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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Crock Pot Salisbury Steak

  • 2  pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 (1 ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs, or plain and add 1 tblsp of Italian seasoning
  • 2-4 squirts of Worcestershire sauce
  • handful of Parsley
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2-1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (1 ounce) packet dry au jus mix
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 package fresh mushrooms,sliced or 2 cans of sliced mushrooms 

In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, onion soup mix, bread crumbs, spices and milk using your hands. Shape into 8 patties.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Pat down the patties in the flour.  I covered them thickly.  Place in frying pan until brown on both sides. Place browned patties into the slow cooker stacking alternately like a pyramid. 

In a medium bowl, mix together the cream of mushroom soup, au jus mix, and water. Pour over the meat. Cook on the Low setting for 4 or 5 hours, until ground beef is well done. 

Make sure to keep an eye on the crock pot.  Mine was cooked closer to 3 hours.  

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Frog Eye Salad

1 cup sugar
2 tbsp. flour
2 ½ tsp. salt
1 ¾ cups pineapple juice
2 eggs beaten
1 tbsp. Lemon juice
3 qts water
1 tbsp. cooking oil
1 pkg (16 0z) accni de peppi pasta
3 cans (11 oz) mandarin oranges drained
2 cans (20oz.) pineapple chunks drained
1 can (20 0z.) crushed pineapple drained
1 carton (9 oz) cool whip
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 cup coconut

In a pot, combine sugar, flour and ½ tsp. salt.  Gradually stir in pineapple juice and eggs.  Cook over medium heat stirring until thickened.  Add lemon juice.  Cool mixture to room temperature.  Bring water and remaining 2 tsp. salt and oil to boil.  Add pasta…cook Al-dente.   Combine egg mixture and pasta.  Mix thoroughly.  Put in airtight container over night.  Add remaining ingredients next day and stir…then serve.

Banana Bars

1 ½ cups sugar
1 ½ cups butter (can be halved)
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
¾ cup buttermilk
4 mashed bananas
1 tsp. soda
½ cup chopped nuts (walnuts are best)

Mix all above ingredients.  Pour into a greased 11 X 14 pan.   Bake at 350 deg. for 30 minutes.  Cool and frost with the following ingredients:

3 oz. softened cream cheese
½ cup softened butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Taco Casserole

1 bag egg noodles
1 can kidney or black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can diced tomatoes, not drained
1 small can of olives (optional)
1 can of corn, drained
Ground beef
1 package of taco seasoning
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
1/4 C Water

Fry ground beef until brown.  Drain fat.  Stir in taco seasoning.  Add beans, corn, tomatoes and olives (if desired) to meat.  Stir.  Boil noodles, al dente.
Spray a casserole dish (medium size) with Pam or something and add a layer of noodles.   Then add a layer of meat mixture, then a layer of cheese.  Repeat layers.  On the top add the soup, already mixed with water, to the casserole.  Add a layer of cheese.
Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until warmed through.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Homemade Apple Sauce

Best apple sauce you've ever had. :)

4-5 Golden Delicious Apples
1/2 C Water

Cut apples into chunks. Be sure to remove skin. Place in a pot to boil. 1/2cup water is an estimation. You just want enough in the pot so the apples don't burn. Also, you could add lemon juice so the apples don't brown. When you can stick a fork into them, they're done. :) Mash apples using a potato masher. Add sugar and cinnamon to your liking. I added two dashes of cinnamon and two tablespoons of sugar and it was plenty sweet. You may want less.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

BBQ Turkey Meatballs

1 1/2 pound ground turkey (you can also use ground beef)
3/4 cups rolled oats
1 cup milk
3-4 T. onion, finely minced
1 1/2 tsp. salt
Black Pepper, to taste

BBQ Sauce
1 cup ketchup
1 T. sugar
3 T. apple cider vinegar
2 T. Worcestershire Sauce
4 T. onion, minced
1 dash Tabasco

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Combine all meatball ingredients and place on a baking sheet.  Combine all sauce ingredients.  You can either make the sauce and pour over the meatballs and bake them together or bake the meatballs first and let them soak in the sauce.  I prefer the latter.  Bake for approx. 35-40 minutes or until the meatballs are brown and done.
Take out of oven and place meatballs in a crockpot to keep warm or a shallow dish.  Pour sauce over meatballs and let them marinate.  Serve warm.  Goes well with macaroni and cheese.

Adapted from Pioneer Woman

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

There are many recipes for baked mac and cheese. I have made many variations with most of them turning out dry. This recipe seems to have the right amount of cheese and moisture.

1 (16 oz.) package elbow macaroni or shell pasta
8 tablespoons butter, divided
2 cups heavy cream or half and half, warm
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese,
1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese,
8 ounces Velveeta, cubed
1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cook pasta according to package directions for 8-10 minutes or until al dente; drain.  Meanwhile, melt 6 tablespoons of the butter.  Transfer pasta to a large bowl and toss with melted butter.  Stir in cream.  Add shredded cheese and Velveeta and mix well.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Pour pasta mixture into a greased, 9x13 baking dish (cheeses will not be melted yet).  Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and stir into the breadcrumbs.  Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the macaroni.  Bake for 30-35 minutes or until cheese is hot and bubbly and topping is golden brown.
The Panko breadcrumbs can be found at Winco in the bulk foods.  I think they really make a better choice.  This recipe can be found at