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Baked Frico (Crispy Cheese)

 

 

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Everyone has those days where you just want to eat the most unhealthiest thing you can. I dont care who you are. I know it happens, and I am not the only one. That is not to say that everyone caves like I do, but we all still salivate over just the mere thought of the most magical gooey or crispy, cheesy, salty, magical snack possible. Were not all perfect, we feel things (namely we all feel cravings).

Well with that being said, I caved…

Well I more than caved…

I fell straight into the bottomless pit and somehow landed right into the river Styx. For what felt like and eternity I was wagering a war with the devil over weather or not I should make this salty, crispy, magical creation and after forcing my hand, I somehow landed back into the realm of the living and set on the path of doing the devils work….

And by the devils work, I mean introducing those of you who dont already know about this sinful yet delectable little morsel, to the seed of Satan. There I said it… proceed with caution…

Just kidding, I am sorry if I offended anyone but honestly this snack is truly a sin….

And it only needs 2 ingredients…

Your cheese and your spice!

Think of all of the possibilities! I am talking garlic and parmesan, cumin and montry jack, cheddar and [dare I say it] bacon bits, etc! The cheese world is your oyster! Just be sure that the cheese is FINELY shredded or grated otherwise it will not work so well.

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Ingredients

3 Cups of Finely Shredded or Grated Hard Cheese; Montry Jack, Cheddar, Parmesan, etc.

1 Tsp Ground Cumin; or any other spice you like in its place

 

Preheat the oven to 375F.

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Combine the shredded cheese and spice of choice in a large bowl and mix to combine evenly.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. (you can see I did not do this step, if you skip it like I did, its going to be pretty interesting getting them off the baking sheet so… DO AS I SAY AND NOT AS I DO)

Form 1 inch balls (much like a golf ball) and place them on the baking sheet 3 inches apart from one another.

Carefully spread each ball on the baking sheet into a nice 2-3 inch circle. This will give each cheese crisp a beautiful lacy look.

Bake in the oven 5-6 minutes then promptly remove from the oven and pop off the parchment paper.

You can drape them over a rolling pin like I did to get the curve or just lay them flat on a cooling rack.

And now for the best part…

Enjoy your gluttonous journey!

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Enjoy!

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Homemade Loaded Shepherds Pie

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This plate of amazingness came from a craving for comfort food… Not just any comfort food though. I.Needed.Shepherds.Pie.

Yes… The childhood favorite that my mother used to make. Only I didn’t quite want just a regular ol’ shepherds pie… No…

I wanted it loaded, cheesy, with bacon, chives, more cheese, green onions, a hamburger gravy, more cheese, well you get the point…

Let the greasy-ness commence!

PS… this is for all of you out there with inner fat kids screaming to come out.

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Ingredients

1 1/2-2 Lbs Ground Hamburger *Or feel free to use Lamb, Bison, or Turkey

1 Large Onion; diced

1/2 Cup Cream or Milk

3 Tbsp Four

8 Large Potatoes

1 1/2 Cups Sour Cream

2 Tbsp Butter

2 Cans Corn; drained

1 Can Creamed Corn

8 Slices Bacon; cooked and crumbled

1 Green Onion

2 Tbsp Fresh Chopped Chives

1- 1 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Paprika

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First off, sorry for the lack of prep and action shots… I truly didn’t think I would be posting this recipe but it was demanded… not asked that I do so! I guess I am not the only glutton out there so I hope you all enjoy!

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First we work on our hamburger and gravy.

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onions and saute 5-7 minutes until soft and translucent.

Add ground hamburger (lamb, bison, or turkey) to the skillet and cook until browned.

Once the hamburger is nice and happy, transfer it to your casserole dish leaving all the meat drippings in the skillet (i know i know… but we need it for the gravy!)

Next, whisk in 3 tablespoons of flour breaking up all the lumps. Once it is smooth, slowly whisk in the cream or milk.

Simmer over medium-low heat whisking until it is nice and thick.

Pour gravy from skillet over the ground hamburger in the casserole dish and stir them well.

Pour the whole and creamed corn over the ground meat and move onto making the mashed potatoes….

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Now for the mashed potatoes… scrub, peel, and dice them bad boys into 1″ cubes.

Transfer the potatoes into a large pot and fill with salted water so that it covers the potatoes by about an inch of water.

Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender.

Once the potatoes are nice and soft, strain the water and in the same pot mash them little gems with a potato masher.

Add sour cream and butter and continue mashing until nice and smooth. Unless you like lumpy potatoes, in that case leave them lumpy… who am I to judge!

Spread mashed potatoes evenly over the ground hamburger and corn making it the 3rd layer in this majestical dish filled with wonder!

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Next cook your bacon so that they are nice and crispy over medium-low heat. This should take about 8-10 minutes… Slow and steady wins the race after all!

Once cool, crumble bacon and set aside.

Dust the paprika over your mashed potatoes and top with 1/2 of the cheese.

Next sprinkle 1/2 of the bacon over the cheese followed with 1/2 of your green onions and 1/2 of your chives.

Bake at 375F for 25-30 minutes or until bubbling and heated thoroughly.

Top with remaining bacon, green onions, and chives then finally the remaining cheese.

Bake another 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted thoroughly.

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Enjoy my gluttonous friends!