While growing up, my mom would often make riced potatoes to serve with different dishes. My dad gave me a potato ricer not long after Gary and I got married and I have served riced potatoes with various recipes.
Riced potatoes seem lighter than mashed potatoes and have a softer texture. I have even used riced potatoes with different stroganoffs or stir fries as Gary isn't a big fan of rice.
2 pounds beef stew meat, cut in 1-inch cubes
1 can condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 medium onion, chopped
6 ounces sliced mushrooms, drained
1 envelope onion soup mix
1/2 teaspoon pepper
8 ounces sour cream
Hot cooked noodles or riced potatoes
In a three-quart slow cooker, combine the first seven ingredients. Cover and cook on low for eight hours or until beef is tender. Stir in sour cream. Serve over riced potatoes or cooked egg noodles.
Halloween Party Mix
11 ounces pretzels
10 1/2 ounces miniature peanut-butter filled butter-flavored crackers
1 cup dry roasted peanuts
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
10 ounces Halloween colored M&Ms
18 1/2 ounces candy corn
In a large bowl, combine the pretzels, crackers and peanuts. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, butter and corn syrup. Bring to a boil over medium heat; boil for five minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and baking soda (mixture will be foamy). Pour over pretzel mixture and stir until coated. Pour into a greased 15-by-10 inch baking pan. Bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes. Break apart while warm. Toss with M&Ms and candy corn. Cool completely. Store in airtight containers.
2 cups baked squash
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
Slice the squash in half and remove seeds. Place each half of the squash upside down onto a microwave-safe plate. Cook on high - depending on the size of the squash - until squash is done. Let squash sit for 10-15 minutes. Scoop out of the shell and put in a casserole. Mix the squash with butter, salt, brown sugar, ground ginger and cinnamon. Reheat the squash in the oven until hot.
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