Smash and Dash Potatoes

In the hustle and bustle of college life, we’re always looking for shortcuts to our daily routines. While laundry and cleaning can sit on the back burner until the end of the semester (or when Mom visits), cooking quality dishes shouldn’t have to be sacrificed for processed, TV-dinners. Mashed potatoes are often substituted by puff and fluff flakes (I’m guilty, I confess), but I dare you to try my quick and easy Smash and Dash potatoes.

Ingredients:

  • Kennebec potatoes (so you don’t have to peel the skin, but use any other soft skinned potato or peel them if they have tougher skin)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper

How to:

  1. Cut the potatoes into quarters, then cover with water (so the water line is 1/2 inch above the potatoes).
  2. Boil until the potatoes are tender, 15-20 min.  Drain the potatoes and then add back to the pan, but on very low heat.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of milk and begin to use a whisk to smash down the potatoes.  They will be very tender, so this is easy.
  4. As you are smashing, add in 1 tablespoon of butter, salt and pepper.  Continue to smash.
  5. Add a splash more milk if you want it more creamy, and then add the rest of the butter.
  6. Season with salt and pepper, according to taste.

 

Peanut Butter Blossoms

It’s my favorite time of year! Yup, it’s “Twelve Days of Cookies” at my office.  Today was my turn to make cookies and the pressure was on. When it came down to it I decided to go with a never-fail crowd-pleaser: Peanut Butter Blossoms, a simple peanut butter cookie base with a Hershey’s kiss on top.  They are classic and fantastic, one of my personal favorites.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bag Hershey Kisses

How to:

  1. Preheat oven 375 F
  2. Cream melted butter, sugars, peanut butter, and egg together in large bowl with electric blender
  3. Mix together dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt).
  4. Add dry ingredients to egg and sugar mixture, blend well.
  5. Pinch off dough and roll into ball, measuring about a 1 – 1 1/2 inch in diameter
  6. Roll in sugar and place on well-greased baking sheet. Keep each ball about 1 inch apart.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  8. Remove cookie sheet from oven and gently press on the Hershey kisses while the dough is still hot. Put in fridge to cool and harden (1/2 – 1 hour).

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