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Creamy Garlic and Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Garlic and Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

by Pam on December 9, 2013

I found this Alton Brown recipe on the Food Network[1] and couldn’t wait to make them. We love mashed potatoes in my house and I am always looking for new ways to make them. I adapted this recipe to work with what I had on hand and they turned out delicious. Even my daughter, who swears she doesn’t like cheese, loved these potatoes. Of course, I didn’t tell her there was Parmesan in them until after she gobbled up her portion. These potatoes were creamy, flavorful, and super delicious.

Peel the potatoes and cut them into like sized chunks. Place them in a pot of salted water and boil until fork tender, about 15-18 minutes.

While the potatoes are cooking, simmer the milk, butter, and garlic together in a small saucepan, making sure to NOT let it boil. Side Note: This is an important step because it will poach the garlic which will make the garlic flavor more subtle instead of  it being raw and overpowering the potatoes. 

Once the potatoes are fork tender. Drain them in a strainer well. Place the potatoes back in the pot and add the warmed milk and garlic mixture then mash using a hand masher. Add the Parmesan and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; Continue to mash until well combined. Taste and re-season if needed. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



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Creamy Garlic and Parmesan Mashed Potatoes




Yield: 6

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 20 min.

Total Time: 30 min.



Ingredients:

4 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into same size chunks
1/2 cup of 2% milk
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp butter
2-3 tbsp Parmesan cheese, finely grated
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Directions:

Peel the potatoes and cut them into like sized chunks. Place them in a pot of salted water and boil until fork tender, about 15-18 minutes.

While the potatoes are cooking, simmer the milk, butter, and garlic together in a small saucepan, making sure to NOT let it boil. Side Note: This is an important step because it will poach the garlic which will make the garlic flavor more subtle instead of it being raw and overpowering the potatoes.

Once the potatoes are fork tender. Drain them in a strainer well. Place the potatoes back in the pot and add the warmed milk and garlic mixture then mash using a hand masher. Add the Parmesan and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; Continue to mash until well combined. Taste and re-season if needed. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Alton Brown

References

  1. ^ Food Network (www.foodnetwork.com)
  2. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Orzo with Garlicky Roasted Tomatoes and Parmesan

Orzo with Garlicky Roasted Tomatoes and Parmesan

by Pam on December 17, 2013

I wanted a simple and tasty side dish to serve with the chicken I was making for dinner. I was craving roasted tomatoes so I decided to serve them tossed in orzo. I poured the cooked and drained orzo directly in the pan I roasted the tomatoes in so it would get flavored by all the garlic and tomato juices. I tossed the orzo and garlicky roasted tomatoes with some fresh parsley and topped it with shredded Parmesan and simply seasoned it with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. It was such a simple and perfect side dish that we all loved.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Add the grape tomatoes, minced garlic, olive oil, sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste, in a baking dish. Toss to coat evenly.

Roast in the oven for 10 minutes, stirring them occasionally,  until plump and ready to about to burst. Remove from the oven.

While the tomatoes are roasting, prepare the orzo in boiling water, per instructions. Drain the orzo then pour the pasta directly into the baking dish.  Add the fresh parsley then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Toss to coat the orzo evenly with the tomatoes, their juices, and the minced garlic. Taste and re-season if needed. Pour into a serving bowl and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



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Orzo with Garlicky Roasted Tomatoes and Parmesan




Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 10 – 15 min.



Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of grape tomatoes
2-3 tsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
3/4 cup of dried orzo, cooked per instructions
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
Parmesan cheese, shredded, to taste

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Add the grape tomatoes, minced garlic, olive oil, sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste, in a baking dish. Toss to coat evenly.

Roast in the oven for 10 minutes, stirring them occasionally, until plump and ready to about to burst. Remove from the oven.

While the tomatoes are roasting, prepare the orzo in boiling water, per instructions. Drain the orzo then pour the pasta directly into the baking dish. Add the fresh parsley then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Toss to coat the orzo evenly with the tomatoes, their juices, and the minced garlic. Taste and re-season if needed. Pour into a serving bowl and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

References

  1. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Cavatappi Pasta with Turkey Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Kale

Cavatappi Pasta with Turkey Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Kale

by Pam on November 8, 2012

I had a craving for pasta so I decided to look through the refrigerator to see what I had on hand.  I found some turkey Italian sausage, mushrooms, Parmesan  and just a bit of kale.  I also grabbed some grape tomatoes and garlic off the counter and some pasta out of the pantry.  This meal took less than 20 minutes to make and was hearty, tasty, and healthy – you can’t beat that!  The whole family enjoyed it and we gobbled it right up.

Cook the pasta in salted water per instructions. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of liquid.

While the pasta is cooking, heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the sausage from it’s casings and place into the skillet and cook, breaking it up into smaller pieces.  Cook until it browns, about 3 minutes.  Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes, or until the mushrooms are golden brown.  Add the minced garlic, tomatoes, and kale, and cook for about 3 more minutes. Add the broth to the skillet and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.  Add the cooked/drained pasta to the skillet, and toss to coat evenly. Add some of the reserved pasta water if needed.  Place into serving bowls and top with Parmesan cheese.  Enjoy.

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Cavatappi Pasta with Turkey Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Kale




Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 15 min.

Total Time: 20 min.



Ingredients:

8 oz of cavatappi pasta, cooked per instructions
5 links of turkey Italian sausage, casings removed
8 oz of button mushrooms, sliced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup of grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup of kale, chopped
1/2 cup of chicken broth
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Parmesan cheese, shredded

Directions:

Cook the pasta in salted water per instructions. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of liquid.

While the pasta is cooking, heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the sausage from it’s casings and place into the skillet and cook, breaking it up into smaller pieces. Cook until it browns, about 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes, or until the mushrooms are golden brown. Add the minced garlic, tomatoes, and kale, and cook for about 3 more minutes. Add the broth to the skillet and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Add the cooked/drained pasta to the skillet, and toss to coat evenly. Add some of the reserved pasta water if needed. Place into serving bowls and top with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy.



Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

References

  1. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

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