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Make-Ahead Bacon-Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

Ahh… Sunday Dinners. Do any of you get together with family for a Sunday dinner? Or perhaps maybe Saturday works out better?  It doesn’t matter what the day, but I find it very important to have a nice sit down dinner with family that involves a bit more than the usual rushed weeknight fare, and also involves more than just my household family. We extend the invitation to family close by, like my in-laws. We enjoy being able to sit down and catch up with each other after a long week. Unfortunately my family live on the other end of the United States, in Washington state, but fortunately, I like my in-laws.  😂 The kids enjoy it too. It’s important to include the young kids into the conversation at the dinner table. Even Joe has a good time and brightens the room with his smiles.

Speaking of smiles, I got a lot of smiles for these mashed potatoes I made for just such a meal occasion. For Sunday dinner, I made The Best Chicken Marinade, which is a recipe I found over on Mom on Timeout, and absolutely delicious! I highly recommend it, and I also made Slow Cooker Barbecued Green Beans I found over on Spicy Southern Kitchen. By the way, another recipe you should definitely check out after you’re done here.

Right away, I’m sure you can see how easy this special Sunday dinner came together. I got chicken marinating, plus my own personal Grill Master, so make ahead #1. Then my potatoes, which are make ahead #2, and green beans done in the slow cooker make ahead #3. I had pretty much everything done and my feet up by 1 pm! All that was needed to do was pop those potatoes in the oven and dinner was served! Folks will think you slaved all day over this meal, and that’s ok. Let them think so, and take the credit! I do! 😆

So here we go! As usual, just peel your potatoes and cut them into little chunks. I used russet potatoes, so I peeled them. I have not used any other kind of potato with skins, I just didn’t want skins for this recipe. No other reason really. So cover those with water, and set on the stove and bring to a boil. Boil them until they are fork tender. Then drain them and return them to the pot.

Oh yea, and did I tell you I cut out a lot of fat but left all the flavor and richness? You bet! Less fat, no sacrifice! So add in your light sour cream, your neufchatel cheese (1/3 less fat cream cheese), and salt and pepper.

Grab your hand mixer and whip those potatoes until smooth, and cream cheese has melted. Now stir in your chives, reduced-fat cheese, and your real bacon bits. Combine that real well, then spread into a greased 13×9 baking dish. Drizzle the top with melted butter and sprinkle with some paprika. Here’s the part where you can decide to go ahead and finish it off and pop in the oven, OR if you’re preparing this ahead of time,  you can cover it and refrigerate until you’re ready.

30 minutes before you are ready, take it out of the fridge and let it come to room temp. Then shove it in the oven, covered, for about 40 minutes. Then uncover and bake about 20 minutes more.

All that’s left is to serve it up, and enjoy! Don’t forget the wine! 😉

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Make-Ahead Bacon-Cheesy Mashed Potatoes Yum
Recipe by Christine Titus
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place potatoes in a large pot and add water to cover. Salt the water and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat; partially cover and cook for 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  3. Drain potatoes and place in a bowl. Add sour cream, neufchatel cheese, salt & pepper.
  4. Beat with hand mixer until smooth and cream cheese has melted.
  5. Stir in fresh chives, cheddar cheese and real bacon bits until combined.
  6. Spread in a greased 13x9 backing dish.
  7. Melt the butter and drizzle over the potatoes. Sprinkle with paprika.
  8. At this point you can choose to cover and refrigerate until ready to serve, or bake right away.
  9. When ready to bake, if you've refrigerated your potatoes, let them stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking.
  10. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake, covered, for 40 minutes. Uncover, and bake 20 minutes longer.
  11. Enjoy!
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Garlic & Rosemary Green Beans

Green beans! I’m always looking for new ways to prepare green beans, and it’s not because I grow an abundance in my garden. In fact I’m new at gardening and only planted a couple of things to see if I could even do it LOL. It was a little scary, but It’s shaping up!

Anyway, back to green beans. They are one of the very very few vegetables I can get my husband to eat. He loves green beans, green salads, tomatoes, and that’s pretty much the extent of it. No corn, no peas, carrots are tolerable, no zucchini, no squash of any kind for that matter. Yea he’s picky. Needless to say, we eat a lot of salads around here! I don’t always want salads though.

About once a week, I like to have what most people call Sunday Dinner. You know, where it’s a bit fancier than the quick meals that are served during the week. It’s more than a casserole and tossed salad. Usually it’s a meat and potatoes kind of deal, and of course a veggie side for that beautiful color and nutrition.  We’re not always tied down to only Sundays. Sometimes the convenient day for such a meal is during the week. It all just depends on scheduling, and keeping the main focus in sight, to all be together!

So, one beautiful Sunday early evening we had some family over, and my husband’s Aunt brought some beautiful lamb chops. Ohhh man, we love lamb! I know, you’re here for the green beans! I got this! So anyway, I decided to make these green beans to go along side the lamb, and oh my, it was so delicious! It would go well with any meat, but if it were any meat other than the lamb, it probably would have stolen the show. This green bean dish is bold in flavor due to the garlic. If you are not a huge garlic fan, you can cut back on how much you use. We love the stuff, and we like a lot of garlic flavor. Plus, the rosemary goes so very well with garlic and it’s so fragrant. Your kitchen is going to smell heavenly!  This is quite an easy side dish, even with the blanching process. You can blanch the green beans ahead of time if you want to. I did. The reason I blanch them first, is because we like our green beans soft, plus blanching them gives it such a pretty bright green color.

After blanching (which only takes a minute or two), everything is tossed into a skillet to saute until the green beans reach your desired doneness. Like I said, we like our’s soft. Not mushy, but soft. So while sauteing, in between stirs, I would cover the pan. It took about 10 minutes or so for that many green beans. But it was perfect! The lamb chops were finished at the same time! Booya!

Absolutely delicious, and beautiful flavor! I hope you try them with your family and enjoy them as much as we did!

A few of my favorite things used in this recipe:

  • Calphalon 12-inch non-stick fry pan – I love this pan. I use it for just about anything you’d need a large skillet or saute pan for. It’s durable, and made for even heating.
  • Heirbls Kitchen Tongs – Every kitchen needs a good set of tongs. These are easy to clean and easy to store. These are great for tossing salads, turning meat including bacon, sauteing things like these green beans and a lot more. Very versatile cooking tool.
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Garlic & Rosemary Green Beans Yum
Recipe by Christine Titus
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, prepare your ice bath. Get a very large bowl, fill with ice, and water.
  2. Once the water starts to boil, add green beans and cook for about 2 minutes, or until they are crisp tender and bright green. Drain, and immediately submerge green beans into ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain well.
  3. In a large saute pan or large skillet, heat olive oil, pressed garlic and rosemary. Stir in green beans to coat. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste. Saute over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until green beans reach desired texture. We like ours soft, but not mushy and limp, so I covered the pan in between stirs, and it took approximately 10 minutes.
  4. Serve immediately, and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Adapted from BigOven

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