Archive | September, 2014

Baked Mashed Potato Cakes

16 Sep

My boyfriend and I ate lunch at Stockholders, a restaurant in Weymouth, MA and had their potato cake appetizer. It was amazing. While I didn’t have the meat debris or horseradish, I did have bacon and made a quick side dish version. My boyfriend ate almost all of them. The only thing I might add would be sour cream or Greek yogurt (plain with some garlic chopped in it) to dollop on top.

What you need:

1 package of instant mashed potatoes

2 slices of bacon, chopped

1/2 cup of panko breadcrumbs

1/2 cup of shredded cheese (any variety) + some for sprinkling

1 scallion chopped (optional)

1 garlic clove, minced (optional)

1 tablespoon of butter

nonstick cooking spray

black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Make mashed potatoes according to directions. Melt butter into the potatoes. Sprinkle in the pepper, cheese, bacon and scallion. I used a 6- muffin tin, put a piece of foil over the top and outlined the circles to keep the cakes in place. Spray with nonstick spray. Form the mashed potatoes into cakes and press into panko breadcrumbs (both sides). The bag of potatoes I had made 6 perfect sized cakes. Bake for about 15 minutes until the panko starts to brown and then sprinkle with additional cheese.

They came right off the pan! Serve warm. C’est si yum!

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High Heel Cupcakes

7 Sep

NFL season means a few things, one of which is that my boyfriend’s seven year old daughter is not interested in NFL season. As he and her twin brother cheered on the Pats, we made high heel cupcakes! This is the finished product but I’ll add the other steps.

All you need:

Funfetti or any cupcake mix

Frosting, any color

Variety of Sprinkles

Milano cookies

Pirouette Cookies cut into about 4″ pieces at an angle at the top

Cook the cupcakes according to directions. Let them cool. I would recommend decorating the Milanos before you put them in the cupcakes. Frost and decorate the cupcakes once they’ve cooled. Cut a 1″ slit into the top of the frosted, cooled cupcake. Angle the Milano in and stick it in to the cupcake. We secured the Pirouette pieces with frosting but if I was serving these elsewhere I’d recommend something being stuck on the bottom so it does not slide.

They were easy and adorable. Pinterest for the win! C’est si yum!Heel cupcake