Get your friends together this weekend for a low-key Saint Patrick’s Day Party! Ask everyone to bring their favorite craft beer—skip the green food coloring—and set out some snacks as a subtle nod to the luckiest holiday ever!
There are about two bazillion potato recipes you could serve on Saint Patty’s Day but this cutie is one of my faves. Simply boil up a bag of baby red potatoes, scoop out the insides and fill with cheesy mashed potatoes, scallions and broccoli. Did you hear what I just said? Potatoes stuffed potatoes…with cheese!
The easiest tool for scooping is probably a melon baller but I made these taters using a tiny spoon, just to prove it can be done!
I love the classic combo of cheddar cheese and broccoli, even if it isn’t “Irish.” Whatever, it tasted great with beer! You’ll love my super-quick trick for cooking your broccoli florets. Hint: Prepare to get zap happy!
Anyway. I’m serving this teeny, tiny 5-ingredient recipe to friends with some corn beef sliders and Two-Hearted Ale before the big parade. What are your festive plans?
photos by Erin Phraner
- 1 (1.5-lb) bag baby red potatoes
- 1 head broccoli, cut into very small florets
- 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 to 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- PANTRY STAPLES: Salt and pepper
- Put the potatoes in a saucepan of salted water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Simmer 15 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork. Drain and let cool slightly.
- Meanwhile, put the broccoli and a splash of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on High 1 minute or until bright green and tender.
- One potato at a time, slice a small piece from the bottom so the potato sits flat. Cut off the top and scoop out a hole from the center using a melon baller or small spoon; transfer potato insides and tops to a bowl (these will become your filling). Repeat with all potatoes.
- To the bowl, add the cheddar cheese, sour cream, salt and pepper to taste. (Add a splash of milk if desired.) Mash and a fork until smooth and combined; transfer potato mixture to a resealable plastic bag. Snip the tip and pipe the potato mixture into the holes. Top with the prepared broccoli and green onion. Top with more salt and pepper if desired.
I’ve found my new favorite craft supply and its name is Kool-Aid! Let me explain: I’ve been meaning to make some simple-custom stationery as one of my goals this year is to write more handwritten notes. So I picked up some plain 100% cotton white note cards and envelopes at Paper Source and headed to the grocery store for my “paints.”
Originally I planned to pick up a few packets of the original Kool-Aid powder to try them out as dip dyes. I figured all of that food coloring would make some pretty awesome stationery. What I found was that the variety of flavors (and therefore colors) was much broader in the liquid Kool-Aid then in powdered. Has the entire world turned to the easiest solution? I mean how hard is it to mix a pitcher of water and a packet of Kool-Aid power? Says the lady who would rather send a text than sit down and write a quick note on paper.
Well, it turned out that the liquid Kool-Aid was a breeze to use as dye and allowed me to control the color intensity much easier than mixing powder and water. So, I take back all of those judgemental things I said about liquid Kool-Aid…am I forgiven Kool-Aid man? In the end I was so happy with the way my note cards and envelopes looked that I shot a tutorial. I sure hope you will give this craft a try! It’s easy, fun and smells good too. You can’t say THAT about most craft projects.
You Will Need:
white 100% cotton paper note cards and envelopes (A-6 or A-7)
Kool-Aid Liquid in a variety of flavors (I used orange, watermelon and cherry)
water for diluting
trays or pans for dipping
cooling rack for drying
Here’s how to create ombre note cards:
1. Squeeze a generous amount of Kool-Aid Liquid into a pan. You will need enough to dip the side of your paper in for your first band of color.
2. Dip paper quickly in the liquid and remove immediately. Blot on a paper towel to avoid drips.
3. Dilute Kool-Aid Liquid by 50% by adding water.
4. Dip paper a second time quickly in the liquid to create the second band of color. Remove immediately and blog on a paper towel.
5. Dilute Kool-Aid Liquid by 50% by adding more water.
6. Dip paper a third time quickly in the liquid to create the second band of color. Remove immediately and blog on a paper towel.
7. You can continue to dilute, dip, blot and repeat as many times as you wish. Then dry on a cooling rack or paper towel.
The ombre is gorgeous but I also really like the look of a simple watermelon-pink band at the bottom of my note cards and envelopes as well as a thin edge of color around all four sides of the cards.
But get creative! You can dip, double dip, add a drip, mix it up. You really can’t go wrong with this tasty project!
photos by Leah Bergman