June: Farmer’s Market Challenge – Rustic Bacon Mushroom Scalloped Red Potatoes & EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale Product Review
Potatoes are one of my favorite fresh vegetables. I had several pounds of red potatoes in my house that I really needed to use up. Ended up stocking up on bacon last week too, and there were baby portobello mushrooms in my fridge just begging to be used in a savory dish. What to do? What to do? After some brain storming and Pinterest browsing, I decided to go with a more rustic version of scalloped potatoes. I like the skins on my red potatoes, and I highly doubt mushrooms and bacon are not considered traditional ingredients. Our Blogger Recipe Challenge group was sponsored this month by EatSmart. We each received a kitchen scale for us to try out and measure our ingredients with. For my Rustic Bacon Mushroom Scalloped Red Potatoes recipe I used it to measure out my potatoes and my mushrooms. Loved that thing!
- 12oz - Hickory Smoked Bacon (Chopped)
- 2lbs - Red Potatoes (Sliced 1/8" Thick)
- 1 - Medium Yellow Onion (Chopped Finely)
- 10oz - Baby Portobello Mushrooms (Coarsely Chopped)
- 2 - Garlic Cloves (Minced)
- 2/3 Cups - Heavy Cream
- 3/4 Cup - Milk
- 8oz - Sharp Cheddar Cheese (You could probably also use a smoked Gouda)
- Salt & Pepper to Taste
- Pinch of Nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- In a large skillet, cook chopped bacon over medium heat until fat is rendered and bacon has become crisp. Transfer onto a paper towel lined plate.
- Remove all but 2 TBSP of bacon fat from skillet. Cool onions on medium high until softened. Approximately 3-5 minutes.
- Add mushrooms and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. All of the liquid should be gone from the pan and the mushrooms should be cooked down.
- Add garlic, salt and pepper. Cook an additional 1 minute.
- Remove pan from stove, stir in bacon, and set aside.
- In a small sauce pan, bring cream, milk, and a pinch of nutmeg to a simmer.
- Pour JUST enough to cover the bottom in a 9x9" baking dish.
- Layer (while overlapping) half of the potatoes into the bottom of the dish.
- Top with half of the onion/mushroom/bacon mixture. Top with 1/2 of the cheddar cheese.
- Repeat the potato layering process one more time.
- Pour milk/cream mixture over the top, evenly soaking the potatoes.
- Top with bacon mixture and cheese.
- Cover with foil and bake for 45-55 minutes. It should be easy to pierce the potatoes with a fork.
- Let cool before serving.
So, like I said, I was fortunate enough to be sponsored by EatSmart this month for our challenge. They provided a Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale (which was really awesome until my kids thought it'd be funny to try and weigh themselves with it.) Fortunately I was able to use it several times over the last few months since having it, and it was definitely a big help in the kitchen.
"The EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale is an economically priced multifunction home scale, perfect for everyday tasks from weighing food or ingredients to calculating postage." ~ EatSmart
What I loved the most about this product, was that it was super easy to figure out. Of course it comes with a manual, but it wasn't even needed. There are TWO buttons. On/Off and the Unit button. The Unit button allows you to select pounds, ounces, grams, and kilograms. I've used the scale to measure everything from potatoes and mushrooms in this meal, to figure out how much a squash weighed (which I promptly complained about and got my money back from the store).
Sometimes it's just impossible to measure something outside of a container without creating an even bigger mess. the Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale also offers a tare feature which allows you to subtract the weight of the container you're using so you know your measurements will be accurate. The scale is also very light weight and comes ready to use with two AAA batteries. It's absolutely the best when a product already comes with the batteries.
Right now, this scale is on sale at Amazon for only $25! This is definitely a very cool kitchen gadget to have on hand when you need to measure out precise ingredients.
*I received the above mentioned product free of charge from EatSmart in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% mine. See Disclosure Policy.
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