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Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

A great dish for dessert or breakfast, these filled crepes are quick and easy to make, full of wonderful flavor, and make any occasion special.

Make Ahead Potatoes O'Brien

While it is quite possible that the only thing Irish about these potatoes is their name, they are commonly found on menus in Irish restaurants. The other place you will frequently see these potatoes is in the freezer section in your local grocery store. No matter where they come from, there are most definitely delicious and quite easy to prepare. Even better, they freeze like a dream and are a terrific staple to have on hand in your freezer for last minute breakfasts, brunches, or even dinners. You do not have to make this large of a batch and can halve or quarter the recipe easily, and can also skip the freezing and just fry up the mixture. You can also freeze the potatoes and onion-pepper mixture in separate bags, and the basic procedure is a great way to make pre-seasoned potato hash browns that are always ready to fry up in a hurry.

12 large russet potatoes
3 diced red bell peppers
2 diced green bell peppers
2 large diced onions
4 minced garlic cloves
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
2 teaspoons seasoned salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Dash cayenne pepper (or to taste)

Scrub the potatoes and place in a large pot. Cover with water and place over high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are just tender. Drain, then set aside until cool enough to handle. Dice the potatoes and place in a large bowl and toss with the rest of the ingredients until the vegetables are evenly coated with oil and spices, drizzling a little bit extra oil if needed to thoroughly coat. If making in advance, package the potato mixture in serving size portions and seal tightly in freezer proof containers or bags. When ready to prepare, remove the desired amount from the freezer. Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly grease the skillet and add the potato mixture. Cook for 18-22 minutes, stirring frequently, until the potatoes are evenly browned and cooked through. If you want to cook these immediately, heat two large, heavy skillets over medium-high heat. Lightly grease the skillets and add the potato mixture. Cook for 12-15 minutes, stirring frequently, until the potatoes are evenly browned and cooked through.

Makes 20 servings.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

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