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Kardea Brown's Gullah Red Rice

Kardea Brown’s Smoky West African-Inspired Gullah Red Rice

As Kardea Brown shows us time and time again on Delicious Miss Brown, truly crave-worthy comfort food features a few common characteristics: it’s inspired by tradition, it’s simple to prepare and it’s packed with distinctive flavour — just like her colourful, devourable Gullah red rice.

Kardea’s red rice takes a flavourful staple of West African cuisine — jollof rice — and gives it an intensely delicious, sure-fire spin that’s influenced by her Gullah culture and her contemporary cooking style.

At its base, any red rice dish is just as it sounds — it’s rice cooked in some form of tomato, typically with an element of smoked meat added. To help keep her rice from getting soggy, Kardea uses parboiled rice (which has been dried and steamed in its husk). The result? Rich, fluffy red rice that’s so good, there won’t be any leftovers.

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Gullah Red Rice

Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 to 10

Ingredients:

2 cups uncooked parboiled rice
¼ cup vegetable oil
8 oz smoked pork sausage, finely diced
1 large onion, finely diced
1 bell pepper, finely diced
Two 6-oz cans tomato paste
4 tsp granulated sugar
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp kosher salt
1 Tbsp fresh cracked black pepper

Related: The Best Rice Recipes for Dinner, and Even Dessert

Directions:

1. Rinse the rice until the water becomes slightly clear. (This removes the starch).

2. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. In a large frying pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the sausage, onion and pepper and cook, stirring, until the vegetables soften and start to brown at the edges, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, sugar, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir rice into the tomato mixture and cook, uncovered and stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.

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3. Transfer to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and spread into an even layer. Add just enough water to cover the rice (about 2 cups). Tightly cover with a lid or foil and bake for 30 minutes without uncovering the baking dish. Turn off the oven, remove the rice, fluff the rice, then cover and return to the oven for 10 minutes more.

Craving a main course that has enough flavour to pair with Kardea’s red rice? Her warm, hearty beef and okra stew is up to the challenge.

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8 Cooking Tips to Make the Perfect Mashed Potatoes Every Time

The perfect mashed potatoes should be creamy, fluffy, decadently buttery and so good it requires little to no gravy if made right. Why then have we grumbled over gluey, lumpy and sloppy interpretations of what is a simple staple on every holiday menu? You need only follow 8 incredibly easy tips for the lightest and most sublime mashed potatoes. This spuds for you.

1. Mix it Up

We like Yukon gold potatoes for their buttery texture and golden hue, and Russet potatoes for their starchy, dry quality, making for a lighter mash. Choose one or mix the two for the best of both worlds.

2. Size Matters

Peel and cut the potatoes the same size and add to a large pot of cold water. Both measures will ensure even cooking to prevent the outer layer from breaking down, avoiding lumps.

3. Seasoning is Everything

Add enough kosher salt or sea salt to boiling water until salty to the tongue, about 1 Tbsp salt to 6 cups water. Two cloves of garlic will flavour the cooking liquid and the potatoes when you mash together.

4. Shake the Pot

Drain the potatoes and return to the pot. Set over medium heat, shaking the pot, uncovered until all moisture has evaporated, about 1 minute.

5. Hot Liquid Equals Smooth Mash

Heat butter and cream or milk in a saucepan until steaming, and keep warm. A hot mixture is easily and quickly absorbed into the mashed potatoes. Starch requires full-fat dairy for a creamy texture, so don’t skimp out during the holiday.

6. A Ricer is Nicer

A ricer or food mill is a professional cook’s tool to push the spuds through small holes to get that restaurant-quality texture every time.

7. Fresh is Best

Reheated mashed potatoes are never as good as freshly made. To prep ahead: peel, cut and soak your potatoes in cold water, and combine the butter and cream or milk in a saucepan, covered. Stir in the seasoned cream mixture into the potatoes and taste for seasoning. You may need to sprinkle more salt, and remember, reserve any remaining cream mixture, as the potatoes will continue to absorb the liquid.

8. Dress for Success

Perfect in its natural state, don’t forgo a simple garnish like a square of butter, and or chopped chives, green onions or parsley. You can also stir in a spoonful of sour cream for a tangy finish.

Classic Creamy Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 to 10

Ingredients:

1.5 kg russet and Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut in large chunks
3 cloves garlic, smashed
¾ cup 35% cream
¼ cup milk
½ cup butter
1 ½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
3 green onions, chopped (optional)
2 Tbsp butter (optional)

Directions:

1. Fill a large pot of cold salted water; add potatoes and garlic. Bring to boil over medium-high heat and cook until potatoes are falling apart, about 15 minutes.
2. Drain potato mixture and return to pot over medium heat; shake pot, uncovered until potatoes are dry, about 1 minute. Transfer to bowl.
3. Using a ricer or food mill, press potatoes and garlic through ricer back into pot.

4. Heat cream, milk, butter, salt and pepper in saucepan over medium heat until butter is melted, and mixture is hot. Stir into potato mixture and taste for seasoning, adding more salt and pepper if needed.
5. Transfer to serving dish and top with butter and green onions (if using).

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Your 3 Favourite Comfort Foods in Stuffed Baked Potato Form

Craving comfort food, but not sure what to make? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We took some of your favourite go to’s (think: homemade nachos and juicy burgers) and wrapped them in a warm, fluffy potato blanket. So skip the drive-thru and make our cheeseburger-stuffed potatoes. Or if you’re looking to spice things up further, whip up a batch of Tex-Mex inspired baked spuds. If neither of those are your jam, our Swedish meatball-stuffed version promises to keep you warm on a cold winter’s night.

1. Cheeseburger-Stuffed Baked Potato

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4

Ingredients:
4 russet potatoes
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp vegetable oil, divided
1 ½  tsp kosher salt, divided
⅓ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup ketchup
½ cup shredded iceberg lettuce, divided
½ cup chopped dill pickles, divided
1 Tbsp pickle brine
454 g lean ground beef
½ cup mild cheddar cheese, grated
½ cup diced tomatoes
¼ cup finely chopped white onion

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
2. Scrub potatoes, then pat dry. Prick several times with a fork.
3. Transfer to prepared baking sheet and rub with 1 Tbsp oil, then sprinkle with 1 tsp salt. Bake, in centre of oven, until potatoes are tender and skin is crisp, 50 minutes to 1 hour.
4. Meanwhile, stir together mayonnaise, ketchup, 2 Tbsp lettuce, 2 Tbsp pickles and pickle brine in a small bowl. Set aside.
5. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high. When pan is hot, add remaining 1 tsp oil, then crumble in beef. Season with remaining 1/2 tsp salt and pepper. Cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until golden-brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes.
6. To assemble, slice potatoes down the centre. Divide beef between potatoes, then sprinkle with cheese. Broil, in centre of oven until cheese is melted, about 1 minute. Remove from oven, then top with sauce. Garnish with tomatoes, onion and remaining lettuce and pickles.

2. Nacho-Inspired Tex-Mex Stuffed Potato

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients:
4 russet potatoes
2 Tbsp vegetable oil, divided
1 tsp + ½ tsp kosher salt, divided
½ cup black beans
½ cup corn niblets, thawed
1 small jalapeño peppers, finely chopped
¼ cup roughly chopped cilantro
1 Tbsp lime juice
½ tsp lime zest
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 cup whole milk
1 cup mild cheddar cheese, grated
½ tsp chili powder
½ cup salsa

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Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
2. Scrub potatoes, then pat dry. Prick several times with a fork.
3. Transfer to prepared baking sheet and rub with 1 Tbsp oil, then sprinkle with 1 tsp salt. Bake, in centre of oven, until potatoes are tender and skin is crisp, 50 minutes to 1 hour.
4. Meanwhile, stir together beans, corn, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, zest and remaining 1 Tbsp oil in a medium bowl. Season with 1/2 tsp salt. Set aside.
5. Heat a small pot over medium heat. Melt butter, then add flour. Cook, stirring constantly, until a thick paste forms, about 1 minute. Slowly whisk in milk. Cook, whisking often, until sauce thickens, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Whisk in cheese and chili powder.
6. To assemble, slice potatoes down the centre. Top with salsa, then bean-mixture. Drizzle over cheese sauce.

Swedish Meatball-Stuffed Baked Potato

Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients:
4 russet potatoes
1 Tbsp + vegetable oil, divided
1 tsp + kosher salt, divided
454 g lean ground beef
1 egg, lightly beaten
⅓ cup panko crumbs
¼ cup grated white onion
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, divided
½ tsp ground allspice
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¾ cup no salt added beef broth
¾ cup whipping cream
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1.5 tsp Dijon mustard
¼ cup lingonberry jam (optional)
¼ cup roughly chopped parsley

Read More: How to Make Everyone’s Favourite Swedish Meatballs At Home

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
2. Scrub potatoes, then pat dry. Prick several times with a fork.
3. Transfer to prepared baking sheet and rub with 1 Tbsp oil, then sprinkle with 1 tsp salt. Bake, in centre of oven, until potatoes are tender and skin is crisp, 50 minutes to 1 hour.
4. Meanwhile, combine beef, egg, panko, onion, 1 tsp Worcestershire, allspice and nutmeg in a large bowl. Roll into 1-inch balls, you should have about 52.
5. Heat a large, non-stick pan over medium-high. When pan is hot, add 1 tsp oil, then meatballs. Cook, stirring often, until meatballs are golden-brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
6. Drain fat from pan, then return to heat. Add beef stock, cream, soy sauce, Dijon and remaining 1 Tbsp Worcestershire. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce has reduced by half, 6 to 7 minutes. Return meatballs to pan, stirring to coat.
7. To assemble, slice potatoes down the centre. Divide jam, if using, between potatoes, then top with meatballs. Garnish with remaining sauce and parsley.

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The Delicious Difference Between Potatoes Au Gratin and Dauphinoise

There’s something irresistible about a dish of creamy, bubbly potatoes. And while we enjoy scalloped potatoes as much as the next carb-lover, we can’t help but wonder if the mouthwatering layers of taters au gratin are really just dauphinoise potatoes in disguise. Gratin potatoes – Dauphinoise potatoes, they’re the same thing, right? Wrong.

ultimate-potatoes-gratinGet the recipe for Tyler Florence’s Ultimate Potatoes au Gratin

Gratin is a French word that means the crust that forms on top of a dish when you brown it in the oven or under the broiler. The term originally comes from the French word “gratter” (to scrape) which refers to the need to scrape the crunchy bits of cooked food off the bottom of a dish so as not to waste it. In the case of a potato dish, the crunchy topping is usually from breadcrumbs or cheese and nowadays, “au gratin” is often used to refer to a dish topped and broiled until crunchy. Potatoes au gratin are slices of pre-cooked (usually boiled) potato cooked in cream and topped with cheese which makes the gratin.

Gratin Dauphinoise, on the other hand, is a dish made of thinly-sliced (not pre-cooked) potatoes that cook in cream. Dauphinoise traditionally does not contain any cheese. The starches in the potato mix with the cream to thicken the creamy sauce which contrasts with the crispy topping that comes from finishing the dish in a hot oven or a broiler.

Whichever way you cook your crunchy-topped potatoes, with cheese or without, it’s the perfect dish to ease into the cooler weather – the side dish that goes with absolutely everything! Here are a few different variations on creamy and/ or cheesy potatoes that will see you through the winter!

Nancy-Cheesy-Potato-GratinGet the recipe for Cheesy Potato Gratin

Bertinelli-Root-Vegetable-GratinGet the recipe for Valerie’s Root Vegetable Gratin

Squash-and-Potato-GratinGet the recipe for Spaghetti Squash and Cheesy Potato au Gratin

Looking for more tasty sides? Try more of our Perfect Potato Side Dishes.