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August 2014

Broasted Fingerling Potatoes

Fingerling potatoes are tasty tubers which are small in size. They are a great alternative for dishes that call for russet or new potatoes. Fingerlings can be baked, broiled, boiled, roasted, broasted, fried, sautéed, grilled or mashed.

Fingerling potatoes are available in grocery stores, but prices are usually on the high side. A better option is to purchase from local Farmers markets because prices are usually about half of what they cost at chain grocers. Not to mention potatoes purchased from local family-owned markets are generally fresher than store-bought potatoes.

The skin of Fingerling potatoes ranges in color from light tan to vibrant purple, while the interior color ranges from creamy white to light gold. These potatoes have a mild, yet complex flavor that pairs well with meat, seafood and all types of vegetables.

Fingerling potatoes will stay fresh for two or three months if stored in a cool, dry place. I have found that storing Fingerling potatoes in a burlap bag or green bags can extend their freshness for an additional week or two.

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Broasted Fingerling Potatoes 
Serves: 4 
Prep Time: 10 minutes 
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 pound Fingerling potatoes 
1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
2 teaspoons Kosher salt 
1 teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. 
2. Wash and dry potatoes. 
3. Place potatoes in large pot and cover with water (about 4 quarts). Bring to a boil and cook for 15 minutes. 
4. Add one tray of ice cubes to a large mixing bowl and fill half-way with cold water. 
5. Drain potatoes in a colander and plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process. Let potatoes sit in water for 2 to 3 minutes, then drain. 
6. Pour ice water out and transfer potatoes into the bowl. 
7. Add olive oil, salt and pepper and gently toss until ingredients are incorporated. 
8. Line a shallow roasting pan with foil. Transfer potatoes to roasting pan and arrange in a single layer. 
9. Place in oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes until potatoes are fork-tender and golden brown. 
10. Transfer to serving dish and serve immediately.


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Tailgating Fingerling Potato Pockets

Tailgating Fingerling Potato Pockets 
Serves 4 
Prep Time: 15 minutes 
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 pound Fingerling potatoes 
4 cloves Garlic, thinly sliced 
1 medium Vidalia Onion, thinly sliced 
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
2 teaspoons Mrs. Dash seasoning 
Salt and Pepper, to taste

 

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Directions:

1. Wash and dry potatoes. Cut into 1/2-inch thick slices and transfer to medium size mixing bowl. 
2. Remove skin from garlic cloves and thinly slice. Add to potatoes. 
3. Remove skin from onion, cut into quarters and remove center core. Cut into thin slices, lengthwise and add to potatoes and garlic. 
4. Add olive oil, Mrs. Dash, salt and pepper. Gently toss to incorporate ingredients. 
5. Tear off four sheets of aluminum foil, approximately 10-12-inches in length. 
6. Place 1/4 of potato mixture in the center of each piece of foil. Bring sides together to create a seal and fold edges tightly. 
7. Place potato pockets on the center grate of a preheated grill or place in the oven and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes. 
8. Carefully open foil packets using oven mitt to prevent steam burns. 
9. Transfer to individual dinner plates and serve immediately.


Black Beans and Rice with Bacon and Andouille Sausage

Success-thai-jasmine-white-rice-the-cheap-gourmetAs a food blogger, I am often asked to test and review products. Such is the case with Success® Rice. You're likely familiar with the brand, as they revolutionized the boil-in-bag process; making it a breeze to prepare perfect rice in 10 minutes.

Success Rice sent a package of their fragrant Thai Jasmine white rice, which has a nutty flavor and flowery fragrance. Jasmine rice is one of my favorites and I use it often.

I was given free reign to prepare any type of dish I wanted. As one who loves to experiment with different techniques and flavor profiles, I decided to try a Brazilian-Thai fusion entree.

I scoured Success Rice Pinterest page for ideas. I was inspired by several pins and am now armed with a new arsenal of rice recipes. It offers a wealth of information and great options for easy family dinners, comfort foods, lunch recipes, seasonal dishes and much more.

I also visited the Success Rice website, which offers hundreds of recipes for everything from breakfast to dessert. They have a great Healthy Living section and provide an abundance of product information, cooking tips, and frequently asked cooking questions.

The following recipe is a take on Brazilian black bean stew and Thai garlic butter rice. 

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Black Beans and Rice with Bacon and Andouille Sausage
Serves 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

 INGREDIENTS:

 Bacon, Sausage, Black Bean Stew

 4-5 slices hickory smoked Bacon, diced

2 links Andouille Sausage, quartered and diced

1/2 large White Onion, finely chopped

1 medium Green Bell Pepper, finely chopped

2 (16 oz) cans Black Beans, drained and rinsed

3 large Garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp dried Oregano

1 tsp dried Parsley

1 tsp Adobo seasoning

1 tsp ground Cumin

1 tsp ground Black Pepper

1 Bay leaf

2 cups Beef Broth

1 medium Tomato, medium chopped

2 individual packages Success Jasmine Rice

DIRECTIONS:

 1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Add chopped bacon and stir frequently to render fat. Cook until edges begin to brown, then add sausage. Stir together and cook for about 5 minutes or until sausage skin begins to crisp.

 2. Add onion and green pepper. Cook for 5-7 minutes until onion becomes translucent. Stir frequently.

 3. Add the black beans, garlic, seasonings, and bay leaf. Stir together and cook for 2-3 minutes.

 4. Add beef broth and reduce heat to medium low. The stew needs to simmer for about 25 minutes, or until beans begin to break down and easily mashed with a fork.

 5. In a large saucepan, add 3 quarts water and rice packages.  Bring to a boil and cook uncovered for 8-10 minutes. 

 6. Remove rice with tongs or fork and drain thoroughly. Cut bag open and pour into a serving dish.

 7. Add chopped tomatoes and gently fold into stew.

8. Transfer stew to a bowl and serve items side by side or spoon the stew on top of the rice.

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I'm very glad I had the opportunity to experiment with Success Jasmine Rice and hope I've inspired you to try something new. One thing is certain, the company lives up to their name and provides a no-fail rice that is aromatic, flavorful and easy to prepare.

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Roasted Fingerling Potatoes in Herbed Olive Oil

Fingerling potatoes are a great alternative for dishes that traditionally use russet or new potatoes. Fingerlings are tasty tubers which are small in size and shaped similar to human fingers. They can be baked, broiled, boiled, roasted, broasted, fried, sautéed, grilled or mashed.

Fingerling potatoes are often sold in grocery stores, but prices can range as high as $6 per pound. A better option is to purchase Fingerlings from Asian or Farmers markets because prices are usually about half the price charged by chain grocers. Not to mention potatoes purchased from local family-owned markets are generally fresher than store-bought potatoes.

The skin of Fingerling potatoes ranges in color from light tan to vibrant purple, while the interior color ranges from creamy white to light gold. These potatoes have a mild, yet complex flavor that pairs well with meat, seafood and all types of vegetables.

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes in Herbed Olive Oil 

Serves: 4 
Prep Time: 10 minutes 
Bake Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 pound Fingerling potatoes 
2 cloves Garlic, minced 
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
1 Tablespoon fresh Basil leaves, chopped 
1 Tablespoon fresh Parsley, chopped 
1 teaspoon Beau Monde Seasoning
1 teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
2. Wash and dry Fingerling potatoes. 
3. Slice potatoes into 1-inch thick round slices and place in 8-inch square glass baking dish. 
4. Pour olive oil over potatoes and add basil, parsley and seasonings. 
5. Mix ingredients by hand or use a serving spoon until potatoes are lightly covered with oil mixture. 
6. Place in oven and bake uncovered for 20 minutes, or until potatoes are fork-tender and golden brown. 
7. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

 

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Chocolate Banana Changa Mexican Dessert

Do you like frozen chocolate-covered bananas? If so, you are going to love these Chocolate Banana Changas. This easy-to-prepare dessert includes a banana smothered with chocolate chips, wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla, deep-fried and and slathered with pecans, caramel and chocolate sauce.

The following recipe makes a perfect after-dinner dessert for two. You can easily double or triple the recipe as needed. These do not store well, as the deep fried changa tends to get too greasy after cooling. It's best to eat these hot, while the chocolate is still melted.

CHOCOLATE BANANA CHANGA 
Serves: 2 
Prep Time: 10-12 minutes

Ingredients:

1 quart Peanut, Vegetable or Canola oil 
2 medium fresh Bananas, peeled 
2 Tablespoons semi-sweet Chocolate Chips 
2 (10-inch) Whole Wheat Tortillas 
1 Egg, yolk only 
2 Tablespoons Pecan pieces 
2 scoops Chocolate or Vanilla ice cream
4 ounces Caramel Sauce, warmed 
1 ounce Chocolate Syrup

Directions:

1) Add oil to large 6-quart saucepan. Turn heat to medium-high and allow oil to rise to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
2) Place tortillas on microwave-safe plate, cover with waxed paper and heat for 1 minutes. You want the tortilla to be pliable and easy to work with, so do not overheat. 
3) Roll bananas in chocolate chips, then place in center of tortilla. Fold ends over, then wrap tightly. 
4) Whisk egg yolks and using a pastry brush, coat the tortilla to create a seal. 
5) Deep fry changa until golden brown and chocolate is melted; about 4 minutes. 
6) Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. 
7) Transfer to serving dish. Cut the changa diagnonally, in the center. Arrange changa with points up on dessert plate. 
8) Add scoop of ice cream in center of two pieces. 
9) Sprinkle with pecans, then drizzle with caramel sauce and chocolate syrup. Serve immediately.

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