Category: Side Dish

Monterrey Jack White Potatoes Au Gratin

A very filling side dish. Mixing the Mexican flavors of Monterrey Jack and Paprika with a traditional French preparation of potatoes in a creamy cheese sauce.

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

4 White potatoes
1 White onion
1 1/2 to 2 cups Shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese
2 tablespoons Paprika
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
Salt
Fresh Ground Pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Monterrey Jack White Potatoe Au Gratin

Monterrey Jack White Potatoe Au Gratin

Scrub and wash white potatoes. Slice two potatoes into 1/4 inch slices, a mandolin works great for this. Spray non-stick cooking spray in a large deep casserole dish and layer potatatoe slice on bottom. Season with one tablespoon each of salt, pepper and paprika. Slice onion into 1/4 in slices as well. Make a layer of these slices over the potatoes. Finally slice the remaining two potatoes into 1/4 inch slices and layer once more. Finish by seasoning with 1 tablespoon each of salt, peeper and paprika.

Monterrey Jack White Potatoe Au Gratin with Green Beans and Bacon Gravy

Monterrey Jack White Potatoe Au Gratin with Green Beans and Bacon Gravy

In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Mix in the flour and a teaspoon of salt, and stir constantly with a whisk for one minute. Stir in milk. Cook until mixture has thickened. Stir in cheese all at once, and continue stirring until melted and thickened, about one to two minutes. Pour cheese over the potatoes, and cover the dish with aluminum foil.

Bake for 1 and 1/2 hours.

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Mashed Potatoes

I know I know! It seems like everywhere I go they are either bleh or bombtastic!!! So after many many attempts, this is the best I have made!!!

Ingredients:

4-5 Russet potatoes
Milk
1/2 stick butter
2-3 spoon dollops Sour Cream
Garlic
Salt
Pepper

Directions:

Cut the potatoes in chunks all about the same size. (no more than about an inch) This ensures proper cooking. In a large pot, put the potatoes in and cover with water. Add the salt at this point in time. Cooking with the salt in there will minimize the salt added later.

Let boil till done. You know when you can easily pierce with a knife or fork and the potato falls off with ease. Drain. Mash completely or not if you prefer little potato chunks.

Add the butter along with the sour cream. Mix. Add the milk in SLOWLY!!! Keep going till the desired consistency. You can always add, you can’t take out!

Add the salt and pepper as needed.

Variations:

Add stuff in that you would think are interesting. Parmesean cheese is awesome, garlic is always good. Loaded mashed potatoes: add cooked bacon, chopped chives, and cheddar.

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Tip: Which red wine to choose

Barbera  (Bar-ber-uh)
Barbera is often used as a blending grape. As a varietal it can exhibit
aromas of berries, plums, or cherries with hints of vanilla, toasty, or
smoky flavors.
Barbera is best served with tomato based pasta dishes.

Cabernet Sauvignon (Ca-burr-nay So-veen-yawn)
Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich full-bodied red wine. Aged in oak, this is a
complex wine with cassis and blackberry flavors as well as hints of bell
pepper. To make these wines drinkable sooner they are often blended with
other grapes. French Bordeaux is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon blended with
Merlot to soften the tannins. When blended with Merlot and perhaps Cabernet
Franc as well, this Bordeaux style blend is called Meritage in the United
States.
Cabernet Sauvignon is the classic wine to serve with red meats.

Merlot (Mare-lo)
Merlot is softer tasting than Cabernet Sauvignon due to having less tannins.
It is a smooth, dry red wine. Merlot is often described as having the
flavors of boysenberry, black cherry, herbs, and mocha. <b>Merlot is best
with poultry and grilled meats, but these types of wines actually goes well
with most foods.

Pinot Noir (Pee-no Na-wahr)
Pinot Noir is a smooth silky red wine that is extremely fruity. It is
characterized with aromas and flavors of black cherry or rose petals along
with hints of spiciness or herbal qualities. Pinot Noirs are enjoyed for
their soft velvety texture. High in alcohol, they are full bodied but not
heavy. Pinot Noir is best served with grilled salmon, roast beef, lamb,
duck, and mushrooms.

Sangiovese (San-gee-oh-ve-zee)
Sangiovese is a medium bodied dry red wine with earthy aromas and berry,
plum, spicy, or floral flavors. It has a smooth texture. Sangiovese is the
main grape used to produce Italian Chiantis. Sangiovese goes especially
well with pasta and other Italian foods.

Syrah (Sah-ra)
Syrah is a hearty red wine noted for its complexity of aromas and flavors
including raspberry, plum, smoke, and white pepper. It is a dark red wine,
sometimes almost black in color. This wine is also called Shiraz.
Syrah is wonderful eaten with duck, wild game, steak, and beef.

Zinfandel (Zin-fan-del)
Zinfandel can be light to full bodied. It can be rich and spicy or lighter
and fruitier. Aromas and flavors that are typical include raspberry, jam,
black pepper, and licorice. Zinfandel tastes great with steaks, grilled
meats, and tomato based dishes.

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Traditional Carpaccio

A very simple dish to make, usually served as an appetizer. Carpaccio was invented at Harry’s Bar in Venice. The dish was named Carpaccio by Giuseppe Cipriani, the bar’s former owner, in reference to the Venetian painter Vittore Carpaccio. Though the original was served with a mustard sauce, the following is the more traditional modern day version.

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

4 oz Beef Tenderloin
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Capers
1/2 to 1 oz Shaved Parmesan cheese
Kosher Salt
Fresh ground pepper

Prep:

Carpaccio

Carpaccio

Remove any fat. Slice the beef as thinly as possible 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. You maybe able to have your butcher to slice it for you. Place piece of the beef between two clear wrap sheets. Pound the beef with a flat kitchen hammer (tenderizer) until they are paper thin. If slicing the beef yourself, it is advised to partially freeze the tenderloin, 2 hours in the fridge should be enough. This will make cutting thin slices easier.

Directions:

When meat is prepared. Arrange the slices on a chilled plate. Now drizzle olive oil over the beef, spread the capers across the beef. Salt and pepper to taste. Finally spread the shaved Parmesan over the beef.

Warning:

Eating raw beef can be dangerous. Always get your beef from a reputable source and choose a high quality Prime or Choice, maybe Select.

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Stacys Intense Ceviche

Fresh Ingredients
Fresh Ingredients

Ceviche is one of the easiest appetizers to make. Take some seafood, throw it in some citric juices, and wait. That’s it. The acid in the citric juice actually cooks the seafood. Below, is the way I make ceviche for a party, it’s SIC.

Ingredients

1 Poblano Pepper, seeded and cut into 1″ squares
1 Green Bell Pepper, seeded and cut into 1″ squares
1 Red Bell Pepper, seeded and cut into 1″ squares
1 Orange Bell Pepper, seeded and cut into 1″ squares
1 Red Bell Pepper, seeded and cut into 1″ squares
1 cup Red Onion, cut into 1″ squares
2 Large Jalapenos, seeded and cut into 1″ squares
4 Garlic coves, minced
2 cups Mango, peeled and cut into large 3/4″ to 1″ cubes
1 lb. Shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 lb. Bay Scallops
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon Pepper
1 tablespoon Sea Salt
1 tablespoon Cinnamon
1 cup Fresh Lime juice
1 cup Fresh Lemon juice
1 1/2 cup Fresh Orange juice
1/2 cup Rum

Directions:

Put everything into a gallon sized Ziploc storage bag. Close Ziploc and shake to fully mix ingredients. Remove air from Ziploc. Place Ziploc in bowl. Marinade in refrigerator  for 18-24 hours.

Use:

Stacys Intense Cheviche
Stacys Intense Ceviche

Strain juice from ingredients. It is often useful to save the juice for repackaging. Spoon ingredients in to Martini glasses and serve with a toothpick.

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