Friday, July 14, 2017

Skillet Potatoes


Ingredients:

2 large russet potatoes, cut into 1″ cubes……
14 oz. smoked sausage, thinly sliced
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 c. chopped bell pepper (red or green)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 c. chicken stock
1 1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper
1/4 tsp. dried parsley
2 tbsps. veg. oil
How to make it :
  • In a large skillet heat oil…add in the smoked sausage and cook, turning often till browned on edges. 
  • Remove meat from skillet and add in the potatoes and cook over med. high heat till they begin to brown and become tender. 
  • Add in the onions, pepper and garlic cooking for about 5 minutes then add in the chicken stock and cover. 
  • Cook for about 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  • Remove cover and check potatoes for doneness. 
  • Add the spices, stir and add in the smoked sausage.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Taco Soup


Slightly different than Linda's recipe.  (recipe)

Ingredients
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef*
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 (15oz) can kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 (15oz) can black beans, undrained
  • 1 (15oz) can corn kernels, undrained
  • 1 (15oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 pouch (2 tbsp) taco seasoning
    Taco Toppings:
     
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • sour cream
  • diced tomatoes / pico de gallo
  • sliced avocado
  • corn chips
  • lime wedges
  • chopped cilantro
Directions:
  1. Brown the ground beef and onion in a large pot, until cooked through and crumbled. Drain any excess fat.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot and stir to combine. Cook over medium heat, letting simmer for about 10 minutes to let flavors blend.
  3. Serve with optional taco toppings.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Steak'n Shake Chili 5 ways lookalike recipe


Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a skillet on medium low heat sauté ground beef and onions.
  2. When beef has been cooked, drain all grease and place in a medium large sauce pan.
  3. Add celery salt, tomato sauce, kidney beans, garlic powder, garlic salt, chili powder, pepper, water and salt, mix all ingredients.
  4. On low heat place a lid on sauce pan and simmer for one hour, stirring frequently. After chili has been cooking for a hour add tomato paste and stir well. Place lid on pan and simmer an additional half hour.
  5. Serving:
  6. In a shallow bowl or plate place:.
  7. Generous helping of spaghetti.
  8. 3/4 Cup Chili.
  9. 2 Tbs. Chili Sauce.
  10. Chopped Onions (to taste).
  11. 1/2 Cup Shredded Monterey Jack and Colby Cheese Mix.
  12. Top with additional onions to your taste. Any leftover chili can be placed on crisp tortilla chips for a light lunch or a great snack.
  13. Chili sauce can be purchased at most grocery stores in the condiment area. It is sold in a glass bottle, and looks somewhat like the old glass Heinz Ketchup bottles.

Ohio Chili (sounds like Chili 3 ways)


Ingredients


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cups spaghetti
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions


1) In a large pot over medium-high heat, combine ground beef, water and chopped onion. Stir. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

2) After 30 minutes add chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, 1 bay leaf (crack it), garlic, tomato sauce and apple cider vinegar. Stir to combine. Simmer for another 2 hours.

3) Cook spaghetti according to package directions until al dente. Drain.

4) After 2 hours, serve chili over cooked spaghetti. Top with cheddar cheese,

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatloaf


Ingredients

 
    1 pound ground beef (85%)
    1 cup bread crumbs
    1 tsp dried basil
    1 tsp dried oregano
    1 tsp dried parsley
    1 tsp salt
    ½ tsp black pepper
    ½ cup milk
    2 TB worcestershire sauce
    8 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced
    1 cup ketchup
    ¼ cup brown sugar, tightly packed
    1 TB worcestershire sauce
    1 TB red wine vinegar
    2 cloves garlic, crushed
    ? tsp salt
    pinch cayenne pepper 
 

 Instructions 

 
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a glass baking pan (9x13) with nonstick cooking spray.
    In a large mixing bowl combine ground beef, bread crumbs, basil, oregano, parsley, salt, 
        pepper, milk, and worcestershire sauce. Knead until combined.
    Divide meat in half. Shape one half of the meat into the bottom half of the loaf and 
        place in prepared pan. 
    Place mozzarella slices down the center, leaving ½ inch around the ends and sides. 
    Shape remaining half of meat as the top half of the loaf, sealing the edges. This is a free-form loaf so
        it doesn't need to be perfect.
    In a small mixing bowl whisk together ketchup, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, red wine 
       vinegar, garlic, salt, and cayenne pepper. 
    Pour half of this mixture over the meatloaf, reserving the remaining half for later.
    Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes.
    After 45 minutes, remove from oven and pour the remaining sauce over the loaf.
    Increase temperature to 400 degrees and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
    Let rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Buffalo Chicken Monkey Bread



Ingredients

2 cans (7.5 oz each) Pillsbury™ Country Style® refrigerated biscuits
2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
3/4 cup buffalo wing sauce
1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles (1 oz)
2 tablespoons ranch dressing
1/4 cup butter, melted
Additional ranch dressing for dipping

Directions

    1. Heat oven to 375°F. Lightly spray 12-cup fluted tube cake pan with cooking spray.
    2. In medium bowl, toss chicken with 1/2 cup of the buffalo wing sauce until well coated; set aside.
    3. Separate each can of dough into 10 biscuits. Cut 4 biscuits into quarters to make a total of 16 pieces. With hands, press and stretch each piece slightly to make dough round. Place small chunk of blue cheese (about 1 teaspoon) in center of each round. Enclose cheese by bringing sides of dough up and over; pinch dough to seal and enclose cheese.
    4. With remaining 16 biscuits, press and stretch each into larger rounds. Place 1 heaping tablespoon buffalo chicken in center of each large round. Enclose chicken by bringing sides of dough up and over; pinch dough to seal and enclose chicken.
    5. Drizzle remaining 1/4 cup buffalo wing sauce in bottom of tube cake pan; drizzle 2 tablespoons ranch dressing over sauce. Dip each ball of dough into melted butter; layer balls in pan.
    6. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until tops of balls are golden brown. Cool in pan slightly, about 5 minutes. Place serving plate upside down over pan; carefully turn plate and pan over. Remove pan. 
    7. Serve bread with additional ranch dressing for dipping.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Belgian Beef Stew


Not sure the beer couldn't be a red wine. 

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chuck roast, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 T all-purpose flour
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T butter, unsalted
  • 1 1/2 C pearl onions, peeled
  • 2 lg carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 4 C low sodium beef broth, divided
  • 1 T light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 T tomato paste
  • 1 (2.6 oz) package beef demi-glace
  • 1 1/2 C Oud Bruin-style beer
  • 2 C small red potatoes, cut in half
  • 8 oz button mushrooms, cut in half
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 T flat leaf parsley, minced
  • 2 tsp cider vinegar, optional

Directions

Season beef with salt and pepper and dust with flour.
Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or a large, heavy saucepan over medium high heat.
Add beef in batches; sear on all sides.
Transfer to a plate and set aside.
Add butter and reduce heat to medium.
Add onions and carrots and sauté until lightly golden, about 6 minutes.
Whisk together 1 C of beef broth with brown sugar, tomato paste and demi-glace.
Add to vegetables, stirring to combine.
Add beer and bring to a boil over high heat.
Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Return beef to pan along with potatoes, mushrooms, thyme and remaining beef broth.
Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until beef is very tender.
Before serving, stir in parsley and cider vinegar to taste.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta


AKA Hamburger Helper
This can be done with a Hamburger Helper box.  Copied this recipe here to help punch up the contents of the box.

Ingredients:


10 ounces of uncooked elbow macaroni.
8 slices of diced bacon.
1 1/2 lbs of ground beef.
2 sliced onions.
2 tbsps of chili powder.
1 tsp of salt.
1 tsp of pepper.
1 (14 ounce) can of chopped tomatoes.
1/2 cup of tomato sauce.
1/2 stick of salted butter.
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.
1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Directions:


Cook the macaroni according to the package instructions and drain it.

Replace the pasta in the pot and mix in 1/2 stick of the butter.

Cook the bacon in a large skillet until crispy then mix in the ground
beef and onions and cook.

Mix in the chili powder, salt and pepper and cook for 5 more minutes.

Mix in the tomato sauce and chopped tomatoes until well combined
then stir in the warm macaroni with the shredded cheese and
parmesan cheese.

Cook the mixture over low heat

Cracker Barrel’s Hash Browns Casserole



Ingredients:

2 lbs of frozen hash browns.
1/2 cup of melted margarine or butter.
1 (10 1/4 ounce) can cream of chicken soup.
1 Pint of sour cream.
1/2 cup of peeled and chopped onion.
2 cups of grated cheddar cheese.
1 tsp of salt.
1/4 tsp of pepper.

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl
Transfer to a sprayed 11×14 baking dish.
In a preheated oven to 350 degreed bake for 45 minutes

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Slow Cooker Steak Soup


Slow Cooker Steak Soup

Ingredients:

2 1/4 lb sirloin tip roast, cut into 1 inch cubes 1/4 cup flour 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground pepper 2 Tbsp canola oil 1 (1oz) envelope dry onion soup mix 4 cups beef broth 1 Tbsp tomato paste 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce 2 cups uncooked medium egg noodles

Directions:

Combine roast, flour, salt and pepper in a large ziplock bag.
Seal and shake to coat beef.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 
Remove beef from ziplock bag, discard any excess flour mixture. 
Sauté beef until browned, about 5 minutes.
Place meat into slow cooker. 
Add onion soup mix, beef broth, tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce. Cook on
LOW for 8 hours, until beef is tender.
Add noodles to slow cooker. 
Cover and cook on LOW for 15-­30 minutes, until noodles are tender

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Paradise Bakery Tomato Soup (milk version)


2 medium onions, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
olive oil
28 oz can San Marzano whole tomatoes (I buy them at Fresh Market)
14 oz can Muir Glen fire roasted diced tomatoes (I buy them at SuperTarget)
8 oz can tomato sauce
6 oz can tomato paste
32 oz chicken stock
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 cups milk

In a dutch oven saute onion in olive oil until almost translucent.

Add garlic and continue to saute a few minutes more.

Add tomatoes, sauce and paste as well as stock.

Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes.

Puree in blender, or with immersion blender until desired consistency.

Add milk and seasonings and continue to simmer for another 5 or 1o minutes.


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Paradise Bakery Tomato Soup (another recipe)


(as found, non-vegetarian)

Ingredients:
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 28 oz can whole tomatoes
  • 2 14 oz cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1. In a large pot, add olive oil and saute the onion until it is almost clear.  Add the garlic and continue to cook for a few more minutes.
2. Add tomatoes, sauce, paste, water, and chicken broth.  Bring to a boil, cover and let it simmer for about 30 minutes.
3.  In a blender or food processor puree the mixture until it gets to your desired consistency.  I like mine a little bit chunky just like Paradise Bakery.  Yum
4. Add the heavy cream, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
5. Let it simmer for another 5 minutes and serve!

Yield about 8 cups

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Paradise Bakery Tomato Soup


Knockoff recipe (non-vegetarian)

Ingredients

  • ½ large onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 (14.5 oz.) cans fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream, milk will work too

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, saute onion in olive oil until almost translucent. Add garlic and sauté a couple minutes longer.
  2. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, water and chicken broth to pot. Stir to combine and until it reaches a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. After it has boiled for 30 minutes, puree soup as necessary to reach desired constancy. I like mine with chunks of tomatoes.
  4. Add salt, pepper and cream to pot with tomato soup and simmer for 10 additional minutes.
  5. To serve, drizzle with sour cream and top with tortilla chip strips.

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Sausage Egg Roll in a bowl


Ingredients:


    1 pound ground pork sausage
    6 cups coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    1 tablespoon ginger, minced
    1 tablespoon soy sauce
    1/4 cup chopped green onions
    1 tablespoon sesame oil

Directions:


    Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring often to crumble, until cooked through. Do not drain.
    Add the coleslaw mix, garlic, ginger, and soy sauce to the skillet with the sausage. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until cabbage has softened a bit.
    Remove from the heat and top with the green onions and drizzle with sesame oil.
    Serve immediately.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Crockpot Mongolian Beef


Ingredients

    ½ pounds Flank Steak
    ¼ cups cornstarch
    2 tablespoons Olive Oil
    ½ teaspoons mince Garlic, Cloves
    ¾ cups Soy Sauce
    ¾ cups Water
    ¾ cups Brown Sugar
    1 cup grated Carrots
    green onions, for garnish

Instructions

    Cut flank steak into thin strips. 
    In a ziplock bag add flank steak pieces and cornstarch. Shake to coat.
    Add olive oil, minced garlic, soy sauce, water, brown sugar and 
        carrots to slow cooker. 
    Stir ingredients. 
    Add coated flank steak and stir again until coated in the sauce.
    Cook for high 2-3 hours or on low 4-5 hours until cooked throughout 
        and tender. 
    Can serve over rice and garnish with green onions.