Category: SIDE DISHES

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 is an appetizing and amazing side dish or dessert that will make any holiday dinner that much more special. The holiday season is […]

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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If you get inspired and make these delightful Baked Sweet Potatoes, please tag me on Instagram. @sandraseasycooking using hashtag #sandraseasycooking. Thank you so much in advance!

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

Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese

Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese

I could eat this delicious Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese probably every other day. Well, I like calling this Mac-flower and Cheese ’cause I used Cauliflower instead of macaroni. This recipe blew my Instagram account after food52 reshared my picture of Mac-flower and Cheese. Since I […]

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 […]

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.

Tasty Labor Day Recipes

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.

Tasty Labor Day Recipes

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.

ASIAN BEEF SKEWERS

ASIAN BEEF SKEWERS 

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!

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. 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 […]

Yellow Rice with Peppers and Tomato Sauce

Yellow Rice with Peppers and Tomato Sauce

Yellow Rice with Peppers and Tomato Sauce is a family favorite summer side dish. It goes well with grilled food, but you can just eat it as it is. I grew up enjoying rice with peppers and tomato sauce. That being said, I loved mopping […]

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes Recipe

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes are such a comfort food to me. Ever since I was little, I loved the combination of potatoes and onions sauteed in butter.

I do not think there is a better side dish to compliment pretty much any meat, fish. It goes even perfect with eggs.

Usually, I would finish everything and crack a few eggs on top. It is absolutely divine, but that is a recipe on its own.

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So, this recipe is coming from Lyon, France. That is why it is named Lyonnaise Potatoes. The city is known for its historical and architectural landmarks. Lyon, less than 300 miles away from Paris, has developed a reputation as the capital of gastronomy in France.

Anyhow, one of my favorite ways to serve this tasty classic French dish is with steamed or grilled fish. In my opinion, these sliced pan-fried potatoes just compliment fish very well.

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes Recipe

Anyhow, my husband loves caramelized onions as much as I do so we had this at least a couple of times a month.

To be honest, we have been off potatoes completely since December of 2018, therefore now potatoes make an appearance at hour table ever once in a while.

It is just a wonderful side dish that must try if have not had a chance. I kept it petty classic so please do let me know how you like it?!

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes

I am thinking this would be great with sweet potatoes over Thanksgiving. Sweet and savory type of side dish. I might even try it.

Ever since I became a food blogger my palate expanded and I am more adventures when it comes to food.

As I said many times before, sometimes you need to just to go with your taste regardless of what the recipe says. Honestly, I rarely follow a recipe. I have been cooking for so long now that approximately know how much seasoning I need to add.

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Well, I am not ancient. Yes, I am knocking on the door of big 4-0 next February, which I am totally looking forward to. What I wanted to say here is that even though I am 39, I have been cooking for more than 25 years.

Cooking comes naturally to me and I enjoy cooking. Sandra’s Easy Cooking was named only because cooking is really not hard.

Yes, you will burn even eggs, perhaps blow your microwave, set your oven on fire, cut your finger or burn it, etc. but that is all learning experiences. Don’t be afraid to just experiment; taste, smell, look, season, mix, turn down the heat. Just use all your senses.

Okay, lovelies… I hope you try my yummy and might I add Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes. If you do, please tag me on INSTAGRAM @sandraseasycooking with hashtags #sandraseasycooking… and, hey, don’t forget to follow for more easy recipes. Thank you in advance!!!

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes
Yield: Serves 4

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes

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

Easy, tasty and amazing side dish that would wow you and your family.

Ingredients

  • 26 oz (750g) New Potatoes, about 4 medium potatoes), sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, (2 tbsp. goes for Onions)
  • 2 tablespoon Oil
  • 2 sweet onion (7oz/200g), such as Vidalia, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Kosher Salt to taste, about 1 teaspoon + for boiling potatoes
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley leaves + for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place the sliced potatoes and a good pinch of the salt in a saucepan and add cold water a bit above the potatoes.
    Bring to a boil over high heat then boil potatoes for 10 to 12 minutes or until tender.
    Drain the potatoes and add cold water over it to stop cooking, drain again and set aside to cool down. I do not peel the as they are waxy new potatoes, but at this point you may peel them if you wish to do so.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter with 1 tablespoon of oil in a larger nonstick frying pan over medium heat.
    Add the onion and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and cook, stirring, until caramelized and lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer the onions to a small bowl and set aside. We are looking for a lighter caramelization, not an onion jam.
  3. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter with a drizzle of oil in the same frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the potatoes and season with a dash of pepper and salt, to taste. If there are too many slices of potatoes to cover the bottom of your pan, you may cook potatoes in batches then combine them together at the end with onions, or you may use more skillets to shorten the time of cooking.
  4. So as soon as you place potato slices in the pan, in one layer, turn them on the other side to coat with the butter and oil and spread into an even layer. For each batch add a pinch of salt and pepper to season the potatoes.
  5. Cook undisturbed, until the bottoms are lightly browned, 2 minutes then turn around to cook the other side. Keep turning until you get a nice golden color.
    Now put everything together in one skillet, returning the onions too, stir to combine. Cook for a minute or two with 1/4 cup of parsley. You may garnish with the chopped parsley before serving.

Notes

I like using larger waxy new yellow potatoes, but if you are using regular russet potatoes peel them after boiling and then slice to 1/4 inch slices. That way they will still stay in one piece. There are no right or wrong ways. This is my way of doing it so I do not peel mine when I use these types of potatoes.

Easy Lyonnaise Potatoes Recipe

Air Fryer Rainbow Potatoes with Rosemary

Air Fryer Rainbow Potatoes with Rosemary

These new potatoes in the assorted rainbow mixture made in the air fryer have its own distinctive flavor and texture as well as color. Some will cook quicker than others, of course. Needless to say, these air fryer rainbow potatoes with rosemary will turn crunchy […]