Loaded Smashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe

A great appetizer that combines the light sweetness of sweet potatoes and traditional loaded potato toppings! These would make an AWESOME Thanksgiving appetizer, give them a try and let me know what you think. If you like recipes and want more please feel free to follow me on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/Natalee.tilley

Loaded Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Loaded Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Loaded Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients
2 strips thick bacon
3 large sweet potatoes, cut into quarters
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup sour cream
4 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
Fresh chives
Directions
Directions

Cook bacon until crispy, either in a skillet or baked in the oven. Once the bacon is crispy, let cool and chop into bits for topping. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Cut off the ends of the sweet potatoes, then cut them into quarters. Pour olive oil on a baking sheet and rub potatoes on both sides to coat. Sprinkle potatoes with salt and pepper.
Bake potato pieces for 25-30 minutes until they are fork tender. Then let cool briefly until you can handle them.
Use a small plate to smash each potato down a bit. Return smashed potatoes to baking sheet.
Bake smashed potatoes a second time for 10 minutes to crisp them up a bit.
Remove potatoes from oven and top with sour cream, shredded cheese, crispy bacon bits, and fresh chives.

recipe and photo courtesy of http://www.bettycrocker.com

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Easy Homemade Cheesy Onion Rings Recipe!

Why get take out Onion Rings when you can make these awesome Cheesy Onion Rings at home!!

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Photo credit: http://www.bettycrocker.com

Easy Homemade Cheesy Onion Rings

Ingredients
1 large white onion
1 1/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 egg
1 1/2 cups Progresso™ panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Oil, for frying
Directions

Heat 3 inches of oil over medium high heat to 375ºF.
While the oil is heating, cut the root and tip off the onion and discard. Slice the onion into 1/4 inch thick slices and separate the rings.
Add the flour and salt to a shallow dish and coat each onion ring in the flour. Shake off and set aside.
Once all the onions are coated in flour, beat together the milk and egg and stir into the flour. Whisk until smooth.
Coat the onions in the batter and shake excess off before placing on a cooling rack set over a baking sheet.
Mix together the panko and Parmesan cheese and coat each onion ring in the breadcrumb mixture. Return to the cooling rack.
Drop the onion rings, 3 or 4 at a time depending on the size of your pot, into the oil and cook for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove the onion rings from the oil to a paper towel-lined dish for the grease to drain. Repeat with the remaining onion rings until all are cooked.

Best Banana Bread Recipe Ever!

This is THE BEST Banana Bread recipe ever. My family has been using this one for generations now. It is simple, easy and turns out PERFECT every time! Oh and try it with some Peanut Butter, it is SO YUMMY!!!

The Best Banana Bread

The Best Banana Bread

The Best Banana Bread Recipe Ever!

1⁄2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
4 bananas, finely crushed
1 1⁄2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla

DIRECTIONS
Cream together butter and sugar.
Add eggs and crushed bananas.
Combine well.
Sift together flour, soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Add vanilla.
Pour into greased and floured loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes.
Keeps well, refrigerated.

Skinny Cabbage Soup Recipe

This Skinny Cabbage Soup Recipe is a staple in my house. I make this soup at least once a month so I can “reboot” my body. It is a great detox soup that allows your body to shed a few extra pounds, dump some water weight and in general rev up your metabolism.

ENJOY!!!!

 

Skinny Cabbage Soup

Skinny Cabbage Soup

 Skinny Cabbage Soup Recipe:

Ingredients
1 head of cabbage, chopped
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup white or yellow onion, diced
1 cup carrots, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups (or more) chicken broth
14 oz can basil, oregano, garlic diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
few shakes of black pepper
½ teaspoon salt (optional)
Instructions
Instructions
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
Add celery, onions, bell peppers, and carrots.
Saute until slightly tender.
Stir in garlic.
Pour in chicken broth.
Stir in tomatoes and cabbage.
Bring to a boil and then reduce heat.
Cook until cabbage is tender.
Stir in oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, black pepper and salt (if using)
Taste broth and adjust seasoning if needed.
NOTE I add lots of seasoning to this, to make it my own. I also divided it up and in one pot I put in some pre-cooked chicken and the other some pre-cooked pork. I am all about getting that Protein because it is what fuels your body longer.

To Die for Caramelized Baked Chicken Legs and Wings Recipe

OMG these turn out so utterly perfect! But I gotta warn you, you better make a lot of them because they get devoured FAST. Everyone loves these caramelized Chicken Legs and Wings!!!

Caramelized Baked Chicken Legs and Wings

Caramelized Baked Chicken Legs and Wings

 

Caramelized Baked Chicken Legs and Wings

Ingredients:

Servings:
6-8
Units: US | Metric
2 1/2 lbs chicken legs
1 2/3 tablespoons olive oil (to help it stop sticking to the pan)
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 2/3 tablespoons ketchup
3/4 cup honey
2 -3 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Place chicken in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Mix together the oil, soy sauce, ketchup, honey, garlic, salt and pepper.
Pour over the chicken.
Bake in preheated oven for one hour, or until sauce is caramelized.

recipe from Food.com

 

 

Homemade Chocolate Pie Recipe YUM!

The Holidays are fast approaching and it would not be Thanksgiving at my house without my Chocolate pie!! 

Homemade Chocolate Pie

Homemade Chocolate Pie

HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE PIE

1-1/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of plain flour
1/4 cup of cocoa
dash of salt
4 egg yolks
2 cups of milk
1/4 cup of butter
1 tsp of vanilla
1-9″ pastry shell baked

Bake pie crust until golden
Combine first 4 ingredients in a sauce pan; set aside.
Combine milk and egg yolks.
Stir milk and egg yolks into mixture; add butter.
Cook over medium heat, and stir constantly until mix thickens and boils.
Remove from heat; stir in vanilla; spoon into pastry shell.
I topped mine with whipped cream

Crock Pot to the Rescue Cook eBook is ready for purchase

 

 

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CROCK POT TO THE RESCUE

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Here is just a small sample of the YUMMY recipes 

inside Crock Pot to the Rescue Cook eBook

I have to admit I am very proud of how this book has turned out. When I did my first cook book I seriously had no idea what so ever how to make one. But instead of feeling paralyzed about how to begin I just jumped in and did it. That cook book, although very sloppy, turned out to be a rather great success in the terms of sales. And even more then that though, it taught me to not allow my own fear to stop me. If it had failed, at least sales wise, it still would have been successful because I DID IT!

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Natalee Embry

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