The recipe was super easy to make. I bought frozen hashbrowns and cooked them per the package rather than per the recipe. Mixed in all the other ingredients, but kept the eggs separate. When both the "mess" was fully cooked and the eggs were fully cooked, I combined them on the same plate and sprinkled the cheese on top. I did think so that I could have leftovers. For me, I don't think eggs make good leftovers, but the hashbrowns and veggies were perfect and I was able to make more eggs the next day for double the deliciousness.
Easy and yummy, thumbs up!
Other than that though, it was pretty good dish. The potatoes didn't exactly fit in my pyrex dish and there was barely enough cheese sauce to cover all of them, but still it was good to eat and cheesy enough for my tastes. If I make this again I will probably half the number of potatoes but keep the other ingredients at the same level. Not sure how the writers of this recipe were able to put all these sliced potatoes in the pan (I used the same size that was suggested). The green onions on top really made the taste all that better too. Thumbs up, but cook the potatoes to where they are soft (even though it makes them harder to cut!).
For those interested, I currently have 506 more recipes to make. Cheers to the future.
As for the taste - it also was not my favorite. To me, there was too much 'spiceness' to the taste and the candied fruit with raisins didn't do much to the taste. Perhaps I didn't put enough of the fruit in there. I don't think I even measured it. I don't think I would make this again, but I'm glad to have been able to try something that is popular in another country, particularly one that I'm sure my ancestors are all from. Thumbs down from me, but everyone at the party liked it.
I feel like it definitely added another layer of flavor and gave the pork a little something extra since it was made for our holiday party.
Spiced Maple Glaze:
1/2 cup maple syrup, preferably grade B
2 tbs chicken broth
⅛teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch ground cloves
pinch cayenne pepper
Add ingredients to the pan where you browned the pork and scrape up the browned bits, simmer the glaze until fragrant and keep off to the side or brush on the pork in the last 10 minutes of cooking.
I didn't time myself very well with this recipe, I ended up being late to the party because I started to late!! Part of that is because I didn't think the Uncle Bens rice would take like a half hour to simmer, I'm used to buying instant rice, not sure what I was thinking there. Overall though I liked this recipe and think its a good side casserole for any party or potluck. Will definitely make this again one day. Thumbs up.
Luckily, this recipe only calls for 6-8 kneads before sitting for only 10 minutes. Perfect for a weeknight meal. I would never make actual bread on a weeknight with the 3+ hours of rising and 10-15 minutes of kneading. The thing I don't like about kneading, I will share with you, is the fact that it's completely necessary to use flour. Now, I do not like touching things that are super super soft (i.e. fresh fleece, cotton balls, flour) so needing to add flour just isn't the greatest. I also don't like touching the dough when it's super wet still, but I can get over that aspect of it.
I was a little worried when I went to "fry" these tortillas. First - they were completely ugly and not round. Second - all the recipe called for was Pam so it didn't fry as I would have expected. Last - they were brown rather than white (like you would find in store bought tortillas), but I think that just had something to do with the Pam being use. Even though they were ugly, they still tasted just as good as I would have gotten at the store. I halved the recipe so it only made 4 tortilla shells (some big some small) but they were perfect in every way.
I can't say I would make these again unless I was asked too. It's almost not worth the trouble. Our tacos were DE-A-LICIOUS though!! (It could have been because I put feta cheese on mine!) Thumbs up!
As for the recipe itself, super easy. Thankfully I still had the grits and some milk at home so all I really needed to spend money on was the green chiles... which was less than a dollar for a small 4 oz can. I probably wouldn't make it again, but I'm glad I was able to try something new. Thumbs to the side.
Dinner & a Movie
Bringing you food and drinks so that you can make movie night that much more delicious.
"Food is essential for life; therefore make it good"
Shannon does it Julie & Julia style as she cooks through a cookbook and shares thoughts and recipes along the way.