Cream Cheese Whipped Potatoes

Years ago I would make this dish by first making my homemade mashed pototoes.  That involved peeling and quartering the potatoes and boiling them in salted water until done.  Then I would drain off the liquid, add butter and milk and whip them with an electric mixer – whipping in the cream cheese at the end.  THEN I started using the refrigerated prepared mashed potatoes and just stirring in the cream cheese and microwaving until heated.  What a time saver and the results are just as good!

Sometimes the simple recipes are the best!


Cream Cheese Whipped Potatoes
 
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Recipe type: Side Dishes
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 Container refrigerated prepared mashed potatoes
  • 8 oz Cream cheese
Instructions
  1. Mix potatoes and cream cheese together in a microwave safe bowl. Cover with waxed paper.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes, stirring halfway thru the cooking time.

Directions:

Stir potatoes and cream cheese together in a microwave safe bowl.

 

 

Microwave for 5 minutes, stirring halfway thru the cooking time.

 

Enjoy!

 

Tip:  You can easily double or triple this recipe if you are making it for a crowd.  I like to serve this at dinner parties because it is such an easy side dish.  I usually spend a lot of time on the meat and it’s great to have this easy go-to recipe to round out the meal.  This is also always on my Thanksgiving table and everyone always LOVES it!

To download the printable recipe with how-to photos, click here:  Cream Cheese Whipped Potatoes

 

 

Perfect Baked Potato Recipe with Baked Potato Bar

Here is a great option for EASY entertaining or just a family dinner… The Perfect Baked Potato Recipe With A Baked Potato Bar!

Baking the perfect baked potato recipe is easy and serving the baked potatoes on with baked potato bar toppings is fun for everyone!    It gets everyone involved by letting them choose all of their toppings.  Over the years I have seen many different ways to bake potatoes….wrap them in foil, don’t wrap them in foil, use a fork to poke holes in them, stick a nail in them and on and on.  I discovered the secret to what I consider “The Perfect Baked Potato” and that is this:  ramp up the oven temperature to 425 degrees and brush the potatoes with oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake large potatoes for 1 hour and 15 minutes and you will have the most incredible baked potato you have ever put into your mouth!

The baked potato bar is just as perfect for a cold winter day as it is for a summer BBQ by the pool.  Here I’m showing my set up for the Baked Potato Bar:

 

Perfect Baked Potatoes with Baked Potato Bar
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Ingredients
  • Large Idaho Baking Potatoes
  • Oil
  • Kosher ( coarse) salt
  • Options for Baked Potato Bar Toppings: Butter, sour cream, bacon crumbles, green onion slices - including tops, pickled jalapeno pepper slices, shredded cheddar cheese, chili - in the Fall and Winter, canned black beans - rinsed and drained, chopped fresh tomatoes, thawed frozen green peas, salsa, nacho cheese sauce, ranch salad dressing, salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. This high temperature is the secret to baking perfect baked potatoes.
  2. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Scrub the baking potatoes and pat dry. Place on foil lined sheet.
  3. Brush both sides of potatoes with oil and sprinkle both sides with kosher salt.
  4. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes ( for the extra large potatoes) or until done. Smaller potaoes will be done in about an hour.
  5. Split and serve with a variety of the options listed above.
  6. At serving time, cut the potatoes lengthwise across the top and squeeze the ends together to open up the potato. Let guests choose their own toppings.

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.   Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Scrub baking potatoes and pat dry.  Place on foil lined sheet.

Brush both sides of the potatoes with oil and sprinkle both sides with kosher or sea salt.

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes ( for the extra large potatoes like I used) or until done.  Smaller potatoes will be done in about an hour.

At serving time, cut the potatoes lengthwise across the top and squeeze the ends together to open up the potato.  Serve with the topping options listed above.

I used butter, sour cream, bacon crumbles ( that I cooked in the microwave), sliced green onions – including tops, Jalapeno pepper slices, shredded cheddar cheese and salt and pepper.

”  I just love to serve food in attractive and creative ways!   Here you see the buffet set-up.  I used a round platter for the baked potatoes and matching small bowls in different bright colors for the condiments. ”

 

“Remember, let’s make life special by sharing great food with our family and friends!”

To download the printable recipe with how-to photos, click herePerfect Baked Potatoes with Baked Potato Bar

Italian Beef Recipe

 

Looking for a great Italian Beef recipe?

 

Video: Italian Beef Recipe


You can have this Italian Beef recipe in the crock pot in less than 5 minutes! This is THE BEST Italian Beef you have ever tasted!

 

 

Italian Beef
 
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Recipe type: Main Dish - Beef
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 3 pound beef chuck roast
  • 1 can beer
  • 3 packets Good Season's Zesty Italian Salad Dressing Mix
  • Hoagie Rolls
  • Shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Peperocini peppers ( for serving)
Instructions
  1. Place beef chuck roast in crock pot. Sprinkle with 3 packets of dry Good Season's Zesty Italian Salad Dressing Mix.
  2. Pour one can of beer over the roast.
  3. Cook on low 8 hours.
  4. About one hour before serving. shred the beef in the crock pot using 2 forks. Discard any fat pieces. Sprinkle with Italian Seasoning and stir. Continue to cook in the sauce.
  5. To serve, put Italian Beef on hoagie roll. Top with shredded Mozzarella cheese. Heat each sandwich 30 seconds in the microwave to melt cheese.

Directions:

Place beef pot roast in crock pot.  Sprinkle with 3 packets of dry Good Seasons Zesty Italian Salad Dressing Mix.

 

Pour one 12 oz bottle of beer over the roast.

Cover and cook on low all day.

About one hour before serving, shred the beef in the crock pot using 2 forks.  Sprinkle with Italian Seasoning  and stir.  Cover and continue to cook on low the last hour.

To serve, put Italian Beef on hoagie roll.  Top with shredded Mozzarella cheese.  Heat each sandwich 30 seconds on High in microwave to melt cheese.

 

To download the printable recipe with the how-to photos, click here:Italian Beef

“You can have this Italian Beef recipe  in the crock pot in less than 5 minutes and at the end of the day you’ll have delicious Italian Beef ready for dinner.  What could be easier!”

 

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