Archive for the ‘Potatoes’ Category

Red Potatoes

July 6, 2010

I added a white onion and garlic and it’s even better.  Super great for finding the red potatoes at the farmers markets.


  • 1 quart water
  • 2 pounds small red skin potatoes, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon, extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons, 5 or 6 sprigs, fresh thyme, leaves stripped and chopped


In a deep, medium skillet, bring water to a boil. Add quartered potatoes and simmer 12 minutes, until fork tender.

Drain potatoes in a colander set over a pot. Return the pan you cooked the potatoes in to heat over medium high. Add extra-virgin olive oil and butter, then, when butter melts add potatoes. Season potatoes with salt, pepper and chopped thyme. Coat and brown the potatoes, turning only occasionally, 7 or 8 minutes.



Cranberry, Apple, Sweet Potatoe Bake

January 10, 2010

My mother in law made this for a holiday once and I have yet to recreate it because I haven’t looked for that stinking packet of ingredients yet!  But I will someday soon.


2 lg sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2″ cubes (about 3 cups)

1 lg apple, peeled and cut into 3/4″ cubes

1 cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup butter, melted

1/4 cup cranberry juice cocktail

1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

1 pkg. Concord Foods sweet potato casserole mix with marshmallow topping


Preheat oven to 375.  Spray a 11×17″ casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl combine sweet potatoes, apples, cranberries, butter, cranberry juice, and sweet potato pie pack, mix well.  Pour sweet potato, cranberry mixture int prepared pan.  Bake for 35-45 min, stirring occasionally o until sweet potatoes are softened enough.

Remove from oven stir in pecans.  Sprinkle top of sweet potatoes with the packet of marshmallows and return to oven for 5 min. 


Beef Stew

November 30, 2009


1 can beef broth

4 carrots

4 red potatoes

Beef chuck steak

4 celery stalks

1 T hot sauce

1 stem of thyme

1 onion

1 T apple cider vinegar

2 T flour

2 T garlic

1 can tomatoes

Instructions: Cut veggies in large chunks, and put them into the bottom of the slow cooker.  Add the potatoes and onion, thyme, and steak (cut into bite size pieces).  Add the liquid when combined. 

Liquid: Combine the flour and beef broth – wisk.  Add the apple cider vinegar, diced tomatoes, garlic, hot sauce, stir and pour over the top of the other ingredients. 

Cook on high for 5 hours.

Option: make Sheppard’s pies with the soup in the bottom, and top with mashed potatoes.  Cook in individual serving dishes for 30 minutes at 350

Sweet Potato Pie

November 28, 2009

My mom gave me this recipe and it’s always a hit at Thanksgiving. I don’t know why I don’t make it more often! Super easy and pretty healthy.


1 can 40 oz. sweet potatoes in light syrup, drained

1/2 cup milk (or a little less)

1 egg

2 T butter, melted

1 T light brown sugar

1 t pumpkin pie spice

1/2 t salt

1 can 8 oz. crushed pineapple in juice, drained

1 cup mini marshmallows

1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)


Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients accept the walnuts and marshmallows into a food processor and blend. Put into a greased shallow baking dish and bake for 30 minutes.

After baking, add the walnuts and marshmallows to top, and place back in the oven for another 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown.

Note to self: when doubling the recipe this still can fit in the food processor and bake in the glass dish with lid.

Mashed Potatoes

November 14, 2009


Yukon Gold Potatoes (skinned or not – either is fine)


2 T butter

1/2 cup milk (or light cream)

2 t garlic

Instructions: Cut potatoes into small pieces (so they cook faster), put a bit of salt into the water and boil them until soft.

You can take the stalk from rosemary to flavor if you have it, add butter, garlic, and milk into sauce pan to heat together.

Strain the potatoes, mash, add mixture and stir.  Add S+P.

From Sandra’s Money Saving Meals