Category: PARTY FOOD

Smoked Salmon Goat Cheese Appetizers

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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

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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.

Casserole

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

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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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Tasty Labor Day Recipes

Tasty Labor Day Recipes

These Tasty Labor Day Recipes that I have picked for you guys are easy, delicious, affordable and approachable. You can make them any time you want not just over Labor Day and 4th of July, or any other holiday.

If you are like my family then you start making plans for BBQ cookout for Labor Day weekend weeks ahead. It is a long weekend so at least 2 days worth of tasty leftovers.

I wish you all safe, and tasty Labor day!

MEAT, FISH, AND POULTRY:

Collection of tasty meat, fish and poultry recipes from my blog!

Tasty Labor Day Recipes

SMOKED ST. LOUIS STYLE RIBS

Can you really start BBQ season without making some amazingly delicious, and finger-licking Smoked St. Louis Style Ribs? I think not.

These ribs are so tasty we have been making them on repeat for our meal prep because they hold so good o the fridge so well for a week.

Tasty Labor Day Recipes

SIMPLE HALIBUT BURGER

Simple Halibut Burger Recipe is a must-try. I believe that this is one of the best burgers I have ever made. It is so juicy, tasty and just enchanting.

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LEMON HERB GRILLED SALMON

Who loves Salmon? I simply love it especially made this way. However, I am not picky at all. When it comes down to this delicious fish, I could eat it pretty much any possible way prepared.

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CHICKEN FAJITA SKEWERS

These Chicken Fajita Skewers are fresh, tasty, healthy, colorful, and the ultimate summer grilled food that everyone loves.

Tasty Labor Day Recipes

CHICKEN BURGERS

When I flipped those burgers and saw it, I was breaking a happy dance around the grill. They were delightful, flavorful and in another word orgasmic. I hope you make them soon, too.

Tasty Labor Day Recipes

HOMEMADE BEEF BURGERS

I love burgers and I absolutely love my homemade beef burgers. They are really easy, perfectly seasoned and extremely tasty.

We grill a lot and these are always a hit with everyone along with my pita bread. Not to brag or anything, but I am kind of known around here for my homemade bread.

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Grilled tofu recipe with marinade

GRILLED MARINATED TOFU

Easy, delicious and a perfect grilled food if you wish to skip grilled meat.

BREAD AND SANDWICHES:

My absolute favorite bread from my blog.

DUTCH OVEN BREAD: BREAD FOR BEGINNERS

PITA BREAD

SPIRAL TWIST BREAD ROLLS

THE BEST GARLIC AND HERBS FLATBREAD

KETO BREAD- EASY AND DELICIOUS LOW CARB BREAD

ROAST BEEF SLIDERS

QUICK IRISH SODA BREAD

SALADS:

Refreshing, healthy and easy salad recipes that you guys going to love.

OLIVIER SALAD- RUSSIAN SALAD

EASY RED POTATO SALAD

VEGETARIAN PASTA SALAD

CREAMY SUMMER PASTA SALAD

BOILED POTATOES WITH BUTTER AND PARSLEY

HEIRLOOM TOMATO FETA SALAD

CUCUMBER, TOMATO AND MOZZARELLA CHEESE SALAD

CITRUS KALE SALAD

FRUIT SALAD WITH CITRUS-MAPLE DRESSING

DESSERTS:

We all have a bit of sweet tooth. These dessert or sweet treats are perfect after savory grilled food to share with your loved ones.

BROWNIES AND YOGURT SUMMER PARFAIT

OLD FASHIONED APPLE PIE

STRAWBERRY JELLO SUMMER SALAD

PLUM AND PEACH GALETTE

TRIPLE BERRY GALETTE

If you make any of my Tasty Labor Day Recipes, please tag me on INSTAGRAM @SANDRASEASYCOOKING. Use hashtag #sandraseasycooking so I could share it with others. Thank you so much for your love and support… I wish you a wonderful holiday!

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Strawberry Jello Summer Salad

Strawberry Jello Summer Salad

Strawberry Jello Summer Salad

Strawberry Jello Summer Salad is undoubtedly an easy, fabulous and tasty recipe. We enjoy nothing but this incredibly simple and classic dessert all summer long.

I heard that every good Southern lady should know how to properly make delicious jello salad. Well, I must say, yours truly, was not born here in the United States.

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I know that so many of you already know that fact about me. If you have never heard me talk, I do have an accent. It gets thicker when I am tired. I have kids so we are an English speaking family, but they do understand Serbo-Croatian very well too.

Every so often, it gets extremely annoying when people do not even try to understand what I am trying to say. I do not think that I am hard to understand at all.

Strawberry Jello Summer Salad Recipe

Needless to say, when people do not even try to understand me, all I desired to do is to turn around and walk away. Also, try really hard not to punch them.

Nevertheless, I have been living in the gorgeous city of Nashville for 21 years, more than half of my life, so I have rightfully earned the privilege to call myself a Southern lady. So, I will bring to the table my version on the most popular Southern Jello Salad.

Strawberry Jello Summer Salad in the pan after cooling.

You could use a large bowl for trifle and create a beautiful dessert centerpiece. Perhaps for a smaller party, you can make individual desserts just by serving them in glasses.

With that being said, my family literally devoured this strawberry jello summer salad. I mean what’s not to like.

Summer Salad

We have cream cheese here and whipped topping, luscious strawberries, jello, plus graham crackers with butter. If you are like me, I know every pan corner will be licked clean.

If you make this recipe or if I inspire you to make any of my recipes please tag me on Instagram @sandraseasycooking and use hashtag #sandraseasycooking.

To me, it’s all about sharing food so I would love to share at least a picture of your creation with others. Thank you in advance!

Southern Strawberry Jello Summer Salad
Strawberry Jello Summer Salad
Yield: Serves 8

Strawberry Jello Summer Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes

Strawberry Jello Summer Salad is undoubtedly an easy, fabulous and tasty recipe. We enjoy nothing but this incredibly simple and classic dessert.

Ingredients

  • TOPPING
  • 2 packages (8.5g - 4-serving size each) Jell-O™ strawberry-flavored gelatin ( used sugar-free)
  • 1 3/4 cups (14 oz/412ml) Boiling water
  • 1 box (16 oz/500 ) strawberries, plus for serving
  • CRUST
  • 10 graham crackers, crushed
  • 1/4 cup (55g) unsalted butter, melted
  • FILLING
  • 1 container (8 oz/226g) Cool Whip whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 package (8 oz/226g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup (100g) sugar (I used Truvia )
  • 1 tablespoon (13g) vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in sliced strawberries; refrigerate until partially set, about 45 minutes
  2. Heat oven to 350° F. In a medium bowl, mix ingredients for CRUST. Press into ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Bake 7-10 minutes. Cool it completely.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat ingredients for FILLING with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Spread over crust. Make sure it goes to the very end sealing the edges so the topping doesn't leak though. It is okay if it does but for the perfect separation of each layer it is the best if you seal it. Cover and refrigerate until cool and gelatin topping in the bowl is partially set.
  4. Carefully spoon gelatin TOPPING over filling. Refrigerate 4 to 6 hours or until firm. I like adding more fresh strawberries when I serve this dessert.

Notes

You may add other fruit such as pineapple or peaches. Possibilities are endless.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 26mg Sodium: 124mg Carbohydrates: 31g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 20g Protein: 3g
This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate, but we try our best.
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