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Cat Cora’s Twice-Baked Stuffed Sweet Potatoes With Broccoli, Olives, Tomatoes and Dill

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4 ea sweet potatoes, cleaned well
2 Tbsp Olive oil
4 Tbsp nonfat sour cream or Greek yogurt
1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1/4 cup crumbled feta
2 tsp dried dill
1/2 cup broccoli florets
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil, well drained, chopped
2 Tbsp kalamata olives, chopped
    kosher salt, to taste
    ground black pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 350° F.

In a large bowl, mix the insides of the potatoes with the olive oil, sour cream, cottage cheese, feta, dill, tomatoes, broccoli and olives, and stir until combined.  Season to taste with salt and pepper, and scoop mixture back into each potato half.

Return to oven and cook for approximately 10 minutes, or until cheese is fully melted.  Top with additional sour cream/Greek yogurt or enjoy straight from the oven, serving two potato “boats” per person.


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04/09/2012 Posted by | Potato | Leave a comment

Red Beans and Rice

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1 lb red beans or kidney beans
1 lg ham hock from leftover ham or sausage
2 Tbsp margarine or ham fat
1 lg onion, finely chopped
1-2 ea clove garlic, finely minced
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp red pepper
1 piece (small) bay leaf
2 ea large ripe tomatoes or canned whole tomatoes


Pick and wash red beans.

In a large sauce pan boil 1-1/2 quarts water, drop in the beans; boil 1 minute.  Set aside until they cool.

Cook onion in fat until tender.  Add to beans, with garlic, ham hock, tomatoes, bay leaf, salt and pepper.  Cook over high heat, then reduce to simmer until tender; about 1-1/2 to 3 hours.

Takeout ham hock, cut meat away from bone and add to pot of beans.  Add oregano.

Serve in soup plates over rice.  Chopped scallions over this is delicious.


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09/09/2011 Posted by | Vegetables | Leave a comment

Gorgonzola Potatoes


3/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
1 cup half-and-half
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
2 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp Kerrygold Garlic Herb Irish butter
1 pkg (20-oz) refrigerated home-style sliced potatoes
1/4 cup French’s French-Fried onions
1/8 tsp pepper


Combine in microwave-safe bowl, cheese, half-and-half, salt, and flour.  Add butter and microwave on HIGH 2 minutes or until hot.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Cover and microwave on HIGH 10 minutes, stirring once, or until potatoes are tender.  Serve.


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09/06/2011 Posted by | Potato | Leave a comment