Loaded Red Potato Casserole- the perfect food to feed your adorable football hooligans

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Source: tasteofhome.com

Link to Taste of Home’s Recipe for this Delicious Casserole

‘Tis the season of the ol’ pig iron, or whatever. The thing I love about this recipe is that it uses red potatoes, which makes you go, “oooh, classy,” but then it’s a casserole, so you’re like, “oh, so not that classy.”

You can easily make this vegetarian by substituting the bacon with super simple homemade vegan bacon, which I will show you how to make here. This way, even your most sensitive football fans can enjoy the big game!

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This vegetarian football warrior is working up quite an appetite beating up this Kansas City fan guy who probably squirts shampoo into bunnies’ eyes for fun.

Vegan Bacon

This is delicious, cheap, and a great work around for a pervasive ingredient. I’m not even going to call this a recipe, but I hope that just sharing the idea that a super easy vegan bacon alternative is available will inspire you to use this fantastic substitute.

Ingredients:

Eggplant

Bacon Salt (Don’t worry. It’s not a fancy specialty product. Walmart carries it, so you’re all set, Alabama).

Cooking oil

Paper towels

Preparation

Slice off the rounded edge of an eggplant like you’re going to julienne it. Then cut the block into sheets about the thickness of thin bacon, possibly a bit thinner so they’re a little bit floppy. Cut the sheets into strips the width of bacon. There. Bacon shapes.

Put the bacon shapes, because we’re going with that, onto a paper towel and sprinkle with bacon salt (Like I said in the ingredients list- it’s just seasoning salt, like Lawry’s. It’s not a specialty vegetarian ingredient. You can find it at Walmart, usually with the barbecue seasonings. This shit makes other shit taste like bacon and is a vegan seasoning mix, so just buy this.

After you season both sides of your shapes, let them sit for like ten or fifteen minutes so the eggplant can weep. Press it with a paper towel. Or don’t. We both know you’re just going to do what you want anyway.

Fry these monster babies in some vegetable oil. Eyeball it. These will start to brown and crisp up and if you get them out at the right time, they’ll still have soft, chewy bits, and pockets of fatty oil, just like bacon.

As a final step, and in the name of decency, pat your bac’n with paper towel to absorb excess oil. There will be excess oil.

Make this. I promise it is so good and way better than any mock bacon you can buy in the grocery store. You can use this as a bacon substitute for club sandwiches, crumble it into a salad, put whatever. If you’re looking to cut out bacon for your heart, animals, the environment, Allah, whatever, this is a must-have in your cooking repertoire.

It’s Hatch Season. Alert your Face Holes.

Image Source: Elise Bauer, Simply Recipes

Have a recipe for a chile relleno egg and cheese casserole, compadres.

Saturday. I was riding the bus near Colfax and Federal when I saw a bunch of people hanging out in a parking lot around a large metal cage rotating horizontally on a spigot. “Oh, my god,” I thought…

But before I could finish, a gentleman sitting behind me quite loudly, yelled, “Hatch chiles? Oh fuck yeah!” He pulled the cord, and skittered off the bus towards the promised land. Leaving me just nodding, smiling in understanding. That gentleman is a hero. He did what we all felt.

I made my own way to the chile party after getting my rental car. This was my moment to grab a bag delicious, roasted green New Mexico chiles, and more importantly, to smell them.

Look, you can roast chiles with a broiler and some tin foil in your oven, and charring hatch chiles gives off this indescribable buttery, umami smell that any home should experience, but standing in line with a Mexican Coke and bunch of other people in a parking lot paying cash only to a man under a pop up tent is part of the performative social culture of the region. Who can say no to authenticity? Plus, it reminds me of home- this is a Southwestern tradition, one that our sisters and brothers in the Hatch Valley blessedly make possible for us all.

And, now, dear readers, I share with you this recipe which is a very close approximation of one I’ve often used to make for weekend breakfasts, so it’s tested for sure. You can make this any time of year: Poblano and even Anaheim peppers work very well too. May your face enjoy it.

Chile Relleno Breakfast Casserole

Recipe adapted from John Lewis and Ray England, Juan Luis, Charleston, SC

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus 30 minutes cooling time

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, plus 30 minutes cooling time

Ingredients

1¾ pounds (12 medium) poblano chiles

1½ cups half-and-half

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon kosher salt

8 eggs

1 garlic clove

Nonstick cooking spray

2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese

Boiling water, for baking

Directions

1. Preheat the broiler to high and line a sheet pan with foil. Line the chiles next to each other on the pan and broil, turning as needed, until the chiles are well charred, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a heatproof bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let steam for 15 minutes, then peel and deseed the poblanos using the back of a knife.

2. Lower the oven temperature to 300°. In a blender, combine the half-and-half, flour, salt, eggs and garlic. Blend on medium until smooth.

3. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and line with a quarter of the roast poblanos, followed by a quarter of the grated cheese. Continue this layering process until all the chiles and cheese have been used. Pour the egg mixture in to cover the chiles and cheese.

4. Place the baking dish in a roasting pan and fill the roasting pan with enough boiling water to come up halfway along the sides of the baking dish. Bake until the eggs begin to set, 30 minutes, then raise the temperature to 400° and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes, until the eggs are fully cooked and the top is golden brown.

5. Let rest at room temperature for 15 minutes, then slice and serve.

Recipe courtesy of: https://www.tastingtable.com/cook/recipes/chile-relleno-casserole-recipe-eggs-cheese