Crispy Potato “Cake” – Side Dish

A post that doesn’t involve my Cricut!!!! This post is a recipe I made a few weeks ago to have with dinner one night. It is similar to the Potato Stacks I made a while ago except it is one BIG stack and made in a sort of “cake” form The potatoes are sliced thin, covered in a mixture of olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt & pepper, parmesan cheese, shredded mozzarella/cheddar and then “stacked” inside a spring form cake pan to get the shape before baking in the oven to get the nice crispiness!

These potatoes are a delicious side dish to go with any meal!

Sandie

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Grilled Potato Skewers

Do you find it as difficult as I do to think of different ways to grill potatoes? As much as I/we love baked potatoes and roast potatoes done of the grill, sometimes we just like something a bit different.

This recipe is one of the ways we like to change it up. Easy to prepare and assemble and delicious when grilled! You can change the spices in it to suit whatever else you are making. I used a Cajun seasoning and garlic powder.

Sandie

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Fast & Easy Pasta Side Dish 

I made this a few weeks ago,  and again last night to have with dinner.

In the time it takes to cook the pasta, you can have the rest ready to throw in.

You could even add some cooked and shredded chicken and additional veggies to make this your main course.

Either way, it is a nice,  light summer side dish!

Sandie

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Creamy Grape Tomato and Cucumber Salad

When I was preparing dinner last night I realized that I hadn’t figured out a salad to go with it.  I knew I had a container of field grape tomatoes and a cucumber that needed to be used before I could buy anymore.  This salad is the end result of using the two of them up!

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This salad uses a minimum of ingredients, is quick and easy to make and goes great with whatever you are grilling for dinner as a refreshing side!

Sandie

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Mushroom Rice

This is a family favourite… it goes great with just about anything. We had it the other night with some barbecued sausages and steamed vegetables.

It is a quick recipe with loads of flavour… the perfect side to whatever you are serving! Whatever it lacks in being photogenic, it makes up for in taste!

Sandie

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Zucchini Boats

Last week I wanted to do something different with the zucchini I bought to have with dinner one night. Zucchini boats seemed like a great idea. Both Chris and Dillon love zucchini, whether it be in bread, grilled or whatever so keeping it interesting means making it in different ways.

This one is a favourite! This time I served it up with some rice and homemade meatballs!

Sandie

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Balsamic Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms

I remember a while back asking Chris if he liked asparagus. He said No. I then asked him if he had ever had it…. again he said No lol! I made it for them the first time with parmesan cheese and both he and Dillon loved it…. so much so that he asked me to make it more often. I wonder what else he doesn’t “like” that he hasn’t ever tried??? I had some mushrooms that I had to use up before they got nasty, so I decided to add them to the asparagus because who doesn’t like roasted mushrooms??

This is a very quick and easy recipe roasted in the oven with mushrooms, balsamic vinegar, dill etc., with a prep time of about 5 minutes. You can’t beat that for a delicious side!

Sandie

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Parmesan Roasted Asparagus and Grape Tomatoes

That is a big title for an easy but delicious recipe lol! This recipe I made again the other night for dinner and wanted to share it with everyone.

It is quick to prepare and roasts in the oven in 20 minutes so your “Side” is ready in no time at all! I added a drizzle of a balsamic vinegar reduction to the top and plates were almost licked clean lol!

Sandie

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Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

I was making ham and pineapple the other night for “the boys,” and was thinking about what I would make with it.  I don’t know why, but as soon as I think about making ham, I think about scalloped potatoes, so that’s what I made.  They just seem to be The side dish that goes with it. 

While no one really likes the “old fashioned” way of making scalloped potatoes…. making it by layering the sliced potatoes with onions and flour and then adding dabs of butter and pouring milk over top before cooking.  I always found that so tasteless and that sort of defeats the purpose of cooking for me!

Adding some cheese and lots of garlic makes way more sense and practically disappears off the plates!

Sandie

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Garlic & Cheese Potato “Stacks”

For Sunday dinner I made a nice Herb & Garlic Pork Tenderloin and had to decide what I wanted to make to have with it alongside the requisite vegetable.  I knew I wanted to make some sort of potato side dish but I couldn’t decide on what.  I thought about scalloped potatoes, I thought about mashed potatoes but I wanted to do something different. I ended up making these potato “stacks,” loosely based on different versions I saw online.  Because the potatoes are sliced so thin they cook relatively fast and you end up with a garlicky, cheesy stack of delicious potatoes that look way fancier than how easy they are to make.

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I hope you enjoy the recipe!

Sandie

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