Creamy Caper Smashed Potatoes

Creamy Caper Smashed Potatoes
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    Servings Prep Time
    3-4 people 15 minutes
    Cook Time
    30-35 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    3-4 people 15 minutes
    Cook Time
    30-35 minutes
    Creamy Caper Smashed Potatoes
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      3-4 people 15 minutes
      Cook Time
      30-35 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      3-4 people 15 minutes
      Cook Time
      30-35 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: people
      Instructions
      1. Preheat oven to 350℉. In a medium bowl toss together potatoes, olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
      2. Spread out evenly on a baking tray and bake for 25-30 minutes, turning once, until just tender.
      3. While potatoes are baking, combine together mayonnaise, parmesan, capers, dill, lemon juice and pepper.
      4. Remove potatoes from oven and gently flatten each with a flat surfaced utensil (I use a metal potato masher) to a third of its original height.
      5. Set oven rack to 7" from broiler and turn oven to broil. Spread 1 tbsp of paste onto each potato. Broil for 2-3 minutes until golden and bubbly. Remove from oven and serve immediately, garnishing with fresh dill if desired.

      Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard


      Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard
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        Servings Prep Time
        48 pieces 30 minutes
        Cook Time
        30-40 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        48 pieces 30 minutes
        Cook Time
        30-40 minutes
        Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard
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          Servings Prep Time
          48 pieces 30 minutes
          Cook Time
          30-40 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          48 pieces 30 minutes
          Cook Time
          30-40 minutes
          Ingredients
          Cornmeal Sausages
          Creamy Honey Mustard
          Servings: pieces
          Instructions
          Creamy Honey Mustard
          1. Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. Keep chilled until ready to use.
          Cornmeal Sausages
          1. Using a pot or dutch oven, add enough oil to come up at least 3". Clip a high-temperature thermometer to the side of the pot so the tip is submerged but not touching the bottom. Heat oil to 350℉.
          2. While the oil is heating, skewer the cocktail sausages. Whisk together remaining ingredients for batter until just combined yet smooth. Pour batter into a large, tall glass to aid in dipping sausages. (see note)
          3. When the oil is hot, dip sausages into batter one at a time, coating completely. Add to hot oil and cook for 2-2 1/2 minutes per side until golden. Repeat with remaining sausages. Depending on the size of your pot, you'll be able to cook 6-8 at a time.
          4. Remove with tongs to a paper towel lined plate to drain excess fat. Serve immediately with Creamy Honey Mustard.
          Recipe Notes

          -use a deep fryer if desired.

          -I found cocktail sausages at Costco.

          -pour batter into a large, tall glass to aid in dipping the sausages if desired.  Because they're only 2" long, using a bowl will work fine.

          -if you want to cook half now and half later in the day to always eat them fresh and crispy, simply cover and refrigerate unused batter and re-whisk prior to using.

          Crispy Chicken Sliders with Wasabi Slaw

          Crispy Chicken Sliders with Wasabi Slaw
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            Servings Prep Time
            8 sliders 55-60 minutes
            Cook Time
            10-12 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            8 sliders 55-60 minutes
            Cook Time
            10-12 minutes
            Crispy Chicken Sliders with Wasabi Slaw
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              Servings Prep Time
              8 sliders 55-60 minutes
              Cook Time
              10-12 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              8 sliders 55-60 minutes
              Cook Time
              10-12 minutes
              Ingredients
              Wasabi Slaw
              Chicken Cutlets
              Servings: sliders
              Instructions
              Wasabi Slaw
              1. In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, wasabi, salt and pepper. Cover and keep chilled until ready to use.
              2. When ready to assemble sliders, toss cabbage, green onion and grated carrot with dressing.
              Chicken Cutlets
              1. Slice chicken breasts in half horizontally and then cut each half into half again, getting 4 pieces (each being about 1.5 ounces) out of each breast. Place the chicken pieces between two pieces of parchment or wax paper and pound with a rolling pin or flat side of a mallet to 1/4" thick.
              2. Using 3 shallow bowls, to the first, add the flour, salt and pepper and whisk to combine. To the second, add eggs and water and whisk to combine. To the third, add the bread crumbs.
              3. Add several chicken pieces to the flour bowl and flip around to coat. Shake off excess and add pieces to egg bowl. Using a fork, flip to coat with egg and place in bread crumbs, turning each piece and patting gently to adhere crumbs. Place breaded portions onto a clean plate or wire rack and repeat breading procedure until all pieces are done.
              4. Add enough canola oil to a large skillet to just start to cover the bottom. Heat over medium high until hot. Add breaded chicken to pan, being careful not to overcrowd pan. Cook for approximately 2 minutes per side until golden. Remove from pan to a paper towel lined tray to dab off any excess grease and then to a clean plate. Keep warm in a low 225℉ oven while remaining cutlets are fried. Wipe out pan with a paper towel to remove excess crumbs that may start to burn prior to frying more cutlets.
              5. Slice slider buns in half and brush lightly with butter. Wipe out skillet with a paper towel and place slider buns buttered side down in pan and heat over medium until starting to brown and become warm. About 2 minutes.
              6. To each slider bun, add a chicken cutlet and top with a generous amount of wasabi slaw. Secure each slider with a long toothpick if desired and serve immediately.

              Zahtar Potato Salad


              Zahtar Potato Salad
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                Servings Prep Time
                5 cups 30 minutes
                Cook Time
                12 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                5 cups 30 minutes
                Cook Time
                12 minutes
                Zahtar Potato Salad
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  5 cups 30 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  12 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  5 cups 30 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  12 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: cups
                  Instructions
                  1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and place pine nuts in a single layer on a small baking tray or pie plate. Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes, turning at least once until golden. Remove from oven and set aside until ready to use.
                  2. Heat enough water to just cover the eggs and simmer gently for no more than 12 minutes. Drain and immediately cool under cold running water. Once cooled, peel and coarsely chop.
                  3. Steam or boil baby potatoes in simmering lightly salted water until just fork tender, about 8-10 minutes depending on size. Drain and cool under cold water. Allow potatoes to drain thoroughly once cool.
                  4. Cut potatoes into bite size pieces, usually a baby potato cut in half or quartered makes for a nice size.
                  5. In a medium size bowl stir together red onion, green olives, mayonnaise, greek yogurt, Zahtar and salt and pepper. Add chopped potatoes, eggs, pine nuts and cilantro. Gently stir into mayonnaise until combined. Serve immediately sprinkled with additional cilantro if desired. Can be chilled for several hours prior to serving if needed. Best served the day it is made.
                  Recipe Notes

                  -For time management, the potatoes, pine nuts and eggs can be cooked at the same time.

                  -The Zahtar I used contained salt, so little extra salt was needed. However, if your brand does not include salt you will need to adjust seasoning to taste.

                  Rack of Lamb with Pomegranate Sauce


                  Rack of Lamb with Pomegranate Sauce
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                    Servings Prep Time
                    2-3 people 30 minutes
                    Cook Time Passive Time
                    25 minutes 10 minutes
                    Servings Prep Time
                    2-3 people 30 minutes
                    Cook Time Passive Time
                    25 minutes 10 minutes
                    Rack of Lamb with Pomegranate Sauce
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                      Servings Prep Time
                      2-3 people 30 minutes
                      Cook Time Passive Time
                      25 minutes 10 minutes
                      Servings Prep Time
                      2-3 people 30 minutes
                      Cook Time Passive Time
                      25 minutes 10 minutes
                      Ingredients
                      Lamb
                      Pomegranate Sauce
                      Servings: people
                      Instructions
                      Lamb
                      1. Preheat oven to 425℉. Trim lamb rack of excess fat and clean off bones if needed. Season lamb on all sides with salt and pepper. Over high heat, heat canola oil in a pan large enough to fit the lamb rack. Brown lamb rack on all sides. Remove from pan and place meat side up on a baking sheet lined with foil.
                      2. In a small bowl whisk together Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, garlic, 2 tsp olive oil and herbs de provence. Smear onto all sides of lamb giving the upper meat side the most attention.
                      3. In another small bowl stir together panko bread crumbs, remaining 2 tsp olive oil and 1/8 tsp of both salt and freshly ground pepper. Pack this mixture onto mustard coating on the meat side only, which will include the sides of the lamb rack.
                      4. Clean up any stay crumbs that have fallen onto baking sheet as they tend to burn. Place lamb into preheated oven and cook for 25-30 minutes or until a thermometer registers 125℉-130℉ for medium rare. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Cut between bones into chops and top with pomegranate sauce, serve immediately.
                      Sauce
                      1. In a small sauce pan heat butter over medium heat. Add shallots and sauté for 2-3 minutes until starting to soften but not browning. Add beef broth and rosemary sprig. Increase heat and bring to a steady simmer and allow to reduce for about 2 minutes. Stir in port and continue to reduce for about 10 minutes until sauce has thickened and is syrupy. Remove from heat and remove rosemary sprig. Stir in apricot jam and pomegranate molasses. Spoon over lamb chops and serve immediately, serving any extra sauce on the side.
                      Recipe Notes

                      Sauce can be made a day ahead and gently rewarmed for serving.