Sweet Potato Gratin from Awesome on 20

Sweet Potato Gratin

Sweet Potato Gratin from Awesome on 20

I have good news and I have bad news about this sweet potato gratin. The bad news is, there are a few luxurious ingredients in this dish, making it a touch expensive. The good news is, it’s insanely delicious. So really that’s great news. It’s also perfect for your Thanksgiving table, and I can’t think of a better excuse to splurge on a few nice ingredients.

It’s finally November, so I can unleash my deep love of all things Thanksgiving. I think it’s my perfect holiday. It’s all about delicious, home cooked food, gathering together with the people you love, and taking a moment to gain perspective on your life and focus on the beautiful bits. And you don’t have to worry about buying gifts which gives me fits of anxiety.

As soon as the Thanksgiving magazines hit the stands, I want to do nothing but look at beautiful food. And it’s pretty much a giant carb fest. We all know the side dishes are the real star. I never let a Turkey day go by without serving sweet potatoes, and this gratin is my husband’s favorite way to serve them.

Sweet Potato Gratin from Awesome on 20

This is layer upon layer of thinly sliced sweet potatoes and smoked gruyere cheese, all baked up in heavy cream. It’s decadent. It’s a little bit sweet and a little bit smoky, and it’s roll your eyes, make you sing awesome.

Sweet Potato Gratin from Awesome on 20

I love spending the month pondering my Thanksgiving menu, even when it’s just the two of us. I can’t wait to share some of my Thanksgiving favorites. This sweet potato gratin is a great place to start.

Sweet Potato Gratin
Serves 8
Awesome layers of sweet potatoes and smoked gruyere cheese are the perfect indulgent Thanksgiving side dish.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
50 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 cups heavy cream
  2. 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  3. 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  4. 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  5. 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  6. 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  7. 4 ounces smoked gruyere cheese, shredded
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 and lightly spray a 2 quart casserole dish or large baking dish with oil.
  2. In a small sauce pan, gently heat the cream with the garlic over low heat. Remove from heat as soon as it starts to bubble.
  3. Start your layering by arranging your sweet potato slices in an overlapping shingle-type configuration. Then sprinkle the potatoes with a third of the thyme, salt, and pepper. Finally spread a third of the cheese over the sweet potatoes. Repeat this with two more layers, making three layers in all.
  4. Pour your warm, garlic infused cream over the sweet potato, cheese layers.
  5. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake for another 20 minutes or until the cheese is lightly brown, and you can easily slide a sharp knife all the way to the bottom.
  6. Allow the gratin to cool for at least 30 minutes before serving. Watch your guests go crazy.
Notes
  1. This will probably taste good with cheap shredded Swiss if you don't want to splurge on the fancy cheese.
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
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Cheesy Meatball Sliders

Cheesy Meatball Sliders from Awesome on 20

If I was a normal person, I’d know that this is a time of year when people watch a lot of sports. The early morning shouting coming from my neighbors’ houses should be a constant reminder. Everybody on this island seems to be into football, aka American football, aka hand egg. There was a time in my life when I lived amongst hand egg fans, but no more. I am currently only allowed to watch proper football, snooker, and cricket. That’s what happens when you fall in love with an Englishman.

What kind of food goes with British sports? Crumpets? Yorkshire pudding? Haggis? I really have no idea. I do know there’s a bar at the cricket pitch, and that’s always awesome.

Quite possibly the only good thing about hand egg is the food. When I think of baseball and basketball, I don’t think of feasting. Maybe it’s because it’s fall and we all need to start fattening up for winter, but it just seems like there’s always a ton of awesome food whenever dudes start knocking each other down on TV.

Cheesy Meatball Sliders from Awesome on 20

I’m not going to wait for some silly sporting event to give me justification for putting these cheesy meatball sliders in my face, though. This is another brilliant creation I found at How Sweet It Is. There’s secret cheese inside those meatballs, kids. That is super awesome. A cheesy meatball, swimming in tomato sauce, resting on a pillow of soft bread. It’s just waiting to be devoured.

These are easy because you get to use your favorite jarred pasta sauce, which for me is whatever’s on sale. You could probably use ground turkey instead of beef if you wanted to make them a little lighter. It’s also simple to make a little or a lot depending on how many fans or friends are at your house. I like to eat mine on a Portuguese sweet roll because they’re my favorite. You get to pick your favorite, though, and that’s what makes cooking so awesome.

Cheesy Meatball Sliders from Awesome on 20

These are the perfect game day food because you can just eat a bit at a time and keep going back for more. Before you know it, you’ll be wishing you’d worn sweatpants. 

Cheesy Meatball Sliders
Yields 12
Meatballs stuffed with mozzarella, cooked in tomato sauce, and served on a soft roll. A great game day or any day food.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound ground beef
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  4. 1/3 cup shaved parmesan cheese
  5. 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  6. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  7. 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  10. 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  11. 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes
  12. 2 cups of your favorite pasta sauce
  13. 12 Portuguese sweet rolls, or your favorite rolls or slider buns
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and lightly spray a casserole or baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine beef, egg, oil, parmesan, seasonings, and breadcrumbs. Use your hands to mix the ingredients gently so that you don't overwork the meat.
  3. Form the meat mixture into golfball size meatballs, burying and completely surrounding a cube of mozzarella in each one.
  4. Pour about 1 to 1-1/2 cups of your pasta sauce into your baking pan. Make sure it covers the bottom. Place meatballs in pan, add more pasta sauce over the top, sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and a bit more parmesan if you have it.
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. Allow the dish to cool long enough for the sauce to stop acting like molten lava.
  6. Scoop a meatballs, with some extra cheesy sauce onto a roll, and go to town. Be careful not to get tomato sauce on your favorite jersey.
Adapted from How Sweet It Is
Adapted from How Sweet It Is
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Kalua Pig Mac and Cheese from Awesome on 20

Kalua Pig Mac and Cheese

Kalua Pig Mac and Cheese from Awesome on 20

Aloha awesome friends! Did you know that tomorrow is pasta day? I promise to always give you plenty of excuses to eat awesomely!

In Hawaiian families, if there’s a celebration, there’s gotta be kalua pig. That’s the Hawaiian version of bbq pulled pork. Traditionally, it’s cooked in the ground, but Grandpa Bob only let Grandma Onie dig a giant hole in the backyard for very special occasions. Most of the time, you can make it in your own oven. There are basically two ingredients: pork and salt. Of course, if it’s Hawaiian sea salt, that makes it a million times better.

I still don’t have the recipe for my grandma’s kalua pig. Maybe someday somebody will actually write it down for me. But I swear, hers is the best. And she never ever fails to make way too much. I could eat this stuff slapped on a Hawaiian roll with a bit of barbecue sauce for the rest of my life, but sometimes it’s fun to make leftovers a little more exciting.

Kalua Pig Mac and Cheese from Awesome on 20

Kalua Pig Mac and Cheese is completely insane. The salty pork blends perfectly with the extra gooey cheese sauce. There’s a tiny hint of spicy sweetness from just a little barbecue sauce. And the extra awesome bit is that you’ll have leftovers of your leftovers. I halved the recipe this time, and we still ate this for three days.

It doesn’t have to be kalua pig. If you don’t live on the islands, you can use your favorite Southern bbq recipe. And it doesn’t have to be homemade pulled pork, either. Sometimes you can’t wait around for that special occasion to get your cheesy pig fix.

Kalua Pig Mac and Cheese from Awesome on 20

This dish is not for the faint of heart, but if you’re ready for hard core indulgence and seriously ono grindz, you’ve gotta try kalua pig mac and cheese. Now!

Kalua Pig Mac & Cheese
Serves 6
Salty kalua pig mixed with extra gooey mac and cheese is so ono!
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Total Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 ounces short pasta
  2. 1/2 tablespoon butter
  3. 1/2 tablespoon flour
  4. 3/4 cup milk (I used skim and it was plenty rich)
  5. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  7. 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  8. 4 ounces shredded swiss cheese
  9. 1 ounce grated parmesan cheese
  10. 4 ounces kalua pig
  11. 1/8 cup barbecue sauce
Instructions
  1. Boil pasta in plenty of salted water according to package directions.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter, then sprinkle the flour over it to create a roux. Whisk butter and flour together into a paste and allow to cook for a couple of minutes.
  3. Slowly whisk in the milk. Try to prevent lumps. Add garlic powder and cayenne. Let it thicken until it just starts to bubble.
  4. Stir in the cheese and mix until smooth. Remove from heat.
  5. Stir kalua pig and barbecue sauce together in a small bowl.
  6. After you've drained your pasta, return it to the pot. Pour over the cheese sauce and stir to combine. Fold in kalua pig mixture. You can add pepper if you like, but taste it before adding any salt. You may not need it since the pig is so salty.
  7. Go ahead and unbutton your pants before you even get started.
Adapted from Healthy Delicious
Adapted from Healthy Delicious
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