Tag Archives: Potatoes

Harvest Vegetable Quinoa Soup

19 Mar

Harvest quinoa soup-001Harvest soup in March?  March is known for madness, so why not?  Add cooked cubed chicken–or not.  Quinoa is a complete protein so makes this tasty dish a complete meal without meat.  And it’s gluten free. This soup fits the bill for just about everyone!

Ingredients

  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 ribs celery, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup diced baby carrots
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups torn kale
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and chopped into 1/2″ cubes
  • 2/3 cup quinoa
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, cubed (optional)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan, plus extra for topping

Preparation

  1. Heat oil in a large, heavy pot or dutch oven over medium heat.  Add celery, carrots, and onion and season with salt and pepper.  Cook for ten minutes, or until tender.  Add the kale and garlic plus more salt and pepper and saute for three minutes.
  2. Add 7 cups of broth, thyme, parsley, and bay leaf and bring to a boil.  Add potatoes and quinoa.  Lower heat and simmer, covered for 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender and quinoa is cooked.
  3. Add in chicken, if desired, and heat through.  Turn off heat and stir in parmesan.  If necessary, add more salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe inspired by Iowa Girl Eats.

Photo by me, mylittlefoodspot.

Spicy Sausage and Potato Soup

22 Feb

spicy sausage and potato soup01The recipe calls for andouille sausage. I usually keep some frozen on hand but was unknowingly out at the time I made this. I used some standby hot Italian sausage in place of the Andouille and found that it complimented the other ingredients just fine. Derek commented that the soup was full of flavor. In a very good way. I think.

Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
12 to 16 ounces andouille sausage or other smoked sausage
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon dried leaf basil
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 cups chicken broth
2 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and diced
1 1/2 cups heavy cream

In a large skillet over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Add the onion, celery, and diced sausage; sauté until the vegetables are tender and sausage is lightly browned. Stir in the flour until smooth and well-blended; stir in green onions, parsley, basil, salt and pepper. Continue cooking, stirring, for 1 minute. Blend in the chicken broth. Add the diced potatoes, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Stir in the heavy cream and continue cooking until heated through.

Recipe from southernfood.about.com
Photo by me, My Little Food Spot

Grandma Kapke Casserole

10 Dec

Grandma Kapke Casserole 3

When I, my brother, or any of my cousins are visiting Grandma and she asks us what we want for supper, it’s always, “Grandma Kapke Casserole!”  Simple and tasty, but never quite as good as Grandma’s.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 4-5 carrots, peeled, halved length-wise and cut into thirds
  • 1 bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • salt and pepper to taste

Form beef into walnut-sized meatballs and place in the center of a dutch oven or deep casserole, sprinkle lightly with salt and generously with freshly ground pepper.

Grandma Kapke Casserole 1

Place potato pieces around beef and put the carrots and bell pepper on top and add additional salt and pepper.

Grandma Kapke Casserole 2

Pour tomato soup over all and rinse can to make a little more juice (maybe a third of the can of water).

Bake at 35o for an hour or so, until potatoes are done.  Grandma says Brad and Adam like it served with a side of corn.

Recipe by Grandma Kapke

Photos by me, My Little Food Spot

Fried Potato and Hamburger Skillet

16 Nov

About as basic as they come.  I almost hate to admit I had to find a recipe for this.  Be sure to cook the beef in the same skillet with the potatoes as it does improve the overall flavor of the dish.

Ingredients

  • 2 T butter
  • 2-3 medium russet potatoes, diced
  • 1/4 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp or more salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper

Heat butter in a cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat.  Add diced potatoes and cook for twenty minutes or more, stirring once or twice, until potatoes are cooked through and golden brown.

Add ground beef, onion, and salt and pepper to taste.  Cook until juices run clear; drain off excess fat.  Serve hot.

 

Recipe inspired by Emily Elizabeth on food.com

Photos by me, My Little Food Spot

Cottage Pie

14 Nov

I’m not sure where this recipe came from but I know for a fact that the extra tablespoon of melted butter on top was MY idea.  It gets the potatoes to a nice golden, buttery brown.  You will want seconds.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound russet potatoes, peeled, cut in half
  • 6 T unsalted butter
  • 1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 T all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup canned beef gravy
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp dried marjoram

Cook potatoes in large saucepan of boiling salted water until tender. Drain. Return potatoes to same saucepan. Add 3 tablespoons butter and mash. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and sauté until tender, about 7 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to bowl. Add beef, onion and garlic to same skillet and cook over medium-high heat until beef is brown, breaking up with spoon, about 8 minutes. Add flour and stir 2 minutes. Add mushrooms, gravy, parsley, carrot, Worcestershire and marjoram. Simmer 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Spoon beef mixture into 8-inch square baking dish. Spoon mashed potatoes over; smooth top and drizzle with remaining tablespoon of melted butter. Bake until potatoes are heated through and golden brown, about 25 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Photos by me, My Little Food Spot

SuperSonic Breakfast Burritos

27 Mar

I recently saw this recipe on a friend’s blog and followed the link.  I’ve made it twice since then.  They even work alright as a left over, reheated in the oven the next day.  Trevor likes his tortilla either plain or wrapped with eggs only but I will take it all, please.

Kind of makes me want to try Sonic’s version, but homemade usually can’t be beat.

Ingredients

  • 50 whole Frozen Tater Tots
  • 8 whole Flour Tortillas, Fajita Size
  • 1-1/2 cup Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 8 whole Eggs Beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons Half-and-half
  • 1 pound Breakfast Sausage
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 1 whole Medium Onion, Chopped
  • 1/2 cup Jarred Jalapeno Slices
  • 3 whole Roma Tomatoes, Sliced
  • Salsa, On The Side
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter

Bake or fry tater tots according to package directions. Make sure they’re a little on the crisp side. Warm tortillas in the oven or microwave; keep warm and soft.

Brown breakfast sausage in a large skillet, breaking it up as you go along.

Mix eggs, half and half, salt, and pepper, and beat with a fork or whisk until totally combined. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat and cook the eggs, scrambling them until they’re in smaller pieces and no longer wet.

To assemble, add ingredients to the middle 1/3 of a warm tortilla in this order: cheese, eggs, sausage, tater tots, chopped onion, jalapeno, and tomato slices. Wrap one side of the tortilla, then the other. Wrap burrito tightly in a square of foil and keep warm. Reheat in the oven if necessary.

Serve with salsa on the side.

Recipe taken from http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/08/supersonic-breakfast-burrito/

Photo by mylittlefoodspot

Sausage, Potato, and Egg Skillet

24 Mar

Easy? Yes.  Tasty? Definitely.  Quick? Not so much.  The first time I made this I followed the food.com recipe and browned the sausage on its own first, the potatoes second, and the onion/garlic last.  I swear the whole thing took me two hours so this time around I combined the sausage/onion/garlic in order to eliminate a step.  I don’t know how, but it seemed to cut off close to twenty minutes.  It probably took me closer to an hour and a half this time, and I was somewhat delayed by not having had the potatoes cooked ahead of time.  There is not a lot of prep time and it is super simple, but just takes a while to complete.  So plan ahead.

The original recipe also calls for 2 onion and six eggs.  I have found that one onion is enough for my taste.  I like the way the egg holds everything together but didn’t want it to be too “eggy.”  I used only three eggs both times, used milk instead of half-n-half and cut the sugar to 1 tablespoon.  I think it turns out perfectly this way.  I may try adding an egg next time just to see what I think, but I like just the hint of sweetness and definitely don’t think it needs any more sugar.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb breakfast sausage
  • 1-2 medium onions
  • 2 medium potatoes, boiled with skins on
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3-6 large eggs
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup half-n-half or milk
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ cup shredded cheese (any preferred type)
  • salt and pepper
In a 10-inch cast iron skillet brown sausage and onion until crumbly and medium brown in color.  Stir as required.  Add garlic and cook till aromatic.
While sausage is browning peel potatoes and cut in to 1/2-inch cubes.
After browning, remove sausage mixture from pan with a slotted spoon, add potatoes to pan and carefully brown them in the sausage fat.  Return sausage mixture to pan, season with salt and pepper and mix well with potatoes.
Light whisk eggs, half-and-half and sugar till slightly foamy.  Pour egg mixture over sausage/potato/onion, sprinkle on 1/2 the cheese and mix, sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
Place pan in 400° oven; cook for 10-20 minutes (depending on how many eggs you used and how you like your eggs). Keep an eye on the pan–if the cheese gets too brown, then cover with buttered aluminum foil.
Photos by mylittlefoodspot