Category: HOLIDAYS

Smoked Salmon Goat Cheese Appetizers

Smoked Salmon Goat Cheese Appetizers

Smoked Salmon Goat Cheese Appetizers are perfect bites to serve over joyous holidays. However, in my humble opinion, these are divine perfection all year round. Sometimes, instead of these rather gourmet crackers, I would serve it with toasted bruschetta. It is just so fancy, yet […]

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 […]

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.

Casserole

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.

Buttery 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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French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole

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PB2 Gluten-Free Chocolate Waffles

PB2 Gluten-Free Chocolate Waffles

PB2 Gluten-Free Chocolate Waffles

These PB2 Gluten-free Chocolate Waffles are an absolute delight. I genuinely love having a protein-packed breakfast or brunch almost every single day, and I must say, these were not disappointing at all.

Above all, I heartily enjoyed a plateful of these with my regular coffee after a long, peaceful, and chilled morning walk. Almost instantly these hit the spot. What a satisfying treat?!

With that being said, I partnered with PB2 Foods – Organic Peanut Butter Powder to create a delicious recipe. A recipe that everyone could enjoy.

PB2 Gluten-Free Chocolate Waffles

Moreover, I carefully put some thought to create the most enchanting waffles packed with amazing ingredients to make your belly happy and your irresistible cravings for sweets at bay.

The pleasant taste will delightfully surprise you completely. That is to say, you would not believe how amazingly delicious these waffles are.

In short, please, you must attempt them as soon as possible.

These are fantastic to make for your loved ones over holidays, maybe for Valentine’s Day.

Perhaps to surprise that special person in your life for his or her birthday.

I know you will want to graciously thank me later.

Recipe

However, you can just enjoy them each and every morning, or afternoon especially after a workout.

As we are all aware, organic peanut butter, a classic and much-adored treat, has been satisfying so many of us for years. It has been incorporated into a variety of different indulgent sweet treats that are beyond well known.

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Such an original and unique flavor has entered a new realm, powder form. PB2 organic powdered peanut butter is a phenomenal spin on the authentic, mouth-watering indulgence.

PB2 Gluten-Free Chocolate Waffles

The process of properly making this product typically includes pressing out most of the natural oils from roasted peanuts and then grinding the nuts into a fine powder.

Therefore, the result of this is a powdered peanut product packed with flavor.

I am most definitely one of those people that hail PB2 as a low-calorie and low carb solution for all peanut butter lovers out there.

Waffles

Please check the PB2 website for more details about the product and grab their tasty recipes.

If you make PB2 Gluten-Free Chocolate Waffles, please tag me on Instagram. @sandraseasycooking with hashtag #sandraseasycooking. Thank you in advance!

PB2 Gluten-Free Chocolate Waffles
Yield: Makes 10-12 Waffles

PB2 Gluten-Free Chocolate Waffles

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

The pleasant taste will delightfully surprise you completely. You wouldn't believe how amazingly delicious these waffles are, so please, you must attempt them as soon as possible

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 GF flour, 7 oz/187g
  • 1/8 cup organic raw cocoa powder, 1oz/17g
  • 4 tbsp. PB2 Foods Organic Powder, 26g
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 4 tbsp. Truvía cane sugar, 50g
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt, 60 ml
  • 2 large eggs, 4oz/100g
  • 1/4 cup oil, 60ml
  • 6 oz/200ml Filtered water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

TOPPING OPTIONS

  • Maple Syrup
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Dark Chocolate Chips

Instructions

  1. Measure and mix dry ingredients first, then measure and mix
    wet ingredients.
  2. Heat waffle iron to medium heat if possible.
  3. Combine dry and wet mixtures and mix until the batter is
    smooth.
  4. Following instructions of your waffle maker, add about 1/4 cup of batter for each waffle.
  5. Continue making waffles until all the batter is used up.
  6. Serve them hot with maple syrup, fresh fruit, and dark
    chocolate chips.

Notes

You can make these waffles with regular flour. Some small adjustments in addition to liquid might have to be adjusted.

For Low carb option, you may use Almond Flour. They are a bit different but nonetheless fantastic. I have tested using almond flour.

If you are sensitive to gluten just make sure to use ingredients with Gluten-Free labels.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PB2 Foods. All opinions are entirely my own. 

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Breakfast Casserole

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Sugar Cookies Chocolate Caramel Skillet Cake

Sugar Cookies Chocolate Caramel Skillet Cake

Sugar Cookies Chocolate Caramel Skillet Cake

I had that moment of “I’ll have what she’s having” when I tasted this so-called cake, Sugar Cookies Chocolate Caramel Skillet Cake. Can I just say, this was OMG!?

Just to be clear, I am not addicted to sweets. Well, I am far from it, yet sometimes, I like having something sweet like this cake.

I had challenged myself to create something that you might not expect to make out of sugar cookie dough. I believe that I accomplished that.

With that being said, I absolutely love the combination of chocolate and caramel. Throw in some nuts and voila. I am in heaven!

Sugar Cookies Chocolate Caramel Skillet Cake

You have an amazing skillet cake that takes almost no effort at all because you have the work cut out for you by using sugar cookie dough by Pillsbury.

Pillsbury is my family’s favorite, and personal preference. Around the holidays, I am extremely busy and I don’t have time to make cookies from scratch, so these are most definitely life-savers.

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To be quite honest with you all, I rather use Pillsbury cookie dough than spend hours preparing a cake that I know will end up in disaster.

You see, I am not much of a “cake” baker, so Pillsbury has been my savior for many years; school parties, family gatherings, busy holiday season.

Sugar Cookies Chocolate Caramel Skillet Cake

Also, to add that Pillsbury sugar cookies are affordable, especially for my family of five. Of course, I bought a couple of these sugar cookie logs at my local Walmart, to create this skillet cake.

All the ingredients used in this recipe are from Walmart. I just like a store where I can go and get everything that I need in one place.

When the holiday season arrives, and it is just around a corner, this comforting, sweet, delicious and simple cake going to be the center of attention on our table, especially around Christmas time.

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The hardest part is waiting until the cake cools down, just for 10-15 minutes.

I liked eating them warm with a cup of hot coffee, but I must say that they are very delicious cold or even the next day. 

However, I had to wait until they are completely cooled down so I could take pictures. I kept myself busy, by making dinner, washing dishes, etc. 

Skillet Cake

I can’t even tell you how hard it has been to resist going over to my studio table to take just a little bite. They are gooey, chocolaty, sweet, perfect if you love sweets.

The next day, I had a few slices leftover, and this is absolutely heavenly and irresistible cold, too.

Obviously, you can make beautiful sugar cookies and decorate them with your family over the holidays, or other delicious sweet treats. Perfect time to make memories with your kids, in the kitchen.

Recipes

If you make my Sugar Cookies Chocolate Caramel Skillet Cake, please tag me on Instagram. @sandraseasycooking.

Thank you all so much in advance! Happy Holidays!

Sugar Cookies Chocolate Caramel Skillet Cake
Yield: Serves 8 to 10

Sugar Cookies Chocolate Caramel Skillet Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 27 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes

Tasty and easy skillet cookie cake!

Ingredients

  • 2 Pillsbury Sugar Cookies
  • 1/2 cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 cup American Classic Caramel Bites, optional
  • 1/2 cup crushed Hazelnuts or any other nuts on hands

Garnish

  • Cocoa Powder
  • Crushed Hazelnuts

Instructions

  1. Use well seasoned 10" Iron Skillet. Read notes*
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  3. Open one pack of Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough, and press firmly on the bottom of the skillet. The well-seasoned skillet should be nonstick, so no need for butter.
  4. Add semisweet chocolate chips, American Classic Caramel Bites chopped hazelnuts. Press slightly into the bottom sugar cookie dough.
  5. Open the other Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough and add a little bit at the time on top. Use spatula and fingers to evenly spread the dough. It doesn't have to be perfect because the cookie dough will slightly expand and fill the gaps.
  6. You can add more chocolate chips and chopped hazelnuts on top if you desire.
  7. Bake the skillet cake in the preheated oven for 25-27 minutes.
  8. Allow it to cool down for about 20 minutes before cutting into wedges and serving.
  9. Dust with cocoa powder and add more crushed nuts.

Notes

  • You can use the smaller skillet, but in that case, one sugar cookie dough log, split in half might be enough. 
  • You can use PB chips instead of caramel bites.
  • After it bakes, skillet cake will be very soft, and when it cools down it will have the gooey texture inside, but the top will be firm.
  • Since it has two layers of cookie dough, you must know that this is not your average cookie, and it does need time to bake.
  • You may use other nuts.


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