Video: Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Flavor meets function in these festive Christmas tree cupcakes that are part dessert, part tabletop decor! All you need is your favorite flavor of cupcakes and a few creative additions to turn this popular dessert into the ultimate edible centerpiece.

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with
Balsamic Brown Butter

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Balsamic Brown Butter from justataste.com #recipe

Ah, gnocchi. How I love to eat you, but oh how I loathe to make you. You see, making gnocchi is not for the culinary faint of heart. You need to be in it to win it. Have your eyes on the prize. Be ready to go big and not go home.

I want to make sure I set expectations: This is not a recipe to attempt on a busy weeknight while your ravenous self balances a glass of Pinot Grigio in one hand and a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos in the other. So if you’re looking to throw together a super-quick and incredibly tasty meal, head on over to my 30-Minute Mongolian Beef. And for all those who are inspired to join the legions of gnocchi warriors, read on …

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Balsamic Brown Butter from justataste.com #recipe

So you’re in it to win it. Your eyes are on the prize. You’re going big and not going home. Congratulations! You’re in for a deliciously satisfying journey. Here are a few tips to help facilitate your impending gnocchi domination:

  • Harness Your Flour Power: The more flour you use in the gnocchi dough, the more dense it will be. If you’re aiming for light, pillowy, like-the-kind-I-had-at-that-restaurant gnocchi, you’ll want to review my tips in the recipe below to gauge how much flour to use.
  • Embrace the Indentations: While there’s no law that requires you to complete the final step of rolling each gnocchi on the back of a fork to create the characteristic indentations, I would highly encourage you to do so. Those little ridges help soak up all the sauce. And when the sauce is balsamic brown butter, I guarantee you won’t want to miss a drop.
  • Know Your Gnocchi Limits: Making homemade gnocchi requires persistence, determination and an if-she-can-do-it-I-can-do-it attitude. At the end of the day, we’re dealing with flour, potatoes and cheese. Worst case scenario, you turn it all into cheesy mashed potato pancakes.

Not a fan of sweet potatoes but still dig these fluffy dumplings? Check out my recipe for traditional homemade gnocchi with kale pesto.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Balsamic Brown Butter from justataste.com #recipe

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Balsamic Brown Butter from justataste.com #recipe

Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from justataste.com #recipe

Chicken and waffles. Peanut butter and jelly. Ham and pineapple pizza. There is a method to this culinary magic in which sweet joins forces with salty for one seriously irresistible duo.

I’ve got one more sweet-salty marriage to add to the list with this recipe for Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars. Just imagine the best chocolate chip cookies, but in soft and chewy cookie bar form. Stir in some crushed salted pretzels, sprinkle a few more on top, and then finish off the baked bars with a final drizzle of melted chocolate.

Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from justataste.com #recipe

This is one of those someone-hide-these-from-me-or-I’m-destined-for-Spanx desserts. And sure enough, after talking myself into taste-testing a second one of those deceptively small squares above, I finally got a grip and stepped away … after wrapping the remaining cookie bars in six layers of plastic wrap, which I reinforced with tape and sealed in two plastic bags. Spanx, party of one, your table is now ready.

Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from justataste.com #recipe

Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from justataste.com #recipe

Video: How to Quickly Shred Chicken or Turkey

Forget the forks and tune in to this week’s video to discover a simple trick for how to quickly shred chicken or turkey using a stand mixer. This technique produces perfectly shredded poultry, which you can use in Chinese chicken salad, turkey pot pie, chicken taquitos and more.

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Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes from justataste.com #recipe

We’re t-minus 24 hours away from the feast to end all feasts. Whether your menu is already set, or you’re making a few last-minute additions, one thing is certain: You will have leftovers this Thanksgiving.

Chances are those leftovers will center on the big bird and the starchiest side. So if you’re staring down a mountain of leftover turkey, look no further than my recipe for Leftover Turkey Pot Pie with Cheddar Biscuit Crust. And if you find yourself with a surplus of spuds, this recipe for Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes is your quick and easy alternative to simply rewarming the extras.

What’s not to love about hot, crispy potato pancakes topped with tangy sour cream? Consider this post-Thanksgiving indulgence your necessary fuel for Black Friday festivities.

Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes from justataste.com #recipe

Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes from justataste.com #recipe