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Atomic Hashbrowns

Atomic hashbrowns

This month for Secret Recipe Club, I was assigned to our group D hostess Sarah's blog, Fantastical Sharing of Recipes. Sarah is an Army wife and mom to 2 young kiddos. How she has time to keep up a blog full of recipes, Pinterest posts, and linky parties is beyond me, but she does, and she does it well! While perusing her blog to find a recipe to make, I came across this one for hash browns and knew it was the one for us. We love to make big breakfasts on the weekends and I knew that this would be a welcomed alternative to our typical cubed hash brown potatoes. These hash browns reminded me of potato pancakes. I bet they would be delicious topped with a dollop of sour cream, but we paired with some eggs and we were in a happy food coma for the rest of the day! 

2 pounds Russet Potatoes, peeled, grated, and dried
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Paprika
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Salt and Pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons Butter
2 tablespoons Olive Oil

In a large bowl, toss the grated potatoes with the garlic, paprika, cayenne, salt, and pepper.  Add 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Add the potatoes to the pan and pack them down tightly. Cook for 5-7 minutes. Carefully flip the potatoes onto a baking sheet and add the remaining butter and oil to the empty skillet. Add the potatoes back to the pan, cooked side up, and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes. Slice the hash browns into wedges and serve.

SOURCE: Fantastical Sharing of Recipes



Scallion Potato Cakes

Scallion potato cakes

When we were in Napa, we drove to Yountville and saw Thomas Keller's restaurant Ad Hoc. We didn't go, partly because I really didn't know much about the restaurant and just assumed that, with a pig as the main decor, it was a restaurant that was heavy on meat. Instead, we ate at Michael Chiarello's restaurant, Bottega (I'm pretty sure I saw him walk past me a few times while I was sitting in the courtyard waiting for our table, too). Fast forward to Christmas 2011. Joel had put the Ad Hoc at Home cookbook on his wish list, so I purchased it. While picking it up at the store, I flipped through a copy and noticed that it was far from what I had originally expected. I read the story about how the restaurant came to be and what types of meals they serve, and while Bottega was excellent, I was immediately sorry that we passed up the chance to give Ad Hoc a try. I guess that means that we will just have to make another trip out to Napa some day! So, a few days after Christmas, Joel and I parked ourselves on the floor with his new cookbook and a package of sticky notes. We flipped through every page and flagged the recipes that we liked the most. This recipe was one of them. The concept of scallion potato cakes is so simple, yet when cooked, they taste so wonderful! We made these as a side dish to steak (and even though I asked Joel to pick up a veggie as the other side, he brought home macaroni salad, so we had that too...). I wish that we would have planned only these cakes to be our meal, because it would have given me an excuse to eat more! Joel had leftovers for breakfast the next morning, and said they were even good then! I will definitely make these again and again.

5 Scallions
3 pounds Russet Potatoes
1/2 cup Cornstarch
Canola Oil
Salt and Pepper

Cut the scallions into thin slices, reserving 1/4-cup for garnish, and set aside. Peel the potatoes, then shred them (you can use a food processor to do this, but I used a box grater). Immediately, transfer the shredded potatoes to a large bowl of cold water; swirl and rinse the potatoes. Remove the potatoes from the water and spin dry in a salad spinner (or squeeze dry using a towel). Transfer the potatoes to another large bowl and spoon the cornstarch around the sides of the bowl, tossing the potatoes with it. Heat some canola oil in a 10-inch nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat until the oil is shimmering; turn the heat down to medium. Add one-sixth of the potatoes to the pan, gently spreading them into an 8-inch circle. Do not press down on the potato cake while it is cooking. Season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper and sprinkle one-third of the scallions over the top. Carefully spread another one-sixth of the potatoes on top. Cook for 6-7 minutes, until the bottom has browned. Turn the pancake and brown on the other side, adding more oil if necessary. Cook until the other side is browned and crisp. Keep the potato cake warm by placing it on a cooling rack over a baking sheet in a 200 degree oven while you cook the other 2 potato cakes. Cut each pancake into 4 wedges and garnish with reserved scallions (and sour cream, if you would like). *I made smaller pancakes instead of the 8-inch rounds that were suggested in the recipe. 


Baby Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselback potatoes

Like I had mentioned in a previous post, Joel and I don't really celebrate Valentine's Day, but instead just make a slightly nicer meal at home for the two of us. While I was scrolling through the many recipes I have saved for potential components of our meal, Faith at An Edible Mosaic posted a whole Valentine's Day menu on her blog, which stopped my search dead in it's tracks! Spiced Sirloin Roast, these Baby Hasselback Potatoes, and green beans sounded nicer than our normal dinners. I've seen, and saved, many hasselback potato recipes before, and now that I have made them, I have no idea why I hadn't done it sooner! What a simple and elegant way to dress up a plain potato. This recipe is super simple and will dress up the fanciest of meals, or be just as good with any weeknight meal.

3/4 pounds Baby Yellow Potatoes, scrubbed (I used 4 baby white)
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1/4 teaspoon Salt
Pinch of Black Pepper
*Pinch of Mrs. Dash Salt Free Garlic & Herb Seasoning (I added)
Parsley, for serving (I added, though Faith had it in her pictures)

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place a potato on a wooden spoon. Starting at one end of the potato, using a large knife, cut until the knife touches the spoon (using the spoon ensures that you will not cut through the bottom of the potato), and continue cutting at 3-4mm intervals across the whole potato. Continue this process until all potatoes have been cut. Using your fingers, gently open the potatoes, then toss them together with the oil, salt, pepper, and additional seasoning, allowing them to marinade for 5-10 minutes. Arrange the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle the tops with chopped parsley and serve.


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