Aloo Jeera

Submitted by Jayashree T. Rao
Serves 4

Aloo JeeraAsafoetida may look like a typo, but it’s a dried latex derived from roots used in middle eastern cuisine.  It’s supposed to taste similar to leeks when cooked.

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Aloo Jeera
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
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Ingredients
  • ½ kg. potatoes
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ¼ tsp asafoetida
  • ½ tsp mustard
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Salt to Taste
Instructions
  1. Take a microwave safe bowl, add oil with cumin, asafoetida and turmeric powder.
  2. Microwave for thirty seconds. Put the potato pieces into it.
  3. Microwave on 600 Watt power for five minutes. Stir in between.
  4. Add salt and mix well. Continue to microwave for another ten minutes.
  5. It gives a nice crisp look. Add chili powder and give a toss.
  6. You can again microwave for 30 seconds if you wish.

 

Broccoli & Ham Hot Dish

Debbie Says: A great old dish.  You can use plain or crinkle cut french fries for a fun variation.

Broccoli & Ham Hot Dish
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 bag French fries, frozen
  • 1 sm. box frozen broccoli pieces, thawed & drained
  • 2 c. ham, cubed
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1 c. mayonnaise
  • 1 c. milk
  • 8 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a large casserole dish or 9″x13″ baking dish.
  2. Layer frozen french fries, broccoli & cubed ham evenly on the bottom of your dish/pan.
  3. Mix soup, mayonnaise & milk together. Pour evenly over other ingredients in baking dish. Spread cheese evenly on top.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, or until warmed thoroughly.

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Funeral Potatoes

Stephanie Says: Frozen potatoes are a necessity for the baking times to be right.  I actually use dry onion flakes reconstituted instead of fresh onion.  You can also substitute the corn flakes for crushed Ritz crackers or potato chips.  This recipe can be doubled for a larger party, but remember to adjust the baking times to suit the larger volume.

Funeral Potatoes
 
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  • 16 oz. hash brown potatoes, frozen
  • 16 oz. diced potatoes, frozen
  • 10¾ oz. Cream of Chicken soup
  • 1½ oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ c. butter, melted
  • ½ c. onions, chopped
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp seasoned salt
  • 2 c. corn flakes, crushed
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Grease 9"x13" baking dish. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl combine soups, sour cream, cheese, onions, garlic salt, seasoned salt, & the ½ cup melted butter or margarine. Gently fold in hash browns, then gently fold in diced potatoes.
  3. Pour mixture into pan. Combine crushed corn flakes & the 2 tbsp melted butter or margarine. Sprinkle on top of potato mixture in baking dish.
  4. Bake for 30-45 minutes.

 

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Crockpot Mac N’ Cheese

Gary Says: We tried this recently and it was terrific!

Crockpot Mac N' Cheese
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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  • 16 oz. large elbow macaroni
  • 12 oz. evaporated milk
  • 1 lb. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 lb. Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
Instructions
  1. Boil macaroni in water until al dente. Reserve ¼ c. cheddar cheese.
  2. Beat the 3 eggs.
  3. In a large bowl, mix evaporated milk, remaining cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, Velveeta, eggs, salt & pepper. Add the cooked macaroni & mix until well blended. Pour mixture into appropriate sized Crockpot or other slow cooker. Top the mixture with your reserved cheddar cheese.
  4. Cook at Low setting for 3-4 hours.

 

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Joe’s Quinoa and Kale Stuffed Acorn Squash

Submitted by Joe
Serves 2

Ingredients

1 acorn squash ½ c. quinoa
1 c. water 1 bunch kale
3 tbsp butter salt, pepper, & red chili pepper to taste

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut the acorn squash in half, remove the seeds & clean out the center. Add salt & pepper to the flesh of the squash & place 1 tbsp of butter into the cavity of each squash half.
2. Once the oven is ready, place the squash flesh side up on a baking sheet or casserole dish & bake for 45 minutes.
3. Put the quinoa into a bowl or container & fill it with water until the quinoa is covered. Set aside.
4. Remove the stalks from the kale & discard them. Rough chop the kale leaves & place into a skillet over medium heat along with 1 tbsp of butter. Add salt, pepper, & crushed red pepper to taste & saute until the kale is dark green & wilted, approximately 5-10 minutes.
5. Drain the water from the quinoa. Pour 1 c. of water in a pot, salt the water liberally & bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the quinoa & kale, stirring together. Place a cover on the pot & reduce the heat to low.
6. Remove the squash from the oven. Spoon the quinoa & kale mixture into the cavity of each squash half & serve.

Chef’s Note: Spinach can be substituted for kale if desired.