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Crispy Potatoes with Blue Cheese and Caramelized Onions

Did you ever see the episode of Will & Grace when Will made a dinner of just appetizers for his dad, because he always said he could make a whole meal out of apps?!  I feel like that on a regular basis!  I love being able to have small bites of a variety of deliciousness.  So, that is just what my friend and I decided to do the other night!  (one of the best parts about being a “grown up”!)  We did these crispy roasted potato slices with blue cheese and caramelized onions and stuffed jalapenos (that recipe will be posted soon, too!) and also had some Tastefully Simple taco cheese ball.  Yummmm!

This could easily served as an appetizer or as a rich delicious side dish.

 

Figure on about 2 potatoes per person, sliced in about 1/4″ slices (oh and I used pretty small potatoes, if you are using big guys, figure on 1/2 or 1 per person)

Blue Cheese (this will again vary depending on how many you are serving, but you’ll want enough to give a nice layer over the potatoes)

1 medium to large onion

 

Set the over to 400 degrees and place baking sheet in the oven.  I made these twice and used this trick the second time and it helped to get them even crispier!  Slice the potatoes.  Get the baking sheet out of the oven WITH AN OVEN MIT!!  Layer the potatoes and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.  Using tongs or a spatula, make sure they all get coated.  Flip them to coat on both sides.  Salt and pepper lightly.  Place back in the oven for about 20 minutes.  Mean while slice your onions and put in the skillet over a low to medium heat.  Melt a pad of butter in the skillet and add the onions.  You don’t want to rush this.  Let them hang out and stir occasionally while letting them get nice and golden.  I’ve heard to add some sugar to give them a nice sweet, caramelized flavor.  But, I like them fine without.  You want them to really wilt down and turn golden to dark brown.

After 20 minutes, flip the potatoes.  Place them back in the oven for another 15-20 minutes.

When they are beautifully golden and roasted, take them out and arrange them very closely together leaving as little room in between slice as possible.  Sprinkle with the blue cheese and return to the oven to melt the cheese slightly.  It will only take a couple of minutes to do this.  When the cheese is oozy and melty, take out of the oven and add the onions.  Serve while they are still nice and warm and melty!  This combo is pretty rich, but I’m sure you will really enjoy them!

 

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Orzo with Chicken, Blue Cheese, and Red Onion

I love pasta.  It is like the party bus of foods.  Not only is it made it all kinds of awesome shapes and sizes, but it’s also an amazing vehicle to carry all kinds of different ingredients.  The party bus doesn’t discriminate; it welcomes all kinds to the culinary celebration of dinner time.  It tells marina sauce and meatballs to hop on for the classic tour around town.  It pre games for vodka sauce with chicken to be tossed in for a crazy night.  Throw some shrimp, garlic and butter into the mix for a decadent affair.  Your options for a delicious pasta meal or only limited by your imagination.

I recently decided to be the driver of the party bus and used orzo and added chicken, blue cheese and red onion so that we could use the car pool lane right to Yummytown (aka my stomach via the tongue entrance ramp!).

Another great thing about pasta is that it’s cheap and really stretches.  You can feed a lot of people with only 1 or 2 pounds of pasta.  This recipe can easily be adapted for however many people you are planning on.  I am terrible with portions of pasta, so I honestly can offer no guidance as far as how much uncooked pasta would serve 1 person.  I do know I made spaghetti with lemon chicken and asparagus (using 1 pound of pasta) and it feed 7 and still had left overs.  I originally anticipated making just 2 servings of this (1 for dinner that night and 1 for lunch the next day), but it did in fact feed me for 3 meals.  Orzo is especially tricky to determine a serving size of!

So this again was 3 full meals.

1/2 bag of orzo

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into bite size cubes)

about 1/2 cup of crumbled blue cheese

1/2 red onion

1/2 cup flour

salt and pepper to taste

a couple of shakes of Tastefully Simple Bacon Bacon!

Cook the orzo according to package directions in salted water.  Meanwhile cut the chicken in small bite size pieces.  Combine the flour, salt, pepper and Bacon Bacon (if you are using it) in a bowl.  Dredge the pieces of chicken in the flour.  Warm extra virgin olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and add the chicken.  Cook, stirring often, to brown and cook through.  Chop the onion in small pieces.

Once the pasta is done, drain almost all of the liquid.  Reserve a little bit still in the pan to help the other ingredients stick and thicken the dish slightly.  Add a drizzle of EVOO to the pasta.  Add the blue cheese and stir, letting the cheese melt.  Add the uncooked red onion and the chicken.  Give a stir to combine well.  Pour into the serving bowl and top with a little bit more blue cheese crumbles.  I opted not to cook the red onion, because I wanted the crunch and the bite.  But, the onion did soften slightly from the pasta.  I’m sure it would also be really good if you sauteed the onion a little bit.

This is a super easy meal to prepare for 1 or 10!

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Blue Cheese Cheese Ball

I LOVE cheese (in case you haven’t noticed that yet!)!!  My mum has made this cheese ball, but I’m not sure where the recipe came from originally.  Whatever angel created it, I am thankful for them.  It’s fantastic and quick and easy to put together.

2 blocks of cream cheese

2 containers processed cheddar cheese (I used BL, but my mum has used the Old English brand)

1 container blue cheese crumbles (about 5 or 6 ounces)

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Craisons, walnuts or pecans

Blend all of the ingredients with a mixer (it helps to have the ingredients at room temperature).  Roll into a ball with your hands or plastic baggies.  Roll in craisons or nuts.  I prefer the craisons because they give a wonderful tart balance to the bite of the blue cheese.  Refrigerate for several hours or ideally over night.

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Pizza Party!

Last week my friend Mandy and I had a pizza party.  I had picked up fresh dough at Trader Joe’s, 1 wheat and 1 herbed.  The dough turned out to be very good.  We decided to do margarita on the herbed crust and did 1/2 cilantro and shrimp and 1/2 blue cheese with caramelized onions.  The blue cheese and caramelized onion was my favorite!  For this pizza parties, real margaritas were a must!  It took Mandy quite some time to get to my place because of the roads.

So, this is not so much a recipe but a note of encouragement to take flavors you love to the crust!  What is your favorite combination for pizza toppins?