Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Parmesan Potatoes ™

This is a quick and easy side dish to serve at your holiday table. You can adjust the amount of milk to taste. Enjoy!

6 medium potatoes (rinsed and quartered)
1/2 - 1c milk (skim or low fat)
2 - 3 T butter  to taste
1/8 tsp salt (optional)
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cloves garlic (crushed and chopped)
1/4 - 2/3 c. parmesan cheese (grated or shredded)

Rinse potatoes and cut into quarters. Place potatoes in pot with water and boil for 20 minutes or until done.

Put milk and garlic into microwave safe cup and microwave for 2-3 minutes.

Drain water from potatoes in colander. Transfer potatoes back to pot. 

Mash with potato masher. While mashing add butter, salt, pepper, 1/4 c of the cheese and milk.

You can adjust the milk to the desired consistency of potatoes. Mash until smooth.

Turn on broiler to high.

Sprinkle remaining cheese evenly over potatoes.

 Place potatoes in oven and broil for 5 - 8 minutes or until cheese is golden.

Serves 6

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Partridge in a Pear Tree Pie ™

This is a great pie to serve at your holiday get togethers or anytime.

It's one of my family favorites, I hope it's yours too.

1 package prepared pie crust (2 crusts)
6-8 pears (peeled and sliced)
1/2 - 3/4 c sugar adjust amount
1 tsp. cinnamon
Pinch nutmeg (optional)
2 T. cold  butter cut into pieces
1 tsp. lemon
1-2 T. cornstarch

Remove pie crust from refrigerator and let thaw for a few minutes.

Preheat oven to 350' F.

Rinse, peel, and slice pears. Place in mixing bowl.

Place 1 pie crust in bottom of pie dish.

Add cornstarch, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg to pears.

 Mix well with wooden spoon.

Put pears in bottom crust of unbaked pie shell.

Top pears with lemon juice. Place butter over pears.

Put remaining crust on top. Make 3 - 4 slits in top crust.

Bake pie for 45 - 1 hr.

Serves 8-10