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Pesto and Goat Cheese Smashed Potatoes

I am so super into these smashed potatoes. Like, to the point of obsession. Not that that surprises anyone here, I’m sure. Since an (unhealthy? nahhhh) obsession with food is kind of my thing. No big deal.

Pesto Goat Cheese Smashed Potatoes
But seriously. These potatoes combine all of my favorite things. Goat cheese? Check. Pesto? Check. Balsamic vinegar? Checkity check. POTATOES? You betcha. It took everything I had not to eat them all by myself à la this chicken pesto orzo soup and save a few for Kyle.

Pesto Goat Cheese Smashed Potatoes
These are a nice, somewhat healthy-er-ish version of everyday mashed potatoes. Potatoes! Carbs! Cheese! But none of that finicky butter or cream that makes the regular stuff oh-so-delicious. So it’s BASICALLY like we just made mashed potatoes into health food.

Pesto Goat Cheese Smashed Potatoes
Also, did I mention there’s a balsamic reduction? Because there’s a balsamic reduction. Skip that step if you aren’t as into balsamic vinegar as I am, but if you ARE into balsamic vinegar as much as I am, you should DEFINITELY, DEFINITELY pour some o’ that balsamic-y goodness right there over the top of these taters. BAH. DELICIOUSNESS.

Pesto Goat Cheese Smashed Potatoes
But my favorite, FAVORITE part of these potatoes is the way the skin crisps up when they bake. It’s like mixing soft, tangy-goat-cheese-y mashed potatoes with salty, crispy, amazing potato chips. Which, okay, I would probably never just stir a bag of potato chips into my mashed potatoes. I’ But here? It works. It totally works.

Pesto Goat Cheese Smashed Potatoes

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Slow Cooker Four Cheese Leek & Garlic Dip

I am so over winter.

Slow Cooker Four Cheese Leek & Garlic Dip

 

I know that’s bad, because there’s still plenty more winter to go. But there’s SNOW and ICE and then there’s that whole VORTEX thing and YOU GUYS. I am OVER it.

So to combat the “I AM FREEZING ALL THE TIME” trend, I’ve been on somewhat of a hot food binge. Soup and tea and more soup and zero salad ever, because salad is (usually) cold and cold things suck. Totally logical, right? Right. I knew you’d understand.

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There are times when food should be light and healthy. There are times when a bit of butter or cream won’t kill you. And THEN, friends, THEN there are times when you just absolutely 100% have to use an entire stick of butter and then some half and half and then some CHEESE without shame or apology.

 

Rosemary Browned Butter Mashed Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Glaze

 

Guess what kind of day today was?

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What would Turkey Day be without stuffing?

 

Green Apple and Sausage Stuffing with Pumpkin Bread and Pumpernickel

 

Actually, confession: I am not a stuffing fan. Never was. Until we started celebrating Fakesgiving. The first year we did Fakesgiving, Kyle and I were deciding what to put on the menu. Turkey, of course, and pierogis (Thanksgiving tradition in Kyle’s Polish family), these smoked gouda mashed potatoes (now a Fakesgiving tradition) and maybe some mac and cheese (my specialty). But then Kyle was like, “let’s have stuffing!” And I was all, “stuffing is gross.” [read more...]

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