A favorite at many restaurants, the twice baked potato is easier that it appears to make.  You just need to allow the right amount of time for them to be perfect.  Made for Memorial Day Weekend for a good-sized group of friends.  If you have vegetarian friends, just set aside enough potato mix before adding the bacon and everyone will be happy.

Ingredients
8  Large russet potatoes
8  strips cooked bacon  cut into slivers with scissors
16  ounces sour cream
1  cube butter
Salt and pepper to taste
1  cup shredded Mexican three blend cheese

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Notice the two vegetarian potatoes in the center that do not have bacon on the top.  These potatoes were gigantic huge russets from Costco and took almost 2 hours to cook.  They were probably double the typical size of a standard russet.  If you have smaller potatoes then you will need more potatoes than 8 to go with the other ingredients or you may not need as much butter, cheese or sour cream.

Preparation

Wash and then oil with olive oil each potato.  Then generously sprinkle each potato outside with sea salt.

Bake at 375 until can pierce easily with fork.  Time approx. 1.5-2 hours depending on elevation and size of potatoes.  These potatoes were so big that it took 2 hours until potato felt soft on inside when squeezed lightly.  Allow to cool for 20-30 minutes or until you can handle to touch.

Cut each potato in half with sharp knife.  Scoop out potato inside into large bowl leaving a small amount of potato in the skin.

Reserve the best 8 potato skins to be filled.

Using two knifes, cut  potatoes in the bowl into fluffy bits with like you we’re working with pastry.  Add remaining ingredients a little at a time mixing gently as you go until you reach the right texture of filling.  If you add too much butter or sour cream the potatoes may end up mushy.  (reserving a little cheese and bacon for garnish).

Mix with large spoon until blended but do not over mix.

Fill each potato skin to the top and then heap over top with any remaining potato  mixture so that each potato has about the same amount of filling.  Place filled potatoes onto foil lined cookie sheet; skin side down potato filling up.

Garnish with extra cheese and bacon and could also shake a little paprika on top for extra coloring.

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Optional: chives in filling and parsley for garnish.

Cook in 325 oven for 30 min in middle if oven until cheese is fully melted and potato is completely heated through.

If you want the top browned then broil on high at top of oven for 2-3 minutes.

Get ready for Memorial Day Weekend with these spice rubbed BBQ Baby Backs with homemade barbecue sauce.  This is one of our favorites for a summer barbecue just like Memorial Weekend.   Many BigOven reviewers have raved about how good they are.  One of my personal favorite reviews was from the crew of a fire station where they said, “THE FELLAS AT THE FIRE HOUSE COULD NOT GET ENOUGH.  THE BBQ SAUCE WITH THIS RECIPE IS A MUST.  I HAVE TRIED SOME BOTTLED SAUCES AND THE RIBS WERE JUST OK  INSTEAD OF BEING ‘GREAT’! tonyparT.”

These ribs are sure to please your family and friends this holiday weekend.   If you don’t want to make the sauce, just substitute one of your personal favorites instead.  However, the sauce is superb and simple to make.  Click Here for the full recipe.

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BigOven Reviews:

New Review just receive Memorial Day Weekend 2013:  Thanks for the recipe. First time making ribs and they were a hit!!! the whole family asked when we were having them again as they were eating them and licking their fingers! The sauce is WELL worth the time to make.  lisatracy

Without question the best ribs that I’ve ever had. Worth making the sauce. Wow..my wife and I were sucking the bones cause it was so good lol. Thx for sharing this recipe. My now staple rib recipe for sure. Patg73

These were a hit at the annual 4th of July BBQ. I had four different families tell me they were the best they’ve ever had. I’m definitely making these again!! Ncrisp24

Watch out Famous Daves. This recipe is awesome. Maderacopy

This is a GREAT recipe, everyone in the house loves it!  Very tender and a fabulous sauce.  I’ve made it again and again by request. NR

THE FELLAS AT THE FIRE HOUSE COULD NOT GET ENOUGH.  THE BBQ SAUCE WITH THIS RECIPE IS A MUST.  I HAVE TRIED SOME BOTTLED SAUCES AND THE RIBS WERE JUST OK  INSTEAD OF BEING ‘GREAT’! tonyparT

We loved these ribs!  We might reduce the chili powder a bit next time.  They certainly have a robust flavor.  I didn’t have the tomato sauce so pureed a tomato instead. You’ll notice our sauce looks a little chunky in the picture..but ohh soooo good!  cbigovenp

This sweet and savory stuffed mushroom appetizer is made with ground sweet Italian sausage, goat cheese & chopped Calimyrna figs.  For a little extra eye appeal they’ve been topped them with slivered almonds.

Fresh Calimyrna figs  are definitely my preference over the darker variety fig as they have a milder flavor that doesn’t over power the other ingredients.  The tastes of this stuffed mushroom will burst with variety of sweet and savory flavors that seem to crunch and pop out individually.

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You can easily substitute golden delicious apples and feta cheese for figs and goat cheese if not available.  Sometimes you can find dried figs packaged on the same aisle in the grocery as where you find raisins.

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For the love of Lamb this is one of the best ways to introduce someone to a Lamb dish. I served this lamb for a Holiday Dinner party; doubled the recipe and it was perfect for 8 people.

Some of my best friends, Scott & Pam, Barry & Gina along with my hubby Gus, of course, enjoyed and savored the meal.  Scott made his famous Port Mushroom Gravy Sauce that complimented the lamb wonderfully.  I’ve tried to get the recipe from him but he only has it in his head and says it always turn out different each time.  The dinner was also served with roasted potatoes along with sauteed fresh green beans with almond slivers.

If serving for 4 people, just stay with the recipe as is. There should be 4 individual chops per person.

Ingredients

2 racks of lamb; about 3 lb. total, Frenched 2  Tbs. Parsley chopped
1  teaspoon Kosher Salt; plus to taste 1  Tbs. fresh thyme chopped
1/2 teaspoon Fresh Ground Pepper; ground pepper 2  Tbs. Dijon mustard Optional
1  cup Croutons; garlic & olive oil seasoned , crushed

Preparation

Place a roasting rack in a large roasting pan and set the lamb racks on top. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F.

1.  Using a sharp paring knife, remove as much of the coating from the individual bones so that they do not discolor during cooking.  This step is not necessary for the ultimate taste, but only for the ultimate look of the lamb.

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2.  Remove as much excess fat as your desire. I cut off all the fat that I can because I think it helps to keep the lamb final flavor a little more on the milder side and less greasy. Make sure to remove as much fat as possible to take the edge off the taste of the lamb.

3.  Season the lamb generously with salt and pepper. If the time of year permits or if you have an indoor grill, sear lamb over high heat to add heat scoring and to seal the juices in the meat.

4.  Place the racks, fat side up, on a roasting rack, with the bones facing outward and the loins towards the center of the pan.  See the pictures for clarification.  Cover the lamb bones with foil to keep them from browning to much.  If you like dijon mustard, then you can evenly spread 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard over each lamb loin prior to adding the crouton crumbs.

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5.  In a small bowl, stir together the crushed croutons, parsley, thyme, the 1 tsp. salt and the 1/2 tsp. pepper. Spread the mixture evenly over the loins of each rack, pressing gently to form a loose crust.  (I use Fresh Gourmet Roasted Garlic Croutons — one of my favorites and there is enough garlic and olive oil in the crumbs at the bottom of the bag to do 1/2 a recipe.  If I don’t have these croutons on hand then I would substitute plain croutons or a coarse bread crumb then add 2 minced garlic cloves and 3 tablespoons olive oil to the crouton mixture.)

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6.  Transfer to the oven and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat, away from the bone, registers 125 Degrees F for rare, 35 to 40 minutes.  They will continue to cook a little more as they rest.  (When planning for a dinner party, place lamb in oven as the last guest arrives to ensure that it doesn”t over cook.

7.  Transfer the lamb racks to a cutting board, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for about 10 minutes. Cut the racks into chops, transfer to individual plates.   Serve immediately.

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Cuisine:French    Main Ingredient: Lamb

Fresh oranges in the relish pair to make a savory accompaniment to rich salmon fillets. Serve the citrus relish with any kind of fish, or with shrimp or scallops.  The oranges were picked fresh from my tree yesterday and after peeling half the basket I’d seen enough orange peel to last a lifetime.  Then it came to mind, lets just peel a couple more choice oranges and make my Citrus Baked Salmon with Orange Relish.  My only mistake with this thought that the recipe is for four servings and there were only two servings of salmon to prepare.  After putting all of the spice rub on the salmon it came to mind that this looked like a little overkill.  After taking the fish from the oven it was obvious that there was too much spice rub.  A good portion of the rub was scraped off and the fish was then edible.  Too much Paprika had made it over powering.  So with that said, it is suggested to make sure to watch your portions and to always add spice rub according to the amount of meat spice.  The pictures that have been added are from when the recipe was originally made and posted on BigOven.com

Ingredients

Marinade: Orange Relish:
1/4 cup Orange juice    2 oranges seedless
2  tablespoons Olive oil 1/2 teaspoon Orange zest fresh
1  teaspoon Dried thyme 1 tablespoon Honey
4 Salmon filets; about 1 pound 1/2 teaspoon Onion powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt 1/4 teaspoon Salt
Spice Rub: 1 tablespoon Fresh Italian parsley chopped
3/4 teaspoon Paprika 1/2 teaspoon Ginger ground
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoons Dried thyme
Salt & Pepper Fillets Prior to baking

Preparation

MARINATE:

Mix orange juice, oil and 1 teaspoon of the thyme in small bowl. Place salmon in large resealable plastic bag or glass dish. Add marinade; turn to coat well. Refrigerate 30 minutes or longer for extra flavor.

BAKE:

Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix brown sugar, paprika, 1/2 teaspoon thyme and salt in small bowl. Remove salmon from marinade. Discard any remaining marinade. Rub salmon evenly with paprika mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place salmon on foil-lined baking pan.  Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.  Or, grill salmon over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes per side or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

RELISH:

Peel orange, section and cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Mix all ingredients in medium bowl. Cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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