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I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three grand mother of four, and have been married to the same man for 48 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.


Friday, January 1, 2016

Something New for New Year's

We spent a quiet New Year's Eve at home.  I read.  The Big Guy surfed the Internet a bit.

I decided a few days ago that I wanted something different for NY's dinner; something that looked good and was satisfying, so I concocted a dish:  au gratin potatoes with a twist.  It was worth every second!

Here's what I did...


1     lb ground turkey breast
5     shallots, thinly sliced
6     slices of cooked bacon, chopped
1     T onion powder
salt and pepper
2     T  chopped parsley
3     T Garlic infused olive oil

Pour olive oil into large saute pan.  Brown turkey meat and shallots;  add bacon and parsley.  Mix well.  De-glaze pan with water or chicken stock if needed.

4      large Yukon Gold potatoes sliced extremely thin  (I use a mandolin)
2      c heavy cream
1      T dijon mustard
8      oz  shredded Mexican Mix cheese
6      green onions, chopped

Preheat oven to 350°.
Layer potatoes in a buttered baking dish.  Spread all of meat mixture atop potatoes. Sprinkle on some of the cheese.
Add another layer of potatoes and cheese. 
Add mustard to cream and mix well.  Pour over potatoes and top with cheese, green onions, and paprika.

Bake for 75 minutes or until brown and bubbly.  Allow to sit for 10 minutes.


gracejones said...

I have never been brave enough to cook without a recipe, so I admire your cooking courage! How did it taste?

Cynthia said...

Sounds yummy. I experiment from time to time. If the results are good, it seems as if I can't remember just what I did. If they're not so hot, it's as if the "new" recipe is etched in stone.

Revisiting your comment on my blog, for which I thank you: judging from the woman's appearance, I don't think she could have spent much on her grandchildren's gifts. She probably picked up some trinkets at the dollar store. Thanks to the volunteers that run WinterShelter, she and her bags of stuff were eventually reunited. Best of all: a local social services agency has arranged for this elderly woman to move into subsidized senior housing on Monday. I don't know the back-story, but I would guess she's been on a waiting list for a long time.

Happy New Year.

Sally Wessely said...

This sounds really good. I will print it out and save it. Thanks for sharing.

Happy New Year!