Bangers and Mash

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8 Russett potatoes, peeled and quartered
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 to 1/2 cup whole milk
Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 pounds beef sausage
1/2 cup diced onion
1 teaspoon rosemary
1 teaspoon oregano
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 (.75 oz) packet dry brown gravy mix
1 cup water

Preheat oven to 350F. Place potatoes in a saucepan with just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and cook potatoes until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain, then mash with 4 teaspoons of the butter and enough milk to reach a creamy consistency. Continue mashing until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook sausage until heated through, about 3-5 minutes. Remove sausage from skillet and set aside. Add remaining butter to skillet, and add onion, rosemary, oregano, garlic, and mushrooms. Stir until tender. Whisk together gravy mix and water as directed on packet, then add to skillet with onion and mushrooms. Simmer, stirring constantly, to form a thick gravy.

Pour half of the gravy mix into a medium sized casserole dish so that the bottom is coated. Place sausages in a layer over the gravy, then cover with remaining gravy. Top with mashed potatoes.

Bake bangers and mash uncovered in preheated oven for 25 minutes or until potatoes are evenly browned.

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Hobo Casserole

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This dish is a family keeper. It is so quick and easy on busy weeknights. The ground beef isn’t even pre-cooked in this dish. It cooks right along with the casserole!

1 pound lean ground beef
1 small onion, sliced (if your family doesn’t like onions then leave it out)
2 medium potatoes, sliced (don’t peel them)
1 1/2 cups shredded Velveeta
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
1/8 cup milk
1 1/2 cups French-fried onions
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pat ground beef into 8×8 pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. If using, slice onion on top of beef. Slice potatoes onto onion layer, salt and pepper. Layer with shredded Velveeta cheese. Mix soup and milk together and spread over the cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until potatoes are tender. Remove foil and top with french fried onions and brown for about 5 minutes.

What to do with Thanksgiving Leftovers: Slow Cooker Turkey and Dumplings

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I usually make Turkey Soup the day after Thanksgiving but I changed my mind.  I have been having a craving for Chicken and Dumplings so I thought, why not?  I will just make it into Turkey and Dumplings.  This was a winner with the family.  I think I will be making this every year instead of the Turkey soup.  It was soooo good on a cold Fall night.

Here is the recipe:

I put the turkey carcass in the slow cooker and filled it up with water until the carcass was covered.  I didn’t add anything else to it.  The turkey was flavoring enough.  I cooked it on LOW for 8 hours.  At the end of the 8 hours I removed the carcass and all bones.  Set the carcass out to cool off.  Skim the fat off the top of the broth and discard.  Then pick off all the meat and put it back in the slow cooker.  Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of milk and stir.  Turn slow cooker to HI.  While the slow cooker is heating up, make the dumplings.

Mix 2 cups of flour, 1/3 cup of shortening, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, and 1 teaspoon of salt until just combined. Slowly add up to 1 cup of milk until a soft dough forms. Sprinkle your work surface and rolling-pin with flour. Roll dough as thinly as possible, between 1/8″ and 1/4″ thick. Cut into squares with a knife or pizza cutter.  Let the dough dry a little.  Then drop the dumplings into the broth and continue cooking on HI until the dumplings are done, about 15-20 minutes.  Season turkey and dumplings with salt and pepper.

I served fresh Bread Machine Challah Bread with it.

Baked Chicken

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This is such a good and easy recipe.  I have had this recipe for a long time.  It was given to me by my mother in law when I got married and I have fixed it many times since then.

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Cut up a whole chicken.  Take the skin off all the pieces.  (I left the skin on the drumsticks.)  Sprinkle the chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder on both sides.

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Put the other parts of the chicken such as the back, wings, etc. into a freezer bag and freeze for use later.  Could be the beginning of a great chicken soup later on.

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Roll each piece in sour cream.  I put 1 cup of sour cream on a plate.  It was just enough for one chicken.

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Crush 1 package of potato chips.  I just smash the chips right in the bag.  Then I put the chicken (after it has been rolled in sour cream) right in the potato chip bag and shake it up.

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Put some foil in the bottom of a pan with a little oil.  Place the chicken in the pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

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This is so good served with scalloped potatoes and green beans.  The scalloped potatoes can be baked with the chicken and they both will be done at the same time.

Korean Beef

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This was a real winner with the family.  Everyone liked it and it was quick to get on the table, which gives it even more appeal for the “mom” in me.

1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
1/2 – 1 teaspoon crushed red peppers (I used 1/2 teaspoon and it was hot enough for us Texans!)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 bunch green onions, diced
1 egg for each serving (optional)

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and brown hamburger with garlic in the sesame oil. Drain most of the fat and add brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, salt, pepper and crushed red peppers. Simmer for a few minutes to blend the flavors. Serve over steamed rice and top with green onions. Optional: Hubby wanted his meat cooked with an egg so I cracked an egg into the meat mixture and stirred it until it was cooked. Also could poach an egg and put it on top. I think next time I will try poaching eggs.

Fried Crappie and Fried Okra

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I don’t know what it is but fried fish tastes so good along with fried okra.  My recipe for fried okra is here.  Throw in some corn on the cob and you have got yourself a delicious meal!

Next buy some of this wonderful stuff and coat your fish in it.  Fry your fish up in a skillet with some vegetable oil in it and you have a really good meal!

Chicken Fried Steak

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This is by far a family favorite.  It is even better when I can buy fresh vegetables to go along with the dish.  Here is my recipe for Pressure Cooker Green Beans.  You can add new potatoes to the green beans too, so they both cook at the same time.  I love, love, love this You Tube cooking segment on how to shuck fresh corn on the cob.  Oh my goodness, I wish I had known about this little trick years ago!  Here it is!

Now for the wonderful chicken fried steak……

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Buy 4 cube steaks.  Generously salt and pepper both sides of the cube steaks.

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Flour both sides of the cube steaks.  Flour those steaks well!!

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Place all four cube steaks in a skillet with some vegetable oil in it.

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Cook until it is good and brown.  Flip it over and brown the other side.

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While the cube steaks are browning, start making the country gravy.  I am lazy so I grabbed a package of Pioneer gravy mix but if you are not as lazy you can go ahead and make your own white gravy and add the black pepper to it.  Follow the directions on the package and make the gravy.  Have it ready when both sides of the cube steaks are browned.

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Pour the gravy over the browned cube steaks.  Simmer the steaks in the gravy for about 1 hour or until the steaks are tender.  The gravy will also thicken up in the process.  If the gravy is getting too thick, put a lid on the skillet.

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And that folks, is comfort food at it’s finest!

Bubble-Up Enchiladas

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Love this recipe!  It is so versatile.  You can fix it Mexican style like I did here or make it Italian style.  I will give you the substitutions for the Italian variety below in the recipe if you want to fix it that way.

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Brown 1 pound of ground beef in a skillet.  You can also add other things to it at this point like chopped onion but I didn’t do that here because my family doesn’t like onions.  They don’t like green peppers either so I chose to leave all that out but if you like it then by all means, add it!

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After the meat has browned, add a 10 oz. can of Old El Paso mild enchilada sauce.  I added a can of medium enchilada sauce because we like things a little bit hotter.

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Then add an 8 oz. can of tomato sauce.

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Now grab a tube of one of these things.

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Take out each biscuit and cut it into fourths.

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After you have cut all the biscuits into fourths, put them all in the skillet.  Mix everything up very gently.

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Pour everything into a 13×9 pan and cook it for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.  At the end of the 25 minutes, take it out and put some shredded sharp cheddar cheese on top.  Return it to the oven for another 10 minutes.

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At the end of the 10 minutes it will come out looking like this and yummy good.  Here is the recipe:

1 pound extra lean ground beef (93/7)
1 (10 ounce) can Old El Paso mild enchilada sauce
1 (8 ounce) can no sodium added tomato sauce
1 can Pillsbury Grands Jr. Golden Layers Flaky Biscuits
1 cup reduced fat 2% milk sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown ground beef and drain if needed. Mix in a can of enchilada sauce and can of tomato sauce. Cut the refrigerated biscuits into fourths and stir them in the meat mixture. Pour it all in a greased casserole and bake for 25 minutes. Take out of oven and sprinkle cheese on top. Bake an additional 10 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Optional:  If you want to fix this Italian style:
Omit the enchilada sauce, tomato sauce and cheddar cheese.
Replace it with about 18 oz. or more of spaghetti sauce and mozzarella cheese.  Add mushrooms or whatever you like on your pizza.  It would also be good with some pepperoni in it too!

Mexican Casserole

This is an easy dish to put together on a busy weeknight.

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Brown 1 pound of ground beef with 1/2 of a chopped onion and 2 minced garlic cloves.

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Add 1 package of taco seasoning mix.  Stir well.

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When fully cooked and mixed, pour into square casserole dish and let cool for 5-8 minutes.

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Spread 1-8oz. block of softened cream cheese on the top making sure it is spread evenly over the ground beef and covered.

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Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.

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Put tomatoes and lettuce over the shredded cheese.

Here is a printable version of the recipe:

Mexican Caserole

1 pound ground beef
1 packet of Taco Seasoning
1/2 medium onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 block of cream cheese (softened)
Chopped lettuce
Shredded Cheese

Brown ground beef with onions and garlic until fully cooked.

Add in taco seasoning mix. Stir together. When fully cooked and mixed, pour into square casserole dish and let cool for 5-8 minutes.

Spread softened cream cheese on the top making sure it is spread evenly over the ground beef and covered. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.

Put tomatoes and lettuce over the shredded cheese.

Add salsa or taco sauce if desired.

Makes 5-6 Servings.
Be sure to refrigerate leftover right away.

Scandinavian Dilled Pot Roast

1 (3 to 3 1/2 pound) beef rump or chuck roast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons dried dill weed
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon vinegar
4 teaspoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
1 cup sour cream

Sprinkle all sides of meat with salt, pepper and 1 teaspoon of the dill. Place in a slow cooker. Add water and vinegar. Cover and cook on LOW 7 to 9 hours or until tender. Place meat on a platter and keep warm. Turn control to HIGH. Dissolve cornstarch in water; stir into meat drippings. Stir in remaining 1 teaspoon dill. Cook on HIGH about 10 to 15 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in sour cream. Slice meat; serve with sauce.

Note: may add 2-3 baking potatoes on top of the roast and remove before making gravy.