Monday, March 2, 2015

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day with Potatoes Two Ways

Welcome to the next stop on Blogorail Teal. Today we are discussing St. Patrick's Day recipes. 

Yum! This Blogorail loop is making me HUNGRY! Happy St. Patrick's Day to all of you. This Italian girl wishes you the luck of the Irish this St. Paddy's Day!

My fiercely Italian Nonna would probably be horrified by this, but I just love Irish food. In fact, Shepherd's Pie is one of my favorite meals. I believe that my love for Irish food stems from my love of potatoes. Therefore, I'm sharing two of my favorite potato recipes.

Why two?

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Since the birth of my little bundle of joy this December, my husband and I are focusing on eating healthy. We are currently doing the DASH Diet - Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. Never heard of Dash? Neither did I. However, US News & World Report chose the DASH diet as the Best Diet, Healthiest Diet, and the Best Diet for Diabetes for 2015.

Therefore, I'm sharing two recipes - Betty Crocker's Potato Soup & DASH Diet Potato Skins. The potato soup is a savory treat for any potato lover and ,for those watching their waistlines, DASH Diet's potato skins will hit the spot on St. Paddy's Day.
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Betty Crocker's Loaded Potato Soup

Shopping List:

  • A package of bacon
  • A large onion
  • 2 32oz cartons of chicken stock
  • 2 lbs of potatoes
  • 2/3 cup of butter
  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 4 cups of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 cup of ham (diced and cooked)
  • 1 8ox container of sour cream
  • 10oz of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup of sliced green onions
  • In a large skillet, cook the package of bacon until crispy and drain on paper towels. Once cool enough, crumble the bacon (or cut into small pieces) and leave it on the side.
  • Leave a few tablespoons of bacon grease in the skillet. Cook onions until tender (about 6 minutes). 
  • In a large pot, mix onions, chicken stock and potatoes and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat and cook 10 minutes (or until the potatoes are tender). 
  • Back to the (same) skillet: melt butter. Stir in flower with a whisk until smooth and cook and stir for one minute. Stir in 2 cups of milk. 
  • Pour the contents of the skillet into the pot. Add an additional 2 cups of milk, salt and pepper. 
  • Cook over medium heat. Stir frequently with a whisk, until the soup is thickened and bubbly. 
  • Stir in ham, half the bacon, the sour cream, 2 cups of the cheese and a 1/2 cup of green onions. Cook until the mixture is heated and the cheese is properly melted. 
  • Add toppings as you wish - the remaining bacon, cheese and onions.
DASH Diet Potato Skins

Shopping list: 
  • 2 medium russet potatoes
  • Butter-flavored cooking spray (I like "I can't believe it's not butter") 
  • 1/2 a tablespoon of rosemary
  • 1/8 tablespoon of ground black pepper
  • Preheat the oven to 375
  • Wash the potatoes and pierce several times with a fork
  • Place the potatoes in the oven and bake until the skin is crisp (about 1 hour)
  • Cut the potatoes in half and scoop out the insides, leaving about 1/8 of an inch attached to the skin. Be careful, they will be very hot. 
    • You can keep the insides for other uses. For example, make mashed potatoes for your kids
  • Spray the insides of the skins with a butter-flavored cooking spray.
  • Press the rosemary and pepper into the inside of the skins.
  • Put the skins back in the oven for 5 or 10 minutes
  • Serve
Tip: If you can't have potato skins without bacon, consider cooking a few pieces of turkey bacon and chop into small piece to garnish the skins. 

I hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day! Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Blogorail Loop is The Disney Chef. 

Here is the map of our Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard: 
1st Stop - Sparks of Magic - Gluten-Free & Kid-Friendly St. Patrick's Day Snacks! 
2nd Stop - The Disney Point - Potato Soup & DASH Diet Potato Skins  (You are here!)
3rd Stop - The Disney Chef - Corned Beef With Wilted Cabbage and Blue Cheese - Epcot International Food and Wine Wine Festival 
4th Stop - Manda’s Disney Blog - Guinness Cupcakes and Mickey Rainbow Fudge! 
Final Stop - Disney Mamas - Celebrating our Heritage with an Irish Cream Pound Cake


TheDisneyChef said...

I've never heard much about the DASH diet, but it sounds like I really need to check it out. Any diet that says "ok" to potatoes is a good diet by me!

Manda said...

Oh man, I've always wanted to try loaded potato soup! And this recipe sounds delish! And the potato skins sound amazing for a summer bbq! Awesome post Rosanne! :D x

CamilleDashana said...

Oh my, you had me at potato!! That soup sounds Divine! I have a bag of potatoes that were waiting for some inspiration and I found it! Great post Rosanne! :)

Lin @ DisneyMamas said...

Oh man...Potato Soup is one of my favorite things in the world! Sadly I was diagnosed with a potato sensitivity last summer and am not supposed to eat white potatos anymore. But, I cheat sometimes and the soup recipe sounds cheat-worthy!

Capturing Magical Memories said...

I could really go for that potato soup. Would really hit the spot with all the cold. Yum!

Lisa Cameron said...

Potatoes are my weakness so I would totally love either one of these. Both sound delish!

Rosanne Mottola said...

Me too Lisa! I'm the exact same way.

Rosanne Mottola said...

I crave soup every single day with this weather!

Rosanne Mottola said...

Hm. I bet we can find a sweet potato soup recipe! It's probably very sweet and delicious.

Rosanne Mottola said...

Yes, I feel like potatoes sit in my fridge until I want to do something with them. :)

Rosanne Mottola said...

Thanks Manda. Maybe I'll get fancy and try to put them on my bbq - that's a great idea.

Rosanne Mottola said...

I agree - everything in moderation. The DASH recipe makes you scoop out most of the potato, but even a little bit can hit the spot.

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