Category: Side Dishes

Italian Parmesan Pearl Couscous

Italian Parmesan Pearl Couscous is a delicious, easy to make side dish, seasoned with Italian seasoning, butter, and grated Parmesan cheese!Italian Parmesan Pearl Couscous is a delicious, easy to make side dish, seasoned with Italian seasoning, butter, and grated Parmesan cheese!

If you’re looking for a simple side dish with lots of flavor, may I suggest trying this Italian Parmesan Pearl Couscous? Creamy and full of flavor, this simple pasta side dish pairs well with many different varieties of beef, chicken, pork and fish! This recipe (as written) makes four servings of about 1/2 cup per serving, but can be easily doubled or tripled.

I created this recipe a couple of years ago by trial and error, and finally decided to get the recipe onto my blog. It really is a simple, easy to prepare recipe, but it sure is one we enjoy quite often. Sometimes the simplest recipes can become ones we return to, time and time again. This is one of those recipes, and I hope you will give it a try, and come to love it, too!

Pearl couscous (also known as Israeli couscous) is a tiny “pearl-sized” hard pasta that softens when boiled in water. For this recipe, after the pearl couscous cook, it is seasoned with butter, Parmesan cheese, and Italian-inspired spices like garlic, rosemary and Italian seasoning mix. The Parmesan cheese and butter melts into the hot couscous, and then the seasonings put it over the top as far as taste goes! Here’s how easy it is to make:

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Cook the Pearl Couscous

Pearl Couscous (also known as Israeli couscous) can be found in almost all grocery stores. It actually is a type of “pasta” that resembles a pearl in shape and size. It is very EASY to prepare.

Bring 1½ cups of water to a boil (on medium-high heat) in a medium-sized saucepan. Stir in the couscous, and then put a cover on the pan. Reduce the heat to LOW, and cook the couscous, stirring occasionally for between 8-10 minutes, or until the liquid has been fully absorbed. Remove the pan from the heat.

A container of pearl couscous (also known as Israeli couscous).Pearl couscous is cooked in boiling water for 8-10 minutes until liquid is absorbed.

Prepare The Italian-Inspired Spice Mixture

While the couscous is cooking, combine the spices in a small bowl. The spices you will use are salt, pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and dried rosemary. Once combined, set the seasoning mixture aside to add to the couscous when done cooking.

An Italian-inspired spice mixture is combined in a small bowl before adding to cooked couscous.

Finishing The Pearl Couscous For Serving

As soon as the pearl couscous has finished cooking, immediately remove it from the heat, and add butter and shredded Parmesan cheese. Stir them into the HOT couscous, until the cheese and butter melt.

Add the spice mix to the creamy Italian Parmesan Pearl Couscous, and stir well, to fully combine all the ingredients.

Butter and Parmesan cheese are stirred into hot cooked pearl couscous.Spice mix is added to season the Italian Parmesan Pearl Couscous.

Time To Serve The Italian Parmesan Pearl Couscous

Transfer the couscous to a serving bowl. Serve the Italian Parmesan pearl couscous while it is hot! The pearl couscous will be tender, creamy, and full of Italian-inspired flavor! If you want, you can garnish the top with more shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired, but that is optional.

This recipe makes four ½ cup servings. If you have any leftover Italian Parmesan Pearl Couscous, simply cover the bowl and refrigerate the couscous for up to 2-3 days. This dish can be easily microwaved to reheat, stirring occasionally during reheating to break up and re-fluff the couscous.

Once done, the creamy Italian Parmesan Pearl Couscous is transferred to a serving bowl.A fork holding a bite of Italian Parmesan Pearl Couscous.

I hope you have the opportunity to make this yummy side dish. We love to serve it alongside pork chops, chicken, beef, and some fish dishes. It’s really yummy. Thanks for stopping by today, and please come back soon. Have a GREAT day.

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Italian Parmesan Pearl Couscous
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Italian Parmesan Pearl Couscous is a delicious, easy to make side dish, seasoned with Italian seasoning, butter, and grated Parmesan cheese!

Category: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Italian Parmesan Pearl Couscous
Servings: 4 (1/2 cup per serving)
Calories Per Serving: 214 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • cups water
  • 1 cup pearl couscous (uncooked)
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • teaspoon dried, crushed rosemary (optional, but good)
Instructions
  1. Bring water to a boil (on medium-high heat) in a medium-sized saucepan. Stir in couscous, and then cover the pan. Reduce heat to LOW; cook couscous, stirring occasionally for 8-10 minutes, or until liquid has been fully absorbed. Remove pan from the heat.

  2. While couscous is cooking, combine spices (salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and rosemary) in a small bowl. (You want this ready to add to the hot couscous).

  3. As soon as couscous is done, immediately remove pan from the heat. Add butter and Parmesan cheese; stir until butter and cheese melt. Add spice mix; stir well, to fully combine. Transfer hot couscous to serving bowl. Garnish with extra Parmesan cheese, if desired..

  4. Leftover couscous can be stored, covered/refrigerated for up to 2-3 days. It can be reheated in microwave, stirring occasionally during reheating to break up and re-fluff the couscous.

Nutrition Facts
Italian Parmesan Pearl Couscous
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/2 cup))
Calories 214 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 420mg18%
Potassium 86mg2%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 146IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 88mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Rainbow Rice

Rainbow rice is a delicious way to “jazz up” plain white rice with the colors and flavors of carrots, bell peppers, onions and spices.
Rainbow rice is a delicious way to "jazz up" plain white rice with the colors and flavors of carrots, bell peppers, onions and spices.

I don’t know about you, but we eat a lot of rice in our home. Usually it is steamed white rice, only seasoned with butter, salt and pepper. HOWEVER… that is only because it is so easy to make in our ice cooker, and is a simple side dish to serve with chicken, pork, or fish. Occasionally we have wild rice, rice pilaf, rice salads, and other delicious rice side dishes.

The recipe I am sharing today is for Rainbow rice, which gets its name from the colorful addition of red and green peppers, carrots, and onions. The original single serving recipe came from an old “Taste of Home” magazine I got way back in 2005, and so I adapted it to serve 4 people. The recipe is not only delicious… it is super easy to make and we really enjoy it! Here’s how to make this delicious side dish:

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Pre-Cook The Rice

The recipe calls for 2 cups of pre-cooked long grain white rice, which will need to be hot when you add the additional ingredients, so plan accordingly. You can make the rice in a rice maker or on the stovetop. Use whichever method you prefer, but only cook the rice in water. DO NOT add additional butter or seasonings when you cook it. Those will be added later!

Once the rice is done cooking, place it into a medium sized serving bowl, and fluff it with a fork.

Long grain white rice is cooked in water, with no salt or butter.

Cooking The Veggies

While the rice is being prepared, cook the veggies to get them tender, before adding them to the rice. Melt 2 Tablespoons butter in a large skillet on medium-low heat. Add finely chopped onion, red and green bell peppers, and finely chopped carrots to the melted butter. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 4-5 minutes, or until the veggies become tender.

Bell peppers, carrots, onions, and butter cooking in large skillet.The cooked veggies and butter are now ready to add to pre-cooked white rice.

Pour the cooked veggies (and any remaining butter in the skillet) onto the rice. Stir well, to fully incorporate the veggies (and butter) into the rice. 

A white bowl with the cooked veggies added on top of cooked white rice.

Season and Serve The Rainbow Rice

Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to the rainbow rice, and stir well, to combine. Take a taste, and add more seasonings to suit your taste. Now the rainbow rice is ready to serve! See how easy this dish is to make?

The rice has great flavor from the melted butter, seasonings, and the tender (and did I mention colorful?) veggies. Make sure to serve this dish HOT, and enjoy it served alongside a favorite meat dish. It’s really quite delicious!

Rainbow rice is mixed together and then seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.Colorful and delicious rainbow rice is served hot in a large white bowl.

I hope you try this simple recipe for Rainbow Rice, and trust you will enjoy it as much as we do. Leftovers will keep up to 2-3 days in the fridge, if stored in an airtight container, and can be easily microwaved to reheat. Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you will come back for more yummy recipes soon. Have a great day!

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Recipe adapted from: “Taste of Home” magazine, August/September 2005 edition, page 57, published by Reiman Publications, Inc.:

Rainbow Rice
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Rainbow rice is a delicious way to "jazz up" plain white rice with the colors and flavors of carrots, bell peppers, onions and spices.

Category: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: rainbow rice
Servings: 4 (1/2 cup per serving)
Calories Per Serving: 174 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked long grain rice
  • ½ cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • ½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • ¼ cup finely chopped carrot , peeled
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon ground black pepper
  • teaspoon garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Recipe calls for 2 cups of pre-cooked long grain white rice, which needs to be hot when you add cooked veggies, so plan accordingly. Cook the rice in water. DO NOT add additional butter or seasonings. Once done, put rice in serving bowl; fluff with a fork. Set aside (keep hot).

  2. Melt 2 Tablespoons butter in skillet on medium-low heat. Add onion, red and green bell peppers, and carrots to skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 4-5 minutes, or until veggies become tender.

  3. Pour cooked veggies (and any remaining butter in skillet) onto the rice. Stir well, to combine. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Stir again, to combine. Taste- add additional salt and pepper, if desired. Serve rainbow rice hot, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Rainbow Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 (approx. 1/2 cup))
Calories 174 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 349mg15%
Potassium 158mg5%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 2164IU43%
Vitamin C 41mg50%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cauliflower Au Gratin

Cauliflower Au Gratin is a yummy side dish you’ll love! Featuring fresh cauliflower florets baked in a creamy cheese sauce, it’s delicious!
Cauliflower Au Gratin is a yummy side dish you'll love! Featuring fresh cauliflower florets baked in a creamy cheese sauce, it's delicious!

One of the “hobbies” I truly enjoy is looking through old cookbooks or cooking magazines for inspiration. I LOVE the thrill of the hunt for great recipes! The recipe I’m sharing today for cauliflower au gratin came from a cookbook I’ve had for years and years. This cookbook highlights traditional foods popular in different regions of the United States.

Cauliflower Au Gratin (which means “cauliflower and cheese”) is one of the recipes from this cookbook. It’s a wonderful tasting recipe for tender cauliflower baked in a super creamy (and simple to prepare) cheddar cheese sauce. The entire recipe itself is really quite easy to make. I slightly changed the original recipe from the cookbook just a smidge, and truly think you’re gonna love it! Here’s how to make hot, creamy, cheesy and delicious cauliflower au gratin:

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Prepare The Cauliflower Florets

The first thing you will need to do is prepare the cauliflower florets. You can remove the florets from the cauliflower any way you prefer. This is how I like to get them. Remove a large head of cauliflower from the bag, and remove the leaves and stems from the bottom. Once the leaves and stalk stems have been pulled or cut off, take a knife and carefully cut the core out from the middle underside of the cauliflower.

Once the core has been removed, remove the florets by cutting them out with a knife. Try to cut the florets into bite-sized pieces. You may have to slice them in half or thirds to do so, because some of those florets can be ginormous!

A head of cauliflower is removed from package and leaves and stems are removed.The core of the cauliflower is cut out, so the florets can be obtained.Florets from a cauliflower head are cut, and ready to cook for cauliflower au gratin.

Cook The Cauliflower Florets Until Tender But Firm

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil on medium-high heat. Add the cauliflower florets to the pan, making sure they are covered with water. Cook the cauliflower for 7-8 minutes, or until  just barely tender, but firm. Drain well, and set the cauliflower aside.

Cauliflower florets are cooked in boiling, salted water until just barely tender.

Make The Cheese Sauce

I like to make the cheese sauce while the cauliflower is cooking, to save time. Making the thick and creamy cheese sauce is very easy. Begin by melting the butter in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the flour until fully combined. Cook the flour mixture on low heat, continuing to whisk, until it begins bubbling. This mixture will act as the thickening for the creamy cheese sauce, so make sure all lumps of flour are gone.

Flour is whisked into melted butter, to begin making a cheese sauce.Butter and flour are combined and cooked in pan until bubbly.

Slowly pour the milk into the thickened flour mixture, stirring or whisking the milk in as you pour. Once all the milk has been added and whisked in, bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly as it cooks. Continue cooking and stirring until this sauce has thickened (just a couple minutes at most). Remove the pan from the heat once the sauce has thickened.

Immediately stir in grated sharp cheddar cheese. Continue to stir (off the heat) until all the cheese has melted and been blended in. Once fully combined, grab a spoon and give the sauce a quick taste. Season with salt and pepper, a little at a time, until it suits your personal taste preference.

Milk is slowly added to the bubbly flour mixture, and whisked until fully combined.After sauce has thickened, sharp cheddar cheese is added, and stirred in, until fully incorporated.

Almost Ready To Bake!

Grease or spray a 2 quart baking dish. Place the cauliflower florets evenly in the dish. Pour the thickened cheese sauce over the cauliflower, covering all the florets with sauce. Lightly sprinkle the sauce with dried bread crumbs. Now the cauliflower au gratin is ready to bake!

Bake cauliflower au gratin at 350°F. on the middle oven rack for about 23-25 minutes, until the top is very lightly browned. The sauce should be bubbling around the edges of the dish once done. Remove the cauliflower au gratin from the oven and serve immediately.

Thick creamy cheese sauce is poured over cauliflower florets in baking dish.The cauliflower au gratin is sprinkled with bread crumbs before baking.

Time To Enjoy Delicious Cauliflower Au Gratin

Be sure to serve this dish immediately while everything is nice and hot. I hope you find that the tender, baked cauliflower florets and creamy cheese sauce make a great tasting combination! This recipe will make about 6 servings. Any leftovers (cooled to room temp.) can be stored for 3-4 days in the refrigerator, if covered well. You can easily reheat them in a microwave, if desired

Once done baking and bubbling hot, the cauliflower au gratin is ready to serve.A fork with a bite of cauliflower au gratin, ready to eat!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate your time, and sincerely hope you will have the opportunity to make this delicious cauliflower side dish for those you love. Have a great day, and please come back soon for another visit.

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Recipe adapted from: The cookbook “Best of America – Traditional Regional Recipes”, page 238, published 1994 by Anness Publishing, Ltd.

Cauliflower Au Gratin
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Cauliflower Au Gratin is a yummy side dish you'll love! Featuring fresh cauliflower florets baked in a creamy cheese sauce, it's delicious!

Category: Side Dish, Vegetable Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower au gratin
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 208 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • pound cauliflower head , cut into bite-sized florets
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¾ cup sharp cheddar cheese (grated)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon dried bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease (or spray) a 2 quart baking dish. Set aside.

  2. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil on medium-high heat. Add cauliflower florets to pan, making sure they're covered with water. Cook 7-8 minutes, or until just barely tender, but firm. Drain well; place cauliflower evenly in prepared baking dish; set aside.

  3. Make cheese sauce while cauliflower is cooking, to save time. Melt butter in medium saucepan. Whisk in flour until combined. Cook flour mixture on low heat, continuing to whisk to remove lumps, until it begins bubbling. Slowly pour milk into thickened flour mixture, stirring or whisking sauce as you pour. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Continue cooking and stirring until sauce thickens (1-2 minutes). Remove pan from heat. Immediately stir in cheese. Continue to stir (off heat) until cheese has melted. Give sauce a quick taste, then season with salt and pepper (a little at a time), until it suits your personal preference. Pour cheese sauce over the cauliflower, covering all florets with sauce. Lightly sprinkle sauce with dried bread crumbs.

  4. Bake at 350°F. (on middle rack) for approx. 23-25 minutes, until the top is lightly browned. Sauce should be bubbling around edges of dish once done. Remove cauliflower au gratin from oven; serve immediately. Enjoy! Store leftovers, covered in fridge for up to 3-4 days (microwave to reheat).

Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower Au Gratin
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/6 of total))
Calories 208 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 241mg10%
Potassium 706mg20%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 471IU9%
Vitamin C 91mg110%
Calcium 247mg25%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Cauliflower Au Gratin is a yummy side dish you'll love! Featuring fresh cauliflower florets baked in a creamy cheese sauce, it's delicious!

Roasted Hasselback Potatoes

Roasted Hasselback Potatoes are a delicious side dish. Best known for their unique “fan-shaped” slices, they’re buttery, and easy to make.
Roasted Hasselback Potatoes are a delicious side dish. Best known for their unique "fan-shaped" slices, they're buttery, and easy to make.

If you enjoy baked or roasted potatoes, then this unique way to enjoy them might be a good option for you. Roasted Hasselback potatoes are incredibly simple to make, with only a few common ingredients, and their unique “fan-like” appearance makes this a unique side dish.

I did a little research on “why” they are called Hasselback potatoes. Guess what I learned? This unique way of roasting sliced russet potatoes originated in Stockholm, Sweden in 1953 where they were first served at a restaurant called the “Hasselbaken”. Apparently a chef-in-training created the recipe (and slicing technique), and that is where they began their step into infamy. Who knew?

These simple, but yummy potatoes are a perfect side dish to a variety of meats and/or main dishes, and most of the prep time is baking time. There is a simple technique that can be used to help slice the potatoes, and I will share that tip further down in this post. Here’s a look at how to make Roasted Hasselback Potatoes:

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Preparing To Slice The Potatoes

Preheat your oven to 425°F before beginning. Before slicing the potatoes, make sure to scrub each one well, to remove any dirt from the peel, and then dry between paper towels. This recipe requires the potatoes be thinly sliced most of the way through, without cutting all the way through to the bottom of the potato. There is a great trick or tip for doing this easily. Slicing the potatoes can be very easy if you use this simple technique!

 Place two wooden spoons directly next to each other on a work surface. Once the spoons are aligned, place one potato at a time on top of the spoons, and rotate 90° for slicing.

Two wooden spoons are placed side by side to assist in slicing Hasselback potatoes.A potato is placed on top of two wooden spoons, side by side, in order to slice it.

Slicing The Potatoes

Cut thin slices in the potato with a sharp knife. The wooden spoons holding the potato will “prevent” you from cutting all the way through. This happens because the knife will hit the spoon, causing it to stop slicing near the bottom, but not through the entire potato. You might need to slightly press down the opposite small ends of the potato, to ensure the tip end of the potato is touching the spoons. Repeat with remaining potatoes.

Melt butter in the microwave, and then brush HALF (1½ Tablespoons) of the melted butter over the top of the potatoes, allowing some to drip down between the slices. Place the potatoes in a greased or sprayed baking dish, sprinkle potatoes lightly with salt (to taste). Place the baking dish into a preheated oven.

Thin slices are cut in each potato, almost all the way through to the bottom.Melted butter and salt are added to the potatoes in a baking dish before roasting.

Roasting The Potatoes

Bake the potatoes, uncovered, for 30 minutes, then remove them from the oven. Brush the top of the potatoes with the remaining melted butter, and then sprinkle each potato with 1/2 Tablespoon of dry bread crumbs. Put the dish back into the oven and continue roasting them for another 20 minutes.

Halfway through baking time, more butter and bread crumbs are added to roasted Hasselback potatoes.

Remove the pan from the oven again, and sprinkle the potatoes with finely grated Parmesan cheese (about 1/2 Tablespoon each, or more if desired). Pop the dish back into the oven, and let them continue baking for 5-10 minutes more.

Once done, the potatoes should be tender and the cheese will be melted on top. You can check for tenderness by gently inserting a butter knife into one of the slices.

Grated Parmesan cheese is added to top of potatoes, and then they finish baking.

Time To Eat Roasted Hasselback Potatoes!

Sprinkle the potatoes with fresh chopped parsley, and serve them hot! The outside of the potatoes and bread crumbs will be crisp, but the inside will be tender, and lightly seasoned with salt and butter. Roasted Hasselback potatoes are easy to eat also, because of the nice thin slices already prepared!

If desired, dollop the potatoes with sour cream for serving (optional, but GOOD). These yummy, unique roasted Hasselback potatoes are a perfect side dish for beef, chicken, pork, OR fish. I really hope you enjoy this simple vegetable side dish!

The roasted Hasselback potatoes are served, garnished with chopped parsley.Roasted Hasselback Potatoes, served on a white plate, are a perfect side dish!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I hope you have the opportunity to try this recipe for roasted Hasselback potatoes, and trust you will enjoy them. Have a great day, and come back for another visit soon!

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Roasted Hasselback Potatoes
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 

Roasted Hasselback Potatoes are a delicious side dish. Best known for their unique "fan-shaped" slices, they're buttery, and easy to make.

Category: Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine: All Cuisines
Keyword: roasted hasselback potatoes
Servings: 2
Calories Per Serving: 310 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 medium Russet potatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons butter , divided
  • salt (to taste)
  • 1 Tablespoon dry bread crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F before beginning. Grease or spray a baking dish.

  2. Scrub potatoes well, to remove dirt; dry with paper towels. Place two wooden spoons next to each other. Once aligned, place a potato on top of the spoons (lengthwise); rotate spoons 90° for slicing. Cut thin slices (about ½") in potato with sharp knife. The wooden spoons holding the potato will "prevent" you from cutting all the way through. Slightly press down the small ends of the potato, to ensure tip of potato is touching spoons. Repeat with other potato. Place potatoes in a greased/ sprayed baking dish,

  3. Melt butter; brush HALF (1½ Tablespoons) of butter over top of potatoes; let some drip down between slices. Sprinkle lightly with salt (to taste). Place baking dish in preheated oven.

  4. Bake potatoes uncovered, at 425°F. for 30 minutes; remove dish from oven. Brush top of potatoes with remaining butter; sprinkle each potato with ½ Tablespoon of dry bread crumbs. Put dish back in oven; bake another 20 minutes. Remove pan from oven; sprinkle potatoes with Parmesan cheese ( ½ Tablespoon each, or more if desired). Put back in oven; let bake for 5-10 minutes more. Once done, potatoes should be tender and cheese will be melted. Check for tenderness by gently inserting butter knife into one of the slices.

  5. To serve, sprinkle potatoes with parsley, and serve hot! If desired, dollop potatoes with sour cream for serving (optional, but good). Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: The caloric calculation is an estimate, based on a standard-sized medium Russet potato. Calories will vary, as different sizes of potatoes used may calculate out to less or more calories.

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Hasselback Potatoes
Amount Per Serving (1 potato)
Calories 310 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 224mg10%
Potassium 908mg26%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 399IU8%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 96mg10%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Roasted Hasselback Potatoes are a delicious side dish. Best known for their unique "fan-shaped" slices, they're buttery, and easy to make.

Southwestern Rice Salad

Southwestern Rice Salad is a yummy side or meatless main dish. Rice, black beans, corn, and peppers are mixed in a lightly seasoned dressing.
Southwestern Rice Salad is a yummy side or meatless main dish. Rice, black beans, corn, and peppers are mixed in a lightly seasoned dressing.

If you’re looking for a delicious and unique salad, side dish, or meatless main dish, I’d like to recommend this Southwestern Rice Salad. I got the original recipe about 15 years ago from one of my “Taste of Home” magazines. At the time I thought it sounded really interesting, so I saved the recipe. Guess what? It is REALLY tasty!

The salad features cooked rice with black beans, corn, carrots, bell peppers, garlic, cilantro, red onion, tomatoes and wait for it… crunchy salted peanuts!!! The salad is dressed with a simple Southwest-inspired salad dressing, and then is served chilled. Who knew something so unusual sounding could taste so good? But it IS good!

The entire salad can be ready in 30 minutes. If you want to save time, prep the veggies and other ingredients while the rice is cooking. That will shave some time off the preparation! I also recommend chilling the salad after it is finished and dressed (for best flavor), but that is up to you. Here’s how to make Southwestern Rice Salad:

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Prepare The Rice

Place uncooked long grain rice in a saucepan with water. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover the pan. Simmer the rice (covered) on low heat for 15 minutes, then remove the pan from the heat. The rice should be tender and the water will have been absorbed.

Let the rice sit (still covered), for 5 minutes, then rinse with cold water to cool it down. Drain the rice after rinsing and place the cooled, cooked rice in a large serving bowl.

Long grain white rice is cooked in water until done and fluffy.Cooked rice is rinsed then drained before adding it to salad bowl.

Time To Make The Southwestern Rice Salad

TIP: If you want to save time, do the following steps while the rice is cooking. In a large skillet, heat vegetable oil until hot on medium heat. Add chopped green pepper, red onion, carrots, and minced garlic. Sauté these veggies until they are crisp-tender. Stir often while cooking so the garlic won’t burn in the skillet (and become bitter).This should take 4-5 minutes. 

 When done, add this veggie mixture to the cooled rice in the bowl, and stir well, to combine.

Chopped green pepper, carrot, red onion, and garlic are cooked in oil until tender.The cooked veggies are added to the cooled rice in salad bowl.

The next ingredients you will add to the Southwestern rice salad are corn (frozen, but thawed), black beans, tomatoes, salted peanuts and chopped fresh cilantro. Place them in the bowl with the rice and stir gently, until all the ingredients are combined. Isn’t it colorful? 

Corn, black beans, tomatoes, cilantro and salted peanuts are added to the Southwestern rice salad.Southwestern Rice Salad is very colorful after adding all the ingredients.

Make The Salad Dressing

The last thing you need to prepare is the simple salad dressing to coat the Southwestern rice salad. It’s EASY! Use a wire whisk or a fork to fully mix olive oil, fresh lemon juice, cayenne pepper and ground cumin in a small bowl. Mix these salad dressing ingredients for about a minute to ensure the oil and juice are fully integrated. Now you’re ready to add it to the salad!

Pour the salad dressing over the Southwestern rice salad, and toss well, to ensure all the salad is mixed well with the dressing. Once done, refrigerate the salad until it is time to serve. The flavors really come together the longer the salad is refrigerated, so if you have the chance to make this salad early in the day, the better. If not, you can certainly serve the salad right away, if that is your preference.

Salad dressing for the salad is made with lemon juice, olive oil, cayenne and ground cumin.

Ready To Serve Southwestern Rice Salad

Once the salad is dressed and refrigerated for a bit, it is ready to enjoy! Southwestern rice salad is filling, thanks in part to the black beans and rice, so it can be enjoyed as a meatless main dish, or you can enjoy it as a side dish for chicken, beef and pork. The salad has lots of flavor, and makes enough for 12 servings, so there is plenty to go around.

Store any leftovers, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days. My husband keeps getting spoonfuls of leftovers out of the fridge throughout the day to eat as a snack or to have with his lunch or dinner. He definitely loves this lightly seasoned, chilled salad! The crunchy peanuts are a welcome surprise, too!

After chilling in the refrigerator, the Southwestern Rice Salad is served in a white bowl.A close up look at the Southwestern Rice Salad, full of veggies.

I hope you have the chance to make this yummy, filling Southwestern rice salad. I truly believe you and those you love will enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by today, and I sincerely hope you will come back again soon. Have a great day!

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Southwestern Rice Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Southwestern Rice Salad is a yummy side or meatless main dish. Rice, black beans, corn, and peppers are mixed in a lightly seasoned dressing.

Category: Main Course Salad, Salad/Side Dish
Cuisine: Southwestern
Keyword: Southwestern rice salad
Servings: 12
Calories Per Serving: 305 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1⅓ cups water
  • cup long grain white rice , uncooked
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • ½ cup chopped red onion (or shallot)
  • 1 medium carrot , peeled and chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves , minced
  • 16 ounces frozen corn , thawed
  • 15 ounces canned black beans , rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium Roma tomatoes , chopped
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • cup fresh cilantro , finely chopped
For Salad Dressing:
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
Instructions
  1. Place rice in a saucepan with water; bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover pan. Simmer rice (covered) on low heat for 15 minutes; remove pan from heat. Let rice sit (covered), for 5 minutes; rinse rice with cold water; drain. Put rice in large serving bowl.

  2. TIP: If you want to save time, do the following steps while rice is cooking. In large skillet, heat vegetable oil on medium. Add green pepper, red onion, carrots, and minced garlic. Sauté until crisp-tender (4-5 minutes), stirring often so garlic won't burn. Add to rice; stir.

  3. Add corn, beans, tomatoes, peanuts and cilantro to rice; stir to combine.

  4. Use a wire whisk or fork to fully mix olive oil, lemon juice, cayenne and ground cumin in a small bowl. Mix well to ensure oil and juice are fully combined. Pour dressing over salad; toss well, to coat. Cover and refrigerate salad until time to serve. Store leftovers, covered, in refrigerator up to 4-5 days. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Southwestern Rice Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/12th of total))
Calories 305 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 198mg9%
Potassium 410mg12%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 1056IU21%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Southwestern Rice Salad is a yummy side or meatless main dish. Rice, black beans, corn, and peppers are mixed in a lightly seasoned dressing.

Parmesan Garlic Potato Wedges

You’re gonna love these absolutely tender, delicious, Italian-seasoned Parmesan Garlic Potato Wedges. They’re easy to make, and baked to perfection.
You're gonna love these absolutely tender, delicious, Italian-seasoned Parmesan Garlic Potato Wedges. Easy to make, and baked to perfection.

Anyone out there love potatoes? We sure do! Whether they’re mashed, baked, grilled or fried, we love the humble potato. Today I want to share with you a wonderful way to season and bake potato wedges. I found the recipe online several years ago, and they’re delicious! These potatoes will compliment a variety of meat dishes, so they’re a wonderful choice for a simple, flavorful side dish.

The recipe is for Parmesan garlic potato wedges (using russet potatoes), and they are so EASY to prepare. This recipe will make enough for about 4-6 servings. The potato wedges are well-seasoned, and then they’re baked until soft and tender, and let me tell you… they taste GREAT! Here’s how to make them:

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Prepare The Potatoes For Baking

The first thing you need to do is preheat your oven to 375°F, and grease or spray a 9″x13″ baking sheet (set aside). Okay… now let’s get these potatoes ready for baking! Scrub the outside of the potatoes clean, but leave the peel on. Cut each potato in half lengthwise, then cut each half into 3 wedges. Try to keep the wedges about the same thickness in size, so they will all cook consistently in the same amount of time.

Place the potato wedges in a large bowl, and drizzle with olive oil. Toss them to coat with oil, then add grated Parmesan cheese, and toss again to coat the potatoes with cheese.

Unpeeled potatoes are sliced into wedges before baking.Potato wedges are drizzled with olive oil, and tossed to coat.Grated Parmesan cheese is added to, and tossed with the potato wedges.

Make The Seasoning Mix

Measure garlic powder, Italian seasoning and salt into a small bowl, then stir to combine. NOTE: If you want to make your own Italian seasoning, here is how I make mine. Sprinkle the seasoning mix over the potato wedges, tossing again to cover the potatoes with the spices.

A seasoning mix is made combining Italian seasoning, garlic powder and salt.Seasoning mix is tossed with the potato wedges to coat them in spices.

Time To Bake The Parmesan Garlic Potato Wedges

Hooray- now it’s time to bake these tasty spuds! Remember that greased baking sheet you set aside earlier? Yep… grab it, and place the seasoned potato wedges (peel side down) on it, in a single layer.

Bake the potatoes at 375°F. for between 25-35 minutes. Check for doneness at the 25 minute mark. They are ready when they can easily be pierced with a fork or knife (very tender), and are light golden brown in color.

The Parmesan garlic potato wedges are baked in a single layer, skin side down.

Time To Eat!

Once they have finished baking, they are ready to eat. Place the Parmesan Garlic Potato Wedges on a serving platter, and sprinkle them with chopped parsley or cilantro. You can also serve them with a dipping sauce if you want, but that is completely optional. We like them just the way they are, to be honest!

The potato wedges are so delicious… the Parmesan cheese and other spices give each bite incredible flavor! I’m confident you’ll enjoy this easy side dish that pairs especially well with chicken, beef or pork. YUM!

Parmesan garlic potato wedges are garnished with cilantro or parsley before serving.A close up of the spices on the baked Parmesan garlic potato wedges.

Thank you for visiting my blog, and appreciate the time you took to do so. I really hope you will have the opportunity to make these delicious potato wedges for yourself or those you love. Have a great day, and I trust you will come back soon for more recipes.

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Original recipe source: Tiffany, at http://www.lecremedelacrumb.com/baked-garlic-parmesan-potato-wedges/

Parmesan Garlic Potato Wedges
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

You're gonna love these absolutely tender, delicious, Italian-seasoned Parmesan Garlic Potato Wedges. Easy to make, and baked to perfection.

Category: Appetizer, Side Dish, Vegetable Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Parmesan garlic potato wedges
Servings: 6 (4 wedges per serving)
Calories Per Serving: 236 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 medium russet potatoes
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • OPTIONAL: chopped parsley or cilantro for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F, and grease/spray a 9"x13" baking sheet (set aside).

  2. Scrub outside of potatoes clean, but leave the peel ON. Slice each potato in half lengthwise, then cut each half into 3 long wedges. Try to keep wedges about the same thickness, so they cook consistently.

  3. Place potatoes in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, and toss to coat them with oil. Add grated Parmesan cheese, and toss again. Measure garlic powder, Italian seasoning and salt into a small bowl; stir to combine. Sprinkle seasoning mix over potato wedges, tossing to cover potatoes with spices.

  4. Place potato wedges (peel side down) in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake at 375°F. for 25-35 minutes. Check for doneness at 25 minute mark (cause oven temps can vary). Potatoes are ready when they can easily be pierced with a fork or knife (very tender), and are light golden brown in color. When done, remove from oven, and garnish with chopped parsley or cilantro, if desired. Serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: Suggestions for optional dipping sauces are ranch or bleu cheese dressing, if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Parmesan Garlic Potato Wedges
Amount Per Serving (1 (4 wedges))
Calories 236 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 911mg40%
Potassium 623mg18%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 123mg12%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!You're gonna love these absolutely tender, delicious, Italian-seasoned Parmesan Garlic Potato Wedges. Easy to make, and baked to perfection.

 

Mom’s Southern Hush Puppies

Mom’s Southern Hush Puppies are a simple, delicious side dish (fried till crispy, served hot w/ butter) to accompany a favorite soup or chili.
Mom's Southern Hush Puppies are a simple, delicious side dish (fried till crispy, served hot w/ butter) to accompany a favorite soup or chili.

I grew up eating hush puppies. My East Texas born and raised Mom made them every couple of weeks for our family, and they were always served with a big pot of spinach and turnip greens. As a kid, I never quite developed a love for the “greens” part of that meal, however… give me a few hot, crispy hush puppies with soft butter on them! Now THAT spoke to me… ha ha!

Growing up our family didn’t have a lot of money, so that simple meal could be made quite inexpensively, yet fill all five of us up! I have wonderful memories of watching my Mom lovingly fry a batch on our old kitchen stove. She made them like her Mom made them. Hush Puppies are a classic Southern staple dish, and are made with fairly common ingredients. There are a LOT of ways to make them. There’s also a LOT of history and myths detailing the origin and legends about them, which you can read here. It’s pretty interesting.

Some hush puppy recipes include corn, jalapeños, or green onions, and fried in small balls until really brown. My Mom’s recipe is for basic hush puppies, with minced brown onion, and are a little more disc-shaped. They are fried until crispy and lightly browned on the outside, but amazingly soft on the inside. They are so delicious and easy to make. Here’s how:

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What Ingredients Do I Need To Make Hush Puppies?

Seven ingredients (plus vegetable oil for frying) are what you will need to make a dozen hush puppies. The ingredients used are cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, minced onion, an egg, and milk.

I try to always keep  a box of cornmeal in our pantry. If you’ve never bought it before, it can usually be found on the flour aisle in most grocery stores. Very basic ingredients, right?

Hush puppy ingredients are cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, onion, egg and milk.

How To Make The Hush Puppy Batter

Sift the dry ingredients together into a large mixing bowl, and then add the minced onion. In a separate dish, lightly beat the egg with a fork, and then add the milk, and stir to combine. Pour the egg/milk mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients.

Dry ingredients are sifted into bowl, and minced onion is added.Milk and egg mixture is added to dry ingredients in bowl.

Stir the ingredients until fully blended together. The batter for the hush puppies will be fairly thick. Once that’s done, you are ready to fry some of Mom’s Southern Hush Puppies!

Batter for Mom's southern hush puppies is fairly thick.Thick batter is ready to be fried in hot oil to make hush puppies.

Frying Mom’s Southern Hush Puppies

Heat enough oil in a large skillet to cover the bottom with 1/2 inch of oil. Heat the oil on medium heat until it is REALLY hot, but not smoking. I like to use a cast iron skillet when I make hush puppies, but it isn’t necessary. Plan on a skillet large enough to cook about 6 at a time.

Drop by generous Tablespoons into the hot oil, leaving space between each hush puppy. The batter should sizzle when it hits the oil. Do not move them once they hit the hot oil. Fry them until you see the bottom edges turning brown all the way around. This usually takes 2-3 minutes. You may need to fry the hush puppies in a couple of batches. I fry about six at a time, so I don’t overcrowd the skillet.

Use a spatula and a large spoon to CAREFULLY turn the hush puppies to the other side. Lightly press down on the hush puppy with a spatula to flatten the top slightly. Be careful… that oil is very hot. Continue cooking until the hush puppies are golden brown on the bottom again. Depending on how brown you want them, you can cook the second side longer, if desired.

Mom's southern hush puppies are cooked in hot oil in a large skillet.Hush puppies are carefully turned to fry the other side in the hot oil.

When Mom’s Southern hush puppies finish frying and are browned and crispy on all sides, remove them from the skillet and place on several thicknesses of paper towels. The paper towels will quickly absorb any leftover grease.

Paper towels absorb oil from the fried hush puppies before serving.

Serve Mom’s Southern Hush Puppies HOT!

Serve Mom’s Southern hush puppies hot! Slice them open, spread them with softened butter, and dig in! The finished hush puppies should be really crispy on the outside, and delicious and soft on the inside.

They are such a simple side dish… if you enjoy the flavor of cornbread, it’s pretty certain you will like these, too! Once you’ve gobbled down a hot hush puppy with butter, it’s hard NOT to grab another… and another!

A white plate full of Mom's southern hush puppies, ready to eat!Hot, sliced, and spread with soft butter is the best way to enjoy hush puppies!

If you enjoy these hush puppies, perhaps you would also be interested in my recipes for Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread, or Marie Callender’s Cornbread (copycat recipe)? All taste wonderful, and are another great option to serve with a variety of homemade soups or chilis.

I hope you will have the opportunity to try my Mom’s Southern Hush Puppies recipe. They really ARE easy to make. We love ’em, and hope you will, too! Thank you for stopping by, and humbly invite you to come back soon.

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Original recipe source: My Mom gave me he recipe, about 45 years ago

Mom's Southern Hush Puppies
Prep Time
7 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Mom's Southern Hush Puppies are a simple, delicious side dish (fried till crispy, served hot w/ butter) to accompany a favorite soup or chili.

Category: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mom's southern hush puppies
Servings: 12
Calories Per Serving: 82 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons brown onion finely chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • cup milk
Enough vegetable oil to cover skillet bottom with 1/2" of oil for frying.
    Instructions
    1. Sift the dry ingredients together into a large mixing bowl, and then add the minced onion. In a separate dish, lightly beat the egg with a fork, and then add the milk. Pour the egg/milk mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir the ingredients until fully blended together. The batter for the hush puppies will be pretty thick.

    2. Heat enough oil in a large skillet to cover bottom with about 1/2 inch of oil. Heat oil on medium heat until very hot, but not smoking. Drop batter by generous Tablespoons into hot oil, leaving space between each. Batter should sizzle when it hits oil. Do not move them once they hit oil. Fry until bottom edges turn brown all the way around (about 2-3 min.).

    3. CAREFULLY turn hush puppies to the other side (use spatula).. Flatten top slightly with spatula. Be careful... oil is very hot. Continue cooking until hush puppies are golden brown on the bottom again. When done, hush puppies should be very crispy, and browned on all sides.

    4. When hush puppies finish frying and are browned and very crispy on all sides, remove them from the skillet and place on several thicknesses of paper towels. The paper towels will absorb any leftover grease. Serve hot; slice open and spread softened butter on them. Enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts
    Mom's Southern Hush Puppies
    Amount Per Serving (1 g)
    Calories 82 Calories from Fat 9
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 1g2%
    Saturated Fat 1g6%
    Cholesterol 16mg5%
    Sodium 158mg7%
    Potassium 124mg4%
    Carbohydrates 15g5%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 1g1%
    Protein 3g6%
    Vitamin A 48IU1%
    Vitamin C 1mg1%
    Calcium 40mg4%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    Creamy Mashed Butternut Squash

    Enjoy delicious, creamy mashed butternut squash, made with only a few ingredients. This tasty veggie dish is EASY to make – you’ll love it!
    Enjoy delicious, creamy mashed butternut squash, made with only a few ingredients. This tasty veggie dish is EASY to make - you'll love it!

    If you’re looking for an easy to make vegetable side dish, I’d like to share a delicious recipe for creamy mashed butternut squash. This recipe is a “copycat” recipe from Boston Market, a restaurant based in the United States. The restaurants were in over 1,110 locations back in the 1990’s. They’re still around these days serving delicious homestyle food, but now in only about 400 locations in the U.S. I found the recipe in one of my “Top Secret” cookbooks by author Todd Wilbur.

    I’ve really grown to love butternut squash over the past 4-5 years! It is what is called a “winter squash”, but nowadays it is available year-round in the grocery store.  My family and I have enjoyed this veggie in Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon, Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili or Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries, Honey & Feta. I even enjoy making Glazed Butternut Squash in our Air Fryer!

    Honestly, the hardest thing about this recipe is peeling the butternut squash, and that’s not hard at all! After the peeled and cubed squash has been steamed, it is mashed along with a few spices, brown sugar and butter, and served. It’s easy, and the finished creamy mashed butternut squash is delicious, and can be served alongside a number of main dishes. Here’s how to make it:

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    Prepare The Butternut Squash For Steaming

    Use a vegetable peeler to remove all the peel from a medium-sized butternut squash. Slice off both ends. Cut the squash into two halves lengthwise, and then remove (and discard) the seeds and “pith”.

    After all seeds have been removed, cut the entire squash into 1″ cubes. Try to cut them all about the same size, so they cook evenly while being steamed.

    A vegetable peeler is used to peel the butternut squash.Butternut Squash is sliced in half, and the seeds are removed.

    Steaming The Squash

    Place the cubes in a steamer basket sitting in a large saucepan over boiling water (water about two inches deep). Cover the pan. Let the squash steam for about 30 minutes, OR until the squash is fork-tender. Once done, remove the steamer (and squash) from the pan.

    The squash cubes are cooked in steamer in a pan over boiling water

    Prepare Spice Mix While Squash Is Cooking

    While the squash is steaming, get your spice mix and butter ready, so they are ready to ad to the squash once done and mashed. Melt the butter, and in a separate bowl, combine brown sugar, nutmeg, allspice, salt and pepper. Set aside.

    Spices and a bowl of melted butter to add to squash, once cooked.

    Preparing Creamy Mashed Butternut Squash For Serving

    Place the HOT, steamed butternut squash cubes into a large bowl. Use a potato masher to mash the squash, until this mixture becomes very smooth, and NOT lumpy!

    Add the melted butter and the spice mix to the squash and continue mashing it all together. Once fully combined, let the squash sit for about 5 minutes to give the flavors of the spices a chance to permeate the squash.

    Creamy mashed butternut squash is made using a potato masher.Brown sugar, spices and melted butter are combined with the creamy mashed butternut squash.

    After the creamy mashed butternut squash has “rested and mingled” for 5 minutes, give the squash a quick re-heating in a microwave  for about 1 minute. Now this delicious veggie dish is ready to serve.

    Give it a quick taste, and add additional salt, if needed, to suit your own personal taste. The flavors of this creamy dish pair well with many main dishes, and I think you will really enjoy it!

    A bowl of creamy mashed butternut squash is ready to serve.The creamy mashed butternut squash, served with chicken and brussel sprouts.

    Thank you for stopping by today for a quick visit; I hope you will come back soon. Have a great day!

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    You can find all of my vegetable dishes in the Recipe Index located at the top of the page. I have lots of veggie recipes I believe you will enjoy, including:

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    Original recipe source: The cookbook “Top Secret Recipes Unlocked”, by Todd Wilbur. Published by The Penguin Group, 2009, pages 6-7

    Creamy Mashed Butternut Squash
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    30 mins
    Total Time
    45 mins
     

    Enjoy delicious, creamy mashed butternut squash, made with only a few ingredients. This tasty veggie dish is EASY to make - you'll love it!

    Category: Side Dish, Vegetable Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: creamy mashed butternut squash
    Servings: 6
    Calories Per Serving: 106 kcal
    Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
    Ingredients
    • 1 medium butternut squash
    • 2 Tablespoons butter melted
    • 2 Tablespoons light brown sugar
    • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • teaspoon ground black pepper
    Instructions
    1. Use vegetable peeler to remove peel from squash. Slice off both ends. Cut squash in half lengthwise; remove seeds. Cut squash into 1" cubes.

    2. Place a steamer basket in a large saucepan filled with water (about 2" deep). Bring water to a boil. Add squash cubes to steamer basket. Cover pan, and steam squash for 30 minutes, OR until squash is tender. Once done, remove squash from pan; transfer to large bowl.

    3. While squash is cooking, combine brown sugar, nutmeg, allspice, salt and pepper in small bowl, AND melt butter in separate bowl. Set aside.

    4. Use a potato masher to mash the hot squash, until mixture becomes smooth, and NOT lumpy! Add melted butter and spices; continue mashing. Once fully combined, let squash rest for 5 minutes to give butter and spices a chance to permeate squash.

    5. After flavors "mingle" for 5 minutes, re-heat squash in microwave for about 1 minute. Taste; add additional salt, if desired, to suit your own preference. Serve, and enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts
    Creamy Mashed Butternut Squash
    Amount Per Serving (1 g)
    Calories 106 Calories from Fat 36
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 4g6%
    Saturated Fat 2g13%
    Cholesterol 10mg3%
    Sodium 136mg6%
    Potassium 440mg13%
    Carbohydrates 19g6%
    Fiber 3g13%
    Sugar 7g8%
    Protein 1g2%
    Vitamin A 13404IU268%
    Vitamin C 26mg32%
    Calcium 63mg6%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    Roasted Italian Veggie Medley

    Roasted Italian Veggie Medley is yummy broccoli, carrots, and red peppers covered with Italian spices, baked, and topped with Parmesan cheese.
    Roasted Italian Veggie Medley is yummy broccoli, carrots, and red peppers covered with Italian spices, baked, and topped with Parmesan cheese.

    Roasted vegetables are so delicious! There’s something magical that happens when fresh veggies are roasted, rather than being boiled in water. There is more depth to their flavor, and the vegetables slightly caramelize on the outside, which makes it my favorite way to fix them. 

    This roasted Italian veggie medley is very simple to prepare. It uses three fresh veggies: broccoli, carrots, and sweet, red bell peppers. The veggies are drizzled with olive oil and then seasoned with an Italian-inspired spice mix before baking. The finished veggies are topped with finely grated Parmesan cheese before serving, which adds another layer of FLAVOR. Here’s how to make this simple side dish:

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    Make The Seasoning Mix

    Making the seasoning mix is ridiculously EASY! Measure Italian seasoning, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and a pinch of red pepper flakes into a tiny dish. Stir well, to combine spices, then set aside.

    An Italian-inspired seasoning mix is combined in a small dish.

    Prepare The Veggies For Baking

    Peel, slice off the ends, then cut six medium-sized carrots in half lengthwise. Once sliced in half lengthwise, cut the carrots into 1½-2 inch slices. Cut the broccoli into florets, then cut the red bell pepper into bite sized chunks, after removing the seeds. Arrange the veggies in a single layer on a large baking sheet.

    Drizzle the veggies with olive oil, and toss, to lightly coat all sides. Sprinkle the reserved spice mixture over the top of the vegetables, evenly distributing all the seasoning.

    The vegetables are drizzled with olive oil before seasoning.Italian spice mixture is sprinkled over olive oil-drizzled veggies on baking sheet.

    Bake The Seasoned Veggies

    Roast the veggies, uncovered, in a preheated 400°F oven for 10 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and quickly turn the veggies over, to roast the other side. Make sure to keep the veggies in a single layer.

    Seasoned vegetables are baked in an oven for ten minutes before turning.

    Place the veggies back into the oven and continue roasting them for 10 more minutes, and then they should be done (and tender). Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and quickly transfer the hot roasted Italian veggie medley to a serving plate or bowl.

    Immediately grate Parmesan cheese over the top of the veggies before serving. The heat from the vegetables will help melt the Parmesan cheese.

    Flipping the veggies halfway through baking time helps roast both sides.

    Serve the Roasted Italian Veggie Medley

    Serve the roasted Italian veggie medley as soon as you have the cheese grated on top. I love to finely grate the cheese from a wedge of fresh Parmesan I usually keep in our refrigerator. It adds a nice additional layer of Italian flavor to this simple dish. YUM!
    TIP: If using bagged, pre-grated Parmesan, you might need to pop the dish in the microwave to help melt the cheese. 

    Roasted Italian Veggie Medley is served, topped with finely grated Parmesan cheese.Grated Parmesan cheese garnishes the top of the roasted Italian veggie medley.

    And there you have it… a lovely vegetable medley side dish, without a whole lot of work! I hope you will find the time to give this delicious dish a try. Pretty confident you will enjoy it, as we did. It is a wonderful and versatile side dish, which beautifully compliments a wide variety of chicken, fish, pork OR beef dishes.

    The recipe, as written below, make four side servings, but can be EASILY doubled to serve more! Have a wonderful day, and thank you for stopping by. I sincerely hope you will come back again soon.

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    Roasted Italian Veggie Medley
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    30 mins
     

    Roasted Italian Veggie Medley is yummy broccoli, carrots, and red peppers covered with Italian spices, baked, and topped with Parmesan cheese.

    Category: Side Dish, Vegetable Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Roasted Italian Veggie Medley
    Servings: 4
    Calories Per Serving: 143 kcal
    Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
    Ingredients
    For Italian Spice Mix:
    • teaspoons Italian seasoning
    • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
    • ½ teaspoon onion powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
    • 1 pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
    For Rest Of Dish:
    • 5 medium carrots , peeled
    • 3 cups broccoli florets , approx. 1/2 head broccoli
    • ½ large red bell pepper
    • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 3 Tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

    2. Measure Italian seasoning, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and a pinch of red pepper flakes into a tiny dish. Stir well, to combine spices; set aside.

    3. Peel, slice off ends, then cut carrots in half lengthwise, then cut carrots into 1½-2 inch long slices. Cut broccoli into florets; cut red bell pepper into bite sized chunks, after removing the seeds. Arrange veggies in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, and toss, to lightly coat all sides. Evenly sprinkle spice mix over top of vegetables.

    4. Roast veggies, uncovered, at 400°F. for 10 minutes. Remove from oven; quickly turn veggies over, to roast other side, keeping them in a single layer. Place veggies back into oven; bake 10 more minutes, or until fork-tender. Remove from oven; transfer hot veggies to serving dish. Immediately grate Parmesan cheese over the top of the veggies before serving. Enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts
    Roasted Italian Veggie Medley
    Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 of total))
    Calories 143 Calories from Fat 81
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 9g14%
    Saturated Fat 2g13%
    Cholesterol 3mg1%
    Sodium 425mg18%
    Potassium 512mg15%
    Carbohydrates 14g5%
    Fiber 5g21%
    Sugar 6g7%
    Protein 4g8%
    Vitamin A 13851IU277%
    Vitamin C 92mg112%
    Calcium 111mg11%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    Crispy Homemade Hash Browns

    It’s easy to make crispy homemade hash browns to serve with a favorite breakfast. Crunchy on the outside, & soft inside, they’re DELICIOUS!
    It's easy to make crispy homemade hash browns to serve with a favorite breakfast. Crunchy on the outside, & soft inside, they're DELICIOUS!

    Anyone want hash browns with their breakfast? Me, me, me! My husband and I love crispy hash browns, especially with a good egg breakfast, but don’t have them too often. Most weekday mornings we grab coffee and an English muffin or have granola. HOWEVER… there is nothing like a big hearty breakfast on the weekends!

    These crispy homemade hash browns are a wonderful accompaniment to a “full-on” breakfast, and they are very easy to make! They don’t take too much time or effort to make, either. I’ve been making them this way for years, and finally took photos so I could share the recipe with you on my blog!

    Golden brown, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, these buttery, shredded potatoes taste amazing! Here’s how to make them:

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    Prepare The Potatoes

    When I make hash browns, I like to use medium-sized Yukon gold or red potatoes. I had a few German butterball potatoes left from our garden (very similar to Yukons), so I used them for the photos. It’s certainly okay to use russets, but I personally like the color and flavor of the other varieties best. If using russets, use one really large or two medium sized potatoes to make two servings (as written in the recipe card)

    Peel the potatoes, and then use a box grater to shred them immediately. Be sure to grate the potatoes immediately before cooking, so they don’t turn brown from exposure to air! I always shred them onto several thicknesses of paper towels, to help absorb moisture. Cover the shredded potatoes with several more paper towels, and press firmly to remove as much moisture from the potatoes as possible.

    Removing as much moisture as possible will help create CRISPY hash browns. The potatoes will turn crispy while cooking instead of steaming in the additional moisture that was not removed. Trust me.

    Potatoes are peeled, then grated onto paper towels.Paper towels are used to press into the grated potatoes to absorb excess moisture.

    Time To Cook Crispy Homemade Hash Browns!

    Okay… the potatoes are grated, and the excess moisture has been absorbed. Now it’s time to cook some crispy homemade hash browns! Add vegetable oil and butter to a large heavy skillet. TIP: If you have a cast iron skillet, use it! Cook on medium-high heat, stirring until the butter melts, and the skillet is really hot, but not smoking.

    Carefully add the shredded potatoes to the hot skillet, evenly distributing them on the bottom of the skillet in a shallow layer. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Once you have the layer of potatoes spread out, do not disturb or move them.

    Butter is melted into vegetable oil in large skillet.The hash browns are placed in hot skillet and seasoned.

    Flip And Continue Cooking

    Cook the crispy homemade hash browns for 3-4 minutes without disturbing them. When you begin to see the bottom edges begin to get golden brown and crispy, carefully turn the hash browns over in one piece, if possible.

    Continue cooking an additional 3-4 minutes, occasionally pressing down firmly on the top of the hash browns with the back of a spatula. Flip the hash browns back over to the original side and cook 1-2 more minutes until they are crispy on the outside and lightly browned all over.

    The crispy homemade hash browns are cooked, then flipped to cook other side.Seasoned crispy hash browns are fully cooked and ready to serve.

    Time To EAT!

    Evenly divide the crispy homemade hash browns into two portions and place on plates, keeping each portion intact, if possible.  Serve immediately, adding additional salt and pepper, if desired, to suit your own personal taste.

    We enjoyed these hash browns served with a ham and cheese egg scramble and a slice of toast with my homemade strawberry jam. They were crispy, buttery, and absolutely DELICIOUS!

    Crispy homemade hash browns, served with scrambled eggs, ham, and toast.

    Sure do hope you have a chance to try these delicious crispy homemade hash browns. I’m sure you and those you love will enjoy them, too! Thanks for stopping by. Come back soon… and have a GREAT day!

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    Crispy Homemade Hash Browns
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    8 mins
    Total Time
    13 mins
     

    It's easy to make crispy homemade hash browns to serve with a favorite breakfast. Crunchy on the outside, & soft inside, they're DELICIOUS!

    Category: Breakfast
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: crispy homemade hash browns
    Servings: 2
    Calories Per Serving: 367 kcal
    Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
    Ingredients
    • 1 Tablespoon butter
    • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 3 medium Yukon gold potatoes (or red) , peeled and grated
    • ½ teaspoon salt/pepper (each) plus more, to taste if desired
    • 1 pinch garlic powder
    Instructions
    1. Peel potatoes, and use a box grater to shred them immediately onto several thicknesses of paper towels to absorb moisture. Grate potatoes immediately before cooking, so they don't turn brown from exposure to air! Cover shredded potatoes with more paper towels, and press firmly to remove as much moisture as possible, which helps to create CRISPY hash browns.

    2. Add vegetable oil and butter to a large skillet. TIP: If you have a cast iron skillet, use it! Cook on medium-high heat, stirring until butter melts, and skillet is really hot, but not smoking. Carefully add potatoes to skillet, evenly distributing them in skillet in a shallow layer. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Once you have potatoes spread out, do not disturb or move them.

    3. Cook 3-4 minutes without disturbing. When you see bottom edges turn golden brown and crispy, carefully turn the hash browns over in one piece, if possible. Continue cooking for 3-4 minutes, occasionally pressing down firmly on the top of the hash browns with the back of a spatula. Flip the hash browns back over to the original side and cook 1-2 more minutes until they are crispy on the outside and lightly browned all over.

    Nutrition Facts
    Crispy Homemade Hash Browns
    Amount Per Serving (1 g)
    Calories 367 Calories from Fat 180
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 20g31%
    Saturated Fat 15g94%
    Cholesterol 15mg5%
    Sodium 647mg28%
    Potassium 1074mg31%
    Carbohydrates 45g15%
    Fiber 6g25%
    Sugar 2g2%
    Protein 5g10%
    Vitamin A 175IU4%
    Vitamin C 50mg61%
    Calcium 31mg3%
    Iron 2mg11%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!It's easy to make crispy homemade hash browns to serve with a favorite breakfast. Crunchy on the outside, & soft inside, they're DELICIOUS!