Daily Archives: October 30, 2013

Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

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This is a “comfort food” recipe. Meaning that when you smell it baking in the oven, you can’t wait for it to be done, and when you eat it……oh my!

Ingredients
butter for dish
6 russet potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds
salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
8 slices bacon, cooked to desired crispiness and crumbled
2 cups milk
1 large egg
salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Instructions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Rub a 13×9 baking dish with butter.
Layer half of the potato slices in dish, overlapping slightly.
Season with salt and pepper.
Sprinkle minced garlic over potatoes.
Next, sprinkle shredded cheeses and bacon.
Layer the rest of the potato slices on top, overlapping slightly.
In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, salt and pepper.
Pour the milk mixture over potatoes.
Add parsley across the top.
Bake for 75 to 90 minutes, or until custard is cooked and set.
Let rest 20 minutes before cutting and serving.

Life is good, eat comfort food
Audrey~

http://diethood.com/2013/10/05/loaded-baked-potato-casserole/

Hazelnut Chocolate Cookies

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I love hazelnuts!

Hazelnut Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
Adapted from Gourmet

Makes about 2 dozen

1 almost-full cup (4 ounces) hazelnuts, toasted and skinned
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chocolate (2 or 3 chocolate chips would also work)

Pulse hazelnuts, sugar, matzo cake meal or flour, and salt in a food processor until finely ground. (Be careful not to grind to a paste.) Transfer to a bowl and stir in butter, egg, and extract until combined well. Chill dough, covered, until firm, about 30 minutes.

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.

Drop level tablespoons of dough 1 inch apart onto 2 ungreased baking sheets (though I lined mine with parchment paper, for an easier lazier clean-up). Roll dough into balls, then chill until slightly firm, about 10 minutes.

Press one piece of chocolate firmly into the top of each ball of cookie dough and bake, 1 sheet at a time, until tops are pale golden and undersides are golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Be careful not to overbake. Transfer cookies to a rack and cool completely.

*To fill with jam instead: After balls of cookie dough have been chilled for an additional 10 minutes, make a 1/2-inch-wide (1/3-inch-deep) indentation in center of each ball using your thumb, index finger, or the rounded end of a wooden spoon. Fill each indentation with 1/4 teaspoon jam.

*Almond variation: The hazelnuts can also be swapped with 3/4 cup sliced almonds.

Do ahead: Cookies keep in an airtight container at room temperature 3 days.

For complete recipe, visit the link below
http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2010/03/hazelnut-chocolate-thumbprint-cookies/