Category: SIDE DISHES

Colcannon with Kale and Bacon

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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 is a traditional Irish dish of buttery mashed potatoes with sauteed kale or cabbage. I […]

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Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip is such an easy recipe. All you need to do is put everything together bake and serve. It is a perfect treat to quickly make especially if you have unannounced guests.

Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip

I don’t know about you, but for me, even a simple dip is enough to satisfy my hungry belly.

I wanted to share this one for a while now but never really got a chance to do it.

Just the other day, I made it for my family and swear we could smear it over cooked pasta or dip potatoes wedges in this yummy dip.

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It is such an easy way to create an incredible dish with a limited amount of ingredients.

Now, this is not just perfect for entertaining, but for movie nights, sporting parties, or potlucks. I made it many times just when I want a quick snack.

Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip

My daughter and I usually prep this one when we are catching up on our favourite shows.

Well, we serve a bunch of other things but this one is most certainly in the centre of our table. We just love munching on snacks and dips while enjoying our time together.

I really do hope you guys like this classic dip as much as my family and I love.

Hey, if you get inspired and make this quick and easy Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip, please tag me on Instagram.

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

Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip

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Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip
Yield: Serves 6

Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip

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

Ingredients

  • 1 (8-oz.) block cream cheese, softened at room temp.
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yoghurt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar, plus more for topping
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 (10-oz.) package frozen spinach, defrosted and chopped, squeeze out any additional liquid
  • 1 (14-oz.) can or a jar artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic (or 2 cloves minced garlic)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

Topping:

  • Everything bagel seasoning

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until everything is combined and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Transfer to a baking dish and smooth top with a spatula. Then, top the mixture with more shredded cheddar.
  4. Bake until bubbly and slightly golden, about 20 to 25 minute. Turn your oven to broil for 1 minute to make this dip into a deeper golden brown.
  5. Top with everything bagel seasoning, if desired.
  6. Serve with bread slices or crackers.

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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.

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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Pan-Fried Eggplant with Mozzarella and Marinara

Pan-Fried Eggplant with Mozzarella and Marinara

Pan-Fried Eggplant with Mozzarella and Marinara

When you want to have a quick meal with your family, Pan-Fried Eggplant with Mozzarella and Marinara is definitely the way to go.

It is just so nice with a nice bowl of mixed greens. A pretty balanced meal that my family and I really enjoy at least on a weekly bases.

You really do not need to spend hours in the kitchen to prep and cook a decent dinner. Most of our meals take less than 40 minutes from start to finish, and so many you would just pop in the oven, air fryer or slow cooker then wait until it is complete.

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Pan-Fried Eggplant with Mozzarella and Marinara

I don’t know why people complicate cooking. It can be therapeutic as much as economical. For my family of 5 going out is just not economical when I know that I could make far better and healthier for way less money. Wouldn’t you agree?

I am not saying do not go out and support your favorite restaurant or that we never ever go out to eat. What I am saying is that we do not go as often as perhaps average family in the USA. Well, I’m just stating the facts.

Anyhow, if you are vegetarian, or trying to cut down eating meat, these pan-fried eggplant slices are just wonderful.

Pan-Fried Eggplant with Mozzarella and Marinara

I have so many amazing vegetarian recipes on my blog. I think you would love them. As much as I love meat, I do crave meatless meals from time to time. Yes, that includes a big beautiful bowl of mixed greens.

If you hate eggplant for whatever reasons, please give this one a try. I think that you will be pleasantly surprised at how tasty this is. My boys are not huge on eggplant either, but they actually dig this one. I don’t know why?

Maybe because they are fried and covered with sauce and tasty cheese. It is a life changer for low carb folks as well.

Pan-Fried Eggplant with Mozzarella and Marinara

One cup of eggplants have less ta 5 carbs, so you can dip them in almond flour, for example, instead of breadcrumbs. So many options that we have to create an amazing low carb, tasty meal.

Hey, if you try Pan-Fried Eggplant with Mozzarella and Marinara please tag me on Instagram. @sandraseasycooking #sandraseasycooking. Thank you in advance!

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Pan-Fried Eggplant with Mozzarella and Marinara
Yield: 4

Pan-Fried Eggplant with Mozzarella and Marinara

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time to prep Eggplant: 15 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

When you want to have a quick meal to have with your family, Pan-Fried Eggplant with Mozzarella and Marinara

Ingredients

  • 1 eggplant, sliced (you may peel it if you wish)
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs (almond flour with Italian herbs as a sub)
  • 1-2 eggs, mixed or egg sub
  • 1/4 cup of oil for frying
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, or fresh slices of mozzarella
  • Fresh and dry herbs for garnish
  • A good drizzle of olive oil

Instructions

  1. Slice eggplant into 1/4 inch thick slices then submerges into salted cold water. I added about 1 tablespoon of table salt mixed with 6-8 cups of water. This will help eggplant become more flavorful and it will remove any bitterness. Allow it to soak for approximately 15 minutes.
  2. Remove eggplant from the water, then tap dry each slice of eggplant with a paper towel.
  3. Heat oil to medium and a plate lined with a paper towel. Keep stove temp on the medium rather than low or high.
  4. Meanwhile, add a mixed egg or egg sub into one bowl and breadcrumbs in the other. Read notes about almond flour prep.
  5. Dip each slice both sides into egg then into breadcrumbs, then drip carefully into the hot oil. Fry for a minute on each side just to get them to light golden color. Remove and place to a paper towel to soak any additional oil.
  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a nonstick baking sheet or line it with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  7. Place each pan-fried eggplant onto the baking sheet, and add about tablespoon or two of marinara sauce and sprinkle shredded cheese or one slice of fresh mozzarella. Sprinkle with some black pepper and dried herbs. Drizzle a bit of olive oil.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve over seasoned salad and eat immediately.

Notes

Almond flour breadcrumbs

  • Mix 1 cup of Almond flour with 1 teaspoon of blended Italian herbs, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper.
  • For a gluten-free option, cornmeal could be used.

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