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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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Chicken Divan

12 Oct

I don’t have a ton of casseroles in my recipe book but Chicken Divan is definitely a dish of my childhood. It’s so simple and easy and if you have leftover rotisserie chicken you can use it instead of cooking off chicken breasts!

IngredientsWhat you need:

2 cups of frozen of fresh broccoli, chopped (I like a lot of broccoli in this dish, you could definitely do less if you don’t love it)

1 cup of low fat sour cream

1 can of cream of chicken soup

1 cup shredded cheese, with extra for sprinkling on top

13 crackers or so crumbled up

3 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped

salt and pepper

1 cup of rice, cooked (brown or white)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine the soup, cheese, chopped chicken and season a bit with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Chicken Breasts Side note, cooked (boiled in this case) chicken is not appealing looking at ALL.

rice layer layer cooked rice in a greased casserole or bake safe dish.

broccolitop with broccoli. I’ve done fresh and boiled it or frozen, just thawed.

Chicken Mixtop with chicken mixture, crackers and cheese.

Bake for 25 – 30 minutes until the top is brown. Serve warm! I also enjoy this as a leftover and reheated. C’est si yum! baked