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Baked Sweet Potatoes

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Baked Sweet Potatoes are one of my favorite Autumn treats. It warms your heart and soul, and the pleasant aroma is just enchanting.

I did not grow up with sweet potatoes. The first time I tried sweet potatoes I was 18 or 19 years old.

That being mentioned, when I tried them I instantly fell in love with the taste, texture, and aroma.

It reminded me of these delightful winter squash that we had every fall season. It was not a pumpkin, but not a butternut squash either, somewhere in between.

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Baked Sweet Potatoes

I dearly savored it when I was a little girl. I could not wait until squash slices come out of the wood-burning oven. Mmhmm! It was all I wanted and more. The 80s were special in every possible way.

Nevertheless, my kids are not enormous fans of the sweet potatoes, but they would eat a spoon or two. Well, I heartily enjoyed them mostly by myself through the season and I am entirely fine with it.

Typically, I carefully wrap them with alum foil and roast a couple of them to last me a few days. However, since many do not like to use aluminum making them just like this is just fine as well.

Baked Sweet Potatoes

I would recommend making them both ways; sweet and savory. As I said before, I make many of them for later.

I love adding a pat of butter in the hot sweet potato and drizzle with delicious maple syrup. I would rather have that over any dessert, plus it is quite healthy.

Sweet Potato Casserole is coming soon. I cannot wait to share my tasty recipes in two ways, and just before Thanksgiving!

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Baked Sweet Potatoes
Yield: Serves 4

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Bake Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

An easy and tasty recipe for delicious Baked Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pounds organic sweet potatoes

Savory Topping

  • sea salt butter, a tablespoon of each potato
  • dash of salt
  • dash of ground black pepper
  • a sprinkle of dried parsley
  • A drizzle of olive oil

Sweet Toppings:

  • sea salt butter
  • Maple syrup or honey
  • chopped nuts

Instructions

1. Wash them.

The worst way to ruin a sweet potato casserole or stuffed sweet potatoes is with a gritty texture. Scrub the skins lightly before preparing. Pat dry after with kitchen paper towel or just regular kitchen towel.

2. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mats.

Sweet potatoes tend to get a little juicy while baking, so lining the baking sheet first ensures easy cleanup. From time to time I forgot to do it or don't have any parchment paper on hand, but it is so much easier to clean up when you do have it.

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 while baking. Poke the potato skin with a fork or knife in a few places before you bake it. We can't predict which potato might burst so this is always a wise idea.

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 it’s good to go.

  1. Preheat oven to 425º. On a baking sheet, prick sweet potatoes all over with a fork.
  2. Bake until tender, 50 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of the potatoes.
  3. Let cool, then split the top open with a knife and top with a pat of butter.
  4. Season with salt and pepper dried parsley and serve. You may drizzle with olive oil just before serving.
  5. For the sweet option, add a pat of butter in each potato, then drizzle with maple syrup or honey, perhaps some chopped nuts or even chocolate and marshmallows.

Notes

Baked Sweet Potatoes

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Potato and Beef Everything Bagel Croquettes

Potato and Beef Everything Bagel Croquettes

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

Potato and Beef Everything Bagel Croquettes

I do not know about you, but I could live on these Potato and Beef Everything Bagel Croquettes. My family is completely and utterly obsessed with the exquisite taste of this delightful side dish.

Can you imagine how amazing this would be served over football season, and to even be the star food during potlucks? Perhaps the perfect food to share with your loved ones over the holidays. If you ask me, this is a perfect party food for any occasion.

I have always enjoyed croquettes, but with the addition of everything bagel seasoning, this classic French delicacy just got a facelift.

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Potato and Beef Everything Bagel Croquettes

At this moment in time, these beauties are loved all over the world, and every country likely has their own version of croquettes. My Potato and Beef Everything Bagel Croquettes are just a bit different and I love it!

I partnered with Family Fare, a supermarket in the mid-west that is the “go-to” neighborhood grocery store that provides REAL VALUES, for real people, to create a recipe using Our Family products and showcase their Everything Bagel Seasoning. Which I am a huge fan of.

The Everything Bagel is a classic, known for its savory and complex blend of spices.

everything bagel seasoning

You can find Everything Bagel Seasoning and all the other ingredients at all of SpartanNash’s retail stores located in the Mid-West. With nearly 2,000 items located throughout the store, Our Family has something for everyone and every occasion.

Let’s get back to the seasoning. Our Family has taken the best part of the Everything Bagel and bottled it for you and your family!

Potato and Beef Everything Bagel Croquettes

Our Family’s Everything Bagel Seasoning Blend combinessesame seeds, sea salt, garlic, onion and poppy seeds to create the seasoningblend you never realized your breakfast, lunch, and dinner was missing.

The Family Everything Bagel Seasoning Blend pairs well with anything your heart, or stomach, desires – pizza, popcorn, eggs, chicken, toast, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, vegetables.

Potato and Beef Everything Bagel Croquettes

My family is obsessed with this seasoning, and I really believe that you will be as well. #OurFamilyEverythingSeasoning

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Croquettes
Potato and Beef Everything Bagel Croquettes
Yield: Serve 8

Potato and Beef Everything Bagel Croquettes

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Simple and easy recipe for amazingly delicious Potato and Beef Everything Bagel Croquettes

Ingredients

Mashed Potatoes

  • 1 box Our Family mashed potato, read the instruction on the box; Water, butter, salt, and milk
  • 1 large egg, optional

Ground Beef

  • 1 tablespoon oil + for frying
  • 1//2 pound ground beef, 20/80
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

Assembly

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs, more if needed
  • 2.5 oz Our Family Everything bagel seasoning

Instructions

    1. Follow instruction on the back of the mashed potato box.
      You would need 4-6 servings, depending on how many serving you are planning to
      make. 2 patties are enough per person. You can make 15-16 equal-sized
      croquettes.
    2. Heat a skillet with oil and sauté on the medium-high heat.
      Cook until the meat is completely cooked through, 5-7 minutes. Keep stirring
      and breaking the meat into small chunks. If you have any leftover grease,
      please drain it out before mixing it with the mashed potatoes. You may add one
      egg in the mixture, but it is not necessary.
    3. Wait for a few minutes until the meat is a bit cooled then
      add to the mashed potato bowl. Using a wooden spoon or similar mix together
      very well the mixture. Taste and see if it needs any more salt or pepper. If
      the mixture is too warm to work with refrigerating for 20 minutes and then make
      croquettes.
    4. Make patties between 2 oz to 3 oz. You may use the scale to
      measure. Not necessary, but sometimes handy if you wish your croquettes to be
      the same size. You may also make bite-size croquettes as shown on the pictures.
      They are about the size of a golf ball.
    5. Make patties and place on the tray lined up with parchment
      or wax paper. Cover with it as well and place the tray in the fridge for 30
      minutes so the croquettes could chill. You may prep them overnight as well.
    6. After chilling, place three plates; flour, mixed eggs,
      breadcrumbs with everything bagel seasoning.
    7. Drench into the flour on both sides as well as around, dip
      in the egg mixture then into breadcrumbs mixed with everything bagel; set aside
      and back on the tray. Continue until everything is complete.
    8. Now, you may place it back to the fridge if you do not plan
      to fry these right away or just heat the oil and fry.
    9. Line paper towel on the plate or cookie rack.
    10. Heat about 1 cup of oil for frying.
    11. Never over crowed the frying skillet. Fry 3 or 4 croquettes
      at the time at medium-high heat. Fry for a minute then flip and fry again until
      you reach a deep golden color.
    12. Take out and set on the lined up kitchen paper towel.



Notes

You may make these meatless and use mushrooms or just
chives to create an amazing appetizer.

I tried these with egg and without it. I like it both ways. Adding one egg makes it somewhat more creamy on the inside. It is really not neccecery but you may use it if you would like to test it yourself.

These hold well in the lunch boxes for school or work.

Our Family Everything bagel seasoning contain sodium so please be aware of that before adding too much salt into your croquettes.

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Caramelized Onion Tart

Caramelized Onion Tart

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

Caramelized Onion Tart Recipe

If you want to churn your recipe up to the next level, I encourage you to use Minerva tasty butter to make my Caramelized Onion Tart.

My family sincerely loved this caramelized onion tart with delicious creme fraiche.

As one would expect, we made many delicious and easy dishes using Minerva Dairy Butter;

Such as silky, soft and creamy scrambled eggs, sauteed Lyonnaise Potatoes, which I will share a recipe soon with you all, rich and lush spinach, and so forth.

Caramelized Onion Tart

However, so far this tart has been such a genuine masterpiece. I absolutely love serving it with lemon chicken or my famous pork schnitzels.

Therefore, I would not only recommend this butter for sauteing but for baking and just spreading on your morning toast as well. This butter is a real jam. Lusciously delicious! Best butter that you will ever put in your mouth.

Caramelized Onion Tart

Minerva Dairy, America’s oldest family-owned creamery, just re-vamped their brand and packaging this year in honor of their 125th anniversary. I partnered with them to celebrate this special anniversary.

125th Birthday? Wow! Can you even imagine? Alright folks, let’s churn this thing up.

I brainstormed quite a few recipes using this amazing butter as they sent me three kinds; unsalted, sea salt and with garlic and herbs.

Caramelized Onion Tart

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Don’t you just love butter with 85% butterfat and high-quality? You cannot possibly ask for more.

Also, its made by 6 generations of Butter Makers and made from pasture-raised cow milk. Again, yes, indeed they are America’s oldest family-owned creamery. That is why this butter is creamy heaven.

It also reminds me of my childhood, and I will tell you a tiny fact about me. One of my absolute favorite treats growing up was butter and a drizzle of pure homemade honey from my neighbors.

Caramelized Onion Tart Recipe

I would enjoy this every single day either after school or on weekends when I played all day outside. Till this day, not even one decadent dessert would replace a freshly baked bread with butter and a drizzle of honey.

Those memories I treasure and cherish and on occasion celebrate by eating my favorite treats.

Caramelized Onion Tart
Yield: Serves 6

Caramelized Onion Tart

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

If you want to churn your recipe up to the next level, I encourage you to use Minerva tasty butter to make my Caramelized Onion Tart recipe. It’s easy, tasty and a perfect appetizer for entertaining.

Ingredients

  • 2 Sheets Puff Pastry
  • 2 pounds Onions, sliced into thicker rings, preferably Vidalia Onions
  • 3 tablespoons Minerva Dairy Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Springs of Fresh Thyme, plus for garnish
  • 4 tablespoons Creme Fraiche

Instructions

Caramelized Onions:

  1. Melt the butter, then add oil in a large skillet. Add thick onion slices and turn the heat to medium. stir to coat for a bit and do not touch it until you see the onion changing color from the bottom. You can check by flipping one or two after 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. This is the beginning of caramelization. I do not add sugar, but I use sweet yellow onions which will give you an excellent caramelization of onions.
  3. Now, add the thyme, salt, and ground black pepper to the skillet and stir. Turn the heat to medium-low heat until the onions are completely translucent and caramelized. It will take around 30 to 40 minutes depending on your stove, skillet, etc. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

Assembly:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (190C)
  2. Thaw your frozen puff pastry, preferably in the fridge, overnight.
  3. Unfold your pastry only when fully thawed.
  4. Flour your work surface and your rolling pin. Use restraint with your rolling pin and just slightly roll. Use a fork and make small punching holes all around the bottom of the puff pastry.
  5. Add Creme Fraiche on the top of the pastry then slightly fold ends of the pastry, as shown on the pic. If you do not have Creme Fraiche, check notes below.
  6. As you see on step by step instructions make sure the pastry has four edges in order to hold the onions. You may make it as traditionally rectangular or bake in the circular baking tart pan.
  7. Bake between 15 and 17 minutes, depending on your oven. The pastry needs to be golden.
  8. Take it out and allow it to cool down for a minute or two before slicing.

Notes

Easy Creme Fraiche Substitute:

  • Mix 1 cup heavy cream and 1/4 cup whole milk sour cream together.
  • I like mixing it n the jar or a container with a fitted lid, but you can pour the mixture into a jar as well, cover and let stand in a warm place for about 8 hours.
  • Then stir and refrigerate for 24 hours before serving.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 247Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 313mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 10gProtein: 4g
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