground cloves
1/2 t ground nutmeg
Add roast, apples, onions, garlic and ginger to a large crock pot / slow cooker. Add soy, chicken broth, vinegar and spices. Turn on high, cover and cook for 4 hours.
Remove Roast and slice, meat will be very tender.
Serve, I served mine on top of mashed potatoes and served the au jus and apples from the pot over the top.