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slow cooker mac & cheese

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

10 oz. cooked elbow macaroni (or shells, spiral pasta, etc.)
1/2 stick butter, cubed
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups whole milk
3 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated, plus extra for garnish
1 cup romano cheese, grated
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
cooking spray

Spray a 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.

Place cooked macaroni in slow cooker and add butter. Stir until butter is melted.

Add evaporated and whole milk, parmesan, romano, cheddar cheese, nutmeg, and salt and pepper. Stir well.

Cover and cook on low for 3 hours. Stir well and sprinkle with parmesan and another dash of nutmeg, and serve hot.

Tip: If you don’t have a slow cooker, put pasta, milk and cheeses in a large baking dish and bake for 50 minutes at 350º F.

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Triple-Cheese Macaroni

Triple-Cheese Macaroni

1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
2 eggs
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon pepper
8 ounces process cheese (Velveeta), melted
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mild cheddar cheese, divided
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided

Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, butter, mustard, seasoned salt and pepper until combined. Stir in the process cheese and 1-1/2 cups of each cheddar cheese.

Drain macaroni; stir into cheese mixture. Pour into a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Top with remaining cheeses. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted and edges are bubbly. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Triple-Cheese Macaroni

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Plantain Fritters

Plantain Fritters

2 large ripe plantains or bananas, peeled
1 cup self-rising flour
1 small onion, cut into wedges
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash pepper
Oil for deep-fat frying

Place plantains in a food processor; cover and process until smooth. Add the flour, onion, salt and pepper; cover and process until blended (batter will be moist).

In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat 1/4 in. of oil to 375°. Drop tablespoonfuls of batter, a few at a time, into hot oil. Cook for 1 minute on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Yield: 28 fritters.

Editor’s Note: As a substitute for 1 cup of self-rising flour, place 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a measuring cup. Add all-purpose flour to measure 1 cup.

Recipe found here: Plantain Fritters

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Garden Mashed Potatoes

Garden Mashed Potatoes

1 pound medium Yukon Gold potatoes, cubed
1 pound medium red potatoes, cubed
1 pound medium carrots, chopped
4 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1-1/2 cups frozen white corn, thawed
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Place the potatoes, carrots, garlic and jalapeno in a large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain.

Mash vegetables with butter, salt and pepper; stir in corn and cheese. Yield: 8 servings.

Editor’s Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Recipe found here: Garden Mashed Potatoes

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Sausage Corn Bread

Sausage Corn Bread

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 egg whites

1 pound turkey Italian sausage links, casings removed
4 celery ribs, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
2 medium tart apples, chopped
1 cup chopped roasted chestnuts
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 egg white

For corn bread, combine the first five ingredients in a large bowl. Combine the buttermilk, applesauce and egg whites; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.

Pour into an 9-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

In a large nonstick skillet, cook the sausage, celery, onion and red pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a large bowl. Crumble corn bread over mixture. Add the apples, chestnuts, parsley, garlic, thyme and pepper. Stir in broth and egg white.

Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 325° for 40 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Yield: 16 servings.

Editor’s Note: Dressing can be prepared as directed and used to stuff a 10- to 12-pound turkey.

Recipe found here: Sausage Corn Bread Dressing

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Cheesy Hash Brown Bake

Cheesy Hash Brown Bake

1 package (30 ounces) frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of potato soup, undiluted
2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine potatoes, soup, sour cream, 1-3/4 cups cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese.

Bake, uncovered, 40-45 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 10 servings.

Recipe found here: Cheesy Hash Brown Bake

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Smoky Cauliflower

Smoky Cauliflower

1 large head cauliflower, broken into 1-inch florets (about 9 cups)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Place cauliflower in a large bowl. Combine the oil, paprika and salt. Drizzle over cauliflower; toss to coat. Transfer to a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 450° for 10 minutes.

Stir in garlic. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until cauliflower is tender and lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Smoky Cauliflower

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