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TWIX TRUFFLE BROWNIES

Great recipe I found on http://www.chef-in-training.com/2014/08/twix-truffle-brownies/

INGREDIENTS
Brownies
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1⅓ cup flour
Shortbread Truffle Layer
1 (10 oz.) box Lorna Doone’s Shortbread Cookies
6 oz. cream cheese, softened
½ cup sugar
Caramel Layer
14 oz. bag of caramel cubes, unwrapped
2 Tablespoons milk
Chocolate Layer
1½ cups milk chocolate chips
½ cup semi-sweet milk chocolate chips
1 Tablespoon shortening
INSTRUCTIONS
Brownies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cream butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl. Add vanilla and eggs and mix well. Add salt, cocoa powder and flour and stir to well combine. Do not over mix.
Pour into a greased 9×13 inch pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 22-25 minutes.
Shortbread Truffle Layer
Place cookies in a food processor until fine powder. Mash in cream cheese and sugar until mixture is well combined.
Gently press shortbread truffle evenly over cooled brownies.
Caramel Layer
Place caramel cubes and milk in a medium microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments until melted, stirring in between each increment until melted and smooth.
Evenly pour over shortbread truffle layer.
Place in fridge to let it cool.
Chocolate Layer
Combine chocolate chips and shortening together in a medium microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between each increment until melted and smooth.
Evenly spread over the top of cooled caramel layer.
Let set up in fridge before cutting into.

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Loaded Sweet Potato Rounds

What You Need
2 pounds sweet potatoes
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Hot sauce
Monterrey Jack and cheddar shredded cheese (Mexican blend)
3 green onions
Sour cream
What To Do
Preheat the oven to 450°F.
Cut the sweet potatoes into ¼-inch slices. Place the slices in a large bowl, sprinkle with 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon chili powder, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and stir to thoroughly coat both sides of all slices. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, taking care that the rounds do not overlap (if possible). Bake 10 minutes on one side, then remove from the oven, flip all rounds, and bake another 10 minutes until soft.
While the potatoes bake, thinly slice the green onions.
When the potatoes are done, remove them from oven and add a dot of hot sauce on each round (or more if desired). Top each round with shredded cheese and wait a few minutes for the cheese to melt (the potatoes will be hot enough at this point to melt the cheese).
To serve, place the rounds on a platter. Add a dollop of sour cream on each round, and garnish with sliced green onions. (Tip: To make the sour cream easier to dollop, mix it in a bowl with a few drops of water to loosen it).

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Parmesan-Herb Roasted Potatoes

Yield: About 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients
2 1/2 lbs baby red potatoes , sliced into halves (or quarters if slightly bigger)
3 1/2 Tbsp olive oil , divided
3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese (2.5 oz)
3 cloves garlic , minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
3/4 tsp salt , or to taste
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drizzle 1 Tbsp olive oil over a baking sheet and spread evenly to coat (I just used a small sandwich bag to spread), set aside.
In a large mixing bowl toss potatoes with remaining 2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil. Add parmesan, garlic, parsley, rosemary and sprinkle with salt and pepper, then toss to evenly distribute. Pour mixture onto prepared baking sheet and spread into an even layer (add parmesan that has fallen off potatoes back on tops of potatoes). Bake in preheated oven 25 minutes, then remove from oven and toss (they may stick slightly so just use a spatula to lift from pan and rotate), return to oven and bake until golden and crisp on outsides, about 20 minutes longer. Serve immediately.

Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

Parmesan-Herb Roasted Potatoes

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Loaded Sweet Potato Skins

Enjoy a big plate of extra crispy, extra loaded sweet potato skins in no time! This game-time favorite is hard to resist.

Loaded sweet potato skins are so simple. The potatoes are hollowed out, leaving just enough edge, then filled back up with the mashed sweet potato. I highly recommend mashing the sweet potatoes with a little milk to make the filling smooth and extra creamy. Top the filled skins with cheese, bake, add bacon, enjoy.

Crunch, crunch, crunch. The trick for their crisp? After hollowing out the skins, drizzle them with a little olive oil. Or, as I like to call it, the “crisp maker.” Don’t leave it out! Once drizzled, bake the potato skins for about 10 minutes before filling them.

Voila! Extra crispy skins.

When I’m feeling like something a little healthier, I add a little garlicky spinach to the filling. This is how I do it: three handfuls of spinach cooked down on the stove with 1 clove of minced garlic and 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. Mash this into the sweet potato filling and fill the hollowed out skins as directed below. Then, I usually top each filled skin with 1 Tablespoon of shredded cheese. And I skip the bacon. Bake, and enjoy with a salad – makes a great, meat-free healthy meal. Try it!

Yield: 8 potato skins, may easily be doubled or tripled for a crowd

Ingredients:

4 medium sweet potatoes
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup milk1
1/4 teaspoon salt
ground pepper, to taste
1 cup shredded cheese (I use half sharp cheddar and half mozzarella)
4 strips bacon, cooked until crispy, and crumbled
sour cream and chopped chives for serving
Directions:

Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Pierce each sweet potato a few times and bake for 40-50 minutes or until soft. Allow the potatoes to cool slightly. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise.
Reduce oven temperature to 375F degrees. Scoop out sweet potato flesh, leaving a thin layer of sweet potato inside, and add flesh to a medium bowl. Place skins back on the baking sheet face up, drizzle with olive oil and bake for 10 minutes.
Mash the sweet potato flesh with milk, salt, and pepper until smooth and creamy. After 10 minutes, remove the skins from the oven. Fill each with an equal amount of mashed sweet potato and top each with cheese. Bake for 15 minutes until the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and top with bacon. Serve with sour cream and chopped chives, if desired.
Skins are best enjoyed immediately. Cover leftovers tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes:
Buttermilk, whole milk, or half-and-half is best. Try to avoid low fat milks. You want a very thick, creamy mash.

Source: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/09/15/loaded-sweet-potato-skins/

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Sweet Potato Kale Frittata

A delicious and easy frittata that is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner

TOTAL TIME: 0:30 PREP: 0:20 LEVEL: Moderate SERVES: 4
Ingredients

6 large eggs
1 c. half-and-half
1 tsp. Kosher salt
½ tsp. Freshly ground pepper
2 c. sweet potatoes
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 c. firmly packed chopped kale
½ small red onion
2 clove garlic
3 oz. goat cheese
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk together eggs and next 3 ingredients.
Sauté sweet potatoes in 1 tablespoon hot oil in a 10-inch ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender and golden; remove and keep warm. Sauté kale and next 2 ingredients in remaining 1 tablespoon oil 3 to 4 minutes or until kale is wilted and tender; stir in potatoes. Pour egg mixture evenly over vegetables, and cook 3 more minutes. Sprinkle egg mixture with goat cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees F 10 to 14 minutes or until set.

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Loaded Baked Potato Chex Mix

Ingredients
5 cups Rice Chex™ cereal
3 cups Corn Chex™ cereal
4 cups shoestring potatoes
2 cups bite-size cheese crackers
1/4 cups bacon flavor bits or chips
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 package (1 oz) ranch dressing and seasoning mix
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Steps
In large microwavable bowl, mix cereals, potatoes, crackers and bacon flavor bits.
In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 30 seconds or until melted. Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated. Stir in dressing mix and cheese until evenly coated.
Microwave uncovered on High 3 minutes, stirring after each minute. Spread on waxed paper or foil to cool. Store in airtight container.
Tips
If other flavors of ranch dressing or dip mix are available at your grocery store, try one of these just for the fun of it!

Makes: 26 Servings

Source: https://www.chex.com/recipes/loaded-bakedpotato-chex-mix/

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Melting Sweet Potatoes

I almost always make a sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving, but I think we’ll try these this year, they look super yummy.

Forget mini marshmallows! Pimp out your sweet potatoes with maple syrup and pecans.

LEVEL: EASY SERVES: 3-4
INGREDIENTS

1/2 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced crosswise into ½” coins
1 tbsp. melted butter
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 c. maple syrup
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 c. toasted pecans, choppes
DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
Toss sweet potatoes in melted butter. Lay in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes, until the bottoms are starting to turn golden. Meanwhile, whisk together maple syrup and brown sugar.
Remove baking sheet from oven and flip each sweet potato. Reduce oven temperature to 425 degrees F. Pour maple syrup mixture over the sweet potatoes. Return to oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes, until the syrup has reduced down and is bubbly.
Sprinkle pecans on top of sweet potatoes before serving.

Source: http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a50767/melting-sweet-potatoes-recipe/

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Miniature Oyster Patties

‘Tis the season to share another one of my favorite holiday recipes with you, Miniature Oyster Patties. These savory little bite-size pastries have been making the rounds at New Orleans Christmas parties and weddings for as long as I can remember. And once you taste them, you’ll understand why they’re so popular. If you’re not into oysters, try shrimp, crabmeat or crawfish instead. You can also fill the shells with a spinach and artichoke mixture or some type of meaty filling. Really, anything goes. What makes today’s finger food so unique are the mini-patty shells. The shells are actually tiny puff pastries sold by the dozen at various bakeries and grocery stores throughout New Orleans. If you’re outside the area, call ahead to see if your local bakery shop makes them (some fancy bakeries may call them vol-au-vents). If not, you can place an order for overnight delivery with several New Orleans bakeries including Haydel’s, Swiss Confectionery and Gambino’s. Pepperidge Farm sells the large ones in the freezer section of most grocery stores, but they leave you with too much filing and not enough pastry. I suggest you plan ahead and get the miniature ones. They’re more fun to serve and eat.

Miniature Oyster Patties Recipe

1 pint oysters (reserve oyster liquor)
1 1/2 sticks butter
2 bunches green onions, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons Wondra Gravy Flour
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 cup reserved oyster liquor (or part oyster liquor and part water)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
Salt and black pepper to taste
3 dozen miniature patty shells (puff pastry shells)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Strain oysters over a bowl to remove grit and separate them from the oyster liquor; reserve liquor. Chop oysters and set aside. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add green onions and garlic; cook until tender, 3-5 minutes. Add flour; cook, stirring constantly, until bubbly (that’s your white roux). Add oysters, cream, reserved oyster liquor, parsley, thyme and cayenne pepper; cook an additional 10 minutes. Remove mixture from heat; add bread crumbs and salt and pepper to taste. The consistency should be creamy but not runny. Place patty shells on a large baking sheet. Spoon mixture evenly into patty shells and bake until golden brown and bubbly, 10-12 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.

Makes 36 Miniature Oyster Patties.

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Spinach and Artichoke Casserole Recipe

This is my absolute most favorite side dish at Thanksgiving. I always make a huge batch of it so I can have leftovers. I hope you enjoy.

Ingredients

1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
6 tablespoons milk
1 14-oz. can artichoke hearts, drained
2 10-oz. packages frozen chopped
spinach, thawed and drained
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Dash pepper

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, butter and mayonnaise. Beat with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
Gradually beat in milk.
In a 2-quart casserole, place the artichokes. Spoon spinach evenly over artichokes. Spread cream cheese mixture over spinach. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and pepper.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until top is lightly browned.

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Baked Oyster Dressing

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I am getting all my stuff together for my 1st Holiday in our new house. I am doing all the cooking and hosting my Mother in Law and my Father. Down here in South Louisiana, we love to cook and Oyster Dressing is a staple for Thanksgiving. This is Emeril’s recipe and I love it.

Baked Oyster Dressing
Total Time:
1 hr 35 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
1 hr 15 min

Yield:4 to 6 servings (about 5 cups)
Level:Intermediate
Ingredients
2 teaspoons unsalted butter
1 pint shucked oysters and their liquor
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups chopped yellow onions
1 cup chopped green bell peppers
1 cup chopped celery
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
3 bay leaves
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
1 cup water
1/4 cup chopped green onions
4 cups 1-inch cubes French bread or homemade-style white bread
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 9 by 11-inch baking pan with the butter and set aside.

Drain the oysters, reserving the oyster liquor. Set aside.

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, bell peppers, celery, salt, and cayenne and saute for 5 minutes, or until soft. Add the bay leaves, garlic, and parsley, and saute for 1 minute. Add the water and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the green onions, oyster liquor, and the bread cubes. Stir to mix well, and remove from the heat.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the bread and vegetable mixture with the oysters and cheese. Stir with a wooden spoon to mix thoroughly. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan and bake for 1 hour, or until bubbly and golden brown.

Remove the bay leaves before serving.

Recipe from “Louisiana Real and Rustic”, by Emeril Lagasse and Marcelle Bienvenu, William Morrow & Company, Inc., 1996

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/baked-oyster-dressing-recipe.html?oc=linkback