Springer's Kitchen

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Perfect Potatoes au Gratin

Ingredients

  • 4 whole Russet Potatoes, Scrubbed Clean
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, Softened
  • 1-½ cup Heavy Cream
  • ½ cups Whole Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Finely Minced
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Freshly Grated

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Slice potatoes, then cut slices into fourths.

In a separate bowl, whisk together cream, milk, flour, minced garlic, salt, and plenty of freshly ground black pepper.

Place 1/3 of the potatoes in the bottom of a greased baking dish.  Pour 1/3 of the cream mixture over the potatoes.

Repeat this two more times, ending with the cream mixture.  Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 20 minutes, or until potatoes are golden brown and really bubbling.  Add grated cheese to the top of the potatoes and bake for 3 to 5 more minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Allow to stand for a few minutes before serving.

From Perfect Potatoes au Gratin by the Pioneer Woman.

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Broiled Zucchini and New Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 4 small new potatoes (red or white, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 small zucchini (about 1-inch wide by 6 inches long)
  • Pinch kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan

Directions

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the potatoes and cook until just tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the potatoes and let cool. When cool, cut the potatoes in half.

Place a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the butter, garlic, thyme and rosemary and let cook until the butter melts, about 2 minutes. Meanwhile, halve zucchini lengthwise and cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks.  Season the cut sides of the zucchini and potatoes with salt and pepper. Carefully place the zucchini and potatoes cut side down in the melted butter. Let them cook until golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes.

Preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place the browned zucchini and potatoes on the baking sheet cut side up. Sprinkle the tops with the Parmesan. Place in the broiler until the cheese is golden brown, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate and serve.

From Broiled Zucchini and Potatoes with Parmesan Crust by Giada De Laurentiis.

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Vegetable Pot Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 cups water
  • 3 bouillon cubes
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups medium-diced carrots, blanched for 2 minutes
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 cups peeled, diced potatoes
  • 2 cups chopped mushrooms
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen peas (2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley leaves

For the pastry:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup ice water
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash

Directions

In a small saucepan, heat the water and dissolve the bouillon cubes in it. In a large pot, melt the butter and saute the onions over medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until translucent.  Add the flour and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.  Add the hot broth to the sauce.  Simmer over low heat for 1 more minute, stirring, until thick.  Add salt, pepper, and heavy cream.  Add the vegetables and parsley.  Mix well.

For the pastry, mix the flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl with a pastry cutter. Add the shortening and butter and mix quickly with your fingers until each piece is coated with flour. Pulse 10 times, or until the fat is the size of peas.  Slowly add the ice water;just enough to moisten the dough and have it just come together.  Dump the dough out onto a floured surface and knead quickly into a ball.  Wrap the dough in plastic and allow it to rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Divide the filling equally among 4-6 ovenproof bowls. Divide the dough accordingly and roll each piece into an 8-inch circle. Brush the outside edges of each bowl with the egg wash, then place the dough on top. Trim the circle to 1/2-inch larger than the top of the bowl.  Crimp the dough to fold over the side, pressing it to make it stick. Brush the dough with egg wash and make 3 slits in the top. Sprinkle with sea salt and cracked pepper. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling hot.

Adapted from Chicken Pot Pie by Ina Garten.

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Veggie Pot Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 ounces mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 1 potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 pie crust crusts (I use my basic flaky pie crust)

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Heat oil in a large skillet or saucepan.   Cook mushrooms and garlic in oil for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently.  Stir in carrots, potato, broccoli, frozen peas, and vegetable broth.   Bring to a boil, then turn heat down to a simmer.   Cook until vegetables are barely tender, about 5 minutes.   Season with spices.

In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch and 1/4 cup water until cornstarch is completely dissolved.   Stir into vegetables, and cook until sauce thickens, about 3 minutes.

Roll out 1/2 of the dough to line a pie tin.   Pour the filling into the pastry lined dish.   Roll out remaining dough, arrange it over the filling, and seal and flute the edges.  Pierce top of pie a few times with a knife.

Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

Adapted from Veggie Pot Pie from AllRecipes.com.

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Potato Chickpea Curry

Ingredients

  • 4 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup cream, half-n-half, or milk
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen peas

Directions

Place potatoes in a saucepan, cover with water, and bring to a boil over high heat; simmer until the potatoes are tender.  Drain, and set aside.

Warm oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add onion, and cook until soft and translucent, and maybe slightly caramelized.  Stir in garlic, curry powder, garam masala, ginger, cumin, and salt.  Cook for 1 or 2 minutes, stirring.  Pour in tomato sauce, cream, and chickpeas.  Stir in potatoes.  Simmer 5 minutes.  Serve warm over rice.

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Vegetable Tian

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil (divided)
2 large sweet yellow onion, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
3 russet potatoes, unpeeled
2 zucchini
2 yellow squash
6 large Roma tomatoes
Sea salt, freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
Dried thyme, to taste
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat a baking dish with olive oil cooking spray. Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the onions and saute until translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 60 seconds. Spread the onion mixture on the bottom of the greased baking dish.

Slice the potatoes, zucchini, squash and tomatoes in 1/4 inch thick slices. Layer them alternately in the dish on top of the onions, fitting them tightly into a spiral, making only one layer. Season with sea salt, black pepper and dried thyme, to taste. Drizzle the last tablespoon of olive oil over the top.

Cover the dish with tin foil and bake for 35 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Uncover and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top and bake for another 25-30 minutes or until browned.

From Vegetable Tian from For the Love of Cooking.

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Golden Potato and Cheese Soup

I got this recipe from me Mums, and I love it!

Ingredients

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 small onion, chopped

2 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1″ cubes

4 cups vegetable broth

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon parsley

1 teaspoon dill, optional

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup whole milk, or half-and-half

1 1/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese

 

Directions

In a large pot, saute the onion in oil over medium-high heat until browned.  Add the broth, potatoes, and seasonings, and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until the potatoes are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

Remove from heat.  Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth.  Return to low heat, add the milk and cheese and stir until cheese has melted.

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Split Pea Soup

I love this soup!  It tastes so good, and is good for me!  I also love that it doesn’t require celery, since I rarely have that on hand. 🙂

I love to eat this with a chunk of garlic bread, or a thick slice of warm, buttered homemade bread.  Yum!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1/8 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (or 1 1/2, if you prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups medium-diced carrots (3 to 4 carrots)
  • 1 cup medium-diced red boiling potatoes, unpeeled (3 small)
  • 1 pound dried split green peas
  • 8 cups vegetable broth

Directions

In a pot on medium heat, saute the onions and garlic with the olive oil, oregano, salt, and pepper until the onions are translucent and starting to brown.  Add the carrots, potatoes, split peas, and broth. Bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered for 40 minutes.  Cover, and continue to simmer for another 40 minutes, or until all the peas are soft.  Mash with a potato-masher to get an even “thick and chunky” consistency.  Taste for salt and pepper.  Serve hot.

From Parker’s Split Pea Soup by Ina Garten.

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