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One of my favorite things about this time of year is the anticipation of the holidays and holiday meals. I’ve had a forever long list of Thanksgiving menu ideas on my desk since August.
Last year it was kind of up in the air whether my husband would be home in time for Thanksgiving (deployment) and he ended up coming home on Thanksgiving. So it was super simple since the boys and we spent several hours at the welcome home ceremony. This year though? I wanna go all out. Because next year my husband will probably be gone again. So why not?
One of my favorite and most important ingredients in my cooking, especially around the holidays, is PAM Cooking Spray. I use it pretty much every day of my life but because I use my vintage Pyrex dishes (handwash only!) for all holiday meals, I am most definitely spritzing everything with PAM Cooking Spray. PAM Cooking Spray leaves 99% less residue than margarine or bargain-brand sprays so clean up is quick and easy! It just makes life so much easier. Really, who wants to spend time scrubbing dishes after the Thanksgiving meal?
*vs. leading cooking sprays (except olive oil), after spraying on glass bakeware, baking at 400°F for 30 min, cooling, and then washing in standard home dishwasher with detergent and repeating 4 times.
These Twice Baked Red Potatoes are something you could serve for a holiday meal or just with a regular weeknight dinner! My husband and I used to make these when we lived in our very first apartment before we had kids. We’d make baked chicken with a salad and these potatoes and we felt like real adults. Because we bought raw potatoes and cooked them ourselves.
The recipe is super simple. Just bake the potatoes on a PAM Cooking Spray coated pan until their fork tender. Scrape out the insides and mix it with all kinds of cheesy goodness (and bacon!) and then put it back in the potato shells. So easy and so yummy! You can’t go wrong with potatoes with cheese and bacon!
One of the things I’m most worried about for Thanksgiving is oven space. Turkey, casseroles, bread that needs to be warmed up – I mean, there’s a lot of stuff that needs some oven time. I have been looking for classic dishes that can be done on the stove and this creamy delicious macaroni and cheese fits the bill. And bonus points to it because it only requires ONE pot.
I really loved this version of macaroni and cheese. I know this is wrong to say, but I am forever searching for a macaroni recipe that has the same texture as those frozen Stouffers ones – and this one does. Tastes exactly like that. And dare I say that because it’s only one pot, it’s just as easy as popping a frozen meal in the oven or even making macaroni and cheese from the box?
A great way to jazz it up would be toasting panko bread crumbs (or fresh ones) in a little butter in a small skillet on the stove, and then sprinkling that over top of the macaroni before serving. It would make it seem more like a baked version with minimal effort.
Stovetop Mac & Cheese
½ pound (8 ounces) elbow macaroni (or other small, hollow pasta)
¼ cup (4 tablespoons) butter
6 ounces evaporated milk
½ teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
¾ teaspoon dry mustard
10 ounces cheddar, shredded
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, hot sauce (if using), salt, pepper and ground mustard. Set aside.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add two pinches of salt to the water, and cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. Drain the pasta, and put it back in the pot, keeping it off the heat.
Add the butter. Toss until the butter has melted.
Stir in the egg mixture, and add the cheese.
Place the pot back on the stove over low heat, and stir the pasta for 3 minutes or until creamy.