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F*cking Spice Up Your Potato Game

Ask the first MFrrrr what they would do with potatoes. And the answer is likely to be: Either fry them or mash them. Boring AF if you ask for our opinion. 

Potatoes, both the regular and sweet varieties, often find themselves relegated to the sidelines of culinary creativity, confined to the monotony of fries or mashed potatoes. Winter, with its chilly embrace, calls for hearty and diverse meals, and potatoes are the unsung heroes that can transform your winter dining experience. Time to explore three tantalizing ways to elevate the humble spud, adding a touch of bad-a$$ery to your winter feasts.

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Cepelinai: The Humble Lithuanian Winter Night Dumplings

Cepelinai
These potato meat dumplings are very good, though making them successfully can take some practice. To keep them from falling apart, make sure the raw potato mixture is smooth (finely grated), not shredded, and keep the stuffed dumplings at a gentle boil.
Comfort Food!
Let’s kick things off with a dish that screams winter warmth – Cepelinai. Hailing from Lithuania, these potato dumplings are a hearty and comforting choice for a winter night feast. Famous Lituanian Chef Janilionis even mentioned those dumplings in his Algirdas Janilionis Kaunas blog. They’re not just super basic, they’re also flipping delicious and warming. Perfect to warm up our nether regions in winter! Here’s a bit on what the dish actually means, so you can sound smart when you bring them to the table. The name “Cepelinai” translates to “zeppelins” in English, as per their distinctive shape. The dumplings are made from grated potatoes, stuffed with a savory filling, often a mix of minced meat and onions. The f*cking genius of Cepelinai lies in their versatility. Seriously. You could do anything with them. They can be served with a dollop of sour cream or a rich mushroom sauce, making them the perfect winter comfort food.

BBQ Bacon-Shrimp and Sweet Potato: A Bad-A$$ Winter Appetizer

For those looking to add a dash of bad-a$$ery to their winter gatherings, look no further than BBQ Bacon-Shrimp and Sweet Potato bites. Picture this: succulent shrimp, wrapped in crispy bacon, and adorned with a sweet potato slice, all glazed with a yummy BBQ sauce. This appetizer isn’t just a treat for your taste buds; it’s a f*cking explosion of flavors.

The bites are not only visually stunning but also pack a punch of contrasting tastes – the sweetness of the potato, the smokiness of the bacon, and the savory goodness of the shrimp. Serve these bad boys with a festive cocktail, and you’ve got yourself a winter appetizer that’s bound to impress.

bacon wrapped shrimp on sweet potato round with BBQ sauce
bacon wrapped shrimp on sweet potato round with BBQ sauce
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5 from 41 votes

Shrimply Bad Ass

Sweet Potato Round with a barbeque bacon-wrapped shrimp
Prep Time20 minutes
Active Time8 minutes
Total Time28 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bacon wrapped barbeque shrimp, Bacon-wrapped BBQ shrimp, barbeque shrimp, keto appetizer, shrimp and sweet potato, shrimp sweet potato bites, shrimply bad-ass, sweet potato appetizer, sweet potato bites, sweet potato rounds, sweet potatoes and marinated shrimp
Yield: 12
Author: Ron Chee

Materials

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chipotle chili pepper
  • 12 uncooked peeled jumbo shrimp
  • 6 pieces of bacon

Instructions

  • Mix brown sugar, cumin, and chili pepper in a small bowl
  • Poke several holes in the sweet potatoes,
  • Microwave for 12-15 minutes or until squeezably soft. Let rest until cool to the touch
  • Slice the sweet potatoes into ⅛ inch wedges
  • Place a piece of foil in the wire rack of the air fryer, and spray with cooking oil
  • Place the sweet potato slices on the tray and cover with the brown sugar mixture
  • Wrap each raw shrimp with ⅓ slice of bacon
  • Place each wrapped shrimp on a sweet potato round
  • Place a dab of barbeque sauce on top of each shrimp
  • Air fry for 10-12 minutes until potatoes are soft and bacon is crispy
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Dauphinois Gratin: Sophistication in a Potato Dish

Daughinois
baked scalloped potatoes
This rich, creamy, delicious traditional French potato gratin is a completely decadent and luxurious experience for the mouth.
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To add a touch of sophistication to your winter meals, consider the Dauphinois gratin or dauphinoise potatoes. Turns out the French know how to make a potato look good. This French classic involves thinly sliced potatoes baked in a creamy, garlic-infused sauce. The result? A decadent and velvety side dish that will make your mamma f*cking proud. What’s with the Dauphinois gratin that just works? Its simplicity. Few ingredients, meticulously layered and baked to perfection. The creamy texture and rich flavor make it an excellent companion to heartier main courses during the winter months.

So, this winter, stop serving your potatoes in boring ways. French fries? Meh. Mashed potatoes? Too dull for words. Time to make sure your winter meals are finally elevated to a whole new level of awesomeness. So, f*cking get in the kitchen and let the potato revolution begin!


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