Okay. I did what she said. I got off the couch. And I cooked!!!
And cooked. And cooked some more.
Why, you ask? Because it was my JOB!! At least this month…It was my job to read through Sashi’s wonderful blog – Get Off the Couch and Cook and find something, anything, to cook. NOT an easy job. Her blog is “…not a health food site but the recipes are not bad for you.” Don’t you love that? I like foods that aren’t bad for me. But still delicious. And there is plenty of that here.
Sashi was my ‘assignment’ for March’s Secret Recipe Club and I had to pick at least one recipe.
But if you follow along each month you know I am not in the habit of just choosing ONE recipe. I started out with her lovely soft…
These are very similar to the bread I make from KAF, where she originally got the recipe, but softer than my bread. They were perfect with burgers, pulled pork, and meatballs. What makes these really nice is that the dough is ‘worked’ in a bread machine then hand rolled and baked. You can make round buns or long hot-dog style. These were supposed to be long hot-dog but my shaping skills are a little rusty.
With the sandwiches I had to have a side…
YES!, I did say bacon and cheese. Think of these as deconstructed baked potatoes with sour cream, butter AND the bacon and cheese. Without the skin.
6 slices of bacon
6 medium Russet potatoes, washed but not peeled
4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
¾ c sour cream
4 Tbsp buttermilk (or regular milk)
1 tsp kosher salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 c (4 oz) shredded Cheddar cheese
Cook your bacon in a large skillet over med heat until crispy, 5-10 minutes, flipping halfway through. Drain on paper towels then crumble. Set aside.
Cut the potatoes into 3/4″ to 1″ pieces and boil until just soft – about 10 minutes. You want them to easily fall apart.
Mix the butter, sour cream, buttermilk, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
Drain the potatoes then add them to the bowl with the butter/sour cream mix.
Smash the potatoes into the butter and sour cream, stirring slightly while mashing the potatoes until just combined, leaving chunky bits.
Using a large spoon, fold in the bacon pieces and half the cheese.
Sprinkle with remaining, or more, cheese and let melt before serving.
I thought about making one of her desserts, like her Lemon Blueberry Cake, or the Dutch Apple Pie, or some Chocolate Bacon BarkYUM!! but in the end, since I still had cake and ice cream in the house, I went with another savory – Baked Pork Egg Rolls
I just happened to have some roast pork so these seemed a perfect way to use up some left overs. Stuffed with pork, carrots, cabbage, mixed with honey, peanut butter, mirin, chili sauce and sesame oil these tasty eggrolls were not fried as we are used to but rather, baked. So pretty healthy and not at all bad for me. Just like Sashi advertised for her recipes.
I am definitely going back for more recipes from Sashi. They are easy, fresh, delicious, and not at all bad for me!!!
NOw that my job is done….why don’t you head on over to Secret Recipe Club and sign up to join in the fun.
But between now and then check out the other goodies from the other members. See how much fun they had with their ‘assignments’ this month.