Category: HOLIDAYS

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Colcannon with Kale and Bacon

Colcannon with Kale and Bacon

Colcannon with Kale and Bacon is a tasty side dish and an excellent choice to make for St. Patrick’s Day, however, I could eat it probably every single day.

Colcannon with Kale and Bacon

Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish of buttery mashed potatoes with sauteed kale or cabbage.

I added crunchy bacon because it goes so well together, and who would not like a bit a crunch to their bite.

Let’s be honest, I absolutely adore mashed potatoes. Well, I love potatoes in general.

There are so many amazing meals that we could make using this amazing ingredient. Don’t you agree?

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Colcannon with Kale and Bacon

Anyhow, back to mashed potatoes. I said this many times before, but let me mention again.

When I go to the restaurant I order a bowl of mashed potatoes rather than focused on anything else.

This tasty side dish is just incredible. It is warm, comforting, delicious and such an easy dish to make.

If you want to make it vegetarian or even vegan, skip bacon of course and use dairy-free butter and nut milk to create a creamy texture.

Colcannon with Kale and Bacon

Although I do like a bit of chunky mash from time to time. So as you can see it is really possible to create this dish completely “clean” and vegan.

If you get inspired and make this Colcannon with Kale and Bacon, please tag me on Instagram.

@sandraseasycooking with hashtag #sandraseasycooking. I would love to see all your tasty creations. Thank you so much in advance!

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Irish Recipe
Yield: Serves 4

Colcannon with Kale and Bacon

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Colcannon with Kale and Bacon is a simple and extremely tasty Irish side dish.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes, russets (add salt to water)
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter
  • ¾-1 cup half and half, cream (milk will do as well)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 slices smoked bacon, diced
  • 4 cups stemmed, rinsed, and chopped green kale

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the potatoes. Cook until tender, about 15 minutes in boiling water.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, heat a pan over medium heat and cook sliced bacon, stirring often, until it is nicely crisped, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Then add chopped onion (green onions could be used as well) to the pan and cook until soft and translucent, about 5 to the 6-minute max.
  4. Add washed and chopped kale to bacon and onion, then cook until wilted but still bright green, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside. If you want softer kale you could steam it prior to sauteing. I add a pinch of salt and pepper just to season kale a bit but no more than a pinch.
  5. Use a potato masher or an electric mixer to make a nice smooth mash. Hand masher will make potatoes more chunky, so use it if you like your potatoes that way.
  6. Add the butter and half and a half (cream or milk) to the potatoes and continue to mash until the large lumps are gone. Add salt to taste and black pepper, then mix well. I like adding garlic powder to the mashed potatoes so just add about 1/4 teaspoon or more if you would like to the mashed potatoes and stir well. Also, add enough salt to please your taste buds.
  7. Mix in the mashed potatoes bacon, kale and onion mixture. Taste the colcannon and season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve hot and top with a pat of butter.

Notes

You may use green cabbage or savoy cabbage instead of kale. I like it with either since it pairs so well with buttery mashed potatoes.

For vegetarian or even vegan options, you omit bacon obviously and use dairy-free butter and nut milk. It will be a bit different but still a tasty side dish.

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Smoked Salmon Goat Cheese Appetizers

Smoked Salmon Goat Cheese Appetizers

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Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Jellied Cranberry Sauce is not something that I was eating my whole life. My kids did have this sauce every Thanksgiving, for instance. My husband and I learned to enjoy it.

It is one of those dishes that both of us have not grown up with. It was rather strange to me that it was eaten with Thanksgiving Supper.

I must admit, we have never mixed sweet and savory together on one plate. At least not me. Although, cranberries are known well to go phenomenally with meat.

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I am still not able to combine it with my turkey or anything savory. Well, I just take a few tablespoons after a meal like a dessert or a palate cleanser.

It merely does not sit comfortably with my palate to mix it with other foods.

However, when it comes to side dishes, most people will agree that cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving dinner is a must.

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

With that being said, I really enjoy the taste, pleasant aroma, tartiness, sweetness and texture of cranberry sauce. Therefore, I have decided this year to develop jellied cranberry sauce.

Many people enjoy canned one, and I must say that it is really hard to replicate that stuff. I have tried it before, of course, many times when we were invited for Thanksgiving. However, we have never served it on our Thanksgiving table.

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My oldest son, Aleks, took upon himself to make his own. For the last 6 years, we have been traditionally hosting Thanksgiving dinners, and Aleks would make his famous cranberry sauce. It is very delicious, and everyone always enjoyed it.

My jellied version is incredible. I was wrangling with the idea if I should share this recipe because it is super easy. However, my blog got an EASY word in the title, so why not share it?

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

I understand that not everyone knows what they are doing in the kitchen. So I want to show future cooks and beginners how easy it is to pick up a pot or skillet and make food yourself.

Most of the time you got to use your instincts and taste buds, rather than sticking to the recipe, you know. Sample or taste the food, feel it, touch it, and see if you like it or not.

Even in my own house, I argue with my kids if something is seasoned enough. To me, it is perfect, but they always add extra salt. We all acquire unique tastes.

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Nevertheless, I hope you like this recipe. It does not take a rocket scientist to make it. Just follow simple guidelines and it will taste amazing.

Besides, you can make it in the glass container and serve it. I just thought it looked delightful when I made it in the large muffin tin. It seemed approachable since most people do have muffin or cupcake tins.

What was I thinking?! Well, In my defense it looked cute and it was not all that hard to take it out. Just dip the bottom in the hot water, take a butter knife and go around, then flip on the platter.

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Garnish with extra oranges, fresh cranberries, and pomegranate. Perhaps, a few rosemary sprigs or any other similar herbs.

I made my own sugar cranberries. You just have to boil cranberries in one cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar for 2-3 minutes. Take them out with the slotted spoon.

Allow them to cool down for 5 to 10 minutes, then dip into sugar. That’s it! A simple yet looks so decorative with cranberry sauce.

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

If you make my yummy Jellied Cranberry Sauce, this Thanksgiving or the next, please tag me on Instagram. @sandraseasycooking using hashtag #sandraseasycooking. I would love to see your creations and share them with everyone.

Jellied Cranberry Sauce
Yield: Makes 3 1/2 cups

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Chill Time: 10 hours
Total Time: 10 hours 20 minutes

Must have a Thanksgiving side dish!

Ingredients

  • 12-ounce fresh or frozen cranberries, slightly thawed if frozen
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups of sugar
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 2- 1/4-ounce envelopes of unflavored gelatin (you may use other flavors if you wish)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon allspice seasoning (it is a mixture of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg)

Instructions

  1. Bring cranberries, sugar, and water to a boil in a heavy saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved, then reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until all berries have burst, 6-10 minutes depending on your stove.
  2. Start pouring into a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl and let stand until all juices have drained through about 10 minutes or so. If necessary, press on solids until there is enough juice to measure 3 cups, then discard solids or use them for muffins or similar. If you like it chunky then I would just mash it very well.
  3. Take one cup of drained cranberry juice out then stir together gelatin and let stand about 60 seconds to soften and dissolve. After it dissolves combine it with the rest of the cranberry juice mixture. Mix it well.
  4. Pour cranberry sauce into a lightly oiled mold/s and chill, covered with plastic wrap, until firmly set, at least 10 hours. You may use mason jars, glass containers with the lid or a decorative mold/s.
  5. To unmold, run the tip of a thin, preferably butter knife between the edge of mold and cranberry sauce. Tilt mold sideways and tap the side of the mold against a work surface, turning it, to evenly break the seal and loosen cranberry sauce. You may dip the mold of the container in the hot water to loosen it up on the bottom.
  6. Now, keep mold tilted, invert a platter over mold, then invert cranberry sauce onto a platter. If you are using mason jars, you could get smaller jars and serve each jar per guest as a serving size.

Notes

Cranberry sauce can be refrigerated in the mold for up to 2 days.

If you are low carb, and on a sugar-free diet, please use sugar alternative sweeteners.

If you do not have allspice seasoning, just mix together an equal part of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.

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Buttery Sweet Potato Casserole

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French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of HolidayBaking at Publix. All opinions are entirely my own.

French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole is most definitely a staple food to bake during the joyous holiday season at my house.

We use so many amazingly appetizing toppings, and truly love them all. This is such a versatile and satisfying breakfast or brunch dish, which I adore the most.

To be completely clear, we arealways looking forward to a Thanksgiving or Christmas family brunch all yearlong. It might sound a bit strange, but we talk about it often during ourSunday family meals.

As much as we agree and strenuously disagree about foolish things, food brings us together. The saying could not be truer, food does unite people in the most delicious way.

French Toast Casserole

We create beautiful, sweet memories during holidays, especially over a tasty and warm dinner.

We all know that the holidays can be the busiest and stressful time of the year, but it doesn’t have to be.

For example, the exclusive Publix Holiday Baking promotion makes it so very easy to bake all of my personal favorites during the holiday season.

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Don’t forget to check your local Publix between November 9 and November 22 for savings on a variety of products featured in the Holiday Baking promotion!

French Toast Casserole

Much like in my house, you can actually make baking around the festive holidays a fun family event.

Holiday Baking promotion! Much like in my house, you can actually make baking around the festive holidays a fun family event. Thanks to the Publix Holiday Baking event, I can get everything I need… ON SALE

I can always count on Publix,especially during the holidays. The quality of ingredients is constantly onpoint.

coffee

That being said, I picked up Nestlé® Coffee-mate® Creamer to serve with the morning coffee. Also, typical groceries such as eggs, milk, bread, Pyure® Organic Stevia, and Blackberry Patch Syrup to make my delicious French Toast Casserole.

Anna, my lovely daughter, and I prepped this casserole the night before for the easiest brunch ever.

My husband made coffee while the casserole was baking. Daniel, my youngest, set up the table, which was enormously helpful, of course.

The deliciously warm aroma from the kitchen wrapped our heart and soul with joy. We could not wait to dig in and share this yummy meal.

We all heartily wished my oldest boy, Aleks, and his girlfriend was home from college to enjoy our weekend tradition. That is mainly why I am looking forward to Thanksgiving because my ducklings are all home and with me.

Some of the deals I scored at Publix during the event are:

  • $4.49 Blackberry Patch Syrup (8–12-oz your choice)
  • $2 off any 1 Pyure Organic Stevia (any size)
  • $1 off any 2 Nestlé Coffee-mate Creamer (16-oz) (refrigerated) or Nestlé natural bliss creamer (16-oz) (refrigerated) (mix or match)

If you make this tasty and unbelievably easy French Toast Casserole, please tag me on Instagram. @sandraseasycooking.

French Toast Casserole
French Toast Casserole
Yield: Serves 8

French Toast Casserole

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

An easy and tasty way to enjoy stress-free holidays.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French or other crusty bread 14-16 ounces, day or three-day-old bread
  • 8 large eggs
  • 240 ml (8oz) heavy whipped cream
  • 240 ml (8oz) whole milk
  • 65g (1/2 cup) Pyure Organic Stevia= 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash salt
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter

Cinnamon Apples

  • 2 lbs Apples (Honeycrisp), peel and core
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup Pyure Organic Stevia= 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Topping options

  • Blackberry Patch Syrup
  • Fresh Blackberries or any other fruit
  • Powdered sugar
  • Maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Slice bread into half lengthwise slices, if necessary, or slice French bread into slices, 1-inch each.
  2. Using a larger baking pan with deeper sides, butter well with on the bottom and the sides.
  3. Mix the eggs, heavy cream, sugar, pinch of salt, cinnamon.
  4. Dip each slice of the toast into the French toast mixture, then arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13-inch flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices. You may use two smaller pans as well.
  5. Pour the rest of the mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered pretty evenly with the creamy mixture. Cover with foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours to Overnight.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes at 350F. After 40 minutes, add cinnamon apple over the casserole and bake uncovered for additional 20 minutes.
  8. Drizzle French Toast Casserole with Blackberry Patch Syrup, garnish with some fresh fruit such as blackberries, and dust with a generous amount of powdered sugar, if desired.

HOW TO MAKE CINNAMON APPLES:

  1. Peel apples, core, and dice. It doesn't have to be small chunks.
  2. Add sugar and cinnamon and cook on low medium heat for 10-12 minutes or until the apples are your desired tenderness. You do not want mushy apple sauce so just make them until they are tender but still hold their shape.
  3. Take off the heat and set aside until ready to be used.

Notes

You may use any bread that you wish to use. The best one is French toast or pre-sliced cinnamon bread
for example.

I used cinnamon gourmet toast for this recipe, however, any a day or three days old bread would
work perfectly. It just tastes so much better when the bread is a bit stale.

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