Thursday, November 11, 2010

Green Chile Cheese Potato Knish


"You have not lived

until you have done something for someone

who can never repay you. "


It's amazing what a difference one day makes.
One day you're here, the next you're gone.
Mortality is a real eye opener, isn't it?
Friends, life is precious
don't squander it
don't take it for granted
live with passion
smile much
laugh often
don't sweat the small stuff
express gratitude
love fearlessly
live authentically
let your light shine
give of yourself

Simone Weil said
"There are only two things that pierce the heart.
One is beauty.
The other is affliction."

I know there are so many in our lives
who are going through something
challenging right now...

no matter how small the gesture
one simple act of kindness
can impact someone's life forever

With that in mind I created this dish
in an effort to reach out and touch
who desperately needs it.

Kraft has teamed up with Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, with the goal of helping secure 100,000 meals* for people in need. For every recipe with photo uploaded to the Real Women of Philadelphia website with their new product (Kraft Natural Cheese with a Touch of PHILLY!) they will donate 20 meals, for every video uploaded, they will donate 40 meals.
I have been making a variation of this meal for my husband for several years, but I have altered it to include the new Kraft product and stuff it in phyllo dough to create my twist on a potato knish. This dish is a wonderful vegetarian dish that would be great with a salad or soup (or both!) - this is a most lovely side dish with chicken or beef - it is a truly delightful appetizer - and would be a mouthwatering breakfast with a fried egg on top...ohhhh yeahhhhh.....
I originally made this dish in a 9 x 13 pan, and then with the left over potatoes and phyllo that was still in the package, I made another pie, and then decided the pie picture was prettier than the 9 x 13 dish so I used that as the intro - so whichever way you choose to make it, I know you will enjoy.

Here's what you need:
12 sheets of phyllo dough
6 Cups of Baby Red Potatoes (skin on), boiled & drained
3 Tbsp of Butter
2/3 cup of milk
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Cup Manchego Cheese, Shredded
1 Cup Fontina Cheese, Shredded
1 Cup Kraft Natural Cheese with a Touch of PHILLY! - Triple Cheddar
1/2 cup green chile, chopped (roasted and peeled if fresh, or canned is ok)
salt to taste

to brush phyllo dough i melted appx 6 tbsp of butter in a bowl and made an egg wash with 1 egg and some water in another bowl

Here's how you make it:
After the potatoes are boiled and drained, add butter, milk and begin to mash right in the pot.
add garlic, mix well
add some salt to taste, mix well
add all 3 cheeses, incorporate very well
lastly add green chile and mix well, taste and add salt if desired
preheat oven to 350 degrees
spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray
lay 2 sheets of phyllo dough down, brush butter over the entire sheet to moisten
add 2 more sheets of phyllo, brush more butter to cover entirely, then add 2 more sheets of phyllo
brush with more butter to cover sheets entirely
add potato filling in to cover sheets entirely
then add your last 6 sheets of phyllo in sets of 2, followed by brushing butter over entire sheets
when final layers of phyllo are on and butter is brushed evenly, then add one layer of egg wash over entire sheet
preslice before putting into oven for easy slices (thank you Sheila Cutchlow for that tip when working with phyllo casseroles!)
place uncovered in oven and bake for 30 minutes

I also want to extend a very special thanks to Chef Dennis for his warm invitation
to write a guest post on his amazing site
"Ask Chef Dennis"
He has impacted me in more ways than one
and I invite you to
become a part of his world - click here to see the guest post


  1. Bravo Bella! I was over at Chef's blog and left a comment there as well. I loved the linguine. Of course, I never met a pasta I didn't like so I'm not surprised.

    This dish is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it as well as Kraft's project.

    Have a beautiful weekend. ~ Christiane

  2. Bella, this is adore! :) What a beautiful pie!
    I think I just found the perfect dish to take to a party next week! So interesting and so pretty!
    Also, the thought of this for breakfast with a fried egg on top...oh yeah! :) This is a great recipe for the Kraft charity project!

    I also loved your green chile linguine dish on chef Dennis' blog and your post was delightful!
    You continue to spread kindness and beauty with your encouraging words!

  3. What can be better than cheese and chiles? This sounds so delicious. And I love the phyllo, too! Amazing combination!

  4. Bella, the dish looks scrumptious. :)
    Great post as well at Chef Dennis' blog.
    Have a great day. Michael

  5. Jamie
    what a wonderful dish, and what a beautifully written post....Thank you so much for the info about feeding America and Kraft...what a wonderful way to help others.
    Thank you so much for such great guest post!
    Have a wondeful day my friend!

  6. Hello Jamie! Chef Dennis has been so kind as to introduce us and I'm already very grateful to him. I look forward to spending wise and delicious times with you.


  7. Hi Jamie-I left a comment on Chef Dennis' blog. So glad I found your blog.
    Love the comforting breakfast dish...and yes, more the cheese and the combination with the spices!
    I also love your inspiring! Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. Looks absolutely delicious! The entire post is one big dose of inspiration. For life, for food, for love!

  9. Ciao!! This looks soo delicious!!

  10. Jamie, so glad to find you on Chef Dennis' blog! Two recipes with two of my favorite ingredients: cheese and green chiles. Love your quotes also.

  11. Oh my! I love your blog! Thank you Chef Dennis for the introduction :)

  12. I love new takes on dishes that are constant in the households of others. Tried and true recipes make for the best meals :) This looks delicious! Love your guest post as well!

  13. I just visited Chef Dennis' site, and I was so tickled to see you on it. As always, you brought me another wonderful recipe! But what I truly love is your thoughtful reflections on life and your encouragement to embrace love. You are always such an inspiration, and you have brought me such encouragement. Thank you for sharing, my sweet friend...may this weekend be showered with blessings!

  14. Looks like Chef Dennis picked a great guest blogger to highlight this week. I had to stop by for a visit. Love what I'm seeing here!! Take care.


  15. Hi! Chef Dennis is the reason I am here! saw your guest post there and fell in love with your linguine dish! THey look yummy! Your blog is great too!

  16. Wonderful recipe, I know my family would enjoy it.

    Have a great evening,

  17. Such a great cause, thanks for posting! Oh, and I loved your opening to this post!

  18. yum!so happy to see you on Chef Dennis' blog. you just bring so much joy wherever you are. love ya, girl.

  19. First off, such a fantastic event...this is a very lovely dish, looks delicious...really love the cheese choices here :)
    Next, just a lovely post all around. I will check out your guest post most definitely...Already familiar with Chef Dennis and will be nice to see you there :)

  20. I'm been browsing your blog and my mouth is watering. Can I blame you if I put on a couple of pounds? LOL!

  21. Ciao grazie a chef Dennis ho scoperto il tuo blog, e fantastico e questa ricetta mi piace molto. Vengo dall'Italia posso postare anch'io una ricetta, qual'è la scadenza per poterla postare. Ciao Daniela.

  22. this dish looks so yummy! thank you for sharing this.

  23. Holy crap, that looks amazing!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously WOW! I gotta try that! Thanks for the recipe!

  24. That looks incredible! I am bookmarking this now!
    Dropped by from SITS.

  25. that looks amazing. I am going to have to make it for my family. we love anything that has green chile in it. stopping by from SITS. have a great day.

  26. Hi Bella... how are you? I hope all is well.
    I presented you with an award on my blog. I hope you'll receive it. Thank you for the kind comments on my blog. I've truly enjoyed reading your blog. Have a great weekend. Michael

  27. Oh this looks so yummy! Everything here does! What a "tasty" blog you have :)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog on my SITS day.

  28. Hi Mangiabella,
    Have not heard from you for quite a while! Hope everything is fine. Busy preparing for the festive Christmas? Have a lovely weekend!



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