Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats: 2020

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Air Fryer Breakfast Potato Skins

Air Fryer Breakfast Potato Skins need to be the newest recipe you try this year!
Just like a regular potato skin, yet breakfast style.

This post is sponsored by the Iowa Egg Council.

Air Fryer Breakfast Potato Skins...crispy potatoes, scrambled eggs, turkey sausage and cheese. The perfect weekend breakfast or meal prep for the week ahead. #ad #iowaegg

The holidays are now over and we can all look ahead to a new year - which for me also means a handful of new to you recipes!

The Iowa Egg Council and I have partnered together again this month and look at what we are bringing you! Over the years we've brainstormed some amazing eats - remember my Instant Pot Hawaiian Fried Rice? Or my Mexican Taco Egg Bake? This past Fall we brilliantly showcased my Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes {which you all looooooooved}. There have been so, so many great ones.

And well, back in November I got an air fryer!

So we figured it was time for an air fryer recipe.

Air Fryer Breakfast Potato Skins...crispy potatoes, scrambled eggs, turkey sausage and cheese. The perfect weekend breakfast or meal prep for the week ahead. #ad #iowaegg

Do you own an air fryer?

I was hesitant for awhile {do I really need another kitchen appliance?}, but then I gave one away during my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways and figured I'd give it a whirl too.

To my delight we love it!

With three kids under the age of 11, who eat ALL THE TIME, it has become a mainstay in our kitchen when whipping up quick lunches and dinners. We've reheated a zillion leftovers and they love my burgers especially. 

But these Air Fryer Breakfast Potato Skins are the FIRST morning recipe I've tackled...and they turned out great.

Air Fryer Breakfast Potato Skins...crispy potatoes, scrambled eggs, turkey sausage and cheese. The perfect weekend breakfast or meal prep for the week ahead. #ad #iowaegg

I will always and forever partner with the Iowa Egg Council because guess what...I love eggs! We eat them often and in everything so we are a match made in heaven. Not only do they taste great but they play an extraordinary role in a healthy lifestyle.

Just one egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein and all nine essential amino acids, for just 70 calories. Eggs are naturally nutrient rich making them a perfect complement to any healthy eating pattern including plant based, low carb or Mediterranean.

Iowa {believe it or not!} is the #1 egg producing state in the nation, producing 15 billion eggs a year. What can I say? We've got a lot going for us.

Air Fryer Breakfast Potato Skins...crispy potatoes, scrambled eggs, turkey sausage and cheese. The perfect weekend breakfast or meal prep for the week ahead. #ad #iowaegg

Golly, look at these potato skin beauties.

I can first hand tell you they are INCREDIBLE. First bite and I was smitten. I mean, I knew they would be good - how can you not enjoy a crispy potato, egg and sausage boat? 

Cooking baking potatoes in the air fryer  - what a concept! The skins gets extra crispy since you spray them with cooking spray and liberally season them with garlic powder and sea salt. Then, that filling...rich scrambled eggs, turkey sausage and shredded cheeses.

So yummy!

Air Fryer Breakfast Potato Skins...crispy potatoes, scrambled eggs, turkey sausage and cheese. The perfect weekend breakfast or meal prep for the week ahead. #ad #iowaegg

Now, you can certainly top these with whatever you choose. A healthy Greek yogurt, salsa, ketchup, green onions {or in my case} hot sauce. Plain jane is good too! Trust me, they are delicious fresh out of the air fryer - I ate one right away {for testing purposes, of course}.

And let it be known - this recipe uses three large baking potatoes, so when split in half it gives you six nice, big breakfast potato skins. Perfect to feed the whole family or to prep on a Sunday to keep in the fridge and have one ready to go for each day of the coming week.

These easily reheat in the Air Fryer in a quick 5 minutes.

Air Fryer Breakfast Potato Skins...crispy potatoes, scrambled eggs, turkey sausage and cheese. The perfect weekend breakfast or meal prep for the week ahead. #ad #iowaegg

I'd love to see your take on these Air Fryer Breakfast Potato Skins! Add some chopped veggies or top with some turkey bacon to keep them healthy and filling this New Year. Tag both of us on social media so we can see {@sweetsavoryeats and @iowa_egg on Instagram}.

Thank you to the Iowa Egg Council for sponsoring this post.

Air Fryer Breakfast Potato Skins

Air Fryer Breakfast Potato Skins
Yield: 6
Author: Ally
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 45 MinTotal time: 50 Min
Crispy potato skins done in the Air Fryer - breakfast style! Scrambled eggs, crispy potato, turkey sausage and cheese. Such a fun breakfast. Easy to prep ahead for the week or make for a crowd.

Ingredients

  • 3 large baking potatoes
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 turkey sausage links
  • 1/2 cup shredded Colby cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 2 T coarse sea salt
  • 1/3 cup hot sauce, for garnish
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry the baking potatoes. Generously coat the potatoes with cooking spray and sprinkle with garlic powder and sea salt.
  2. Place the potatoes in the air fryer. Cook at 400 degrees for 40 minutes, turning halfway through.
  3. When done the potatoes should be crispy and tender in the middle (you can test the doneness with a sharp knife). Remove from the air fryer and allow to cool enough to handle.
  4. Meanwhile, heat a skillet to medium heat. Dice the turkey sausage links into bite size pieces and start to saute. Once browned, whisk the eggs and pour into the pan, continuing to cook until the eggs are done.
  5. While the eggs cook, slice the potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out most of the potato, leaving the skins in tact. At this point you can save the extra potato for another dish, disregard or mix into the scrambled egg combo.
  6. When the eggs are done, fill that mixture into the potato skins, top with the shredded cheeses and place back into the air fryer. Bake for an additional 5 minutes at 400 degrees until the cheese is melted.
  7. Serve warm with hot sauce.

Notes:

Feel free to add anything to these potato skins - bacon, different cheeses, chopped veggies, etc. They are also great to prep on Sunday for the week ahead.

Calories

339.97

Fat (grams)

12.32

Sat. Fat (grams)

4.68

Carbs (grams)

33.68

Fiber (grams)

3.52

Net carbs

30.16

Sugar (grams)

1.94

Protein (grams)

22.78

Sodium (milligrams)

3183.01

Cholesterol (grams)

152.28
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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Top 10 Recipes of 2020

It's always a fun time of year when I pull all the stats to determine what recipes you loved in the past 12 months. Here are the Top 10 recipes for 2020.

Top 10 Recipes of 2020...from easy desserts to dips and pizza. 2020 seems to be about comfort food! A great list of my blog's favorite recipes this past year.

Well, what a year it has been.

If last December you would have told me we'd have a world wide pandemic on our hands the following year I would have laughed in your face. School canceled? Toilet paper shortages? Small businesses closing?

All of it was HARD. There really is no way around that. But, I will say we learned a lot about ourselves. We learned that family is #1 and getting extra time at home, albeit hard, was worth it. And as a food blogger I learned people got themselves back in the kitchen. Maybe they were forced into it, but they started cooking more nonetheless.

Some of my all-time most popular recipes TOOK OFF. These are ones that have been around for years and continue to have great pageviews - my famous banana bread, my crockpot mac-n-cheese, my million dollar casserole. All big hits, all the time.

But, it's always so much fun to look back at the new recipes I unveil each year. I pull the stats from January to December and see what people loved {and hated}. Here are the Top 10! Plus a few honorable mentions that were just outside of the cut.

Which one was your favorite?

Top 10 Recipes of 2020...from easy desserts to dips and pizza. 2020 seems to be about comfort food! A great list of my blog's favorite recipes this past year


I debuted this fantastic queso in late September, right when football season was ramping up - great timing! What makes this one fun is that it cooks on the SMOKER, so every bite has a tasty, underlying smokey bite. But of course, not everyone has a smoker, so I gave directions for the crockpot and oven too. All three ways are delicious! This is a perfect New Year's Eve appetizer, by the way.

Top 10 Recipes of 2020...from easy desserts to dips and pizza. 2020 seems to be about comfort food! A great list of my blog's favorite recipes this past year


Honestly, this is one of my favorite recipes of the year. My family LOVES it. Rice is incredibly easy to make in the Instant Pot {it comes out perfect every time} and putting this "Hawaiian" twist on regular friend rice is so yummy. We eat this at least once a month - sometimes I throw in some chicken or beef to amp it up - and we love having an egg roll on the side.

Top 10 Recipes of 2020...from easy desserts to dips and pizza. 2020 seems to be about comfort food! A great list of my blog's favorite recipes this past year


It's no surprise about one month into the pandemic I created these bars. I needed a sweet treat. These bars have everything - a chocolate chip cookie, a brownie and a sweet peanut butter surprise. They all melt and bake together! I have yet to met a person who doesn't love these bars, but make sure you have a glass of milk to wash them down.

Top 10 Recipes of 2020...from easy desserts to dips and pizza. 2020 seems to be about comfort food! A great list of my blog's favorite recipes this past year


Another quarantine dessert! I'm sensing a trend here with my feelings. But this bar is super cool, as it only contains five simple ingredients. Even better you combine those five ingredients into a food processor, pulse & mix together, press it all into a pan and bake. That is it! Animal crackers, pecans, sweetened condensed milk, butterscotch chips and chocolate chips. You'll be amazed at how good they are.

Top 10 Recipes of 2020...from easy desserts to dips and pizza. 2020 seems to be about comfort food! A great list of my blog's favorite recipes this past year


Pizza time! We ate a lot of it this year. And wowza - I created this skillet pizza back in April and it took off. I've sent so many direct links to this recipe from fans asking for it. The dough is easy to make, can sit on the counter all day and creates a sweet crispy crust with a chewy, tender middle. My husband who can take or leave pizza, requests this often. It's his favorite. The dough makes two large pizzas and is perfect for Friday nights in.

Top 10 Recipes of 2020...from easy desserts to dips and pizza. 2020 seems to be about comfort food! A great list of my blog's favorite recipes this past year


Back in January {when we are all craving lighter foods}, I debuted these bars. Chewy, slightly sweet and filled with healthy ingredients - they are the perfect snack to prep on Sunday for the week ahead. I love having one mid-afternoon for a little boost to tide me over till dinner. Pantry ingredients are all you need! My kids love these for an after school snack, so I'm often doubling the batch.

Top 10 Recipes of 2020...from easy desserts to dips and pizza. 2020 seems to be about comfort food! A great list of my blog's favorite recipes this past year


Moms everywhere love the idea of not standing at the griddle flipping pancakes for 30 minutes. This sheet pan version really took off! Who wouldn't want to save time and cook just one BIG pancake in the oven, cut into squares and be done? They can be doctored up any which way - chocolate chips like shown here, but we also love blueberries dotted in the batter, or even just plain.

Top 10 Recipes of 2020...from easy desserts to dips and pizza. 2020 seems to be about comfort food! A great list of my blog's favorite recipes this past year


Growing up we called this dip, simply "delicious dip". It's at every family event and gathering! We never really talk about who is bringing it but it always shows up. It's perfect as a potato chip dip, but we also love dunking cut up veggies in it too. It is that dip that will make people ask, "what is this?" as they turn their head and reach for more. Bring it as an appetizer for your next party, it will go fast.

Top 10 Recipes of 2020...from easy desserts to dips and pizza. 2020 seems to be about comfort food! A great list of my blog's favorite recipes this past year


I never wanted to write and publish a post like this one, but now looking back I'm glad I took the time that morning at 4 a.m on Tuesday, March 17th. I hadn't been able to sleep - I was incredibly stressed about the kids now being suddenly at home and out of school - so I just started typing. I pulled all of my easy family meals and put them together in a post that ended up getting a lot of traffic. We all were stuck at home and people needed resources. I'm hoping this recipe post helped many.

Top 10 Recipes of 2020...from easy desserts to dips and pizza. 2020 seems to be about comfort food! A great list of my blog's favorite recipes this past year


This recipe was the surprise of the year. I honestly had absolutely no idea it was so popular until I glanced at this year's stats. It's an old family recipe, my Mom has made it for years, and once people have one they claim it's their favorite. These apple pie bars are like regular apple pie, but thinner and with an incredible thin glaze drizzled on top. Each Fall I make a big pan to share with friends.

Honorable Mentions

These next five recipes just missed the cut! Equally as popular, there are some fun ones in this bunch.



Top 10 Recipes of 2020...from easy desserts to dips and pizza. 2020 seems to be about comfort food! A great list of my blog's favorite recipes this past year

I'd love for you to tweet or message me with the recipe that was YOUR favorite in 2020! Just tag me at @sweetsavoryeats and I'll be sure to respond back.

Cheers to a great ending in 2020 and a wonderful New Year ahead. As always, I want to thank you for your continued support of my food blog. For 11 years you've been reading and sharing and making my recipes and I'm eternally grateful.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Dutch Oven Steak Diane

This classic, comforting dish is perfect for cold and blustery winter months - and especially good during the holidays when feeding a crowd!

This post is sponsored by the Iowa Beef Council.

Dutch Oven Steak Diane...a new twist on the classic! Tender stew meat is cooked low and slow with onions, mushrooms, tomato paste, red wine, beef stock and more. Serve with mashed potatoes!

How about a short history lesson?

When I first proposed this Steak Diane dish to the Iowa Beef Council, we both knew we wanted to make a few changes to highlight a different cut of meat and we also wanted to showcase it as a fun {and surprisingly easy!} winter and holiday meal.

I think we accomplished both.

Steak Diane is traditionally a dish of pan-fried beefsteak with a sauce made from the pan's juices, that was often prepared table side in restaurants and made popular in London and New York back in the 1950's.

It was supposedly named after the Roman goddess Diana or Diane.

Not your Aunt Diane.

Dutch Oven Steak Diane...a new twist on the classic! Tender stew meat is cooked low and slow with onions, mushrooms, tomato paste, red wine, beef stock and more. Serve with mashed potatoes!

This dish, oh this dish.

If you want classic and comforting and something to take the winter chill out of your bones, then you've found your meal.

In a year where we are looking for delicious and easy meals, we wanted to use the stew meat in this dish instead of a nice cut of steak. Stew meat is very affordable and so many of us have a package of it wrapped up in our freezer. If you purchase your beef in bulk {like so many of us in the Midwest do} you'll always get a few packages of stew meat.

This time use it for Steak Diane and not stew!

Stew meat is meant to be cooked low and slow, just like we do in the recipe - in a dutch oven. It allows the meat to tenderize and become fork tender.

Dutch Oven Steak Diane...a new twist on the classic! Tender stew meat is cooked low and slow with onions, mushrooms, tomato paste, red wine, beef stock and more. Serve with mashed potatoes!

This dutch oven version of Steak Diane is incredibly simple to make. It uses minimal ingredients and after just 15 minutes of prep and cook time you slide it into the oven for 3 hours and let it do it's magic. More time for you to prep other holiday dishes. More time to spend with your kids. More time to do whatever you want.

Your house will smell amazing.

Tender pieces of stew meat, mushrooms, lots of salt, pepper, garlic and onion are sauteed with tomato paste, red wine, worcestershire sauce and beef stock. They melt and merry together for hours {without any babysitting}. Before serving, a simple splash of heavy cream and fresh parsley finish off the dish. Serve with a buttery side of mashed potatoes and YOU ARE DONE.

Dutch Oven Steak Diane...a new twist on the classic! Tender stew meat is cooked low and slow with onions, mushrooms, tomato paste, red wine, beef stock and more. Serve with mashed potatoes!

Want to get into more wintery, merry spirit?

Go ahead and drool over this beefy video - otherwise known as a Drool Log. Perhaps put it up on the TV for that crackling ambiance?

And if you still need more classic dinner inspiration, be sure to {again} drool over these recipes. I happen to be digging the Maple Glazed Rib Roast.

Dutch Oven Steak Diane...a new twist on the classic! Tender stew meat is cooked low and slow with onions, mushrooms, tomato paste, red wine, beef stock and more. Serve with mashed potatoes!

I cannot wait to have you all try this one!

It would be a great Sunday family dinner dish or perfect for Christmas Eve!

Thank you to the Iowa Beef Council for sponsoring this post.

Dutch Oven Steak Diane

Dutch Oven Steak Diane
Yield: 8
Author: Ally
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 3 H & 15 MTotal time: 3 H & 20 M
This classic dish gets a fresh twist by using the Dutch Oven and using more mainstream ingredients. It's comforting and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 3 lb. stew meat 
  • 3 T all-purpose flour
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t pepper
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 T tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 3 T worcestershire sauce
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 8 oz button mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 T cornstarch + 3 T water (mixed to make a slurry)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • fresh or dried parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over high heat.
  3. Toss the stew meat with the flour, salt and pepper. Place in the hot Dutch oven. Cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring frequently until browned all over.
  4. Once the meat is browned on all sides, turn the heat down to medium and add in the onion and garlic, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Stir in the tomato paste, cooking for another minute. Then add in the red wine, worcestershire sauce, beef stock and mushrooms. Stir everything together and scrap up the cooked bits on the bottom of the Dutch oven.
  6. Bring up to a boil again, place the lid on the pan and place in the oven to cook for 3 hours.
  7. After three hours, remove from the oven. Add in the cornstarch slurry (water + cornstarch whisked together) and stir into the dish. This will help thicken the sauce/gravy a bit.
  8. Add in the heavy cream and stir. Top with fresh or dried parsley and serve warm with a side of mashed potatoes.

Notes:

Mushrooms are always optional, but they do "beef" up the dish!

Calories

472.12

Fat (grams)

20.70

Sat. Fat (grams)

8.52

Carbs (grams)

10.68

Fiber (grams)

1.19

Net carbs

9.49

Sugar (grams)

3.61

Protein (grams)

59.34

Sodium (milligrams)

714.59

Cholesterol (grams)

185.21
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Saturday, December 12, 2020

My Favorite Things Giveaway: Day 12

It's Day 12 of my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways!

Today is the last day of fun! I've hand picked a few of my favorites to giveaway to two lucky winners.

My Favorite Things Giveaway: Day 12


Well, this 5th year of holiday fun has been a doozie!

Even though my blog's Facebook page got cyber-hacked four times {who knows, maybe by the time you read this, a fifth time}, it's still been a load of jolly good fun.

There is still time to enter Day 10 and Day 11.

The last couple of years I've gathered a handful of "my favorite things" and gifted them to you! It's fun, right? You just never know what you'll get in this little bundle. Snacks? For sure. Beauty items? Heck yeah. Favorite gadget? Yep. A book perhaps? Always.

My Favorite Things Giveaway: Day 12

Look at the goods!

Here's a run down of what the TWO winners will receive:
How about that!

What product excites you? I personally picked all these products because 1) I love them or 2) they are companies I have worked with for years and years - great companies who deserve recognition.

My Favorite Things Giveaway: Day 12

Simply use the Rafflecopter Giveaway icon below for multiple ways to enter. Also, make sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook as I'll be pulling all entries from those social media handles as well. U.S. residents only please. Two random winners will be chosen on December 15th.

A big, beautiful thank you to Doe a Deer Design, Agate PublishingCocoRoo & Matted Ink for partnering on this post. Please visit their websites for all your gift buying needs this Christmas!

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Friday, December 11, 2020

Grand View Beef Giveaway: Day 11

It's Day 11 of my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways!

Today I want to fill your bellies with some delicious ground beef.
Everyone loves a stocked freezer!

Grandview Beef Giveaway: Day 11

Holy moly we only have two days left of this popular holiday series!

There is still time to enter on days NINE and TEN, be sure to head back and get your entries in. Hey, you never know if you could be the next winner. So far I've picked people from all over the United States - Georgia, Illinois, New York, Alabama and many more. Maybe this day could be your lucky day?

And today....I want to fill your freezer.

Do you remember back in May when I posted 25 Ground Beef Dinner Recipes? At that point we were all about 2 months into a global pandemic - all of us staying at home and cooking WAY more than we had been used to.

That post got really popular, really fast! For sure good reason. Ground beef is every family's best friend. It's affordable and very easy to cook with. All families have their favorite ground beef recipe! We love my Crockpot Maid-rites and my Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta.

What's your favorite ground beef recipe?

Grandview Beef Giveaway: Day 11

This year I brought back Grand View Beef, a small Iowa business in Clarion, Iowa, that raises 100% grass-fed beef from birth to harvest. They are a small, local family farm that is doing BIG THINGS!

Their story is unique {this husband and wife team both interned for the Seattle Seahawks and had dreams of working in the sports field}, but yet somehow they made it back to a farm in Iowa. You can read their full story HERE.

Times can be tough, especially when it comes to keeping our families fed {why do they need to eat three times a day?} so Grand View Beef and I wanted to share the love this year.

TWO winners will receive a 10 lb. package of ground beef!

Plus, Grand View Beef is offering my readers 10% OFF all items {excluding beef shares}. This is a great discount to purchase some beef for the holidays. 

Use promo code: SWEETSAVORYEATS10 at checkout.

Simply use the Rafflecopter Giveaway icon below for multiple ways to enter. Also, make sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook as I'll be choosing one winner via those social media handles as well. U.S. residents only please. Three random winners will be chosen on December 14th.

A big, beautiful thank you to Grand View Beef for partnering on this post. Please visit their website to order beef of your own! Lastly, if you have an extra 10 seconds, VISIT HERE, and vote for Grand View Beef in Iowa Farm Bureaus Grow Your Future Award.

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