Classic Potato Gratin

CLASSIC POTATO GRATIN

Cream, cheese, potatoes, thyme – repeat. That’s how this Classic Potato Gratin rendition from Bon Appetit was made (well, kinda). While this particular dish was made for a Thanksgiving feast, I’m quite surprised that I’ve not incorporated more of these types of dishes throughout the year. Ignoring the caloric value, this particular dish is just absolutely delicious, feeds EVERYONE and is a great for a ‘make ahead’ option.

Here are a few tips if ever making a Potato Gratin recipe:

  1. Use a Mandolin: If you don’t already own one, I’d highly recommend purchasing a Mandolin. They are so incredibly convenient and made the entire arduous potato process just that make quicker.
  2. Always add more Garlic and Herbs: I added copious amounts of garlic and thyme to this recipe. The result? A kitchen that was not short in flavor.
  3. Be Meticulous with the Potatoes: Arrange the potato slices carefully in the dish. Large gaps can absorb the cream mixture and just create a soup-y mess.

Cheers!

CLASSIC POTATO GRATIN

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Grilled Pitas with Feta, Red Onion, Olives & Tomatoes

I don’t dine at Greek restaurants or try to make Greek-inspired dishes very often, so when I do, I really savor the chance and opportunity to do so. This recipe, Grilled Pitas with Feta, Red Onion, Olives & Tomatoeslooked liked a perfect dish with Greek flavors and I especially liked the fact that I would get a chance to utilize the outside grill yet again this week.

This is very simple to make. All it requires is a few minutes for prep/cutting, patience for the grill to heat up, and a penchant for feta cheese!

Step 1: Cut Tomatoes, Onions, Garlic and Olives 

Step 2: Toss Prior Ingredients Together
with Olive Oil and Fresh Mint

Step 3: Brush Pitas with
Olive Oil and Grill

Step 4: Grill Pita and Add Tomato Mixture

Step 5: Cut and Eat!

I happen to like feta cheese, but I realize that not everyone does. I made this with my boyfriend and quickly learned he is definitely not a fan. It’s not fun when he won’t eat any, but at the same time, I get to have more. In these situations, I guess it’s a good thing because I get to have more… unless I just eat the whole thing. In that case, perhaps it’s not the best, but oh well!

Cheers!

Grilled Citrus Marinated Flank Steak with Arugula Salad


I love grilling meat in the Summer just so that I can make meat dishes paired with lighter and fresh flavors. Even though I gouged my finger (on accident) and, yes, major fail, I still love grilling. In my opinion, a lazy Sunday with grilling just can’t be beat!

This recipe is from Epicurious and is titled Grilled Flatiron Steak with Tomatoes and Tapenade. I didn’t prepare all the other items that this recipe calls for; however, I just followed the directions for the seasonings which was I felt was perfect. Plus, I really liked the idea of using an overly abundant use of orange juice and zest to boost the citrus flavor and aroma.

Step 1: Chop Fresh Oregano and
Shallots; Zest and Juice Orange

Step 2: Spread Seasonings and
Chopped Items on Prepared Steak

Step 3: Grill Steak

Step 4: Cool and Cut in Thin Slices; Serve

The key is to let this marinate at least one hour so that the flavors really start to set in. As a result, the citrus flavors really permeate into the meat – not too much, but just enough. Next time, I’d like to add more heat and a bit more paprika. But, all in all, this was a great recipe that I’d like to repeat again!

Cheers!

Caramelized Onion and Arugula & Regular Sliders


I’m not sure if any of you are like me on this one… but I absolutely love food items in miniature form. “Bite-size” or in some case, “two-to-three bites” items are perfect for sampling and give the opportunity to try many different things without feeling too full.

Sliders are a great example of this concept. Just think about it… have you ever been torn between which toppings you want to use on a burger? Realistically, it’s not like you’d put half a slice of pepper jack cheese and roasted poblanos on one side of the burger and then put cheddar cheese and ketchup on the other lonely half of the burger. Right?

Therefore, this little problem is cleverly solved with Sliders.

I chose to put carmelized onions, arugula and garlic mayonnaise on one of the Sliders while putting cheddar cheese and ketchup for a plain ole fashioned getup for the other Slider.

Simple to make, enjoyable to put together, and food in miniature form is just so much more fun anyway!

Cheers!

Pasta With Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce

I genuinely miss the time I spent studying abroad in Italy. Of course, one of the aspects that I miss the most is the food. However, not only did the food taste delicious, but I also fell in love with the deep aromatic smells of garlic, basil and tomatoes.

Basically, I savor any and all recipes that remind me of that summer. One of these recipes that reminds me of Italy is Pasta With Spicy Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce and has consequently become one of my absolute favorites. Sundried tomatoes pack plenty of flavor, especially when used with parmesan and basil. Plus, in addition to the amazing flavor, the wafting smells of garlic and basil while cooking this recipe makes me feel like I’m transporting myself to Italy.

I don’t normally indulge in pastas with creamy sauces; however, even though this does use calorie-laden heavy cream, the intense flavors and aromatic smells are the excuses I’ll use any day (and you should too!) to make this recipe! After all, every once in a while is completely fine in my opinion!

Step 1: Mince Garlic, Chop Basil and
Finely Cut Sundried Tomatoes


Step 2: Grate Parmesan

Step 3: Sauté Garlic, Add Cream
and Sundried Tomatoes

Step 4: Combine Cooked Pasta With Sauce

Step 5: Add Cheese and Basil to Pasta; Eat!

The pure simplicity of this recipe is what guaranteed it’s addition to the usual rotation of dinner menu items. Whether making it for the first time or the hundredth time, this recipe more than satisfies one’s appetite.

Cheers!

Chicken and Prosciutto Salad With Arugula and Manchego


I have a huge crush… on arugula. All of a sudden, I’ve developed a penchant for the peppery-garlic-earthy flavor of this salad green whether it’s on pizza, on it’s own or combined into a sauce. In my opinion, it makes eating a healthy salad just that much easier because I love the flavor (as opposed to eating a bland iceberg lettuce that needs calorie-laden dressings to make it bearable). As a result, I’ve been on the hunt for more and more recipes that utilize arugula to add to the usual rotation for dinner.

I was instantly drawn to this recipe after seeing it in one of the latest issues of Cooking Light. This recipe calls for Asiago cheese; however, I substituted Manchego instead. What I particularly liked about this salad is the fact that it uses arugula (obviously) and combines that with a mix of salty, sweet and tangy/citrus flavors through the prosciutto, tomatoes and lemon flavored dressing. Super simple, healthy, filling and a balanced meal!

Cheers and have a great Sunday evening!

Roasted Sweet Potato, Rosemary and Garlic Lasagna

Calk me crazy – but even though multiple layers of meat and gooey cheese in lasagna sounds completely appealing and a recipe that undoubtedly will fulfill my taste buds, I was craving something more and different this past weekend. Don’t get me wrong, I love an original lasagna; however, I need variety and the ability to try new options in my life.

As a result, I ditched the usual meat and cheese combo and choose to feature a starch that packs plenty of vitamins instead – Roasted Sweet Potato, Rosemary and Garlic Lasagna (the original recipe calls for squash but I substituted sweet potatoes instead).

Step 1: Peel Sweet Potato, Chop and Roast

Step 2: Sauté Garlic and Add Flour and Butter

Step 3: Add Milk to Mixture and Let Thicken


Step 4: Add Sweet Potatoes to Mixture;

Layer Noodles then Potatoes
and then Cheese; Repeat


Step 5: Bake and Eat!

Even though this isn’t a traditional lasagna, I liked the variety of the savory and sweet favors that this surprisingly hearty meal provides. A must try recipe and one that is great if you do not eat meat!

Cheers!