Side Dishes

Fried Potatoes and Bacon

Fried Potatoes  and Bacon

Fried Potatoes and Bacon
 
Ingredients
  • 4 -5 medium potatoes
  • 6 slices thick bacon
  • 2-3 tbsp. butter
  • ¼ c. chopped onion
  • salt
  • pepper
Instructions
  1. Peel potatoes and cut into quarters. Place in a pot with water and salt. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to prevent boiling over, and continue to boil for 20-30 minutes, until cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile, cut bacon into small pieces. Add bacon and chopped onion to a 12" frying pan with 1 tablespoon of butter. Fry for 5-7 minutes, letting bacon grease accumulate.
  3. Drain cooked potatoes and add to frying pan and stir mixture together. (It's okay if the potatoes break up a bit.) Add another tablespoon of butter and stir.
  4. Turn heat to medium-high and cover so potatoes can brown. Stir every few minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste, and add more butter if necessary.
  5. Continue to fry for about 15 minutes or until most potatoes are browned to your liking.

 

Best Macaroni Salad

Best Macaroni Salad

Best Macaroni Salad
 
Easy and delicious, this macaroni salad will become a staple at get-togethers.
Ingredients
  • 1 (16 oz.) package macaroni
  • ½ c. mayonnaise
  • 1 c. cucumber - peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tbsp. dried minced onion
  • 1 c. diced ham
  • 1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until al dente; rinse under cold water and drain.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the pasta and mayonnaise; mix well.
  3. Stir in cucumber, onion, ham and cheese. Mix well. Drizzle oil and vinegar over top and toss. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

 

Recipe Source:  AllRecipes.com

Photo Source:  ozmafan / CC

Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

Au Gratin Potatoes

Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes
 
This classic French dish combines a creamy cheese sauce with tender potatoes to delight your pallet.
Ingredients
  • 4 russet potatoes, sliced into ¼ inch slices
  • 1 onion, sliced into rings
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Butter a 1 quart casserole dish.
  2. Layer ½ of the potatoes into bottom of the prepared casserole dish. Top with the onion slices and add the remaining potatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. In a medium-size saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Mix in the flour and salt, and stir constantly with a whisk for one minute. Stir in milk. Cook until mixture has thickened. Stir in cheese all at once, and continue stirring until melted, about 30 to 60 seconds. Pour cheese over the potatoes, and cover the dish with aluminum foil.
  4. Bake 1½ hours in the preheated oven.

 

Recipe Source: AllRecipes.com

Photo Credit:  Ned Raggett / CC

Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole
 
Easy to make and delicious to eat, this green bean casserole is a "must have" at holiday gathering in my house.
Ingredients
  • 2 cans green beans, regular cut or french-style
  • 1 can cram of mushroom soup
  • 1 can French fried onions
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Drain liquid from green beans. Spread one can of green beans in bottom of a loaf pan or casserole dish.
  3. Spread half of the cream of mushroom soup over the green beans. Top with half of the French friend onions. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes, until soup is bubbling.
Notes
Sometimes I use crushed potato chips in place of the French friend onions, and it's just as tasty.

 

Photo Credit: lotherington / CC

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes
 
These scalloped potatoes are so delicous and easy to make, this will become one of your most-prepared recipes.
Ingredients
  • 4 cups thinly sliced potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup grated cheese, to sprinkle on top
  • paprika
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pan, melt butter and blend in flour.
  2. Let sit for a minute.
  3. Add all of cold milk, stirring with a whisk.
  4. Season with salt and cayenne.
  5. Cook sauce on low until smooth and boiling, stirring occasionally with a whisk.
  6. Reduce heat and stir in cheese.
  7. Place a half of the sliced potatoes in a lightly greased one quart casserole dish.
  8. Pour half of cheese sauce over potatoes.
  9. Repeat with second layer of potatoes and cheese sauce.
  10. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
  11. Top with some paprika for color.
  12. Bake uncovered for about 1 hour at 350°F.

 

Recipe Source: Food.com

Photo Credit: mallydally / CC

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