Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Emotional Eater's Recipe Share Time - Potato Smashers


For me food is comfort. I usually drift to sweets, mostly chocolate in a time of crisis but sometimes I just can't resist the fantasticness of the creamy potato, wrapped with love in sour cream, cheese, onions & bacon.

Growing up we used to have this dish as a treat but as I have grown I have re-vamped the smasher to beat Montana's restaurants version.

The recipe....

Potatoes
Sour Cream
Cheese
Onion
Bacon
Butter

Boil the potatoes until the are cooked. The same as you would to mash. While they are cooking, fry or bake your bacon. Do not cook it too crispy because it has too cook in the potato mixture. If the bacon is overcooked you will have crunchy, burnt pieces in your potatoes instead of the amazing melting sensation of perfectly cooked bacon. When your potatoes are cooked and mashed add a dollop of butter, one tub of sour cream and a chopped onion to the mix. Stir it up really good!!! Grate enough cheese to ensure constipation for at least one full day. Add 3/4 of the cheese to the mix, and stir. Sprinkle the top of your mixture with your bacon, cut it up first... much better. Then top with the rest of your cheese. Stick it in the oven until the cheese melts on top. Take it out and consume.

This celebration of the potato makes a lovely meal with meatballs, grilled chicken, fish or all by itself.

Not only is it a quick fix for the blues but it is also a great dish to make family meals just a little different.

Enjoy!

LJ

2 comments:

Ken said...

Oh yeah, I am so making that before Christmas......thanks for the comfort food recipe.

William Littlehales said...

I have your "Potato Smashers" recipe and will be trying it. In exchange, I'd like to share my favorite recipe from my blog at http://oldmrbill.blogspot.com
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Edna's Super Bowl Clam Dip

Ingredients:

8 bricks of cream cheese
8 cans of "minced" clams
4 packets of Lipton dry onion soup mix *
4 oz of Worcestershire sauce *
2 squirts of Tabasco sauce *
2 Family sized bags of Frito's Dipping Chips
Carrots, celery and cauliflower cut to dipping length

Prepare the day before the Super Bowl:

Place 4 bricks of cream cheese in a large mixing bowl and allow to reach room temperature.
Open 4 cans of minced clams and drain juice from 3 into a container and save.
Add 2 packets of Lipton dry onion soup mix to the bowl.
Add juice from fourth can and all four opened cans of minced clams into mixing bowl.
Add 2 oz of Worcestershire sauce to the bowl.
Mix cream cheese, dry soup mix, Worcestershire sauce and clams with a beater on slow speed.
Add 1 squirt of Tabasco sauce and continue to mix until all ingredients are combined to a thick dip.
Test flavor and consistency of dip with a Frito's dip chip. If chip breaks, add more clam juice.
Place resulting clam dip in a covered container in refrigerator to chill over night.
Place remaining clam juice in covered container in refrigerator to keep chilled.

Morning of the Super Bowl:

Removed chilled clam dip from refrigerator; open bag of Frito's dip chips and test consistency of dip.
If chip breaks, add a small amount of clam juice. Test consistency again until chips no longer break.
Continue testing dip until first bag of chips are gone.

Important: When this first batch is gone (usually hours before the game),
repeat mixing directions above using the remaining ingredients and refrigerate until game time.
Serve in large bowl on a tray, surrounded by dipping chips, and veggies.

Note: My Mother, Edna (1921-2008) would not have approved of finishing the first batch before game time, thus saving considerable expense.
* More or less can be added, according to personal taste.

Ah yes, the naughty ingredients....even those have positives....so focus on those instead ...

cream cheese = Calcium
clams = Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron and quite low in Cholesterol
onion = Fiber
Worcestershire sauce = very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. Calcium, Copper, Vitamin C, Iron and Potassium.
Tabasco sauce = Pretty much nothing bad in it.. but does have Vitamin A and tastes so good it gets the heart going!
Chips..... Yes, well we shall ignore these... LOL.... Today's portion has had ALL the calories taken OUT! :D
Carrots, celery and cauliflower = ALL healthy!

So you can excuse yourself and eat more, knowing its not that bad for you really.... (Wicked Grin!!)