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Herbed Stuffing Sausage Casserole

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Jellied Cranberry Sauce

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Buttery Sweet Potato Casserole

Buttery Sweet Potato Casserole

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Minerva Dairy. All opinions are entirely my own.

Buttery Sweet Potato Casserole

Buttery Sweet Potato Casserole is an appetizing and amazing side dish or dessert that will make any holiday dinner that much more special.

The holiday season is known as the coziest time of the year, and I couldn’t agree more. A time to relax, reflect and celebrate life with your loved ones is always a necessity.

I am so grateful for everything that I have achieved alongside with a very supportive family.

I make sure to seize maximum advantage during the holiday season to fully enjoy it. So, I prepare food in advance as well as include everyone in some sort of activity to make family dinners over the holiday season much easier on me.

Buttery Sweet Potato Casserole

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and it honestly has to be one of my favorite celebrations. I must add that because of my profession, I have grown a love for food even more.

As well as admire experimenting out of my comfort zone when making different genres of it.

During Thanksgiving, I get the best of both worlds! I adore spending time with my dear family, and when we all gather together and share food around the table, it feels like my whole world is utterly complete.

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Buttery Sweet Potato Casserole

One dish that will surely make it on a platter this year and many more to come is my sweet potato casserole. This delectable treat is delicate and so versatile.

You can traditionally serve it as a side dish delicacy, or a simple dessert. It’s naturally filling and sweet but not uncomfortably sugary.

It sits pleasantly after the savory main meal and abundantly satisfies any candied craving.

You can present it at any holiday party imaginable, or just on a cold, rainy night. Although Thanksgiving dinner is the most appropriate time of the year when this superb casserole is served the most.

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Minerva Dairy Amish Butter undoubtedly makes this magnificent treat possible. I partnered with America’s oldest family-owned creamery once again to bring you an easy, yet fabulous recipe.

This butter is rich, creamy, and full of flavor because it has 85 present butterfat. It gives the casserole such a delicate and soft relish that is indescribable.

It melts in your mouth right after the first bite, and all of the munches that follow are left just as delicious as the initial one.

Minerva Dairy Butter

My family and I have been heartily enjoying fairly enough gourmet meals using Minerva Dairy Amish Butter.

Admirably, they have been in the business for 125 years, so you know they make phenomenal quality butter.

Minerva Dairy Amish Butter does slow-churned in small batches and they use only the freshest cream from pasture-raised cows on American family farms.

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Furthermore, they provide many incredible flavors; unsalted, sea salt, garlic-herb, pumpkin spice, maple syrup, and smoked maple wood butter.

If you get inspired and make my Buttery Sweet Potato Casserole, please share it with me on Instagram by tagging me. @sandraseasycooking. Thank you in advance.

Sweet Potato Casserole
Yield: Serves 8

Buttery Sweet Potato Casserole

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time FOR SWEET POTATOES: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Easy, tasty and amazing side dish or a dessert recipe for Buttery Sweet Potato Casserole.

Ingredients

TOPPING:

  • 1 cup coarsely crushed butter-flavored crackers (about 20 crackers)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups regular marshmallows, optional

Instructions

Sweet Potato Prep:

1. Wash them.

The worst way to ruin a sweet potato casserole or a BBQ stuffed sweet potatoes is with a gritty texture. Scrub the skin lightly before preparing.

2. Line your baking sheet with foil, parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Sweet potatoes tend to get a little juicy while baking, so lining the baking sheet first ensures easy cleanup. Mess-free baking!

3. Poke holes!

The pricking technique is always used when baking regular or sweet potatoes—it reduces the baking time and ensures the potatoes won't burst. Use a fork to prick the potatoes all around.

4. Bake until tender.

How can you tell when they’re done? Stick a fork into the thickest part of the potato, if there’s no resistance and goes in almost smoothly, it’s done. For the casserole, scoop all the potato flash out and transfer into the large mixing bowl.

CASSEROLE:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. In a large bowl, combine 7 casserole ingredients. Transfer to a baking casserole size dish (9×13-inch rectangular casserole pan, 8×8 or 9×9 square dishes; 9×13 also holds about 3 quarts of volume).
  3. Combine topping casserole ingredients; sprinkle over sweet potato mixture. This is a personal preference, you may add marshmallows on top of the casserole topping mixture and press it slightly down; if you desire classic sweet potato casserole use it, however, without it just as tasty.
  4. Bake, uncovered between 20-25 minutes. Serves warm!

Notes

You may use marshmallows or leave them out. You could make two smaller casseroles one with marshmallows and one without it to please everyone's palate.

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Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes Recipe

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes are such a comfort food to me. Ever since I was little, I loved the combination of potatoes and onions sauteed in butter.

I do not think there is a better side dish to compliment pretty much any meat, fish. It goes even perfect with eggs.

Usually, I would finish everything and crack a few eggs on top. It is absolutely divine, but that is a recipe on its own.

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So, this recipe is coming from Lyon, France. That is why it is named Lyonnaise Potatoes.

The city is known for its historical and architectural landmarks. Lyon, less than 300 miles away from Paris, has developed a reputation as the capital of gastronomy in France.

Anyhow, one of my favorite ways to serve this tasty classic French dish is with steamed or grilled fish.

In my opinion, these sliced pan-fried potatoes just compliment fish very well.

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes Recipe

Anyhow, my husband loves caramelized onions as much as I do so we had this at least a couple of times a month.

To be honest, we have been off potatoes completely since December of 2018. Therefore potatoes make an appearance at our table ever once in a while.

It is just a wonderful side dish that must try if have not had a chance.

I kept it petty classic so please do let me know how you like it?!

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes

I am thinking this would be great with sweet potatoes over Thanksgiving. Sweet and savory type of side dish. I might even try it.

Ever since I became a food blogger my palate expanded and I am more adventures when it comes to food.

As I said many times before, sometimes you need to just to go with your taste regardless of what the recipe says.

Honestly, I rarely follow a recipe. I have been cooking for so long that I could approximately eyeball how much seasoning I need to add.

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Well, I am not ancient. Yes, I am knocking on the door of big 4-0 February 2020, which I am totally looking forward to.

What I wanted to say here is that even though I am 39, I have been cooking for more than 25 years.

Cooking comes naturally to me and I enjoy cooking. Sandra’s Easy Cooking was named only because cooking is really not hard.

Yes, you will burn even eggs, perhaps blow your microwave, set your oven on fire, cut your finger or burn it, etc. but that is all learning experiences.

Don’t be afraid to just experiment; taste, smell, look, season, mix, turn down the heat. Just use all your senses.

Okay, lovelies… I hope you try my yummy and might I add Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes.

If you do, please tag me on INSTAGRAM @sandraseasycooking with hashtags #sandraseasycooking… and, hey, don’t forget to follow for more easy recipes.

Thank you in advance!!!

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes
Yield: Serves 4

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Easy, tasty and amazing side dish that would wow you and your family.

Ingredients

  • 26 oz (750g) New Potatoes, about 4 medium potatoes), sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, (2 tbsp. goes for Onions)
  • 2 tablespoon Oil
  • 2 sweet onion (7oz/200g), such as Vidalia, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Kosher Salt to taste, about 1 teaspoon + for boiling potatoes
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley leaves + for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place the sliced potatoes and a good pinch of the salt in a saucepan and add cold water a bit above the potatoes.
    Bring to a boil over high heat then boil potatoes for 10 to 12 minutes or until tender.
    Drain the potatoes and add cold water over it to stop cooking, drain again and set aside to cool down. I do not peel the as they are waxy new potatoes, but at this point you may peel them if you wish to do so.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter with 1 tablespoon of oil in a larger nonstick frying pan over medium heat.
    Add the onion and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and cook, stirring, until caramelized and lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer the onions to a small bowl and set aside. We are looking for a lighter caramelization, not an onion jam.
  3. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter with a drizzle of oil in the same frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the potatoes and season with a dash of pepper and salt, to taste. If there are too many slices of potatoes to cover the bottom of your pan, you may cook potatoes in batches then combine them together at the end with onions, or you may use more skillets to shorten the time of cooking.
  4. So as soon as you place potato slices in the pan, in one layer, turn them on the other side to coat with the butter and oil and spread into an even layer. For each batch add a pinch of salt and pepper to season the potatoes.
  5. Cook undisturbed, until the bottoms are lightly browned, 2 minutes then turn around to cook the other side. Keep turning until you get a nice golden color.
    Now put everything together in one skillet, returning the onions too, stir to combine. Cook for a minute or two with 1/4 cup of parsley. You may garnish with the chopped parsley before serving.

Notes

I like using larger waxy new yellow potatoes, but if you are using regular russet potatoes peel them after boiling and then slice to 1/4 inch slices. That way they will still stay in one piece. There are no right or wrong ways. This is my way of doing it so I do not peel mine when I use these types of potatoes.

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes Recipe

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Breakfast Brioche Bread Pudding

Breakfast Brioche Bread Pudding

Breakfast Brioche Bread Pudding

Do you like Bread Puddings? What flavor combination is your absolute favorite?

Bread pudding, which I typically call sweet breakfast casserole, is the best creation. Whoever invented this is an absolute genius.

My family genuinely loves it so much. I cannot even begin telling you how this entire pan was gone in less than 10 minutes.

Ahh! Le Sigh! This was the time when I still ate carbs and sweets.

I precisely remember waking up with the irresistible cravings of this delightful casserole. I made it many times before especially around this time of the year.

If you have kids, you know there are so many school holiday parties. I would switch minor ingredients often, depending on what season we are or what is the occasion.

Breakfast Brioche Bread Pudding

Every so often I would add raisins and delicious apples and sometimes make almond joy combo. 

If you are following me for a while, ya know your girl loves Almond Joys, but also I love chocolate and orange. Okay, I must admit that I am not picky at all so whatever sweets are in front, I will eagerly eat it.

Nevertheless, this delicious bread pudding is effortless. It comes together so quickly, but you can make it ahead and store the whole pan in the fridge and bake the next day. I mean it’s as simple as that. Having said that, you can soak it for a couple of hours and bake it the same day as well.

Breakfast Brioche Bread Pudding

What are some of your favorite homemade breakfasts that we traditionally eat around the joyous holiday season?

It is during the winter season when I make it the most, but also on special occasions like birthdays or Thanksgiving Black Friday breakfast. Nonetheless, I sincerely hope you guys like this one as much as we did enjoy eating it with a drizzle of sweet maple syrup and a sprinkle of powdered sugar. 


I sincerely love Easy Breakfast STRATASavory Breakfast Casserole, FRENCH TOAST, WAFFLES as well as CLASSIC PANCAKES, but this one is special. Even though made it many times, I don’t actually make it often that’s why is so special. 

Breakfast Brioche Bread Pudding

Breakfast Brioche Bread Pudding

This delicious bread pudding is effortless. It comes together so quickly, but you can make it ahead and store the whole pan in the fridge and bake the next day. I mean it‘s as simple as that. It is absolutely perfect for breakfasts over the holiday season. 

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword baking, brunch, breakfast, bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Rest for at least 1 hour
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Author Sandra | Sandra’s Easy Cooking

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf Chocolate chip brioche toast slice into cubes
  • 1/2 tablespoon Coconut Oil softened
  • 4 cups Whole milk you may use non dairy milk
  • 1 can Coconut Milk (or cream) by Thai Kitchen
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup Sugar 100 g
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Shredded Coconut
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips

Instructions

  1. Slice the bread into cubes. Leave the edges on for a more rustic loaf. Slice the bread into bite-sized cubes.
  2. Coat a 9×13-inch baking dish with the coconut oil. Add the bread cubes and gently shake the dish and pat the cubes down so they settle into place. If you’re using any extra ingredients like fruit or nuts, scatter these over top, then use a spoon to gently poke and stir them into the bread cubes so that some of them go into the middle but they don’t all fall to the bottom of the dish.

  3. Make custard by combining the milk, coconut milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt in a large bowl and whisk it well. Then add coconut shreds and mix again. 

  4. Slowly and evenly pour the custard over the top of the bread cubes, making sure it gets everywhere. The custard should come to just below the top of the bread, with edges and corners poking out the top.
  5. Make sure to cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight. This gives the bread time to absorb the liquidy egg, milk and cream mixture. If you’d like the traditional and more common flat top with no crunchy bits, press the top of pudding a few times as it soaks or weighs it down with something heavy so that all the bread cubes get pushed into the egg mixture.
  6. Before baking, arrange your rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F.
  7. Bake the bread pudding. Uncover the bread pudding and bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean and the tips of the bread on top are beginning to toast, 45 minutes. If the top seems like it’s getting dark before the custard is completely done, cover the dish loosely with heavy duty aluminum foil. You can make like a little dome.
  8. Cool briefly before serving. Transfer the baking dish on a wire cooling rack and let cool at least 5 minutes before serving. You may dust some powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup.

Recipe Notes

OPTIONAL EXTRAS: 1/2 cup of dried fruit, 1/2 cup chopped toasted nuts, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, finely grated zest of one orange, powdered sugar, maple syrup.

You may use reg brioche or a day old bread, and add some chocolate chips if you would like or other optional extras. Classic Bread pudding contains Milk, Cream, Eggs, Sugar, Vanilla or Cinnamon or both. As I stated, you may add nuts, chocolate, dried fruit, etc., but the custard is something that every bread pudding contains. We do not need additional flour or any starches to make it thick because the custard is going to be poured over the stale bread.

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