Balsamic Baked Onions and Potatoes


  • 14 tablespoons butter (yes, almost 2 sticks)
  • 1 bunch fresh rosemary, leaves minced
  • 1 bulb garlic, cloves peeled and minced
  • 1 12 cups balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 12 pounds red potatoes, cut into quarters
  • 2 large red onions, cut into quarters


  1. Heat oven to 425*F.  
  2. Place butter, rosemary, garlic, and vinegar in small saucepan.  Heat over medium heat until butter is melted and sauce begins to simmer.  Cook, stirring often, until slightly thickened.  Season with salt and pepper.  
  3. Line rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Spread potatoes and red onions over sheet then pour sauce over vegetables.  Toss carefully and transfer to oven.  
  4. Cook 60 minutes, stirring vegetables halfway through cooking time.  


This recipe is from Jamie Oliver and it was really fantastic!  I tweaked it a little, but it turned out amazingly well.  The veggies were nice and caramelized and sweet and delicious.

Shredded Potato Casserole


  • 12 cup panko
  • 3 tablespoon parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 2 pound potatoes, shredded
  • 12 medium onion, shredded
  • 1 12 cup grated cheese such as cheddar, gouda, or whatever makes you happy
  • 5 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup 
  • 1 12 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 teaspoon black pepper
  • 12 teaspoon sweet paprika powder
  • pinch of dried parsley
  • pinch of dried chili flakes


  1. Heat oven to 350*F.  
  2. Mix panko and parmesan cheese in small bowl.  
  3. Combine remaining ingredients in large bowl.  Transfer potato mixture into 9 by 12-inch baking dish.  Top with panko mixture and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until cheese is melty and potatoes are cooked through.  


This recipe is from Kayotic Kitchen, one of my favorite blogs, and I wish I could remember it since it sure looks and sounds delicious!

Cheese Fries

For the sauce
1 (16 ounces) bottle ranch dressing (I prefer Maries.)
2 teaspoons paprika 
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 
1 teaspoon dried thyme 
1 teaspoon dried oregano 
1 teaspoon white pepper 
1 teaspoon black pepper 
1 tablespoon kosher salt 
1 tablespoon garlic powder 
1 tablespoon onion powder

Oil, for frying (I prefer peanut.)
2 pounds frozen French fries
1 cup cheese, shredded (Any sort of cheese blend works well, I like Mexican cheese blend.)
6 pieces bacon, chopped and cooked until crisp

1. To make sauce, combine all ingredients and refrigerate to let flavors meld.  Preferably overnight.  

2. Heat oven to 350*F.  

3. Heat 3-4 inches of oil to 350*F in large Dutch oven for frying.  (A single fry should rise and bubble immediately when the oil is hot enough.)  Working in batches, fry fries until crisp and golden brown.  Remove fries to paper towel lined plate and repeat process until all fries are cooked.  

4. Spread fries on baking sheet and season with salt.  Top with bacon and cheese then bake until cheese is melted and bubbly.  


This recipe is from Outback Steakhouse at Home and it’s a copycat recipe of their famous cheese fries.  Just typing this out makes me want to call in an order for curbside takeaway RIGHT NOW.  Those things are amazing, addicting, and awful in every way.  I love them.  This dish was very tasty and vanished within minutes.  The sauce was a lovely compliment to the cheese and bacon fries, and very well spiced.

Mascarpone Chive Mashed Potatoes

3 pounds russet potatoes, cut into cubes
2 bay leaves
14 cup chicken broth
8 ounces mascarpone cheese
2 tablespoons butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
12 teaspoon pepper
14 cup fresh chives, minced

1. Place potatoes and bay leaves in large pot of salted water and bring to boil over high heat.  Reduce heat and simmer 20 to 25 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.  Drain and discard bay leaves.  Return potatoes to pot and mash. 

2. Add chicken broth, mascarpone, butter, garlic, salt, and pepper.  Mix until blended.  Add chives just prior to serving. 


This recipe is from Easy Everyday Eats.  I’m a big lover of mascarpone and it works very well in mashed potatoes!  I’ve made a simpler Mascarpone Mashed Potato recipe in the past, but this was is delicious too with a bunch of extra flavors if you’re looking for a more flavorful side.

Potato Hash with Bacon and Melted Onions

1 bay leaf
2 thyme sprigs
5 black peppercorns
1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed
4 cups onions, sliced (about 1-2 large onions)
Kosher salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 pound bacon, the thickest you can get, cut into 1 inch long pieces
Canola oil
3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 12 inch cubes
Kosher salt
1 thyme sprig, leaves only
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chives, minced

1. Place bay leaf, thyme sprigs, peppercorns, and garlic clove in piece of cheesecloth and tie to close. 

2. Put the onions in a large sauté pan and set over medium-low heat.  Sprinkle with 1 generous pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes or until the onions have released much of their liquid. 

3. Stir in butter, add the cheesecloth bundle, and cover with a piece of parchment paper.  Cook slowly over low to medium-low heat for 30 to 35 minutes.  The onions should look creamy at all times, if they start to look dry, add a bit of cold water and stir well.  Season to taste with salt. 

4. Heat oven to 200*F. 

5. Pour oil to 1 inch in large saucepan or skillet and heat to 300*F.  Set cooling rack over baking sheet and line the rack with paper towels. 

6. Add half the potatoes to the hot oil and cook for 8 minutes until tender and golden brown.  Remove from oil with wire skimmer and drain on paper towels.  Repeat with the remaining potatoes. 

7. Pour 2 tablespoons water into medium saucepan and set over medium heat.  Add bacon, reduce heat to medium-low, and let bacon render its fat for 30 minutes.  The bacon should not crisp.  Using a slotted spoon remove bacon to towels to drain.  Remove excess fat from pan, leaving a thin film to cook the potatoes.  Reserve the extra fat. 

8. Add half the potatoes to the pan, sprinkle with salt, and add half the thyme leaves.  Cook for 3 to 4 minutes to crisp the potatoes and heat through.  Add half the onions and fold in half the bacon.  Transfer potatoes to a large oven safe bowl and keep warm in the oven.  Repeat process with remaining ingredients. 

9.  Mix everything together, toss in chives, and season with salt and pepper before serving. 

Potato Hash with Bacon and Melted Onions

This recipe is from The Splendid Table but it’s a Thomas Keller recipe.  I’ve had it bookmarked for forever and finally got around to making it.  I can only say that I wished I had made this years ago so that I could have been making it regularly ever since.  This was a really awesomely fantastic dish.  The bacon just melted and wow.  I served it with eggs for a really scrumptious breakfast for dinner meal.

Ranch Roasted Potatoes

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons ranch seasoning
14 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 pounds potatoes, scrubbed and cut into bite size pieces
3 tablespoons sour cream
2 green onions, minced
2 ounces Parmesan cheese, shredded

1. Heat oven to 375*F. 

2. Mix oil with ranch dressing mix and pepper.  Toss potatoes with seasoned oil.  Season potatoes with salt if necessary, depending on how salty your ranch mix is. 

3. Spread potatoes on baking sheet and roast 35 to 40 minutes until golden brown, but not completely tender. 

4. Meanwhile, mix sour cream with green onions. 

5. Remove potatoes from oven and mix with sour cream mixture.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over potatoes and bake 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender and Parmesan is slightly crunchy. 

Ranch Roasted Potatoes

This is another recipe from Kayotic Kitchen.  It’s a pretty simple recipe for roasted potatoes and the results are great.  Quite a nice twist on regular roasted potatoes! 

Shown here with Baked Cod with Crispy Herb Topping.

Stephanie"s Baked Potatoes

4 large baking potatoes, scrubbed
Olive oil
Kosher salt

1. Heat oven to 200*F.  Rub potatoes with olive oil and kosher salt then place into baking dish.  Transfer to oven and bake 5 hours. 

2. Increase heat to 500*F and continue cooking potatoes until they reach an internal temperature of 210*F when tested with an instant read thermometer. 

No photo :(

I got this recipe from one of my awesome choir friends.  These are very slow baked potatoes and the skins get all nice, soft, and delicious.  The insides were super moist and scrumptious. I made 8 of these and had them for lunches throughout the week after we ate the initial 3 with Lance’s birthday dinner.

Waffle Iron Potatoes

1 large potato, scrubbed and shredded
1 tablespoon butter, melted

1. Heat waffle iron on highest setting. 

2. Toss potato with butter. 

3. Working with about 14 cup potato at a time, place potatoes in middle of waffle iron and cook about 10 minutes, flipping halfway through if necessary. 

Waffle Iron Potatoes

This recipe is from Just Get Off Your Butt and Bake and I clearly failed it.  Maybe my waffle iron is the wrong kind or something?  I don’t know.  These stuck all over the iron and were a huge pain to both make and clean up.  Oh well, it was worth a try!

Cheesy Bacon Hash Brown Bake

1 bag (28 ounces) frozen potatoes O’Brien with onions and peppers
1 can (18 ounces) Progresso™ Creamy Three Cheese Recipe Starters™
1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
12 cup sour cream
13 cup green onions, sliced
12 ounces bacon, cut into pieces, cooked until crisp, and drained

1. Heat oven to 350*F.  Spray 13x9-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. 

2. Place potatoes in large microwavable bowl and microwave, uncovered, for 6 to 8 minutes or until potatoes are thawed and hot. Stir every 2-3 minutes. 

3. Stir in remaining ingredients and pour into prepared baking dish. 

4. Bake uncovered 30 to 35 minutes or until hot in the center and bubbly around the edges. 

Cheesy Bacon Hash Brown Bake

This recipe is from Progresso.  I don’t tend to use prepared stuff like this, but, in the past, I have greatly enjoyed Progresso’s soup.  I saw a recipe using one of these recipe starters on a blog I follow, and decided to get a few cans when I saw them at the grocery store. 

I thought this dish was tasty although it was a bit runnier than I would have liked it to be.  I think increasing the potatoes might help with that.  I served it with eggs to order – mine are shown fried over medium which is my favorite way to prepare eggs.

Salt Potatoes with Butter and Herbs

2 pounds small potatoes
2 cups sea salt
12 cup unsalted butter
14 cup mixed fresh herbs such as marjoram, chives, lemon basil, etc, finely chopped
Freshly ground black pepper

1. Scrub the potatoes, but don’t peel them. (I had to peel mine a bit since the skins were weird.)

2. Bring 3 quarts water to a boil with the salt. Stir to dissolve the salt, and then add the potatoes. Boil over medium heat until the potatoes are fork-tender, 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the potatoes. Drain the potatoes then toss them in a bowl with the butter and herbs. Season with pepper and serve.

Salt Potatoes with Butter and Herbs

This recipe is from Local Flavors and, woah, were these potatoes salty.  Way too salty.  Lance and I tolerated them, but I wouldn’t say that we actually enjoyed them.  I will not be revisiting this recipe. 

Shown here with Poached Salmon with Dill and Sour Cream Sauce.