Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Scalloped Hasselback Potatoes

I'm sharing this recipe starting with a disclaimer. These are sooo not good for you. In fact, they are just about everything you are not supposed to have...potatoes, cheese, butter, cream....but if you want something comforting, delicious, and SO perfect for upcoming holiday meals, these are for you. I may have eaten more than my share...just sayin'.

Photo from Tasty Kitchen

What You Need:
2 russet potatoes
2 tablespoons butter
Block parmesan cheese
garlic powder
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup shredded cheese {blend or your choice}

Preheat oven to 400ºF. Scrub potatoes.
You need 2 wooden spoons with handles of the same width. Place a spoon on each side of the potato and start slicing the potato into thin slices. The spoons will stop the knife from cutting all the way through the potato.
Slice the butter into thin pieces. Alternate the butter and the parmesan, stuffing them in between the slices of the potato. Season the potato with garlic powder and salt. Drizzle the potato with olive oil.
Bake at 400ºF for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and drizzle heavy cream over the potatoes. Top with cheddar cheese.
Place back in the oven for 10-12 more minutes. Remove and serve!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sweet Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin

This is one of the best dinners we have had in a very long time and while I couldn't wait to share it, I can't seem to find the time to post anymore so it took awhile. Let me start by saying I had given up on pork tenderloin. I never liked the way it turned out so I stopped trying, but this. was. awesome. I can't say enough about how you have to try this. For one, it is incredibly fast and easy to put together. Two, it goes in the slow cooker (always a bonus for me) and three, it is so delicious, even without the glaze. I found this at Mel's Kitchen Cafe and adapted very slightly. You will love this!

*Printable Version*

What You Need:
2 pound boneless pork loin roast
1 teaspoon ground sage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic 
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup brown sugar, light or dark
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
In a small bowl, combine the sage, salt, pepper and garlic. Rub the spices all over the roast. Place the pork roast in the slow cooker and pour in the 1/2 cup water. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Near the end of the cooking time for the roast, combine the ingredients for the glaze in a small saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce and let the mixture simmer, stirring occasionally, until it thickens.
Remove the pork from the slow cooker, shred and place on a platter or plate. Drizzle the glaze over the pork and serve. Enjoy!